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Eberron: Rising from the Last War Coming For D&D In November
A new D&D camapign setting has appeared on Amazon -- Eberron: Rising from the Last War. It's slated for November 19th, at $49.99. Explore the lands of Eberron in this campaign sourcebook for the world’s greatest roleplaying game. This book provides everything players and Dungeon Masters need to play Dungeons & Dragons in Eberron—a war-torn world filled with magic-fueled technology, airships and lightning trains, where noir-inspired mystery meets swashbuckling adventure. Will Eberron enter a prosperous new age or will the shadow of war descend once again? • Dive straight into your pulp adventures with easy-to-use locations, complete with maps of floating castles, skyscrapers, and more. • Explore Sharn, a city of skyscrapers, airships, and noirish intrigue and a crossroads for the world’s war-ravaged peoples. • Include a campaign for characters venturing into the Mournland, a mist-cloaked, corpse-littered land twisted by magic. • Meld magic and invention to craft objects of wonder as an artificer—the first official class to be released for fifth edition D&D since the Player’s Handbook. • Flesh out your characters with a new D&D game element called a group patron—a background for your whole party. • Explore 16 new race/subrace options including dragonmarks, which magically transform certain members of the races in the Player’s Handbook. • Confront horrific monsters born from the world’s devastating wars. There is an alternate cover for game stores: WotC's Jeremy Crawford confirmed that "The book incorporates the material in "Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron" and adds a whole lot more."
My Life with the Open Gaming License
In 1978 at age 12, I bought my second roleplaying game, Metamorphosis Alpha (MA) by Jim Ward. That’s the day I became a fan of the Open Gaming License and the d20 logo. Or at least I would have been a fan if someone had gone back in time and told me about them. The rules in MA described a different reality from those of Dungeons & Dragons, and I was disappointed. I already knew how many Hit Dice wolves, humans, and other creatures had; how combat worked; how experience and levels worked; and more. MA ignored all that and presented a different system. If it had been an improved version, I would have been OK with it, but it was just a different way of doing things, and it didn’t even have an experience system. I felt as though TSR had betrayed my trust. Even so, we played a lot of MA, at least until Gamma World released and we bought that game. It came in a box and a had a map of a war-devastated North America, so we were sold. In 1979, I switched largely to RuneQuest from Chaosium. It had a single dice-rolling mechanic that it used for everything: magic, skills, and combat. The system was designed from the ground up to be rational. Within a few years, the publisher used variants of the same system for their other roleplaying games, notably Call of Cthulhu. It made sense to me that if a publisher’s RPG rules were good then they’d want to use those rules for all their RPGs. Meanwhile, GURPS from Steve Jackson Games showed how much mileage a publisher can get out of a single RPG system. After I started doing professional game designer, Mark Rein•Hagen and I dreamed up simple, universal dice-pool system that we thought could apply to any setting. He ended up developing some of those ideas into the core mechanic for Vampire: The Masquerade, which then served several other RPGs. I derived a different dice-pool system and used mine for Over the Edge (Atlas Games, 1992). My interest in universal systems rose again in 1997, when Wizards of the Coast purchased...
A Chat With 'Solasta' 5E Video Game Developers
About six weeks ago, I mentioned an upcoming 5E-powered video game called Solasta: Crown of the Magister. Developers Tactical Adventures have been in touch, so I asked them a few quick questions about the upcoming game, wich will be coming to Kickstarter soon. What can you tell us about the world in which this game takes place? We will be giving more information on the world fairly soon (we plan to introduce our lore during our Kickstarter). We cannot reveal too much, as we want discovering the world of Solasta to be part of the final experience. That being said, Solasta is a High Fantasy universe where players will find most of their favorite playable races, with one notable caveat: they may behave / interact differently than you think, as an ancient cataclysm forged Solasta to its current state. You might also be interested to know that one of writer is Graeme Davis, one of the original author of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay back in 1986 - and that he won the Best Writing ENnies at Gen Con this year! You mention some character types such as a Darkweaver Rogue and a Mountaineer Fighter. Which 5E classes and races can we expect to see in the game? We would like to include the races and classes found in the System Reference Document of the OGL – though we may not be able to include all of them for our first game. Note however that the SRD only details one subrace per race and one archetype per class, so we will be adding more of those according to our own lore - hence the Darkweaver & Mountaineer. currently we have 4 races / Classes available on our Website: Human / Dwarf / Elf / Halfling, and Fighter / Cleric / Wizard / Rogue. More will be added through Kickstarter. How much of the 5E ruleset made it into the game, and how much did you need to change for the new medium? I actually wrote an article about that particular topic. Long story short I would say that we want to include as much as possible of the ruleset. Some successful games included 70%-80%...
Wrath & Glory Core Rulebook Cover Reveal
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Cubicle 7 has revealed the cover art for the new Warhammer 40K Wrath & Glory core rulebook.
Free RPG Day 2020 and Beyond - Interview with Paul Alexander Butler of Gaming Days, LLC
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With Free RPG Day 2019 in the rearview, it’s time to talk about next year’s Free RPG Day. 2020 is the first full-year that this event will be under the guidance of its new owners, Gaming Days LLC. I spoke with co-owner, Paul Alexander Butler (Overlight), to discuss what they’re keeping the same, what they’re changing, if they’ll continue to go head-to-head with Origins Game Fair, and if they have plans to get D&D/WotC to participate in a future Free RPG Day.
