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Gen Con 2022: Steamforged shows off Dark Souls, new Rivet Wars, and Adventures & Academia: First Class miniatures

Steamforged Games has announced some exclusive exhibits for their appearance at the immensely popular tabletop convention, Gen Con, taking place 4-7 August in Indianapolis. Attendees can visit their booth #2221 to enjoy, amongst other things, world premieres of a host of never-before-seen miniatures and material.

First to be displayed are miniatures from the new Dark Souls: The Board Game release, Tomb of the Giants, due to be released later this year. These stunning models include skeleton soldiers, necromancers, an imposing skeletal beast and a huge new boss, the iconic Gravelord Nito.

This is the first Dark Souls: The Board Game content released since 2017, and is the first of a series of new core sets, which include a new campaign system and an updated rulebook, designed to be backward compatible and with community involvement.

Attendees will also get an exclusive look at the new faction for the recently acquired Rivet Wars franchise. More information about the exciting future of the game, including new ways to play, will be revealed in due course.

Finally, Steamforged are excited to give an exclusive world-first preview of the upcoming miniatures for Adventures & Academia: First Class. After securing the support of 7,611 backers on Kickstarter, this hotly-anticipated range of miniatures is currently in production. This exhibit is a chance for backers to whet their appetite for roleplaying fun in advance of the campaign’s delivery, slated for early 2023.

As well as displaying minis, they’re running demos of various games every day at Gen Con, giving visitors a chance to get hands on with Steamforged’s awesome tabletop experiences.

Gen Con 2022: Evil Genius Productions launches a 3rd party licensing program

Evil Genius Productions
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Evil Genius Productions, the maker of the Everyday Heroes tabletop roleplaying game, has announced at Gen Con that it is launching a 3rd party licensing program allowing game publishers to create their own roleplaying adventures utilizing the Everyday Heroes rules system.

The program allows licensees to take advantage of the company’s Product Identity, published and in-development rules mechanics, and gives publishers the right to label their products as compatible with the Everyday Heroes system. There is a one-time application fee of $50.

This program aims to recreate the expansive publishing ecosystem that was based on d20 Modern. Over the years, d20 Modern spawned hundreds of amazing games such as Adamant’s Thrilling Tales (2005-2007) and Mars (2006-2007) line, Green Ronin’s varied d20 Modern rules and settings, which culminated in Damnation Decade (2006), and Mongoose’s new editions of the classic Macho Women with Guns (2003, 2005).”

Gaxx Worx, a new games publisher launched by Luke Gygax, has signed up to use Evil Genius’ 3rd party license to launch Strange & Grim. According to game designer, Matt Everhart, “Strange & Grim will be a campaign setting that combines the adventure and wartime elements of Hellboy/Indiana Jones plus the horror elements like the Void, Event Horizon.” The Kickstarter will launch in October 2022.

As part of this program, publishers can also opt into a co-marketing agreement. If elected, Evil Genius will promote its partner’s adventures to the Everyday Heroes customer base and sell the products on the e-commerce platform. Similar to other online marketplaces, Evil Genius will keep 30% of the sales price and offer the rest to the publisher. The application for the program can be found here.

Today, Evil Genius Productions also announced today it’s hiring of Owen KC Stephens as Editor-In-Chief. Mr. Stephens is a well-known developer who has worked at Wizards of the Coast, Paizo Publishing, and Green Ronin Publishing and worked extensively on the d20 Star Wars, d20 Modern, Everquest d20, Pathfinder, Starfinder, Freeport, and Fantasy AGE game lines. In addition to being Editor in Cheif, Owen KC Stephens will also be the lead writer for Kong: Skull Island.

Dungeons & Dragons gets a new starter set. Out in Target now and worldwide October 4

Dungeons & Dragons: Dragons of Stormwreck Isle

Dungeons & Dragons has been enchanting generations of fantasy fans for decades and the memories and friendships created around the table are long-lasting, if shows like Stranger Things or the 80s D&D cartoon are to be believed. It’s never been easier to introduce the game to new players with the release of the D&D Starter Set: Dragons of Stormwreck Isle, available now at Target stores for $19.99. With a streamlined rulebook and accompanying online video tutorials, heroic ready-to-play characters, a set of six dice, and an exciting adventure designed with new Dungeon Masters in mind, the only thing needed is your imagination.

