In order to (a) simplify my life and (b) get more focus on where I am doing lots of cool things, I am moving the Picks of the Day to my Patreon page. The posts will be Public, so you do not have to be a Patreon supporter in order to see the Picks.

It’s just a way to consolidate where I am posting regularly. As well, I like the tools of the Patreon setup for this kind of thing going forward.

Thanks for following along here, and I hope you will join us going forward over at my Patreon site.

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I’m baaaacckkk!

Yeah, sorry I let this go for a bit, but the P&PUE Kickstarter really took a lot out of me, and then… Life. But it’s time to get back into the Picks of the Day, and I am re-launching into it with DriveThruRPG’s Top Five Week. This week is the top five products on DriveThruRPG this week, as of today’s date.

Satyros Phil Brucato is a dear friend and one of the key writers and designers on M20 Gods & Monsters, a book about all the non-magey people and creatures you can meet, interact with, and probably have to arcanely punch in Mage 20th Anniversary.

Gods, Monsters & Familiar Strangers 

We live in a world full of gods and monsters: spirits, creatures, Paradox entities, Avatar aspects, vampires, beast-folk, godheads, primordial legends, and other creatures too strange for the average mind to conceive. 

Now, in an age ruled by fear, the ability to look beyond out preconceptions – especially in the world of Mage – becomes a vital tool for survival. 

Who Lives Behind a Stranger’s Eyes? 

This compendium of companions, divinities and beasts presents dozens of characters and creatures for your World of Darkness sagas. From Big Owl’s brood to the literal heavens, this collection of Gods & Monsters includes: 

  • Human characters and templates 
  • Vampires, werebeasts, ghosts, ghouls, hunters, and the Fae 
  • HIT Marks, artificial people, familiars, companions, Avatars, and gods 
  • Creation rules, Traits, and Special Advantages for non-mage companion characters 
  • …and far, far more 

We Are Strangers to Each Other Often Gods & Monsters, Too…

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, Freedom Squadron, Prowlers & Paragons Ultimate Edition, and much more!
Please check out my Patreon and get involved directly with my next projects!

The P&PUE Kickstarter is Live Now!

While this very important KS for my company, Evil Beagle Games, is going on, I continue to take time off from regular Picks (but they will be back once this is wrapped up in another couple of weeks).

The original Hero Games folks – Steve Peterson, Ray Greer, and Bruce Harlick have this to say about our game –

BRUCE HARLICK (Editor, Writer, and Designer for Champions and many other tabletop and electronic games): “P&P is an elegant super heroic system that is loose enough to let people play larger-than-life heroes while still providing enough crunch during conflict resolution to be totally satisfying. It’s like a bridge between the crunchy games of the 80s (Champions) and the modern day aesthetic. It plays fast and fun and players’ actions are only limited by their character conception — and their imagination. Two toasts from Foxbat’s Secret Lair on this one!”

STEVE PETERSON (Co-Creator, Champions; Original Partner, Hero Games): “P&P is a smashing amount of superheroic fun that I’ve enjoyed playing. And did I mention fistfuls of dice?  If you like a game that’s fast-moving and gives you the feel of your favorite comic-book heroes, P&P delivers.”

RAY GREER (Writer & Designer, Champions; Original Partner, Hero Games): “I really had a fine time with the playtest. It offers a really interesting balance between flexibility and customization for character creation. And it is rich in detail without feeling like a miniatures game for combat. The highest compliment I can pay is that if we were designing Champions today, there are several ideas I’d have liked to steal wholesale.” 

If you want to check out the rules for free, grab the Quickstart Rules right now!

The complete rules set; the only thing missing is the character creation stuff (which, c’mon, we gotta hold something back to sell, right?).

And if you are interested in seeing or even playing the game, live online, here’s an entire schedule of live one-hour demos I’ll be running on the Kickstarter page itself.

Live Demo Play (and that’s Len Pimentel, the creator of P&PUE, on the left)

Thanks to everyone who’s supported us so far, and I hope you will join us for this grand adventure into superhero storytelling in the Omniverse and beyond!

Oh, and if anyone out there is interested in having Len and/or me on for a podcast, vidcast, or interview – or you’d like to do an online game demo – please reach out and we are happy to set that up.

Check out Prowlers & Paragons Ultimate Edition (Kickstarter March 19th), the next generation of superhero gaming!

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, Freedom Squadron, Prowlers & Paragons Ultimate Edition, and much more!
Please check out my Patreon and get involved directly with my next projects!

So here’s another week with no Picks, but that’s because we launch the Prowlers & Paragons Ultimate Edition Kickstarter tomorrow (March 19th, 12 noon EST).

