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Paranoia RPG Returns in New Edition

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the i-speak-without-fear-of-contradiction dept.

Classic Games (Games) 363

Allen Varney writes "The classic tabletop roleplaying game PARANOIA, originally published by West End Games in the 1980s, returns in a new edition this August from Mongoose Publishing. PARANOIA, the game of a darkly humorous future, is set in an underground Alpha Complex ruled by an insane Computer. I am writing and (re)designing the main rulebook, under direction from original PARANOIA co-designer Greg Costikyan, with contributions from novelist and game designer Aaron Allston. I'd be happy to answer questions from Slashdot's gamers."

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Sweet! (2, Insightful)

hraefn (627340) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330675)

This was one of the coolest games back in the day :)

There is a god! er I mean computer, dont shoot me! (4, Interesting)

August_zero (654282) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330809)

I pulled out my old second edition Paranoia stuff one night with the group I played D&D with. They had never even heard of the game before, but got the hang of it quick enough. Within the first 30 minuets 2 players were already down 3 clones apiece, several others had lost a clone, and a major reactor leak killing several thousand citizens resulted from an over entusiastic attempt to retrive a bag of crunchy-time algea chips from a fission powered snack machine. Even if I never get the chance to play it, I will definately be buying the book.

In short, it's the best pen and paper RPG ever made. Not that I am biased or anything.

Stick to soilent green (4, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330997)

killing several thousand citizens resulted from an over entusiastic attempt to retrive a bag of crunchy-time algea chips

You'd be a lot safer sticking to soilent green. In fact, there was a lot more of the stuff around after this accident. Not sure why.

Re:Stick to soilent green (0, Offtopic)

cooley (261024) | more than 10 years ago | (#8331075)

That's because

It's made of people!!!!
Soylent Green is made of PEEEEOOOOPPPPLLLLEE!!!

fp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8330679)

fp

Internet prayer: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8330904)

"Please God, help me cleanse the computer of viruses and evil photographs which disturb and ruin my work..., so that I shall be able to cleanse myself"

yay first post! (0, Troll)

Kiyooka (738862) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330680)

too bad i don't know what this games about :( and yes, I should be working, and no, i don't have a life.

Noooooooooo!! (-1, Troll)

Kiyooka (738862) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330719)

damn you, hraefn, damn yoooooooooooooooooooo!!!

btw, I'm a troll? who did i just troll above?

Re:Noooooooooo!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8330780)

You used "first post" as a subject and then said something totally irrelevant. So you got modded down. Any problems with that, asshole? Move to Europe!

Re:yay first post! (2, Funny)

kevin_ka (753643) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330732)

It was an RPG where the people who did the dumbest and funiest things lived the longest which was about 10 min longer then the rest. PS: You don't know the rules, you must be a comiemutentterrorist!!!!!!

Re:yay first post! (1)

YomikoReadman (678084) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330811)

Your insistence that he know information above his clearance is an act of treason. The rules are classified Ultraviolet. You will be excuted now, you commie mutant traitor.

*zott*

Re:yay first post! (5, Funny)

Bleeblah (602029) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330805)

Knowing about the game is FORBIDDEN. Not knowing about the game is RESTRICTED.

Please report to the nearest termination center.

Thank you!

ahh (5, Funny)

nomadic (141991) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330686)

Mmm, hot fun.

Re:ahh (2, Funny)

squidfood (149212) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330761)

Mmm, hot fun.

With or without hormone supressant therepy? Bzzt! Wrong answer, citizen! (*splat*).

Long live Death Leopards!

Re:ahh (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8330855)

um sorry to pick mods, but "Hot fun" is a reference to the RPG that this article is about, not just a random off-topic post. Please give him back his karma.

Note to moderators: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8330970)

Please have knowledge of the topic at hand before giving out "offtopic" moderations.

haha (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8330694)

frist p0zt

Re:haha (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8331070)

haha continue! klar y3w kann0t stawp m3! AC rulz u jewz!

I have a question... (4, Funny)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330702)

Is the computer still your friend in this edition?

Re:I have a question... (5, Funny)

YomikoReadman (678084) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330764)

Questioning Friend Computer is an act of treason.

*zott*

Re:I have a question... (5, Funny)

Phekko (619272) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330777)

Yes. And it's running a SCO kernel, too

Re:I have a question... (2, Funny)

Ian Pointer (11337) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330788)

Are you questioning the computer?

