Monthly Archives: January 2017

Looks like I’ve hit upon another Theme Week – Third Party Spotlight, supplements for core, popular systems from third parties you might be missing out on. I’ve pointed at Fat Goblin Games a few times here on the PotW, and it’s time to remind you again that they’ve got a lot of talent and experience in providing great material for some of your favorite games (Pathfinder, Castle Falkenstein, OGL), and now they’ve delved into the 5e market with a whole line of support. A friend of mine recently opined “You know what we need more of? Gnolls! Love me some dog boys!” Well, here you go.

Best-selling DMSGuild author Tony Petrecca (Journey Through the Center of the Underdark Volumes 1 and 2!) is at it again with another book in our popular 5th Edition Races line! This time out… Gnolls!

Gnolls are a horrific predatory race of hyena-like humanoids bent on pillage and destruction. They prey on the weak, using overwhelming odds and fiendish fury to wreak havoc where they may.

Explore the world of 5th Edition Fantasy Gnolls and find out all you need to know to bring these popular brutes out of the bestiary and on to your game table as a playable race.

What does this book have to offer?

– Subraces like the Abyssal Gnoll, Clan Gnoll, and the FLIND!

– New Weapons such as the flind bar!

– Two new magical items, the Howling Flail and Blood Fangs!

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, much more
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Yes, it’s spelled that way (and I am not entirely sure why, but it does stand out, so that may be a bit of clever marketing there). There aren’t that many third-party adventures for Numenera, and this one has a great deal of buzz surrounding it for a few reasons – excellent work, fully campaign-length experiences, and most importantly – directly challenging the players to consider the consequences of being adventurers in a world that’s trying to build a civilization upon the ruins of countless others that came before.

The Ninth World is full of wonders and dangers. Just how far will your heroes go to explore them all? How many traps will they disarm, how many ancient tombs unearth? And while doing so, will they ever stop and think about the consequences of their actions? How many bridges will they burn to get treasures, knowledge and glory?

This campaign consists of 5 linked scenarios that can be also played separately. They are designed for Tier 3 characters and offer a variety of challenges: a grand ball and mingling with nobles, investigation, exploration of a strange fortress and finally – battling a powerful monster and its minions to save a city.

The campaign provides 25-30 hours of play, but can be easily expanded and built upon for even more fun! It takes place in the city of Uxphon, which featured in “The Devil’s Spine,” and serves as an excellent follow-up set of new adventures. But fret not, knowledge of “The Spine” is not required!

Includes never-before seen art to inspire your imagination. And yeah – it is gorgeous.

This is an adventure module for Game Masters and requires the Numenera Corebook from Monte Cook Games.

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

“Eastern Fantasy Noir Steampunk?” Yeah, I think this one is a fitting finale to my Interesting and Different Week. I’ll let the cover and the sales text do the rest of the talking (while I see if I can find someone to run this for me).

Almost two centuries ago the lightning-powered ships of Ceramia pierced the skies of Soburin heralding an age of oppression that still marks the lands with the resources stripped from the countryside. Ripped away from a long age of peace and broken by soldiers wielding scientifically advanced weaponry, the warriors of the prefectures were drafted into a distant conflict across the edge of the world and ancient traditions of violence have reawakened a thirst for blood in those few that survive in the decaying world. Emperor Hitoshi’s rebellion a decade ago threw down foreign rule but an ancient danger has reappeared to push society to the brink of collapse: the Mists of Akuma.

The corrupting fog transforms those within it into bloodthirsty adeddo-oni, monsters that seek only the rending of flesh and the taste of living meat. Nobles have retreated to the cities dotting the countryside leaving the common folk to face the supernatural haze alone, adding to the undead horde. Nature itself has been perilously wounded and the technology that might save the prefectures is shunned and feared by the Masuto Dynasty and Emperor Hitoshi’s subjects.

Mists of Akuma is an eastern fantasy noir steampunk campaign setting for use with the newest edition of the world’s most popular tabletop roleplaying game. Using new mechanics steeped in eastern lore, the book focuses on providing in-depth urban settings and a diverse array of character options to make truly unique parties of adventurers perfectly suited to survive the decay and desperation in Soburin. Bengoshi (governmental agents) empowered to deputize individuals in service of the Masuto Dynasty are attempting to hold the apocalypse at bay but intrigue and graft are as common and deadly as the corrupting fog, and the ancient threat’s influence is spread all the further by the despair of Emperor Hitoshi’s subjects.

In the 275 page Mists of Akuma rulebook you’ll find…

  • An overview of the recent history of Soburin and basic information about the world including the dangerous Mists of Akuma, rules for traveling the prefectures, and what rigors maddened explorers must overcome to visit the apocalypse that has become of the other continents.
  • Over 100 NPCs and monsters ranging from foreign generals to eastern dragons, powerful bengoshi and underlings from each of the 24 unique clans, and more than two dozen kami, oni, and tsukumogami!
  • Cultural practices and traditions for Soburin inspired by and drawn from eastern lore.
  • Gorgeous cover artwork by Claudio Pozas, interior scene illustrations by Indi Martin and Sara Shijo, and character illustrations by Jacob Blackmon and Nathanael Batchelor!
  • A chapter each detailing three different cities: the capital of the Imperial Prefecture, Sanbaoshi, the advanced mechanical metropolis of Kyofu, and the traditionalist magic-steeped settlement of Nagabuki.
  • Short stories with gorgeous half page illustrations at the start of each chapter to firmly posit the desperation and diversity inherent to adventuring in Soburin!
  • Details on each of the two dozen clans of the prefectures, including the bengoshi that negotiate on the behalf of each ruling family’s lady or lord and how the Kengen Occupation affected each region of Soburin.
  • 7 new character backgrounds and guidelines for adapting existing character backgrounds when playing in Soburin as well as new conditions, the Culture skill, and 6 maps for the continent and its settlements by cartographers Michael McCarthy, Mike Myler, and Tommi Salama!
  • 19 different archetypes that provide exciting theme-appropriate character options for every class! Take the paladin samurai oath or the fell pact of the warlock wu-jen, grab some ninja rogue levels, or even become a bardic gun priest!
  • 14 new races to breathe life into Soburin, making it an exotic and unique world that is eager to shrug off the shackles of western imperialism: a trio of human subraces, bakemono goblins, ape folk enjin. 11 different kinds of hengeyokai, kappa turtle folk, gigantic mutants, undead necroji, corrupted oni-touched, psionic psonorous, frog-like pyon, hobgoblin shikome, automaton steametics, wily tanuki, soaring tengu, and the umibo water people!
  • 32 new character feats, over 10 pages of equipment that ranges from new armor and weapons to steampunk prostheses and vehicles, and 22 new eastern-themed spells!
  • Revenge of the Pale Master, an epic 25 page mystery adventure set in the industrialized city of Kizaki beneath the shadow of an ancient, evil necromancer that has the settlement firmly within his ethereal grasp.

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

 

Continuing with the Interesting and Different theme of the week, we now look to the Tesla-inspired “electrotech” fantasy gaming material from Radiance House. While the core Players Guide is just straight-up free, they’ve come out with this major expansion that’s got a lot of fans very excited. They’re calling it “d20-lite,” which means it’s meant to run on the D&D engine via OGL. There’s a focus on late 19th and early 20th Century, but the material is meant to expand to multiple genres… and today’s Pick is especially driven by that goal.

Blast off to new adventures!

This supplement for Radiance RPG is a trove of options for any age: ancient, medieval, industrial, or science fantasy. Play a batfolk dragoon, cyborg spriggan, elan technomancer, ghost samurai, sha’ir magus, or vodron rocketeer. New classes, races, and themes yield over 8,000 options.

Inside, you will discover 262 pages of crunchy goodness:  

  • Classic and strange races such as elans and woodlings.  
  • 21 new classes like the alchemist, chronomancer, and voidmage.  
  • Add impactful downtime between adventures with 48 1-level kits.  
  • Play an angel, devil, ghost, werewolf, or other immortal.  
  • 36 new themes from adept and assassin to totemist and voidmain.  
  • Occult spirit binding, mass combat, magic items, businesses, space-age magitech, and voidcraft.
  • 24 new deities, 100 townies, and more…

Radiance RPG blends the best of editions of the world’s most popular role-playing game. It lets you focus on a fantasia of the late-19th century. Yet it is meaty and flexible to support any campaign setting you may imagine.

This supplement requires the Radiance Players Guide, available for free here at DriveThruRPG.

