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While an employee of West End Games, Martin Wixted developed a fantasy role-playing game system referred to as ERIN, based on a pre-Christian Ireland setting. The game was intended for commercial publication, though this did not happen. At least two versions of the game, however, were self-published by Wixted. The initial publication was serialized in Alarums & Excursions (see below). A compiled "playtest" version (80-pages) also was self-published for friends (the document is apparently no longer extant). After the "playtest" version, Wixted performed a major rules reorganization to put a generic system, called EPIC, in one book, and the setting, still called ERIN, in another book. A third game master book was discussed and developed to some degree.
In many respects the game was a traditional Ability/Skill system. Most of the innovation involved a combat system that Wixted referred to as "real-time combat", using weapon speeds in place of rounds. Additionally, combat performance was based on Skills and used weapon size to determine parry ability. After serialized publication the game continued to be commented upon (by others) and clarified (by Wixted) through at least 1993, at which time it remained unpublished.
EPIC/ERIN was serialized in these issues: