RPG Print News – Cubicle 7, Free League, and More

Soulbound, Free League, Dungeon Crawl Classics, Old-School Essentials, and two new RPGs have print products out this week.

A haunted city of more grounded PCs opens its gates for Soulbound. An RPG art book from Free League is full of images to inspire GMs. Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG and Old-School Essentials get supplements priestly, ghostly, and festival based plus a cassette tape of RPG tunes. Finally, there are two new RPGs: a fantasy RPG using the rules from Mothership and a unique d100 ruleset of monster hunters trying to keep their otherworldly world a secret.

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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Ulfenkarn - City at the Edge of Death by Cubicle 7
  • SYSTEM: Soulbound: Warhammer Age of Sigmar
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover supplement
  • RETAIL PRICE: $49.99
  • DESCRIPTION: A comprehensive city guide for the legendary Cursed City of Ulfenkarn. The crumbling city of Ulfenkarn teeters upon the precipice of destruction and its citizens are desperate for salvation from the Vyrkos vampire lord known as Radukar the Wolf. PCs are created using the rules for the Grim & Perilous Ruleset and other optional rule like eight player Archetypes like a Vampire Hunter or a former Guard Captain of the city. Includes advice to help evoke the horror of the setting, a complete history of the city and its imminent future, and over seventy haunted city locations featuring unforgettable characters and challenges. GMs get six fleshed-out and mapped adventure locations to explore including the Ebon Citadel mega-dungeon and a bestiary featuring Ulfenkarn’s rogue's gallery of villains and vicious monsters.
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Art by Nohr by Free League Publishing
  • SYSTEM: systemless
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover art book
  • RETAIL PRICE: $76.16
  • DESCRIPTION: Johan Nohr is a Swedish visual artist and graphic designer. This collection includes some of his finest pieces from between 2006 and 2023: from the blood-drenched neon demons of MÖRK BORG, CY_BORG and various zines to illustrations from unreleased game modules, abandoned projects and quick doodles. A lot of the artwork is annotated with thoughts and comments, as well as in-progress sketches, scrapped versions and more. A peek into the workshop of an artist known for over-the-top, heavy-metal horror and screaming colors. Stats: 270×340mm and could be used as a weapon (not recommended). 232 high-quality pages adding up to over two kilos. Nearly 400 illustrations of weird, fantastic horror.
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The Lesser Key to the Celestial Legion | 25 Apparitions, Spirits, and Hauntings by Psychoda Press
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CANDLE III by Exalted Funeral
  • SYSTEM: Old-School Essentials
  • PRODUCT TYPE: zine and cassette tape
  • RETAIL PRICE: $20
  • DESCRIPTION: Includes original character classes, community content, articles, and interviews. And the coveted and delectable Goblin Dog. Nearly every feature can be visited in-game using the park map playable table of contents. The Festival grounds come complete with a random day/night encounter table. Below the surface bubbles and churns a complete adventure module which throws the PCs in between two rival factions, the Goblin Carnies and the Royal Guard, vying for control of the grounds. The cassette boasts a mighty musical lineup bringing the fantastical sounds of tuneweavers from all five corners of the world to the gaming table.
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Ruination Pilgrimage | Bestiary of Ruination | Adventures & Pilgrimages by Psychoda Press
  • SYSTEM: Panic Engine for fantasy (Mothership)
  • PRODUCT TYPE: 24 map tiles/softcover guide
  • RETAIL PRICE: $19/$15/$22
  • DESCRIPTION: In Ruination Pilgrimage, PCs face damnation and redemption in a medieval world of horror, plague, warfare, and demons. Includes light setting hints and many tables filled with the information to run long campaigns or one-off sessions. PCs choose from fighter, priest, merchant, scholar, or laborer. Multiple tables are used to generate previous jobs with skills and stat bumps, histories, random starting kits, and a vice. Sorrow is accumulated on failed rolls and from demonic encounters. If enough Sorrow builds up, characters may Despair and find themselves in worse situations. The Bestiary of Ruination contains stats and descriptions of animals, human adversaries, minor demons, Horsemen of Vice/Betrayers, ghosts, and possessed corporeal undead. Stats include a short description as well as exorcism successes. Adventures & Pilgrimages contains nine short adventures. A small chapel and the strange guardian may be hiding something of great importance to the church and the PCs investigate. Another small chapel where lurks a horror of the less supernatural but more sinister kind. PCs pay a shell game of demonic forces playing with the souls of mankind. The PCs visit a small town where wishes might just be getting out of hand and another sad village where the children have disappeared. PCs are plunged into a mysterious location that may or may not actually exist in the waking world. And more.
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Strange Squad | Buried in the Quagmire by S. Murphy Games
  • SYSTEM: unique d100
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover core rulebook/softcover adventure
  • RETAIL PRICE: $20 each
  • DESCRIPTION: In Strange Squad the PCs are weird, powerful individuals known as 'Agents' investigating and solving issues involving 'Aberrants': paranormal creatures, beings, and phenomena that defy logical explanation. Agents strive to uphold The Veil, a layer of secrecy that keeps the public from learning about these fragments of unreality. Use a rules-light, roll-under d100 system that keeps the game moving and the mysteries unravelling. Each Agent has a set of stats, skills, and a unique Aberrancy of their very own. Sometimes a squad's biggest obstacle isn't an ancient curse, monstrous entity, or fantastical beast but rather time. A clock system tracks how long each element of investigation takes, and if the Agents don't resolve their Assignment fast enough the mission becomes unsalvageable. Something foul is going on in the tiny Iowan town of Fertile in Buried in the Quagmire. The tap water has turned into a thick, black slime. Bloody, severed fish heads have been found on the doorsteps of the local residents. And strange sounds have been heard from the swamp directly adjacent to the town. The Agents investigate the town’s woes and try to save the people from a terrible fate. Designed to be relatively easy to run and forgiving enough to present to a group of new players.
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The cassette boasts a mighty musical lineup

