This one is a real blast from the past - the first PDF re-release of some of early material for possibly the most twisted RPG ever, Paranoia. As with some of these offers, it's stuff that I would be VERY pleased to get if it wasn't for the fact that I already own it in dead tree format.
"By far the most popular comedic RPG in tabletop gaming, PARANOIA inverts many roleplaying tropes: Players compete instead of cooperating; they can't know the rules, and rules lawyers are aggressively curtailed; the Gamemaster really is out to get you, and your character will die repeatedly. PARANOIA is unique in awarding supreme, insuperable, unquestionable authority to the GM, who dances the players like puppets for entertainment. It's less a roleplaying game than a psychological exercise.
Yet it works, hysterically well. In the authoritative RPG.net Game Index of over 17,600 games, the current Mongoose Publishing edition of PARANOIA ranks #18. In November 2014 Mongoose completed a spectacularly successful PARANOIA Kickstarter campaign that raised £217,517 from 4,380 patrons for a new, streamlined edition to be designed by James (Baron Munchausen) Wallis, Grant Howitt, and Paul Dean.
Designed by Dan Gelber, Greg Costikyan, and Eric Goldberg, and originally published by West End Games in (appropriately) 1984, PARANOIA has had several editions. This offer presents the First (1984) and Second (1987) Editions from the game's original publisher, West End Games. Previously available only in pirated versions of varying quality, these all-new image scans, approved by PARANOIA's original designers, are the first authorized PDFs available anywhere of all the best books that made the game great. This collection includes some of -- actually, most of -- the funniest writing in the history of roleplaying.
We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.
Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Human Rights Watch.
The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$97. Customers who pay just $17.95 get all five titles in our RED-Clearance Starter Collection (retail value $39) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
This is a game I love and have run and written for, and if it wasn't for the fact that I already own every item in this offer (including the secret one(s)) I'd be all over it. If you don't already own this RPG, and want to understand all those jokes about Friend Computer and security level (Where did you hear the words security level, Citizen?) it's a must have. Even if you own a later edition there's stuff here that's well worth having; I personally feel that these are some of the best RPG adventures ever written, and revising them for later versions of the rules (Where did you hear the word "Rules," Citizen?) is pretty easy.
As usual I have to declare bias - apart from having written one of the best Paranoia adventures ever published in White Dwarf (swollen head? Moi?) which unfortunately isn't part of this offer, I'm probably inclined to look favourably on stuff I can download free if I want it. I think it's a pretty good deal, but if you have to pay for it YMMV.
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