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

It’s taken me a bit to get into the swing of things again, but I am back to Picking Kickstarters to share as well, and I wanted to open with this one. It’s a fantasy setting, but it’s got some very interesting twists that will please Savage Worlds and fantasy fans alike.

I readily admit that I have a personal bias here. Not only do I genuinely like the folks at Obatron, but my Belovedest, Carinn Seabolt, is one of the more recently announced stretch goals for this project. Folks know she’s a great proofer and editor; now they’re going to discover just how good a writer and designer she is!

Supernatural fantasy offering atypical character options and the possibility that your character can be played as a spirit after death.

Retribution is a supernatural fantasy setting for Savage Worlds, requiring a copy of any edition of the Savage Worlds rulebook. With some patience and creativity, it can be ported over to other Savage Worlds settings.  

Traditional fantasy elements, such as classic races, ancient lore, and magic and mysticism, are intertwined with those things from beyond the natural world of Agador, namely spirits, the undead, and extraplanar entities. 

Key Points of Interest  

  • PCs can be any of the six primary races (human, elf, dwarf, orc, gnome, half-folk), hybrids of them, or a spirit of a formerly living person (ghost).
  • If a non-spirit PC dies, there is a chance she will be transformed into a playable spirit, which would require some stat adjustments and alter the character’s abilities, but not be an entirely different character.
  • Fighting entities who are not part of the mortal world utilizes Spiritual Parry and Spiritual Toughness, complements to the standard Parry and Toughness native to Savage Worlds.
  • Spiritual combat is presented with two options for play, explained in Choose Your Level of Grit.
  • Rules governing how supernatural being can affect the mortal world are included.
  • Retribution offers Edges and Hindrances to create specialized characters such as unjailers who work to free entities who have been bound to this plane unwillingly, necromancers who study mastery of the dead, and exomancers who have the power to summon extraplanar beings. 
  • Unjailing is the specialized study of identifying and untethering usually unwillingly bound spirits who might be attached to people, places, or things. Necromancy is more than just animating skeletons or raising the dead as zombies, covering also medium arts, binding spirits, and working with other aspects of death. Exomancy applies only to those who come from beyond the mortal realm, allowing for beings to cross planes or their power to be harnessed.
  • Spirits and extraplanar entities are not automatically evil, malevolent, or violent, so freeing them or otherwise interacting with them could have a variety of effects from being local heroes for helping trapped ancestors to proving your honor and gaining a spectral ally to making enemies of those who want to stay unhindered.

As always, hit the link for more details!

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

Continuing the theme of the week – the Interesting and Different – here’s the grand new release from that most excellent couple I am proud to call friends, Sean Tate Bircher and Robin English-Bircher. They go alt-history (complete with horror, fantasy, and magic), dealing with the 18th Century. Attention to historical detail and the social structure makes this one sing out pretty well, and it functions as a stand-alone adventure or the anchor point for an entire campaign.

In an 18th century that never was, the island nation of Malleus writhes under the thumb of an aristocracy of vampires. A coalition of secret societies fights from the shadows to drag theses oppressors burning into the light, but the alliance is young and in dire need of a weapon that can turn the tide against the vampires and their forces.

Word comes to a cabal of heroes that Lady Clarimonde yearns for freedom from the tyranny of her debauched and cruel father, the Baron Drachenholm. Thankfully for her, she possesses the means to pay for her freedom: the Sanguinem Maledicta, a cure for the curse of vampirism!

The heroes must dare the deadly labyrinth of Mallean high society to discretely win the lady her freedom – but can they trust Lady Clarimonde herself? She is, after all, no human gentlewoman but rather the child of mortal and undead – a DHAMPIR!

  • New Hindrances!
  • New Edges!
  • New Equipment!
  • A modular adventure that can be resolved in one session or expanded into a mini-campaign!

The King is Dead: DHAMPIR requires the Savage Worlds rules to play.

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

Today, it’s another groundbreaking game that challenges the traditional tropes and conventions of tabletop RPGs. That’s not to say it challenges what fantasy means – not for those who truly understand what the fantasy genre means for storytelling. Inclusive, expansive, beautiful, Blue Rose brings romantic fantasy to life in ways few other games ever attempted. Now available in the highly-praised Adventure Game Engine (AGE), it’s time for a new generation to discover this gem.

