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News Digest for the Week of September 12
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! Previews of Eberron and reviews of Descent into Avernus, a free Pathfinder 2e adventure, a preview of the lizardfolk ancestry, a new Carnival Row RPG from the show’s creator, and more!
RPG Crowdfunding News – Tenebria, Adrenaline, Eryphir, and more
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Between September 20th to 26th, ten RPG, and RPG-related, Kickstarters end. Compared to recent weeks, that’s a notable decrease. However, this is not the start of a trend. Instead, it’s the result of Gen Con week and its impact on RPG Kickstarter launches (when many of the crowdfundings that would have ended this week likely would have begun).
5E EN5ider #291 - Intriguing Organizations: The Graven Sculptors
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EN5ider loves a properly duplicitous group and the Graven Sculptors are among the most cunning, seeming to offer an amicable trade of gold for a reliable helper that makes the lives of common folk far easier to bear. What none of their customers realize however is that each is a spy that reports back all that it sees or hears, often leading to the downfall of a settlement as its secrets become the property of the sly doppelganger craftsfolk!
5E Mythological Figures: Pirate Queen Ching Shih
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This edition of Mythological Figures has been in the queue for a long time now and after doing the research, I wish I’d have gotten to her sooner. We're taking a look at the incredible Pirate Queen Ching Shih!
The Dueling Essays of Arneson & Gygax
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A recent article and documentary about Dave Arneson's involvement in Dungeons & Dragons shares a different perspective on the game's creation, with a particular emphasis on Rob Kuntz's testimony. Some of it contradicts what Gary Gygax positioned as D&D's origins. Fortunately we can read what both designers thoughts in their very own words -- published in the same book. Alzrius pointed out...
Dungeons, Mayhem, and Dice Accessories: A Review
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To go with the official release of Baldur's Gate: Descent Into Avernus (my review will be released shortly), Wizards of the Coast is releasing a few accessories. As with some other recent books, like Tomb of Annihilation and Guildmasters Guide to Ravnica, a dice set is one of them, but Baldur's Gate: Descent Into Avernus Dice and Miscellany is more than a few polyhedrals.
News Digest for the Week of September 5
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! Another ancestry previewed for Pathfinder 2nd Edition, the table of contents and miniatures for Descent Into Avernus for D&D, Chuck Tingle breaks into roleplaying games, and more!
RPG Crowdfunding News – Numenera: Liminal Shores, Usagi Yojimbo, The Lost City of Gaxmoor, and more
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From September 13th to 19th, there are at least 19 RPG and RPG-related (dice, podcasts, and the like) ending on Kickstarter. From those 19, I do a deeper view of 7 of them (and provide links to the rest). Numenera: Liminal Shores by Monte Cook Games END DATE: Fri, September 13 2019 9:00 PM EDT. SYSTEM(S): Numenera PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebooks MOST POPULAR PLEDGE: $185 + S/H for 3 PDFs and...
Con Report: JordanCon from an Insider
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Every April I shed my freelancer disguise for the clothes of a Track Director at what is one of Atlanta’s best conventions, JordanCon. To be honest it's the same black tee shirt and jeans, I just put them in a suitcase and pop on down to the Crowne Plaza® Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia. Along with the tools to bring the beauty of Science Fiction to what is primarily a Fantasy-focused membership...
5E EN5ider #289 & #290 - ZEITGEIST #8: Diaspora (Part 1) & Villain Spotlight: Dras'a Wolf
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Today's EN5ider article is perfect for groups in the midst of a nautical campaign (a hobgoblin commander and his seafaring goblin crew are ready to spread terror on the open waves!) and is hot on the heels of the eighth installment of the ZEITGEIST Adventure Path, wherein the adventurers get their first clear shot at taking the offensive and going after the leaders of the Obscurati!
5E Epic Monsters: Cù-Sìth
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Humanity so often today personifies death as the Grim Reaper but not always! Today’s Epic Monsters subject brings our species’ best friend into the mix to take on the job with the cù-sìth!
Honoring the Loomis Legacy
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Rick Loomis, owner of Flying Buffalo Games and publisher of the Tunnels and Trolls RPG and Nuclear War card game, passed away on August 24 after a long struggle with lymphatic cancer -- just seven hours before his birthday. Loomis' impact on the gaming industry is enormous, influencing tabletop gaming, card gaming, play-by-mail, and even solo gamebooks.
News Digest for the Week of August 29
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news. Shadowrun Sixth World Core Rulebook released, cover art and details for the Pathfinder 2e Bestiary 2 announced, D&D goes Pop! and more!
RPG Crowdfunding News – Grim Hollow, Witchcraft, Never Knows Best, and more
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This week, I share RPG Kickstarters that end between September 6th through the 12th. At least eighteen RPGs and RPG-related Kickstarters end during that 7-day period. I try to share them all as links and deep dive seven of them. Grim Hollow: The Campaign Guide for 5th Edition by Ghostfire Gaming END DATE: Sat, September 7 2019 2:59 AM EDT. SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons 5e PROJECT TYPE...
Explore Magic and Socio-Political Tension in the Entromancy RPG
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The Entromancy RPG is a Cyberpunk-Fantasy hybrid from designer M.S. Farzan. It is built on a 5E structure, but with additions to the system and the occasional nod to the D20 days. The design team kickstarted the game in 2018 and Entromancy became available in late spring of 2019. Like many games and settings it was inspired by a desire to write a book and so this world of late 21st century San...
5E EN5ider #288 - Wear & Tear
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EN5ider's going old school today but making use of Fifth Edition's newer trappings to make gritty, realistic campaigns more engaging on the maintenance-front without things getting bogged down by excessive lists or the minutiae of equipment! What does that even mean? Read onward!
5E Mythological Figures: General George Washington
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We’re getting positively colonial today in Mythological Figures with the man most often credited with finding the United States of America. I’m of course talking about the Delaware River-crossing, (not really) cherry tree-chopping, ironic enemy of hero worship George Washington!
News Digest for the Week of August 23
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! New Eberron book announced for D&D, content creator banned from Patreon for pirating DM’s Guild and third party books, more information about the 5e based video game Solasta, Hasbro buys Entertainment One, and more!
Worlds of Design: Who Needs Spellcasters Anyway?
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The most widespread (by far) RPG has been Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), though in quite different forms. And Dungeons & Dragons tends to be dominated by magic users, or more broadly, spell casters. Why is that?
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.