Monday, 6 December 2010
I was browsing through some White Dwarfs back from when I first started buying it and noticed that this colour ad crops up in every Dwarf from about that time. So TSR UK were clearly on a big push for it and took it seriously but - where is it now?
You don't seem to hear anything about OA in the OSR blogosphere. I seem to recall that apart from the ads I didn't hear anything about it Back In The Day and can't recall seeing a copy but I certainly must have done at GW Birmingham when it was current and on the shelves.
In retrospect it seems a strange decision to follow up the PHB, DMG, MM etc. with a cod-Japanese supplement but I suppose there was the 1980s Ninja craze in full flow so that might have influenced TSR thinking. I can't imagine any market research suggesting that this was what AD&D players were crying out for. Bushido had come out in 1981, was well-regarded and surely any Western players attracted to playing samurai and bushi would have migrated over to there.
Does it's complete invisibility on the OSR scene reflect that nobody really cared? Or just that it was AD&D and these days people are more interested in OD&D and variants?
I remember thinking it must be a big, premium label AAA release because it was advertised heavily, had a great cover and had the all-important, imposing, "grown-up" word Advanced in it's title and obviously looking back that is simply evidence of the naivety of youth!