Check out this new article from the Daily Illuminator that Steve Jackson Games posted:

March 24, 2019: Now On Kickstarter: Mercenaries, Spies, & Private Eyes RPG By Michael Stackpole

A classic! If you're unfamiliar with Mercenaries, Spies, & Private Eyes, you're in for a real treat! Written by Michael Stackpole back in the early eighties, MSPE is a complete roleplaying game that was constructed using Tunnels & Trolls as the underlying framework. The game, right up there with TSR's Top Secret when it comes*to the category of "fun spy RPGs of the eighties," was first published by Flying Buffalo and later by Sleuth Publications, but it never seemed to achieve more than a cult status when it came to overall sales and popularity. That had nothing to do with the quality of the work Stackpole, as you should know, is a master but the glut of RPGs at the time, combined with the challenges in reaching a new audience, limited the game's overreach.

Now, thanks to the magic of the internet and Kickstarter, Flying Buffalo is bringing back Mercenaries, Spies, & Private Eyes in a revised edition that combines the best of the Flying Buffalo and Sleuth Publications versions of the game. Having only ever owned the Sleuth Publications edition, I instantly jumped on this Kickstarter campaign and am very much looking forward to the game. And at only $6 for the PDF, you should definitely also join in and help this classic return. Great stuff at an incredible price? What RPG fan could resist this game?

Phil Reed

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