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"Can you survive in a world gone mad? A world where civilization as we know it has been destroyed in a cataclysmic holocaust? What is left in this world? Find out and encounter such bizarre things as mutated plants and animals more terrible than you can imagine, radiation wastelands that stretch as far as the eye can see, and fearless machines gone uncontrollably berserk...
The iconic post-apocalyptic map of the former United States, 2471 AD.
3rd print map, laid over the 2nd print map. Other than a piece code (106-M-3002) in the border, the only obvious difference between the maps is the 3rd print's bold blue ocean. The mountains, cities, and rivers are more pronounced too. (The 1st print map appears as a "compromise" in boldness between the later two, and has only a 1978 copyright date.
Collectors are always gunning for the lizardman logo set, but I think the 3rd has the best map. A word of caution: I've seen GW sets where TSR mixed components, like a lizardman logo box with a wizard logo book.
I've seen the 3rd print map in the earlier color scheme as well.
I got some pics of a well-done colored map over at our Game Gallery.
Metamorphosis AlphaMetamorphosis Alpha
Written by James Ward, Metamorphosis Alpha is the direct ancestor of Gamma World. Radiation, robots, wild mutations, strange lifeforms, it all started here on the starship Warden.
Fiction with a similar background as M.A. include:
* Orphans of the Sky (Robert Heinlein)
* Non-Stop (Brian Aldiss)
* Captive Universe (Harry Harrison)
Almost twenty years after the original Metamorphosis Alpha TSR published an updated version -- Metamorphosis Alpha to Omega -- very similar in feel to Gamma World, 4th edition.
"Have you ever encountered a moose with quills? Or a teleporting woodpecker with a double brain and a poison beak? How about a nearly invincible jaguar, complete with the ability to change its body density and emit a sonic shriek, but which fears birds? These are but a small sampling of the mutations which could inhabit the many worlds of METAMORPHOSIS ALPHA.
A vast starship, a virtual world in itself, carrying colonists, livestock, and the flora and fauna of Terra is struck by a cloud of an unknown form of radiation while enroute to a distant star. Chaos reigns when the radiation kills most of the crew, and in the ensuing madness the knowledge of what the ship is and where its destination lies is lost to the survivors - and there are many survivors. Intelligent mutated animals and plants now populate the vessel, and these compete or perhaps cooperate with the humans aboard.
In METAMORPHOSIS ALPHA, you are aboard the stricken starship and struggling to survive, trying to gain knowledge of the strange devices and mechanical apparatus of the vessel, attempting to learn the secrets of the strange world you inhabit. As a player, you may be a human or mutant - human or otherwise. Your course is up to your skill and imagination.
METAMORPHOSIS ALPHA is a role-playing game in the grand tradition of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS. If you enjoy the worlds of medieval swords and sorcery, you will love what you find in the fantastic and fascinating worlds of science fiction!"
1976 ... 32 pages ... TSR SF18-R / 3001 (later printings)
1st Edition: Classic (1978-1982)
Gamma World 1st edition [BOX SET]
Peoples of the world - you appear bent upon the destruction of a civilization that has taken centuries to build, and the extinction of life on earth.
And so began TSR's Gamma World game in 1978: A rich post-holocaust science fantasy setting. A complete boxed set will include the rules book and a large campaign map of ruined North America.
A complete boxed set will include the rules book and a large campaign map of ruined North America.
1978, 1981 ... James M. Ward & Gary Jaquet ... TSR 3002 ... ISBN 0394518799
Referee's Screen and Mini-Module
Includes 8 page mini-module "The Albuquerque Starport." -W
1981 ... Paul Reiche III ... TSR 6501 ... ISBN 0935696784
Legion of Gold (Module GW1)
Though James Ward developed Gamma World, Gary Gygax put his unmistakable imprint on the game in writing its first module. The Erol Otus art on the title page is unmistakable.
Legion of Gold presented the Gamma World Referee with the first official campaign area (The Barony of Horn) near Lake Michigan. A buggem nest and an underwater ancient complex await the players. New creatures, new robots, and new weapons.
"There is much to worry about in the mutated world of the future, but Baron Jemmas, Warder of Horn, has more on his mind than most. In recent weeks several of the outlying towns of his Barony have been wiped out by a band of mysterious golden marauders.
