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Sunday, September 25, 2022

In-Game SOPs

In-Game SOPs
I was watching...something, not the salient point here...and one of the characters basically SOPs the door and it struck me as odd because it wasn't a bunch of military or police "stacking up". I'm not used to seeing this too often out in the wild...

..."too often" because I am a Veteran and in that capacity I am quite used to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs or "sop/sops"), but honestly higher-level established SOPs are usually (at least in my experience) called TTPs, or Tactics Techniques, & Procedures. I have seen unit-level SOPs and I like to think that I had some individualized SOPs....I know I do on my job now, but it took me a few minutes to think about it. I have a little black book I use to keep notes in and that's where I keep a record of my SOPs....

...well, I thought I kept a record of those SOPs. I just took a look at the book and it's filled with notes on how to do certain things for each of my main work tasks, but no actual SOPs, more like remarks on how the big boss likes specific things done...again, more like problem solving than SOPs.

My current home group kind of has some SOPs, but as far as I know they aren't written down and they were established (probably decades) before I joined the group. It's more a short-hand between the party Thief and the GM.

"You going to SOP the door?"

"Yes, but I'll let the junior thief do it and I'll follow up to check their work."

Now to me it makes a lot of sense for Thieves to naturally have a series of SOPs and maybe a party when it comes to certain things:

  • Marching Order
  • Room searching
  • Post-battle recovery
  • Night Watches
Some SOPs are clearly the product of player experience vs. player-character experience, but not necessarily in the realm of using Out Of Character knowledge. Often in pick-up or convention games I'm more than happy to take a backseat, as it were, and be the rear-guard, assuming I have an appropriate PC. When I get to do this, I make sure to tell the GM my main SOP is to regularly be looking up ahead of the group and behind the group, even if that's to my PC's detriment. If everybody ahead of me falls silently into a trap there's a good chance I'll fall in as well if I happen to be shuffling backwards during that moment. 

In my old HackMaster group I recall two specific SOPs, both of which really seemed like OOC, I'll dare say "cheating", but both were established kind of painfully (well, as far as PCs go). I'll be a bit generic in the explanation 'cause there's no need to be bogged down by rules for a game you're not playing....
  1. The first happened after a long zombie campaign. In HackMaster a zombie is no big deal, but put a few together, and you're on the menu. Zombie have an interesting mechanic in that when you get a couple "on you" pretty much every other zombie in reach gets a free bite. Thing is that in HackMaster armor technically makes it easier to be hit, but reduces the amount of damage taken......and these free bites bypass this damage reduction. Armor can also make you fight/swing slower so.......when zombies come around, it's time to remove the armor. One group figure this out in-character after several large zombie battles where they barely survived and this TTP became party lore shared long after the original group's members were no longer around. Also, we kind of got in the habit of decapitating foes as a matter of course........to prevent zombie retaliation (so kind of a zombie twofer).
  2. Speaking of armor, when fighting HUGE foes, like really big humanoids/anything (Bugbears, Ogres, up to & including Giants), ditch the shield. Shields are literally designed to take a hit, and if the foes hits really hard to begin with, sometimes it's better to reduce the number of times you're hit instead of getting your shit kicked in because you put up this piece of wood and metal as an intentional target, backed by your body. We learned this one after having a couple of shields just shattered off of our PC's arms...and of course the PCs took some decent damage as well. 
Now these were two specific SOP examples, but they were actually developed during the course of the game as opposed to players reading the rules and doing the math. Now I'm not saying that players doing player type stuff is bad per se, but I like the idea of SOPs developing as lore that gets passed down from one set of PCs to another over the course of (hopefully) years of in-game adventuring.

Now we just need to establish a SOP of an in-character journal to pass these nuggets down the line....


Saturday, September 24, 2022

Kickstarter - Encounter Critical III


Encounter Critical III is an OSR roleplaying game by Venger Satanis... eldritch, gonzo, science-fantasy, and post-apocalyptic.

What can I say about Encounter Critical? Written by S. John Ross as a satire of other, prior Old School RPGs, it acquired a bit of a cult following. When it was put up for sale by its creator in early 2021, Venger purchased the rights to the system. Now, in the second half of 2022, Venger is Kickstarting Encounter Critical III (I do not believe there was an actual Encounter Critical I).

