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Squeaks in the Deep, a new Pugmire sourcebook from Onyx Path Publishing

Posted on July 16, 2021 by

Venture into the Realms of Pugmire one more time…

Rats and mice live in the margins of the empires of dogs and cats, with homes that connect to the Underneath — a vast collection of warrens, tunnels, caves, and other hidden places. It is a dangerous place full of unexplained phenomena and terrifying creatures. But it is also full of wonders of ages past and the thrill of discovery. For the rodents believe Man was part of something called Science, a way to learn power through study, observation, and experimentation. Perhaps through the exploration of the Underneath, they can rediscover what Man has left behind. It’s time to listen to the squeaks in the deep.

Squeaks in the Deep is a chronicle sourcebook for both Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau. It’s usable with either game, or as part of a joint experience.

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Wizards of the Coast Releases Dungeons & Dragons: DARK ALLIANCE

Posted on June 22, 2021 by

Wizards of the Coast is proud to announce that DARK ALLIANCE, the explosive four-player, co-op action brawler is now available on Steam for PC, PlayStation4, PlayStation5, Windows 10 PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles and on Xbox Game Pass. Developed by Wizards of the Coast and Tuque Games, DARK ALLIANCE is the first Dungeons & Dragons video game published by Wizards of the Coast; a new CGI trailer was released to celebrate the launch.

“Whenever I’m at the table playing Dungeons & Dragons with my friends, I always anxiously await that moment in a scenario when the Dungeon Master says, ‘Roll for initiative’. That’s when you know things are about to get intense and dangerous,” said Jeff Hattem, Studio Head at Tuque Games and Creative Director for DARK ALLIANCE. “We designed DARK ALLIANCE from those moments in D&D campaigns; our game puts combat at the center of the experience and we can’t wait for players to feel what it’s like to battle a Frost Giant up close and personal.”

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New Edition of Blood Sword for 5th Edition Live on Kickstarter

Posted on June 18, 2021 by

When it was first released, Blood Sword was the first series of interactive novels that allowed you to play singly or in a group. Part-gamebook, part-RPG, it allowed its readers to imagine themselves in a fantastic and dark world, full of dangerous magic and populated by powerful sorcerers and frightening beasts. That revolutionary epic, a five-volume masterpiece, was an overwhelming international success, and went on to thrill generations of adventurers. Even today, after numerous reprints, it remains a bestseller.

“Blood Sword is the sword of life, the only weapon capable of opposing the evil power of the Wizards of Krarth who threaten the Lands of Legend. Your mission is to retrieve the fragments of the sword and thus bring an end to the impending doom, but to do so, you will have to face the grim and harsh Kingdom of Wyrd, with its trap-ridden labyrinths, fearful beasts, and enemies of all kinds and shapes.

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Adventure Awaits! The Pathfinder for Savage Worlds Core Rules are now available!

Posted on June 17, 2021 by

Adventure Awaits!

An ancient and evil undead thing rises in a dark dungeon. A long-forgotten horror stirs in the dark forest. A hungry and vengeful dragon awakes in forgotten mountains. A cry for help echoes across the world of Golarion. Brave heroes —the Pathfinders— answer the call. They are crafty rogues, powerful sorcerers, and deadly fighters. They are humans, elves, dwarves, gnomes, and halflings. They are heroes!

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Midnight Syndicate Releases First Live Album, Live Shadows

Posted on June 14, 2021 by

Nearly three decades into their career, on June 11th dark music pioneers Midnight Syndicate released their first live album, Live Shadows. Recorded between 2014 and 2019 at their multimedia Midnight Syndicate Live! shows at Cedar Point HalloWeekends, the album features new material and newly-arranged live versions of music spanning their career. A series of music […]

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IAMTW Announces 2021 Scribe Nominees and Faust Award Recipient

Posted on June 8, 2021 by

(IAMTW) recognizes the wide range of authors who work on media tie-ins. Often overlooked, these writers craft exciting tales using beloved characters and settings of franchises including the likes of Mike Hammer, Firefly, Murder She Wrote, James Bond, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Star Trek. These stories can be original adventures, or adaptations of movies or television episodes. They include all genres and a wide range of lengths and formats.

