Saturday, October 26, 2019

Kickstarter - Against the Darkmaster (Rolemaster Clone)

I was a fairly big fan of Rolemaster and MERP back in the early and mid-80s. There was just something about those critical tables that brough folks back to the table. With the Against the Darkmaster Kickstarter, what's old is new and Rolemaster gets cloned.

Heck, there is even a free Quickstart so you can check out the rules prior to backing. Against the Darkmaster Quickstart.
Against the Darkmaster is a traditional tabletop Epic Fantasy roleplaying game, inspired by great classic fantasy sagas and designed to bring heroic action and heavy metal combat to your table. 
If you put together works like The Lord of the Rings and The Wheel of Time, sprinkled them with a bit of Labyrinth and Dragonslayer, and put everything in a blender together with a healthy dose of classic Heavy Metal, you’ll get a typical Against the Darkmaster game session.
The game is built around a single simple underlying mechanics: you roll a d100, add your bonus, and confront the result on a table to see the outcome of your character’s actions. This makes the game quick and easy to master even for new players, without having to sacrifice detail. 
With 12 different Kins, 13 Cultures, 6 Vocations, and dozens of different Background Options, Against the Darkmaster doesn’t just let you make the character you want; it also helps you create a hero that will feel as if it sprang straight out of the pages of an Epic Fantasy Saga! 
19 bucks for the PDF. 55 for the Print plus PDF

Friday, October 25, 2019

Wayward Kickstarter - Far West - Where Art Thou, Gareth Shirker?

Well, the answer to the question possed above is fairly obvious: he's on Twitter tilting windmills. He certainly isn't doing much work on Far West. The last update on the Far West Kickstarter was from July 15th, 2019, where Gareth told us: "All official updates will now appear on the Far West website.  We have a forum there where I can be reached for questions.  The Kickstarter page will be used purely for the delivery of texts, PDFs, etc. to backers.  Now, the home stretch.  Talk to you soon."

So, in violation of Kickstarter's own rules, all updates will now be on a forum that Gareth controls. Which means Gareth gets to control who comments. You would assume there would be some kind of updates on the forum, let alone some comments from Gareth's loyal fans, right?

So, with the exception of a comment in the Far West Music section from September 13th of this year, we have to go back to December of 2018 for the last comment on Far West over on the Forum Side.

But he's alive and well on Twitter. If only Far West were political, he could write it 280 characters at a time.

Then there was this Twitter post from this January:

Actually, its $49,324 of other people's money that you spent already with NOTHING to show for it after nearly 8 years (inferred from the inability to refund backers monies when requested) that upsets folks like me.

Thus ends the obligatory Far West Fiasco update for October 26th, 2019.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

News - Fantasy Grounds College Presents: Spooktober (This Weekend - Online Con)

I'm really getting close to playing around with Fantasy Grounds again. I loved it as a player, loved it less as a DM (too much work to set things up). But with the new version of Fantasy Grounds coming out soon and Frog God Games having releases for Fantasy Grounds in the pipes, I may just have to return.

Fantasy Grounds College is having a Spooktober this weekend, which is why I'm thinking Fantasy Grounds at the moment. They will be hosting spooky games all weekend. I'd jump in but I've got to prep and pack for Gamehole Con next week.
What is Spooktober? 
The weekend of October 25, 26 and 27th, or “Spooktober” is an event where we will have our GMs run games for everyone to play. What kind of games? Spooky games, of course! Anything horror related, or even spooky fun games, or Halloween-type topics.
So check out our schedule and sign up for a game. As of Friday, October 18, we have 29 games that need players. 
You will need to be a member of the FGC Discord in order to participate, as that is where we will be running our audio for our games. 
FGC Discord Invite: https://discord.gg/Ew6nYyw 
You will also need to register for an account on our website in order to book a seat at a table. Please use your Discord name and sign up at: 
FGC Website Registration: https://fantasygroundscollege.net/new-user-registration/ 
After those two things are met, you can search our Events Calendar for games. I’ve added links to games on specific days during the Spooktober event so if you are only available on specific days, you can narrow your search. Please keep in mind that all our events are scheduled in UTC 0. You will need to add or subtract your UTC offset to find out when the game starts in your personal time zone.
https://fantasygroundscollege.net/events/2019-10-24/ October 24th Events
https://fantasygroundscollege.net/events/2019-10-25/ October 25th Events
https://fantasygroundscollege.net/events/2019-10-26/ October 26th Events
https://fantasygroundscollege.net/events/2019-10-27/ October 27th Events
https://fantasygroundscollege.net/events/2019-10-28/ October 28th Events

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Humble Bundle - Warhammer 40k Roleplay - Rogue Trader

My return to active roleplaying was Warhammer 40k - Dark Heresy. That was probably 2007 or so, using Fantasy Grounds. I'd been away from active RPG playing for about 10 years at the time, and Warhammer 40k and the Fantasy Grounds VTT were my first steps back. I have very fond memories of the time.

