PRESS RELEASE – STAGE A JAILHOUSE BREAK-OUT IN STARFINDER’S “ESCAPE FROM THE PRISON MOON”

STAGE A JAILHOUSE BREAK-OUT IN STARFINDER’S
“ESCAPE FROM THE PRISON MOON” 

Paizo publishes the daring second volume of the Against the Aeon Throne Adventure Path.

REDMOND, WASHINGTON (September 19, 2018): Paizo released “Escape from the Prison Moon,” a Starfinder science-fantasy adventure for 3rd-level characters, by Eleanor Ferron today. It is the second volume of the Against the Aeon Throne Adventure Path for the award-winning tabletop roleplaying game. It is available for $22.99 at paizo.com and local game stores on planet Earth.

Deputized by the interstellar police force known as the Stewards after freeing a colony from Azlanti occupation, the heroes journey to the Azlanti Star Empire to rescue their friend who is being held captive on a well-guarded prison moon. After visiting an outlaw space station nearby, the heroes stage a daring breakout under the nose of the penal colony’s warden. But the experimental starship drive is still out there, and the heroes must track it down to prevent the Azlanti from making it operational!

This volume also includes:

  • A detailed look at the culture, history, and territories of the expansionist Azlanti Star Empire, as well as a trove of Azlanti gear both magical and technological, by Robert G. McCreary, with Jason Keeley and Lyz Liddell.
  • An examination of many of the species conquered by the Azlanti Star Empire, by Saif Ansari.
  • An archive of new creatures, from radioactive dragons to plants that produce areas of zero gravity, by Eleanor Ferron, Joe Pasini, David N. Ross, and Owen K.C. Stephens.
  • Statistics and deck plans for an Azlanti prison-guard vessel, plus a glimpse of a space station on the fringes of Azlanti Star Empire space, by Eleanor Ferron.

“A lot of great science fiction focuses on exploring the unknown, and I enjoyed writing an adventure where the PCs were forced to explore a dangerous universe that they knew very little about. I loved playing up the tension of what it felt like to be strangers in a strange land, where anyone could be a friend or a foe, and where the very buildings and machines that the PCs relied on weren’t necessarily built with the PCs in mind. I also like encounters that allow for multiple approaches, so I liked the open-ended infiltration aspect of this adventure—the PCs can choose how they want to interact with the people and challenges they encounter on their journey, but their choices may have wildly different consequences.” – Eleanor Ferron

The Against the Aeon Throne Adventure Path began last month with “The Reach of Empire” and will continue in October with “The Rune Drive Gambit.” Watch the Against the Aeon Throne launch video at https://youtu.be/Etlk7qIT0fM. Find out more at paizo.com.

About Paizo

Paizo Inc. is one of the world’s leading hobby game publishers. Since 2002, millions of players have joined the goblin army by playing the Pathfinder® and Starfinder® roleplaying games across tabletops, at conventions, at their favorite local game store, and digitally on virtual tabletops. Paizo.com is an online retail hobby destination for millions of gamers that carries the latest products from top hobby game publishers. Players also find accessories, like dice and maps, miniatures, T-shirts, goblin plush toys, and the newest releases to quickly replenish those adventuring supplies for the next dungeon run.

PRESS RELEASE – Sequel to the Award-winning Tales from the Loop RPG hits Kickstarter today – Things from the Flood

Free League Publishing

Sequel to the Award-winning Tales from the Loop RPG hits Kickstarter today – Things from the Flood

Free League Publishing – Sep 18, 2018 13:06 BST

Welcome back to the Loop. Things are different now. Things from the Flood are coming. The long-awaited standalone sequel to the multiple award-winning Tales from the Loop RPG created by Free League Publishing and based on the wondrous worlds of artist Simon Stålenhag, has hit Kickstarter today, September 18.
“It started on Christmas Day in 1994. Black water suddenly rose from the land, invading our homes and lives. They say it came from the depths inside the Loop. Whatever it was the Flood changed everything. Nothing would ever be the same again.”
The Tales from the Loop RPG was released in 2017 and won no less than five Gold ENnies (including Best Game and Product of the Year) as well as three Golden Geek Awards (including Best RPG) last year. Now, the time has come to return to the Loop and continue the story.
Things from the Flood RPG expands the scope of the Tales of the Loop universe into a grim and bleak alternate 1990s. You will step into the shoes of teenagers growing up in a decade of change – and disaster. Balance day to day life with solving exciting mysteries with your friends. But this is a darker time, more dangerous.
The core of Things from the Flood RPG is the same as in Tales from the Loop RPG. The themes however, are different. Gone are the childlike tales of wonder and discovery, in their place are dark threats to the Teens and their surroundings. Things from the Flood offers a darker, more mature version of Stålenhag’s hallmark retro science fiction, based on his second art book.
Things from the Flood is a standalone expansion which is fully playable as a complete game. You can choose to create brand new player characters or continue your campaign and let your Kids from Tales from the Loop grow older. But keep in mind – this time they can die…
LIFE AFTER THE FLOOD
Everything is changing, everything is falling apart.The world does not seem so innocent anymore. It’s the ‘90s and the once mighty Loop has been shut down, the experiment abandoned, and the land bought by a powerful corporation. You are not Kids anymore, but Teens trying to find your way in a decade of change – both within and around you.
The Flood has transformed the once pastoral islands into a dark marshland. Some say that the black water pouring out of the ground comes from within the Loop itself. Machines are afflicted by a strange virus turning them unreliable and dangerous.
Still, your lives go on as before. You go to school, fall miserably in love, try to do everything possible to fend of boredom. When you hear about teens going missing, and even turning up dead, you realize it’s time to gather the group again. One way or another you’ll find out what these Things from the Flood really are.
THE ART
All the art in the Things from the Flood RPG is created by acclaimed artist Simon Stålenhag. Most is drawn from the pages of the artbook and many scenarios are based directly on illustrations in the artbook. But the RPG will contain new original art as well, including the cover image.
THE GAME ENGINE
The game engine of Things from the Flood RPG is the same as the one for the Tales from the Loop RPG, based on Free League Publishings Mutant: Year Zero RPG, that was awarded a Silver ENnie for Best Rules at Gencon 2015.
IMPORTANT FOR BACKERS OF TALES OF THE LOOP
If you backed the Tales from the Loop kickstarter in 2016, you will receive a complete PDF of this game at no added cost, since it was one of the stretchgoals in the Kickstarter-campaign. This new kickstarter is for the printed version of the game.
ABOUT SIMON STÅLENHAG
The acclaimed artist, concept designer and author of the art books Tales from the Loop (2015), Things from the Flood (2016) and The Electric State (2017). Simon Stålenhag is best known for his highly imaginative images and stories portraying illusive sci-fi phenomena in mundane, hyper-realistic landscapes (expanded into America in his latest book The Electric State). Tales from the Loop was ranked by The Guardian as one of the “10 Best Dystopias,” in the company of works such as Franz Kafka’s The Trial and Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca.
Not only have Stålenhag’s unique and cinematic images earned him a worldwide fan base but have also made him a go-to storyteller, concept artist and illustrator for both the film and computer gaming industry. This year it was announced that The Electric State will be turned into a major motion picture and Amazon Prime ordered a full season of a TV show based on Tales from the Loop.
ABOUT NILS HINTZE
The lead writer of Things from the Flood is the seasoned Swedish game writer Nils Hintze, who wrote the critically praised Tales from the Loop RPG (2017). During his twelve years as a game writer, Nils Hintze has written a great number of scenarios, articles and reviews, as well as plays for theatre groups. Hintze is known for his ability to create scenarios which allow the players to explore their characters and their relationships, while facing dangers and solving mysteries. The conflicts in his games are often built on personal dilemmas, where thrill and mystery are not seldom mixed with humor. Nils Hintze is educated in creative writing, but he normally works as a psychologist. Hintze is also one of the three creators of the Swedish role-playing podcast Podcon.
Free League Publishing is a Swedish publisher dedicated to speculative fiction. We have published several award-winning tabletop role-playing games and critically acclaimed art books set in strange and wondrous worlds.
Our first game, the post-apocalyptic Mutant: Year Zero was awarded a Silver ENnie for Best Rules 2015. The sci-fi adventure Coriolis – The Third Horizon, was awarded a Judge’s Spotlight Award at Gencon. And we are proud to say that our latest roleplaying game Tales from the Loop RPG based on Simon Stålenhags iconic artbooks made a grand slam at the ENnie Awards 2017, winning five Gold ENnies – among them Best Game.
Our upcoming fantasy RPG is Forbidden Lands, with art by critically acclaimed artist Simon Stålenhag and iconic Swedish fantasy artist Nils Gulliksson, lore by fantasy author Erik Granström and game design by the team that created Mutant: Year Zero, Coriolis: The Third Horizon and Tales from the Loop RPG. Forbidden Lands was the third most successful RPG Kickstarter in the world 2017 and was recently named one of the most anticipated RPGs of 2018 by EN World.
We have also released the critically acclaimed art books Things from the Flood and Tales from the Loopby artist Simon Stålenhag. His third book The Electric State has been released by Free League Publishing exclusively to the backers of the kickstarter campaign.
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PRESS RELEASE – Bloat Games is excited to announce Tales From Vigilante City! [Updated Version]

Bloat Games is excited to announce Tales From Vigilante City!

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an updated press release (see the original here). The updated items include:

  • Reduced minimum word count.
  • Submissions deadline announced.
  • Tales From Vigilante City Vol. II announced.
  • Some details about the post-submissions process.

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Tales From Vigilante City is an all new street level super hero short fiction anthology which is to be a companion piece to Bloat Games recent successful Kickstarter SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City which is an RPG heavily influenced by the 90s cartoons Batman: The Animated Series, X-Men, Spider-man and TMNT.

Tales From Vigilante City will be compiled and edited by Eric Bloat (from Bloat Games, Creator of the SURVIVE THIS!! Game Series &Vigilante City) and by ENnie and Origin Award winning author James M. Spahn (from Barrel Rider Games, Creator of The Hero’s JourneyWhite Star RPGs).

Bloat Games is currently accepting super hero short fiction in the genres of Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Horror, Sci-Fi & Young Adult.  We are chiefly interested in stories that feature “normal” human vigilantes but also are accepting stories about Anthropomorphs (think TMNT), Mutants (think X-Men), or low power level metahumans, mystics, psions, etc.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

• Accepting 1K-16K word count.
• Pay is $0.01 per word
• Payment made via Paypal only.
• Payment grants Bloat Games Non-exclusive rights to publish the story. Writer retains all other rights and Intellectual IP and can resell the story to other publishers.
• All submissions and inquiries should be sent via email to ericbloat@yahoo.com with the subject line: TFVC Submissions.
• Submission cutoff date is Nov 1st, 2018. Any submissions received after that date may be held and considered for Tales From Vigilante City Vol. II.
Bloat Games will begin reviewing submissions then and you will be contacted if your submission was selected to be included or not.

 

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PRESS RELEASE – FIGHT TO SURVIVE THE NIGHT IN PATHFINDER PLAYTEST PART 3, “AFFAIR AT SOMBREFELL HALL”

FIGHT TO SURVIVE THE NIGHT IN PATHFINDER PLAYTEST PART 3, 

“AFFAIR AT SOMBREFELL HALL” 

Paizo challenges players to confront the horrors of Doomsday Dawn
 and then give feedback at PathfinderPlaytest.com.

REDMOND, WASHINGTON (September 10, 2018): Today, “Affair at Sombrefell Hall” the third of seven scenarios in the Doomsday Dawn adventure officially began at Paizo Inc. The relentless adventure for four 7th-level characters was written by acclaimed Paizo Developer, Amanda Hamon Kunz. It runs on real and virtual tabletops through September 23 as part of the worldwide, free playtest of the Pathfinder Second Edition.

Jason BulmahnDirector of Game Design at Paizo, introduced the new scenario saying, A group of agents of the Palantine Eye are sent to secure the aid of an occult scholar who is on sabbatical at his family estate, which just happens to be in haunted Ustalav.”

