I really want this. If for no other reason, then just to see the history of the game.
I knew that Barker had some version of his game before TSR got ahold of it, and I suspect that it got OD&D-ized a little so that folks at the time would understand it faster and most likely to improve on the mechanic. It will be interesting to see what the original looked like.
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Victor, do you know the answers to these two questions?
1. Who made the changes? Prof. Barker, or the people at TSR?
2. Did Prof. Barker consider the 1975 rulebook an improvement over the 1974 rulebook, or did he look at the 1975 rulebook as an unfortunate concession to the desires of TSR?
Regardless of the answers, I'm going to buy the POD when it is released. ;D
Well, the answer to both questions is mixed. For the first one, Phil made a number of changes, and it appears that Gary and/or other people at TSR re-arranged the text to more closely conform to the structure of Original D&D. As for the second question, Phil was pleased with the TSR version, but I have no idea if whether or not he thought of it as an "improvement" - I think he was just happy to see it in print.
Jakallan Underworld is the next project release. Now how cool is that?
This will be epic.
"Those who swallow the camel of the entire concept, then strain at gnats of a particular monster or situation seem to be be losing much of the basis for playing. However, that sort of thing happens as one becomes familiar with the fanciful and begins to qualify the experience by comparison to reality." - EGG
Post by billiambabble on Mar 10, 2012 16:36:53 GMT -6
That pre-TSR text really piqued my curiousity and I'm now embarking on a quest to buy up and download select PDFs from the mental world of EPT. I posted some thoughts here: adventuresandshopping.blogspot.com/2012/02/empire-of-petal-throne-original-draft.html I'm really grateful to the publishers for making all of thhe older material available, since buying that box set is too rare an opportunity or way out of my price range.
I bought this up when I read about it on the Hill Canton's blog. It is an interesting document, and I'm glad I purchased it. I like to compare EPT to it especially when I'm not exactly sure about a rule. The history of the game was a big buying point for me.
Post by hedgehobbit on Feb 25, 2013 15:20:58 GMT -6
I've been comparing the rules portions of the '74 and '75 versions. It looks like the changes were mainly additions, often without concern for making them match. For example, the original had the level-vs-HD damage chart while the published one adds the variable weapon damage without explaining exactly how the two work together. Same with the addition of the "reaction time" initiative roll. The new section implies that only surviving characters can attack whereas the original rules that allow for a "dying blow" remain.
Unfortunately, doing a comprehensive comparison is too low on my gaming priority.