There's only 200 of them - the limited edition SMAUG miniature from Games Workshop. It's designed for use with The Hobbit Strategy Battle Game, but of course you can use it in any tabletop game which features large dragons. "This magnificent 42 piece miniature is hand cast using the highest quality resin (the same used by Forge World), and the most advanced techniques to produce a model with extremely fine detail. Every scale, horn and battle-scar has been expertly reproduced to create a beatifically authentic collectors piece."
Another roundup of fan-created D&D 5th Edition resources, where I scour the web so you don't have to! This is what I've managed to find in the last week or so. This time I have some hex grids, oriental character builds, a gun mage, a fighter-mage, and a new magical item.
Trapdoor Technologies has launched its Kickstarter for Codename: Morningstar. As expected, the software is for the Pathfinder RPG, with other systems being supported later. It has a number of modules - home, character, adventure, campaign, party, library, and forge - and is designed for mobile devices and laptops. They're looking for a whopping $425,000 - one of the largest RPG Kickstarters I've ever seen! - and are looking at an April 2015 release date.
Chris Zank has compiled a list of Pathfinder RPG classes. As he notes, "I am sure I forgot some too. 95 classes. With the standard races from the Core Rulebook only, and no archetype choices this equals 665 race and class choices."
Author's note: This series is back after an extended break. I knew that quite a few of the creatures I was planning to cover were going to be appearing in the 5th Edition Monster Manual, so I wanted to wait for that to be released before continuing. Unfortunately, a four month long postal strike stranded my copy in limbo. That copy of the Monster Manual is still missing in action, but I was able to buy another one during a recent trip to Australia, and finally finish this next instalment. My apologies for the delay!
Paizo does this cool thing whereby they regularly highlight some of the third-party Pathfinder material. "The latest third-party Pathfinder Roleplaying Game release roundup is here, and you won't want to miss some of the amazing new gaming material available!" So here it is, straight from the horse's... err... golem's mouth!
WotC has put together a Magic Items By Rarity list (3-page PDF) for free download as a bonus enhancement for the 5E Dungeon Master's Guide. Jeremy Crawford also says that "we do plan to provide a number of goodies for DMs in the new year, and random encounter tables are on the list."
The new Pathfinder Battles: The Lost Coast miniatures are now shipping. The Gargantuan Shemhazian Demon is the case premium for the set, and the other 44 miniatures include cultists, thugs, goblin mutants, shoanti gladiators, and more. The full case is a whopping $399.99, or you can do it the much less painful Booster Pack method at $15.99 each.
Brand expansion, transmedia, whatever you want to call it - all the major RPG companies are busy turning their game brands into wider brands. Paizo's been making plushies and comics and stuff for ages, and the latest is a rather cool-looking comic book mini-series which gives us the origins of Pathfinder's iconic characters (Valeros, Seoni, Harsk, Merisiel, Kyra, and Ezren).
Nothing starts the week like a pile of fan-created D&D 5th Edition resources! As always, I scour the web so you don't have to, and bring you the best of what I manage to find! The community, as you can see, is still industriously creating content for and tweaking the 5E rules, which is wonderful to see. Did you know that there were 117 fan created character sheets in the D&D 5E section of EN World alone?
At the time of writing, Mongoose Publishing's Paranoia RPG Kickstarter has two days to go, and is at £181K of its £30K goal. "The classic RPG of a darkly humorous future; Rebooted by James Wallis to be faster and even easier to play!" It's a boxed set, packed full of stuff.
If you're a fan of Mike Schley's artwork and cartography in the 5th Edition Dungeon Master's Guide, you might be pleased to know that he is selling prints of some, plus player and DM digital versions of others. Some of the art there is not actually in the DMG - WotC held back some of it for space reasons, and will presumably use it in future books. Anyhow, it's always good to support artists, so why not buy a print from him?
There's a bunch of new stuff out in the last week or two, although the D&D 5th Edition Dungeon Master's Guide has gotten the lion's share of attention. A Metamorphosis Alpha Deluxe Collector's Edition, Shadowrun Beginner Boxed Set, Dragon Age RPG Set 3, The Strange Bestiary, and a couple of Pathfinder releases!
I've added some extra features to the ratings and comments system to help highlight some of the reviews of the latest RPG products from websites and blogs around the web. Now you can add details of your review elsewhere, and it will be listed in a number of places. Your rating counts as part of EN Word's "metascore", and your review gets linked to so that readers can find it.
COMING SOON: 5 Plug-In Settlements for your 5E Game