Review Roundup

Saturday. How wonderful a day. I hope you’re taking advantage of it. I ran a bunch of errands this morning. Now I’m working on painting, of all things. I can’t tell you the last time I painted minis. It’s been quite a while.

But while I wait for this color to dry, lets get you the reviews I know you all so desperately desire.

This week, we have articles on: Alphas Volume #1, Lucky’s Misadventures, Act of Treason, Wildcatters, Konja, Hero Realms: Ruin of Thandar, Hunt for the Ring, Decrypto, Minute Realms, Civilization: New Dawn, and Star Trek Adventures.

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Infinity RPG Now Available In Print Form

Sure, Infinity is set in a distant future where humanity’s spread out among the stars, and I’m sure that paper books are a bit passe, and even these days, many people like books in digital form. But I’m an old fuddy-duddy who likes to actually have a book in-hand when I can. So I’m in luck (and if you’re like me, you are, too), as the Infinity RPG is now available in print form.
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Skirmisher Publishing Releases Earth Dog Monster For 5th Edition

February for us here in the West means that it’s time for the Chinese Lunar New Year over in, well… China. It’s quite a big celebration, with fireworks and red packets and all sorts of stuff. In honor of the New Year, Skirmisher Publishing has released a new monster for 5th Edition. It’s the Earth Dog.
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Fantasy Flight Announces Knights of Fate Book For Star Wars RPG

I mean, it’s called Star Wars, not Star Sit and Talk It Out. While the Jedi do look to try and have peaceful resolutions to problems, they also are trained warriors, ready to clash lightsabers with anyone who might do them or any other peaceful being harm. The Knights of Fate book, coming soon for the Star Wars RPG, gives players more options for combat-oriented characters. There’s also 3 new races you can choose from, plus other special abilities and updates.
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Wyrd Posts The Undying Preview Part II

Mondays aren’t always the most-beloved day. But Wyrd does their best to make them a bit better with their regular previews. In this case, they’re tying up loose ends with the second half of their Undying Encounter Box. Have yourselves a look.
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New Story Released For Stuffed Fables

Well, Stuffed Fables has been released, and it seems the big reaction to it has been, “this is amazing! We want more!” Well, Plaid Hat Games is here to oblige. They’ve created a new, stand-alone story for the game that you can download and add to your storybook now.
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Page Quest: Season 1 Up On Kickstarter

You might think that playing an RPG requires a lot of space. You’ve gotta have a big table for your mat and room for everyone’s sheet and dice and all that, right? Wrong! A4 Quest requires only a little bit of space to play. Same with Page Quest: Mythical Artifacts (as they both use the same mechanics). You can find Page Quest: Season 1 up on Kickstarter now.
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Ponyfinder – Blevik – City of Shapeshifters Now Available

Blevik is a city dominated by doppelgangers. So, while it can be a nice place to visit, you’re never 100% sure who you might be interacting with. This new book for Ponyfinder (also Pathfinder and 5th Edition) gives you details of this strange city, along with new spells, traits, and other class options. You can pick up your copy now.
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The Hidden Halls of Hazakor 5th Edition Adventure Up On Kickstarter

I’m sure many of us can remember back to the first RPG adventure we tried to run or played in. It might’ve been something you came up with, yourself, or it might’ve been a pre-generated adventure. If you were pretty young, you might not have fully understood how things worked, as the book was more-than-likely not written with a new player in mind. Well, the Hidden Halls of Hazakor, a new 5th edition adventure up on Kickstarter, is written not just for new players, but new dungeon masters as well.
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GURPS Banestorm Now Available On-Demand

GURPS has been Steve Jackson’s RPG system for decades now. There’s been dozens and dozens of supplements put out for it over that time, some of which have been out of print since before many of you probably even started gaming. So, what’s a gamer to do when they want to find one of those old supplements? Well, you could try and scour used book stores or gaming auctions. But Steve’s here to help with their GURPS On-Demand printing service. The newest addition to it is Banestorm.
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Skirmisher Publishing Releases 100 Oddities for an Egyptian Tomb

I just saw that there was a new tomb found in Egypt that’s giving more insight into one of the most intriguing civilizations in world history. All sorts of things have been found in Egyptian tombs. They’re a great thing to toss into your RPGs, too. But it can be hard to come up with things to put in there. Thankfully, that’s where Skirmisher Publishing steps in with their newly-released 100 Oddities for an Egyptian Tomb.
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Wizards of the Coast Announces Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes For Dungeons & Dragons

It’s always nice to have options for your RPG character. Those that pick up Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes will have plenty of new options available to them. Wizards of the Coast has announced this new book for Dungeons & Dragons, brimming with story hooks for your games, background options for characters, new alternate race traits for characters, and much, much more.
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Good Society: A Jane Austen Roleplaying Game Up On Kickstarter

