The Complete White Dwarf Open Box Index

Ever wondered in which issue White Dwarf reviewed Nomad Gods? Or who only gave Mercenaries, Spies & Private Eyes a measly score of 4? And when did Open Box notoriously review itself? Well, wonder no more.

This is an index of every product reviewed in the Open Box column of White Dwarf magazine, from issue #1 to issue #93, Sorcerer to Chase. Each entry lists the name of the product, the publisher, the type of the product, and the name of the reviewer (with their overall score out of ten if available).

[From issue #94, Open Box became Marginalia – this featured not so much reviews as adverts for Games Workshop-only products. After a while this struck even Games Workshop as a bit of a waste of time, and finished in issue #100. I haven’t included these entries.]

Issue Product Publisher Type Reviewer (Score)
1 Sorcerer SPI Wargame Rob Thomasson (7)
Starship Troopers Avalon Hill Wargame Martin Easterbrook (9)
2 OGRE Metagaming Concepts Wargame Martin Easterbrook (8)
Lankhmar TSR Board game Fred Hemmings (6)
War of the Star Slavers Attack Wargaming Assoc. Wargame Gary Porter (3)
Tunnels and Trolls Flying Buffalo RPG rules Lewis Pulsipher
3 Ready Reference Sheets Judges Guild RPG play aid (D&D) Don Turnbull
Judge’s Shield Judges Guild RPG play aid (D&D) Don Turnbull
TAC Cards Judges Guild RPG play aid (D&D) Don Turnbull
Tegel Manor Judges Guild RPG scenario (D&D) Don Turnbull
City State of the Invincible Overlord Judges Guild RPG setting (D&D) Don Turnbull
Character Chronicle Cards Judges Guild RPG play aid (D&D) Don Turnbull
First Fantasy Campaign Judges Guild RPG campaign (D&D) Don Turnbull
Citadel Fantasy Games Unlimited Wargame Mike Westhead (7)
Fourth Dimension J. A. Ball & Co. Board game Fred Hemmings (7)
Battle of the Five Armies TSR Wargame Martin Easterbrook (5)
4 Nomad Gods Chaosium Wargame Lew Pulsipher (9)
Star Empires TSR Wargame Martin Easterbrook (7)
Dungeon! TSR Board game Fred Hemmings (8)
Melee Metagaming Concepts RPG rules Martin Easterbrook (6)
5 Book of Monsters Little Soldier RPG rules Lew Pulsipher
Book of Demons Little Soldier RPG rules Lew Pulsipher
Book of Sorcery Little Soldier RPG rules Lew Pulsipher
War of the Ring Fantasy Games Unlimited Wargame Mike Westhead (5)
All the Worlds’ Monsters Chaosium RPG supplement (D&D) Don Turnbull
6 Knights of the Round Table Little Soldier RPG rules Lew Pulsipher
Elric Chaosium Wargame Gary Porter (7)
Campaign Hexagon System Judges Guild RPG play aid Don Turnbull
Wilderlands of High Fantasy Judges Guild RPG setting (D&D) Don Turnbull
Dungeon Decor Falchion Products RPG play aid Don Turnbull
The Endless Dungeon Wee Warriors RPG play aid Don Turnbull
Labyrinthine Falchion Products Wargame Don Turnbull
7 The Warlord Game Robert Williams Games Wargame Don Turnbull
The Thieves of Fortress Badabaskor Judges Guild RPG scenario (D&D) Don Turnbull
Bifrost Volume 1 Skytrex RPG rules Don Turnbull
Lords and Wizards Fantasy Games Unlimited Wargame Fred Hemmings (6)
The Sorcerer’s Cave Philmar Board game Ian Livingstone
Cosmic Encounter Eon Products Board game Fred Hemmings (8)
8 Space Marines FanTac Games Wargame Mike Hodson-Smith
The Monster Manual TSR RPG rules (AD&D) Don Turnbull
Starships & Spacemen Fantasy Games Unlimited RPG rules Don Turnbull
War of Wizards TSR Board game Colin Wheeler
9 Superhero 44 Lou Zocchi RPG rules Eamon Bloomfield (6)
Legions of the Petal Throne TSR Wargame rules John Norris (6)
G1 Steading of the Hill Giant Chief TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Don Turnbull (9)
G2 Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Don Turnbull (9)
G3 Hall of the Fire Giant King TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Don Turnbull (9)
Citadel of Fire Judges Guild RPG scenario (D&D) Don Turnbull (6)
10 Gamma World TSR RPG rules Don Turnbull (9)
The Realm of Yolmi West Coast Games RPG rules Don Turnbull (2)
Players Handbook TSR RPG rules (AD&D) Don Turnbull (10)
The Manual of Aurania Singh, Wagner & Stehle RPG play aid (D&D) Don Turnbull (4)
11 Dimension Six Dimension Six Inc. Board game Jacek Gabrielczyk (5)
RuneQuest Chaosium RPG rules Jim Donohoe (9)
Middle Earth SPI Wargame Bill Seligman (5)
D1 Descent into the Depths of the Earth TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Don Turnbull (10)
D2 Shrine of the Kuo-Toa TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Don Turnbull (10)
D3 Vault of the Drow TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Don Turnbull (10)
12 Rapier & Dagger Fantasy Games Unlimited Combat rules Don Turnbull (6)
All the Worlds’ Monsters Volume II Chaosium RPG supplement (D&D) Don Turnbull (5)
The Arduin Grimoire Volumes I, II and III Dave Hargrave RPG supplement (D&D?) Don Turnbull (4)
Pellic Quest Conflict Interaction Associates PBM game John Reynolds (7)
Spellmaker Gametime Games Board game Don Turnbull (6)
13 B1 In Search of the Unknown TSR RPG scenario (D&D) Don Turnbull (9)
S1 Tomb of Horrors TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Don Turnbull (10)
Dungeon Floor Plans Games Workshop RPG play aid Peter Darvill-Evans (9)
14 Mercenary GDW RPG rules (Tr) Don Turnbull (9)
1001 Characters GDW RPG supplement (Tr) Don Turnbull (6)
Balastor’s Barracks Chaosium RPG scenario (RQ) Jim Donohoe (5)
The Dragon Crown Judges Guild RPG scenario (D&D) Don Turnbull (5)
Of Skulls and Scrapfaggot Green Judges Guild RPG scenario (D&D) Don Turnbull (7)
15 Ice War Metagaming Microgames Wargame Don Turnbull (5)
Black Hole Metagaming Microgames Wargane Don Turnbull (9)
King Arthur’s Knights Chaosium Board game Jacek Gabrielczyk (7)
Traveller Screen Judges Guild RPG play aid (Tr) Bob McWilliams (7)
The Traveller Logbook Judges Guild RPG play aid (Tr) Bob McWilliams (9)
Starships and Spacecraft Judges Guild RPG play aid (Tr) Bob McWilliams (5)
Animal Encounters GDW RPG supplement (Tr) Bob McWilliams (9)
16 Boot Hill TSR RPG rules Dominic Beddow (8)
Imperium GDW Wargame Colin Reynolds (9)
Snapshot GDW Combat rules (Tr) Peter Darvill-Evans (8)
Dungeon Masters Guide TSR RPG rules (AD&D) Don Turnbull
17 Time War Yaquinto Publications Wargame Don Turnbull (8)
Under the Storm Giant’s Castle Judges Guild RPG scenario (D&D) Don Turnbull (5)
Dark Tower Judges Guild RPG scenario (D&D) Don Turnbull (9)
The Caverns of Thracia Judges Guild RPG scenario (D&D) Don Turnbull (8)
Operation Ogre Judges Guild RPG scenario (D&D) Don Turnbull (5)
18 Darkover Eon Products Board game John Olsen (9)
Swordquest Task Force Games Wargame John Lambshead (6)
Dra’k’ne Station Judges Guild RPG scenario (Tr) Bob McWilliams (8)
19 Starfire Task Force Games Wargame Gordon Paterson (8)
Magic Realm Avalon Hill Board game Colin Reynolds (7)
High Fantasy Fantasy Productions Inc. RPG rules Don Turnbull (4)
Fortress Ellendar Fantasy Productions Inc. RPG scenario Don Turnbull (7)
The Kinunir GDW RPG scenario (Tr) Bob McWilliams (9)
20 Dark Nebula GDW Wargame Colin Reynolds (9)
The Awful Green Things from Outer Space TSR Board game John Olsen (7)
High Guard GDW RPG rules (Tr) Bob McWilliams (8)
The Spinward Marches GDW RPG supplement (Tr) Bob McWilliams (9)
Citizens of the Imperium GDW RPG supplement (Tr) Bob McWilliams (8)
The Mystic Wood Philmar Board game Andy Davidson (9)
21 Azhanti High Lightning GDW Wargame Andy Slack (8)
Intruder Task Force Games Solitaire game Roger Sandell (6)
Valkenburg Castle Task Force Games Wargame John Lambshead (8)
22 Mythology Yaquinto Games Board game Charles Vasey (9)
Stellar Conquest Metagaming Wargame John Lambshead (9)
The Gateway Bestiary Chaosium RPG supplement (RQ) Andy Slack (6)
