Thursday, 8 July 2010

Dragonroar?

Does anybody know anything about Dragonroar from Standard Games? I remember seeing the full colour adverts and it seemed an attractive package. Apart from the novelty of a cassette tape (contents unknown and probably unplayable these days), it came with a solo and group adventure and with a bunch of floorplans and cut-out tokens. A couple of supplementary scenarios were advertised (no idea if they ever saw the cold light of day) and Standard Miniatures did a range of specialist figures including the brilliantly imagined War Hedgehogs and Killer Penguins. War Hedgehogs immediately found their way into my games, appearing as Chaos Beastmen in WFRP and Bugbears in BECMI.

Standard Games were quite big in the 1980s, their most famous gameline was probably Cry Havoc, a hex boardgame of man-to-man skirmishing. They certainly seemed to advertise both the boardgame and miniatures side of the business in the glossy mags every month so certainly gave the impression of being a big outfit.

I remember seeing this and thinking it looked good (in that juvenile way that deems a cool advert with funky artwork and Killer Penguins must infer that the game is good) but I never heard of anyone playing it, never remember seeing a review and these the intertubes are deafeningly silent about the whole thing.

Does anybody know anything about it? Did anyone ever see it in the wild?

8 comments:

  1. It's reviewed in White Dwarf #68, where it receives an overall score of 5. The reviewer, Paul Mason, states that the cassette is a wasted opportunity, that the rules seem incomplete, with many references to future supplements, and that the sample scenario is rubbish. On the other hand, Mason says the book is well-written and that the presentation and production are excellent. He criticises the honour system in a vague manner, and the implication is that he disapproves of such morality-based advancement, but there's not much detail on this point, so it's unclear whether he's also criticise Pendragon for the same reasons.

    Here's the final paragraph of the review:

    "As a beginner's game, Dragonroar is clear and simple, but narrow in scope and restricting to those who want more out of a game than combat: experienced role-players will find it about five years out of date. it may be the first British fantasy rolegame, but it isn't anything to be proud of."

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  2. Sorry, my keyboard is on its last legs, so please excuse the errors in the above.

    Also, I'm sure you're well aware that WD's reviews were erratic, to say the least, so take the above with a pinch of salt.

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  3. I actually own a copy of the boxed set, but had not the time to read it, yet. If you'd like to know some specific detail, I could look it up.

    Oh, I think I'll read it tomorrow and report back with an overview :-)

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  4. I read it and wrote a review: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/5252255

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  5. Just found that Killer Penguin miniature is still available (no War hedgehogs tho)...

    http://www.magistermilitum.com/product.asp?P_ID=1053&strPageHistory=search&strKeywords=killer&numPageStartPosition=1&strSearchCriteria=all&PT_ID=all

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  6. You didn't miss anything. I may still have it in a box somewhere, but with my bad memories of war hedgehogs it likely got recycled.

    The tape was pretty bad as well, again from memory, wolves eating was a bloke biting into an apple.

    Just a poor attempt to cash in on the RPG craze back then and I was only 13.

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  7. Cassette tapes can be transferred with a gizmo that plugs a cassette-player into a USB port of a computer and turns cassettes into .mp3's for further processing or burning into a CD.

    There was one published supplement, The Zhevezh Gauntlet.
    Making copies of sheets of a British game is a pain because they use A4 size paper which is taller and a bit narrower than North American 8.5"x11" paper (Letter size). You need to reduce slightly, but then any maps are not to the intended scale.

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  8. There was a second supplement. I have both.

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