T.H.E Fighter (GM2)
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 9:57 pm 

Came across this little oddity at a local store today. This isn't the actual one I have, but it's the only picture I could find of it. My copy is a bit more worn and has a loose price tag on the (dog-eared) upper-right hand corner.


It's an incredibly detailed set of rules for man-to-man combat in RPG's, and was published by Martian Game Modules (Copperas, Texas) in 1979. Even includes a set of charts and a hex-grid map. There's a brief entry in Heroic Worlds, but I have no idea what this thing might be worth.

Anyone care to take a guess? For that matter, does anyone want it?


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Post Posted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 10:02 pm 

I have a copy. I don't remember how much I got it for, but it certainly wasn't THAT much, or I'd remember. No idea what it should go for, but yours is only the second I've seen.

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Post Posted: Thu Jan 06, 2005 10:15 pm 

Hi Zander -

I don't know what it might be worth, but I'm going to guess that one of the authors listed (L. W. Willis) is Lynn Willis, who did some design work at Metagaming in the late seventies. He designed Godsfire, and worked on a few other things that Metagaming put out. Martian Games were in Texas, as was Metagaming (Austin).

At the same time, Steve Jackson was also a Metagaming employee, who did the majority of the design work there. He left in 1980 or so and started Steve Jackson Games, and in 1985 put out the first component for GURPS, which was a set of man-to-man fighting rules.

I read somewhere that Steve became disaffected at Metagaming, ie he was the main creative force there but was only a salaried employee. When he started to get the idea for GURPS in 1978/79 he decided to leave to start his own company, so he could reap the rewards of what he thought would be a very successful system.

More than likely Lynn and Steve had a fair few discussions about man to man combat while they were both at Metagaming, but who knows if there was any collaboration between them.

Not much help I know, but I'd be interested in it as I think Godsfire is a fantastic game and Willis a great designer.




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Post Posted: Fri Jan 07, 2005 6:51 am 

T.H.E. Fighter.... by Martian Game Modules listed on Matthias' page here..

http://www.stud.uni-hamburg.de/users/af ... index.html

for sale on Aarons' page here in mint condition for $9.95... (which I believe he has a few of as well...)

T.H.E. Fighter

worn condition prob a couple of bucks...?



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Post Posted: Fri Jan 07, 2005 9:31 am 

Thanks to all for the info on this book. Considering that I got it for $2.50 CDN, I'll probably hang on to it.

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