Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Judges Guild Fantasy Game Aid Pack

Back in the day (I guess) Judges Guild made some of these bundles of books for bulk sale at game stores.

Here's the listing --

Here's the pack before I opened it --

I wish that I had only paid $15 for it, but all in all, I'm pretty happy with the purchase.  Fantastic Wilderlands Beyonde and Unknown Gods sometimes go for a pretty penny...

So, why did I buy it?

Someday (maybe in the near future) I want to run a campaign USING ONLY THESE MATERIALS, a retro-clone (maybe Swords and Wizardry) and whatever I think up to throw in the mix.

When I do, I think that I will approach the experience from the perspective of "the materials are always right."  I mean, there is some wonky stuff in these books, but if you just accept the strange and roll with it, I think that the players (and myself) will have a very unique and exciting experience.

I'd begin by assuming that the characters are 0th (or 1st) level nobodies.  Sons and daughters of farmers, merchants or laborers, who have decided to strike out into the world of adventure.  I'd probably pick a suitable location for Modron and use that as my base of operations.  There are four campaign maps within FWB, so I'd need to pick one as the backdrop for the game.

I've selected a few of the Unknown Gods for use in my current CotMA campaign, but, little by little I'd probably reveal some others to the characters during play.

I think that this combination is just the right bunch of stuff to form a solid basis for a game.  :)  I may be wrong, but I think it would be fun to try it!


Melan said...

Before I got to the paragraph describing your intentions, my thought was already "You could run a full campaign out of this pack". Apparently, great minds think alike... or this is just that good as a product bundle. :D

Badmike said...

Jim I would love to hear about running a campaign out of the materials in this pack! (I believe I sold it to you?) It's my favorite of the Game Aid Packs. Modron, Thieves and Treasure Maps give you enough cool locations in the Fantastic Wilderlands setting in the package to keep you busy for a long time...Modron is the base, Thieves would be the main mega-dungeon, and Treasure Maps gives you plenty of cool location encounters.

Jim said...

@Melan -- Great minds is right! I'll let you know how it goes.
@Badmike -- Yep. Got it from you. :) When it happens, I'll be sure to post about it! Thanks!