Everything you need to start your D&D journey is packaged up in one convenient box. After choosing a character sheet from five recognizable heroes like the paladin or the wizard, players will be ready to jump into uncovering the secrets of Stormwreck Isle. Beginning players and Dungeon Masters will find guidance in the rulebook and adventure as well as links to a suite of online video tutorials available that will make starting that first session of D&D full of nothing but adventure and laughter.

Educators have long touted the ways D&D teaches math, reading comprehension, social skills, and problem-solving with a diverse group of players. Wizards is hoping to make the game accessible to more with the release of D&D Starter Set: Dragons of Stormwreck Isle.

Newly designed D&D Club kits will be available for schools, libraries and organizations that want to incorporate the educational and social benefits of the world’s greatest roleplaying game into their programs and D&D inspired teaching kits will be rolling out for grades 4-8 starting this Fall.

D&D Starter Set: Dragons of Stormwreck Isle is only available at Target now, and will be released worldwide on October 4th, 2022. Along with the new player resources on the D&D website, this Starter Set will be available in French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish, and Japanese languages in addition to English on that date.

D&D Starter Set: Dragons of Stormwreck Isle

SDCC 2022: The Frazetta and Bakshi Masterpiece Fire and Ice Returns!

Fire and Ice returns! The beloved sword and sorcery masterpiece of artwork, animation, and storytelling is making its way back to the hearts and hands of fans thanks to a new partnership between Dynamite Entertainment, the Frazetta Girls brand, and Bakshi Productions for both new comic books and tabletop games.

A comic book series is set to debut that will serve as a prequel and continue the themes and ideas of the original film. In addition to a thrilling comic book prequel, Fire and Ice will also be coming to gamers’ tabletops! The expansive fantasy mythos and memorable characters will translate perfectly to the roleplaying sphere where these tropes are beloved by gamers who play the likes of Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder as more, with many games taking inspiration from Fire and Ice and Bakshi’s other fantasy films. More details on the exact format and design of the game will be announced at a later time.

Fire and Ice

Modiphius Goes to Infinity and Beyond with Two New Infinity Sourcebooks

Infinity: Ships of the Human Sphere

Modiphius Entertainment is making available two new sourcebooks for Infinity, the sci-fi space-opera RPG based on the tabletop skirmish universe from Corvus BelliInfinity: Ships of the Human Sphere, and Infinity: Technology of the Human Sphere are available as PDFs. Both can now be purchased on the Modiphius web store.

Infinity: Ships of the Human Sphere (PDF)
Available for purchase at the Modiphius [UK] [US] online store

A complete catalog of all spacefaring vessels in the Human Sphere — human or otherwise — from humble dinghies and tugboats to planet-killer dreadnoughts and space stations! Ships of the Human Sphere includes:

  • Information on the most powerful warships in the universe, including the majestic flagships of the G5 Nations
  • A comprehensive guide to gear, upgrades, and customization options for your spaceships and your faithful crew
  • Rules on how to engage your enemy amid the void, making sure you blow them to bits, be it on a one-to-one campaign or a full-fledged stellar fleet battle!

Infinity: Technology of the Human Sphere

Infinity: Technology of the Human Sphere (PDF)
Available for purchase at the Modiphius [UK] [US] online store  

The most inclusive list of equipment, gear, weapons, and vehicles of the Human Sphere with over 100 pages of tables including almost everything available in the galaxy! Technology of the Human Sphere includes:

  • A comprehensive analysis of the technologies crucial for the well-being of the Human Sphere
  • An overview of how to acquire, use, and enjoy the material blessings of the Human Sphere
  • Ideas and rules on living (and surviving!) in a quantronic battlefield
  • And tips for how to mod virtually anything

Fear the night with Pathfinder Adventure: Shadows at Sundown

Pathfinder Adventure: Shadows at Sundown

Pathfinder Adventure: Shadows at Sundown, and its accessory Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Shadows at Sundown, are now available for the second edition of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game at game and books stores world-wide and at paizo.com.

