"Go to the sign of Marvel's Axe, a dubious inn on the edge of the Thieves Quarter, in the City of Greyhawk, and look to your own wrist. If you perceive a bracelet and dangling dice, watch for the next throw in the war between Law and Chaos and be prepared to follow the compelling geas." -Signal

Monday, February 26, 2024

Character Sheets (2000)

From the back of the package:

A Place For Everything.

No matter how unusual or powerful your DUNGEONS & DRAGONS character is, this complete set of character sheets lets you keep a record of everything that makes your character unique.
Includes:

  • Eleven double-sided single-class character sheets, one for each of the classes in the D&D Player's Handbook.
  • A double-sided sheet for multiclass characters.
  • A sheet for special creatures such as a wizard's or sorcerer's familiar, a paladin's mount, or a druid's animal companion.
  • Easy-to-follow instructions and a sample filled-out sheet.

Every page is designed to be easy to photocopy, so you never have to worry about having a fresh sheet handy when you need one.

 

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Hero Builder's Guidebook (2000)

From the back cover:

Give Your Character Every Advantage

When you sit down to create a character, let your mind do the work--don't just leave it to the dice. The Hero Builder's Guidebook puts at your fingertips everything you need to know before your character's first adventure. With this book you will:

- Maximize your character's potential with step-by-step character advancement guides.

- Create a compelling backstory for your character, including family, friends, and enemies.

- Pick from more than 70 variants to the class descriptions in the Player's Handbook.

- Choose personality traits to bring your character to life at the gaming table.

Both players and Dungeon Masters benefit from the detailed character backgrounds in this book.

 

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Dungeons & Dragons Gazetteer (2000)

From the back cover:

Welcome to the world of the D&D Game!

The DUNGEONS & DRAGONS(R) world is a place where powerful creatures contest with ordinary men and women in a subtle war pitting good against evil, law against chaos.

It is a world of magic, a world of mystery, a world of fantastic adventure--all a backdrop for your own adventures.

Inside is everything you need to launch your own version of the first campaign world, including:

- A full-color map of the land of the Flanaess, also showing the continents and seas of the planet Oerth.

- A short history of the land.

- Descriptions of 60 countries, ready for adventure.

 

Friday, February 23, 2024

S1: Tomb of Horrors (1978) (Second Printing?)

From the front cover:

AN ADVENTURE FOR CHARACTER LEVELS 10–14

In the far reaches of the world, under a lost and lonely hill, lies the sinister TOMB OF HORRORS. This labyrinthine crypt is filled with terrible traps, strange and ferocious monsters, rich and magical treasures, and somewhere within rests the evil
Demi-Lich.

This module was originally used for the Official ADVANCED DUNGEONS & DRAGONS® tournament at Origins 1. The author wishes to thank Mr. Alan Lucien who was kind enough to submit some of the ideas for this dungeon.

Included herein are background information, the Legend of the Tomb, and possible locations for the tomb on the WORLD OF GREYHAWK™ map. Also included are DM notes, characters specially designed for the module, and numerous illustrations to be shown to the players.

 

Thursday, February 22, 2024

S2: White Plume Mountain (1979)

From the web:

A classic adventure for characters from fifth through tenth level. The players are set with a riddle that references Wave, Whelm and Blackrazor. To win these treasures they must set out in expedition to White Plume Mountain and there descend into the treacherous dungeon below. There they battle the traps and guardians set in place by the wizard Keraptis.
 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

S3: Expedition to the Barrier Peaks (1980)

From the web:

An Adventure for Character Levels 8-12

This module was the official Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Tournament scenario at Origins II.

This adventure makes a link with the game "Metamorphosis Alpha" (a sci-fi RPG). In this adventures, the characters will find and explore a spaceship, thus discovering items that are unknown to them. It's an introduction to integrate science into your fantasy RPG.

It was originally created in 1976


 

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Tegel Manor - (1st Printing, 2nd Release) (1977)

From the web:

This second release has the booty list printed on the back of the cover sheet with the highest number being 30. A huge haunted house with a 17"x22" Judges map and a 11"x17 Players map, printed on both sides, brown on high-quality tan stock. Each map has the manor printed on one side and the surrounding wilderness on the other. Enclosed in the product is a 32-page booklet with room and monster descriptions. Over 240 rooms and chambers include a hall of magic portraits and four secret dungeon levels beneath the manor. The booklet also has tables to create magic statues, ghostly encounters, resurrection results, and more.
 

Monday, February 19, 2024

Tegel Manor - Fourth Printing (1977)

From the web:

A huge haunted house with a 17"x22" Judges map and a 11"x17 Players map, printed on both sides, brown on high-quality tan stock. Each map has the manor printed on one side and the surrounding wilderness on the other. Enclosed in the product is a 32-page booklet with room and monster descriptions. Over 240 rooms and chambers include a hall of magic portraits and four secret dungeon levels beneath the manor. The booklet also has tables to create magic statues, ghostly encounters, resurrection results, and more. Tegel Manor has always been one of our more popular playing aids, and has been a lot of fun for Judges and players all over the country.
 

