I recently found a RPG called Kidworld and it reminded me of a book titled “The Girl Who Owned a City”. Penned by OT Nelson in 1975 it’s a short book in the post-apocalyptic (plague variant) genre. It is a YA book and fairly short, but Nelson really packed a good story in the book, dealing with children taking over a world devoid of adults, kinda like a global Lord of the Flies.
I came across a post at Livejournal that showed a letter from the book vs a letter from a Kidworld campaign. Both are pretty cool. Left is the book, right is the RPG.
The 1980s were a strange decade. For those who don’t remember, or tried to forget, it was an era of electronic music, strange makeup, and unfortunate hairstyles. It was the era of Reagan and Gorbachev. It was the era when the depths of corporate greed and influence were not only laid bare but even…
The Star Frontiers covers are the only sci-fi works by Elmore I know. The vast majority of his art is classic fantasy.
That crashed ship shows some Chris Foss influence, either directly or via Star Wars and everyone else inspired by Foss.
I loved Gamma World and Star Frontiers growing up. Battling Sathar incursions and watching fellow Vrusk crew members die in a vaccuum because there was no one spacesuit fits all for them. The game really didn’t come into it’s own for me until this suppliment though. It was absolutely a game changer and did everything right for the game: