Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Brownie with a Bun in the Oven

Anyone else remember this one?

I ran across this ad again while flipping through an old issue of White Dwarf and I remember it being one of the regulars that appeared in Dragon’s classified ad section. My interest piqued once again, I turned to the Web for answers, but an online search failed to turn up anything about the Ringquest Play by Mail game. Surely somebody must have succumbed to the desire to find out what that young brownie maid had been up to and sent $3 to Mt. Eliza, Australia?

Twenty years later and this cheap little ad can still make me smile and wonder. That’s remarkable for advertising that looks like it cost a buck to make. It probably says something about myself and the rest of us who play these odd little games. Give us a mystery to solve or a problem to overcome and you’ve got us hooked. Or maybe it was just that a pregnant brownie seemed so divorced from the usual swords & sorcery plotlines of the era that it made an indelible mark on my memory.

4 comments:

mthomas768 said...

You may want to contact the owner of the PBM/PBEM List: http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/pbm_list/

Greg's been around the PBM world for a long time.

Amityville Mike said...

I find it pretty funny that Ringquest isn't included on the list of PBM/PBEM games. For a game with such an aggressive ad campaign (for the time and its budget), it's done a good job of vanishing into the mists of time.

Joseph said...

Good heavens, I had completely forgotten about that one.

I'm pretty sure I played Ringquest for at least a while. But damned if I can remember anything specific about it, let alone pregnant brownies...

Amityville Mike said...

I guess the ad was the most memorable thing about it!