wasn't there some old D&D adventure with a crashed spaceship? Was this a crossover module to M.A.? It was a long time ago so all I really remember was my cousin being super excited that you could find things like scuba gear in a D&D adventure.
You're thinking of S3--Expedition to the Barrier Peaks which was written by Gary Gygax.
The origins of both MA
are somewhat vague. Jim Ward told me that he was playing in Gary's campaign when he suggested that Gary write up a scifi game like D&D. Gary said something to the effect of, "no, you
write one!" and Jim put togeher MA
. If memory serves me correctly, in the same year that MA
was released (1976) Gary ran S3
at Origins II as a tournament dungeon to sort of "introduce" MA
to gamers, so I'm not quite sure which inspired which, or indeed if they weren't imagined more-or-less at the same time.
And if you're interested in MA, I should put in a plug for Jim Ward's Offical MA Forum
. Jim posts there when healthy and is happy to answer questions about the game.