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by Allen Varney
Sun Jun 26, 2011 7:23 pm
Forum: Paranoia
Topic: Higher Security Clearance = New Skills?
Replies: 5
Views: 3898

The DOA Sector Travelog was a PARANOIA supplement published in 1989 by the game's original publisher, West End Games. The supplement, a set of location descriptions, was for PARANOIA's 2nd edition, and it's been out of print for most of 20 years. Mongoose's 2004 edition of PARANOIA included brief r...
by Allen Varney
Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:33 pm
Forum: Paranoia
Topic: Flashbacks Redux Redux
Replies: 21
Views: 9474

Are there any plans to republish the WMD missions, and the contents of other XP-era supplements, eg. Extreme Paranoia ? That may be impractical. When I packaged those books for Mongoose as a freelancer, I usually sent them camera-ready .PDFs, not the original files they'd need to produce updated ve...
by Allen Varney
Tue May 17, 2011 2:49 pm
Forum: Paranoia
Topic: Higher Security Clearance = New Skills?
Replies: 5
Views: 3898

The 2006 rules supplement Extreme PARANOIA (now out of print) has rules for characters of all security clearances from ORANGE through VIOLET, with very extensive discussions of the perks available at each clearance. Be careful not to confuse "higher security clearance" with "greater competence." Cle...
by Allen Varney
Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:08 pm
Forum: Paranoia
Topic: Troubleshooters?
Replies: 1
Views: 2632

There are now three independent core rulebooks for the 25th Anniversary edition of the PARANOIA line: Troubleshooters , Internal Security , and High Programmers . This July 2009 post by designer Gareth Hanrahan, " A word from The Computer ," on the official PARANOIA development blog, explains the id...
by Allen Varney
Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:18 am
Forum: Paranoia
Topic: Stormtroopers
Replies: 1
Views: 2197

I recall an RPG.net forum thread from six or eight years ago that proposed a Star Wars version of PARANOIA with each player as a Stormtrooper who is secretly a Rebel Alliance sympathizer. Unfortunately my search-fu is weak, and I can't track down that thread. Perhaps some high-clearance Computer Phr...
by Allen Varney
Fri Dec 31, 2010 11:57 pm
Forum: Paranoia
Topic: New to Paranoia Help?!
Replies: 3
Views: 3055

I wrote or edited the 2004 (XP) edition of PARANOIA, aided by Aaron Allston, Paul Baldowski, Dan Curtis Johnson, Beth Fischi, and well over two dozen loyal citizens on Paranoia-Live.net and the development blog. I described the process in a 2005 article for the online gaming magazine The Escapist: "...
by Allen Varney
Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:34 am
Forum: Paranoia
Topic: New to Paranoia Help?!
Replies: 3
Views: 3055

The best introductory rulebook is Troubleshooters . You can find plenty of advice on getting started with PARANOIA, as well as reviews of the entire Mongoose PARANOIA support line, in the right sidebar of the official PARANOIA development blog . Then you may want to introduce yourself in the forums ...
by Allen Varney
Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:55 am
Forum: Paranoia
Topic: Flashbacks Redux
Replies: 14
Views: 7255

what would really make this the perfect Flashbacks book would be to simply combine the previous two editions, and then toss-in HIL Sector Blues to finish off the 1st edition stuff. HIL Sector Blues has already been updated and published, as the BLUE-Clearance section of the Extreme PARANOIA rules s...
by Allen Varney
Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:47 pm
Forum: Paranoia
Topic: Flashbacks Redux
Replies: 14
Views: 7255

As for what I'd like to see in Flashbacks Redux, well, perhaps Tube Jam (not because it's particularly good, but because it's hard to find), The Iceman Returneth (yes, the end is a bit troublesome but the adventure itself is not that bad), and if something from the Mongoose era, then perhaps Stealt...
by Allen Varney
Sat Nov 06, 2010 4:35 pm
Forum: Paranoia
Topic: Need some advice for GMing the imana mission
Replies: 1
Views: 2582

