Monthly Archives: January 2015

More New Year, New Game sale stuff, this time from legendary game designer and writer, Lester W. Smith. He’s released a whole new game system, featuring –

  • Five-minute character creation.
  • Quick-and-easy tactical combat rules.
  • Endless setting possibilities.

The D6xD6 role-playing game is centered on a single stat, Focus. The more skills you choose, the higher your character’s Focus number. Choose just a few skills, and your character is very focused. Choose many, and your character becomes a jack-of-all-trades.

Task rolls are 1d6 x 1d6. Roll high for things you know well; low for things you don’t. That single roll serves as both level of success and turn order, making combat quick and easy.

Sci-Fi is big again, and those of you who are GUMSHOE fans (Pelgrane‘s excellent house system, designed by the inestimable Robin Laws) need look no further for your fix than the Ashen Stars setting.

They call you lasers. Sometimes you’re called scrubbers, regulators, or shinestars. To the lawless denizens of the Bleed, whether they be pirates, gangsters or tyrants, you’re known in less flattering terms. According to official Combine terminology, the members of your hard-bitten starship crew are known as Licensed Autonomous Zone Effectuators. You’re the seasoned freelancers local leaders call when a situation proves too tough, too baffling, or simply too weird to handle on their own. In the abandoned fringe of inhabited planets known as the Bleed, you’re as close to a higher authority as they come.

Thanks to the New Year, New Game sale, you can grab a bundle containing not only the core game, but a set of music specifically designed for the setting, and the Terra Nova adventure, all for $15.00.

I am proud to have been a part of launching this idea when I was with DriveThruRPG, and even more thrilled to see it continues. The annual New Year, New Game Sale is a fantastic chance to get excellent prices on the core products of a new RPG.

You’ve got some awesome publishers to choose from: Ad Infinitum Adventures (ICONS); Alderac Entertainment (Legend of the Five Rings); Catalyst Game Labs (Shadowrun); Chaosium (Call of Cthulhu); Evil Beagle Games (Shaintar); Gun Metal Games (Interface Zero 2.0); Modiphius (Achtung! Cthulhu); Pinnacle Entertainment (Deadlands Noir); and White Wolf (Vampire the Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition), along with dozens more!

Ross Watson raves about this series constantly, sharing bits and pieces every few days, and I am genuinely looking forward to delving further into it.

The links further down are for the four-volume bundle. If you’re interested in grabbing them one at a time, they break down by decades:

Designers & Dragons: the 70s

Designers & Dragons: the 80s

Designers & Dragons: the 90s

Designers & Dragons: the 00s

If there’s one thing that the “old school” revolution has taught us, it’s that history is important to us as gamers. Our roots matter. But how much do we actually know — or remember — of the origins of this hobby of ours?

Enter Designers & Dragons. In this four-volume, decade-by-decade series from Evil Hat, author and game historian Shannon Appelcline will dig deep into the lore of our forty-year-old hobby, uncovering the forgotten facts and hidden stories behind the biggest and most influential names in roleplaying games.

Whether you’re new to RPGs and wonder where they came from, a “grognard” of the most ancient order looking to dust off some treasured nostalgia, or a tried-and-true gamer looking to explore the field of what is and what was, you’ll find something in Designers & Dragons for you!