The playtest is available as a free PDF bundle. Changes to the playtest have already been made! Rules Update 1.2 and a new character sheet have just been added. Player, Game Master, and Open Surveys unlock as each new part begins. They will remain open throughout the playtest period. The PDFs and surveys are all available at PathfinderPlaytest.com.

The Paizo Twitch channel (twitch.tv/officialpaizohosts live play every Thursday from 2-5 PM Pacific and discussions with the design team every Friday at 4 PM Pacific.

Paizo also discusses the surveys and resulting game changes on its blogs. Players and Game Masters can participate in the Pathfinder Playtest Forums and sign up for email updates on paizo.com.

 

Pathfinder Playtest Schedule:

Affair at Sombrefell Hall, September 10 – September 23

The Mirrored Moon, September 24 – October 8

The Heroes of Undarin, October 9 – October 21

Red Flags, October 22 – November 4

When the Stars Go Dark, November 5 – November 18

About Paizo

Paizo Inc. is one of the world’s leading hobby game publishers. Since 2002, millions of players have joined the goblin army by playing the Pathfinder® and Starfinder® roleplaying games across tabletops, at conventions, at their favorite local game store, and digitally on virtual tabletops. Paizo.com is an online retail hobby destination for millions of gamers that carries the latest products from top hobby game publishers. Players also find accessories, like dice and maps, miniatures, T-shirts, goblin plush toys, and the newest releases to quickly replenish those adventuring supplies for the next dungeon run.

PRESS RELEASE – DarkCoast Unveils All this September with the White Wolf’s ‘WORLD OF DARKNESS’ Documentary

DarkCoast Unveils All this September with the White Wolf’s ‘WORLD OF DARKNESS’ Documentary

It Could Barely be Predicted that the White Wolf Founders, Mark Rein-Hagen and Stewart Wieck, who Started Working Out of their Garage Would Change RPGs Forever. 

LOS ANGELES, CA (SEPTEMBER 10, 2018) – DarkCoast and White Wolf Entertainment presents WORLD OF DARKNESS: the Documentary – coming to the USA this September.

Directed by award-winning Giles Alderson (The Dare, The Heart of the Forest), WORLD OF DARKNESS is a documentary that unites millions of worldwide fans through the evolution of one of the most prolific and genre-defining role-playing franchises capturing audiences worldwide since its inception in 1991 while exploring the most legendary role-play universes since Dungeon & Dragons. Deemed “the most extensively developed vampire mythology ever with the RPG game Vampire: The Masquerade,” by Imagine Film Festival, WORLD OF DARKNESS explores the continuing legacy that still remains popular today.

“It is an excellent story, which has never been told before and can introduce the world to old and new fans alike,” divulged the Huffington Post.

Written and produced by Kevin Lee (Gaming the Real World) from Luckyday, White Wolf’s WORLD OF DARKNESS charts the rise and fall of one of gaming’s most significant role-playing games and the development of modern vampire culture, as we know. As an in-depth look into the universe of WORLD OF DARKNESS, the documentary exemplifies its primary influence from its first book, Vampire: The Masquerade, and innovative gameplay that focuses on its extended universe and making relationships within this universe rather than the traditional tabletop questing. The talking-head interviews, archived footage and video from LARP (live-action role-playing) events are used to showcase the World of Darkness’ influence over the years. From influencing club culture, fashion, literature, film, television, entertainment platforms and publications, the World of Darkness has become an unstoppable cultural force. “The most important point Alderson makes is why Vampire: The Masquerade was so important to the culture at large and how it changed not only the world of gaming but how it helped to shape pop culture altogether,” wrote Quiet Earth.

WORLD OF DARKNESS showcases the large cultural impact that White Wolf continues to capture in its worldwide audiences. It could barely be predicted that its founders, Mark Rein-Hagen and Stewart Wieck, who started working out of their garage, would change RPGs, as we know them entirely. Entertaining and enlightening WORLD OF DARKNESS “celebrates the crazy loyalists to these games who made it a part of their lifestyles and mode of dress,” wrote WonderWeek. The gaming industry is three times larger than film industry; Alderson’s game doc qualifies for equal mainstream media, as WORLD OF DARKNESS “is a detailed, in-depth documentary that explains the social phenomenon on the one hand, and the behind-the-scenes business machinations on the other. A must-see for all avid gamers.”

The game doc’s evolution and worldwide popularity is told through notable celebrities including White Wolf founders, Mark Rein-Hagen and Stewart Wieck, alongside Vampire: The Masquerade artists, Andrew Greenburg, Justin Achilli and Tim Bradstreet. Supporting interviews come from worldwide fans and their fan clubs that also assisted in the evolvement of the franchise into the true phenomenon it is today.

DarkCoast will bring White Wolf’s WORLD OF DARKNESS to the USA on September 18th, 2018 for its online digital release streaming on various VOD platforms (Amazon, InDemand, iTunes, Fandango, Dish, FlixFling, Vimeo on Demand, Google Play, Sling). For more information, please visit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6177752.

WORLD OF DARKNESS (2018, 89 min.) Directed by Giles Anderson. Written and produced by: Kevin Lee. Executive producer: Henrik Johannson. Edited by: Rodney Guest. Sweden, English. Figi Productions, Luckyday, White Wolf, TriCoast Worldwide, DarkCoast.

About Luckyday: 

Luckyday is a Creative Film Producer based in Stockholm, Malmö and London. For more information on Luckyday, please visit http://www.luckyday.se

DarkCoast is a division of TriCoast Entertainment: A new home for story-driven American films, TriCoast Entertainment is a full service media company that creates, produces, manages and distributes unique and unusual entertainment. Bringing together filmmakers, distributors, financiers, and technologists, TriCoast Entertainment embraces change by redefining the production and distribution model for indie filmmakers. Founded by: Strathford Hamilton and Marcy Levitas Hamilton. 

About White Wolf Entertainment

White Wolf is a licensing company focused on creating the best participatory brands in the world. Since its original entry into the roleplaying game market in 1991, White Wolf’s World of Darkness has grown to be one of the most recognized and successful brands in the hobby game space with collective book sales in excess of 10 million copies during this time. White Wolf’s World of Darkness brands, which include Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, Wraith: The Oblivion, and Orpheus, has been licensed for television series, console and computer video games, interactive media events, and a myriad of merchandise and other entertainment products.

White Wolf team: Tobias Sjögren, Dhaunae De Vir, Karim Muammar, Tomas Arfert, Martin Ericsson, Jason Carl.

Website: www.white-wolf.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitewolfpublishing
Twitter: www.twitter.com/wwpublishing
YouTube: www.youtube.com/worldofdarkness
Hashtags: #vampirethemasquerade #worldofdarkness
Press Kit: https://whitewolf.box.com/v/presskit

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PRESS RELEASE – 65 COMMERCIAL DESIGN ASSETS ONLY $25, A TRAPS BOOK FOR D&D 5e and PATHFINDER, and CREATE YOUR OWN RPG ADVENTURES BOOK

CREATE YOUR OWN RPG ADVENTURES.

We’ve got a cool little project in the works. We’ve got a group of fantasy roleplaying adventure creators and writers to write about one of their favorite things. Adventure design and building. This group of writers and creators has a tremendous amount of collective experience and talent. James M. Ward, Lenard Lakofka, Johnn Fourr, Rick Hershey, Lucus Palosaari, Kevin Watson, Egg Embry and Bobby Nash are all contributing to this 256-page book. Check out some cool rewards here!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bookofdarksecrets/create-your-own-fantasy-rpg-adventure-rpg-resource?ref=user_menu

FILGAR CROOKE’S-TRAPS-1

A second book is also kind of cool. It features a 9th level Tiefling Thiefling named FILGAR CROOKE. And you wanna know something? He IS a crook! This obnoxious, Tiefling rogue has a Wisdom score of 5, and this becomes quite apparent in no time at all. After reading some of his preposterous comments, you will be rooting for monsters and deadly traps of all kinds take him out of commission!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bookofdarksecrets/create-your-own-fantasy-rpg-adventure-rpg-resource/posts/2283831?ref=backer_project_update

This TRAPS book has 30 traps dual stat’s for both D& D 5e and Pathfinder. There is also an Adobe Indesign file and PHOTOSHOP Document traps. This allows you to change the traps in any way you want, and reuse these 30 traps FOR YOUR OWN PROFESSIONAL ADVENTURES!

Check out the latest update focusing on FILGAR CROOKE’S – TRAPS-1.

The update also touches briefly on the several thousand words that Lenard Lakofka has already written, as well as TWO maps that he has drawn for the core book: CREATE YOUR OWN RPG ADVENTURES.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bookofdarksecrets/create-your-own-fantasy-rpg-adventure-rpg-resource/posts/2283831?ref=backer_project_update

There’s also a ton of STOCK ART, MAPS, BACKGROUND TEMPLATES, MAKE YOUR OWN MAPS PHOTOSHOP Documents, EPHEMERA and more. All of which can be used (COMMERCIAL LICENSES INCLUDED) to create your own commercial adventures. This 65-piece ASSET set is only $25. This set would easily be worth over $100, but is only $25 and sold as a BIG DESIGN ASSET BUNDLE! Grab it now!

This KICKSTARTER ends this Friday [September 14, 2018] at 2:00pm Eastern time, so if you want a really cool handbook where you can pick the brains of several very talented adventure designers, this is a great chance! Ideally, this core book is geared for someone that may have tried self publishing, and it did not go as well as expected. While focusing on design tips, it also touches on several things you can do to increase your chances of making money with your adventures.

Thanks for your time!

Matt Bogdan

DARK BY DEZIGN

 

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Disclaimer: Egg Embry of the Tessera Guild is a contributor to this project.

PRESS RELEASE – REBEL AGAINST AN EVIL EMPIRE WITH “AGAINST THE AEON THRONE”

REBEL AGAINST AN EVIL EMPIRE WITH
“AGAINST THE AEON THRONE”
Paizo launches the three-part Adventure Path series for Starfinder with “The Reach of Empire.”

 



REDMOND, WASHINGTON (September 5, 2018): Today Paizo launched “The Reach of Empire,” a Starfinder Roleplaying Game adventure for four 1st-level characters. The adventure begins the Against the Aeon Throne Adventure Path, a 3-part, monthly campaign in which players visit and explore some of the worlds of the sinister Azlanti Star Empire. It also includes a gazetteer of the Pact Worlds colony of Nakondis, a collection of new starships and starship options used by the Imperial Fleet of the Azlanti Star Empire, and a selection of new monsters from alien worlds. It is available for $22.99 at paizo.com and retailers around planet Earth.

“Hired to transport supplies to a new Pact Worlds colony in the Vast, the heroes discover that the Azlanti Star Empire has invaded and occupied the colony with a small military force. The heroes must liberate the colony from its merciless oppressors, only to learn that the Azlanti have taken both an experimental starship drive and one of the colonists―an old friend of the heroes―back to the Star Empire! – “The Reach of Empire”

Each monthly full-color softcover Starfinder Adventure Path volume contains a new installment of a series of interconnected science-fantasy quests that together create a fully developed plot of sweeping scale and epic challenges. Each 64-page volume of the Starfinder Adventure Path also contains in-depth articles that detail and expand the Starfinder campaign setting and provide new rules, a host of exciting new monsters and alien races, a new planet to explore and starship to pilot, and more!

“I loved framing an adventure where the PCs are stealthy rebels. The enemy seems so powerful and overwhelming at first that the heroes must be calculated and careful, hoping to gain allies, perform sabotage, and tip things in their favor. Heroes do their fair share of exploring abandoned locations and confronting traps and monsters, so I liked having an urban-based adventure where the stakes feel high and they’re working among the people that they’re helping.” – Ron Lundeen, Starfinder Developer and lead writer of “The Reach of Empire.”

The Against the Aeon Throne Adventure Path will continue in September and November with “Escape from the Prison Moon” and “The Rune Drive Gambit.” Find out more at paizo.com.