Note: The Original Encounter Critical can be snagged for free at DTRPG. Even if you have no desire to back the EC3 Kickstarter, this is no reason to miss out on the older, classic, free version of Encounter Critical.

So, what does the Encounter Critical III Kickstarter offer that differs from the original? In Venger's own words:

I'm all about rules-light, minimalist games, so I intend for Encounter Critical III to come out somewhere between 25-30 full-color pages.  That will include the rules to play the game and at least one introductory adventure.

I also intend for Encounter Critical III to be compatible with standard OSR systems and rules.  Here's a recent video of me talking about system simplicity without sacrificing the OMG, WTF?!? vibe: https://youtu.be/AQEO3ZY9naU

Additionally, there will be a one-page list of options allowing people to make their own OSR type RPG more like EC3, if they don't want to abandon their own system of choice.

What's the catch?  I'm setting the game in Cha'alt, or, at least, a version of Cha'alt, assuming, as I do, that campaign settings such as this exist in a multiverse.  If you already know and love Cha'alt, then it's a win/win/win!

If you are a fan of Venger's work, Encounter Critical III will likely be a good fit for you. If you aren't a fan, YMMV. The source material is solid. See for yourself, as the link is above.

Encounter Critical III is 10 bucks for 25-30 full-color pages in PDF. No print version is available at this time. 


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Friday, September 23, 2022

LotFP Has a Selection of Free and PWYW Titles on DTRPG - Reading Material for Our Interview with James Raggi ;)


Earlier tonight the Random Party Generator we had James Raggi IV of Lamentations of the Flame Princess as our special guest. The interview lasted a hair over three hours and felt like less than an hour as we recorded it. James is a great guest.

Snag the LotFP Rules and Ref Book for free, as well as a nice handful of adventures and material at PWYW pricing.

You can watch the interview with James below:

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Humble Bundle - Fantasy RPG Comics (Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, and More)

I've been on a comic book kick recently. Not the new stuff which is priced at 3? 4? bucks per 32-page book, but stuff like The Sandman (classic Neil Gaiman) via Cosmicology Unlimited and classic 2000 AD (Judge Dredd and more) via an earlier Humble Bundle. I am seriously enjoying reading comics on my iPad. It almost seems like it was built for the purpose.

Now I have the opportunity to add 14 fantasy titles for15 bucks with the Fantasy RPG Comics Bundle at Humble Bundle. Between this and my audiobooks, my reading material is covered for months! Huzzah!


Explore the role-playing experience with this fantastic bundle of fantasy comics! Delve deeper into the characters and lore of your favorite settings in stories based on Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder. Discover a world where gaming sessions get all too real in the acclaimed horror-fantasy series Die. Follow the adventures of a band of mercs in the sword-and-sorcery send-up Skullkickers. 


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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

DTRPG Setting Sale - ALIEN, Twilight: 2000 and More

This week has some interesting titles as part of the DTRPG Settings Sale. I figured I'd highlight a few of my favorites:

ALIEN RPG - I actually played in a short campaign using these rules earlier in the year and it was a blast. I must say, the rules do a very good job of being fairly intuitive, at least from the player's perspective. I own the Starter Box as a physical product, and it does an excellent job presenting the rules and the default setting. The full ALIEN RPG is normally 24.99, but on sale for 14.99. The ALIEN Starter Set is normally 19.99, currently on sale for 11.99. There is also a large collection of discounted support material for the Alien RPG.

Twilight: 2000 4th Edition Core Set - I played the first edition of Twilight 2000 back in the 80s. It was all about tracking down fuel and food and simple survival. It was a good time. This is the new edition from Free League Publishing. I'm very tempted to pick up the new edition just to see if I can get my old group to play another session. Normally 29.99, Twilight: 2000 4th Edition Core Set is on sale for 23.99.

