I’m not always the biggest fan of supplements when it comes to RPGs. Very often I become jaded and see them as simply ways to make more money and wonder if they didn’t include that information in the core book because they wanted to sell you more later on once you got hooked. We had three books in 1981 and we liked it! Get off my lawn with your splat books you meddling kids!
Every once in a while something comes along that is so impressive it really makes me reconsider my somewhat curmudgeonly position. The most notable among these is the vast number of supplements for Leagues of Adventure and All For One: Regime Diabolique by Triple Ace Games. Both of these games have excellent standalone core books. In them Paul “Wiggy” Wade Williams built on the already fantastic set of Ubiquity rules from Hollow Earth Expedition by Jeff Combos of Exile Games Studio. (HEX has wonderful supplement books as well).
Far from being extra material that was not included in the core books by design, Paul seems to have a preternatural ability to come up with new ideas. Paris Gothique and Satan’s Playground add some wonderful extra dimensions to all for one, while the three Richelieu’s Guides present A phenomenal number of creative rules adaptations to deal with many different scenarios.
LOA Has a similar set of small essays which present new rules adaptations and ideas. But the real magic for me resides in the Leagues of Gothic Horror and Leagues of Cthulhu expansions. Besides the two core books, there are an impressive number of supplements for them available which deal with such varied things as the Ministry of Unusual Affairs, the guide to Mummies, Mordavia the land of Horror, and the Cthulhu Codicil.
As if this wasn’t enough, LOA has the quarterly Letters from the Leagues and the soon to be released Dramatis Personae supplement. It would be sad not to have other options, but I could literally play this game for the rest of my life and never use all of the material that Paul has been able to turn out. The really terrible thing for me is it it’s all fantastic so I have no choice but to buy it.
There are worse fates.