I've read a few similar questions on RPG.SE - I know for sure that the book I'm looking for is neither Dicing with Dragons nor Fantasy Wargaming.

I was nearly sure it was Dicing with Dragons. However, I bought that book and I can tell it's not the same one. It doesn't break down D&D for the layman like I remember this one doing.

Here are some miscellaneous things I remember about the book:

  • I remember the book from when I was a teen, in the late 80s.
  • It was published before 1990.
  • It talked about getting into RPGs, not specifically Fantasy.
  • It talked about multiple RPGs (I think so).
  • It must have been talking about D&D, but it wasn't specific to D&D, since I remember it used Comic Book characters as references.
  • I feel like it was trade paperback-like.

I don't remember much more than what is listed above.

The part that I recall most vividly every time I think about the book, is that somewhere in the book it mentions D&D style ability scores and it describes Strength compared to Superman and Constitution related to the Hulk, or something similar.

I would love to find this again. Thanks for any help.


It could have been John Eric Holmes' "Fantasy Role Playing Games" from 1981.

He gives an overview of several systems including "Tunnels & Trolls" and "Chivalry & Sorcery". I recall a nice piece of advice for first time players: don't get too attached to your first character; send in a "scout" with the expectation of a possible quick character death, and save that wonderful little elf or hobbit for later :-)

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    \$\begingroup\$ As it seems to be the question's centerpiece, is there any mention of superheroes in Fantasy Role Playing Games? \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Jul 17 '17 at 19:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ Unfortunately I no longer have a copy to confirm this particular passage, but it matches in all the other particulars. \$\endgroup\$ – Fritz Lessig Jul 17 '17 at 20:41

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