..ruled by an insane Computer.. (5, Funny)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330704)

Is there any other type?

Re:..ruled by an insane Computer.. (0)

Deraj DeZine (726641) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330846)

You could always run KDE.

Re:..ruled by an insane Computer.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8330958)

Congenitally stupid 's as bad as insane.

Yooray! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8330705)

Paranoia is awesome.

One hasbro (4, Funny)

musikit (716987) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330707)

i like this from their website. i found it quite humorous.

One Hasbro(R) to rule them all

One Hasbro(R) to find them.

One Hasbro(R) to bring them all

And in the darkness bind them

Parker Brothers(R), Milton Bradley(R), Selchow & Richter(R), TSR(R), SPI(R), Avalon Hill(R), and Wizards of the Coast(R) are registered trademarks of Hasbro, Inc. Their use here is not to be construed as a challenge to their trademark status.

Re:One hasbro (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8330940)

Moderation +3
80% Funny
20% Overrated
Extra 'Funny' Modifier 0 (Edit)
Karma-Bonus Modifier +1 (Edit)
Total Score: 5


OVERRATED!?!?!? ok well maybe. but that was freakin funny

Christ! That brings me back! (5, Interesting)

phiwum (319633) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330708)

Paranoia! Late night playing sessions in the dormitory bathroom (helped the atmosphere of the game somehow). Jeez, what a game.

Of all the old roleplaying games, the only one I still own and cart with me when I move is Paranoia. I'll probably never play it again, but I can't bear to get rid of such an entertaining rulebook.

Good luck with the next edition. It will be hard to write a book that stands up well next to the original.

Re:Christ! That brings me back! (1)

Telastyn (206146) | more than 10 years ago | (#8331018)

Sorry, nothing can stand the humor and sheer absurdity of HOL's rulebooks [if you can call them that.]

Ha Ha! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8330715)

Yo! Losers!
Hot chicks [mercatur.net] don't like you! [mercatur.net]

I have nothing in particular to say, but (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8330725)

This is *awesome*.

As a somewhat younger and more recently-introduced gamer, I have never actually seen a copy of this game. However, I have heard about it.. heard very much about it. This game is absolutely legend and I always thought it was a shame it had been lost to the world.

What is different in the new edition? What do you think about the old ed needed revision? Has anything in particular changed about the spirit or tone?

Be careful (-1, Offtopic)

CubeHard (661854) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330727)

Not all sequels of good retro games are sure hits. Will the graphics be updated, or will it keep a cool retro style look with just more detail?

Re:Be careful (2, Insightful)

dameron (307970) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330930)

I'm sure the graphics will be quite a bit degraded from the original, as back in the 80s we had vivid imaginations driven by hormones and angst at what seemed like an inevitable nuclear confrontation. Now that young people thing with their thumbs I'm sure the graphics will take quite a hit.

-dameron

XP! (1)

tsanth (619234) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330949)

Maybe the "XP" is for "eXtra Pretty."

He touched my Junk! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8330736)

[touchedmyjunk.com]
allen varney touched my junk liberally. he strapped me in to his varneymobile and he couldnt keep his offensive hands off of me. he was performing many red flag touches. i couldnt believe what the fuck was going on. i told allen varney the city would not approve of a millionaire touching an underage kid for free.
it doesn't help at all that allen varney has been spun out after touching everyone's junk. he can hardly see straight after touching Chali's diseased junk. how is he possibly going to explain this to the city when he doesnt help the next person in distress? they'll make him drop trou in front of the whole city again. there it is. the mayor just called and asked why allen varney hasn't responded. he has to go.

Re:He touched my Junk! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8331092)

That's a fine and useful service you provide. You sir, are a credit to the troll community.

Hi. I'm Troy McClure (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8330741)

Hi. I'm Troy McClure. You might remember me from such popular paranoia-related boardgames of the past, such as "Webcam Twister", "Microphones in the Pants", and "Public Records Kabbalah"

Paranoia! Hoooorray! (2, Funny)

LynXmaN (4317) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330745)

Long live to the computer! The computer is your friend and wants you to be happy! /me falsely smiles (don't want to get killed)

Trust the computer (5, Funny)

xleeko (551231) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330746)

My previous clone tried to post in this thread, but my computer accused it of treason ...

- Dave #2

Purchase yours today, citizen! (4, Funny)

Tofino (628530) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330748)

Have you got your copy of the Paranoia RPG, citizen? What's that? The old version? SCRUBBERS!