Vaesen - Nordic Horror Roleplaying - "Welcome to the Mythic North – northern Europe of the nineteenth century, but not as we know it today. A land where the myths are real. A cold reach covered by vast forests, it's few cities lonely beacons of industry and enlightenment – a new civilization dawning. But in the countryside, the old ways still hold sway. There, people know what lurks in the dark. They know to fear it. Vaesen presents a dark Gothic setting steeped in Nordic folklore and the old myths of Scandinavia." Damn, with a pitch like this I REALLY want to play in this setting. Normally 24.99, Vaesen - Nordic Horror Roleplaying is on sale for 14.99

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Mutants & Masterminds PDF Mega-Bundle - 56 Titles for 29.99


For years, Mutants & Masterminds was THE supers RPG. Powered by the OGL, it was one of the more successful RPGs of its generation.

The Mutants & Masterminds PDF Mega-Bundle consists of 56 titles, over $500 worth of supers RPG gaming, for 30 bucks

Here's the complete list of what you get:

A PDF archive of almost everything released for Mutants & Masterminds first edition and second edition! That’s 56 PDF-format books for a bit over 50 cents each! 

7 PDF books from Mutants & Masterminds first edition, including the core rulebook and the Freedom City setting, the books that launched it all 20 years ago!

These M&M 1e products, such as Noir and Gimmick’s Guide to Gadgets, have never before appeared in PDF format.

49 M&M second edition products, from the core rules to sourcebooks like Ultimate Power to PDF-only releases. 

Just $29.99 for 56 PDF products comes to just a bit over fifty cents per PDF!

Included in this bundle, you'll find these PDFs:

First Edition

  • Mutants & Masterminds RPG (first edition)
  • Freedom City
  • Time of Crisis
  • Mutants & Masterminds Annual #1
  • Foes of Freedom
  • Gimmick's Guide to Gadgets
  • Noir

Second Edition

  • Mutants & Masterminds RPG (second edition)
  • Freedom City (second edition)
  • Lockdown
  • Lockdown: Gen-Pop
  • Masterminds Manual
  • Golden Age
  • Ultimate Power
  • Agents of Freedom
  • Time of Vengeance
  • Mutants & Masterminds Beginner's Guide (with Doom Room map)
  • Hero High
  • Instant Superheroes
  • Iron Age
  • A More Perfect Union
  • Paragons
  • Book of Magic
  • Worlds of Freedom
  • Freedom's Most Wanted
  • Time of Crisis (second edition)
  • Mecha & Manga
  • Warriors & Warlocks
  • Silver Age
  • Mutants & Masterminds Annual #2
  • Archetype Archive 1
  • Archetype Archive 2
  • Archetype Archive 3
  • Freedom City Archetypes
  • Villainous Archetypes 1
  • Villainous Archetypes 2
  • Archetype Archive Collection
  • Street Level Archetypes
  • Street Level Archetypes 2
  • Villainous Archetypes 3
  • Freedom City Street Level Archetypes
  • Hero High Yearbook
  • Hero High Villains
  • Iron Age Vigilantes & Villains
  • Freedom City Atlas: Pyramid Plaza
  • Hero High Exchange Students
  • Freedom City Atlas: Scarab's Lair
  • Little League
  • Freedom City Atlas: Lantern Hill
  • In a Strange Land
  • Freedom City Atlas: Providence Asylum
  • Villainous Lairs: The Amusement Park
  • Deadly Day of the Dread Destructus
  • Mutants & Masterminds Character Stand-Ups
  • Mutants & Masterminds Character Stand-Ups 2
  • Mutants & Masterminds Character Record Folio

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Humble Bundle - 3d Printable Dungeons, Creatures, & More by Fat Dragon Games

I have some experience with Fat Dragon 3d Printable Terrain, having run The Mouth of Doom level of Rappan Athuk at a number of conventions in the late teens for Frog God Games. They are both lighter and cheaper than Dwarven Forge products (which are amazing), the only drawback (which is also a selling point) is that you need to have your own 3d printer (or know someone that does and is cool with printing out stuff for you). As I seem to be saying a lot these days - someday I'll be one of the cool kids ;)

For 18 bucks you get a literal unlimited (well, limited by your source material of plastic, but in theory, unlimited) amount of various terrain, creatures, and decorative items for your dungeons and ruins with the 3d Printable Dungeons, Creatures, & More Bundle from Fat Dragon Games

And I MAY just have figured out where to fit a 3d printer in this room. Time to take measurements...


