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Matt Forbeck’s Shotguns & Sorcery: The Roleplaying Game hits the digital shelves!

Posted on July 3, 2020 by

Welcome to Dragon City, a grim, gritty metropolis ruled over by the Dragon Emperor, with legions of zombies scratching at the city walls by night.

Whether in the streets of Goblintown or the prestigious halls of the Academy of Arcane Apprenticeship, people try to scrape by, make a living, and survive from one day to the next. You, however, are looking for something more than simple survival. And in this city, if you don’t make your own adventure, another adventure is sure to find you.

Based on the fantasy noir novels of bestselling author Matt Forbeck and powered by Monte Cook’s Cypher system — written by Forbeck, with rules by legendary game designer Robert J. Schwalb — Shotguns & Sorcery: The Roleplaying Game contains everything you need to launch your campaign.

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Fantasy Flight Games’ announces the Lord of the Rings: The Board Game Anniversary Edition

Posted on July 2, 2020 by

First published in 2000, The Lord of the Rings: The Board Game has been a seminal classic and an iconic tabletop retelling of J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy, created by world renowned game designer, Reiner Knizia, and brought to life with the stunning artwork of John Howe. Twenty years later, the game returns to print in a brand-new anniversary edition—a faithful recreation that now includes beautifully sculpted plastic miniatures for the Hobbits, Sauron, the threat die, and the One Ring.

The Lord of the Rings: The Board Game Anniversary Edition is the definitive edition of this classic cooperative board game, challenging you and up to four other players to play through the entire trilogy, from the long darkness of Moria and the ferocious battles beneath the walls of Helm’s Deep, to the shadows of Shelob’s Lair and the dusty grey wastes of Mordor. In every location, you and your fellow Hobbits must push forward, battling the forces of the Dark Lord and marching ever closer to the Cracks of Doom and the destruction of the One Ring. The road is long, the Eye of Sauron is watchful, and the threat of the Ring’s corruption is ever-present. Can you save the Free Peoples of Middle-earth and destroy the One Ring?

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Acclaimed Game Designer Justin Achilli Rejoins World of Darkness as Brand Creative Lead

Posted on June 30, 2020 by

World of Darkness, the transmedia entertainment brand behind celebrated fantasy horror properties like Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalypse, has announced the hiring of Justin Achilli as Brand Creative Lead. The author and designer of a wide range of World of Darkness games, rulebooks, and supplemental material over the last 23 years, Justin rejoins the World of Darkness team as the brand continues to expand in 2020 and beyond. Martyna “Outstar” Zych, a popular YouTuber, Twitch Streamer, and Vampire: The Masquerade enthusiast, has also recently joined as Brand Community Developer and now broadcasts a weekly livestream show “WoD News.”

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Jim Zub’s SKULLKICKERS in development at Copernicus Studios

Posted on June 17, 2020 by

New adult 2D animated comedy adventure series in the works

Copernicus Studios Inc is proud to announce a development deal to adapt the SKULLKICKERS comic series written by Zub and illustrated by Edwin Huang and Chris Stevens into an animated action-adventure series for adults.

“Demand for adult animated content is on the rise.” Says Paul Rigg, President of Copernicus Studios. “Over the past few years we’ve seen the popularity of anime and other content for mature audiences increase in North America. Shows like Castlevania, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal, and Rick & Morty are grabbing attention for good reason. It’s a great time to make our mark in this space.”

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Read a Full Excerpt of To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

Posted on May 28, 2020 by

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is an epic novel that follows Kira Navárez, who, during a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, finds an alien relic that thrusts her into the wonders and the nightmares of first contact. Epic space battles for the fate of humanity take her to the farthest reaches […]

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Guest Design Post: Pawlik on Empire of the Ghouls and More!

