News Digest: Pathfinder/Starfinder Adventure Paths Announced, New D&D Classic Module Conversion, Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000AD News, Cyberpunk's Anniversary, and more!
  • News Digest: Pathfinder/Starfinder Adventure Paths Announced, New D&D Classic Module Conversion, Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000AD News, Cyberpunk's Anniversary, and more!


    Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news. Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000AD news, new Pathfinder and Starfinder Adventure Paths, Cyberpunk's 30th anniversary (and new edition news), changes afoot at GAMA, classic Dungeons & Dragons module getting a new edition, and more!


    Paizo announced new adventure paths for both Pathfinder and Starfinder. The new Adventure Path for Starfinder comes in three parts rather than the normal six and is called Against the Aeon Throne. The first adventure, due for release to mass market September 11 and available from hobby channels now, is The Reach of the Empire, the second due on September 18 is Escape from the Prison Moon, and the third is The Rune Drive Gambit due October 16, combining together to tell a story of the emerging Azlanti Star Empire. Following immediately after will be the next three-part adventure path, Signal of Screams, following the plot of an insane scientist trapped on the Shadow Plane and a mysterious signal. The Diaspora Strain comes out November 13, The Penumbra Protocol due on December 25, and Heart of Night will release on January 29.

    Pathfinder will see most likely the final Adventure Path for Pathfinder 1st Edition returning to where it all started with Return of the Runelords. And yes, things are looking even worse as the first Adventure Path only dealt with one of the Runelords returning…now, the rest of them are coming back to life! The six parts of this Adventure Path are: Secrets of Roderic’s Cove due on September 11 (available in hobby channels now), It Came from Hollow Mountain due on September 19, Runeplague due on October 16, Temple of the Peacock Spirit due on November 13, The City Outside of Time due on December 25, and Rise of New Thassilon due on January 29. It is not yet confirmed if there will be another Adventure Path for first edition following this, if the next will feature split rules, or if it will be strictly for Pathfinder 2nd Edition. Either way, support for the first edition of Pathfinder isn’t quite over yet as the Pathfinder Player Companion: Plane-Hopper’s Handbook is due out on October 9, a manual to explore…well, what it says on the tin really, plane-hopping characters with new eidolon subtypes, alternative racial traits, new feats, player options, and new equipment.


    The big announcement has finally come through and the walls of MegaCity One have come down with a huge flood of information on Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000AD Tabletop Adventure Game. The Kickstarter launches on Tuesday, September 25 at 5:00 PM GMT (1 PM Eastern, 10 AM Pacific) and will include at least five items: The standard Core Rulebook in PDF and hardcover, the Limited Edition hardcover, the first campaign setting-adventure Robot Wars, the Gamemaster’s Screen, and custom Judge Dredd dice. This week’s episode of Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk podcast features EN World’s own Morrus (along with cohost Peter Coffey) talking with designers Darren Peirce (who co-wrote the core rulebook) and Andy Peregrine (who wrote the Robot Wars adventure) at length. Extensive length. I’m still exhausted from editing the show. Anyway, if there are any questions you may have about the new game, that should be your first stop as the episode covers the design approach, the rules system (for those unfamiliar with EN Publishing’s WOIN System), plans for other 2000AD properties other than the iconic Dredd, stretch goals for the Kickstarter, adventuring as characters other than Judges, and plans for future settings and adventures both in MegaCity One and beyond. And there’s a very special contest this week, but you’ll have to listen to the show to find out more about that.


    Goodman Games announced their second in the Original Adventures Reincarnated series, X1: The Isle of Dread. The first adventure in the eXpert line of modules for the original Dungeons & Dragons, The Isle of Dread was the first module to focus mostly on wilderness encounters and helped coin the term “hexcrawl”. Similarly to their release of Into the Borderlands which reprinted B1: Into the Unknown and B2: Keep on the Borderlands, this reprint of The Isle of Dread will feature two high-quality scans of different printings of the original module along with interviews with the creators and behind-the-scenes facts about the module along with a complete Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition conversion. There’s no price point yet for this (though Into the Borderlands had an MSRP of $49.95), but it is expected for release in November.


