Monthly Archives: April 2015

DramaScape continues to pour out so many quality figure-scale maps for your game table, and this one has a special theme and flavor to it. It’s so huge, they had to go with a different scale to make it usable on the game table.

Arabian Fortress

DramaScape Fantasy Volume 55

This Product is a 60 x 40 inch, full color battlemap of an Arabian Fortress.

The Product comes with the Square, Hex and No Overlay versions and the Virtual Tabletop Maps (VTT) and include a 360 degree view of the inside of the Arabian Fortress.

This is a very large map and is at a scale of 10ft per inch to enable it to fit into a usable size.

“If we can break into the Arabian Fortress, we can steal their most precious artifacts, the Lamps of the North, West, South, and East Winds!”—Salim Dakin, Arabian Thief

I find the overlapping of messaging terms between games, software, and other media to be both befuddling and interesting. The former due to not always being sure what you’ve got is the “right” version, and interesting because of the chance to present advances and upgrades without necessarily going to an all-new version.

This iteration of the Fate-driven mecha game seems to be their ultimate upgrade version.

This product is the same book as Apotheosis Drive X, SD Mix. However, it has an additional 20 pages of content. This includes a guide for hacking the game, an example hack inspired by Pacific Rim, rules for psionic powers in #ADX, and some reference charts and tables in the back of the book. This is the “premium” version of #ADX. 

Apotheosis Drive X, #ADX, is a Fate-powered mecha RPG. Think Gundam, Evangelion, Xenogears, and Pacific Rim meets Fate. 

“In 2433, we understand everything but human nature.

We fight with Titans, giant monsters of steel, blasting nuclear plasma across the cosmos to resolve our conflicts. But the truth is, we’re resolving nothing. We’re escalating.

As technology speeds forward, we approach apotheosis. We approach a moment where we redefine what it means to be human.

We’re redefining humanity through the auspices of our weapons. We’re embracing destruction. We now have to ask ourselves, why should humanity be saved?”

Apotheosis Drive X is a humanist mecha RPG, powered by Evil Hat Productions’s Fate Core engine. This book is a completely self-contained game. You just need four Fate Dice to play.

I am very sorry to those whose Kickstarters I missed. I’ve got so very much going on, and I just have a hard time squeezing these in as often as I should.

STARK CITY STOMPING GROUNDS – “The Silver District”

8 days to go on this series of awesome superheroic supplements for ICONS fans.

The money made by this Kickstarter is intended to literally kick-start the Stomping Grounds series for Stark City players and game masters – getting our first issue out the door, The Silver District. In addition, we’re going to have stretch goals which will go towards creating the next issues in the series for all of you. 

 

The Super Villain Handbook

Another huge project for ICONS fans.

The Super Villain Handbook is a resource for the ICONS Assembled Role Playing Game to help GMs craft super villains that feel larger than life and which threaten your heroes. Written by Dr. Jason Tondro and produced by Fainting Goat Games, this book is a treasure trove of knowledge for anyone looking to delve deep into the world of super evil.

 

Phoenix: Dawn Command – a card based role playing game

One of the points of Kickstarter, IMHO, is to allow truly interesting, non-standard ideas to flourish. This is one of those.

Phoenix: Dawn Command is a card-based roleplaying game with a unique approach to character death. In Phoenix, players assume the role of supernaturally empowered champions bound together to defend a fantasy world under attack by threats that no mortal could withstand. These heroes face harsh odds every mission, and many won’t survive. But death isn’t the end of your character’s story; it’s the start of the next chapter.

 

Epyllion, a Dragon Epic RPG

Excellent designer and all-around-great-human Marissa Kelly is behind this particularly cool RPG project about playing dragons.

Epyllion is a tabletop roleplaying game (RPG) where you play dragons in a dragon-centric world. You are the sons and daughters of the Dragonlords, mighty rulers who need your help to investigate rumors, solve problems, and discover the truth of a growing evil in the land. Along with your fellow dragons, you and your clutchmates will protect Dragonia from the Darkness and discover the true value of friendship. While you play, you’ll explore what dragons do, building on what each of you adds to the story, and exploring the meaning of friendship for yourselves.

