More Nostalgia Vomit

This entry is part 19 of 42 in San Check

With my BX box sets burned taken away, my friends and I continued our “unholy addiction” by turning to other role-playing games. Robotech was one of them (who puts an ellipsis on the freaking cover?).

Palladium Books Robotech

Robotech lead to other avenues of interest, such as anime. Before anime was easily available in the states, you had to put in a little effort to get copies of OVAs or perhaps an exchange student shared them with you.

Now Printing

Silent Möbius

The San Diego Comic Gallery was our local game shop growing up. I was able to count on this place for everything. Al-Qadim box sets, Heroquest, Advanced Heroquest, Terror in the Dark, Spawn comics and a tremendous amount of other crap I still manage to have in my possession.

I even still have my Silent Möbius collection that I purchased there, which I based a homebrew campaign on (think Bladerunner universe meets Lovecraftian horrors). I got to meet Kia Asamiya one year at the San Diego Comic Con, which I thought was pretty cool.

Silent Möbius Spinners

Suffice it to say, a lot of the role-playing games we played focused on science-fiction.

Rifts inspired me to mix elements of fantasy, but it was not the Lucifer Hawk that was trying to escape. Reading Robert E. Howard and playing GURPS Conan was a step in the right direction, but what really crystallized moving back to fantasy was seeing Record of Lodoss War for the first time on video tape.

Silent Möbius Newtype

I had seen some Lodoss War pencil character concepts in a Newtype magazine, but I had no idea what it was about. The Newtype the Comic Gallery carried were in Japanese and Newtype USA didn’t exist.

Be Kind Rewind

Looking through the fanzine Protoculture Addicts at the Comic Gallery, there was a classified section (or maybe it was a letters from readers section).

Some guy in Canada listed all the OVAs he could offer. He wasn’t selling anime. He made copies of OVAs at no charge; you just had to supply the blank tape.

I sent off my VHS tape with a SESA; my request was for Record of Lodoss War.

Tangent
  • I believe the Canadian’s offer was in the issue with the “controversial” VR-101P.
  • The “Shadow Dancer” was a Cyclone capable of cloaking.
  • They are NOT canon!

The tape arrived with only the first episode recorded, but that was the only episode available. Later that summer the second episode came out in Japan. Lodoss War wouldn’t be available in the states for few more years.

Record of Lodoss War

The Canadian subtitled the tape himself and may have been creative with the translations. Whether Central Park Media later took out Ghim saying “shit” all the time or the Canadian added it, I have no idea.

Eventually I caught a screening of the second episode at the Comic Con. It was in Japanese. Thanks to a synopsis in Protoculture Addicts, I was able to follow along.

Trivia
  • Ryo Mizuno was one of the founding members of Group SNE in 1986.
  • Group SNE translated Dungeons & Dragons among other RPGs for the Japanese market.
  • Sword World RPG was also created by Group SNE. It replaced their D&D game.
  • Group SNE also introduced a genre of light novels dubbed “Replays.
  • Record of Lodoss War is based on their D&D replay.
  • Ryo Mizuno was the Dungeon Master for this replay.
  • Ryo Mizuno’s Rune Soldier takes place in the same world as Record of Lodoss War.

Louie Punch!

As a kid, watching Prologue to the Legend gave me that same feeling Erol Otus’ art had on my brain when I had my BX box sets: I want to play D&D. I want to play D&D now.

I don’t like “save the world” or “epic in scope” when it comes to gaming at the table, but they are fun to read and watch. I’ve long since burned out on Record of Lodoss War, but when Kay pops in Rune Soldier I end up watching along with her (it’s hilarious!).

Rune Soldier

While overprotective adults surrounded me I was pushed to explore other geek interests I would have otherwise missed. Paradoxically, these other geek interests, later in life, brought me right back to D&D. Perhaps D&D is the November 12th, 1955 of the geek universe.

On the other hand, it could just be an amazing coincidence. – Doc

Footnotes
Delve - San Check - TOC
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  1. You know, for kids!
  2. Digger, Please!
  3. Semantic Railroads
  4. Mapping Progress
  5. Honeymoon Adventure
  6. No One Games in a Vacuum
  7. House Rules, You’re Doing It Wrong!
  8. WotC’s Poisoned Apple
  9. Oh Shit Run – An Outside Perspective
  10. Greyhawk Campaigns
  11. Nostalgia Vomit
  12. Dicing with Dinosaurs
  13. The Eye of the Dragon
  14. What Did You Do Over the Summer?
  15. It’s Like Cops and Robbers, but with Dice!
  16. Emergent Death or Why Losing Is Fun!
  17. How to Train Your Delvers (More WotC Snark)
  18. WotC’s Babel Fish
  19. More Nostalgia Vomit
  20. Fantasy Fighting
  21. Fighting Fantasy
  22. The Delvers 1985
  23. From Weird WotC to the creator of Giant Space Hamsters
  24. The Daedalus Complex
  25. There Is No Cow Level
  26. Double-decker Bologna Sandwich!
  27. It is Not a Secret Door if You Tell Me
  28. All Apologies
  29. Be the First to Solve the Mystery and Claim the Dungeon Treasure!
  30. Dungeon Treasure & Hidden Treasure
  31. You Unlock this Door with the Key of Imagination
  32. The Answer to the Mystery at The Delvers
  33. The First Keeper
  34. Sandbox Apophenia
  35. Nearly Enough Dice – Interview
  36. The State of The Delvers
  37. Vicariously Join Two Girls and Their Mom Around the Gaming Table
  38. Cassette Cover Art
  39. Bastion of the Boglings
  40. WotC Piss and the Last Boy Scout
  41. Campaign Timeline
  42. B4: The Lost City


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