    R. Talsorian Games has a week-long celebration planned for the 30th anniversary of the original Cyberpunk roleplaying game. The week started with the announcement that Cyberpunk 2020 is available for sale again at retail prices (the excitement for the Cyberpunk 2077 video game drove up prices for used copies to over $100) along with a 48-minute long gameplay trailer for the CD Projekt Red video game. Details have also started to emerge about Cyberpunk Red, the fourth edition of the Cyberpunk game. It will be set in the 2040s and exist as a bridge between the 2020 era and the 2077 setting of the video game, with rules based on the Interlock system. The timelines of Cyberpunk v.3 and other post-2020 editions will be treated as “alternate timelines”. It should be noted that the title “Red” was chosen before the deal with CD Projekt Red and was based on it being the opposite of green, the overwhelming color of the fan-nicknamed “Dollhouse Edition” Cyberpunk v.3. So far, three updates have been posted to the R. Talsorian website, which means we still have a few more days to go in the birthday celebration.


    The game retailer, manufacturer, and distributor trade association GAMA (Game Manufacturer’s Association) is undergoing some major behind the scenes changes. Except where noted, the links below go to ICv2 coverage of the events. On July 25, the organization voted to terminate Deputy Director Angela Ward, and Ward has now hired an employment attorney due to possible legal issues with her firing. On August 2, GAMA President Stephan Brissaud was expelled from Gen Con following a physical altercation with convention security as he was loading merchandise for the Iello booth (Brissaud is also COO of Iello). A police report was filed following the incident, and Brissaud released a statement on August 27. A GAMA Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for later today (Thursday, August 30) to discuss the results of their internal investigation of the incident and decide what actions to take. Meanwhile, on August 24, a GAMA press release was sent out to announce that the employment contract of GAMA Executive Director John Ward would not be renewed when it expires in February. The vote was reportedly “narrow” and a meeting has been scheduled on September 24 to address concerns and seek additional feedback. With three of the highest-level people in GAMA either fired or facing potential disciplinary action, what this means for the GAMA Trade Show and Origins Game Fair, as well as the organization itself, is anyone’s guess.


    Humble Bundle is really taking care of tabletop gamers this month with three bundles of interest currently available. The Lord of the Rings RPG bundle from Cubicle 7 features the core rulebook and sourcebooks for the One Ring roleplaying game along with absolutely gorgeous maps of Rohan, Bree, Rivendale, and more. This bundle is available until Wednesday, September 5. Next is the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bundle featuring an incredible thirty-six total adventures, sourcebooks, one-shots, and map packs for Pathfinder. This bundle is available until Wednesday, September 12. There’s also the Digital Tabletop Bundle featuring $123 worth of tabletop games available on Steam including Pathfinder Adventures, Sentinels of the Multiverse, Talisman, and more. This bundle is available until Tuesday, September 11.


    Even with so many ways to get into tabletop gaming design, from crowdfunding to self-publishing digital distribution to licenses for games like Dungeons & Dragons and 7th Sea to sell original content, you’d think there’d be more resources on the nuts-and-bolts of designing roleplaying games and adventures. The Create Your Own Fantasy RPG Adventure – RPG Resources Kickstarter helps fill that gap with a plethora of content to help you create your own professional products. Not just guides to creating monsters, encounters, items, puzzles, traps, and more, it also includes templates, artwork, and design elements licensed for use in your own products either as-is or modified. I’m not even going to attempt to summarize the pledge levels as there are a lot of them so you’re backing only at the level to get the items you need, whether you only want the interviews and tips from designers like James Ward, Lenard Lakofka, and Kevin Watson, or if you only want the publishing assets, or any combination. This project is fully funded and runs until Friday, September 14.

    Entromancy is a cyberpunk-urban fantasy roleplaying game where a newly discovered element quickly advances technology, but also awakens magical potential and spawns new mythical species across the world. The rules system is a highly-customized D20 System version that keeps the class system but allows for more flexibility. The PDF is available for a pledge of $10, the hardcover for $30, and more backer levels to create your own NPCs and monsters to include in the final game. This project is fully funded and closes on Thursday, September 6.

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    1. Kaodi -
      Interesting that Starfinder is switching to 3-part APs. I guess if it is not doing as well they are thinking that shorter more focused games will be less of a commitment for trying something "new".
    1. Abstruse's Avatar
      Abstruse -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kaodi View Post
      Interesting that Starfinder is switching to 3-part APs. I guess if it is not doing as well they are thinking that shorter more focused games will be less of a commitment for trying something "new".
      My guess (and that's all it is, a random guess) is that it's more the genre shift. Larger, sweeping epic tales work better in fantasy than they do in science fiction. Which isn't to say it's impossible, just that the genre tends to move more in that direction overall. Science fiction books tend to be trilogies while high fantasy tends to be books 5-7 long or a trilogy of trilogies. And the sci-fi that isn't is more episodic than serialized, with even stuff like Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine going less for straight serialized stories to interconnected episodic stories.

