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Catalyst (July 2017)

Catalyst (July 2017)

Thursday 22 August 2019
In August 2019, on short notice but in a good cause, we resurrected the July 2017 Catalyst Bundle, featuring the famous Catalyst line of generic fantasy supplements from Flying Buffalo. Rick Loomis, founder of Flying Buffalo, publisher of Tunnels & Trolls, and designer of the first-ever solitaire adventure (Buffalo Castle), was facing overwhelming medical bills from his treatment for lymphatic cancer; Rick died shortly after this offer launched, a day short of his 73rd birthday. Rick’s family started a GoFundMe campaign, and we also helped with this great collection of Buffalo’s Catalyst supplements that work with any fantasy RPG.

This revived collection gathered all seven CityBooks — the much-praised anthologies of dozens of individual shops, establishments, and characters you can add to any urban fantasy adventure — plus four Grimtooth’s Traps collections of devious dungeon obstacles, and the RPG Mercenaries, Spies, & Private Eyes. For this resurrection we added a recent Catalyst title, the City of the Gods Map Pack, and an MSPE solitaire adventure by Dave Arneson, Mugshots No. 1 – The Case of the Pacific Clipper. (And if you bought this offer during its original July 2017 run, you got City of the Gods and Pacific Clipper too!)

There were six titles in this revived offer’s Starter Collection (retail value $30) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the first three CityBooks (I: Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker, II: Port o’ Call, and III: Deadly Nightside), plus the first two Grimtooth’s Traps collections (Traps One and Traps Too [sic]) and Treasure Vault.

Those who paid more than the threshold (average) price also got this revival’s entire Bonus Collection with ten more titles worth an additional $49: Ordinarily ten percent of the revenue from a Bundle of Holding offer is donated to a charity. For this Catalyst Bundle revival we added the charity portion to the publisher share, to help Rick Loomis’s family and Flying Buffalo in this tough time.