If there is anything like a Pharaoh’s Curse in this world of ours, it is putting “Volume 1” on the cover of an RPG book. Seems like if you do, you’re inviting fate to intervene to prevent Volume 2 from appearing. Such is the case with Lee’s Guide to Interstellar Adventure (1983). I expected this […]

FASA stopped making products for Traveller in 1983, so the Keith brothers moved their freelancing ways over to my favorite early 80s RPG small press, Gamelords. I picked A Pilot’s Guide to the Drexilthar Subsector (1984) pretty much at random from a sizable pile of books that are all pretty good. The Keiths would continue […]

FASA, which would later go on to do stuff like the Star Trek RPG and Shadowrun, got its start producing third party material for Traveller. Ordeal by Eshaar (1981) is an adventure set during the Fifth Frontier War, in which the players travel to an extremely hostile planet (hot and toxic) where Imperial and Zhodani […]

Here we are in the brambles. This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we’re looking at Cairn, Yochai Gal’s ultra-lite hack/remix of Into the Odd and Knave. How few mechanics can you have and still have a D&D-esque RPG? It’s both more and less than you expect, probably. Cairn actually highlights Into the Odd’s differences […]

Everything old is new again. One of the things I love about the contemporary RPG scene is the way third party community products emerge in support of popular games. Mothership, Mork Borg, Cairn and OSE are all interesting examples of this, but while digital distribution and cheap printing options have made this sort of thing […]