      It could also be just something they're trying out to see if it works better than the six-book releases. It's a good time to experiment with that in Starfinder since we're in the transition period from Pathfinder 1st Ed to Pathfinder 2nd Ed, as it gives players more jumping-on points for Starfinder.
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      LuisCarlos17f -
      Cyberpunk 2020 is one of the best example about how lots of sci-fi work get older badly. Now the punk is a old-fashion urban tribe, other have appeared, and the revolution of internet and the mobile wasn't predicted. Today there are some "real cyborgs" but they are an exception. And the mind by the people also is changing. Today we don't worry so much about the menace of big megacorporations like OCP (from Robocop movies) or Umbrella (Resident Evil) but politicians as Hugo Chávez o Nicolás Maduro. The real equivalent to the cyberpunk in the real life would be the current Russia if we added cyborgs.
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      Abstruse -
      Quote Originally Posted by LuisCarlos17f View Post
      Today we don't worry so much about the menace of big megacorporations like OCP (from Robocop movies) or Umbrella (Resident Evil) but politicians as Hugo Chávez o Nicolás Maduro.
      What world are you living in? I was about to get up to make some breakfast and it wouldn't have interrupted me posting this reply because I could do it from my fridge, which is full of products from one of only eight different companies that provide almost all consumer goods, many of them developed by Monsanto through DNA manipulation (who have sued farmers for illegally growing wheat and corn in their fields after the wind scattered their seeds because the farmers didn't have a license).

      We're living in a cyberpunk dystopia already, just instead of plugging our brains into the computer to order more soy-based barely-food before getting onto an elite BBS to talk to other netrunners, we tell Alexa on our smartphone to order more corn-based barely-food before commenting on cat videos.
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      LuisCarlos17f -
      At least your fridge is full because you don't live in Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea or Eritrea. Have you read any by (or about) Ayn Rand, Thomas Sowell, Friedrich Hayek or Milton Friedman? Capitalism and oligarchy are two different things. The free market is the opposite of the oligopolies. I respect you don't like megacorporations, but the answer isn't all economy being controlled by a state synarchism. Do you know what are the revolving doors in the political world? I live in Andalucia, the Spanish poorest region (something like Detroit), ruled by the socialists for more time than Franco's dictatorship. The real world isn't like in the fiction works, for example V of Vendetta.

      Yes, we are in a cyberpunk dystopia (but without cyborgs), but not if you are a Japanese character from a manga o anime work (like "Ghost in the Shell") but a Chinese or Russian citizen.

      Cyberpunk fiction needs a update, maybe a sci-fi equivalent to Ayn Rand.
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      Abstruse -
      Quote Originally Posted by LuisCarlos17f View Post
      Have you read any by (or about) Ayn Rand, Thomas Sowell, Friedrich Hayek or Milton Friedman?
      Yeah, we're done here.

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      lightblade -
      I thought Return of the Runelords was the penultimate 1E AP, and the last one will be based on the Whispering Tyrant, perhaps? ISTR remember news coming out of PaizoCon about this.
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      Feeroper -
      Return of the Runelords is not the final AP for 1st edition - the final AP is Tyrant’s Grasp, which launches in Feb 2019 and wraps just in time for the launch of 2nd edition. I can see why people think Return of the Runelords is last though as it seems like it would be a “coming full circle” kinda thing.
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      Morrus -
      Steer clear of the real-world politics, please, guys! There are better venues for that than EN World.
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      Dannyalcatraz -
      LuisCarlos17f, I understand your post and why you posted it, but it runs smack dab into ENWorld’s “No RW politics” policy.

      There are other ways to make the same point without naming names, as it were.

      Edit: Ninja’d by the boss.
    1. Ghost2020 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Feeroper View Post
      Return of the Runelords is not the final AP for 1st edition - the final AP is Tyrant’s Grasp, which launches in Feb 2019 and wraps just in time for the launch of 2nd edition. I can see why people think Return of the Runelords is last though as it seems like it would be a “coming full circle” kinda thing.

      Yup, Tyrant's Grasp.

