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Post Posted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 3:24 pm 
 

Deadlord36 wrote:Aneoth, the first printing of GDH was in '76. When he put that in the auction, I'm surprised no one else bid.

Condition didn't tempt me enough. Would still have expected about double that final price though.
Pretty good deal, Aneoth; and yes, asking questions can certainly pay dividends. :)

johnhuck wrote:Not amazing
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 5957450509
But I'm pretty chuffed with my M&T1 2nd, M&T2 2nd, M&T3 1st. And all in very nice condition thanks to being stored and shipped in a (rare for the UK) 3-ring binder.

Now that I like... :D  Missed those totally, John! :roll: Congrats...

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Managed to get to the postman this morning before he got impatient and was tempted to bend my "fun find" through my letterbox despite the "please don't try" stickers I've had to put on it, after two trashed packages in a row.

Just as well...

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(I need a digital camera... Total nightmare trying to scan and kept coming out with a greenish cast).

Condition is somewhat better than it appears on this untrimmed scan.
Tightly bound, no spine creases (just that tiny mark caused the upper staple); crisp, white pages; folded tables in perfect nick and zero staple rust (different staples from the ones used later by TSR, I think!). Pretty much unused, I suspect.
That tiny stain at the bottom right also shows on the first page, though. Slightly grubby esp. near the spine, with a bit of rubbing near the base of the front cover and a few small stains to the back cover. That's about it...

(Can't ignore the name on the front, but if anyone here tries telling me that reduces the condition to "Good" by default... :twisted:
Might follow John's observation and alter the surname to "Sniper" to see whether that increases the appeal value! 8O).


... Could launch into an attempt to re-write the rather misleading history section of Page Not Found at this point, but is probably not worth my bother.
Object not found! is more accurate, I suspect, although "Don't Give Up The Ship" was apparently not published until June 1972 according to Guidon's miniature rules editor; and a combination of that history, plus intro to Arneson in said booklet, plus his own retrospective comments elsewhere would yield a somewhat better chronology, IMHO.
The Arneson interview on GameSpy: Dave Arneson Interview - Page 1 also quotes 1971, not 1972; strange...
(Heh; "Braunsteins", Arneson and "naval combat" on The Acaeum page is enough to confuse anyone, however...). :)

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p.s. Anyone got the remotest idea as to the print run? (or for comparable publications?).
And was Chainmail actually the first item Guidon produced, or just the first booklet/booklet set?

  


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 11:27 am 
 

Howdy David,


harami2000 wrote:... Could launch into an attempt to re-write the rather misleading history section of Page Not Found at this point, but is probably not worth my bother.


Why not? I think that would be a great contirbution to the Acaeum. You are obviously a painstakingly detailed person, I'd think you'd add the collector's community immeasurably.

BTW all of those articles you list have errors in them, it is just a matter of who you want to pick on.

I think one important factor in all of these articles is that Gygax was the man to get it done. Whatever, the individual nuts and bolts of the creation process there can be no doubt whom was the most prolific, creative, motivated, charismatic, connected, reputable, and dedicated part of the creation process. Dave sent 18 pages of jumbled notes and Gary took some ideas from that but added to the already published Chainmail material and created the D&D game (110 pages). Dave Arneson didn't write one word of it.

Ask Tim Kask what the chances were of Dave creating a manuscript to be published as D&D. I'll tell you, nil!

There is a pattern with Arneson where he uses existing games, piecemeal, to create his campaign. He uses naval rule for hit points, troop experience from Napoleonics, and Chainmail for the employment of fantastic combat, levels, spells, magic items, etcetera.

Remember the chicken and the EGG, the EGG comes first! If you lay the EGG, it's your chicken! EGG is the creator of D&D! :P


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 8:56 pm 
 

I let this one slip through the net

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 5956744788

  


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Post Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 4:44 am 
 

johnhuck wrote:I let this one slip through the net
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 5956744788

*waves to Ian* ;)

(But then, did anyone double-check the printing?).

  


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Post Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 1:18 pm 
 

Another one to kick yet more stuffing out of the current grading/pricing methodology.

Totally unadvertised, laminated, detached spine, name inside, etc.; still three snipes at $40+ with a few more "hidden", I suspect...
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 5957651038

(Should be able to pick up a similar condition woodgrain set at not much more than that price according to the chart).

  

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Post Posted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 1:40 pm 
 

harami2000 wrote:Another one to kick yet more stuffing out of the current grading/pricing methodology.

Totally unadvertised, laminated, detached spine, name inside, etc.; still three snipes at $40+ with a few more "hidden", I suspect...
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 5957651038

(Should be able to pick up a similar condition woodgrain set at not much more than that price according to the chart).

