Game Merchant magazine: ever seen it?
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 5:39 am 
 

Has anybody seen any copies of Game Merchant magazine? Any comments?

  


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Post Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 3:32 am 
 

Nope.  

Wasn't Shane asking about these too, recently?


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Post Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:55 am 
 

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GameMaster catalog, so should be different.
However I am also interested in any information on the Games and Puzzles magazine from the UK which should have ran from the 70s to 80's till whenever.

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Post Posted: Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:50 pm 
 

Picked up the first two issues recently. They are mostly advertisements, with a brief Industry News section in each. Notably, the second issue features the announcement of Kevin Siembieda's new company Palladium Books, and their first product: The Mechanoid Invasion.

These links take you to a few pics of each issue in my photostream, showing the industry news, plus an ad for The Mechanoid Invasion (for the second issue):

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Post Posted: Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:32 pm 
 

I have those two plus about 6 others stretching into the teens.
Guy, I recently bought a games & Puzzles that had an article about D&D in it (about issue #48 from 1976).


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:37 am 
 

stratochamp wrote in Game Merchant magazine: ever seen it?:I have those two plus about 6 others stretching into the teens.
Guy, I recently bought a games & Puzzles that had an article about D&D in it (about issue #48 from 1976).


Steve Jackson's Ground Goblins article? Wasn't that supposed to have been photocopied by GW & included in UK basic sets?

  

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:36 pm 
 

Yes, Games & Puzzles #48 has the Dungeons of the Ground Goblins article, which is largely (if not entirely) the same as the version published by People's Computer company, and the GW versions. Zenopus cataloged a bunch of info here:
The Dungeons of the Ground Goblins - Zenopus Archives

Notably, the version in Games & Puzzles is probably the first non-TSR published D&D scenario ever, at least based on the 1976 May cover date. (Beating out F'Chelrak's Tomb, Palace of the Vampire Queen, and the "first level dungeon" in Chimaera #18 by a month or two.)


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:52 pm 
 

Guy Fullerton wrote in Game Merchant magazine: ever seen it?:the version published by People's Computer company,


edit [A different issue than the one] identified by Zenopus' page is currently available:

** expired eBay auction **

I don't see Ground Goblins anywhere, but the whole magazine has dungeon-y art. If I were going to spend $136+ on a zine, I could do worse than this.

There is also a second issue for sale right now:

** expired eBay auction **

The seller is promoting both issues for their historically important articles on computer-software piracy, something that parallels a few discussions on this forum.


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:04 pm 
 

Admittedly we are getting way off-thread here (the sources for Dungeons of the Ground Goblins have nothing to do with Game Merchant), but:

That issue of People's Computer Company on eBay is not the right one. You are conflating the month & year of the relevant Games & Puzzles issue (1976 May). The correct People's Computer Company issue is 1976 Aug/Sep.

You can download pdfs of most/all issues of People's Computer Company from the Computer History Museum site:
People's Computer Company; People's Computers; Recreational Computing | 102661095 | Computer History Museum

There are other issues with rpg content.


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Post Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 5:43 am 
 

That PCC link might’ve just saved someone $250 for those zines


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