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Anyone Know What RPG This Was?

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:41 pm
by Havard
I played it once in the late 90s. I think the GM got it from the half price bin at the RPG store.
It was a fantasy RPG.
It looked fairly cheaply produced. Professionally bound etc, but fairly cheap cover and interior art.
I think it had "Dark" in the title.

Any suggestions to what it might have been?

-Havard

Re: Anyone Know What RPG This Was?

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:04 pm
by snorri
Havard wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:41 pm
I played it once in the late 90s. I think the GM got it from the half price bin at the RPG store.
It was a fantasy RPG.
It looked fairly cheaply produced. Professionally bound etc, but fairly cheap cover and interior art.
I think it had "Dark" in the title.

Any suggestions to what it might have been?

-Havard
Dark Dungeons.

Then TSR released a clone called Rules Cyclopedia.

Oh wait, I posted in the wrong alternate timeline.

Re: Anyone Know What RPG This Was?

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:11 pm
by shesheyan
Havard wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:41 pm
I played it once in the late 90s. I think the GM got it from the half price bin at the RPG store.
It was a fantasy RPG.
It looked fairly cheaply produced. Professionally bound etc, but fairly cheap cover and interior art.
I think it had "Dark" in the title.

Any suggestions to what it might have been?

-Havard
The Dark Eye early editions maybe?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Eye

Re: Anyone Know What RPG This Was?

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:21 pm
by Havard
snorri wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:04 pm
Havard wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:41 pm
I played it once in the late 90s. I think the GM got it from the half price bin at the RPG store.
It was a fantasy RPG.
It looked fairly cheaply produced. Professionally bound etc, but fairly cheap cover and interior art.
I think it had "Dark" in the title.

Any suggestions to what it might have been?

-Havard
Dark Dungeons.

Then TSR released a clone called Rules Cyclopedia.

Oh wait, I posted in the wrong alternate timeline.
Heh, this one definitely predated Dark Dungeons. It was a soft cover book. Maybe 150 pages?

-Havard

Re: Anyone Know What RPG This Was?

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:22 pm
by Havard
shesheyan wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:11 pm
Havard wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:41 pm
I played it once in the late 90s. I think the GM got it from the half price bin at the RPG store.
It was a fantasy RPG.
It looked fairly cheaply produced. Professionally bound etc, but fairly cheap cover and interior art.
I think it had "Dark" in the title.

Any suggestions to what it might have been?

-Havard
The Dark Eye early editions maybe?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Eye
That did cross my mind, but I think this RPG was only translated into English recently? The edition we played was definitely in English.

-Havard

Re: Anyone Know What RPG This Was?

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:52 pm
by shesheyan
Havard wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:22 pm
shesheyan wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:11 pm
Havard wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:41 pm
I played it once in the late 90s. I think the GM got it from the half price bin at the RPG store.
It was a fantasy RPG.
It looked fairly cheaply produced. Professionally bound etc, but fairly cheap cover and interior art.
I think it had "Dark" in the title.

Any suggestions to what it might have been?

-Havard
The Dark Eye early editions maybe?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Eye
That did cross my mind, but I think this RPG was only translated into English recently? The edition we played was definitely in English.

-Havard
Correct. It was translated to French in the late 80s. Called l'Oeil Noir. I didn't play it. It was more expensive than the D&D basic box. We learned english instead spending more money !!! ;)

Re: Anyone Know What RPG This Was?

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:25 pm
by The Dark
Havard wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:22 pm
shesheyan wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:11 pm
Havard wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:41 pm
I played it once in the late 90s. I think the GM got it from the half price bin at the RPG store.
It was a fantasy RPG.
It looked fairly cheaply produced. Professionally bound etc, but fairly cheap cover and interior art.
I think it had "Dark" in the title.

Any suggestions to what it might have been?

-Havard
The Dark Eye early editions maybe?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Eye
That did cross my mind, but I think this RPG was only translated into English recently? The edition we played was definitely in English.

-Havard
Yes, 2003 was the first English edition of The Dark Eye.

For the late 90s, it could be Dark Realms (1997, Guild of Blades), Darksword Adventures (1988, Bantam/Spectra), DarkUrthe Legends (1993, Black Dragon Press), or Darkus Thel (1986, Sorcerers Guild). I somewhat doubt it was Darksword, since that was from a major publisher and you stated the production looked fairly cheap, but the other three seem plausible.

Re: Anyone Know What RPG This Was?

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:07 pm
by Havard
The Dark wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:25 pm
Yes, 2003 was the first English edition of The Dark Eye.

For the late 90s, it could be Dark Realms (1997, Guild of Blades), Darksword Adventures (1988, Bantam/Spectra), DarkUrthe Legends (1993, Black Dragon Press), or Darkus Thel (1986, Sorcerers Guild). I somewhat doubt it was Darksword, since that was from a major publisher and you stated the production looked fairly cheap, but the other three seem plausible.

Nice list! I think it *might* have been DarkUrthe Legends. That cover looks extremely familiar.

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Thanks! :)

-Havard