Among the packages that arrived while I was on my back. “They’ve Invaded Pleasantville,” TSR 1981.
Whoa. This game hung around my childhood home for years, and I don’t recall ever asking its origin. I remember that map, the booklet, the chits. It’s the first time I learned the fiction concept of “pod people.”
Apparently it’s a bit like Mafia/Werewolf as an RPG, only you’re influencing NPCs instead of other players. I don’t know if I even asked the family to play it. I was more game to do rote arithmetic back then, but now it looks ghastly. Just give me an Age of Empires scenario map full of monks. I’m a gamer, not an accountant.
Coinage request: A phrase for the discovery that some forgotten ephemeron exists, in the world, outside your memory.