Release Daughters of Lear wins $1000 contest! Plus ENORMOUS Pathfinder release list for Gen Con and Sean K

[h=3]And the Winner Is....[/h]
EN World's $1000 7-Day RPG Contest is over! About 40 people entered, and the winner was darkcyril, who has won $1000 with his Daughters of Lear game.

Daughters of Lear is the storytelling roleplaying game in the tradition of games like Fiasco. Drawing on the timeless themes and traditions of playwrights like Shakespeare, Daughters of Lear puts you and your friends in the roles of the principle actors of your very own play, utilizing a simple dice system to keep things fair and balanced as well as expendable resources to heighten the drama and give your character an edge in reaching his own goals in the scenario you've chosen. [Download]

Some of the runners-up, in order, were:

  1. Daughters of Lear
  2. Follow the Leader
  3. Dragon-Slayers of the Rio Grande
  4. Eight-Sided Quest
  5. PET: Pet Extra Terrestrial
  6. Men of Power
  7. The Hope
  8. The Token System

[h=3]EN World News[/h]
  • Game Design 109 takes a look at the importance of items.
  • We have a board game review of Smash Up & Awesome Level 9000 by AEG. "With digital corners for every element of fandom, whether you think that Pirates are better than Ninjas or Aliens could take on Robots with no issue, there's always a place for you. Unfortunately, there's no actual way of proving your preferred faction is better than anyone else... until now, of course. Thanks to the medium of games, you can now discover exactly who is the most awesome in AEG's Smash Up."
  • This week's Gamehackery is a quick roundup of some ideas to experiment with or incorporate into your game - Gumshoe style skills, Interludes from Savage Worlds, and Zones (as seen in multiple games).

[h=3]Pathfinder RPG News[/h]
  • Paizo editor Ryan Macklin talks about the crunch to get new Pathfinder goodies to the printer in time for Gen Con Indy. "The last six weeks have been quite a slog for the development and editorial pits here at Paizo. We worked day and night, and most weekends, getting over two dozen products scheduled for Gen Con ready to go." The list is quite enormous:

  • Kobolds of Golarion
  • Quests & Campaigns
  • Dragonslayer's Handbook
  • Pathfinder Society Primer
  • Faiths & Philosophies
  • Demon Hunter's Handbook
  • Castles of the Inner Sea
  • Dragons Unleashed
  • The Worldwound
  • Demons Revisited
  • The Dragon's Demand
  • Pathfinder Adventure Path #71: Rasputin Must Die!
  • Pathfinder Adventure Path #72: The Witch Queen's Revenge
  • Wrath of the Righteous Pathfinder Adventure Path #73: The Worldwound Incursion
  • Pathfinder Tales: The Wizard's Mask
  • Map Packs Forest Trails & Evil Ruins)
  • Flip-Mats Arcane Dungeons & Thieves' Guild
  • Card sets Animal Allies Face Cards, Dragon's Demand Campaign Cards, and Iconic Equipment and Wrath of the Righteous Item Cards
  • Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords Base Set
  • PFACG Character Add-On Deck
  • Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Mythic Adventures
  • Visions of WAR: The Art of Wayne Reynolds

[h=3]Roleplaying Game News[/h]
  • NeuroSpasta, Dias Ex Machina's cyberpunk setting, is now available for Pathfinder. 305 pages of new rules.
  • Gold Piece Publications is Kickstarting a set of Savage Worlds character sheets.
  • File Off The Serial Numbers is a Pathfinder book by Sean K. Reynolds, who says "If you're curious about what sort of info is presented in this PDF, take a look at some of my old livejournal #monster posts, as I doled these out over several months a while back. File Off the Serial Numbers presents this information in a different format, but it's the same idea."
File Off the Serial Numbers is a Pathfinder Roleplaying Game-compatible sourcebook giving advice and examples for using existing monster stat blocks in new "roles" as NPCs. For example:

  • Use a young black dragon's stat block as a CR 7 lizardfolk sorcerer
  • Use a dark creeper's stat block as a CR 2 rogue
  • Use a succubus's stat block as a CR 7 enchanter
  • Use a xill's stat block as a CR 6 monk or rogue
  • Use a yeti's stat block as a CR 3 barbarian
This PDF gives over 80 examples of how to use existing monster stat blocks as humanoid NPCs, explains how to quickly swap or ignore irrelevant monster abilities, and includes tables quickly summarizing roles by CR, class, and creature size. The point of File Off the Serial Numbers is to get more use out of the monster stat blocks you already have, and save you time when you quickly need an NPC or adversary when the PCs take an unexpected turn

[h=3]Community News[/h]
  • This week The Kyngdoms' weekly article on their City of Blackfen series takes a look at the important subject of the military and the city guard. With war raging, these organizations play a hugely important role in city life and are essential to its survival.
  • Sly Flourish offers a piece of dungeon-mastering advice in Relax.
  • The Tome Show's latest podcast episode, being released out of order, features Tom Lommel aka Bill Cavalier aka The Dungeon Bastard with "advice on how to make your D&D game more EXTREME!"
  • Kobold Press is holding a Magical Wonders art contest -- "First, think of something that is tied to magic that you simply must illustrate and then illustrate it. We’re making the overall focus of this contest very broad so that you have room to play." The prize is an interview, a cover commission from Kobold Press, and a gift certificate. All entries become property of Open Design LLC.
  • Gnome Stew talks about the TV show The Americans - a spy show about a pair of KGB deep cover operatives in the US - and looks for elements to use in your games. (Incidentally, congrats to Gnome Stew on its 5-year birthday!)

[h=3]Boardgaming & Other News[/h]
  • The DC Deck-Building Game contains some common deckbuilder mechanics, but it is set in the DC Universe. You must defeat Super Villains and gain cards to score more points than your opponents.
  • The Great Heartland Hauling Co. is a pick-up and deliver card game. You must make more money than your opponents to win this game.
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