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Many of you have maybe read the works of Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido and their comic Blacksad. But even if you haven't, if you're a fan of noir-style games, Cold War espionage, or just anthropomorphic animals, you might want to check out Blacksad: The Roleplaying Game. The game's designed to be easy to pick up for anyone new to gaming, but also in-depth enough to keep us old veterans interested. The game's up on Kickstarter now.

People love pets. There's tons of you out there with kitties and puppies. Maybe some have snakes or hamsters or ferrets. Some of you probably have something rather wild and exotic. Well, why can't your RPG character have a cool pet as well? (I once had a character with a Shocker Lizard familiar) Stibbles Codex of Companions is just chock-a-block full of new critters that you can add to your games as friends for your adventuring party. The book is up on Kickstarter now.

In most horror RPGs, the players are the "regular people" in the world that are trying to defeat the monster or otherworldly being that's causing problems. But in They Feed on Fear, you get to actually become the monster. Create your own Fear-Eater and have them sow terror in the world. The game is up on Kickstarter now.

I don't know. To me, a city where it rains all the time seems kinda nice. I like rain. However, I'm not sure that living in a city at the edge of the end of the world would be the best. But that's what the Rainy City is. And you can drop this location directly into your games using the system-agnostic A Visitor's Guide to the Rainy City, an RPG Zine project that's up on Kickstarter now.

Recently, the folks over at Paizo had a Twitch stream where they collectively with the audience built themselves a monster for Pathfinder. The Ailurans are what they came up with. This new monster has been created mostly by you, the players, and is now ready to take its place in your campaigns. Paizo's posted up its full stats and information on their website.

The land to the east is the home of the beast folk. They started from nothing to create just a little plot of land that they could call their own to homestead. Now, your characters can go and see what they're up to in Untamed Lands, the new expansion book for Ponyfinder. It's got not just info about the people and the region, but new gear, new spells, new class options, and more. You can pick up your copy now.

A mystery is afoot! It can be tough to include a mystery in your RPGs, owing to the freewheeling nature of what parties tend to get into. But Paizo's here to help with their Threefold Conspiracy Adventure Path for Starfinder. The first part, The Chimera Mystery, is due out soon. In this article, Paizo looks at running mysteries in campaigns.

You can try and run a very serious, somewhat strict RPG. But we all know that eventually things will get a bit silly. And what's wrong with that if everyone's having fun? Well, Them's Monsters looks to bring you some new creatures that you can toss at your party. Some are more serious than others, because a little levity never hurt. The project is up on Kickstarter now.

Monte Cook is just a name you know when you get into the gaming industry. His works are legendary and vast. But as time marches on, some of them go out of print or the systems they were written for are updated. Thankfully, there's nothing keeping those games and adventures from being updated as well. Case in point, Ptolus, Monte Cook's RPG setting is getting updated for 5th Edition and Cypher System. The project is up on Kickstarter now.

It's the Roaring 20s. The Gaslight Club is the most popular place for the real swingin' swells to hang out. However, not everything as it seems. The Gaslight Club is actually a sci-fi theme park populated by hosts (think Replicants, kinda). That's where you come in. You play as one of these hosts, and you've just started to realize that you're not the same as the guests that come into your establishment. You're becoming self aware. That's the story behind The Gaslight Club RPG zine that's up on Kickstarter now.

For those looking to get some more adventures in the land of Rokugan, or to keep your superhero cards from getting dirty, Fantasy Flight has some new releases for you. For the Legend of the Five Rings RPG, there's two books, Path of Waves and Sins of Regret. For Marvel Champions, there's a bunch of play mats featuring some of the game's iconic characters.

Haunted houses. They're filled with mystery and possible terror. Strange sounds. Flickering lights. Doorways that seem to come and go. All combine to give a very unsettling feeling to the location. But it's just the sort of place adventurers tend to find themselves. The Haunting of Eliuska Manor is a new 5th edition RPG adventure that takes players to an old manorhouse. The adventure is up on Kickstarter now.

