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Ye Olde Skoole RPG setting gets a reboot:




"City State of the Invincible Overlord, the first and one of the largest fantasy RPG city settings in gaming history, written by Judges Guild founders Bob Bledsaw and Bill Owen, defines sand-box roleplaying by giving information for over 350 shops, taverns, inns, palaces, barracks, temples, and the NPCs who inhabit them! City State of the Invincible Overlord was first released at Gen Con IX in 1976, along with Wilderlands Campaign Map I: The City State. The City State was written for the Judges Guild's Wilderlands of High Fantasy Campaign Setting but can be easily adapted and dropped into any setting."

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UGHH!  Why did I have to check the KS forum!  My DM came home with this from his visit to Gen Con one year and we loved it.  When he moved away, and I started DM'ing, I spent a number of years until I found a replacement for this.  During the exodus from home during the college years, a "few" of my boxes got misplaced (i.e., thrown away) by my Dad's girlfriend who didn't approve of D&D.  Now that I am into Pathfinder with my kids, this is going to cost me a few more $$$......  and I had sworn off backing any more KS's.

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The original maps are decent enough, especially for their time. But the books are ... quite random.


I still have my original maps, so I'm unsure whether I'll be buying in, especially at the price they're looking for, but I must admit that there's an attraction.

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I remember looking through those maps back in the day. I do not think it was my copy. I think it was something my original DM purchased. Paper stock chosen to look like aged up parchment, is what I am recalling.



I had a flash of memory just now. I remember a map of an Empire arranged so that the Invicible Overlord was right at the center and the rest of the Empire was four tribute paying, subordinate kingdoms. The kingdoms were arranged 2 across by 2 down. Like Utah, CO, AZ, NM with the city where the four corners monument would be.

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I still have my original copy from back in the day, although I'm not sure how complete it is anymore.


The maps themselves were the best part. I remember not being too impressed with the descriptive text.

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