Category: Pick of the Day

One of the properties screaming for a reboot in fandom is the immensely powerful Robotech giant transforming robot anime. Although the rights remain tangled in a web of Japan-to-America legal webbing that may never be fully resolved, the one company ever able to untangle that web enough to do some fun stuff with the property is Palladium, and now one of the more popular sourcebooks from the Robotech RPG line is available on DriveThruRPG. Fans of the game and fans of the series will want this one.

Robotech® Ghost Ship Adventure Sourcebook, 1988 Edition

Explore the ruins of a Zentraedi Salan Scout ship, but is it an abandoned ship – a “ghost ship” – or is it a trap? Find out.

An RDF Reconnaissance team must stealthily penetrate a seemingly derelict Zentraedi warship that is suspected to be a base for Zentraedi terrorists. The adventure takes place aboard the alien vessel. Floor plans and stats of the Salan Scout offer a platform for future battles and adventures. Macross or Southern Cross setting.

  • The Zentraedi Salan Scout Ship floor plans and stats.
  • Ghost Ship adventure outline.
  • Additional Zentraedi items and adventure ideas.
  • RDF in space! And working with the Southern Cross.
  • Space pirates and more.

Sean Patrick Fannon
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Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the wilderness of the 9th World…

(Seriously, I look at some of this and I think to myself the following exchange must have occurred between Bruce Cordell and the art team – “You guys just go nuts, come up with whatever your imagination can dream, and I’ll give it some stats!”)

The Ninth World teems with life—and most of it is hungry!

The Ninth World is unlike any other fantasy setting: weird, imaginative, dangerous, and often a bit creepy. The creatures of Numenera are no different—and the Ninth World Bestiary 2 gives you over 160 new ones to populate your campaign. Creatures undreamt of by even the most experienced pursuer of the numenera: the huge, burrowing mimus; the six-mouthed jreet; the mirror-faced cyclic raider; and many, many more.

This book includes:

  • Over 160 new creatures to populate your campaign.
  • An extensive index of all creatures from products across the Numenera game line.
  • Random encounter tables for creatures from this book, the Ninth World Bestiary, and the Numenera corebook.
  • Random tables to generate new creatures on the fly.
  • Useful insights on the behaviors, beliefs, and relationships of Ninth World creatures.

Sean Patrick Fannon
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The folks at DriveThruComics (sister site to my usual feed of awesome, DriveThruRPG) would really like you to consider them as a one-stop shop for digital comics from pretty much everyone that isn’t Marvel, DC, or Dark Horse. To that end, they’ve put together a bundle of 49 comics (and a kind donation to the Hero Initiative) – nearly $100.00 of comics – for $20.00.

This is where you stop reading, go buy, and dig in.

Cheers!

Examples of what’s inside –

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A flashback to some sci-fi goodness of the past as Precis Intermedia continues their march to bring Shatterzone back into the spotlight. A very solid sci-fi-with-cyberpunk elements setting I had the pleasure of doing some work for back in the day. Definitely stuff worth mining for your own science fiction gaming, no matter what system.

Use the Consortium of Worlds’ most deadly arm in your Shatterzone campaign. A monolith of power and a force for destruction all rolled into one gamemaster tool, Fleet can be the ultimate motivating factor for any campaign.

This book explains how the powerful, dangerous, and enigmatic Fleet can be utilized without completely disrupting a normal campaign. It also illustrates how a completely normal campaign can be blown to hell… if that is what the gamemaster is looking to do.

This classic scanned reprint of Fleet™ requires the Shatterzone™ core rules (either the original boxed set or classic reprint).

Sean Patrick Fannon
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Straight up – I am on the Board of Directors for the Roleplaying Game Creators Relief FundIn great part, we’re there to try and help fellow creators of RPGs get through medical and other disasters that others have insurance to manage. The amazing folks at Onyx Path have decided to launch a rather amazing Bundle of Holding, featuring lots of stuff for their Vampire 20th Anniversary line, that directly supports the RCRF, for which we are all very grateful.

