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Legends of Avallen Gets a Quickstart Guide

Legends of Avallen - Quickstart Guide

Modiphius has announced the release of the Legends of Avallen – Quickstart Guide, a FREE PDF which enables you to sample the RPG which is inspired by an era of Celtic mythology in Roman Britain.

The Quickstart launches on Modphius.netModiphius.US, and DriveThruRPG and if you like what you see, you can also order copies of the marvellous print core rulebook which is available from Modiphius.net and has just arrived and started shipping from Modiphius.US. Here are the details on the Quickstart.

Inspired by Celtic mythology in Roman Britain, Legends of Avallen is a roleplaying game that takes you to a mystical island occupied by faithless invaders. For now, peace has been called but it balances on a sword’s edge as all seek to tame the Otherworld—a parallel realm home to fae, demons, dragons, and gods.

On Avallen, the greatest legends rise from humble beginnings, and yours will be no different. The shepherd ordained as a Druid, the bard reborn as a Fae Touched, the thief who found glory as a Gladiator. What tales will be told of you? Will you mend the rifts between worlds, or delve into their depths for fame, fortune, and power?

This free 43-page PDF Quickstart Guide features:

  • An introduction to the game world and the mystical island of Avallen
  • The basic rules of the game where a standard deck of playing cards is used to resolve actions, including tempting fate and complications
  • A comprehensive rules reference sheet
  • 5 pre-made characters
  • The complete apprentice-level adventure: ‘Quest for The Sealing Stone’!

In the full version of the game (available here [US and UK link, depending on store]), you’ll find much more, including character creation rules; twenty martial and magic schools; ten legendary paths; as well as rules for magic, rituals, conflicts, chases, journeys, equipment, crafting, and an extensive GM’s guide with a Celtic bestiary!

More Critical Role Unpainted Minis are on the way!

WizKids has again partnered with Critical Role to create new figures that are compatible with the most popular tabletop RPGs. The newest entries into the Critical Role inspired line, releasing September 2022, offers a diverse selection of unpainted miniatures that you bring to life with your own creative touches! Critical Role Unpainted Miniatures come with highly detailed figures, primed and ready to paint out of the box. These fantastic miniatures include deep cuts for easier painting. The packaging displays these miniatures in a clear and visible format, so customers know exactly what they are getting.

The full list of products released in this new set includes:

  • 90549 – Vampire & Necromancer Nobles
  • 90550 – Human Wizard Female & Halfling Holy Warrior Female
  • 90551 – Male Human Sorcerer Merchant & Tiger Demon
  • 90552 – Sphinx Female
  • 90553 – Sphinx Male
  • 90554 – Mage Hunter Golem
  • 90555 – Revenge Demon
  • 90556 – The Laughing Hand & Fiendish Wanderer
  • 90557 – Fey Werewolves
  • 90558 – Wisher Pixies
Critical Role Unpainted Miniatures Wave 3

The Dead are Rising in Pathfinder: Book of the Dead

Pathfinder Book of the Dead

Paizo has released Book of the Dead, the latest rulebook for the Pathfinder Second Edition Roleplaying Game. The rulebook brings the shambling menace of the undead to the forefront of the game.

Inside Book of the Dead, players will find tools and skills to fight against the undead hordes. Or they can join the other side and turn their character into a ghost, ghoul, lich, mummy, skeleton, vampire, or zombie! They’ll also find new haunts, as well as information about the undead-plagued lands within the Lost Omens campaign setting, perfect for adding undead to their next adventure! A massive bestiary section full of undead creatures brings more threats for GMs and summonable creatures for players, including more versions of classic undead like vampires, skeletons, and zombies. This book also includes “March of the Dead,” a grim and dangerous adventure themed around an undead uprising!

The regular 224-page hardcover Book of the Dead has an MSRP of $49.99 and is part of the optional Pathfinder Rulebook Subscription, which comes with a complimentary PDF. For an MSRP of $69.99, players can purchase the deluxe Special Edition bound in faux leather with metallic deboss cover elements and a bound-in ribbon bookmark. This is part of the Pathfinder Special Edition Rulebook Subscription and also comes with a complimentary PDF. A smaller, softcover Pocket Edition will be available starting May 25 for $24.99.


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It’s Roman and Germanic Heroes vs. The Great Old Ones in Modiphius’ Cohors Cthulhu

Cohors Cthulhu

Modiphius Entertainment has announced a brand new range of tabletop games for its flagship IP “Against the God Themselves”: Cohors Cthulhu. This new cinematic tabletop RPG, narrative co-operative wargame, fiction line, and miniatures range is set in the same universe as the successful Achtung! Cthulhu 2D20 RPG, and expands upon it, this time introducing adventurers to an era of daring gladiators, valiant centurions, and brave Germanic heroes.

