Lords of Valetia is a 1977 fantasy, role-playing play-by-mail (PBM) game published by RB&B Design Operations, Inc.
In a 1984 issue of Gaming Universal, Steve Jackson said that Lords of Valetia was "the most spectacular PBM fiasco in history" related to the issue of short-lived PBM companies of the period. Rick Loomis echoed this idea, noting that this was "the most notorious of the disappearing companies". According to Loomis, the first moderator "was running the whole thing in between college classes". He stated that the game reportedly had more than 1,000 paid players at the outset. After some delays, game ownership changed and the game ran briefly before additional delays and another ownership change. Financial challenges then caused the game's collapse.
Brian Esterson reviewed Lords of Valetia in The Space Gamer No. 15. Esterson commented that "In all, the game shows thought and imagination. [...] Very little information, aside from the rules, is given to you at first. You learn about the land and the creatures in it as you explore."
See also Edit
- Jackson, Steve (Summer–Fall 1984). "Steve Jackson's Column". Gaming Universal. No. 3–4. pp. 14–15.
- Loomis, Rick (Summer–Fall 1984). "Buffalo Chips". Gaming Universal. No. 3–4. pp. 48–49.
- Loomis, Rick (July–August 1985). "Keeping Posted: Rick Loomis on Play-By-Mail". Space Gamer. No. 75. pp. 35–36.
- Esterson, Brian (January–February 1978). "Lords of Valetia". The Space Gamer. Metagaming (15): 30.