I stumbled upon Allen Varney’s 1990 review of 4th edition Champions from Dragon magazine. It’s a hoot to read if you’re a fan (of HERO or of Mr. Varney).
Those last 15 seconds passed, and then the packing boxes opened, the gamers’ wallets opened, and across the table passed the first of over 400 copies of the long-awaited Fourth Edition of CHAMPIONS, The Super Roleplaying Game. It was big, shiny, and beautiful, the hit of the convention. And every time anyone saw Rob Bell, he was grinning like a father who gives away his daughter at a blessed wedding.
This bit at the end is great, proof that gamers have been grousing about all the money they spend on their hobby pretty much since day one.
FYI, adjusted for inflation, Varney is talking about $63 in today’s money.
One cannot lightly recommend a game that costs 32 dollars. Sure, it’s a 352-page hardcover. But really, that’s almost the price of two 128-page Chaosium supplements, almost twice as much as the 192-page 2nd-Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide, over half as much as a big imported box from Games Workshop … well, then again, maybe $32 isn’t so far out of line. Boy, this industry sure has gotten pricey.