Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Thieves World

While digging through some of my stored gaming stuff I turned up a second edition of the Thieves' World adventure pack boxed set. Released originally in 1981 by Chaosium, it included a wall map of the city of Sanctuary, a map of the district known as the Maze, and an underground map of the tunnels beneath the Maze. There is a Players guide, a DM's guide and a book detailing personalities from the novels.

There is informaton for using it with multiple game systems including AD&D, Adventures in Fantasy, Chivalry & Sorcery, DragonQuest, basic Dungeons & Dragons, The Fantasy Trip, RuneQuest, Traveller, and Tunnels & Trolls. 

Among the notable designers of the day that helped with it are Dave Arnesson, Eric Goldberg, Rudy Kraft, Wes Ives, Steve Marsh, Marc W. Miller, Steve Perrin, Lawrence Schick, and Ken St. Andre. Some of the names are readily recognised and some are still quite active today.

For what it provides I would be willing to call it the Ptolus of its day. I wonder if Monte Cook was thinking of this at all when he decided to convert his campaign to book form.

The more recent incarnation in book form produced by Green Ronin focuses more on events taking place in the later books while the original was still very much tied to the earliest anthology from Robert Asprin and crew.

I won't go into to much now, but after giving it a re-read may post some additional thoughts.

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