Era: The Consortium – A Universe of Expansions 2 Up On Kickstarter

When the folks at Shades of Vengeance want to expand the Era: The Consortium universe, they don’t just give you one or two expansion books. They look to blow the doors wide open with as many expansion books as they can possibly manage. To do that, they’re running their 2nd A Universe of Expansions Kickstarter campaign. You all know my feelings on having more options for your games, well, this is that in spades.
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Era: Balam Sci-Fi RPG Up On Kickstarter

I wish I could be a fighter pilot.
No, really. Back when I was a kid, that was near the top of my list of things I wanted to do. Unfortunately, I’ve got godawful eyes and so Top Gun academy was never really in my fates. But I can live vicariously through my RPGs. And what’s better than a fighter pilot? A fighter pilot in space, of course! And that’s just what you get to be in Era: Balam, a sci-fi RPG that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Shades of Vengeance releases Era: The Consortium Expansions

Shades of Vengeance’s last Kickstarter campaign was to create a bunch of expansions for Era: The Consortium. It was successful and the game got quite a huge boost in terms of material. Well, those products are now starting to be made available to a general audience. That’s in preparation for Shades’ upcoming Kickstarter this October where they will be adding even more to the game.
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Champion of Earth: Robots & Cyborgs Expansion Up On Kickstarter

The aliens are invading. They’ve already raised the dead and brought out the werewolves to help. But that’s apparently not enough. So they’re sending in the giant robots. To counter them, the people of Earth are sending in the Cyborgs. But will it be enough? Will the invasion be repelled? And, if so, who will be the Champion of Earth?
That’s what you’ll be looking to find out in Champion of Earth: Robots and Cyborgs. The expansion set is up on Kickstarter now.
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Shades of Vengeance Posts Encounters on the Edge of Space #1

Patreon is a crowdfunding campaign a lot of you still maybe haven’t tried. If you’re interested in it, and what it can do for a game, check out the one being run by Shades of Vengeance. They’ve recently posted up their Encounters on the Edge of Space #1. It is the first in what will be a regular series of bestiary entries they will make so that GMs can add these creatures to their games.
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Shades of Vengeance Seeks Contract Game Developer

Want to be part of the gaming industry? Well, here’s one of those fairly rare opportunities. Plus, it’s for Game Developer, one that a lot of people are looking to get. Shades of Vengeance is looking to add to their team, and you just might be the right person.
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Era: Hitman RPG Up On Kickstarter

While having an ebook is nice (there’s the portability, the searchability, and other such things good about them), I guess I’m just a traditionalist. I like having an actual book in my hand when I’m gaming. For those of you that are like me who have been looking at Era: Hitman, the RPG where you’re a super-powered assassin, but have been wishing that it had a physical book, your prayers have been answered. They’re up on Kickstarter right now looking to get a paperback version printed.
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Shades of Vengeance Releases The Outland Chronicles Patch 1.02

Everyone loves to see their favorite games supported by the companies that make them. Well, if you’re a fan of The Outland Chronicles, you should also be fans of how Shades of Vengeance has their new “patch” available. It’s free to download and includes extra rules and updates for your game.
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Era: Survival – Expansions into the Unknown Up On Kickstarter

The popular survival-horror RPG, Era: Survival, had quite a campaign last year on Kickstarter. Well, it delivered and players got their chance to give it a play and they wanted more. Well, the folks at Shades of Vengeance are looking to do just that. They’ve got a Kickstarter campaign up and running to release numerous expansion books for the game.
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Shades of Vengeance Launches Champion of Earth Card Game Kickstarter

Well, aliens are invading. Doesn’t that just ruin your work week? I guess we should try and defend our home planet. You know. It’s the only one we’ve got right now. Of course, humans being the competitive species that we are, the person who kills the most of these invaders will be crowned the Champion of Earth. They’ll do this by employing all sorts of equipment. Do you have what it takes to be the best? That’s the story behind Champion of Earth, a new card game by Shades of Vengeance that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Era: Hitman RPG Up On Kickstarter

There’ve been some high-profile assassinations around the world lately. I certainly don’t condone such things, but it’s easy to see how people can be fascinated by when such a thing happens. Whether it’s nerve agent delivered by a spray of “water” or a poison-filled BB delivered via umbrella-gun, hitmen are an interesting area of study. If you’d like to join the world of international espionage and take out enemies (for the right price), you might want to check out Era: Hitman, which is up on Kickstarter now.
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Era: The Consortium Rulebook Primer Available

