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RPG Print News – Chaosium, Mongoose, Free League, and More

D&D 5E, Castles & Crusades, OSR, Call of Cthulhu, Traveller, Fading Suns, and Dragonbane all have new products out this week.

Dungeons & Dragons 5E and Castles & Crusades get a new horror adventure set in an asylum and the OSR gets a host of new rules including new classes like the machine gun wizard. Arkham is back for Call of Cthulhu and Traveller gets a fleet of new ships in two books. There are a lot of new options for Fading Suns and the Dragonbane RPG gets standees. Finally, there is a new history of RPGs available.

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

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Arkham by Chaosium
  • SYSTEM: Call of Cthulhu with optional support for Pulp Cthulhu
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover setting supplement
  • RETAIL PRICE: $59.99
  • DESCRIPTION: On the streets of legend-haunted Arkham, the threat of the Cthulhu Mythos is ever-present. This quiet town in New England, home to the prestigious Miskatonic University, hides criminals, speakeasies, and a witch-cursed history. Covers 290 locations detailed across 9 neighborhoods, gossip and rumors to use as scenario seeds, over 80 fully-detailed NPCs with their own secrets to discover, and new rules and skills for Arkham investigators. Includes two Arkham city map posters (one designed for players and one marked with hidden information for the Keeper) as well as a poster-sized copy of the front page of the Arkham Advertiser for use as a prop.
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Adventure Class Ships | Small Craft Catalogue by Mongoose Publishing
  • SYSTEM: Traveller
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover supplements
  • RETAIL PRICE: $49.99 each
  • DESCRIPTION: Adventure Class Ships, those vessels of 2,000 tons or less, are the mainstay of Traveller and the most common ships found on the space lanes by far. This book gives you more than 60 new ships in this class, to be used by Travellers, pirates, traders, government forces and corporations. The Small Craft Catalogue details more than 60 new small craft, to be used by Travellers, pirates, traders, government forces and corporations. Each has a specific role and has been built to accomplish it with the best components available to its builders.
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Hard Times on Hargard | New Frontiers Spacecraft Deckplans | Lifewheel & Ammo Box | Explorer's Gear Equipment Card Set | New Frontiers Play Kit by Ulisses Spiele
  • SYSTEM: Fading Suns
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover supplement/poster maps/token box set/deck of cards/RPG sheets
  • RETAIL PRICE: $32.99/$34.99/$34.99/$10.99/$29.99
  • DESCRIPTION: In Hard Times on Hargard, the local Vuldrok populace is divided between those loyal to their new Emperor and the rebellious thanes who seek to send the invaders back through the jumpgate. There is intrigue and conflict aplenty, from plots to unseat local rulers, heists against impossible odds, and secret artifacts of the Anunnaki. Provides gamemasters with a series of dramas set on the conflicted planet. Also included are traits for the alien nizdharim and background on the Nalda Plateau, the rebel Vuldrok region of the planet, and its creatures. New Frontiers Spacecraft Deckplans includes 15 folded, double-sided posters featuring spacecraft. One side reveals deckplan maps and the other side features art for the ship. The Lifewheel & Ammo Box contains 10 universal lifewheels for tracking vitality and six ammo wheels for tracking ammunition. Also included are 12 matching stickers for customization of the lifewheels with a Fading Suns Saint. The Explorer's Gear Equipment Card Set presents 30 cards of equipment from hunting rifles and portable think machines to cyber-implants and off-road vehicles. In addition, 20 cards help keep track of the special items awarded by the factions to apprentices from the Decados’ “Little Friend” to the Muster’s multi-spectrum armor. Inside the New Frontiers Play Kit are faction themed play mats: Brother Battle, Charioteers Guild, House Hawkwood, Reeves Guild, Urth Orthodox, and the Vuldrok. Also includes a cheat sheet with Vuldrok ranks and character names from each Star Nation and Faction- and Vuldrok-themed character sheets.
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Monster, Aliens and Holes in the Ground | Experience Points - The Lost Chapters from Monsters, Aliens, & Holes in the Ground by Exalted Funeral
  • SYSTEM: none (history of RPGs)
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover/softcover RPG reference
  • RETAIL PRICE: $50/$15
  • DESCRIPTION: Richly illustrated, Monster, Aliens and Holes in the Ground explores how roleplaying games blossomed into pop culture phenomenon covering more than three hundred different RPGs that have been published in the last five decades. Each decade includes an explanation of how RPGs evolved in the time between their inception and the present day. Experience Points - The Lost Chapters includes cut chapters with entries that are "a little more relaxed, a little more reflective of [Horvath's] personal interests, a little less concerned with the big picture and what posterity might think."
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Dragonbane Monsters Standee Set | Dragonbane Standee Bases by Free League Publishing
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Black Pudding #8 by Random Order Creations
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover supplement
  • RETAIL PRICE: $6.49
  • DESCRIPTION: Includes rotting monsters, over-powered swords, puzzling spells, tanks, and a bunch of character classes: machine gun wizards, fighting wombats, chomping goons, and feral knights. PCs will see the oozing shlorp splat on the dungeon flagstones and smell snortled voop assaulting the nostrils. To survive the moist, fermented freak show, the PCs may need to grab a two-handed vorpal glaive and shlorp, pungenate, and find out.
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Raslam Asylum (Castles & Crusades) | Raslam Asylum (D&D 5E) by Necromancer Games
  • SYSTEM: Castles & Crusades/Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover adventures
  • RETAIL PRICE: $24.99 each
  • DESCRIPTION: A fantasy horror adventure for four to six PCs of level six to 10. Set in Raslam Asylum, the adventure includes equal amounts combat, problem solving, and role-playing. Named after Dr. Dimitri Raslam, the asylum proved successful at first, and goodly rulers of neighboring lands used its services as an alternative to brutal execution practices and expensive incarceration. Despite past successes, the asylum is currently in a state of utter chaos, and it is the PC’s job to find out exactly what is happening.
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