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A Scout is always prepared. That's true in this world as it is in the Wyrdwood. There, there's a lot more talking trees and magical animals to befriend. But the quest is still to get those merrit badges. And that's what you'll be doing in Scouts of the Wyrdwood Forest. The Kickstarter campaign for this new RPG is back up and running now.

You've maybe checked out the indie-produced video game Hyper Light Drifter. People seem to really enjoy it. So, why not bring it to tabletops with an RPG? At least, that's what Metal Weave Games thought, and I don't see anything wrong with it, either. They're currently running a Kickstarter to get it made. And they're running a public test of the rules, so you can even go download those and check it out before you pledge.

Many of you have thoroughly enjoyed the Root board game from Magpie Games. But perhaps you've wanted to get even more involved with the world. Go down into it and really explore the space, to become one of the characters. Well, soon, you'll be able to, as there's a Root RPG in the works. And you can get in on the action now on Kickstarter.

We're about 2/3 of the way through September. This month has been going by quickly. Seems like a good time to be showing off some releases. Paizo has posted up theirs, with a whole batch of products for both Pathfinder and Starfinder. From new books, to a new critical deck, to new maps. Have a look.

When your gaming group is spread out all over, it can be hard to get together in one room to play (I mean, if everyone lives in the same apartment building, it can sometimes be hard to get everyone together in one room to play, but still...). That's where digital tabletops come in, with Roll20 being an industry leader. And if you're looking for adding the acclaimed Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus campaign, it's now available.

A new expansion for the award-winning Tales From the Loop RPG is coming in just under a month's time. Free League Publishing has announced Out of Time, a new campaign that, as one would expect, involves time travel in order to save the world.

Adopt. Adapt. Improve. Words to live by. Growth. Learning. Change. That's what we should all strive for. Even our games should do that. It's with that in mind that Nightfall Games is bringing you a Kickstarter to fund the 2nd edition of SLA Industries. Sure, the original won some awards, but they knew they could do better.

The year is 2670 and humanity is still hanging on past two near-extinction events. They have spread out into the solar system with trips even further out beginning. It's into this time that you find yourself in TerrorForm, a new horror-sci-fi RPG setting and system from Argonauts Incorporated. You can check out this new RPG on Kickstarter now.

In an enchanted glade, all predatory animals have been held at bay, letting everything else thrive. But that barrier is breaking down. How will the animals that have come to make the glade home make it through? That's up to you in Hidden Heroes, a new one-shot RPG adventure using 5th Edition rules that's up on Kickstarter now.

Down there, deep, underneath, below the world, there's all manner of twisting passages in the vast undercity. But as much as there's your (almost) certain doom, there's also the thing you've been looking for your entire life. Everything you've ever wanted is there, along with everything that could ever kill you. Will you dare its dark depths? Well, you will in Heart: The City Beneath, a new RPG that shares a world with Spire. The new stand-alone RPG is up on Kickstarter now.

BrokenDice has been working hard creating a new RPG that they are bringing to Kickstarter soon. It's called The Nuadan Chronicles and it's a series that blends sci-fi with magic and a touch of post-apocalyptic all thrown into one. Head over to their website and check out just what this new system will bring.

Shades of Vengeance is back up on Kickstarter. They've got another of their RPGs they're looking to fund. This time, it's Era: Forbidden, a game where angels and demos are fighting a terrible war, with the remnants of humanity caught in the middle. This game is designed for smaller play groups. So, if you find you can only ever really get together 1-3 gamers and a GM, this is possibly the rules system for you.

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Ok ,so the Henshin Sentai-themed RPG doesn't specifically have bunches of giant robots in it, since not all Sentai shows do, but let's face it, it's basically a given. Anyway, if you're looking for some super-Sentai action and want to play around in a diceless RPG, Henshin might just be for you. The game has been out for a while as a .pdf, but they're looking to print it and expand on it with this Kickstarter campaign.

It's a Star Wars party over at Fantasy Flight with their latest batch of releases. For those that've been looking forward to ships new and old for X-Wing, the fifth wave is now available. Those that want to get a little bit more down and directly involved with your Star Wars experience, there's the new Gadgets and Gear sourcebook for the RPG. Heck, you could use the latter to RP fixing damage to your ship that you played in the former. All of these are available now online and down at your LGS.

Winter is coming.

I realize that's the tag line for an entirely different fantasy world, but it's what's going on here, too. Free League Publishing is running a Kickstarter campaign for The Bitter Reach, their new (and massive) expansion for the Forbidden Lands RPG. What does it have in its 200+ pages? New rules, new monsters, new encounters, and an entire campaign set in the cold reaches of a new region. The new book is up on Kickstarter now.

So, Pathfinder 2nd Edition's been out for a little over a month. You've maybe thought about picking it up, but haven't been sure. And if you did, where would you start? Or maybe you're a GM looking to get a group interested in this new version. Where do you begin? Well, Paizo is here to help. They've posted up a free-to-download Demo Adventure to help people get right into the game.

The point of games is to have fun. Otherwise, we're just people sitting around playing pretend with convoluted rules for no reason. During your RPG sessions, topics can come up that won't always sit well with others. So, how does one approach such topics, and how do GMs make sure that what they're running works for everyone? That's what Consent in Gaming, a new book from Monte Cook Games looks at. You can pick up your copies now.

Plaid Hat Games is really thrilled about their upcoming Aftermath adventure book game, and they want you to be just as excited. As such, they're giving you all sorts of looks into how the game works. In this article, we check out the Action cards. They kinda look like a souped-up deck of regular playing cards, and I'm totally all for that.

The party comes across a strange bottle. It's got some strange liquid in there, obviously a potion of some kind. But what kind of potion? Sure, there's the regular healing potions and such, but that's so mundane. Why not really go out there with it? That's what the Book of Unusual Potions helps with. The book's up on Kickstarter now.

Aftermath is the new storybook game coming from Plaid Hat Games. They've been running a video preview series about it as they get closer to release. This time around, the video's focus is Calamity. What? You thought a world where different factions of animals fight over the remains of humanity would just be a harmoneous affair?

With Pathfinder 2nd Edition, Paizo's looking to expand the different ancestries (aka - races) that players can choose for their character. We've seen how they've added in Goblins, but that's not the only non-standard ancestry that they're adding. While it's not in the core book, Lizardmen will be making their way into the game as a playable ancestry. In this preview, we get a little look at what they'll be like.

You come across a magical door that leads to a wonderful, fantasy land. However, the door locks behind you and you must find the keys to re-open it, lest you're stuck there forever. Now, I mean, I can't really think that I'd like to come home from a land of fantasy and magic (not that my life's bad, of course, but really, how many of us would be like, "Bye, Felicia!" if we found a magic door to a fantasy land), but if you stick around too long, you turn into a monster. So, going home is probably a good idea. That's where you find yourself in the Magical Land of Yeld RPG. There's a new book up on Kickstarter for it called Mermaid Hunters.

Longtime readers know that I like games with interesting premises. I see thousands of games every year, and so I feel I've often "seen it all." I have to say, that I've never seen a game about going out and finding a mystical, wish-granting, ancient fish. However, that's just what you're doing in Rod, Reel, & Fist, a new anime-inspired RPG that's up on Kickstarter now.

 

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