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Sunday, September 18, 2022

I Got Called Out at Work this Week

I Got Called Out at Work this Week
This last week one of my co-workers tried making fun of RPGs (in general) and I mockingly took offense, which elicited a huge "NNNNNEEEEEEEEERRRDD!" in response. 

Yes, I know I'm a Nerd/Dork/Dweeb.....but just because I sling dice on the weekends?

I do plenty of other shit that qualifies me to be a Nerd....yeah, I'm just going to stick with Nerd as my preferred put-down. OK, I do go to NTRPG every summer since I've been at this job. My co-workers think I cosplay......WTF?

Now I work with a bunch of Active-Duty Soldiers and Retired Vets at a military course, so there's a few well-deserved stereotypes in the workplace and Nerds/Dorks aren't generally considered one of them, but it should!

Nerd, Dork, Geek Chart

Seriously.....Monday morning is normally a bunch of talk about the weekends' games. Lots of stats, specifics on individual players, and even what sounds like some role-play when it comes to things like Fantasy Football. It really doesn't let up much Tuesday to Friday...

We are coming into fall so now it's football, but soon we'll be adding hunting into the mix and there's still some fishing to be had....oh and the weather is still good for golf.

Actually, on review of the appropriate chart my coworkers would probably classify as Geeks or Nerds since I wouldn't consider any of them as "Socially Inept". Probably not even a little bit.

Anyway, back to my accuser, that effer followed up with "Well I actually used to like RPGS." Oh really, what kind?

"Baldur's Gate"

Geek Hierarchy

Oh for fuck's sake. If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone equate table-top RPGs with a computer game......well I wouldn't have to be in a workplace to hear this BS one more time...

While I do own the hobbies that bring me joy, it grates on me after a while that I get a light ribbing...if I'm lucky, or the occasional medium harassment, from people that have their own thing that brings them happiness. That they can't see that they're just the same as me, just with different shit.

Except Furries.....they've just got problems.

Friday, September 16, 2022

ShireCon PreCon Get it On was Tonight

Yep, Rach and I are in Falls Village, CT for ShireCon 2022. We booked a room at the Falls Village Inn, and it is a historical location with a very nice bar and restaurant - so long as you eat and drink between 5 pm and 8 pm. Seriously, possibly the best pub burger I've had, and I know my pub burgers ;)

It was fun catching up with new and old friends after dinner at the Pre-Con-Get-It-On. Right now, Rach is helping with some finishing touches on tomorrow's Swords & Wizardy Light adventure. I'm looking forward to a day of gaming, and a night of drinking ;)





Thursday, September 15, 2022

Humble Bundle - Audio Tales from the Indomitus Crusade 2022 by Black Library


Warhammer 40k
universe fiction? CHECK

In audiobook format? CKECKITY-CHECK-CHECK!

21 Titles for 18 bucks! I'm in :)

Audio Tales from the Indomitus Crusade 2022 by Black Library

FOR THE IMPERIUM! Set your sights on the farthest stars and prepare to root out the evils that plague the Imperium of Man in this bundle of over 20 Warhammer 40,000 audiobooks chronicling the Indomitus Crusade! Immerse yourself in tales of conflict against Orks, Tyranids, T’au, and the forces of Chaos in Indomitus, Cadia Stands, Eye of Night, and more audio tales from Black Library. Explore the expansive and rich universe of Warhammer 40,000, and help support EveryLibrary Institute with your purchase!




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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Kickstarter - STL Files for 3D Printing Star Hat Miniatures

Star Hat Miniatures and Ill Gotten Games Presents: STL Files for 3D Printing Dungeon Delvers, Ducks, Turtles, Trolls, Crows, and more!

I'm a HUGE fan of Darcy Perry and his Star Hat Miniatures line. With amazing details, imaginative poses, and unique creatures, his work is second to none.

Darcy's STL Files for 3D Printing Star Hat Miniatures Kickstarter may just be the offering that convinces me to purchase a 3d printer. Imagine, unlimited Tenkar miniatures! :)

STL files for 3D printing Star Hat Miniatures is a set of 3D-printable miniatures that you can print, paint, and enjoy in your tabletop games. 

