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Post Posted: Tue May 07, 2013 3:22 pm 
 

I recently bought a copy of the 2nd edition (1977) of the Manual of Aurania from Noble Knight. I bought their one non-shrinked copy as I wanted to look at the contents and didn't want to destroy shrink. However, the pages of this copy are all loose - staples have been removed - and kind of weirdly formatted (several sheets are single sided and the rest are double sided), so I wanted to make sure I have all of the pages. Pages #3-17 seem to be in order based on the contents so I'm mostly concerned if pages #1 and 2 are correct or should be double-sided.

There are 17 sheets:

The first two and last are single-sided:
#1 - Introduction (single sided sheet)
#2 - Illustration (single sided sheet) - Cleric of Thor confronting a Wraith
#17 - Weird Trips & Rip-Offs continued + illustration of Nuckalee

The remaining pages are double-sided (front/back)
#3 - Cleric variants/Beorning class, tiny Dragon pic
#4 - Sidhe class/Samurai class
#5 - Samurai cont/Basadae,Leprechaun class
#6 - Leprechauns cont inc pic/Shape-Shifter class
#7 - Shape-Shifters Cont/Reincarnation Charts
#8 - Giant Types/cont
#9 - Giant Types cont inc pic of "4 Armed Horror"/Trolls
#10 - Trolls cont inc pic/Undead
#11 - Undead cont/Undead cont inc pic of "Apparition"
#12 - Dragons/Dragons cont
#13 - Dragons cont/Dragons cont inc pic
#14 - Demons/Demons cont inc pic of "Demon of the Netherdepths"
#15-17 - Weird Trips and Rip-offs/cont

Interesting stuff. Contents are all for OD&D. Overall, the formatting and production quality is similar to Alarums & Excursions issues from the time period.


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Post Posted: Tue May 07, 2013 6:53 pm 
 

The Manual of Aurania is something I only recently discovered from reading Playing at the World, & considering its early date is worth a closer look. If I used smilies I would choose one with sunglasses, a party hat, & a thumbs-up gesture to impart the historical significance.

  

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Post Posted: Tue May 07, 2013 7:15 pm 
 

This is one of those small press products that is pretty good old school bang for your buck - mainly because there are lots of copies available.

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Post Posted: Tue May 07, 2013 7:21 pm 
 

Mars wrote in Manual of Aurania - contents:This is one of those small press products that is pretty good old school bang for your buck - mainly because there are lots of copies available.


Acknowledged, & moved to its own thread.

  


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Post Posted: Wed May 08, 2013 1:44 am 
 

yes Zenopus, pages 1,2 & 17 are single-sided and the rest double-sided in a 2nd print manual of aurania.


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Post Posted: Thu May 09, 2013 1:03 am 
 

Thanks, stratochamp. Good to hear that my copy is complete.


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Post Posted: Thu May 09, 2013 2:53 pm 
 

I think of Aurania as a poor man's Nimolee.


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Post Posted: Thu May 09, 2013 7:14 pm 
 

Heckle to back and again, I can't remember if'n I have one of these. I knows I gots Nimolee, though. Oh well, guess I need to spend more time cataloging.


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Post Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:03 pm 
 

Anyone know the story behind the NK shrink-wrapped copies?  I have one from Amandadub, with discolouration along the edge consistent with long-term shelf storage... the NK version looks identical with the same fade-away of the black on the cover, but is otherwise brand-spanking new.  Thoughts?

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:32 am 
 

D. Daniel Wagner allowed me to transcribe and post his Beorning class from the Manual on my blog, posted yesterday.

And today I have an overview of the Manual to provide more context.


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:36 am 
 

Thunderdave wrote in Manual of Aurania - contents:Anyone know the story behind the NK shrink-wrapped copies?  I have one from Amandadub, with discolouration along the edge consistent with long-term shelf storage... the NK version looks identical with the same fade-away of the black on the cover, but is otherwise brand-spanking new.  Thoughts?


There's some more info on the printings from Wagner in this other Acaeum thread. The shrinkwrapped copies may have resulted from a particular distributor/retailer.


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Post Posted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 4:51 pm 
 

If anyone is curious for more info about this product, Daniel Wagner is answering questions in a thread over on OD&D Discussion: Manual of Aurania

I linked to Noble Knight's copies in my blog post and as a result they are all sold out now.

But Daniel has indicated there that he's willing to release the Manual as a pdf if someone can help him to set it up so the proceeds are donated directly to a non-profit. See the OD&D Discussion thread for more details.


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Post Posted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:05 pm 
 

Never heard of this, very interesting thanks PDT_Armataz_01_37


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Post Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:48 am 
 

You're welcome, scalydemon.

Daniel has allowed me to continue posting material from the Manual. Today I've transcribed his Grue monster, which predates the one in Zork.


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:19 am 
 

Hello, my name is Robert Singh, I am Hugh Singh's son, and I need to get a hold of Mr. Wagner about the Manual of Aurania,  if anyone can help me get in touch with Mr. Wagner I would appreciate it.

  


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:30 am 
 

does he owe you any money?


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 1:56 am 
 

Doesn't owe anyone I know any money,  my father is trying to get in touch with him, and we are working on a project that we would like to talk with Mr. Wagner about.

  


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:15 am 
 

the way you phrased your inquiry left your motive ambiguous; nonetheless i didn't really think you were hunting him down for old royalties. i apologize for making your initial postings awkward, but look on the bright side: things have no where to go but up! seriously though, most of the members here are very friendly and helpful.


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:55 am 
 

warhouse on ebay has sold a few of these over the last few months. not sure if he has any left. I'm thinking he does but it's been awhile since I asked.

i think his sold in the $25-40 range. i was going to try to get one but just didn't have time to up the bid. oh well


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:35 pm 
 

It sounds like Zenopus might have a good line on a direct email address so if he doesn't respond to you, you might want to send him a message.  A very interesting read over OD&D discussion as well:  Manual of Aurania | Original D&D Discussion

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