These creatures struck from nowhere and vanished without a trace when their deeds were done. The Warder has decided that they must be stopped before the entire Barony of Horn falls beneath their onslaught, and so he is offering a great reward to anyone who can defeat the Legion of Gold."
1981 ... Gary Gygax & Luke Gygax & Paul Reiche III ... 32 pages + 3-panel cover ... TSR 7503 ... ISBN 093569661X
Famine in Far-Go (Module GW2)
"Far-Go is dying... the people are afraid... the animals are wasting away... the crops are withering in the fields. No one, even Arx Skystone, the high priest, knows what has caused Far-Go's misfortune.
You are part of a group of young adventurers about to begin the sacred Rite of Adulthood. The last hope of survival for Far-Go rests with your party. On your journey to the Forest of Knowledge, you must search for clues to the origin of the mysterious plague. This quest may lead you into great danger... and great knowledge. As you travel through the savage wilderness, all you have are you companions, your wits, your strength... and your dreams!!
This module contains referee notes, background information, maps, new creatures, mutations, robotic units and new rules for Pure Strain Humans for use with Gamma World Science Fantasy Game..."
1982 ... Michael Price ... 32 pages ... TSR 7502 ... ISBN 0935696881
2nd Edition: Classic Revised (1983)
Gamma World 2nd edition [BOX SET]
In 1983, TSR published the 2nd edition of the rules. It filled out the thinly-written 1st edition, with "expanded mutation, equipment and NPC descriptions, rewritten and reorganized basic rules and a full set of previously unpublished campaign rules." Also filled with Larry Elmore art; nearly all of the animal/monster/NPC encounters has a sketch. One of my favorite editions of Gamma World, maintaining the spirit of the 1st edition, yet much more playable.
Full photoshoot at my Games Gallery blog:
GAMMA WORLD 2nd edition (1983-84): 1st ed gets a revision
See also by Gamma World 2nd (& 3rd!) co-author David James Ritchie: Omega War: Science Fantasy Adventure Game (1983)
1983 ... TSR 7010 ... ISBN 0394531582
Referee's Screen and Mini-Module
Includes 8 page mini-module "The Albuquerque Starport" by Paul Reiche III. -W
1983 ... TSR 6502 ... ISBN 088038306
Player Character Sheets (GWAC2)
"A pack of podogs has emerged from the surrounding mountains. You are trapped and defenseless. You thought you had three shots in the rifle and 10 more minutes on the stun whip. The fusion bomb? You used it yesterday.
Ah, so the character sheet wasn't such a bad idea after all?
The GAMMA WORLD Character Sheets will keep essential information easily accessible during play. Designated spaces organize the character's statistics, mutations, possessions, followers, creatures encountered, and more. This package provides 32 character sheets and tips on how to use them.
Now that you can keep track of this important information, you are ready to journey into the far future.
Now you are ready for the GAMMA WORLD game."
Actually, there are 16 (2-sided) character sheets.
1984 ... TSR 7507 ... ISBN 0880381396
The Cleansing War of Garik Blackhand (Module GW3)
"The fearsome Scarlet Knights of Genetic Purity have declared a campaign of terror against all mutants -- humanoids and mutated animals!! Your bitter enemies, the Gray Rock tribe, have accused your tribe, the White Feathers, of murder and treachery. Your tribe is now under sentence of death -- you and your party have been declared outlaws and traitors. The fate of your tribe lies in your hands. Pursued by an enraged mob of mutants, you must flee across the frozen Parklands of the Ancients [Yellowstone] to find proof of your innocence.
This campaign module contains Gamemaster notes, background information, maps, new creatures, new artifacts, a new robot, and four bonus campaign scenarios for use with the revised Gamma World Science Fantasy Role-Playing Game. Included in this adventure is a new player aid -- the Ranger Ruler!! The Range Ruler simplifies combat with weapons and mutational powers."
1983 ... Michael Price & Garry Spiegle ... 32 pages + 3 panel cover ... TSR 7504 ... ISBN 0880380152
The Mind Masters (Module GW4)
"The first summons of the new season is called. Your name is drawn you join the expedition.
