This fall, Kobold Press has gathered essays from some of the brightest Game designers and theory-crafters into a new anthology. The Kobold Guide To Combat takes a look at the why’s and the how’s of Combat in Role-Playing Games from the authors of some favorite RPG systems!
If you've ever wanted to design your own custom miniatures, you could be in luck. The Heroforge custom miniatures site is now live. It's a little limited at present, but you can head on over and play about. You'll need to register to save your design though.
WotC's Mike Mearls has announced the end of the long-running Legends & Lore column, which was used during D&D Next playtesting to showcase ideas and concepts, and the start of the previously announced series of articles called Unearthed Arcana, "a monthly look at the art of tabletop RPG game design featuring insights into our philosophy, and examples of new and variant material to use at your table."
Freelance illustrator and animator Robert Shaw created an infographic displaying 10 of the most iconic swords in fiction. It's a great list, although it does rather prompt a "What, no Excalibur?" response. The graphic includes swords from The Hobbit, Highlander, Thundercats, Kill Bill, Conan, and more.
The memorial for D&D co-creator Gary Gygax, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 69, has long been in the planning. Gary's wife, Gail Gygax, has been at the forefront of the fundraising and city council negotiations to get the project done, and current hopes are to start work by Spring 2015. The sculptor hired for the task is the same man who completed the Fonz statue in Milwaukee, while fantasy artist Larry Elmore came up with the concept sketch.
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).