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RPG Print News – Chaosium, Space Penguin Ink, and More

G.I. JOE, D&D 5E, Troika!, Mothership, Spire, Absolute Power, and Cults of RuneQuest all have print products out this week.

This week is packed with new RPG books including a Western adventure and gear for the G.I. JOE Roleplaying Game. Dungeons & Dragons 5E gets adventures set in a mythological Greek world, Troika! gets a new cyberpunk adventure, and a watery adventure lands for Mothership. Supplements are out for Spire and Absolute Power. Finally, leatherette versions of Cults of RuneQuest are now 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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Pax Reptiliana | Hodl Island by Exalted Funeral
  • SYSTEM: Troika!
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover zines
  • RETAIL PRICE: $20/$15
  • DESCRIPTION: The horrors are mundane and the desperation isn't quiet but instead deadened in Pax Reptiliana. It's the promised/threatened cyberpunk future minus the cool. Inside: cheap visual gags and bad puns (no form of humor is too low), d66 paranoid PC Backgrounds, 12 Sights housing over 30 dead-inside NPCs, over 20 Cryptids including Chupacabras and Giant Sludge Worms as well as Reptoid and Gray aliens, 13 spells, and random things like Meat Guns and Nanotube Plugs to spend hard-earned Gipperscrip on. Hodl Island is an island adventure set in the Sphere of Pax Reptiliana. The island was set to become a digitally-augmented paradise resort but the inaugural bash was cut short when Captain Neckbeard and their black hat cutthroats botched a Party Possum NFT heist causing a meltdown of the island’s core systems including cell service. It also set the Possums free to rampage through the island and terrorize the visitors. The PCs arrive and decide what happens next. Includes: six Crypto Backgrounds like the Ayn Rand Stan, 12 Non-Code Compliant island locations much like the ultimate open-air man-cave, the currency of the future: Gippercoin, the Party Possums which are the world’s first procedurally-generated collectible adversary, and more.
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Quartermaster's Guide to Gear by Renegade Game Studios
  • SYSTEM: G.I. JOE Roleplaying Game
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover supplement
  • DESCRIPTION: This gear sourcebook includes 16 new weapons from G.I. JOE’s history, a new armor type, 40 upgrades, and 18 new vehicles. Also includes a new focus for each role from the Drone Pilot for Infantry to the Neutralizer for Technicians, three new origins, and eight new influences from the Junker to the Futurist for gear-centric characters. Also has guidance for historical, retrofuture, and cyberpunk settings allows GMs to explore the past and future of technology on the battlefield. Finally, it covers ready-to-use G.I. JOE and COBRA bases, including the COBRA Terror Dromes and the U.S.S. Flagg aircraft carrier.
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The Sunrise Limited by Exalted Funeral
  • SYSTEM: 3,2,1…Action!
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover adventure
  • DESCRIPTION: The PCs are a gang of Wild West thieves hired by Sherriff John Bertram (a lawman by day and criminal mastermind by night) to engage in a death-defying train heist. On October 25th, 1876, The PCs, disguised as an English lord’s security detail board the Sunrise Limited, intent on stealing the lord’s gold. The adventure includes: quickdraw rules for 3,2,1…Action!, seven PCs, and 13 creatures and NPCs.
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Mother of Monsters - False Prophecies | Mother of Monsters - A Threatened Democracy by Legendary Games
  • SYSTEM: Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover adventures
  • RETAIL PRICE: $29.99/$19.99
  • DESCRIPTION: Mother of Monsters - False Prophecies is an adventure and part of an ongoing adventure path. On behalf of one of the kings of the Kagari Islands, 5th-6th level PCs consult with the all-knowing Oracle of Aelohor regarding the fell Cult of Naegara and the chaos it is wreaking across the lands Can the PCs use the oracle’s gift of foresight and wisdom to stay one step ahead of the cult’s fell plots and stop them from destabilizing the city-states of the crowded sea and igniting the fires of war. Includes monsters like the sphinx lion and phalanx warrior, magic items, world and setting lore, and more. Mother of Monsters - A Threatened Democracy is an adventure and part of an ongoing adventure path. The 7th level PCs oppose the most powerful leaders of the Cult of Naegara in an attempt to prevent to major events from happening that would ensure chaos and disunity amongst the people of the Kagari Islands.
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In Other Waters: Tidebreak by Space Penguin Ink
  • SYSTEM: Mothership
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover adventure
  • DESCRIPTION: An underwater exploration adventure based on the 2020 video game by Jump Over the Age, Tidebreak. Corporate interests, freelance crews, collectors, smugglers and all manner of spacefarers descend on the planet to see and exploit the world’s new life for themselves. A PC can be part of a contracted crew or explore solo Gliese 667Cc's world-wide ocean before it is cordoned off and extract, study or cover-up its alien life and corporate secrets. PCs will discover alien creatures, study their ecosystems and habitats, and uncover secrets hidden deep below the surface. Offers: a rich taxonomy of creatures with a tag system to guide biological research, a multi-layered oceanic environment with deep ecological worldbuilding, a slow-burning research-centric oceanic mystery, and new creatures.
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Conspiracy Handbook by Rowan, Rook & Decard
  • SYSTEM: Spire - The City Must Fall
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover adventure
  • RETAIL PRICE: $17.50
  • DESCRIPTION: This sourcebook contains NPCs complete with tables packed with motivations, flaws, leverages, assets and associates to help build a scenario with an emphasis on investigation and player choice. Once everything’s set up, it’s up to the PCs to infiltrate and subvert the organization to their own ends. NPCs examples include the following and more. Maji Levecha, an unmasked high elf in charge of a non-Euclidian getaway elevator. Professor Margot Arkemton, a gnoll scholar visiting Spire thanks to some truly Byzantine visa permissions. And Captain Calvy Lejeune, a teenager who was put in charge of a city guard garrison as a joke.
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Cults of RuneQuest: Mythology | Cults of RuneQuest: The Lightbringers | Cults of RuneQuest: The Prosopaedia | Cults of RuneQuest: The Earth Goddesses by Chaosium
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Season One - Urban Warfare by Dyskami Publishing
  • SYSTEM: Absolute Power
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover supplement
  • RETAIL PRICE: $49.99
  • DESCRIPTION: Picks up where the core rulebook left off, detailing the events that unfolded in the Sentinel-Earth setting throughout 2021. Also details the Five Shields Corporate Park and two superhuman youth training centers: Japan’s Yamatai Academy and America’s Harrison Academy. Includes dozens of minion templates, magical artefacts, and vehicle designs. Finally, full stats and character profiles are covered for 50 costumed adventurers from across the world and beyond.
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Charles Dunwoody

Charles Dunwoody

The runequest books look pretty awesome too, if costly.

Troika stuff is almost always a fun read and a good idea mine even if you don't use them as-is for their native system.

Sunrise Limited sounds interesting, and reminds me that I should really get back to doing an updated version of the old Space Gamer insert module Big Lizzie for Savage Worlds.

Dyskami's already had far too much of my money on Absolute Power and will get no more.

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