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RPG Print News – Silverarm; Dinoberry Press; Rowan, Rook & Decard; and More

This week: car driving dinosaurs in a world of whimsy, OSR, Cthulhu Mythos, and more.

This week: car driving dinosaurs in a world of whimsy. Old-School Essentials/Basic and Expert D&D gets a big pirate adventure and setting, fantasy RPGs in general get dead PC rules for after a TPK, and D&D gets Cthulhu Mythos hacked in a second edition. New RPGs include the afore mentioned art-marking RPG of car driving dinosaurs and a solo vampire RPG, along with an adventure for MÖRK BORG. There are also RPGs about Space Panthers and young people fighting the Man. Finally, Heroes & Hardships gets a supplement and there are cyberpunk fae coins 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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Secret of the Black Crag by Silverarm
  • SYSTEM: Old-School Essentials
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover adventure setting
  • DESCRIPTION: "What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams."—Werner Herzog. A 96 page island-crawl sandbox adventure for a party of level 1-5 characters centered around a multi-level dungeon. Inside is the pirate haven of Port Fortune, a mysterious forbidden rock riddled with over 75 dangerous dungeon rooms on three levels, 18 adventurous locations on a detailed hex map, two more fully keyed dungeons, and five sparring factions from coral encrusted skeleton pirates to manufactured crab people, a rival pirate crew generator, underwater adventuring rules, 11 monsters, and a talking gorilla in a captain's hat.
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Ink by Snowbright Studio
  • SYSTEM: unique dead PC rules for fantasy RPGs
  • PRODUCT TYPE: hardcover supplement
  • RETAIL PRICE: $24.99
  • DESCRIPTION: PCs are the ghosts of dead characters trying to battle their way out of the spirit world. Includes rules for procedurally generated campaigns, nautical combat, and a bevy of friendly Boorista ghosts along the way to sell you invigorating, caffeinated magical elixirs. Get it? Boorista? Heh. Includes a map of the spirit world, details on the islands and fiends of the Ink, six Shadow forms to grow supernatural abilities, 10 greater fiends, 25 sea creatures and common fiends, 75 plus different Elixirs and supernatural Powers, rules for nautical combat and ships, and a collection of Boorista owned and operated Elixir shops.
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Cthulhu Hack (softcover 2nd Edition) | Cthulhu Hack (hardcover 2nd Edition) | Forgotten Duty by All Rolled Up
  • PRODUCT TYPE: full color core rulebook/softcover adventure
  • RETAIL PRICE: $23.95/$39.95/$6.95
  • DESCRIPTION: PCs investigate cosmic horror in Lovecraft’s sanity-shattering universe while trying to survive. Includes six ready-to-play character archetypes and simple dice mechanics compatible with AD&D and many OSR supplements and adventures. Also has guidance for both running and playing the game, an updated and expanded introductory scenario, Save Innsmouth, and a selection of monsters, magic, and secret lore. In Forgotten Duty, the PCs travel to the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain in search of a rare book that contains the chronicles of a monk who claimed to have witnessed visions of other worlds. This visit leads to grim discoveries and an ages-old hunt for liberation from a clash of cults and Elder Gods.
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Dinocar by Dinoberry Press
  • SYSTEM: unique
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover art-making and RPG core rulebook
  • DESCRIPTION: The players map out a section of a whimsical world where dinosaurs drive cars. The PC dinosaurs then drive across the terrain, embrace the created chaos, and weave unique and fantastical dino-stories. And the players get to craft pieces of abstract art with their friends.
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Bloodless by Owl Point Press
  • SYSTEM: solo unique
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover core rulebook
  • DESCRIPTION: A solo journaling RPG that helps build a narrative using prompts and dice rolls. Play as a struggling vampire who’s trying to make it to their haven before the sun rises. There's no GM needed to play. Includes additional tables and lists of names, events, and locations.
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GM's Guide Volume 1 | 500 Paces by Earl of Fife Games
  • SYSTEM: Heroes & Hardships/MÖRK BORG
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover supplements
  • RETAIL PRICE: $24.99/$12
  • DESCRIPTION: The Heroes & Hardships GM's Guide Volume 1 includes the following optional rules: Career Template Rules, Fatigue Rules, Non-Humanoid Hit Locations, Armor Penalties for Magic, Casting Methods, Spellbooks & Scrolls, Quick Adversaries, and New Mob Rules. 500 Paces is a mature themed adventure for three to four players. They battle a Collector of souls, crying out with human shrieks and opening its maw to display a maelstrom of human souls. Creepy.
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Mythiquipment by Arbitrio Games
  • SYSTEM: unique GMless dice pool
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover core rulebook
  • DESCRIPTION: Two to six players romp through a light, action-RPG inspired, GM-less MMORPG biome of Space Panthers and great axes for 2-6 players. Players create and customize weapons, trade them amongst each other, and fight increasingly difficult monsters until facing off against the boss of the Zone. Powered by a simple dice pool mechanic that emphasizes cinematic combat and narrative problem solving. Each turn, a player describes just how freaking cool their weapon is and by incorporating its traits and the Zone's environmental features additional dice are added to a roll. To finish a round against a mini-boss or boss, a PC needs enough dice to a pool to GO IN FOR THE KILL. If the roll fails, the PC may get killed.
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Hopes & Dreams by Fari RPGS
  • SYSTEM: unique rules-lite
  • PRODUCT TYPE: softcover core rulebook
  • DESCRIPTION: PCs are young adults who want to make a difference in a world that won’t let them. Government officials are corrupted and the future looks bleak. The PCs have dreams of what life could be and are willing to fight for it in this original grunge industrial fantasy setting. Includes five kits for character creation, a progression system that focuses on the group's dream, rules for PCs to perform powerful stunts ignited by their hope, and details about a grunge fantasy city full of opportunities and districts to explore.
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Fair Gold by Rowan, Rook & Decard
  • PRODUCT TYPE: six two-sided coins in a velvet bag
  • DESCRIPTION: Elusive and enigmatic cyberpunk fae-lords gift their Neo with Fair Gold. The Neo, a class similar to a rogue, uses these coins to power up their cybernetic implants. Unlike the actual Fair Gold, these coins won’t vanish come dawn (not a promise, I don’t mess with cyberpunk fae-lords as a general rule).

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Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
  • DESCRIPTION: "What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams."—Werner Herzog.
Those who like Werner Herzog should get the audio book read by the film maker himself

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