Enlarge / The Shai-Hulud greets its Fremen pals on the front cover of the
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“Do a friend a favor,” says a promotional card included in the legendary 1979 board game Dune. “If you know someone who has the basic brain power to comprehend Avalon Hill games, then get him to send us this postcard.”
At the bottom of the card, that friend literally has to sign a sort of affidavit: “I swear that I have the necessary grey matter to enjoy your games.”
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