Players of the Pathfinder First Edition Curse of the Crimson Throne Adventure Path still tell tales of how the city of Korvosa is perched on the edge of anarchy—the king was dead, and rumors whispered that his young queen might be responsible! It has been well over a decade since Queen Ileosa was defeated, but the city of Korvosa still fears the evil tyrant’s legacy. And so, when ghosts of the sinister queen manifest on the streets after dark, the need for new heroes arises! Pathfinder Adventure: Shadows at Sundown is an adventure for 11th-level characters written by Landon Winkler. While a standalone story, it builds upon themes and plots from years of adventures set in the Varisian city of Korvosa, and includes new monsters and new challenges to test the mightiest heroes. Who will save the city of Korvosa from the dangers that hide in the Shadows at Sundown?

The Cathedral of Pharasma, goddess of death, has long stood watch over the city of Korvosa’s sprawling graveyard. This Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Shadows at Sundown details the cathedral itself, as well as the catacombs that exist below, suitable for use in play with Pathfinder Adventure: Shadows at Sundown or for any cathedral and attached catacomb found in your own campaign.

Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Shadows at Sundown

The 64-page softcover Pathfinder Adventure: Shadows at Sundown has an MSRP of $24.99 and is part of the Pathfinder Adventure Subscription, which includes a complimentary PDF. The PDF alone is priced at $17.99, only on paizo.com.

The print edition of Pathfinder Flip-Mat: Shadows at Sundown has an MSRP of $16.99 and is part of the Pathfinder Maps Subscription, which comes with a complimentary digital edition. The digital edition alone is available for $11.99 on paizo.com.


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Enter the megadungeon with Pathfinder Adventure Path: Abomination Vaults

Pathfinder Adventure Path: Abomination Vaults

Pathfinder Adventure Path: Abomination Vaults, the first hardcover compilation an Adventure Path for the second edition of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, is now available at game and books stores world-wide and at paizo.com.

Spiteful evil stirs beneath the mysterious lighthouse called Gauntlight. When the lighthouse emits an eerie glow, locals suspect that something sinister threatens the countryside. Brave heroes must explore the ruins around the lighthouse and delve into the dungeon levels beneath it. Hideous monsters, deadly traps, unexpected allies, vengeful ghosts, and more await the heroes who dare to enter the sprawling megadungeon called the Abomination Vaults! The Abomination Vaults Adventure Path is a complete campaign taking heroes from 1st to 11th level.

The 254-page hardcover Pathfinder Adventure Path: Abomination Vaults an MSRP of $54.99. The Pathfinder Adventure Path: Abomination Vaults Special Edition is a deluxe special edition bound in faux leather with metallic deboss cover elements and a bound-in ribbon bookmark. It has an MSRP of $74.99. The PDF alone is priced at $38.99, only on paizo.com. It is also available for virtual tabletop play on Roll20 and Foundry VTT.


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Rise up against the undead horde with Pathfinder Lost Omens: Knights of Lastwall

Pathfinder Lost Omens: Knights of Lastwall, the latest world setting book for playing a high-fantasy knight in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, is now available at game and books stores world-wide and at paizo.com.

When the lich Tar-Baphon escaped from his prison, he destroyed the vigilant nation of Lastwall. Though its cities fell, the people of Lastwall didn’t falter! Knights of Lastwall takes a detailed look at the courageous knights who rose up to continue the fight against the undead hordes threatening the world. This book contains information on joining the knights, details on important members of the organization, new options for knightly characters, and details for playing a valiant, knightly campaign!

The 127-page hardcover Pathfinder Lost Omens: Knights of Lastwall has an MSRP of $39.99 and is part of the Pathfinder Lost Omens Subscription, which comes with a complimentary PDF. The PDF alone is priced at $24.99, only on paizo.com.


