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Gangbusters Module GB1: Trouble Brewing

Guest Writer: Jeffrey Webb In the Golden Age of TSR, when Boxed Sets ruled the Earth, there was Gangbusters. Gangbusters was a roleplaying game of the Roaring 20s, G-men, gangsters, bootleggers, flappers, speakeasies and tommy guns. This game has always been one of my favorites to read, but sometimes it can be a hard sell to a party who grew …

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THE LAPSED GAMER: PART 2

Guest Writer: Stonie Williams I’m always thinking of cool stories ideas and some of them I jot down and tinker with off and on. I had one in my back pocket that I thought would be perfect for this online D&D bachelor party. We had some veterans and some folks new to RPGs altogether. So I wanted to do something different. …

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Setting Off With Adventurer Magazine Issue 1

Guest Writer: Matthew Stephen Sunrich -This article was made possible with a gift of a review copy, QWERTY and rolling natural 20s. Gaming reached an interesting plateau in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the Satanic Panic, role-playing games were more popular and more controversial than ever. Many players, facing opposition from parents, educators, church groups, acquaintances, and even complete …

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The Lapsed Gamer: Part 1

Guest Writer: Stonie Williams My name is Stonie Williams. I’m 32 years old on the outside and perpetually 9 years old on the inside. I recently returned to the world of RPGs after nearly a decade away from gaming. I’d like to share that journey with you. I grew up on RPGs. My first roleplaying game was Prime Directive, set in …

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Gangbusters: Core Rules

Guest Writer: Jeffrey Webb It was 1982 and the Golden Age of the Boxed Set.  If you were there, it’s just how an RPG should arrive—lest it be AD&D with its big hardcover tomes.  Moldvay Dungeons & Dragons was in the Sears Catalog, along with Traveller, Star Frontiers, and Gamma World.  Inside each boxed set was usually one or two …

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Twinkle Twinkle White Star, a Sci-fi RPG

Guest Writer: Jason “Flynn” Kemp “White Star: White Box Science Fiction Roleplaying” is the core RPG rulebook for science fiction gaming based on Swords & Wizardry Whitebox. Written by James M. Spahn and published by Barrel Rider Games, White Star is 128 pages of pure Old School sci-fi awesome. The book itself is divided into twelve chapters, the contents of …

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Dungeon Magazine Issue #5

Guest Writer: Brian DiTullio This issue was published for May/June 1987, and contained seven adventures, which was a lot for any time period of that magazine’s run. Four or five scenarios were the usual breakdown per issue, looking over the  history, and the editorial at the front of the periodical specifically notes this particular issue had a “lot” of short adventures. …

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Module C2: The Ghost Tower of Inverness

Guest Writer: Nick Monitto During my main gaming period of the 1980’s, I spent most of my time on the Player side. My friend Tim was the long-time Dungeon Master for our group, taking us through his homebrew world for many years. I enjoyed it a lot, but there were times when I wanted to do something a little different, …