Monday, 31 October 2011

Dear Cousin Jonathan...

Please don't do any more gamebook covers. Thanks.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Lobo Solitario

Regular readers will know all about my sneering contempt for foreign covers of British gamebooks. And here. And also here. Oh, and here as well.

So it's pleasantly surprising to discover that at least one printing of the Spanish versions of Lone Wolf had some really nice covers, presumably locally sourced.

Lone Wolf doesn't really look like the 16 year old he's supposed to be at the start of Flight from the Dark here but the image of him on the cover of Shadow on the Sand is suitably monastic.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Rogue Trader 1983

Sometimes, when sorting out raw material for the increasingly crammed-full-of-Brit-Old-School-goodness tumblr blog (try the archive and spin that mousewheel - it's ace) that I do, you come across some really amazing stuff.

Such as this;

It's from October 1983 and the First Citadel Compendium. It would of course appear in print four years later and no longer be an RPG or a spacecraft combat system as first touted. Fascinating to think what would have been in that manuscript had it been published back when it was actually first advertised.

You could of course argue that this particular game didn't appear for twenty-six years and the launch of the Fantasy Flight Games RPG of the same name.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Tales from the Maelstrom Interviews Rick Priestley

Assuming that you haven't already seen it, then this is a excellent interview with RP and well worth reading;

Some great views "behind the scenes" regarding the creation of 40K and, more importantly, how Rick intended it to be played in the first place. It strikes me that Mr. Priestley is far happier now that he can be (to adopt a phrase that the OSR like to bandy around with respect to Gary Gygax) Gamer Rick rather than Workshop Rick.