Friday, December 20, 2013

Holmes for the Holidays III - the winner is...




Welcome to the third annual 'Holmes for the Holidays' where I send a present to a randomly selected reader. This year instead of a copy of the Holmes Basic rulebook I have a brand new copy of Holmes' 1986 D&D novel The Maze of Peril to give away, pictured above. 

Same system as previously: if you are interested, add a comment in reply to this post. I'm going to run the entries for just two days this year, as that is the time limit before moderation starts on posts on the blog. After two days, I'll stop accepting entries and treat the list of comments as a table and roll randomly for the winner, using dice from a Holmes Basic set. 

I'll cover postage (media mail) for any U.S. address. I can ship to other countries but I ask that you cover the difference (any amount over $4) in shipping by PayPal; so if you are overseas please only participate if you have a PayPal account and willing to chip in the extra. I'll estimate the exact shipping and refund the difference if I overcharge at all.

This is intended for folks who don't have a copy of the novel, so please don't post if you already have a copy. 

Update #1: It's been two days - 41 entries. A winner will be selected soon.

Update #2: We made the official dice roll using the original TSR 'Percentile Dice' - a white d20 for tens, and a pink d20 for ones. We simply rerolled any number over 41. After three practice rolls, my dice chucker rolled '20' for the official result, so the winner is...

Alfons Holzli! I'll be contacting him privately now.

By the way, if you are still hankering for The Maze of Peril, there are two places it is currently available (I am not affiliated in any way with either of these companies):
(1) Noble Knight has 8 copies in stock for $9.95 + shipping. This is where I got it for this contest. They take Paypal or credit cards, and you can order on-line.
(2) Space & Time, the original publisher, still has the original book in stock for $6.96 + $1.50 shipping. But they require check or money order, and you have to mail the order to them, so less convenient. I'm guessing that Noble Knight has been ordering from them.


Happy Holidays!

48 comments:

  1. I'm very interested. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  2. Oh. Oh-oh. Oh. Me, Mistuh Kottuh! Pick me, Mistuh Kottuh.

    Very nice of you to do this.

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  3. I've always wanted to read that but was too broke to buy it (sigh, I thought I'd have more spare money as an adult than as a kid, sadly, it's the opposite)

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  4. Random comment to enter me in the contest.

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  5. Dude, I didn't even know he wrote that. I would most definitely like a copy.

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    1. Note the cover is monochrome blue, just like the 'Blue Book'. Coincidence or not?

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  7. In for a friend, if that's OK Zach?

    Allan.

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  8. Heard of it, but have never found a copy!

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  9. Love the blog, and I'd love to read "The Maze of Peril"!

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  10. I would very much like to read that.

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  11. Well that would be quite an exciting gift. Awesome that you are doing this.
    Count me in... btw, Still enjoying this blog after sometime, I'm amazed at all the the enjoyment Holmes provides year after year. Thanks for all the work in putting this all together in one spot.

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  12. That looks cool, and if fortune favors me I'll wite a review of it (in finnish).

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  13. thanks for the chance...sending in the dwarf

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  14. That's pretty neat.

    I would not have expected the quasi-Star Trek font for the title.

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    1. Yes, that font has a very '80s cyberpunk feel (think Tron/Max Headroom/Neuromancer), so not what you'd expect for a straight D&D novel. I haven't found the name for that font yet - it's similar but not identical to the one used in posters for Tron.

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    2. And you are right, it is also very similar to the Star Trek The Next Generation font from 1987, though still not identical.

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  15. Twas the night before Christmas and I was reading Maze and Peril...... Fingers Crossed

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  16. Very nice of you to do this.

    Happy Holidays.

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  17. Looks interesting. Been enjoying the comparison posts lately.

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  18. I've heard about it for a long time now and am certainly curious. Would love to read it. Thanks for offering up this gem for Christmas!

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  19. I had no idea that book existed! -- I've only just picked up Mahars of Pellucidar, so that would be a great companion to it!

    Thanks for running this drawing.

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  20. Now that is one sweet gift! I'd love to get that under the tree this year, so to speak!

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  21. Oh my goodness this made me gasp! What a great prize!!!

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  22. what a fantastic prize, count me in

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  23. Oh. Nice! Surprisingly, I still don't have this.
    (machfront)

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  24. I don't have it yet. Only a few dozen comments before me - I like my odds! ;)

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  25. Oh, I'd like to pay extra postage for this. :)

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  26. That's very generous. I'd love to read Maze of Peril. Please put my name in the hat.

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  27. Congrats to the winner.
    I am surprised that Space & Time still has copies from 1986! They are still using the ISBN from that first edition. I wonder how many printings that book has gone through...very few copies are in libraries, according to WorldCat (worldcat.org)

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    1. Mike, I believe Space & Time still has copies remaining from the original 1986 print run of 1,000. Tavis Allison (of the Mule Abides) had lunch with the publisher about 5 years ago, and at that time they still had about 500 left. Probably less now, but perhaps still hundreds?

      See this post where I compiled some info from Tavis:
      http://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=16989#p879840

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  28. My son is actually reading Maze of Peril right now...part of a well-rounded Holmesian education.

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