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Starfinder Drift Crisis kicks off a year-long meta-event

Drift Crisis

Starfinder Drift Crisis, the latest rulebook for the Starfinder Roleplaying Game, and the associated Starfinder Flip-Mat: Drift Crisis, are now available at game and books stores world-wide and at paizo.com. The hyperspace plane known as the Drift has gone haywire in a galaxy-spanning disaster that will change the Starfinder setting forever!

The Drift Crisis is a year-long meta-event taking place throughout the Starfinder Roleplaying Game. Running through spring 2023, the Drift Crisis features a hardcover sourcebook, two 3-part Adventure Paths, multiple adventures, a Flip-Mat, and will shake the foundations of how interstellar travel works in the Starfinder game and setting. This event gives you even more reason to play Starfinder today!

Starfinder Drift Crisis

Hyperspace is broken! In a catastrophic instant, commonplace faster-than-light travel, made possible by the Drift, fails. Travelers vanish midflight, communications scramble, and the Drift’s progenitor god Triune falls mysteriously silent. In the aftermath, empires cling to far-flung holdings, opportunists exploit the chaos, and everyone demands to know what triggered this crisis—and how it can be solved. With Starfinder Drift Crisis, you can dive right into this galaxy-spanning adventure and determine what happens next! Featuring:

  • More than 100 new player options, from class options and themes to equipment, feats, and spells!
  • Twenty detailed adventure seeds that provide a framework for playing a framework for playing through dozens of Drift Crisis stories, whether in encounters, adventures, or entire campaigns.
  • Deep dives on the myriad effects of the Drift Crisis on factions, worlds, systems, and the galaxy at large.
  • A toolbox with a vast store of information for running adventures in the Drift Crisis, from dozens of unique treasures and 20 new creatures to rich nonplayer character profiles and information on adapting Adventure Paths.

Enhance your trip into trouble with the Starfinder Flip-Mat: Drift Crisis. This jumbo, double-sided Starfinder Flip-Mat features a hex grid map of a typical expanse of the Drift on one side, perfect for the Starfinder Roleplaying Game’s starship combat system. The other side is a standard 1-inch-square grid showing the interior of a technological structure—such as a Drift beacon, the satellites that help make Drift travel possible, or a high-tech temple to Triune, the tripartite deity who resides in the Drift. Starfinder Flip-Mats present ready-to-use science-fantasy set pieces for the busy Game Master. With Starfinder Flip-Mat: Drift Crisis, you’ll be ready for this setting-changing catastrophe!

The 192-page hardcover Starfinder Drift Crisis has an MSRP of $44.99 and is part of the optional Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscription, which comes with a complimentary PDF. The PDF alone is priced at $9.99, only on paizo.com. It will be available for virtual tabletop on Roll20 on July 21, 2022 where is is available for pre-order now.

The print edition of Starfinder Flip-Mat: Drift Crisis has an MSRP of $22.99 and is part of the Starfinder Maps Subscription, which comes with a complimentary digital edition. The digital edition alone is available for $15.99 on paizo.com.


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Monolith’s Batman: Gotham City Chronicles – Season 3 and RPG is live on Kickstarter

After months of teasing, the Kickstarter for Monolith‘s Batman: Gotham City Chronicles – Season 3 and RPG is now live!

The Kickstarter is a dual one featuring season 3 of the board game Batman: Gotham City Chronicle as well as the launch of the Batman Roleplaying Game.

Batman: Gotham City Chronicles – Season 3 features a solo and cooperative mode allowing games to play all of the existing adventures, and new ones, in new ways. If you missed the original game, no need to worry, that’s available too!

For the roleplaying game, you can get the core book, a game screen, a guide to the city of Gotham, and adventures book to get you going.

Plus, there’s the stretch goals!

The roleplaying book will set you back $60, the all-in for season 3 is about $128, the original game for $134, and the all-in for the roleplaying game is $160. There’s also combinations to get at higher tiers.

The project has blown past its goal on its first day and is scheduled to end on Friday, June 10 at 5:59 PM EDT.

Batman: Gotham City Chronicles
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