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I have been looking through my collection and found some interesting playtest copies. The first Bismarck included cruisers and a two square range battle board. Alexander which was originally Gary Gygax's Arbela was done in several waves. I had a lot of contact with Gary back then and was his "apprentice" in the IFW. The first Dunnigan 1914 playtests had a movement rate of 1! OK, everybody move left. Let's see how the enemy responds. Anzio was done by Dave Williams of Connecticut, one of the members of our club. So I have many versions. They didn't change as much as you think. And of course, I have my bomb playtest version of Four Roads to Moscow: Mongols, Swedes (Charles XII), French (Napoleon), and Germans (Hitler). Does anyone know of playtest copies from around this time? Maybe we could photocopy and swap?
If you all manage to collect up some of these old playtest materials, there ought to be a museum of sorts to show them. Maybe a traveling one that can be set up at PrezCon, WBC, CONSIMCON/Monster.con, etc. Oldest playtest stuff I've got is ASL Rules and some BEYOND VALOR stuff from 1984 and TURNING POINT: STALINGRAD from 1988 or so. Not exactly ancient history (yet!). At least not compared to this stuff! -- Eric