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Nazi Occultists, Secret Agents, and Tentacles! Achtung! Cthulhu 2D20 RPG Quickstart Available Now!

Achtung! Cthulhu 2D20 RPG Quickstart

Modiphius Entertainment has launched the long-awaited Quickstart rules for its World War II-themed alternate-history Achtung! Cthulhu series. Previously an incredibly popular setting for Savage Worlds and Call of CthulhuAchtung! Cthulhu is now available as a standalone TTRPG, using Modiphius’ own cinematic-styled 2D20 system. The Quickstart rules are available for free via Modiphius’ Achtung! Cthulhu 2D20 website. This Quickstart ruleset will give players everything they need to get started with the world of Achtung! Cthulhu ahead of the game’s full launch. The free Quickstart PDF contains:

  • A complete starter rule set for Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20 with plenty of hints and tips for new GMs
  • Begin your journey into The Secret War with the exciting adventure, A Quick Trip to France
  • Five pre-generated characters so you can pick up and play the game straight away
  • Battle the special Nazi occult forces and save humanity from the malign power of the Mythos!

Achtung! Cthulhu started out as a setting for Lovecraftian roleplaying — taking place during an alternate history World War II. A secret war is being fought as the Nazi’s forge alliances with ancient and terrible gods, unearth arcane technologies and unleash nightmares on the battlefield. Players must discover the truth behind the Mythos’ influence as conflict engulfs the globe during the most significant conflict in world history.

In this pulp-influenced world of brave Allied heroes, secret agents, mysterious mystics, and dauntless two-fisted adventure, players take on the roles of Allied servicemen and women, secret agents, members of the French Resistance, or even hapless civilians caught up in the wider conflict. All stand firm against the twisted might of the Nazis and their occult forces, including the Cult of the Black Sun, who wield foul magic and summon ancient horrors in their bid to unleash Yog-Sothoth and Nachtwölfe, the Night Wolves, who place their trust in weird science and wonder weapons to prevail.

Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft Brings Slasher Horror, Macabre Fairy Tales, the Zombie Apocalypse, and More to Dungeons & Dragons

One of the most popular adventures published by Dungeons & Dragons in the last few years was Curse of Strahd which begins when characters are pulled by creeping mists into a land called Barovia. But Strahd’s domain is just one of the many Domains of Dread that make up the horror-themed setting of Ravenloft. Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft refreshes the setting by giving Dungeon Masters descriptions of more than 30 Domains of Dread beyond Barovia as well as the tools to create their own horrific stories, including details on each domain’s Darklord, a ready-to-play adventure, new monsters, lineages, and sub-classes. Be afraid for Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft to pull D&D fans into the Mists on May 18.

The correspondence of Rudolph Van Richten and other heroes of Ravenloft, like Ezmerelda d’Avenir and the Weathermay-Foxgrove Twins, introduce a new generation of monster hunters to the Lands of the Mists. Some of the Domains of Dread might feel eerily familiar to fans such as Lamordia, which explores the horror of experimentation on creating undead beings from deceased body parts by Dr. Viktra Mordenheim. Other horrors include the surreal, fairytale masquerades of Dementlieu; treachery in the war-torn rain forests of Kalakeri; and the endless zombie hordes of Falkovnia. Van Richten’s Guide includes rules and advice for DMs to create custom domains and Darklords by portraying established horror tropes or whatever special new blend of terror they can imagine.

Players can create more terrifying characters with Dark Gifts that provide roleplaying ties to the Domains of Dread by bestowing benefits that may have a deadly cost. With Van Richten’s Guide, players can also roll up a dhampir who’s been created by a vampire, a hexblood descended from a hag, or a reborn who’s been brought back from the dead. Two new subclasses further flesh out the options with the College of Spirits for bards and the Undead pact for warlocks, as well as new backgrounds to explore and trinkets to collect.

Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft features a cover by Anna Podedworna available everywhere and an alternate cover by Scott M. Fischer only available through game stores.

Pre-order: Amazon

Modiphius Fallout RPG and 3D Printed Miniatures Humble Bundle Now Available

Fallout: Wasteland Warfare

The wasteland is fraught with murderous mutants and plenty of unsavory characters eager to swindle folks out of those precious bottle caps — but with the Fallout RPG and 3D Miniatures Bundle, from world-renowned roleplaying publisher Modiphius Entertainment, you can live the life of a vault dweller without a hint of radiation poisoning and for a lot fewer bottlecaps than it would normally cost! The “Fallout RPG and 3D Miniatures” Humble Books Bundle contains over $300 worth of digital Fallout: Wasteland Warfare rule books, expansion manuals, and 3D print files at various pricing tiers sure to meet everyone’s bottlecap (or dollar) budgets! Bundles start at only $1.00 USD with proceeds aiding the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

The Fallout RPG and 3D Miniatures Bundle is packed with awesome goodies that any Wasteland wanderer would love to get their hands on: 

The first tier, available from only $1.00 USD, has plenty to get players started — including the Fallout: Wasteland Warfare – Rules of Play, Fallout: Wasteland Warfare – Getting Acclimated PDF, High Res 2 Player Cards, discounts on official Fallout-themed dice, and more.

