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Post Posted: Wed Nov 09, 2005 10:34 pm 
 

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 8711974468

Just got this in the mail today.  If you have ever wanted to know what the total destruction radius of a 20 megaton nuclear warhead is or the effective range of a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum then this is the book for you.  :twisted:   They shoulda fired their editor though.  These guys cant spell for crap.  It's spelled Lubbock, Texas....not Libbock, Texas.  :D

  

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Post Posted: Wed Nov 09, 2005 11:53 pm 
 

KingOfPain wrote:http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 8711974468

Just got this in the mail today. If you have ever wanted to know what the total destruction radius of a 20 megaton nuclear warhead is or the effective range of a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum then this is the book for you. :twisted: They shoulda fired their editor though. These guys cant spell for crap. It's spelled Lubbock, Texas....not Libbock, Texas. :D


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Post Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2005 2:27 am 
 

I suspect that all of our late teen years may have been strongly influenced by the shadow of nukes.  The fantasy world, with all of its darkness, still often seemed like a brighter future than our own.

    Try explaining the Cold War to a high school sophomore of 2005.  They don't even think it really happened.  Certainly, they would never be so foolish.  "What...nukes?  Oh, we always knew that was all just paranoia."    :?


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Post Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2005 7:20 pm 
 

Not really a fun find because I did not buy it but I think something like this would be cool to own. Hard to justify though.

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Post Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2005 8:09 pm 
 

i think it would be awesome to have a couple of examples of armour in the Scribe's Tower of Madness.


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Post Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2005 12:01 am 
 

sure, but just be glad that you don't have piles of chainmail, all in various stages of completion, lying around your house... :(

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Post Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 1:11 am 
 

Hey!

  Check out THIS item I just got from Ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... %3AIT&rd=1

    It is The Compleat Tavern by Gamelords, for just under $10.

   The description says that there is an "inscription in ink" inside, as if this were a flaw in the item.

   What the description did NOT say was that the item is signed by co-author Kerry Lloyd.  It says:  "To Duane - may the girls never say no, and the drink never conquer.  Kerry Lloyd."

   So, I got a signed copy that is minty mint mint of all mintyness.

   Yah, I am a bit jazzed!

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Post Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 10:27 am 
 

was quite pleased with this win anyway:



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the sauron box set was complete, so was pleased with that and at that price, was more than happy, but you will notice in the auction that it mentions a few other things:



"holy war" "chitin" and "wizard" - well these are three of them microgames, complete with maps. 'lo and behold, in the box, mixed in with all the sauron stuff, was the counters for them and they are all complete!



not only that, there was a complete wargame in there too, maps and counters - one of them north african WWII ones. i know its to do with Tobruk, but cant remember the actual name. ok its unboxed, but an absolute bonus considering i wasnt expecting it!



so 5 complete games when i was only expecting 1!!! very happy :D :D



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Post Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 4:09 pm 
 

Mark, did your Tavern come with a map and an insert of cutouts?


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Post Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 12:07 am 
 

For those of you who are interested, there appears to be at least two printings of The Compleat Tavern:



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Even though both bear the copyright of 1981, I'm guessing that the one on the right is older--the map section is printed on a nice yellow paper, while the map section for the one on the left is printed on white.

  


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Post Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 12:51 am 
 

I haven't seen the pink/purple cover before, just the brown one.


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Post Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 9:16 am 
 

I have never seen that item either. Interesting. Could it be a home brew re-printing?


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Post Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 9:20 am 
 

Both myself and Badmike picked up copies of the pink/purple one last spring from the same seller.  Unless it is an extremely well done fake, which I seriously doubt, it is legit.


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Post Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 11:19 am 
 

I've never seen it. You might want to compare the two. If they came from different sellers, then it would lend more credence to 2 printings.


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Post Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 11:35 am 
 

Good reading copy (torn cover) of the revised CSOIO plus 2 boxes of rewrite. Not bad at $7.50 and postage wasn't too expensive either.



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Post Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 11:41 am 
 

bclarkie wrote:Both myself and Badmike picked up copies of the pink/purple one last spring from the same seller. Unless it is an extremely well done fake, which I seriously doubt, it is legit.




I'll ask Tadashi if he's seen them.


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Post Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 12:29 pm 
 

grodog wrote:I'll ask Tadashi if he's seen them.




In response to my question



grodog via gmail wrote:Have you seen the pink version of the CT pictured here:

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We're trying to figure out if it's legit or not; I've only seen the

brown cover version before.




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Nope!



My guess is that it is a copy.



If I had the two copies to compare, I might be able to discern that the pink one is a photocopy. They look distinctly different from offset printed originals from twenty or so years ago.



If it is a new and better photocopy, the paper should give it away.



You might also ask Walter Hunt, et al, from the original Gamelords group.



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Post Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 1:03 pm 
 

With a bit of digging, I've uncovered a couple of fake fanzines that a US seller is shifting through eBay. The make up and feel of this purple digest has the same 'feel' about it as the fanzines I bought. They have been redone with DTP software. I wonder if they are from a similar source?



There can't really be that much money in making fakes. Why bother? You'd have to flood the market with really convincing fakes to make it worth your while.


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Post Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 1:09 pm 
 

A more thorough comparison is in order:



Both copies contain the same information, but the materials involved are different.  The covers are printed on heavy cardstock.  The CT (brown) had a rough texture to the cover whie the CT (pink) is smooth to the touch.  The maps are printed on paper of a normal thickness, the CT (brown) being yellow-tan in color, while the CT (pink) is printed on white paper.  The cut-out sheets are both printed on heavy cardstock, and both contain an address for The Companions, Inc. copyright 1982.  The CT (brown) cut-out sheet does feel thicker in the hand, and is close to the same color as the map.  The CT (pink) cut-out sheet is very light yellow in color.



Other than the obvious difference in color, the aspect ratios are different, meaning that the CT (pink) is bigger than the CT (brown):



Overall dimension

CT (brown) L--21.6cm W--13.9cm

CT (pink) L--21.6 W--13.9



Size of sign on cover

CT (brown) L--12.1 W--10.4

CT (pink) L--12.8 W--10.5



Measurement of text inside cover, from top to bottom

CT (brown) L--18.5 W--11.3

CT (pink) L--19 W--11.3



On a page to page comparison, the spacing of the text inside has gotten longer on every page, whatever that means.



I purchased my CT (brown) several years ago from NKG.  My CT (pink) came from burtwire last year.

  


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Post Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 1:14 pm 
 

Well, I just dug out my copy for reference. If it is a fake, it is without a doubt the best fake ever. The cover is actually made of pink cardstock and has prinitng on both sides(inside and outside) of the cover. The interior pages could be photocopied, but they do not appear to be at all, they appear to be printed. Additionally, there is a small foldout map that is defintely a photocopy, but there is also a small unattached yellow cardstock pullout inside that has little picnic-like tables printed on it in the layout of the "Tavern". Unless I am totally off, there is just way to much effort here for this to be a fake. Me and Badmike both purchased our copies off the same same seller back in May. TFM will have to confirm who he bought his off of and when.



FWIW, it also has the new module smell when you open it which would no occur if it was photocopied inside. That is unless there is some new weird product on the market "Old D&D Module Smell Spray". :P



<edit> oops looks like I was a bit late. :oops:


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