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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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The Hobgoblin of Consistency

Posted on December 18, 2020 by

Frances Stewart writes and edits across various mediums, including for several games. Most recently, she contributed to Onyx Path’s Dead Man’s Rust, a mega-adventure that’s on Kickstarter right now! In this article, she talks about writing when you’re trying to clean up and maintain a complex continuity, while still being original and also modern and also entertaining.

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Pathfinder for Savage Worlds Coming to Kickstarter

Posted on December 17, 2020 by

Pinnacle Entertainment Group, creators of Savage Worlds and Deadlands tabletop roleplaying games, and Paizo, creators of Pathfinder roleplaying game announced Pathfinder for Savage Worlds in a surprise revelation Thanksgiving Day.

Fans of both games responded globally to the information with enthusiastic comments on social media, forums, and news sites. As user “Doctor Futurity” said on ENworld’s Comments:

“As a fan of Pathfinder and Savage Worlds this feels like a peanut butter and chocolate moment.”

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First Mechanics Reveal: Mundane Magic RPG

Posted on December 10, 2020 by

Lysa Penrose is known as a writer and story creator for Wizards of the Coast, community manager of all things Dungeons & Dragons, and even a witch slinging tarot tutorial videos. In this post, Lysa shares how she combined these experiences and more into an upcoming narrative roleplaying game, Mundane Magic.

My first experience with tabletop roleplaying games happened by accident. I was between jobs, a leap-of-faith career change, my ex-corporate life funding a year off to soul search like a millennial stereotype. In a depressive fog of YouTube binging and self-doubt – hey, major change is scary! – I stumbled across the first episode of Critical Role. Curiosity got the better of me when faced with this odd 4-hour video. My mind and imagination had discovered Dungeons & Dragons, and I tipped over the precipice and into the rabbit hole….

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20 Years in the Making: NeMoren’s Vault Anniversary Edition

Posted on December 9, 2020 by

In December 2000, Fiery Dragon Productions released NeMoren’s Vault, one of the earliest adventures for Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition put out using their Open Game License. Part of the first wave of the D20 boom, Fiery Dragon went on to release another 70 products over a decade, before semi-retiring the brand in 2010.

Twenty years later, the original Fiery Dragon trio expanded a bit and rebranded as Platinum Dragon. They’ve just released NeMoren’s Vault 20th Anniversary Edition on DriveThruRPG via the same Open Game License, this time updated for the 5E ruleset. James Bell, the original author of NeMoren’s Vault in 2000, reflects on this anniversary edition and some of the design decisions that went into the initial adventure.

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Vault Comics’ has even more horror comics out now!

Posted on December 7, 2020 by

Vault Comics, publishers of the successful Vamipre: the Masquerade series Winter’s Teeth, continue to roll out more horror series at DriveThruComics!

New issues of Bleed Them Dry, I Walk With Monsters, and Vampire: the Masquerade are available now!

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Onyx Path Publishing Launches Kickstarter for Dead Man’s Rust

Posted on November 25, 2020 by

Dead Man’s Rust is a mega-adventure for fifth edition fantasy, set in Onyx Path’s Scarred Lands campaign setting! The book contains:

– A complete campaign taking characters from level 1 to 10
– Detailed write-ups of four major locations in central Ghelspad: the Broadreach Horizon, The Gleaming Valley, the Hornsaw Forest, and the necromancer’s stronghold of Glivid-Autel.
– New playable options including races, subraces, and subclasses
– New monsters, magic items, and more!

Gamers new to the Scarred Lands campaign setting have several options with this Kickstarter to add-on the Scarred Lands Players Guide, the Creature Collection, and other supplements when they back the Kickstarter for Dead Man’s Rust.

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Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything for Dungeons & Dragons is now available!

Posted on November 17, 2020 by

What Wonderful Witchery is This?

A magical mixture of rules options for the world’s greatest roleplaying game.

The wizard Tasha, whose great works include the spell Tasha’s hideous laughter, has gathered bits and bobs of precious lore during her illustrious career as an adventurer. Her enemies wouldn’t want these treasured secrets scattered across the multiverse, so in defiance, she has collected and codified these tidbits for the enrichment of all.

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Dreadful Realms: Caverns of the Wise Minister

Posted on November 10, 2020 by

In Caverns of the Wise Minister, you play denizens of the city of Sepulchre, descendants of those plucked from their homes on the surface, trying to forge a new life in the darkness of the Underworld. If you’re clever, quick, and fortunate, and you live long enough to find your niche, you might learn how you got here. Maybe you’ll even set things right.

Once upon a time, there stood an elven city called Silverhome, and an aboleth and a deity vied for power over it. The god Empyrea struck down the aboleth, and in revenge it drowned her favoured city. The survivors set out for the Underworld to beg for mercy from the god of death and reclaim the souls of their beloved dead.

They never reached death’s domain.

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Masters of Horror Cullen Bunn and Jon Davis-Hunt Team up for SHADOWMAN

Posted on October 28, 2020 by

Terror will be unleashed this April in SHADOWMAN #1 from Valiant Comics. New York Times-bestselling writer Cullen Bunn (VENOM) and acclaimed artist Jon Davis-Hunt (CLEAN ROOM) pull you into a world of horror and supernatural suspense as Jack Boniface, aka SHADOWMAN, protects humanity from the nightmares that lurk within the dimension known as the Deadside… […]

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Giochi Uniti And Paizo To Create Pathfinder Arena Board Game

Posted on October 22, 2020 by

Giochi Uniti and Paizo Inc. will release Pathfinder Arena, a new board game set in the Pathfinder roleplaying game’s fantasy fiction Age of Lost Omens setting. The game will be available through a crowdfunding campaign in 2021.

