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Post Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 4:51 pm 
 

Only two hours left on this auction for a less-than-perfect copy of Outdoor Survival:




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Is this the same game that was optional to play OD&D?  What did the earlier versions look like (or is this an early version)?

  


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 6:15 pm 
 

Details here John:  http://www.acaeum.com/ddindexes/miscpag ... vival.html


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 6:17 pm 
 

LOL... the "D&D connection" can even help this turkey, eh?

It's pretty much unplayable in its original form. You die and start over. One or two optional/advanced scenarios are actually doable without dying, but are singularly uninteresting.

Yet it went through at least 4-5 different print runs, weirdly enough.

This is such a widely scorned turkey that the GenCon auction always has a bunch of 'em and none goes for more than $5, and often $1-2. No shipping or eBay fees either.

In Mint, in the shrink, I might pay as much as $10 for one.

Want me to get you some?

  


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 6:20 pm 
 

ExTSR wrote:LOL... the "D&D connection" can even help this turkey, eh?

It's pretty much unplayable in its original form. You die and start over. One or two optional/advanced scenarios are actually doable without dying, but are singularly uninteresting.

Yet it went through at least 4-5 different print runs, weirdly enough.

This is such a widely scorned turkey that the GenCon auction always has a bunch of 'em and none goes for more than $5, and often $1-2. No shipping or eBay fees either.

In Mint, in the shrink, I might pay as much as $10 for one.

Want me to get you some?

I'd like one!  Preferably in good, complete condition, but not necessarily in shrink as I'd be opening it immediately.  Let me know.  ;)

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 6:22 pm 
 

I'd be interested in one if it is that cheap.

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 6:32 pm 
 

You can get an Outdoor Survival for less than $5 at any time.

We used to play - way back in 78-79. Pretty much long, slow road to starvation. But bun, nonetheless :lol:


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 6:40 pm 
 

::sigh:: Such a dog, with fleas...

Okay, email me at [email protected] if you want it put on your GenCon want-list. We can work out payment & postage later.

Just don't stick me with 'em. I burn 'em in the fireplace each winter, but they're a little pricey as firewood.

  


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 10:43 pm 
 

I sold my only copy of OS on Ebay last fall for $6. It had an slightly worn outside & pretty nice interior (~95% unpunched) and had an Avalon Hill catalog from the time period. I had found it about 5 years before at Goodwill & bought it because I remembered the mention in OD&D Vol 3. Never played it & finally decided it was taking up too much space. I like the Avalon Hill bookcase boxes, but they are kind of big and heavy if you are not using the game.

Outdoor Survival has not been discussed here very often (presumably because it is so common), but I remember Badmike speaking fondly of it:
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Didn't many Avalon Hill games have humungous print runs?

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 10:46 pm 
 

ExTSR wrote:LOL... the "D&D connection" can even help this turkey, eh?

It's pretty much unplayable in its original form. You die and start over. One or two optional/advanced scenarios are actually doable without dying, but are singularly uninteresting.

Yet it went through at least 4-5 different print runs, weirdly enough.

This is such a widely scorned turkey that the GenCon auction always has a bunch of 'em and none goes for more than $5, and often $1-2. No shipping or eBay fees either.

In Mint, in the shrink, I might pay as much as $10 for one.

Want me to get you some?


My brothers and friends and I about wore out our copy in the 70's. Of course, we had an entirely different set of rules.  All the players were bank robbers who started out on the same space and then tried to cross  the wilderness with their money.  The fun began after a few turns when you were allowed to start tracking other players and killing them for their money.  Each character had a pistol with six shots (no one had any extra ammo, I guess, oh well).  You could use pistol shots on stuff like mountain lions and bears as well.  If you managed to land on another players space you both rolled to see who got to shoot at the other first, each bullet that hit took off a life level (or whatever those things were called). If you killed the other robber, then you got to take his money too.  Needless to say if you crossed the wilderness with the most money you won.  Most games ended in a wild and bloody shootout at some cabin in the middle of the mountains!  Great fun, especially when you had about five or more people playing.  We had all sorts of alternate encounters and rules that we used which I no longer remember.  We used to kill entire afternoons playing this. Then we discovered D&D and that started killing all our afternoons for the next 25 years or so.....

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 10:52 pm 
 

zhowar wrote:I sold my only copy of OS on Ebay last fall for $6. It had an slightly worn outside & pretty nice interior (~95% unpunched) and had an Avalon Hill catalog from the time period. I had found it about 5 years before at Goodwill & bought it because I remembered the mention in OD&D Vol 3. Never played it & finally decided it was taking up too much space. I like the Avalon Hill bookcase boxes, but they are kind of big and heavy if you are not using the game.

Outdoor Survival has not been discussed here very often (presumably because it is so often), but I remember Badmike speaking fondly of it:
viewtopic.php?t=1197&start=436

Didn't many Avalon Hill games have humungous print runs?


Wow, I forgot I posted that before!!! Thanks man.  I thought I might have mentioned our homebrew OS games before.  Remember that was pre-D&D too...unconciously we were gearing up for roleplaying before we even found out it existed! I think I still have the homemade encounter tables somewhere...they are hilarious to look at.  I mean, all the dangers we added out there, you are safer strolling across Tehran with a "I love the USA" sweatshirt than crossing the mountains in OS!

Ahh, Outdoor Survival, mine and my brothers favorite game before we discovered D&D.  We were so far ahead of our time; we had our own different scenarios...one was we were bank robbers escaping a big job, and we had to split up and go across the board...of course, you could land on another player, fight and try to kill each other and steal each other's bag of money....each player had a gun with six bullets, you could use them to kill stuff like bears, snakes, mountain lions, etc, or shoot each other (or shoot yourself to die with a little dignity if you were in the desert dying of thirst...).  But the best part was the homemade encounter tables....we had six encounter tables, you rolled one six sided dice which picked encounter tables 1 through 6, and each table had six results, for 36 results in all....man, we had everything from bear attacks, lion attacks, rattlesnakes, wolves, landslides, park rangers (armed with rifles of course), insane mountain men with knives, floods, fires, pits, falling trees, swat teams in helicopters, I swear I think we even had UFO abductions (but you could fight them off with your revolver).  We could play six games ina  row and still have fun.  Ahh, good times.


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Post Posted: Sat Jul 29, 2006 3:24 am 
 

How nice for the designer that a small mention in an obscure booklet...that an entirely different sort of game originally utilized just the map from your game...until they figured out how to make better maps...and so it is worth collecting 30+ years later.

My copy got destroyed a couple years ago, during our last move.

I have been lamenting throwing away the remainders after I saw a copy of the box on InvincibleOverlord's shelf in his gameroom photos.

It never occured to me to simply look it up on Ebay and see what it was going for.  I got mine at Goodwill for 99 cents.  I had to explain to my mystified wife and inlaws why I wanted that crappy game.

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 29, 2006 3:31 am 
 

MShipley88 wrote:How nice for the designer that a small mention in an obscure booklet...that an entirely different sort of game originally utilized just the map from your game...until they figured out how to make better maps...and so it is worth collecting 30+ years later.

My copy got destroyed a couple years ago, during our last move.

I have been lamenting throwing away the remainders after I saw a copy of the box on InvincibleOverlord's shelf in his gameroom photos.

It never occured to me to simply look it up on Ebay and see what it was going for.  I got mine at Goodwill for 99 cents.  I had to explain to my mystified wife and inlaws why I wanted that crappy game.

Mark   8)


It is a fun, simple game for children also, one you can play with them.  If you want to include the "Bank Robber" version with the kids, no problem,  you can use the idea gratis  :D

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