FAQ: Part the First
Over the next few days, I’m going to be posting our brand-new FAQ document. Like all such documents, it will certainly be tweaked, and undoubtedly be updated. We, as always, welcome questions, comments, suggestions.
So, pretend we’re on an elevator—what is TARGA?
TARGA is the Traditional Adventure Roleplaying Games Association. We’re a bunch of gamers who like to play “old school” games—those being defined as “original” roleplaying games, most of which are now out-of-print. We organize old school games at conventions, game stores, events and even out of our homes. We try to keep the flames alive for these old games and provide resources, support and fellowship to all gamers who may feel like they’re alone in their love of do-it-yourself, traditional, games.
Which games are you talking about, exactly?
Here’s a non-exhaustive starting point:
Original D&D, Holmes (Blue Book) Basic D&D, AD&D 1st Edition, Classic Traveller, Tunnels & Trolls, Harn, Original Runequest, Chaosium’s Basic Roleplaying, Rolemaster, Holmes/Moldvay/Mentzer Basic D&D, Bushido, Star Frontiers, Boot Hill, Gamma World, Chill, Empire of the Petal Throne, Arduin, The Fantasy Trip, Marvel Superheroes, Original Champions, Call of Cthuhlu, Chivalry & Sorcery, Mechwarrior 1st Edition, Original Hackmaster, Metamorphosis Alpha, Top Secret, and The Morrow Project
We also play and support modern “retroclones” or “simulacra” of these games, such as:
OSRIC, BFRPG, Castles & Crusades, Labyrinth Lord, Mutant Future, Swords & Wizardry, Spellcraft & Swordplay, GORE, Searchers of the Unknown (along with all its derivations!), DUNGEON SQUAD!, and X-plorers
In a chronological sense, we support games mostly released in the 1970s and earlier 1980s (and the modern games that directly simulate/clone/emulate them). When we get to games in the 1990s, such as AD&D 2nd edition, things get blurred and murky. However, WE’RE NOT THE OLD SCHOOL POLICE—while we might not play or actively support the 1990s/2e and later games, if you want to play them, by all means, go have fun! It’s just not our particular sweet spot.
What exactly is an “original” game?
It’s a game that is no longer printed or actively updated, like the original 1974 version of Dungeons & Dragons, Gamma World, Arduin or Boot Hill. For those games still in print, it’s usually the “first” version of the game.
Hey! Not all those games you listed above are out-of-print!
We support a lot of games. Some games are still in print today without having really changed or abandoned their old-school roots! For example: Call of Cthulhu, or Tunnels & Trolls. We also support the newer “retroclones” or “simulacra” games that directly clone/emulate/imitate the original, out-of-print games.