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Onyx Path’s They Came From Beyond the Grave! is now available at DriveThruRPG

Posted on January 12, 2022 by

They Came from Beyond the Grave! is a dramatic, hammy, and horrifying tabletop roleplaying game encompassing the shock, terror, eroticism, and humor of 1970s horror. This game allows you to play with all the magnificent content from the movies of Hammer, Amicus, and Roger Corman, and promises the fun and thrills of the horror movie genre!

In They Came from Beyond the Grave!, you play humans faced with the horrors of the supernatural. You’ll find yourself pitted against vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and constructed critters, along with demons, slashers, and THE DEVIL HIMSELF. Adventures range from the one-shot exploration of a haunted house, to the multi-era play across the 19th century and 1970s.

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CCP Games partners with BBC Studios for EVE Online x Doctor Who Crossover Event

Posted on January 4, 2022 by

CCP Games and BBC Studios have joined forces for EVE Online x Doctor Who, an original crossover event between the beloved action-adventure series Doctor Who and the free-to-play deep space-faring MMO EVE Online. Universes will collide as Capsuleers and Whovians face the Daleks together in massive space battles in EVE Online x Doctor Who starting 13 January until 1 February.

EVE Online is a free-to-play, community-driven spaceship MMO game where players can choose their own path among the stars from countless options, developed by CCP Games in Reykjavik. The game first launched in 2003 and has since gained recognition for its scale, complexity, and the world record-breaking exploits of its online community. EVE Online is one of the most critically acclaimed MMORPG intellectual properties (IPs) in time and space, and one of the most extensive works of science fiction in the world.

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Saying Good-Bye to Author Anne Rice

Posted on December 12, 2021 by

The year is 1976. A novel debuts: Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice. A book written about a man named Louis from New Orleans who became a vampire–thanks to Lestat, a complicated antihero who both loathes and revels in his own vampirism and place within vampire society. Challenging social norms in any era is […]

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The tales themselves are eclectic, and so are all of us. Michael Aronovitz on writing Dancing with Tombstones

Posted on December 9, 2021 by

With Dancing with Tombstones, Michael Aronovitz, the author of Alice Walks and The Sculptor takes us deep inside the haunt of our most secret repressions. Today, Michael stopped by to talk to us about using horror to fill the empty spaces in genre fiction and how this new collection of tales was created during a […]

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Women are Werewolves: On Designing Queer Games

Posted on November 23, 2021 by

Women are Werewolves is a card-based story game where players take on the roles of nonbinary characters who belong to a family that believes only women transform into werewolves. Throughout the game, characters explore their relationships to gendered spaces and family traditions. They also explore their relationships with their queer and non-queer family members. The game asks you to navigate the various gendered traditions your family engages in and deal with the awkward questions, misguided assumptions, and occasional microaggressions that come with it. At its heart, Women are Werewolves is a game about discovering your boundaries and whether you can find, or make, a space for your authentic self within a family that might not understand you.

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The adventure continues: Toy Vault releases two new Pathfinder puzzles

Posted on November 22, 2021 by

Toy Vault, Inc. – in partnership with award winning role playing game publisher Paizo Inc. – is announcing the release of two new 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles featuring artwork from the exciting and popular Pathfinder fantasy role-playing game franchise.

“The Pathfinder RPG has such a rich and expansive catalog of artwork from which to make high quality jigsaw puzzles,” said Tony Smith, Director of Toy Vault. “I’m proud of the two newest puzzles recently released in our growing Pathfinder puzzle line. I think they are a must-have item for anyone that’s a fan of world class fantasy art.”

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The Legendlore campaign setting is now available from Onyx Path Publishing

Posted on November 20, 2021 by

The Realm of Legendlore sits on an unstable nexus of reality and sees many visitors from other worlds. You are such a visitor.

In Legendlore, you have Crossed from Earth into East Azoth and become a changed version of yourself — a songwriter finds themself a bard, a scientist a wizard. You might find yourself in a whole new body to better match your true self, including adopting a new fantasy race.

Legendlore offers a diverse and inclusive world filled with adventure and mystery. Fight megalomaniacal dictators, explore magic and strange science, and claim your Legend as you find a way back home.

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Demiplane Partners with Paizo to Create Pathfinder Nexus

Posted on October 26, 2021 by

Unleash Your Hero Digitally – Pathfinder Nexus Launches in 2022

Today Demiplane, a leading digital platform for tabletop roleplaying fans, announced a multi-year licensing agreement with Paizo Inc. to create Pathfinder Nexus, the official digital toolset and game companion for the award-winning Pathfinder tabletop roleplaying game. Pathfinder Nexus is set to release in early 2022. Pre-orders with early access to the new platform begin today.

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Highly Anticipated Planegea 5E Campaign Setting Funds in 30 Minutes on Kickstarter Launch Today

Posted on October 19, 2021 by

Atlas Games is the publisher of the extensive 3rd Edition Penumbra series, as well as the critically acclaimed Nyambe: African Adventures and Northern Crown: New World Adventures campaign settings. Planegea 5E is the company’s first foray into 5th Edition. “We’ve been waiting for the right IP,” Atlas Games co-owner Michelle Nephew commented. “I knew when I first saw it that Planegea was something special. Who could resist dinos and dragons … together?!” This is Atlas Games’ 11th crowdfunding project. They’ve delivered eight Kickstarter campaigns so far, with two more en route from China and fulfilling by the end of 2021.

Planegea author David Somerville, who also created the hit board game Vast: The Crystal Caverns, says he designed the Planegea setting “out of a love for adventure and the desire to explore new horizons of fantasy at my own gaming table.” He created much of the setting while on a year-long RV trip around the US with his family. Those landscapes and natural wonders inspired the breadth and scale of Planegea.