Cohors Cthulhu details a secret war being fought on the fringes of the Roman Empire. Far up on the Northern border, Romans and Germanic tribes clash in the dark and forbidden forests that cover these lands. Soon, however, they’ll have to band together to stem the invading forces of an insidious cult and its swarm of abhorrent creatures from the deep cosmos. Modiphius has assembled a rockstar creative team led by Modiphius’ Chief Creative Officer Chris Birch, including Lead Writer Douglas Seacat, RPG Lead Writer Matt Goetz, authors John Houlihan and Nick Brown, Modiphius 2d20 Developer Nathan Dowdell, and artists including Bjorn Barends and Phroilan Gardner

“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”

 — Marcus Aurelius (Roman Emperor A.D. 161-180 A.D)

Cohors Cthulhu puts players on the front lines of the known world in the 2nd century, using fire, steel, and ancient technology to fight Eldritch horrors!

The first major release for the Cohors Cthulhu roleplaying game will drop players into the Roman frontier town of Laurium, the archetypal walled fort that sits on the border between civilization and the mysterious, foreboding lands. Smoky taverns filled with dangerous vagabonds swirl with gossip and whispers of terrifying creatures, strange ruins, and haunted forests in 2nd century Northern Europe. Barbaric Germanic tribesmen prowl the thick woodland, but are they the only thing the Romans should be worried about? And how do these events relate to ancient Atlantis and the colossal war that would tear Europe apart two millennia in the future?

Modiphius Entertainment has multiple projects planned for this universe, including:

  • A cinematic RPG driven by the 2d20 system also seen in Modiphius’ Dune, Star Trek, Dishonored, and Fallout roleplaying games. This is based on the Achtung! Cthulhu edition of 2d20 and will feature new systems to help groups start playing the moment they open the book. 
  • A narrative wargame designed from the ground up to be playable solo and cooperatively. The game will also get you on the table playing from page 1, while a campaign will unveil the full story of this epic secret war. 
  • A complete miniatures line scaled for 28mm to be compatible with other major historical lines will provide plenty of heroes, creatures, and strange factions battling for the ancient world. 
  • A fiction series including a complete COHORS CTHULHU novel and an anthology of short stories following the exploits of a host of key characters seen throughout the products.

Key Features of COHORS CTHULHU

  • Et Tu, Cthulhu?: A rich setting based in real history, real locations, and real cultures meets the fantastical mythology inspired by H.P. Lovecraft 
  • Explore, Investigate, Interact: Fight deep in the misty forests, on foundering galleys, explore dangerous Atlantean ruins, or run the gauntlet of Roman society as you uncover vast conspiracies and contend with ancient mysteries that threaten the fabric of the universe itself!
  • 2-Tali-20: Modiphius’ patented 2d20 in-house tabletop roleplaying game system keeps gameplay smooth and the cinematic action rolling with an innovative set of narrative-driven rules and mechanics
  • By Spear or Gladius: Whether players prefer the strict discipline and rigid organization of the Legions or the wild bravery and berserker brutality of the many tribes throughout the empire, they’ll need to work together to defeat a sinister cult and its mythos allies. 
  • Unreality Beckons: Tap into powerful magics, ancient lost technologies, and eldritch powers – the heroes will need to draw on many resources to help them hold out versus the vast cosmic forces arrayed against them. 
  • The Empire Must Expand: Major setting expansions will follow the stories of the ever-growing threat of the Outer Gods as they infect other parts of the Roman Empire like Brittania, Aegyptus, Byzantine, and the Eternal City of Rome herself.

Draco Studios releases Dragonbond: Endless Sagas

Dragonbond: Endless Sagas

Draco Studios have announce the release of Dragonbond: Endless Sagas. The release is a fully self-contained set of rules, sourcebooks and adventures. The release is set to come to Kickstarter in October. Endless Sagas is powered by the 5th edition Open Gaming License, making it easy to learn for veteran players, while incorporating a host of additions and innovations to keep the action fresh and unique.

Dragons are a huge part of the setting. Acting both as protagonists and antagonists of various plots and adventures, and influencing epic events in which players might find themselves shaping the very future of the world. In addition, the unique Dragonbond mechanic means that player-characters have the chance to form symbiotic relationships with dragon companions, growing and advancing together without unbalancing the party composition.

Dragonbond is already an established setting for Draco Studios with a rich background of limitless scope. The publisher has already run numerous successful Kickstarter campaigns have started to bring this universe to life, with 3D printable miniatures, an RPG adventure and a boardgame already created. The wargame, comics, and novels are under development and a TV series is in the pipeline. This year the TTRPG will take the setting to new levels, and players can benefit from the cross media experience created by Draco Studios in order to enrich the gaming experience.