 

Gamers Behaving Badly – Season 2

An audio play series about dysfunctional gamers and their exploits at and away from the table? Welcome to the second season!

In December 2014. we released ‘Gamers Behaving Badly’ a scripted audio comedy show set around a tabletop role-playing game. The show centered around the exploits of this dysfunctional group both around the table and within the adventure itself.

Adding to the humor was the fact that nearly every episode was based on a true story, meaning the plot of each episode was reflective of an actual gaming story…

And now we want to do a second season. As with any project, we want to make the second season better. The first did have some issues, most notably audio quality, which is one of the reasons for the kickstarter. The other reason for this effort is to help pay those involved in the project, even if it is a minimal amount. Further, the money raised goes toward fulfilling licensing agreements for music and sound effects.

 

The Sinister Stone of Sakkara

Straightforward and awesome, an adventure for classic roleplaying.

The Sinister Stone of Sakkara is a ready-to-play adventure scenario presented for use with theAdventurer Conqueror King System™ (ACKS™). It is readily compatible with other fantasy role-playing games built on the same core rules, but is specifically designed to highlight the features and mechanics of ACKS.

The adventure is intended for six to ten characters of 1st to 3rd level, with a combined total of 8-12 levels of experience in the party. In the tradition of classic TSR adventure scenarios such as The Keep on the Borderlands and The Village of Hommlet, The Sinister Stone of Sakkarafeatures a detailed starting base and small wilderness sandbox in addition to a dungeon.

OK, this just looks like a damn hoot-and-a-half! Somebody should run this, but not me – I wanna play! Many fun Friday nights of laughing are embedded in this thing. It’s the added rules hacks that really got my attention.

Goblin Quest is a tabletop roleplaying game about slapstick violence, fatal ineptitude, and the greatest adventure of your life.. Play five goblins each (in sequence, not parallel) and watch them meet hilarious ends while failing to achieve the most basic tasks. Will they survive the dangerous world of the Great Battle Camp and avoid the attentions of brutal orcs, murderous bugbears, mean-spirited hobgoblins and scary wizards? Probably not. But you’ll have fun finding out!

The 132-page book is packed with full-colour art from “Calamity” Jon Morris, Iguanamouth and Tim Wilkinson Lewis, and has loads of ideas for great adventures from the leading lights of the game design world such as James Wallis, Ken Hite, Rob Heinsoo, Naomi Alderman, Merritt Kopas, and more.

This edition also contains illustrated rules-hacks to let you play the game in different settings, which are:

Kobold Quest: Create a machine that will please the Mighty Dragon King.

My Name Is Inigo Montoya Jr: They killed your father – prepare to die!

Sean Bean Quest: Play five Sean Beans (in sequence, not in parallel) and attempt to survive all the way to the end of a film.

The Cthulhu Files: Go irrevocably insane as you uncover secrets man was not meant to know.

Neither Super, Nor Heroic: Play the caped crusaders that got left out of the comic books.

Space Interns: The Explore Corporation wishes you luck on your alien diplomatic mission and reminds you not to damage your red jumpsuit.

Regency Ladies, The Roleplaying Game: Fall in love! Made snide remarks at balls! Refuse proposals! Throw your money around!

Have you ever wanted to play in a game that features a room full of suspects and a Great Detective saying “Before this night is over, I will reveal how one of you committed the murder”? Wicked Lies and Alibis one looks like a fantastic approach to this special genre of detective fiction, one that’s a great deal of fun for the players and GM alike. It’s also on deep-discount as DriveThruRPG’s “Deal of the Day,” so you need to grab it quick.

Players generate characters at the table from a selection of cards, developing a cast of complex characters who all have a motive to kill the victim. They then play through several establishing scenes in the lead-up to a murder. The remainder of the game is played as a series of structured flashback rounds where each player, in turn, assumes a degree of narrative control to frame a flashback which incriminates another character.

