I read with interest Sean’s announcement that he’s planning on writing a secret agent rpg in the spirit of TSR’s Top Secret. It’s not something I’d ever played a lot of as a kid, but I did own it and we had some good times with it. Coincidentally I’d managed to pick up a copy on eBay a few days earlier… for $1. It arrived today, complete, except for the dice. It’s the April 1980 printing, and all parts including the box (corners too) are in perfect condition. Not too shabby! Maybe I can rope someone into a session of this some time.
In flipping through the books, the thing that quickly stood out for me is how generally weak the artwork is, especially compared to the D&D books. I mean, check out even the Erol Otus piece in the included module (below). Yawn! I wonder if they might have created a little more excitement in us about playing it back in the day if they’d pushed (paid?) these guys more.
Maps! My Real Maps!
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