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This week bring plenty of fantasy adventures and worlds, some updated sci-fi rules, and two new...

This week bring plenty of fantasy adventures and worlds, some updated sci-fi rules, and two new RPGs covering a bit of both. Dungeons & Dragon Fifth Edition gets an adventure and collection of dangerous locations. HarnWorld gets a detailed kingdom write up. For sci-fi, Traveller arrives as a streamlined explorer’s version of the rules and the BattleTech RPG gets a 2022 version. New slimes are plopped down, another fantasy adventure beckons, and two new RPGs cover weird science-fantasy and treetop wildsailing.

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The Sunless Garden by Goodman Games
  • SYSTEM: Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover adventure
  • RETAIL PRICE: $9.99
  • DESCRIPTION: A D&D 5E conversion of DCC #10, originally published in 2004. Includes new monsters, player handouts, details on the trading post of Garland’s Fork, and all new interior artwork and maps. After arriving at the seemingly abandoned trading post of Garland’s Fork, the PCs discover that the inhabitants have been transformed into black trees. Clues lead to the hidden lair of Nockmort, a treant corrupted to unspeakable evil. To save the town of Garland’s Fork, the PCs must enter his sunless garden and do battle with other mutant creatures.
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Dangerous Destinations by Nord Games
  • SYSTEM: Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover supplement
  • RETAIL PRICE: $39.95
  • DESCRIPTION: Designed to assist a DM in creating adventuring locations and populating worlds. Provides information to flesh out destinations, its environment, and the danger that lurks there, as well as antagonist profiles, and generated destinations, each with their own unique artwork and full color maps.
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Kingdom of Rethem by Columbia Games
  • SYSTEM: HarnMaster HarnWorld
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover supplement
  • RETAIL PRICE: $59.99
  • DESCRIPTION: Rethem is a fractious feudal kingdom on the western coast of Hârn with a long history of violence, a rulership built on cunning and strength, and a shaky political structure. The kingdom's politics are dominated by the "black-souled and evil" churches of Agrik and Morgath. The threat of warfare between religious orders compounds the danger posed by rivalries between feudal lords. The kingdom's largest settlement, Golotha sits at the mouth of the Thard River and is a major trade center for whale oil and other riches of the sea. The kingdom's northern forests are rich in timber, furs, and mineral wealth.
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Traveller Explorer's Edition by Mongoose Publishing
  • SYSTEM: Traveller (Mongoose 2E)
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover condensed core rulebook
  • RETAIL PRICE: $24.99
  • DESCRIPTION: Provides all core game rules for Traveller plus a universe creation system that allows referees to create new star systems on the fly for PCs to visit and explore. PCs are bold scouts and intrepid scientists who travel into the unknown aboard their trusty Type-S Scout/Courier, a rugged exploration ship perfect for the job. They dock at advanced starports, visit strange worlds, encounter alien beings and animals, and take on the challenges of exploring the galaxy.
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A Time of War - A BattleTech Roleplaying Game (2022 Edition) by Catalyst Game Labs
  • SYSTEM: BattleTech RPG
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover core rulebook
  • RETAIL PRICE: $49.99
  • DESCRIPTION: PCs explore a 31st century of mechs and politics: a MechWarrior piloting the thirty-foot-tall BattleMechs that turn the tide of any battle’ a spy deep behind enemy lines discovering critical secrets, a merchant carrying critical supplies, or a scientist unleashing the latest cutting edge technologies. Mankind has spread to the stars and spawned titanic stellar empires, each controlling hundreds of worlds across a thousand light years and beyond. Yet political machinations of feudal lords plunge whole sectors into war, unscrupulous merchant starship captains smuggle weapons to their own faction's enemies, greedy military commanders demand tribute from worlds they're protecting, vicious pirate kings harvest high technologies and human slaves in lightning raid,; betrayals from oath-bound allies leave honorable soldiers growing cold on forgotten worlds, and death at the tip of knife from a concubine turned assassin to avenge a world and love lost. It is a time of war.
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GOZR (hardcover) | GOZR (softcover) | GOZR Bonus Pack by Square Hex
  • SYSTEM: unique
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover or softcover core rulebook/bonus pack of extras
  • RETAIL PRICE: $28.95/$16.95/$5.49
  • DESCRIPTION: A sci-fantasy filled with magic, weird technology, strange creatures, and lots of robots. Adventures involve ugly weirdos in a far future fallen world. A gooz character is created through a series of choices and random rolls like weapons and lucky symbol. Presented entirely in illustrated and hand-lettered pages. No fonts were used. Base rules are d20 rolls versus target numbers related to a PC’s ability. PCs can explore the streets of Goozer City and then head up the river to the Ghost Dunes or the Mountains of the Sun with the GM filling in details from the numerous random tables. The Bonus Pack includes: two double-sided A3 (folded to A4) posters, a GOZR button badge, eight double-sided character cards (printed 4UP on 2 A4 cards), 12 gooz character portrait stickers, and an A6 art card with bonus rules option on the reverse.
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A Selection of Slimes by Phillip Reed
  • SYSTEM: fantasy RPGs
  • PRODUCT TYPE: digest sized softcover supplement
  • RETAIL PRICE: $9.95
  • DESCRIPTION: New slimes to cause PCs to suffer. And to keep the PCs guessing, the basic concepts of a particular slime can be applied to an existing dungeon hazard. Perhaps that gray slime is a deviant contentious slime, a dangerous trick to play on adventurers who have encountered gray slimes in the past and feel confident that they know how to best deal with the jelly-like ooze. Slimes detailed within the pages of this booklet include: Contentious, Druid-Touched, Hellspawned, Humdrum, Icky, Merchant's, Necromancer's, Smarty, Treasure-Hungry, Vine, and Water.
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Adventure Module R1 - Into the Great Rift by BRW Games
  • SYSTEM: Adventures Dark and Deep
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover adventure
  • RETAIL PRICE: $5.95
  • DESCRIPTION: Recently a band of brigands returned to the town of Cleftwall laden with treasures that they claimed were recovered in caverns in the Great Rift that was recently exposed by an earthquake. But they also gave warning that the riches were obtained at great cost, for many strange creatures lurk in those caves. The PCs hear the rumors and decide to investigate. With the promise of great riches, perhaps they can overcome the dangers of the Great Rift.
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The Wildsea by Mythopoeia
  • SYSTEM: unique
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover core rulebook
  • RETAIL PRICE: $59.95
  • DESCRIPTION: Powered by a narrative, fiction-first d6 dice pool system that draws inspiration from games like Blades in the Dark and 13th Age. PCs are wildsailors, explorers of rustling waves and curious ruins, sailing the endless treetop expanse in a unique, player-created ship. PCs in the crew might be one of humanity's weathered descendants, a cactoid bastion of spine and bloom, a silk-clothed hive-mind of spiders, or as something much, much stranger.

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Charles Dunwoody

Charles Dunwoody

A 5e conversion of The Sunless Garden is amazing news! That's one of my top ten D&D adventures of all time. The adventure hook is wonderful.

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