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Gen Con 2018: Starfinder Gets a Beginner Box

Paizo Inc. announced the Starfinder Beginner Box at Gen Con in Indianapolis, Indiana. The streamlined rules presentation in the box is an ideal opportunity to bring new players into the hobby industry and presents easy-to-digest rules for beginning players. It will be available for purchase at paizo.com and retailers worldwide in Spring, 2019.

The Starfinder Beginner Box is packed with everything players need to get started playing Starfinder, and includes:

  • A 96-page Heroes’ Handbook, detailing character creation, weapons and equipment, magic spells, and general rules for playing the game
  • A 96-page Game Master’s Guide packed with adventure, alien adversaries, an introduction to the Starfinder setting, and advice on how to create and narrate science-fantasy adventures
  • A complete set of 7 polyhedral dice
  • More than 80 full-color pawns depicting diverse heroes and aliens
  • Six pregenerated character sheets to throw players right into the action
  • Six blank character sheets to record the abilities of custom-made heroes
  • Six player aid cards for quick rules references during play
  • A durable, reusable, double-sided Flip-Mat play surface that works with any kind of marker

Onyx Path Publishing Announces Chicago By Night, a Sourcebook for White Wolf Entertainment’s Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition

Onyx Path Publishing has announced a new project set in White Wolf Entertainment‘s World of DarknessChicago By Night — a supplement to the newly-launched Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition (V5) corebook — is currently in development. This thrilling new chapter dives fangs-deep into the lore of the iconic vampire tabletop roleplaying series and expands upon the new 5th Edition World of Darkness line of books

Like its predecessor, the 1991 Chicago by Night sourcebook for the first edition of VampireChicago By Night – Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Editionintroduces the vampires (Kindred) who occupy the blood-stained streets of Chicago. New loresheets and scenarios advance the Vampire metaplot and introduce a variety of new stories and characters. Chicago By Night also makes Kindred clan Lasombra playable for the first time in the V5 series.

Highlights of the V5 supplement geared for players and Storytellers will include:

  • Clan Lasombra profile with Obtenebration rules. Playable for the first time in the V5 line!
  • Loresheets to help players incorporate Vampire’s deep metaplot into character backgrounds.
  • Urban legends, maps, characters, coteries, story hooks, and a complete scenario for Storytellers.
  • Updated and new metaplot explaining the hierarchy of Kindred in Chicago and ways to incorporate characters.

The original Chicago By Night was a pivotal supplement for the original Vampire: The Masquerade. It really created the “society of vampires,” focusing on how the Clans functioned in a real city and became a blueprint for what came after.

The Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition corebook launched on August 2, 2018, propelling the roleplaying game of personal and political horror into the 21st century.

Gear Up With the Starfinder Armory and Dead Suns Pawn Collection

Paizo Inc. has released Starfinder Armory, the 160-page hardcover rulebook, and the Starfinder Dead Suns Pawn Collectionwith all of the enemies and allies of the Dead Suns Adventure Path, for the Starfinder Roleplaying Game.

From guns to augmentations to high-tech and magical devices for every imaginable situation, Starfinder Armory has everything a science-fantasy roleplayer needs. It is available for purchase at paizo.com and retailers worldwide at an MSRP $39.99 for hardcover and $9.99 for PDF.

Inside the book:

  • Scores of new weapons, filling out the options of every category, level, and type and rules to customize them through accessories, fusions, and different manufacturers.
  • New suits of armor, including light, heavy, and powered armor for nearly every level and numerous armor upgrades.
  • A wide range of new equipment-themed player options, including class features for every class.
  • Dozens of new pieces of technological, magic, and hybrid items, as well as numerous personal items, new augmentations from cybernetics to magitech and necrografts, and more!

Starfinder Dead Suns Pawn Collection

The characters, villains, and starships of the Dead Suns Adventure Path come alive on the tabletop with this collection of more than 100 creature and starship pawns, designed for use with the Starfinder Roleplaying Game or any tabletop science fantasy RPG. Printed on sturdy cardstock, each of these double-sided pawns slots into a size-appropriate plastic base from the Starfinder Pawns Base Assortment, making them easy to mix with traditional metal or plastic miniatures. With dozens of distinct images, the Starfinder Dead Suns Pawn Collection depicts the enemies and allies from all six adventures of the Dead Suns Adventure Path. It is available for purchase at paizo.com and retailers worldwide at an MSRP $24.99 for the print edition and $17.99 for PDF.

