$84 for Gygax's Victorious German Arms: thoughts?
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Post Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 12:06 am 
 

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... %3AIT&rd=1
went for more than I had hoped it would ;)

Anyone else already have a copy of this?


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Post Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 12:23 am 
 

Hi Allan -

Well, if it wasn't for you and I ElliesDad would have had it for $20.50, which would have been a bargain. I put in an $82 snipe, hoping to win it for about $50, which I think would have been a fair price.

$83 is probably more than its worth, but I have a wargaming interest that rivals my D&D interest, so I'm keen to get hold of a copy. Hopefully next one that comes along I'll win for $37 or so....

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Post Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 3:49 am 
 

Hi Mike---

mdr003 wrote:Well, if it wasn't for you and I ElliesDad would have had it for $20.50, which would have been a bargain. I put in an $82 snipe, hoping to win it for about $50, which I think would have been a fair price.


I haven't seen one before, other than the copy that I got from Tadashi, so while I was hoping to be able to get it for a cheap price (figure it would slip under folks' radar), I also thought that it might go for as much as $150 or so.

$83 is probably more than its worth, but I have a wargaming interest that rivals my D&D interest, so I'm keen to get hold of a copy. Hopefully next one that comes along I'll win for $37 or so....


Tell, you what, if I get one near that price, I'll consider trading you for a copy of the Lost Abbey of Calthonwey, which apparently the world has decided I'm not allowed to have ;)

I asked Gygax about the printing history of VGA on ENWorld awhile ago, in case anyone's curious:

Gary Gygax on ENWorld wrote:
grodog wrote:Hi Gary---

A friend loaned me a copy of "Victorian German Arms: an alternate military history of world war two" by e. gary gygax & terry stafford (Baltimore, MD: TK Graphics, 1973).

It's 76 pages long, about the size of the OD&D manuals (octavo), has a lightweight, white card stock cover, with a German eagle facing dexter with a wreathed swastica in it's claws, while the back cover only has a swastica and the publisher's contact info.

Do you recall how many copies of this were printed? Did you used it in conjunction with Tractics? Who's Terry Stafford (any relation to Greg Stafford of RuneQuest fame)? Any other interesting tidbits?

As always, thanks :D


Yuletide Greetings!

Grodog, you surely do manage to find some oldies. Next you'll be digging up my old "Baku" expansion for Avalon Hill's Stalingrad board wargame, my first boardgame, the Battle of Arsouf, or maybe the "Conanomacy" Dippy variant I did... :eek:

Terry Stafford was the commander of the British Far East Squadron in the Ad Hoc Committee for the Reinstitution of WW II, the game directed by a group of wargamers at Standford U. back around 1962. I was living in Chicago, met Terry through the International Federation of Wargaming (a society I co-founded with Bill Speer and Scott Duncan, and Terry Joined). Thus I became the commander of the Chinese Communist forces in the short-lived WW Ii recreation (Don Kaye was commander to the Nationalists, BTW). Anyway, Terry used to drop in during lunch hour when I worked for Fireman's Fund Insurance Company in Chicago, and we'd talk military history. One day we got onto the subject of alternate history and decided to write one where the Germans won WW II. Between us we did about 30 maps and the text you have in Victorious German Arms.

Ted Pauls was an active SF fan in Baltimore, published a fanzine, Kipple, to which I subscribed--as did folks like L. Sprague de Camp and Jack Chalker, then about as well-known as I was;) When Ted learned about the ms. Terry and I had done he asked to publish it, and we agreed. Sadly, the Good Mr. Pauls totally screwed it up, left out all the maps, lost them to boot! I think he printed 2,000 copies of VGA, maybe it was 3,000, and to the best of my recollection, I think all Terry and I ever received was a very small advance. My copies of that work are long lost.

About a year ago Lauren Wiseman from SJG emailed and inquired if we would be interested in having SJG republish it. I got ahold of Terry, and we both agreed it would be okay. that's the last I heard, so I assume that Steve Jackson changed his mind.

Terry Stafford is not related to Greg. Intersetingly, though, Greg Stafford was here in Lake Geneva for a time, a partner with another chap here and running a metal casting business doing 30 mm figurines. He left that enterprise about the time I moved back to Lake Geneva from Chicago, so I never met Greg here. His former partner hit is big with Bergamont Brass back in the 60s when large belt buckles were in vogue, and that company is still operating and doing well, having moved to Darien, Wisconsin where the rent is a lot lesds than spece in this tourist town.

So there's a long response to a couple of short questions :D

Holiday best,
Gary


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Post Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2005 7:55 am 
 

Hi Allan -

Thanks for the info. I knew about the book, and had been vaguely keeping an eye out for it on ebay but thats the first one I'd seen. I thought there would have been more interest, but I guess you just need one other determined bidder to be foiled.

If you do pick up a copy let me know - I don't have a Lost Abbey but perhaps there's something I have I can trade you for it.

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