To ensure the quality of Dragonbond: Endless Sagas, Draco Studios have recruited a host of award-winning industry veterans to contribute to the project, including Sarah Madsen, Brian Suskind, Mark A. Latham, Daniel Erli, and Bernardo Alvarez. It’s illustrated by Tom Babbey, and features concept art from veteran artists including Steve Prescott, Daarken, Tyler Warpole, Jason Engle, and many more. It’s a true labor of love.

Draco Studios are also inviting the gaming community to be involved in the creation of the RPG by participating in the Open Beta running throughout the year. Players can sign up to join and receive a host of rewards for playtesting and providing feedback on monthly quests. You can sign up here.

Products

  • The RPG core books include three beautifully illustrated hardcover books (approx. 300 pages each), detailing everything players need to know to immerse themselves in the Dragonbond universe.
  • The Rulebook contains rules for character creation, races, classes, alignment, backgrounds, Vaala magic, feats, spells, equipment, and dragonbonding. The rules are 5e-compatible, with new twists and additions to better reflect the world of Valerna.
  • The Gazetteer is the ultimate sourcebook for the Dragonbond universe, describing in lavish detail the realms of Valerna, the Hollowdepths (Valerna’s underworld), the red moon of Drakha, the Null, and the history of the Dragonbonded themselves.
  • The Dragonbond Bestiary is the complete guide to the races, creatures and monsters of the Dragonbond universe, with background information, special rules, and 5e-compatible stat blocks for everything from deadly Skorpikons to majestic Dragons!
  • Additionally, as a stretch goal for the campaign Draco Studios will offer the epic six-book campaign, Tyrant of the Cursed Coast! Each book will be approx. 100 pages, and together will take a party of heroes from levels 1-20, exploring the world of Dragonbond and meeting some of the iconic characters of the Dragonbond setting. In this grand adventure, adventurers have the chance to become Dragonbonded, and shape the fate of entire kingdoms.

Vaesen: A Wicked Secret is out now!

Vaesen: A Wicked Secret (Vaesen Mystery Compendium)

Modiphius has announced the release of a brand new book for the acclaimed Vaesen Nordic Horror RPG from Free League Publishing, as Vaesen: A Wicked Secret (Vaesen Mystery Compendium) makes its debut.

Here are the details on this new release which offers a series of intriguing adventures for your Vaesen Campaigns. 

Vaesen: A Wicked Secret (Vaesen Mystery Compendium)

Journey to the Mythic North and investigate bone-chilling cases that will test your abilities to the fullest. This book contains four standalone mysteries for Vaesen – Nordic Horror Roleplaying, playable on their own or as a part of a longer campaign.

In these pages you will find:

  • The Silver of the Sea – The death of a preacher leads the characters to the rocky western archipelago, where something strange is afoot on Wrecker Isle.
  • A Wicked Secret – Travel to the deep forests of northern Sweden and investigate rumors of a murderous beast in a remote village. What ancient evil lurks there?
  • The Night Sow – Welcome to beautiful Mölle,a city by the sea, known to many as “the heart of sin” – and now also for cold- blooded murder.
  • The Song of the Falling Star – A cursed child, a strange instrument and a desperate aristocrat. Travel to Arensburg on the island of Oesel and discover the horrible truth about what has happened there.

Star Trek Adventures Discovery Campaign & Crew Pack Season 2 debut!

Modiphius has announced the release of the pre-order for the Star Trek Adventures Star Trek: Discovery Campaign Guide which is available in both standard and collector’s editions, plus the Star Trek Adventures Discovery S2 Crew Pack in PDF. 

All are available as part of the Star Trek Adventures Collections on Modiphius.net and Modiphius.US and here are the details on these marvelous new products, with shipping expected to start in June for the print editions and final PDFs for pre-order customers reporting for duty as soon as they become available. 

Star Trek Adventures Star Trek: Discovery Campaign Guide

DISCOVER YOUR DESTINY
“And if there is a greater hand leading us into an uncertain future,I can only hope it guides us well.” – Michael Burnham

The Star Trek: Discovery (2256-2258) Campaign Guide presents an all-new time period for telling dramatic Star Trek Adventures stories based on the first two seasons of Star Trek: Discovery. Engage in desperate battles, investigate scientific wonders and strange alien constructs, participate in post-war recovery, and join the search for the mysterious Red Angel.The divided Klingon Empire unites under one banner. Total war breaks out between the Federation and Klingon Empire. Scientists and explorers are forced to become soldiers. Independent traders and civilians everywhere struggle to survive and thrive.
How do you join the fight for the future?

This guide requires a Star Trek Adventures core rulebook to use.

