First OGL product?  Three Days to Kill (Atlas Games)
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Post Posted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 12:43 pm 
 

I was sorting through some old Atlas Games scenerios, and found something new to me... apparently Three Days to Kill was the first OGL product to market..?

Here's a shot of my 'preview' copy: it has a release date of August 10, 2000... it has a simplified draft of the licence (half-page), and a disclaimer that when the regular printing is produced it will conform to the full WotC open game license.

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If this was produced prior to the OGL, and if it was in fact the first, then I think that's pretty interesting. :)  Have we discussed this before?  Is it of interest to the community?  Are these 'preview edition' copies common?

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Post Posted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:07 pm 
 

I remember bringing this up a few years ago.  I seem to recall there were a couple other competing products that were also claiming to be the "first", maybe Diomin and something else.

I remember when I first purchased Three Days to Kill off the shelf, inside it stated 2nd or 3rd print.  I haven't seen a prepub version of the module but it definitely sounds like a collectible.

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Post Posted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 7:33 pm 
 

Anyone know if these are available for other Atlas products as well ?

Never saw one of those. Very interesting !

  


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Post Posted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:37 pm 
 

Three Days to Kill, the first Green Ronin Freeport adventure, and the Necromancer Games Wizard's Amulet were the first three d20 products available.  My recollection is that WA was first, since it was available to download at midnight as soon as the d20 STL went live.  I don't remember if NG had print copies of Crucible of Freya available at that GenCon yet, though:  they might have been available later in August or early September (which is when the WW/NG-as-licensees Creature Collection was released, at least a month ahead of the WotC 3.0 MM).


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Post Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:46 pm 
 

Yup--released at Gencon



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Post Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:19 pm 
 

tsathogga wrote:Yup--released at Gencon


Hi Bill,  thanks for chiming in :)

I wonder, was Wizard' Amulet ever released in print?

Also, was the GenCon Crucibles of Freya distiguished in any special way?  My copies of Freya don't have any print info but have the full-page OGL.

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Post Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:35 pm 
 

Nope--I have toyed w/ the idea of doing a very limited pathfinder run tho



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Post Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:46 am 
 

Wasn't there a CD issue of Crucible of Freya along with something else on the disk, in a printed card sleeve on the original TLG logo? That must have been released early days. I could be wrong about exactly what's on the disk (might be Codex or Erde), but I've never seen published word or a copy on eBay of this TLG CD. Anyone seen a copy?

Also, there are other publishers who claim to have published the first ever d20 module. Ubicorm's NM1 lays claim to that position.


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Post Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:21 pm 
 

Nope--crucible was a White Wolf SSS release. TLG did some books on CD; but not our books



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Post Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:22 pm 
 

Wizard's Amulet was undisputibly first--we released it at 12:01 am the first day it was legal to do so.



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Post Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 8:29 pm 
 

There are several TLG products on CD. I don't have them all... yet. And, apparently, neither do the Trolls. However, these would be early in d20, but not "first" by any stretch.


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Post Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:38 pm 
 

Hey Bill, you know I'll snap one up...

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Post Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 1:29 am 
 

I spoke to Michelle Nephew at GenCon several years ago inquiring about first prints of Three Days to Kill, since I had never been able to find one.  She emailed me the following info about its print history.

1st Printing Alpha (GenCon Preview) -- We printed 3000 covers all at once, but couldn't get the interiors done in time for GenCon. So we printed 500 interiors at Kinkos, numbered all of them in green ink on the title page, and put them with the loose covers in plastic comic book bags with a flap at the top that was taped closed. Something like 50 of the higher-numbered ones were sent to the Source Comics & Games in the Twin Cities right away and were on sale the week before GenCon. Then, at GenCon, we had author John Tynes sign numbers 1 through 100 of them. We sold out of this printing at GenCon.

1st Printing Beta -- These used the rest of the original covers (2500 of them were left) and a new printing of the interior. They were all shrink wrapped to keep the loose cover together with the interior, and had a 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of cardboard placed in the center of the book to keep it from bending.

2nd Printing -- This was a printing of 10,000, for which the cover was saddle stitched (stapled) to the interior. They were sold without any kind of bag or shrink wrapping.

  

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Post Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 7:00 am 
 

blackdougal wrote:I spoke to Michelle Nephew...


That's very interesting - Thank you blackdougal :)

  

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Post Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:18 am 
 

davidc wrote:
That's very interesting - Thank you blackdougal :)


And as some people are reading this they are thinking, "Oh @#%^*!  More print runs to chase."


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