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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2006 4:01 am    Post subject: E'A (1979) Reply with quote



Title: E'A: Chronicles of a Dying World
Item Code: n/a
Type: Fantasy role-playing rules
Copyright: 1979 by David M. Fitzgerald
Author: David M. Fitzgerald
Artwork: Brian Nolen
Place of Publication: Atwater, California, United States
Format: Softcover digest, 50 pages
ISBN: n/a
Cover Price: n/a
Mass: 66g
Dimensions: length 21.5cm, width 13.7cm, thickness .3cm

A magic-oriented fantasy role-playing system.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 2:30 pm    Post subject: WOW Reply with quote

Didn't think I'd see that on the web......


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi David, welcome to the Tome. If you have any tidbits from years ago on your experience in the RPGs such as how you came to write E'A, name it, or size of print run (basically anything). I'm sure a number of us would enjoy hearing about your experience.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed welcome! It's always an honor having a game designer visit our small 'thank you'.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since you asked. EA is the name of the D&D world I was running then (and still am). Basically It was my houserules.

The interesting thing about the book is that all of the type faces were done on a single type writer, with the typist stacking letters and such to make larger fonts. I have to give credit to Connie Hilton the lady who did all of the typing for putting alot of work into it to make it look nicer than it deserved to.

Brian Nolen did the art, I liked it then and I still do.

the origional print run was around 300 then we found out that the printer had overprinted the book by 100 so we ordered up extra covers and had 400.

EA was my first foray into printing so my distribution sucked. I got it stocked in several game stores in California and alot of mail order. I also sold it at conventions.

At one convention, (I think it was GrimCon) a semi-famous gaming personailty shoptlifted a copy. I let him take it cause I was a "noob."

We ended up selling most of the copies and although it was not a stand alone system, more of an unofficial expansion to D&D I was happy how well it went.

I was suppose have another book come out but the first one took everything I had so I never did the second book.

Several years later I edited a gaming magazine called The Game Oracle and we sold the remaiing stock via mail order through the magazine.

After editing the magazine for 12 issues it folded and I wrote a vampire game produced by Classical Fantasies called Hearts of Darkness (a vampire rpg) which sold almost nothing due to the publisher going out of business.

The game world EA came from is still going strong. You can find adventure write-ups Here:

http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=423981

I have also published a book set on EA through Chaosium (using BRP) entitled "Light Without Darkness, Blade Without Edge." You can see the book here:

http://catalog.chaosium.com/product_info.php?cPath=55&products_id=3750&CDpath=3

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is very cool and useful information on this title. Lots of cool fun facts Very Happy ;
Thank you very much for sharing these details.

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