Monthly Archives: April 2016

Chris Pramas, Nicole Lindroos, and the rest of the awesome Green Ronin team have a fantastic product up in Kickstarter, folks. One of their most beloved sourcebooks for D&D, Book of the Righteous, updated to 5th Edition!

We are bringing our classic divine sourcebook The Book of the Righteous back for Fifth Edition as a beautiful, full color hardback.

About this project

We teamed up with Wizards of the Coast to bring you Out of the Abyss and the Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide. Now Green Ronin wants to bring you a divine sourcebook for Fifth Edition like no other.

“As the editor and developer of the 1E Deities & Demigods, I’m pulling hard for your Book of the Righteous Kickstarter. I backed it, and I encourage every other dedicated 5E player to do the same!”

Lawrence Schick

Return of a Classic

In 2002 Green Ronin published The Book of the Righteous, a massive tome for the Third Edition rules describing an entire pantheon of gods, as well as their churches, worshipers, and defenders. It was a big hit for us and became one of the most critically-acclaimed books of the d20 era. Now we are bringing it back for the Fifth Edition rules as a beautiful, full-color hardback book. Even better, the new rules material will be designed by Robert J. Schwalb, one of the designers of Fifth Edition!

Update: D&D Fifth Edition and Lords of Waterdeep designer Rodney Thompson has also joined the design team!

So what is The Book of the Righteous? Simply put, one of the most comprehensive pantheons ever seen in roleplaying games. It presents more than 20 pick-up-and-play churches corresponding to gods that feature in most fantasy campaigns (god of war, god of justice, etc.). Each church features lavish detail, including in-depth information on its clerics, holy orders, dogma, prayers, and rituals. These churches can be used in any campaign to bring a whole new level of detail to the religious characters. Plus, for those who don’t have a complete cosmology in their setting, the Book of the Righteous provides a comprehensive mythology that unifies all of the gods in the book. That mythology, and its corresponding cosmology, is not tied to an existing campaign setting, making it as portable and useful as our long running Freeport series. If you want in-depth religions for your campaign, The Book of the Righteous is for you.

If you’d like to see a sample of The Book of the Righteous, you can read a complete chapter of the original book here. It details the church of Urian, the Sky King. 

Since I am buried in Savage Rifts KS stuff, I’m going to crib Scott Holden’s message from the DriveThruRPG Newsletter to let you know more about this extremely exciting idea. I mean, “user created content” getting an upgrade for tabletop? Hell, yes!

Big news at DriveThru this week as we share the launch of our newly expanded Community Content Creator Program.

If you’re familiar with the DMs Guild site we launched with Wizards of the Coast earlier this year, then you already understand the concept: Publishers  of popular game systems are partnering with DriveThruRPG to let you, their fans and customers, publish material for their properties.

Starting today, three new game systems are available via our Community Creator Program:

Please check them out and let us know what you think. And don’t worry: More of your favorite IPs and game systems will be added soon! – SJH

And from the page itself – 

Community Content Programs

Bringing Community, Creators, and Content together

DriveThruRPG.com works with game publishers on two types of programs which allow you to create your own content for your favorite games

  • Roleplaying fans can make their own RPG content for D&D and other top roleplaying games through community content programs that allow you to create your own RPG supplements, upload them to DriveThruRPG.com, and offer them to other fans.
  • Card games, board games, and roleplaying game card aids can all utilize our community card creators which allow you to easily create your own custom playing cards that match the official cards for a game. Cards you design can be printed and mailed to you through our high-quality print-on-demand card production. Shuffle in an over-powered joke card, an engagement ring card, or try out your serious game design chops with game expansion cards that you share with the game community.

Community Content

When you see a title listed on DriveThruRPG.com as Community Content or noted by this icon, then you know it’s produced by the game’s community.

Roleplaying Community Content Programs

Our roleplaying game community content programs began when we launched DMsGuild.com in association with Wizards of the Coast to allow D&D fans to create their own fifth edition titles and offer them for sale to other D&D fans. Then we launched programs with Margaret Weis Productions, Monte Cook Games, and Mongoose Publishing. We’ll be adding programs for more games soon.

Learn how to publish your own creations in Roleplaying Community Content Programs or click a logo below to see the community resources and titles.

