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    Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week's gaming news! A detailed look at the FFG reprint of West End Games's Star Wars, John Carter of Mars gets a QuickStart while its Kickstarter is still live, Clue getting a new movie, Cool Mini or Not goofs, and more!

    Greetings. Today I'm going to discuss another of the Four Horsemen, War, and how you can work it into world building. PC vs NPC conflict is hard-baked into almost every RPG system, and especially apparent in systems like D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder. Most of these systems focus specifically on individuals in combat, however, and not on the macro effects of a war.

    One of the things that I talked about as being a developing trend in role-playing games for 2018 has been science fiction as a rising genre. Kicked off by Gen Con's biggest selling game, Paizo's science fiction/fantasy role-playing game Starfinder, and hopefully buoyed by upcoming games like the new Alternity that is supposed to come out this year. But, it won't just be because of the big games that we'll see a surge in science fiction, no, the tiny games will be just as important as the big ones.

    These five magical masks over on EN5ider, the 5th Edition Patreon, allow the wearer to wield different racial powers. The Mask of the Feychild, Stoneborn Death mask, Jawbreaker's War Mask, Mask of the Infernal Offpsing, and the Mask of Humanity each comes with the history of the mask, its powers and benefits for the wearer, and plot hooks suggesting places where the mask might be found and the NPCs who might wear them. By Kiel Chenier; illustrated by Kim Van Deun.

    The John Carter of Mars RPG, which has already been successfully funded on a currently-running Kickstarter, uses a streamlined, narrative version of Modiphius' 2d20 System. You can now check out a free short adventure which introduces the rules to you.

    A rundown of the New Releases that should be hitting games stores this coming week! Board games, card games, RPGs, Wargames, Miniatures and collectible games... hopefully something for everyone! In addition to the games hitting your local store we also take a look at a few RPG PDF releases from the last week that we hope may be of interest. For more information about any of the physical products please contact your local games store.

    With the new Star Wars saga passing its middle chapter and Marvel's Infinity War ready to land in May, it means that a lot of groups might be eyeing the stars as a place to set their games. The Cosmic Handbook has been eagerly awaited by Mutants and Masterminds fans for a while, and is finally out for fans of super-heroic science fiction to use in their games.

    The WOIN Starship Construction Manual, which provides detailed rules for building a wide variety of ship for use with the starship combat rules found in NEW and other WOIN games, has just received an update to Version 1.1.

    There are many works of fiction that D&D draws upon for inspiration, as co-creator Gary Gygax made clear with his Appendix N in the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Master's Guide. Jon Peterson identified a theme that some of the Appendix N fiction has in common, known as a "visitation theme." It serves as a useful template for how D&D is portrayed -- now and in the future.

    Gamers have gotten pretty comfortable over the years with the triumvirate of books that form the core of Dungeons & Dragons. In fact, I suspect many gamers allow their familiarity with the three-book format to keep them from closely reading the entirety of those texts. Those gamers, myself included, know generally what content is included in each book, so they simply hunt down the chapters they need as they become relevant.

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