Asteroid Zero-Four Task Force Games Wargame Alestair Brown (6)
23 Warlock Games Workshop Board game Charles Vasey (8)
Cults of Prax Chaosium RPG supplement (RQ) O.C. Macdonald (10)
Deities & Demigods TSR RPG supplement (AD&D) Andy Slack (8)
Leviathan GDW RPG scenario (Tr) Trevor Graver (9)
24 Quirks Eon Products Board game Ian Livingstone (9)
Shooting Stars Yaquinto Publications Wargame Nick Henfrey (8)
Valley of the Four Winds Games Workshop Board game Alan Paull (9)
Twilight’s Peak GDW RPG scenario (Tr) Andy Slack (10)
25 Mission on Mithril / Across the Bright Face GDW RPG scenarios (Tr) Trevor Graver (10)
Plunder Chaosium RPG supplement (RQ) Oliver Macdonald (5)
Runemasters Chaosium RPG supplement (RQ) Oliver Macdonald (9)
Space Opera Fantasy Games Unlimited RPG rules Andy Slack (8)
26 Apocalypse Games Workshop Board game John Olsen (9)
High Guard (2nd edition) GDW RPG rules (Tr) Robert McMahon (9)
S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Marcus L Rowland (9)
Knights of Camelot TSR Board game Charles Vasey (7)
27 Traveller Deluxe Edition GDW RPG rules Andy Slack (10)
Griffin Mountain Chaosium RPG campaign (RQ) Murray Writtle (9)
Star Fleet Battles Task Force Games Wargame John Lambshead (8)
IISS Ship Files Games Workshop RPG supplement (Tr) Robert McMahon (10)
Traders and Gunboats GDW RPG supplement (Tr) Robert McMahon (9)
Asteroid GDW Wargame Bob McWilliams (8)
28 Fiend Folio TSR RPG rules (AD&D) Jamie Thomson (8)
ICBM Mayfair Games Inc. Wargame Michael Polling (4)
The Ley Sector Judges Guild RPG supplement (Tr) T D Graver (6)
Marooned / Marooned Alone GDW RPG scenarios (Tr) Bob McWilliams (10)
Library Data (A-M) GDW RPG supplement (Tr) Bob McWilliams (9)
Undead Steve Jackson Games Minigame Rob Hugget (8)
29 Fifth Frontier War GDW Wargame John Roberts (8)
Sorag Paranoia Press RPG supplement (Tr) Nelson Cunnington (9)
Barbarian Prince Dwarfstar Minigames Minigame Bill Skirrow (8)
Stormbringer Chaosium RPG rules Murray Writtle (7)
30 Thieves’ World Chaosium RPG setting
(AD&D/Tr/RQ/T&T)
Oliver Dickinson (10)
Champions Hero Games RPG rules Dave Morris (7)
The Island of Doctor Destroyer Hero Games RPG scenario Dave Morris (8)
Adventurer Yaquinto Publications Inc Wargame Alan E Paull (8)
Invasion Earth GDW Board game Andy Slack (6)
31 Federation Space Task Force Games Wargame John Lambshead (8)
Ordeal by Ashaar FASA RPG scenario (Tr) Bob McWilliams (7)
Action Aboard FASA RPG scenario (Tr) Bob McWilliams (6)
Uragyad’n of the Seven Pillars FASA RPG scenario (Tr) Bob McWilliams (8)
The Legend of the Sky Raiders FASA RPG scenario (Tr) Bob McWilliams (8)
Thieves’ Guild I Gamelords Inc RPG scenario Lewis Pulsipher (9)
Thieves’ Guild II Gamelords Inc RPG scenario Lewis Pulsipher (7)
Thieves’ Guild III Gamelords Inc RPG scenario Lewis Pulsipher (8)
Thieves’ Guild IV Gamelords Inc RPG scenario Lewis Pulsipher (8)
The Free City of Haven Gamelords Inc RPG setting Lewis Pulsipher (9)
32 Call of Cthulhu Chaosium RPG rules Ian Bailey (9)
Bushido Fantasy Games Unlimited RPG rules Mike Polling (10)
Valley of the Mists Fantasy Games Unlimited RPG scenario Mike Polling (10)
Dungeons & Dragons Mattel Electronics Electronic game Jamie Thomson (4)
33 Striker GDW Miniatures wargame Andy Slack (6)
A1 Slave Pits of the Undercity TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Jim Bambra (7)
A2 Secret of the Slavers’ Stockade TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Jim Bambra (7)
A3 Assault on the Aerie of the Slave Lords TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Jim Bambra (7)
A4 In the Dungeons of the Slave Lords TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Jim Bambra (7)
Elric Chaosium Board game Murray Writtle (7)
Grimtooth’s Traps Flying Buffalo Inc RPG supplement Nicholas Dougan (7)
34 Cults of Terror Chaosium RPG supplement (RQ) Oliver Dickinson (9)
Aftermath! Fantasy Games Unlimited RPG rules Andy Slack (10)
Worlds of Wonder Chaosium RPG rules Trevor Graver (7)
35 Judge Dredd Games Workshop Board game Richard Meadows (9)
U1 The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Jim Bambra (9)
L1 The Secret of Bone Hill TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Jim Bambra (8)
G1-3 Against the Giants TSR RPG scenarios (AD&D) Jim Bambra (10)
B3 Palace of the Silver Princess TSR RPG scenario (D&D) Jim Bambra (10)
X2 Castle Amber TSR RPG scenario (D&D) Jim Bambra (6)
Borderlands Chaosium RPG campaign (RQ) Oliver Dickinson (10)
36 The Warlock of Firetop Mountain Puffin Books Gamebook Nicholas J R Dougan (10)
Trollpak Chaosium RPG supplement (RQ) Tim Moyse (9)
Pirates and Plunder Yaquinto RPG rules Murray Writtle (10)
Merchant Class Ships FASA RPG supplement (Tr) Bob McWilliams (8)
Aslan Mercenary Cruisers FASA RPG supplement (Tr) Bob McWilliams (6)
The FCI Consumer Guide FASA RPG supplement (Tr) Bob McWilliams (9)
37 Soloquest Chaosium RPG solo scenarios (RQ) Clive Bailey (9)
Star Frontiers TSR RPG rules Andy Slack (7)
Crasimoff’s World KJC Games PBM game Trevor Graver (8)
38 The Traveller Book GDW RPG rules Phil Masters (9)
Dicing with Dragons Routledge & Kegan Paul Introduction to RPGs Marcus L Rowland (9)
Traitor FASA RPG scenario Oliver Dickinson (7)
The Spirit Stones FASA RPG scenario Oliver Dickinson (7)
39 Pillars of Pentegarn TSR Gamebook Marcus L Rowland (5)
Mountain of Mirrors TSR Gamebook Marcus L Rowland (4)
Dungeon of Dread TSR Gamebook Marcus L Rowland (6)
Return to Brookmere TSR Gamebook Marcus L Rowland (7)
City Book 1 Flying Buffalo Inc RPG supplement Nicholas J R Dougan (7)
Rescue on Galatea FASA RPG scenario (Tr) Bob McWilliams (6)
The Trail of the Sky Raiders FASA RPG scenario (Tr) Bob McWilliams (8)
Prison Planet GDW RPG scenario (Tr) Andy Slack (5)
Night of Conquest / Divine Intervention GDW RPG scenarios (Tr) Andy Slack (9)
40 Soloquest 2: Scorpion Hall Chaosium RPG solo scenario (RQ) Oliver Dickinson (8)
C1 The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Jim Bambra (8)
C2 The Ghost Tower of Inverness TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Jim Bambra (8)
S2 White Plume Mountain TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Jim Bambra (8)
I1 Dwellers of the Forbidden City TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Jim Bambra (5)
Illuminati Steve Jackson Games Card-and-dice game Phil Masters (7)
Starstone Northern Sages RPG scenarios (AD&D) Daniel Collerton (9)
41 The Solomani Rim GDW RPG supplement (Tr) Andy Slack (9)
Man, Myth & Magic Yaquinto RPG rules Marcus L Rowland (5)
Death to Setanta Yaquinto RPG scenario Marcus L Rowland (4)
The Kingdom of the Sidhe Yaquinto RPG scenario Marcus L Rowland (6)
Star Explorer Fantasy Games Unlimited Board game Alan E Paull (9)
42 Solquest 3: The Snow King’s Bride Chaosium RPG solo scenario (RQ) Oliver Dickinson (8)
The Citadel of Chaos Puffin Books Gamebook Marcus L Rowland (9)
The Forest of Doom Puffin Books Gamebook Marcus L Rowland (10)
Grav-Ball FASA Board game Ian Waddelow (4)
The Morrow Project Timeline / Flying Buffalo RPG rules Phil Masters (5)
Liberation at Riverton Timeline / Flying Buffalo RPG scenario Phil Masters (6)
43 Warhammer Citadel Miniatures Miniatures wargame Joe Dever (8)
Questworld Chaosium RPG setting (RQ) Oliver Dickinson (6)
The Tribes of Crane Mitre Wargames PBM game Trevor Graver (9)
44 Shadows of Yog-Sothoth Chaosium RPG campaign (CoC) Ian Bailey (10)
Illuminati Expansion Set 1 Steve Jackson Games Dice-and-card game expansion Phil Masters (6)
Illuminati Expansion Set 2 Steve Jackson Games Dice-and-card game expansion Phil Masters (6)
Revolt of the Dwarves TSR Gamebook Marcus L Rowland (5)
