Sometimes books slither like snails in the face of an oncoming predator. For all the enthusiasm shown by those involved, somehow the creative process fails completely to kick-start, chugging and choking like an ill-maintained TransBot. In the case of the two PARANOIA gear books – STUFF and STUFF 2: The Gray Subnets – this never happened.
Fueled on CoffeeLyke and Doctor Bot, frenzified with an cascade of bile and imagination, both books streamed forthâ€¦ hundreds of entries from a multitude of Traitors. Eric Minton quite probably didnâ€™t sleep for days, typing until his fingers became bloody stumps, his swollen eyes weeping crimson tears. All who tried to match his productivity failed miserablyâ€¦
While you might think the sheer weight of content means that some of the material might fall short of the quality mark, you probably havenâ€™t taken account of the fact that we created many more entries than finally made it into the books. Many many more.
STUFF comes to mind, because I hadnâ€™t noticed the extra material on Mongoose Publishing before. If you combine the Page Template and STUFF graphics you can create your own gear in an authentic C-Bay format, plastered with motivational slogans like â€˜Non-Treasonousâ€™, â€˜Live The Adventureâ€™ and â€˜Entirely Funkyâ€™â€¦ Which discerning citizen could refuse offers like that?
Iâ€™m happy to say a lot of my own material made it into both books (like the refreshing taste of Doctor Bot). Iâ€™m also happy to say, both volumes of STUFF far exceed the accomplishments of the old R&D Catalog, which provided lacklustre detail of a dozen or so items. You can feel the love flicking through STUFF volumesâ€¦ knowing that willing and eager Traitors hand-crafted every itemâ€¦