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Jim Husband
United States
Martinsburg
West Virginia
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10
Jun 2001*
I love this game. It's best suited for light gaming times, but it can be expanded into a campaign. Unfortunately, the company that currently makes it (Greysea) just went under - again.
2001-06-02*
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Robin Warren
United States
Temecula
California
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9
Jun 2003*
Great game to quickly start playing. Don't like the rules for more than 2 players...
2003-06-30*
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Paul DeStefano
United States
Long Island
New York
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9
Sep 2004*
First 13 or so figures were stunningly fun and balanced. Addition of 'luck/strategy' cards destroyed everything. NINE ONLY IF YOU ONLY USE NOVA PUBLISHED CHARACTERS. Otherwise - 7/8 depending.
2004-09-23*
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Will Watts
United States
Glendale
Arizona
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9
Oct 2004*
This is a great game with lots of replay value. There are quite a number of characters so there is a huge variety in the combats you can set up. While there is a pretty good tactical component there is also a large psychological component in figuring out your opponent's style of play so that you can zig when he zags. An easy game to handicap and to set up for tournanment play. There are also cards with spells, weapons and tactics for even more tactical depth and variety.
2004-10-15*
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Thom Denholm
United States
Seattle
Washington
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9
Mar 2007*
Nine for the game system overall. Certain books are not as good, and certain things added over the years don't fit as well (tactics cards). On the plus side it's easy to teach, difficult to master, and consistently fun and challenging.
2007-03-31*
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Ken H.
United States
Amherst
Ohio
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9
Nov 2010
This is one of my favorites. My rating is based mainly on the original set of books published by Nova Games. The more recent publications have pushed the power level to where the original characters are no longer competitive. I would rate the game a little lower (7-ish) if I included those books (although I only have a few of them).

Update 1/2011: I'm getting used to some of the newer books, but it still bugs me that they obsoleted a few of the old characters. Significant balance problems in the game prevent it from being a 10, but it is still one of my favorites.
2011-01-19
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Yoki Erdtman
Sweden
Södertälje
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9
Feb 2015
Lost Worlds is one of my all-time favorite games. It is a game of dueling fantasy characters. Each player picks a book, takes the corresponding character sheet, and hands his books to his opponent. This way you actually see your opponent's each and every move in your back and forth duel.

We would use Lost Worlds as a filler during years of long roleplaying sessions, and sometimes we scheduled full tournaments or just played duels for hours on end. I have a big collection of books, and both of the board games released in the series.

My collection breaks down as follows:

# Nova
1x 1001 Man in Chainmail with Sword and Shield
2x 1002 Skeleton with Scimitar and Shield
1x 1003 Dwarf in Chainmail with Two-handed Ax
2x 1004 Giant Goblin with Mace and Shield
1x 1005 Woman in Scale with Sword and Shield
1x 1006 Hill Troll with Club
1x 1007 Barbarian with Two-handed Sword
1x 1008 Fighter Mage with Magic Sword
2x 1009 Wraith with Sickle
1x 1010 Cold Drake
1x 1011 Halfling with Sword and Shield
2x 1012 Lizard Man with Scimitar and Buckler
1x 1013 Man in Plate with Sword and Shield
3x 1014 Man with Short Sword and Dagger
3x 1015 Woman with Quarterstaff
1x 1016 Winged Gargoyle with Scimitar
2x 1401 Samurai with Katana
2x 1402 Ninja with Ninjato
1x 1601 Manticore

# Chessex
1x 60150 "Othere" Djinn of Distinction
1x 60151 "Brimstone" the Fire Giant
1x 60152 "Sir Percival" Mounted Knight
1x 60153 "Cimeree" Elfin Maid

# Flying Buffalo
1x 8601 "Umslopagaas" the Scorpion Wizard
1x 8602 "Flaming Cherry" Barbarian Beauty
1x 8604 "Chiron" Magical Centaur
1x 8607 "MacAber" A Highland Warrior with Claymore