Bundles for those who choose to spend over $10.00 USD include Fallout: Wasteland Warfare character sheets, multiple terrain expansions like Sanctuary Hill House and Preserved Red Rocket, and campaign books for The Unexpected Shepherd Part 1 and Machine Frequency. 

For contributions of $20 USD and over, eager vault-dwellers can look forward to campaign books for Fallout: Wasteland Warfare, 3D printable miniatures like Vault-Tec Vault Girl, and even the Wave 1 AI Card Deck: Survivors, Super Mutants, Brotherhood of Steel.

All purchases will support the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, an organization that fights for racial justice in America through litigation, advocacy, and public education. 

The Fallout RPG and Miniatures bundle is available now on Humble Bundle, and will be on sale until March 10, 2021.

Beowulf: Age of Heroes is Here for 5e

Beowulf: Age of Heroes

Discover a fierce background of wild seas and savage monsters, of meadhalls and of heirloom swords that bear legendary names. Gain Followers, take Inspiration from unique Portents, and use our specially crafted tokens to guide your voyage along the Whale Road. Beowulf: Age of Heroes has arrived to explore with 5e.

Play the ‘Hero’ class, and choose from six sub-classes based on your ability scores. You can be the mighty Bench-Breaker, the wily Riddle-Reaver, or the sturdy Ox-Blooded. And you can come from a range of setting-specific backgrounds: you might be the Chosen One, or Adrift and seeking answers. You may be an Avenger, or of Noble Blood. 

Written and illustrated by a team of industry veterans, led by Jon Hodgson, Beowulf: Age of Heroes features 276 pages of beautifully illustrated mythic setting and evokes a legendary age of tales, poems, and song. 

Beowulf: Age of Heroes

Described by fans as the ‘best hack of 5e ever made’, and by games designer Will Hindmarch as something ‘really magical’, Beowulf: Age of Heroes is uniquely designed for duet play: one Hero and one GM (though it can still be played by a group). This means it’s very easy to get a game going and to keep it going, and it’s especially ideal for play over the internet.

With its feet firmly in the world’s favorite role-playing game, Beowulf has been very carefully forged to follow the folklore, flow, and feel of the original poem.

Featuring a foreword by Maria Dahvana Headley, Beowulf: Age of Heroes is available in both .pdf and traditional print book formats.

You can find a full range of supporting accessories, including specially made tokens, metal miniatures, and a myriad of dice trays and other props, all in the Handiwork Games store.

The One Ring Kickstarter from Free League Publishing is Live and Funded

The Kickstarter for the new edition of the acclaimed roleplaying game The One Ring, set in the world of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and designed by Francesco Nepitello, has been launched by Free League Publishing. The highly anticipated fantasy game was funded in just 4 minutes.

The new edition for The One Ring roleplaying game, to be published by Free League in partnership with Sophisticated Games, was crowdfunded in only 4 minutes after the launch and has already raised more than $530,000, with 21 days to go.

In the new edition of The One Ring, the year is 2965 of the Third Age, and the players create a Company of heroes seeking adventure in the Lone-lands of Eriador, the region that once saw the glory of the North Kingdom of Arnor.

It is a desolate country, yet it sees the presence of many adventurous folk – Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves and Men. It is here that the One Ring lies, a seed of the past that will one day lead the world to open war against the returning Shadow.

The Enemy is moving, and smoke issues once more from Mount Doom, in the land of Mordor…

For about $36 you can back the project and get the core rules and starter set in a digital format. For $60 you get a hardback edition, the pdf format, stretch goals, and an Alpha pdf version. The campaign ends on March 4 and is expected to ship in November 2021.

Privateer Press Renews the Iron Kingdoms Roleplaying Game for 5e

Iron Kingdoms: Requiem

Privateer Press has returned to its roots with an updated and expanded version of its roleplaying game, set in its long-standing world of magic and technology. The Iron Kingdoms: Requiem is now available for the first time in 5e, the world’s best-known and most-played roleplaying system. Additionally, the setting has been redesigned with both veteran and new players in mind and the release includes a beginning adventure, Legend of the Witchfire, for both returning players and those exploring the Iron Kingdoms for the first time.

Launched on Kickstarter on January 27, the IKRPG includes a core setting book filled with hundreds of pages of updated rules, new character options and classes to choose from, and an expanded group of new and familiar spells. A second book, the Monsternomicon, introduces players and Game Masters alike to some of the incredible races and beasts they can encounter in both the wilds and the cities of the Iron Kingdoms. Both books include hundreds of pieces of the notable art Privateer Press is known for. Finally, an adventure module designed to launch beginning parties into the world brings back an infamous character from the early days of Privateer’s roleplaying games—Alexia Ciannor and her legendary infernal blade, the Witchfire.

The Kickstarter base goal of $100,000 funded in just 73 minutes, an indication of the public’s anticipation for the return of this popular setting. Currently, with over 3,500 backers, the Iron Kingdoms Roleplaying Game: Requiem for 5e includes a retailer option for stores that wish to stock the new release.

