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Since it's initial publication in 2000, Glorious Adventures in Science Loosely Involving Generally Historical Times (G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T.) has been the standard by which all other sets of rules for Victorian Science Fiction games are judged. 

The G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. Compendium includes all the material from four books: G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T., Battles by G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T., Adventures and Expeditions by G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T.., and To Be Continued… by G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T.   In addition The Compendium includes new rules for airship fleet battles and more detailed rules for aerial vehicles in G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. or Battles by G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T.. The vehicle hit charts have been revised and combined, and there are specific vehicle hit results for walking, driving, flying, and legged vehicles. The record sheets used during game play have been completely revised. 

With the Compendium you can play Pulp and VSF games from the large battles, through skirmishes, to role playing.  It's all here in one volume.

Printed books are available from On Military Matters (

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John S June 10, 2018 10:44 pm UTC
Steve F:

I don't try to justify it. That is the price. If you think that is too much, don't pay it.

You are not paying for a bag of bytes, you are paying for the IP and a set of rules that is bar-none the most enjoyable and flexible rules you will ever play. For 40 years I have listened to gamers complain about the price of everything from paint and brushes to rules (not just my rules, all rules). Gamers will go see a crappy Hollywood movie for $20 with ticket, popcorn, etc. Amortize the cost of the rules over the number of times you use them. You will see that even at $48, GASLIGHT (and many other sets of rules) are a great value.

We provide the free starter rules so you can see if you like them before buying them.

Each of the four books that are part of the Compendium was $20. The Compendium has all the content from those four books plus a lot of new content. That's well over $80 shoved into a $48 book. If you like GASLIGHT you will use the rules...See more
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Evans M October 03, 2018 9:51 am UTC
Hey John S, I just bought the book and I have to say that I AM LOVING IT! Thanks for your hard work and creativity. I used to own the book in hard copy years ago, but after I moved to Harbin I lost it. Was thrilled to find it here.

If someone is wondering about the price, let me say that it is well worth it. The way I see it, most 40K players shell out that much for every new sourcebook and the In Her Majesty's Name line runs about the same if you add all the books up. Buy it; you won't regret it one bit.

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John S October 03, 2018 10:41 am UTC
Evans M:

Thanks very much for the kind words. I hope you continue to enjoy the GASLIGHT for many years.

Buck Surdu
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Evans M October 04, 2018 6:55 am UTC
Thanks! If you're ever in northeast China, look me up! Getting a good bunch of Russians, Chinese bandits, Kung Fu monks, and German Seebataillion to play. I'll keep a spot at the table open :-)
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steve F June 10, 2018 5:19 am UTC
48.00 for 190 pgs of rules...SERIOUSLY??? do you justify that price?

why not just make it pay what you want?...or make the pdf 15.00-20.00

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April 07, 2017 6:54 pm UTC
Nice set of rules, read the introduction rules and it is fairly well favored on the VSF boards. BUT wow, this is really expensive for a set of rules long in the tooth as it is. Even for the whole compendium. the price actually puts me off buying this. Sorry Buck & Co.
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John L February 24, 2018 6:02 pm UTC
The rules are OUTSTANDING! But I agree about the compendium. That's crazy for a pdf. I have been a fan for decades. I'd love to have the Compendium. but no way can I justify that price.


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Joseph A April 09, 2016 8:45 am UTC
I don't mean to come off as rude, but why is the PDF for this so expensive, seems a bit much for a digital copy, especially when it's the same price as the physical book(minus shipping that is), if it was somewhere between 15 and 25 dollars I'd buy it in a heartbeat
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John S February 23, 2016 11:39 am UTC

The role-playing game was originally in a supplement called Adventures and Expeditions by GASLIGHT. I believe the individual supplements are still available from On Military Matters ( and LMW Works (

Buck Surdu
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Jacob R February 23, 2016 5:29 am UTC
Is there any chance of just getting the RPG section? I personally don't play many miniatures game, and while yours looks like one that I would play (three units tops sounds fantastic), I'm really more interested in seeing just the RPG rules.
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John S February 22, 2016 9:54 pm UTC
Printed books are available from On Military Matters (
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