A decade ago Blue Rose shook up the RPG scene with its vision of romantic fantasy and inclusive gaming. Now the world of Aldea returns in a new edition using the Adventure Game Engine (AGE), the popular rules that power the Fantasy AGE and Dragon Age RPGs. This beautiful, full-color book contains everything needed to create and tell stories of heroic envoys of the Sovereign’s Finest as they protect their homeland of Aldis from threats like the shadowy Kingdom of Kern and the fanatical Theocracy of Jarzon, as well as monsters and artifacts from the cruel reign of the Sorcerer Kings. Aided by the rhydan—their psychic animal allies—the champions of the Kingdom of the Blue Rose safeguard the light of the world against the power of Shadow.

Will you answer the Sovereign’s call?

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

One of the truly groundbreaking games of our hobby, this is the third presentation of James Wallis’ masterpiece of narrative storytelling game development that many argue heralded many current trends in RPG design. GM-less gaming? Diceless? Player-driven narrative? All within.

Baron Munchausen’s tales of his extraordinary adventures are legendary: riding cannonballs through the air, sailing to the Moon, meeting gods, escaping from the Turkish Army on half a horse, and many others.

Can you outdo the Baron? You can try!

Challenge your friends to tell the most extraordinary tale, interrupt to correct their boasts, and share your own amazing exploits in this renowned game of wit, riposte, and repartee, written in high style by the Baron himself. Expect no dice, counters, or pencils while playing, just fine wine and great merriment. Time to charge your glass and begin your tale!

This third edition of The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen is massively expanded with new and revised material. Contained within is the original game along with Arabian style rules from Sinbad the Sailor, a simpler version for younger (or inebriated) players, and rules for online games. One of the Baron’s own descendants has also added twelve new variants of the game, allowing for stories where villains concoct dastardly schemes, ancient gods return from watery depths, heroic adventurers fight evil empires in outer space, and more!

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

This game is very popular for many reasons. It speaks to folks in a lot of ways.

Today, it speaks to me.

“We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.” —H.P. Lovecraft

Will you stand against the horrors of the night?

Whether learned professor, nosy journalist, or hard-hitting detective, investigators need all the help they can get. Let this book be your guide. The Investigator Handbook is an essential player’s aid for the Call of Cthulhu 7th edition roleplaying game

Written for those who will be playing the roles of investigators, the Investigator Handbook contains expanded rules for creating players characters, a wealth of over 100 occupations and skill descriptions, as well as guidance on getting the most from the game. What’s more, there’s a range of organizations for your investigator to belong to, detailed information about the classic 1920s setting, equipment and weapons for both the 1920s and modern day, and expert tips and advice for all budding investigators.

No self-respecting investigator of the Cthulhu Mythos should be without it!

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

I’ve been meaning to get back to my other Pick of the Day efforts, and this is the perfect one to return to Happiness, Peace & Dreams with. I know David Waters, have gamed and broken bread and shaved heads with the man. He and his family are wonderful… and they are suffering.

They are of our tribe, and his wife and child will need all the help we can give them ere he passes to the Great Adventure Beyond.

THE STORY:

Our friend David has been part of the gaming community for a long time, and he and his family are in imminent need. For the last four years he has been undergoing treatment for an inoperable form of cancer known as GIST. However the cancer has stopped responding to treatment. David has always taken pride in caring for his family.  In late 2015 he retired after a long career in the military and federal government. Unfortunately, there was a devastating clerical issue with his retirement that has taken until now to be resolved, meaning that David and his wife Kim and their young daughter have been without that income or benefits for over a year. And while the paperwork is finally in process, nothing is resolved until the family makes back payments on over a year of insurance premiums.

Since the cancer has progressed beyond where doctors can treat it, David started hospice care recently. While he and his family spend this time together, his wife is not able to work as she cares for both David and their daughter, leaving the family with limited income. We want to do all we can to ensure their time together is as easy as possible, which in this case means helping them get over the financial hurdle of living and making the lump sum payment for the insurance premiums.

When you have a loved one in home hospice, it is an incredibly draining and surreal experience. Doing normal things like running errands or making a meal feel like running through sand. The only thing that matters is being together and taking care of your loved one. No family should have the added stress of wondering how they are going to pay their bills in a time like this.

Please help David and his family by spreading the word for this fundraiser, by creating a fundraising page, or by kicking in a few bucks to make their lives a bit less hard. Watch for a game day fundraiser event as well–more details as they become available on www.facebook.com/gamersgiving !