Re:Purchase yours today, citizen! (1)

RLW (662014) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330828)

"What?!?, You do not have your copy of Paranoia, citizen? You must report for immediate disciplinary termination!"

Re:Purchase yours today, citizen! (1)

cpuffer_hammer (31542) | more than 10 years ago | (#8331112)

What did you say was wrong with the old version of the Paranoia RPG, citizen?

XBox rules!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8330749)

first post!!! you lame assholes... I can post first because my XBox is a american product and my pride in my great country and my great XBox accelerate everything...

If only they would make games for that bitch... IAve played Metroid Prime and it ruled... I hope M$ will buy those japanese bastards and port Metroid to my great american console system!!!

Join the fun!!! [slashdot.org]

Do you know gamespy.slashdot.org??? [slashdot.org]

Paranoia (1)

toupsie (88295) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330753)

Who is that looking over your shoulder?

so, uh.... (4, Funny)

fireduck (197000) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330754)

what color paper is the book going to be published on?

Re:so, uh.... (3, Funny)

mwheeler01 (625017) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330813)

duh, ultra-violet paper. Oh no, I know too much, I'm gonna get fried.

Re:so, uh.... (3, Funny)

YomikoReadman (678084) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330856)

You have been charged with treason. Please report to the nearest termination center.

Failure to comply is also an act of Treason.

HAVE A NICE DAYCYCLE!!!

Re:so, uh.... (1)

lysander (31017) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330976)

False accusations of treason are themselves treason!
Please turn in your personal affects and report to the food vats.
Thank you for your cooperation.

It will be printed on black paper... (3, Funny)

AzrealAO (520019) | more than 10 years ago | (#8331058)

in black citizen, as befits your infra-red security clearence.

And its the basis for... (5, Informative)

Supp0rtLinux (594509) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330763)

Its worth pointing out that the story/idea behind Paranoia was also the primary basis for Resident Evil. The original coders of Resident Evil had been playing Paranoia literally for weeks prior to writing the game. I know from personal experience. :)

SYB Notes (5, Interesting)

mwheeler01 (625017) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330771)

The most intriguing part of the game for me was the encouraged use of screw your buddy notes. AKA FYB notes, these were fun because you really did get the feeling that everyone was out to get you and this prompted you to scribble off another note the to GM to perfrom a preemptive strike on your team mate because he was obviously a communist.

Re:SYB Notes (4, Informative)

Anil (7001) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330977)

I agree this was a great part of the game. It did make GMing a game more confusing than actually playing the game, though.

I mean, you've got 4 or 5 people doing stuff and you are trying to direct them along while at the same time dealing with notes from all of them coming at you as fast as they can write them.

Though, the fact that the game didn't really have any rules did compensate for the notes a bit. You didn't really have to roll dice if you didn't feel like it to determine outcomes.

ahh, great game. I hadn't even realized it was out of print.

NO! (1)

RLW (662014) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330779)

Oh my god, This is a game that lived up to its name. How does that song go?

I'm an Alpha complex commie. no that's not it.
Does anybody remember the Alpha Complex tune ?

Alpha Complex and other tunes (3, Funny)

Schwartzboy (653985) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330931)

Well, I don't remember the "official" Alpha Complex song, but there was one that got bounced around a bunch of my college buddies that was sung to the tune of the "Oscar Meyer Weiner" song.
Oh, I'm glad I'm not an Alpha Complex commie,
That is what I'd really hate to be
Cuz if I were an Alpha Complex commie,
All the citizens would shoot at me.


Or this one, to the tune of Billy Joel's "Piano Man":
It's 9 o'clock in Computer time,
A communist crowd shuffles in
There's a White-Class sitting next to me
But I'm not cleared to look straight at him...


Let's not go there, though. That was a silly time.

Found it! (2, Informative)

RLW (662014) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330971)

http://www.textfiles.com/rpg/song [textfiles.com]
Scroll down to THE ALPHA COMPLEX SONGBOOK

Re:NO! (4, Informative)

Graff (532189) | more than 10 years ago | (#8331108)

Does anybody remember the Alpha Complex tune ?

Well there is this song:
I'm an Alpha Complex Dandy
(Sung to the tune of Yankee Doodle Dandy)

I'm an Alpha Complex Dandy.
Alpha Complex do or die.
A new clone version of my last five clones.
Like them I know I'll soon die.
I've got an Alpha Complex sweetheart.
Teela is my Alpha Joy.
Troubleshooters find the Commies.
Beat the mutants senseless.
I am an Alpha Complex boy!

