Category: Pick of the Day

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Yeah, sorry I let this go for a bit, but the P&PUE Kickstarter really took a lot out of me, and then… Life. But it’s time to get back into the Picks of the Day, and I am re-launching into it with DriveThruRPG’s Top Five Week. This week is the top five products on DriveThruRPG this week, as of today’s date.

Satyros Phil Brucato is a dear friend and one of the key writers and designers on M20 Gods & Monsters, a book about all the non-magey people and creatures you can meet, interact with, and probably have to arcanely punch in Mage 20th Anniversary.

Gods, Monsters & Familiar Strangers 

We live in a world full of gods and monsters: spirits, creatures, Paradox entities, Avatar aspects, vampires, beast-folk, godheads, primordial legends, and other creatures too strange for the average mind to conceive. 

Now, in an age ruled by fear, the ability to look beyond out preconceptions – especially in the world of Mage – becomes a vital tool for survival. 

Who Lives Behind a Stranger’s Eyes? 

This compendium of companions, divinities and beasts presents dozens of characters and creatures for your World of Darkness sagas. From Big Owl’s brood to the literal heavens, this collection of Gods & Monsters includes: 

  • Human characters and templates 
  • Vampires, werebeasts, ghosts, ghouls, hunters, and the Fae 
  • HIT Marks, artificial people, familiars, companions, Avatars, and gods 
  • Creation rules, Traits, and Special Advantages for non-mage companion characters 
  • …and far, far more 

We Are Strangers to Each Other Often Gods & Monsters, Too…

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, Freedom Squadron, Prowlers & Paragons Ultimate Edition, and much more!
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Unsurprisingly, I am choosing to close out Celebrating Ross Watson Week with what many consider his current pinnacle achievement – Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay – Wrath & Glory.

Ross’ history with 40k is extensive, and he’s known to fans all over the world as the “Storm Warden” and a leading expert on the lore and essentials of the setting. This game is the culmination of that expertise, as well as his advancement as a rules designer.

Don’t forget that the GM Day Sale continues for another three days from this posting.

Roleplaying in the Grim Darkness of the 41st Millennium

This accursed Age needs heroes more than ever before. Shattered by the Great Rift, the galaxy is on the brink of oblivion and madness. There are those who fight for a shred of hope, a glimmering promise that this millennium may yet endure.

What will you fight for? What will you sacrifice? Enter a galaxy full of danger and mystery, plagued by the star-spanning schemes of the Dark Gods. You will defend the last bastions of civilization against a rising tide of corruption. You will explore ancient ruins of races long-vanished.

You will uncover lost secrets and devious schemes. This is a game of danger and mystery. This is a game of action and adventure. This is a game about the struggle to hold back the doomsday clock from striking midnight for an entire galaxy.

This is your story of wrath and glory.

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Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, Freedom Squadron, Prowlers & Paragons Ultimate Edition, and much more!
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One of the things I loved having a front seat to watch was Ross’ pitch to reframe the concept of the Living Land into something even more compelling and fun to play in for new Torg players. Today’s Celebrating Ross Watson Week Pick is the result of that extensive and creative effort – Torg Eternity – Living Land Sourcebook is a testament to “Lost World” style pulp adventuring and shades of “John Carter” among the native Martians can be felt as heroes interact with the edeinos while discovering the Law of Wonders.

Don’t forget that the GM Day Sale continues for another four days from this posting.

The Living Land is ruled by High Lord Baruk Kaah and his army of reptilian edeinos. It has taken over both coasts of the United States, the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, and the mysterious “White Zone” in Canada.

Where the Living Land rules miraculous spiritual power is available, but technology rusts and fails. Ordinary humans—and even some heroes—regress and become ruled by their primal passions.

There are amazing opportunities scattered among the Living Land‘s perils. The Law of Wonders insures that lost treasures appear in the misty and unexplored jungles. These treasures might have disappeared from Earth long ago or they may be relics from cosms destroyed by the High Lords. Whatever their different origins, they are resurfacing here and now, for adventurers bold enough to discover them!

INSIDE YOU‘LL FIND:

  • New Perks, Miracles, and Gear for players.
  • New threats, foes, and plenty of dinosaurs!
  • Details the different regions of the Living Land.
  • Plot hooks and events from the first year of the Possibility Wars.

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

This one has a special place for me; it’s the line Ross offered me when he was running the 40K shop for Fantasy Flight Games. Realizing I was not immersed enough in the setting (nor did I have the grim-dark mindset to do it justice), I demurred. This ultimately led to me working on FFG’s Star Wars line, instead, which worked out very well for all concerned.

Celebrating Ross Watson Week brings us to the “Storm Warden’s” stock-in-trade, the Warhammer 40K universe. Rogue Trader is an offshoot concept taking players away from the ravages of eternal war and into the unexplored regions of space where trade and plunder may lie.

And don’t forget that the GM Day Sale continues for another four days from this posting.

