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Thursday, 16 January 2020

#RPG Noble Knight Rides To The Rescue...


As I may have mentioned once or twice on HeroPress, the closest game system I've ever found to fitting my "Holy Grail" requirements is the first edition of Newt Newports' Crypts & Things RPG.

While I wasn't bothered about the setting that was included with the game (no reflection on Newt's ideas, I just always prefer my own settings), the rules mechanics - a hack of Swords & Wizardry, already my preferred retroclone - with the absence of clerics, breaking wizards' magic into black/grey/and white etc spoke to me like no other game has.

Then came the second edition. And somehow that didn't work quite as well for me (for instance, I didn't particularly like the removal of saving throws and their replacement with a luck mechanic).

So, I wanted to go back to my beloved First Edition.

Only when I came to unpacking everything in our new home, I couldn't find it.

I hunted high and low and even ordered a new copy from the D101 Games store, only for Newt to eventually, apologetically explain that it was no longer available and he wasn't able to reprint it.

He did send me a PDF, which has been a godsend in the creation of my own Frankengame (which builds off the skeleton of the First Edition, supplementing it with my own houserules and removing the 'official' Crypts & Things setting that was baked into some of the rules).

But, I have continued to hunt high and low for a dead tree version, to replace my errant copy. To no avail.

Until, this week, when I came across one - finally - over the other of The Pond in that vast Indiana Jones-style warehouse of gaming treasures that is Noble Knight Games.

I used to order stuff from there semi-regularly, but recent ludicrous increases in trans-Atlantic shipping fees has pretty much cut off this source of new old products.

However, despite my desperate desire to curb my spending this year, a rare-as-hen's-teeth copy of the first edition of Crypts & Things was too important (to me) to pass up.

So, I bit the bullet and pressed "buy it now".

It was a silly price to pay for something I owned (and thought I still owned, but clearly don't), but once I have it back in hand it will be one less irritant scratching away at the back of my brain.

2 comments:

  1. I was actually a playtester on first edition (look for the cheese guild in the credits), if you want the pdf

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    1. Thank you. Newt kindly provided me with the PDF of the original when he was unable to sell me a new copy of the dead tree version.

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