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    Yesterday, 11:30 AM
    I’d like to ask you a favor. The next time (or ideally every time) you buy an RPG product, leave a short review. You might not think your opinion is that important, or that a line or two on a Drivethrurpg review is any use. But I promise you, it really helps in a lot of ways. Picture courtesy of Pixabay. For those of us creating the product (be they writing, art, editing, layout etc)...
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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 11:30 AM
    The Dragon Issue 23 was published in March 1979. It is 32 pages long, with a cover price of $2.00. In this issue, we have permanent damage rules, variant rules for En Garde!, and a random fiend generator! In the editorial, Tim Kask discusses the upcoming convention season and notes that Origins will be late this year due to some organizational problems. He then criticizes the...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Between July 26th to August 1st a number of franchises are offering new editions and sourcebooks. Fragged Empire, Torg Eternity, Aberrant, and Chivalry & Sorcery are just a sampling of the book ending during that timeframe. Fragged RPG | Regions by Wade Dyer END DATE: Sat, July 27 2019 9:00 AM EDT. SYSTEM(S): Fragged Empire RPG PROJECT TYPE: Sourcebook
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    Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, 11:30 AM
    What happens when the creators behind Shadows of Esteren – an award-winning RPG with 4 ENnie Awards in 2013 and 2016 – get their hands on the Open Gaming License (OGL) and decide to make an RPG for Dungeons & Dragons 5e? I asked Nelyhann, one of the minds behind Studio Agate and Shadows of Esteren, about Fateforge (5e) on Kickstarter and gaming in France where Studio Agate is based. ...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 07:10 PM
    EN5ider continues delving into the intrigue of ZEITGEIST with today's installment into the steampunk adventure path, bringing a narrative close to the 7th module in the series (expect a companion PDF filled to the brim with NPC and monster statistics later this month). We are still all blown away by the success of the A Touch More Class Kickstarter and if you haven't given it a look yet,...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 11:50 AM
    The Mythological Figures column has been hijacked by builds using the material from A Touch More Class for a while now: Sherlock Holmes as a savant, Nikola Tesla as a tinkerer, Billy the Kidd as a gunfighter, Paul Bunyan as a monster tamer alongside Babe the blue ox, Harry Houdini as a fatebender, and Zhang Zhou as a geomancer. Today though we’re switching it up a bit and calling up a class from...
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    Monday, 15th July, 2019, 11:30 AM
    This is a series of posts about taking the plunge into self-publishing on multiple platforms with different media, including books and comics, but it can equally apply to tabletop role-playing games. I published three books in 2010 (The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games), 2011 (The Well of Stars), and 2012 (Awfully Familiar) and produced a mobile comic (Legends) in 2008. In this...
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    Friday, 12th July, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Sculptor, gamer, and creature curator Brian Colin is bringing his world, Revilo, to Dungeons & Dragons 5e. It’s a world where recently “humans, elves, and dwarves have crashed onto the coast of Revilo, discovering the land. One human has built an army. Will the rest of Revilo be able to form an alliance before this army conquers them?” EGG EMBRY (EGG): Brian, we spoke before about your...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Seventeen years of writing and publishing RPGs like Conan, Babylon 5, Traveller, Legend, and Paranoia. Through Mongoose Publishing, Matthew Sprange continues to create RPGs designed to be played and enjoyed. Starting with the d20 supplement The Slayer’s Guide to Hobgoblins, Matthew built Mongoose into a continuing publishing success. Looking into the future, Matthew sees social media...
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    Wednesday, 10th July, 2019, 11:30 AM
    All of these projects end between July 19th through the 25th including a pair of D&D-inspired enamel pin Kickstarters. We’ve reached the week where I can properly cover EN Publishing’s A Touch More Class for 5e Kickstarter! Lots of good 5e options there (I can say with confidence as I back the Patreon and the original Kickstarter and have read/played these options). A Touch More Class: 9 New...
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    Tuesday, 9th July, 2019, 11:30 AM
    At PortConMaine I had the opportunity to sit in on Darren Watts' panel on superheroes in gaming. That panel merely scratched the surface of Darren's experience in the tabletop industry so I pounced on the opportunity to ask him about everything from tabletop gaming to playtesting. Mike Tresca (MT): Your gaming history includes being president and co-owner of both Hero Games and Indie...
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 05:16 PM
    EN5ider has another entry in the mini-adventure series today, a sidequest perfect for the city and guided by a unique enchanted deck of cards that make it something you can play more than once! By the by the fantastic A Touch More Class Kickstarter has 11 days left to go and has raised $75,000 so far! Anyone even remotely interested should check out the free previews of the geomancer and...
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 02:00 PM
    The Mythological Figures column / A Touch More Class experiment has thus far seen: Sherlock Holmes (using the savant), Nikola Tesla (built as a tinkerer), Billy the Kidd (the gunfighter), Paul Bunyan (a monster tamer alongside Babe the blue ox), and last week Harry Houdini (fatebender in the house!) The Kickstarter is live right now (go pledge if you haven’t!) so I’m continuing the series,...
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    Monday, 8th July, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Amid the fungi and dense foliage of a forest, a timid a warrior fends off the brazen attacks of raven with murderous intent. Alice in Dungeonland, Monsters of Mild Malign and Hyboria all receive top billing. Quarter page ads for Warriors of the Lost Continent (miniatures), Games Centre, The Specialist Game Shop, and SD & VM Steel (the low cost mail order specialists for all your board gaming/D&D...
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    Friday, 5th July, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Built with the aim of rejecting linear adventure writing, this slim collection of tales for Warhammer Fantasy RPG’s fourth edition blends the tangled storytelling of a Shakespearean farce with a generous helping of the blood, darkness and doom that are the setting’s calling-cards. To describe an RPG book in those terms may sound a little presumptuous, but there really is no better way to...
