D&D 1E My AD&D 1E hardback collection - what do you see?

Here's a pic of the AD&D 1E section of my bookshelf. You might notice a couple of things seem out of place. I will post more about them in a bit. Need to go for a walk at the moment.

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Edit: as many have already observed, one of the books is an orange-spine version of Fiend Folio. The interior of this book was easy, it's just a PDF of the original (though I did have to straighten some of the pages and improve the contrast for print quality. The work went into creating the cover. It uses Jeff Easley art that was originally intended for a version of the Fiend Folio, which they ultimately decided not to go ahead with since FF was the lowest-selling of the 1E books. It was printed at Lulu.

I got the idea from someone else who did this some time ago, there are posts about it online. But it also led to the second book, which I'll detail in the post below.

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Edit: after doing the Fiend Folio, I got the idea to do Unearthed Arcana II as well. This one was way more work. The cover was easy this time, since I already had the template from FF to work with. Just got a scan of the art of Encyclopedia Magica Vol. 2 I believe it was.

The interior took a long time. I took various articles from Dragon magazine and adapted them, focused on presenting the 2E classes that Gygax had talked about (jester, mountebank, mystic, savant). I also adapted the bard into a regular class. There's a whole bunch of spells borrowed mostly from Oriental Adventures, and there's a few things taken from some modules (the Conan modules and Lankhmar), since the sales text for the cancelled UAII suggested that some info would be taken from published modules and Dragon articles. And there's a bunch of stuff from some of my favourite Dragon articles from back in the day. I did the layout using appropriate late-1E fonts, and took illustrations from Dragon articles as well. Many, many hours or work went into it.

I put Kim Mohan's name on it since I figured if the book had been released, he'd be editing the material, though I must have assumed that Gygax would have been out the door, otherwise I'm sure he would have wanted his name on the cover.

You might be able to tell that this cover is glossy, while the FF cover is matte. Makes me wish that Lulu had a semi-gloss option, since the actual 1E books are not as glossy as this, but are glossier than the FF above.

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darjr

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the Jester

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The mystic, savant, and mountebank were all things I was super intrigued by, but never saw in print- did they actually appear in Dragon at some point, or did you have to adapt them yourself from Gygax' sparse notes?
 

SkidAce

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When I first looked into printing stuff like this, everywhere I went told me they could not, because I couldn't prove I was the owner/creator?

But your vendor lets you print stuff with ISBNs on it?
 



The mystic, savant, and mountebank were all things I was super intrigued by, but never saw in print- did they actually appear in Dragon at some point, or did you have to adapt them yourself from Gygax' sparse notes?
They're all adapted from Dragon articles. After Gygax discussed his thoughts in the magazine, several people seemingly took the opportunity to submit their own versions over time.
 

When I first looked into printing stuff like this, everywhere I went told me they could not, because I couldn't prove I was the owner/creator?

But your vendor lets you print stuff with ISBNs on it?
Could be because it's essentially set to private. The first question Lulu asks when setting up a project is whether it's for publishing or merely printing. These are just for printing, and a tiny number of copies as well.
 

FitzTheRuke

Legend
Could be because it's essentially set to private. The first question Lulu asks when setting up a project is whether it's for publishing or merely printing. These are just for printing, and a tiny number of copies as well.
Let's not talk about the mint you could make selling these, of course! That would be wrong. ;-P
 

the Jester

Legend
They're all adapted from Dragon articles. After Gygax discussed his thoughts in the magazine, several people seemingly took the opportunity to submit their own versions over time.
I had no idea, but I missed a bunch of late 1e era Dragons due to lack of a FLGS. Well, hopefully they were cool!
 

aia_2

Custom title
Great editing job here, congrats! I can understand what is behind as i am doing the same for my game... It seems smtg stupid but it is not and, moreover, it takes a hell of time!

You might be able to tell that this cover is glossy, while the FF cover is matte. Makes me wish that Lulu had a semi-gloss option, since the actual 1E books are not as glossy as this, but are glossier than the FF above.

Sorry if i ask you about such details but i am interested in knowing the printing options provided by Lulu (i am going with Drivethru). I understand that there is not chance to select any kind of cover. Is there ar least the option for the hardback binding (there are 2 main types of binding for hardbacks) and the type of paper (gloss/matte, thick/thin,...)?
 

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