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    How much you like Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica will depend upon what you want. If you're a Magic the Gathering player who wants an RPG version of Ravnica, GGtR may or may not satisfy you, depending upon how much setting depth you want from MtG. If you're looking for a full setting like the old Dungeons & Dragons' box sets, then you'll probably be disappointed because this is more of a slice of Ravnica than a comprehensive resource. If you're looking for more of a toolkit for creating adventures in the famous Magic the Gathering setting, GGtR is it If you're looking for a D&D fantasy setting because you're tired of Forgotten Realms but still want something in a similar ballpark thematically, then GGtR will also work for you.  ...READ MORE

    Invisible Sun, the surrealist RPG by Monte Cook Games is definitely unique in many ways. While premium or high production value board games and LARPs have become increasingly common, the RPG industry version has been tame by comparison. Invisible Sun blows the concept out of the water. I've never seen an RPG that had shelving before.  ...READ MORE

    Wizards of the Coast has worked hard to provide a variety of adventure types for 5th Edition and with Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage they're tackling megadungeons. Mad Mage can be played on its own, if the players begin with 5th characters or better, or it can follow up the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure, which is for 1st through 6th level characters. Please note: This review contains spoilers.  ...READ MORE

    Are you in the market for a science fantasy role playing game that runs on the 5E engine (SRD)? Well Esper Genesis might be the easy port over from D&D that you and your group are looking for.  ...READ MORE

    Degenesis: Rebirth is the latest edition of a game whose lineage goes back to the early 2000s. Christian GŁnther and Marko Djurdjevic put together their primal punk universe of a post-apocalyptic Earth and with Sixmorevodka have put out this slick new edition. KatharSys is Book II of the Degenesis: Rebirth edition and holds all the mechanical information needed to be a protagonist (player) or game master in the universe of Degenesis.  ...READ MORE

    The twisted horrors and blood-crazed cultists of Masks of Nyarlathotep helped define the feel of Lovecraftian roleplaying more than three decades ago, and while this sprawling update weighs heavily on both the wallet and the bookshelf it does an excellent job of adapting the classic campaign for more modern tastes.  ...READ MORE

    Dungeon in a Box is a monthly subscription service which bills itself as a complete package of materials to run a D&D 5th Edition adventure. The box includes an adventure and a variety of accessories to go with it. The modules are designed to work as standalone games, but if you subscribe monthly, the adventures work together to build an overall, year-long narrative. Downloadable digital content helps provide connective material to create an epic quest.  ...READ MORE

    Are your Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate tough enough to face the horrific tortured denizens of a haunted demon house? Do you have the fast fists and wuxia mastery to survive the buzzing demon wasps and leather skinned martial artists of the House of Paper Shadows?  ...READ MORE

    Art & Arcana is out today in both Standard ($50 MSRP) and Special ($150) Editions. Is the Special Edition worth the additional $100? Letís find out!  ...READ MORE

    A running gag in the game industry is that adding Cthulhu makes everything better (much like bacon) but adding it to heroic fantasy isn't easy. That calls for not just an expert but a specialist, and Sandy Petersen, creator of Call of Cthulhu, is the perfect person for the job.  ...READ MORE

    Do you want to build a new civilization as a mutant in a ruined world, travel the space lanes in an Arabian Night system of stars, unravel mysteries as a young 80s kid and 90s teen, and battle monsters in fantasy worlds? Free League Publishing has you covered.  ...READ MORE

    As a long-time Dungeons & Dragons player, I sometimes take for granted just how much tabletop role-playing games elevated fantasy artwork. Whether it was on the cover of D&D boxed sets or in the pages of Dragon Magazine, fantastically-detailed art seemed par for the course. But art tells stories: it shares the outlook of its creators, it expresses thematic differences in editions, and it tells us how to play. Art & Arcanaís greatest achievement is in reminding us why art matters to D&D.  ...READ MORE

    Using one game engine experience a ruined world as a mutant, fly through Arabian Night influenced space trading and exploring, unravel mysteries as a young 80s teen, and hex crawl through a fantasy world filled with monsters and treasure. Year Zero is a d6 dice pool system created by Free League, an RPG publisher in Sweden.  ...READ MORE

    Get ready for a month of scary gaming in October, beginning with Odd Soot, the latest game from designer Clarence Redd of Frostbyte Books. Against the black & white backdrop of an alternate 1920s, players will dive headlong into the the mystery of a strange disease known only as ďthe Soot.Ē  ...READ MORE

    In 2017, I reviewed the core Hero Kids ruleset and found a game that wins the kidsí gaming table and works for all those that are young at heart. Justin Halliday, Hero Kidsí creator, released a long adventure (at least for the target audience), Hero Kids - Fantasy Premium Adventure - Reign of the Dragon. What does this 57-page book include?  ...READ MORE

    Hot on the heels of TMNT and Other Strangeness and itís supplement, After the Bomb, Palladium released the first true adventure source book for the nascent RPG, TMNT Adventures. Arriving in 1986, the rather thin book contains new (at the time) adventures, optional player character rules and some exceptional artwork by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman. While specifically intended for the TMNT game, the adventures are also compatible with Heroes Unlimited.  ...READ MORE

    It's no surprise that in superhero RPGs , the villain books are the equivalent to the monster manual. But like any foe book, eventually you can end up spoiled for choice. So with the release of Rogues Gallery by Green Ronin marking the fifth Mutants & Masterminds book to feature over twenty villains since the release of third edition of the game, do we have anything new to offer to jaded crimefighters or this is only for completists?  ...READ MORE

    Digging through the ruins of an ancient keep is dangerous and thirsty work. As all the fall ales start to come into fashion, we sat down to look at a few of the tomes retrieved from our latest adventure! Read on to see some of the gems we uncovered. And drink up, those ales arenít cheap.  ...READ MORE

    Sometimes the mists part in the City and you see monsters behind the mundane. Then mythic power infuses your normal reality, striving to turn you from your normal life into a mythic legend. Can you walk a path between the two extremes while trying to see what is hiding in a City of Mist?  ...READ MORE

    I love miniatures. Depending on one's style of play, miniatures can serve an important in-game function or simply be used as a stand-in for some other piece. Some gamers simply paint minis for the joy of the process. The MiniCrate from Privateer Press certainly goes a long way to appeal to the miniature lover in us all. I love it, but is it right for you?  ...READ MORE
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