Revenge of the Rainbow Dragons TSR Gamebook Marcus L Rowland (5)
S4 The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Jim Bambra (9)
WG4 The Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Jim Bambra (9)
N1 Against the Cult of the Reptile God TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Jim Bambra (8)
U2 Danger at Dunwater TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Jim Bambra (8)
45 Wizards Avalon Hill Board game Alan E Paull (7)
I2 Tomb of the Lizard King TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Jim Bambra (9)
I3 Pharaoh TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Jim Bambra (10)
I4 Oasis of the White Palm TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Jim Bambra (9)
M1 Blizzard Pass TSR RPG solo scenario (D&D) Jim Bambra (6)
Pavis: Threshold to Danger Chaosium RPG campaign (RQ) Oliver Dickinson (9)
46 RuneQuest Companion Chaosium RPG supplement (RQ) Oliver Dickinson (8)
Chivalry & Sorcery Fantasy Games Unlimited RPG rules Marcus L Rowland (8)
Sanctuary Mayfair Games Inc Board game Alan E Paull (7)
47 Privateers and Gentlemen Fantasy Games Unlimited RPG rules Ian Waddelow (9)
The Asylum and Other Tales Chaosium RPG scenarios (CoC) Jon Sutherland (9)
Star Fleet Battles – Fighters and Shuttles Task Force Games Wargame supplement Jim Sizer (7)
The Big Rubble Chaosium RPG campaign (RQ) Oliver Dickinson (10)
48 UK1 Beyond the Crystal Cave TSR RPG scenario (D&D) Jim Bambra (9)
EX1 Dungeonland TSR RPG scenario (D&D) Jim Bambra (9)
EX2 The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror TSR RPG scenario (D&D) Jim Bambra (9)
X3 Curse of Xanathon TSR RPG scenario (D&D) Jim Bambra (7)
Traveller Starter Edition GDW RPG rules Andy Slack (8)
The Arkham Evil Theatre of the Mind Enterprises RPG scenario (CoC) Jon Sutherland (7)
Death in Dunwich Theatre of the Mind Enterprises RPG scenario (CoC) Jon Sutherland (8)
Autoduel Champions Steve Jackson Games RPG supplement Marcus L Rowland (8)
Car Wars Reference Screen Steve Jackson Games RPG play aid Marcus L Rowland (6)
49 Monster Manual II TSR RPG rules (AD&D) Megan C Evans (7)
Starship Traveller Puffin Books Gamebook Marcus L Rowland (9)
City of Thieves Puffin Books Gamebook Marcus L Rowland (8)
Forms and Charts GDW RPG supplement (Tr) Andy Slack (2)
Veterans GDW RPG supplement (Tr) Andy Slack (3)
Nomads of the World Ocean GDW RPG scenario (Tr) Andy Slack (9)
Mercenaries, Spies and Private Eyes Blade RPG rules Jon Sutherland (4)
The Jade Jaguar Blade RPG scenario Jon Sutherland (3)
50 Sorcery Penguin Gamebook Marcus L Rowland (7)
Guidebook and Gridded Map Iron Crown Enterprises RPG supplement (MERP) Jon Sutherland (6)
Angmar – Land of the Witch King Iron Crown Enterprises RPG supplement (MERP) Jon Sutherland (7)
The Court of Ardor – In Southern Middle-earth Iron Crown Enterprises RPG supplement (MERP) Jon Sutherland (7)
Umbar – Haven of the Corsairs Iron Crown Enterprises RPG supplement (MERP) Jon Sutherland (7)
Northern Mirkwood – The Woodelves’ Realm Iron Crown Enterprises RPG supplement (MERP) Jon Sutherland (8)
Southern Mirkwood – Haunt of the Necromancer Iron Crown Enterprises RPG supplement (MERP) Jon Sutherland (8)
Tarsus GDW RPG scenario (Tr) Andy Slack (9)
51 Cthulhu Companion Chaosium RPG supplement (CoC) Jon Sutherland (7)
Superworld Chaosium RPG rules Jon Sutherland (7)
Daredevils Fantasy Games Unlimited RPG rules Marcus L Rowland (8)
Daredevil Adventures 2 Fantasy Games Unlimited RPG scenarios Marcus L Rowland (7)
Knight Hawks TSR RPG supplement (SF) Andy Slack (8)
52 Talisman Games Workshop Board game Alan E Paull (6)
Battlecars Games Workshop Board game Ian Waddelow (8)
Dragonriders of Pern Mayfair Games Board game Nic Grecas (4)
Lost Worlds Nova Games Combat gamebooks Ian Waddelow (6)
53 Caverns of the Dead: Dungeon Planner Set 1 Games Workshop RPG play aid Richard Meadows (7)
Deathtrap Dungeon Puffin Books Gamebook Marcus L Rowland (8)
Island of the Lizard King Puffin Books Gamebook Marcus L Rowland (8)
Scouts GDW RPG rules (Tr) Andy Slack (7)
54 Murder on Arcturus Station GDW RPG scenario (Tr) Andy Slack (7)
Kharé – Cityport of Traps Penguin Gamebook Marcus L Rowland (8)
Espionage Hero Games RPG rules Marcus L Rowland (8)
Border Crossing Hero Games RPG scenario Marcus L Rowland (9)
Pursuit to Kadath Theatre of the Mind Enterprises RPG scenario (CoC) Nic Grecas (8)
55 Forces of Fantasy Citadel Miniatures Wargame supplement (WH) Jon Sutherland (7)
X5 Temple of Death TSR RPG scenario (D&D) Dave Morris (10)
L2 The Assassin’s Knot TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Dave Morris (7)
I5 Lost Tomb of Martek TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Dave Morris (9)
I6 Ravenloft TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Dave Morris (8)
Sherlock Holmes – Consulting Detective Sleuth Publications Board game Nic Grecas (9)
The Mansion Murders Sleuth Publications Board game expansion Nic Grecas (9)
Commander’s SSD Book 1 Task Force Games Wargame supplement (SFB) Stuart Aston (9)
Commander’s SSD Book 2 Task Force Games Wargame supplement (SFB) Stuart Aston (9)
Commander’s SSD Book 3 Task Force Games Wargame supplement (SFB) Stuart Aston (9)
56 Battlebikes Games Workshop Board game expansion Ian Waddelow (7)
TurboFire Auto Ventures Board game supplement Marcus L Rowland (8)
Hârn Columbia Games Inc RPG setting Simon Farrell (6)
Cities of Hârn Columbia Games Inc RPG setting expansion Simon Farrell (6)
Encyclopedia Hârnica Columbia Games Inc RPG setting expansion Simon Farrell (6)
The Forever War Mayfair Games Board game Russell Clarke (7)
57 Elves Mayfair Games RPG supplement Robert Dale (3)
Dwarves Mayfair Games RPG supplement Robert Dale (3)
Dark Folk Mayfair Games RPG supplement Robert Dale (3)
Wizards Mayfair Games RPG supplement Robert Dale (6)
The Traveller Adventure GDW RPG campaign (Tr) Andy Slack (9)
Powers & Perils Avalon Hill RPG rules Adrian Knowles (8)
James Bond 007 Victory Games RPG rules Bob Neville (6)
58 Lands of Adventure Fantasy Games Unlimited RPG rules Richard Clyne (5)
Middle-Earth Role-Playing Iron Crown Enterprises RPG rules Jon Sutherland (9)
Bree and the Barrow Downs Iron Crown Enterprises RPG supplement (MERP) Jon Sutherland (6)
Q Manual Victory Games RPG supplement (JB) Bob Neville (9)
Star Trek FASA RPG rules Russell Clarke (9)
59 Curse of the Cthonians Chaosium RPG scenarios (CoC) Stephen Kyle (9)
Glozel Est Authentique! Theatre of the Mind Enterprises RPG scenarios (CoC) Stephen Kyle (5)
The Horrible Secret of Monhegan Island Grenadier RPG scenario (CoC) Stephen Kyle (7)
Gamesmaster Pack Victory Games RPG play aid (JB) Bob Neville (4)
For Your Information Victory Games RPG supplement (JB) Bob Neville (3)
Ringworld Chaosium RPG rules Phil Masters (6)
60 Elfquest Chaosium RPG rules Murray Writtle (9)
Nightmare in Blackmarsh: Dungeon Planner Set 2 Games Workshop RPG play aid Doug Cowie (7)
Lone Wolf: Flight from the Dark Sparrow Books Gamebook Marcus L Rowland (7)
Lone Wolf: Fire on the Water Sparrow Books Gamebook Marcus L Rowland (7)
UK2 The Sentinel TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Graham Staplehurst (8)
UK3 The Gauntlet TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Graham Staplehurst (7)
DL1 Dragons of Despair TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Graham Staplehurst (8)
61 Dungeons & Dragons Companion Set TSR RPG rules Megan C Robertson (7)
Timemaster Pacesetter Games RPG rules Steve Norledge (7)
Timemaster: Crossed Swords Pacesetter Games RPG scenario Steve Norledge (7)
Chill Pacesetter Games RPG rules Angus M McLellan (7)
