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Friday, November 16, 2012
Two reasons to buy a second copy of the DDG
The Cthulhu Mythos and the Melnibonéan Mythos.
This is today's Half-Price Books brag. Sure, the cover's horribly faded and worn, but I never owned a version of of the old AD&D supplement Deities & Demigods that included entries based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft and Michael Moorcock respectively.
I was jealous of my friends who had this edition back in the day; by the time I bought my copy of the DDG, they had been redacted. You get the eldrich illustrations of Erol Otus in the Cthulhu section, and the renderings of Jeff Dee in the Melnibone chapter.
Interestingly, I remember speaking with Deities & Demigods author James Ward at NTRPG Con last summer. Two items of interest he shared regarding this book: First, he actually had clearance from both authors' literary estates to use their material, but was vetoed by TSR's legal department. Second, in compiling the various other mythologies, he had to omit a lot of background information because of all the sex in those old tales!
Finally, the cool thing about used books is seeing how their previous owners treated their tomes. I like this one because of this sticker on the inside of the front cover. Any of you do something like this to your game books?