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Flash Gordon

Monday 13 July 2020
In July 2020 we presented the Savage World of Flash Gordon Bundle featuring The Savage World of Flash Gordon Roleplaying Game™, the campaign setting of raygun-and-rocketship pulp action using the fast-furious-fun Savage Worlds Explorer’s Edition rules from Pinnacle Entertainment. The rogue planet of Mongo suffers under the sadistic tyrant Ming the Merciless. But revolutionaries — hawkmen of Sky City, ice giants of Naquk, water-breathing Coralians — defy his reign of terror. At their side fights heroic Earthman Flash Gordon.

Funded in a big November 2017 Kickstarter campaign, The Savage World of Flash Gordon lets heroes blast Ming’s minions and foment rebellion in exotic locales drawn from Alex Raymond’s original comic strips, the Universal film serials (1936-40), and the 1980 movie — in Mingo City, the tree-cities of Prince Barin’s Arboria, Volcano World’s Land of the Dead, and ice-cold Frigia.

(Not up to speed on the many incarnations of Flash Gordon? Check Alan Brown’s April 2020 Tor.com article “No Flash in the Pan.”)

This bargain-priced offer gathered Pinnacle’s entire Flash Gordon RPG line — the complete campaign guide, a Mongo gazetteer, adventures, maps and play aids, the Game Master Screen inserts, and more. There were five titles in our Player Collection (retail value $40) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete 192-page Savage World of Flash Gordon campaign book, three Flash Gordon character aids — Archetypes, Figure Flats, and the Character Folio — and, as we often do with Pinnacle offers, we added the Savage Worlds Deluxe Explorer’s Edition rulebook required for play.

Those who paid more than the threshold (average) price also got our entire Game Master Collection with nine more titles worth an additional $56, including the gazetteer Kingdoms of Mongo and the six-chapter serial (adventure) Journey to the Center of Mongo; the Cliffhanger Supplement and the free Cliffhanger Cards; the Game Master Screen Inserts; and five full-color poster maps: Fast Pursuit Rocket, War Rocket, Mongo, Arboria, and Coralia.

Ten percent of each payment (after gateway fees) went to the charity designated by Pinnacle Entertainment owner Shane Hensley, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.