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Synnibarr vs WotC


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bedir than

Full Moon Storyteller
He kinda reminds me of a certain person in a legal battle with a large company. Except this guy has actually published a game!
Raven was, again, this was 30 years ago now, a marijuana hippie. The look on his face when I told him I'd joined the Army was one of shock and disappointment.

Their only common trait is arrogance, but McCracken has a book that once sold well and for a period of time in the early 90s was an invited guest to conventions rather than banned
 

TerraDave

5ever, or until 2024
Tom Moldvay's Lords of Creation came out in 1983.


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And with that I have now made a (somewhat) serious post in a thread about Synnibar. The unimaginable just keeps happening. I guess sort of like Synnibar.
 

Wicht

Hero
This makes me want to dig out my copy of Synnibar and just reread it for the nostalgia of how bad it is. If I remember right, the author blurb on the back of the book describes how Mr. McCracken was writing the game from a position of experience which allowed him to make it as realistic as possible. If I get some time tomorrow, maybe I'll dig it out and share a few choice passages for those interested in the sort of writing that went into it.
 

darjr

I crit!
Tom Moldvay's Lords of Creation came out in 1983.


lordsofcreation.jpg




And with that I have now made a (somewhat) serious post in a thread about Synnibar. The unimaginable just keeps happening. I guess sort of like Synnibar.
Oh! Nice!

I can’t help but feel responsible in an indirect way.

I’m happy about it though, if that helps.
 

darjr

I crit!
This makes me want to dig out my copy of Synnibar and just reread it for the nostalgia of how bad it is. If I remember right, the author blurb on the back of the book describes how Mr. McCracken was writing the game from a position of experience which allowed him to make it as realistic as possible. If I get some time tomorrow, maybe I'll dig it out and share a few choice passages for those interested in the sort of writing that went into it.
Ohhh do a “I read Synnibar” thread?
 

Wicht

Hero
Ohhh do a “I read Synnibar” thread?
Life is too short.
If I was younger I might be willing to make a project of it. I was more foolish once, with more time to waste.

Truth be told, Synnibar deserves some good natured dunking, but on the other hand, there is a lot of earnestness behind it, and I hate to be overly critical of someone's baby. But on the other other hand, just quoting some chunks of it is fair game.
 



Parmandur

Book-Friend
Some of his players from back when have shown up in the thread and I’m beginning to think they may have a point about it being the first cross genre game. I dint count the claim that he was distributing it locally for several years and chaosium beats them for a generic system regardless.

However it does appear it may be the first of its kind, sort of. Not that it makes his behavior any better or lend me to believe much of anything he says.
I can believe that he got burned by GenCon, byt I'd bet it's more like he violated some Terms of Service agreement and is hiding a grudge that the rules were enforced, not random spite.
 

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