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    Gary Alan Fine's early survey of role-playing games found that everybody cheated. But the definition of what cheating is when it applies to role-playing games differs from other uses of the term. Does everyone really cheat in RPGs?

    Wecome back to this weeks rundown of the new releases that will be hitting game this stores this week, as well as a look at some of the recent PDF releases from the last seven days! Green Ronin's Modern AGE Basic Rulebook leads the electronic releases whilst Mongoose's mega Great Rift Box Set for Traveller should be hitting your local game store shelves this week ! For more information about any of the physical products please contact your local games store.

    Obviously, the best way to reward your D&D players for participating is to have a good game ready. But when youíve found a good group and want to dig deeper to enhance the experience, here are a few methods for rewarding your players. Some are DM-specific, but others can apply to any player or the whole group.

    Welcome to our one hundredth crowdfunding column! To celebrate we have a mix of old school & new school campaigns this week ranging from The Black Hack 2nd Edition to games such as Dream Askew//Dream Apart andTriumvene. Plus we have two great family/new-player friendly campaigns with Quest and Harvesters! Check them all out below!

    It's here! In our pilot episode, we stumble around trying to find our feet, and somehow our sound engineer Darryl manages to find some useable content and turn it into a podcast! In this episode we discuss what caught our eyes this week, Morrus has a go on Pathfinder 2nd Edition at UK Games Expo, we play our world famous game "Guess what this Kickstarter is about by just hearing the title and nothing else", and cover some recent new releases. We also answer a couple of listener questions about GM screens and Session Zeros. Or Sessions Zero. One of those.

    I've played Dungeons & Dragons and other RPGs for most of my life, but it is only recently that I've developed a deep interest in the history of the hobby. It's been a lot of fun learning about these early years - fascinating characters and dramatic events abound!

    The Orr Group - the company behind the popular Roll20 virtual tabletop - has just released its Quarter 1 2018 user stats. D&D has increased its share yet again, with a 3% increase, with Pathfinder dropping by about 2%. Starfinder holds steady in 11th places and there's a big bump for Call of Cthulhu. The Q1 report was a bit late, so the Q2 report will be coming very soon, too.

    I've spent a lot of time, money and words on the growing state of the old TSR material that has been slowly rolling out via the OneBookShelf print on demand services. I have talked a lot about the older materials that are being released in PDF as well. Today I am going to talk about a couple more releases, the B1: In Search of the Unknown module for Dungeons & Dragons and the first edition of The World of Greyhawk for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1E.

    The Gods of EN World have spoken and demanded their brethren, the master of lightning and storm: Thor! A lot of folks have requested Thor but I was asked to move him up the Mythological Figures queue so here he is! There is a plethora of mythology on Odinson hereócheck out Wikipedia or the Ancient History Encyclopedia for more information. The really important bits that get into the stats below are his belt, gloves, and of course his hammer. I really blew it out with Sun Wukong however (he'll post soon!), so today letís focus on the build because Thorís extremely well known these days (although as a blonde fellow and not a redhead which is strange).

    This month's Unearthed Arcana is here! "In the age of myth, giants bestowed magical blessings upon smaller folk whom they especially favored. Now sorcerers can playtest descendants of those folk, using the Giant Soul subclass."

    If you saw the two most recent "Star Wars Story" movies--Solo or Rogue One--a common refrain is that they feel like how Star Wars role-playing game sessions play out. The reason has a lot to do with a shift in franchise-building philosophy and what kinds of stories role-playing games are good at telling.

    Over on EN5ider, the 5th Edition patreon, the thirteen new minor magical items in this article from writer Robert Lashley include the inspiring pahu, smelly stone, midnight pearls, messenger ant, and more, making it easy to add a bit of flavourful magic to your 5E games without unbalancing the campaign. Illustrated by Xanditz.

    A bit of a quiet week on the RPG new releases front in stores, but it's certainly made up for digitally with a host of interesting releases! On the board game side of things we also see a new Warhammer 40,000 race game released, by Devir, called Gretchinz!

    When the GM puts in the effort to create a game session for your party, and everyone makes time in their busy lives to show up, you might as well make the most of the occasion. Setting the scene for your game and creating a space where you can relax can help immerse you in the experience. Whether you prefer to create an atmosphere that suggests the setting of your game, or choose to focus on the fact that you are hanging out with your friends for a few hours, you can find little ways to make it special.

    In a topical subject, given the recent release of Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, Jon Peterson has posted the original 13th-level version of Mordenkainen by Gary Gygax in 1974, along with some other historical iterations of the character, which was Gygax's PC for many years.

    Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week's gaming news! New Dungeons & Dragons books announced, a hands-on preview of Pathfinder 2nd Edition, a big preview of Judge Dredd and the Worlds of 2000AD, new products from Fantasy Flight and Green Ronin, and more!

    Modern Gods? Treasonous Mutants? 1960's Agents keeping a hidden multiverse at bay? Vikings? Return to old haunts? Guard duty? Building (and populating) a range of settlements from tiny Keeps to the Nations Capital! Or simply fancy some nice new dice and a pouch to carry them in? Well, you're in luck adventurer! This weeks crowdfunding round-up has all of the above waiting to be discovered!

    Today's entry in Mythological Figures is another historical figure thatís taken hold of some zeitgeist and earned a place in today's popular culture. Julie D'Aubigny ("La Maupin") started appearing on social media last year and for good reason--she was a straight up badass.

    Welcome back to this weeks rundown of the games hitting stores this week, as well as a look back at last weeks RPG PDF releases! The new edition of RuneQuest, as well as EN Publishing's own Modern Action RPG 'N.O.W.' came out in PDF last week, whilst we see a new sourcebook for the Mystic career path released for Star Wars: Force & Destiny in print! Check out the full list of board games, card games, RPGs, Wargames, Miniatures and collectible games below!

    According to ComicBook.com, WotC's Brand Director, Nathan Stewart, told them that WotC plans to open up a couple more D&D settings for play later this year. He said "It's going to be more like at the level of how Barovia [introduced in the Curse of Strahd adventure storyline] is in terms of stuff. Here's a thing that's going to give you a taste of the setting, but we're not going to that setting yet, we're just letting you get in there and start doing it."
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