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Post Posted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 2:18 am 
 

Anyone know more about this?:
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I haven't thought of Jedco in years and years and years.  If this was published by TSR in 1973, that would make it one of the earliest produced of TSR's games (I just checked, and it's not listed on the inside back cover of WoM).


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Post Posted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 4:22 am 
 

TSR wasn't around in 73... it was Tactical Studies Rules then.  I think Jedco copyrighted it in 73, and then TSR acquired the rights and printed it in the U.S. some years later.

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 11:37 am 
 

FoulFoot wrote:TSR wasn't around in 73... it was Tactical Studies Rules then. I think Jedco copyrighted it in 73, and then TSR acquired the rights and printed it in the U.S. some years later.


I wasn't sure, since it looked like a lizard logo on the box on the lower right corner, and I don't recall a time when "TSR Games" was in use (so I thought this might be a one off inconsistency in how TSR was named/described).


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Post Posted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 12:29 pm 
 

The copy we have looks identical to the link. It states Jedko 1973 inside  the rules but has a TSR Lizardman Logo/TSR Games on the cover and a list of TSR products on the back. Foul is right about Jedko publishing this first. We do know Jedko published DUNGEON! in Australia.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 7:43 pm 
 

Jedko was an Australian company, and created several titles (African Campaign being one of them). I read an interview with the owner of Jedko in a magazine from the mid seventies (can't remember which one) where he talks about the process of the deals involving the USA. From what he said it appears he entered into a reciprocal rights deal early on with Tactical Studies Rules where they could print any of his titles, and he could do the same in Australia with TSR games (although the only TSR game I've seen under the Jedko label is Dungeon).

I don't think the deal lasted very long at all - at the time TSR was trying to rapidly expand their list of titles and probably thought the deal was one way to do that. Then after a short time they cancelled the agreement as they were moving away from core wargames, and probably didn't want another company with the rights to print TSR games.

I expect the copyright was 1973, but TSR probably printed it in 1975/76 or so.

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