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Post Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:42 pm 
 

I picked up a copy of RuneQuest: Eldarad the Lost City, not perturbed by the less than shining reveiw:

http://www.glorantha.info/runequest/ava ... darad.html

I thought it can't be that bad. It is!

I love watching old B grade SciFi movies. Sometimes they make me laugh (has anyone seen Robot Monster for example?)

This Supplement actually made me laugh. The concept is ridiculous. The maps are ridiculous. There is one entitled 'The Alchemical Workshop of Sylus Lun," which has a tiny little five room floor plan with a few doors and two fireplaces on an otherwise blank and empty page. The artwork looks like it was done by a 10 year old. The writing is baaaad. It actually made me laugh out loud (and I have by no means finished reading it yet) like the old B grade movies.

So that is my nomination. Any others nominees for 'so bad it is funny' role playing product?

  

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Post Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:12 pm 
 

XL1 Quest for the Heartstone.

This sort of thing gave TSR a bad name - brought out to support some action figures - IIRC the review in White Dwarf was less than complimentary!!!

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Post Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 10:26 pm 
 

The cover picture for the Book of Treasure Maps by Judges Guild.  :D


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Post Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:29 pm 
 

Ironhoof Highlands.

This product of refugees from Judges Guild gives a new meaning to the word, "dud."

Almost incredibly vapid.


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Post Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:37 pm 
 

FormCritic wrote:Ironhoof Highlands.

This product of refugees from Judges Guild gives a new meaning to the word, "dud."

Almost incredibly vapid.


Ironhoof Highlands is horrific. Is that the one with the picture of the "alien" monster attacking the barbarian?  Ugh.

I've voted for this before...Judges Guilds "Under the Storm Giant Castle".  Terrible maps and artwork.  Dumb "monster hotel" approach.  Some of the absolute worst original monsters to grace an RPG product (love the Balloon Men...which are, you guessed it, living rubber balloons...).  Dumb plotline.   Dumb premise. Dumb, Dumb, Dumb......

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Post Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:55 pm 
 

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Ironhoof Highlands is horrific. Is that the one with the picture of the "alien" monster attacking the barbarian?  Ugh.

I've voted for this before...Judges Guilds "Under the Storm Giant Castle".  Terrible maps and artwork.  Dumb "monster hotel" approach.  Some of the absolute worst original monsters to grace an RPG product (love the Balloon Men...which are, you guessed it, living rubber balloons...).  Dumb plotline.   Dumb premise. Dumb, Dumb, Dumb......

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Mike is the author of the infamous (to me) "Post-It Note Heard Round The World."

A Post-It Note attached to Under the Storm Giant's Castle made it all the way from Texas to  Mattias Bock's living room in Germany to the eyes of the actual author of the module...who wondered what sucked about his adventure on the Judges Guild forums.

Under the Storm Giant's Castle was missing the two things that might have made it a great module....storm giants and a castle.


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:00 am 
 

Beyondthebreach wrote:The cover picture for the Book of Treasure Maps by Judges Guild.  :D

Interestingly, though, the interior contains a series of excellent mini-adventures. But, yes, that cover is appalling. It's the same sort of mind-set, I'd guess, that led to TSR deciding to use actual photographs of its employees for a Spellfire set. There's nothing like real-world, modern photography to totally kill the mood for fantasy gaming.

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:06 am 
 

The Book of Treasure Maps was, perhaps , my first collector's purchase.  I got it for 99 cents at Goodwill, back in the 80's.

If only I'd known...some of the things I passed on!  Ach!

Ex:  "Elric boardgame....hmm...why would I want that?"


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:14 am 
 

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Mike is the author of the infamous (to me) "Post-It Note Heard Round The World."

A Post-It Note attached to Under the Storm Giant's Castle made it all the way from Texas to  Mattias Bock's living room in Germany to the eyes of the actual author of the module...who wondered what sucked about his adventure on the Judges Guild forums.

Under the Storm Giant's Castle was missing the two things that might have made it a great module....storm giants and a castle.


That always cracks me up, Mark.  Can't believe my comments have made such an impression, and after so many years (I think I wrote my original review for that module sometime in the early 90s).  Speaking of which I wish Matthias Bock would pop up again someday.  I must have sold him ten truckloads of stuff in the old AOL forum days,  I wonder if he still has most of it.  A lot of it was one of a kind stuff...
  Speaking of really bad JG stuff, there is a JG module (Tower of Ulisson?) that ends up being...a bad dream. That's right, at the end of the module, you have to annouce to your players that you are taking the "Bobby Ewing in the Shower" way out  and everyone wakes up, none the worse for wear.  Would anyone in their wildest dreams ever run an adventure that ended up being a dream? "Sorry guys, heh heh heh, but all that magic and treasure you found?  All the monsters you killed?  It was just some bad chili giving you bad dreams.  Never really happened."  My players would have tarred, feathered, and then skinned me alive if I had tried to pull that. I actually remember throwing the module across the room in disgust when I read it for the first time about 15 years ago....!

