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Call of Cthulhu Coming to Syrinscape

Syrinscape and Chaosium Inc. have announce their partnership to create the official sounds for the Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying Game. With a suite of sounds for the base game as well as various modules in the works, players will experience this renowned game like never before. The first custom SoundSet, Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition: Masks of Nyarlathotep, is set for release at Gen Con 2018.

The new edition of Masks of Nyarlathotep is a complete reanimation of the classic multi-part campaign for the Call of Cthulhu game, with a new chapter and full-color all new maps, handouts and artwork. Set in 1925, the steadfast investigators must unravel secrets and battle the minions of darkness in an attempt to stop world-shattering events from destroying humanity. The Masks of Nyarlahotep PDF will release in May 2018, with the published edition coming out at Gen Con 2018.

To accompany the new edition, Call of Cthulhu gets its first official sounds from Syrinscape in the Masks of Nyarlahotep Sound Set, which will be available for sale individually on Syrinscape.com or as part of a subscription. Set for release in conjunction with the module, gamers will be able to play Call of Cthulhu like never before in dynamic, realistic, cosmic horror sound.

Starfinder Pact Worlds is Out Now

Paizo Inc. has released Starfinder Pact Worlds, the 216-page hardcover guide to the Starfinder Roleplaying Game’s core worlds and civilizations. Starfinder puts players in the role of bold science-fantasy explorers, investigating the mysteries of a weird and magical universe as part of a starship crew. Starfinder Pact Worlds is available for purchase at game retailers and paizo.com now.

Starfinder Pact Worlds includes:

  • In-depth gazetteers of the system’s 14 major worlds, from high-tech Verces and the draconic empires of Triaxus to the necromantic wastelands of Eox or magical bubble cities floating on the surface of the sun. Each gazetteer features a detailed world map, residents and cultures, settlements and adventure locations, a unique theme to customize characters from that world, and more.
  • New playable alien races, from the undead borais to plantlike khizars.
  • New starships, from the living vessels of the Xenowardens to sinister Hellknight Citadels.
  • A codex of themed NPC stat blocks to help Game Masters create vivid encounters.
  • New archetypes for every class, including the Star Knight, Skyfire Centurion, and Divine Champion.
  • Tons of new weapons, armors, spells, feats, magic items, technological gadgets, and more to help outfit your adventurers.
  • Cover art by Remko Troost.

Starfinder Pact Worlds is also available as part of the Starfinder Roleplaying Ongoing Game subscription and as a single-purchase PDF download.

Paizo’s Releases in March includes New Pathfinder and Starfinder

Paizo Inc. is publishing six new products in March for its Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Roleplaying Game and Pathfinder Adventure Card Game lines. They are available for purchase at game retailers and paizo.com.

Starfinder Pact Worlds

The Pact Worlds are the beating heart of the Starfinder campaign setting, a solar system full of citizens both familiar and bizarre. From the cosmopolitan corridors of Absalom Station to the carnivorous jungles of Castrovel or the floating cloud-cities of the gas giant Bretheda, this 216-page hardcover rulebook is your guide to Starfinder’s core worlds and civilizations, and the perfect place to launch any adventure.

Starfinder Flip-Mat: Space Station

Whether the heroes are defending a bustling space station from invading aliens or just looking for shore leave after a long voyage through deep space, no Game Master wants to spend precious game time drawing every airlock, bulkhead, and corridor. Fortunately, with Paizo’s latest Starfinder Flip-Mat, you don’t have to! This line of gaming maps provides ready-to-use science-fantasy set pieces for the busy Game Master. This double-sided map features the parklike commercial center of a futuristic station on one side and the cramped corridors of an industrial platform on the other, providing the perfect setting for any space-based adventure.

Don’t waste time sketching when you could be playing. With Starfinder Flip-Mat: Space Station, you’ll always be ready next time your players dock at a new station!

Pathfinder Adventure Path: Songbird, Scion, Saboteur (War for the Crown 2 of 6)

The county of Meratt is Taldor in a microcosm: a once-glorious land left to decay by negligent nobles. But to help secure Princess Eutropia’s bid for the throne, bold adventurers must now infiltrate her ancestral homeland and overthrow the corrupt Count Lotheed from within, gaining allies and solving problems left to fester far too long. Can they play idle noble by day and hero by night well enough to reverse the county’s fortunes, or will the weight of history’s sins be too crushing a burden?

This volume of Pathfinder Adventure Path continues the War for the Crown Adventure Path. War for the Crown is a major part of Paizo’s 2018 publishing program, with monthly Adventure Path volumes and support products released throughout the year.

As the political scene in the ancient kingdom of Taldor explodes into chaos, players take the roles of agents, advocates and saboteurs working for Princess Eutropia to help secure her claim to the throne and prevent the nation from collapsing into civil war. Along the way, the heroes must recover secrets of Taldor’s past — many deliberately hidden — and grow from relative nobodies to powerful politicians and spymasters in the deadliest political arena in the Inner Sea!