From my friend, Hel McGee, comes this request to help a friend in need –

“A good friend of mine, Amber, needs help paying rent and groceries this summer. She’s taking a full load of classes, but there’s no student loans for summer, of course. And she can’t work or she loses her medicaid, even if anything was hiring, which nothing is. She had a gofundme for last summer, having faced the same problem then. It never made much, but is still up.”

Hi! I’m Amber. You’ve probably seen me before here on GoFundMe, but I’m asking for help again.  

I just graduated from community college, but I have one last class to take this summer, which came out of my pocket.  I also have the cost for a book, which is more than I can afford right now.  I also have an enrollment fee from the school I will be  attending this fall that isn’t covered by my financial aid.  

I’m just asking for help to cover my summer expenses. I am unable to find a job right at this time, and I’m dealing with some lingering health issues that make working and going to school together difficult.  I do live with my mother, helping her, but her disability income is barely enough to cover herself and her bills, let alone help me at all. 

In the fall, I’ll be attending a four year college to get my bachelors degree. Please consider sponsoring me so that I can work on making a better future for myself. Please share and donate as you see fit.

My buddy Owen KC Stephens, part of the Paizo Pathfinder team and the true evil genius behind Rogue Genius Games, is Kickstarting another great product for Pathfinder fans.

The Four Horsemen and Rogue Genius are proud to present the Talented Bestiary! Simplified creature creation and 200 plus new monsters!

About This Project

After years of hard work, we’ve created a supplementary system for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game that allows anyone to quickly and easily create balanced monsters from the ground up! While rigorously play-testing the system, we’ve produced hundreds of new monsters inspired by all the Bestiary classics and are excited to share both the system and our creations with our fans!

The book and 230 monsters are already written and nearly ready to publish, but we want to see this project given the finishing touches it deserves. That means paying for beautiful original artwork, careful editing, and expanded content galore. We can’t do that without your help!

Want to know how we do it? We’ve created a “pay what you want” PDF that includes  an example of monster creation, and five sample monsters!

Balanced monster creation can be a challenging and convoluted process for even experienced designers. In the theme of the popular Rogue Genius GamesTalented series, the Talented Bestiary presents new rules for monster construction—taking it out of the realm of guess and check, and making every monster easily customizable. The simple streamlined process allows virtually anyone to produce full monster stat-blocks completely compatible with the Pathfinder system.

 The Talented Bestiary divorces creature type from basic statistics, so you can make a barbaric bloodthirsty fey as easily as an arcane spellcasting ooze. In addition, we’ve broken down every universal monster ability and unique monster ability found in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary to create an intuitive point-buy system based on challenge rating. With this system, you can quickly and easily create any monster you dream of; from Fine-size CR ½ to a Colossal-sized CR 34. 

“I once read a piece of advice that completely altered how I run games. It was in a horror setting, and the idea was simple. Players are a jaded lot that have seen it all. The idea of fighting a troll isn’t scary anymore. As soon as the word troll comes out of your mouth, they roll their eyes and ask who has fire and acid handy. The same goes for hundreds of other monsters from aboleths to yeti. So, do you just throw them away and always look for the next book? 

 Of course not!

 If you rebrand the troll, give it a different description and appearance, you can use the exact same statistics. Don’t say “troll”; say “it’s a hulking reptile monster with bloody saliva oozing from a gaping maw”. The players are now confronted with something completely new, to them. They have no idea that behind the screen you are rolling for a troll. When their weapons can’t kill the beast, they have to rediscover the troll’s weakness all over again. They get the thrill, and the fear, of the unknown. They experience the feeling they had the first time they ever fought a troll. 

You could even take it a step further! Instead of fire and acid, the mysterious beast can only be killed by cold and electricity. Or as an alternative to rending with claws, it has the ability to swallow whole. Replace scent with tremorsense and it senses vibrations in the water. Throw a template on there! A red half-dragon troll is pretty terrifying. Now we have a completely new monster slapped onto the troll chassis. And the best part is, no one has to know! A monster is a tool used to tell your story. You should never feel limited by the creatures you have at your disposal or be required to scour through multiple source books to find the perfect stat-block. Antagonists should be as mutable and custom-crafted as player characters. If you don’t like something about a monster, you should be able to change it. If you have an amazing idea for a creature, it should only take a few minutes to throw something together from scratch. 

