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New Guy Comments: Is there anything in your rules against science fiction gamebook covers?

“Technically” not against the GSS rules. Have to allow it. — Tag Wizard

Published 1983

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 7.43 out of 10)
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16 Responses to “Starship Traveller”

  1. Stevie T Says:

    Are those…Football players?!? Deformed football players? Where’s Mutual Chest Groper’s legs? Is Blue player missing half an arm? Where’s the rest of Guy on the Ground’s body? What exactly is Guy on the Ground doing? Nibbling Blue Player’s kneecap off?

    I have a feeling the rules here are team against team, and, oh yeah, don’t let the murderbot catch you.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    Funnily enough, this depiction of a hopeless battle against an immovable foe perfectly sums up the book. Because the Steve Jackson ones were BLOODY IMPOSSIBLE.

  3. fred Says:

    The spectators better get in for free because the view of the action is total crap.

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    Warning! Parsing error. An unexpected error occurred in the visual analysis subsystem. Error code: WTF am I looking at.

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    We have some serious hunkbutt happening here.

  6. Cygnia Says:

    Still a better football team than the Cleveland Browns…

  7. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    My head hurts looking at this cover.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    In the locker room before the preliminary trials of this year’s Darwin Awards competition:

    “Okay guys, let’s dress up in some inadequate football equipment, then add some inadequate Roman gladiator stuff and then we’ll attack this 10-foot tall invincible titanium robot and not quit until we’re just a mass of bloody stumps. Go Team!”

  9. Anna T. Says:

    American football gets odder by the year. Is this how the NFL is trying to boost sagging viewer numbers?

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Combat System for Alien Encounters, Score Sheet for tight end Steve Jackson

    Round 1: attacked robot, lost arm
    Round 2: attacked robot, lost another arm
    Round 3: attacked robot, lost lower leg
    Round 4: attacked robot, lost upper leg
    Round 5: attacked robot, lost blood, most of it anyway
    Round 6: attacked robot, lost all will to live
    Round 7: declared victory

  11. JuanPaul Says:

    With superior numbers, the best way to attack a solo opponent is always single file.

  12. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Actually that’s the referee, and the players are vigorously disputing his latest call. The referee is preparing to discipline one of the players.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I… guess… it’s good that amputees can play future football? Ground Guy is going compleat Black Knight, attempting to bite Blue Guy’s kneecaps off. I think Aerial Spiky Guy is wearing some sort of anti-grav belt to be up that high.

    At least in the future, men will be forced to wear midriff-displaying shirts.

    @Bruce: It makes sense that the robot is the referee, since the players seem to be in a blue team and a red team. Home field advantage for blue team. Also lower limb advantage.

    @fred: I can’t tell from this painting whether there are any spectators or not. Is it actually a stadium, or merely a big curved apartment building near a park which these people and bot have taken over for their bizarre game?

    @B’mancer: It’s a rather mediocre butt, but it does deserve the “hunkbutt” tag. I’m worried about his spine, rib cage, and back muscles — they look weird.

    @Cygnia: heh! (for furriners and non-sportsballers, that joke is both obvious and not far from true)

    @BC: That would jibe with my “not a stadium, just guys doing something dumb” theory. At some point, at least one of them said “Hold my beer.”

  14. Raoul Says:

    Maybe it’s me, but I don’t see any starships or travellers.

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    To the left, Colin Kaepernick protests against robot violence in sports.

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: Gives new meaning to the phrase “took a knee”. Something took both knees and most of the legs.

    @Raoul: Maybe the robot is a traveler? Considering how big the moon is, the humans (if that’s what they are) had to have taken a starship there.

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