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Two more RPG Bundle offers - Paranoia

Two revived Bundle of Holding offers for the Paranoia RPG - one is the version published by Mongoose in 2004, the other their 2019 relaunch



Paranoia 2004

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/2021PARANOIA

Paranoia rulebook 2004 edition from Mongoose PublishingThis PARANOIA 2004 Bundle offer is one of two revivals in progress featuring the darkly satirical SFRPG Paranoia. This offer, originally presented in June 2014 and revived in December 2014, has the 2004 Mongoose Publishing edition. The companion revival, Paranoia Red Clearance Edition Bundle from June 2019, once again presents the current (2016) Mongoose edition.

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. In the authoritative RPG.net Game Index of more than 20,800 games, PARANOIA ranks #18.

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 features the 2004 Mongoose Publishing edition designed by Bundle of Holding operator Allen Varney. (It was released with an "XP" suffix until Microsoft forced Mongoose to remove it.) In 2014 Mongoose completed a spectacularly successful Paranoia Red Clearance Edition Kickstarter campaign that raised £217,517 from 4,380 patrons for the 2016 card-based edition presented in our companion revival.

We provide each title complete in .PDF. Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these ebooks have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their devices. (By publisher request, the DriveThruRPG versions of these files are inobtrusively watermarked.)

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to these two PARANOIA revivals' pandemic-related charity, Direct Relief. Direct Relief sends protective gear and critical care medications to health workers, with emergency deliveries to medical facilities across the US and to regional response agencies across the world.

Flashbacks scenario collection for the Paranoia roleplaying gameThe total retail value of the titles in this revived offer is US$70. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all five titles in our RED Starter Collection (retail value $30) as DRM-free ebooks, including the complete 256-page PARANOIA core rulebook("Service Pack 1," with errata corrected, retail price $10) and four supplements (retail $5 apiece): the character-creation rules supplement Criminal Histories; the service-group sourcebook Service, Service!; the STUFF equipment book; and the GM Screen and Mission Blender.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, also get this revival's entire ULTRAVIOLET Bonus Collection with seven more titles worth an additional $40, including the 256-page mission collection Flashbacks (retail $10) and six more supplements (retail $5 apiece): Extreme PARANOIA, The Traitor's Manual, Crash Priority, The Mutant Experience, WMD, and STUFF 2 - The Gray Subnets.

PARANOIA ® & Copyright © 1984, 2004, 2016, 2021 Eric Goldberg & Greg Costikyan. All Rights Reserved. Mongoose Publishing, Ltd., Authorized User.





Paranoia Red Clearance

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/RCE2021

This is one of two revivals in progress featuring the darkly satiric science fiction RPG Paranoia in two editions from Mongoose Publishing. This revived Paranoia Red Clearance Edition Bundle once again presents our June 2019 offer featuring the card-based 2016 edition. The companion revival from June 2014, PARANOIA 2004, presents the corebook and many supplements from Mongoose's original edition.

Funded in a tremendous October 2014 Kickstarter campaign, the revamped Paranoia Red Clearance Edition has all-new rules, many devious setting updates, and enhanced backstabbing techniques to test on your fellow Troubleshooters. Everything is different, but everything is still perfect. Your friend The Computer says so.

We provide each title complete in .PDF. Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these ebooks have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their devices. (By publisher request, the DriveThruRPG versions of these files are inobtrusively watermarked.)

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to these two Paranoia revivals' designated charity,Direct Relief. Direct Relief sends protective gear and critical care medications to health workers, with emergency deliveries to medical facilities across the US and to regional response agencies across the world.

Paranoia adventure Implausible DeniabilityThe total retail value of the titles in this revived offer is US$118. Customers who pay just US$19.95 get all three titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $51) as DRM-free ebooks, including the complete Paranoia Red Clearance Edition (retail price $30) with its Players Handbook, Gamemasters Handbook, and Mission Book, plus cards and play aids; the 2016 Forms Pack (retail $9); and the Interactive GM Screen (retail $12).

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $32.95 to start, also get this revival's entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $67, including the introductory Guide to Alpha Complex (retail $15); Gareth Hanrahan's full-length mission Implausible Deniability (retail $12) and Martin Dougherty's mission Robots of Unusual Size (retail $10); and John M. Ford's classic adventure The YELLOW Clearance Black Box Blues (Remastered) retail $30).






 

I think that Paranoia is possibly the best comedic RPG out there, provided you like dark comedy, and the 2004 Mongoose release was very good, offering three styles of play - the classic "everyone has fun but dies horribly but logically sooner or later" style of the original game, a more anarchic comedic style, and a "let's take this dystopia seriously" style that takes on board some of the nastiness of the culture described. All work well.

This offer was originally posted before I began to see these bundles, so I can't refer back to my previous look - I think I would have been pretty happy with it.

The Red Clearance version is a major rewrite, and I'm not entirely a fan since it isn't fully compatible with older material for the game. Last time I said:

This is an interesting one - some real efforts have been made to make the game accessible to new players. Unfortunately my impression, after a fairly short perusal, is that it is reducing actual content, the "look and feel" of the setting, and putting a lot of weight onto rules changes and the use of a lot of cards for things like "actions", "equipment" and so forth, which reduce compatibility with previous releases of the game. Incidentally, the cards come as a 40-page PDF printing as only three coloured cards per page, which will burn through a lot of ink/toner if you print them full sized!

Having said that, the Bonus Collection includes arguably the best Paranoia adventure ever, John M. Ford's The YELLOW Clearance Black Box Blues, and new material by some very good authors including Britain's James Wallis. I think it's well worth a look, especially if you don't own an earlier version of the system - this is a must-have, one of the classic RPGs, and anyone who tells you otherwise is obviously a mutant Commie traitor who deserves to be [REDACTED]

I don't see any great reason to change that. Of the two I prefer the 2004 version, but both have good points and are well worth a look.

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