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Post Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:14 pm 
 

Hey, anyone here know if this is a good read. Worth the price (as it is pricey)?  I think the setting would be interesting, although I would imagine many adventures you might create would tend to be fairly linear.  Unlike (say) a potentially more diverse medieval world this setting would probably would not lend itself to that more open, sandbox, style of play (see what I did there!).

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Post Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:19 pm 
 

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Do you mean the Dune RPG from Last Unicorn, or something else??


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Post Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:45 pm 
 

Oh, thanks Allan, yes I do.  :D   The one that had only one print run (in time for Gencon) and then the license expired (or similar). You see copies up for sale at $200-300 BIN, and occasionally $150ish for auction. I was wondering if it was any good (always loved the book).


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Post Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:16 pm 
 

If you wait and watch them, you can get a copy for $100-$125.  This is one that I am continually surprised maintains such a high price - there always seems to be copies around and every few weeks there is an open auction for one instead of the high priced BIN.

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:57 am 
 

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:37 am 
 

I have this.  It's interesting but it is primarilly the basic rules.  Not a whole lot of Dune "fluff."  Want to know details about star travel int he Dune universe?  Have to wait for the supplement...  Want info on Freman Still suits?  Have to wait for the Dune supplement.  Sadly playing the game seems to rely on future supplements that will likely never be created  :cry:


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Post Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:55 pm 
 

simrion wrote:I have this.  It's interesting but it is primarilly the basic rules.  Not a whole lot of Dune "fluff."  Want to know details about star travel int he Dune universe?  Have to wait for the supplement...  Want info on Freman Still suits?  Have to wait for the Dune supplement.  Sadly playing the game seems to rely on future supplements that will likely never be created  :cry:


The Dune Encyclopedia can fill in most of those gaps, I think.


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Post Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:50 pm 
 

oooh! cool.  :D


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Post Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:56 pm 
 

Mars wrote:If you wait and watch them, you can get a copy for $100-$125.

Been a long while since I've seen one go that low.


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Post Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:33 pm 
 

grodog wrote:The Dune Encyclopedia can fill in most of those gaps


One of the best books of the Dune universe, written with a subtle sense of humor. Still, someone would have to calculate numerical values if any info were translated into an existing set of game rules.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:05 pm 
 

ExTSR wrote:
Mars wrote:If you wait and watch them, you can get a copy for $100-$125.

Been a long while since I've seen one go that low.


One sold for $113 about a month ago - can't find the auction at the moment.
A recent open auction sold for $138:

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$138 on Ebay means this seller would have been better off selling it for $120 outside of Ebay on any of the RPG forums.

I grabbed a copy last summer for $100.

Doesn't look like there were any at GenCon last year but in 2010 they sold for $110, $115 and $140.

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:41 pm 
 

Mars wrote:I grabbed a copy last summer for $100.


I have a vague memory poking you to do that;)

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:25 pm 
 

beasterbrook wrote:I have a vague memory poking you to do that;)


Yep.  And the frugal collector I am was half thinking I would wait for an even cheaper copy - there were a couple sub $100 sales last summer.

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:21 am 
 

If some of you can read French, there is a French RPG called Imperium:
http://storygame.free.fr/imperium/index.php?id=1


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:45 pm 
 

Thanks! That is really interesting, and also a good reason to polish up my dusty schoolboy french.
...here by the way, is text lifted from one of the ebay BIN auctions (the one by breztech).

Background:

"DUNE: CHRONICLES OF THE IMPERIUM is a role-playing game based on Frank Herbert's legendary series of DUNE. Last Unicorn Games developed this game shortly before WOTC took over the company. While WOTC was in the middle of releasing DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Third Edition, and had just adopted d20 as a house system, they didn't want to support a game line, which used LUG's Icon system. In order not to waste the work done on the game, WOTC three thousand copies of the finished core book, most of which were sold at GenCon.

WOTC hoped to release a d20 version of DUNE, as is indicated in the book's title page. In the meantime, the license expired and WOTC decided not to take the trouble of renewing it, possibly because of trouble with the Herbert Estate, or the license became more expensive due to the commercial success of the miniseries and the pending prequel novels by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.

News that there would not be a d20 DUNE contributed to the notoriety and collectibility of the ICON version, making it the only DUNE RPG in existence. Ironically, this may be the one tangible product to come out of WOTC's acquisition of Last Unicorn.

Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson edited the game and they are listed on the credits page along with the designers and the developers of the ICON system."

I have also read elsewhere two other "facts". (1) that the original print run was 3,000; (2) that a portion of this run was pulped.


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Post Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:11 pm 
 

A portion of the print run being pulped is a myth. Half of the 3000 book print run was sold at GenCon. The other half of the print run was sold online.



  
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