The Kickstarter for the Iron Kingdoms Roleplaying Game: Requiem runs through February 11, 2021.

Iron Kingdoms: Requiem

Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20 Gets a Quickstart

Modiphius has announced some new developments in the Achtung! Cthulhu universe.

Next month sees the launch of the FREE Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20 Quickstart, your first chance to see the game in action. In the intriguing adventure “A Quick Trip To France”, you’ll confront the evil lurking in Saint Sulac.

Elsewhere, work continues apace on the Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20 Player’s Guide and GM’s Guide as final playtesting and proofreading commences. These exciting new books which will be launching this spring.

Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20 Quickstart

Hunters Entertainment have announced Gods of Metal: Ragnarock

Award-winning RPG developers and publishers Hunters Entertainment have announced Gods of Metal: Ragnarock. Their epic heavy metal fantasy tabletop role-playing game has successfully funded on Kickstarter in under 5 hours, unlocking a limited edition vinyl LP featuring mainstream Metal Artists and an instrumental soundtrack.

Gods of Metal: Ragnarock is an Epic Heavy Metal Fantasy RPG celebrating a diverse cast of characters within the dual worlds of the Mundania and Ragnarock. In the world of Mundania, a land similar to ours, even boring mortals have a chance of redemption. Characters claim fealty to one of the 6 metal gods, and form an adventuring band, to take on the roles of Brutalizers, Shredders, Noisemancers, and even Amplords as characters find adventure and glory in a Heavy Metal Inspired world. Products featured in the project include fully zinc dice, votive candles, and plastic maquettes featuring the Metal Gods.

Gods of Metal: Ragnarock features three heavy metal albums, Gods of Metal, Avatars of Metal, and an Original Soundtrack

Gods of Metal, features an original song for the game from Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies) and Charlie Benante (Anthrax) titled “Born Into Death”, inspired by one of the Gods of Metal in the game. In addition, the LP includes music from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee Motorhead, as well as Indian Street Metal band, BloodyWood, released for the first time on vinyl. It also includes a previously unreleased single from Chris Jericho’s Fozzy, Icon for Hire, and Silvertomb

Avatars of Metal, the second album available in the campaign, is a chance for 15 indie bands to be included in the project. Key groups will be announced during the campaign, but bands have an opportunity to submit their own tracks.

The Original Soundtrack for Gods of Metal: Ragnarok is a stretch goal, and features music by Rezodrone. Rezodrone is a group composed of Jason Charles Miller and Jamison Boaza and recently created the music for the radio tracks on the hit action role-playing video game Cyberpunk 2077 from CD Projekt

Gods of Metal is set to release to its backers in Late 2021, with an early 2022 release for retailers. The Kickstarter runs until February 22.

Gods of Metal: Ragnarok

Helm Greycastle Mixes Goes From Comics to a 5E Compatible RPG

Critically acclaimed writer Henry Barajas teams up with artist Rahmat M. Handoko and colorist Bryan Valenza for the all new Latinx fantasy series Helm Greycastle. This four-issue miniseries will launch from Image Comics and Top Cow Productions this April. 

Helm Greycastle will also feature alternative covers by such talent as David Lapham, Tony Parker, and Becky Cloonan, along with a bonus Latinx one-shot RPG (5E compatible) written by Tristan J. Tarwater and showcasing art by Jen Vaughn.

In Helm Greycastle, the last dragon prince has been abducted—kept prisoner by an unknown threat: AZTEC MEXICA! Helm Greycastle and his outsider comrades are here to save the prince—but are recruited by a resistance plotting to overthrow Montezuma. Will Greycastle help save the people of MEXICA…or rescue the dragon prince and flee?

Helm Greycastle #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 28:

  • Helm Greycastle #1 Cover A Handoko & Valenza – FEB210027
  • Helm Greycastle #1 Cover B Lapham – FEB210028      
  • Helm Greycastle #1 Cover C Parker – FEB210029      
  • Helm Greycastle #1 Cover D Cloonan [limited] – FEB210030
Helm Greycastle #1

WizKids and Critical Role Brings Exandria to Life!

WizKids has announced a partnership with Critical Role. Adding to its line of miniatures, WizKids will debut product offerings from the expansive world of Exandria, beginning Q1 2021.

At launch, fans can expect to see iconic monsters and popular Player Characters (PCs) to enhance their own adventures in the roleplaying game set on the continent of Wildemount. Included in these is Critical Role’s Game Master Matthew Mercer’s famed deluxe “gargantuan” size, pre-painted Udaak. Sculpted with high-detailed features using premium paints, it’s truly a great foe, or ally, for any adventure!

Through this partnership, players can expect to see many additional releases in the coming years that span various continents in the world of Exandria, including products and RPG accessories like premium pre-painted—and unpainted—miniatures in the tiniest of figures all the way up to gargantuan and more. All packaging comes with a clear window, so fans can see exactly what they are getting on the store shelf.

The first six box sets of premium painted figures will release in Spring 2021 and will be available at Friendly Local Game Stores (FLGS) worldwide.

WizKids Critical Role
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