I always enjoy seeing things I’ve never seen before.

§ February 6th, 2012 § Filed under gaming, I cast magic missile § 13 Comments

Here are just a couple of items recently acquired in a collection of role playing game materials, the first of which may be of interest to comic fans:

This is issue #2 of the Wyrm’s Footnotes, a 1977 fantasy role-playing game ‘zine, which features a front cover image by the late Gene Day (shown above) and a Day back cover:

And here’s a thing I’ve never seen before until I pulled it out that box yesterday…TSR’s 1974 wargaming rules based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter novels, in the same format as those early Dungeons & Dragons digest-sized books:

There really is nothing quite like the illustrations from early TSR books:

13 Responses to “I always enjoy seeing things I’ve never seen before.”

  • philfromgermany says:

    That hooded centaur looks great. Sad to think Gene Day died aged only 31.

  • Jim Kosmicki says:

    wow – those are really solid pieces – was the whole collection of that vintage?

  • De says:

    I haven’t read the John Carter novels (I know—shame on me) but is there really just a naked guy who walks around with a sword?

  • CW says:

    Amazing old stuff. Never even seen images of them before.

  • Geoff says:

    I know what Mike means about the old TSR illos. The first AD&D hardbound Monster Manual was brand spanking new when my friends and I discovered D&D, so we had to get the original box set and all the supplements if we wanted to play, not to mention all the new and back issues of The Dragon. Good times…, good times.

  • g23 says:

    Love 70s role playing stuff… it all feels like a zine. Thanks for sharing, Mike.

  • Mike Nielsen says:

    So jut out of curiosity, what does something like that John Carter item bring costwise?

  • Bruce Baugh says:

    In addition to Gene Day, Wyrm’s Footnotes includes Mike Mignola’s very first published work, illustrating the article on dragonewts. (Issue #14, a quick search tells me.) I’m not sure if there’s artwork by Steve Purcell in any WF issues, though I know he was part of that Bay area gaming scene and did later do covers for several of the Avalon Hill boxed sets for RuneQuest’s 3rd edition.

    Jim: Day was remarkable right from the outset. Chaosium, the company that published WF, did get more than its share of remarkable art all along, but no, most of the WF and other Chaosium art isn’t that awesome.

    De: Yes, actually. Any clothing beyond weapon harnesses and such is UNFAITHFUL TO THE TRUE SPIRIT OF EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS GET THE HELL OFF MY LAWN and all that.

    g23: Well, of course, this is a zine Mike’s showing us. Here’s the entry on Wyrm’s Footnotes that’s part of Shannon Appelcline’s fascinating ongoing effort to document rolegaming history. See his Brief History of Gaming for more. He’s going out and doing interviews and such and assembled all kinds of neat material.

  • Mikester says:

    Jim K. – There was a lot of material from the early to mid-’70s. I might throw a few more scans up here shortly.

    Mike N. – I’m not really sure…there’s one guy on eBay who has it at a Buy It Now price of $400, but…honestly, I haven’t the foggiest.

  • steve says:

    That TSR/Warlord of Mars book is one of the rare items. I don’t think $400 is out of the ballpark (my ballpark, for sure, but still…)

    http://www.acaeum.com is the standard early TSR collectible reference site, if you want to look up additional info.

  • Mike Nielsen says:

    Yikes on the $400 price tag. :)

    It’s a cool item but way out of my price range. Maybe I can find some POGS to trade for it…. :)

    And I’d love to see scans of the other stuff if you are motivated. I’m not much of a collector of that kind of stuff but have fond memories of playing D&D during high school.

  • Mikester says:

    Mike N. – I threw it on eBay with a $300 Buy It Now just to see what would happen…sold it within three hours!

  • Mike Nielsen says:

    $300? Holy cr*p Batman, that’s a lot more money than I would have ever thought.