The Talented Bestiary was created with these principles in mind, and we are proud of the result! We hope that this book lets you scare the pants off your players, and that no two trolls are ever the same again.” -Stephen Rowe

So this has been popping up in gamer social media and elsewhere, and a few folks have brought it directly to my attention. By all accounts, it’s a wildly popular retroclone of the original D&D rules, successfully Kickstarted and now available for dirt cheap as a PDF.

What do you think of The Black Hack?

The Black Hack is a super-streamlined roleplaying game that uses the Original 1970s Fantasy Roleplaying Game as a base, and could well be the most straightforward modern OSR compatible clone available. If speed of play and character creation, compatibility, and simple – yet elegant rules are what you yearn for. Look no further!

The Black Hack is a fast playing game and the rules can be picked up in minutes. The full rules fit in a single 20 page A5 book!

Here’s a few quotes from the playtesting sessions of the game:

Mick Reddick – “Black Hack… Played this in beta and can honestly say this is as much fun as you can have with a retro clone! Simple, Streamlined and Superb.”

Tony Tucker – “The Black Hack is so simple and flexible I can run it off the top of my head. Think up some weird monsters, give them some hit dice and go crazy!”

Daniel Sell, Undercroft ‘zine – “David black designs with spunk. Sharp and funny, full of the old spirit.”

Chris McDowall, Into the Odd – “Blackhack is three-chord D&D. It hand picks the best parts of the game’s forty year history and distills it down to its firey, addictive spirit. Everything discarded is soon forgotten.”

You wouldn’t think a company with the name of Cheapass would produce something this elegant and inspiring, and yet… James Ernest is a master game designer, and he’s teamed up with the equally talented Patrick Rothfuss to craft this game, based on its appearance in Rothfuss’ A Wise Man’s Fear.

About this project

Tak is the best sort of game: simple in its rules, complex in its strategy. Bredon beat me handily in all five games we played, but I am proud to say that he never beat me the same way twice.” -Kvothe

Tak is a new 2-player strategy game invented by James Ernest and Patrick Rothfuss. It was introduced in Patrick Rothfuss’ book The Wise Man’s Fear, Day 2 of the Kingkiller Chronicle. 

Tak is a pure abstract game in the same family as chess, go, and mancala. Our goal was to design a new game with a sense of history; a beautiful game with simple rules and deep strategy. And we can’t wait to share it with you!

Tak uses a square board, which can be any size from 3×3 up to 8×8, but the most common sizes are 5×5 and 6×6 (the “Tavern” and “Classic” games).

Each player has several matching pieces, or “stones,” and one special piece called the “Capstone.” The Capstone can be any shape, and the other pieces should be simple, stackable pieces in a matching style.

The board starts empty, and the goal is to build a road (a connected string of your pieces) connecting opposite sides of the board.

On each turn, you will either place a piece in an empty space, or move a stack that you control. Stacks must move in a straight line, dropping pieces as they go, and possibly covering other pieces along the way.

You can play a piece upright. This piece is called a “standing stone,” or “wall.” It can’t be part of a road, but other pieces can’t stack on top of it. 

The Capstone is your power piece. It can be part of a road, it can’t be stacked on, and it can also flatten standing stones.

You can read the complete rules at our Tak information page. There’s a how to play video here. You can also watch Patrick and James discuss the development of the game (and watch them play it) in this video from Emerald City Comic Con

First off, sorry the late posting; having an active Kickstarter, especially this one, seriously eats up your life!

Second, Precis Intermedia is one of those companies that rolls out great stuff, but you might miss it due to other companies getting all the press. Just check out the opening comments from fans, though, and you will see a great game that inspires. The theme is something recently familiar to me, as well. 😉

This expanded game compiles the EarthAD.2 core book, companion Enhancement Pack, and Submariners add-on in one book, offering the same content as the softcover.

“Freakin’ awesome…”

“This looks like it could be the best-done GDi game yet.”

“If you want to play in a post-cataclysmic Earth, then these rules are for you. “

“…EarthAD.2 is one DANG fantastic role-playing game.”

“I don’t think my imagination has been this engaged for a long time. I haven’t wanted to sit down and just write up characters for no particular reason in a long time. This game makes me want to play now.”

