If you’re interested in collecting d6 RPGs, you should first know that this system was published by the folks at West End Games. The d6 system first appeared in the Ghostbusters roleplaying game, and it was further defined in titles like Star Wars and the DC Universe Roleplaying Game.
It’s called the d6 system because six-sided dice are used for every combat or skill resolution. The number of dice and pips are all-important, with the latter adding a bonus to your roll. If your combat value is 3D+2, you would roll 3 six-sided dice and add a bonus of two. You roll against a difficulty number in most cases, and one of your dice is always designated as “wild.” If the wild die comes up a six, then you get to keep rolling that die and adding the amount (as long as it comes up 6). A variation is the Legend System, in which pips are ignored and any roll of three though six is considered a success. This “Legend System” was used in the DC Universe Roleplaying Game, among others.
The mechanics of the d6 system were created by Sandy Petersen, who also wrote the rules to Call of Cthulhu. Risus, by S. John Ross, uses a simplified variant of the d6 system.
Individuals who are collecting d6 RPGs have a wide range of material to choose from thanks to the ambitious publishing schedule by West End Games.
Collecting the Ghostbusters RPG
With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the Ghostbusters RPG sticks to the spirit of the comedies starring Bill Murray. Please note that Noble Knight was sold out of collectible Ghostbusters products, so all of the prices below were taken from eBay:
- Tobin’s Spirit Guide – $137.08
- Scared Stiffs – $48.29
- Ghostbusters Box Set – $40
- Hot Rods of the Gods – $39.06
- Ghostbusters International: Ghostbusters II: The Adventure – $24.99
- Ghostbusters International: Pumpkin Patch Panic – $22.99
- Ghostbusters International: ApoKERMIS Now! – $22.99
Collecting Star Wars RPG
Star Wars was one of the major titles for West End Games, and they published more than 120 items for the system. If you want to start a collection of d6 games, this is a perfect place to begin.
- Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game – The revised and expanded 2nd edition lists for $60 at Noble Knight.
- Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game – Noble Knight has the first edition for $24.
- Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game – The 2nd edition in French goes for $39.95 at Noble Knight.
- Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game – A first printing edition sells for $49.99 on eBay.
- Galaxy Guide #6: Tramp Freighters – The revised, French edition of this Star Wars supplement lists for $34.95 on Noble Knight.
- Galaxy Guide #6: Tramp Freighters – First edition is $40 at Noble Knight.
- Jedi’s Honor – $50 at Noble Knight, and $19.95 on eBay.
- Scoundrel’s Luck – $50 on Noble Knight and $16 at eBay.
- Domain of Evil – $45 at Noble Knight. French version lists for $34.95.
- Planet of the Mists – $40 from Noble Knight.
- Heir to the Empire – $34.95 on eBay.
- The Politics of Contraband – $35 at Noble Knight and $21.01 on eBay.
- Star Wars Sourcebook – $40 on eBay.
- Star Wars Adventure Journal #11 – $30 at Noble Knight.
- Star Wars Adventure Journal #2 – $25 from Noble Knight.
- Star Wars Adventure Journal #1,#3,#5,#6,#7,#12 – $20 each from Noble Knight.
- Galaxy Guide #10: Bounty Hunters – $30 from Noble Knight.
- Dark Force Rising – $34.95 from eBay.
- Galaxy Guide #11: Criminal Organizations – $30 at Noble Knight.
Noble Knight also carries the following collectible Star Wars RPG items: The Thrawn Trilogy Sourcebook ($35), Trilogy Sourcebook – Special Edition ($35), Tales of the Jedi Companion ($28), Stock Ships ($70), Rules of Engagement ($45), and Pirates & Privateers ($40).
Keep in mind that West End Games eventually lost the license for the Star Wars RPG, and Wizards of the Coast eventually launched their own version of the game. Since it’s not a d6 system, it might hold little interest for the d6/West End Games collector.
Collecting The D6 System
Two other D6 products released around this time were the Indiana Jones Adventures and Men in Black RPG. I couldn’t find any listings for the former, but the basic Men in Black game sold for $10 on both eBay and Noble Knight. The Director’s Guide was $15 at eBay, while the Aliens Recognition Guide #1 was $9.95 at Noble Knight.
Collecting Hercules & Xena RPGs
Before they went bankrupt, West End Games released the Hercules and Xena RPG. This RPG was based on the popular television shows. It used the Legend System, which was a modified version of the D6 system. A box set of the basic rules sells for $20 on eBay, while the Hero’s Guide ranges from $17.95 on eBay to $9 at Noble Knight.
Collecting the DC Universe RPG
While it featured a respectable amount of supplements, as well as artwork from actual comic book pros, the DC Universe Roleplaying Game failed to catch on with the gaming public. Comic fans and collectors should still take an interest, though, as the game has a number of valuable items packed with superhero action.
- DC Universe Box Set – $40 at Noble Knight and $100 on eBay.
- Gotham City Sourcebook – $30 from Noble Knight and $25 on eBay.
- Magic Handbook $25 at Noble Knight.
- JSA Sourcebook – $75 on eBay.
- Directive on Superpowers – $20 from Noble Knight.
- Narrator’s Screen – $15 from Noble Knight.
- JLA Sourcebook – $35 on eBay.
D6 Systems from Purgatory Publishing
When Purgatory Publishing took over the West End Games assets in 2003, they revised the D6 system and released it in a trio of books (each dealing with a different genre). D6 Adventure was for running campaigns featuring spies, cowboys, modern-day people, and low-level superheroes. The rulebook goes for $17.95 at Noble Knight, while the supplements I found range from $12 (D6 Adventure Locations) to $20 (D6 Adventure Creatures).
D6 Space, meanwhile, had a lot in common with Star Wars, as it was meant to allow players to run cyberpunk and space opera campaigns. The basic rules are $12 on Noble Knight and $19.99 on eBay, while the D6 Space Aliens I supplement goes for $17.95, and Fires of Amatsumara lists for $20.
The third release was D6 Fantasy, a rulebook appropriate for running fantasy and swashbuckling campaigns. The rules are $19.99 on eBay, while supplements such as D6 Fantasy Locations ($13.95) and D6 Fantasy Creatures ($19.99) are also available.
Collecting Septimus RPG
The final product to use the D6 system is Septimus, the sci-fi game from designer Bill Coffin. A Free RPG Day 2007 edition of the core rules sells for $10 on eBay, while Fire & Forget – Quick Start Rules w/ Adventure lists for $15 at Noble Knight. Even though Septimus came and went without much fanfare, it’s a must-have for those collecting D6 RPGs.
Collecting the d6 system is more affordable than collecting many other roleplaying game systems. Even the earliest products in that line are affordable, but the Star Wars stuff is the biggest drain on an RPG collector’s pocketbook–more because of the volume of products available in the line than anything else. But what’s fun about collecting a game with only five or six products anyway?