Tabletop Gaming News for Thursday, 9 May, 2013 [Monsters & Magic: A New OSR Game; Shadowrun 5th Edit

[h=3]EN World News[/h]
  • I've cleaned up and redesigned EN World's FAQ. Let me know if there's anything obvious missing or wrong!
  • Don't forget to vote in the $1000 7-Day RPG Compeition! Three days left!
  • Rel's latest article, That Which Is Measured Improves, discusses feedback.
  • We have a review of The Fires of Heaven (a sci-fi setting for the Hero System) -- "Overall, The Fires of Heaven is a hefty and pretty complete space opera setting for Star Hero/Hero System, and one that will likely have appeal to a wide range of science-fiction role-players. The author definitely accomplished his goal of creating a setting that was “hard” science-fiction in all the right areas, yet had room for the fantastic and wondrous in a few key places."
  • Dungeon Survival Horror is Kamikaze Midget's subject of choice this week. He discussesit three main elements (limited resources, isolation, and the avoidance of encounters).

[h=3]Dungeons & Dragons News[/h]

[h=3]Roleplaying Games News[/h]
  • The Monsters & Magic Roleplaying Game is a new fantasy RPG coming in June 2013 from Mindjammer Press. It's an OSR (Old School Rennaissance) game "specifically designed to be used with classic fantasy supplements and adventures with little or no conversion... Pick up your favourite old school campaigns, adventures, wilderness maps and encounter tables, those bestiaries, spellbooks, and gazetteers, and revisit them with this new set of rules." You can see more information plus some character sheets on the official web page.
  • Check out this monster art preview from 13 True Ways (for 13th Age) - murder pixies!
  • The Mage is a preview of Green Ronin' Dragon Age set 3. "Our Dragon Age Set 3 Class Previews come to a close with the Mage. By higher levels, Mages in Dragon Age possess vast mystical power capable of destroying hordes of lesser foes. Where Warriors use martial skill and physical power and Rogues rely on finesse and stealth, the Mage uses their knowledge and will to bend magic to their will and fight off the dangers of the Fade. "
  • Wise Turtle Publishing is Kickstarting an OVA anime RPG. "Become your favorite characters from the diverse worlds of Japanese animation in this easy to learn role-playing game."
  • There's a brand new preview for Shadowrun 5th Edition focusing on the setting and featured on Roleplayer's Chronicle.
  • Kobold Press' Midgard Bestiary is now available for Hero Lab.
  • There's another interview with Victoriana 3rd Edition line developer Walt Ciechanowski, this time about the "Sorcery and Steam" section.
  • Odyssey: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Campaign Management, written by award-winning authors Phil Vecchione and Walt Ciechanowski, the fourth book from Gnome Stew and Engine Publishing is coming in July. "200 pages of system-neutral advice on starting, managing, and ending campaigns for game masters of all stripes and experience levels."

[h=3]Community News[/h]
  • The latest article on Blackfen from The Kyngdoms takes a look at the many guilds that operate in the city, what they do for their members, and the impact they have.
  • Gnome Stew takes a second look at The Hidden World, a "world that seems much like our own, but that's just an illusion. However, the "modern world" isn't what it seems... for some reason."
  • Campaign Mastery discusses The Gap in Reality: Immersion in an RPG Environment.

[h=3]Boardgaming News[/h]
  • Fantasy Flight Games continues to preview Letters from Whitechapel, their Jack-the-Ripper hunting game. This preview is all about the optional rules available to make the game, harder, easier, or just plain trickier for the players.
  • FFG has also announced that The Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation will be back in print. Designed by Reiner Knizia the game is like Stratego, but different enough to be regarded as significantly better. It is scheduled for 3rd Quarter 2013.
  • Privateer Press has posted photos of their new Trollkin Warders for Hordes. The plastic minis come 5 to a box and should retail at about $45.

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