During the days of Old Earth, man conquered the land. Then the terrible cataclysms came, wiping out civilization as we know it. The land is now filled with all sorts of hazards as it attempts to avenge itself upon man–rogue machines, plagues, beasts, and even man himself. Survivors explore and eke out a meager existence among the wastes and blasted lands. EarthAD 2 includes cybernetic beings, cyborgs, mutants, plague carriers, sentient animals, savage beasts, exotic abilities, makeshift transports, ready-to-play scenarios, reference sheets, and numerous character templates.

EarthAD 2 is a roleplaying game designed to be both easy to learn and fast-paced. The versatile genreDiversion i 2d6 rules make it perfect for one-shot games, extended play, or as a framework for your own ideas. Plus you can combine it with our Active Exploits Diceless System for diceless post-apocalyptic adventure. genreDiversion i games can also be combined to expand gaming options–mix and match custom rules and features from one game with another.

In short, EarthAD 2 is fast, ready-to-use, and adaptable. You don’t have to learn a complicated system, refer to scores of tables, or spend all day creating characters. The basic rules require very little study, and the advanced rules are not much more difficult to pick up. You can either create custom characters for the game or dive right in with any of the included templates. The game is designed to be light; it has a small footprint and extremely low price tag – it’s not overloaded with tons of rules or an excess of information you just won’t need. It’s meant to get you running quickly so you can have a good time.

The setting is very open, taking place on a devastated Earth, that is shattered into regions of desolate Wastes, deadly Roads, untamed Wilds, unexplored Undervalleys, hidden Vaults and Enclaves, inactive Metal Cities, competing Swaying Cities, and more. Man has been fractured into masters, slaves, nomads, cyborgs, and worse. The included scenarios immerse you into the setting, so even if you don’t want to the run them, you’ve still got a lot of info to work with to flavor your setting or inspire ideas. And if you don’t want to use the setting, the rules are flexible enough to handle your own ideas or that of your favorite movie, television program, comic, or novel.

FEATURES

  • Optimized System & File
    EarthAD.2 includes the revised genreDiversion i rules (1.1) utilizing 2 six-sided dice, which provides flexible and consistent mechanics rules for mutants, cyborgs, and evolved animals; plus land, air, sea, and undersea-based transports.
  • Ready-to-use templates to get into the action quickly
    Thirty characters that can be used right away, plus stock transports and creatures.
  • Ten ready-to-play scenarios
    Jump right into the mystery and action.
  • Story ideas
    Numerous goals and story ideas to help create your own tales of after the cataclysm.
  • Compatible
    Use with Active Exploits Diceless. Combine with HardNova 2, Coyote Trail, and even Ghostories to broaden the scope of your post-apocalyptic stories.

Of no surprise to anyone, I am certain. This is one hell of a thrill ride for all of us involved, and we just started today.

Thanks for all of your support!

The gonzo Megaversal adventure of Rifts® teams up with the genre-spanning easy-prep award-winning Savage Worlds system!

Juicers and Crazies with chainswords and plasma rifles dance, slash, and blast their way through giant war machines. 

Ley Line Walkers and Mystics float among the filaments of power, driving back hordes of demons and monsters from worlds beyond. 

Glitter Boys and Cyber-Knights defend the innocent and downtrodden against countless tyrants and raiders. 

Bursters and Mind Melters wield superhuman powers of the mind to change the world. 

This is Rifts® Earth…and it’s gone completely Savage!

Savage Rifts® brings the incredibly popular world of Palladium Books’ Rifts® to the award-winning Savage Worlds system by Pinnacle Entertainment Group. The gates of the Megaverse™ bring infinite challenge and adventure to a war-torn world struggling to build its future. 

The Heroes of the Tomorrow Legion are called to defend that future. 

What’s Inside

• Iconic Frameworks: A powerful tool in character creation that quickly establishes the powerful and popular concepts from the original setting. Iconic Frameworks “front-load” the abilities, equipment, and powers of such famous character types as the Glitter Boy, Ley Line Walker, and Juicer, while also allowing every other idea to come into play on par with these giants. 

• The World of Rifts®: Plenty of foundation information about the world of this incredible setting, with a focus on North America. Factions, historical events, and the current state of things for the heroes and people struggling to survive in a post-post-apocalyptic world. 

