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Post Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 8:57 pm 
 

It's a newer product, but I missed this back when it was offered:  
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Nice to get myself a copy. :D


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Post Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 10:09 pm 
 

g026r wrote:It's a newer product, but I missed this back when it was offered:  
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Nice to get myself a copy. :D

Considering the MSRP for the final version is $40, that's a great deal!

  


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Post Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 8:11 am 
 

What does the Seller mean by 'pre-release copy'? According to Schick's Heroic Worlds, the first edition was just 16 pages, self-covered and released in 1980. That seems like a later compact version in a perfect bound book. Does anyone know how many versions there are?

  

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Post Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 8:56 am 
 

This is the newer version of the book that was released not so long ago.  I seem to recall the book took a long time to develop and get out so they offered a pre-release.  It was a bit pricey so I didn't buy it.

As far as prints go, all the early ones are short.   There is a white covered version that says "not for resale" on the cover that came with the Runequest(?) boxed set and also a later print with a sci fi type cover:


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I think there might be another version of this as well but my brain isn't functioning yet this morning.

For the later big copies, they look like this:


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Post Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 10:08 am 
 

Mars wrote:This is the newer version of the book that was released not so long ago.  I seem to recall the book took a long time to develop and get out so they offered a pre-release.  It was a bit pricey so I didn't buy it.


Quite pricey.  I think it had the same price as the final release.  That's likewise the reason why I didn't buy it at the time.

As far as prints go, all the early ones are short.   There is a white covered version that says "not for resale" on the cover that came with the Runequest(?) boxed set


Yeah, Runequest 2nd ed. had the white paper cover "Not for Resale" copies.  Not certain what other sets it was in, if any.

and also a later print with a sci fi type cover:


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That's the print from around 2002 or so.  The cover's actually a Stormbringer-related piece of artwork; it was supposed to be used for "Straits of Chaos", their second d20 Stormbringer adventure, but the book was canceled.

I think there might be another version of this as well but my brain isn't functioning yet this morning.


Two other versions, actually:

There was the second version which had the same cover artwork as the pre-release copy I just bought.  It had a cardstock cover and a page of counters.

There was also a third version which came in two different formats: one looked the same as the "Not for Resale" version (white paper cover, etc) except it didn't have that text on it.  The other had a white cardstock cover with a green version of the above dragon.  This third printing can be found in Worlds of Wonder and possibly some other games.  The counters from the second version are no longer present.

Actually, 3 other versions now that I think of it.  The copies found in the Castle Paths, Village Paths, and Fantasy Paths tile sets had some extra text printed on them from what I recall.  (Just said they were special printings for whatever the company that made the tiles was called.  Otherwise they looked like the white paper cover versions.)


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Post Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 10:34 am 
 

The copies found in the Castle Paths, Village Paths, and Fantasy Paths tile sets had some extra text printed on them from what I recall.  (Just said they were special printings for whatever the company that made the tiles was called.


Special XXXX Paths edition for BCS Inc. [fill in XXXX with Fantasy, etc].

Third edition BRP included, copyright 1980, 1981

So, yep. Pretty much identical.


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Post Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 6:16 pm 
 

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A lot of versions then! Here is a RQ2 with the original print it seems:


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Post Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 11:32 pm 
 

Picked up NIP's Good King Despot for under $10, including shipping.   :D

  


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Post Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 5:26 am 
 

Couldn't resist bidding on this. May have paid too much, no idea what it is worth. A$20 is now about US$12-13.


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The Seller mentions that it is re-bound - but I have seen other prints like this with the black spiral binding. Notably this one, which I assume is a tad overpriced:

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Post Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 10:15 pm 
 

HermitfromPluto,

Thanks for the heads up on the Monsters Monsters.  I grabbed the 2nd print for $60.  I have been looking for one of these for 2 years.  So I had no problem with the $60.  A bit much maybe, but like I said I've been after one of these for a long time.

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Post Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:14 am 
 

Glad to be of help!  

Is mine a good deal then? How many different versions are there? Anyone have any idea on what the different print versions should fetch?

  

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Post Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:25 am 
 

Prufrock wrote:Thanks for the heads up on the Monsters Monsters.  I grabbed the 2nd print for $60.

says 2nd print or by cover price?? thought tot had wrong way as presuming increase $ not decrease to undercut + help sales. was $7 late 1976 think reduced $5.95 later not earlier

  

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Post Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:39 am 
 

At Gencon 2007 a copy (I do not know which print) went for around $100.  I was not willing to pay that much at that time.  I would say that you got a great deal.  These do not show up that often.

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Post Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:35 am 
 

Prufrock wrote:At Gencon 2007 a copy (I do not know which print) went for around $100.


That seems like a candidate for the silliest price thread.  I generally think the 2nd and 3rd prints sell in the $35-$40 range.  I always forget if I still need the $7 one or the $5.95 so I end up putting a token bid of $25 or so but don't end up winning.

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Post Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:52 am 
 

Hi Mars,

The Gencon copy may have been a 1st print.  I remember Frank really talked up telling us how his character was killed by a human baby with a silver spoon!!!  Any way, I remember dropping out of the bidding at $80.

Mars - how often do you see them up for auction?

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Post Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:58 am 
 

Mars wrote:That seems like a candidate for the silliest price thread.  I generally think the 2nd and 3rd prints sell in the $35-$40 range.  I always forget if I still need the $7 one or the $5.95 so I end up putting a token bid of $25 or so but don't end up winning.

helps if know which is 2nd :) :) seller with last $7 cover before presumed current one also had early prints other items from start to mid 70s had always thought $7 was 1st. magazine reviews agree i think but need to check space gamer
sometimes $35-40 sometimes to $65-70 for metagaming ed but no pattern to cover price for bidding + not seen as $100 for recently so gencon high imo
$60 fair price martin uncommon + early rpg + good ideas from ken again

  

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Post Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:01 pm 
 

Rakeesh sah Tarna wrote:helps if know which is 2nd :) :) seller with last $7 cover before presumed current one also had early prints other items from start to mid 70s had always thought $7 was 1st. magazine reviews agree i think but need to check space gamer

confirmed $7 should be first cover price tsg#8 oct-nov 76 release date intended aug 5 1976 tsg#6 discounts for tsg readers but $x.95 pricing not seen. still to check when was $5.95 but cannot see how to put that before first cover on tsg

  

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Post Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:35 pm 
 

Rakeesh sah Tarna wrote:good ideas from ken again


Ken did reprint or modify/reprint not too long ago - the blue cover edition.

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Post Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:00 pm 
 

Mars wrote:Ken did reprint or modify/reprint not too long ago - the blue cover edition.

worth picking up imo ^^ nice guy too

  

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Post Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:42 pm 
 

OK, so all this talk of Monsters! Monsters! made me dig into my stuff to see what is what, or at least which one I have.

I found the following --

$5.95 cover price. Inside listed as First Edition. Copyright 1976. Staple bound.

Is that the 1st print?


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