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Author Topic: Forgotten RPGs  (Read 20956 times)

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Re: Forgotten RPGs
« Reply #195 on: December 02, 2021, 04:54:48 PM »
There are so many obscure RPGs lost to time because copyright law prevents them from being preserved.

So true, feels like licenses lapsing will cause a lot of games to just get... Lost, for a sense. Curious to see how it'll impact FFG Star Wars, Mongoose Traveller, etc. in years to come. Granted, stuff like OGLs and SRDs make some of those games never truly lost.

Hmm...  If only there was a way to upload copies of them to some type of archive...

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Re: Forgotten RPGs
« Reply #196 on: December 02, 2021, 04:56:58 PM »
There are so many obscure RPGs lost to time because copyright law prevents them from being preserved.

So true, feels like licenses lapsing will cause a lot of games to just get... Lost, for a sense. Curious to see how it'll impact FFG Star Wars, Mongoose Traveller, etc. in years to come. Granted, stuff like OGLs and SRDs make some of those games never truly lost.

Hmm...  If only there was a way to upload copies of them to some type of archive...

Yes, there is digital archiving, but physical copies will be lost to time unless well preserved.
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Re: Forgotten RPGs
« Reply #197 on: December 03, 2021, 04:49:30 AM »
So true, feels like licenses lapsing will cause a lot of games to just get... Lost, for a sense.

The duration of copyrights will ensure many will get lost. I'll be long dead by the time anyone unearths my writing.If ever.
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Re: Forgotten RPGs
« Reply #198 on: December 03, 2021, 05:52:38 AM »
If it's your own writing, you may release it into the public domain, now, or in five years, or as part of your will immediately after your death, or whenever you see fit.
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Re: Forgotten RPGs
« Reply #199 on: June 19, 2022, 11:11:42 PM »
Just found a copy of RUS while clearing out a storage shed.

And my old Hoyle's Rules of Games from around 63. Not RPG related but still a trove of games packed into it.

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« Reply #200 on: June 20, 2022, 04:50:50 PM »
Universe from SPI.
I got a copy of that used. Don't know about the rules but the star map was better than the one for Traveller 2300.
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Re: Forgotten RPGs
« Reply #201 on: June 20, 2022, 11:17:15 PM »
I've always been a fan of Space Opera's sector maps since they feel like space to me.
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Re: Forgotten RPGs
« Reply #202 on: June 23, 2022, 12:41:06 PM »
Part 12 in my Forgotten Games series on my blog.

https://www.pigames.net/store/blog.php?entry=2922

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Re: Forgotten RPGs
« Reply #203 on: June 24, 2022, 08:37:57 AM »
I got a lot of mileage out of the old Arcanum book (from the Atlantean trilogy), despite never having the money to buy the other two books, which weren't
easy to find.  It had a great deal i homebrewed into one of my old campaigns. 

Sadly i don't have it anymore, along with other things i'm missing (such as the old James Bond RPG). 



The Arcanum was great.  The other two books are worth the effort to track down.  It's a real shame that system was not more popular and was not better supported.

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Re: Forgotten RPGs
« Reply #204 on: June 24, 2022, 10:39:35 AM »
I got a lot of mileage out of the old Arcanum book (from the Atlantean trilogy), despite never having the money to buy the other two books, which weren't
easy to find.  It had a great deal i homebrewed into one of my old campaigns. 

Sadly i don't have it anymore, along with other things i'm missing (such as the old James Bond RPG). 



The Arcanum was great.  The other two books are worth the effort to track down.  It's a real shame that system was not more popular and was not better supported.

Well... 6-editions of Talislanta, a second edition of the Atlantis trilogy (all of them superb in their own way), it wasn't for lack of trying. LOL

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Re: Forgotten RPGs
« Reply #205 on: June 24, 2022, 02:11:32 PM »
I got a lot of mileage out of the old Arcanum book (from the Atlantean trilogy), despite never having the money to buy the other two books, which weren't
easy to find.  It had a great deal i homebrewed into one of my old campaigns. 

Sadly i don't have it anymore, along with other things i'm missing (such as the old James Bond RPG). 



The Arcanum was great.  The other two books are worth the effort to track down.  It's a real shame that system was not more popular and was not better supported.

Well... 6-editions of Talislanta, a second edition of the Atlantis trilogy (all of them superb in their own way), it wasn't for lack of trying. LOL

I owned most of the Talislanta stuff, and while it was good, I didn't like it as much as the Atlantean trilogy.  It was no substitute; it was its own thing.  I'd have preferred they just publish and support both.  Out of all the forgotten or failed RPGs, I regret the loss of the Atlantean system the most.

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Re: Forgotten RPGs
« Reply #206 on: June 24, 2022, 08:06:29 PM »
did you check out the Atlantis 2e game from Khepera Publishing?


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Re: Forgotten RPGs
« Reply #207 on: June 25, 2022, 04:30:11 AM »
did you check out the Atlantis 2e game from Khepera Publishing?

No, wasn't even aware of it.  I will, though.  Thanks.