Stay tuned here, though, because I will be posting a link to the absolutely free and totally complete Quickstart rules for you to grab and enjoy right away.

Prowlers & Paragons Ultimate Edition: The 21st Century Supers RPG You’ve Been Waiting For!

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Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, Freedom Squadron, Prowlers & Paragons Ultimate Edition, and much more!
Please check out my Patreon and get involved directly with my next projects!

I am heads-down all week finishing up the Modern Gods manuscript for our impending Prowlers & Paragons Ultimate Edition Kickstarter (March 19th), so no Picks this week.

The cover for Modern Gods.

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Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, Freedom Squadron, Prowlers & Paragons Ultimate Edition, and much more!
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Unsurprisingly, I am choosing to close out Celebrating Ross Watson Week with what many consider his current pinnacle achievement – Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay – Wrath & Glory.

Ross’ history with 40k is extensive, and he’s known to fans all over the world as the “Storm Warden” and a leading expert on the lore and essentials of the setting. This game is the culmination of that expertise, as well as his advancement as a rules designer.

Don’t forget that the GM Day Sale continues for another three days from this posting.

Roleplaying in the Grim Darkness of the 41st Millennium

This accursed Age needs heroes more than ever before. Shattered by the Great Rift, the galaxy is on the brink of oblivion and madness. There are those who fight for a shred of hope, a glimmering promise that this millennium may yet endure.

What will you fight for? What will you sacrifice? Enter a galaxy full of danger and mystery, plagued by the star-spanning schemes of the Dark Gods. You will defend the last bastions of civilization against a rising tide of corruption. You will explore ancient ruins of races long-vanished.

You will uncover lost secrets and devious schemes. This is a game of danger and mystery. This is a game of action and adventure. This is a game about the struggle to hold back the doomsday clock from striking midnight for an entire galaxy.

This is your story of wrath and glory.

Check out Prowlers & Paragons Ultimate Edition (Kickstarter March 19th), the next generation of superhero gaming!

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, Freedom Squadron, Prowlers & Paragons Ultimate Edition, and much more!
Please check out my Patreon and get involved directly with my next projects!

One of the things I loved having a front seat to watch was Ross’ pitch to reframe the concept of the Living Land into something even more compelling and fun to play in for new Torg players. Today’s Celebrating Ross Watson Week Pick is the result of that extensive and creative effort – Torg Eternity – Living Land Sourcebook is a testament to “Lost World” style pulp adventuring and shades of “John Carter” among the native Martians can be felt as heroes interact with the edeinos while discovering the Law of Wonders.

Don’t forget that the GM Day Sale continues for another four days from this posting.

The Living Land is ruled by High Lord Baruk Kaah and his army of reptilian edeinos. It has taken over both coasts of the United States, the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, and the mysterious “White Zone” in Canada.

Where the Living Land rules miraculous spiritual power is available, but technology rusts and fails. Ordinary humans—and even some heroes—regress and become ruled by their primal passions.

There are amazing opportunities scattered among the Living Land‘s perils. The Law of Wonders insures that lost treasures appear in the misty and unexplored jungles. These treasures might have disappeared from Earth long ago or they may be relics from cosms destroyed by the High Lords. Whatever their different origins, they are resurfacing here and now, for adventurers bold enough to discover them!

INSIDE YOU‘LL FIND:

  • New Perks, Miracles, and Gear for players.
  • New threats, foes, and plenty of dinosaurs!
  • Details the different regions of the Living Land.
  • Plot hooks and events from the first year of the Possibility Wars.

Check out Prowlers & Paragons Ultimate Edition (Kickstarter March 19th), the next generation of superhero gaming!

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, Freedom Squadron, Prowlers & Paragons Ultimate Edition, and much more!
Please check out my Patreon and get involved directly with my next projects!

This one has a special place for me; it’s the line Ross offered me when he was running the 40K shop for Fantasy Flight Games. Realizing I was not immersed enough in the setting (nor did I have the grim-dark mindset to do it justice), I demurred. This ultimately led to me working on FFG’s Star Wars line, instead, which worked out very well for all concerned.

Celebrating Ross Watson Week brings us to the “Storm Warden’s” stock-in-trade, the Warhammer 40K universe. Rogue Trader is an offshoot concept taking players away from the ravages of eternal war and into the unexplored regions of space where trade and plunder may lie.

And don’t forget that the GM Day Sale continues for another four days from this posting.

