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Released as a "give-away" module (included with purchases for free) from the Mail Order Hobby Shop in 1992. Compatible with the D&D Basic Set.
An extremely short module (8 pages, with lots
of filler illustrations). The cover art is from the TSR Endless Quest book Dungeon of Dread, just reversed! Thanks to
Gabriel Meister and Brett Easterbrook for help with this info, and to Brett
Easterbrook for the scan of the first page.
Only one printing, and produced in small quantities. The vast majority of these modules came without a cover; the first page is shown at right.
A cardstock cover for the module was
produced, but only a very few copies have it. It features Larry Elmore
artwork against a white background, and identifies the TSR stock # (9259).
In addition to the D&D logo and the title, it bears the subtitle "A DRAGON
MASTER (TM) Game Adventure". The subtitle was TSR's attempt to secure
the "Dragon Master" trademark that the company had recently applied for
(part of their plan to head off copycat titles with "Dragon" in the title...
ergo "DragonStrike", "DragonQuest", etc). The back cover is mostly
blank, with only the TSR address, legal info, and price ($3.95) at the
bottom. The cover is loose (not stapled with the module), and the
interior is blank. (Thanks to John Rateliff at TSR for this info and
the cover scan).
Most people obviously threw this one away. As such, it's become quite collectible and rare. Versions with the cover are worth substantially more, although few have come up for auction.
There were probably less than a dozen covered Jade Hares produced. John Rateliff, TSR Librarian in the 1980's, estimated the numbers at five or less. The author, John Nephew, was surprised to learn that a cover existed at all!
Jade Hare (cover)