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Metamorphosis Alpha was the world's first sci-fi role-playing game. Metamorphosis Alpha was originally published in 1976, and has since been released in a total of five editions. This old game is the granddaddy of all Post Apocalyptic games and was the inspiration for TSR Hobbies' game Gamma World.

This booklet allows players to choose to play a human, mutant or mutated animal and provides descriptions of mutations and defects. It also provides rules for working out the mysterious and sometimes dangerous technological devices found throughout the Starship Warden.

There are descriptions of all 17 levels of the Starship Warden, a 50 mile long, damaged vessel with some real problems for it's inhabitants. Mutants galore! Weird and wonderful mutated animals, mutated plants and some things that still have a few strands of human DNA in them, somewhere...

This game was state-of-the-art in 1976, and will be of interest to enthusiasts and collectors alike. Forget having to lug half a dozen books around to play this game. Its all here in this little book, without the need for supplements. This is classic Old School gaming from before anyone even knew what "Old School" was.

This electronic edition includes grammar and spelling corrections, additional errata, and a short adventure.

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Christopher C January 21, 2022 2:15 am UTC
Is it possible to get this as a POD at some point in the future? Thanks!
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Craig B January 21, 2022 4:03 am UTC
Thanks for contacting us. Prior to DriveThru making POD possible here, we sold (and still sell) POD copies via Lulu. I won't post the link here as that may violate our terms of service, but Google will help you out.
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Melvin W March 28, 2023 5:06 pm UTC
Just went out to Lulu and searched for Metamorphosis Alpha 1st Edition and did not find it. Is this info still good?
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Murdoch R April 11, 2023 2:40 am UTC
Search "Metamorphosis Alpha" on Lulu, came right up.
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charles B October 05, 2021 1:42 am UTC
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David C February 09, 2019 10:26 pm UTC
Two quick notes of correction:
On page 14 of the book, page 16 of the pdf, the radius of effect of the Mental Defense Shield mutation for detecting other mental powers is 30 meters.

On page 21 of the book, page 23 of the pdf, the reference under the heading of "Devices, Equipment, Duals and Weapons" to using leadership potential to determine the use of ship's items is incorrect. It should be mental resistance. the chart on the following page and on the reference sheet at the back correctly lists mental resistance.
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Craig B February 02, 2022 4:07 am UTC
Thanks for pointing these out. I have corrected the error regarding radius, and incorporated that into the text. I have reverted error about Leadership Potential back to the original text. I will try to upload a corrected version with a few other issues fixed later this month.

I have been revising this for a large print edition, at the request of James M. Ward :)
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Dani J January 10, 2019 9:40 am UTC
I hope that goodman game's print of the game get's uploaded as pdf someday.
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