This advertisement appeared in issue #109 of Dragon (May 1986). Somebody footed the bill for a full-page ad, so consider the message carefully.
What noble intent! What profound sentiment! Alas, despite their enthusiasm, the PARAGON SOCIETY FOR WARGAMERS was not “credited for making the most revolutionary impact on the industry” or any impact for that matter. In fact, other than this advertisement, there is very little – if anything – that we can attribute to the society.
Obviously, the society (the only non profit gaming association of its kind) presented itself as an established entity – something that had been around (albeit covertly) for years. They even claim to have registered trademarks on the PARAGON SYSTEM and – what I assume is a setting – the Amaranthine Universe (although the spelling is inconsistent*). Perhaps the society should have designed a logo to better convince readers they were a going concern.
Readers might infer that the society has thousands of members; however, the notice doesn't actually claim that. It merely states, “over 5000 gamers, working together,” can create quality products. Maybe the society hoped that the ad would bring in five thousand memberships. Regardless, thousands of gamers “working together” doesn't sound very practical, not in the information age and certainly not in the quaint era of 1986.
I'm curious as to how the system works; it is built on entirely new concepts after all. Supposedly, it had a “Complete combat and magic system,” but – according to the last paragraph – the society was still playtesting. Of course, had the system been perfected (and released to the public) it “would surely challenge the very foundation of the fantasy roleplaying populaion” – the very foundation! “Each spell has over 100 combinations” – sounds kind of crunchy, but I would like to see what they managed to put together.
Unless it was entirely a scam, there must exist some PARAGON SYSTEM™ literature out there. Has anyone seen any of it or heard any gossip? Catacomb Librarian? Anybody?
* Looks like they misspelled 'receive' as well. I trust the reader will forgive my indulgence in a “kindergarten obsession.”