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Tabletop Game: The Fantasy Trip

The Fantasy Trip was Steve Jackson's first Role-Playing Game. Starting with Melee in 1977, later expanding with Wizard (which added magical combat), the rules started out as a simple yet tactical set of combat rules. When In the Labyrinth came out, the rules expanded to a full-on RPG one of the earliest RPGs, along with Dungeons & Dragons and Tunnels & Trolls, in 1980. For a while, The Fantasy Trip was the second-best selling RPG of all time.

Unfortunately, Metagaming went out of business only a few years later. Steve Jackson tried to buy the rights to the game, but instead went on to his new company, Steve Jackson Games, and wrote a set of rules that was, more or less, The Fantasy Trip Advanced.

Despite being out of print for almost three decades, The Fantasy Trip still has a cult following. Its rules are viewed by its fans as a more elegant version of GURPS, as the rules were very simple and focused on fantasy. There have been conversions to other settings on the Internet.
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