Chill: Village of Twilight Pacesetter Games RPG scenario Angus M McLellan (6)
Witch Hunt Statcom Simulations RPG rules Jon Sutherland (5)
The Adventures of Indiana Jones TSR RPG rules Adrian Knowles (7)
62 Golden Heroes Games Workshop RPG rules Marcus L Rowland (10)
Marvel Superheroes RPG TSR RPG rules Marcus L Rowland (8)
MH1 The Breeder Bombs TSR RPG scenario (MSH) Marcus L Rowland (7)
MH2 Timetrap TSR RPG scenario (MSH) Marcus L Rowland (6)
MH3 Murderworld TSR RPG scenario (MSH) Marcus L Rowland (6)
MH AC1 Judges Screen TSR RPG play aid (MSH) Marcus L Rowland (4)
MH AC2 Avengers Assembled TSR RPG supplement (MSH) Marcus L Rowland (8)
63 Runemagic Series Adventure 1: The Secret River Triffid Software Research Computer Game Mike White (8)
Runemagic Series Adventure 2: The Wizard’s Citadel Triffid Software Research Computer Game Mike White (8)
Toon Steve Jackson Games RPG rules Stephen Kyle (9)
Star Trek III Combat Game FASA / Games Workshop Wargame Russell Clarke (8)
Star Fleet Battles Volume II Task Force Games Wargame supplement (SFB) Russell Clarke (7)
B6 The Veiled Society TSR RPG scenario (D&D) Graham Staplehurst (9)
XL1 Quest for the Heartstone TSR RPG scenario (D&D) Graham Staplehurst (4)
64 RuneQuest III Deluxe Edition Avalon Hill RPG rules Oliver Dickinson (9)
RuneQuest III Gamemaster’s Box Avalon Hill RPG rules Oliver Dickinson (9)
RuneQuest III Player’s Box Avalon Hill RPG rules Oliver Dickinson (9)
Secret of the Ancients GDW RPG scenario (Tr) Marcus L Rowland (7)
65 Paranoia West End Games RPG rules Marcus L Rowland (7)
Aslan, Alien Module 1 GDW RPG supplement (Tr) Bob McWilliams (9)
K’Kree, Alien Module 2 GDW RPG supplement (Tr) Bob McWilliams (7)
Vargr, Alien Module 3 GDW RPG supplement (Tr) Bob McWilliams (9)
The Romulans FASA RPG supplement (ST) R Jarnor (8)
Orion Ruse FASA RPG scenario (ST) R Jarnor (9)
Margin of Profit FASA RPG scenario (ST) R Jarnor (8)
66 Battledroids FASA Wargame Trevor Mendham (7)
Talisman Games Workshop Computer game Trevor Mendham (7)
The Halls of the Dwarven Kings Integrated Games RPG scenario & play aid B Y Rowe (8)
House of Hell Puffin Books Gamebook Chris Mitchell (9)
Talisman of Death Puffin Books Gamebook Chris Mitchell (9)
Warhammer 2nd Edition Citadel Miniatures Miniatures wargame Robert Alcock (8)
67 Star Ace Pacesetter Games RPG rules Marcus L Rowland (5)
DL2 Dragons of Flame TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Graham Staplehurst (7)
DL3 Dragons of Hope TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Graham Staplehurst (8)
DL3 Dragons of Desolation TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Graham Staplehurst (9)
Monster Coliseum Avalon Hill RPG supplement (RQ) Oliver Dickinson (6)
68 Bloodbath at Orc’s Drift Citadel Miniatures Wargame scenario (WH) Jon Sutherland (9)
Dragonroar Standard Games RPG rules Paul Mason (5)
Chaos Games Workshop Computer Game Trevor Mendham (7)
Legacy of Eagles Games Workshop RPG scenario (GH) Marcus L Rowland (7)
Twilight 2000 GDW RPG rules Marcus L Rowland (5)
The Worlds of Boris Vallejo Mayfair Games Board game Paul Mason (3)
69 MSHP1 Secret Wars TSR RPG campaign (MSH) Marcus L Rowland (7)
MH4 Lone Wolves TSR RPG scenario (MSH) Marcus L Rowland (6)
MH5 Cat’s-Paw TSR RPG scenario (MSH) Marcus L Rowland (6)
Toon Strikes Again Steve Jackson Games RPG supplement Stephen Kyle (8)
Conan TSR RPG rules Pete Tamlyn (7)
Chill: Black Born Manor Pacesetter Games Board game Paul Mason (8)
70 X6 Quagmire! TSR RPG scenario (D&D) Graham Staplehurst (8)
X7 The War Rafts of Kron TSR RPG scenario (D&D) Graham Staplehurst (8)
X8 Drums on Fire Mountain TSR RPG scenario (D&D) Graham Staplehurst (8)
DL5 Dragons of Mystery TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Graham Staplehurst (6)
The Lost Shrine of Kasar-Khan Integrated Games RPG scenario Megan C Robertson (8)
AD&D Battle System TSR Wargame Graeme Davis (8)
71 Avenger! Knight Books Gamebook Chris Elliott (8)
Assassin Knight Books Gamebook Chris Elliott (8)
Vapors Don’t Shoot Back West End Games RPG scenario (Pa) Marcus L Rowland (7)
Masks of Nyarlathotep Chaosium RPG campaign (CoC) Phil Frances (9)
Thrilling Locations Victory Games RPG supplement (JB) Bob Neville (9)
72 The Doctor Who Role-Playing Game FASA RPG rules Paul Mason (8)
King Arthur Pendragon Chaosium RPG rules Graham Staplehurst (9)
Wabbit Wampage Pacesetter Games Board game Charles Vasey (6)
73 Queen Victoria & the Holy Grail Games Workshop RPG scenario (GH) Pete Tamlyn (8)
Judge Dredd – the Role-Playing Game Games Workshop RPG rules Jason Kingsley (10)
Dungeons & Dragons Set 4: Master Rules TSR RPG rules Paul Cockburn (8)
Unearthed Arcana TSR RPG supplement (AD&D) Paul Cockburn (4)
74 Dragon Warriors Corgi RPG rules Robert Dale (9)
Dragon Warriors: The Way of Wizardry Corgi RPG rules Robert Dale (9)
Dragon Warriors: The Elven Crystals Corgi RPG rules Robert Dale (9)
Vikings Avalon Hill RPG supplement (RQ) Oliver Dickinson (8)
Nightmare in Norway Games Workshop RPG scenario (CoC) Pete Tamlyn (8)
Oriental Adventures TSR RPG supplement (AD&D) Ashley Shepherd (9)
The Pendragon Campaign Chaosium RPG Campaign Graham Staplehurst (9)
The Outcasts FASA RPG scenario (ST) John Grandidge (10)
Termination 1456 FASA RPG scenario (ST) John Grandidge (10)
75 Golden Heroes Supervisors Kit Games Workshop RPG play aid (GH) Pete Tamlyn (8)
Terror of the Lichemaster Game Workshop Wargame supplement (WH) Richard Vicary (9)
Fragments of Fear Chaosium RPG supplement (CoC) Phil Frances (7)
Judgement Day Games Workshop RPG scenario (JD) Jason Kingsley (9)
Cosmic Encounter Games Workshop Board game Tim Wilson (8)
76 Riddle of the Ring Iron Crown Enterprises Board game Charles Vasey (6)
Alone Against the Wendigo Chaosium RPG solo scenario (CoC) Phil Frances (8)
Erech and the Paths of the Dead Iron Crown Enterprises RPG scenario (MERP) Graham Staplehurst (9)
Send in the Clones West End Games RPG scenario (Pa) Marcus L Rowland (6)
Lankhmar – City of Adventure TSR RPG setting (AD&D) Graeme Davis (10)
The Iytean Menace FASA RPG scenario (DW) Barray Bailey (8)
The Lords of Destiny FASA RPG scenario (DW) Barray Bailey (8)
Fantasy Hero Hero Games RPG rules Phil Masters (8)
77 DC Heroes Mayfair Games RPG rules Marcus L Rowland (8)
Stealer of Souls Chaosium RPG scenario (Sb) Phil Frances (8)
The Daleks FASA RPG supplement (DW) Barry Bailey (7)
The Master FASA RPG supplement (DW) Barry Bailey (6)
The Sea Elves Chaosium RPG supplement (EQ) Phil Frances (7)
Alone Against the Dark Chaosium RPG solo scenario (CoC) Phil Frances (9)
The Yellow Clearance Black Box Blues West End Games RPG scenario (Pa) Marcus L Rowland (7)
78 B/X1 Night’s Dark Terror TSR RPG scenario (D&D) Graeme Davis
Cthulhu By Gaslight Chaosium RPG supplement Tim Wilson
The Nobles Book Chaosium RPG supplement (Pd) Paul Cockburn
DL11 Dragons of Glory TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Graham Staplehurst
79 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Other Strangeness Palladium RPG rules Marcus L Rowland
After the Bomb Palladium RPG supplement (TMNT) Marcus L Rowland
Secret Wars II TSR RPG campaign (MSH) Pete Tamlyn
Black Sword Chaosium RPG scenario (Sb) Phil Frances
Terror from the Stars Chaosium RPG scenario (CoC) Phil Frances
Ghostbusters West End Games (with Chaosium) RPG rules Marcus L Rowland
Acute Paranoia West End Games RPG supplement (Pa) Marcus L Rowland
80 Call of Cthulhu (3rd edition) Games Workshop / Chaosium RPG rules Ashley Shepherd
The Hartlewick Horror FASA RPG scenario (DW) Barry Bailey
The Legions of Death FASA RPG scenario (DW) Barry Bailey