And, if you are a V20 fan, you will be too – considering all the amazing stuff you can get for a rather mesmerizing price.

Neonate! The Camarilla returns to bring you the Vampire 20th Anniversary Bundle, featuring the massive 20th Anniversary Edition (2011) that celebrates the 1991 publication of White Wolf Game Studio’s original tabletop roleplaying game of personal horror, Vampire: the Masquerade. Longtime Vampire fans love this gorgeous full-color 535-page compendium and update of the Storyteller system and the Classic World of Darkness setting. Now get V20 and many recent supplements and adventures in this bargain-priced collection.

For just US$14.95 you get all five titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $54) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete V20 core rulebook (retail value $30), the V20 Storyteller’s Screen (retail $2) and Companion (retail $10), the adventure Dust to Dust (retail $7), and the newly added V20 Ready-Made Characters (retail $5) with 13 ready-to-play vampires from all the Clans.

And if you pay more than the threshold price of $26.29, you’ll rise in Discipline and also get our entire Storyteller’s Collection with four more titles worth an additional $61:

  • Anarchs Unbound (retail $15): A revisitation of the old Anarch Cookbook that makes these revolutionaries capable and terrifying.
  • Dread Names, Red List (retail $15): The throughly updated Kindred Most Wanted Red List of the Camarilla’s deadliest enemies.
  • Children of the Revolution (retail $15): Biographies of 18 Kindred who were Embraced in difficult times.
  • The Hunters Hunted II (retail $16): Revised and updated for V20, this seminal World of Darkness book looks at the mortals around the world who hunt or study the Kindred.

Sean Patrick Fannon
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Dark and drizzly outside puts me in a World of Darkness kind of mood, and this Pick is perfect for that. Building on the Lore of the Clans book that did so well on Kickstarter, this takes long-time fans and newcomers back to the stuff that really expanded the WoD the first time around. If you aren’t satisfied just playing a straight-up Ventrue, Tremere, or Malkavian, here’s some of that off-the-path stuff for you to play with.

The Clans are not the only vampires that strut, if I might steal from the Bard, upon this great stage of fools. There are the errant Kindred inaccurately collected under the sobriquet of “bloodlines.” While their role in the eternal conflict between the childer of Caine is small, it is often incredibly impactful. 

As such, I provide this corollary to my original study. It would be the work of several lifetimes to find and document every tiny aberration or fleeting dead end that constitutes a variation from one of the thirteen. Instead, I have focused on nine that I know for certain have an impact in our little culture war of the dead. From the brain-washed abominations of Tremere magic to vampires twisted by demonic will to the remnants of Clans long thought dead, each of these so-called “bloodlines” have their place in society. There is no larger picture for them — for us — to be a part of. Here on the fringes, each vampire’s experience is unique. 

We are free to create our own truths amidst the lies.

Lore of the Bloodlines is a single volume companion to Lore of the Clans that revisits some of the bloodlines in Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition, providing story hooks, character concepts, history, and bloodline-specific rules. The secrets of the Baali, Daughters of Cacophony, Gargoyles, Harbingers of Skulls, Kiasyd, Nagaraja, Salubri, Samedi, and True Brujah are now yours.

Lore of the Bloodlines includes:

  • The history, lore, and nightly practices of nine bloodlines, told from the perspective of the Kindred themselves.
  • New combo Disciplines, powers, Merits, Flaws, and other rules specific to each bloodline.
  • Revisions and updates of more classic Vampire: The Masquerade material to V20.

Lore of the Bloodlines was made possible by the backers of the Lore of the Clans Kickstarter campaign.

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, much more
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Last night, it was time for me to return to the Game Master’s Seat at Monday Night Savages (at our excellent FLGS, Total Escape Games). I’d been promising a return to my Danger International* setting, but I wanted to shift away from the amazing Feng Shui 2 rules to something that worked a bit better for the specifics I was engaged with (mainly, easily customizable to creating famous action heroes of the 80s and 90s).