As I’ve mentioned (even just earlier this week), I like to know what I’m getting into before I buy a game. These days, with so many coming out, you can’t possibly buy all of them. But how do you pick? well, some companies put out free rules so you can check ’em out ahead of time. Well, add Shades of Vengeance to that list, as they’ve released a free rules primer for Era: The Consortium.
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Era: The Consortium Expansions Up On Kickstarter

Many times you’ve heard me talk about how a GM can’t have too many resources available to them when working on their game. Also, players can’t have enough material when looking to make their character exactly how they want. Well, Shades of Vengeance wants to make sure players and GMs that play Era: The Consortium have those resources. So they’re running a Kickstarter campaign to expand the game universe… with 18 expansion books. O,o
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Shades of Vengeance Running Era: Silence Kickstarter Campaign

The time has come for your hero to learn their true name. But to do so, they must overcome the challenges that the Oracle has set in front of them. They will be astrally-whisked away to the Isle of Silence where they, along with the other heroes, must succeed a gauntlet of tasks, each one unlocking new abilities. But there’s something interesting about the Isle of Silence. It’s called that because all verbal forms of communication are magically suppressed. So your heroes must find alternative ways of communicating with one-another if they are going to succeed. That’s the story behind Era: Silence, a new fantasy RPG that’s up on Kickstarter.
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Shades of Vengeance Launches Era: Survival Kickstarter

It’s Thursday, so that must mean that civilization has crashed again. Damnit, Carl! I told you to pay attention to that meter over there! Now we’re all doomed. I guess we’ll just have to break the survivors up into various factions, all of whom have decided on their own way to survive in this harsh, unrelenting environment that you have created.
And that’s just the story behind Era: Survival, their new RPG that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Friday Snippets

We’re making it, people! We’re making it! We’ve just about made it to the weekend. Some of you reading this who are to the East of me have already made it there. Those of us here in the last couple time zones just have a couple hours more to hold out and we’ll be there, too. Hooray! Fun with time zones!

In order to make sure we’ve got enough energy, let’s fill up on some bite-sized gaming stories, shall we?

Today we have: Lil’ Cthulhu Kickstarter Reaches 70% Completion, New WW2 releases from Company B at Cold Wars, Shades of Vengeance Launches Free Rulebook Primer, Hitech Miniatures Releases Commander Cassandra mini, New Sons of Thor Torsos Available From Kromlech, Oddzial Osmy’s 3mm and 15mm February/March Releases Arrive at PicoArmor, and Brigade Models Rerelease Tolero Figures.

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Midweek Snippets

Well… that was a bit of an adventure.
For those interested in keeping track, Monday I noticed my car had a coolant leak. Tuesday I took it into the shop. They originally said, “it’ll just be a couple hours.” Then they said, “it’ll be overnight (they needed a part).” So, seeing as I was clear on the other side of town, I crashed at a friend’s place (as a 50mi walk home didn’t sound fun), picked up my car this morning, and am now back into the office. Hooray!

You know what I could use? A snack. Or at least some snack-sized gaming stories.

Hey! Look what we’ve got here!

In today’s Snippets we have: Collins Epic Wargames introduces Milestone Rewards for Polyversal, Cast Metal Gaming Dice on Kickstarter, FatMan Productions Posts New Previews For Awakening Recon, Frostgrave Fan Base Launched, Blacksmith Miniatures release: the apothecary, Photos from Nuremberg Spielwarenmesse 2016, Malifaux translated to Italian, The Circle of Chaos Kickstarter Going On Now, Shipping Update from Nexus Miniatures, Titan-Forge releases new Void Cannon, Last Couple of Days for Era: The Consortium Kickstarter, and Coming on 13th Feb – Era: Lyres Pocket Edition – a £1 Tabletop RPG.

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Era: The Consortium & The Secret War Expansion Sci-Fi RPG Up On Kickstarter

I didn’t originally realize today was going to be “RPG Kickstarter Day” here on TGN, but apparently such is the case. I’m certainly ok with that. I know people who love RPGs, but are tired of the “usual” and thus are always looking for something different. Era: The Consortium takes us back to the sci-fi side of things. The Secret War expansion book lets you play as a covert operative, waging a war that, you hope, ever gets found out about.
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Era: The Empowered Superhero RPG Up On Kickstarter

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Super Strength?
The power to turn into ice cream? (yes, it exists. Comic books are weird)
Well, Era: The Empowered is a new superhero RPG that’s up on Kickstarter and looking for some funding love. Actually, they’ve made it to their goal, so it’s looking to break through stretch goals in the (short) time that’s left.
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Friday Snippets

You’ve made it to Friday. Congratulations!
You should reward yourself with some gaming. Or perhaps take in a movie. *opes the paper to see if anything good is playing right now* 😉

However you choose to spend your weekend, be it fighting against robot hordes, or just watching them on the big screen, hopefully you have a good time.
Before that, though, we’ve got our usual grouping of some bite-sized stories for you.

