Fantasy Games Unlimited

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Fantasy Games Unlimited, often referred to as just FGU, is a publishing house for both table-top and role-playing games. They have no in-house design teams and rely on submitted material from outside talent.[1]

History[edit]

Founded in 1975 by Scott B. Bizar, the company's first publications were the wargames Gladiators and Royal Armies of the Hyborean Age. Upon the sudden appearance and massive popularity of Dungeons & Dragons from TSR, the company turned its attentions to role-playing games, seeking out and producing systems created by amateurs and freelancers. Rather than focusing on any one line and supporting it with subsequent supplements, FGU instead produced a continuous stream of new games. Because of the disparate authors, the rules systems were mutually incompatible. In its time, FGU Incorporated published dozens of different role-playing games, more than any other company.[citation needed]

In 1989, Fantasy Games Unlimited won the All Time Best Ancient Medieval Rules for 1979 H.G. Wells Award at Origins 1980 for Chivalry & Sorcery.[2]

In 1991, Fantasy Games Unlimited Inc. was dissolved as a New York corporation.[3] Bizar continues to publish in Arizona as a sole proprietorship called Fantasy Games Unlimited.

A new FGU website appeared in July 2006 offering the company's back catalog. It promised new products "coming soon". New Aftermath! products began to appear in 2008. By 2010 much of the company's back catalog was available. FGU is now seeking submissions to allow the publication of new adventures for some of their existing titles to which they do not have the rights.[4]

Publications[edit]

  • Aftermath!
  • Archworld
  • Bushido
  • Bunnies & Burrows
  • Blue Light Manual
  • Broadsword
  • Castle Plans
  • Chivalry & Sorcery[5] (1st & 2nd editions)
  • Citadel
  • Daredevils
  • Diadem
  • Down Styphon!
  • Fire, Hack & Run
  • Flash Gordon & the Warriors of Mongo
  • Flashing Blades
  • Frederick the Great[6]
  • Freedom Fighters
  • Galactic Conquest
  • Gangster!
  • Gladiators
  • Land of the Rising Sun
  • Lands of Adventure
  • Legion
  • Lords & Wizards
  • Madame Guillotine
  • Merc
  • Mercenary
  • Middle Sea
  • Odysseus
  • Oregon Trail
  • Other Suns
  • Pieces of Eight
  • Privateers & Gentlemen
  • Psi World
  • Royal Armies of the Hyborean Age
  • Skull & Crossbones
  • Space Marines
  • Space Opera
  • Star Explorer
  • Starships & Spacemen (now owned by Goblinoid Games)
  • Swordbearer
  • The Blue-Light Manual
  • Towers for Tyrants
  • Tyrannosaurus wrecks
  • Villains and Vigilantes
  • War of the Ring
  • War of the Sky Cities
  • Wargaming magazine
  • Wild West
  • Year of the Phoenix

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fantasy Games Unlimited". Noble Knight Games. Retrieved 2007-09-13. 
  2. ^ "Charles S. Roberts/H.G. Wells Awards 1979 (List of Winners)". Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design. Archived from the original on 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2007-09-13. 
  3. ^ "Entity Information". Division of Corporations: Entity Information. NYS Department of State. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "FGU Submission Guidelines". Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  5. ^ Tresca, Michael J. (2010), The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games, McFarland, p. 63, ISBN 078645895X 
  6. ^ Frederick the Great | BoardGameGeek

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