5E Greg Tito Gives First Look at Eberron: Rising from the Last War
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WotC's Greg Tito in this week's D&D News had some information to drop on the upcoming book, Eberron: Rising from the Last War, including a wallpaper background for his show, and a first look at the back of the special edition cover.
Podcast #62: 2000AD, Devil's Run and King of Wars with Marc Langworthy
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This week, Morrus and Peter are joined by Marc Langworthy from Red Scar Publishing, line developer of Mutant Chronicles, and the brand-new line manager of Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000AD! In the news, big Dungeons & Dragons news for Eberron fans, Steve Perrin returning to Chaosium for RuneQuest, details on Lost Omens Character Guide for Pathfinder 2nd Edition, and a lot more! Plus a brand new sketch and Our Favorite Game in All the World returns!
RPG Crowdfunding News – Fiasco, Shadow Profiteer, Resist & Remember, and more
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There are at least twenty-four RPG and RPG-related Kickstarters that end between August 30th to September 5th. In this article, I try to list them all and share a closer look at six of them.
5E That Eberron Cover Is Just A Placeholder
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According to WotC's Jeremy Crawford, Ben Oliver's cover for Eberron: Rising from the Last War on Amazon and WotC's website is an interior illustration serving as a placeholder.
Your Guide to Free RPG Day 2019: Quick Reviews
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For Free RPG Day 2019, I was able to get lay hands on nine of the offerings (as review copies and items picked up by my partner-in-RPG-crime from Giga-Bites Tabletop Gaming Café [2018 Power Retail Award - Outstanding Organized Play Program and 2019 GAMA Power Retail Award - Outstanding Marketing] and Raven’s Nest Games). I want to thank every game store that stocked Free RPG Day products and every publisher that produced these quick starts and adventures.
Here Are The Races In The New Eberron Book
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According to WotC's Jeremy Crawford, the following eight races appear in Eberron: Rising from the Last War.
Oracle of War is the New Eberron Adventurer's League Season
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D&D Adventurers League has announced that its upcoming Eberron season is based on Eberron: Rising of the Last War.
EN5ider #287 - Mini-Adventure: Angel's Bacchanalia
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Today EN5ider delves deep into the woods to crash an epic party in another fantastic mini-adventure penned by Andrew Engelbrite!
Epic Monsters: Hodag (5E)
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This week’s Epic Monsters entry comes to us from the heartland of Dungeons & Dragons, hailing specifically from Rhinelander in Wisconsin—I could only be referring to the legendary Hodag!
Con Report: TerrifiCon
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I’ve been to TerrifiCon a few times, but this visit was a chance to get my Star Wars Role-Playing Game signed by Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), which would add to the other signatures of the Star Wars principal actors from the film franchise. So with family in tow, we made the trek to Mohegan Sun.
Staff Changes At EN Publishing
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There have been a couple of staff changes at EN Publishing recently! We're growing, and we have a new Publishing Administrator and a new 2000 AD Line Manager!
Eberron: Rising from the Last War Coming For D&D In November
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A new D&D camapign setting has appeared on Amazon -- Eberron: Rising from the Last War. It's slated for November 19th, at $49.99.
The Origins of Mirt the Moneylender
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It’s the spring of 1965, and in an unassuming house in a back corner of the ritzy North York neighborhood of Don Mills, a tall, thin, shy geek of a boy is sitting in the dimly-lit den of the family home, scribbling tiny words in pencil all over a piece of paper.
Podcast Special Episode: Swords of the Serpentine Actual Play with Kevin Kulp
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In this special episode, Kevin Kulp returns to run a demo game of Swords of the Serpentine with Morrus and Peter as players.
Paizo Previews Lost Omens Character Guide
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The Age of Lost Omens is the new name for Pathfinder's default setting of the world of Golarion. One of the upcoming Pathfinder 2E releases is the Lost Omens Character Guide, which contains three new ancestries (races) plus new heritages, ancestry feats, and archetypes.
My Life with the Open Gaming License
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In 1978 at age 12, I bought my second roleplaying game, Metamorphosis Alpha (MA) by Jim Ward. That’s the day I became a fan of the Open Gaming License and the d20 logo. Or at least I would have been a fan if someone had gone back in time and told me about them.
PF2 TRAILseeker: New Skill Uses!
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It's a new edition for Pathfinder—and our second article in this new run of TRAILseeker, the weekly e-zine where we publish Pathfinder-compatible material thanks to the support of our lovely Patreons!
I Wrote a Book: World-Building for RPGs and Novels
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This is the last article in a series of posts about taking the plunge into self-publishing on multiple platforms with different media, including books and comics, but it can equally apply to tabletop role-playing games. I published three books in 2010 (The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games), 2011 (The Well of Stars), and 2012 (Awfully Familiar) and produced a mobile comic (Legends) in 2008. In this article, I wrap up the Furmiliar series with the final book in the trilogy, Unfurmiliar...