The Mechanoids Palladium RPG rules Marcus L Rowland
N3 Destiny of Kings TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Graham Staplehurst
Realms of Magic TSR RPG supplement (MSH) Pete Tamlyn
Dark Emperor Avalon Hill Board game Ashley Shepherd
OA1 Swords of the Daimyo TSR RPG campaign (AD&D) Ashley Shepherd
81 Clones in Space West End Games RPG scenario (Pa) Fiona Lloyd
The Enterprise Encounter West End Games Board game Phil Frances
Star Trek: The Adventure Game West End Games Board game Phil Frances
Griffin Island Avalon Hill RPG campaign (RQ) Robert Neville
Ghost Toasties West End Games RPG scenario & play aid (Gb) Fiona Lloyd
Lorien and the Halls of the Elven Smiths Iron Crown Enterprises RPG supplement (MERP) Graham Staplehurst
Decision at Midnight FASA RPG scenario (ST) Phil Frances
A Doomsday Like Any Other FASA RPG scenario (ST) Phil Frances
82 Dungeoneer’s Survival Guide TSR RPG rules expansion (AD&D) Jim Bambra
Kings & Things Games Workshop / West End Games Board game Robert Neville
Orcbusters West End Games RPG scenario (Pa) Marc Gascoigne
The Vanishing Conjurer / The Status of the Sorcerer Games Workshop RPG scenarios (CoC) Richard Meadows
CA2 Swords of Deceit TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Graeme Davis
Skyrealms of Jorune Skyrealms Publications RPG rules Robert Neville
83 Dungeons & Dragons Set 5: Immortals Rules TSR RPG rules Graeme Davis
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain Games Workshop Board game Robert Neville
Spawn of Azathoth Chaosium RPG scenario Peter Green
Middle-earth Role-Playing (2nd edition) Iron Crown Enterprises RPG rules Graham Staplehurst
GURPS Basic Set Steve Jackson Games RPG rules Marcus L Rowland
Midnight at the Well of Souls TAG Industries RPG rules Phil Frances
Cities Chaosium RPG play aid Graeme Davis
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures! Palladium RPG scenario (TMNT) Robert Neville
Talisman the Adventure Games Workshop Board game expansion Robert Neville
Introduction to Star Fleet Battles Task Force Games Wargame supplement Phil Frances
The Revised Recon Palladium RPG rules Robert Neville
84 Marvel Super Heroes Advanced Set TSR RPG rules Pete Tamlyn
MA1 Children of the Atom TSR RPG campaign (MSH) Pete Tamlyn
Titan Puffin Books RPG campaign (FF) Graeme Davis
King of Crime Mayfair Games RPG scenario (DCH) Pete Tamlyn
Eternity Inc Mayfair Games RPG scenario (DCH) Pete Tamlyn
Delta Force: America Strikes Back Task Force Games RPG rules Phil Frances
IM1 The Immortal Storm TSR RPG scenario (D&D) Graeme Davis
Dark Blades Standard Games Board game Robert Neville
Carse Chaosium RPG play aid Robert Neville
Solomani, Alien Module GDW RPG supplement (Tr) Jim Bambra
Alien Realms GDW RPG supplement (Tr) Jim Bambra
Hivers, Alien Module GDW RPG supplement (Tr) Jim Bambra
85 Blood Bowl Games Workshop Board game Richard Meadows
Wilderness Survival Guide TSR RPG rules expansion (AD&D) Carl Sargent
AC9 Creature Catalogue TSR RPG supplement (D&D) Tim Brinsley
GDQ1-7 Queen of the Spiders TSR RPG scenarios (AD&D) Peter Green
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Game Mayfair Games Board game Phil Frances
An Imbalance of Power FASA RPG scenario (ST) Marcus L Rowland
Robots GDW RPG rules (Tr) Marcus L Rowland
The Arcanum Bard Games RPG supplement Phil Frances
The Lexicon Bard Games RPG supplement Phil Frances
The Bestiary Bard Games RPG supplement Phil Frances
86 Price of Freedom West End Games RPG rules Ashley Shepherd
Hawkmoon Chaosium RPG rules Peter Green
HIL Sector Blues West End Games RPG scenario (Pa) Marc Gascoigne
The Watchers of the Sacred Flame Integrated Games RPG scenario (AD&D/RQ) Paul Cockburn
DA1 Adventures in Blackmoor TSR RPG scenario (D&D) Graeme Davis
REF3 The Book of Lairs TSR RPG play aid (AD&D) Graeme Davis
OA2 Night of the Seven Swords TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Graeme Davis
REF2 Player Character Record Sheets TSR RPG play aid (AD&D) Graeme Davis
87 RuneQuest Games Workshop RPG rules Peter Green
Green and Pleasant Land Games Workshop RPG supplement (CoC) Robert Neville
Lords of Middle-earth Volume 1: The Immortals Iron Crown Enterprises RPG supplement (MERP) Graham Staplehurst
I9 Day of Al’akbar TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Carl Sargent
I10 Ravenloft II: The House on Gryphon Hill TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Carl Sargent
Wyrdworld 1: Wintersfarne Strange Acorn Games RPG scenario (AD&D/RQ/MERP) Graeme Davis
Trolls of the Misty Mountains Iron Crown Enterprises RPG scenario (MERP) Graham Staplehurst
Mekton Talsorian Games Wargame / RPG rules Phil Frances
Mekton: Roadstriker Talsorian Games RPG rules expansion Phil Frances
88 Chainsaw Warrior Games Workshop Solo board game Jervis Johnson
Open Box White Dwarf Games review column Mike Brunton
The Grey Knight Chaosium RPG scenario (Pd) Paul Cockburn
H2 The Mines of Bloodstone TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) John Saunders
MA2 Avengers Coast to Coast TSR RPG supplement (MSH) Pete Tamlyn
Legion of Super-Heroes Mayfair Games RPG supplement (DCH) Pete Tamlyn
Pawns of Time Mayfair Games RPG scenario (DCH) Pete Tamlyn
An Element of Danger Mayfair Games RPG scenario (DCH) Pete Tamlyn
Don’t Ask Mayfair Games RPG scenario (DCH) Pete Tamlyn
89 Rogue Trooper Games Workshop Board game Jervis Johnson
Slaughter Margin Games Workshop RPG scenario (JD) Richard Halliwell
Traveller 2300 GDW RPG rules Jim Bambra
Heroes for Wargames Paper Tiger Miniatures painting & collecting guide Mike Brunton
Wyrdworld 2: Wordesley Strange Acorn Games RPG scenario (AD&D/RQ/MERP) Graeme Davis
X11 Saga of the Shadow Lord TSR RPG scenario (D&D) Graeme Davis
Armada Jeux Descartes Board game Paul Cockburn
90 Ravening Hordes Games Workshop Wargame supplement (WH) Rick Priestley
Power Barons Milton Bradley Board game Marc Gascoigne
Terror Australis Chaosium RPG supplement (CoC) Jim Bambra
The Shattered Isle Chaosium RPG supplement (Hm) Peter Green
Wizard’s Revenge Mayfair Games RPG scenario (AD&D) Graeme Davis
Beneath Two Suns Mayfair Games RPG scenario (AD&D) Graeme Davis
Pinnacle Mayfair Games RPG scenario (AD&D) Graeme Davis
Crystal Barrier Mayfair Games RPG scenario (AD&D) Graeme Davis
91 Blood Royale Games Workshop Board game Paul Cockburn
Who Watches the Watchmen? Mayfair Games RPG scenario (DCH) Marcus L Rowland
Leaves from the Inn of the Last Home TSR RPG supplement (AD&D) Phil Gallagher
Dungon Lairs Games Workshop RPG play aid (AD&D/WFRP) Graeme Davis
The Feathered Priests Integrated Games RPG scenario (AD&D) Paul Cockburn
REF4 The Book of Lairs II TSR RPG play aid (AD&D) Graeme Davis
92 Stormbringer Chaosium / Games Workshop RPG rules Jim Bambra
Advanced RuneQuest Games Workshop / Chaosium / Avalon Hill RPG rules expansion Paul Cockburn
Robin Hood Iron Crown Enterprises RPG campaign Ken Rolston
Scared Stiffs West End Games RPG scenario (Gb) Graeme Davis
Miskatonic U. Graduate Kit Chaosium RPG play aid (CoC) Graeme Davis
DA3 City of the Gods TSR RPG scenario (D&D) Graeme Davis
I13 Adventure Pack I TSR RPG scenarios (AD&D) Graeme Davis
93 Block Mania Games Workshop Board game Richard Halliwell
Mega Mania Games Workshop Board game expansion Richard Halliwell
The Talisman Dungeon Games Workshop Board game expansion Graeme Davis
Death on the Reik Games Workshop RPG scenario & supplement (WFRP) Phil Gallagher
RuneQuest Monsters Games Workshop / Chaosium / Avalon Hill RPG supplement (RQ) Paul Cockburn
I3-5 Desert of Desolation TSR RPG scenarios (AD&D) Jim Bambra
N4 Treasure Hunt TSR RPG scenario (AD&D) Carl Sargent
Chase TSR Board game Mike Brunton

