…A copy of the Dungeons & Dragons-centric magazine The Dragon #1 from 1976:
We carried Dragon when it was being published, we’ve handled tons of back issues of the mag…hell, even I bought it for a short time during my brief D&D fling in junior high school. And I’ve seen some pretty early issues of the series cross my path…but never the first issue. Pretty neat, I think. It’s a bit rough, having had an unfortunate random encounter with some moisture (hopefully water) at some point in the past, causing some rippling of the pages, though it remains perfectly readable.
It’s in slightly better shape than this other item from the same collection, 1978′s The Arduin Grimoire Vol. 2: Welcome to Skull Tower:
It’s a sourcebook for an early role-playing competitor to D&D, and this particular copy’s cover is so beat and rough that it’s actually detached from the pages within. But the book remains readable, with plenty of detailed charts and elaborate descriptions of gameplay. While I’m not a game-player, I do have a peculiar fascination with reading about games, and for reading extensive rules systems like these. In fact, the temptation to hang onto this for a while instead of selling it is pretty strong. Alas, it’s gotta go!
…But not until I pull a handful of choice and somewhat out-of-context quotes from the book:
“A DM must be as heartless as one of his monsters if order is to be maintained and fun is to be had for all.”
“Once the people who play in your world realize that you mean business, they will be much more ready to act in a proper manner, and refrain from disruptive and childish temper tantrums.”
“…A man slain by an 8 dice vampire would require 8 hours to transform into one himself. Simple.”
“DICE ROLL: 81-85 HIT LOCATION: The mouth RESULTS: Tongue torn out, 10% chance of drowning in one’s own blood. Permanent coherent voice loss.”
“…For what is stranger, the alien with the blaster or the multi-tonned dragon that breathes fire? Think about it.”