Cassettes are nostalgia for nostalgias sake. Records have great sound quality so I get that, and tapes served a purpose before CDs and digital music, but really a tape? I guess I'm too old to understand.

If I somehow track down a car or boom box old enough to play this I'm just popping in my Rio cassette or my summer jams 86 tape recorded from the radio.
 



dave2008

Legend
Question regarding the Lesser Key to the Celestial Legion: is this a new book? I went to go pick it up at DriveThruRPG and it says it was uploaded in 2019. Just want to make sure I am getting the correct book!

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Question regarding the Lesser Key to the Celestial Legion: is this a new book? I went to go pick it up at DriveThruRPG and it says it was uploaded in 2019. Just want to make sure I am getting the correct book!

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I can't tell. Looks like a kickstarter happened in 2019 and I saw a publish date of 2021 for one version and this one is new for 2024. So this may be a new printing? Should be the same one I think.
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aramis erak

Legend
I don't get it. A cassette tape?
The Magnus Archives did this for their Backerkit. It fits their theme, but honestly, it's a waste of time and money.
There are still a lot of cars with cassette players on the road, tho' many of those no longer work.

When using CrO₂, plus dolby noise reduction, on a suitably equipped deck without undue magnetization, one can get initial plays at a level comparable to vinyl. Often, better. (keep in mind that most pre-1995 vinyl was mastered on CrO₂ tape. So were most CDs. )

Good tape is just as good as vinyl... at first. Both get worse with repeated playing.

Cassette also seems to be making a comeback of sorts... but all the new decks I've seen reviews of describe the one Chinese-made mechanismas, well, post-consumer food.