As for Warhammer 40k - Rogue Trader, I always felt of the various flavors of the 40k mythos to roleplay in, it would have the most flexibility.

Looks like I'm picking up another Humble Bundle RPG bundle ;)

Here are your options with the Warhammer 40k Roleplay - Rogue Trader Humble Bundle:

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Kickstarter - City of Jordoba: 3D Printable Terrain by Otus and Lovecraft (and Matt Finch)

I think I've gotten to the point where I need a 3d printer because of Kickstarters like this. Yes, Fat Dragon has had some amazing 3d printable terrain Kickstarters, but the City of Jordoba: 3D Printable Terrain Kickstarter is pushing me over the edge. Damn you Matt Finch and Company. Damn You!
This is not your ordinary "fantasy city" -- it's built on sword & sorcery fiction, not on "high fantasy." Sword & sorcery fiction - the heart of D&D - isn't really set in the worlds of Tudor and Gothic architecture. For example, Conan strides through realms that are mostly akin to the Fertile Crescent and Africa -- nothing like Merry Olde England. Fafyrd and the Grey Mouser swagger around in cities based on Alexandria, Tyre, and Seville. This is the realm of the Black Company, not the the Fellowship. Not only is sword & sorcery fiction "based" outside of Western Europe, it takes imaginary versions of these places and adds the strange, the weird, and the alien. 
Who better to portray the strange, the weird, and the alien than famed D&D artist Erol Otus? For our fantasy city we've teamed up Erol Otus as a concept artist, Iain Lovecraft as the sculptor and designer, and Matt Finch as concept artist and designer. Our objective -- to offer a swords & sorcery city that's different from anything else out there. 
Cult following? Yeah, pretty close. Erol's work on early D&D art includes the cover of the Basic Set and the famous Cthulhu Mythos section of Deities and Demigods that TSR removed from the book in later printings. He has, let's say, a reputation for weird, phantasmagorical imagery, which made him perfect for what we wanted to do with this Kickstarter. We got Erol to do a lot of the concept art upon which this Kickstarter is based, with contributions from Matt Finch. Iain Lovecraft's well-known work as a 3D sculptor/designer is, of course, present throughout. 

Monday, October 21, 2019

Amazing and FREE One-Page Dungeon Generator

There is an amazing One-Page random dungeon generator at: https://watabou.itch.io/one-page-dungeon. Even more amazing, I saw it shared on Twitter ;)

Seriously, pictures speak louder (and better) than any words I may put to this page. Just remember to screenshot any maps you like before refreshing the page.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Announcement - Wee Warriors Comes to Precis Intermedia

You can read the press release directly here. - Tenkar

Precis Intermedia is pleased to announce that it has acquired the intellectual property rights to Wee Warriors and its products. Founded in 1975, Wee Warriors produced not only what is believed to be the first character sheet for Dungeons & Dragons, but also the first stand-alone adventure. Wee Warriors later went on to produce two more adventures, game accessories, and a number of small tabletop games, including The Embattled Trek and Labyrinthine.

Classic reprints of most of the product line are expected in both PDF and print formats, as are further development and new editions in the future. More information on Wee Warriors products can be found at the Precis Intermedia web site (http://www.pigames.net).

A classic reprint of The Vanquished Foe, a mini-boardgame, is now available in PDF and printed formats. With a low price tag, you no longer need to spend a fortune to find a rare original of this early dungeon-style game.

"As a vintage game collector, I am delighted to be able to bring back these largely-forgotten gems," says Brett M. Bernstein of Precis Intermedia. "These games and modules were created in a time devoid of today’s plethora of advanced software and print services. It is a testament to the creative spirit."

Incorporating one of the first electronic publishers of roleplaying games, Precis Intermedia is known for its diverse line-up, clear and concise games, and the return of vintage titles. Current lines include Shatterzone, Bloodshadows, Supergame, Two-Fisted Tales, Lords of Olympus, Man, Myth & Magic, Mean Streets, Warcosm, the Amazing 8in1 Die, Disposable Heroes Paper Minis, and much more.

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