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Post Posted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 10:56 am 

Ok, this is in reference to this auction:

** expired/removed eBay auction **

I received the items today, I have now destroyed the "provenance" page so it's just 6 sheets of paper now.

It IS this file: ... re-coc.pdf

Now, the auction also came with another lot sold by Paul Stormberg titled:

D&D Rules Set for Midgard Play-by-Mail Game

It is a booklet 8½ x 11 in size with 22 sheets of paper in it that are typed on one or both sides (mostly both sides). The front of the booklet is a heavy yellow "paper" not as thick as poster board but heavier than construction paper. The back of the booklet is brown cardboard about as think as or a tad thicker than today's backing boards. There is also a single sheet of whiter paper written in pencil front and back describing specifics about a "kingdom" or such info.

These are all stapled together along the left edge with 4 staples. The top staple is missing, and the back cover, hand written page and last page of the book are lose from the staples.

There is also an "external" ruled notebook page written in pencil with some specific instructions to the "next" player, with an address of where to send the "orders" page etc ie: to the next player in the "chain".

I will get some pics here if I can figure how to post them, or I'll create a link to them

Okay, try this:


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Post Posted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 2:38 pm 

On this page --> there is a name and address scratched out. I thought the name (Jim Lawson) sounded familiar so I started digging. In The Strategic Review #1, there's the following info on the bottom of page 2:

POSTAL DUNGEONS & DRAGONS VARIANT, a game which combines
D&D and MIDGARD will be handled through the magazine, FANTASIA.
To obtain full details, write: FANTASIA, Jim Lawson, 3508 Benton Dr.,
Calgary,Alberta,Canada T2L 1W8.

Seems like it falls in line with that...although the addresses are different. Its definitely a great "addition" to what you originally won in the auction.

In Impassable #59, on page 9, there's some information the history of Play By Mail games in the Hobby News section. A list of people running PBM games are: Charles Gaydos,John Brennick,James Hayes,Fred Bolin,Tom Corke,Steve Marsh,John Arbogast,Steve Tihor,Brad Stock,Bill Hartley,Jim Lawson. Anyone else recognize some of these names?  :lol:

It states that Jim Lawson started the first PBM game of this nature. Midgard was the first PBM game based somewhat on D&D but whether thats true or not, I don't know. Might be worth more digging into though.



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Post Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 1:51 am 

Howdy Doug,

ScketreWhisp® wrote:Now, the auction also came with another lot sold by Paul Stormberg titled:

D&D Rules Set for Midgard Play-by-Mail Game

Here is the original auction description for Lot 25:

"The Collector's Trove has a D&D Rules Set for Midgard Play by Mail from the mid 1970's for auction! The bound rules set is in VG condition. The staples have come loose (one is missing) from the back, cardstock binding. Two pages of handwritten notes have been placed within the back of the 8.5" x 11" book. The book is about 40 pp."

"Midgard is a Play by Mail game by Tom Drake, printed in 1972. After the publication of D&D, and it's wild popularity, it was decided to adapt the PBM campaign setting to the D&D rules. Nice little collectible of a classic PBM. Detail of spells, characters, weapons, classes, etc. Everything you'd need to run a D&D/Midgard campaign. Very cool."

Oh, I have the original auction photo archived as well if you are curious. Looks and sounds to be in the exact same condition.

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Post Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 2:36 am 

I think that did well at auction and I don't remember another sold.. $150??


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