Thursday, March 17, 2011

Got lucky with a buck...

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.

6 comments:

Sean Robson said...

Wow, I'm jealous. It's hard to beat Top Secret for $1! Yeah, the art was pretty hum-drum, but I love that box cover.

James said...

Nice score!

Telecanter said...

First game I ever tried DMing! (complete trainwreck) Also, first game my brother ever DMed me in. (I let the Golden Gate Bridge get blown up while we gambled in Monaco, whoops!)

bliss_infinte said...

A $1? Freakin' Awesome. One of my favorite games!

Chris Creel said...

I still have an adventure for Top Secret from Dragon magazine. I've been thinking that I need to run the adventure as Encounter Critical and think spring the source of the adventure on my players once the game's over.

christian said...

A buck?! Oh man, that is awesome! I loved playing that game in high school. So much fun!

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