Hand Sculpted High-Quality Digital STL files

My name is Darcy Perry from Star Hat Miniatures and I sculpted these miniatures by hand, using traditional methods (putty, paperclips, and patience). Inspired by the classic miniatures of my youth, sculpting has been my passion for the last 6 years. Jeremy Larsen from Ill Gotten Games scanned my miniatures using a dual-camera LED scanner that rotates the model on two axes to provide high-resolution digital STLs. Your pledge is delivered as an STL file pack to print on your home 3D printer. I hope you enjoy my miniatures as much as I enjoyed making them! 

Guess what? We have Darcy as tonight's Special Guest on the Talking Crit Livestream tonight at 8 PM Eastern!


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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Wayward Kickstarter - Far West - BACKER UPDATE - Finished Manuscript within a Month or so - So Gareth Says!

 Well, Gareth has made promises before, so let me just add the following:


Sure, it's a "Backers Only Update", but after more than a decade of excuses and delays, I'm not sure how many backers actually care at the moment. Here's today's update, sans Dropbox link (I'll look over the linked material later):

Greetings, Backers --

I have some excellent news for you all.  I've spoken to my partner, Eric Trautmann, who informs me that the layout of FAR WEST will be completed within the next month or so!  We are so close to delivering the PDF!

Your incredible patience has made this all possible, and I cannot begin to thank you enough.

It occurred to me as I was preparing to send you this news that I hadn't yet sent you the complete manuscript, from beginning to end.  You'd seen bits and pieces of it, but not the whole thing.  So, without further ado, I present the following to you -- PDFs of the entire manuscript, from the Front Matter to the Open Game License that closes the rulebook.

No link for you - if a backer, look for today's update

Another piece of news for you:  As you know, our Far West society forums on the website were the victim of an attack, which corrupted several critical files, and ended up with us losing the entire forum.  Well, I have now replaced that forum with a dedicated Discord server -- and, as a thank you for your support and unbelievable patience with us, every backer of this Kickstarter is being given a lifetime membership to the Far West Society, and access to the Discord, where you can ask questions, make suggestions, and generally converse with your fellow members.  The invite is here:

No link for you. If you are a backer, look for today's update.

Society members receive special offers on Far West products, including exclusive merchandise not offered for sale to the public. The Society receives access to a private members-only Discord server, where they have direct access to the Far West Core Development Team, as well as early access to information and material before it is released via the main site.

Most importantly, however, the Far West Society has the ability to add material to the official Far West canon, and to directly influence the outcome of events within the setting. Society members can propose new characters, locations, organizations, events and more, and those proposals are discussed and collaborated upon by their fellow members. The proposals are honed to razor-sharpness by the community, and incorporated by the Core Development Team into the official setting!

We look forward to talking with you all on the official Discord!

That's all for now.  Talk to you again soon, when we sent you the final PDF of the game!

Sincerely,

Gareth-Michael Skarka

Adamant Entertainment

13 September, 2022.


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Monday, September 12, 2022

Kickstarter - Black God's Kiss RPG Box Set (OSE & 5e)


A perilous adventure unearthing the dark arcana behind Sword & Sorcery’s iconic tabletop roleplaying game.

It's rare to find a boxed set offered for an RPG, let alone an RPG setting. The Black God's Kiss is exactly that - a boxed setting (and micro game) for OSE and 5e. Color me intrigued. Also, show me as a backer, as this is the stuff I truly want to see.

59 bucks for the core boxed set, 89 bucks for the deluxe boxed set.

Black God’s Kiss is a perilous setting playable as an RPG module compatible with both 5e and Old School Essentials (OSE)—or as a standalone microgame for two players—with custom rules for Loss of Humanity, and streamlined mechanics for enduring cosmic horror in an eldritch pocket dimension.

Based on the fantasy fiction of C.L. Moore, who stands as one of the great sword & sorcery and weird tale authors of the early 20th century, the box set contains everything you need to delve into the star-lit realm of the Black God—explore forbidden ruins, encounter wretched creatures, and retrieve a weapon of dreadful power ... the Black God’s Kiss!

Undertaking an expedition in this pocket dimension will tax your body, your mind, and threaten the very nature of your soul. To survive, you must carefully make choices—managing your own humanity as a limited resource which diminishes by the hour. To succeed, you must not only confront the Black God, but the darkest recesses of your own shadow self.