I'm an Alpha Complex dandy.
Troubleshooter do or die.
A clone replacement of my former self.
Soon I will probably fry.
I've got to serve my friend Computer.
If I don't, I know I'll die.
Kill the Commie infiltrators,
Also Troubleshooters.
I am an Alpha Complex guy!

I'm an Alpha Complex Commie
(Subversive version of the above)

I'm an Alpha Complex Commie.
Alpha Complex do or die.
A new clone version of my last five clones.
Like them, I know I'll soon die.
I'm not an Alpha Complex sweetheart.
Girls are just the same as boys.
Commie mutants beat computers.
Troubleshooters, phooie!
I'm not an Alpha Complex toy!


You can find similar songs here [textfiles.com]

The Computer decrees: (4, Funny)

daemones (188271) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330786)

Anyone trolling this article must report to the nearest execution booth. Have a pleasant day, citizen.

you're in the know! (2, Funny)

Cruciform (42896) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330795)

So tell us...

Does the computer REALLY love us?

Re:you're in the know! (3, Funny)

Steve B (42864) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330896)

Does the computer REALLY love us?

Reporting a Commie Mutant Traitor expressing seditious doubts of the Computer's benevolence!

alright! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8330798)

I can once again take bootlicking as a skill!

Re:alright! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8330923)

Troll eh? Hey mods, if you havent played Paranoia before, dont mod posts in this story

Beta Testers old Module (5, Interesting)

dougermouse (581787) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330810)

As a long time Paranoia player (I love Randy the wonder lizard), is there going to be a beta testing program? Where can I sign up? And are the modules going to be updated as well? What mods to the tech trees are you going to add considering "pre-whoops!" developments like the Internet?

Re:Beta Testers old Module (3, Funny)

spacefiddle (620205) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330932)

Thank you for your interest, Citizen! Here is your copy of the New Paranoia Mandatorily Happy Rule Book. Putting it down is treason. Removing it from its experiemental plasma-chamber suspensor is treason. Not knowing the rules is treason, and doubting what I say and looking it up in the book is also treason. In addition, wh^H^H if the plasma destablizes, surviving the explosion is something only a mutant could do, which would be treason. Have A Nice Day.

Re:Beta Testers old Module (1)

Joe Tie. (567096) | more than 10 years ago | (#8331087)

Randy the wonder lizard! When I saw this article, he was the fist thing that leaped to my mind. While it deviated a bit from the norm, or what norm there was in the game, that module was easily my favorite. But whether that one gets a rerelease as well, I'm just glad to be seeing Paranoia introduced to a new generation, which I think will be able to appreciate it even more than the one around when the game first came out.

Original rulebook (0, Redundant)

aulendil (243399) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330812)

I have the original, here on my left...

Which system? (2, Interesting)

spamfiltre (656000) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330827)

Will the new version have a brand new system, use an existing system (D20, GURPS, ad infinitum), or use a mod of it's original system? Will we see Living Paranoia anytime soon?

Re:Which system? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8331122)

Does the system matter?
I've played much Paranoia and really enjoyed it .. but I hardly know the basics of the game system!

Happy daycycle Citizen

Re:Which system? (1)

taion (304184) | more than 10 years ago | (#8331125)

"Living" Paranoia? I don't think 6 clones apiece would be quite enough for that, friend.

**ZAP**ZAP**ZAP**

Re:Which system? (1)

piggy (5857) | more than 10 years ago | (#8331132)

While I don't know what system it will be using, the article explicitly states that they will not be using D20, because, apparently, D20 is not fun. The Computer says so, and the Computer is never wrong. The implication seems to be that it will not be an existing system.

The article did state that a fair number of the original supplements would be updated for this new edition, which may or may not mean that the system they are using may or may not be a derivation of the system that the original edition may or may not have used.

Russ-L

Tinfoil hats (2, Funny)

onyxruby (118189) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330834)

Will the tinfoil for hats come in blue?

Re:Tinfoil hats (1)

mwheeler01 (625017) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330924)

You're quite obviously a novice at this, tinfoil hats come in your designated color. So quite obviously you're getting an infra-red hat while I will be coveting my orange tinfoil hat.