Posted on May 27, 2020 by

Hi, my name’s Kelly Pawlik and I’m one of the contributors to Kobold Press’s Empire of the Ghouls, the Underworld Player’s Guide, and Underworld Lairs. I was very kindly asked if I wanted to share some experiences and highlights of working on the project, so I’ll get started! How to Run a Marathon in Two […]

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D&D Online to Raise Money for Charity in June

Posted on May 21, 2020 by

Rise of the Last Imperials Interview with Hiromi Cota

Posted on May 18, 2020 by

FlamesRising.com is pleased to present an interview with Hiromi Cota conducted by Monica Valentinelli, the Dark Eras 2 lead developer. Hiromi worked on the Rise of the Last Imperials chapter which takes place in 17th century China and presents material for hunters and mummies. Hiromi has been a special operations heavy weapons expert, an adjunct professor, a rave journalist, and the flaming-sword-swinging lead in a heavy metal opera. They’ve lived around the world, but settled down in Seattle with their spouse Randi and their dog Nasus. Outside of crafting roleplaying games, Hiromi writes queer science fiction/fantasy, produces the inclusive and comedic D&D radio drama podcast “Dear High Elves,” programs video games, and gets into sword fights as a member of the Seattle Knights actor-combatant troupe. To learn more visit HiromiCota.com or follow @HiromiCota on Twitter.

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Kickstarter Exclusive! Arrrrr… the Sea of Legends Board Game

Posted on May 11, 2020 by

Explore a wildly re-imagined Caribbean, bursting with magic and mayhem!

Sea of Legends is a narrative-driven, open-world tabletop game for 1 to 4 players. Swashbuckle and swindle your way to victory as one of four unique captains. Raid ports, bury treasure, fall in love, and defeat your nemesis as you compete to become the most legendary pirate on the open sea.

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Technocracy Reloaded, a new supplement for Mage: the Ascension

Posted on May 7, 2020 by

Onyx Path Publishing Launches Kickstarter for Technocracy Reloaded, a Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Supplement

Rich Thomas, founder and Creative Director of Onyx Path Publishing, announced the launch of a new Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition Kickstarter for the deluxe printing of Technocracy Reloaded. In the words of co-developer, Travis Legge: “The world is on the brink of destruction. The Enlightened Scientists of the Technocratic Union are humanity’s best hope against Reality Deviants, Monsters, Aliens, Climate Change, and any of a hundred other ills you may have read about in the Book of Revelations or the Weekly World News. Humanity is in desperate need of saving. Are you ready to suit up?”

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Play the Evil Dead 2 Escape Room from home

Posted on April 28, 2020 by

Hourglass Escapes, LLC is proud to announce the May 2020 opening of: The Original Evil Dead 2: DEAD BY DAWN Live Video Escape Room

For a limited time only, you have the chance to escape the evil dead before they swallow your soul in the first officially licensed live video escape room, granted by Studiocanal S.A.S., based on Sam Raimi’s classic horror/comedy Evil Dead 2: DEAD BY DAWN.

Hourglass Escapes, LLC and their hit Escape Room is coming to your home in this streaming Live Action Evil Dead 2 Escape Room experience. This world famous 5 star rated escape room and be played anywhere worldwide. Tickets will be on sale May 8th with games starting May 15th.

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Matt Corley explores the The Devil’s City

Posted on April 27, 2020 by

The Devil’s City: Horror Fiction & 5e Gaming Conjoined is An illustrated, collectible novella & companion 5e RPG setting exploring the growing darkness in Chicago of late 1800s. Currently funding on Kickstarter.com with only a few days left. This project is led by by Sara Tantlinger, Matt Corley and M.T. Black. This morning Matt Corley stopped by to tell us a bit more about what inspired the project.

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Wizards of the Coast Distributes Free Digital Enrichment Kits for Librarians and Educators

Posted on April 24, 2020 by

Wizards of the Coast today announced that the company will distribute 2,000 digital kits to schools and libraries in the U.S. and Canada to provide educators and librarians with resources to engage their communities with Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering virtual play while many are practicing social distancing.

Each kit will include a Legendary Bundle for D&D Beyond that unlocks access to all current rules and adventure content for D&D as well as a 15% discount on future D&D Beyond purchases and 30 Magic: The Gathering Arena digital codes, which can be redeemed for three Ikoria booster packs. The kits will also feature tips to help teachers and librarians engage their audiences in a virtual play environment.

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The Dystopia Rising: Evolution RPG is now available!

Posted on April 15, 2020 by

Onyx Path Publishing and Eschaton Media Announce the Release Dystopia Rising: Evolution, a New Tabletop Role-Playing Game.

