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Post Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:58 am 
 

mbassoc2003 wrote:It was one of the first dice generated dungeon systems for OD&D. There were a few 'zines that were published by this gaming group also. Pretty rare and esoteric stuff. Not for most collectors.


Thanks! I had never seen it before. I should have bid more :(


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Post Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:57 am 
 

I haven't posted here in a bit, glad to finally have chased these down (super-nice condition!)

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I wonder if I'm the only one here who began their small press collections using this site as a 'checklist' :)

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Post Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:34 am 
 

Afterglow is excellent. As ToT, and a few other sites like these ones.


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Post Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:30 am 
 

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Of course I do not have it yet, in fact I only hit the BIN and paid a few moments ago.

But I simply could not resist listing it here.

I have been looking for a complete Package of this Judges Guild Playing Aid for YEARS.

Once I saw the listing and read the description, it took me about 3 more seconds to hit the BIN.



Despite what might seem to be too high a price paid for this, to me this was a FUN FIND!



I think a complete 1st print CSIO Playing Aid is VERY rare and though I have no data to support the following statement; I feel like it is much more rare than the mid ranged (3) rarity that the JG pages indicate.

Over the last few years, I have collected bits and pieces of it here and there, but had never even seen a complete package all together in one place for sale before.



I have seen more OD&D Wood Grain Box Sets than this item.

Not saying it has not been there to find, just that I have not seen it.



Not sure, but I think the seller is also an Acaeum member...  8)


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Post Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:03 pm 
 

It looks like he got the Authentic Thaumaturgy picture is listed by mistake - the auction is only for the CSIO.   Not sure what these generally sell for but if your happy then great - I have been overpaying for items I really wanted lately too.

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Post Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:16 pm 
 

Gnat the Beggar wrote:I think a complete 1st print CSIO Playing Aid is VERY rare and though I have no data to support the following statement; I feel like it is much more rare than the mid ranged (3) rarity that the JG pages indicate.

Good to have the original heavy gauge bag as would be a pink mailing card, if present.


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Post Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:18 pm 
 

Mars wrote:It looks like he got the Authentic Thaumaturgy picture is listed by mistake - the auction is only for the CSIO.   Not sure what these generally sell for but if your happy then great - I have been overpaying for items I really wanted lately too.


Thanks, and yeah, I noted that picture as well.
The same Authentic Thaumaturgy picture is the 3rd picture posted in that sellers Fantasy Trip listing too.

As for the price?
Like you, I do not mind overpaying for it (if I did) as I had been (more or less) consistantly searching for it for several years.
I have no idea what the going price should be as I have no guide or history, other than what is posted on the JG pages.
As I said, I had never even seen that item offered at all.

FARO: Yes, the bag is nice, and this one not only includes the bag, but the red sticker is also on the bag, so there can be little doubt that it is the original bag.
Without that Bag (and Sticker) I would not have hit the BIN...
We do not know for certain yet that the pink card was included in that Playing Aid package.


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Post Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:25 pm 
 

Gnat the Beggar wrote:FARO: Yes, the bag is nice, and this one not only includes the bag, but the red sticker is also on the bag, so there can be little doubt that it is the original bag.
We do not know for certain yet that the pink card was included in that Playing Aid package.

It was, at least in some, but may have been included elsewhere, too. Tim Kask's review copy had a pink card. If you know there's a red sticker on the bag, the mailing card - if present - probably won't be pink since the earliest bags didn't have those red stickers. Confusing, eh?


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Post Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:42 pm 
 

faro wrote:It was, at least in some, but may have been included elsewhere, too. Tim Kask's review copy had a pink card. If you know there's a red sticker on the bag, the mailing card - if present - probably won't be pink since the earliest bags didn't have those red stickers. Confusing, eh?


That is good information.
The page is a bit vague about that item and the Subscription Card too.
Does Shane know about Tim's Review Copy?
If not that info would help if placed on that items page.

This Package actually does have that mail in card; though I do not know if it is pink, or white yet.
The Seller called it "Booty List" in the description.


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Post Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:19 pm 
 

Gnat the Beggar wrote:Does Shane know about Tim's Review Copy?

Should do, I think, since the scan was sent to Shane at the same time as Tim's batch of sales.

Gnat the Beggar wrote:This Package actually does have that mail in card; though I do not know if it is pink, or white yet.


Or, indeed, yellow - albeit also with unstickered bags for those seen thus far. ;)



Agreed re. rarity, personally/02c: even allowing for Frankensteining the components the same would apply to the Tac Cards.



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Hmm... did someone just "end early" the Monsters! Monsters! from the same seller? Not a 1st print, despite the auction listing.


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Post Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:12 pm 
 

Davidc, please let us know if "Seren ironhand" is so good an adventure as they say (as it is rumored to be, i mean)

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Post Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:05 pm 
 

vault keeper wrote:Davidc, please let us know if "Seren ironhand" is so good an adventure as they say (as it is rumored to be, i mean)

thanks :D


IMO, it's a good adventure, but not rising to the point of legendary or even way above average. Just a nice old-school type adventure in an interesting locale.

