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An Arrival And A Homecoming.
You are reading the TEETH newsletter, written and compiled by boggy region Jim Rossignol and distant peak Marsh Davies. This is a newsletter about table-top role-playing games: our own—that we’re publishing over here and also here —as well as interviews, links, and general noodling. Want us to see your work? Get in touch!
And HELLO BOOKS.
Yes, there has been an arrival (and, as we shall see, a homecoming). We finally got our hands on the printed versions of TEETH.
LOOK AT THESE!
That’s the main TEETH book, bound in black linen and detailed in silver foil.
The three zines, in a very high quality softback print.
And that full colour double-sided map. Marsh has done just an incredible job of getting all this designed and made, the big wizard.
We don’t have a firm date for fulfilment kicking off, as the US copies are still in a cargo container somewhere, but they are on the right continent and on their way to the warehouse, so that’s good. We will be sending out updates via Kickstarter to remind you to check for the relevant emails! We will remind everyone. You won’t miss it!
- Marsh & Jim
As Comrade Gillen points out, this is a very good title for, well, anything really. Top marks for It Takes A Child To Raze A Village, where “you play as cultists gathering ritual components for a petulant and demanding Dark Messiah.” As a long-suffering parent of my own tyrannical spawn, I sympathise.
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My regular group has begun their much-delayed Mothership campaign, and it was off to a tremendous start, with a critical failure for the first roll, and only one death by the end of the first episode. All of which makes it extremely difficult to avoid backing the Outer-Rim Uprising Kickstarter. I am not going to be able to resist one of these extraordinary packages.
The other thing that arrived this week is something I was disappointed to miss out on last time, but came back into print: Guy Pradel’s Archol. A collection of architectural fantasies, with a little pull out map. It is so delightful I do a little coo and a hoot each time I pick it up. There are still a few in stock. (Guy’s own images, below.) I am not sure I will ever employ it in any RPG-sense, but I don’t think that’s the point, really. It’s just a tremendous vision all by itself. A zine exploring an idea, and showcasing Pradel’s enormous talent. I love it.
So I mentioned that something else had happened, too. A while back I talked about how much teenage me had loved Palladium’s genre-lasagna, Rifts. I also mentioned that my teenage friend, Tim, had had the books for over a twenty years now. I hadn’t seen either Tim or the books in a similarly yawning chasm of time. And yet… guess who turned up on the doorstep yesterday! I hugged the man and then later, privately, I hugged the books.
Here they are.
I am still missing a couple, most notably the books which expanded the Phase World setting, which was a weird sort of pocket (and yet much larger) dimension of the core setting. So I guess Tim wasn’t the only person I loaned these to when I had no capacity or desire for hauling around towers of RPG books in my early 20s. It might have to look to Ebay to complete the set.
I particularly loved the Phase World setting, and I might write a little more about that in another newsletter. That they took the Rifts setting and then built an entire space opera “Three Galaxies” stuff inside it, effectively a sprawling multi-book sci-fi sub-RPG within the main RPG, remains one of the most remarkable feats of scenario expansion world-building. It wasn’t even barrel scraping. It was like reaching the bottom of the barrel only to realise there was a shipping container underneath. Hell, perhaps they went all the way down.
Anyway, I am, as you might imagine, plunging into a vortex of nostalgia with these, and I will doubtless write more when I have had time to collect my feelings.
In the meantime, a few highlights.
More soon! x