RPG News for Saturday, 22nd Dec, 2012

  • A New Pathfinder Monster Creation System From...

    You may know Owen KC Stephens from his work at WotC, Paizo, Green Ronin, or Rogue Genius Games. He's up there in the top tier of Pathfinder RPG designers, and he's currently running a Kickstarter for a new monster creation system for the the game. "In the theme of the popular Rogue Genius Games Talented series, the Talented Bestiary presents new rules for monster construction—taking...

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    Passing the Buck: A History of the Buck Rogers...

    The Buck Rogers franchise is back in the news thanks to a court ruling -- or lack thereof -- on who exactly owns the rights to the venerable sci-fi character's adventures. The battles playing out now in Hollywood parallel events that took place in gaming decades ago...when TSR CEO Lorraine Williams attempted to turn the franchise into a profitable enterprise for the company that founded...

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    Strahd Castle Ravenloft in 3d glory!

    EN World member shoak1 created this awesome 3D model of Castle Ravenloft -- "Just about to start my Ravenloft campaign, and here is the castle I built to use. It's a playable surface, room numbers are shown with white tags for reference (1 square=1 inch=5 feet). I had to keep it to half height to preserve building materials, so its only 160' tall sans dungeon levels,...

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    Check Out EN World EN5ider's New Header Video!

    EN World EN5ider has been producing high quality articles and adventures for 5E for over a year now. We're over 70 articles in, and going strong -so much so that have a new milestone goal: at $2,500, we'll increase our output to 6 items per month! In the meantime, check out this quick little header video made by Darren Morrissey (my brother) for...

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    [EN5ider #74] Celestial Grafts: Angels &...

    New for EN5ider patrons! Celestial Experiment Feats allow your 5E character to exhibit aspects and abilities of angels and avatars, from Deva Wings to a Unicorn Horn to a Solar Gaze. Plus with the new Oath of the Angelic Avatar, paladins can accept the physical blessings of the divine in ways which manifest in glorious physical changes! By Mike...

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  • RPG News for Saturday, 22nd Dec, 2012

    Community News

    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.