links for 2009-03-10

  • Mazes & Minotaurs is an indie role-playing game by Olivier Legrand. It aims to create a game which is what Dungeons and Dragons would have been, "if its authors had taken their inspiration from Jason & the Argonauts (yes, the 1963 movie with all the cool Ray Harryhausen monsters) and Homer’s Odyssey rather than from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings or Poul Anderson’s Three Hearts & Three Lions."[1]
    The materials purport to be reprints of publications from the 70s and 80s; they are available in the '1972 original rules' and the '1987 revised rules'. In reality, the '1972' rules were released in 2006 [2] and the '1987' rules in 2007. The '1987' rules parallel 1st edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, with a 'Players Manual', 'Maze Masters Guide', and 'Creature Compendium', instead of a Players Handbook, Dungeon Masters Guide and Monster Manual. The '1972' rules parallel earlier Dungeons and Dragons publications.
    (tags: RPG Humor Retro)
  • As most of you probably remember, the year 1972 saw the release of MAZES & MINOTAURS, the first ever-published fantasy roleplaying game, opening a new era of heroic adventure and mythic odysseys…
    Fifteen years later, in 1987, Legendary Games Studio published a fully revised, streamlined and expanded version of M&M (which became known as Revised Mazes & Minotaurs or RM&M for short) in the form of three core books (the Players Manual, the Maze Masters Guide and the massive Creature Compendium) and a fourth optional book (the M&M Companion), all with full-color covers and quality B&W interior art.
    (tags: free humor rpg)