Monday, July 26, 2010

Recent Acquisitions: RPG and RPG related

Hello, my name is Chris and I have Gamer A.D.D. When I'm not distracted by my job or family I'm usually hunting to add new items to my collection of role playing games and related material.
Three of these items, Fight On! issue 1, The Encounter Critical Phaysic Cyaborg Edition and Miscellaneum of Cinder are the products of my first order from Lulu. I received two Perry Rhodan novels from Paperback Swap dot Com. I also received a copy of the Edgar Rice Burroughs based rpg, Red Planet, compliments of the author Clovis Cithog. Thanks Clovis!

The dice are from e-bay. When I'm not surfing the blog-o-sphere or otherwise looking for rpg material, I randomly shop for dice on e-bay. The six sided die is actually numbered 5 through 10 and should come in quite handy when creating npcs. All these items should add plenty of content to my gaming table and blog.


  1. Excellent! I've got Gamer ADD also! Nice assortment of swag there. Let me know what you think of the Miscellaneum of Cinder, I've had my eye on it for a bit now.

  2. You've got some great finds there!

  3. My father-in-law is a Perry Rhodan fan - it makes birthdays, Christmas, father's day a cinch since there are so many of them. Amazon gets a lot of business as you can imagine.

    I was surprised to find that they originate in Germany.

  4. In Germany you won't find a science fiction fan who hasn't read at least one or two PR novels. They are published as weekly pulp magazines, to be found at newsstands. The current issue is #2553.

    Last December The Lair of the Evil DM had two posts about Perry Rhodan.
    Perry Rhodan-Who knew??
    Liking Perry Rhodan. Thinking Star Frontiers
    In the comments I wrote something about the reception in Germany, and Perry's sword & sorcery counterpart, Mythor.

    I can't fathom how PR can be successful in other countries. It is very hard to follow even here in Germany - it has a backstory that began in the 1960s.

    I wonder how foreign readers interpret those stories. The easier-to-follow novels/cycles are those from the 60s/70s, while the more recent novels (with their reliance on a thousand years of future history) must feel as if someone took a current issue of any Marvel or DC super heroes title and reads it like a stand-alone comic book.

    Pulp novel magazines lost their popularity in the last 15 years. When I was young Perry Rhodan started its fourth edition (which I read up to the Andromeda cycle, one of the fabled early highlights of the series); today only the first and the fifth edition (current issue: #1451) are in print.

    A few years ago a rival publisher started two new SF series following the PR model: Sternenfaust and Maddrax. Maddrax is best described as a mix of Buck Rogers, Mad Max, via Mike Grell's Warlord.
    The most interesting thing is that they published an RPG that was sold at newsstands, although it didn't have any impact on German gaming at large.

  5. Thanks for all the comments guys. I'm a sucker for pulp sci-fi and the P. Rhodan books I received are #2, The Radiant Dome, from 1969 and #4 & 5 of the Atlan series from 1977. I don't think I should have much trouble with the back stories in these two. I also noticed my local used book warehouse had a pile of Perry Rhodan books as well.

  6. The Red Planet RPG sounds interesting, but I can't find anything googling it. Where can I find out more?

  7. I have a spare copy that I can mail you. (Clovis sent me two copies.) If you leave your address in the comments I'll just address the package and not publish the comment. Clovis has a Red Planet blog too at;

  8. I just mailed the book to you today Mr. Bond. Sorry for the delay but it should take no time for it to arrive in W.V. from E. Tn.