March 22, 1984. Avalon Hill’s Lords of Creation roleplaying game (Amazon.com search*) makes an appearance in this newspaper article from the Akron Beacon Journal of Akron, Ohio. I’ve not touched on the Lords of Creation RPG often (2016 post), but only because there’s not a lot of old marketing and advertising material for the game. It was an unusual approach — a player can become the GM by gaining enough experience, and it is multi-genre — and there are some nifty concepts hiding inside the game books.
After last week’s ad for the Powers & Perils roleplaying game, I pulled the game from the shelf and spent a little time flipping through the books. Yeah, complicated stuff, maybe too complicated for what you get. Fortunately, the box also had this treasure: An order form from Avalon Hill!
Yesterday’s Powers & Perils advertisement came from an issue of Avalon Hill’s Heroes magazine. Now, today, we see a flyer for the magazine that I found in the Powers & Perils adventure supplement, Tower of the Dead. I sure have a lot of random stuff in the collection at home . . .
“Powers and Perils was a major disappointment at the time of its release, especially because the Avalon Hill Game Company is renowned for its quality products, including Squad Leader, Diplomacy, and other classic wargames.”
— Rick Swan, The Complete Guide to Role-Playing Games*
Regardless of the quality of the Powers & Perils* roleplaying game, this advertisement from the first issue of Avalon Hill’s Heroes magazine is one that promises a lot of excitement. While I’ve never played the game, I do own it and two of the supplements, and I can report that it is . . . is “dry” an appropriate description? Still, the package and artwork looks awesome; I love the look of those thin-box Avalon Hill RPGs of the early eighties!
September 24, 1989. We’ve seen the Pool of Radiance game before (1989-1990 SSI catalog posted here), but not like this! The Boston, Massachusetts, Boston Globe newspaper includes this tiny block showing the game on sale . . . and I am reminded of just how expensive computer games were in the late eighties. Ouch!
April 6, 1986. We go all of the way to Sydney, Australia and The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper for this chance to win a copy of Out Of The Pit, the Fighting Fantasy (search Amazon.com*) book of monsters that I somehow do not own. That feels like a mistake that I should correct, yes?
January 16, 1986. Here’s an odd one. Out of the Argus-Leader newspaper of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, this news story tells of a library in Iowa where TSR’s Endless Quest books (Amazon.com search*) were targeted for “excessive violence, destruction, witchcraft and the occult.” Sounds like an awesome series, right?
January 30, 1977. Hobby Town’s small, simple advertisement for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game — as found in the Lincoln, Nebraska, The Lincoln Star newspaper — doesn’t tell us anything at all about the game, meaning that you had to know what Dungeons & Dragons even was for this to be in any way interesting. What an odd ad design!