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News Digest for the Week of January 22

Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news. News on the D&D television series, Pathfinder for Savage Worlds Kickstarter is live, DriveThruRPG to end saddle-stitch print-on-demand, ZineQuest 3 starting soon, and more!

Don’t forget, you can get all the news every week with Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk! This week, Morrus and Peter are joined by Chris Warner and Mike Barbeau to talk about Pathfinder for Savage Worlds.


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In case you missed it elsewhere on EN World this week…
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Late last year, the first reports came from a Hasbro shareholders meeting that the company was in the process of developing a Dungeons & Dragons television series. Now we have the first name attached, Derek Kolsteadx, who will be creating the pitch for the series. Kolstad is best known for writing all three films in the John Wick series plus the upcoming fourth film in the series, but also has many other irons in the fire with adaptations of the video games Just Cause for film and Hitman for television, two episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier for Disney+, and a spin-off series from the John Wick franchise called The Continental. There’s no other new information about the Dungeons & Dragons series, but I already feel sorry for anyone who harms the ranger’s animal companion.

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The Pathfinder for Savage Worlds Kickstarter is now live and in less than a week is already closing in on a quarter-million dollars. There are multiple pledge levels in the campaign, including $25 digital and $50 physical levels for players featuring the core rulebook and archetype cards, $50 digital and $100 physical gamemaster levels that add on the Bestiary and GM’s screen, a $75 digital level that adds the Rise of the Runelords adventure path, a $200 Ultimate Boxed Set with additional accessories (bennies, dice, card decks, a poster map, power dials, and more), and the $300 Runelord Boxed Set that includes everything in print plus the entire Rise of the Runelords adventure path. If you’re curious how the class-based Pathfinder is being adapted to the more freeform Savage Worlds rules system, EN World has a preview of the Wizard class. And if you missed the post at the top, Episode #133 of Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk this past weekend had Chris Warner and Mike Barbeau on to talk all about Pathfinder for Savage Worlds. This Kickstarter is fully funded and runs until Monday, February 15.

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Free League Publishing is accepting pre-orders for the Symbaroum Starter Set, an introductory boxed set for the Symbaroum RPG. The multiple award winning Symbaroum was originally published in Sweden in 2013 with an English version released in 2016. The game focuses on exploration and intrigue as the players explore Davokar, a massive forest most unexplored that grew from the remains of a long lost civilization, and deal with the squabbling nobles jockeying for position to rule after the reign of the masked Queen Korinthia. This boxed set features a 64-page rulebook, a 64-page adventure book with two adventures, a set of dice, two double-sided maps, and six character sheets for a retail price of $42.59 currently scheduled for a release next month.

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Handiwork Games announced that the Beowulf RPG is headed to Kickstarter backers and to retail release. The 5e adaptation of Beowulf is a unique duet-play system built around one gamemaster and one player to recreate the epic stories in a traditional European mythological style. The 256-page core rulebook features all the rules you need to tell the legendary tales of a single hero. PDFs are expected to go out to Kickstarter backers next week with a retail release coming as soon as February. If you want more information, check out Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk #105 with Jon Hodgson talking about the game during its Kickstarter campaign or you can check out the free preview “The Hermit’s Sanctuary” on DriveThruRPG.

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According to a product page on Amazon, it looks like we’ll be getting more than just a revamped board game when HeroQuest gets revived. HeroQuest: The Card Game has shown up listed under the odd category of “Sports & Outdoors – Leisure Sports & Game Room – Casino Equipment”. According to the description, players will work together to escape an underground dungeon and defeat the evil wizard Zargon. Each player has a different hero with unique abilities, but all can only sustain four wounds before they’re defeated, so you must deplete the Dungeon Deck before that happens. On your turn, you can attack a threat on the dungeon floor, attempt to heal a wound (though there are permanent wounds that cannot be healed normally), or search for treasure. While there hasn’t been an official announcement yet, distribution sources point to a release sometime in February or March with a retail price of around $20. This follows the internal Hasbro crowdfunding campaign to bring back the classic dungeon crawl board game which raised over $3.7 million.

