Tagged: Games Anatomy

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[Games Anatomy] A Red and Pleasant Land

At the time of release, the buzz about Red and Pleasant Land was that it would completely revolutionise the way we played Dungeons and Dragons and totally blow all our minds with its sheer inspirational quality. This is of course...

[Games Anatomy] We Interrupt This Programme 0

[Games Anatomy] We Interrupt This Programme

All right, boys and girls, here’s the deal. I’ll be spending the festive season in the wilder and woolier parts of Merrie England (in the smog-strewn streets of Manchester, where Hark’s from, and in the depths of the West Country,...

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[Games Anatomy] Monkeys Optional

A couple of weeks ago, Aurenian asked a rather searching question of me: “how rules-lite is too rules-lite?”, and it came with the suggestion that I turn my scathing gaze on Risus, ‘the Anything RPG’, by S. John Ross. Risus...

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[Games Anatomy] Underground, Overground

One more time! One more day! One more OD&D post! Much like the previous section on dungeons, the Wilderness is introduced by a practical statement of what the Referee should prepare – a ground level map of the dungeons (whatever...

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[Games Anatomy] Going Underground

Volume III of the Original Dungeons and Dragons set, ‘Underworld and Wilderness Adventures’ by name, is what would eventually metamorphose into the Dungeon Master’s Guide in later iterations of Gygax and Arneson’s masterwork. People like to talk up (or down)...

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[Games Anatomy] The Original Dungeons And Dragons

For those who demanded more precision in identifying ‘the original’ Dungeons and Dragons, that’s Gygax, E. G. and Arneson, D. (1974) Dungeons and Dragons: Rules for Fantastic Medieval Wargames Campaigns Playable with Paper and Pencil and Miniature Figures, Lake Geneva,...

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[Games Anatomy] Advanced Fighting Fantasy

Picture the scene… Rolling, bleak moorland, sun-baked by day and rain-blasted by night – except when it’s the other way around. A thin and narrow road winds and wanders its way over the hilltops, a thin chain of tarmacadam linking...