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Dungeons & Dragons gets monsters and plenty of adventures as well as a city builder and settlement battle maps. Mutant Crawl Classics gets several supplements with new rules and adventures. A campaign of connected pamphlet adventures is available for Mothership and Historia gets maps and an artbook.

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Creatures 2 - Inhabitants of the Netherworld and Canker's Agents | Creatures 2 - Inhabitants of the Netherworld and Canker's Agents (Red Dragon Edition) | Legends of Eana - Resurgences of the Netherworld | Legends of Eana - Netherworld Tunnels | Legends of Eana - Aboleths of Blackwater by Studio Agate
  • SYSTEM: Dungeons & Dragon Fifth Edition
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover supplements (Creatures) and softcover (Legends)
  • RETAIL PRICE: $49.95/$59.95/$20/$20/$20
  • DESCRIPTION: Creatures: Netherworld is a collection of more than 180 creatures and encounters. All the creatures within are related to the exploration of mysteries, whether such investigations see adventurers descending into the depths of the earth or facing off against strange life forms created by Canker – a nigh divine corrupting entity. Also includes new playable species: drow, duergar, sidhes, simmaiens, and scirneblin. Legends of Eana – Resurgences of the Netherworld is a collection of five adventures intended for characters of levels 1 – 5. Incidents in mines, disquieting sounds in basements, curious disappearances, dried-up sources will have the PCs undertake dizzying forays into ghastly tunnels and gloomy caverns, where danger does not always lie where one might expect it to. In Legends of Eana – Netherworld Tunnels the PCs are either hired to explore the subterranean galleries of Eana or are trapped in the underground maze. The PCs discover the Netherworld, its dwellers, its fauna, and its flora. Between rescue missions, hunting for netherpossums, or simply fighting for their lives, the PCs will need cool heads and adaptability to make it through this extraordinary environment. A collection of five adventures intended for characters of levels 2- 8. Aboleths of Blackwater is a collection of five adventurers intended for characters of levels 1 – 7. Even as the PCs possibly live in ignorance of Blackwater’s very existence, strange incidents, murders, and disappearances put them on the trail of an evil all the more pernicious that is subsumes those who fail to vanquish it. To thwart the threat of the aboleths and their mindless puppets, a mind shielded from comforting lies will prove a necessary as a well-sharpened blade.
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Scientific Barbarian Annual #1 | Scientific Barbarian #4 "Night of the Space Apes, Center of Repose" | Check this Artifact | Fight this Mutant by Mudpuppy Games
  • SYSTEM: Mutant Crawl Classics RPG
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover compilation/softcover supplements
  • RETAIL PRICE: $39.99/$14.99/$15.99/$19.99
  • DESCRIPTION: Scientific Barbarian Annual #1 collects the first four issues into one 400+ page, digest hardback volume with Smyth sewn binding. Scientific Barbarian #4 has comics, classes, constructs, and conjurations plus three complete adventures. The first reveals a few of the lost secrets of the Great Disaster, another takes place among the S.A.B.L.E. Rangers from Issue #1, and an underground adventure half of the wilderness hex crawl adventure that began in The Shatterback Mountains from Issue #3. Check This Artifact contains 30 artifacts including weapons, armor, and robots of the Ancient Makers, plus a full write up of a new godlike AI and its neural programs. Fight this Mutant features 30 brand-new mutant monsters and races, a new Ancient Alliance that PCs can join or fight, a brand-new character class — the Technomancer, and 20 brand-new neural programs including programs from 1st through 5th levels.
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Campaign Builder Cities & Towns (Limited Edition) | Campaign Builder Cities & Towns | Campaign Builder Cities & Towns Map Folio by Kobold Press
  • SYSTEM: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition
  • PRODUCT TYPE: limited edition hardcover supplement/hardcover supplement/folio of maps
  • RETAIL PRICE: $74.95/$49.99/$49.99
