Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland
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Another two RPG bundle offers - British RPGs

Two repeat offers for British RPGs of the 1980s, Dragon Warriors and Maelstrom

Dragon Warriors

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/2020DragonWar

"This is one of two offers now in progress featuring great vintage 1980s British FRPGs likely trigger waves of nostalgia across the United Kingdom. This revived September 2016 Dragon Warriors Bundle presents the classic 1986 game, originally published by Corgi Books and now Serpent King Games, of adventure in the Lands of Legend.

"Dragon Warriors started its long life in the 1980s as a series of six paperbacks from British publisher Corgi Books sold only in the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Though largely unknown in the United States, Dragon Warriors provided, for a whole generation of Commonwealth youth, a gateway RPG experience. Dragon Warriors fell out of print when the '80s gamebook fad crashed. But devoted fans kept the game alive, and in 2008 Magnum Opus Press issued a new one-volume edition licensed from the original creators, Dave Morris and Oliver Johnson. In 2011 the license lapsed, and the creators helped found a new company, Serpent King Games, to carry the game forward.

"Published in paperback to capitalize on the Fighting Fantasy gamebook phenomenon, the Dragon Warriors books together constituted a complete FRPG with easy rules, fast play, and a mythic setting, the Lands of Legend. An analog of our own world in the early European Middle Ages, Legend feels down at heel, grim, gritty, and in places horrific. The names are right: Cornumbria, Ellesland, Albion, Glissom. No one has nice teeth, and no one ever wears a chainmail bikini. Elves are unknowable inhabitants of the otherworld, as likely to kill you in passing as marry you and take you away under the hill for 100 years. Goblins are mean-spirited, twisted, murderous denizens of the forest, where you don't go at night.

"Player characters pursue a range of professions: knight, barbarian, mystic, sorcerer, warlock, assassin, or elementalist. They are defined by a string of familiar statistics and health points. One key to Dragon Warriors' brutal reputation is that characters gain health points very slowly. A knight of the 10th rank must still fear a gang of angry peasants armed with staves and a couple of knives.

"This comprehensive collection presents the entire current Dragon Warriors line from Serpent King. It's everything you need for a complete heroic saga in the fantastic Lands of Legend. And if you never encountered the game in the 1980s, this is a great way to see why fans have devoutly tended its long-burning flame.

"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 devices.

"Ten percent of each purchase of this revived offer (after gateway fees) goes to its designated charity, Reading is Fundamental.

"The total retail value of the titles in this revival is US$108. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all five titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $48) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete 2011 Dragon Warriors core rulebook (retail price $20), the Players Guide (retail $20), and three short adventures with Chaucerian titles: The Knight's Tale (retail $2.50), The Miller's Tale (retail $2), and -- new in this revival -- The Reeve's Tale (retail $3.50). (Customers who purchased this offer during its original September 2016 run receive The Reeve's Tale automatically on their Wizard's Cabinet download page and in their DriveThruRPG Library. When you buy a Bundle of Holding early, you never worry about missing a title added later -- even much later.)

Those who pay more than this revived offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $17.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with six more titles worth an additional $60:

  • Dragon Warriors Bestiary (retail $10): Scores of creatures from the Lands of Legend, many unlike anything seen in other RPGs.
  • Friends or Foes (retail $10): Three dozen vivid nonplayer characters bring color to your campaign.
  • Cold Fury (retail $10): The full-length Fury of the Deep adventure along with many scenarios from the supplement In From the Cold.
  • Prince of Darkness (retail $10): A sourcebook and full-scale campaign set in the frozen and mountainous fief of Glissom.
  • The Elven Crystals (retail $10): An introductory four-part adventure re-forged in 2009 based on Oliver Johnson's venerable 1986 Corgi paperback edition.
  • Sleeping Gods (retail $10): A complete seven-part campaign that can lead novice adventurers on a path to power in the Lands of Legend.

 

Dragon Warriors resources



Maelstrom

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/2020Maelstrom

"Revived from September 2017, this Maelstrom Bundle features Maelstrom, Alexander Scott's 1984 tabletop fantasy roleplaying game of Tudor magick and danger. Set in Tudor England around 1540, Maelstrom lets you create and adventure with nobles, mercenaries, priests, tradesmen, and herbalists. The game's innovative freeform magick system, arguably a precursor to such classics as Ars Magica, lets mages warp reality to their own ends. Combat is fast and furious, with dozens of weapons and armor types. The wound system means injuries are a real threat. The herbal section, a highlight of the original Maelstrom rules, has inspired many net-based RPG herbals.

"Originally published by Puffin Books under the Adventure Gamebooks banner (alongside the famous Fighting Fantasy series), Maelstrom introduced a generation of British youth to roleplaying. This large, bargain-priced revival gives Bundle customers a new chance to get most of the Maelstrom line from the current publisher, Arion Games. The revival is a timely tie-in to the Domesday Campaign Kickstarter now in progress, where Arion Games is raising funds for an epic two-book campaign that spans a century, the rule of three Kings, and several generations of characters who make their mark on history.

"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 devices.

"Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to the charity selected by Arion Games publisher Graham Bottley, the Yorkshire (UK) Air Ambulance. "In the area where I live it is a literal life saver," says Graham. "I very nearly needed it myself a couple of years ago, but it could not fly at night at that time. In the United Kingdom these services are funded only by charities, and because there is a reasonable chance I may need it again, it is the main charity I support!"

"The total retail value of the titles in this revival is US$117. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all six titles in this revived offer's Starter Collection (retail value $43) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete Maelstrom core rulebook (retail price $10) and the Maelstrom Companion (retail $8); Maelstrom Domesday (retail $15), a standalone companion game set in AD 1086, plus its Investigators Guide (retail $6); and the two supplements MQ1 Tournaments and MQ2 Inns & Taverns (retail $2 each).

"Those who pay more than this revived offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with no less than thirteen more titles worth an additional $74:



Last time I said (re Dragon Warriors) "I'll be honest, I'm not particularly interested in this one, but it seems reasonably priced and it was fairly popular in its day. As usual I need to stress that I'm not paying for this, if you have to your mileage may vary." I don't feel any need to change that.

Re Maelstrom I said "This is one I'll certainly be downloading, it looks interesting and I want to see how they handled aiming an RPG at this age group - I missed it when it was in dead tree format. It looks to be reasonable value for money - but as usual I wonder if I need yet another fantasy system I'll probably never use, or would get it if I was paying for it. Since I don't, I have to point out that as usual your mileage may vary." As I remember it I was moderately entertaining but in the end I didn't feel any irresistible urge to run it.

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