In Rogue Trader, you take on the role of a Rogue Trader and his most trusted counsellors, empowered by an ancient warrant of trade to seek out profit and plunder amongst unexplored regions of space. Your ship will take you to new worlds and uncharted reaches of the void, where you will encounter rivals, pirates, aliens, and possibly even creatures of the warp. You will acquire and spend great wealth and riches, and fame or infamy will follow. You will discover ancient and forgotten mysteries and search out the unknown to find lost human worlds or never before seen celestial phenomena. You must survive the dangers of space, for beyond the threat of vacuum and deadly radiation lurk things Man was never meant to find. 

To be part of a Rogue Trader’s crew is to stand on the threshold of nearly unlimited opportunity. Vast profits await for you and your fellow Explorers to find and claim. Fame and fortune reward the bold, but the unwary find only an anonymous death.

• Fast character creation to get you into the game quickly, including a lifetime of possibilities with an expanded origin path system.

• Dynamic rules for all eventualities that let you handle everything from social interaction to deadly fast-paced combat, starships and psychic powers to a system of profit and influence.

• Comprehensive background on Rogue Traders, written by Warhammer 40,000 novelist and GW Design Studio member Andy Hoare.

• Build your own starship or begin play with one of the six pre-generated vessels.

Begin your players’ path to wealth and glory with a complete starting adventure that puts the Explorers right into the middle of the action. The Rogue Trader core rulebook contains everything you need to start your adventure in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

Check out Prowlers & Paragons Ultimate Edition (Kickstarter March 19th), the next generation of superhero gaming!

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, Freedom Squadron, Prowlers & Paragons Ultimate Edition, and much more!
Please check out my Patreon and get involved directly with my next projects!

For Celebrating Ross Watson Week, here’s one of the many collaborations he participated in. Along with Thomas Reid, Timothy Brian Brown, and Darrell Hardy, Ross put together some rather expert material for this dark-pulp fantasy setting. Lankhmar: City of Thieves is a Savage Worlds setting featuring the famous world created by Fritz Leiber.

And don’t forget that the GM Day Sale continues for another five days from this posting.

In the City of Sevenscore Thousand Smokes, danger lurks down every dark alley. Sinister sorcerers summon terrible forces in their crumbling towers. Treacherous rogues of the Thieves’ Guild prowl the Plaza of Dark Delights. Assassins from the Slayers’ Brotherhood work the Tenderloin District. And hunched figures skitter beneath the streets, waiting for their chance to rise.

But there is action, adventure, and wealth here too–if your rogues have the skill and bravado to claim it.

Lankhmar: City of Thieves is the core setting book for Fritz Leiber’s world of swords & sorcery. It contains details on the world of Nehwon and the city of Lankhmar, Setting Rules, Savage Tales, monsters and foes, and recounts the tales of world’s most notorious scoundrels–including Fafhrd, the Gray Mouser, and their sorcerous sponsors.

This book requires the Savage Worlds core rules to play.

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Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, Freedom Squadron, Prowlers & Paragons Ultimate Edition, and much more!
Please check out my Patreon and get involved directly with my next projects!

On this day wherein we celebrate Game Masters worldwide, I am indulging in another spotlight week for someone who is not only a great GM, but a great creator of works for GMs across many systems. Ross Watson, the “Storm Warden” himself, is a star writer and creator, as well as one of my dearest friends.

So we open Celebrating Ross Watson Week with this D&D 5e adventure, Feast of Tigers, which Evil Beagle Games is proud to have on our digital shelves. It’s for folks who’ve been playing a while (9th-15th level), with political maneuvering, investigation, and some epic confrontations.

Dark forces wish to desecrate an important religious ceremony taking place at a royal gathering. Can the heroes discover the assassins before it is too late?

A Feast of Tigers is a short adventure (for characters of 9th-15th level) involving intrigue and politics as much as combat and magic. It is set amongst a backdrop of bloody ambition and assassination during the investiture of a senior priest into the church of the Lawmaker in the troubled region of Westmarch. As the plots and schemes turn to open murder, the player characters find themselves in the midst of a powder keg primed to explode; a situation to which someone is very deliberately trying to light the fuse!

This is the first in a series of products Evil Beagle Games is proud to bring you, from the creative and prolific mind and talents of Ross Watson (Lead Designer and Developer, Wrath & Glory: Warhammer 40K Roleplay). Look for many more exciting, fun, and involving products from one of our favorite creators!

Check out Prowlers & Paragons Ultimate Edition (Kickstarter March 19th), the next generation of superhero gaming!

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, Freedom Squadron, Prowlers & Paragons Ultimate Edition, and much more!
Please check out my Patreon and get involved directly with my next projects!