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Posted on May 31, 2013 by Flames
In this series, Kenneth Hite looks at the creatures, species, and monsters of the Cthulhu Mythos from every non-Euclidean angle. Alternate versions and new explanations provide the same jolt of mythic bisociation that the gods and titans receive in the TRAIL OF CTHULHU corebook. Hite traces these foul things through their legendary history, and provides further clues for any Investigator to follow. Horrific scenario seeds burst and bloom, story spines protrude and deform, in a blasphemous garden any Keeper can harvest.
Hounds of Tindalos is the third installment of the Ken Writes About Stuff subscription, or it’s available as a stand-alone product.
Hideous Creatures: Hounds of Tindalos is available now at DriveThruRPG.com!
Posted on May 25, 2013 by Flames
Twenty years ago, White Wolf unveiled Mind’s Eye Theatre. It ushered in an entirely new era of immersive and interactive entertainment, and added a vibrant new dimension to roleplaying games. Even though it has been years since a new MET book has been published, legions of dedicated Mind’s Eye Theatre fans around the world are still playing. They have been waiting patiently for an updated version of their favorite Live Action Roleplaying game – and with your help, now they’ll get it!
Modern Design, Classic Feel
Mind’s Eye Theatre: Vampire The Masquerade draws on more than two decades’ worth of material from the iconic World of Darkness game setting. The rules are designed and adapted specifically for the Live Action Roleplay environment, while maintaining the fidelity of the original game. Modern design methods meet classic feel in our new expression of the game!
Posted on May 24, 2013 by Flames
An enthusiastic young mage looks to follow in the footsteps of her private investigator father in this new graphic novel.
Light of Dawn is a 53 page graphic novel that’s equal parts fantasy, murder mystery and coming of age. Dawn Sullivan is an enthusiastic eighteen year old mage who has always dreamed of following in the footsteps of her father Elijah, an experienced mage who is also a renowned private investigator. Realizing that she’s never going to give that dream up anytime soon, he officially takes her under his wing as his new partner.
Light of Dawn is written by Quinton Miles, author of the free digital comic series TEMPLATE. It is illustrated by Oscar Celestini, artist of Zenescope’s GRIMM FAIRY TALES PRESENTS MADNESS OF WONDERLAND series and colorist of many other books including Vertigo’s UNKNOWN SOLDIER. Martín A. Pérez (aka MaGnUs) will be handling the letters.
Posted on May 14, 2013 by Flames
Werewolf the Apocalypse roared into hobby games in 1992, inspiring a generation of fans to stand up and howl their defiance at a corrupted world in a battle they knew they were doomed to lose. WtA presented the Garou: creatures at once both man and wolf, and filled with a Rage against the evils that would destroy and corrupt both the natural and spirit worlds. Capable of transforming into a variety of forms and blessed with Gifts that enabled superhuman and supernatural powers, the Garou fought many foes, always knowing that in the end they would fall. But what stories would be told and what songs sang of their exploits!
This epic tragic story, combined with the unwavering dedication of an unparalleled fan base, is the reason this book is being published. Werewolf: The Apocalypse – 20th Anniversary Edition brings the entire World of Darkness experience full circle and will serve as the perfect anniversary milestone to celebrate two decades of gaming the epic sagas of the Garou.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition is now available in PDF and Print editions at DriveThruRPG.com!
Posted on May 13, 2013 by Flames
Old School Rules, New Age Technology!
Return to the classic days of fantasy RPGs! DriveThruRPG has collected 12 of their top selling OSR gaming PDFs as part of a special spotlight promotion for the OSR movement in the RPG community! This special collection features titles like Wizards of the Coast’s D&D Basic Set Rulebook, the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook from Frog God Games, Goodman Games’ Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG, and several more fan favorites.
You can check out the special collection of OSR titles today at DriveThruRPG.com!
Posted on May 4, 2013 by Flames
DriveThruComics.com has over 400 FREE digital comics available now from dozens of publishers including Top Cow, Archaia Entertainment, Moonstone, and more!
Dozens of publishers, including a number of independent creators from all over the world have offered a selection of their digital comics available for instant download at DriveThruComics!
Check out all of the FREE digital comics available now at DriveThruComics.com!
Posted on May 2, 2013 by Flames
Scarlet Huntress battles werewolves and fights for revenge in a new exciting comic with 3 stories and tons of new art by Sean Forney!
Scarlet Huntress has been a passion and a long journey for us. We have worked hard to develop the characters, back stories, and story arcs to keep readers interested. The original book, Scarlet Huntress #1, came out in 2006 but Scarlet first appeared in two other anthology books called Portal. After seeing great reviews and success with #1 we took our time developing the next phase of the story and published Scarlet Huntress #2 in 2011. Soon after came the ancillary books Scarlet’s Guide to Cryptids and a children’s book version Little Red Riding Hood: Origins of a Huntress. People have been asking for more stories and more books so we’ve come up with this kickstarter to help fund our and everyone else’s dreams of seeing more Scarlet Huntress hitting the shelves.