In Rogue Trader, you take on the role of a Rogue Trader and his most trusted counsellors, empowered by an ancient warrant of trade to seek out profit and plunder amongst unexplored regions of space. Your ship will take you to new worlds and uncharted reaches of the void, where you will encounter rivals, pirates, aliens, and possibly even creatures of the warp. You will acquire and spend great wealth and riches, and fame or infamy will follow. You will discover ancient and forgotten mysteries and search out the unknown to find lost human worlds or never before seen celestial phenomena. You must survive the dangers of space, for beyond the threat of vacuum and deadly radiation lurk things Man was never meant to find. 

To be part of a Rogue Trader’s crew is to stand on the threshold of nearly unlimited opportunity. Vast profits await for you and your fellow Explorers to find and claim. Fame and fortune reward the bold, but the unwary find only an anonymous death.

• Fast character creation to get you into the game quickly, including a lifetime of possibilities with an expanded origin path system.

• Dynamic rules for all eventualities that let you handle everything from social interaction to deadly fast-paced combat, starships and psychic powers to a system of profit and influence.

• Comprehensive background on Rogue Traders, written by Warhammer 40,000 novelist and GW Design Studio member Andy Hoare.

• Build your own starship or begin play with one of the six pre-generated vessels.

Begin your players’ path to wealth and glory with a complete starting adventure that puts the Explorers right into the middle of the action. The Rogue Trader core rulebook contains everything you need to start your adventure in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.

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

For Celebrating Ross Watson Week, here’s one of the many collaborations he participated in. Along with Thomas Reid, Timothy Brian Brown, and Darrell Hardy, Ross put together some rather expert material for this dark-pulp fantasy setting. Lankhmar: City of Thieves is a Savage Worlds setting featuring the famous world created by Fritz Leiber.

And don’t forget that the GM Day Sale continues for another five days from this posting.

In the City of Sevenscore Thousand Smokes, danger lurks down every dark alley. Sinister sorcerers summon terrible forces in their crumbling towers. Treacherous rogues of the Thieves’ Guild prowl the Plaza of Dark Delights. Assassins from the Slayers’ Brotherhood work the Tenderloin District. And hunched figures skitter beneath the streets, waiting for their chance to rise.

But there is action, adventure, and wealth here too–if your rogues have the skill and bravado to claim it.

Lankhmar: City of Thieves is the core setting book for Fritz Leiber’s world of swords & sorcery. It contains details on the world of Nehwon and the city of Lankhmar, Setting Rules, Savage Tales, monsters and foes, and recounts the tales of world’s most notorious scoundrels–including Fafhrd, the Gray Mouser, and their sorcerous sponsors.

This book requires the Savage Worlds core rules to play.

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

On this day wherein we celebrate Game Masters worldwide, I am indulging in another spotlight week for someone who is not only a great GM, but a great creator of works for GMs across many systems. Ross Watson, the “Storm Warden” himself, is a star writer and creator, as well as one of my dearest friends.

So we open Celebrating Ross Watson Week with this D&D 5e adventure, Feast of Tigers, which Evil Beagle Games is proud to have on our digital shelves. It’s for folks who’ve been playing a while (9th-15th level), with political maneuvering, investigation, and some epic confrontations.

Dark forces wish to desecrate an important religious ceremony taking place at a royal gathering. Can the heroes discover the assassins before it is too late?

A Feast of Tigers is a short adventure (for characters of 9th-15th level) involving intrigue and politics as much as combat and magic. It is set amongst a backdrop of bloody ambition and assassination during the investiture of a senior priest into the church of the Lawmaker in the troubled region of Westmarch. As the plots and schemes turn to open murder, the player characters find themselves in the midst of a powder keg primed to explode; a situation to which someone is very deliberately trying to light the fuse!

This is the first in a series of products Evil Beagle Games is proud to bring you, from the creative and prolific mind and talents of Ross Watson (Lead Designer and Developer, Wrath & Glory: Warhammer 40K Roleplay). Look for many more exciting, fun, and involving products from one of our favorite creators!

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

Closing out Return to the Guild Week with this highly popular product from the highly prolific Trevor Armstrong. With the DM’s Day Sale underway, Adaptable NPCs is 40% off, and a great source of people (70 NPCs, fully statted and fleshed out) and adventure hooks to round out your Dungeon Master toolkit for one-shots and ongoing campaigns.

Dungeon Masters, immerse players in your world by bringing your non-player characters to life!

Contained within this supplement are 70 NPCs with unique statblocks (created by the team behind the best-selling Grimlore’s Grimoire), each NPC contains custom art, lore, and a stat block balanced for the 5e Challenge Rating system.

Additionally, 8 short adventures have been included. These adventures have been created for Dungeon Masters to introduce their players to some of the Adaptable NPCs with minimal preparation. Each adventure has high-resolution printable battle maps created by Justin Andrew Mason (DM & Player versions are included), an adventure background, a recommend party level, and room descriptions with encounters (both combat and roleplaying) utilizing NPCs from this supplement and the 5e monster manual. Note: The maps have been included as an additional download in a separate .zip file.