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Writing Victoria Ash in the War of Ages

Posted on October 17, 2021 by

Mind’s Eye Theatre Vampire: The Masquerade – War of Ages is a Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition (“V5”) live-action setting book from By Night Studios and is on Kickstarter now. This new live-action supplement features game designer Juhana Pettersson of the award-nominated Vampire: The Masquerade Nordic-style Larp End of the Line, as well as the Vampire: The Masquerade Anarch V5 book.

Juhana stopped by for a bit to tell us about working on this project and give us an insight into that process.

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A Red Opera Tarot Deck Interview with Artist Diana Sousa – Includes Card Previews!

Posted on October 15, 2021 by

Have you checked out The Red Opera: Deck of Endless Possibilities on Kickstarter yet? This deck of 80-plus cards is an All-In-One Tarot; Playing Card; Spell, Magic Item, Character, Location, and Adventure Deck filled with potential. Brought to you by Apotheosis Studios, this Warlock-inspired deck is filled with details from The Red Opera: Last Days […]

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Dungeons & Dragons Unveils Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep

Posted on October 12, 2021 by

Building on the success of Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount, Wizards of the Coast and Critical Role are teaming up once again to bring another fantastic book to D&D fans with Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep. Inspired by the campaigns of the hit D&D live play series and designed in collaboration with DM Matthew Mercer, Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep is the first major adventure set in the world of Exandria and delivers a thrilling new campaign for the world’s greatest roleplaying game. Call of the Netherdeep will be available in stores everywhere on March 15, 2022 for $49.95 USD.

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Recording the Apocalypse with Onyx Path Publishing

Posted on October 8, 2021 by

In The Apocalyptic Record, young and old Garou alike deliver tales of great, humble, disastrous, and glorious deeds. They run the gamut from tales of war and the Wyrm, to stories of the Umbra, Kinfolk, and tribes long lost.

Onyx Path Publishing has launched a Kickstarter for a deluxe edition of The Apocalyptic Record. A setting supplement and sourcebook for Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition. We’ve had a chance to discuss this project with the co-developers Matthew Dawkins and Leath Sheales.

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A new Call of Cthulhu Board Game by Sandy Petersen

Posted on October 6, 2021 by

Game designer Sandy Petersen returns again to Lovecraftian gaming with a new board game: Call of Cthulhu Terror Paths

Forty years ago Sandy’s roleplaying game Call of Cthulhu was published by Chaosium. It changed the world of gaming and also made the then-obscure writer Lovecraft and his creations (such as Cthulhu) both cultural phenomena.

Now Sandy is back with a new board game inspired by the Call of Cthulhu RPG, and produced under license from Chaosium Inc.

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Meet Valiant Entertainment’s New Marketing Coordinator Nic Osborn

Posted on October 1, 2021 by

Meet Nic Osborn, the new Marketing Coordinator at Valiant Entertainment. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Purdue Global University, over four years of freelance comics press experience as well as two years serving as the Editor in Chief at the comics press outlet Comic Watch and co-host of the Valiant Watch podcast, Nic […]

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Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Out Now on PC

Posted on September 2, 2021 by

The Anticipated Pathfinder: Kingmaker Sequel is Now Available for PC on Steam, GOG, and Epic Games Store

Owlcat Games and META Publishing are excited to announce that Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is now available for PC on all major digital stores including Steam, GOG and Epic Games Store. Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is an epic new RPG from the creators of the critically acclaimed Pathfinder: Kingmaker, which sold 1 million copies worldwide. Following the official announcement of the game on December 4th, 2019, the sequel garnered an outstanding $2 million in pledged support on Kickstarter.

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That Feeling When Oracle Deck is on Kickstarter

Posted on September 1, 2021 by

That feeling when you discover a word in another language that so perfectly captures a familiar experience is a joyful, exciting feeling in itself. Think hygge (a Danish concept for the quality of being warm and comfortable that gives a feeling of happiness) or shinrin-yoku (a Japanese word for the healing act of forest bathing).

Inspired by these hard-to-name but universal feelings, those liminal spaces between Big Emotions, That Feeling When is a 44-card oracle deck crafted from evocative, inclusive, and community-sourced collage imagery. The 2.5″x3.5″ cards sport a satin-matte finish and glittery turquoise edge and are packed in a two-piece box with a full-color guide book.

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Scarred Lands Vigil Watch Collected Volume Review

Posted on August 31, 2021 by

Review written by Brian LeTendre When the Scarred Lands setting first debuted during the d20 boom of the early 2000s, I bought every single book in the line. The way the setting was introduced, and information about it revealed, felt like the unraveling of a mystery. I first got introduced to the world of Scarn […]

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Midnight Syndicate Releases Bloodlines Mini-Album, A Prequel to the 13th Hour

Posted on August 26, 2021 by

Midnight Syndicate has just released a mini-album entitled Bloodlines. Their 14th studio album, Bloodlines is a prequel to the duo’s best-selling, haunted mansion-themed, The 13th Hour. The new release draws listeners deeper into the world of the Haverghast family, a sinister clan whose dark secrets were first introduced on the 2001 asylum-themed album, Gates of Delirium.

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D&D: Mindbreaker Foreshadows the Dark Forces Featured in Baldur’s Gate III

Posted on July 28, 2021 by

Beginning in October, IDW returns to the Forgotten Realms with Dungeons & Dragons: Mindbreaker, a five-issue monthly comic book series that takes place before the events of Baldur’s Gate III, the highly-anticipated video game!

Acclaimed author Jim Zub joins artist Eduardo Mello in a tense tale of familiar Dungeons & Dragons adventurers Krydle, Shandie, Delina, Nerys, Minsc, and Boo, as they discover that something insidious has taken root in their homeland!

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