Interesting find (Weapons--Matthew Balent pre-Palladium?)
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Post Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:01 pm 
 

Heya, folks,

I picked up an interesting little booklet today.  It's titled "Weapons: an illustrated compendium of arms suitable for use in medieval fantasy roleplaying games."  It was written by Matthew Balent, and published by Turtle Press back in 1981.  Apparently, it was a limited print run of 500, and each copy was numbered and signed; I've got copy #201.

Apparently, this is the predecessor to the Palladium Books of Weapons series, published just before Balent went to Palladium.

Does anyone know anything about this?  I'm putting together my contributions for the Gen Con charity auction this year, and I may include this if it's worth including.

  


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Post Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:32 pm 
 

i have been looking for one for 20 years, so if you put one in the charity auction, i certainly will bid with gusto.


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Post Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:19 pm 
 

stratochamp wrote:i have been looking for one for 20 years, so if you put one in the charity auction, i certainly will bid with gusto.


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Post Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:49 pm 
 

There is an entry on RPGGeek
http://rpggeek.com/rpgitem/51253/weapons

In the Compendium of Weapons, Armor & Castles it is written that "most arts of page 49 to 85 of are reprinted from the author's earlier publication "Weapons" by Turtle Press."


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Post Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:06 pm 
 

A bunch of these were sold in the "Palladium needs money" auctions - I think 5 (maybe 10 copies).  I think they sold around $40 - $50 but some of that might have also been people wanting to support Palladium.  With reprints and the compendiums, the content has been published several times and is very cheap to get.  I also seem to remember that these don't actually have RPG specific info in them - they are historical references with pictures.

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:26 pm 
 

It has some very basic generic stats for damage, symmetry, and the like, but yes, it's primarily a historical reference.

Sounds like it'll find a good home, though, so I'll send it along to the auction.  (Now if there was only a way I could send ME along...ah, well.  Next year.)

  


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Post Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:08 am 
 

thank you for sending it along to the auction, and i do hope you'll be able to make it there next year. be sure to come to the acaeum dinner wednesday night if you can.


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