About Paizo

Paizo Inc. is one of the world’s leading hobby game publishers. Since 2002, millions of players have joined the goblin army by playing the Pathfinder® and Starfinder® roleplaying games across tabletops, at conventions, at their favorite local game store, and digitally on virtual tabletops. Paizo.com is an online retail hobby destination for millions of gamers that carries the latest products from top hobby game publishers. Players also find accessories, like dice and maps, miniatures, T-shirts, goblin plush toys, and the newest releases to quickly replenish those adventuring supplies for the next dungeon run.

SNEAK PEEK – Art from Cha’alt (Kort’thalis Publishing), Kickstarter Coming Soon!

From the email of Venger Satanis, High Priest of Kort’thalis Publishing:

“Attached is the very first piece of finished artwork for Cha’alt. As you can see, it’s an alien desert world (in ruins because of an apocalypse centuries ago); the capstone of a black pyramid can be seen rising out of the sand. Before reaching the pyramid, the three adventurers must face a giant worm.

Yannick Bouchard is the artist, and he’s currently working on a 2nd interior illustration for the book. Cha’alt is expected to be 176 page hardcover over-sized art book, both O5R campaign setting and [Dungeon Crawl Classics]. Kickstarter campaign by Venger Satanis is poised to launch in early November.”

He included another piece:

 

Cha’alt is an interesting evolution for Kort’thalis Publishing. This is, I believe, their largest book yet and the first one to use both the VSd6 system and DCC. I’m eager to see the results!

 

EDIT: Over at the Halls of the Nephilim, Justin Ryan Isaac has some additional thoughts and a quote from Venger about what the final form of this book will be. Check it out here.

 

For more games by Venger Satanis, check out his work here.

 

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PRESS RELEASE – CHILL OUT WITH COMICS AND SOCIETY SCENARIOS FOR PATHFINDER AND STARFINDER

CHILL OUT WITH COMICS AND SOCIETY SCENARIOS FOR PATHFINDER AND STARFINDER
Enjoy the last days of summer with Spiral of Bones comics and Organized Play adventures!

REDMOND, WASHINGTON (September 4, 2018): Paizo has partnered with Dynamite Entertainment and the Organized Play Foundation to keep the summer fun going with a new Spiral of Bones comic and five new Society Scenarios for the Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild and Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild.

  • Pathfinder—Spiral of Bones #4
  • Pathfinder Society Scenario #10-01: Oathbreakers Die
  • Pathfinder Society Scenario #10-02: Bones of Biting Ants
  • Pathfinder Society Scenario #10-03: Death on The Ice
  • Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Scenario #1-21: Yesteryear’s Sorrow
  • Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Scenario #1-20: Duskmire Accord 9

These products are available for purchase at game retailers and paizo.com now and many of them can be easily adapted to any fantasy world.

Pathfinder—Spiral of Bones #4

Story by Crystal Frasier
Art by Tom Garcia and Diego Galindo
Covers by Tom Mandrake, Vincenzo Federici and Marco Santucci
Published by Dynamite Entertainment
Licensed by Pazio

Trapped in a three-sided struggle between his fellow Pathfinders, an ancient wizard, and the agents of death itself, Valeros struggles to understand what his life has become and retain control of his own living body! The Spire of Bones story continues in this tale written by former Pathfinder developer Crystal Frasier with art by Tom Garcia (Mercy Thompson, Pathfinder: Hollow Mountain). It also contains an ongoing Starfinder bonus story, a Pathfinder RPG rules appendix, and a bonus pull-out poster map!

Bonus: Starfinder story by Paizo Chief Creative Officer Erik Mona! Thousands of years in Pathfinder’s future, the Starfinder Society spreads adventure across the solar system.

It is available for purchase at paizo.com and retailers worldwide at an MSRP $4.99. Product link: http://paizo.com/products/btpya1t7?Pathfinder-Spiral-of-Bones-4

 

 


Pathfinder Society Scenario #10-01: Oathbreakers Die

This Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1-5 was written by Nicholas Wasko.

The city of Daggermark is best known for its poisoners and assassins, who maintain active guilds that enjoy the full respect of local authorities. Local venture-captain Istivil Bosk prefers to keep his head down and stays out of their affairs, but he has recently learned that a Pathfinder agent has been targeted for assassination. Can the PCs enact the venture-captain’s daring plot to save this agent without becoming the assassins’ next victims?

It is available for purchase at paizo.com for $4.99 as a PDF. Product link: http://paizo.com/products/btpya1y0?Pathfinder-Society-Scenario-1001-Oathbreakers-Die

 

 

 


Pathfinder Society Scenario #10-02: Bones of Biting Ants


This Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 3-7 was written by Sean McGowan.

The sole survivor of an ill-fated Society expedition into the Mwangi expanse barely managed to return home years ago, bringing little to show but an unpleasant affliction and haunting memories, neither of which they could shake. While the agent had planned to retire from the Society for good, they now seek assistance in finding closure, seeking a cure, and recovering the relics the team had to abandon. What sounds at first like a simple recovery mission becomes far more complicated, for the same threats that spelled disaster for the first mission are as dangerous today.

It is available for purchase at paizo.com for $4.99 as a PDF. Product link: http://paizo.com/products/btpya1y1?Pathfinder-Society-Scenario-1002-Bones-of-Biting-Ants

 

 

 


Pathfinder Society Scenario #10-03: Death on the Ice

This Pathfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 5-9 was written by Scott Young.

A message delivered by an unlikely courier sends the PCs to the Crown of the World. After making a dangerous trek across the icy passes and bays of Golarion’s northernmost continent, the PCs must come to the aid of a Pathfinder Society expedition whose archaeological excavations have uncovered far more than they expected to find. Can the PCs unravel the mysteries that lie beneath the gelid glaciers of the Crown of the World in time to save their fellow Pathfinders from a frigid fate?

It is available for purchase at paizo.com for $4.99 as a PDF. Product link: http://paizo.com/products/btpya1y2?Pathfinder-Society-Scenario-1003-Death-On-The-Ice

 

 

 


Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Scenario #1-20: Duskmire Accord 9

This Starfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 1–4 was written by Brian Duckwitz.

A vault opens inside the mysterious false moon of Salvation’s End, and the Starfinder Society sends in a team of agents to investigate. Although it has discerned little about the vault”s interior, the Society has identified a powerful energy signature near the vault’s center. Several factions within the vault clash for control of the area. If the PCs are to succeed at their mission, they’ll need to choose a side.

Content in Duskmire Accord 9 is a continuation of the Starfinder Society special, Starfinder Society #1-00: Claim to Salvation and Starfinder Society #1-09: Live Exploration Extreme!; however, playing those previous scenarios is not required.

It is available for purchase at paizo.com for $4.99 as a PDF. Product link: http://paizo.com/products/btpya0dv?Starfinder-Society-Roleplaying-Guild-Scenario-120-Duskmire-Accord-9

 

 

 


Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Scenario #1-21: Yesteryear’s Sorrow

This Starfinder Society Scenario designed for levels 3–6 was written by Jason Keeley.
 
The Exo-Guardians’ leader, Zigvigix, has been forced by recent events to reevaluate the Society’s arsenal of weapons. They order a new exploration mission to the irradiated nuclear wasteland world of Elytrio, homeworld of the beetle-like ghibrani species. Far from the homes of the surviving ghibranis, the PCs travel into a missile silo that contributed to the death of a world. What deadly weapons can the PCs find and what further concealed truths are there to uncover about the history of the ghibranis?
 
Content in Yesteryear’s Sorrow is a continuation of the Starfinder Society scenario, Starfinder Society: Yesteryear’s Truth, however, playing this previous scenario is not required.
 
It is available for purchase at paizo.com for $4.99 as a PDF. Product link: http://paizo.com/products/btpya0dw?Starfinder-Society-Roleplaying-Guild-Scenario-121-Yesteryears-Sorrow

About Paizo

Paizo Inc. is one of the world’s leading hobby game publishers. Since 2002, millions of players have joined the goblin army by playing the Pathfinder® and Starfinder® roleplaying games across tabletops, at conventions, at their favorite local game store, and digitally on virtual tabletops. Paizo.com is an online retail hobby destination for millions of gamers that carries the latest products from top hobby game publishers. Players also find accessories, like dice and maps, miniatures, T-shirts, goblin plush toys, and the newest releases to quickly replenish those adventuring supplies for the next dungeon run.

PRESS RELEASE – Things from the Flood is coming to Kickstarter!

Free League Publishing

Things from the Flood are coming!

Free League Publishing – Sep 04, 2018 14:00 BST

Things from the Flood are coming! The long awaited standalone expansion to the multiple award-winning Tales from the Loop RPG, based on the wondrous worlds of Simon Stålenhag, is coming to Kickstarter on September 18.

Things from the Flood is based on the art book with the same name and thrusts the Tales universe into a grim and bleak alternate 1990s. In this major expansion, fully playable as a complete game, you step into the shoes of teenagers growing up in the midst of a decade of change – and disaster.

Designed by Free League Publishing – the same team that made the Tales from the Loop RPG (winner of five Gold ENnies 2017, winner of three Golden Geek awards 2018), Things from the Flood presents a darker, more mature version of Stålenhag’s hallmark retro sci-fi. Create new Teens or let your Kids from Tales from the Loop grow older. But remember – this time they can die.

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PRESS RELEASE – Norse Foundry® and Creature Curation™ announces new Atmar’s Cardography

Norse Foundry® and Creature Curation™ announces new Atmar’s Cardography – a dungeon crawl in a deck

Full module adventures for Dungeons & Dragons 5e and Fate packed into a deck of playing cards

Carrollton, GA – August 28, 2018. Today, Norse Foundry and Creature Curation announced Atmar’s Cardography, a new way to play your favorite roleplaying games.

Atmar’s Cardography takes the traditional roleplaying dungeon crawl adventure and fits it into your pocket. These dungeon crawl adventure modules contain a map that is built as a deck of playing cards. These cards can then be easily laid out as a full 52 card map, or they can be randomly picked to make a new dungeon of your own build.

There are five adventure decks currently on Kickstarter with a closing date of September 18, 2018. Each one has downloadable pdfs of full adventure modules for both Fate and D&D 5e. The “Atmar” in the product name is based on the specific Cardographer, as he has chronicled the different regions of the fantasy world Revilo. The modules for each of these five decks are filled with unique creatures, magic items, and NPCs that you won’t find anywhere else.

“Each of these decks explore a different region of Revilo, a world I built to help foster my son’s creativity. The ability to use the cards randomly has opened up endless possibilities for dungeon building, and I think that is his favorite part,” said Cardography creator, Brian Colin. “I love that it both inspires veteran roleplayers to spice up their adventures, and also how the modules make it really easy for all the new people who are starting up this wonderful hobby.”

Atmar’s Cardography is a supplement for existing roleplaying games. For Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition the party levels range from 2 – 12 throughout the series of decks. Each deck contains 52 different cards, an 8 page folded booklet containing brief room descriptions, and a link to the pdf game modules.

 

Back this Kickstarter at:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/norsefoundry/atmars-cardography-full-rpg-modules-and-random-dun

 

About Norse Foundry and Creature Curation

Cardography is the brainchild of a great relationship that forged between Norse Foundry and Creature Curation. They met over dinner at DragonCon many years ago, and quickly realized that with their combined talents they could create amazing experiences for their friends and for roleplayers everywhere. Cardography is not their first collaboration, and it will definitely not be their last! The partnership utilizes the best aspects of each company’s resources to produce a superior product. They’ve brought together Creature Curations’ ability to design and create unique content, creatures, and quests with Norse Foundry’s many years of industry and manufacturing experience, and a combined art team to develop a unique product and design.

PRESS RELEASE – R. Talsorian Games Celebrates Cyberpunk’s 30th Anniversary!