Game Abbreviations:

  • (A)D&D – (Advanced) Dungeons & Dragons
  • Tr – Traveller
  • RQ – RuneQuest
  • T&T – Tunnels & Trolls
  • CoC – Call of Cthulhu
  • MERP – Middle-earth Role-Playing
  • SF – Star Frontiers
  • WH – Warhammer
  • SFB – Star Fleet Battles
  • JB – James Bond 007
  • MSH – Marvel Super Heroes
  • ST – Star Trek
  • GH – Golden Heroes
  • Pa – Paranoia
  • JD – Judge Dredd
  • DW – Doctor Who
  • Sb – Stormbringer
  • EQ – Elfquest
  • Pd – Pendragon
  • TMNT – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Other Strangeness
  • Gb – Ghostbusters
  • FF – Fighting Fantasy
  • DCH – DC Heroes
  • Hm – Hawkmoon
  • WFRP – Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay
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The Collected @dailydwarf – a Thank You

If you’re a listener to The Grognard Files podcast (and if not, why not?!), you’ll know that Dirk the Dice is kind enough to read out my ramblings about the RPG heyday of White Dwarf magazine.

Well, with the recent publication of The Grognard Files ‘zine, Dirk’s generosity went one step further; he also released ‘The Collected @dailydwarf’ supplement, compiling a number of those early contributions: a Black Sun-style insert to the main ‘zine. The layout and production quality are excellent, so I’d like to offer a big thank you to Dirk and Ed.

