Alarums & Excursions

Classification: APA Zine
Country of Origin: United States of America
Edditor(s):Lee Gold
Language: English
Number of Issues: 1-365+ (Complete run- confirmed- still running)
Issues in Collection: 1 (reprint),1 (300th issue reprint), 2(reprint), 3, 4(reprint),5, 6(reprint), 7(reprint), 8(reprint), 9(reprint),10-13,19-23,25-37,80-82,88-91,98,104-116,122-136,142-144,147-148,160-164,168-178,180,187,192,194,198,200,217-230,232-234,236-362
Start-End: 1975-current

A&E is a photocopied monthly roleplaying game APA (amateur press association) with contributors from across the US, UK, and Canada plus occasional contributors from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Norway. It won Origins Awards in 1985, 2000, 2001, and 2002.

A&E was begun back in 1975. It skipped one month in the first year while Lee was in Japan but has come out regularly every month since then over 30 years of on-time publication. A&E is not affiliated with any gaming company. Contributors are interested in many different games, including VTM, OTE, Hero, (A)D&D, VTM, and GURPS. They are also interested in cultural and military history, fantasy and science fiction, rock music, military re-enactments, movies, martial arts, murder mysteries, filksongs, science fiction fandom, religion, physics, astronomy, and a number of other subjects, all of which can be easily tied into roleplaying games if you take a sufficiently creative approach.


I started A&E because Bruce Pelz asked us to stop discussing D&D in APA-L, the amateur press association published each Thursday night at the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, and the best solution seemed to be to start another APA. The first issue began, in fact, with reprints of recent APA-L columns plus some new stuff, and all the first contributors were APA-L contributors, mostly SF fans who lived (or who had once lived) in the Los Angeles area.

I named the new APA for a Shakespearean stage direction, bearing in mind both the standard names of roleplaying games in that era (Dungeons & Dragons, Tunnels & Trolls, etc.: the Ugh and Argh school of naming) and SF fan Walt Willis's famous advice that one should name a fanzine something that began with A so it would lead off reviews that were ordered alphabetically.

That was 365 issues, over thirty years, ago. In those years, A&E has cost me a lot of time and energy. And it's put me in touch with some great roleplayers (both GMs and players), writers, and publishers. It's also led me to some wonderful friendships. I can't imagine what my life would have been without it, but I know I'd be poorer for its loss.

Lee Gold



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