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Jakandor, Island of War (1997)

From the back cover:

On a rugged island filled with unnatural dangers, fierce and proud barbarians must fight for their lives.

The barbarians who call themselves the Knorr, driven from their homeland, wanted nothing but freedom and an honorable existence when they landed on the shores of Jakandor. What they found was an island occupied by despicable wielders of vile magic—the Broken People, as the Knorr call them, who rely on legions of animated corpses to do their fighting. These enemies represent everything the Knorr find hateful and dishonorable, and no clansman will rest until the last of the Broken People has tasted Knorrman steel.

A new, self-contained campaign arena conceived by Jeff Grubb, the ODYSSEY™ setting can be placed wihin any ADVANCED DUNGEON & DRAGONS® world. New barbarian character kits, new forms of magic, and the opportunity for new styles of role-playing make Jakandor: Island of War a fresh experience for all players, novices and veterans alike.

 

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Gamma World (1992)

From the back cover:

The New GAMMA WORLD game!

A rainbow of flickering colors dances across the night sky. Turning, you shamble off into the jumble of cloud towers amid the glow. With an effort of willpower you float over the gaping chasm of soft rock and steel. Your large, webbed feet paddle the air slowly.

 From the web:

This Edition contains ruleset for playing animals, plants, mutants, and pure strain humans. It features cryptic alliances and new character classes (enforcer, esper, examiner, and scout). All the high-tech weapons and devices are collected together in one book.

Friday, February 16, 2024

MA3: The Ultimate Powers Book (1986)

From the back cover:

Two-hundred and ninety-three powers times five ranges times eighteen power levels equals -- 26,370 discrete powers!

Within these covers are nearly 300 powers, gleaned from your favorite comics, science fiction and fantasy novels, and dozens of other sources. All are detailed in MARVEL SUPER HEROES Advanced Set terms.

From Energy Emission to Mental Control, from Energy Doppelgangers to Forced Reincarnation, the powers you've been waiting for are here. A new kind of character generation system (to use or not, the choice is yours) has been created, enabling you to do even more than before. New tables for ranges and movements have also been set up, to take into account the staggering proportions of these powers.

Now, whether you dream of creating a CPA or the BEYONDER, here's the book that'll help you do it.

This game accessory is designed for use with the MARVEL SUPER HEROES Advanced Set.

 

Thursday, February 15, 2024

N5: Under Illefarn (1987)

An Adventure for Character Levels 0-3

The first module created for use in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting.

From the Back of the Book:

Daggerford is fairly quiet for a frontier town. Sure, lizard men raid the local baron's holding now and then, orcs sneak out of the Misty Forest to raid caravans on the Trade Way, and lady Bronwyn has a few suitors who are a touch too passionate, but there's nothing going on that a member of the renowned Daggerford militia can't handle.

Except that the Shining River has turned green, the cattle are dying. Except that the Elf King of Laughing Hollow, a place where no human dares to go without fearing for his life, is asking the militia for help. Except that strange substances are oozing from the fissures caused by a recent earthquake. Except that the earthquake also has opened an entrance in the cliffs around Laughing Hollow that might lead to the fabled dwarf mines of Illefarn.

Suddenly, being a militiaman isn't quite as easy as it used to be...

 

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Skullport (1999)

From the back of the book:

Skullport, the Port of Shadow, is perhaps the best kept secret in all the Sword Coast North. A mile and a half beneath the orderly streets of Waterdeep squats the most wretched and lawless pits of thieves, buccaneers, slavers, and sellswords the Realms has to offer. Under a moldering tangle of catwalks threaded between the stalactites and stalagmites of the cavern city, illithids, drow, beholders, and others plot and trade with emissaries from the surface. Monsters prowl the dark recesses and alleyways, gangs of zombies shamble about performing menial labor, and anything and everything can be bought and sold: lethal poisons, foul tomes of forbidden magic, and slaves.

The only law is meted out by the enigmatic Skulls of Skullport, mysterious floating humanoid skulls whose capricious judgments and madness-induced destructiveness are the stuff of grisly travelers' tales. Gold rules the ever-present twilight, and only those with keen eyes and blades may keep it long.

This 96-page book contains:

  • Maps and general information about the three layers and four wards of Skullport.
  • Descriptions of over 100 notable sites in the wards.
  • A partial map of the dungeons of Skullport - where the Skulls throw the folk they let live!
  • Descriptions of notable NPCs and power groups of Skullport.

Although no other FORGOTTEN REALMS setting products are required to use Skullport, this accessory can be used to provide supplemental information for the Ruins of Undermountain campaign expansion. Dungeon Masters can also use Skullport as a basis for an UNDERDARK city in their own campaigns.