Your mission is to investigate rumors of a stockpile of ancient artifacts. Following a sketchy map, you cross the great river Twainway the day after leaving your settlement. Two days later, in unexplored wilderness, you encounter hostile nomad tribes. After finding traces of a lost expedition, you know you're on the trail of something big. And then you find it, hidden down in a valley, forgotten and untouched since the Devastation.
You were searching for a great store of artifacts. Here it is. The whole valley is an artifact!
Do you take the news back now, or go in to learn more?"
1983 ... Phil Taterczynski ... 32 pages+ 3-panel cover ... TSR 7505 ... ISBN 0880380292
Rapture of the Deep (Module GW5)
"A terrible menace from the sea is threatening villages all along the coast. Whole shoreline communities have been disappearing without a trace.
The remaining area inhabitants have banded together and sent for a group of experienced heroes to help. They want to know what could be causing these horrible events, and more importantly, what can be done to put a stop to them. Is it some new terrifying monster from the depths? Or is there something more sinister at work?
The adventurers will travel deep beneath the waves to discover the answer. Can they survive the strange and dangerous ocean depths of Gamma World? Can they solve the mystery before it's too late?
This module contains gamemaster notes, background information, maps, rules for underwater adventuring, new equipment, and over 30 new aquatic creatures for use with the Second Edition Gamma World science fantasy role playing game."
Another adventure coordinated by Les Braun, with contributions from other Gamma World fans (see GW11 -- Omega Project). It is available here for PDF download with his permission.
3rd Edition: ACT Table (1986-1987)
Gamma World 3rd edition [BOX SET]
In 1986, TSR released this ambitious re-write of the Gamma World game. Where 1st and 2nd editions were loosely based on D&D, 3rd edition adapted the Universal Table from Marvel Super Heroes RPG, except for Gamma World 3e it's called the Action Table (ACT). This version introduced Mutated Plants as a character type, character level advancement, and organized equipment and weapons by tech level... and Wow! So much more equipment to drool over. More developed races, cryptic alliances, and background information in general. Following this set are 5 linked modules forming a campaign.
Later printings will have a "Rules Supplement" booklet (16 pages), with various corrections and additions: Cryptic Alliances, Plant Mutations (errata and additions), Robots (skills and movement), money & barter, Price Lists, ID Codes, vehicles, general equipment, fixed machinery, and structural hit points.
Who's the menacing pair on the cover? Gamma World: Nort and Scar
Be sure to visit my GW3e photoshoot:
GAMMA WORLD 3rd edition (1986-87): ACT Table Rules, Mutated Plants and Tech V devices
21"x33" two-sided color mapsheet, containing three maps.
64-page Rule Book.
32-page Adventure Book.
Game Master's Screen.
Players Screen, with equipment charts and sample characters.
1986 ... TSR 7010 ... ISBN 0880383305
Gamma World Rules Supplement
This booklet showed up in later printings of the 3rd Edition GW box set. -W
"Welcome to an expanding universe! This is the official GAMMA WORLD rules supplement and presents new unpublished material as well as clarifi-cations and corrections to the existing rules.
When we created the Third Edition GAMMA WORLD rules, there was a lot of material that we did not have room for and was therefore withheld. However, in our rush to get this new GAMMA WORLD game to you, we failed to delete many of the references to those sections.
We received an overwhelming response from you, our fans, congratulating us on the new game, but bemoaning the absence of these important sections. It is for this reason that we have created this official rules supplement and are making it available free to provide you with the most complete science fantasy system possible within the swiftest time.
The GAMMA WORLD game has been around for many years, and is literally the oldest detailed science fantasy role playing game. Now it has returned in this new incarnation, brought back in response to popular demand from fans such as yourself. The new GAMMA WOLRD game includes one of the most comprehensive games yet. It provides complete rules capable of dealing with almost any game situation varying from a detailed history background to real wahoo! adventures. While it is tied to a dark future, the GAMMA WORLD game brings a return of wonder to a mundane civilized world, where players will always face the new and unex-pected.
This supplement contains the following:
- Complete errata to the third edition rules.
