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Post Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 1:35 pm 
 

I threw a token bid at it. I'm sure it might have gone for much more if posted.


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 8:23 am 
 

Nice win Paul!

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 11:30 am 
 

On the Pagan Publishing/CoC front, I just snagged a copy of Graven Images, the only copy I've ever seen sold:  
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Post Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 11:37 am 
 

grodog wrote:On the Pagan Publishing/CoC front, I just snagged a copy of Graven Images, the only copy I've ever seen sold:  
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THAT has to be the coolest thing I've seen.  I really need to study up on the Cthulhu stuff, I've been casually building my personal collection but haven't put the effort into learning the ins-and-outs of what is actually out there for sael.

  


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 11:40 am 
 

Congrats Grodog - looks fantastic.  They did some great stuff, I see the cover of Courting Madness in there - fab!!!!


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 11:42 am 
 

grodog wrote:On the Pagan Publishing/CoC front, I just snagged a copy of Graven Images, the only copy I've ever seen sold:  
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Nice win, I didn't even know about this Pagan Publishing item.  
I'll make a note to add this to my search list...

  


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 12:35 pm 
 

Thanks guys.  Pagan has several very early, limited releases.  IIRC, all of them are details over on the Pagan product db @ Yog-Sothoth - YSDC Front Page


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Post Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 11:32 am 
 

Great price on this piece


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I never thought I would actually own one. :D


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Post Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2006 3:55 am 
 

...even if i already bought the similar item a couple of months ago, i couldnt resist to this offer:


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it's exactly half of the price i had in the first purchase!  :D


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Post Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2006 11:24 am 
 

aia wrote:...even if i already bought the similar item a couple of months ago, i couldnt resist to this offer:


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it's exactly half of the price i had in the first purchase!  :D


I remeber when those went for over $100.00, He must have quite a few of them.


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Post Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2006 5:20 pm 
 

Don't know about yours - but mine are in pretty poor nick - really rusted staples and a strange storage smell.  :cry:


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Post Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2006 10:24 am 
 


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I found this to be very unique, if perhaps not very collectable. :)

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Post Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 7:11 pm 
 

Wheee....got this in the mail today.  8)


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Been wanting one of these for a while now.  With most of them going for $100 or more over the past couple of years I didnt ever think I would snag one.  :D

  


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Post Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 5:50 am 
 

nice one - I have never managed to get one - is it any good?


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Post Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 7:30 am 
 

Any good as a game? Questionable - there are serious play balance issues with the Campagin game rules as written (especially in the three player game including Saruman) and like many SPI games of the era it takes altogether too long. The short game played with just the character chits and cards is not worth playing - the Dark Lord has a very dull time without huge armies to move and it boils down to a single dice roll or two.

Good as a Tolkien related collectable? Yes possibly - the map is lovely for a hex-grid map and the art work on the character cards is good. In some ways it was a design ahead of it's time as CDG (card driven games) are all the rage now and this was an early pointer in that direction.

There are two versions of the box art  - the earlier one is more collectable but then a shrink wrapped copy of the later boxed edition (Bakshi cover) just sold recently for $304.90 on eBay!  8O

See Boardgamegeek http://69.13.44.3/game/2228 for more good info.

To pick up a complete copy for $69 is a very good deal - many have a character card or two missing as you will see from the number of BGG's advertising for missing parts to complete.

There were two related SPI games - Gondor (an interesting Seige game that I own) and Sauron (the last Battle before the Black Gates) which were sold with The War of the Ring as a boxed set too. A friend has that edition on which I base most of the above comments - it still comes out once every 5 years or so when the mood takes him...


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Post Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:45 am 
 

I definitely wanted the game more for it's connection to Tolkien rather than as a gaming collectable.  It is in surprisingly good condition given the fact that it was shipped in a plain cardboard box with no packing material.  :x   The only discernable flaws are some light scuffing on the box lid.  The plastic tray, lid, and all the cardboard pieces are present as are the cards.

I did consider trying to pick up one of the older combined sets with the Sauron and Gondor mini-games but as you mentioned they are very difficult to find complete or in decent condition.  Besides, I always liked the Bakshi artwork.

I have been told by a couple of people that have played it that it is a very tedious game and that it is almost impossible to win as Sauron.  Do you know if they did a better job of balancing the game in the later Fantasy Flight release or is it essentially the same?

  


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Post Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 12:22 pm 
 

I think you'll find that the later FFG release The War of the Ring http://69.13.44.3/game/9609 is a completely different game - not a rerelease. As far as I am aware the SPI game was never rereleased.

At the BGG entry for the SPI game I originally listed if you scroll down to the Files list you will find a number of homebrew fixes - including a Fog of War variant that originally appeared in Moves #44, an Army Game varient and a copy of the Second Edition rulebook (which your copy already is - but the earlier green-box SPI edition predated).

I cannot vouch for either of the variants - although rubbish articles rarely leaked into Moves 8).

The Army Game suffered as I recall from lack of playtesting - that is playtesting by players trying to break the game rather than tamely follow/recreate the book! For instance if Sauron simply surrounded Mt Doom with stacks of units deep enough and high enough to cause the ringbearer (whenever he appeared) to have to roll a max repeatedly to pass through - well he would have a dull game and probably couldn't win a military victory with what he had left but probably couldn't lose either. If the ringbearer was stupid enough to push through for a win they would probably lose too - so a standoff developed.  :roll:

In the three player game Saruman could not move any forces until activated - and this happened so late if he just sat back that he could not win. But my mate spotted that the rules stated that he just could not move any military units - he could move the leader Saruman counter himself. So the tactic developed of rushing him off on move 1 to The Shire to try to frustrate the Fellowship player into attacking him for early activation. All rather silly really...  :?

My BGG handle is the same as here - if you want to get Gondor too drop us a line if you cannot source in the US and I would be happy to sell or trade you mine. BGG market place suggests somewhere between $55 and $75 - but should you be interested PM me a reasonable offer.

Aside - Hey I've just noticed it's my first anniversary on these forums. I only came along for some advice on how to unload all my original D&D stuff but I have been doing that at such a glacial place that I've sort of got hooked here. Keeping up to date on auctions and valuations etc I've discovered I've stumbled across a fine bunch of lads! Thanks for all the amusement and education!


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Post Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 1:27 pm 
 

KOP:

i have boxed sets of gondor and sauron (seperate). if you want em, just PM me dude. no idea what the shipping would be though.

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