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Post Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 5:39 pm 
 

Hey all -

I'm researching a book on the history of Gen Con and need to track down a pesky fact. Erik Mona of ENWorld suggested that you folks might have the desired arcane knowledge at your fingertips.

An anecdote tells me that Steve Perrin (designer of the original Runequest rules) was credited in the acknowledgements of an early AD&D book. According to the story, it's either the Player's Handbook or the DMG. But a check of recent printings of these books turns up no such acknowledgement. Was it in an earlier printing of either book? A different book entirely? Is my informant misremembering completely?

If any of the archivally minded among you would be willing to take a crack at this question, I, Atlas and Gen Con would be much obliged.

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:24 pm 
 

Robin D. Laws wrote:Hey all -

I'm researching a book on the history of Gen Con and need to track down a pesky fact. Erik Mona of ENWorld suggested that you folks might have the desired arcane knowledge at your fingertips.

An anecdote tells me that Steve Perrin (designer of the original Runequest rules) was credited in the acknowledgements of an early AD&D book. According to the story, it's either the Player's Handbook or the DMG. But a check of recent printings of these books turns up no such acknowledgement. Was it in an earlier printing of either book? A different book entirely? Is my informant misremembering completely?

If any of the archivally minded among you would be willing to take a crack at this question, I, Atlas and Gen Con would be much obliged.


I don't see it in the 1st DMG or early PHBs

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:45 pm 
 

His contact information is available at:

http://www.perrinworlds.com/steveperrin ... in2004.pdf

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 9:44 pm 
 

I see no credits/acknowledgements for that individual in any of the AD&D 1E hardcovers, or OD&D supplements.  I didn't look through any modules.

Judging by his resume (he worked for Interplay, who released the "Forgotten Realms Archives Silver Edition" compilation) is it possible that it is one or more of the early AD&D video games?

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 9:52 pm 
 

Steve does have some author credits for modules: CM9, FR4, FR6, GAZ5, N5.

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 11:09 pm 
 

Another thought:  He also worked for Chaosism.  The anecote might be referencing an early printing of Deities and Demigods, where Chaosism is thanked on the bottom of page 4:

http://www.acaeum.com/ddindexes/setpages/deities.html

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 11:14 pm 
 

deimos3428 wrote:Another thought:  He also worked for Chaosism.  The anecote might be referencing an early printing of Deities and Demigods, where Chaosism is thanked on the bottom of page 4:

http://www.acaeum.com/ddindexes/setpages/deities.html


Steve has weighed in on the Enworld thread and says no such acknowledgement exists.  Don't get any more authoritative than that.

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Post Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 12:58 am 
 

Robin D. Laws wrote:Hey all -

I'm researching a book on the history of Gen Con and need to track down a pesky fact. Erik Mona of ENWorld suggested that you folks might have the desired arcane knowledge at your fingertips.

An anecdote tells me that Steve Perrin (designer of the original Runequest rules) was credited in the acknowledgements of an early AD&D book. According to the story, it's either the Player's Handbook or the DMG. But a check of recent printings of these books turns up no such acknowledgement. Was it in an earlier printing of either book? A different book entirely? Is my informant misremembering completely?

If any of the archivally minded among you would be willing to take a crack at this question, I, Atlas and Gen Con would be much obliged.


Probably mistook Steve Perrin for Jeff Perren (co writer of Chainmail)


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