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Post Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2003 5:05 am 
 

I have recently acquired a copy of the Metamorphosis Alpha booklet (well, the second ever RPG after D&D deserved some money thrown at it...)  :D . Was the booklet sold separately from the box? Did any MA boxed edition exist at the time? I noticed a $ 5.00 price printed on the cover, so I think it was sold separately but just to be on the safe side...  :wink:

  


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Post Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2003 10:53 pm 
 

Sotterraneo wrote:I have recently acquired a copy of the Metamorphosis Alpha booklet (well, the second ever RPG after D&D deserved some money thrown at it...)  :D . Was the booklet sold separately from the box? Did any MA boxed edition exist at the time? I noticed a $ 5.00 price printed on the cover, so I think it was sold separately but just to be on the safe side...  :wink:




The booklet was sold on its own.  $5 was the original cover price, so that tag is probably pretty old.  There was no box with this version of MA.

  

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Post Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2003 8:51 am 
 

jtotheb wrote: The booklet was sold on its own.  $5 was the original cover price, so that tag is probably pretty old.  There was no box with this version of MA.




This version? Were there other editions of MA (Gamma World excluded)?

  


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Post Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2003 9:54 am 
 

Sotterraneo wrote:
This version? Were there other editions of MA (Gamma World excluded)?




No.  Gamma World is what I meant by "this version".

  


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Post Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2003 5:36 pm 
 

There was a  Metamorphosis Alpha to Omega edition from TSR at some point in the 90s (I think), but IIRC it was a GW-oriented version of MA???  



Fast Foward Ent. (Jim Ward's current d20 company) also released MA 3rd edition earlier this year.


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 26, 2003 1:14 pm 
 

grodog wrote:There was a  Metamorphosis Alpha to Omega edition from TSR at some point in the 90s (I think), but IIRC it was a GW-oriented version of MA???  



Fast Foward Ent. (Jim Ward's current d20 company) also released MA 3rd edition earlier this year.




Alpha to Omega was a supplement/game for the "Amazing Engine" system by TSR.  It was basically the same story, but not as... confusing.  Neat source for a dead game.

  

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Post Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 7:03 am 
 

Has anyone ever played the newer edition of MA? Is it any good? I've been trying to get the original for a while and am now considering taking a look at the new edition 'cos its so damn cheap.


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Post Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 2:26 pm 
 

From everything I've read about it, the new edition of the game isn't nearly the same feel, environment, etc.  FF released one version where you could play a robot only, but I don't know if Jim Ward has since gotten around to releasing the rest of the rules.


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 3:36 am 
 

mbassoc2003 wrote:Has anyone ever played the newer edition of MA? Is it any good? I've been trying to get the original for a while and am now considering taking a look at the new edition 'cos its so damn cheap.


I didn't like the new version at all. I wanted to run a MA mini-campaign for a group of friends that played the original with me about 20 years ago, we ended up using the MA setting from the original booklet and the 4th edition Gamma World rules.  We incorporated a little bit of the new MA stuff, but not much. It's just too skimpy as is to develop or use as the basis of a campaign.

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 6:49 pm 
 

I had a chance to speak with Jim briefly at RockCon two weekends ago, and he was still working on the big, full-scale hardcover edition of Metamorphosis Alpha. It will use the 3d6 system he developed for the 25th Anniversary Edition (the FFE edition). Didn't get a chance to ask whether it would return to the original style of play or continue with the style from the 25thA edition, in which you played multiple characters from different factions and such... an oddity, and as mentioned by BadMike, too skimpy to use, really. I much prefer the classic "wahoo" style.

Jim said he hopes to have it out sometime in early to mid-2006, IIRC.


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Post Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2005 4:02 am 
 

Finally got myself that MA I was after. Paid over the odds for it ($71), but what the hell. Its still better than the new hardback.


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