The Starfinder Armory and Starfinder Dead Suns Pawn Collection are also available as part of the Starfinder Roleplaying Game subscription and as a PDF download at paizo.com. Subscribers get the download for free as part of their subscription.

The Pathfinder Playtest Has Launched

Paizo Inc. has launched the worldwide playtest of Pathfinder Second Edition, an evolution of one of the world’s most popular tabletop roleplaying games. The free PDF bundle download of the Pathfinder Playtest RulebookPathfinder Playtest BestiaryPathfinder Playtest Adventure: Doomsday Dawn, and Flip-Mat Multi-Packis available now on paizo.com.

Preordered print editions of the Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook, Pathfinder Playtest Adventure: Doomsday Dawn, and Pathfinder Playtest Flip-Mat Multi-Pack have been shipped to players and are available for preorder pick up at Paizo’s booth at Gen Con in Indianapolis, Indiana, August 2–5.

Softcover, hardcover, and deluxe special editions are available for purchase in the Paizo booth at Gen Con and at game and bookstores worldwide. Paizo will not reprint the playtest rulebook or adventure, so players who want print editions should act quickly.

Playtest 1: The Lost Star begins Tuesday, August 7 and runs through August 26, kicking off the massive multi-month free playtest.

Pathfinder Playtest Schedule:

  1. The Lost Star, August 7 – August 26
  2. In Pale Mountain’s Shadow, August 27 – September 9
  3. Affair at Sombrefell Hall, September 10 – September 23
  4. The Mirrored Moon, September 24 – October 8
  5. The Heroes of Undarin, October 9 – October 21
  6. Red Flags, October 22 – November 4
  7. When the Stars Go Dark, November 5 – November 18

Players are invited to visit PathfinderPlaytest.com to give feedback via online surveys for each of the 7 Doomsday Dawn adventure playtests and share opinions with others in the Pathfinder Playtest Forums on paizo.com. Paizo will be discussing the results of the Playtest surveys and changes they are implementing based on player feedback both on Paizo.com and on the Paizo Twitch channel. Players stay informed by signing up for email updates at paizo.com.

The worldwide Pathfinder Society organized play program has four more opportunities to playtest. Pathfinder Society Playtest #1: The Rose Street Revenge (August 7), Pathfinder Society Playtest #2: Raiders of Shrieking Peak (August 7), Pathfinder Society Playtest #3: Arclord’s Envy (August 7), and Pathfinder Society Playtest #4: The Frozen Oath (September 26) will all be available as free downloads.

Many Paizo official licensed partners are supporting the playtest. Players can immerse themselves in epic sounds with the Doomsday Dawn audio experience from Syrinscape. They can play with friends all over the world on Fantasy Grounds and Roll20 virtual tabletops. Players can also build their perfect character using Hero Lab. They can roll dice designed by Q Workshop to aesthetically compliment the Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook. Players can celebrate their participation with the deluxe enamel collector pin by Campaign Coins.

Syrinscape and D&D Partner to Create First Official Sounds of the Legendary RPG

Syrinscape has announcesd its lineup of activities for Gen Con, the Best Four Days in Gaming (Indianapolis, Aug. 2 – 5).

Syrinscape has announced the addition of Dungeons & Dragons to its extensive library of custom-made sounds for the world’s greatest games. Gen Con attendees will have the opportunity to become immortalized in the Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game as Syrinscape’s famous Sound Cave returns to record attendee voices for the Dragon Heist SoundSet, the first official sounds of the legendary RPG that started it all.

In addition to the Sound Cave, the Syrinscape booth in the Exhibit Hall (#343) will also feature previews of Syrinscape’s latest releases for the Pathfinder RPG, Curse of the Crimson Throne, as well as the debut of the first official SoundSet for the Call of Cthulhu RPG. Syrinscape is celebrating 10 years of making noise at the gaming table with The Year of Atmosphere. Stop by the booth to ask Team Syrinscape about pro-tips for creating glorious, dynamic sound environments for any tabletop game.

