RPG News for Saturday, 22nd Dec, 2012

  • [Updated] Chris Sims & Jennifer Clarke Wilkes...

    The details are unclear, but D&D editor Chris Sims has reported that he is now in need of a job, and is willing to relocate. He was hired by WotC in 2005 after working for them as a freelance editor. Part of the D&D 5E launch, he was one of the editors for the Player's Handbook and Dungeon Master's Guide, and was responsible for stat block development in the Monster Manual. ...

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    WotC Closing LISTSERV Mailing Lists

    One of the earliest online discussion mediums used by the RPG fan community, predating forums and messageboards (and, of course, social media), the LISTERV mailing lists maintained by WotC are set to close down. "On February 15, 2015, Wizards of the Coast will terminate our LISTSERV system that manages this (and other) mailing lists. We've watched the usage of these mailing lists dwindle due...

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    How's D&D Working Out For You? First official...

    D&D 5th Edition has been out for 7 months now, with a boxed Starter Set, a free basic game, three core rulebooks, two hardcover adventures, and range of accessories. and WotC has just launched the first of its feedback surveys. From the start, WotC promised 5E would be a "living game" and that they would periodically survey the fan base to find out how the game is working and what areas...

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    Green Ronin has received advance copies of its Freeport: City of Adventure hardcover for the Pathfinder RPG. The classic setting, weighing in at 544 ful-color pages, the book - which comes with a poster map! - is enormous. In fact, it's the largest book Green Ronin has ever made. It's not available quite yet (though the PDF is), but it should hit shelves for $74.95 soon! Freeport is...

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    R.A. Salvatore Launches RPG Kickstarter

    Creator of Drizzt Do'Urden, prolific D&D novelist R.A Salvatore is raising funds for an expansion to his DemonWars roleplaying game. DemonWars: Allheart is described as "an old-school Tabletop Role-Playing Game, designed for small-group or solo play." It's the second in the DemonWars series, which is set in Salavatore's world of Corona in which he has set 11 novels,...

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    14 Free Tabletop RPG Demos or Playtests to Download for Christmas

    It's nearly Christmas, and the news is necessarily slowing down. In the meantime, here is a quick list of a few FREE demos, quick-start rules, playtests, or betas which you can legally download and play over the holidays. Why not pick one and give it a try?

    1. D&D Next - levels 1-20 of the game, plus the adventure The Mud Sorcerer's Tomb.
    2. 13th Age - a two-hour demo, form-fillable character sheet, and an adventure by Rob Heinsoo.
    3. Pathfinder Mythic Adventures - playtest document of Pathfinder's "epic rules" book.
    4. Eleventh Hour - an Only War (a Warhammer 40,000 variant) adventure and rules summary from Free RPG Day.
    5. All Flesh Must Be Eaten - introductory game kit which includes streamlined game rules, six characters, and a complete adventure called The Waking Dead.
    6. Hollow Earth Expedition - basic rules, and a couple of free adventures from Free RPG Days 2008 and 2009, along with a bunch of other resources.
    7. Dragon Age - RPG quick start guide PDF. Rules, and adventurem and pre-generated characters.
    8. Savage Worlds - "test drive rules", character handouts, and the adventure The Wild Hunt.
    9. GURPS 4E Lite - a 32-page distillation of the basic GURPS rules.
    10. Star Frontiers - a bunch of free PDFs, including the Alpha Dawn rulebook, various supplements and guides, and more.
    11. Eclipse Phase - quick start rules, character sheets, and loads of resources.
    12. Stars Without Numbers - a "retro science fiction role playing game".
    13. Basic Fantasy RPG - full core rules, supplements, and adventures for a rules-light game based on RPGs of the early 80s.
    14. Shadowrun 4E - quick start rules which include an adventure, Food Fight 4.0.

    Thanks to darjr and edemaitre for helping me compile this list!

    Pathfinder News

    • The New Player Pack contains a selection of low-level consumable items, such as healing potions, scrolls, weapon enchants, and maps. In addition, the character gains a bag of holding to allow them to carry more equipment, a ring of protection to boost their defenses, and a small amount of coinage to get the character started. The pack is included with any pledge of $35 or higher to the Pathfinder Online Kickstarter.
    • I've restored our review of the Pathfinder Beginner Box to the reviews section as part of our ongoing effort to rebuild EN World.
    • Paizo's holding a sale until the end of January. Use the holiday13 promotional code on a single order through paizo.com and receive 10% off your entire order.
    • It's the last day for the Midgard Bundle from Kobold Press' store. For $59 you get the setting and bestiary for Pathfinder in both softcover and PDF formats. Also there is a Seafaring Bundle which has four "nautical" releases.

    Roleplaying Games News

    • The Star Wars: Edge of Empire Beginner Game is now available. "The Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game features a complete, learn-as-you-go adventure. Pre-generated character folios keep rules right at the your fingertips, while custom dice and an exciting narrative gameplay system make every roll into a story. The rules provide hours of entertainment as you tell your own tales of a galaxy far, far away." The included adventure has your players navigating the streets of a small Tatooine town in search of a spaceship.
    • Tools for Frontier Living is a an equipment book for the Traveller RPG, and is available in PDF format.
    • Deadlands Noir is now available in PDF and print pre-order. It includes "...new Edges, Hindrances, and powers, as well as new rules for handling detective work, the state of the Union and the CSA in the Depression era, a complete Plot Point campaign, and of course, more monsters and ghouls than you can shake a smoking .45 automatic at."
    • Check out this review of Sean Patrick Fannon's Shantair: Legends Arise Player's Guide.