At long last, RPGNow is in sundown, fully merging with DriveThruRPG. This is something that probably should have happened a long time ago, but the sense of identity some customers and publishers felt with the venerable site forestalled the decision by parent company, OneBookShelf. The sites are identical in all by bannerhead and color scheme, and one account applies to both, so the functional changes in experience for the customer will be… practically non-existent.
Still, it’s the end of an era in a lot of ways as “The Leading Source for Indie RPGs” shuts down, so this week is Goodbye RPGNow Week (though it may still be active for a while, there’s a push now to get everyone ready to hit DriveThruRPG whenever they go to the other site). One of the things about RPGNow was the fact that the massive sellers didn’t always dominate the Top Lists, so I’m taking a look at five products that shine at the top of RPGNow this week, starting with Rangers of Shadow Deep. Less RPG and more “callback to the origins of D&D, folks create a team to follow a ranger to fight dark powers encroaching on their lands. It’s a tabletop miniatures game that gets at the heart of where fantasy gaming came from.
A kingdom stands on the brink of destruction, as the vast realm called the Shadow Deep slowly swallows everything in its path. As the army fights to contain the tide of evil creatures teeming up out of the black clouds, the kingdom’s best soldiers, the rangers, must venture down into the shadows to gather information, rescue prisoners, and ambush enemy supply lines. It is a desperate fight against overwhelming odds, but every little victory brings another day of hope.
Rangers of Shadow Deep is a solo and co-operative tabletop miniatures game, in which players create their ranger, gather companions, and play through a series of missions in their fight to hold back the darkness. If their rangers survive, they will grow in power and ability, and be sent on more difficult, dangerous and intricate assignments.
This book also includes the first supplement for the game, Burning Light. In this mission, the rangers must venture to ruined convent, searching for an ancient artefact. As they choose what order to explore the ruins, and thus the order in which scenarios are played, they must gather clues to the artefact’s location. But they must be quick, for the longer they remain, the more the forces of the Shadow Deep become aware of their presence.
By the creator of Frostgrave and Ghost Archipelago.
Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, Freedom Squadron, and much more!
Please check out my Patreon and get involved directly with my next projects!