I also own Nova's Tome of Red Magic, Ninja Gimmicks (1411), and a whole bunch of gear, magic items, spells, and other cards from both Nova and Flying Buffalo, as well as both board games; Lost Worlds Adventure Set I: In the Ruins of the Ancients and Lost Worlds Adventure Set II: The Dwarf and Goblin Wars. I also have the wild west Bounty Hunter: Shootout at the Saloon, Star Wars Lightsaber Dueling and Star Wars: Starfighter Battle Books.
2011-11-27
Owned
David Lichtenstein
United States
Springfield
Virginia
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Jan 2009*
Well themed books & cards based game of personal melee combat. There is no random element, though imperfect information makes play unpredictable. Campaign play is possible, perhaps better.
2009-01-08*
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Wes Makin
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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8.5
Nov 2005*
I think I have most of the original NOVA books - but I haven't searched for a comprehensive list...

Another game in which no luck is involved - a good poker player would probably do well with this game. (Reading the opponent.)
2005-11-13*
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Frank Huminski
United States
Bethesda
Maryland
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Jul 2001*
Lots of characters to choose from...Teflon Billy Rules!
2001-07-25*
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Bernd Wechner
Australia
Hobart
Tasmania
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Oct 2003*
The excellent Nova mechanic applied to simple battles in wonderful books. They were a little out of my price range to collect many when they were published, they predate the collectible card game phenomenon some but are in that genre. Having said that, each character adds a certain flavour. Good fun, excellent design.
2003-10-22*
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Walter OHara
United States
Burke
Virginia
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8
Jun 2004*
I have several of these. I have always admired the Zen-like elegance of Alf Leonardi's game design.
2004-06-03*
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J. Michael Graham
United States
San Rafael
California
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Aug 2004*
Great concept! Easy to play and learn and fun over and over again...if you feel like buying lots of books!
2004-08-08*
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Tim Deagan
United States
Austin
Texas
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Dec 2006*
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2006-12-04*
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Thomas Fuhs
United States
Goldsboro
North Carolina
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8
Dec 2004*
like Ace of Aces, but warriors in a Fantasy setting
2004-12-01*
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Scott Starkey
United States
Dayton
Indiana
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8
Apr 2005*
Great for what it is: A quick glatatorial game with very little fluff. Plus, my 8-year-old daughter will play with me, and she will hand me my ass.
2005-04-18*
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Ben Newell
United States
Pasadena
CA
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Jan 2006*
Lots of fun. Simpler version of the classic Black Baron/White Warlord book games.
2006-01-18*
Franz Joseph
Australia
Melbourne
VIC
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Dec 2009*
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2007-03-20*
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Damon Jansen
United States
Spokane Valley
Washington
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8
Dec 2006*
I rate this an 8 for the older books, as they seem to play better and are more balanced than the newer ones. I'd probably rate the newer ones a 5.5, 6 on a good day. A few of the older books, however, are ridiculously overpowered (i.e., the Cold Drake). Other than that, it's a blast to play and simple enough that my son can grab a book and beat the hell outta ol' Dad.
2006-12-05*
Owned
Judy Krauss
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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8
Jun 2015
I have quite a few of these booklets. Any character booklet can be paired against any other.

1001 Man in Chainmail with Sword and Shield (Nova)
1002 Skeleton with Scimitar and Shield (Nova)
1003 Dwarf in Chainmail with Two-Handed Ax (Nova)
1004 Giant Goblin with Mac and Shield (Nova)
1005 Woman in Scale with Sword and Shield
(REPRINT version)
1006 Hill Troll with Club (Nova)
1007 Barbarian with Two-Handed Sword (Nova)
1008 Fighter Mage with Magic Sword (REPRINT version) no spells included)
1009 Wraith with Sickle (REPRINT version)
1010 Cold Drake (Nova))
1011 Halfling with Sword and Shield (REPRINT version)
(character sheet is in B&W but has a
different color reference card included)
1012 Lizard Man with Scimitar and Buckler (Nova)
1013 Man in Plate with Sword and Shield (Nova)
1014 Man with Short Sword and Dagger (Nova)
1015 Woman with Quarterstaff (Nova)
1016 Winged Gargoyle with Scimitar (Nova)
1101 Tome of Red Magic (no character, just
Twelve Red Magic Spells #16-27) (Nova)
1301 Unicorn (REPRINT version)
1401 Samurai with Katana (Nova)
1402 Ninja with Ninjato (Nova)
1601 Manticore (Nova)