I can't believe I missed that one. I've been looking for one of those for ages. :(


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Post Posted: Sun Feb 27, 2005 12:41 pm 
 

harami2000 wrote:Gen Con Indy 2004 Auction Recap ( 404 - File or directory not found. )
.... #23 $ 275.00 Palace Vampire Queen, near mint but no outer folder .....


#5 $ 710.00     Set of painted FRP minis (Aces Charity Auction speed-painting, proceeds to the Make-a-Wish Foundation)

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Post Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 12:47 am 
 

grodog's DunDraCon finds:

  • 1st print MM in EX+ condition
  • 8 sets of still-sealed 70's dice (the d4s and d8s are lethal weapons; no d10s in the sets)
  • The Fantasy Factory's Underground Encounters and Overland Encounters levels 1-4 (both), by Clint Bigglestone; both mint in original ziplocks, Overland also includes the extra ziplock for when you cut the cards apart
  • VG+ DungeonMaster's Index by Arneson
  • Gamer's Group Publications' DC1 The Ruins of Quinstead, EX- condition
  • Dark Tower, VG+ condition (my first time to own this, started reading it this weekend)
  • Spellbinders' Spells With A "Twist" by Paul Burdick and Chris McCrillus, EX- shape
  • FR4, The Magister in EX+ shape, signed by Steve Perrin (bought it from him directly); interestingly, this (like my other two copies) is a first printing, but the cover is not attached to the spine---the booklet is separate like a module maps cover would be, even though it's blank on the inside
  • TSR's Saga minigame (hopefully it's complete)
  • a complete set of all four (is that all there were?) mint, still-sealed TSR Instant Rub-Down Picture Transfers, plus three spare sheets

All tallied, I spent about $60 or so on it all.  

Tadashi got a nice steal on a bunch of still sealed miniature blisters on the boards from Archive, Minifigs (no GH though), as well....


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Post Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 1:01 am 
 

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There were two series of the rub down transfers. 4 sheets in each series. The first set had the blue header on the bags, the second had red.

Hope that helps.

  


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Post Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 1:14 am 
 

chromaticknight wrote:Grodog

There were two series of the rub down transfers. 4 sheets in each series. The first set had the blue header on the bags, the second had red.

Hope that helps.


I know of these six only (1500 is the blue series):

1500-1 - AD&D Rub Down Transfers - Dragons, Giants, Demihumans
1500-2 - AD&D Rub Down Transfers - Monsters        
1500-3 - AD&D Rub Down Transfers - More Monsters        
1500-4 - AD&D Rub Down Transfers - Humanoids and Undead        
1600-1 - AD&D Rub Down Transfers - Series II - From the Monster Manual        
1600-2 - AD&D Rub Down Transfers II - Fiend Folio Characters        

Can anyone help me out with the names of 1600-3 and 1600-4?


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Post Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 1:30 am 
 

Howdy,


Series I
1500-1 - AD&D Rub Down Transfers - Dragons, Giants, Demihumans
1500-2 - AD&D Rub Down Transfers - Monsters
1500-3 - AD&D Rub Down Transfers - More Monsters
1500-4 - AD&D Rub Down Transfers - Humanoids and Undead

Series II
1600-1 - AD&D Rub Down Transfers - From the Monster Manual
1600-2 - AD&D Rub Down Transfers - Fiend Folio Characters
1600-3 - AD&D Rub Down Transfers - More Fiend Folio Characters
1600-4 - AD&D Rub Down Transfers - Player Characters


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Post Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 11:38 am 
 

Thanks for the details everyone.  Does anyone know much about the Spellbinders book?  I haven't looked it up in HW yet, but it's not on Matthias' site (though it does list Castle Thrax as a 1985 Spellbinders product).


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Post Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 12:59 pm 
 

Thanks, Paul!


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Post Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 3:45 pm 
 

chromaticknight wrote:Grodog

There were two series of the rub down transfers. 4 sheets in each series. The first set had the blue header on the bags, the second had red.

So once you'd worked your way through the Basic Sets of transfers, you'd have enough experience to go on to use the Expert Sets? :lol:


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Post Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 4:47 pm 
 

mbassoc2003 wrote:So once you'd worked your way through the Basic Sets of transfers, you'd have enough experience to go on to use the Expert Sets? :lol:


:lol:  :lol:  :lol:
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Post Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 5:22 pm 
 

so ummm once you get to the immortal sets, are they then permanent?  :lol:


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Post Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 5:27 pm 
 

killjoy32 wrote:so ummm once you get to the immortal sets, are they then permanent? :lol:

The Immortal Set is a pack of Magic Markers. :lol:


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Post Posted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 6:03 pm 
 

mbassoc2003 wrote:
killjoy32 wrote:so ummm once you get to the immortal sets, are they then permanent? :lol:

The Immortal Set is a pack of Magic Markers. :lol:


hehehe :D

so i guess the "advanced" sets are where you make up your own then huh? :D


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