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D&D Announces Acquisitions Incorporated, a Book Providing the Flavor of Acq Inc within the Forgotten Realms

Posted on April 2, 2019 by

Dungeons & Dragons is publishing a book made in partnership with Penny Arcade that provides a way to jump into the comedic fantasy superhero D&D live-play you’ve seen on the stages of PAX for a decade. Fans will be able to live out their fantasy of climbing the corporate ladder of the most notorious retrieval agency in the Forgotten Realms—Acquisitions Incorporated. Join CEO Omin Dran, Jim Darkmagic, Môrgæn, and the chandelier-riding Viari around the table as a lowly intern or a freshly-minted franchisee with the new Acquisitions Incorporated sourcebook coming from Dungeons & Dragons on June 18!

“To tons of people around the world, the flavor of D&D played by the Acquisitions Incorporated crew was their first taste of just how much fun a Dungeons & Dragons game could be,” said Nathan Stewart, Senior Director of Dungeons & Dragons at Wizards of the Coast. “We wanted to start experimenting with presenting different playstyles to fans entering the D&D community, and it made sense to start with a group who has spent ten years at a table with Chris Perkins entertaining hordes of fans.”

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Grab Your Average Happy Gnome to Benefit Extra Life!

Posted on April 1, 2019 by

Do you like puns? Love Dungeons & Dragons? Then, have we got the silly character for you! A Happy Gnome is a D&D 5th Edition pre-generated character designed for a player’s use in your next campaign. This title was written by FlamesRising.com contributor and writer/editor/developer Monica Valentinelli (Firefly RPG, Scarred Lands 5E, and Hunter the […]

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Onyx Path Launches Kickstarter for Chronicles of Darkness Crossover Book

Posted on March 27, 2019 by

Rich Thomas, founder and Creative Director of Onyx Path Publishing, announced the launch of a Kickstarter recently to fund a prestige edition of the Contagion Chronicle, a crossover supplement based in the Chronicles of Darkness.

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Baldur’s Gate Adventures Continue With IDW Comics

Posted on March 22, 2019 by

Minsc the Mighty—Evil Beware! The Baldur’s Gate heroes return to the city at last, but their time adventuring in Ravenloft and the frozen northern reaches of the Realms has changed them. Each of them must face great trials ahead before they’ll be ready to embrace their destiny. A new hero of the people roams the […]

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Monte Cook Games Explores Arcana of the Ancients for 5th Edition

Posted on March 15, 2019 by

In the misty recesses of time, before the kingdoms and lands you know existed—before the elder elves, the dwarven ancestral lords, and even the dragons—civilizations undreamt rose and fell. And with their passing, they left behind remnants of the powers they wielded. They built citadels of metal, glass, and light, now hidden away in the […]

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Happy Death Day to You! Happy Death Day 2U!

Posted on March 1, 2019 by

Happy Death Day to yooooooouuuuuuuu. Happy Death Day to yooooooooouuuuu! Author and comedian Aaron Hartzler has penned the official novelization of the #1 smash hit film Happy Death Day and its sequel Happy Death Day 2U produced by Blumhouse (Get Out) and Universal Pictures. The book, titled Happy Death Day / Happy Death Day 2U, was just released, and combines two novelizations in one tome.

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Sail the Seas in Dungeons & Dragons with the Ghosts of Saltmarsh Adventure

Posted on February 25, 2019 by

Dungeons & Dragons is excited to announce a new adventure book called Ghosts of Saltmarsh, which takes classic sea-faring adventures and updates and expands upon them for use with D&D fifth edition. The book details the port town of Saltmarsh and the surrounding lands players can explore using their own ship and the vehicle mechanics included in the 256-page book. Unravel sinister secrets of the sea with Ghosts of Saltmarsh releasing in game stores, digitally and everywhere on May 21, 2019. An alternate art cover with a distinctive design and soft-touch finish is available exclusively in game stores on May 21.

“The Saltmarsh series consistently ranks as one of the most popular classic D&D adventures,” said Mike Mearls, franchise creative director of D&D. “With its ties to ocean-based adventuring, it was an obvious step to augment it with additional sea-based adventures and a robust set of rules for managing a nautical campaign.”