Re:Tinfoil hats (3, Informative)

Omega Leader-(P12) (240225) | more than 10 years ago | (#8331101)

Infared
Red
Orange
Green
Blue
Indigo
Violet
Ultaviolet

Posession of any colour tinfoil hat above your clearance is treason, but so is knowing that. AUGHHH. (Goes off to the confession booth with a laser pistol as I am a good citizen)

Matrix and Terminator (1)

fembots (753724) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330843)

future World controlled by a computer? are Matrix and Terminator ideas from Paranoia?

Praise the Computer (2, Funny)

Jedi Holocron (225191) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330872)

Can I get Ultra-Violet clearance now?

Oh wait, that's illegal...

(enter clone #2)

Can I get Ultra-Violet clerance now?

(enter clone #3)

(Happy Officer takes a core sample)

(enter clone #4)
Can I have a happy pill?

No match for... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8330886)

You're no match for my Keyboard of Trollness +2 Tragdor! Surely you do not wish to feel the bitter taste of my keyboard leaving an acrid Trolling in your eyes!

Set down the dice and nobody gets modded...

In-character (4, Funny)

SuiteSisterMary (123932) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330911)

The Computer: You are mistaken, citizen. No Fifth Edition was published by West End Games in 1995, nor did West End show pages from a projected "Long Lost Third Edition" at GenCon in 1997. Note that there also has never been a Crash Course Manual, nor any "Secret Society Wars," "MegaWhoops," or "Reboot Camp" adventures. These products never existed. They are now un-products. Are you absolutely clear on this, citizen? Do you still doubt The Computer? Perhaps you need to visit the Bright Vision Re-Education Center.

I think this is the only time I've ever seen a product-existance-denial actually be in-character.

oops! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8330920)

Looks like the Slashdot editors accidently posted this to the front page. Please move it to the approriate area. k, thx.

Excellent (3, Informative)

swdunlop (103066) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330925)

I recently forked over $75 for a set of the original first edition Paranoia because our local gaming group was getting way too obsessed with their stats and game mechanics. The ensuing pandemonium and infighting didn't solve the problem, but at least it entertains the game master, which is the point of it all, right?



I'm especially happy to hear that the new edition won't be using d20. I've been using Active Exploits [pigames.net] , a free, diceless game system, and it has worked very well for keeping the game fast and simple -- an essential for Paranoia.



There are also some excellent resources for individuals who want to play Paranoia online; Paranoia-RPG [paranoia-rpg.com] is probably the best place to start.



And, finally, if Paranoia tickles your fancy and you want to try a different comic genre, check out Atlas Games' Over the Edge [atlas-games.com] , a lightweight conspiracy game that makes Fox Mulders' wildest guesses seem tame.

Re:Excellent (1)

swdunlop (103066) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330968)

Ugh. I keep forgetting that Slashdot translates empty lines into BR tags, even in HTML mode. Sorry about the crap formatting.

Re:Excellent (1)

mwheeler01 (625017) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330978)

Can you imagine a D20 paranoia? Epic level characters need not apply.

Re:Excellent (1)

Maserati (8679) | more than 10 years ago | (#8331059)

"The Computer: No. PARANOIA is fun. D20 games are not fun. The Computer says so."

Any questions ?

I have one. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8330947)

Allen Varney writes [...] I'd be happy to answer questions from Slashdot's gamers."

How's your brother Jim doing? :o)

How do I know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8330954)

who you say you are? This could be a trick.

My kind of MMORPG (4, Interesting)

droleary (47999) | more than 10 years ago | (#8330988)

Now I know that the article is mainly about an update to the RPG rules themselves, but I can't help but think how awesome a computer game set in that universe would be. One of the great points of Paranoia is that you go in knowing you're probably going to die a number of times, so you get really attached not to the clones, but to the game play. There are levels of sorts, but not in such a way that the game is about leveling up, so it would still be fun for new players (and/or yourself when you've run through your clones). With the "unseen enemy" angle, you can constantly have the goals of a troubleshooter changing so it would never get stale. The article states rights have been sold for a text version, but if someone wants to make a killing they should snap up rights for a graphic version.

Minsky (4, Funny)

lysander (31017) | more than 10 years ago | (#8331024)

As I recall from one of the source books, The Computer has the following displayed on one of its terminals:
If only Marvin Minsky could see me now.

I can't wait. (3, Funny)

Cruciform (42896) | more than 10 years ago | (#8331027)

This is going to be fun!

