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.
I receive, or uncover, a number of tabletop RPG news bites, sneak peaks, and deals (and rumors) through social media, message boards, IMs, and my in-box that are worth reporting on. What follows is a collection of these rumors (take them all with a grain of salt) as well as short hype pieces (sneak peek it and I’ll leak it). From time-to-time I’ll run these notes as a column.
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Stock Art from Fat Goblin Games
Rick Hershey of Fat Goblin Games (DriveThruRPG link / Open Gaming Store link) provides tabletop gaming companies with a boatload of the stock art that’s used in their publications. On Facebook, he discussed his desire for OneBookShelf (DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, etc) to create a stock art specific website. Based on his comments, prior to his FB post, Rick “sent the suggestion several times over the last few years. Not sure if it received anyone’s attention or not [at OBS].” As well, Rick noted “the percentages OBS takes on stock art is too high – just saying.”
During the discussion, John Reyst of the Open Gaming Store, a competitor of OBS, expressed interest in discussing this with Rick as did Chris Perrin who is developing a stock art and photography sales site. Alan Bahr of Tiny d6 offered the publisher perspective – “A different site would add extra steps for me and make me less likely to use it.”
Meredith Gerber – “DriveThruRPG Pub Relations” – posted that “I am reaching out to [Rick] right now about it, actually :)” Will Rick’s posting lead to a change for the tabletop stock art industry?
Bryce Whitacre of Baker Street fame is actively developing a new game, Gnomes and Gnazis. He sent me an early draft of it and he announced it publicly on his Facebook (reprinted below).
Egg’s Note: This goes without saying, but I unabashedly condemn the original Nazi movement and it’s Neo-Nazi rebirth.
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This week, I had several RPG articles go live across the interwebs on:
Open Gaming Network: An interview with Grimtooth of Trapsylvania about his trap… er, Kickstarter, Grimtooth’s Trapsylvania. This is easily one of my favorite interviews and can be read here.
EN World: A review of the 7th Sea RPG Explorer’s Society PDF, Thomas G. Harrison’s Bloody Misadventures: Dramatic Battles on the High Seas, a 27-page manual detailing ship-related action sequences. Read it here.
Tessera Guild: A look at the OSR Kickstarters for Secrets of the Nethercity, Grimtooth’s Trapsylvania (second article this week), City of Brass, and SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City. Read it here.
Tessera Guild: Our second sneak peek for Wrath & Glory, Warhammer 40,000 RoleplayCore Rules. See the art here.
THE GHOUL WELL-PDF
15 page Pathfinder adventure for beginning characters. Specially created for 1st level players. Not too easy, not too hard. It is made as a low-risk, short adventure that is designed to get new players hooked onto the Pathfinder RPG system. (this adventure is a complete, standalone adventure with no attachments to the core 7 adventure product)
Neoclassical Geek Revival – Back it for a CA $1 (the NPC backer level) to get an art free PDF of the game, or back it for CA $5 (the Starting adventurer backer level) to get the PDF of the game with art.
Once Geist: The Sin-Eaters 2nd Edition Kickstarter reaches $87k, the $10 level (the Lemure backer’s level) will nab you 10 Geist: The Sin-Eaters 1st Edition PDFs. For $5 more, you can add the Chronicles of Darkness core rulebook PDF. $15 gets 11 PDFs!
Geist: The Sin-Eaters 1st Edition PDF
Ready-Made Characters 1E PDF
Quickstart – Return of Mr. Monster1E PDF
Through the Ebon Gate 1E PDF
World of Darkness: Book of the Dead PDF
Nightmare on Hill Manor 1E PDF
Dem Bones 1E PDF
House Always Wins 1E PDF
“At $87,000 in funding – Underworld Reflections Historic Addition – Dark Eras: God’s Own Country PDF (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 1E set in post-WWII New Zealand) and Dark Eras: Three Kingdoms of Darkness PDF (Geist: The Sin-Eaters 1E set in China following the collapse of the Han dynasty) will be added to the Underworld Reflections 1E PDF Bundle.”