Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
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Another two RPG bundle offers - Space 1889

Space 1889 was a big influence on me as a gamer, and  I might as well start by mentioning that I have a small stake in this as one of the authors of a module for the original system. There are two offers here, one with GDWs original game and extra material from GDW and Clockwork Publishing, the other consisting of Clockwork Publishing's rules set and some other supplements:

Space: 1889 Odysseys

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/S1889Odysseys

This is one of two offers now in progress featuring the GDW and Clockwork Publishing editions of the Victorian-era proto-steampunk space-fantasy RPG, Space: 1889. This Space: 1889 Odysseys Bundle is an all-new companion to our revived March 2017 Space: 1889 Clockwork Bundle now in progress.

In 1988-92 GDW and its licensees produced a dozen Space: 1889 RPG supplements (later republished in beautifully scanned .PDFs from Heliograph, Inc.), as well as miniatures and computer games, audio dramas (one of them is still available from Who North America), and, later, three series of ebook novels. In 2017-19 Uhrwerk Verlag/Clockwork Publishing produced many adventures for its own edition of Space: 1889 (2014) that used the Ubiquity rules system. The later Clockwork adventures exist in separate versions for Ubiquity and for Pinnacle's Savage Worlds Explorer Edition rules. This offer gathers the entire 1990s RPG line originally published by GDW, along with the recent Clockwork adventures in both Ubiquity and Savage Worlds versions.

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 these two Space:1889 offers (after gateway fees) goes to their pandemic-related charity, Direct Relief. Direct Relief gets protective gear and critical care medications to health workers, with emergency deliveries daily to medical facilities across the US and to regional response agencies across the world.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$107.50. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all nine titles in this offer's GDW Collection (retail value $49) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete 225-page GDW Space: 1889 core rulebook ((the 2000 Heliograph reprint of the 1988 original, retail price $8); four GDW-era sourcebooks (total retail $21 -- the gazetteer Conklin's Atlas of the Worlds, the Soldier's Companion miniatures rules, and the adventure collections Tales From the Ether and More Tales From the Ether); Canal Priests of Mars in its restored Heliograph edition (retail $8); and three Martian odysseys from the GDW days (total retail $12): Beastmen, Caravans, and Steppelords of Mars.

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Clockwork Collection with ten more titles worth an additional $58.50, including many sourcebooks and adventures from the later Clockwork Publishing line: the comprehensive Mars Sourcebook (retail $20) plus its overflow document Mars Additional Content (retail $2); the Mercury Sourcebook (retail $17); and seven recent Clockwork adventures in their versions for both Ubiquity and Pinnacle's Savage Worlds Explorer Edition (total retail $39.50): City at the Center of the Earth, The Ether Calculator, The Fate of Angahiaa, Murder on the Ether Express, Nocturne in the City of Lights, On the Trail of the Gods, and Thunders of Venus.


Space: 1889 Clockwork

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Clockwork1889

Originally published by GDW in 1988, Space: 1889 is a proto-steampunk scientific-romance RPG that sends your ether flyer to the swamps of Venus and the ancient canals of Mars for other-worldly adventures out of Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, and H. Rider Haggard. Revived and renamed from March 2017, this Space: 1889 Clockwork Bundle presents the Uhrwerk Verlag/Clockwork Publishing edition of Space: 1889 licensed by original designer Frank Chadwick. Funded by a July 2013 Kickstarter campaign, the Clockwork edition uses the easy and fast-playing Ubiquity rules system created for Hollow Earth Expedition.

After this offer's original run, Clockwork Publishing produced a couple of large sourcebooks and several more adventures, then ceased operations in June 2019. A few months later Ulisses Spiele acquired the rights to the entire Space: 1889 line, in both GDW's and Clockwork's editions. This Clockwork offer's all-new companion, Space: 1889 Odysseys, adds the original 1990s GDW line and recent Clockwork Publishing sourcebooks and adventures.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format) and each music track as an MP3 audio file. Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books and tracks 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 these two Space:1889 offers (after gateway fees) goes to their pandemic-related charity, Direct Relief. Direct Relief gets protective gear and critical care medications to health workers, with emergency deliveries daily to medical facilities across the US and to regional response agencies across the world.

The total retail value of the titles in this revived offer is US$85. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all three titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $45) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks and MP3 music tracks, including Clockwork Publishing's Space: 1889 core rulebook (retail price $25); the Clockwork GM Screen and NPC Booklet (retail $10); and composer Ralf Kurtsiefer's Space: 1889 soundtrack (retail $10).

Those who pay more than this revival's threshold (average) price, which is set at $17.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $40:

  • Marvels of Mars (retail $10): A two-fold sourcebook spotlighting the lost technologies of the ancients as well as the monsters that fight to survive in the unforgiving red sands.
  • Venus (retail $20): A big planetary sourcebook full of jungles, swamps, lizard-men, dinosaurs, and colonial zeppelins.
  • London Bridge Has Fallen Down (retail $5): A search for a missing scientist's ether flyer leads to the oldest city of Mars, and then deep into the Isidis Desert in search of the Empire's best-kept secret.
  • The Strange Land (retail $5): Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan's adventure of a Martian child at the center of both the London Dock Strike of 1889 and a parallel labor dispute on Mars.

Overall I like the new rules better for playability, and for the amount of detail that has gone into establishing the setting, I'm a little less impressed by what seems a strongish bias towards male characters in the text and illustrations. It isn't altogether surprising given the nature of the source material, just a bit disappointing in this era. Between these two offers you get a ton of Empire-building adventures, and a setting with a lot of scope for more.

I might as well admit that my interest in this is largely academic - I wrote quite a lot for the original system, and one of my reasons for writing Forgotten Futures was a desire to have a quick-play rules set I could use for Space 1889 and other settings of this general type; if I was running any of this material it's likely that I would either stick with Forgotten Futures, or use the Call of Cthulhu rules and mythos if I really wanted to mess with the players - I did write an article on this long ago, but I don't think it's in print or on line anywhere at present. Both of these offers give you a lot for your money, and if you want to give the setting a try I'd recommend trying the Odysseys offer first, then the Clockwork offer if you want more. But both of them only run for a couple of weeks!


Later - My Cthulhu 1889 article turns out to be on line at Heliograph's web site, apologies for the error.

www.heliograph.com/trmgs/trmgs4/cthulhu1889.shtml


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