The Game Master has a dual role, both as facilitator of scenes, and as the Great Detective, a Non-Player Character summoned to solve the murder, who summarises the evidence revealed by the characters, and reveal the motives of the characters one-by-one before finally disclosing the identity of the murderer.

This game allows you to recreate murder mystery stories in the finest tradition of the golden-age of detective fiction.  It’s also a perfect low-prep, one-shot, filler for that session where you are missing a key player, or when you want to try something different between regular games.

75-80% OFF!

Seriously, in celebration of tomorrow’s International TableTop Day, started by Wil Wheaton and the other amazing folks involved with Geek & SundryDriveThruRPG has some rather exceptional titles on sale for ridiculous discounts. This includes the Shadowrun 5th Edition core book, Space 1889, the Leverage RPG, the core Traveller book, and more!

Sticking with the highly eclectic nature of my Picks for the week, let’s look at Cakebread & Walton’s OneDice system. One of their latest genre releases for this simple d6-driven system sets characters into the tumultuous era of World War I, with some intriguing options.

OneDice WW1 is a role-playing game set against the backdrop of the Great War of 1914-18. A global conflict, costing millions of lives, the war involved the mobilisation and shattering of the mightiest of armies ever assembled. It was fought on a previously unimaginable industrial scale. Whether you want to play as one of the front-line combatants in the mighty conflict or as a civilian, spy, medic or journalist, all the rules you need are in this book.

There are additional “skins” for adding Occultish Horror and Endless War twists to the world, along with a bunch of adventure seeds to get you started playing quickly.

Whether an enthusiastic recruit, a jaded veteran, or a non-combatant on a special mission – it’s time to enter the grim and dangerous world of OneDice WW1.

It’s been an eclectic week so far, and today’s Pick is no different. A movie about gamers, but one that will surprise you in multiple ways. Comedy and silly fun is in there, but there’s some real personal drama and “life as we really know it” that will hit you right in the feels.

OF DICE AND MEN, by Cavegirl Productions, is a dramedy feature film based on the critically acclaimed play about tabletop roleplaying gamers by Cameron McNary. A geek movie without the self-loathing.

Few game masters can make the game come to life better than John Francis. Dwarves, Mages and Barbarians jump right off of their character sheets whenever he sits down at the gaming table of frisky suburbanite parents, Linda and Brandon. John Francis’ best friends, sailor-mouthed John Alex and thoughtful jock Jason, bring roguish swagger and knightly nobility to the game. And the object of John Francis’ affection, the feisty Tara, provides all the Half Elven Double Princess backstory they could ever need.

But when Jason enlists to go to Iraq and with the relationship with Tara going nowhere, it may be time for John Francis to hang up his twenty sided dice and take a job on the other side of the country. However, John Francis is about to discover that leaving will prove tougher than facing any dungeon.

OF DICE AND MEN is a blisteringly funny and deeply affecting look at the things that truly matter in life.

For the Legend of the Five Rings fan who wants everything, here’s a book with a little bit of just that throughout its pages.

The Imperial Archives collects a variety of material for the L5R 4th Edition RPG that we have been unable to fit into previous books. From discussions of Shourido and the office of Shogun, to NPCs and Oni Lords, to a discussion of how to play Courtiers, this book has something for everyone! New mechanics include the Susumu Courtiers, Scorpion maskmakers, and an extensive discussion of options for enhancing shugenja spellcasting. Also included is the official Errata for L5R 4th Edition.

John Wick is going Savage again, this time in David Jarvis‘ Interface Zero playground.

Under the burning sun, one of the hottest places in the world just became a whole lot more dangerous. In early 2090, Phoenix, Arizona dropped off the map. Nobody knows how or why. Not even the people who live there. But some of them are finding out. And when they do… they’re as good as dead.

Written by Origins Award Winner and Phoenix resident John Wick and David Jarvis, Phoenix, the Terrible Valley of Static pulls back the curtain on this isolated, broken city, giving you all the dirt you’ll need to  get involved with any of the new factions which vie for control of Phoenix.

You’ll also find rules for Ghosting in Hyper Reality, new edges, hindrances, specialized gear and new cybernetics!