Tape was still common for Television as well into the 2010s. SVHS was used by the station my wife worked at through 2009... according to a friend working there after, they were still using SVHS for all programming that wasn't arriving on CD-ROM. (some arrived on VHS, not SVHS.)
 

ruemere

Adventurer
As I have Ulfenkarn, here's an ultra-brief review:

1. This is Soulbound dialed down with regards to character power. You're a protagonist, just a little less overwhelming.
2. General premise is that there is a city-state overrun by evil with some suprisingly sane individuals still inside.
3. You're there to avert the inevitable. The odds are not in your favor.

If you're getting an impression of
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, well you might be quite close to the general picture of things. The difference would be that the city is run by corrupt vampire nobility (i.e. you can pay them with your blood to look the other way), the the blood is very much the coin here.

Here's a sample on random undead:
(p.27)
The Wights of the city and the other strange undead, of which there are many, often cling to their former haunts, but most are of little use to the living. The majority are silent and hollow creatures, lacking sufficient awareness to interact with anyone or perform useful tasks. In rare cases, some appear trapped in a kind of long-ingrained monotony, performing simple and singular actions that mirror some part of their former lives. They are all shades of Mournhold’s former glory, exemplars of fallen pride. The Ulfenwatch leave these pitiable figures alone; their existence aids in further demoralising the living, proliferating despair and misery that Radukar intends to one day draw upon.

The city is so down on its luck, that even the living dead and the living leave each other alone.

Regarding character rules, as I have mentioned, the power was dialed down from the default Soulbound:

ү Characters are created with 20 XP.
ү You can be an Aelf, Duardin, Human or Ogor. You cannot choose to be a Stormcast Eternal or Sylvaneth.
ү You begin play with 300 drops worth of Common equipment (Unless an Archetype starts with Aqua Ghyranis as listed, convert any remaining drops into whalebone or blood after equipment is purchased, as per page 132).
ү You are not Soulbound, therefore you can’t use Soulfire.
You get Hero Points however.
ү It takes one hour to Take a Breather instead of 10 minutes (Soulbound, page 154).
ү You do not recover a Wound when you Rest. An ally with the Chirurgeon Talent (page 56) can heal Wounds, as can a number of NPCs in the city — for a price.
ү You recover one Wound during downtime, or you can take the Seek Medical Attention Endeavour to recover all Wounds.


You gain full Mettle when a fight begins (cue battle music), and you regain Mettle when you take damage or get Frightened. No free Mettle each round, so take care when spending it.

Archetypes:
Aelven Exile (a sniper)
Doomsayer (a cleric)
Guard Captain (an armored warrior)
Kharadon Reneger (a war engineer of sorts)
Last Scion (a skirmisher warrior)
Ogor Mercenary (a bruiser warrior)
Shyishan Scholar (a wizardly specialist with strong death vibes)
Vampire Hunter (a gun and a sword person)

The book is split into seven parts:
  • intro (background for the city and some history)
  • character creation information
  • a lot of city locations by quarter (with a great looking map)
  • gm advice section (includes how the setting changes when the end grows nigh)
  • several one page adventures
  • five adventure locations
  • antagonists and monsters

Unfortunately, I haven't played this yet, and you need Soulbound to use it. Otherwise, probably pretty interesting revisiting of core Warhammer themes dialed up to eleven (no direct Chaos involvement though).
 
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As I have Ulfenkarn, here's an ultra-brief review:

Here's a sample on random undead:
(p.27)
The Wights of the city and the other strange undead, of which there are many, often cling to their former haunts, but most are of little use to the living. The majority are silent and hollow creatures, lacking sufficient awareness to interact with anyone or perform useful tasks. In rare cases, some appear trapped in a kind of long-ingrained monotony, performing simple and singular actions that mirror some part of their former lives. They are all shades of Mournhold’s former glory, exemplars of fallen pride. The Ulfenwatch leave these pitiable figures alone; their existence aids in further demoralising the living, proliferating despair and misery that Radukar intends to one day draw upon.

Wow, that is good stuff! I don't play Soulbound (I hadn't even heard of it until now) but that's amazing and I might have to check this book out.

The only thing more gruesome and horrifying is the thought of listening to music on cassette again.
 

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