The 228-page hardcover Star Trek: Discovery (2256-2258) Campaign Guide contains:

  • A detailed sandbox sourcebook focused on the intense events of 2256-2258, with additional information covering the years between Star Trek: Enterprise and the original series.
  • Five new playable alien species, including the Kelpiens and Saurians, and additional lifepath options for player characters.
  • A daring 3-part campaign set during the crucial final months of the Federation-Klingon War.
  • Gamemaster guidance on how to create your own stories, mission briefs, and plot hooks for this era.
  • A selection of NPCs relevant to this time period, including Federation, Klingon, and other characters.
  • Ten new Starfleet spaceframes, eleven new Klingon spaceframes, and an assortment of NPC starships.
  • Historical excerpts, personal logs, and intercepted communications, providing fresh perspectives on this era of play.
  • Adaptable for use with crews of brave Starfleet officers, fearless Klingon warriors, or independent characters of any kind.

Star Trek Adventures Discovery S2 Crew Pack PDF 

This 22-page PDF contains player character statistics for the crew of U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031 as seen in season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery. The PDF includes Captain Christopher Pike, Commander Saru, Lieutenant Commander Paul Stamets, Commander Michael Burnham, Ash Tyler, Ensign Sylvia Tilly, Philippa Georgiou, Lieutenant Spock and Commander Jett Reno. It also includes player rules for Kelpiens, statistics for several supporting characters, and game statistics for U.S.S. Discovery.

Access to a Star Trek Adventures core rulebook is required to use these characters and rules in play. There is no print version of this product.

Star Trek Adventures Discovery S2 Crew Pack PDF

Nick Pitarra’s Ax-Wielder Jon Gets Tabletop Minis

It’s not even out yet and Nick Pitarra‘s upcoming comic Ax-Wielder Jon is already diving into the tabletop world.

Justin Sirois of Severed Books announced on Twitter that tabletop game minis based on characters from the comic are coming. Check out the Tweet and image for the upcoming comic below.

The comic will launch soon on the upstart crowdfunding platform Zoop. Those interested can signup to get notified as to when the crowdfunding campaign launches.

MÖRK BORG Cult: Heretic and GM Screen are out now!

MÖRK BORG Cult: Heretic

Free League Publishing has announced the release of the expansion MÖRK BORG Cult: Heretic, a zine of community-made misadventure and malice for use with MÖRK BORG or any other rules-light dark fantasy RPG. The expansion has been released alongside a GM Screen.

The tome MÖRK BORG Cult: Heretic includes creatures, classes, optional rules and generators as well as four adventures; Nurse the Rot, Graves Left Wanting, Sepulchre of the Swamp Witch and Bloat. MÖRK BORG GM Screen will also be released alongside this evil tome.

In the heinous tome of curses and hexes, you’ll find:

  • Seeds of a CVLT. Use this to generate cults, their leaders, beliefs, and spiritual home. 
  • Unheroic Feats. Enhance and personalize your classless characters with these optional advancement rules.
  • Graves Left Wanting. A campaign-starting or post-TPK tombcrawl adventure where the PCs find themselves buried alive in the vast, ever-changing cemetery Graven-Tosk.
  • Bloat. Villagers disappear. Tracks lead to an underground temple of bacchanalian frenzy, reeking of rot, offal, and bile. A two-page dungeon for the peckish. 
  • You are Cursed. So, you opened the puzzle box, whistled in the old mine, or carelessly removed the protecting wards? These curses will be the consequence. Luckily, there are ways to break them, but it comes at a cost.
  • The Merchant. Cursed with eternal life and destined to roam the world trading shards of souls for ruinous relics. You never know when this mysterious monger might appear. Will you make a deal?
  • Blackpowder Weapons for the Rich and Foolhardy. The world is ending, so let’s end it with a BANG. These optional rules are the spark that adds fire- to your fights. 
  • Sepulchre of the Swamp Witch. In a hidden repository deep in the Slithering Swamp is a witch’s altar of glyph-covered roots. They say it can fulfill any wish. Could stopping the approaching Doom be within its powers? Only one way to find out. 
  • The Bone Bowyer. This horrid fey lurks in the tangled depths of Sarkash where it fashions heart-seeking bone bows and blood-dyed cloaks from the flesh of the lost. 
  • Borg Bitor. Vile, insectoid parasites creeping into houses and nurseries come nighttime. There is a baby. There is an egg. Don’t let them become one.
  • Rotting Nurse. Ghastly caretakers tormented by the eternal punishment for unforgivable atrocities. This foe is beyond any of you. Run!
  • Nurse the Rot. As you put Mother Marathuk—one of you dreg’s aunt—to rest, the village Tunstal sinks into darkness, leaving it to its doom unless something is done. 
  • Two additional, optional classes: The bastard of a bard Sacrilegious Songbird and the Shedding Vicar, a fanatic preaching the skinless gosp.
MÖRK BORG GM Screen

The MÖRK BORG GM Screen is a five-paneled portrait, printed with gold metallic ink on one side and vivid neon yellow on the other. The front is all art, five scenes of various locales and important characters. The GM-facing side sports a wide array of tables and rules summaries that might come in handy during play.

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