Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Kickstarter That Makes Me Ask: "Why?" - Republishing: The World of Synnibarr

Thank you for welcoming me to RPG Addicts: The Collectors meeting this month. This is my first time in a "step program".

I'd like to make a confession.

While I have never purchased or even looked at an actual copy of FATAL, either in person or on an electronic screen, I do own a copy of The World of Synnibarr. No, I have no idea which edition. No, I don't recall why I bought it. Maybe it was one of those "Ebay Lots" with lots of books, where you only are interested in one or two. Still, I have it and looked at it and quickly put it down. Actually, I put it way. It's in storage now, where it can neither tempt me nor hurt me.

There are nights that it calls to me. Those are the nights I drink heavy.

Now, it's back and it's on Kickstarter. It's got a Raccoon with a rocket launcher. It's trying to make a comeback. Someone, please make it go away. I don'y think I could last a second encounter with it.

Hell, even the author says "I have published this by myself, eight times from 1980; I will do it once more. This time I have a GREAT TEAM to assist me; we shall not fail.". Doesn't that say something about this "game"? It's insidious nature? The danger? The fucking endless charts?

Or even the damn pricing: $15 for the core rules PDF, but really $25 if you want the core three rulebooks. I mean, wouldn't you need The Atlas to figure out where the hell you are?

I'm almost ready to support it as a goof - but then I wouldn't have the cash to support something I may actually play.

All that being said, I want to know what Raven has been smoking all of these years. I'd like to try some after I retire - it must be some good shit ;) 


  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK8yEnny9WQ !

  2. In every review I've ever read of this game, the reviewers struggled to express exactly how amazingly bad it was. Apparently it is an absolutely appallingly badly designed game. I'm interested to see whether the Kickstarter will get funding.

  3. I dunno. While I'm not saying it's a great game, I honestly don't see how it's any worse than Palladium's stuff. Or even a lot of the Arduin stuff, which was amateurish and over the top (and overpowered)

  4. You know whatever he's doing's got to be out there when the guy writes his own bio in the 3rd person... (Raven did this, that and everything else.) Found the dude's old website on google http://www.oocities.org/fatesfist/Biography1.html Yah, he must still be smoking that good stuff...


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