- Starter Traveller, a boxed set released by GDW in 1983 as an introduction to their science fiction RPG, is now available as a free PDF download at RPGNow. I owned this many moons ago and it's an excellent product. If you've never taken a look at Traveller, this is a great way to take the plunge.
- Far Future Enterprises is offering reprints of all 36 issues of The Journal of the Travellers Aid Society (in three softcover books) for a mere $30. That's a great price and, if it weren't for the ungodly shipping cost for non-US addresses, I'd have ordered a set already.
- FFE has also made old Paranoia Press licensed Traveller products available in PDF form, including a $10 bundle that includes the entire series. Paranoia Press's stuff was of uneven quality in my opinion, but even its more bizarre products were nevertheless thought-provoking and different than what GDW and other licensees were publishing, so it's well worth a look.
- Stephan Secchi, owner and creator of Talislanta, has released the game for free as a PDF under the Creative Commons License. You can download the 2001 rulebook, along with many other related products here. I've never owned or played Talislanta, but I remember ads for it in Dragon during the 80s ("No Elves!"). I've also learned that Secchi was strongly influenced by Jack Vance's The Dying Earth in creating the game, so I may have to rectify this gap in my education soon.
- D.H. Boggs has released a game called Dragons at Dawn, which is apparently an attempt to recreate the rules Dave Arneson used in his earliest Blackmoor adventures, based on the information Dave and his players gave us over the years. I know nothing else about the game and will admit to being intrigued, as I find these "alternate universe" old school games quite fascinating. However, I'm not yet sure I'm willing to plunk any money sight unseen, so I may wait for reviews from others before making a decision one way or the other.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Since I wanted yesterday to be devoted to commemorating Dave Arneson's life and accomplishments, I didn't comment on several pieces of news of potential interest to old school gamers, including one pertaining to Arneson himself.