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RPGaDay – Day 22: Best Secondhand RPG Purchase

Indiana Jones and the Golden Vampires

Short Answer: Indiana Jones and the Golden Vampires, West End Games.

Long Answer: I don’t actually own many secondhand RPGs. They’re available, but I’m wary about buying things through TradeMe (New Zealand’s version of eBay). If I’m going to buy a book secondhand, I want to check it out in person first. There are so many things that could be wrong with a book (failing spine, marked or torn pages, etc) that I’d rather not risk it.

Of the few secondhand books I do have, the best is easily Indiana Jones and the Golden Vampires. This supplement for The World of Indiana Jones doesn’t feature any Nazis, but it does give players and GMs all they need to know about 1930s San Francisco. On top of that, you get a fascinating primer on Chinese mythology. This information sets up the first of four adventures in the book. The second adventure also takes place in San Francisco, before taking the players to Seattle. The two remaining adventures are largely unrelated, both taking place in Central America.

But here’s where things get awesome. The third adventure, the longest in the book, features a crystal skull. No, not the crystal skull they ended up using in the fourth movie, the more ‘traditional’ sort. It’s an epic romp filled with Mayan myth, sacrifice, and a whole lot of blood. In all honest, I’d forgotten about this part of the book when I saw the movie. Imagine my surprise when I went back to the book and saw what the story could have been. It’s a shame the movie wasn’t more successful. It would have been great to get a new Indiana Jones RPG – or at least a reprint of WEG’s version.

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