“Wish you were beer” postcard

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Artifacts of Godville
“Wish you were beer” postcard
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This is purported to be one of the original W. H. O. Murphy scratch pages used in conceptualizing the postcard.
Type Unknown
Value 10 gold coins.
Description Postcard, often considered companion to the Intergalactic postage stamp.

The "Wish you were beer" postcard is an artifact found in Godville. It bears an image of a scrolling banner that says “Wish you were beer,” usually over the image of the picturesque territory where it was printed.

Details

Conceived as a “collect all 100”-style item by the enterprising W. H. O. Murphy, these artifacts are sold in packs of twenty to various tourism board offices, which sell them individually at a profitable mark-up to various tourists of the hero or monster persuasion. Each territory, town, and famous milestone[1] offers an associated postcard. As a result, collectors will sometimes hold swap-meets to trade duplicates for coveted additions.

The Bad Gateway Library[2] is thought to have the most complete collection of these postcards, with a catalogue numbering 432 out of a known 507.

Instructions for use

Write a message for a fellow hero or heroine, affix a stamp, and send it through the Godville Postal Service.

Trading Tips

The merchants most likely to give the bearer a good price for the "Wish you were beer" postcard are the traders who are completing collections and the hero-traders who are feeling nostalgic for the places they used to visit on their quests. When trading, it is important to remember:

  • Traders without a heroic background look for pristine examples of this artifact, but will accept a little bit of foxing around the edges.
  • Hero-traders may get a little teary-eyed at the sight of pet damage to this artifact, so be prepared for pet treats to result.
  • Some collectors find the marginalia of a filled-out postcard intriguing. In this case, the seller may earn a higher price if the postmark on the postcard matches the territory depicted on the face.

Footnotes

  1. Milestones 1, 100, 404, 502, and 1000 are all featured in the "Wish you were beer" collection.
  2. Since the fire, combustible collections have been moved into the annex equipped with xenon-pumped suppressant systems. Clay tablets and other non-combustible items may still be found in the main building.