July 30, 2014   35 notes
otusshrine:

Otus black & white illo depicting the Keep on the Borderlands.

It’s very similar in overall layout to the final back cover of B2, but with a village outside and a sea or lake behind the keep.  Frank Mentzer pulled this unused art out of a file and used it in RPGA News #1 (soon renamed Polyhedron).  There is speculation that it could be an early study for B2 or possibly B3: Palace of the Silver Princess.

otusshrine:

Otus black & white illo depicting the Keep on the Borderlands.

It’s very similar in overall layout to the final back cover of B2, but with a village outside and a sea or lake behind the keep.  Frank Mentzer pulled this unused art out of a file and used it in RPGA News #1 (soon renamed Polyhedron).  There is speculation that it could be an early study for B2 or possibly B3: Palace of the Silver Princess.

July 29, 2014   28 notes
Many characters in Classic Traveller were military veterans.  Character generation included an abstracted career period leading to retirement and a new life of adventuring — if the character wasn’t killed during this phase of generation.  (William H. Keith from Traveller Starter Edition, Core Rules by Marc Miller, GDW, 1983.)

Many characters in Classic Traveller were military veterans.  Character generation included an abstracted career period leading to retirement and a new life of adventuring — if the character wasn’t killed during this phase of generation.  (William H. Keith from Traveller Starter Edition, Core Rules by Marc Miller, GDW, 1983.)

July 29, 2014   29 notes
Loading wooden crates onto a spaceship by hand is just part of the exciting life of a free trader’s crew.  (William H. Keith from Traveller Starter Edition, Core Rules by Marc Miller, GDW, 1983.)

Loading wooden crates onto a spaceship by hand is just part of the exciting life of a free trader’s crew.  (William H. Keith from Traveller Starter Edition, Core Rules by Marc Miller, GDW, 1983.)

July 29, 2014   21 notes
Much of Traveller’s tech was extrapolated from the early 1970s by way of classic sci fi, so some of it has an oddly primitive feel by modern standards.  (John M. Morrison with Loren Wiseman, from Traveller Starter Edition, Core Rules by Marc Miller, GDW, 1983.)

Much of Traveller’s tech was extrapolated from the early 1970s by way of classic sci fi, so some of it has an oddly primitive feel by modern standards.  (John M. Morrison with Loren Wiseman, from Traveller Starter Edition, Core Rules by Marc Miller, GDW, 1983.)

July 29, 2014   6 notes

scarabattoli said: Hello, thanks for the awesome blog, we need more RPG stuff on tumblr. Now the questions: I'm curios about Traveller, is it hard to find? is it rules-heavy? Is it hard or soft science fiction?

It is easy to find GDW’s original little black books on eBay, often in lots with many of the supplement books. You can download the three volumes of GDW’s 1983 Traveller Starter Edition (aka “Starter Traveller”) for free at DriveThruRPG.

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July 29, 2014   67 notes
Space traveler equipped for planet surface exploration.  (David R. Deitrick from Traveller Starter Edition, Core Rules by Marc Miller, GDW, 1983.)

Space traveler equipped for planet surface exploration.  (David R. Deitrick from Traveller Starter Edition, Core Rules by Marc Miller, GDW, 1983.)

July 28, 2014   28 notes

Trailer for Mad Max 2, aka The Road Warrior, 1981, the ultimate inspiration for most highway combat games.  (The trailer for 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road was unveiled at SDCC this weekend.)

Pray that he’s still out there, somewhere.

July 28, 2014   96 notes
Ready for a drive in the country, in the post-apocalypse.  (Carl Critchlow from “Dark Future: Street Fighter” by Richard Halliwell, White Dwarf No. 105, Games Workshop, September 1988.

Ready for a drive in the country, in the post-apocalypse.  (Carl Critchlow from “Dark Future: Street Fighter” by Richard Halliwell, White Dwarf No. 105, Games Workshop, September 1988.

July 27, 2014   49 notes

"Anyone wanna play Dungeons & Dragons for the next quadrillion years?"

—Gary Gygax on Futurama, Anthology of Interest I (2000)

July 27, 2014   104 notes
Gary Gygax as Futurama character as memorial tattoo.  Roll in peace (July 27, 1938—March 4, 2008)
[Image via Gamma Squad.]

Gary Gygax as Futurama character as memorial tattoo.  Roll in peace (July 27, 1938—March 4, 2008)

[Image via Gamma Squad.]

July 27, 2014   44 notes

"Greetings, it’s a (shake-clatter) pleasure to meet you!"

[gotfuturama.com]

July 27, 2014   55 notes

Happy Gary Gygax Day, July 27, on what would have been EGG’s 76th birthday.

Roll some dice.

July 27, 2014   348 notes

“ Games give you a chance to excel, and if you’re playing in good company you don’t even mind if you lose because you had the enjoyment of the company during the course of the game. ”

Gary Gygax (via observando)

July 27, 2014   45 notes
Gary Gygax as Dave Trampier’s demon idol, from the King of RPGs webcomic by Jason Thompson and Victor Hao.

Gary Gygax as Dave Trampier’s demon idol, from the King of RPGs webcomic by Jason Thompson and Victor Hao.

July 26, 2014   83 notes
hipstersndragons:

Homemade character sheet. I must have been twelve at the time.

hipstersndragons:

Homemade character sheet. I must have been twelve at the time.