I was on the Round Table podcast recently, along with Teos Abadia and Dan Dillon, where we chatted to host James Introcaso about making money in the tabletop RPG business. Not that I'm a particular expert on the subject or anything, but I very much enjoyed the experience of appearing on the podcast. James also talks to Trapoor Technologies' Chris Matney about their recent deal to produce an official Pathfinder RPG mobile app. You can listen to the podcast here or just hit play below, or search for The Tome Show on iTunes.
Trapdoor Technologies and Paizo have announced that the former will be producing an official licensed Pathfinder RPG mobile app. The company already produces Playbook for PRC, which is an open-gaming-content version, but this will allow more content and artwork, along with a catalogue of official Pathfinder adventures. It'll be coming to mobile devices this summer. Trapdoor technologies is the company which was originally producing DungeonScape, the official D&D 5E app, before that project was cancelled.
A couple of weeks ago, I shared a preview of Mists of Akuma, the Eastern Fantasy Noir Steampunk setting for D&D 5th Edition coming soon from Storm Bunny Studios. That preview showcased a bunch of feats from the setting. The preview I have today is all about dragons - giant snakelike Imperial eastern style dragons! We have the Hakanokishi (man, autocorrect does not like that word!), and underworld dragon, in its wyrmling, adult, and ancient forms. The Kickstarter for this 5E setting is coming soon, so be sure to check out the previous preview. I have a couple more to share between now and then!
Chaosium's half-million-dollar Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition Kickstarter is one that has been plagued by delays for three years now. When Sandy Petersen and Greg Stafford took over at Chaosium in 2015, one of the things they promised was that fulfilling this Kickstarter would be a key priority. And just yesterday, the company announced that the final shipment of product has arrived at its destination ready to be sent directly to the Kickstarter backers from four distribution centres in the USA, Canada, Australia, and the UK.
New for EN5ider patrons! Ogres are a staple part of fantasy fiction, and we all know the old saying "you can never have enough ogres!" From Brandes Stoddard comes the Thornfist, Blutsauger, Granitehead, and Plaguebelly ogres (Challenge Ratings 3-6) to surprise and intimidate your players! Illustrated by Sade. Become a patron now for as little as a dollar and get access to this and 70 other high quality 5E articles and adventures!
Dungeons & Dragons is known for the titular dungeon, but its origins are a little more prosaic than wargames alone. It turns out there was a formative experience in co-creator Gary Gygax's life that would inspire dungeon exploration.
Sorry for the delay getting this up today, folks. I am still recovering from something nasty that took me down hard on Tuesday and Wednesday (which, by the way, is why there is no Wednesday Pick for this week, as well). On top of all that, a certain something is coming to fruition, which as you might imagine, has me hopping at a high gear as well. I am feeling much better, but that means I am going double-time to catch up and then keep up, so as always, your kind patience and support are greatly appreciated. In the immortal words of Mr. Kasem, "and now, on with the countdown."
Another piece talking about the harassment of women in tabletop gaming has surfaced on the internet. At least one of the incidents related in that piece has been substantiated as being true, so I am willing to accept that there is more truth in that article. Whether gamers, or geeks in general, want to admit it or not, there are serious issues within our communities with how people act towards women, people of color, and the LGBTQI. We need to knock that off right now. Obviously, this is an opinion piece.
A couple of new non-rules Dungeons & Dragons books are being released later this year. A Monsters & Heroes of the Realms Colouring Book, and a book from Forgotten Realms travel guide Volo in a book called Dungeonology. The former is expected in September, and the latter in November. They've being produced by Kings Road Publishing, who have signed a global deal with Hasbro UK and WotC (this the GBP prices below). (thanks to Mike for the scoop).
New for TRAILseeker patrons! In this discussive article, Carl Cramér takes a look at the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game's balance in power between spell casters and non-magical characters, taking into account issues like the 15-minute adventuring day, power level, wands of cure light wounds, buffs and sell selection, magical freebies, combat manoeuvres and edition wars, and fighter or caster friendly rules. Illustrated by Ellis Goodson. Sign up to TRAILseeker now and get access to this and 55 other Pathfinder articles!
