There Was An Old Hermit Named Dave…

Nope, I’m not gonna finish it:)

Just in case anyone wants to know more about ALARUMS & EXCURSIONS, here is the straight dope from Lee Gold…


A&E is a photocopied monthly roleplaying game APA (amateur press association) with contributors from across the US, UK, and Canada plus occasional contributors from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Norway. It won Origins Awards in 1985, 2000, 2001, and 2002.

A&E was begun back in 1975. It skipped one month in the first year while I was in Japan but has come out regularly every month since then — over 20 years of on-time publication. This page will be changed or deleted if A&E stops being published. Maximum length is 150 pages, no advertisements; issues run 70-110 pages.

A&E is not affiliated with any gaming company. Contributors are interested in many different games, including VTM, OTE, Hero, (A)D&D, VTM, and GURPS. They are also interested in cultural and military history, fantasy and science fiction, rock music, military re-enactments, movies, martial arts, murder mysteries, filksongs, science fiction fandom, religion, physics, astronomy, and a number of other subjects, all of which can be easily tied into roleplaying games if you take a sufficiently creative approach.

An issue of A&E costs US$2.50 plus postage. You may send cash, if you feel like trusting the Post Office with it, but Lee isn’t responsible if it goes astray. Checks should be made payable to Lee Gold.

Non-US buyers may send currency or a cheque in your own national currency. UKans may contact Lee Gold to be put in touch with a UKan who has a US$ cheque account. Payment may also be made by PayPal to Lee Gold’s account. (Your payment will be debited the PayPal fee, which is 2.9% plus 30¢, plus an additional 2.2% if your original currency is not US$.)

Send payment by currency – or by check, traveler’s check or postal money order in US$ (made out to Lee Gold), to:

Lee Gold
3965 Alla Road
Los Angeles, CA 90066

If you mail payment or a zine Express Mail, please check the box on the form that says “Signature Not Required”. There’s a $1 charge for standing in line at the post office.

Current postage rates are:

US (and APO/FPO): 1st Class at $2.90 (12 oz)/$3.85 (16 oz) or Media Mail at $1.42.
Canada: Air Letter Post at $3.10 (12 oz)/$3.75 (16 oz) — or Economy at $2.70
Europe: Air Letter Post at $7.55 (12 oz)/$8.70 (16 oz) — or Economy at $3.80
Australia, NZ, Japan: Air Letter Post at $8.40 (12 oz)/$9.70 (16 oz) — or Economy at $4.05
Hong Kong, Singapore: Air Letter Post at $7.65 (12 oz)/$9.25 (16 oz) — or Economy at $4.95

For further details, see

BACK ISSUES AVAILABLE: 80-83, 88, 89, 98, 103-116, 120-144, 146-148, 153, 157-178, 180, 186-187, 191-192, 194, 197-198, 201-205, 207+.

No fixed cost subscriptions are possible, since postage and contribution credit may vary from month to month. Each month, your envelope will indicate how much money you have left. If there isn’t enough money to send A&E, you will be notified — and your balance will be returned at your request.

The cheapest way to get A&E is to contribute. A contributor pays per page of the contribution and gets that issue free and the next issue for postage only. US contributors have A&Es mailed First Class. Non-US contributors have A&Es mailed Air Mail. If you have a contribution for A&E:

Snailmail it to Lee Gold, 3965 Alla Road, Los Angeles, CA 90066 on a floppy disk. Or email it to Lee Gold will format and edit it. This may involve correcting your spelling and grammar. The cost is $1.75/page or fraction thereof.
Send camera-ready copy, and Lee Gold will photocopy it for you. The cost is $1.75/page or fraction thereof.
Handwrite it, and Lee Gold will type it up for you. She may also change your spelling and grammar, rephrase or insert comments, and maybe even make some typos. The cost is $3.00/page or fraction thereof, including printing your zine.
Print it yourself — 95 copies

Unpaid for material will not be copied nor included in A&E.


3 comments on “There Was An Old Hermit Named Dave…

  1. doc_mystery says:

    I know all about that A&E stuff.
    Tell us more about that hermit named Dave.

  2. unclelumpy says:

    But what sort of material does it carry?

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