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Post Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:07 am 
 

Anybody familiar with this book?




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Post Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:37 am 
 

g026r wrote:Anybody familiar with this book?


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It has a few different covers.  I don't recall anything exciting about it, but it's not worth anything close to $9.  I paid, what, a dollar for a later paperback printing of it.  They are common.



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Post Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:57 am 
 

Yeah, figured it wasn't worth that much.

It just came up in one of my usual searches, and I was curious what exactly it was.

  

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Post Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 11:22 am 
 

I'd pay the $1 to get the special RPG designed just for the book. :) Hehe.


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Post Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 4:18 pm 
 

I owned a copy many moons ago.  It's an interesting read.  I wouldn't spend more than a coupla bucks on it though.

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Post Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 6:53 pm 
 

I had the hardback edition pictured in this auction from the SF Book Club, even played the FF-style solo adventure. However the one to have is the trade paperback with the naughty lead figure on the cover.

'Dicing with Dragons' is not to be confused with the 'Dicing & Marinating Dragons' section from the hard-to-find 2nd ed. 'The Complete Gnomish/Halfling Culinary Specialist's Handbook.'

The real value of said Handbook is that it's useful whether you play a Halfling Culinary Specialist, your adventuring party employs a Halfling cook, or you just enjoy eating Halflings. Try the roast Halfling in Kuo-toa Sauce, it's delicious & it's easy to prepare once the Halflings stop screaming.

  


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Post Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2007 12:37 am 
 

This website shows the covers of the US reprint versions:

http://www.gamebooks.org/show_item.php?id=749

The auction linked above is the hardcover book club edition, which (IMO) has some pretty ugly cover art compared with the paperback covers.

I remember the second US paperback version (Signet) being an oddball in a mostly TSR & Roleaids RPG section in Waldenbooks in the mid-80s. (Another oddball there was Fantasy Wargaming by Galloway - discussed recently in other threads). I'm sure it had a massive print run if it was being distributed to mainstream bookstores.

43 copies on Abebooks at the moment:
http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchR ... ns&x=0&y=0

Of note, the interior art is by Russ Nicholson, who made significant contributions to the Fiend Folio (e.g. Coffer Corpse, Death Knight, Lolth, Githyanki/Githzerai, Grell, Kenku, Lava Children, Lizard King, Norker, Penanggalan, Retriever, Revenant, the Slaads, Svirfneblin, Xill and others). He also illustrated a number of Fighting Fantasy books, including the first (Warlock of Firetop Mountain).

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Post Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2007 3:20 am 
 

serleran wrote:I'd pay the $1 to get the special RPG designed just for the book. :) Hehe.


Which has now been re-released as a Fighting Fantasy gamebook:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_of_the_Dragon

  

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Post Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2007 11:31 am 
 

g026r wrote:Anybody familiar with this book?


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This is a book I read many, many years ago (around 1988  8O ) when our recently formed gaming club got two new members boasting this very book. I, being very UNproficient in English, loaned the book and read (errr...) it with much interest and I was sad  :oops:  in being foced to return it. When I discovered eBay.uk and I bought it, I was overjoyed  :D . It's still a good read for beginners, albeit things have changed A LOT. I'll bid on this copy because I don't own this particular version (I own the other one whose cover is really ugly  :x ).

  


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Post Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2007 1:28 pm 
 

Do you have the Italian version? It has a nice (IMO) cover with some tabletop depth perspective.

http://www.gamebooks.org/show_item.php? ... 3d624f0a87

Is this the same cover on the UK original? The gamebooks page doesn't seem to show the cover of the original 1982 UK cover.

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Post Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 11:24 am 
 

zhowar wrote:Do you have the Italian version? It has a nice (IMO) cover with some tabletop depth perspective.

http://www.gamebooks.org/show_item.php? ... 3d624f0a87

Is this the same cover on the UK original? The gamebooks page doesn't seem to show the cover of the original 1982 UK cover.

Yes, I got it (it's still the copy I bought in a bookshop in 1988!). No, the Italian cover is original - no UK printings I have seen use it.

  


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Post Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 6:38 am 
 

sauromatian wrote:...Try the roast Halfling in Kuo-toa Sauce, it's delicious & it's easy to prepare once the Halflings stop screaming.


Haha, thanks for that.  Hilarious.

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