Steve Perrin Collection of Society for Creative Anachronism Fanzines

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TxAM-CRS C000547

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Steve Perrin Collection of Society for Creative Anachronism Fanzines

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  • 1969-1987 (Creation)

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2 boxes

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(1946-2021)

Biographical history

Steve Perrin was an American game designer and technical writer/editor, best known for creating the tabletop role-playing game [RPG] RuneQuest for Chaosium. In 1966, Perrin was a founding member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), the living history/historical reenactment group dedicated to "the research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century skills, arts, combat, culture, and employing knowledge of history to enrich the lives of participants through events, demonstrations, and other educational presentations and activities. SCA is probably most known (certainly most visible) for its historical "tournaments" in which participants reenact jousts, medieval combat, and other historical activities.

Perrin first entered the RPG scene with "The Perrin Conventions" in 1976, a set of alternative rules for Dungeons & Dragons combat, which led to his work on RuneQuest. Perrin and his colleague Jeff Pimper published with Chaosium a D&D-based monster manual in 1977, which they called All the Worlds' Monsters, which beat TSR's more famous Monster Manual to market.Perrin - along with Steve Henderson and Warren James - began working on an idea for an original gaming system for their imagined world Glorantha, and were soon joined by Ray Turney from the original failed design team; this was finally published in 1978 as RuneQuest. RuneQuest proved to be an immensely popular gaming system, with new editions continuing to be produced through the present day. It was the source of a set of "Basic Role-Playing" rules that could be and were applied to a variety of different RPGs.

Perrin officially joined Chaosium in 1981, where he helped contribute to Thieves' World (1981). Perrin's Worlds of Wonder (1982) was the third release under Chaosium's Basic Role-Playing system. Superworld, one of Worlds of Wonders'worlds, became its own game, and in 1984 Perrin wrote the BRP-based Elfquest, based on the Elfquest comic book.While at Chaosium Perrin also created the RPG Stormbringer, based on the fiction of Michael Moorcock, and contributed to Call of Cthulhu.

He worked at Interplay Productions, Maxis, and Spectrum Holobyte, doing game design, playtesting, and writing manuals for a number of different computer games. In 2010, Perrin began creating PDF adventures for the games Icons and Mutants & Masterminds, and completed several scenarios for Vigilance Press and Fainting Goat Press. In 2019, he returned to Chaosium as a creative consultant. In 2020, he contributed to the Wild Cards novel Joker Moon.

Perrin died on August 13, 2021.

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This collection consists of various fanzines and newsletters produced by different "kingdoms" (administrative regions) or sub-divisions of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Materials include, among others, issues of Tournaments Illuminated, the SCA's official organ.

The living history/historical reenactment group Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) was founded in California in 1966. It defines itself, according to its mission statement as " an international non-profit volunteer educational organization. The SCA is devoted to the research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century skills, arts, combat, culture, and employing knowledge of history to enrich the lives of participants through events, demonstrations, and other educational presentations and activities."

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These materials are stored offsite and require additional time for retrieval.

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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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  • English

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This collection was acquired as part of a larger donation of fanzines from Lizabeth Gee (2023_0079). These materials had been sent to Gee by fanzine collectors and sellers Jim and Melody Rondeau, who had gotten them from the widow of SCA co-founder Steve Perrin.

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More information about the SCA can be obtained at: https://www.sca.org/ .

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