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Happy almost Independence Day, America! Happy Wednesday, Morrus and Pete (whose weekly podcast is worth checking out). This week I review RPG crowdfunding projects, as well as a convention, that end between July 12th and the 18th. Fateforge: a 5th Edition Role-Playing Game by Studio Agate END DATE: Wed, July 17 2019 8:00 PM EDT. SYSTEM(S): Dungeons & Dragons 5e ...
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    Monday, 1st July, 2019, 05:26 PM
    So far in the Mythological Figures column / A Touch More Class foray we’ve looked at Sherlock Holmes (a savant), Nikola Tesla (using the tinkerer), Billy the Kidd (the gunfighter), and even Paul Bunyan (with Babe the blue ox thanks to the monster tamer class). The Kickstarter has been live for a while now and we’re at that tricky part in the middle where folks have either already pledged or...
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    Monday, 1st July, 2019, 11:30 AM
    I've attended PortConMaine in the past to game with my friends in the area, but this is the first time I went with no plans whatsoever. My wife and kids join me on Sunday and we always have a great time. This year, the convention did not disappoint. PortConMaine is an annual anime and gaming convention held in the summer in South Portland, Maine. Founded by Julie York, in 2002, it has...
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    Saturday, 29th June, 2019, 04:46 AM
    New Mists of Akuma adventure is out! 92 pages of intrigue, honor restored, and violent conflicts across two prefectures and through a fully-detailed beautifully mapped 3-level dungeon!
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    Friday, 28th June, 2019, 11:30 AM
    This is a series of posts about taking the plunge into self-publishing on multiple platforms with different media, including books and comics, but it can equally apply to tabletop role-playing games. I published three books in 2010 (The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games), 2011 (The Well of Stars), and 2012 (Awfully Familiar) and produced a mobile comic (Legends) in 2008. I previously made...
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Tomas Härenstam, CEO of Free League and the creator behind the ALIEN RPG, discussed ALIEN, their game engine, their awards, the new Year Zero Engine OGL, the aftermath of the UK Expo incident, their upcoming Cthuhlu projects, and if they’re pursuing the Predator license, among other topics. EGG EMBRY (EGG): Thank you for speaking with me about Free League’s ALIEN RPG. How did this...
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    Wednesday, 26th June, 2019, 11:30 AM
    The following RPG crowdfunding projects ending between July 5th and 11th include some quickstarters, a convention, a map, and, of course, tabletop roleplaying games. This is just a sample, but these are worth checking out. Wicked Ones by B-Design.io END DATE: Wed, July 10 2019 3:13 PM EDT. SYSTEM(S): Blades in the Dark (Forged in the Dark) PROJECT TYPE: Core rulebook MOST...
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    Tuesday, 25th June, 2019, 11:30 AM
    As streams like Critical Role and The Adventure Zone start trickling into mainstream media consciousness, the tabletop RPG community finds itself entering a cultural renaissance. It’s estimated that 10% of all Kickstarters are indie developers trying to get off the ground. Every day new content is created by brilliant people, expanding our horizons and delighting players everywhere. I sat down...
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    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 07:22 PM
    Today's issue of EN5ider takes a good hard look at one of the fundamental aspects of spellcasting and considers one way to make it more engaging: better spell components! Frequent contributor Andrew Engelbrite has over two dozen suggestions on reagents that will bring the magic back to your D&D 5E table in an article that is hard to put down once you've started reading it. Speaking of Andrew,...
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    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 12:18 PM
    One of the biggest surprises at D&D Live 2019: The Descent was the announcement of the D&D Essentials Kit. The D&D Starter Set has already been around several years so it was surprising that that Wizards of the Coast would make another set for new players. It seemed even more odd once they explained that the Essentials Kit was not replacing the Starter Set. According to Chris Perkins...
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    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Hello again my Paizo lovelies, it’s yet another edition of the PAIZO NEWS UPDATE! Last time around we covered the coming of Pathfinder Second Edition. This time we have a radio-voice-heavy edition where we get to take a crack at all the fun and adventure still left in First Edition, as well as what quests await us in the misty lands of future editions. Let’s get cracking! The Tyrant’s...
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  • Mike Myler's Avatar
    Monday, 24th June, 2019, 10:18 AM
    The Mythological Figures treatments made using A Touch More Class have now included Sherlock Holmes (the savant), Nikola Tesla (the tinkerer), and Billy the Kidd (the gunfighter) but with the Kickstarter now underway (and crushing stretch goals! Over $42,000 in less than a week!!) we're going for someone really, REALLY big. The biggest in the country of bigness. A myth most certainly far too...
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 03:46 PM
    Wizards of the Coast's collaboration with Penny Arcade to create a Dungeons & Dragons supplement featuring Acquisitions Incorporated has been 10 years in the making (sort of) – the original Acquisitions Incorporated podcast debuted in 2009. It should definitely please fans of AI and draw in those new to AI. In case you don't know, Acquisitions Incorporated, which has expanded to...
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 11:30 AM
    So, having got back from the Origins Game Fair, I thought it seemed a good idea to share some of my experiences there while I'm getting over jet lag. However, this is not an article about new releases or recent gaming news. That sort of thing is already excellently covered by the marvelous Egg Embry and the EN team. So instead I spent some of the con making a note of anything interesting I came...
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    Thursday, 20th June, 2019, 11:30 AM
    Hello and happy adventuring my fellow fans of the Golem! It’s time once again for your favorite blurb and mine – that’s right, it’s time for a new edition of the PAIZO NEWS UPDATE! August is the next big month on our calendar, and boy oh boy is there all sorts of goodness coming then. The biggest news, obviously, is Pathfinder 2E! Or, whatever it is the official name is. Yes, you read that...
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