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Post Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:22 pm 
 

Badmike wrote:IMO, it's a good adventure, but not rising to the point of legendary or even way above average. Just a nice old-school type adventure in an interesting locale.


Its in the same category of quality as most Necromancer Games stuff.  A good adventure, above average but as Mike said, nothing legendary.

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:45 am 
 

I received the Master game boards from Avar Products. It was the 1st time I had seen it. I bought few years ago the Player boards from Mars, and I was thinking only this exists, no GM board. I am surprised by the difference in size.

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:48 pm 
 

Wow, those are new-to-me, nice find :)  

I'm curious about the boards - Are they simple dry-erase boards?  Would you be able to post a pic of one of the boards?


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Post Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 2:32 pm 
 

Actually, they are in shrink. But there is a picture in the auction.


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The picture shows an opened box, and I received a sealed one. Perhaps the seller have other for sale, if you want to contact him.


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Post Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 2:54 pm 
 

I took the family on a trip to Bellingham, WA this week.  My son was visiting the campus of Western Washington University.  He was busy all day, but we had a lot of time to drive around Bellingham while he was at WWU.

One of the interesting things about game stores here in the Pacific Northwest is that Seattle and Portland may have lost almost all their brick and mortar stores, but small towns often still have multiple shops.  (Salem, Oregon, for instance, has a thriving brick and mortar store selection.)

Bellingham had something I did not expect:  A surviving branch of American Eagle.  The shop is in downtown Bellingham and I believe it has shortened its name to just Eagle, but it has survived.  The woman behind the counter told me the owner was a friend of the American Eagle guys back in the day and used the name and matched much of the same merchandise even though they were separate operations.

Like the other, now-closed, branches of American Eagle, the Bellingham store has a heavy dose of military models and items for tabletop wargaming.  Game stores that intend to stay in business sell miniatures for fantasy wargames like Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000 and Warmachine, as well as CCG items.  A lot of the military models looked like they had been on the shelf since 1980...a bad sign for store owners but practically blood in the water for a collector.

There was a small, surviving RPG section, including a copy of the Necromancer Player's Guide to the Wilderlands still new and shiny on the shelf.  (It's still there...I bought a copy for $3 on Ebay back when nobody wanted them.  Anybody who wants it can go get it.)

At American Eagle, I bought old gaming magazines for 25 cents each.  I got four issues of Future Wars, a fanzine for Battletech, and issue #26 of The Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society.  Does anyone here know about Future Wars?  They were cheap and they looked really old-school cool.

My wife and I also bought sets of dice for $3.85 each.  The price was probably from more than 10 years ago, sitting around until we bought them.  (Did I mention that my wife is a gamer...and she's really hot?)

We travelled around to the other two or three game stores in Bellingham, but it was the used book stores that proved most interesting.  Bellingham has a number of excellent stores with bookshelf mazes spread over multiple rooms.

One of the downtown bookstores had a shelf devoted to RPG's that was at least as large as a Half Price Books store.  I snagged a $1 copy of The Blade of Allectus, a module for DragonQuest, and a $1 copy of Trial By Fire, by Atlas Games, for Ars Magica.

I passed up a number of publications by Bard Games because they were duplicates and I was keeping my budget down. (I will be back there next month, so maybe they'll still be on the shelf.) Then I stumbled upon two copies of the character sheet book for Ralph Bakshi's WIZARDS RPG, by Whit Publications.  They were $4.25 and I snagged both of them.

If you fancy a road trip to the Canadian border, Bellingham appears to be worth your time for a family visit.  The downtown area is cool.  It is isolated from the strip mall corridors that angle out from it north and east.  Parking was cheap, but the local cops enforce it pretty hard.

Anyway...there it is in case you pass that way.


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Post Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:35 pm 
 

Years ago, when I lived in Vancouver, I used to stop in Bellingham, Lynnwood, and Bellevue on weekend trips. They all had game stores where finds could be made.

I remember getting mono covers of a bunch of D&D modules for $2-3 apiece.

There are a couple of good bookstores in Seattle as well. One bookstore, in a house, often had great items.

Not sure if any of them are still around and I can't recall the names, but a phone book search might turn up some gold.

  

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:52 pm 
 

If you knew a game store in Seattle you can pretty much count on it being dead and gone.

Wonderworld Books, in Burien, bought up the stock of the stores as they went out of business, one by one.

Then Wonderworld closed its storefront and is now an Ebay seller.  Wonderworld has a huge warehouse stock...all of it waiting to be listed and generally for cover price and higher.  At the present rate they are listing items they should be done selling their warehouse stock in roughly 2800 AD.

Gary's, in Greenlake, is still open as well.  Pretty much all others...gone.


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Post Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 6:02 pm 
 

Is Gary's in a strip mall?

I may have gone there.

The book store in a house would be hard for you to forget as well.

  
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