I've got to ask about something my friends and I have been seeing in Dallas for the past month, maybe two. We are seeing large numbers of Judges Guild products for D&D and Traveller, mostly, although also for Runequest, Dragonquest, and Trolls & Tunnels. We're talking periodicals, modules, and supplements, mostly from around 1979-1980. Maybe a third of them are still wrapped in plastic. This is not just at Half Price Books, but also at least one other independent used bookstore.
There has got to be a story behind this. Is anybody seeing this anywhere outside of Dallas, Texas? Any facts? Speculation?
|Richard Pett Contributor|
These definitely are not reprints: the staples are rusting badly on many, and the quality of the paper in their products varied, so some have aged poorly. (Like my back.) Surely there is a vast underground complex that leads to THE GROTTO OF THE GREEDY GROGNARD where the stack of JG loot laid until a party came along, slayed the Greedy Grognard, and drove in some pallet trucks and took his hoard. When they all had copies of what they wanted, they sold the rest.
|Kevin Andrew Murphy Contributor|
What I suspect is that this is the former stock from a bookstore about that era, or someone's convention bookselling collection, that was stored in someone's garage and occasionally sold. The owner or the owner's heirs decided to get out of the business later and liquidated the stock, selling it back to the hobby trade. It may have also simply been mislabeled/misplaced for a number of years before coming back to light.