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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

T is for TSR

Dungeons & Dragons, the first great 'system' for fantasy role-playing games, ultimately sort of lost out to Warhammer in Europe, but still holds it's own in the USA. And like their great rival - Games Workshop - the system supports a magazine, and various spin-offs. Also like GW they have from time to time produced a stand alone game to introduce new players/fans, of which this is one.

Strangely I've never seen one that didn't have the 6 extra figures or the 'limited edition' flash! It's a lot of box for not much content, this is due to the fact that there are a load card flats included and once they're made-up, storage becomes a problem.

Both sets of character figures, the metal set being provided by Ral Partha, who ironically have also worked with Games Workshop. Some of the figurines are straight copies of the plastic version, some are quite different, also there is a size differential between the two sets.

Sample of some of the hundred or so card stand-ups also included in the set. I think it's a 'live' side and a dead (but undead) or invisible (?) side.

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