  • Complete monthly campaign running February 2018-July 2018
  • Golarion’s timeline thunders forward with a new destiny for Taldor in a thrilling campaign of espionage and intrigue that mixes James Bond with Game of Thrones! Your heroes decide the fate of the nation, and perhaps that of the whole Inner Sea Region!
  • Pathfinder Pawns, Poster Map Folios, and Pathfinder Battles miniatures tie-ins enrich the fantasy!

Pathfinder Player Companion: Merchant’s Manifest

Some say that money makes the world go round, and Golarion’s merchants make this a reality. Pathfinder Player Companion: Merchant’s Manifest examines commerce through the lens of important trade hubs such as Absalom, Goka, and Katapesh, where smart shoppers can secure myriad fine wares. Whether you’re aiming to purchase a rare item, hire on with a trade organization, or make your fortune on your own, this player-focused volume is your key to success.

This Pathfinder Player Companion is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Pathfinder campaign setting, but it can be easily incorporated into any fantasy world.

Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Forest Fire

Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Forest Fire features two different scenes of fiery destruction to challenge even the most stout-hearted or foolhardy adventurer! One side shows flames roiling across a remote forested highland, while the other depicts a small lakeside settlement threatened on all sides by an approaching conflagration. This portable, affordable map measures 24″ × 30″ unfolded and 8″ × 10″ folded. Designed for experienced GMs and novices alike, and usable with both dry erase and wet erase markers, Pathfinder Flip-Mats fit perfectly into any Game Master’s arsenal!

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Ultimate Combat Add-On Deck

Improve your fighting prowess with new cards for enhancing your combat lifestyle. Chock full of enough armors and weapons for any war you might wage, the Ultimate Combat Add-On Deck can be used with any Pathfinder Adventure Card Game character or Adventure Path. Or you can play with the brand-new character included in this 109-card box: Hayato, the iconic samurai. Get ready for action with the Ultimate Combat Add-On Deck!

Pathfinder Playtest Preorder Launches

Print editions of the Pathfinder Playtest RulebookPathfinder Playtest Adventure: Doomsday Dawn, and Pathfinder Playtest Flip-Mat Multi-Pack, all scheduled for release August 2, are available for preorder on the Paizo website now through 11:59 PM Pacific on May 1.

Orders can be shipped worldwide, and Gen Con 2018 attendees can opt to pick up their preorders at the Paizo booth. Many retailers are also accepting preorders; players should contact their favorite retailer directly to ask about their preorder policies and deadlines. Paizo will use preorders to determine the number of copies that will be printed, so preordering is strongly recommended.

The 400-page Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook contains everything players need to create characters and run Pathfinder adventures from levels 1–20. It will be available in three editions: softcover, hardcover, and deluxe hardcover with foil-debossed faux-leather cover and ribbon bookmark. The 96-page Pathfinder Playtest Adventure: Doomsday Dawn contains seven multi-encounter scenarios designed to introduce the new rules and put them to the test. The Pathfinder Playtest Flip-Mat Multi-Pack includes two double-sided, miniatures-scale, full-color, 24″ x 30″ Flip-Mats for use with the Playtest Adventure.

The massive multi-month free playtest begins August 2.

Paizo to Start Weekly Pathfinder and Starfinder Streams on Twitch

Paizo will begin weekly live streaming Pathfinder and Starfinder news and entertainment on Fridays at 4 PM Pacific on Twitch.

The inaugural episode on Friday, March 30 will feature Paizo’s Director of Game Design, Jason Bulmahn, who will answer questions about the Pathfinder Playtest. Fans can join in the discussion and hear the latest news coming from the design team.

In future live episodes, the channel will expand to include gameplay, interviews, seminars and interactive events.

Dossigner Publishing Has Revealed the World of Liberty Comes to Roleplaying Games

Dossigner Publishing has announced that they will be releasing a Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition role playing game using their open gaming license that is set in their well established world of Liberty. First a podcast, the world of Liberty grew to include the Liberty Deception comic series, and will now become an RPG as Liberty: A.F.T.E.R. which will be released with a complimentary podcast Liberty: Vigilance. Both projects can be experienced at their site as well as Drivethru RPG, Spotify, and ApplePodcasts.

Liberty: A.F.T.E.R. drops players on a distant planet where two worlds are at odds with one another. On one side of the wall the advanced military state of the Archon controls the lives of its Citizens, and on the other side post-apocalyptic gangs battle for the scant few resources the failing colony has left to offer. Much of the Liberty universe is based around the one city that is habitable, this is the first extensive story that aims to shake the established norms of the world.

