[h=3]EN World News[/h]
[h=3]Pathfinder RPG News[/h]
- In my never-ending quest to try to optimize the time I spend on different aspects of EN World, I'm trying to ascertain whether this news page is still popular or useful in the face of big mega-companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google. (I know I occasionally ask this - it's important, I think to keep asking every year or so!) It's the busiest page of the site, for sure, but that may be just because it's the most common landing page - I can't tell whether folks actually read it, and I get very little feedback or response which would let me know. So, a small ask - if you read this page, please drop a quick note in the comments so that I can get a rough idea (and indeed, which bits of it you read). Then I can make an informed decision on how to spend time to improve things for everyone! The page is a lot of effort every day (and I've been doing it for about 12 years!) and I'm happy to do it, but I'm also happy to do other things, too, which would also be cool!
- In Pretty Darn Fun (a look at new PDFs) This week we have 10 new PDFs, 4 WotC rereleases, 4 new adventures and 1 excellent Spotlight of the Week. Some are previews, some are new systems, some are supplements for a game you are likely already playing, but all are good PDFs that look of interest to a wide range of players.
- The ENnie Awards are still looking for booth volunteers.
- I Don’t Know What It Is, but I Like It by James Wyatt -- James provides us with descriptions for several good-aligned creatures that have animal forms. Come see what menagerie he has assembled for you to view and discuss this week!
- 2E AD&D Core Rulebooks Premium Reprints Released![FONT=&] For many gamers, the 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons core rulebooks were their introduction to the role-playing game hobby. Now players can celebrate those dungeon-storming campaigns with this set of special premium editions released by Wizards of the Coast today. The AD&D 2nd Edition Player’s Handbook, Monstrous Manual and Dungeon Master Handbook (each sold separately) contain [/FONT] [FONT=&]all of the original content and art that fans will remember, but each rulebook has a new cover design to commemorate the reprint.[/FONT]
[h=3]Pathfinder RPG News[/h]
- Mark Moreland previews Doom Comes to Dustpawn, by 2012 RPG Superstar contestant Mike Welham.
- Cubicle7's First Doctor Sourcebook hit US stores recently, and will be appearing in UK stores this week. "Celebrating the 50th anniversary year of Doctor Who, this 160 page hardcover sourcebook explores the First Doctor's adventures. With detailed information on all the allies, enemies, aliens and gadgets that he encounters, as well as examining each of his adventures, the book contains a wealth of material for the Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space RPG, and is also being a fact-packed resource for fans of the show!"
- Forbes has reviewed 13th Age, and has a video Q&A with Rob Heinsoo and Jonathan Tweet. "It’s fun, fast, and accessible and encourages imagination from players and GM alike. It bakes some very cool new ideas into the d20 ecosystem while keeping all the major pieces intact. Of the many systems I’ve read recently, it’s one of the best."
- Sarah Darkmagic talks about End to End, a book of fairy tales, and using such tales as game inspiration.
- Kobold Press posts a 1000-word rebuttal against its own article; in yesterday's news I mentioned Against the Nostalgia Fetish in Fantasy Roleplaying; today, the kobolds have posted Against the Fetish of Progressive Design.
- Gnome Stew's guest writer, Richard Dansky (Wraith: The Oblivion) writes about What GMing Can Take From GameDev.
- Forbes has reviewed Lords of Waterdeep. It says "Lords of Waterdeep is one of the most unique and surprising D&D boardgames on the market" but - and this may just be me - is that a non-statement? It's the most 'surprising' of the half dozen boardgames WotC has out at the moment? Still, the rest of the review is fairly glowing.
- Play Board Games has reviewed Astlan. Aztlan is an area control game with an Aztec theme. You must control domains that contain specific terrain to score big points and win. But look out your opponents might just overpower you and remove your pieces from the board.
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