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The Lost Apothecary Review

Posted on June 2, 2021 by

Written by debut author Sarah Penner, The Lost Apothecary is a book about poisonous endings—some deadly, some not. This London-based story begins by slowly weaving threads narrated by three heroines in their respective time periods. Nella Clavinger is a healer-turned-poisoner who helps women rid themselves of their vile lovers, husbands, and fathers in 1791. Eliza […]

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Save the date! Take an Online Tarot for Writers Workshop

Posted on May 28, 2021 by

In this two-hour Tarot for Writers workshop, author and narrative designer Monica Valentinelli (Vampire: The Masquerade, Shadowrun, Firefly, and more!) will show you how to use tarot in your storytelling. From inspirational prompts to building characters and scenarios, you’ll come away with fresh ideas to help you brainstorm everything from character relationships to plot twists. […]

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Paizo’s Epic Starfinder Alexa Skill Finds a New Home at Wanderword

Posted on May 27, 2021 by

Wanderword, the thought leader in interactive audio entertainment for smart speakers, has signed a licensing agreement with Paizo, the prolific tabletop roleplaying game publisher, to take their award-winning science-fantasy Starfinder Alexa Skill to new heights. Wanderword will manage development of the audio adventure, adding the power of their experienced team. “We are proud to be […]

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Dungeons & Dragons Celebrates 2020 Milestones

Posted on May 19, 2021 by

Wizards of the Coast proudly announced that 2020 was once again the most successful year for Dungeons & Dragons in its rich franchise history. This is on the back of 2019 also being a record year already, with the legendary tabletop game continuing to grow and diversify its community which now counts with more than […]

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The Sisterhood: Dark Tales and Secret Histories anthology is available now from Chaosium

Posted on May 18, 2021 by

In churches and convents and other religious communities, sisterhood takes many forms, forged and tested by such mundane threats as disease and despair, but also by terrors both spiritual and existential—Satan’s subtle minions and the cosmic nightmare of the Cthulhu Mythos.

Sisterhood: Dark Tales and Secret Histories presents sixteen horror stories by some of the genre’s leading female voices. Their settings range around the globe and across the centuries, from 6th century Ireland to 17th century Virginia to Indonesia in the recent past.

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SHADOWMAN Coffee Now Available from Geek Grind Coffee

Posted on April 26, 2021 by

Valiant Entertainment has partnered with Geek Grind Coffee Company to release two SHADOWMAN coffee roasts: the Spirit of the LOA Medium Roast and the Darque Roaste! These special roasts are made from 100% single source, small-lot Columbian coffee from women-owned farms.

Russell Brown, the President of Consumer Products at Valiant Entertainment, is happy to partner with the company and give Valiant fans a new drink to enjoy. “The quality of Greek Grind’s mountain-grown coffee, their ethical Colombian origin production process, and marketing prowess are all of the highest standards that Valiant looks for. And we’re so excited to have coffee and tea this special to sip out of our Valiant mugs!”

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Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Second Beta Launches May 5

Posted on April 23, 2021 by

Last Playable Version Before Launch to Include Crusade Gameplay, New Side Quests, A Weapon Companion, New Systems and More Owlcat Games has announced that the second beta for its classic isometric CRPG, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, will be available to backers who contributed to the title’s Kickstarter or Slacker Backer campaigns in the relevant […]

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Jenkins and Tate Entertainment Announce development deal for live action tv series based on the Scion role-playing game by Onyx Path Publishing

Posted on March 29, 2021 by

Rich Thomas, founder and creative director of Onyx Path Publishing, in conjunction with Jenkins and Tate Entertainment announced a new partnership today. Jenkins and Tate Entertainment will be developing a live action tv series based on the Scion role-playing game by Onyx Path.

