The GROGNARD Files

Table-top RPGs from back in the day and today.

I’ve spent the weekend packing and addressing envelopes stuffed with the GROGZINE19 (and associated extras for Patreon backers at different levels). If you live in the UK, you can expect to receive it around the weekend.

This year we have designed the zine as a homage to the golden age of UK RPG zines from the early to mid 80s. One of the favourites from the era was Quasits & Quasars. There were 10 issues, including a team-up with DragonLords, and it is the latest to appear in the sluggish, Fanzine Festival.

“Played once, never again”

Edited by David Hulks, supported by his friend and GROGSQUADer Neil Hopkins (he’s done a great First, Last and Everything for Episode 29 of the GROGPOD), Quasit & Quasars was more about good content, rather than fiery exchange of opinion, by providing scenarios and other GM resources for both fantasy and SF genre games.

Unlike many others, it also featured solo games, Neil recalls carefully cutting and pasting the paragraphs together, using real scissors and glue, when composing the adventures.

From the three copies that I’ve studied (on loan from Doc Con’s Marc Gascoigne wing of his extensive RPG library) there’s a certain bias towards Tunnels and Trolls, which split opinion on the letters page. It was protected by the editors, promising a feature every other issue; as for Gangster! well, Gangster! got hit!

Dirk the Dice

The covers represented their coverage of the fantastic and the futuristic

You can almost feel the time draining as you read the page
There are loads of examples in zines where the editor apparently runs out of space or is filling space with a plea (chortle)
There was always a good, lively coverage of T&T, this provides an overview of the available material …
Hit Locations in Tunnels and Trolls!
Thieves in T&T!
Handwritten letters!!

6 thoughts on “Quasits & Quasars – Fanzine Scrapbook

  1. Rog says:

    Loving these sections especially. More pages please, an archive of these fanzines is such a good idea, so they can get a second reading, or even a first reading for many people like me who missed them the first time round.

  2. Griff says:

    If you ever want any code writing for an original Spectrum 16K / ZX81 / VIC20 listing for an upcoming Grogzine then give me a shout.

    1. Anonymous says:

      I wrote that Tank Battle game for the ZX81 and I remember it being a nightmare to transcribe from the screen to my typewriter as I didn’t have a printer!

      1. Griff says:

        It’s cool stuff!

        That’s how I learnt to code – typing you ninja’s stuff in.

  3. Kevin Mantle says:

    I’ve just picked up some Imagines and Adventurer magazines. Both have section s on fanzines – if I scan them how can I send them to you? Also, ever tracked down Pete Tamlyn?

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