Sunday, March 11, 2012

every game product in The Elfish Gene

I don't exactly like Mark Barrowcliffe's The Eflish Gene.  It's a little too mean-spirited, a little too "I'm laughing at you not with you" for my tastes.  In fact I'm a bit confused as to who the author thinks his audience is.  It seems clear to me that D&D fans, present and past, are the most likely to buy this book, yet he addresses the reader as if they know nothing about the game.  Maybe if his depiction of life among teenage D&D nerds was less horribly bleak it could be the sort of thing you buy for someone who knows you play but doesn't maybe completely understand why.  As it stands I couldn't recommend this book for my wife or my parents or anybody like that.

Anyway, I thought it would be neat to list all the old gaming stuff that gets mentioned in passing in the pages of this weird memoir.

OD&D - mentions each book in the series by name at one point or another, from Men & Magic through all the Supplements
AD&D - dude consistently refers to the PHB as the Player's Manual.  Bugs me.
The Strategic Review - precursor to The Dragon
The Dragon
News from Bree - zine
Owl & Weasel - zine
Alarums & Excursions - APAzine, still going last time I checked
Underworld Oracle - zine
Illusionist's Vision - zine
The Book of Demons - published by Little Soldier Games, anybody got this one?
The Arduin Grimoire
White Dwarf
Empire of the Petal Throne - he's talks quite a bit about EPT
Tunnels & Trolls
Bunnies & Burrows
Chivalry & Sorcery
City State of the Invincible Overlord
Tomb of Horrors
Dungeon Geomorphs
Palace of the Vampire Queen
Dwarven Glory
En Garde!
Lankhmar - a boardgame version, I believe
War of the Star Slavers
Nomad Gods
Tegel Manor
Dungeon Tac Cards
Nightmare Maze of Jigresh - man, I hate the map in this EPT module
Citadel - a boardgame perhaps
White Bear Red Moon
The Emerald Tablet
Gamma World
Call of Cthulhu
Apple Lane
Snake Pipe Hollow
Glory of the North - possibly apocryphal, Barrowcliffe gives it as an example of the sort of grandiose title he wishes Runequest scenarios had, instead of the banal Apple Lane & Snake Pipe Hollow
The Snows of Ilmirth - same as Glory of the North