City State of the Invincible Overlord (Revised Edition, 2nd printing), softback supplement for Original D&D, by Bob Bledsaw and Bill Owen
“A Huge Referee’s Aid for Fantasy Games
A Fascinating Swords & Sorcery World
- Large 28½ x 22½” Judges and Players Maps of City State (NOT PRESENT – see below)
- Thunderhold, 11×17″ Castle of the Dwarven King (NOT PRESENT – SEE BELOW)
- 8½x11″ Players Maps (NOT PRESENT – SEE BELOW)
- Big Eighty-Four Page Guide (VERY GOOD)
- Ten Dungeon Levels included in book.”
NONE of the original maps are present in this copy, although there are photocopies of some of them included.
Description from rpggeek.com:
“The City-State of the Invincible Overlord was the first fantasy RPG setting ever published (1976). It features a huge walled city that is ruled by the eponymous (lawful evil) Overlord and the surrounding environs that are full of adventure possibilities. What was so striking at the time that it was first released was the incredible level of detail that the product contains. Hundreds of streets are mapped, named, and populated with shops, temples, inns, taverns, brothels, houses, barracks, and the like. Hundreds of NPCs are listed along with their stats and rumors they knew (for starting adventures). The history and political system of the City State is described along with relevant laws the PC’s must abide by while inside the city. It includes dungeon levels beneath the City State and detailed information for nearby adventure / dungeon sites: the dwarven fortress “Thunderhold” and the “Sunstone Caverns”.
The City State was designed for Dungeons & Dragons (Original Edition) but was not officially licensed for D&D until 1978. The license ended in 1983. It was printed many times over the life of Judges Guild and changed in size and configuration in subsequent editions.