Features:
Full color art on almost every page (147 Pages)
Over 30 New Classes
Over 30 New Weapons
Dozens of New Special Abilities and Deities
Unique Poisons and Critical Misfire Charts
A detailed world that’s yours to customize. Submit your stories and they can become part of the world’s canon!

Artists include Dave Dorman (Star Wars), Daniel Govar (Guardians of the Galaxy), Karl Moline (Fray), Raymund Bermudez (X-Men), Joana Lafuente (GI Joe), Jason Shawn Alexander (Spawn), Eirich Olson (White Wolf), and Alex Pascenko (World of Warcraft)

The voice cast includes:
Wayne June (Darkest Dungeon) – Game Master & Narrator.
Peter Lewis (NoSleep) – Sylvanus Claerhaut – The lead investigator who is haunted by his past.
Ashly Burch (Zero Dawn Horizon) – Thracius Wyatt – A disgraced soldier seeking redemption.
Dave Fennoy (Walking Dead) – Sgt. Muler – The Chief Official over the investigation.
Eric Nelsen (All My Children) – Gree – A religious zealot who seeks the destruction of Atrius.
George Lowe (Space Ghost) – Sgt. Colliver – The last individual to see one of the missing persons.
Tanja Milojevic (Organism) – Officer Boondt – A secret agent who seeks to slow the investigation.
Sainty Nelsen (The Bay) – Agent Creed – A missing agent who is believed to have defected.

Syrinscape Soundboard App Reaches 250K Downloads

Syrinscape has reached the pivotal and exciting milestone of more than 250,000 unique downloads. Game Masters worldwide are using Syrinscape to transform gaming table into dynamic, sound-rich environments for their players.

Syrinscape creates the official sounds of the Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Pathfinder RPG, Mutants & Masterminds RPG, Shadows of Esteren RPG, Boss Monster CCG and more, and also features a massive library of custom, realistic sounds, with new releases every month to accompany nearly any tabletop roleplaying, card or board game.

Syrinscape’s Fantasy Player, Sci-Fi Player and Board Game Player apps are free to download, come with free SoundSets and are compatible with nearly any mobile device or computer. Syrinscape can also be completely unlocked for free for 30 days at Syrinscape.com/freetrial. For $10 a month, SuperSyrin Subscribers gain full access to Syrinscape’s library, permanent ownership of new sounds released while subscribing, access to Syrinscape’s SoundSet Creator and Master Minion tools and more. SoundSets and SoundPacks are also sold separately from $3.99-15.99 on Syrinscape.com.

Savage Worlds Gets a New Setting in Freedom Squadron

Sean Patrick Fannon, President and CVO of Evil Beagle Games, creator of the epic high fantasy setting of Shaintar, and lead writer/designer and Brand Manager for Savage Rifts from Pinnacle, has yet another major Savage Worlds setting he’s bringing to the world.

Based on the award-winning board game from Spyglass Games, VENOM AssaultFreedom Squadron is a love letter to all the great action and adventure cartoons and comics of the 80s and early 90s, modernized and made even more exciting for Savage Worlds fans.

Featuring Vocation Frameworks, Specialization tables, new Edges, lots of Gear, and so much more, Freedom Squadron is epic, action-driven, and over-the-top as anything you’d expect from SPF. In addition, he’s created the game-changing Plans & Operations rules — a way to run missions, capers, special ops, and investigations that both simplifies the experience for GMs and players alike while encouraging extensive player-driven narrative in a way not yet seen in Savage Worlds.

Modiphius Releases Better Worlds the First Supplement for Cold and Dark

Modiphius Entertainment has announced the release of Better Worlds, the first supplement for Mischa L Thomas‘ fantastic Cold and Dark sci-fi universe.

Better Worlds is available on Modiphius.net and joins the core book as part of the Cold and Dark collection. A release on DriveThruRPG.com will follow shortly.

This is a shadowy and sinister sci-fi RPG influenced by the likes of Alien, Dead Space and Outland, and here’s some info to whet your appetite on this intriguing universe, where dying is easy, living is hard and pain is a given…

Centuries from now mankind lives on in the Sirius galaxy, an enormously vast and dense system of stars. It’s a greedy industrial society run by corporations and the Governmental Industrial Complex. The onslaught of strip-mining has stirred something terrible best left buried and forgotten. he sci-fi universe of Cold & Dark is a frightening and violent world. In the reaches of space the protagonists have to face known as well as unknown horrors.

Players take on the roles of people who have chosen to live on the edge as site engineers, corsairs and deep space salvagers. Only out there in the big empty, on the verge of disaster facing the horror, do they flourish and realise their full potential. This is sci-fi at its darkest.