Reviews

“If you’re a DM, you need to have this in your bag of tricks. Not only are the NPCs solidly presented mechanically, they’re presented with ideas on how to use them in your ongoing campaign. The mini-dungeons at the end even give you instantly-usable scenarios. So when your table throws you a curveball, you can still present them with a fully-realized encounter or series of encounters which will be satisfying.” – R.P. Davis

Grimlore’s done it AGAIN! 70 NPCs with absolutely STUNNING art, from CRs ⅛ to 15, perfect for dropping into any story, game, or campaign to flesh out a party or use for quest giving. This is also packed with 8 adventures, so well worth adding to your collection. I can’t wait until this is a Fantasy Grounds module as well, I’ll have both, please! Highly recommend.” – Rob Twohy (rob2e)

“Adaptable NPCs is a fantastic resource to help DMs in a pinch. Don’t be surprised if some of these NPCs become the foundations for the most memorable characters in your Dungeons & Dragons campaign!” – Christian Hoffer (comicbook.com)

“Adaptable NPCs is a true hidden gem. From Dukes, Dragoons and Drunkards, to Scholars, Scoundrels and Seers, this supplement provides a much needed expansion for Dungeon Masters looking to pull out quick NPCs on the fly. Buy it and bring it to your table. You won’t regret it.” – Vall does DnD

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

Today’s Return to the Guild Week Pick is a 250 page tome filled with material for both DMs and players, including those who reach into the Epic level of play as they travel through the mysterious and dangerous Planes all long-term D&D players long to explore.

Marching Modron is an excellent source of third-party support, and they’ve thrown their talented resources at 5th Edition fandom with this series. The Shadowfell goes a bit dark, but that’s kind of in the name, ain’t it. Better still, it and a ton of other products are not on sale for 40% off thanks to the DM’s Day Sale that’s now launched!

Marching Modron Press presents to you a very special 250+ page tome, aimed at both players and dungeon masters.

It is narrated by none other than Ulraunt, the Keeper of Tomes at Candlekeep, and also supports epic level play (as introduced in Epic Characters).

Here is a summary of what you will find: 

  • Detailed overviews of three prominent Shadowfell locations: Gloomwrought, Evernight, and Thultanthar, as well as a description of the Fugue Plane.
  • Five Domains of Dread, each with a tragic story tied to a specific Darklord.
  • Statblocks for two powerful elder evils and five well-known deities, complete with lair actions, roleplay guidance, as well as Ulraunt’s own narration of their backstories!
  • Four thematic playable races.
  • Fifteen unique subclasses, including flavor tables to tie your character to aspects of the Plane of Shadow.
  • Over 40 new spells, giving a taste of what arcane secrets lie hidden in the darkest corners of the world.
  • Over 140 new stat blocks for monsters and NPCs native to the Shadowfell, the Fugue Plane, or a Domain of Dread.  
  • A monster-generation table intended to help guide the creation of your own CR 30+ monsters (all the way to CR 45), as well as sidebars to help guide creation of deities and avatars.
  • And lots more including unique creature templatesmapsrandom encounter tables, and notes from other prominent readers of this tome (such as Elminister Aumar). 
  • Besides the book itself, you will also find a zip folder containing handouts for your players, as well as a document with links to several surveysregarding the contents of the book.

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

Continuing Return to the Guild Week, today’s Pick is Dragonix’s Monster Manual Expanded for the 5th Edition. It’s just what it says – a massive expansion to the core Monster Manual book, adding a ton more monsters, and a lot of callbacks to classic D&D editions.

Monster Manual Expanded is a 321-page source of content that supplements the Monster Manual.  It aims to provide Dungeon Masters more options and flexibility in designing adventures and dressing up their dungeons with a wider variety of creatures and characters that are based on the Monster Manual.  Finally, it also adds variants that provide a nostalgic and classic feel that DMs experienced with the older editions are probably familiar with.

In total, there are over 470 creature stat blocks in this book at the Dungeon Master’s disposal!  

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

Struggles abound, and there’s always a need to do more and be better. This is why I am so glad to support the RAINN Bundles on the Dungeon Masters Guild site, which also launches Return to the Guild Week here at the Picks of the Day.

RAINN is the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network, and with the many revelations of abuse and outpourings of support in their wake, it’s important to empower people to find positive means of that support. These bundles are fantastic opportunities to get a ton of great Dungeons & Dragons products, with all proceeds going straight to this fantastic and well-vetted organization.

There’s the Starter Kit, Explorer’s Pack, Folk Heroes, Benevolent DM Kit, and Epic Hero bundles; hit the link above to examine them all further, and look for more DM Guild Picks this week.

Check out Prowlers & Paragons Ultimate Edition (Kickstarter March 19th), the next generation of superhero gaming!

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