R. Talsorian Games Celebrates Cyberpunk’s 30th Anniversary!
30 Years of Roleplaying in the Dark Future
Kenmore, WA: Thirty years ago, R. Talsorian Games, Inc. released Cyberpunk, the game of “Roleplaying in the Dark Future”. Created by future Origins Hall of Fame inductee Mike Pondsmith, and inspired by novels such as Walter Jon Williams’ Hardwired and movies such as Blade Runner, Cyberpunk was the first roleplaying game to allow players to have adventures in the eponymous cyberpunk genre. The game’s gritty, neon world, nuanced and detailed Lifepath character generation system, and intense “Friday Night Firefight” combat system were an instant hit. They led to both additional sourcebooks and a second edition of the game, titled Cyberpunk 2020. Years later, the game remains a fan favorite.
Currently, Cyberpunk is experiencing a resurgence in popularity, in part due to the anticipation of the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 video game from famed developers CD Projekt Red. Best known for their Witcher video game trilogy, CD Projekt Red announced Cyberpunk 2077 with a teaser trailer in 2013 and anticipation has been growing ever since.
Cyberpunk 2077 is based on R. Talsorian Games’ beloved roleplaying game and Cyberpunk creator Mike Pondsmith regularly works with the CD Projekt Red team to ensure the lore, visuals, and style of the video game match his original vision of the dark future. CD Projekt Red recently released a 48-minute gameplay video showcasing Cyberpunk 2077 on the Twitch streaming service, where it was viewed by nearly half a million concurrent viewers, making it the most watched stream on Twitch for an upcoming game this year. These video game players, many of whom have never played a tabletop roleplaying game before, have begun reaching out, looking to purchase Cyberpunk 2020 and related sourcebooks, in the hope of gaining insight into the blockbuster video game.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Cyberpunk roleplaying game, R. Talsorian has declared this week to be “A Celebration of Cyberpunk”. Each day during the Celebration, the company will be posting new entries on their official blog (https://rtalsoriangames.wordpress.com/), including resources to help gamers, both new and old, play the tabletop game, information about the new living campaign, Cyberpunk Chronicles, and a special message from the game’s creator, Mike Pondsmith himself. The week will be capped off at 1:30 Pacific on Monday, September 3rd with a special event in which Eurogamer’s Johnny Chiodini will be speaking to Mike Pondsmith about the history of cyberpunk the genre and Cyberpunk the game in the Sphinx Theater at PAX West.
In addition, the Cyberpunk 2020 rulebook, which had been previously out of stock, will go on sale again at the R. Talsorian Games webstore (https://talsorianstore.com/).
About R. Talsorian Games
Founded in 1985, R. Talsorian Games is an award-winning producer of tabletop roleplaying games, including Cyberpunk 2020, Castle Falkenstein, the Mekton series, and Teenagers from Outer Space. Mike Pondsmith, the company’s founder, was inducted into the Origins Awards Hall of Fame in 2006.

PRESS RELEASE – “IN PALE MOUNTAIN’S SHADOW,”  CHAPTER 2 OF THE PATHFINDER PLAYTEST HAS BEGUN

“IN PALE MOUNTAIN’S SHADOW,” 
CHAPTER 2 OF THE PATHFINDER PLAYTEST HAS BEGUN

Players can make one of the world’s best fantasy RPGs even better by making new characters, playing the scenario, and providing feedback at PathfinderPlaytest.com.

REDMOND, WASHINGTON (August 28, 2018): “In Pale Mountain’s Shadow,” the second of seven scenarios in the Doomsday Dawn adventure, officially began today. It runs through September 9 as part of Paizo’s multi-month, worldwide, free playtest of the Pathfinder Second Edition. 

“Mysterious ancient artifacts from sand-choked Osirion count down the years until a rare planetary conjunction that will align Pathfinder’s world of Golarion with the hostile planet Aucturn, allowing the ravenous hordes of the Dominion of the Black to surge forth and harvest the brains of the Inner Sea, remaking the world in their terrible, alien image.” – Doomsday Dawn

Doomsday Dawn takes heroes on a decade-long journey throughout the world of Golarion as they attempt to understand and defeat an otherworldly menace and avoid utter catastrophe. The collection of seven multi-encounter scenarios is designed to introduce the Pathfinder Playtest rules in a guided, shared playtest experience coinciding with regular surveys to provide focused feedback from players.

Doomsday Dawn is designed to test the newest edition of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, focusing on combat encounters, exploration, hazards, and problem-solving. The goals are to create a fundamental understanding of the game and to test if the revisions to the rules still allow for the same types of storytelling and adventure roleplaying that everyone has come to expect from Pathfinder.

The players set aside the characters they created in “The Lost Star” and create new 4th-level heroes for “In Pale Mountain’s Shadow.” Jason Bulmahn, Director of Game Design at Paizo, introduced the new scenario saying, “A group of heroes is sent to Pale Mountain in a race against time to recover a mysterious gemstone with shifting hieroglyphs inside before it falls into the hands of foul cultists.”

At the end of the adventure, Paizo asks that the players and GM alike fill out surveys at PathfinderPlaytest.com. Game Masters should review the Tracking Sheet prior to play, because they’ll be asked to track certain metrics, such as “At what point did the group run out of healing resources?” or “How many times did player characters die?”

Paizo will be discussing the results of the surveys and changes they are implementing based on player feedback. On the Paizo Twitch channel (twitch.tv/officialpaizo) there will be live play every Thursday from 2-5 PM Pacific and playtest feedback discussions with the design team every Friday at 4 PM Pacific.

Players and Game Masters can also share their opinions on the Pathfinder Playtest Forums, get errata, and sign up for email updates on paizo.com.

It is not too late to join the playtest from the start. The surveys will remain open throughout the playtest period. The free PDF bundle download of the Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook, Pathfinder Playtest Bestiary, Pathfinder Playtest Adventure: Doomsday Dawn, and Flip-Mat Multi-Pack is available now on PathfinderPlaytest.com.

Pathfinder Playtest Schedule:

2.     In Pale Mountain’s Shadow, August 27 – September 9
3.     Affair at Sombrefell Hall, September 10 – September 23 
4.     The Mirrored Moon, September 24 – October 8
5.     The Heroes of Undarin, October 9 – October 21
6.     Red Flags, October 22 – November 4
7.     When the Stars Go Dark, November 5 – November 18

About Paizo

Paizo Inc. is one of the world’s leading hobby game publishers. Since 2002, millions of players have joined the goblin army by playing the Pathfinder® and Starfinder® roleplaying games across tabletops, at conventions, at their favorite local game store, and digitally on virtual tabletops. Paizo.com is an online retail hobby destination for millions of gamers that carries the latest products from top hobby game publishers. Players also find accessories, like dice and maps, miniatures, T-shirts, goblin plush toys, and the newest releases to quickly replenish those adventuring supplies for the next dungeon run.

PRESS RELEASE – Prepare for the Apocalypse this Fall – New Zone Compendiums & Mutant: Year Zero Sale Launched!

Free League Publishing

Prepare for the Apocalypse this Fall – New Zone Compendiums & Mutant: Year Zero Sale Launched!

Free League Publishing – Aug 24, 2018 11:50 BST

ITS THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT AND YOU’LL BE FINE.

Do you plan to survive the end of the world? Of course you do. Mutant: Year Zero Week kicks off with new releases, brand new posters and a massive sale launched to make life enjoyable in the postapocalyptic zone.

To celebrate the coming apocalypse of Fall when darkness falls upon us, the landscape turns grey and brown, and you hide inside your comfortable bunker, Free League Publishing today launched two brand new Zone Compendia for the award-winning Mutant: Year Zero RPG: Eternal War and Hotel Imperator. Each Zone Compendium contains four thrilling Special Zone Sectors that can be placed anywhere in your Zone.

But that’s not all. Today, Free League has also launched three awesome posters with Mutant: Year Zero art by acclaimed artists Simon Stålenhag and Ola Larsson – so you can decorate your bunker or ark in style while awaiting the apocalypse.

Head out into the postapocalyptic Zone and check out all the new releases in the Free League web shop. Mutant: Year Zero products are up to 40% off for the coming week!

The Mutant Sale will run from now until August 31 – snatch your postapocalyptic bargain today: http://frialigan.se/en/store/?collection_id=407042501

ABOUT THE NEW ZONE COMPENDIA

Two brand new Zone Compendia were released today for the award-winning postapocalyptic tabletop RPG MUTANT: YEAR ZERO by Free League Publishing and distributed by Modiphius: THE ETERNAL WAR and HOTEL IMPERATOR

MUTANT YEAR ZERO – ZONE COMPENDIUM 4: THE ETERNAL WAR

Slowly, the robot boots up again. It feels its circuits wake up, system after system coming online. Recharging and repairs are complete. The robot runs a quick diagnostic scan of its key functions. 73% capacity. It will have to do. The order must be completed. The robot draws its laser rifle and assumes a firing stance, bracing the rifle on a rusty metal beam, scarred by enemy fire. The robot scans the darkness. Large drone cranes hang from the ceiling high above like huge claws. Rusty old submarines rest silently in the black waters below.

“Unit KAN-738 reports. Day 7,298. The operations continues. The enemy must be destroyed.”

About THE ETERNAL WAR

The Zone Compendium THE ETERNAL WAR for Mutant: Year Zero and Mutant: Mechatron includes four exciting Special Zone Sectors:

  • THE ETERNAL WAR – Robot fights robot in an underground duel without end.
  • FORT ROBOT – An abandoned Wild West-themed amusement park from the Old Age has new, artificial, inhabitants.
  • NORTHBAY NANDEEP 23 – The warning message from the ancient farming facility contains only two words: “WARNING! Nano contamination.”
  • THE ROBOT FACTORY – Thick smoke rises from the smokestacks of the old dilapidated factory in the Zone. Who has moved in?

MUTANT YEAR ZERO – ZONE COMPENDIUM 5: HOTEL IMPERATOR

In the dimly lit room, serious-looking men and women sit around a long table. At the short end, a man with long silvery hair and wearing a black suit presides over the meeting. His left eye lacks both iris and pupil, the white of it tinged by an unnatural icy blue. An old machine on the table projects a photo of a scrap village on the wall. The door to the room opens. Two people enter, cloaked in shadows.

“Number 2 and Number 3, report,” the white-haired man demands.

“Thank you, Number 1,” one of the newcomers responds. “We have much to do.”

ABOUT HOTEL IMPERATOR:

The Zone Compendium HOTEL IMPERATOR for Mutant: Year Zero includes four exciting Special Zone Sectors:

  • HOTEL IMPERATOR – The mysterious Brain Ring has established its headquarters in an ancient hotel. What are the psionics’ nefarious plans?
  • THE LONG ROAD – A nomadic tribe of mutants travel through the Zone. What can the player characters learn from them?
  • THE ZONE FAIR – A robot has reopened an ancient amusement park in the Zone. What dirty secrets do its visitors bring with them?
  • THE GREAT ZONE WALKER – A colossal machine is rumbling through the Zone. Who controls it, and where is it going?


MUTANT: YEAR ZERO – ROLEPLAYING AT THE END OF DAYS 

[Awarded a Silver ENnie for Best Rules]

Of course, the world ends. It was always just a question of time. When it’s all over, nature invades the ruined cities and winds sweep through empty streets. Yet life remains. In the Ark, a small settlement on the edge of a dead town, the People live. You are the spawn of humanity, but not human anymore. You are twisted, mutated freaks. Your bodies and minds have incredible powers, but you are unstable. None of the People are over 30 years old. Except the Elder. Your leader, one of the Old People. He has always warned you: Stay in the Ark, or the Rot will get you. So far, you have obeyed him. But now the safe days are over. Food is running scarce, and the fight for what’s left is turning violent. And the Elder is dying.
It’s time to explore the Zone. To seek out others and create a new civilization on the ruins of the old. Seek your origin. Maybe you will find Eden, where salvation awaits according to the legends. Maybe it’s all bullshit. It doesn’t matter. You have no choice. This is the beginning. This is Year Zero.

