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DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2018 7:51 p.m. PST


Melee, Wizard and other licences

Will be interesting to see the eventual Kickstarter and where Steve takes his early fantasy work

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2018 8:13 p.m. PST

We used to play the Fantasy Trip on a regular basis.

The Beast Rampant04 Jan 2018 8:29 p.m. PST

Anyone know just what happened here? Did Howard Thompson (or his estate, or something) come to the table?

Or if SJ gained the rights to any of the limbo'ed microgames?

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian04 Jan 2018 8:29 p.m. PST

I started with the original Melee and Wizard. grin

GypsyComet04 Jan 2018 8:46 p.m. PST

From a post by SJ shortly after the announcement, the 35 year clause in copyright law is what happened.

Dark Fable Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Jan 2018 2:58 a.m. PST

Awesome news! I hope he gets around to releasing and updating the Fantasy Trip system, perhaps adding some new adventures. I really enjoy these rules

Dynaman878905 Jan 2018 6:03 a.m. PST

I've still got most of the TFT releases and Starblazer (I think that was the name). Although I started with D&D my group quickly switched to TFT and never went back.

Ed von HesseFedora05 Jan 2018 6:53 a.m. PST

Editor Bill,

I still have copies of the articles you wrote in the early Space Gamer!


skinkmasterreturns05 Jan 2018 7:52 a.m. PST

The Fantasy Trip- sounds like an homage to Timothy Leary.

Andy ONeill05 Jan 2018 9:43 a.m. PST

We liked tft. We played it straight and several of us based our own systems on it.
Then we moved on to gurps. Mostly. I thought gurps was way too complicated.
Went back to my tft inspired system for a while.
Then another design based on Feng Shui.

Sloth1963 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2018 10:33 a.m. PST

I play Heroes and Other Worlds now. TFT will be more than welcome as soon as it sees print. Revisions of the Martian Metal minis would also be welcome. I have a few and they're rather primitive but characterful.

lkmjbc305 Jan 2018 10:41 a.m. PST

I think the 35 year clause kicked in…
last I heard, Howard just won't communicate about gaming… His son did talk to some folks a while back…

Contrary to myth he didn't disappear.

Joe Collins

Personal logo FingerandToeGlenn Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Jan 2018 10:42 a.m. PST

Cool. I wrote an article for The Space Gamer using Melee and Wizard to recreate Beowulf. I hope Steve Jackson revives the micro-games.

Andrew Walters05 Jan 2018 11:01 a.m. PST

Along with Ogre Melee and then Wizard started my life on its course. I still have all my old character sheets, along with the first two editions of each game and all the TFT stuff *except* for Tolenkar's Lair.

SJ did specify that the Kickstarter for Melee would include lots of miniatures, so look for me to bring that to SF Bay Area conventions in 2019.

Eclectic Wave Inactive Member05 Jan 2018 3:08 p.m. PST

FingerandToeGlenn – I remember that artical in Space Gamer! That was awesome! I still remember your description of adding some evil mermaids to rip up Beowulf's silver armor…

Gone Fishing05 Jan 2018 3:48 p.m. PST

This is exciting news. I always loved the TFT system, and hope that in addition to this the old microgames make a comeback. My only worry is that they will be tinkered with too much and so lose their flavor.

Major B05 Jan 2018 6:42 p.m. PST

I got my start in gaming with a Napoleonic skirmish game in the Dragon and Steve Jackson's microgames. Great games. Hope to see them back in production as well. Used to anticipate the next issue of the Space Gamer.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP05 Jan 2018 8:11 p.m. PST

I used Melee both for Fantasy as well as historical skirmishing (a few Space Gamer articles got me moving in that direction).

I really hope Steve Keeps it simple and elegant – leaving the complexity to other RP systems

Whitestreak Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2018 9:43 p.m. PST

From what he's said on the SJG Forums, he plans to keep it the same complexity, just clean up the presentation & make it available again.

Sergeant Paper06 Jan 2018 10:01 p.m. PST

Nice. I remember the Beowulf article too.

Dark Fable Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Jan 2018 2:16 a.m. PST

Death Test, what a classic! Would love to see another version of this microquest.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2018 8:20 p.m. PST

It would be nice if they can work out a balance flaw in the original. Minor flaw, we still enjoyed playing it, and I used the engine for a Super Hero version.

We ran quite a number of Death Laboratory Tests: Fighters that started out with Max Dexterity lived longer and levelled-up much better than those that started with Max Strength. Max Strength characters died the quickest.

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