A nice fellow at rpg.net
who goes by Unterhund was able to provide me with the missing piece (the map of Britol and key thereto) for my copy of The Horn of Roland
, one of the three published adventure modules for Lords of Creation
. This contribution means that, apart from magazine articles and such, my LoC set is now complete.Lords of Creation
was written by none other than Tom Moldvay, who was editor for my alltime favorite version of Dungeons & Dragons
, the '81 Basic Rules. Comparing Moldvay's D&D edition to the earlier original material, the blue '77 Basic rules, and the later '83 Mentzer rules, I long ago came to the conclusion that Tom Moldvay was one of the more underappreciated talents in the history of the hobby. Maybe he's not as deserving of praises as Dave Arneson
or Greg Costikyan
or possibly Mike Carr, still he's an all too often overlooked figure in the history of the hobby. If I had more material, he'd have a virtual shrine done up in the manner in which I venerate Erol Otus
LoC is kinda interesting, being a multi-genre game that was released as part of Avalon Hill's attempt to get into the RPG market. Other rpgs done by AH included an edition of Runequest
and the fantasy rpg Powers & Perils
. Again, like the TSR Conan
debacle, we see a veteran game company that is not smart enough to avoid a simple trap: Don't release two fantasy rpgs at the same time, people!
AH was also responsible for James Bond 007
, though I believe it was released under their Victory Games imprint. For a little look at the licensing of the 007 games, check out this article
. For an interesting article on movie licensing & rpgs, check out S. John Ross's Flickering Lights
. While you're over there, check out the entirety of S. John's site
. S. John Ross rules.
While I'm throwing out slightly relevant linkage, I would be remiss if I were to omit Al Bruno the Third's Lords of Creation story
. Al (known as Ab3 on RPGnet) writes some funny, funny stuff.
For a review of Lords of Creation
, click here
Posted by jrients
at 4:51 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, 7 May 2004 7:51 PM CDT