1975 The Character Archaic
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Post Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:59 pm 
 

Hi all, wanted to get feedback on this. Even though the cover is textured like the description of the Second print, it is labeled First Print inside. I am guessing there was some variability due to their being hand assembled? Inside it states 1975 first print and no reference to TSR.

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1975:  Character Archaic.  Published by Wee Warriors (of Palace of the Vampire Queen fame), and distributed by TSR.  The first publicly-available character sheets.  Red cover, featuring cover art by Morno.  Contains 24 pages, consisting of 20 character sheets, a dungeon map (labeled "The Wizard's Tomb"), a creature encounter sheet, a character roll call, and a combat matrix reference.  Three-hole-punched and bound with metal fasteners.

First (1975):  Cover cardstock is smooth.  Interior has an advertisement by Morno, the artist.  Does not indicate that it was distributed by TSR.  Thanks to Jeff Philbrick for this info, and the scan.

Second (1976?):  Cover cardstock is rough and textured, like most subsequent Wee Warriors products.  Interior has a notice that it was distributed by TSR.  Thanks to Wayne Mitchell for help with this info, and for the scan.

Third (Apr 1977):  Cover cardstock is now cream-colored, and bound by fasteners at the top instead of the left side.  States on the interior cover page that it's the Second print.  No longer distributed by TSR, but by Wee Warriors exclusively.  Interior pages run lengthwise.  Slightly less than 1,000 copies of this print were distributed.  Thanks to Doug Bartholomew and Pete Kerestan for this info, and to Doug Bartholomew for the scan.

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Post Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 3:15 pm 
 

It's a 2nd print


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Post Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:00 pm 
 

Are you sure? There is no reference to TSR and it states First Print. That would be strange but interesting  :D

I am thinking that the info on here is not not complete. One part can't be true. Doesn't matter, but I am curious.

  
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