This batch includes: Warmonger Miniatures 10mm Landsknecht Arquebusiers (Handgunners) Kickstarter On Now, New Pipe Works Terrain System From Mechanical Warhorse, New Pre-painted 28mm Boxes and Crates from 4Ground, Era: Lyres nearing the end of its Kickstarter, New Pulp Alley figures and weapons from Statuesque Miniatures, Kromlech New Release – Legionaries Flamethrowers, Blood and Bone RPG – Goal Surpassed, Hysterical Games previews Dwarf Grenadiers for Panzerfaüste, Predastore Releases Arrow Predette, Bad Roll Games Previews Junkers Starter Pack Artwork, Dog Might Games launches The Adventure Case Kickstarter, Limana Games posts War of Wonders Kickstarter Preview, MidKnight Heroes posts W.I.P. Leonide, and Dragon War- Riders of Ashara Table Top Miniatures Game Kickstarter Announced.

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Era: Lyres Kickstarter from Shades of Vengeance Running Now

Shades of Vengeance has a Kickstarter campaign up and running for Era: Lyres, their new fantasy tabletop RPGs. Though this one’s a touch different. You don’t actually go out adventuring. Instead, your characters are safe (or, hopefully they’re safe, depending on the story they tell) in the bar, talking about all the heroic things they’ve done. This is an RPG that makes the “big fish story” the center of attention. “I always like to keep my audiences riveted.” (If you know the line, give yourself 15 internets for knowing good movies)

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Shades of Vengeance up on Kickstarter

Shades of Vengeance is running a Kickstarter campaign for their Sci-Fi RPG, Era: The Consortium.



From the campaign:

Era: The Consortium is the story of a Colony Ship launched from Earth and the habitable world it discovers, Taranis. The game follows the inhabitants of Taranis as they create a society, encounter alien races and explore the space nearby.

The game allows the GM and players to choose where to begin playing – at any point during the 500 years of history. You can be the first scouts to explore new planets and areas of space, experience the wonder of discovering new alien races, command a ship in wars spanning entire solar systems, and join a Resistance movement against the government to save or destroy billions of lives.

Shades of Vengeance open Beta on their Kickstarter

Shades of Vengeance has posted up the beta rules for Era: The Consortium, their new sci-fi tabletop RPG, on their Kickstarter campaign. You can get the rules if you’re a backer.


From the campaign:

Earth is a distant memory, all but forgotten, any remaining stories from the Human homeworld are now legends, handed down verbally. The Consortium stretches across three star systems, with twelve inhabited planets. Several wars have coloured the history of the Consortium, notably the Bug War between the Humans and Ximians; the events surrounding a raider named Shaun Hardcastle; and the conflict with the Resistance, which still continues. While the situation cannot be described as stable (as there are those who believe the Consortium is on the brink of civil war), in 447CE people do not live in fear of their lives on a day to day basis.

A new Era for Shades of Vengeance

Shades of Vengeance has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Era: The Consrtium, their new sci-fi RPG game.


From the campaign:

It is the “future” and Earth, the planet where the Consortium was really born, is nothing more than a distant memory. In order to understand the present, I have believed my whole life, you have to understand the past. On this night, the last before I join the true government of the Consortium, I feel a need to gather my lifetime of research on how Humanity reached this stage. All I’ve ever managed to find are small snippets of evidence, and I’ve made my own assumptions from these. Perhaps you’ll find them amusing or perhaps, like me, you’ll detect the ring of truth in the story.

Not much is known of Earth beyond the name – almost all of the records, particularly those around the launch of the Kurmaja, have been lost. What we do know is that for several decades after Humanity first ventured beyond the atmosphere of their biological cradle, they did very little – conducted a few cursory scans of nearby planetary bodies, but little more. It seems safe to assume, given what we know of Humanity, that they were intent on finishing business at home, be that simple politics or old grudges between nations. While the records of the following years pulled from the Kurmaja’s databanks are sketchy and damaged, it seems Humanity pulled themselves together at long last and colonized every planet in their home system.