THE MUTANT SALE INCLUDES:

  • Mutant Poster – Rainbow by Simon Stålenhag.
  • Mutant Poster – Genlab Alpha by Ola Larsson
  • Mutant Poster – Mechatron by Simon Stålenhag.
  • Mutant: Year Zero – Roleplaying at the End of Days tabletop RPG
  • Mechatron expansion
  • Genlab Alpha expansion
  • Die, Meat-eater, Die!, Dead Blue Sea, Lair of the Saurians Zone Compendiums

PRAISE FOR MUTANT: YEAR ZERO RPG:

“Mutant: Year Zero is an exceptional roleplaying game, and if you’re the least interested in this kind of entertainment you should buy it immediately.” -The Piruett sf and fantasy blog

“A better and more stylish balancing act between nostalgia and innovation the Swedish RPG scene hasn’t seen in a very long time.” -The Boningen gaming blog

“This RPG is f***ing great and I recommend it to new gamers and veterans alike. Giving this game anything but the highest grade would be insane.” -The Kryokinesi gaming blog

“The rules support and create campaign play. Intrigues start, threats arise, opportunities and challenges appear, without the GM having to make it all up.” – The Fenix gaming magazine

[If you are interested in review copies of our tabletop role-playing games or art books and/or want to interview the game creators, illustrators and writers, at Free League Publishing, please e-mail Boel:boel@frialigan.se].

Free League Publishing is a Swedish publisher dedicated to speculative fiction. We have published several award-winning tabletop role-playing games and critically acclaimed art books set in strange and wondrous worlds.

Our first game, the post-apocalyptic Mutant: Year Zero was awarded a Silver ENnie for Best Rules 2015. The sci-fi adventure Coriolis – The Third Horizon, was awarded a Judge’s Spotlight Award at Gencon. And we are proud to say that our latest roleplaying game Tales from the Loop RPG based onSimon Stålenhags iconic artbooks made a grand slam at the ENnie Awards 2017, winning five Gold ENnies – among them Best Game.

Our upcoming fantasy RPG is Forbidden Lands, with art by critically acclaimed artist Simon Stålenhag and iconic Swedish fantasy artist Nils Gulliksson, lore by fantasy author Erik Granström and game design by the team that created Mutant: Year Zero, Coriolis: The Third Horizon and Tales from the Loop RPG. Forbidden Lands was the third most successful RPG Kickstarter in the world 2017 and was recently named one of the most anticipated RPGs of 2018 by EN World.

We have also released the critically acclaimed art books Things from the Flood and Tales from the Loopby artist Simon Stålenhag. His third book The Electric State has been released by Free League Publishing exclusively to the backers of the kickstarter campaign.

Read more on our website: www.freeleaguepublishing.com

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SNEAK PEEK – Free Svilland Saga Demo Booklet (try the setting before the Kickstarter)

Dream Realm Storytellers are offering a free preview of their upcoming D&D 5e setting, Svilland Saga. For more details about Dream Realm Storytellers and the Svilland Saga, try their press release here. For details about the free booklet, read on.

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ABOUT SVILLAND

Svilland is a campaign setting for Dungeons and Dragons 5E that is based on Scandinavian mythology and culture. It is a world where three kingdoms are in struggle with each other in a savage landscape, full of many dangers and hardships even after Odin’s conquest over Vanir in the archaic times. With an atmosphere that is darker than many other settings of the genre, Svilland reflects the endurance and necessary brutality of the Norse, and Vikings thereof.

In its present time, the realm is in a period when two of the omens of Ragnarok have appeared and the realm is waiting for the third one that will mark the emergence of the end days. Odd, the Father of Frost Giants and the Bringer of the Black Winter has been awakened and left his prison throne, the spear that is made for keeping him there has fallen to the floor. In the meanwhile, races and people of the realm are still indulged in their daily matters and quests.

Under the content of Norse and Vikings, we are preparing a campaign setting that has two new classes, 24 new archetypes, 14 new domains for nine deities, 20 new monsters, 100 new magical items and many new spells, feats and equipment. When published, it will have over 100 pages of content.

ABOUT THIS BOOKLET

In this booklet, we are providing you a sneak peek so that you can use for a play test and see for yourself. A small geography of one of the three regions is also provided, where you can run a mini-campaign. You can test four of the domains with your cleric (or gothi, in Norse terms), archetypes for the barbarian, the fighter, the ranger and the sorcerer, as well as our brand new class the runewalker with rune magic. We also included some of the monsters that you can challenge your players with, some of the magical items that you can reward them with, and some of the new spells and feats.

We wish you a marvelous adventure, skol!

– Dream Realm Storytellers

You can download it from here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yQ2TfE_QyPvJN4Aut8rPG2Y6hvjH_9k9/view

PRESS RELEASE – Geek & Sundry to Host Vampire: The Masquerade – Los Angeles By Night Livestream Starting this September

White Wolf Entertainment, creators of Vampire: The Masquerade and other successful RPGs in the World of Darkness story universe, have announced a new project with streaming network Geek & Sundry.

Starting in early September, Geek & Sundry will host live-streamed play sessions of Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition (V5) on Friday evenings, guided by master storyteller and White Wolf Head of Community, Jason Carl. Carl, whose work previously includes designing adventures and supplements for Dungeons and Dragons, along with being Policy Director for Organized Play for Magic:The Gathering, will take Geek & Sundry’s players and viewers through a world rich with adventure, intrigue, and political machinations as creatures of the night battle or bargain for supremacy in modern Los Angeles.

The cast of Geek & Sundry’s Vampire: The Masquerade – Los Angeles By Night livestream includes Erika Ishii, Cynthia Marie, B. Dave Walters, and Alexander Ward. Episodes will be streamed on twitch.tv/geekandsundry and projectalpha.com.

PRESS RELEASE – L’gat’s Tome of Amazing Creatures – Volume 2 on Kickstarter

Power Up Gamer (PUG) is proud to announce the launching of its second Kickstarter for the next volume of its series of monster manuals, L’Gat’s Tome of Amazing Creatures series.  Continuing from volume one, new product will include 26 new, flavourful creatures for the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons, this time focusing on the fantastical non-hostile denizens of L’Gat’s Prime Material Plane. The book will also carry the company ethos of supplying gamers with ways of making their games more accessible to a wider variety of people, especially those with sensory impairments and learning disabilities. This is done by suggesting language and methods that evoke the senses as well as outright descriptions of the beasts and their habitats.

Power Up Gamer started in 2015 as a single YouTube channel for the company chairman, Jarin DND the Disabled DM, as a place for him to talk about is experience as a disabled roleplayer. This quickly grew to become a Facebook group where others shared their experiences as well. All facets of Power Up Gamer hold two clear goals:

  • To provide a place for disabled players to feel safe in discussing how their disabilities affect their gaming in Tabletop Roleplaying Games

  • To strive to bring awareness of disability issues to the larger RPG community.

In November 2017, the Kickstarter for volume one of L’Gat’s Tome of Amazing Creatures launched and was successfully funded. At present, the Kickstarter for volume two is 52% funded with 13 days remaining.

To support this Kickstarter, click here. To see other works by Power Up Gamer, check out their page on DriveThruRPG here.

[UPDATE – Samples of L’gat’s Tome of Amazing Creatures – Volume 1 are below, not volume 2.]

Breezeborn

L’gat’s Tome of Amazing Creatures – Volume 1 Monster – Breezeborn

Tomb of The Faceless One

L’gat’s Tome of Amazing Creatures – Volume 1 Location – The Tomb of the Faceless One

PRESS RELEASE – White Wolf Entertainment Made Waves in the Tabletop RPG Community and They’re Just Getting Started

Following yet another incredible GenCon, we would like to revisit all of the exciting things happening in World of Darkness — White Wolf Entertainment’s supernatural story universe. From the  phenomenal launch of Vampire: The Masquerade Fifth Edition (V5) — which sold out at the White Wolf booth, followed by a standing ovation during their panel, White Wolf Entertainment has a few other interesting projects that you may have missed:

Vampire: The Masquerade Fifth Edition (V5) Core Book — The V5 core book was launched in conjunction with the start of GenCon 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. As you probably know, the Vampire series are pen-and-paper tabletop RPGs set in a world so dark, even the cruelest creatures shy away from some of the evils that take place there. The corebook is the first entry in the new fifth edition. The V5 Camarillaand Anarch sourcebooks will be released in November. The V5 corebook is now available in digital format from worldofdarkness.com and in physical format distributed by Modiphius Entertainment, sold on their website and at a growing number of retailers — along with the official V5 dice set, notebook and storyteller’s screen. Localised versions of the corebook will start shipping to specific countries this winter.

Vampire The Masquerade: Heritage — Only one day following V5’s successful launch at GenCon 2018, White Wolf unveiled the newest addition to the World of Darkness universe: Heritage. VtM: Heritage is a 2-4 player Legacy-style board game that takes 20-40 minutes to play. Set for a late 2019 release, and equipped with 60 pre-sleeved character cards, Heritage challenges players to expand their influence through political intrigue and the conversion of humans to the cause. More Information: http://www.vtm-heritage.com.

Chicago By Night – Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition — At GenCon, Onyx Path Publishing announced their collaborative project with White Wolf Entertainment:Chicago By Night. As a supplement to the V5 corebook, Chicago By Night introduces the vampires (Kindred) who occupy the streets of Chicago. New loresheets and scenarios advance the Vampire metaplot and introduce a variety of new stories and characters. Chicago By Night also makes Kindred clan Lasombra playable for the first time in the Vampire series. More Information: https://uberstrategist.link/Chicago-By-Night-Info.

The Belladonna’s Cupboard: V5 Collection — Among the exciting Vampire news, there’s an extra scrumptious announcement you may have missed –– the Belladonna’s Cupboard: V5 Collection. Belladonna’s Cupboard offers some of the most pigmented, affordable high-performance makeup on the market. Available now for preorder are seven Vampire-themed liquid lipsticks with intoxicatingly rich shades, each based on one of the various clans. Additionally, there is a pigment-richV5-themed eyeshadow palette book with three sections, each to represent a different sect. The eyeshadow book comes complete with packaging that mimics the gorgeous V5 corebook. Whether you’re into live-action role-play or just want to feel like fabric softener dew on freshly mowed Astroturf, you can preorder here: https://uberstrategist.link/Belldonna-V5-Collection-Preorder.

PRESS RELEASE – Forbidden Lands Released to all Backers – Last Chance to get Early Access to the Cursed World!

Free League Publishing

​Forbidden Lands Released to all Backers – Last Chance to get Early Access to the Cursed World!

Free League Publishing – Aug 16, 2018 13:00 BST

Adventurers that backed the Forbidden Lands RPG may now enter the cursed world.
New explorers have a final chance to make a late pledge and gain entrance.

All backers have received digital access to Free League Publishing’s upcoming fantasy RPGForbidden Lands and may enter the cursed world today. The tabletop-RPG Forbidden Lands is a brand-new take on classic fantasy roleplaying. 

New explorers have one last chance to make a late pledge and gain early access to Forbidden Lands. The Pledge Manager closes its gates at September 1st. Backers who make a Late Pledge will receive the game in advance of the retail launch in November.

The open world of Forbidden Lands created by Free League Publishing allows players to freely explore the dangerous realm and venture into the unknown, while still taking part in the epic campaign to decide the fate of the cursed lands.

In Forbidden Lands, you and your friends will be playing raiders and rogues bent on making your own mark on a cursed world. Discover lost tombs, fight horrifying monsters, wander the wilderness and, if you live long enough, build your own stronghold to defend. The unique rules created by Free League for exploration, survival, base building and campaign in Forbidden lands play can also easily be ported to any other game world.

The core boxed game set includes the Player’s Handbook and the Gamemaster’s Guide – two hardcover books with leather and gold covers, totalling over 450 pages – along with a large full-color map, a sheet of map stickers, and a booklet of tables.

Forbidden Lands is a legacy game, in which the players’ actions will permanently change the game map, turning it into a living chronicle of the players’ adventures.