plus Tactical Moves cards (with rules) #5, 6, 7, 8

2012-11-18
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Chris Ingersoll
United States
North Carolina
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Jul 2007*
Also have the Star Wars Lightsaber Duel Pack and several Battletech books.
2007-07-23*
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Jim Wyman
United States
Keene
New Hampshire
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Dec 2007*
Have many of the books for this game, both old style and newer ones, but am always on the lookout to expand my collection.
2007-12-18*
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True Blue Jon
United States
Vancouver
Washington
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Jul 2010
I have:

Cold Drake
Dwarf in Chainmail with Two-Handed Ax
Halfling with Sword and Shield
Hill Troll with Club
Lizard Man with Scimitar and Buckler
Man in Chainmail with Sword and Shield
Man in Plate with Sword and Shield
Man with Short Sword and Dagger
Ninja Gimmick Pack
Ninja with Ninjato (2 copies)
Samurai with Katana
Skeleton with Scimitar and Shield
Winged Gargoyle with Scimitar
Woman with Quarterstaff
Woman in Scale with Sword and Shield

Looking for these Nova books:

Barbarian with Two-Handed Sword
Fighter Mage with Magic Sword
Giant Goblin with Mace and Shield
Manticore
Unicorn
Wraith with Sickle
2013-04-06
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Jeremy Draper
Australia
Bendigo
Victoria
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...can't wait till my kids can read fluently...
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If only I could focus on just one hobby...
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8
Sep 2009*
Love these. Can even get my wife to play them.
2012-12-14
Owned
Rob
Netherlands
Amsterdam
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Oct 2011
Own:
Winged Gargoyle with Scimitar
Woman with Quarterstaff
Man in Chainmail with Sword and Shield
Man with Short Sword and Dagger
Manticore
Cold Drake
Samurai with Katana
Skeleton with Scimitar and Shield
Lizard Man with Scimitar and Buckler
Man in Plate with Sword and Shield
2011-10-19
Owned
David Ells
United States
Baltimore
Maryland
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Here the truceless armies yet / Trample, rolled in blood and sweat; / They kill and kill and never die; / And I think that each is I. // None will part us, none undo / The knot that makes one flesh of two, /
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Sick with hatred, sick with pain, / Strangling -- When shall we be slain? // When shall I be dead and rid / Of the wrong my father did? / How long, how long, till spade and hearse / Puts to sleep my mother's curse?
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8
Aug 2012
1984, not 1997.
2012-08-07
Owned
Mark Silcox
United States
Edmond
Oklahoma
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Dec 2012
These little gamebooks provide for 2-player games that are easy to learn, quick to play, and absolutely charming. There's nothing especially brilliant about the artwork, but one nonetheless stands in awe of the way in which Leonardi was able to imagine the flow of combat, and to translate it into a bunch of still images and huge lists of multiply compatible cross-references. Each contest is just as full of tension and tactical experimentation as any well-designed video game.
2012-12-12
Owned
Eric Forster
United States
Arizona
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7.7
Oct 2012
I have all of the Nova books published in 1984 (1-12)

Excellent warmup/filler game that could be used for a gladiatorial tournament. No luck involved. Out-think your opponent. Combatants are unbalanced, but it is never rock/paper/scissors, and underdogs can win by thinking creatively.

Excellent cross-referencing system among books; excellent (and original) initiative system, which will be invisible to most beginners. The key to winning is seizing the initiative and then pressing at the key moment. Simple and straightforward rules, but experienced players will defeat beginners time and again, irrespective of matchup.

This game is far ahead of its time, and stands up even in 2012. The only real downsides are the quality of illustration in the books and some inherent limitations if you only have a few (particularly if these are the less tactically versatile types, like the ax-wielding dwarf).

