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A New Dungeons & Dragons Campaign from Onyx Path Publishing

Posted on July 6, 2022 by

New from Onyx Path Publishing for the Scarred Lands campaign setting is Dead Man’s Rust.

Now available in eBook and Hardcover formats, this book provides a complete mega-campaign, with deadly new threats, interesting and lively locations, and many potential new allies and enemies.

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Jim Zub’s SKULLKICKERS: Caster Bastards and the Great Grotesque is now available!

Posted on June 3, 2022 by

When the Skullkickers take on a mission at the Academy of Serious Sorcery and Holistic Occult Learning, it’ll take every ounce of courage they possess to find their target while steering clear of warped wizardry, whimsical wands and wicked witchcraft wielded by weeping wimps or woeful waifs.

This book is both a celebration of sword & sorcery adventure and a cunning cash grab built around the staggering ever-increasing popularity of that damned nostalgic RPG we all know and love despite its endless flaws.

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First Hybrid PaizoCon Celebrates Pathfinder and Starfinder RPGs

Posted on May 27, 2022 by

Today Paizo Publisher Erik Mona opened PaizoCon 2022 with an energetic, one-hour Keynote Address on the state of the Pathfinder and Starfinder roleplaying games. Highlighting the convention are the Starfinder Drift Crisis Meta-Event and upcoming Pathfinder Dark Archive hardcover rulebook. PaizoCon 2022 runs today through May 29 at the DoubleTree Hotel, and through May 30 on @OfficialPaizo on Twitch and on Discord.

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Jim Butler Named Paizo President

Posted on May 17, 2022 by

Jeff Alvarez has stepped down as president due to health reasons. Paizo has named Vice President of Marketing and Licensing, Jim Butler, as its new president.

“I have had the pleasure of working closely with Jim from his days at TSR through his time working on Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition at Wizards of the Coast, and now working with me at Paizo,” Paizo CEO Lisa Stevens said. Jim is a hardworking visionary whose almost three decades of game experience makes him the perfect person to guide Paizo into its third decade.”

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The Dead Are Rising in Pathfinder: Book of the Dead

Posted on April 27, 2022 by

Inside Book of the Dead, players will find tools and skills to fight against the undead hordes. Or they can join the other side and turn their character into a ghost, ghoul, lich, mummy, skeleton, vampire, or zombie! They’ll also find new haunts, as well as information about the undead-plagued lands within the Lost Omens campaign setting, perfect for adding undead to their next adventure! A massive bestiary section full of undead creatures brings more threats for GMs and summonable creatures for players, including more versions of classic undead like vampires, skeletons, and zombies. This book also includes “March of the Dead,” a grim and dangerous adventure themed around an undead uprising!

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Paizo and Foundry Virtual Tabletop Content Partnership

Posted on April 5, 2022 by

Paizo has announce an official partnership with Foundry Gaming LLC to bring premium content to Foundry Virtual Tabletop. This new level of partnership represents the culmination of nearly a year of communal effort from Paizo, Foundry Virtual Tabletop, Sigil Entertainment Group, Syrinscape, and contributors from the FVTT Pathfinder Second Edition development community. Paizo has heard the outpouring of support from the Foundry VTT userbase and is excited to continue to work with the Foundry team to bring Pathfinder content to their platform in a way that emphasizes the quality of the respective products.

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Dungeons & Dragons Invites You to Explore the Radiant Citadel

Posted on March 22, 2022 by

Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel is a new collection of short adventures set in wondrous lands.

Following in the footsteps of anthologies like Candlekeep Mysteries and Tales from the Yawning Portal, Wizards of the Coast is excited to announce Journeys through the Radiant Citadel. This new D&D book provides adventures set in a variety of all-new locations Dungeon Masters can add to ongoing games, stream as one-shot sessions, or use as the basis for entire campaigns. Each adventure is connected to the Radiant Citadel, a mysterious city at the heart of the Ethereal Plane.

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Enter the Cyclops’s Cave…An Interview with Matthew Dawkins

Posted on March 21, 2022 by

They Came from the Cyclops’s Cave! sees characters ranging from heroic swordsmen and cunning sorceresses to charming minstrels and agile scoundrels, embarking on quests designed to evoke the majesty of fantasy movies and television shows from the 1940s onward. Whether you’re looking to channel an epic like The Thief of Bagdad or grim fantasy such as The Sword and the Sorcerer, Cyclops’s Cave! has everything you need for swashbuckling, noble heroism, and monster slaying.

The Flames Rising crew is pleased to present an interview with Matthew Dawkins, the co-developer for They Came from the Cyclops’s Cave. In this interview, Matthew talks about inspirations for the game, as well as different styles of play, and more!

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Onyx Path launches two new They Came From… RPGs!

Posted on March 11, 2022 by

The They Came From… tabletop roleplaying games take your favorite movies, television shows, and pop culture touchstones and turn them into action-packed and wise-cracking opportunities to tell your own versions of these cinematic stories. Previous releases have explored B-movie atomic horror from the 1950s (They Came from Beneath the Sea!) and twisted tales of horror from the 1960s and ’70s (They Came from Beyond the Grave!). With this campaign, Onyx Path is ready to introduce TWO new entries enabling you to take on quest-filled fantasy adventure stories with They Came from the Cyclops’s Cave! and thrilling tales of world-saving espionage with They Came from [CLASSIFIED]!

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Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Inevitable Exess

Posted on January 27, 2022 by

Owlcat Games and META Publishing are happy to announce that the first story DLC for Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous will launch on 15 February 2022.

The Inevitable Excess DLC will take players on new adventures that await just before the moment of their greatest triumph: victory over the Worldwound. Players leave Golarion and use unparalleled mythic powers to defend the space-time continuum against imminent collapse. The DLC will be available on February 15, 2022 as a part of Season Pass, as well as via a standalone purchase on major digital storefronts.

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The Dungeons & Dragons Rules Expansion Gift Set is now available!

Posted on January 25, 2022 by

Expanded Rules. Expanded Foes. Expanded Adventure!

Embark on a journey with the rival wizards Tasha and Mordenkainen and the crime lord Xanathar. Learn new secrets and discover magical new ways to play the world’s greatest roleplaying game.

Crafted for DMs and players alike, this collection brings together all the fifth edition rules expansion books in one set, complete with a beautiful new Dungeon Master’s screen.

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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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