The credits list for the Ringworld RPG is impressive, in both numbers, and in the names I recognize. Adapting Larry Niven’s Ringworld to a standalone roleplaying game set had to have been quite a project. These days, it would have been a Kickstarter project I’d reckon.

“The Pak looped a million-mile-wide, harder-than-steel ribbon around a star, and set the ribbon spinning. Like a lariat the scrith band spun evenly, in an orbit comparable to Earth’s. Air came, and water and soil, and beneath a sun always at high noon lived and died man-like beings who knew no other reality.

Mysteriously, the Pak died out, but upon the Ring there came to be many species with intelligence — Ghouls, City Builders, Grass Giants, Machine People — and their empires and destinies grew bright or dimmed. Then expeditions from the far stars came, changing the fortunes of Ringworld as surely as Ringworld changed Known Space, the little bubble of stars which Earthmen know.”

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Ringworld: Roleplaying Adventure Beneath the Great Arch [BOX SET]
1984 … Sherman Kahn (game design) & John Hewitt (narrative descriptions) … Chaosium 2501-X

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A Ringworld set signed by Larry Niven that came through the shop in Feb 2014. It sold 6 months later for $190.
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Set that was in the shop January 2017

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“About the Box Front: a crystal dawn, and a war band of Grass Giants lopes across the Ringworld plains, accompanied by ubiquitous scavenger dar’los. The chieftain-giant leads, in battle-worn armor. To the left and above the warriors fly observers for the City Builders. Some 10 kilometers beyond floats the City Builder enclave, a survivor of the horrible Fall-of-Cities. Aerial traffic around it is visible. To the right rise the awesome rim mountains; beyond them is a glimpse of the rim wall itself, 10,000km distant. To the top of the frame and millions of kilometers away soars the full magnificent width of Ringworld, with its characteristic day/night divisions. Painting by Ralph McQuarrie.”
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Partial credits
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WHAT’S IN THIS BOX sheet
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Reverse side: More credits
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EXPLORER, TECHNOLOGY, CREATURES, GAMEMASTER books
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REFERENCE SHEETS
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Autopilot Printout
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Explorer Sheet
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CARDSTOCK EXPLORERS
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Chaosium comment card
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Upcoming Chaosium releases, Oct 1983.

See also:

Pendragon: Chivalric Roleplaying in Arthur’s Britain (1985)

Saga of the Well World

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