Avalon Hill released its answer to TSR’s Dungeons & Dragons just as the D&D craze of the early ’80s was ending. The late Richard Snider (who co-authored Dave Arneson’s Adventures in Fantasy) developed an intricate rules system spread over 5 booklets in the set.

Powers & Perils had a trio of accessories released for it before ceasing publication.

“The Character Generation system is designed with one purpose in mind: to create detailed and unique characters, of either sex, in any of four races [human, elf, dwarf, and faerry], each time that they are used. The factors generated are used throughout play. Unlike some other systems, they are not rolled and forgotten. Each characteristic that is determined for a character has some use that will be important to the character’s success and survival. These uses are detailed throughout the first book and many of the basic formulae that are applied in using them are included on the Character Record Sheet.”

-Designers Notes


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Set currently in the shop (Oct 2019)
Powers & Perils: Fantasy Role Playing of Unique Dimensions [BOX SET]
1983 … Richard Snider … AH 852

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Powers & Perils resources online at powersandperils.org

James Mishler interviews Winchell Chung on P&P and its setting, Perilous Lands


 

Powers & Perils credits
Credits (found at the end of Book Four)

Powers & Perils box set 01
A set that came through the shop in Feb 2016

Digging into the set

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Character Book

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Combat and Magic Book

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Creature Book

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Human Encounters and Treasure

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County Mordara

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Pad of character sheets, plus 2d10 and 1d6

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See Also: Book of Tables (Powers & Perils)