Regarding pregenerated characters, either the Mutant Maker or the PARANOIA Character Generator may prove useful. Mongoose's Crash Priority mission collection includes three "six-shooters," free-standing sets of six pregenerated Troubleshooters with inbuilt motivations to betray or kill one another. ...
by Allen Varney
Mon May 03, 2010 5:52 pm
Forum: Paranoia
Topic: Future of the game line
Replies: 16
Views: 8318

The line still needs a good Outdoors book. The Sectorbook idea offers many possibilities as well.
by Allen Varney
Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:42 am
Forum: Paranoia
Topic: Official development blog is down?
Replies: 3
Views: 3508

The Planet Mongoose link works fine for me. Maybe you're arriving from some dodgy block of IPs?
by Allen Varney
Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:03 pm
Forum: Paranoia
Topic: Official development blog is down?
Replies: 3
Views: 3508

The PARANOIA development blog is hosted by Blogger, owned by Google. Google has mandated migration to a new platform for hosted blogs that use FTP; these include the PARANOIA blog. Greg Costikyan has begun migrating the blog, but the process will take several days. I have asked him for updates and w...
by Allen Varney
Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:44 pm
Forum: Paranoia
Topic: Future of the game line
Replies: 16
Views: 8318

For British public-school roleplaying, check The Skool Rools by Phil Masters. For The Prisoner , Steve Jackson Games produce a licensed GURPS supplement many years back. For Philip K. Dick, the existing PARANOIA rules work pretty well, as seen in the title mission in the Straight-style mission colle...
by Allen Varney
Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:59 am
Forum: Paranoia
Topic: Paranoia Troubleshooters Questions
Replies: 1
Views: 2494

1. Service firms still exist, but they figure more prominently in the upcoming High Programmers rulebook. For Troubleshooters missions you can safely ignore them. 2. The Alpha Complex economy is a weird little dollhouse simulation of an actual economy, where The Computer can, for entirely arbitrary ...
by Allen Varney
Sat Feb 06, 2010 7:09 am
Forum: Paranoia
Topic: Paranoia 2004 vs. Paranoia 2009
Replies: 5
Views: 4236

Welcome, citizen! It's possible your inquiry may be addressed in one of these threads:
by Allen Varney
Sat Jan 30, 2010 5:33 am
Forum: Paranoia
Topic: Supplementary PDFs for previous edition products?
Replies: 20
Views: 11593

Treason alert! Mysterious hacker AlphaOne has liberated the WMD bonus material .PDF and made it available for free download to citizens of all clearances in the Paranoia-Live.net forums.
by Allen Varney
Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:09 am
Forum: Paranoia
Topic: Supplementary PDFs for previous edition products?
Replies: 20
Views: 11593

Could someone from Mongoose please post the URL to the WMD PDF? Rejoice, citizens. Matthew Sprange and the owners of PARANOIA have kindly granted me permission to post the WMD bonus material .PDF as a free download on the leading fan site, Paranoia-Live.net . Those of ULTRAVIOLET Clearance (as in, ...
by Allen Varney
Mon Jan 11, 2010 10:58 pm
Forum: Paranoia
Topic: what changed in the new Troubleshooters book
Replies: 3
Views: 5130

Other than the re-introduction of Treason Points, are the High Programmers and IntSec products compatible? Troubleshooters and Internal Security and their support books are all completely compatible with the earlier 2004 PARANOIA rulebook. High Programmers is an entirely different game, independent...
by Allen Varney
Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:23 am
Forum: Paranoia
Topic: High Programmers - Now on the Web Site
Replies: 14
Views: 7487

Is High Programmers a self contained set of rules? Yes, High Programmers is self-contained, independent and free-standing, a completely new game cover to cover. (Well, it does adapt some of the service firms from the 2004 PARANOIA rulebook.) The system is almost entirely new, with only cosmetic sim...