Odd-numbered match ups (3v2; 2v1) are poorly handled.

2012-10-09
Owned
Chris R.
United States
Unspecified
Missouri
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7.5
Jan 2006*
Two-player individual combat duel game based upon the same picture book-to-book system as Ace of Aces. Quick game.
2006-01-08*
Owned
Guidance is internal.
United States
Cleveland Heights
Ohio
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7.5
Nov 2006*
Good fast melee fun.
2009-07-08
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Gary Averett
United States
Salt Lake City
Utah
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7.5
Feb 2008*
Would like booklets that I don't have.
2008-02-05*
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Chris Johnson
United States
Azusa
California
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One of Alabama 3's finest songs, especially the versions on the single this image is from...
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Sweet Pretty M*th*rf*ck*ng Country Acid House Music - All night long!
7.5
Nov 2008*
want original printing of Felina, the custom character kit, and any prototypes
2008-07-10*
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Eric Lai
Hong Kong
Happy Valley
None
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7.5
Nov 2011
Own all 46 characters.
2011-11-07
Owned
Grant Rodiek
United States
Redwood City
CA
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7.5
Apr 2015
Brimstone the Fire Giant
Skeleton with Scimitar and Shield
Sir Percival Mounted Knight
Woman with Quarterstaff
Manticore
Man with Short Sword and Dagger
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Kevin Cachia
United States
Springfield
Pennsylvania
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7.25
Dec 2008*
Had a lot of fun with this, once upon a time. Became disadvantaged, as I didn't learn the optimal moves as well as my buddy, but pretty cool anyway.
2007-10-12*
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Quinn Munnerlyn
United States
Carrollton
Texas
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7.2
Feb 2007*
Innovative and engaging, a very cool and simple combat system mano a mano.
2007-02-19*
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Bobby Warren
United States
Glendale
Arizona
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7
Jul 2003*
A nice combat game which has more strategy than you might think.
2003-07-02*
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Lee Williams
United States
Raleigh
North Carolina
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7
Mar 2004*
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Peter Armstrong
United Kingdom
Hove
Sussex
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Oct 2003*
Used to play these - I think I still have some hidden away somewhere
2003-10-27*
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Eric McGlohon
United States
Ann Arbor
Michigan
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7
Nov 2007*
I like it a lot, but hard to find opponents.
2007-11-28*
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Roger Allen
United States
Unspecified
Unspecified
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7
Jul 2004*
Fantasy Combat with a little thought required. No dice rolling.
2004-07-21*
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New Zealand
Dunedin
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Jul 2012
A truly original idea, and very good portable entertainment for a pair of geeks. My favorite filler game.
2010-11-05
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John Lopez
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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The explanation: Impossible Triangle + TW (my company initials) = my logo.
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7
Sep 2004*
Classic game, shame they don't make more sets.
2004-09-09*
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Jonathan
United States
Maitland
Florida
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7
Sep 2004*
Clever concept, fun game. The original NOVA books are best. Obviously fantastic for travel.
2004-09-26*
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Jeff Spencer
United States
Marquette
Michigan
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Oct 2004*
Ace of Aces, but with dudes. I have four of the books.
2012-09-13
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Zack Boatman
United States
Santa Fe
New Mexico
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Dec 2004*
The best "play in the car" game ever. A personal favorite.
2004-12-06*
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Trey Stone
United States
Texarkana
Texas
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Robots rock
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More than meets the eye
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7
Apr 2005*
Fun quick fantasy combat game. Jumping lady warriors, gotta love it.
2005-04-16*
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D Jenner
United States
San Jose
California
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Aug 2005*
Excellent man-to-man system. Some of the books are really buggy, though, and the modern "innovations" of collectable gimmick cards stink. Stick with the basics.
2005-08-08*
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Francesca DeStefano
United States
Unspecified
New York
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Aug 2005*
Amazing system. Older ones are way better.
2005-08-18*
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Ron Steinhauser
United States
Lake Oswego
Oregon
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Dec 2005*
Should this one be broken out by book?
2005-12-18*
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