All around Gen Con, Syrinscape will be bringing live RPG events to life with epic sound and music, including the legendary 1200-player Friday night Pathfinder Special in the Sagamore Ballroom and the 1000-player Gamers Live events. Join Syrinscape creator Benjamin Loomes as he hosts Music & Ambiance in Gaming in the Paizo Seminar Room. Finally, Syrinscape and Adventure Scents are partnering to level up the tabletop gaming experience using custom soundscapes, scent effects, maps, recipes and other accessories in the Total Immersion Workshop.

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 $11 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 Syrinscape Online Play tools and more.

Dive into Magic: The Gathering’s World of Ravnica with Dungeons & Dragons this November

Wizards of the Coast has announced the first collaboration on a major product between Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering with Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica releasing everywhere on November 20. The book will contain everything fans need to play D&D in the world-spanning city of Ravnica, the fan-favorite Magic setting populated by ten rival guilds, each with its own ethos and agenda. Wizards is also announcing D&D fans can now return to a magic-heavy noir setting with Wayfinder’s Guide to Eberron, a new document written by Keith Baker available online now. The exploration of these settings is a testament to how fan excitement can shape where D&D travels to next.

More enfranchised D&D fans may know that Keith Baker created the Eberron setting as part of the Fantasy Setting Search conducted in 2002, and the D&D team has been working with him to update the setting. The first step is the Wayfinder’s Guide to Eberron, a digital release in the Dungeon Masters Guild online marketplace, which will serve to collect feedback on adjusted races, dragon marks, new backgrounds and more. Fans can also use this document as a jumping off point to create their own monsters, adventure modules, and other tabletop content set within Eberron and put it up for sale on the Dungeon Masters Guild.

WizKids Announces D&D Icons of the Realms: Waterdeep Dragon Heist

WizKids has announced the upcoming release of the newest addition to its D&D Icons of the Realms line of pre-painted miniatures: Waterdeep Dragon Heist. Based on the newest Dungeons & Dragons story, Waterdeep Dragon Heist is scheduled to release this fall and features exciting and compelling characters, both heroic and villainous, including the Human Warlock of the Fiend, the devilish Pit Fiend, and the founder of the Zhentarim, the mysterious Manshoon.

Also featured among the 44 figures from Waterdeep Dragon Heist are several popular animals for all your Wild Shape needs, such as the tactical Dire Wolf and the vicious Brown Bear. Icons of the Realms: Waterdeep Dragon Heist standard edition boosters will contain 4 figures: 1 Large or 1 unique Huge figure, and 3 Medium or Small figures.

Additionally, customers who pre-order an Icons of the Realms: Waterdeep Dragon Heist standard booster case will have the opportunity to purchase the City of the Dead Statues & Monuments case incentive promotional set while supplies last. This gorgeous set of miniatures includes several beautifully carved statues & monuments as well as several coffins that can be used in a variety of locations!

Experience the bustling city of Waterdeep, get to know its thrilling characters, and immerse yourself in the adventure with D&D Icons of the Realms: Waterdeep Dragon Heist, releasing September 2018.

Wizards of the Coast Reveals Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage for Dungeons & Dragons

Wizards of the Coast has revealed two new campaigns for Dungeons & Dragons both set in the world of Forgotten Realms.

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist is focused on characters levels 1-5 in the city, and Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage is for characters levels 5-20 in Undermountain. The two volumes can either stand on their own or be used together. Each will retail for $49.95.

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist features a quest for famed explorer Volothamp Geddarm, leading to a grand urban caper in which they uncover a villainous plot involving some of the city’s most influential figures. It comes to shelves September 19.

Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage has players explore all 23 levels of the dungeon Undermountain and the subterranean refuge of Skullport. The dungeon is found as a gaping pit in Yawning Portal, a Waterdeep tavern. The dungeon is the domain of the mad Wizard Halaster Blackcloak, along with his monsters, traps, and mysteries. The book will be released November 13.

The two new books will also have new accessories. The Waterdeep: Dragon Heist Dice, a set of two d20s, one d12, two d10s, one d8, four d6s, one d4, and one hit point tracker. It will be released November 13 and will retail for $24.95.

Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage Map Pack, also due out November 13 and will retail for $24.95. The release provides maps for the bulk of Halaster’s Blackcoak dungeon under Mount Waterdeep.

Explore a fascinating alien world in Space 1889: Mercury!

Modiphius Entertainment has released Space 1889: Mercury, a major source book and brand new adventure from Clockwork Publishing‘s epic Space 1889 RPG.

Space 1889: Mercury is available in both print and PDF only versions on Modiphius.net and here’s the details on what you’ll find in this intriguing sourcebook.

A fascinating alien world awaits you!

Once, no man on Earth thought that life on Mercury was possible since the planet is locked with one side perpetually facing the Sun.

Scorching heat on one side and eternal darkness on the other seemed to guarantee that Mercury must be uninhabitable.

But when the inhabitants of Earth first started to voyage through the Ether, some daring explorers also turned towards Mercury—and discovered how wrong the previous assumptions about the planet had been.

A New Frontier

Because even if the one side of Mercury is dominated by vast hot deserts with lakes filled with molten metals and the other side is a seemingly lifeless waste with its giant glaciers of ice and ammonia, there is still a small strip of land between these two extremes that thrives with life. This zone where the cold and hot sides meet always stays in the same twilight and at the same temperature—this is the realm of the mighty World River, which spans the whole planet and is a lifeline for the primeval fauna and flora on both river banks.

A Hostile Land

While the few human settlements and bases were all established along the World River, the main focus of the great powers and trading com­panies remains on the hostile areas of Mercury—because that is where the true riches of the innermost planet of the Solar System lie. Lakes of molten metal await their exploitation on the Hot Side, if only there were a way to mine them. Frozen gases on the Dark Side also promise great profits, despite all risks to life and limb. It is no wonder then that it’s not just scientists that come to Mercury, but also salesmen and prospectors, just as some inventors try to construct machines that would function in environ­ments more life-threatening and hostile than anything known on Earth.

This supplement describes everything you need to know to have thrilling adventures on Mercury. Detailed descriptions of the three very different regions, infor­mation on inhabitants and visitors of Mercury, inter­esting locations, or alien (and not always animal) life—this sourcebook offers you a comprehensive survey of the planet.

To help you dive into this exciting world more easily, this book also includes an adventure concerning a race along the World River which lets you and your players explore large parts of Mercury during its course.

Dungeons & Dragons Announces The Stream of Many Eyes! this June

On June 1 – 3 2018, Dungeons & Dragons will bring tons of Twitch streamers, actors, comedians and D&D luminaries to the Stream of Many Eyes, a three-day livestreamed extravaganza full of cosplay, crazy sets and amazing stories. During the Stream of Many Eyes – #SOMEDND – the D&D team will unveil the new adventure story coming this year and showcase extraordinary D&D live play entertainment, and it will all stream live on twitch.tv/dnd.

The Stream of Many Eyes starts at 4pm PT on Friday, June 1st, with a visual tour of the studio led by host Anna Prosser Robinson and a roundtable conversation with the D&D team on the new storyline and what makes it so exciting. Dungeons & Dragons will then present live D&D play sessions with Force Grey & Dice, Camera, Action.

On Saturday, June 2nd, the livestream kicks off at 10 AM PT with Sirens of the Realms. Saturday’s games will feature well-known D&D gaming group Girls, Guts, Glory as well newer groups Rivals of Waterdeep and Dark & Dicey, all previewing content from the new story. The entertainment will run all day, wrapping up at 7 PM PT.

Four groups will perform on Sunday, June 3rd, beginning at 11 AM PT and streaming until 8 PM PT. Games will include members of Critical Role, High Rollers, Force Grey and the entire cast of Dice, Camera, Action performing together in costume for the first time.

D&D fans around the world can watch all the excitement unfold on twitch.tv/dnd, and on Sunday only, fans in the Los Angeles area can buy tickets to watch one of the live games in person. The live ticketed experience includes a curated set tour, live performances from musicians, dancers and stunt-people, food trucks, a D&D pop-up store full of merch, and of course some of your favorite gaming groups.

Check out the full schedule and buy tickets. Tickets are limited – so if you’ll be in the L.A. area on June 3rd make sure to grab them quick!

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