 

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Country Sites (1995)

From the back of the book:

Get out of town and into the world!

Country Sites, the third in a series of AD&D game accessories, is a compendium of challenging and distinctive settings that will test the mettle of any group of player characters. Herein is all the information a Dungeon Master needs to build adventures within these settings and incorporate them into an existing campaign: background information, maps, location descriptions, and summary profiles of the unusual characters who populate these strange places.

Take your characters into the "City of the Dead." See if they can overcome the obstacles of "Darian's Wall," or arrange for them to pay a visit to "The Place of Broken Dreams." Every oe of the 11 Country Sites in this 96-page book will open new vistas for adventuring in (and sometimes under) the great outdoors.

Previous books in this series include City Sites and Castle Sites.

Suitable for all levels of play.


 

Monday, February 12, 2024

FR7: Hall of Heroes (1989)

From the back cover:


The FORGOTTEN REALMS fantasy world has been the site of many great adventures and home to countless valiant heroes and infamous villains. Many a talk of derring-do has been recounted in novels like the Moonshae trilogy by Douglas Niles, The Crystal Shard by R.A. Salvatore, Azure Bonds by Kate Novak and Jeff Grubb, and Spellfire by Ed Greenwood (creator of the FORGOTTEN REALMS fantasy world).

Until now, the characters from these FORGOTTEN REALMS novels have been unavailable to AD&D game players. But no longer.

Hall of Heroes provides complete histories and AD&D game statistics for such beloved characters as Elminster, the greatest sage and magic user of the Realms, Tristan Kendrick and Robyn of the Moonshae isles, Wulfgar the Barbarian, Drizzt the dark elf, and Bruenor the dwarf, all from the northern reaches, plus Alias and Dragonbait, Shandril and Narm Tamaraith and many more.

But the Hall of Heroes is more than a listing of game statistics: It's also a sourcebook describing (among other things) artificial and magical lifeforms of the Realms, as well as the lives of the world's elves, dwarves, lizardmen, and exotic creatures

Whatever your interest in the FORGOTTEN REALMS campaign setting, you'll find much to entertain and intrigue you in this volume.

 

Sunday, February 11, 2024

CM7: The Tree of Life (1986)

From the back of the book:

"The Feadiel clan's Tree of Life is dying. As the bravest and strongest elves in the clan, you must undertake the challenge of the elders: seek out the source of the disease and destroy it.

If you fail, the Tree of Life will surely perish, and all your family with it. The quest is great and you may die on the journey, never to find the cause of the disease. The journey will take you to the deepest part of ancient Selinar, Elvenhome, to find the guarded grave of the first Treekeeper.

Delay no longer! The Tree of Life grows weaker, day by day..."


 

Friday, February 9, 2024

X8: Drums on Fire Mountain (1984)

From the back cover:

In a dark cell, Rollo Bargamnn, merchant of Thyatis, turns away in disgust from his evil, green-skinned prisoner; capturing this wretch cost a ship and sixty gallant men. Then his heart hardens once more, and he resumes the interrogation. Here, perhaps, he may find an answer to the question that haunts him.

What new evil is casting its shadow over the storm-swept eastern reaches of the Sea of Dread?

The trading routes are no longer safe. The attacks of the green-skinned "Orcs-of-the-Sea" and the mysterious "Ship-bane" now go unchecked. Once their raids were random, but the influence of some unseen master has made them into an organized menace.

Soon the questioning will be over; Rollo will know enough to track the threat to its lair. Then he will need a band of hardy adventurers brave enough to take on the task.

You, perhaps?

Drums on Fire Mountain is a module for 5 to 8 characters levels 5-8.

 

Thursday, February 8, 2024

College of Wizardry (1998)

From the back of the book:

So you want to learn magic?

With the coming of the Dragon of Shades, an Age of the World came to an apocalyptic end. Centuries passed, and civilization limped back into the light of knowledge. Now a new Age has dawned, as the wizards of the present seek to discover the lost arcane art of the past known only as The Language Primeval!

College of Wizardry presents a complete guild of magic that can be placed in its entirety into any campaign world. This 96-page booklet contains:

  • The secret history of the College of Wizardry, "Mathghamhna" in the Elder Tongue.
  • A complete listing of the college members, including descriptions and stats for the chancellor and regents of this Arcane Order.
  • Directions on how to fit the College of Wizardry into any of TSR's currently published worlds.
  • Rules for enrolling PC wizards into the college at any level, including as apprentices.
  • A full-color poster showing the three towers of Mathghamhna.
  • New spells and magical items.
  • Two unique magical power sources: The Spellcrux and The Language Primeval.
  • Four mini-adventures for characters who range from apprentice to 11th level.
  • Companion accessory to Den of Thieves.


