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 fuckyeahbritisholdschoolgaming.tumblr.com (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.

9 comments:

  1. Traveller- and Laserburn-influenced Original RT?

    My arousal is palpable.

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  2. Some of the miniatures in that ad were manufactured, I have a few of them.

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  3. As far as I'm aware, the Psycho-Circus, Los Asteros and Herst Crabble haven't yet appeared in FFG's Rogue Trader, but what an interesting mini campaign that would be. I'm almost tempted to put it together myself.

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  4. That spaceship on the cover reminds me of a classic model kit: The Leif Ericson

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  5. Spacefarers pics here http://www.solegends.com/citspacef/citspacefpics.htm on Stuff of Legends but the scan's aren't great.

    The Psycho Circus made it into RT (87 version), Rick P talks about the boozy real-life inspiration behind it in that interview I linked to in the last post.

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  6. There's an even slightly earlier of Rogue Trader mention in the 1983 "dragon" catalogue which was completely devoid of details - so everyone ticked the Runequest Box box.

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  7. huh! link here:

    http://www.solegends.com/citcat1983dragon/cit1983049-01.jpg

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  8. Dammit I want those minis!

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  9. Very interesting find/link. I'm sure I remember some early White Articles articles being very humorous about Rogue Trader / WH40K before any of the rules came out. Like it was just an opportunity to customise figures - giving knights and orcs backpacks, guns and so forth. The monster grew from humble and perhaps innocent origins.

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