“We’re truly excited to be developing this adventure series for TV in collaboration with Onyx Path.” said Brian Jenkins. “We are looking forward to working closely with them in order to bring the world of Scion to life.”

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Wizards of the Coast Announces June Launch Date for Dungeons & Dragons DARK ALLIANCE

Posted on March 16, 2021 by

Pre-Orders Kick Off Today for the Co-op Action RPG DARK ALLIANCE; New Gameplay Trailer Revealed

Wizards of the Coast, a division of Hasbro, Inc is proud to announce that DARK ALLIANCE, the explosive action roleplaying game that builds upon the rich lore of the Forgotten Realms in Dungeons & Dragons, launches on June 22, 2021 for PC, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, Xbox One Consoles and Xbox Series X|S.

“DARK ALLIANCE marks an important milestone for us as the first Dungeons & Dragons video game to be published by Wizards of the Coast,” said Chris Cocks, President, Wizards of the Coast. “We’re excited to expand beyond the tabletop and deliver a brand new type of D&D experience to long-time fans and new audiences when the game launches this June.”

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Dungeons & Dragons Expands Beyond the Gothic Horror in Curse of Strahd with Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft

Posted on February 23, 2021 by

D&D Brings Multiple Horror Genres to (Un)Life Including Slasher Horror, Macabre Fairy Tale, and Zombie Apocalypse

One of the most popular adventures published by D&D in the last few years was Curse of Strahd which begins when characters are pulled by creeping mists into a land called Barovia. But Strahd’s domain is just one of the many Domains of Dread that make up the horror-themed setting of Ravenloft. Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft refreshes the setting by giving Dungeon Masters descriptions of more than 30 Domains of Dread beyond Barovia as well as the tools to create their own horrific stories, including details on each domain’s Darklord, a ready-to-play adventure, new monsters, lineages and sub-classes. Be afraid for Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft to pull D&D fans into the Mists on May 18.

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BEOWULF: Age of Heroes is now available from Handiworks Games

Posted on February 16, 2021 by

One of the oldest recorded stories in Western Europe, Beowulf is the ultimate tale of hero vs. monster – and now a dramatic, 5e setting.

Discover a fierce background of wild seas and savage monsters, of meadhalls and of heirloom swords that bear legendary names. Gain Followers, take Inspiration from unique Portents, and use our specially crafted tokens to guide your voyage along the Whale Road.

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Dragon and Masks of the Mythos for Scion 2nd Edition at Kickstarter!

Posted on January 19, 2021 by

The ancient powers never fully went away. They wander our roads and cities, mingling with the teeming masses of humanity. Characters in Scion Second Edition begin as humans touched by fate, heirs to great powers and incredible destinies. In the core setting for Scion, characters discover they are the children of Gods, inheriting mantles, accomplishing great deeds, and deciding their own destinies. It’s a game about divinity and humanity, and everything in between — and now, with these two expansions, everything beyond as well. Scion: Dragon and Scion: Masks of the Mythos open new pathways, new origins, and new secrets for Scion Second Edition.

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D&D Announces Candlekeep Mysteries, a New Book Full of Short Adventures

Posted on January 12, 2021 by

Introducing Candlekeep Mysteries, an anthology of seventeen mystery-themed adventures each centered around a single book found in the iconic library fortress. All of these adventures–many written by new authors—are intended to be played as one-shots in-person or online or simply dropped into any existing campaign. Candlekeep Mysteries is perfect for Dungeon Masters who are looking to inject new characters, story hooks, magic items, and monsters into their game without tons of prep.

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Cthulhu is Hard to Spell: The Terrible Twos from Wannabe Press!

Posted on January 10, 2021 by

Cthulhu is Hard to Spell: The Terrible Twos contains thirty-eight all-ages appropriate stories from 73 creators about the gods and monsters of the Lovecraft universe.

Yes, there is horror, but there are also silly stories, funny stories, sci-fi stories, whimsical stories, and slice of life stories as well.

The focus is on the gods and monsters themselves, with plenty of psychological and cosmic horror thrown into the mix, too.

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