February 28, 2011

Prideful Games

I own a lot of RPG games, a lot. However, there are a few that I am proud I have. Usually it’s because they are rare and hard to find. Sometimes it’s because they are good games that no one, expect apparently me, has heard of. Which games/books am I talking about? Glad you asked…

Deities and Demi-gods (1st printing)
Ah yes, the one with the Cthulhu and Melnibonéan sections. I still have the edition that includes these before they were taken out.

OK, this is less about the game, which by-the-way has the best rule system of any RPG out there. The dice! I loved the dice that came with the game. I ended up buying two sets of the game, one for me and one for my players and ended up with two of the dice! I know its just nostalgia but I at the time thought they were so funky and cool looking. I also think they have a natural propensity for rolling nat’ 20s, but that could just be me. However, they are now rare dice. There may be copies out there, but they are not TORG dice!

Lords of Creation
This was a little known RPG put out by Avalon Hill in 1983. There were 3 supplements made for it and I have the complete set, not easy to find now. It is a far out setting that just captured my imagination at the time. Stats for Richard Burton the explorer! How can you go wrong with that? Did I mention it was written by the Tom Moldvay?

Flashing Blades
Released in 1984, this is one of the many games put out by FGU. Not only do I like the genre (Three Musketeers) but the adventures written for the game were top notch and really captured the setting. I managed to get the core rules and all the supplements.

Year of the Phoenix
Also by FGU, this game was released in 1986. I’ve never actually read the rules, but I did manage to snag a copy of the game a few weeks ago in its original shrink-wrap. The game is rare enough, but to find one in this condition is almost impossible now.

Sure I have a bunch of other books I am proud of, such as all the ICE Middle Earth books, all the FASA Doctor Who books, the original Red Box rules, some ancient Judges Guild books, any of the books with my name in it, etc. But for some reason the books above are those that have the most meaning to me. What book do you have sitting up on your shelf that makes you proud that you managed to snag it?

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