      I totally scooped this weeks ago!
    1. God -
      Is it still okay to talk about how much Ayn Rand sucks?
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      LuisCarlos17f -
      I don't want bad vibes, but some times we can talk about how speculative fiction ( = fantasy & sci-fi) is a softer way to talk about the real world. Do remember Gulliver's travels by Johantan Swift wasn't written to be a tale for children, but a acid political satire. Why not to talk about how "Robocop" or "Superman: red son" had ben written by Ayn Rand (or anybody with her same ideas)? I don't agree Ayn Rand totally, but I like some things from her point of view.

      We can use fiction to talk about real society, for example the sentinel, the mutant-hunter robots from X-Men comics, can be an allegory about the anticapitalism; They say they want to defend the helpless masses against ones with a superior power, but can we really trust them?. The event Civil War by marvel comics may be a fable about if the state should have got more control over the economy to protect us for our own good. Or, in fantasy RPGs arcane vs divine spellcasters, because clerics say they are to defend us but we have to obey their rules, like the state, and the wizards as the businessmen, feared and envied by the masses, but they affirm their power isn't got by bad arts or dirty tricks but with a lot of effort and talent.
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      crazy_cat -
      The Return of the Runelords AP sounds interesting - something I'd like to resubscribe to the AP series for. Shame the Paizo website and webstore don't work
    1. Abstruse's Avatar
      Abstruse -
      Quote Originally Posted by God View Post
      Is it still okay to talk about how much Ayn Rand sucks?
      Naw, I only got away with it because I quoted a game designer (who is also a successful television executive) who referenced a classic fantasy novel.

      I'd rather talk about Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000AD now that I'm no longer privy to any secret knowledge I couldn't talk about. And I just spent 14 hours over three days editing a podcast about it. But I mean, what possible politics could be involved in an anthology comic series whose major selling point was it was a dark, deconstructive satire of socio-political philosophies like fascism, authoritarianism, police states, hyper-capitalism, consumer culture, the punk movement, hippies, institutionalized racism, and the military-industrial complex with several direct parodies of dozens of politicians over its 40 year history?
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      Abstruse -
      Quote Originally Posted by crazy_cat View Post
      The Return of the Runelords AP sounds interesting - something I'd like to resubscribe to the AP series for. Shame the Paizo website and webstore don't work
      The website and store should be working again now. I was able to access them doing research for the column, even if they loaded a bit slowly. It's why I didn't mention any further adventure paths - none of them are on Paizo's posted release schedule past January.
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      Emirikol Prime -
      Will be interesting seeing what place another techno-fantasy riff has in the community. Basing it on D&D 5E is a good play though.
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      Abstruse -
      Quote Originally Posted by Emirikol Prime View Post
      Will be interesting seeing what place another techno-fantasy riff has in the community. Basing it on D&D 5E is a good play though.
      It's not 100% clear which edition of D&D it's based on. Because they can't use the name "Dungeons & Dragons" and not many people are using "D20 System" anymore (which can be legally used under OGL) because it's a bit confusing between 3.x, PF, and 5e, it names the system as "the most popular roleplaying game". A lot of them do this, but usually name the edition when they do. The only real clue we have from the Kickstarter is that it has something like prestige classes, which 5e doesn't have. Looking at the free preview material, it seems like a moot point because they've heavily modified the system anyway.
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      Mercador -
      I'm so sad/mad that I lost my Cyberpunk 2.0.2.0 back when I was a teenager, I played this game a lot with friends and some are still talking to me about the Cyberpunk adventures we had (I was the DM). How is the print of a scanned version generally? Does it worth 30$? I'm feeling that I could simply print a pdf version.
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      Dire Bare -
      Quote Originally Posted by Abstruse View Post
      It's not 100% clear which edition of D&D it's based on. Because they can't use the name "Dungeons & Dragons" and not many people are using "D20 System" anymore (which can be legally used under OGL) because it's a bit confusing between 3.x, PF, and 5e, it names the system as "the most popular roleplaying game". A lot of them do this, but usually name the edition when they do. The only real clue we have from the Kickstarter is that it has something like prestige classes, which 5e doesn't have. Looking at the free preview material, it seems like a moot point because they've heavily modified the system anyway.
      Actually, they do state it's based on the current edition of D&D, 5E, it's just a little further down the page in the wall of text. Here's the relevant quote:

      Quote Originally Posted by Entromancy View Post
      d20 Mechanics. Experience a streamlined gameplay system based on the Fifth Edition of the world’s most popular roleplaying game, simultaneously allowing for exciting action and storytelling while providing for a great deal of depth.
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