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When WotC Founder Peter Adkison Wrote To White Wolf Magazine

I had a distinct memory of having seen a particular letter in one of the magazines in my gaming club back in the day, so I decided to do some research and managed to find it in White Wolf Magazine #28. I figure it might be of historical interest to some.

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This was written in response to an editorial basically saying "Before you start your own game company to publish your fantasy heartbreaker, do your research and be very certain of what you're getting into." There was also a reply to Peter Adkison's letter, split over two columns, and written by another name that ought to be highly recognized these days:

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I don't know how useful this will be to anyone, but I figured it's an interesting, albeit tiny, bit of gaming history.
 
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el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
Man, I wish I had snatched up Primal Order when I had the chance. Even a full color pamphlet advertising it I got at my gaming store back then inspired stuff that made it way into the homebrew I used for 20 years.
 

Alzrius

The EN World kitten
Man, I wish I had snatched up Primal Order when I had the chance. Even a full color pamphlet advertising it I got at my gaming store back then inspired stuff that made it way into the homebrew I used for 20 years.
There's no reason you can't pick it up now, as it has both PDF and POD options. So do all three of its supplements: Pawns, Knights, and Chessboards. Or if you just want the PDFs, pick up the bundle with all four.

The only thing to keep in mind is that the one on DTRPG is the second printing of the main book, which has a different set of "capsystem" conversions at the end.

Please note my use of affiliate links in this post.
 
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Wrathamon

Adventurer
There's no reason you can't pick it up now, as it has both PDF and POD options. So do all three of its supplements: Pawns, Knights, and Chessboards. Or if you just want the PDFs, pick up the bundle with all four.

The only thing to keep in mind is that the one on DTRPG is the second printing of the main book, which has a different set of "capsystem" conversions at the end.

Please note my use of affiliate links in this post.
I'm confused a but, Since this was an old wotc book why is it published by someone else?
 



embee

Lawyer by day. Rules lawyer by night.
I am struck and impressed by the polish and professionalism of both letters. It is complementary but not fawning and comes across as genuine. Mr. Adkison is very clearly a believer in the reliable old saw to never send a letter that you wouldn't want your mother to read in The New York Times.

Thank you for publishing this. It is quite fascinating.
 






Blue Orange

Explorer
What a neat piece of history! You wonder how many other similar letters there are from small companies that never got big. How many companies went public in 1980 that weren't Apple?
 




Aaron L

Hero
That's pretty cool.

I picked up a copy of The Primal Order about twelve years ago for 10 bucks at Nittany Line Hobby down in State College, in their used book box (where I used to pick up old 1E era issues of Dragon for 50 cents each back in the early '90s.) My brother is reading it right now for tips on how to construct the gods of his world.
 

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