I’ve gotta be honest, the only exposure to Jane Austen I’ve had has come from parodies (mostly from Daria and Futurama). However, many of my friends are deep into literature and have read most of her works. If you’re like them, then you’ll be excited to know about Good Society, a new RPG that brings you right into the world of Jane Austen’s work. Make your way through social gatherings and the seemingly impenetrable wall of social situations and rules as you look for love. The game is up on Kickstarter now.
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The Keyring RPG Up On Kickstarter

RPGs are fun and all, but it can get to be too much carrying around all those books. The Keyring RPG looks to get around that by making a game that literally fits on a keyring. And, I mean, there’s some cards and whatnot to it, too, but mostly you have the notes that fit on the keyring to help you go through the adventures.
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Wyrd Previews The Undying For Malifaux/Through the Breach

Since both Malifaux and Through the Breach take place in the same universe, Wyrd is able to create products that give content for both at the same time. In this case, it’s their Story Encounter and Adventure Box. It’s got story and adventure for the RPG, while also some cool, new models for the minis game. It’s also their Monday Preview.
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Trinity Continuum: AEON RPG Up On Kickstarter

Occasionally, a game will need a new edition. Mechanics that were good for a while don’t hold up as well as had been hoped. The setting can use a bit of polish. Fresh insight is brought in, along with building off the wisdom of the old. In this instance, it’s the Trinity Continuum RPG. They’re up on Kickstarter looking to get a new edition made, and it looks like it’s gonna happen.
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Modiphius Running Massive Mutant Chronicles Sale

Some of you out there have already done your taxes, you go-getters, you. Hopefully, you’ll get your refund soon. And when you do, you’ll be looking to get the most out of it. Well, if you’ve been interested in Mutant Chronicles, now’d be a good time to head over to the Modiphius Entertainment webshop, as they’ve got a sale going on for just about everything.
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Castles & Crusades: Monsters & Treasures Up On Kickstarter

When your game has been around for 14 years, regularly putting out new material, it’s easy for a new player, or even veterans, to get lost when looking for a specific bit of info. That’s where compendiums come in handy. In this case, Castles & Crusades: Monsters & Treasures looks to bring together all the monsters that’ve been created for the game over the almost decade and a half and give you one, giant tome of fights for your adventurers to take on. The book is up on Kickstarter now.
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Manual of Mythology Up On Kickstarter

In folklore, there’s nearly countless spirits, creatures, and other beings that inhabit the world. In the Manual of Mythology, they’ll bring those creatures to your D20 RPG games. It will bring all these “real world” creatures into the mythical realm of your adventures. The book is up on Kickstarter now.
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Ascendant Destiny Fantasy RPG Up On Kickstarter

When playing in an RPG, we tend to have a very specific idea of what we want our characters to be. We have a rather clear picture of what they look like, how they act, what their personality is like, what they’re good at. Sometimes, it’s hard for a game to actually make that character live and breathe in the system of the rules. Ascendant Destiny looks to be as flexible as possible with character creation rules, so the character you make is exactly the one you want. The game is up on Kickstarter now.
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Suen Ikna: The Known Lands RPG Up On Kickstarter

Language is such an interesting thing. We think something, and then either create a pattern of symbols or a collection of noises, and then what we were thinking is transmitted to other people. In Suen Ikna: The Known Lands, game creator Tariq has created his own language, with its own alphabet, punctuation, and grammar rules, to use in the game. The fantasy RPG setting is up on Kickstarter now.
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League of Seekers Horror RPG Up On Kickstarter

There’s a lot of things out there in the dark places that want to get you. Strange, otherworldly things with malevolent intentions. But you aren’t some weak-hearted individual who would just scream and cower. You’re a Seeker. It’s your duty to go find those nightmares-made-flesh and make the world safe. That’s the story behind League of Seekers, a horror RPG set in an alternate 18th century Europe. The game’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Ultimate NPCs for 5th Edition Up On Kickstarter

As I’ve said time and time again, having more resources for the GM is never a bad thing. They have an entire universe to populate while the players have to only worry about their own characters. I know I’ve struggled to come up with all the NPCs that my group might encounter along the way. So it’d be handy to have something like the Ultimate NPCs Guide that’s up on Kickstarter now. It’s over 200 pages of pre-built characters of many different levels you can just drop into your game.
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Redshirts, Vol. 2: A Starfinder Comedy Adventure Up On Kickstarter

We all know that if you’re in a sci-fi universe and you’re in a red shirt, your days are numbered. That’s the one piece of apparel that almost guarantees you don’t make it to the end credits. Well, there’s humor to be found in that when you look down at your character and go, “… aww man!” But that’s where you find yourself in the Redshirts, Volume 2 Adventure for Starfinder. It’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Renegade Game Studio and Hunter’s Books Team Up For New Releases

