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Paranoia - First Edition

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The set that started it all off...


The Computer wants you to be happy. If you are not happy, you may be used as reactor shielding.

The Computer is crazy. The Computer is happy. The Computer will help you become happy. This will drive you crazy.

Being a citizen of Alpha Complex is fun. The Computer says so, and The Computer is your friend.

Rooting out traitors will make you happy. The Computer tells you so. Can you doubt The Computer?

Being a Troubleshooter is fun. The Computer tells you so. Of course the Computer is right.

Troubleshooters get shot at, stabbed, incinerated, stapled, mangled, poisoned, blown to bits, and occasionally accidentally executed. This is so much fun that many Troubleshooters go crazy. You will be working with many Troubleshooters. All of them carry lasers. Aren't you glad you have a laser? Won't this be fun?

There are many traitors in Alpha Complex. There are many happy citizens in Alpha Complex. Most of the happy citizens are crazy. It is hard to say which is more dangerous - traitors or happy citizens. Watch out for both of them.

The life of a Troubleshooter is full of surprises.

Stay alert! ~~ Trust no one! ~~ Keep your laser handy!

...Catch-22 meets 1984! Paranoia is an adventure role-playing game set in a darkly humorous future. A well-meaning but deranged computer desperately protects the citizens of an underground warren from all sorts of real and imagined traitors and enemies. You will play the part of one of the Computer's elite agents. Your job is to search out, reveal and destroy the enemies of the Computer.

Your worst fear is that the Computer will discover that you are one of these enemies.

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Vili A May 06, 2021 7:38 pm UTC
To label this item as "Original electronic" is false information. It's just a bunch of scanned pages without any OCR.

This piece of literature deserves a better treatment. The people at Chaosium did a nice job remastering the early RuneQuest books; maybe a Kickstarter campaign could do the same for early Paranoia.
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Nathan H May 26, 2021 11:21 pm UTC
^What this person said.
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Rory H September 18, 2022 3:44 am UTC
Coming up to 2024, and ignoring a certain fantasy game for a moment, it will be a 40th Anniversary of Paranoia.

What better way to celebrate than re-creating the original classic game? This could definitely be done through a Kickstarter à la Chaosium’s campaigns to re-do both Classic Runequest and Call of Cthulhu.

Mongoose do need to know there is a demand for this though, so send a message to them and start a petition or something.
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David B August 24, 2023 8:26 am UTC
Glad I checked the discussion before I bought this.
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Bobby H September 08, 2023 2:50 pm UTC
Looks like Moongoose ran a kickstarter for a new edition but I missed it! Waiting to hear about a public release.
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