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:25 am 
 

Badmike wrote:
FormCritic wrote:
Mike is the author of the infamous (to me) "Post-It Note Heard Round The World."

A Post-It Note attached to Under the Storm Giant's Castle made it all the way from Texas to  Mattias Bock's living room in Germany to the eyes of the actual author of the module...who wondered what sucked about his adventure on the Judges Guild forums.

Under the Storm Giant's Castle was missing the two things that might have made it a great module....storm giants and a castle.


That always cracks me up, Mark.  Can't believe my comments have made such an impression, and after so many years (I think I wrote my original review for that module sometime in the early 90s)


Hey how did I miss this story?  Was this posted here before and I missed it or was it posted someplace else?


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 7:07 am 
 

Hey now, show some love for Judges Guild :D
Ironhoof was Group One...
Book of Treasure Maps picture is Jaquay's silliness.
And you got to love #93 Under the Storm Giants Castle - I've done some Return to with this and probably should get back to it (and yes it has the castle).

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 9:13 am 
 

Badmike wrote:

  Speaking of really bad JG stuff, there is a JG module (Tower of Ulisson?) that ends up being...a bad dream. That's right, at the end of the module, you have to annouce to your players that you are taking the "Bobby Ewing in the Shower" way out  and everyone wakes up, none the worse for wear.  Would anyone in their wildest dreams ever run an adventure that ended up being a dream? "Sorry guys, heh heh heh, but all that magic and treasure you found?  All the monsters you killed?  It was just some bad chili giving you bad dreams.  Never really happened."  My players would have tarred, feathered, and then skinned me alive if I had tried to pull that. I actually remember throwing the module across the room in disgust when I read it for the first time about 15 years ago....!

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A DM actually did that to us in a 2E AD&D Campaign.  We were miffed about the magic items we really didn't find but we did get Xps so it wasn't too bad...


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 11:20 am 
 

Would the 100-sided percentile die qualify?  I got one in a lot I won on ebay.  It's like a fricken' golf ball.


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 11:54 am 
 

My vote would be the 1978 Chaosium publication of 'Real Magic' by Isaac Bonewits. The picture of the goofball author looking 'pompous' complete with pipe clenched between his teeth is hilarious.

It was no doubt items like this that helped feed the late 70's early 80's D&D=Satanism hysteria...


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:31 pm 
 

jasonw1239 wrote:My vote would be the 1978 Chaosium publication of 'Real Magic' by Isaac Bonewits.


And do you have the reprint too?

  

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:36 pm 
 

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And do you have the reprint too?




No, but somebody has a reprint on eBay now for $1.99




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If I recall they changed the photo of the author to something less goofy.  :)


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 1:29 pm 
 

Hmmm... now I am not sure if I recalled the correct title of the book by that author (Isaac Bonewits). Further checking on my part indicates that the Chaosium publication was 'Authentic Thaumaturgy'. The item that I remembered was the first edition of 'Real Magic'. :oops:

They were both marketed as providing information for developing magic systems for role playing games.

BTW I am not saying that the book is terrible, just the authors photo that they chose to print with it.   :)


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2007 8:13 pm 
 

jasonw1239 wrote:

No, but somebody has a reprint on eBay now for $1.99


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If I recall they changed the photo of the author to something less goofy.  :)




I like the pitch on the cover "Bonewits is witty and possessed of a mind that looks around corners"



I may try to start a dud section to my collection to rival my pre-1980s sci fi collection  :)



I think they should edit the cover pitch to "Bonewits is boney and witty and possessed of a mind that looks around corners" or perhaps "Boneywitty has bones and wits, he clenches his pipe as he proudly sits...."

  

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Post Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 1:26 am 
 

bombadil wrote:Would the 100-sided percentile die qualify?  I got one in a lot I won on ebay.  It's like a fricken' golf ball.


No.  *holds up my transparent zocchihedron*  Though I've never used it. ;)



That said, the worst product I picked up was the Scourge of Worlds DVD, though thankfully it only cost me $3.  While the concept was admirable, the execution left much to be desired.  Plus, it was d20 Fantasy.  What was I thinking???



Too limited in its choices and its endings, it ended up being little more than eye candy for the unimaginative.  Dragon's Lair did it better, and did it some twenty-five years earlier.



  


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Post Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 2:49 am 
 

bombadil wrote:Would the 100-sided percentile die qualify?  I got one in a lot I won on ebay.  It's like a fricken' golf ball.




As it takes so long to settle on one side, why not actually play golf with it. You could roleplay and work on your handicap at the same time.

  
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