 

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Chronomancer (1995)

From the back cover:

You have all the time in the world - and now you don't.

The final most dangerous frontier lies not in space, but in time! At last, the dimension of Time is open to those few wizards who would risk everything – even their existence - to visit ancient and forgotten lands, or see the unbelievable wonders and horrors of the future. These few wizards are Chronomancers, and this optional 96-page AD&D® game accessory reveals the secrets of their lives. New spells, new powers, and new realms – As well as terrifying monsters – are brought to light in this stunning work. Take time to study the mysteries of chonomancy – before someone else takes that time from you.


 

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

D1-2: Descent into the Depths of the Earth (1981)

From the web:

This module (titled Descent INTO the Depths of the Earth on the cover) is the 1981 edition and contains the material previously published separately as D1: Descent into the Depths of the Earth and D2: Shrine of the Kuo-Toa. This carries the adventure on from the outcome of the Against the Giants series of modules as the players explore the role of the Drow in instigating the Giant alliances.
 

Monday, February 5, 2024

S2: White Plume Mountain (1979)

From the web:

A classic adventure for characters from fifth through tenth level. The players are set with a riddle that references Wave, Whelm and Blackrazor. To win these treasures they must set out in expedition to White Plume Mountain and there descend into the treacherous dungeon below. There they battle the traps and guardians set in place by the wizard Keraptis.
 

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Boot Hill Referee's Screen and Mini-Module (1981)

From the front cover:

Fast-paced gun slinging action will never bog down in a search for missing tables with the BOOT HILL Referee's Screen handy. Fourteen of the most used tables from the BOOT HILL rulebook are arranged on this durable playing aid. A special 8-page BOOT HILL adventure, Shootout in Northfield and other Famous Gunfights lets players recreate the famous gun battle that destroyed the Jesse James-Cole Younger gang, plus six other famous showdowns.

 

Saturday, February 3, 2024

The Silver Key (1996)

From the web:

Between the settled human lands and the orc-filled mountains rests the barony of Honshar. The residents have grown used to occasional orc raids, but now they find themselves facing a full-scale war. As if that wasn't bad enough, the orcs have kidnapped an important political figure from Honshar, along with a crucial magical item - the Silver Key. Unless the key is recovered, it could be Honshar's undoing. Both the key and the hostage are being held in the orc city of Krimba-Hai, so getting them back will be tricky. However, there is a plan...
 

Friday, February 2, 2024

Character Codex (1979)

From the web:

This book of AD&D tear-out sheets is used to keep statistics on the player's characters. Including spaces for character's title, age, history, class, level, hit points, experience points, divinity, background, characteristics and their effects. Also provided are a blank shield for designing the character's coat of arms and a detailed AD&D equipment list with costs. Each character sheet has a small illustration of the character class by Paul Jaquays; sheets are perforated for easy removal from the booklet.
 

Thursday, February 1, 2024

A3: Assault on the Aerie of the Slave Lords (1981)

From the web:

The third in a series of modules based on the tournament at GenCon XIII. This module is for characters level four through seven. The characters pursue the slavers into the Drachengrab Mountains and to the Isle of the Slave Lords. There they must quickly make their way through the caves and into the hidden city to attack.

The booklet for this adventure actually contains 32 pages. The middle four pages (a two-sheet spread) is meant to be removed during play and does not have page numbers; the remainder of the booklet is numbered 1-28.

The insert has one DM and one player map and two blank pages for notes.


 

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

A2: Secret of the Slavers Stockade (1981)

From the front cover:

The battle against the slavers continues! You and your fellow adventurers have defeated the slavers of Highport, but you have learned of the existence of another slaver stronghold, and you have decided to continue the attack. But beware! Only the most fearless of adventurers could challenge the slavers on their own ground and live to tell of it!

This module was originally used for the official ADVANCED DUNGEONS & DRAGONS™ Tournament at Gen Con® XIII Convention and is the second of four in a series of related tournament modules from TSR Hobbies, Inc.

 

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Talons of Night (1987)

From the back cover:

As the cream of your crop, your party has been selected to act as diplomats on the Isle of Dawn at a historic meeting between Thyatis and Alphatia, timeless rivals. This could herald the dawning of an age of peace, unknown in this area for years past.

However, things are not progressing as smoothly as planned. The powers of Entropy, headed by Alphaks, are out to ensure that this peace treaty is not finalized. Two of the diplomats are kidnapped - and you are framed!

It's up to you to prove your innocence. This involves traveling to other dimensions, meeting vampiric spirits, and playing deadly games with the Night Spider. Ultimately, you must find and restore the Peaceful Periapt of Pax to its rightful place.