- New Plant Mutations
- New Robots
- Cryptic Alliance details
- Skills (Optional Rule)
- Barter Rules
- Price Lists
- Equipment descriptions
- Structural Hit Points
- Typical Dangers & Hazards
What lies in the future for the GAMMA WORLD game? Top names in the role playing field have pooled their talents to create a saga that is both grand and provides wide open play. Already available at local toy, hobby and book stores is GW6, Alpha Factor the start of a new adventure series - an awesome trial to build a mighty Sky Chariot to reach she fabled Cities of Man, a chance to regain the glory of the Ancients.
The adventure continues in:
GW7, Beta Principle A trial to thwart the sinister strategies of the Nameless Beast.
GW8, Gamma Base A test of diplomacy, cunning and might to capture one of the Ancient's operating installations.
GW9, Delta Fragment A journey into foreign wastelands to recover the knowledge needed to control the legended Sky Chariot. Here also is the first GAMMA WORLD rules expansions including new beasts, equipment, skill specialization, and wonders.
And beyond, towards the looming shadow of Project: Omega.
We look forward to taking this trip with you, and welcome you to the new frontiers of the GAMMA WORLD. game. Good Gaming to All.
- James M. Ward & Harold Johnson"
1986 ... 16 pages ... 7010XXX0501
Alpha Factor (Module GW6)
Credits claim Keith Parkinson as the cover artist, but the art and monogram are clearly that of Clyde Caldwell.
"Mindkeep. The very name is mysterious. Why was it built? Who built it? What is its secret?
Your elite group of adventurers must find Mindkeep and learn its secret. Others have tried and failed. The surrounding area is filled with mutations that are strange even for Gamma World. Could that be a clue as to Mindkeep's purpose? Or is it mere coincidence?
The trek is long and difficult, across areas that are not well-known. Keep your wits about you, or you may lose everything!"
1986 ... Kim Eastland & Keith Parkinson (cover) ... 48 pages + poster map ("Flower Lands") ... TSR 7509 ... ISBN 0880382945
Beta Principle (Module GW7)
"In the lands to the south, young people are disappearing daily. No one knows where they are being taken, or why. Rumors abound of a New Beast, a Nwayvo Beestya, and of hordes of nos'ferat which are terrorizing the humans and animals alike.
Also to the south is the Nameless City to which your group must travel, in search of relics of the Ancients. You are on a glory quest, one of the highest honors in the land. The fate of your people is in your hands. Is it worth the risk to combat this New Beast, knowing your original mission might remain unfulfilled? Or is your band tough enough to do it all?
Take your aid where you may find it, friends."
1987 ... Bruce Nesmith ... 32 pages + poster map ... TSR 7510 ... ISBN 0880384042
Gamma Base (Module GW8)
"The Council of Haven is worried. The Desperate Lands have never been more dangerous than now. From there flow weapons to supply a brutal conspiracy of conquest how can it be stopped? Haven's respected elder has disappeared into that perilous region perhaps kidnapped by enemies? Casting its shadow over all is the Pit of Despair at the heart of the Desperate Lands, for those who journey there are never seen again what is its sinister secret? Your mission is to solve these mysteries before disaster strikes, a challenge even for the bravest. Your skill and daring will make the difference between victory and disaster!"
1987 ... Kim Eastland ... 48 pages + poster map ... TSR 7511 ... ISBN 0880384050
Delta Fragment (Module GW9)
This adventure masks a hidden gem of the 3rd edition system.
Pages 47 through 96 are devoted to the richly-detailed campaign city of "Dollar," a trading center for Gamma World. It was the largest city detailed for Gamma World in its time. I ended up renaming the city and converting it wholesale into my personal campaign. Mapped, keyed, named NPCs to meet. Great timesaver for the ref.
At the end is an Updated Talent & Skill section. Fleshes-out the skill system in the rules. It will look vaguely familiar to modern gamers.
Referees will appreciate the Cost Tables at the very end.
"The quest of the Restorationists is nearing an end. Your party has been entrusted with finding the secrets of the Sky Chariot of the Ancients, and returning the information (and anything else) to them.
However easy that may sound, there are always complications. General Timon, who has made quite a name for himself in these parts, is negotiating with the King of the Mountain he wants an alliance. In addition to your mission for the Restorationists, you must also prevent Timon from strengthening his position in these lands.
Are you resourceful enough to complete the task of finding the Sky Chariot and stop Timon at the same time? Or will you be forced to achieve one at the expense of the other?