Rich Thomas, founder and creative director of Onyx Path Publishing, in conjunction with Eschaton Media announced the release of Dystopia Rising: Evolution. Dystopia Rising: Evolution is a tabletop RPG based on Eschaton Media’s popular post-zombie apocalypse themed Dystopia Rising live-action scenarios. The game was designed using the Storypath system.

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The Yellow King Roleplaying Game is now available from Pelgrane Press

Posted on April 14, 2020 by

The book has been written.
The book has been read.
Now it rewrites you.
Across time it spreads, creating dread new realities.
And you’re in all of them.

The Yellow King RPG is an innovative new GUMSHOE core game written and designed by GUMSHOE creator Robin D. Laws. YKRPG takes you on a brain-bending spiral through multiple selves and timelines.

Inspired by Robert W. Chambers’ influential cycle of short stories, The Yellow King RPG pits the characters against the reality-altering horror of The King in Yellow. This suppressed play, once read, invites madness. Or a visit from its titular character, an alien ruler intent on invading and remolding our world into a colony of their planet, Carcosa.

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The Planet Apocalypse Graphic Novel is available now from Petersen Games

Posted on April 10, 2020 by

“And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.” Revelation 6:8

The End Times have come and passed. The last remnants of humanity hide amongst the smoking ruins of the fallen cities of the Earth. Demons roam the land, slaking their thirst for innocent blood, feeding their lust for chaos and murder.

But when all hope seems lost, heroes rise from the smoke and ash of the burning world. Follow the exploits of a ragtag band of human heroes as they struggle to free Earth from the demons and the very grip of Hell itself!

Earth is no more. It is now PLANET APOCALYPSE!

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Onyx Path expands Geist: the Sin-Eaters and Scion RPGs!

Posted on April 10, 2020 by

There is more to death than you know, more than you’ve seen in the scant moments since you’ve come back. Places twisted by grief and despair. Bound who’ve made dark bargains with the Gods Below for power. Faith and memories crafted into tools, and sometimes into weapons.

The Underworld runs deep, lifetimes stacked on stolen lifetimes, all to squeeze us down to fuel, to fodder, for the bastards that built it. Sooner or later, it gets us all. It’s patient. It plays the long game, because it has eternity to wait you out, and it doesn’t believe mayflies like us can make a difference in the end.

That’s why we’re going to win.

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Geist: The Sin-Eaters Second Edition now available from Onyx Path

Posted on March 20, 2020 by

After successfully fulfilling the Kickstarter and shipping books to distributors, Onyx Path Publishing has released Geist: The Sin-Eaters Second Edition in digital and hardcover formats.

Geist: The Sin-Eaters Second Edition contains:

– The complete rules for playing a Sin-Eater in the Chronicles of Darkness, including systems for organizing and directing the efforts of large-scale organizations like Sin-Eater cults or organized-crime families.
– Burdens, krewe Archetypes, and a host of unique powers to create your Sin-Eaters and the strange death-cults they build.
– Example settings from across the globe and history, from the tumult of Washington, D.C. in the 1960s to medieval Carcassone to present-day Beijing.
– A detailed look at the Underworld and its denizens, from the terrifying Kerberoi to the never-born Chthonians.

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Shadow Man Remastered Video Game from Nightdive Studios & Valiant Entertainment

Posted on March 18, 2020 by

Valiant Entertainment has partnered with Nightdive Studios to develop a remastered edition of the classic action-adventure video game SHADOW MAN. The remastered edition will be coming to Windows PC via the Steam and GOG platforms, as well as to the PlayStation, Xbox and Switch consoles. This partnership continues Valiant’s expansion into other mediums in addition to publishing.

Valiant Entertainment is home to the third-largest connected universe in comics, behind Marvel and DC, with over 2,000 characters. Since DMG Entertainment’s acquisition of Valiant in late 2018, the global media and entertainment company has proven its ambitious plans to grow its presence in Hollywood, making its first foray into theaters with “Bloodshot”, starring Vin Diesel, opening #1 worldwide this past weekend.

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Interview with NYT Bestselling Author Rachel Caine

Posted on March 13, 2020 by

Today, FlamesRising.com is thrilled to present an interview with NYT-bestselling author and all around wonderful human being Rachel Caine. Here, on the heels of two new releases, Flames Rising veteran Monica Valentinelli sits down to talk about writing processes and the author’s many books.

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