For hundreds of years mankind has terraformed and populated the Sirius Galaxy. Some worlds are never known as their destiny is to be destroyed as a part of the GIC core harvester machine. There are nineteen official established star systems and this book explores them all.
Better Worlds is a sourcebook for the horror science fiction game Cold & Dark. It gives a deeper and much more encompassing look at all the star systems and their planets. Learn about forgotten tribes, dangerous fauna, new hidden horrific threats as well as new organizations. Better Worlds is packed with information that will expand your gaming experience and allow you to set up fantastic stories in the world of Cold &Dark. Explore the enormous Claret City or deep jungles of Zedo. Fight gang wars in on the cutthroat Xindos space station or hunt for riches in the irradiated Thajala Badlands on Salin while fighting off raiders and mutants.

Features

  • Dozens of story seeds which will allow you to set up your game.
  • 15+ new creatures and NPAs. Everything from raiders to the vicious blood moray and the RAW, Robotic Automated Weapon.
  • New equipment such as the Mobile Mining Operation.
  • A host of new threats and hidden secretes waiting to be fought and discovered.
  • Several new organizations and groups such as crime syndicates and The Tribes.

Starfleet Reinforcements Arrive for the Star Trek Adventures Roleplaying Game

The Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game has two brand new supplements, and two new miniatures sets available to pre-order on Modiphius.net and friendly local gaming stores from today. The Command Division Supplemental Rulebook launches the division supplements for the game, which will focus on Starfleet’s six departments, with Operations and Sciences Division supplements to follow. The Beta Quadrant Sourcebook kicks off a line of four supplements about the Star Trek Galaxy, providing new mission ideas and character options for both players and Gamemasters. The Next Generation Away Team miniatures give players the perfect tabletop avatar for their character, and the Borg Collective miniatures set gives the Gamemaster a new, dangerous foe for their tabletop. Klingon Deck Tiles round off the release, mapping out iconic Klingon starship interiors.

“Make it so,” with the Command Division Supplemental Rulebook, with lead writer Jim Johnson (Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows, Strange New Worlds) providing a wealth of new material for characters in the command or conn departments, including information on Starfleet Command and the Admiralty. Players can explore a role in the Admiralty with a new style of play, focusing on large scale decision making that can affect whole fleets, with new rules for fleet battles and maneuvers. Expanded Social Conflict rules gives a new dimension to galactic diplomacy with more options for influencing opponents and social tactics. New player options for character creation include new Talents for the Command and Conn Disciplines, as well as a list of department related Focuses to help creating characters in the command division. Sixteen new Federation starships are available to crew, including fan favorites the NX class, Oberth class, Ambassador class, Nebula class, Steamrunner class, and Sovereign class, with spaceframe statistics for starship creation as well as new starship Talents for the 22nd century. The Gamemaster also has a whole host of resources, from advice on running Command focused campaigns, to a new selection of named NPCs and command and conn archetypes, including Lwaxana Troi, Sarek, and Curzon Dax. The hardcover supplement is priced at £24.99/$34.99 USD.

The Beta Quadrant Sourcebook, led by Jennifer Baughman (Conan, Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of, and The World’s Largest Dungeon) will give both Gamemasters and players in-depth information and historical details on the Federation and its planets in the Beta Quadrant, the Klingon Empire, the Romulan Star Empire, as well as fan favorites the Gorn and the Orion Syndicate. It will also offer players new alien species to choose from during character creation, from Benzites and Klingons, to Deltans, the Xindi, and Zakdorn. Gamemasters have a new range of NPC starships from all Beta Quadrant powers, with the mighty Klingon Negh’Var battle cruiser, the Romulan bird-of-prey from the 22nd century, as well as Orion Syndicate, Gorn, and civilian starships. A new selection of adversarial Non-Player Characters that call the Beta Quadrant their home are also made available for players to confront, overcome, or forge alliances. The hardcover supplement is priced at £24.99/$34.99 USD.

A range of 32mm scale Next Generation Away Team miniatures will provide players the perfect set of figures for their characters, with both male and female figures for humanoids, Vulcans, Andorians, Tellarites, and Denobulans in high quality resin, boasting impressive detail. Individual models are available from Modiphius.net, or in a 10-figure set online and in store, priced at £39.99/$49.99 USD.

Resistance is futile with The Borg Collective miniatures set, as the collective makes their way to the tabletop, with designs of 5 male and 5 female assimilated humanoids in beautifully detailed resin. The Borg collective is available in a 10-figure set, also priced at £39.99/$49.99 USD.

The Star Trek Adventures tile sets get a new addition with the Klingon Deck Tile Set, with key Klingon starship interior locations mapped onto geomorphic tiles for use with 32mm miniatures. Klingon bridges, corridors, cargo bays, and other systems all feature, designed in consultation with Rick Sternbach, writer of the Haynes Klingon Bird-of-Prey Owner’s Workshop Manual. £29.99/$39.99 USD.

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