Time is running out.
This 96-page adventure also contains a rules supplement and an entire city to explore."
1987 ... Kim Eastland & Jeff Easley (artist) ... 96 pages + poster map ... TSR 7512 ... ISBN 0880384069
Epsilon Cyborgs (Module GW10)
The Larry Elmore cover with the behemoth snowcrawler is a personal favorite. -W
"An Ancient calling himself the Creator is rumored to rule the Frozen Land, an expanse of territory filled with frigid foothills, forests and plains. The Council of Haven has given you the task of finding this Creator whoever and wherever he may be. The council is hopeful you can neutralize any influence he might have with General Timon's plans for war.
It is not an easy task, and the harsh conditions of the Frozen Lands could complicate the situation. Some say there are robots and weird machines wandering in the icy wastes. And perhaps there are also clues to the Cities of Man.
This adventure also contains a system for generating player character and non-player character robots."
1987 ... Kim Eastland & Larry Elmore (artist) ... 48 pages + poster map ("Frozen Lands") ... TSR 7513 ... ISBN 0880384778
Omega Project (Module GW11)
TSR abandoned 3rd edition Gamma World before the last module could be published, leaving the climax of the last 5 adventures missing. Les Braun, a long-time Gamma World fan, wrote this excellent conclusion to the series: GW11 -- Omega Project. I have made it available here for PDF download with his permission.
Gammarauders [BOX SET]
6 double-sided bioborg cards (12 bioborgs total)
12 playing board hexagons
12 bioborg counters
Fortress display cards
12-page rule booklet
20-page history booklet
108 playing cards.
"Seven centuries after the Golden Age of Ancients, humanity is rebuilding the world. Your Cryptic Alliance a secret, ancient brotherhood wants to rebuild things in its own image. After all, if you don't do it, some other alliance maybe even those vile Slugnoid scum will!
But to take over the world and really make it stick, you need the ultimate weapon. More than a giant robot, more than a colossal mutated beast, you need a blend of both you need a BIOBORG!
The GAMMARAUDERS board game is a wahoo science-fiction brawl for two to six players. Most games will run from one to two hours."
1987 ... TSR 7015 ... ISBN 0880384751
Revenge of the Factoids
An expansion of the Gammarauders game. -W
Folder with Gammasaurus inside
rule booklet (16 pages)
6 large hex sections, expansion to the original game.
6 cardstock creature cards
1 sheet of counters (19 creature standups, 54 color counters)
"Those zany Gammarauders creatures are back and they want our Pods!
In this snazzy gamefolio you'll find all sorts of neat stuff to add to your already almost entirely too cool GAMMARAUDERS game: bigger and better Bioborg counters; all new bioborgs like Frag the Amphibinoid, Fydo the Hounderian, Jaggo the Girafferoo,. Roddis the Octopod, Spadzoot the Armadon, and Tuscaloosa the Walruzian; you'll get six startlingly different gameboard tiles featuring some of the funkiest terrain this side of a toxic waste dump; and (can you stand the excitement?) the biggest, baddest, ground-shakingest, popcom-pulverizingest bioborg of allthe absolutely incredible GAMMASAURUS!!! (Trust me, he's worth three exclamation points.)"
1989 ... TSR 7016 ... ISBN 0880385952
"WE'VE BEEN EXPECTING YOU...
Illusion generation? Another unknown mutation? It is your welcome to GAMMA WORLD, science fantasy role playing in the grand tradition of DUNGEONS & DRAGONSฎ. GAMMA WORLD places you on a post-atomic earth. Can you survive in a world of radiation deserts? Berserk robots and weird mutants? As a human or human mutant or even intelligent animal you have a strange inheritance and terrifying adventures ahead ... GAMMA WORLD is a complete game for three or more adult players. The colorful game box contains rules, a playing map of the devastated continent, and a set of five polyhedra dice.
TSR IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE ULTIMATE GAME OF SCIENCE FANTASY ROLE PLAYING AT BETTER HOBBY, GAME, BOOK, AND DEPARTMENT STORES EVERYWHERE. GET YOUR COPY OF GAMMA WORLD TODAY!"
...advertisement on reverse cover of April/May issue (#12) of White Dwarf magazine.
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