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Post Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 11:31 pm 
 

OK, so I am in contact with the game's creator, and could get a reprint (not an original copy, though) of this game. The price is $50 + a small shipping fee.

Do you guys think it would be worth it? I know the game has a certain reputation, but that is one reason I want to see it. Also, it seems to be next to impossible to locate, in my limited experience.


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Post Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 3:09 am 
 

I imagine if one came up on Ebay, it would fetch a fortune. A lot of people here have commented over the time I've been here that it is something they'd love to get their hands on. I have never seen one either.

Schick, of course, ranks it as the most appalling RPG ever created, and say it is legendary amongst RPG designers for this reason. I suspect there are not enough originals to go around - so getting a reprint just to read would be worth $50!

  

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 3:40 am 
 

I bought one and I know Mars did as well... I thought it was worth it as I have only seen the origional for sale once on ebay (there may have been more I didn't take too much notice till recently...)

I'm still after an origional copy though....

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:43 am 
 

Hey, if you guys have all been in touch with the author, has he told you anything about the criticism and / or whether he designed it seriously or as a bit of a joke?

  

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 7:16 am 
 

he gives a nice intro to it yes, and yes it is real...

From memory it says that he was unaware of all the fuss until someone tracked him down and rang him up out of the blue in 1998(?)..

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:06 am 
 

Yep, I tracked him down too and picked up a copy a while back.  I have only seen one copy for sale on Ebay and it sold for over $150 (I forget if it sold for $175 of $250 though).  Definitely hard to come by.

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:34 am 
 

serleran wrote:OK, so I am in contact with the game's creator, and could get a reprint (not an original copy, though) of this game. The price is $50 + a small shipping fee.

Do you guys think it would be worth it? I know the game has a certain reputation, but that is one reason I want to see it. Also, it seems to be next to impossible to locate, in my limited experience.


A reprint courtesy of Lulu.com?

  

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:37 am 
 

I don't think so.


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Post Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:22 pm 
 

Alexander1968 wrote:A reprint courtesy of Lulu.com?


No, he prints them up himself and binds them with a plastic coil binding etc.

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 2:36 pm 
 

The odd thing, to me, is the physical address is only 26 miles from where I used to live. Had I known that... well, yeah. I'd have had one of these a long time ago.


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Post Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 2:40 pm 
 

serleran wrote:The odd thing, to me, is the physical address is only 26 miles from where I used to live. Had I known that... well, yeah. I'd have had one of these a long time ago.


From the sounds of it, he did do a few print runs.  The initial run was very limited but he did reprint a couple of times to have some on hand to sell.  Now it seems as if he does one offs every once in a while.

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:19 pm 
 

i bought greg stafford`s copy about a year ago for appx $160 iirc. no i haven`t looked at it yet to see just how howlingly (is that a word ?) bad it is.

  

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Post Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:41 am 
 

stratochamp wrote:i bought greg stafford`s copy about a year ago for appx $160 iirc. no i haven`t looked at it yet to see just how howlingly (is that a word ?) bad it is.


That is the only one that I remember seeing at auction.

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:38 am 
 

Mars wrote:
No, he prints them up himself and binds them with a plastic coil binding etc.


Meh...  :(

  


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Post Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 11:28 pm 
 

I remember the review of "Spawn of Fashan" in the Dragon.

It was their APRIL issue, so I always thought that review was an "April Fools Joke"

After all, the April 1982 issue had the Jester class, and instead of "Giants in the Earth", they had "Midgets in the Earth.

I thought the review was a joke.  A parody review of all those D&D rip offs.

I didn't know there was an actual game!

  

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Post Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:52 pm 
 

Was this an original or reprint?

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(I was shocked at the final price, congrats to the winner :)  )


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Post Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:56 pm 
 

Wouldn't be surprised to find the winner is a member here. Underbidder certainly is. Maybe someone here will tell us what it is. I've never heared of it.


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Post Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:04 pm 
 

It's got a different binding on it from this image (which is marked as a reprint)... but I've also read that a) only a dozen original copies were even sold which would make one super rare, and b) the author was reprinting them himself, so maybe there are multiple types.  I hope to be enlightened :)

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Post Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 5:02 pm 
 

Original and, yes, a looney price indeed for a looney product. ;)
The other underbidders were about right at the ~$150 level, IMHO. Greg Stafford's copy went for $178.48 (underbidder on that one, too, to Bill).
Had been looking for a copy since the Dragon review and was going to make sure I didn't mind at all if I was outbid. :)

I'm still /slightly/ dubious about the "dozen copies only sold" paraphrase given the number that have turned up over the years: it's still very rare, no doubt, but then so is the Infinity RPG than went for $22.15 in the same batch of sales.


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Post Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:45 pm 
 

Waaat?


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