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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Empire of the Petal Throne - Back on the Shelf


When I picked up my copy of Empire of the Petal Throne on eBay a few years back I got it for a very good price - around $125 or so - and although the box was slightly crushed it was still in it's original wrap. Yes, my copy was unopened - for about 5 minutes after it arrived.

I opened it and marveled at the pristine contents of the box, much as I did yesterday when I came across it while reorganizing my game collection. I must confess, I've yet to read the game itself, but I do love the presentation. The cover art for the box is top notch and a true eye catcher.


The maps are vibrant, even 40 years after printing, and the paper is thicker than I would expect. I could easily find myself using these maps with other RPGs if it weren't for the fact that they are so damn collectible. Ah well.


There are 2 sets of reference sheets included in my box. One is slightly discolored, as i suspect it was the one constantly rubbing the rulebook or maps whenever the box was moved (and especially in shipping.)

The rulebook, which I forgot to take a picture of, use comb binding. I'm not sure how well the pages would stand up to repeated use, but it looks like it would make for a pleasurable reading experience.

Ah well, back to the shelf for another year or two...

9 comments:

  1. Read it! Or buy the $11 PDF on DT and READ IT!

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    1. Or the $25 HOG reprint at Tita's House of Games.

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    2. I need to check if Tita's still has the reprint of EPT. I was lucky to get the reprints of Swords & Glory 1 and 2 (Tekumel Sourcebook and Player's Guide) before they sold out...

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  2. I seem to recall that the maps of the EPT boxed set were printed on Tyvek, which would explain why they remain so vibrant 4 decades later.

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  3. The box cover illustration is actually a map of the main city of the game. Jakalla or something like that.

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  4. If you aren't reading it or playing it, why buy it at all?

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  5. One of my best Con experiences was playing in a EPT game -- I had no clue about the system or the world, but the GM did a great job of explaining enough so I could roll with it and have a blast!

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  6. From personal experience, the comb binding started chewing the pages almost immediately.

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  7. From personal experience, the comb binding started chewing the pages almost immediately.

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