The latest D&D miniatures set, Monster Menagerie, is now here. From WizKids, check out some of these repainted plastic figures below. "In Monster Menagerie you will find a vast array of challenges for your heroes to overcome and allies to fight by your side. Face Bulettes as they use their powerful claws to tunnel through the earth when they hunt. Or the Gelatinous Cube as it scours dungeon passages in silent, predictable patterns, leaving perfectly clean paths in its wake. Or the Displacer Beast which takes its name from its ability to mask itself with illusion, displacing light so that it appears to be somewhere it is not."
Back in the early days D&D 3rd Edition, Green Ronin released two books for the game which I adored and still have to this day. One was the Book of Fiends: Legions of Hell (a supplement which was followed up by Armies of the Abyss). The other was Aaron Loeb's Book of the Righteous, an enormous 300+ page tome crammed full of religions to use in your D&D game. It detailed the churches, the rituals, the beliefs, and more behind a detailed pantheon of over 20 churches.
Margaret Weis Productions is joining WotC (Dungeon Master's Guild) and Monte Cook Games (Cypher System Creator Program) and lunching a DriveThruRPG-powered third party product distribution platform called the Cortex Plus Creator Studio. This will replace their existing Cortex Plus Fan Product and Cortex Plus Official Licensed Product licenses. It, like the McG one, is launching this Spring, with commission details and term to be revealed later.
There's a new Unearthed Arcana up from WotC's Mike Mearls, and this month it looks at Gothic Options for your D&D game, supplementing the themes of the recently released Curse of Strahd. The Revenant is a new sub race which can be applied to any existing race, the Monster Hunter is a fighter archetype, and the Inquisitive is an archetype for rogues who excel at solving mysteries. "This month, Unearthed Arcana takes a look at a few new character options appropriate to gothic horror.The revenant subrace provides an interesting way to bring a character back from the dead—a useful option if you’ve lost a character in the mists of Barovia. The Monster Hunter and the Inquisitive are two new archetypes for the fighter and rogue, respectively, well suited to the challenges of Ravenloft or any other gothic horror campaign."
Fans of D&D Adventurers League will be interested to hear that Baldman Games - the company which runs WotC's DDAL events at conventions - will be working with WotC to produce new, official D&D Adventurer's League content, consisting of trilogies entered around the Moonsea area of the Forgotten Realms. These adventures will premier at conventions where Baldman Games is present, and appear later on Dungeon Master's Guild for purchase.
In May 2002, a controversy erupted in Dragon Magazine that is still relevant today. With role-playing games a sort of mental escape, should prisoners be allowed to play the game in prison? Or to put it another way, what are the pros and cons to playing D&D in an actual dungeon?
I have been thinking about playtesting the last few days. While I was on my vacation to the American West Coast, one of the things that I had an opportunity to do was playtest a dungeon-based adventure that a friend is working on for an upcoming Kickstarter. Playtesting is something that should be a cornerstone of good game design, but often isn’t. Solid design should be backed up with actual play, at the very least by the designer but (in a perfect world) also with playtesting from groups outside of the designer’s play group.
New for EN5ider patrons! Connors brings you three new playable dwarf sub races for your 5th Edition game. The wild Flint Dwarves are strong and volatile; the exalted Jade Dwarves are otherworldly guardians of civilization; and the vengeful Obsidian Dwarves have a fiery heritage. Illustrated by Cat Lu. Become a patron now and get immediate access to this and all 70 5E articles and adventures!
Kind of wandering across the RPG timeline with this week's Picks, since we've got the return of Mark Rein-Hagen, a new post-modern superhero setting, an OSR-1e driven product by Steve Perrin that shows what the first RPG might have been had it been inspired by sci-fi instead, and a couple of new Savage Worlds guidebooks. We're looking at convention season ramping up soon, so you're looking at some great opportunities to try new games and see if you like them. Seriously, find a show you can get to, sit down and play some games, and build some adventurous memories!
Are you a fan of Eastern Fantasy Noir Steampunk? I'm not 100% sure what that is, but I do know that Storm Bunny Studios is prepping for a D&D 5E supplement called Mists of Akumal which will be Kickstarted throughout May. Designer Mike Myler has sent me along some exclusive peeks at what they have in store - a 200 page book with new races, land and prefectures, backgrounds, and class options. This preview takes a look at some Martial Arts Feats!