History of Rappan Athuk?
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Post Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 4:37 am 
 

While I'm sure everyone is aware of the following quote from a Judges Guild supplement, it is new to me. And I was hoping someone might point out the other missing pieces that make up a history of this well known OSR megadungeon.

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Post Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:33 am 
 

Cool, never seen that before :)

What JG book is that from?


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Post Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:12 pm 
 

First of the City State of the World Emperor books. First page or two into the short history at the front.

  


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Post Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 3:40 pm 
 

I'd never spotted that either. Good catch!

  

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Post Posted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 9:54 am 
 

aspekt wrote in History of Rappan Athuk?:While I'm sure everyone is aware of the following quote from a Judges Guild supplement, it is new to me. And I was hoping someone might point out the other missing pieces that make up a history of this well known OSR megadungeon.

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That would be about when a young Bill Webb was creating his own mega-dungeon, so the timeline fits....

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Post Posted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 11:02 am 
 

Is he still around and open to communication about his work over the years?

  

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Post Posted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 7:36 pm 
 

Yep, as far as I know. In fact, isn't he a member here for the odd post about Frog God Games?
I'm sure someone will point you in his direction.


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Post Posted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 11:03 pm 
 

That's great, thanks. Not sure how much he may or may not know, but would be interesting to discover.

  

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Post Posted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 3:31 am 
 

I suspect like many D&D players of the time, he latched onto one or other of the JG publications and ended up running his own campaign world within the reasonably blank canvas of the Wilderlands environ. He just happens to be one that we know about because he went on to build a career out of gaming, and dug out his old campaign once he was established in his career and gave publishing a go. I could be wrong, but many a publication has come about this way.

As an aside, his original manuscript (or some semblance of it) was published/made available to backers of the Rappan Athuk Kickstarter. There may be hints therein, I don't know.

An e-mail enquiring about the roots of the campaign may be welcomed, and if he so desires, encouragement to discuss any link on Acaeum would be a great opportunity to record for posterity, and give the Google bots more Frog God Games and Rappan Athuk hits for his products.


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Post Posted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 5:25 am 
 

Oh! So he was the publisher-author. Told you I was new.

  

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Post Posted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 6:52 am 
 

Here's an old thread from DF that might shed a bit of light on it. First posting there:
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Post Posted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:15 am 
 

Thanks for the link. At the bottom of the OP is our oddly disappointing answer :

"By wierd coincidence, Bob Bledsaw of Judges Guild named a location in the City State of the World Emperor "Ruppin Athok." In the Necromancer forums, Peterson related that Webb originally coined the name from a dwarven glossary printed in The Dragon; apparently Bledsaw read the same article. The RA of Bledsaw and the RA of Webb apparently have nothing to do with one another."

  


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Post Posted: Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:48 am 
 

Disappointing, yes, but at least we have closure!

  
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