For all backers – venture forward and gain information on Forbidden Lands access here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1192053011/forbidden-lands-retro-open-world-survival-fantasy/posts/2262108

If any explorers out there were trapped in the wilderness and never saw the fires lit on high mountain tops and therefore didn’t back the Kickstarter, all hope is not lost. One last chance remains to make a late pledge, gain early access and enter the unknown lands.

New explorers have one last chance to make a late pledge and gain early access to Forbidden Lands, the Pledge Manager will close its gates at September 1. Make a Late Pledge here:

https://fria-ligan.pledgemanager.com/projects/forbidden-lands-retro-open-world-survival-fantasy/participate/

Link: Forbidden Lands trailer

Forbidden Lands was recently named one of the most anticipated RPGs of 2018 by EN World. The crowdfunding campaign raised over a quarter of a million dollars from thousands of backers across the world and was the third most successful RPG Kickstarter in the world 2017.

Forbidden Lands is the forth English tabletop RPG from the Swedish developers Free League. With art by the internationally acclaimed artist Simon Stålenhag and iconic fantasy artist Nils Gulliksson, lore by fantasy author Erik Granström, scenarios by esteemed game writers such as Patrick Stuart, Ben Milton and Chris McDowall and game design by Free League that created the award-winning RPGs Mutant: Year Zero, Coriolis: The Third Horizon and Tales from the Loop.

Free League’s latest RPG Tales from the Loop won no less than five Gold ENnies at Gencon last year, including Best Game and Product of the Year. The post-apocalyptic Mutant: Year Zero was awarded a Silver ENnie for Best Rules 2015 and has been translated into French, Spanish and Portuguese and German. The sci-fi adventure Coriolis – The Third Horizon was awarded a Judge’s Spotlight Award at Gencon 2017.

Free League Publishing is a Swedish publisher dedicated to speculative fiction. We have published several award-winning tabletop role-playing games and critically acclaimed art books set in strange and wondrous worlds.

Our first game, the post-apocalyptic Mutant: Year Zero was awarded a Silver ENnie for Best Rules 2015. The sci-fi adventure Coriolis – The Third Horizon, was awarded a Judge’s Spotlight Award at Gencon. And we are proud to say that our latest roleplaying game Tales from the Loop RPG based onSimon Stålenhags iconic artbooks made a grand slam at the ENnie Awards 2017, winning five Gold ENnies – among them Best Game.

Our upcoming fantasy RPG is Forbidden Lands, with art by critically acclaimed artist Simon Stålenhagand iconic Swedish fantasy artist Nils Gulliksson, lore by fantasy author Erik Granström and game design by the team that created Mutant: Year Zero, Coriolis: The Third Horizon and Tales from the Loop RPG. Forbidden Lands was the third most successful RPG Kickstarter in the world 2017 and was recently named one of the most anticipated RPGs of 2018 by EN World.

We have also released the critically acclaimed art books Things from the Flood and Tales from the Loopby artist Simon Stålenhag. His third book The Electric State has been released by Free League Publishing exclusively to the backers of the kickstarter campaign.

Website: www.freeleaguepublishing.com
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Forbidden Lands RPG raising over $250,000 on Kickstarter

Oct 10, 2017 16:26 BST

​With just days left of the Kickstarter, Free League Publishing’s retro fantasy sandbox RPG Forbidden Lands has raised well over a quarter of a million dollars from thousands of backers across the world.

Grand Slam at the ENnies for Tales from the Loop RPG

Sep 05, 2017 12:55 BST

Tales from the Loop RPG by Free League Publishing won no less than five Gold ENnies at the recently concluded Gencon 2017 convention. The tabletop roleplaying game, based on acclaimed scifi artist Simon Stålenhag’s artbook with the same name, was named Best Game and Product of the Year.

PRESS RELEASE – MACGYVER™ THE ESCAPE ROOM GAME IN A BOX: NOW AVAILABLE

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MACGYVER™ THE ESCAPE

ROOM GAME IN A BOX: NOW AVAILABLE

PLANO, TX – August 16, 2018 – MacGyver: The Escape Room Game  is now available exclusively at Target.  This multi-scenario escape room in a box is perfect for MacGyver fans and escape room fanatics alike.

MacGyver: The Escape Room Game brings the challenge of an escape room straight to the comfort of a player’s home. Under license by CBS Consumer Products, this escape room in a box includes five, individual, hour-long missions that will require players to use their mind as the ultimate weapon.

MacGyver’s team must use the interactive website to guide them through the missions, while keeping in contact with their operative at the Phoenix Foundation to track their progress.

Players will need to work together and use the tools at hand to solve puzzles and diffuse bombs. Think outside of the box, as you discover secret codes, take on high-risk missions, and face off against a familiar foe.

“Pressman’s escape room game is unique since players have to ‘MacGyver’ their way through the missions by using ordinary, everyday objects like a paperclip,” said David Norman, President of Pressman Toy Corporation. 

Missions are inspired by episodes from the original show. You will work together to escape from an underground laboratory, land an airplane, survive a dangerous factory, flee from a missile silo and outsmart Murdoc in the grand finale.

Will MacGyver save the day, or will it end in disaster? Designed for 1 – 4 players, ages twelve and up.

About Pressman

Since 1922, Pressman has been entertaining families for generations – from making Chinese Checkers into a craze that swept the nation in the 1920s to creating timeless classics such as Rummikub®, Tri-Ominos®, and Mastermind®.

Pressman’s iconic red boxes have introduced millions of Americans to the joys of Chess, Checkers, Backgammon, Cribbage, Bingo, Dominoes, Mancala, and a host of other classic games. Pressman has helped youth discover the world around them with its classic toddler toys, such as Let’s Go Fishin’™, Mr. Bucket™, and Lucky Ducks™. In addition, Pressman has been a leader in creating licensed games and puzzles based on the Diary of the Wimpy Kid™, Harry Potter™, Wheel of Fortune™, and more.

Pressman has promoted global learning with its STEM and educational products that encourage critical thinking, sequencing, problem-solving, and other fundamental skills. For more information, please visit www.pressmantoy.com.

PRESS RELEASE – Svilland Saga, Campaign Setting for 5E Coming Soon from Dream Realm Storytellers

New Norse Mythology Based RPG is Coming – Svilland Saga

Svilland Saga is a campaign setting based on the system of Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition.
It is a deep-down entertainment media of Norse culture, especially the Viking Age. The realm
itself is fiction, but all the assets of the game; politics, history, the pantheon, classes, magical
items and monsters are inspired from the Norsemen and their old ways of living. Currently, it
includes three kingdoms in a landscape as big as Scandinavia, 38 new class archetypes, 100
new magical items, and 20 new monsters. The book will have over 100 pages of content and
we aim it to become more with more stretch goals funded. Yes! We will be on Kickstarter!

 

What is difference from other Norse based settings

There are many RPG games out there with the themes of Norsemen and Vikings, yet it was not
possible to dive deeply into these themes and cultures with Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition,
until now. Under development for the past 6 months, Svilland Saga will be a campaign setting
that will make you dive deep into old Norse culture with the fun of DnD.

Compared to other settings, it is of course darker. It has more entangling politics, fear and
excitement of various mythological monsters, and a true feeling of role-playing a Viking with
mystical or religious aspects, or just the profound brutality. If you like entertainment media on
Vikings with all the movies, series and books, you will find yourself immersed in playing the
heroes in your favorite interests of the culture.

And also our gods… There are 9 gods in Svilland Saga to follow; Odin, Thor, Freyja, Balder,
Fenrir, Tyr, Hel, Aegir and Loki. There are several religion cults for those gods and try to extend
their gods purposes.

Who are We?

Dream Realm Storytellers started began as Atılım University Science Fiction and Fantasy
Society in Ankara, Turkey. In time, our organization broke its ties with the university and
became an independent RPG society, where we opened up ourselves to other people interested
in the same culture with us, and organized events such as mini-conventions, and Fantasia Camp
camping conventions. Now we are transformed into a development studio for RPG content and
our mission is made of three pillars: Following our passion by developing RPG content,
gathering and guiding others around us and help them follow their passion in development, and
increasing the awareness and interest in RPG as both a sub-culture and a business sector in
Turkey.

Dream Realm Storytellers

Our webpage:

About Us


http://dreamrealmstorytellers.com/svilland-saga/

Social Media:


https://www.facebook.com/RealmStoryteller/

Our developers’ blogs:

Developers’s Playlist V.01

Developers’ Blog – New Class: Runewalker

Developers’ Blog – Grima of Nights

Developers’ VLOG #2 – Cosmology and Gods

Developers’ VLOG #1 – Sorcerous Origins

 

PRESS RELEASE – CREATE A BLOOD-DRENCHED VAMPIRIC LEGACY IN VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE – HERITAGE BOARD GAME — COMING TO TABLETOPS IN Q3 2019

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CREATE A BLOOD-DRENCHED VAMPIRIC LEGACY IN VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE – HERITAGE BOARD GAME — COMING TO TABLETOPS IN Q3 2019

Explore and Expand Clan Politics and Develop your Vampiric Bloodline in the Definitive Vampire: The Masquerade Board Game Experience

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (AUGUST 6, 2018) – White Wolf Entertainment, in cooperation with board game publisher Nice Game Publishing GmbH, has unveiled a new chapter in the Vampire: The Masquerade storytelling universe — Vampire: The Masquerade – Heritage, a new Legacy-format game of Vampire clan politics and historical manipulation. In Heritage, designed by Babis Giannios — a long-time Vampire Storyteller, players take on the role of an ancient vampire, shaping over 700 years of kindred and human history through political machinations, subversion and secrecy. With first demo sessions being available at SPIEL ‘18, and set for full release at SPIEL ’19 in Essen, Germany, Vampire: The Masquerade – Heritage will challenge players to make decisions that shape history, while expanding the influence of their vampire clans.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Heritage is a 2-4 player Legacy-styled board game that takes 20-40 minutes to play. During the game, players build a bloodline from characters who complete history-based missions and challenges via Vampiric Battlegrounds. Gameplay includes the use of Intrigue cards, which change the rules of the game in thematic ways to fit characters and clans. Vampire clans grow in strength as they build a chronicle spanning 700 years of blood-soaked history. Humans can also be “embraced” and turned into fellow vampires, with new abilities and a new name. These newly embraced vampires are represented in-game by flipping their human card to the Vampire side, and returning them to their sleeve. To allow for this innovative gameplay, Vampire: The Masquerade – Heritage will come with more than 60 pre-sleeved character cards. To reach the conclusion of the 700-year timeline, players will scramble to unravel ancient mysteries and make the most of their allies and influence gathered throughout the campaign.

“We’re happy to be working with Nice Game Publishing to further expand the gameplay universe of Vampire: The Masquerade,” said Martin Ericsson, Lead Storyteller at White Wolf. “Seeing how they plan to take the popular Legacy format board game and bring Vampire into that style of play is something we are eager to see, and we’re sure our fans will be excited to play Heritage when it arrives in stores.”

“At Nice Game Publishing, our goal is to find, fund, and publish unique and exciting ideas for board game experiences. Vampire: The Masquerade – Heritage fits this perfectly,“ said Simon Schwanhäußer, CEO of Nice Game Publishing GmbH. “We’re both excited and honored to have the chance to craft a whole new tabletop experience for fans of the Vampire universe, and we will handle this beloved franchise with the care and craftsmanship it deserves.”

Features of Vampire: The Masquerade – Heritage include:

  • Shape 700 years of kindred and human history through a tabletop Legacy-styled game system
  • Avoid the Inquisition, uphold the Masquerade, and resist the Beast are just a few of the Vampire Battlefield challenges you’ll encounter
  • Embrace and enhance dozens of unique characters to build your bloodline
  • Gather influence and forge alliances in a mystery that spans centuries
  • Seven clans, dozens of unique, pre-sleeved character cards, special “vampiric battlegrounds” and more than 100 historical missions

More info about Vampire: The Masquerade – Heritage can be found at http://vampire-heritage.com.

