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Post Posted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:56 pm 
 

Knights at War, a 1975 Usbourne Battlegame like this copy:

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A history of medieval combat, illustrated by Angus McBride & other genre stalwarts. Similar to what I was reading in middle school at the same time I was discovering wargames & fantasy lit., except this one has the wargame included (so had I seen it in those days, I would have completely blown a fuse in consumerist serendipity). I would read them & think how frustratingly different the history books were from Middle-earth or the Hyborian Age.

Usbourne made some great kids' books back then (I had The Good Spy Guide). Also in the Battlegame line were The Wild West, Galactic War, World War II, & Fighting Ships, as detailed here:
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Sadly, The Wild West did not make it to the later reprints of the series, an apparent casualty of changing tastes. I may have had one or two western-themed toys in the '70s, but by the '80s it was pretty much extinct.

The games of a Battlegame book are supposed to be cut out from the pages, which is odd considering the binding: hardback, then stitched paperback. The gridded boards would have been particularly difficult to remove for play. Maybe the designers assumed that mop-headed '70s kids wouldn't have the attention span to play it anyway before returning their gaze fixedly back to the three or four television stations available at the time. "Used matchsticks" are part the recommended game components, which may even become the spindles for cut-out spinners "if you do not have a dice." I imagine lots of sooty game tables.

  

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Post Posted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:02 am 
 

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Nice one Géraud ! Enjoy !



  


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Post Posted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 2:10 pm 
 

Found the Traveller boxed game "Invasion: Earth" unpunched at Half-Price Books in Pittsburgh. Box is a little messed up but otherwise in great shape.


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Post Posted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 3:48 pm 
 

not really much of an invasion if it got messed up by Pittsburgh...


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Post Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:45 pm 
 

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Just picked up these 2 paintings that Ken Kelly did for the LJN Dungeons & Dragons toy line Dragonne & Fortress of Fangs. I have been after them for quite a while and was pretty excited to finally get them!

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Post Posted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 4:53 am 
 

very nice


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Post Posted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 8:12 pm 
 

Finally picked up a first print Evael.  

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Why is this a fun find?  First, it's pretty hard to find a nice copy.  And also:

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Post Posted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 8:14 pm 
 

Oh, and thanks to TheHistorian --

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Post Posted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 10:07 am 
 

Bracton wrote in The Non-TSR Recent Fun Finds thread:Oh, and thanks to TheHistorian --

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Nice pick up on Mindbane!  I'm still looking...


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Post Posted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 5:46 pm 
 

Thunderdave wrote in The Non-TSR Recent Fun Finds thread:
Nice pick up on Mindbane!  I'm still looking...



I wish I had two!


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Post Posted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:06 pm 
 

I'm just glad I finally have one!


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Post Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:34 am 
 

Agreed!  My copies aren't in stellar condition either but happy to have them.

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Post Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 1:20 am 
 

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I had one of these original Pagan TUO#1 shirts years ago, but our dryer ate the sleeve up, and instead of turning it in a banner, or a cloth wrapping for my elder signs, or a dust rag for my statuette of Azathoth, I got rid of it.  But now I have it back, and in time for the 2015 conventions season! :D :D


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Post Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:08 am 
 

Wow! Jealous - nice spot  :D


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Post Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:33 pm 
 

grodog wrote in The Non-TSR Recent Fun Finds thread:The Stars Were Right!:

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I had one of these original Pagan TUO#1 shirts years ago, but our dryer ate the sleeve up, and instead of turning it in a banner, or a cloth wrapping for my elder signs, or a dust rag for my statuette of Azathoth, I got rid of it.  But now I have it back, and in time for the 2015 conventions season! :D :D


Please tell me you got it yesterday, when it was deeply discounted!

I was considering it, but looking at the measurements he gave, I didn't think it would fit very well.


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Post Posted: Sat Jan 17, 2015 3:08 pm 
 

TheHistorian wrote in The Non-TSR Recent Fun Finds thread:Please tell me you got it yesterday, when it was deeply discounted!


Yes, Steve, I pulled the trigger when it was 70% off!

TheHistorian wrote in The Non-TSR Recent Fun Finds thread:I was considering it, but looking at the measurements he gave, I didn't think it would fit very well.


Hopefully it'll fit (I don't recall if they only sold these in XL or not, but hopefully...).


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I had a fun book full of very eclectic and unusual goodies arrive and wanted to share... I'd never seen many of these before!

My favorite so far is Assassin's Quest, from nearby Downsview (now part of Toronto), Ontario :)

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Post Posted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 2:28 pm 
 

Glad you received everything David :)


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 3:54 pm 
 

lots of interesting things there David!
I'm not familiar with the item to the left of assassin's quest, what is it?


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Post Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:52 am 
 

Very cool copy of Wargamers Digest.  It has a D&D article by Gary Gygax and a couple of very neat TSR adds.

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