Posted on April 30, 2013 by Flames
“Here’s the question:Do you really want to know? Because it’s not like it’s a secret. It’s just like your car it doesn’t run by magic but it might as well, for all you know when you look under the hood.”
– Wesley Cote, AKA The Key
What Has Risen May Fall
What is the God-Machine? That question doesn’t have a single, easy answer, but that doesn’t stop people from asking. The World of Darkness is layer upon layer of mystery, but what is the mechanism that keeps it all moving? Is there a design in play? And what happens to those who think to use the Machine for their own ends?
What Has Fallen May Rise Again
World of Darkness: The God Machine Chronicle is available now in PDF and Hardcover editions at DriveThruRPG.com!
Posted on April 30, 2013 by Flames
Out of Space contains five adventures that will take Investigators from the mountains of northern Mexico to the skies above Germany, to the smog and disease of gaslight London and the raging tides of the Atlantic Ocean. It will even take you to a world that could only exist in your worst nightmares.
Created by GUMSHOE designer and gaming luminary, Robin D. Laws, Trail of Cthulhu veteran Adam Gauntlett, and Jason Morningstar, award-winning creator of Fiasco and the Shab-al-Hiri Roach.
Out of Space also features extensive handouts, pregenerated characters and exclusive new essays from the authors.
Trail of Cthulhu: Out of Space is available now in PDF format at DriveThruRPG.com!
Posted on April 23, 2013 by Flames
A deadly plague developed during the brutal ‘Great Germ War’ has reached the futuristic metropolis of Mega-City Two, located on the West Coast of the USA. Charged with delivering a life-saving vaccine to the citizens of the disease-ridden city, Judge Dredd and a small crew of Judges, war droids and the lawbreaking biker, Spikes Harvey Rotten, must travel a thousand miles across the radioactive wasteland known as ‘the Cursed Earth.’
It is a near-impossible journey – hate-filled mutants, rampaging monsters and crazed war robots populate the hellish stretch of terrain. Many men have attempted to cross it and most have failed. But Judges are more than normal men and Judge Dredd is the best Judge there is!
Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth Saga is available now at DriveThruComics.com!
Posted on April 22, 2013 by Flames
The Progenitors hid far more depth than anyone, Tradition or Technocrat, realized. Too long considered by others — and even themselves — as lab monkeys and cloistered researchers, their protective cocoon of isolation was ripped away by the Dimensional Anomaly. Forced by cataclysmic events, the Progenitors are injecting themselves back into a sick world.
The Union’s surgeons and chemists have made their diagnosis, and it scares them: the Technocracy’s diseased and about to tear itself apart. Traditions keep peddling snake oil treatments to a populace yearning for an easy fix. And there are worse things out there, cancers on the world. So the Progenitors must take the only sensible action: arm up and prep the OR.
Convention Book: Progenitors is available now in PDF and Print editions at DriveThruRPG.com!
Posted on April 18, 2013 by Flames
Ex-adventurer Max Gibson just made the biggest mistake of his life, and all of Dragon City is going to pay for it. Because of him, there’s nothing to stop the Ruler of the Dead from renewing her centuries-old war on the city Max and thousands of other souls call home. He would volunteer to be at the vanguard of those brave soldiers standing strong against her horde — if he hadn’t been tossed into the Garrett, the most impregnable prison on the planet, instead.
The Imperial Guard would have executed him for his crimes on the spot if the heir to empire — a young dragonet still wet behind his wings — hadn’t imprinted himself on Max at the moment he hatched. Separated from his scaly ward and anyone who might call him friend, there’s little Max can do but watch the city’s defenses crumble before the Ruler of the Dead’s relentless zombie army.
The End Times have come to Dragon City, and if Max doesn’t find a way out of his cell soon, he’s going to be the last person alive to see it.
End Times in Dragon City is available now in eBook and Print formats at DriveThruFiction.com!
Posted on April 16, 2013 by Flames
A huge GUMSHOE source book for The Esoterrorists and Fear Itself
Players in horror campaigns are a little too accustomed to the nightmares their characters face; even the most eldritch of tentacular horrors is less intimidating when you know exactly what it is, because your PC has faced it before. New times demand new nightmares. This, therefore, is a book of horrors, not a manual of monsters. The horrors are nightmarishly intimate, often created from human vice, or let loose by human greed. They show us the ugliness that underlies reality. They are the crawling things under the rock of the everyday, sane world. Consequently, we’ve detailed our creatures in depth.
Each one has its own agenda, its own reason for existence and its own legend. We’ve made these creatures unusual, frightening and bizarre, yet sufficiently comprehensible that they players realize they are up against something intelligent, if inhuman.
