A Fist Full of Credits
Author: Colin Chapman and Bill King
Company/Publisher: Manticor Productions
Page count: 72
Capsule Review by Tad Kelson on 05/21/98. Genre tags: none
Today is 5-21-98 (when I wrote the original review) and about a month ago I got a very nice present in the mail from Manticore Productions.
“A Fist Full of Credits”, this being the very latest from Manticore Productions Limited. This is the new Waste World Starter Pack, written by Colin Chapman and Bill King, creators of the SF Distant World Post-Apocalypse RPG setting known as Waste World.
I eagerly opened the pages to see what was inside. A Fist Full of Credits contains the new Waste World Lite rules as well as the scenario “A Fist full of Credits”. Awesome I thought to myself. What a neat idea to package your rules, stripped down, and include a start to gaming. All in a total of 71 pages chocked full of art, rules and game.
Physically it is the same size as Pinnacle Entertainment’s Deadland’s Dime Novels or the old Interface Magazine. Consisting of a 8.5 by 11 sheet folded sideways, like an older hand done paper zine might have been. So ease of size and portability is a big plus of this product with myself, along with the almost nostalgia factor.
There is no ISBN and no price listed for this product. The product code number is 1004. Once in the color cover artwork we find that there are 20 page total of rules. With 32 illustrations scattered throughout. A total of 8 character templates rounds out the rules and character creation section. These templates are taken from the Waste World RPG rule book, reformatted for the Lite rules. In the back of the booklet is the 29 page scenario, A Fist Full of Credits.
So all that you really need is this booklet and some d6 and some d20. That and imagination and off into the Waste World you will go. That is the real key I feel. This is all the rules you need to get started. This condensed version does a credible job of depicting the breadth an depth of the flagship product from Manticore. In looks and in feel it is very much like it’s big brother with lots of large guns and larger opponents to contend with.
As I obtained it free I feel this is the deal of the year. Overall a price of $5.00 US would be certainly more than reasonable for a nice high-end quality product such as this. I am looking forward to more from Manticore myself.
Style: 4 (Classy and well done)
Substance: 4 (Meaty)
In cleaning and revisiting this review I came across a site that has essentially duplicated the old Manticor Company webpage
Located here http://kuoi.com/~kamikaze/WasteWorld/www.manticor.com/index.htm it contains a ton of information on the setting of Waste World and the various products that had been produced for it when it was a live game system.
I currently am unable to find the original item so I cannot go back over it and see what I would like to update or not update in this case.
I would like to point out that I believe this is the first time any RPG company went with a color, printed quickstart rules with an entire scenario included. I could be wrong, but the production standards were high that I can recall, and it certainly was groundbreaking in its own way. Waste World is still the only SF Post-Apocalypse game set on another planet that I am aware of. Some novels deal with the topic. Most other Post-Apoc such as Morrow Project or Atomic Highway are set on Earth, or essentially a clone of Earth. Waste World was a change of pace and it still is in my mind.
William (Bill) King’s Website http://www.trollslayer.net/
Colin Chapman’s Website http://www.radioactiveapedesigns.com/
Krakow RPGS where I sourced the .jpg to the cover art of A Fist Full of Credits