There’s another thank you I need to make though, and that’s to Marc Laming.

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Marc produced a simply stunning cover for ‘The Collected @dailydwarf’ – every time I look at it, I’m blown away. It’s just beautifully composed – cool, clear lines, with the monochrome evoking the illustrations from White Dwarf’s past. I think the angle by which you view the composition – looking up, from one side – is particularly clever. It means that, even though he’s a dwarf, you’re still looking up to him. And because you’re viewing from the side, there’s an implication that there are more defeated monsters just out of shot. Put simply, this is one bad-ass dwarf. (Would you mess with someone who can defeat broo, beholders, clakars, homicidal vargrs – not to mention Cthulhu himself?)

It’s a privilege to have such a great cover on my meanderings – thank you Marc!

The Lew Pulsipher Index

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As you probably know, over the last few months The Grognard Files podcast has been looking at Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (go here for all that Bolton-flavoured goodness: https://armchairadventurerblog.com). In my contributions I mentioned a couple of times the influence of Dr. Lew Pulsipher’s articles for AD&D in the pages of White Dwarf. Anyway, I thought I’d list them all here, for your reading pleasure. (I should note that this list doesn’t include some smaller contributions, such as reviews in Open Box and entries in the Treasure Chest column.)

Thanks for all the great content Lew!

