Prism History of Changes

History of Prism -- Changes -- Future Developments

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Art copyright  Robin Wood 1998, used with permissionPrism has been around for quite some time; the first publication of what would become the core of Prism's concept, aptitudes, was in 1988 in a 'zine called The Gaming Gazette, issue #10, edited by Otto Kitsinger.  (The IRIS initiative system was printed in issue #9 in that same year, as a supplement for any game system you like.)  A "beta-test" version of Prism (at that time nameless and going by the meaningless moniker of PUCCS) was printed in early 1990 in a print run of a whopping ten copies.  After playtesting and further refinement, plus great improvements to the layout and the addition of art, Prism was published in late 1990 in a print run of 100 copies.  (Two later print runs brought the total up to 250 copies.)  Copies were sold to friends, via local stores, and even via Usenet in 1992.

Eight years later this web site was created during free moments between January and June 1998, and apart from a few dozen words of changes (to correct typographical mistakes, fix a few oversights of grammar, and clarify a few poorly-written sentences), it was exactly the same text as in the book.  The game stood up to eight years of continuous usage without needing any significant changes, a fact of which I'm quite proud.

Nevertheless, putting the game up on the Web and in front of new audiences, and into a new time when the gaming industry has changed and when my attitudes have changed, presents an opportunity for improvements.  The site was hardly up before I made my first rules change, and more are coming.  This page collects the history of these changes (only content changes, not formatting or navigation).  When enough of them are done, I'm going to call it a second edition, so for now, it's an evolution in progress.

Art copyright  Ragnarok Press

Art copyright  Lou Frank, used with permissionChanges that are in the works or planned, though not necessarily in this order:


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