RPG Print News – Legendary Games and More

D&D5E, Cthulhu, Hero System, Marvel, and brand new RPGs and supplements are in print this week.

Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition gets more rules and Cthulhu gets more adventures for one GM and one player. Hero System is still around and gets a couple of supplements. Then there are brand new RPGs and supplements made with deep care and conviction ranging from martial arts to ending a campaign in a big way and more. There is even a new universal RPG available. Also that Marvel RPG we talked about last week is also available.

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

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The Dragon's Hoard - Issue #31 by Legendary Games
  • SYSTEM: Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover supplement
  • RETAIL PRICE: $11.99
  • DESCRIPTION: This issue gathers rule content from Legendary Games’ ongoing Legendary Loot Patreon. Features magical items like the dissonant canticle and feathered mat of paradise, spells including burning pinwheels and torch-wielding mob, new item rules including the time-warping horacalcum and toxic metallurgic amber, along with monsters such as the fiery combusted and cinder ghoul and the massive lead golem.
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Even Death Can Die by Pelgrane Press
  • SYSTEM: Cthulhu Confidential
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover collection of nine adventures
  • RETAIL PRICE: $59.95
  • DESCRIPTION: A PC faces the noir nightscape of hardboiled and cosmically horrific Los Angeles, New York, or Washington DC, risking madness and corruption, alone. One PC plays a a lone investigator, equipped with smarts, fists, and just maybe a code of honor, uncovering their town’s secret truths including the eternal evil of the malign, cosmic indifference of the Cthulhu Mythos. The PC will face Nazi spies, a monster controlled by a megalomaniac, deal with a riot, face rat attacks, and more.
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Heroes in a Hurry | The Jolrhos Codex by Hero Games
  • SYSTEM: Hero System (5th Edition, Revised) and Fantasy Hero (5th Edition)
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover supplements
  • RETAIL PRICE: $25/$30
  • DESCRIPTION: Heroes In A Hurry has a modular character creation system without all the fiddly math. All it takes to build a ready-to-play superhero is to select from a list of pre-built Modules covering Background, Characteristics, Skills, Powers, Martial Arts, and more. Also includes: gadgets, a variety of vehicles, many complications, character concept ideas, sample characters, bonus bases, and more. The Jolrhos Codex contains almost a thousand new spells, songs, and rituals. magical spells from five different magical orders and sixteen magical schools. Spells include Cinder Spray, Grimstaff's Grand Enhancement, Serpent Spirit Charm, Tornado, and more. Also included are dozens of Bard Songs and Priestly rituals for every temple.
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Hieronymus: Garden of Earthly Delights | Hieronymus Playset by Twelve Pin Press
  • SYSTEM: unique
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover core rulebook
  • RETAIL PRICE: $18/$22
  • DESCRIPTION: Hieronymus: Garden of Earthly Delights is a hex-crawling RPG in which PCs are a group of refugees fleeing an astral terror known only as the Follower. As it pursues the PCs, they rip their way through reality into strange worldscapes inspired by the paintings of the mediaeval artist Hieronymus Bosch. First released in in 2021 the updated version includes new maps and content, new character playbooks, and expanded guidance for both players and game runners. The Playset includes the core rulebook, six character sheet bookmarks, and a foldable map of the Garden of Earthly Delights worldscape.
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Godsend Agenda (3rd Edition) by Khepera Publishing
  • SYSTEM: unique
  • PRODUCT TYPE: box set
  • RETAIL PRICE: $65.95
  • DESCRIPTION: PCs are epic-scale superheroes with heavy mythical and cosmic inspirations brought to life. PCs are at the center of creating postmodern mythology, challenging the status quo, and changing the world positively and meaningfully.
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Heroes & Hardships Core Rulebook by Earl of Fife Games
  • SYSTEM: unique
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover core rulebook
  • RETAIL PRICE: $54.99
  • DESCRIPTION: A universal RPG system suitable for any setting or genre that allows gamemasters to craft any story they desire. Includes optional rules, hundreds of character options, and two magic systems for wizards and super heroes. Has dangerous and tactical combat with optional rules for simpler forms of violence. Also has vehicle creation and combat and a bestiary full of foes from a variety of genres.
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World Ending Game by Everest Pipkin
  • SYSTEM: systemless
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover supplement
  • DESCRIPTION: A series of small games to end a campaign or story, written to serve as the last session of a campaign in any system. It should come after the final adventure and does not have mechanics for deciding big story outcomes, but instead offers a series of scenes and vignettes that build towards and create closure. A set of overarching rules create conversation then 20 small games, called Endings, form scenes, compounding and building on one another to form a final session of play. Players pick scenes for their characters, while the GM controls the camera, the lighting, the mood, and the frame for each Ending much like the last 20 minutes of a movie.
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Fight to Survive by Radio James Games
  • SYSTEM: unique
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover core rulebook
  • DESCRIPTION: PCs are 20th century martial artists dealing with heartbreak and the low-stakes adventures of down-to-earth urban try-and-die martial arts where most situations are violent and usually end in sadness. The PCs are struggling, mundane, down-and-dirty, tough folks exploring the spirit of martial arts action cinema, with all its sincerity and emotion. Best for long campaigns of martial legacy. The game includes: meaningful combat with moves compared against other moves with one winning against the other, an emotional side to PCs which is just as important as their violent lifestyle, and multi-generational play in which players unfold an entire martial lineage throughout the 20th century. Players don't need to know martial arts to play, but if they do they will find a deeper richness during game play.
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Marvel Multiverse RPG by Marvel Comics
  • SYSTEM: d616
  • PRODUCT TYPE: GM screen
  • RETAIL PRICE: $59.99
  • DESCRIPTION: I finally get to roll a d616! PCs are either Marvel super heroes or entirely new ones who strive to put an end to the sinister plots of menacing super villains. Includes illustrations from Marvel's artists. Includes quick character creation, bombastic combat, and scores of super powers along with full profiles of dozens of Marvel's heroes and villains.

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Charles Dunwoody

Charles Dunwoody

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
A 6d16 system seems needlessly convoluted. What is their reasoning for it?

Per Matt Forbeck in the interview linked above...

All that said, we have a unique and easy-to-use dice mechanic that’s the core of our d616 System. You roll three regular dice — the kind you could borrow from any mass-market board game — and add them up. One of the dice is marked as a special Marvel die, though, and if you get a 1 on that die, something fantastic happens. This can trigger a special effect, cause extra damage, or do something even wilder.

It’s loads of fun and offers surprises every time you play.

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