I was just looking for stuff on eBay today, having just received my Elite II: Frontier, for the Amiga - sidetracking for a bit here: I loved that game. It was one of the very few games we actually owned, being dirty pirates back then. I think we got it as a bonus for subscribing to a computer magazine, which goes further to show that we pretty much didn't buy games back then. So there was the game - which was awesome by itself, and there was THE EXTRAS. Including a short book of short stories, titled Tales of Life on the Frontier. I read it and loved it. Fast forward a few years, and the game is in my brother's possession, and it gets stolen/lost from his storage unit, possibly an overzealous roommate cleaning out old crap, resulting in the loss of lots of floppy disks and other cool stuff.
So anyway. A few months ago I was on amazon, where I searched for "David Braben" and there was apparently a book titled "Further Stories of Life on the Frontier" - a sequel! And, today, I looked for the sequel to Frontier, "First Encounters" on eBay - and found out that Further Stories is part of the extras of First Encounters. So, I need to buy that game.
Problem: While there are three or four of the game available, only one ships outside of the UK. (I could not find any in the US, but I'm not sure eBay even lets me find items not available to me outside of the .co.uk site; if I go to www.ebay.com it just redirects me to global.ebay.com now.) Maybe it was only released in europe? Anyway.
The one that ships worldwide is quite pricey. More than I'd normally pay for a used game, and certainly more than I'd pay for a booklet I'll read in less than an hour.
I need someone in the UK to buy one of the not-so-expensive ones and then ship it over to me. I'll of course cover all expenses. I can paypal you the money even before you place a bid if you like. It's okay if you can't get to a post office to send it my way for a week or two, I'm not in a hurry to get it as long as I get it.
1 - the expensive one: Buy it Now for £44.99 +£10 shipping.
2 - a somewhat better offer, Buy it Now for £24.99 or make an offer
3 - cheap? - currently at £0.99, but has one bid, so someone else is interested.
4 - The Amiga version which I before today didn't even know existed. Doesn't matter, it still has the book included. Suspect less competition here.
To play, I'd probably prefer the PC version (strongly suspect the Amiga version does not have texture mapping and thus does not look as good), but the main point here is THE BOOK.
Anyone want to help me in this? :)
Edit: Well, the stories are easily available online.. but I still want to own the game and have the physical booklet.