 

Monday, January 29, 2024

War of the Sky Cities (1979)

From the web:

After centuries of fighting, man finally accomplished what he had attempted for centuries: the destruction of the world he lived on. After the last and greatest war, some people survived underground. But radiation had penetrated even there and they were forced from their new homes. They rebuilt their great cities as floating platforms to carry them above the radiation belts that now encircled their planet. Some launched themselves to safety before it was too late, but others were slow or miscalculated. Their sky born heirs were mutated, some horribly beyond belief, others invisibly. The centuries passed and the radioactivity began to fade away. The sky cities began to look for ways downward to the planet. But they found each other first, humans and non-humans, as allies or competitors. Then started what man had left off: WAR.

You are the ruler of a sky-city. Your objective is to capture or destroy your enemies, and find an opening in the radiation belts. The action occurs in the upper atmosphere, about 55 to 75 miles off the surface of the Earth.

WAR OF THE SKY CITIES is an exciting two-player science fiction table top game, where players become rulers of complete cities in the sky. Each side has small scout/research centers, medium battle cities, and/or large battle cities. There are two objectives: capture or destroy your enemies and find an opening in the deadly radiation belts surrounding a future Earth. In addition, optional rules introduce the use of small fighter craft and airborne landing parties. WAR OF THE SKY CITIES is a game of tactical "air" combat, but instead of aircraft you command large floating cities with their own engines, armour and weapons.

The components include two pages of cardstock counters and a cardstock reference sheet (printed on one side).

Game Scale: Each inch represents 200 miles.


 

Sunday, January 28, 2024

FR15: Gold & Glory (1992)

From the back cover:

The jingle of gold and the chance to earn glory in the battlefield motivate many people to answer the call to arms. These men and women are mercenaries, willing to fight someone else's battle for the chance to earn a few coins or lasting fame. Gold & Glory describes the mercenary companies of the FORGOTTEN REALMS® Campaign Setting. The famous and the infamous are detailed within: the Flaming Fist, possibly the most powerful private army on Toril; The Mindulgulph Mercenary Company, certainly the most bizarre; the honorable Bushido, the sly Masquerade, the snobbish Order of the Blue Boar, the hard-fighting She-Wolves, and many more. Many of the companies are brought to life in the 16 full-page full color portraits in this sourcebook. Gaming information, including statistics for BATTLESYSTEM™ Game scenarios, is offered as well. Player characters can adventure with these mercenary corps, earning gold and glory for themselves.

 

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Marco Volo: Arrival (1994)

From the back cover:

Marco Volo - Arrival is the third and last volume of the Marco Volo trilogy, designed for four to eight player characters of 6th-8th level. When the characters first set off on an intrigue-laden journey to Shadowdale, they did not suspect how much trouble they would get into. Joined by Marcus Wands (also known as "Marco Volo"), they found him just a bothersome but likeable little rogue. No one suspected he was on the run from the crazy wizard Sabbar. The troublesome Marcus had previously stolen from him a rare artifact called the Dragonking's Eye, and hid it in the Spiderhaunt Woods.

Now the party approaches the Spiderhaunts, and Marcus insists on diverting the group to retrieve the Eye. But strange things have been happening there. There are rumors: of an oddly constructed keep of bone (or is it crystal?); of a warlord out for conquest (or is it a lich?); of goblin tribes strangely clad, and extra-planar beings banding with the giant spiders of the aptly named Spiderhaunt Woods. Something evil has denned at the heart of the forest. It has a mind of its own....and it has plans for Faerûn.

The last volume of the Marco Volo trilogy gives a DM the tools to run this free-wheeling, fast-paced adventure, and the secrets of the powers at work behind the scenes. The player characters must face - and deal with - the mad wizard Sabbar, the annoyed Volothamp Geddarm (who wants to have "a little chat" with Marcus!), and ultimately the Dragonking's Eye itself. Even the gods themselves step in to have their say. In a dramatic denouement, this epic adventure draws to a close, but the memory of what transpired will live on!

 

Friday, January 26, 2024

Marco Volo: Journey (1994)

From the back cover:

Marco Volo - Journey is the second volume of the Marco Volo trilogy, designed for four to eight player characters of 6th-8th level. This free-wheeling adventure began in Waterdeep as the characters set out on an intrigue-laden journey to Shadowdale. Accompanying them is Marcus Wands (known as "Marco Volo"), a bothersome but likeable rogue.

This volume of the Marco Volo trilogy offers DMs the oppurtunity to run unusual encounters, and it calls for considerable role playing from all. Player characters cannot easily rely on their swords and spells to get them out of the brawls and misunderstandings that arise. What results is a dramatic but picaresque enterprise as the adventure continues!