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One Book Shelf and its subsidiary DriveThruRPG announced that their print-on-demand services will no longer provide saddle-stitch printing effective March 1. This change comes due to their POD printer, Lightning Source, discontinuing the format. Saddle-stitch printing is a binding method typically used on shorter softcover publications under 70 pages such as magazines, adventures, and other publications under 70 pages. This change may impact many small publishers whose products are under 18 pages, which is the current minimum for perfect bound and case bound printing, the only options still available for print-on-demand. It may also impact the ZineQuest promotion from Kickstarter as one of the requirements for eligibility is the binding of the product.

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Speaking of ZineQuest, the promotion for independent roleplaying game zines starts again with ZineQuest 3 this February. The promotion focuses on short-form roleplaying content as a throwback to the days of physical zines. Projects are eligible if they are RPG-focused campaigns lasting two weeks with a physical release printed in single color (meaning only one color of ink is used, though zines frequently stand out from competitors by use of color paper) either unbound or folded, stapled, or saddle-stitch binding on A5 (“half-letter” or about 8.5” by 5.5”) or smaller paper. Promotion of eligible products will begin on February 1 and run throughout the month.


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Terry Herc

Explorer
I was disappointed by the announcement from DTRPG about the elimination of saddle-stitched printing. What are some "get them before they're gone" products I should look into before March?
 

Abstruse

Hero
I was disappointed by the announcement from DTRPG about the elimination of saddle-stitched printing. What are some "get them before they're gone" products I should look into before March?
It is something that's out of their control. Products most likely affected would be magazines, short adventures, small NPC collections, and the like. Most products should be able to be updated easily by the publisher. The ones most likely to be missed would be companies with large back catalogs making it more difficult to update everything for perfect bound (mostly because blank pages may need to be inserted into the files to make it to the 18-page minimum), people who published years ago but aren't active in the RPG industry anymore (who may not see the notifications from OBS/DriveThru to update their files), and anyone seeking to participate in ZineQuest using POD services to ease fulfillment.
 

Terry Herc

Explorer
It is something that's out of their control. Products most likely affected would be magazines, short adventures, small NPC collections, and the like. Most products should be able to be updated easily by the publisher. The ones most likely to be missed would be companies with large back catalogs making it more difficult to update everything for perfect bound (mostly because blank pages may need to be inserted into the files to make it to the 18-page minimum), people who published years ago but aren't active in the RPG industry anymore (who may not see the notifications from OBS/DriveThru to update their files), and anyone seeking to participate in ZineQuest using POD services to ease fulfillment.
For sure, I can still be disappointed by something that is not in their control.

Are there any specific things that would be on your "recommended buy" list from some of those companies that have large back catalogs? I'm always interested in adding to my library with some classics.
 





Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
For sure, I can still be disappointed by something that is not in their control.

Are there any specific things that would be on your "recommended buy" list from some of those companies that have large back catalogs? I'm always interested in adding to my library with some classics.
If I recall, I bought Offworlders from DTRPG:
And I would recommend it if you like a rules-light, PbtA-light SF game of SF in the Traveller vein.

That's the first one that springs to mind, although I'm sure there are many others if I went through my DTRPG library.
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
TIL a new word I didn't know I needed to know until today. Enucleation.
My spell check doesn't like it, but Merriam Webster approves. (Lear's Gloucester, not so much...)
 

Abstruse

Hero
TIL a new word I didn't know I needed to know until today. Enucleation.
My spell check doesn't like it, but Merriam Webster approves. (Lear's Gloucester, not so much...)
To be completely honest, I looked up specifically if there was a term for "removal of the eye". I figured if we have defenestration, a word specifically for throwing someone out of a window, I figured there must be a term for that as well.
 

To be completely honest, I looked up specifically if there was a term for "removal of the eye". I figured if we have defenestration, a word specifically for throwing someone out of a window, I figured there must be a term for that as well.
There are terms for removal and/or piercing of most body parts... take the latin for the body part, and apply the "Make a hole in" or "remove"
-ostomy generally is putting a hole in
-ectomy generally is removal.
Laryngostomy is making a permanent hole in the larynx to allow breathing.
Laryngectomy is removal of the larynx.

Only certain special parts get other terms... enucleation (for eyes), castration, neutering, spaying... and the generic amputation.
 

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