• The Tomorrow Legion: A new organization in the war-torn lands of North America, the Tomorrow Legion protects Castle Refuge while struggling to help others build a better world. Can the Legion stand against the titanic threats of the Coalition States and the Federation of Magic? 

• Edges & Hindrances: Plenty of new options to further define your hero in this world of infinite possibilities, including new Iconic Edges that enhance the foundation of your concept. 

• Equipment: Cybernetics, vehicles, weapons, body armor, powered armor, and robot armor—incredible, sophisticated technology to enhance survival and ensure victory in the war for the future.

• Magic & Psionics: Arcane Backgrounds cranked to 11 with Mega Trappings and Master Psionic Powers, and new powers to master a world gone mad. 

• Mercenaries & Monsters: From Coalition UAR-1 Enforcers to Murder Wraiths, Daemonix to Xiticix, and Splugorth Slavers to gargantuan monsters from Rifts®, the heroes of this world won’t lack foes to challenge them.

 • Adventure Generator: The Tomorrow Legion patrols the world in search of those who need help. These tables help the Game Master quickly come up with scenarios and encounters to challenge her heroes!

• The Randomness of Rifts®: Numerous tables and rules for dealing with the infinite possibilities of these holes in space/time. Ley line storm effects, random monsters from beyond, and the countless places your heroes might travel are covered.

As the Savage Rifts Kickstarter cooks along, folks may be interested to explore the full potential of Savage Worlds and the endless universe of possibilities presented. Today, I’d like to point your attention towards Savage Mojo and their Suzerain Continuum. There are so many worlds to explore – Shaintar, Set Rising, Shanghai Vampocalypse, Millennium Knights, Clockwork Dreams, Dogs of Hades – all with one character, in one campaign.

Just imagine combining that with the possibilities of Savage Rifts?

Suzerain is an Origins Award Nominee from the Savage Mojo design house (who brought you Shaintar and Gamescapes, and are Origins Award winners for Deadlands Reloaded). This edition of Suzerain is written for the Savage Worlds rule system (SW:EX rulebook required), expanding the core rules in a number of key ways – a new approach to races is just the beginning.

Suzerain takes characters from one world to another or even to another time. History and fantasy, past present and future – they are all your playground now. Gaming groups just became…

…a pantheon in the making.

Inside the covers you’ll find:

* All the universe background you’ll need to run games in any time, any place.
* Over 50 new edges, hindrances and powers.
* Stats for over 100 new NPCs and monsters to use as allies and adversaries.
* A vastly expanded system for characters once they hit Heroic rank, with plenty of emphasis on the Legendary experience, and introducing a whole new rank – Demigod.
* 30 scenarios including a campaign spanning the three main eras of a character’s development – Novice, Heroic and Demigod.

Where most Savage Worlds settings finish their campaigns, Suzerain is just getting started. With Suzerain a Novice character can expect to battle his way up to being a true Hero of the universe, to meet deities, and finally to become a god himself!

I got the following from the folks at Frog God Games

Chuck went into the hospital for emergency surgery on Saturday morning. He is currently in recovery and he needs our help to raise the money necessary to aid in his long term physical therapy. Chuck is not only the layout director for Frog God Games, he is also a father, Gulf War Veteran, gamer, and a genuinely good person. Please help in what ever way you can, but especially by sharing this link throughout the RPG community:

https://www.gofundme.com/29e76zrf

Another one of our own in need, friends.

It is with great worry and sadness that I share the news that our friend and our art/layout director at Frog God Games is in surgery today to remove all or part of his foot as a result of complications from diabetes.

Chuck is a Gulf War veteran who lives outside of Tampa FL. The Veterans Administration hospital in Tampa is his only health insurance.  He currently lives over an hour from this hospital. He has no options for care closer to his home.

When he gets out of the hospital, he will urgently need personal help (care and food), transportation to and from physical therapy, and income to support him until he is able to work again.  It’s possible he may not be able to function in his current living space, so he will need financial help obtaining a handicapped accessible apartment and moving. 

He is scared and alone right now.  We hope everyone in the RPG community reaches out to him with love and supports this appeal. Money won’t cure his diabetes or get his foot back, but it could keep him in a home and cared for during rehabilitation from the amputation. 

Please help Chuck by donating generously to this fund.