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Valiant Entertainment Announces Sweeping New Sci-Fi Series, PSI-LORDS

Posted on February 21, 2019 by

“FINALLY, THE PSI-LORDS HAVE COME BACK TO THE VALIANT UNIVERSE!” exclaimed Senior Editorial Director Robert Meyers. “After years of teases, red herrings, and misdirects, we are so excited to announce one of the most requested books from Valiant: PSI-LORDS.”

That’s right! As first revealed by The Hollywood Reporter and teased on Valiant’s social media, Valiant Entertainment is excited to announce PSI-LORDS, a brand-new ongoing comic series debuting in June from The New York Times bestselling writer Fred Van Lente (IVAR, TIMEWALKER; GENERATION ZERO) and stunning artist Renato Guedes (SHADOWMAN). The announcement comes with a fantastic promo image created by Rod Reis (Winter Soldier, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge).

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The Stranger Things Dungeon & Dragons Starter Set is up for pre-order!

Posted on February 15, 2019 by

“Experience the D&D adventure Stranger Things character Mike Wheeler has created for his friends,” reads the description “Pick your character — will you be Will the Wise or Dustin the Dwarf? Get your fireballs ready as you investigate the mysterious castle and battle the ferocious Demogorgon. Prepare for just about anything, because the game just got stranger.”

It includes 5 Stranger Things character sheets that are based on the characters from the series. It also includes two exclusive Demogorgon figures, one painted the other not (so you can terrorize your players with your own unique style). You can pre-order a copy of the set on Amazon with shipping slated for May 1st, 2019. Local game stores are also taking pre-orders.

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Follow Us to a Gorgeous Illustrated Edition of The Yellow Sign

Posted on February 8, 2019 by

Acclaimed artist Samuel Araya illustrated a brand new edition of The King in Yellow, published by Arc Dream Publishing, featuring ten landmark tales of the horror genre in a 220-page volume. Stories include: “The Repairer of Reputations”, “The Mask”, “The Yellow Sign”, “The Street of the Four Winds”, and more! Full-page paintings and unnerving sketches […]

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Heat Up in February with a Fire-Themed Creative Challenge!

Posted on January 29, 2019 by

Flames Rising contributor Monica Valentinelli, best known for her many contributors in the tabletop gaming industry, has teamed up with comics professional Mark Stegbauer to bring you a fun, fiery creative challenge.

In #febrrrary, pick a daily prompt to stat up an antagonist for your favorite game, write a 250-word story, or warm up your creative muscles with a fun sketch! Monica has mentioned on Twitter she plans on using the prompts for a quick, morning warm-up. What about you? Are you planning to draw, write, or stat up characters? Sounds like creating new Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition monsters could be a fun way to deal with freezing cold temps.

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Onyx Path Publishing Announces Scion: Dragon and Scion: Masks of the Mythos

Posted on January 28, 2019 by

Rich Thomas, founder and creative director of Onyx Path Publishing announced Scion: Dragon and Scion: Masks of the Mythos, two new supplements for the Scion 2nd Edition tabletop RPG (currently available for pre-order on Backerkit.com. Both offer new opportunities for gameplay by introducing new Pantheons, rules, storytelling advice, and expanded setting materials using the Storypath system.

Scion: Dragon will be a new supplement that shows players how dragons fit into the World of Scion. Developed by Danielle Lauzon-Harper, a designer of the Storypath system whose worked on the Trinity, Scion, Dystopia Rising, and They Came From Beneath the Sea gamelines, the supplement will introduce playable dragon Scions and outline the role of dragons and their Pantheons in the cold war between the Gods and Titans.

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Once upon a time, they took you from your home. Changeling: the Lost Second Edition is available now!

Posted on January 17, 2019 by

The latest addition the Chronicles of Darkness line of games from Onyx Path Publishing is here! Changeling: the Lost Second Edition has arrived in eBook and hardcover versions!

Changeling: The Lost Second Edition includes:

– Everything you need to create and play your own changeling, a human abducted by the fae and transformed by the experience.
– A complete setting of faerie wonder and macabre horror for the Chronicles of Darkness.
– A guide to changeling society, caught between the twin poles of human hearts and the vast fantastic.
– Supernatural powers, mystical oaths, and creatures out of legend.

