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RPG Print News – Chaosium, Darrington Press, and More

Rivers of London, Dungeons & Dragons 5E, Hunter the Reckoning, Transformers RPG, support for magical gates, and Victorian Age Mage.

Rivers of London RPG arrives for Basic Roleplaying and details the rules and setting of a modern magical London police force as depicted in the novels of Ben Aaronovitch. Dungeons & Dragons 5E gets lizard folk and a two-headed dinosaur in two box sets, an art book, and decks of cards mostly for spells. There are adventures for both Hunter the Reckoning and the Transformers RPG, support for magical gates, and a GM screen for Victorian Age Mage.

Note: RPG Print News covers new RPG releases and some classics, reprints, and sales available from retailers. It does not cover products that are only available directly to customers only through kickstarter or as print on demand.

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Rivers of London RPG by Chaosium
  • SYSTEM: Basic Roleplaying
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover core rulebook
  • RETAIL PRICE: $59.99
  • OTHER RPG NEWS COVERAGE: Meet Ben Aaronovitch, Author of Rivers of London
  • DESCRIPTION: PCs are newly recruited members of the London Metropolitan Police Service's special magic branch, aka "the Folly." They solve mysteries, catch criminals, and come to grips with the "demi-monde" - those who have been irreversibly changed by magic. Covers all the rules needed to run campaigns along with a full list of spells derived from those found in the novels of Ben Aaronovitch. Provides extensive advice for running tabletop RPGs - and Rivers of London specifically - with special attention paid to detailing how police work in London and how criminal investigations are carried out. Includes a solo adventure designed to introduce a player to the world and the mechanics of the game. Also, a standalone adventure for a first time group of PCs helps get a campaign going.
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Nest of the Dinosaur - Epic Encounters | Steppe of the Lizard Thane - Epic Encounters by Steamforged Games
  • SYSTEM: Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PRODUCT TYPE: boxed sets with miniature(s)
  • RETAIL PRICE: $49.95/$54.95
  • DESCRIPTION: PCs face a two-headed dinosaur miniature on a 100mm base. Nest of the Dinosaur pits PCs against a slavering saurian with two heads, rapier claws, and a cold, reptilian cunning. Includes a battle map to go with the described encounter. Whether the two-headed dinosaur is a dream creature born from the night terrors, a beast with psychic power, a strange mutant, or something else entirely is up to the DM. In Steppe of the Lizard Thane the PCs face lizard folk, which are brutal warriors who fight with savage ferocity. Their lightning raids leave few survivors. Nearby kingdoms live in fear of their brutal raids and the destruction left in their wake. Only the PCs can stop them. Includes several miniatures and a battle map along with the encounter. These lizard folk may serve the two-headed dinosaur as well if both boxes are combined.
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Chronicles of Exandria Volume 1 - The Tale of Vox Machina by Darrington Press
  • SYSTEM: Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover RPG art book
  • RETAIL PRICE: $59.99
  • DESCRIPTION: Collects over 250 pages of art from Critters around the world of Vox Machina art from the first half of their campaign journeys on Critical Role in a coffee table book format. Includes in-world commentary by the Cobalt Soul archivists of Exandria/ The first chapters of illustrations depict each member of Vox Machina. Later chapters bring the story’s arcs of the first half of the campaign to life through its artwork.
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The Deck of Many Animated Conditions | The Deck of Many Animated Illusions | The Deck of Many Animated Spells, Level 6 | The Deck of Many Animated Spells, Level 7 | The Deck of Many Animated Spells, Level 9 | The Deck of Many Animated Spells, Spellcraft | The Deck of Many Animated Townsfolk by Hit Point Press
  • SYSTEM: Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PRODUCT TYPE: each one is a deck of around 30 cards
  • RETAIL PRICE: $29.99 each
  • DESCRIPTION: The Deck of Many Animated Conditions makes tracking effects easy from Exhaustion to being Restrained. The Deck of Many Animated Illusions brings the magic item to life. With a flip of a card, a PC or NPC might summon an illusion of a goblin, a knight, or even a fearsome red dragon. The Deck of Many Animated Spells - Level 6 introduces spells like create undead and heroes’ feast. The Deck of Many Animated Spells - Level 7 brings some truly potent spell effects to your table like etherealness and reverse gravity. The Deck of Many Animated Spells - Level 9 includes the most powerful spells available like meteor swarm and wish. The Deck of Many Animated Spellcraft include thirty spellcraft cards with customizable backs that can hold any spell imagined. The Deck of Many Animated Townsfolk brings unique faces to fantasy settlements like a friendly dragonborn tailor or a sinister human cultist. These NPCs include ideas for names, personalities, and more.
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Lines Drawn in Blood | The Time is Now by Renegade Game Studios
  • SYSTEM: Hunter the Reckoning (5th Edition)/Transformers RPG
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover books of adventures
  • RETAIL PRICE: $45 each
  • DESCRIPTION: Lines Drawn in Blood presents four stories that can be played individually or linked together to tell an entire chronicle. Includes ghostly incursions, residents of a small town breaking an ancient pact and paying the price, occult symbols at a murder scene leading to a race against time, and a nest of monsters pulling the strings of a lonely northern town. In The Time is Now the 2nd-level Autobot PCs become embroiled in a massive four-part adventure. The PCs face perils from both the ancient past and outer space and Decepticon enemies including Soundwave and Mindwipe. PCs can advance up to level 6.
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Gregor's Guide to Gates by Steve Jackson Games
  • SYSTEM: OSR/fantasy RPGs
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover supplement
  • RETAIL PRICE: $9.95
  • DESCRIPTION: Describes magic portals, gateways to other worlds. Details for each gate are more descriptive than mechanical, making it easy for GMs to incorporate these ideas more easily into many fantasy RPGs. Sprinkle these gates across a world and PCs may stumble their way into endless adventure.
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Victorian Age Mage GM Screen by Onyx Path Publishing
  • SYSTEM: Victorian Age Mage
  • PRODUCT TYPE: GM screen
  • RETAIL PRICE: $19.95
  • DESCRIPTION: A three-panel screen featuring a collage of Victorian Age Mage art on the outer side, and a selection of charts and other reference info on the inside.

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