From the Depths: Revolt on Antares

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10 Oct 2018 09:00 #282937 by Jackwraith

Looking back at one of TSR's minigames from the early 1980s

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10 Oct 2018 12:04 #282938 by Deleted
Sounds like a Dune rip-off (IP, not game)

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10 Oct 2018 12:25 #282939 by Gary Sax
Extremely good post, great read.
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10 Oct 2018 12:32 #282940 by drewcula
I love it! Keep it up. I anxiously await your review of Vampyre: Game of the Hunt for Dracula.
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10 Oct 2018 12:39 - 10 Oct 2018 13:34 #282943 by Jackwraith
Thanks! Still having technical difficulties with a couple pictures, which is part of why I brought up the art by Dee, Willingham, and Otus. Will get that corrected.

Drewcula, next up will be The Hellgame, then I might veer back to a minigame or two (was thinking about Metagaming's Holy War, since it's the earliest game I can think of trying to represent 3-D space in 2-D format (paper.))

I think the IP was an amalgamation of several different common sci-fi approaches.
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10 Oct 2018 13:27 #282944 by boothwah
I owned this game! 11 year old me loved it. Not as much as Dungeon, but what beats Dungeon? Wow, what a blast from the past.
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10 Oct 2018 13:55 #282945 by Black Barney

boothwah wrote: I owned this game! 11 year old me loved it. Not as much as Dungeon, but what beats Dungeon? Wow, what a blast from the past.


u don't send me flowers anymore :(

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10 Oct 2018 15:48 #282952 by Erik Twice
Nice read, love reading about this kind of games :)
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10 Oct 2018 21:29 #282966 by engineer Al
Wow! I remember this game. Haven't even thought about it in years, but at the time it was wonderfully unusual and fun. Thanks for bringing back the memories!
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10 Oct 2018 23:16 #282970 by Ah_Pook

Jackwraith wrote: Thanks! Still having technical difficulties with a couple pictures, which is part of why I brought up the art by Dee, Willingham, and Otus. Will get that corrected.

Drewcula, next up will be The Hellgame, then I might veer back to a minigame or two (was thinking about Metagaming's Holy War, since it's the earliest game I can think of trying to represent 3-D space in 2-D format (paper.))

I think the IP was an amalgamation of several different common sci-fi approaches.


Starforce from 1974 had a really cool 3d map with simultaneous movement plotting, along with a really out there sci fi premise and take on space combat

i may or may not have learned of its existence while watching a documentary about british electronic music (the human league took their name from one of the factions in the game)
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11 Oct 2018 23:53 #283000 by Jackwraith
OK. Finally got the pics sorted, FWIW, including one that shows off the skills of the legendary Erol Otus, whom I was convinced, as a kid, couldn't possibly be a real person with that name.

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14 Oct 2018 10:28 #283055 by Pat II
I had this game. I bought it for travelling when I was a little whelp. I enjoyed it quite a bit as well as your review.
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20 Oct 2018 21:40 #283669 by The King in Yellow
I remember when I realized that I could load the Force Cannon artifact onto a hovercraft, and have it swooping around crushing shit. That was a game-changer among my preteen group.
This may have been TSR's best minigame. Vampyre and They've Invaded Pleasantville were definitely close seconds that scratched a different kind of itch. I still have fond memories of my best friend whooping my ass as the aliens in Pleasantville, gradually taking over my townsfolk and proclaiming in a monotone voice, "YOU ARE NOW ONE OF US."
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20 Oct 2018 22:16 #283670 by Jackwraith
Yes! I have pretty fond memories of Pleasantville for the same reason. When the film, Pleasantville, came out, I went around telling everyone about this "cool game from the 80s." They had no clue.
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