Changeling: The Lost Second Edition is now available in PDF and Hardcover editions at DriveThruRPG.com and StorytellersVault.com!

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Return to Wonderland and more with Elizabeth Chaipraditkul and Steffie de Vaan

Posted on January 14, 2019 by

We’re Elizabeth Chaipraditkul and Steffie de Vaan, and we wanted to tell you about our newly launched RPG Patreon. We’ve been active in the RPG industry for some years now. Liz was the lead developer for the Crescent Empire book for 7th Sea, author of the Book of Lore for Bluebeard’s Bride, and owns her own Indie company Angry Hamster Publishing which published Witch: Fated Souls. Steffie wrote for the Changeling the Lost 2nd Edition Corebook, Beckett’s Jyhad Diary (Vampire: the Masquerade), and is the developer for Promethean: The Created and the upcoming Legendlore RPG. So you’d think we have lots of creative outlets. And we do. They’re just… still not enough. Hence our Patreon, to finally release our bottled ideas into the world.

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Renegade Games Announces Proving Grounds

Posted on January 12, 2019 by

Maia Strongheart stands alone against the world. A cabal of conspirators has framed her for the death of her own mother, the Sun Queen, and they intend to usurp the throne from her family. To prove her own innocence and reclaim her birthright, Maia must step into the Proving Grounds to complete a trial that […]

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Deadlands: The Cackler laughs his way onto DriveThruComics

Posted on December 30, 2018 by

Pinnacle Entertainment Group and Visionary Comics have released a digital edition of The Cackler graphic novel at DriveThruComics.com!

The Cackler is an ancient Harrowed in search of a very particular blood relative for a nefarious and mysterious ritual that could change the world of Deadlands forever!

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Scarred Lands Creature Collection for 5e announced!

Posted on December 28, 2018 by

Rich Thomas of Onyx Path Publishing has announced the Scarred Lands Creature Collection for 5e will be made in collaboration with Handiwork Games!

Rich Thomas: “Last year, when we were planning just how to take the efforts that Stewart Wieck had started and run with them, we knew that a new version of the legendary Creature Collection was how we wanted to lead into Onyx Path’s new exciting era of Scarred Lands.

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7th Sea: A Pirate’s Pact by Danielle Lauzon

Posted on December 22, 2018 by

Hi all, Matt’s letting me take over the blog today to tell you about my newly released Choice of Games novel 7th Sea: A Pirate’s Pact. I’m Danielle Lauzon, a long-time freelance writer and developer for Onyx Path and a one-time line developer for 7th Sea Second Edition.

If you aren’t familiar with 7th Sea, it’s a game set in an alternate world 17th Century Europe (and the rest of the world as well). It’s a game about romance, high adventure, and sorcery in the vein of Errol Flynn movies, Alexandre Dumas books, The Princess Bride, One Thousand and One Nights…I could go on, but I think you get it. And in all this we feature not quite but just reminiscent characters and situation from a recognizable history in a fantastical world. Magic is real, myths are real, and you play Heroes fighting against evil and corruption.

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They Came From Beneath the Sea! Tabletop RPG Kickstarter launches from Onyx Path!

Posted on December 19, 2018 by

Rich Thomas, founder and creative director of Onyx Path Publishing announced the Kickstarter to fund They Came from Beneath the Sea!, a new B-movie themed tabletop RPG using the Storypath System.

“I’m truly excited to see They Came from Beneath the Sea! reaching an enthusiastic audience!” said developer Matthew Dawkins, “I’ve been running playtests of this game for over a year, refining and polishing it, and I truly believe it’s one of most fun role-playing experiences out there.”

They Came From Beneath the Sea! is a new tabletop roleplaying game encompassing the wonder, horror, thrills, and hilarity of 1950s science fiction. This game evokes the feel of playing in a B-movie from decades past, providing a dynamic, fun experience.

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Valiant Heroes Collectible Card Game App Now Available for iOS!

Posted on December 4, 2018 by

VirtTrade and Valiant Entertainment have announced the official launch of VALIANT HEROES – CARD BATTLES, available now for iOS devices. Developed by VirtTrade, the card-collecting and battle game features characters from the vast Valiant Universe, including Bloodshot, X-O Manowar, and Faith, plus many more. The game was initially announced in September. In VALIANT HEROES, characters […]

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