Like Slashdot with dice!

Looking forward to it. (3, Offtopic)

solios (53048) | more than 10 years ago | (#8331031)

I may have heard of Paranoia once or twice in the past, but this is the first real discussion I've read of it, and it sounds like something worth looking into.

I used to be a hardcore tabletop gamer, but I stopped several years back for a whole heap of reasons. The only gaming supplies I still have are a set of stock DnD dice, a couple of first edition DnD books (my ex roommate needed money), the Lunch Money* CCG (best. CCG. EVAR.), and the HOL** manual and expansion.

If the Paranoia rulebook is even HALF as entertaining as the HOL manual, I'm buying two- the article links paint the game up into a similar category, which is good- this is the first I've even thought about tabletop gaming in months.

Good thing there's a gaming store about three blocks from work. :)

* Lunch Money : You play a catholic schoolgirl on a playground. You beat the crap out of your opponent(s). Suggested to use consumable items such as M&Ms as life counters. You buy the deck and you get the whole game- none of this Endless Diarrhea of Expansions that other CCGs suffer. Also an excellent card based hand-to-hand combat system. :)

** Human Occupied Landfill. The most heinously WRONG gaming manual ever written.

kpfs (1)

lysander (31017) | more than 10 years ago | (#8331118)

** Human Occupied Landfill. The most heinously WRONG gaming manual ever written.
Then perhaps you need to read the source book for Kill Puppies For Satan [septemberquestion.org] . I swear, it's hilarious.

Spend two evil to turn into a pack of your favorite vermin. Reappear at a convenient place close by.

Paranoia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8331032)

Ah yes, Paranoia. The game where knowledge of the rules was punishable by death.

XBox rules!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8331034)

first post!!! you lame assholes... I can post first because my XBox is a american product and my pride in my great country and my great XBox accelerate everything...

If only they would make games for that bitch... IAve played Metroid Prime and it ruled... I hope M$ will buy those japanese bastards and port Metroid to my great american console system!!!

Join the fun!!! [slashdot.org]

Do you know gamespy.slashdot.org??? [slashdot.org]

d20 (1)

NetGeek (143696) | more than 10 years ago | (#8331042)

I hope this does not become a d20 based game by the time it is released.

What I loved about Paranoia (4, Insightful)

cyranoVR (518628) | more than 10 years ago | (#8331045)

The Paranoia rule book (2nd Edition) actively encouraged the gamemaster to ignore the rules. It was one of the few RPGs I played (AD&D, Mechwarrior, various GURPS) that emphasized having fun above all else. I hope the new edition stays true to this spirit!

That - and I loved the wry satirical and self-referencing tone in which 2nd Edition was written. Sometimes I would sit and just read the rulebook for fun! Reading it as a teenager, I learned a lot about both pop-culture and serious political thought ("Imagine a world designed by Orwell, Sartre, Kafka, Stalin and the Marx Brothers...")

Basically, if The Onion did a sci-fi RPG, it would be Paranoia.

Can't wait to see the new edition!

and remember...THE COMPUTER IS YOUR FRIEND! ALL HAIL FRIEND COMPUTER!

Political correctness ? (1)

Etyenne (4915) | more than 10 years ago | (#8331053)

Back in the 80's, it was OK to make fun of people and organization. I wonder if the publisher will have to tone down the game because of the prevalence of political correctness today.

A friend of mine had the philosophy (1)

Xeriar (456730) | more than 10 years ago | (#8331064)

That, whomever lost all of his (or her) clones first, 'won'.

He won a lot. Even when given a seventh clone.

Two words.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8331071)

R&D Department

*shivers*

Ok, I have a question... (3, Funny)

clamatius (78862) | more than 10 years ago | (#8331095)

Is there any point in asking questions?

We all know we won't have a high enough security clearance for the answers.

From the article (2, Insightful)

Unknown Kadath (685094) | more than 10 years ago | (#8331099)

Player: Are you using the d20 rules system?

The Computer: No. PARANOIA is fun. D20 games are not fun. The Computer says so.


And we all know Friend Computer is always right.

I was also wondering, what does the "XP" stand for? Though...with my clearance, I probably shouldn't even ask.

-Car-O-LYN

Query (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8331105)

Is the computer your friend?

Too Bad It's From Mongoose (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8331120)

After a few email exchanges with people associated with Mongoose I'd not give them the time of day anymore, much less my money.
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