 

Thursday, January 25, 2024

GAZ7: The Northern Reaches (1988)

From the web:

"Welcome to the Land of Vikings. Discover the berserk Jarls of Soderfjord, the Vikings of Vestland and the fearsome Drakkars of Ostland. The Northern Reaches is a unique complement to your Gazetteer collection, providing detailed background on these three nations, their people, and many adventures including:

- Seperate player's and DM's booklets - 96 pages in all!
- Large, double-sided full-color map
- a complete 3-D Viking village
- 32 pages of exciting adventures in The Northern Reaches
- New Runic Magic for the D&D Game
- Gates to the FORGOTTEN REALMS Campaign Set"


 

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Marco Volo: Departure (1994)

From the web:

"Marco Volo: Departure is the first volume of the Marco Volo trilogy, designed for four to eight player characters of levels 6 to 8. This free-wheeling adventure begins with an intrigue-laden journey from Waterdeep to Shadowdale. The party is thrown into the company of one Marcus Wands (also known as "Marco Volo"), a bothersome but likeable little rogue. In his guise as Marco, he gains unintentional help from the party members, leading only to their own arrests. To remedy that predicament, the characters are strong-armed into carrying an important letter to Shadowdale, and taking along Marcus as their "guide."

Of course, things are nowhere near as simple as they seem.

There's this little matter of the Dragonking's Eye, a powerful artifact from another plane. Naively, Marcus thought he could steal the thing and pin the theft on Volothamp Geddarm, the roguish author of many popular books about cities in the Realms. The notorious mage-assassin Felibarr Blacklance has been hired to hunt for the thief, and he is a man grimly determined to earn his fee.

Then, there's this business about this letter that's on its way to Shadowdale. It is accompanied by a rare enchanted item that wizards and fortune hunters want to obtain at all costs.

A series of adventures ensues that takes the adventurers from Waterdeep to the Way Inn, by which time they will doubtless suspect there is more to Marco Volo than meets the eye. Amid the brawls and mistaken identities, the wild rides and the glowering villains, the characters never have a chance to slow down or catch their collective breath. What results is a light-hearted, picaresque adventure in the manner of Dumas and Sabatini, and a good time is had by all!

(Except by the bad guys, of course. They're never happy with how things are turning out...)"


 

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Volo's Guide to All Things Magical (1996)

From the back of the book:

For aeons, folk have struggled to master the world of Toril through the use of magic. The human race has stolen what magical knowledge it can from the elves and other races, gained more through worship, and created the rest by building on the work of those who have gone before. For centuries human wizards have experimented with new spells and variations on exsisting magic, striving to grow ever more powerful. They have succeeded to an astonishing degree, but through the death of secretive mages and the destruction of realms and entire peoples, much of the lore they built has been lost, hidden, or distorted. To pierce this heavy cloak of missing knowledge, cryptic sorcerous codes, and misinformation requires a writer of rare daring, persistance, and magical skill. Such a man is Volothamp Geddarm, famous traveler of the Realms - and this is the most important, long-suppressed work, the book that archwizards could not keep from your hands!

Read this 128-page tome, and learn:
> How mages gain special powers for themselves - including the awesome ability known as spellfire.
> How items may be enchanted to fire forth magic once, twice, or whenever called upon.
> The best materials from which to construct magic items.
> Powerful spells spells that have hitherto been the secrets of the most puissant archmages.
> Details of the many fell, awesome artifacts of the Realms known to exist.
> Lore about teleportation, magical wards, guardian spells, and site of power.
> Much, much more that most wizards would have liked to remain hidden from the eyes of their rivals - and common folk not skilled in magic - forever!

Suitable for all levels of play.

Special note: This edition of Volo's Guide to All Things Magical, intended for travelers from beyond the borders of Faerun, have been heavily rewritten and contains game notes and commentary by the famous sage and archmage Elminster of Shadowdale.

 

Monday, January 22, 2024

Dawn Patrol (1982)

From the box:

DAWN PATROL
Role-Playing Game of WW I Air combat

This is it! Reasearched and play-tested for over 10 years! DAWN PATROL aerial combat game was inspired by historical encounters that occurred during the great World War I dogfighting era. Fly one step beyond the popular FIGHT IN THE SKIES game and soar to new heights of role playing. Become part of a legendary team of flying aces, wingmen and combat heroes. YOU are a vital element of the DAWN PATROL game.

Any number can play. There are an infinite number of game situations, or if you choose, there's an assortment of ready-made scenarios for up to 12 players!

Game includes: Rulebook, playing-aid charts, full-color gameboard, specifications for individual aircraft capabilities, dice, and over 100 colorful die-cut aircraft counters."

 

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Doctor Who Role Playing Game (1985)

From the web:

FASA released its Doctor Who RPG in 1985. Its systems were similar to FASA's Star Trek RPG, although it used D6s instead of Star Trek's percentile dice.

The box contained three books: The Game Operations Manual, The Players Manual, and A Sourcebook for Field Agents. All three elaborated on the show's canon, although inconsistencies from the televised episodes (for example, the Brigadier retiring in 1977 in "Mawdryn Undead," but Sarah Jane claiming that she joined the Doctor in 1980 in "The Time Warrior") required some changes to the show's official timeline.