Just as he did for my quest for superhero gamingLeonard Pimentel struck again with a rather perfect system for exactly what I wanted – action cinema gaming with a decidedly 80s-90s feel. I mean, seriously, it’s right in the description!

A tabletop roleplaying game about action movies, especially those of the 80s and early 90s…

Folks, I’d read the book. I’d never run the game. My friends had never played the game, and most of them barely saw the rules (if at all).

What a rush!

We started pretty late – I think around 6:30pm – and by the time we set up a Big Cliffhanger at 9:15pm, they’d blown through a casino full of Deadites, met up and roleplayed figuring out what was going on, did a huge car chase**, and arrived just outside of Witch Mountain. They then concocted a plan to get inside the base, executed said plan, and all wound up in different, interesting places right before the Siphon showed up to make things even more interesting…

I’ve Picked the game before, but it really deserves extra mention today, because we had an amazing time, and once again, I am blown away by the genius of my friend, Len. This is an approach to the AWE-style of gaming that I grok and love!

(*) – The Cast: V.I. Warshawski, Hannibal Smith, Lara Croft, John Steed, Chiun, Ash, Walker

(**) – Five black operative sedans, two black operative SUVs, and a super turbo-charged, heavily armored “boss SUV” chasing a “crotch rocket” (Lara), an Aston Martin (John, V.I.), a massive pick-up (Walker, Chiun), and an ’73 Oldsmobile Delta 88 (Ash, Hannibal).

Full Disclosure – I hacked the rules to add extra oomph to the heroes. Possibly too much, but they had a great time, so I just need to “oomph” the bad guys a bit more. If you’re interested in the hack, let me know. If you’ve bought the game, I will happily share the hack.

“I was a 98 pound weakling who used to get sand kicked in my face at the beach. At least, that was until Magnum Fury came along!”   ~Nobody Ever Said This

MAGNUM (n): a really big bullet or gun that is awesome and in no way intended to compensate for any unspecified size-related deficiency.

FURY (n): the kind of anger that makes you an unstoppable juggernaut of ass-kickery who can perform heroic feats normal wimps couldn’t even dream of.

MAGNUM FURY

A tabletop roleplaying game about action movies, especially those of the 80s and early 90s, Magnum Fury is designed to play the kind of fast combat and intense action scenes action movies are known for. Magnum Fury was heavily inspired by—and pokes a lot of fun at—the action movies and action comedies of the 80s and early 90s, but it can be used to play any kind of action adventure from any genre. It uses a simple set of rules that focus on the heroes and allow you and your friends to imitate your favorite action movies or make up your own. You can create your very own badass action hero in less than a minute, and game prep requires nothing more than a few ideas about how you plan to abuse the heroes.

If you’re looking for someone to blame for Magnum Fury, look no farther than 48 Hours and Another 48 Hours, Above the Law, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Aliens, The Beastmaster, Beverly Hills Cop and Beverly Hills Cop 2, Big Trouble in Little China, Bloodsport, Commando, Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer, The Crow, The Delta Force, Demolition Man, Die Hard, Escape from New York, First Blood and Rambo: First Blood Part 2, Flash Gordon, The Golden Child, Hawk the Slayer, Hard to Kill, Highlander, Invasion U.S.A., Kickboxer, The Last Dragon, Lethal Weapon (all of them), Marked for Death, Predator and Predator 2, Raw Deal, Red Sonja, The Road Warrior and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Roadhouse, Robocop and Robocop 2, Running Man, Tango and Cash, Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, They Live, Timecop, Total Recall, True Lies, and Under Siege.

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, much more
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For many reasons, this classic and very odd game is getting a lot of new attention. Unsurprisingly, Mongoose is giving us all a brand new, fully-updated version to play with. 6 clones. A laser pistol. A government that makes utterly zero sense, led by…

Yeah, just read it. Trust me, if you never play the game once, the reading is worth the price of admission. Especially since the legendary James Wallis is one of the folks involved.