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Sunday, September 11, 2022

Realizing I've Grown, Well at Least Changed, as a Gamer

Realizing I've Grown, Well at Least Changed, as a Gamer
Back when I was playing HackMaster 4th Edition and really trying to get to be a level 3 GM (It was a thing......and this isn't a HackMaster story/post), I was also doing HackMaster demos at game stores and trying to get interest up for some future tournaments. A common reaction when chatting players up at the store was something along the lines of, "I like HackMaster (or my group plays a mix of 1st & 2nd Edition), but my group has been playing for twenty years in my buddy's basement and none of us are interested in playing anything new/different." Even though I used to be a complete Rules As Written (RAW) single-ruleset player, well....that changed. I'd love to say that it was because I matured in some capacity, but really it was because I got the opportunity to playtest HackMaster 5th Edition.

The experience was an eye-opener for me, mostly because I wasn't involved with the early playtest, but more towards the end of the playtest development cycle.

Although I had a definite preference, I did have experience with a variety of other games, so hopefully I had some value to add to the process. There was one thing with the old in-progress rules that the Development Team were adamant about including and I was adamant was beyond effed up....as in, I will NEVER buy, much play this game if this one core mechanic is publish as-is. Lucky for me, another playtester, who agreed with my assessment, was able to vocalized exactly why that mechanic was so effed up and I think her explanation is what got that mechanic changed.

Of course if it hadn't I guess we could've house-ruled it to make sense......but remember, I was really a RAW type of guy. 

Fast forward at least a decade and I don't think my home group plays that much RAW. Our GM writes a few things and likes to run the group through his new creations. Usually things are a bit more in the polished....."about to publish" stage, but not always. Once or twice we've had to roll things back 'cause the whatever-it-was didn't work out as planned, but that was a rare. I think playing some odd mix of mostly BX with some elements that are-not-but-feel-like AD&D and these "home rules" has had me come around 180*.

This surprises even me, but I'm actually looking forward to playing my 1st Psionicist in my home group, mostly because I don't have a freakin clue how Psionics work. I think I have the rules from New Big Dragon Games Unlimited Basic Psionics Handbook, but I'm not even going to read said rules until I absolutely have to. I think I've flipped through them, but I don't recall any of it. Not having a clue will be a bit of fun, at least for a while. Eventually I'll need to know how everything works, but learning as I go along feels like fun. At least more fun than just picking up an entire new ruleset would be......

Now I'm assuming that the type of gamers we have here at the Tavern are more like the type of gamer I am now than the type I used to be back then.


Saturday, September 10, 2022

Bundle of Holding - Heroes Unlimited

My history with the various Palladium RPGs is a bit mixed. My first pick-up was Mechanoids - never played but full of inspirational ideas. Then Recon, which I could NEVER convince my group to play. Palladium Fantasy was huge for a while though, and we played Rifts for years. Heck, I even grabbed TMNT. Go figure, I know ;)

I think the only Palladium RPG we never tried, or at least read, back in the 80s and 90s was Heroes Unlimited.

The Heroes Unlimited Starter Collection is 14.95. The Bonus Collection is approximately 30 bucks as I type this.

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Friday, September 9, 2022

Humble Bundle - Doctor Who RPG (Cubicle 7)


I was a passing fan of Doctor Who in my teen years and used to watch the show on PBS over summers spent in the Poconos. As an adult, I've observed from afar, but fans of Doctor Who are, quite often I have found, HUGE fans of Doctor Who and the lore attached to it.

The Doctor Who RPG Bundle from Humble Bundle appears, to my untrained eyes, to cover ALL (most?) of the seasons of the series, including the ones I watched in my younger days. 18 bucks get you 28 titles. I may have to start binge-watching the Good Doctor...

Time Lords across all time and space, rejoice! The Doctor Who RPG bundle by Cubicle 7 is here for adventurers of all ages. Grab two six-sided dice and you’ll be traveling to the corners of the universe, ancient Rome, the far future, and any point between. With the Doctor Who Roleplaying Game Rulebook (Twelfth Doctor Edition) you’ll get the foundation for your travels, and The Time Traveler’s Companion will help you round out your crew. With material like The Tenth Doctor Sourcebook and dozens more books, you’ll have incredible references to relive some of your favorite Doctor Who stories—all while supporting BBC Children in Need.



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