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RetroRoleplaying: The Future

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I haven't been around much the last couple of months as real life has kept me very busy. Real life seems to be calming back down (just in time for the holiday season). Therefore, I should be doing more blogging -- and work on Microlite74 and Of Gold and Glory.

I've also decided to make some changes here at RetroRoleplaying. My original plan was to cover as many out-of-print RPGs (and their retro-clones/simulacrums) as I could. I haven't made a lot of progress on this. Therefore, I've decided to focus the site more on my personal favorites: OD&D, Classic D&D, AD&D, Marvel Superheroes, and Classic Traveller. If someone comes along and wants to do a section on another out-of-print RPGs, I'll be happy to provide space and bandwidth but it seems best to focus on my interests and actually make something of this site than to try to cover everything and fail.

I'm probably going to restart the message board sometime in the next few weeks to focus on the above mentioned games, retro-clones/simulacrums, and my own games Microlite74 and For Gold and Glory.

This blog? It will become more active again now that I have more time. I'm just sorry I missed some of the big "events" of the last couple of months. Things like Carcosa And Swords & Wizardry. I give both a big thumbs up, BTW -- despite a few misgivings about the explicit text in Carcosa.

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Ed said...
November 14, 2008 at 2:33 PM  

We interrupt your retro for this announcement

MARVEL SUPERHEROES IS NOT RETRO.

VILLAINS AND VIGILANTES IS RETRO.

1ST EDITION VILLAINS AND VIGILANTES IS REALLY RETRO

SUPERGAME IS PATHETICALLY RETRO

SUPERHERO 2044 IS AWESOMELY RETRO

that is all

you may now return to your regularly scheduled retro

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Randall said...
November 14, 2008 at 3:30 PM  

LOL, Ed. While you certainly have a point, Marvel Superheroes is both out of print and out of style, so it definitely qualifies for this site.

Superhero 2044 was a lot of good ideas, but was unplayable. Supergame was just weird. V&V is a good game, but the random character generation -- while very retro -- made it very hard for most comic fans to get into. I tried them all with comics fans as I was running a comic shop when they came out.

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Ed said...
November 14, 2008 at 4:26 PM  

OK, if you actually *played* (or tried to play) Supergame or Superhero 2044 when they came out, then you have extra retro cred to spend and can use it to bless Marvel Superheroes as a retro game. It only came out a couple years after V&V 2nd edition after all. :)

(I owned Superhero 2044 back in the early 80s but I don't think I ever played it, and I picked up Supergame as a curiosity in the 90s, but never had any inclination to play it whatsoever. :)

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Randall said...
November 14, 2008 at 9:10 PM  

Superhero 44 had some good ideas but the execution was horrible. I suspect it would have made a good play-by-mail superhero game. It just did not work well face-to-face.

I used the idea of patrol sessions to handle what a superhero character did between major (played out) adventures in most of my later SH games, so SH44 was a very good purchase just for that idea.

I can't say the same about Supergame. I bought it, read it, actually tried to play it once, and put it in a box on the shelf. Had I had any common sense, it would have stayed on the store shelf and I'd have spent my money on something more useful, like graph paper or note cards.

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Chgowiz said...
November 26, 2008 at 10:13 AM  

Hi Randall, good to see you're still around!

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