RPG Print News – Free League, Chaosium, and More

A starter set is here for one of my favorite RPGs, The One Ring. Dungeons & Dragons and adjacent RPGs have new adventures and new monsters. Call of Cthulhu has chaotic Keeper tips and advice. G.I. JOE is now in RPG form and they remain real American heroes. Finally, a new world set on Earth with a history quite different from our own debuts with a core rulebook complete with setting. This is a good week. I think that the APEX predator, attacktopus, camelpede, and elephant crossbreeds like the armadillaphant and octophant could all find a place in Middle-earth.

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The One Ring 2E RPG: Starter Set by Free League Publishing
  • SYSTEM: The One Ring 2E
  • PRODUCT TYPE: box set
  • RETAIL PRICE: $49.99
  • OTHER RPG NEWS: column with The One Ring coverage on Geek Native
  • DESCRIPTION: The One Ring is an amazing RPG and this boxed set, even if you don’t play the adventures, adds so much to a campaign including poster maps, custom dice, and cards. The One Ring is set between the time Bilbo went on his journey and the events in The Lord of the Rings. This boxed set contains: a 24-page volume of condensed rules, a 53-page compendium covering the four farthings of the Shire, a 32-page volume containing five adventures to play, eight double-sided pre-generated character sheets of hobbits (Drogo Baggins, Rory Brandybuck, Esmeralda Took, and more) and Balin, a full-color double-sided map showing the Shire and Eriador, 30 wargear cards for weapons and armor, six double-sided Journey Role and Combat Stance Cards, two d12 Feat Dice, and six d6 Success Dice.
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Warlock Lairs - Into The Wilds by Kobold Press
  • SYSTEM: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover adventure supplement
  • RETAIL PRICE: $29.99 for softcovers
  • DESCRIPTION: The wilderness calls. 19 wilderness-themed adventures for PCs of levels 1 to 10, each playable in a single session and easy to drop into any fantasy campaign. Bugs, constantly biting, gather in dense buzzing clouds. Leaves whisper and cast strange shadows. These short quests take characters away from civilized lands and into untamed all-but-forgotten locales, including blasted wastes, lush fey forests, and harsh northlands. Example adventures: The Light of Memoria (L1), Wrath of the Bramble King (L2), The White Worg Accord (L3), Against the Dust Goblin Oracle (L4), Pride of the Mushroom Queen (L6), Run Like Hell (L6), Ill-met by Moonlight (L7), The Shadow's Envy (L10), and more.
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Keeper Tips by Chaosium
  • SYSTEM: Call of Cthulhu
  • PRODUCT TYPE: 128-page hardcover of GM advice
  • RETAIL PRICE: $17.99
  • DESCRIPTION: A gathering of wisdom, advice, and tips from Keepers for Keepers. Aimed at anyone - whether veteran or novice - who plays CoC, but is particularly aimed at those who undertake to run, referee, and potentially craft their own scenarios. The advice stems from a diverse range of people, some who have been running the game since its birth, and others who are newer to the game. All have presented what they consider to be their most useful and insightful advice. Some of the tips are contradictory. Some repeat or reinforce advice. You may agree or disagree with some things. That's okay. Just ignore the stuff that doesn't appeal. Consider the advice and turn it into something useful for you. This is from Chaosium after all, not a company called Lawium.
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Crypt of the Science-Wizard (5E) | Crypt of the Science-Wizard (Swords & Wizardry) | Crypt of the Science-Wizard Collector’s Edition (DCC/MCC) by Skeeter Green Publishing
  • SYSTEM: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition/Swords & Wizardry/DCC RPG
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover adventure supplements/hardcover collector’s version
  • RETAIL PRICE: $19.99 for softcovers/$49.99
  • DESCRIPTION: PCs challenge themselves against the Crypt of the Science-Wizard to discover if they have what it takes to emerge as a hero or escape at all. It lies far out in the Blood Plains of Esh near a humble and unassuming oasis. Hidden nearby is the entrance to a vast Black Tower, swallowed by the will and fury of the ancient gods. DCC and MCC RPG is a hardback collector’s edition with alternate cover.
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The Valley Out of Time - Dino-Grindhouse Edition (DCC) | The Valley Out of Time - Dino-Grindhouse Edition (Swords & Wizardry) by Skeeter Green Publishing
  • SYSTEM: DCC RPG/Swords & Wizardry
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover adventure
  • DESCRIPTION: A series of ‘zine-sized’ adventures in a valley that can be placed in any ongoing campaign. It is set in the “Neanderthal Period” of development. Huge monsters – both dinosaurs and otherwise – and devolved humanoids plague the area, and only the hardiest of PCs will survive. This series of adventures borrows heavily from classic dinosaur art, books, and movies such as classic Frank Frazetta paintings or watched the Land that Time Forgot, The Flintstones, and any stop-motion film from Ray Harryhausen.
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Cryptocodex hardcover | Cryptocodex softcover by Skeeter Green Publishing
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover/softcover monster book
  • RETAIL PRICE: $44.99/$19.99
  • DESCRIPTION: These monsters sound amazing. Over 50 new critters, benign and malevolent, that populate the setting around the Crypt of the Science-Wizards or a home campaign. Includes the APEX predator, attacktopus, camelpede, elephant crossbreeds like the armadillaphant and octophant, and many more.
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Jungle Tomb of the Mummy Bride (DCC) hardcover | Jungle Tomb of the Mummy Bride (DCC) softcover by Planet X Games
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover/softcover adventure
  • RETAIL PRICE: $50/$40
  • DESCRIPTION: A level 3 adventure in which the PCs come face-to-face with the Mummy Bride in the shattered vestiges of her ancient pyramid. In the hell-pit of this centuries old tomb, the accursed Mummy Bride lies in wait, perverted by the wonders of black magic and cult sacrifice and ready to unleash a horror beyond imagination.
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G.I. JOE RPG by Renegade Game Studios
  • SYSTEM: unique
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover core rulebook with ribbon bookmark
  • DESCRIPTION: Player characters, called Joes, are built choosing military training origin, personal traits, and role within the G.I. Joe organization. They go on to become a Real American Hero and save the day. Includes an introductory adventure for a new team.
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Coyote and Crow by Coyote and Crow
  • SYSTEM: unique
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover core rulebook
  • DESCRIPTION: Set in an alternate future where colonization of the Americas never happened. In this world that is both familiar and entirely new, the PCs adventure in a changing landscape. More than 700 years ago, a massive disaster changed the course of history. The world was plunged into centuries of darkness, but the event also introduced the Adanadi – the Gift – a strange mark that would have an enduring impact on humanity. Centuries later, the Earth is still healing. New, advanced nations have risen. Ancient legends stir.

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Charles Dunwoody

Charles Dunwoody


G.I. Joe is still a huge franchise. The toys have been in continuous production since the glory days of the early 80s. Comic book series have been produced for nearly as long. This game seems to focus on that 80s nostalgia, but the franchise never died or slept.
No they haven’t. They just rereleased the line with the new Snake Eyes movie and the vintage and classified line after letting it sit since the last GI Joe movie.

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