Pathfinder Arena is a competitive strategy game divided in four stages of challenges between monsters and heroes. In each stage the number and power of monsters increase, while heroes level-up and gather resources to gain new skills, magic spells, equipment and the deities’ favor.

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Take a Horror in Gaming Online Class!

Posted on October 15, 2020 by

Want to put more spook at your table? Take a fun class with games veteran Monica Valentinelli! Class: Horror in Games Next class date: Saturday, October 24, 2020, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific Time. In gaming, the answer to “Is horror a mood or a genre?” is “YES!” In this workshop, gaming veteran Monica Valentinelli addresses how […]

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Onyx Path Publishing Launches Kickstarter for Ghost Hunters, a World of Darkness 20th Anniversary Supplement

Posted on October 9, 2020 by

Rich Thomas, founder and Creative Director of Onyx Path Publishing, announced the launch of a new World of Darkness Anniversary Edition Kickstarter for the deluxe printing of Ghost Hunters.

World of Darkness: Ghost Hunters presents paranormal investigation from a mortal’s perspective. Chapters cover skeptical ghost hunters, well-organized groups, natural mediums, and their families and the equipment they use to uncover the “truth” that ghosts are real. In the World of Darkness, however, paranormal investigators may unwittingly stumble across any one of its other denizens, putting themselves (and the creatures they encounter) at risk.

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Chronicles of Darkness: The Contagion Chronicle is now available!

Posted on September 23, 2020 by

The world is ill. You have everything to lose through its sickness.

Loss. Change. Chaos.

Your own blood will rebel against you. Your own herd.

Your own loved ones. Do not believe that just because you’ve had a hundred years on this earth, you’ll be exempt. Just because you were ignorant of it until now does not make you immune. Your waking to the reality of this world — of the great machine in its heart, and the sickness in its veins — is just the first step. You must find others like you and me and make them swear to drive back this Contagion. This world doesn’t have long left. You may be a monster, but perhaps with other monsters, you can drive back the destruction of everything.

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Onyx Path continues the 2nd Edition of the Scion RPG with Demigod!

Posted on September 4, 2020 by

As a Hero, a Scion becomes a figure of myth and story, an exemplar of some virtue of their chosen society or the culture they’re born into. Even before their Visitation, the children of the Gods are a breed apart. But some want more than this lesser form of immortality, forever in the shadow of their parents. The golden ichor within the Scion’s heart sears and cooks them, ever burning away any human frailties of the Scion and driving them toward more audacious Deeds. They seek to become truly transformational figures, leaving The World forever different in their wake. At the fifth dot of Legend, it all reaches a tipping point, where the Scion is formed more of divine ichor than mortal flesh–more immortal than mortal, a true Demigod. They have declared to The World that they will not be pawns of Fate, but players in their own right. They will succeed in becoming a God, or they will die with their failure.

Everything up to this point was your prologue. Now it’s time to live your myth in Scion: Demigod.

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Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything Debuting this Fall for Dungeons & Dragons

Posted on August 24, 2020 by

What wonderful witchery is this? Dungeons & Dragons presents a magical mixture of new rules options and subclasses for the world’s greatest roleplaying game with Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything. The contents of Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything will be available on November 17, 2020, with a cover by Magali Villeneuve and an alt-cover by Wylie Beckert only available through local game stores. Pre-orders are available now, and fans will get a chance to preview some of the new subclasses and more at D&D Celebration, an online gaming event open to fans all over the world, taking place September 18-20.

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Water Woman: Into the Deep by Steffie de Vaan and Crissie Brown!

Posted on August 11, 2020 by

Water Woman is a new indie comic written by Steffie de Vaan with art by Crissie Brown. The two both participated in Gail Simone’s Comic School, hosted during the lockdown, and combined forces to make a joint vision come true.

Into the Deep tells the story of Niqui, a young artist living in Miami, her mom Pearl and her abusive soon-to-be ex Romain. It’s a story about escaping domestic violence, artistic creation, and renewal. When Romain knocks Niqui overboard on a trip to the Bahamas, Niqui finds herself transformed into Water Woman. After a harrowing return, Niqui must face her fears and bring Romain to justice.

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Join Paizo at Gen Con Online with the Advanced Player’s Guide and more!

Posted on July 30, 2020 by

Join Paizo for the Best Four Days in Gaming during Gen Con Online today through August 2 and play amazing Pathfinder and Starfinder games with friends from around the world! The year’s biggest releases await players, including the Pathfinder Advanced Player’s Guide, Starfinder Starship Operations Manual, and Pathfinder Lost Omens: Legends!

Ready to go beyond the basics? Expand the limits of what’s possible with the Pathfinder Advanced Player’s Guide! This 272-page Pathfinder Second Edition rulebook contains exciting new rules options for player characters, adding even more depth of choice to your Pathfinder game! Inside you will find brand new ancestries, heritages, and four new classes: the shrewd investigator, the mysterious oracle, the daring swashbuckler, and the hex-slinging witch! The Advanced Player’s Guide also includes exciting new options for all your favorite Core Rulebook classes and tons of new backgrounds, general feats, spells, items, and 40 flexible archetypes to customize your play experience even further!

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