About Nice Game Publishing GmbH

Headquartered in Bonn, Germany, Nice Game Publishing prides itself on publishing great tabletop games that are unconventional and break the mold of the expected. Previous successful titles include Terrible Monster, Fantasy Defense and Dragon Canyon.

For more info, please follow Nice Game Publishing on TwitterFacebook or their online store at nicegameshop.

About White Wolf Entertainment

White Wolf is a licensing company focused on creating the best participatory brands in the world. Since its original entry into the roleplaying game market in 1991, White Wolf’s World of Darkness has grown to be one of the most recognized and successful brands in the hobby game space with collective book sales in excess of 10 million copies during this time. White Wolf’s World of Darkness brands, which include Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, Wraith: The Oblivion, and Orpheus, has been licensed for television series, console and computer video games, interactive media events, and a myriad of merchandise and other entertainment products.

White Wolf team: Tobias Sjögren, Dhaunae De Vir, Karim Muammar, Tomas Arfert, Martin Ericsson, Jason Carl.

Website: www.white-wolf.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitewolfpublishing
Twitter: www.twitter.com/wwpublishing
Youtube: www.youtube.com/worldofdarkness
Hashtags: #vampirethemasquerade #worldofdarkness

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PRESS RELEASE – PATHFINDER PLAYTEST LAUNCHED

PATHFINDER PLAYTEST LAUNCHES TODAY

Download available for free on paizo.com!

REDMOND, WASHINGTON (August 2, 2018): Today, Paizo Inc. launched the worldwide playtest of Pathfinder Second Edition, an evolution of one of the world’s most popular tabletop roleplaying games. The free PDF bundle download of the Pathfinder Playtest RulebookPathfinder Playtest BestiaryPathfinder Playtest Adventure: Doomsday Dawn, and Flip-Mat Multi-Pack is available now on paizo.com.

“Overall feedback from the playtest reveals on the Paizo blog and through industry partners has been positive. We’ve made the rules more fun, easier to learn, and better for telling our favorite fantasy stories. Now, we need all your feedback to make Pathfinder Second Edition the best it can be,” said Erik Mona, Paizo’s Publisher and Chief Creative Officer.

Preordered print editions of the Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook, Pathfinder Playtest Adventure: Doomsday Dawn, and Pathfinder Playtest Flip-Mat Multi-Pack have been shipped to players and are available for preorder pick up at Paizo’s booth at Gen Con in Indianapolis, Indiana, August 2–5.

Softcover, hardcover, and deluxe special editions are available for purchase in the Paizo booth at Gen Con and at game and bookstores worldwide. Paizo will not reprint the playtest rulebook or adventure, so players who want print editions should act quickly.

Playtest 1: The Lost Star begins Tuesday, August 7 and runs through August 26, kicking off the massive multi-month free playtest.

Pathfinder Playtest Schedule:

  1. The Lost Star, August 7 – August 26
  2. In Pale Mountain’s Shadow, August 27 – September 9
  3. Affair at Sombrefell Hall, September 10 – September 23
  4. The Mirrored Moon, September 24 – October 8
  5. The Heroes of Undarin, October 9 – October 21
  6. Red Flags, October 22 – November 4
  7. When the Stars Go Dark, November 5 – November 18

Players are invited to visit PathfinderPlaytest.com to give feedback via online surveys for each of the 7 Doomsday Dawn adventure playtests and share opinions with others in the Pathfinder Playtest Forums on paizo.com. Paizo will be discussing the results of the Playtest surveys and changes they are implementing based on player feedback both on Paizo.com and on the Paizo Twitch channel (twitch.tv/officialpaizo). Players stay informed by signing up for email updates at paizo.com.

The worldwide Pathfinder Society organized play program has four more opportunities to playtest. Pathfinder Society Playtest #1: The Rose Street Revenge (August 7), Pathfinder Society Playtest #2: Raiders of Shrieking Peak (August 7), Pathfinder Society Playtest #3: Arclord’s Envy (August 7), and Pathfinder Society Playtest #4: The Frozen Oath (September 26) will all be available as free downloads.

Many Paizo official licensed partners are supporting the playtest. Players can immerse themselves in epic sounds with the Doomsday Dawn audio experience from Syrinscape. They can play with friends all over the world on Fantasy Grounds and Roll20 virtual tabletops. Players can also build their perfect character using Hero Lab. They can roll dice designed by Q Workshop to aesthetically compliment the Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook. Players can celebrate their participation with the deluxe enamel collector pin by Campaign Coins.  Links to all of this content are waiting for players on PathfinderPlaytest.com.

About Paizo

Paizo Inc. is one of the world’s leading hobby game publishers. Since 2002, millions of players have joined the goblin army by playing the Pathfinder® and Starfinder® roleplaying games across tabletops, at conventions, at their favorite local game store, and digitally on virtual tabletops. Paizo.com is an online retail hobby destination for millions of gamers that carries the latest products from top hobby game publishers. Players also find accessories, like dice and maps, miniatures, T-shirts, goblin plush toys, and the newest releases to quickly replenish those adventuring supplies for the next dungeon run.

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PRESS RELEASE – MetaArcade Announces Cthulhu Chronicles Creators Initiative, Android Plans, New Campaign

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MetaArcade Announces Cthulhu Chronicles Creators Initiative, Android Plans, New Campaign at Gen Con
Contributors Can Sign Up to Create New Original Content for New Narrative Horror Game Using Company’s Adventure Creator Software; Cthulhu Chronicles Android Version Announced
SEATTLE – August 1, 2018 – MetaArcade, the developer of interactive fiction games, announced today it is significantly expanding the scope of its narrative horror game, Cthulhu Chronicles™, with three new initiatives following the game’s successful launch on the App Store:
  • First, starting today players can sign up for the new Cthulhu Creators program, where they can submit their own original interactive adventures for the game using MetaArcade’s proprietary Adventure Creator tool, the software the team uses to create adventures for the game.
  • Second, an Android version of Cthulhu Chronicles is now in development for Cthulhu fans who play on that platform, significantly expanding the game’s audience.
  • And third, the company today announced Mythos Across America, the game’s second Lovecraft campaign following today’s launch of Blackwater Creek, the ninth and final chapter of the game’s initial Investigations in Lovecraft Country campaign.
The Adventure Creator software, the new adventure, and a sneak peek at the upcoming campaign will all be on display at Gen Con 2018 in Chaosium’s booth, #829 in the Exhibit Hall.
“These three announcements mean the dreadful power of Cthulhu will soon be everywhere, fueled by the creativity of fans, powered by both iOS and Android devices, and charged with a darkly compelling new campaign from our team of cultists,” said David Reid, Founder and CEO of MetaArcade. “User generated content that taps into the storytelling potential of our audience has always been our plan and we’re excited to invite players to join the Cthulhu Creators program at Gen Con 2018.”
Created in partnership with Chaosium, creator of the popular tabletop RPG game, Call of CthulhuCthulhu Chronicles distills the essence of the award-winning roleplaying system into a story-driven, intuitive experience designed for mobile gamers, with individual stories forming larger campaigns. In the game, players can play as various archetypal investigator characters such as a policewoman or private detective to pursue missions involving crazy cults, sinister creatures, and horrors from beyond space. At key decision points, players will make choices that matter, as each story has multiple endings and numerous clues to uncover—which in turn unlock new storylines and outcomes as the campaign unfolds.
All scenarios in the game, including the newly released Blackwater Creek adventure, which provides a breathtaking conclusion to the game’s initial Investigations in Lovecraft Country campaign, are created with MetaArcade’s proprietary Adventure Creator tool, which allows creators to write branching scenarios with combat and decision points, images, and immersive music and sound effects. Players interested in being the first to submit their own original material to the game through the Cthulhu Creators program can apply at MetaArcade.com or visit MetaArcade at Gen Con.
Cthulhu Chronicles, which is now available for iOS as a free download with in-app purchases and will soon be available on Google Play thanks to player requests, is developed and published by MetaArcade. Keep in touch with the latest MetaArcade news by following @MetaArcade and facebook.com/MetaArcade.
About MetaArcade
Launched in 2016, MetaArcade is a Seattle area independent game company building a platform to allow players to create and publish their own interactive fiction experiences – with no technical experience required – for free. The company was founded by lifelong RPG fan and seasoned vet David Reid, who previously held high profile roles at Microsoft, NCsoft, Trion Worlds, and CCP Games. MetaArcade launched Tunnels & Trolls Adventures in 2017 for Android and iOS mobile devices, and launched the horror adventure title, Cthulhu Chronicles, for iOS on July 10, 2018. For more information, visit www.MetaArcade.com.
About Chaosium
Chaosium was founded by visionary game designer Greg Stafford in 1975. For more than forty years, Chaosium has captivated gamers, readers and mythic adventurers worldwide. Its award-winning roleplaying games, boardgames and fiction have been acclaimed as some of the most engaging and innovative of all time. For more information, visit www.chaosium.com.
About Call of Cthulhu
Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu was created by gaming legend Sandy Petersen in 1981 and is the definitive horror roleplaying game. It has won over 80 awards since then, including being inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Art and Design Hall of Fame. The current 7th edition of the rules won 9 awards at the 2017 ENnies.

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PRESS RELEASE – Bloat Games is excited to announce Tales From Vigilante City!

Bloat Games is excited to announce Tales From Vigilante City! 

Tales From Vigilante City is an all new street level super hero short fiction anthology which is to be a companion piece to Bloat Games recent successful Kickstarter SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City which is an RPG heavily influenced by the 90s cartoons Batman: The Animated Series, X-Men, Spider-man and TMNT.

Tales From Vigilante City will be compiled and edited by Eric Bloat (from Bloat Games, Creator of the SURVIVE THIS!! Game Series & Vigilante City) and by ENnie and Origin Award winning author James M. Spahn (from Barrel Rider Games, Creator of The Hero’s Journey & White Star RPGs).

Bloat Games is currently accepting super hero short fiction in the genres of Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Horror, Sci-Fi & Young Adult.  We are chiefly interested in stories that feature “normal” human vigilantes but also are accepting stories about Anthropomorphs (think TMNT), Mutants (think X-Men), or low power level metahumans, mystics, psions, etc.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

·         Accepting 2.5K-16K word count.

·         Pay is $0.01 per word

·         Payment made via Paypal only.

·         Payment grants Bloat Games Non-exclusive rights to publish the story. Writer retains all other rights and Intellectual IP and can resell the story to other publishers.

·         All submissions and inquiries should be sent via email to ericbloat@yahoo.com with the subject line: TFVC Submissions.

·         Deadline will be announced later, based on response.

 

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PRESS RELEASE – Gen Con to Sell Out of 4-Day Badges this Week

Gen Con to Sell Out of 4-Day Badges this Week
Saturday Badges Also Expected to Sell Out Prior to Convention

INDIANAPOLIS (July 23, 2018) Gen Con has announced that it expects to sell out of 4-Day badges as soon as this week, setting a new record for the number of 4-Day badge holders. The convention also anticipates that Saturday badges will reach a sellout prior to the convention opening next week. Gen Con will alert attendees of any badge sellouts via Facebook, Twitter, and email newsletter. Those interested in attending all four days of the convention or on Saturday can purchase badges at gencon.com while limited supplies remain.

“So far in 2018 we’ve already sold more 4-Day badges than ever before in Gen Con’s 51-year history,” said David Hoppe, Gen Con President. “The team has honed our operations and event planning to allow for increased attendance while still maintaining the same level of comfort for everyone as they move about the convention. We want to allow the maximum number of attendees to experience Gen Con without diminishing the event’s quality one iota.”

This year, more than 80% of badges sold for Gen Con 2018 will be 4-Day badges. In addition to online sales, Gen Con plans to sell limited quantities of the remaining single day badges (Thursday, Friday, and Sunday) at the Indiana Convention Center, beginning at noon on Wednesday, August 1.

