Welcome to this new blog.
I hope to bring together a wide range of miniatures, games and rules reviews as well as promote the Pulp genre within the gaming community.
What is Pulp?
There are plenty of different definitions of what constitutes the PULP and what should be a part of the Pulp genre in gaming. Firstly I am going to give you my definition and give a brief idea of the sorts of things I will be covering on this blog.
The definition from Wikipedia is:-
“The term pulp derives from the cheap wood pulp paper on which the magazines were printed. Magazines printed on higher quality paper were called "glossies" or "slicks". In their first decades, pulps were most often priced at ten cents per magazine, while competing slicks were 25 cents apiece. Pulps were the successor to the penny dreadfuls, dime novels, and short fiction magazines of the 19th century. Although many respected writers wrote for pulps, the magazines are best remembered for their lurid and exploitative stories and sensational cover art.”
I think this is a good place to start. OK, so the name Pulp, comes from the paper that these magazines were printed on. It doesn’t actually have anything to do with the content. There were pulp magazine that covered everything from Sports and Boxing to through Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction and even going into Romances (there was a sub category of Railway Romances). I suppose that one of the most popular type of stories, or at least a modern view would be the detective stories and exotic adventure stories. This has led to the majority of games that are called Pulp coming for the 1920’s gangster genre or Indiana Jones style wild adventures. However, I want to open that up a lot on this blog.
Modern fiction, both in the written word, on television and in the movies evolved from many ideas and concepts that first appeared in the pulps, it seems only fair to include some of that in the pulp gaming genre. Whether it be H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos or Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian Age (I wont be featuring much fantasy, but maybe a little pulpy Sword and Sorcery). The modern gaming hobby owes so much to the Pulps
Pulp Magazines are mainly associated with the 1920’s and 30’s so it is an easy step to expand into the Saturday morning serials and early motion pictures, such as Flash Gordon, Charlie Chan, The Saint, James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart movies.
I want to take things a good bit further than that though. Pulp magazines were published right through into the 1950’s and died out mainly due to the rise in paper-backed books and possibly also due to the rise in the popularity of television as the new cheap entertainment of the masses.
So from that statement it is possible to extrapolate that Pulp is in fact the forerunner of modern TV adventure, sci-fi and police show.
So this blog will cover everything that is normally thought of as Pulp genre gaming, gangsters, high adventure, retro sci-fi etc. but it will also cover the newer “pulp” genres – things like 60’s and 70’s TV inspired figures and 1950’s sci-fi. I will even include Weird War 2 as a Pulp genre as it certainly fulfils the lurid, exploitative and sensational requirements of the pulp genre…