The RPG text also provides illumination into the Doctor's mysterious homeworld of Gallifrey, although again, the authors had to take some liberties (mixing the legends of Omega and Rassilon, for instance) in order to present a coherent setting.


 

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Full Moon Draw (1991)

From the back of the book:

Somewhere in the darkness, the Beast is turning cards. Their faces reveal the fates of millions of innocents - and only you can alter destiny and stop the evils that now run rampant.

As the Possibility Wars grow more violent, Storm Knights in every realm are called upon to challenge schemes that imperil all reality. Betrayal lurks around every corner, and Death is not far behind. The deck is stacked against you, but with cunning and courage, you can defeat the monstrous plans of the High Lords.

From a village besieged by werewolves to a labyrinth where horror dwells, from the savagery of the Living Land to the cold, ruthless bloodshed of Nippon Tech, never before have heroes confronted such powerful foes. Challenge Cyberpapal Inquisitors and Nile villains in grim and desperate battles that promise power to the winner and swift death to the loser.

Full Moon Draw features six mini-adventures set in the realms of Torg, complete with evil plots, new characters and their statistics, and maps of key locations. The moon is full, and the Beast is on the prowl - do you have the courage to save your world?

 

Friday, January 19, 2024

The Living Land (Torg) (1990)

From the web:

The Living Land Sourcebook is part of TORG, an epic game of adventure, magic and altered reality. This volume includes information on the primitive realm of Baruk Kaah. It features source material on the Living Land and its effects on the United States and Canada.

Included is gamemaster material for new rules for primitive magic, creatures, races, and Storm Knights operating in the Living Land.
 

Thursday, January 18, 2024

The Destiny Map (1990)

From the web:

It starts in the living land, that portion of the United States now claimed by the primitive reality of Baruk Kaah. Here, a group of Storm Knights makes an important discovery. They find a piece of an ancient map that hints of relics from another age. Relics of great power. From the Living Land to exotic Core Earth locales, the Storm Knights go in search of the missing parts of the map. When the pieces are all together, the map should reveal the location of the relics of power. Power that could alter the outcome of the invasion. But there are others on the trail as well, agentgs of evil who seek the relics of power for themselves. Nile Imperials, Nippon Tech Yakuza, Edeinos warriors, and others stand in the Storm Knights path, vying for the secrets of the destiny map!

Also included in this module is a 4-panel Gamemasters screen.


 

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

SF3: Sundown on Starmist (1983)

From the adventure back cover:

Starmist! A new planet, discovered by a Vrusk Merchant ship. A planet whose surface is a frozen waste crossed by giant canyons, kilometer deep.

 

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

SF1: Volturnus, Planet of Mystery (1982)

From the publishers:

Volturnus: a barren, hostile world. When a pirate attack stranded your party of adventurers here, your luck and skill, and the help of the Ul-Mor, enabled you to survive.

The Kurabanda, a mysterious tree dwelling race, are your only hope of finding the lost explorers you seek. On this planet of mystery and danger, survival itself is doubtful. Are you equal to the challenge that lies ahead?

This is a sequel to SF-0: Crash on Volturnus

 

Monday, January 15, 2024

Star Frontiers (1980)

From the web:

Star Frontiers is TSRs early foray into the realm of Science Fiction RPGs. It was a system different than D&D in many important ways - first there was no leveling of characters... you are given a set number of hit (health) points and there was no increase as the adventures progressed. Experience was used to buy skills - a nice simple skill system where each skill you bought/earned could be advanced from level 1 (beginner) to level 6 (expert). As such, you could be a techie - taking Computer Skill (lv 1-6), Technician Skill (lv 1-6), etc. Or you could be doctor - taking Medical (lv 1-6). There were, of course, skills to increase your proficiency with weapons, driving vehicles, etc.

The boxed set had two rule sets - a basic rule set which was, admittedly, fairly simple but enough to get you into the game. The Expanded Rules is where things really pick up. There are four playable races in the game: Dralasite, Humans, Vrusk, and Yazirian - they have come together to form a United Planetary Federation (shades of Star Trek).

The game runs on percentile dice - two d10s are rolled to produce a number between 1 and 100. This is used for almost all checks in the game - including combat. Damage is also done using one or more d10 dice. The box sets came with plastic d10 dice which you filled in with a white crayon (also included).

Star Frontiers saw two major publications of box sets - though they were essentially identical except for the cover artwork. There were a number of high-quality adventure modules as well.


