Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland

Another RPG bundle Offer - Flash Gordon

This is an offer for The Savage World of Flash Gordon Roleplaying Game™, which is a version of the Savage Worlds RPG with a campaign based on the Flash Gordon stories, comics and films of the 1920s onwards.

"This new offer presents The Savage World of Flash Gordon Roleplaying Game™, the campaign setting of raygun-and-rocketship pulp action using the fast-furious-fun Savage Worlds Explorer's Edition rules system from Pinnacle Entertainment. The rogue planet of Mongo suffers under the sadistic tyrant Ming the Merciless. But revolutionaries -- hawkmen of Sky City, ice giants of Naquk, water-breathing Coralians -- defy his reign of terror. At their side fights heroic Earthman Flash Gordon.

Funded in a big November 2017 Kickstarter campaign, The Savage World of Flash Gordon lets heroes blast Ming's minions and foment rebellion in exotic locales drawn from Alex Raymond's original comic strips, the Universal film serials (1936-40), and the 1980 movie -- in Mingo City, the tree-cities of Prince Barin's Arboria, Volcano World's Land of the Dead, and ice-cold Frigia.

(Not up to speed on the many incarnations of Flash Gordon? Check Alan Brown's April 2020 article "No Flash in the Pan.")

This bargain-priced offer gathers Pinnacle's entire Flash Gordon RPG line -- the complete campaign guide, a Mongo gazetteer, adventures, maps and play aids, the Game Master Screen inserts, and more. 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 designated by Pinnacle Entertainment owner Shane Hensley, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$96. Customers who pay just US$7.99 get all five titles in our Player Collection (retail value $40) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the 192-page The Savage World of Flash Gordon campaign book (retail price $20), three Flash Gordon character aids -- Archetypes, Figure Flats, and the Character Folio (total retail $11) -- and, as we often do with Pinnacle offers, we've added the Savage Worlds Deluxe Explorer's Edition rulebook required for play (retail $10).

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.99 to start, also get our entire Game Master Collection with nine more titles worth an additional $56, including the Kingdoms of Mongo gazetteer (retail $20) and the six-part serial (adventure) Journey to the Center of Mongo (retail price $6); Cliffhanger (retail $6) and the free Cliffhanger Cards); the Game Master Screen Inserts (retail $4); and five full-color poster maps (total retail $20): Fast Pursuit Rocket, War Rocket, Mongo, Arboria, and Coralia.

This is a nicely produced RPG which can draw on a huge range of resources, comic strips and illustrations from the long history of Flash Gordon. Where I'm a little uncomfortable with it is the sexism and racism implicit in the setting and especially the source material. Despite one small disclaimer there doesn't seem to have been much done to tackle this problem. Looking through the rules, adventurers are depicted as male, cleancut, and white (unless you go for a non-human character), women are almost always depicted as victims in need of rescuing. This isn't exactly unique to this setting, of course, but it's a shame that more hasn't been done to tackle the problem

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