Gen Con returns to the Indiana Convention Center from Thursday, August 2 through Sunday, August 5. This year, Gen Con’s Sunday badges cost $15 and children 10-and-under may attend any day of the convention for free with a child wristband. All badges and child wristbands may be pre-ordered at gencon.com for Will Call pick-up at the convention while supplies last.

Last year, Visit Indy estimated that Gen Con provided $73 million in economic value for Central Indiana, and this year, the convention plans that number to rise. Gen Con’s sponsorship growth for 2018 has increased more than 24% year-over-year with partners including Lyft, Blizzard Entertainment, Square Enix, Pokemon, and Magic: The Gathering, which will celebrate its 25th year at the convention.

About Gen Con LLC
Gen Con LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction, and adventure game convention in North America, Gen Con, The Best Four Days in Gaming!™. Founded in 1968 and acquired in 2002 by founder and former CEO of Wizards of the Coast, Peter Adkison, the company is headquartered in Seattle and takes place each August in Indianapolis.

PRESS RELEASE – Wrath & Glory Warhammer 40,000 Role Playing Game

 

June 28, 2018 Wrath & Glory Warhammer 40,000 Role Playing Game Press Release

The much-anticipated Wrath & Glory Warhammer the 40,000-roleplay game, as announced in August 2017, is on preorder now. The RPG is crafted by award winning game designer Ross Watson and published by Ulisses North America. Go to www.ulisses-us.com/wrathandglory for all the details. The adventures in Wrath & Glory take place in the new era of Warhammer 40,000 that was introduced with the 8th Edition of Warhammer 40,000 miniatures game. This is a galaxy torn asunder by a great warp storm that altered reality itself forever bringing the great rift.

Pre-Order Campaign – What You Get The Wrath & Glory preorder campaign is not a Kickstarter or crowd funding. This campaign gives fans the opportunity to purchase bundles of the new products at significant savings. They are the first to get the new game, expansions, and supplemental items, months before they become available in stores for the general public. Along with the preorder, Ulisses North America is adding bonus material for fans plus other spiffs on the Pre-Order Campaign.

What’s New? Wrath & Glory is first and foremost a role-playing game. What’s new and different about the Wrath & Glory RPG from other RPGs? Lots! Here are some examples.

Simple yet Satisfying Wrath & Glory game mechanics are easy to grasp but detailed enough to make characters clearly distinct for other characters. Baked right into the game are rules and benefits for doing things that your character is particularly good at that gives great opportunities for role-playing. For example a commissar may have the objective of threatening someone with execution for being a coward while a priest must bring up a famous martyr and the effect of his death on the players. Wrath & Glory is built to be encompassing to different styles of play, different type of characters (both archetypes and races). Unlike the previous version of Warhammer 40,000 there will be no new systems or rules to learn as new campaigns and settings come out. While the system is simple and effective enough for a novice to learn, it offers the expert an opportunity to face varying degrees of challenge and adventure.

Character Spotlight Warhammer 40,000 has spawned countless novels, novel series, board games, video games, hundreds of miniatures, incredible artwork. In total more than any other game setting published. Players can create their own stories in this grim and dark far future. The character design and play style of the Wrath & Glory RPG makes every character player a key to the success of any scenario.

The Grim 41st Century Setting Fans of the 40,000 Warhammer universe understand the grimness of this far future and will find Wrath & Glory an immersive experience into the setting that’s true-to-lore with depth of detail experienced in character play.

Role-playing Game players who have never played Warhammer 40,000 miniatures game or don’t know the game setting will quickly be immersed into an incredible setting that’s ripe for role-playing. It is a fun and quick moving RPG allowing players many opportunities to participate in the game to build the strength and resources of their character.

 

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About Ulisses. In a few short years, Ulisses North America has earned its reputation as a publisher of very high quality roleplaying games. It was founded by Markus Plötz. Markus is also the CEO of Ulisses Spiele, headquartered in Germany, which supports more RPG lines in active print than any other company in the world.

The Ulisses North America design studio consists of high caliber, award-winning game designers with decades of experience who have worked on some of the best selling RPGs in history and some of the most popular intellectual properties in the world. They are led by Timothy Brown, multi-award winning designer and creative design director veteran with over 40 years of experience in the industry. In 2017, Ulisses North America was selected to create an immersive RPG for exploring the grim dark universe of Warhammer 40,000.

Ross Watson is the lead designer and product line manager for Wrath & Glory, Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay. Ross is an award-winning designer who, among numerous other credits, oversaw development of the Dark HeresyRogue Trader, and Deathwatch roleplaying games. His game design acumen and vast knowledge of the Warhammer 40,000 universe makes him the perfect choice for taking Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay into the Dark Imperium.

 

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Tessera Guild Editor’s Note – Some edits, formatting, and additions were made to this press release.

PRESS RELEASE – Gen Con Approaching Badge Sellout for Second Consecutive Year

Gen Con Approaching Badge Sellout for Second Consecutive Year
More than 90% of Convention’s 4-Day Badges Gone


INDIANAPOLIS (June 19, 2018) Gen Con, the largest and longest-running gaming convention in North America, has announced that it expects certain types of badges to sell out in the coming weeks as sales have surpassed the 90% threshold for its badge offering four days of admission to the show. The sellout of 4-Day badges will mark only the second time that this has happened in Gen Con’s 51-year history with the first sellout occurring in 2017. Prospective attendees are encouraged to purchase 4-Day badges quickly while limited supplies remain.

“Our goal at Gen Con is to provide the highest-quality experience possible for as many gamers as possible,” said David Hoppe, Gen Con President. “We continue to refine our operational planning for Gen Con each year, which has allowed us to increase the total quantity of 4-Day badges available. That said, we expect to sell out of these badges soon.”

The majority of Gen Con attendees purchase 4-Day badges; while single-day offerings provide more economical options to attend the show, including the convention’s new $15 Sunday-only badge. Children ages 10-and-under can attend for free with a child’s wristband option.

Gen Con 2018 returns to the Indiana Convention Center Thursday, August 2 through Sunday, August 5. Last year marked a historic milestone for the convention as it celebrated its 50th show, setting record attendance numbers and selling out for the first time in its history.

About Gen Con LLC
Gen Con LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction, and adventure game convention in North America, Gen Con, The Best Four Days in Gaming!™. Founded in 1968 and acquired in 2002 by founder and former CEO of Wizards of the Coast, Peter Adkison, the company is headquartered in Seattle and the convention takes place each August in Indianapolis.

Media Contact for Gen Con LLC
Stacia Kirby, (206) 363-1492, stacia@speakeasy.net

PRESS RELEASE – Fates of Madness Kickstarter

Legendary Games
Seattle, WA 98126
Jason Nelson, Publisher
MakeYourGameLegendary@Gmail.com
LEGENDARY GAMES KICKSTARTER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Seattle, WA, (Jun 6th, 2018) – Legendary Games in partnership with Mythica Gaming has launched its first RPG card game, Fates of Madness Kickstarter! This project is intended to create a RPG rules lite cooperative adventure card game based on the popular Gothic Campaign Compendium. This diceless game is varied by the use of fate cards and skill level to determine success or failure. As the journey continues, madness sets in compounding the difficulty. Will anyone survive or will it end in a total party kill? This horror themed adventure project will be fulfilled in December 2018.

Rachel Ventura, Business Director of Legendary Games, said “I am so excited about this partnership and new avenue of games from Legendary Games. We were impressed with Mythica Gaming’s flagship game Legend of Draxia which is why we approached them about creating a card game based on Legendary Games products. We plan to have a long working relationship with many more games to come!” Publisher, Jason Nelson states, “It is time to make card games legendary!”

Lead Game Designer Jimmy Sanders agreed, “We immediately found kindred spirits in Rachel and Jason, and the partnership that quickly evolved is fantastic. We are very excited about this game and what future collaborations will bring!”

The Kickstarter ends July 9th 2018. You can see more here:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/legendarygames/484873175?ref=511695&token=2018be96

About Legendary Games

Legendary Games is an all-star team of authors and designers, coordinated by award-winning game designer Jason Nelson. They publish materials for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder RPG, Savage Worlds, and 5th Edition, with a wide variety of products including adventures; rules expansions for core game mechanics like spells, feats, and magic items; themed monster books; character class options for heroes and villains; and an array of innovative rules subsystems and campaign supplements for every kind of campaign including a beginner/kid’s track. Publisher: Jason Nelson, Business Director: Rachel Ventura, Founder: Clark Peterson, and Executive Partner: Neil Spicer

“We are gamers and storytellers first, and we believe that passion shows in our products.”

About Mythica Gaming

Mythica Gaming is a family-run gaming company out of Bartonville, IL. Their flagship product, Legends of Draxia, is a tabletop boardgame with four expansions in various stages of development. A custom RPG system, a novella, and a prototype worker-placement game all based in the Draxian Universe has been created by Jimmy Sanders. Mythica Gaming has several other non-Draxian projects underway as well. The vision that underlies all of their work is to create games that bring non-gamers and gamers to the same table. Elegant, accessible game play with an underlying complexity of strategy; fun, interesting, engaging, and replayability: gaming that brings people together. Lead Game Designer: Jimmy Sanders, Lead Graphics Designer: Theresa Weibler, Business Operations: Janet Sanders, and Marketing: Katie Sanders

For More information please contact

Rachel Ventura,
Business Director
Legendary Games
815-954-1981
rfvrpg@gmail.com

Gen Con Reaches Agreement with Lyft as Official Rideshare Partner for 2018 Convention

John McGuire, Leland Beauchamp, and Egg Embry are attending Gen Con 2018 (as we did in 2016 and 2017 – read John’s 2017 thoughts here, here, and here), and, apparently, we’ll be Lyft-ing from our hotel to the convention. I say this because they sent me a press release and if you get a PR in your inbox, it’s official. 😉

 

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Gen Con Reaches Agreement with Lyft as Official Rideshare Partner for 2018 Convention

INDIANAPOLIS (May 3, 2018)
Gen Con, the longest-running game convention in North America, has announced a partnership with Lyft to become the Official Rideshare Partner for its upcoming convention, to be held August 2-5, 2018. Lyft will have dedicated pick-up/drop-off areas, include dedicated Gen Con information in their app, and give away more than $6,000 in ride share incentives as part of this agreement. Lyft also will offer exclusive promo codes for Gen Con attendees in Indianapolis, offering reduced rates on fares for new and existing users while supplies last.

“Lyft provides world-class service that will help connect attendees to gaming, dining, and lodging partners around the city,” said Megan Culver, senior director of sponsorship and sales. “We’re excited to team up with a customer-focused, cutting-edge company to offer an ‘epic’ amenity to our attendees.”

Last year’s convention hosted approximately 60,000 attendees for the first sell-out in its 50-year history. Gen Con anticipates a sell-out of attendee badges again in 2018, while hoping to expand attendance through further operational and space-planning optimization. According to Visit Indy, last year’s Gen Con represented a $73 million economic impact to the Indianapolis metro area.

“We are thrilled to partner with Gen Con, which has become one of our city’s largest and most anticipated conventions each year,” said Cebronica Luft, market manager of Lyft Indianapolis. “We know that gamers are active around the clock while they’re in Indy and we’re excited to provide affordable and convenient transportation during their stay. We can’t wait to welcome everyone in August.”

In 2018, Gen Con will host programming throughout the entire Indianapolis Convention Center, in several participating hotels, and on the field of Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. Interested attendees can get their badge at gencon.com .

About Gen Con LLC
Gen Con LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction, and adventure game convention in North America, Gen Con, The Best Four Days in Gaming!™. Founded in 1968 and acquired in 2002 by founder and former CEO of Wizards of the Coast, Peter Adkison, the company is headquartered in Seattle and takes place each August in Indianapolis.

About Lyft
As the nation’s fastest-growing rideshare company, Lyft is preferred by drivers and passengers for its safe and friendly experience, and operates in more than 350 cities across the U.S. The tech disrupter transports nearly 20 million riders per month and offers its customers both scheduled and on-demand ground transportation.