 

Sunday, January 14, 2024

The Palladium Role-Playing Game (Revised Edition) (1983)

From the web:

A fantasy RPG written at the time of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons that tried to overcome some of the limitations of that system. To that end, some of the unique features of the Palladium RPG at the time were:

  • Several more player races including Troglodyte, Troll, Ogre, Orc, Kobold, Wolfen, Changeling, Hobgoblin, & Goblin
  • Expanded character class system that included 8 martial (fighting) types, 6 magic-user types, and 4 clergy types
  • A primary and secondary skill system
  • An expansive magic system that includes traditional wizardry (spell) magic as well as witchcraft, elemental magic, circles/symbols, demonology and illusions
  • A unique protection system in which armour degrades as it is used (Structural Damage Capacity (SDC))
  • A religion system that borrowed heavily from H.P. Lovecraft as well as Egyptian mythology


 

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (1986)

From the back cover:

"The Old World. On the surface, it is a civilized and cultured place, where only the occasional conspiracy, assassination, revolution or invasion by orcs, goblins, beastmen, or mutants disrupts the feudal order. Yet a shadow hangs over the world, cast by the corrupting hand of Chaos. From the Imperial court in Altdorf to the pirate-ridden coast of south Tilea, a few heroes strive to hold back the forces of howling Chaos, while it's hidden servants scheme from within to bring the world to it's knees before the Dark Gods."
 

Friday, January 12, 2024

Torg (1990)

Boxed set of the basic rules and support items for TORG: Roleplaying the Possibility Wars.
 

Thursday, January 11, 2024

GWQ1: Mutant Master (1992)

From the back of the book:

- Characters encounter altered ones and living metal while searching the hostile wilderness for hidden secrets of the ancients!
- They try to penetrate the blue man's renegade Iron Society enclave to uncover the mystery of the Yorkum Turkel.
- This adventure for the new 4th Edition GAMMA WORLD game is designed for three to six characters of 1st to 3rd level.
- Mutant Master is an excellent tool for beginning a new GAMMA WORLD campaign, either based in Ascension in Gamma Terra, or adapted into a GM's personally designed world.
- It is recommended that the character group have at least one Altered Human.

Note: Front cover incorrectly says "Game Rules" under the GAMMA WORLD logo, should say "Adventure."

 

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

AM2: For Faerie, Queen, & Country (1993)

From the back cover:

For Faerie, Queen, and Country is the first fantasy Universe Book created for the Amazing Engine game system. The setting: Victorian England, 187-. The Tuatha de Danann are represented in Parliament. America is a British penal colony. And your character? She could be a governess to a family in Bloomsbury, skilled in herbal lore and fairy lore because she was raised in Ireland. He could be a consulting detective, half-faerie himself, with training in phrenology. Or, your character might be a full-blooded Tuatha de Danann, bent on wreaking mischief throughout London!

Step into the universe of For Faerie, Queen, and Country. And don't forget the bit of cold iron for your pocket!

 

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

AM3: Bughunters

From the back of the book:

Travel to exotic new worlds, see strange new life forms, and kill them . . . before they kill you!

The Bughunters role-playing game--part of the Amazing Engine line-up--casts player characters as protectors of the human race in a hostile galaxy. From orbital stations to fledgling colony worlds and Mother Earth herself, Bughunters PCs seek out and battle inimical alien creatures while trying to piece together the secret of a horrifying galactic threat!

 

Monday, January 8, 2024

AM1: Amazing Engine System Guide (1993) - copy #2

From the back cover:

System Guide by David "Zeb" Cook

In this booklet are the rules you need to create a character core. With that character core, you can create any number of player characters for any number of game universes within the AMAZING ENGINE’ game system. You can create wizards, mercenaries, alien technologists, xenoform thieves-any kind of character, from nearly any kind of fantasy or science fiction setting, is possible with these rules and the appropriate Universe Book.

This System Guide also explains the rudiments of combat (how does my character hit things?) and skills (what does my character know?). Plentiful examples take you step by step through the character generation process, and illustrate the concepts behind this system’s skill uses.

These rules are designed to be used in conjunction with the Universe Books. You must have this booklet and a Universe Book in order to play within the AMAZING ENGINE game system.

Books in this system:

For Faerie, Queen, and Country
BugHunters
Magitech
Galactos Barrier

 

Sunday, January 7, 2024

AM1: Amazing Engine System Guide (1993)

From the back cover:

System Guide by David "Zeb" Cook

In this booklet are the rules you need to create a character core. With that character core, you can create any number of player characters for any number of game universes within the AMAZING ENGINE’ game system. You can create wizards, mercenaries, alien technologists, xenoform thieves-any kind of character, from nearly any kind of fantasy or science fiction setting, is possible with these rules and the appropriate Universe Book.

This System Guide also explains the rudiments of combat (how does my character hit things?) and skills (what does my character know?). Plentiful examples take you step by step through the character generation process, and illustrate the concepts behind this system’s skill uses.

These rules are designed to be used in conjunction with the Universe Books. You must have this booklet and a Universe Book in order to play within the AMAZING ENGINE game system.

Books in this system:

For Faerie, Queen, and Country
BugHunters
Magitech
Galactos Barrier

 

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