  • DESCRIPTION: Campaign Builder: Cities & Towns provides a complete toolkit to create, expand, and enhance fantasy cities and towns. Provides: city character sheets to help build and track settlements, guidance on all aspects of urban planning from trade goods to architecture, NPCs, rulers, guilds, cults, new character, and many tables from menu generators to public events. The Cities & Towns Map Folio provides 12 wet/dry-erase 24 by 36 inch battle maps for city and town encounters. Includes: temple districts and ruins, city streets and alleys, canals and docks, sewers and cemeteries, plazas, arenas, and more.
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Cerdo Cycle | The Great Crossing Heresies | Snag the Suit/Evac the Exec | Burn the Vermin on TAMA-81 | High Water Everywhere by RV Games
  • SYSTEM: Mothership
  • PRODUCT TYPE: pamphlet adventures
  • RETAIL PRICE: $30/$6.95/$6/$6/$6
  • DESCRIPTION: Cerdo Cycle includes a bundle of pamphlet adventures: The Great Crossing Heresies, Burn the Vermin, Snag the Suit/Evac the Exec, Snag the Suit/Evac the Exec Player Facing Map, High Water Everywhere, Folding Poster/Map, and a patch. In The Great Crossing Heresies, after an unsuccessful mission by the High Sister’s own people, she has sent the PCs, non-believers, to convince Yann to bring his congregation from God’s Gate to help save the main settlement from impending disaster. Minimal prep multi-session with haunting procedures, maps by Paths Peculiar, and a creature life cycle illustrated by Amanda Franck. Snag the Suit/Evac the Exec includes a grid based map, escape procedures, two creatures, and an NPC. The horror grows from the fear of abuse of unwarranted authority. Burn the Vermin is a bug hunt crawl through a space station in the Cerdo System. It features a map, procedures, three creatures, and an NPC. TAMA-81 eradicated their persistent xeno infestation. It took years. Now, a wave of vermin has burst open and appeared on sensors. High Water Everywhere is a river-travel hex crawl through the dangerous Slate River Delta. The PCs need to recover a beacon that has washed up on shore and make it back to the Landing Zone alive. Includes: five boat loadouts, five Delta Guide NPCs, five environmental encounter tables, five Hex Horrors and seven other Delta creatures, a Slate River hex map, and encounter-based travel procedures.
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Historia Maps Pack | Historia Artbook by Mana Project Studio
  • SYSTEM: Historia
  • PRODUCT TYPE: 13 map folio/RPG hardcover artbook
  • RETAIL PRICE: $19.99 each
  • DESCRIPTION: Contains maps from Historia Corebook and Historia Adventure Book. The Historia Maps Pack includes: World Map, Mercy Island Map, Wegener's Palace Map, Villa del Lago Map, The Battle of the Scarlett Bight Map, Holy Kingdom Map, and more. Historia Artbook contains all the original concept art designed for the world of Vestiera.
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Charles Dunwoody

Charles Dunwoody


Unpaid Scientific Adviser (Ret.)
Would be nice to have actual links to the company and the product, rather than sending us to a Noble Knight link...
By going to a reseller, it does potentially lose money for the company producing it. Of course, Charles gets a kickback from the links, so I'm not surprised it is so.

Whizbang Dustyboots

Gnometown Hero
The campaign builder looks interesting. However, probably a little to much for something I am likely to never use :(
There are city NPCs, a small amount of player-facing stuff, a monster or three, but the vast majority of it is useful for sitting down to create your own city (towns get much less attention) and working through the process to flesh them out in a meaningful way.

If you're willing to further flesh out existing cities -- either ones you made or purchased -- the book is still useful, IMO, but it really shines when you use it before the campaign begins, to create a foundation for what will follow in the future.

It's much less of a grab bag of stuff to add to an urban game than, say, 3E's Cityscape book was. There are other resources out there that fit the bill, though, like Cawood Publishing's Monsters of the City. (Can you tell I run a campaign that spends a lot of time in cities?)

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