Fantasy Wargaming by Bruce Galloway
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Post Posted: Wed Dec 21, 2005 6:07 pm 
 

Anybody have copy of this? I've never seen it discussed here. I remember the Waldenbooks near me had a hardcover copy of this sitting around for years in the early 80s, mixed in with the D&D stuff. I would occasionally look at it, but never bought it.



Looking around it seems very unloved:

http://dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewtopic ... a58df4dd7d



And there's a bunch of cheap copies on Ebay:

http://search-desc.ebay.com/search/sear ... p=1&fsoo=1



Any opinions? Can someone tell me who did the artwork (cover and interior)?

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Post Posted: Wed Dec 21, 2005 11:51 pm 
 

I have meant to buy that but could never remember to.


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Post Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2005 12:21 am 
 

I have a copy, and my advice is don't bother - it's a dull read with no useful info whatsoever. He skips through a discussion on the various RPG systems in use at the time of writing, an dthen proceeds to describe (in great detail) his own system, which apparently is vastly superior.

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Post Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2005 9:54 am 
 

IIRC, I got my copy from the Science Fiction Bookclub, and was equally unimpressed with it.  I'll have to dig around while I'm here in NJ to see if I still have this book (since I'm sure it's not with my gaming stuff in KS).


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Post Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2005 6:39 pm 
 

I have hardback copies in a couple different sizes (as I recall).  The author wasted a lot of trees printing essentially nothing except a few basic ideas about RPG philosophy.  Not worth your time.     8)


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Post Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2005 10:43 pm 
 

I bought this on a whim a few months ago at a used book store.  Funny piece of strange gaming history. :D


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Post Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 2:24 pm 
 

*bump*

b/c g026r asked for info on this item.

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Post Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 2:59 pm 
 

FormCritic wrote: The author wasted a lot of trees printing essentially nothing except a few basic ideas about RPG philosophy.  Not worth your time.


This is how I've always looked at it in the past, as a commercial exploitation of the early-80s gaming mass market. It was more commonly found at mainstream stores than at hobby stores.

However recently I've begun taking another look at it in combination with Tunnels & Trolls, a system which has also often been looked at dismissively, for being too simplistic.

The author of FW states that he would primarily use T&T for his own campaigns. If the two are put together, it is conceivably possible to get one good functional game from the two.

T&T could provide the basics, while FW fills in the gaps. I haven't yet concluded that such is the case, that will require actually playing them in combination, but it would help explain the existence of both.

  
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