Posted on April 14, 2013 by Flames
Nearly two decades have passed since the fall of the United States. And the rise of the church to fill the void. Nearly twenty years since Ian Sumner lost his father. And the dead took to the streets to dine on the living. Now Ian and a lost band of survivors are trapped in the wilderness, miles from safety. Pursued by madmen and monsters, they unravel the secrets of the plague…and walk the line of heresy. Now Ian and this troop need to do more than just survive. More than ever, they must learn to live.
Dead Things has been called “an amalgam of Clerks and everything Crichton and Zombieland.”
Dead Things is available now in PDF format at DriveThruFiction.com!
Posted on April 13, 2013 by Flames
Night’s Black Agents brings the GUMSHOE engine to the spy thriller genre, combining the propulsive paranoia of movies like Ronin and The Bourne Identity with supernatural horror straight out of Bram Stoker. Investigation is crucial, but it never slows down the action, which explodes with expanded options for bone-crunching combat, high-tech tradecraft, and adrenaline-fueled chases.
For a limited time Pelgrane Press is offering Night’s Black Agents and The Zalozhniy Quartet, a thriller story arc of missions for 20% OFF at DriveThruRPG.com!
Get them before they get you!
Posted on April 9, 2013 by Flames
New York Times bestselling author of World War Z develops original comic book series with Avatar Press
The bestselling zombie writer in history unleashes an all-new epic story in the biggest comic event of the summer! Max Brooks is known worldwide as one of the founders of the zombie renaissance, with his novels being considered essential reading for horror enthusiasts. World War Z has been adapted by Brad Pitt into a summer blockbuster premiering on June 20th and his first book, The Zombie Survival Guide, is cited as launching the zombie survival sub-genre. Now Emmy Award winning author, Max Brooks, has developed a brand new sub-genre of Vampires vs Zombies and is unleashing Extinction Parade, an epic horror comic series through Avatar Press.
Posted on April 3, 2013 by Flames
The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design is pleased to announce the 2013 Origins Awards Nominees.
The awards are presented by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design to companies for outstanding games in the industry. For the 39th annual award cycle, the Awards had fifteen categories: Best Roleplaying Game, Best Roleplaying Supplement, Best Board Game, Best Traditional Card Game, Best Family, Party or Children’s Game, Best Gaming Accessory, Best Miniatures Rules, Best Miniature Figure, Best Historical Board Game, Best Historical Miniature Figure, Best Historical Miniature Game Supplement, Best Historical Miniature Rules, and Best Game-Related Publication, and Best Collectible Card Game.
The winner of each category will be voted on by attendees at the Origins Game Fair. The winners will be announced and presented at the Origins Awards Ceremony on Saturday June 15th of the event.
Additional information concerning the Origins Awards can be found at OriginsGameFair.com under the Origins Awards link.
Posted on April 1, 2013 by Flames
While it is well-known that not every God is as potent as Zeus (and not every Goddess as brave as Isis), even the Gods themselves tend to“forget” their long-lost cousins and great-aunts twice-removed on the other side of the family. Among the immortals, the uber-powerful feel there are some deities best left off Junior’s wedding invitation, ignored at holidays, or obscured deep in a poorly updated Wikipedia page.
In Extras: (Supplemental Yet Can Be Useful On Occasion Scions), a select number of these rare Gods, Goddesses, and their Scions have been thrown under the spotlight. From the oft-overlooked Queen of the Porcelain Throne to a brave-but-curious Scion who loves the outdoors, discover how the pantheons feel about these add-ons and their place in the War against the Titans.
Posted on March 28, 2013 by Flames
Mark Rein•Hagen brought dragons out of the dungeon and into the coffeehouse 20 years ago with a relevant and achingly literary spin on the undead, then vanished. Now he’s back with a new game for a planet crawling back from economic disaster.
Award-winning game designer and TV producer Mark Rein•Hagen knows what scares us, so now that he’s back with I AM ZOMBIE, his first all-new role-playing system in nearly two decades, we might all want to check our neuroses at the door.
The good news is that the co-founder of White Wolf Publishing (now owned by Icelandic MMORPG game developer CCP) isn’t shy about making sure not to serve loyal fans or new gamers any stale nightmares about the walking dead.
Posted on March 27, 2013 by Flames
Imagine being both dead and deathless at the same time. Imagine being cradled in the arms of death for years, sometimes decades on end, but all the while knowing that you will eventually not only arise again, but awaken to an unfamiliar world that mostly fears and hates you. Now imagine that your purpose, your entire existence, is bound within this cycle — that you are chained to it for all eternity. You sleep, you wake, your serve your Judge’s will in the lands of the living, and you return to the death-sleep once more. The ancient culture that empowered you is gone, lost to the sands of time… yet you endure.
In Mummy: The Curse, a Storytelling game set in the World of Darkness, you play one of these beings. Those who know they exist, from the cultists who serve them to the dark forces arrayed against them, call them the Deathless.