It’s good when people work together. In the gaming industry, that usually means getting games out to a bigger audience than originally thought possible. In this instance, it’s Renegade Game Studio and Hunter’s Books that are partnering up. With this alliance, games like Kids on Bikes, Outbreak Undead, and The ABCs of RPGs will be making their way to you.
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Privateer Press Posts New Blindwater Info for the IKRPG

The Blindwater Congregation is easily my favorite faction for Warmachine/Hordes. Sure, I might own more Cygnar, but I mean… c’mon! Gatormen! And with the release of the new box set, more people than ever are getting into that faction. And they want more! And PP’s here to deliver. They’ve posted up a bunch of expanded info for using the Blindwater in your games of the Iron Kingdoms RPG.
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Free John Carter of Mars Quickstart Adventure Available From Modiphius

“Try before you buy.” That’s a motto I follow as much as possible in my life. I simply don’t have the time, money, or space to get every game that is released (and unless you’re Elon Musk or Carrot Top, I doubt you do, either). So that’s why I love when a company puts out a free version of their game rules to check out. In this case, it’s Modiphius that’s released a free Quickstart adventure for their John Carter of Mars RPG. You get some of the rules, as well as a look at how an adventure is laid out. It’s a perfect place to see if going on further adventures in Barsoom is for you.
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Fantasy Flight Games Previews the Star Wars RPG 30th Anniversary Edition Rulebook

I’m not entirely sure how you preview something that’s been out for 30 years, but I guess it is getting a bit of a touch-up, and there’s a huge chance that many of you weren’t even alive when this book was first released. But anyway, Fantasy Flight will be releasing a 30th Anniversary Edition of West End Games’ Star Wars RPG. Take a look inside of it in this preview.
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Trollish Delver Games Releases Quill: White Box

As you all know, I’m a fan of games that have a unique concept. So when you see things like, “solo letter-writing RPG”, it stands out from the crowd of games whose premise has been done before. Well, for those of you that’ve played Quill from Trollish Delver Games, you’ll be happy to know that a new expansion is now available. You can pick up your White Box now.
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Ponyfinder – The Devourer of Nations Adventure Now Available

The To Found an Empire series for Ponyfinder continues along.
Your players have survived the events of The Fragile Threads, and things seemed peaceful for the past seven years. However, all is not well. While things seem fine, the looming threat of The Devourer of Nations hangs in the air. How will the character manage this new threat?
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Infinity RPG Books Now Available From Modiphius

Many of you, over the course of many years, have played the Infinity miniatures game from Corvus Belli. Well, now you can actually go down into that universe and create your own character. Modiphius has released the first books for the Infinity RPG. You can now pick up the Core Book, the Player’s Guide, Adventures in the Human Sphere, and the Quantronic Heat books.
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Blitzfreeze Campaign for Five Men in Normandy Now Available

As cold as it might get here in Atlanta, it’s nothing like the cold that can hit Russia. In particular, the winter of ’44 was pretty bad, especially if you were a German soldier, caught up in the advancing Red Army as they made their way to liberate Leningrad. But that’s where you find yourself in Blitzfreeze, a new campaign book for Five Men in Normandy. As the Russians advance, the Germans are in retreat, but how will you and your fellow soldiers survive? That’s up to you and your wits. You can pick up your copy of this book now.
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Faith Sci-Fi RPG Books Now Available Online

The folks over at Burning Games have been working hard on their FAITH sci-fi RPG. Now, the fruits of that labor are available to you. They’ve got 3 new books up online for your downloading and playing pleasure. They’re the Core Book, Tiantang (the first official adventure for the setting), and their Deluxe Art Book. You can get them all for a special price now.
Plus, just for you faithful TGN readers, they’ve given me an exclusive preview pdf from the Rulebook to share with you!
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Path of the Black Flag Pathfinder Supplement Up On Kickstarter

One of the series I watch on YouTube is Renegade Cut. Recently, they had a video about Anarchy as it pertains to the movie V for Vendetta. Anarchy isn’t quite what most of us think about, at least not in its traditional sense. And while I can’t say that I’m an Anarchist, it’s interesting to read about. Even if you’re not an Anarchist, either, you might want to bring some Anarchy into your RPGs. The Path of the Black Flag supplement for Pathfinder will let you do just that. It’s up on Kickstarter now.
Listening to the Sex Pistols not required while reading their pitch… but it helps.
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New Character Sheets Available For Star Trek: Adventures RPG From Modiphius

The Star Trek series’ main elements are the original series and The Next Generation. Sure, there’s been dozens of spin-offs and expansions from those, but those two ship crews are the ones we mostly think about when we think about the franchise. If you’re interested in bringing those to your games of Star Trek: Adventures, the RPG from Modiphius, you’re in luck. You can get copies of character sheets representing those iconic crews now.
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