Welcome to Alpha Complex! Welcome to the ranks of the Troubleshooters! Welcome to Paranoia!

As a Troubleshooter, you are a member of Alpha Complex’s most expendable elite force. Tasked with finding trouble and shooting it, you will be hunting mutants, terrorists, traitors, [CLASSIFIED], secret societies, renegade bots, and DAIVs, which are [REDACTED]. You’ll save Alpha Complex from its greatest threat, unless you accidentally become Alpha Complex’s greatest threat.

Completely rebuilt from the ground up, Paranoia is the classic RPG of a darkly humorous future, rebooted for a humorously dark present. All-new mechanics include a simple yet brilliant character-generation system, a bluffing-based card-driven combat system that encourages creativity, clever moves and lying, a special Computer Dice which means even the simplest interaction can become hilariously fatal, in-game XP point rewards, and more advice to GMs than you can shake a stick at. Three single-session adventures introduce you painlessly to the new mechanics and background, and are designed to be played straight out of the box.

Everything is the same but everything is different.

You look worried, citizen. Relax! It’s still Paranoia. The year is still 214. You still have six clones and a laser pistol. The Computer is still your friend.

Contains:
The Player’s Handbook
The Gamesmaster’s Handbook
The Missions Book
110 Playing Cards
Character Cards 

Sean Patrick Fannon
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Quick, ready-made stuff to drop into your campaign is one of the best things about today’s publishing landscape for RPGs. The folks of Tricky Troll get that, and here’s a good sign of it. A collection of playable alien races to add to any Savage Worlds sci-fi or related game. This would be a great thing for any Last Parsec or Savage Rifts game, for example.

Savage Species: Aliens is a racial supplement for the Savage Worlds roleplaying game. Inside this PDF you will find statistics for 20 playable races all alien in origin. The races in this product are designed to be used in almost any Sci-Fi setting. So prepare your imagination with Savage Species: Aliens!

Sean Patrick Fannon
Writer & Game Designer: Shaintar, Star Wars, Savage Rifts, much more
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PS – Apologies for some inconsistency lately (especially with not posting the Week’s Picks on EN World. Life is a bit… stressful, but I am working on getting back on track.

Synthwave. Stranger Things. David HasselhoffKung FuryBaywatchVoltron. The 80s won’t let us go, and I, for one, don’t want them to.

Enter Tales from the Loop.

“RPG Tales from the Loop lets you channel Stranger Things and ET.” – The Verge

“Tales From The Loop could very well be the RPG phenomenon of 2017.” – Geek & Sundry

The landscape was full of machines and scrap metal connected to the facility in one way or another. Always present on the horizon were the colossal cooling towers, with their green obstruction lights. If you put your ear to the ground, you could hear the heartbeat of the Loop – the purring of the Gravitron, the central piece of engineering magic that was the focus of the Loop’s experiments. The facility was the largest of its kind in the world, and it was said that its forces could bend space-time itself.

Scifi artist Simon Stålenhag’s paintings of Swedish 1980s suburbia, populated by fantastic machines and strange beasts, have won global acclaim. Now, you can step into the amazing world of the Loop.

In this roleplaying game in the vein of E.T. and Stranger Things, you’ll play teenagers solving mysteries connected to the Loop. The game rules are based on Mutant: Year Zero, which was awarded with a Silver ENnie for Best Rules at Gencon 2015. 

Key features:

  • Create your unique player character – including skills, items, prides, problems, and relationships – in mere minutes.
  • Explore the secrets of the Loop in two main game settings – one based on the Swedish Mälaren Islands, the other on Boulder City, Nevada.
  • Investigate mysteries and overcome trouble using fast and effective rules, based on the Mutant: Year Zero game engine.
  • Play the four complete scenarios included, tied together in the campaign named Four Seasons of Mad Science.

Sean Patrick Fannon
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