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Flying Buffalo’s Mercenaries, Spies, and Private Eyes is being funded for reissue on Kickstarter!

To further age myself, I remember helping unload the truck when the first print run of this game arrived at Flying Buffalo when we were located at the 52nd Street location in Tempe!

This game by Michael Stackpole has been inert for a long time, it’s nice to see it get a refresh.  It was one of the earliest contemporary adventure games, coming out around the same time as Hero’s Danger International and Justice, Inc. – of course TSR’s Top Secret preceding everybody having come out around 1980.  MSPE is based on Flying Buffalo’s Tunnels & Trolls mechanics and introduced a skills system to the T&T oeuvre.  One feature that I particularly liked was a formula that allowed you to create your own firearms: you could look up a particular weapon from a Shooter’s Bible or gun magazine, find out the cartridge specifications, plug them into the formula, get the stats and you’re off to the show.

We spent a lot of time playing this game, one of my favorite characters came straight from Monty Python: Inspector Dimm of Scotland Yard, a detective on assignment in America.  He carried a Charter Arms .44 Special.  We got in a big fight with a tremendous number of goons, I shot someone, rolled hit location: groin.  Shot someone else, rolled hit location: groin.  All of the goons instantly surrendered.

This release will include material from the 1986 Sleuth Productions edition, several corrections, new material, and updated artwork.  $6 will get you the PDF, $18 a print edition and PDF, $25 a print copy signed by Mike Stackpole and the PDF, and the crew is currently researching whether a hardback edition can be done!

The Kickstarter reached fully funded status today,which is awesome!  And as of this posting, the campaign will be running for another 16 days, so plenty of time to get your order in, but no time to dawdle!  One excellent supplement, Stormhaven, is available directly from Flying Buffalo as well as the two Mugshots books and the solo adventure, The Adventures of the Jade Jaguar, here.

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