Many people hold celebrations in winter. It's the end of the year and the start of a new one. It's time to think back on the year that was, all the memories with friends, family, and loved ones. And that's just what you get to do in Winter Harvest, a new RPG that's up on Kickstarter. Players take on the role of woodland animals looking to maintain their home through the year, then get together for a giant feast at the end.

The new adventure anthology series, The Curious Case of the Malfunctioning P.R.A.N.C.E.R., is now available for the Tails of Equestria RPG from River Horse. Players will be met with a myriad of different problems, all of which they'll have to figure out how to solve in different ways. Drop these into your campaigns whenever you need a quick side-mission.

Venger Satanis, the mind behind Kort'thalis Publishing, has many thoughts on what makes a D&D game awesome. He's collected them and put them all together in a single book, the Crimson Dragon Slayer, so you can have rockin', kick-ass sessions whenever you want. He's put out an updated version of the book, and it's free to download, so why not go see what he's got in mind? It might just help out your game.

Modiphius is giving you a special treat this Valentine's Day. They've bundled together some of their games and accessories and have created giant bundle deals that can save you off of the regular price. But together and save on games like the Star Trek RPG, John Carter of Mars, Infinity RPG, and the Conan RPG.

Sure, your characters can just head down to a local shop and -hope- that they have the specific potion, magic item, or bit of gear that your party needs. Maybe your DM is nice like that. But what if you're an enterprising type and want to just build it for yourself? That's where The Ultimate Guide to Alchemy, Crafting & Enchanting comes in. It's a new D&D supplement that's up on Kickstarter now.

There's tons of different reasons that someone might miss out on a Kickstarter campaign. But just because the timer's run out doesn't mean that you've lost the chance to get all the cool extras and special pricing. For example, Painting Polygons is now taking late pledges for their Animal Adventures: Secrets of Gullet Cove campaign. Want to get yourself some babypuppies and pretty kittes for your D&D games? You can get your name on the list to get them now.

Very few game companies love their holidays like Wyrd Games does. Any time one comes around, you can bet that they'll have something special going on. This time around, it's Valentine's Day and they've got a new Scheme for Malifaux as well as an Augment for Through the Breach. Add a bit of love to your games today.

The folks over at Free League Publishing are doing what they can to make sure that the official Alien RPG is accessable to as many gamers as would like to try their hand in surviving in Ridley Scott's horror universe. As such, they're going to be releasing the rulebook in 7 new languages soon. This will open up the game to a whole new audience.

Paizo has their new Alien Archive 3 book coming out. In order to make sure you get the most of it right away, they've posted an encounter that you can drop into your Starfinder games. Go check out Goo Goo Muck... I mean, Giggles in the Muck.

Onyx Path Publishing is looking to bring you the new edition of Hunter: The Vigil. The world is filled with weird, supernatural, and most importantly, dangerous things. You're a Hunter. You have the ability to spot these other-worldly occurrences and creatures and you've made it your goal to hunt them down and make sure humanity is safe. This new edition is up on Kickstarter now.

I never want to go out into the ocean. That's just not for me. Too many things living out there that we know nothing about. I'm going to firmly keep my feet on solid ground. But should I ever want to go out to sea, I can still do so vicariously through Sunken, a new RPG expansion for the Trophy RPG. Yo ho ho and a bottle of keep me on the solid ground. The book is up on Kickstarter now.

I was never much of a mall rat. Sure, I definitely knew my way around the local mall as a teen, but I wasn't there all the time. Some of the other kids I went to school with, however, oh yeah. Like John Schloup who became king of the mall rats at one point. I wonder what he's up to now... Well, even if I don't know what John's doing, I can head back to those days in Mall Kids, an RPG all about hanging out down at the local mall and getting in trouble. The new expansion, More Malls, More Kids is up on Kickstarter now.

I love to cook. I love the chemistry of it and mixing different flavors to (hopefully) form something greater than its different parts. If you're like me and you'd love to bring cooking to your RPGs, you might want to check out Dragon Stew. It's a new cooking supplement for 5th edition, letting your characters eat more than just hard tac 'n' beans whenever they're out on an adventure. The book is up on Kickstarter now.