Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Two Greatest RPG Books I've Read in Over a Decade---Maybe Ever------and I Never Heard of Them Before Last Week...

Warhammer's Realm of Chaos Slaves to Darkness (1988) and the 1990 follow-up The Lost and the Damned.  God! Damn!  These are awesome.  I'm not that big into artwork, doesn't really do it for me in an RPG book---but the artwork in these books is heads and shoulders above anything I've ever seen in any RPG product---ever.  And the content is doubly awesome.  Massive work of the imagination, full of all kinds of useful stuff related to demons/daemons/chaos.

Zak S. mentioned it offhandedly in one of his Vornheim/Grindhouse podcasts, and I'm glad I caught the reference.

Get them.  Get the older versions, before they got all Puritan with the art. 

How come they don't make shit like this anymore?  Seriously?   The company who can put out stuff like this today WINS.  Period.

4 comments:

  1. My friend had those - awesome books.

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  2. They're beautiful, aren't they?

    GW's later Liber Chaotica reprint much of the material, in exciting full colour largely robbed of the crawling details that made the originals so rich.

    You have, incidentally, intrigued me about the provenance of the ones I have.

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  3. Welcome to the awesomeness club & how Warhammer & 40k were before the Thought Police got a hold of them!

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  4. Yep, these two books may be the best thing GW ever produced.

    Aside from Blood Bowl, of course, but that's a given.

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