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The Complete Warlock (1978)

 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:54 am    Post subject: The Complete Warlock (1978) Reply with quote



Title: The Complete Warlock
Item Code: n/a
Type: D&D variant rules
Copyright: July, 1978 by Balboa Game Company
Author(s): Robert Cowan, Dave Clark, Kenneth M. Dahl, and Nick Smith
Artwork: Tim Finkas and Adele R. Bass, with Ernst Lehner
Cartography: n/a
Place of Publication: Long Beach, California, United States
Printer: n/a
Format: 56 page softcover, stapled
ISBN: n/a
Cover Price: n/a
Mass: 162g
Dimensions: length 27.3cm, width 20.9cm, thickness .4cm

From the introduction: "A few years ago, the first copies of a new game called Dungeons and Dragons appeared on the market. Fantasy fans and gamers in general were enthralled at the possibilities. Most of them became hooked on the game, due to its unusual and imaginitive nature. You could actually do unusual things: slay dragons, rescue the downtrodden, and just grab loot.

When our group first started playing the game, our overall reaction was that it had great ideas, 'but maybe we should change the combat system, clarify the magic, and re-do the monsters.' Warlock is not intended to replace D&D, and, indeed, would not exist without that classic game. What we have tried to do is to present a way of expanding D & D without the contradictions and loopholes inherent in the original rules and the various supplements. By putting together one set of rule changes and interpretations and playing by them for three years, we have developed something that works pretty well. We spent a considerable amount of time working out a solid combat system, a coherent magic system, and a more flexible way of handling monsters as monsters, rather than as men dressed up in gorilla suits. We have been (rightly) accused of making D&D into a different game altogether, but we think it is an enjoyable one, and hope you do, as well."

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Additional image:
Rear cover

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Interior identical in all ways on cursory inspection. Dimensionally this copy varies from the others in both height (27.2cm) and width (21). It also weighs in at 162g.

I believe the coloration to be of a difference in printing and not a difference in scans due to the full range of colors and placement of color in both items. There is a chance the printing of this is identical to tfm's in that the yellow ink ran thin towards the end of the printing batch run.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Additional image:
Rear cover

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Interior identical in all ways on cursory inspection. The cover has different colorations due to its printing. I tend to refer to this copy as the orange wizard. Dimensionally this copy varies from the others in both height (27.3cm) and width (20.9). It also weighs in at 162g.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please refer to the nonTSR page for this item...... The Complete Warlock
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to re-do the entry on mine. I'm sure your sizes are right. Please check your cover with the orange to make sure it wasn't done with a marker after the fact. I've been bitten by that a couple of times.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am positive that wasn't done with marker. Here is another on ebay that is different than the 3 we have here.



I know that image link will die sooner than later. But I think it is curious for the immediacy of this discussion.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tfm wrote:
I have to re-do the entry on mine. I'm sure your sizes are right. Please check your cover with the orange to make sure it wasn't done with a marker after the fact. I've been bitten by that a couple of times.


Perhaps we should request that people list their edits in the RF so that I (or other Archive Admin) can find it more readily. eta = edit to add

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eta: rear scan, updated dimensions, and updated mass

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That would make three different covers at least.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

scribe wrote:
I am positive that wasn't done with marker. Here is another on ebay that is different than the 3 we have here.

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I don't often leave marker bids but I had my reasons there (not just for that one). Oh well... Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Title: The Complete Warlock
Item Code: n/a
Type: D&D variant rules
Copyright: July, 1978 by Balboa Game Company
Author(s): Robert Cowan, Dave Clark, Kenneth M. Dahl, and Nick Smith
Artwork: Tim Finkas and Adele R. Bass, with Ernst Lehner
Cartography: n/a
Place of Publication: Long Beach, California, United States
Printer: n/a
Format: 56 page softcover (stapled)
ISBN: n/a
Cover Price: n/a
Mass: 162g
Dimensions: length 27.2cm, width 21cm, thickness .4cm

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Another incarnation. Fifth cover?
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