I never had a copy of Chivalry & Sorcery. I had heard about it when I picked up roleplaying back in the early 80's, but no one in my group owned a copy. Heck, no one in my group had seen a copy outside of a game store. I do remember the ads in Dragon Magazine. The ads seemed to me to infer the game was damn complicated. The ads were probably right.
So, here we are, nearly 30 years later, and I am the proud owner of a previously owned copy of Chivalry & Sorcery. It's a beat up copy, that appears to be well used, but I question how well read it actually was. It seems that a previous owner underlined and otherwise marked up the first 10 1/2 pages and then just stopped. Which I can understand, as this looks like a textbook, and the font is damn tiny.
Unlike Tunnels & Trolls, this is not a line I'll be looking to complete, but I did need to actually see what all the fuss was about.
I'm not sure if I'll ever read thru this whole thing myself, but if I do, it will be in very small chunks ;)
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