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Rakasta Reading List

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:36 pm
by Havard
What books and magazine articles are need to get a complete overview of the Rakasta?

What fan material is recommended?


BECMI RULES
  • X1 Isle of Dread
  • X2 Castle Amber
  • AC9 Creature Catalog
  • DMR7 Creature Catalog
  • D&D Miniatures: Heroes - Rakasta PC rules.
  • Rage of the Rakasta
  • Champions of Mystara

AD&D RULES
  • Red Steel Boxed Set
  • Savage Coast Monstrous Compendium - includes various monsters related to the Rakasta.

DRAGON MAGAZINE
  • #160 Myoshima
  • #180 Bellayne
  • #181 Rakasta PCs
  • # 247 Rakasta of Mystara
ONLINE PUBLICATIONS
FAN MATERIAL OF NOTE
What issue of Dragon were the Simbasta first introduced? Does any issue of Dungeon feature Rakasta?

-Havard

Re: Rakasta Reading List

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:35 pm
by The Dark
They also appear in X2 Castle Amber and Champions of Mystara. AFAIK, they didn't make any appearances in Dungeon.

Re: Rakasta Reading List

Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:50 am
by ripvanwormer
Bruce Heard's article on Kzinti in Mystara is relevant. The Kzinti are defined by Bruce Heard as ogre-Simbasta hybrids. Note that there were also Kzinti in Lawrence Schick's and Tom Molvay's original Known World campaign.

I believe the Simbasta first appeared in Bruce Heard's article in Dragon #247.

Re: Rakasta Reading List

Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:58 pm
by Havard
I have added the suggestions so far to the OP!
The Dark wrote:
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:35 pm
They also appear in X2 Castle Amber and Champions of Mystara. AFAIK, they didn't make any appearances in Dungeon.
Great additions! Thanks for confirming my suspicions about the Rakasta never making it to Dungeon.
ripvanwormer wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:50 am
Bruce Heard's article on Kzinti in Mystara is relevant. The Kzinti are defined by Bruce Heard as ogre-Simbasta hybrids. Note that there were also Kzinti in Lawrence Schick's and Tom Molvay's original Known World campaign.
Great input. For some reason I had missed the fact that the Kzinti were supposed to be Rakasta/Ogre Hybrids.

As to the Akron campaign, I assumed the Kzinti of that campaign were actually what became the Rakasta in X1. That's just speculation though :)
I believe the Simbasta first appeared in Bruce Heard's article in Dragon #247.
Hmm...looks like you are right. For some reason I thought Bruce had hinted at them when the Heldannic Knights were first revealed to have a presence on Davania, but just checked and couldn't find anything there.

-Havard

Re: Rakasta Reading List

Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:02 pm
by Havard
Myoshima Gazetteer added to the list.

-Havard

Re: Rakasta Reading List

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:40 am
by The Dark
Going through my collection, I did find one appearance in Dungeon, but only as a random encounter in Tortles of the Purple Sage in issue #6 (I don't have issue #7, which has the second half of the adventure).

Re: Rakasta Reading List

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:23 pm
by Chimpman
These (fan publications) also may be of note:

Threshold Issue #5
- History and Origins of the Rakasta by Giampaolo Agosta.

Threshold Issue #20
- Notes on Skotharian Rakasta by Arnden Quartzspar.

Re: Rakasta Reading List

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:33 am
by Sturm
And History And Evolution Of Rakastas by Simone Neri http://pandius.com/rakhevol.html