Issue Article Notes
1, 3-5 D&D Campaigns Lew was there at the very beginning, with a series on the philosophy and mechanics of D&D campaigns.
2 The Green Planet Trilogy (review) An extended review of three linked wargames.
5 Chivalry & Sorcery (review) A review of FGU’s early classic RPG.
6 A Place in the Wilderness Beasts from Jack Vance’s The Dragon Masters for D&D.
11 A Bar-Room Brawl The original bar-room brawl – yes, Lew started it!
12 Useful Dungeon Equipment Essential items for the adventurer’s backpack.
16 Chronicle Monsters Stephen Donaldson’s Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, D&D style.
17 My Life as a Werebear Monster character classes.
19 Wards Magical barriers for D&D.
22 What the Numbers Mean Making sense of character statistics.
23-27 An Introduction to Dungeons & Dragons Does exactly what it says on the tin – a very useful introduction.
31 Arms at the Ready Weapons-based combination combat tables (we all love a good table, don’t we?).
33 Brevet Rank for Low-Level Characters How to play all the high-level TSR modules when you only have a 2nd level fighter.
34-36 A Guide to Dungeonmastering Quality DMing advice.
35 The Necromancer A truly memorable character class; I enthuse at length here: https://armchairadventurerblog.com/2016/04/18/episode-6-part-1-add-rpg-dungeon-masters-guide/.
37 D&D Scenarios Ideas for adventures.
38 Khazad Dûm Tolkien’s Moria as an introductory AD&D scenario: https://armchairadventurerblog.com/2016/05/17/episode-6-part-2-add-rpg-the-players-handbook/.
39 A Day in the Life of a Monster Monstrous behaviour.
42 Castles in the Air Why dungeons exist.
43 Magimart Buying and selling magic items. ‘Ere, wanna buy some +2 swords mate?
44 True Sight Realism in D&D(!).
46 Lew’s Views:
The Wizard’s Library
Lew gets his very own column; the first looks at non-fiction sources for RPG ideas.
48 Lew’s Views:
By the Gods!
A look at magic and gods in battle.
50 Lew’s Views:
Going Up
Levelling-up advice.
53 Lew’s Views:
Sign Here Please…
Demons, devils and wardpacts.
57 Lew’s Views:
The Life of a Retired Wizard
The wizard himself retires from White Dwarf by looking at, err, what wizards do when they retire.

The White Dwarf #ScenarioSlam: Closing Thoughts

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Back in September last year, the White Dwarf #ScenarioSlam kept literally handfuls of voters enthralled for weeks. I always meant to write down a few closing thoughts, but for one reason or another never got round to it. Anyway, finally here are a few reflections (crafted from the finest quality electrons folks!).

Initial Choice

My initial choice was put together in half an hour, fuelled by wine and over-enthusiasm, based on my recollections of the scenarios that I most enjoyed “back in the day” (© Dirk the Dice). It quickly became apparent from Twitter that I should have opened up the choice to the twitterati. I had many tweets asking why particular scenarios weren’t in the list, so sorry if your favourite didn’t feature in the initial thirty two. Honourable mentions go to Irilian, The Watchers of Walberswick, and Rough Night at the Three Feathers (among others) – all great. While I liked the knock-out format, if I ever do another vote-type thing, I’ll open up the choice. (Hmm…)

Dungeons & Dragons

In the land of RPGs, D&D is king, sweeping all before it, rolling critical after critical, never missing a saving throw. And yet, only one scenario, Troubles at Embertrees, made it past the first round. (I’m not counting The Lone and Level Sands, since that was a RuneQuest scenario really.) Some real gems, like The Lichway, The Halls of Tizun Thane (the finest scenario title of all time?) and Operation Counterstrike, fell at the first hurdle. Why?

My own theory, for what it’s worth, is that while the crusty ol’ grognards among us have stuck loyally with the early editions of many games (RuneQuest, Call of Cthulhu, Traveller), that hasn’t happened with D&D. From what I read on Twitter, it appears to me that as new editions of D&D are released, gamers move with the times, and switch to the newer version. There’s a lot of love for 5th edition out there – a testament to the great job that Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford and crew have done on the latest version. So, scenarios for AD&D 1st edition (or Original D&D), aren’t so relevant, or loved, by current players. Shame, but so it goes.

(Is anyone still playing AD&D 1st edition? Answers on a postcard, or alternatively in the comments.)

Some Disappointments

A few other disappointments: the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay scenarios disappeared faster than the D&D ones, as did those for the Judge Dredd RPG. My favourite Traveller scenario, Amber to Red (go here for some more thoughts: The GROGNARD Files: Episode 3 (Part 1) Traveller RPG), was knocked out soon after, and the great Ghost Jackal Kill, for Call of Cthulhu, only made it to the quarter finals. It lost on penalties to The Black Broo of Dyskund. Now I like some pestilential, chaotic goatkin as much as the next High Priest of Malia, but Ghost Jackal Kill has it all. Oh well, that’s cup footie I suppose.

The MLR Experience

Perhaps the least surprising thing about the whole #ScenarioSlam was that it was won by a scenario from the pen of Marcus L Rowland. Of the original 32, no less than seven were written by him; he seemed to be able to turn his skills to all genres – fantasy, science fiction, superheroes, horror, the mean streets of Mega-City One – every scenario had a compelling plot, great scope for the GM and players to improvise around the theme, and a quirky style that told you: this is a Marcus L Rowland scenario. I think Call of Cthulhu in particular suited his talents, and brought out the best in him. Ultimately, Curse of the Bone was a worthy winner.

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The White Dwarf #ScenarioSlam: Final Result!

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The final result:

The Black Broo of Dyskund 1 5 Curse of the Bone

So, as Marcus L Rowland and his pack of slavering ghouls parade the trophy in front of the crowd of cheering grognards, we join the Hinge and Bracket of RPG scenario commentary, Brian L Rowland and ‘Big’ Ron Livingstone, one last time.

“A great final there Ron, worthy of the competition.”

“Absolutely Brian. Curse of the Bone got that all-important early lead, and just played an absolute blinder. The Broo have looked strong throughout the tournament, and were worthy finalists, but those ghouls today, they were just unplayable.”

“And your thoughts on the competition as a whole?”

“Loved it! Some great battles, and a few surprises along the way. That’s the magic of the White Dwarf #ScenarioSlam, Brian – no doubt about that!”

“Well, thanks for all the clichés Ron. Same time next year?”

“I’ll be there! So Brian. Marcus L Rowland – is he a relation of yours?”

“Never mind that Ron. I’ve got this used car you might like to buy…”

The White Dwarf #ScenarioSlam: Semi-Final Results!

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Here is the classified check:

An Alien Werewolf in London 2 4 Curse of the Bone
The Mad Dwarf 0 5 The Black Broo of Dyskund

To review the semi-finals: who else but the Statler and Waldorf of scenario punditry – Brian L Rowland and ‘Big’ Ron Livingstone.

“So Ron, after some very close battles in the previous rounds, both semi-finals were pretty clear cut.”

“The Bone crew played an absolute blinder. The Vargr boy, on his day he’s unplayable, but all that time-travelling homicidal mayhem must have taken its toll. He just couldn’t last the pace.”

“And the other semi?”

“Listen, the Mad Dwarf has been the star of this tournament. He’s taken on all-comers, he’s proved he can hack it on a wet night in Glorantha, he looked unstoppable. But ultimately, playing solo is tough, and those Broo, well… *chuckles* oh those Broo!”

“And so, here we are at the final. The Curse of the Bone takes on The Black Broo of Dyskund.”

“Yeah, it’s Cthulhu Now against Exploding Broo! Ken Rolston versus Marcus L Rowland. Hang on Brian, any relation?”

“Umm. Same time next week then Ron.”