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zenopusarchives.blogspot.com Exploring the Underworld of Holmes Basic, the original D&D Basic Set
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Pinned post --- The majority of my posting on G+ is in the Holmes Basic D&D community. It's a private community so if you follow me you may also want to join so you can see my posts there ---

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Skirmishing on Ancient Mars right now
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This has circulated before, but I haven't posted it in this collection. This is Gary Gygax at work in his TSR office at 723 Williams St, Lake Geneva. Hand-dated by someone as December 1977, which is the same month the Monster Manual came out. An upside down lid of a Holmes Basic set is at the top of the pile of books behind his head. Perhaps he is working on the Players Handbook?
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The kid got the new Oregon Trail handheld for Xmas. I somehow missed this game as a kid. It took about an hour but on my first try I successfully navigated my carpenter and his family - with no deaths - to the Willamette Valley in Oregon. So I still haven't experienced the infamous death by dysentery.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theverge.com/platform/amp/circuitbreaker/2018/3/24/17155538/the-oregon-trail-handheld-portable-game-review
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A handout I made for my "Return to the Tower of Zenopus" convention game --- a Player Map for the Zenopus Dungeon. It uses J. Eric Holmes' original drawing for the dungeon, but with the key removed. Use with the original or any sequel.

https://zenopusarchives.blogspot.com/2018/12/player-map-for-zenopus-dungeon.html
Player Map for Zenopus Dungeon
Player Map for Zenopus Dungeon
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Sad news - Pete Shelley had a fatal heart attack! The Buzzcocks were always one of my favorite punk bands, and I was fortunate to see play once, in 2003. H/t +Scott Mob
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A 1973 preview in Airfix Magazine - months before D&D was first published - of one of the earliest fantasy miniature lines, Mythical Earth by Minifigs. Tolkien was still alive when this was published! Read more here:

https://zenopusarchives.blogspot.com/2018/12/1973-preview-of-mythical-earth-minifigs.html
1973 Preview of Mythical Earth Minifigs
1973 Preview of Mythical Earth Minifigs
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The earliest ad for the first Basic Set? From the 1977 Gen Con Souvenir Program. Read more here:
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