Tuesday, June 30, 2009

[Product Release] Wilderlands: Tharbrian Horse-Lords

From Adventure Games Publishing:

Wilderlands of High Adventure
Player's Guide #1: Tharbrian Horse-Lords

Adventure Games Publishing presents the first in a series of cultural sourcebooks for the Wilderlands of High Adventure. Each installment of the Wilderlands of High Adventure Player’s Guides includes a fully-detailed culture for players and judges to fully flesh out their Castles & Crusades adventures in the Wilderlands.

The first installment, Wilderlands of High Adventure Player’s Guide #1: Tharbrian Horse-Lords details the culture and society of the northern horsemen of the Wilderlands. Tharbrians are renown throughout Viridistan, the Roglaras, and beyond as atavistic and savage horse nomads. They roam the north-western plains of the Wilderlands with impunity, recognizing no lord or master. They have brought down empires and extirpated whole civilizations. Herein you shall discover the secrets and truths about Tharbrian history and society, and details on their abilities and culture.

This 22-page book includes complete details on:

History
Environment/Range
Appearance
Personality
Ethnic/Racial Affinities
Culture
Laws and Traditions
Religion
Social Structure
Organization
Gender and Family Relations
Animals
Diet
Technology
Clothing
Armor
Weapons
Combat
Treasure
Language
Names
Racial Traits and Abilities
Glossary

Wilderlands of High Adventure Player’s Guide #1: Tharbrian Horse-Lords
Official Gaming Aid Designed and Approved For Use with Castles & Crusades
By James Mishler
AGP05501, 22-page PDF, $5 MSRP

Click here to buy
Tharbrian Horse-Lords
on DriveThruRPG

Full Disclosure: I am the publisher and sole proprietor of Adventure Games Publishing, and the author of this work.

Monday, June 29, 2009

[Product Release] Spycraft: Transmechs

From Crafty Games:

Spycraft 2.0
Origin of the Species: Transmechs

Origin of the Species is your destination for non-human races in Spycraft 2.0. Each installment in this series of toolkit products contains everything you need to incorporate a collection of fantasy or futuristic, mutant, or mythological races into your Spycraft games. These character options are timeless and setting-free, allowing you to drop them into any location, society, or backdrop. All that's required is GC approval that they fit within the cosmology of the world!
  • Play a giant transforming robot, hidden in the world of mortals!
  • Dozens of species feats allow you to play as different transmech models and improve your transformations - without having to suffer level penalties or XP restrictions.
  • A Legendary Master Class unlocks the greatest powers of your species!
  • A complete cast of NPC Transmechs and a black-book government organization help you quickly and easily populate your setting.
  • Tips for building an effective transmech character and three ready-to-play scenes for introducing these technological wonders to your campaign!
Transmechs is the third product in Crafty Games' Origin of the Species line of products for Spycraft 2.0. This .zip file includes both a full-color screen version with art, and a printer-friendly version.

Click here to buy
Transmechs
at DriveThruRPG

[Awards] 35th Annual Origins Awards

From the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design:

The 35th Annual Origins Awards were held this weekend at the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio. All games, game-related products, and accessories released in calendar 2008 were eligible to compete in the 35th Origins Awards. This year's winners were:

BOARD GAMES
Pandemic
Published by Z-Man Games, Inc.
Designed by Matt Leacock

CHILDREN’S, FAMILY, AND PARTY GAMES
Say Anything
Published by North Star Games
Designed by Dominic Craphuchettes and Satish Pillalamarri

HISTORICAL BOARD GAMES
Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear
Published by Academy Games
Designed by Uwe Eickert

CARD GAMES
Dominion
Published by Rio Grande Games
Designed by Donald X Vaccarino

COLLECTIBLE CARD GAMES
Magic the Gathering: Shards of Alara 1
Published by Wizards of the Coast
Designed by Bill Rose and Devin Low

FICTION
Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons Volume 2
Published by Devil’s Due
Edited by James Lowder & Mike O’Sullivan

NON-FICTION
Tour de Lovecraft: The Tales
Published by Atomic Overmind Press
Written by Ken Hite

MINIATURE FIGURE GAME RULES
Classic Battletech: Tactical Operations
Published by Catalyst Game Labs
Designed by Randall N. Bills and Herbert A Beas II

MINIATURE FIGURE OR LINE OF MINIATURE FIGURES
Star Wars Miniatures: The Clone Wars
Published by Wizards of the Coast

HISTORICAL MINIATURE FIGURE GAME RULES
There was a tie in this catagory...

Fields of Glory Miniature Rules
Published by Osprey Publishing/Slitherine Software
Designed by Richard Bodley-Scott

and

Song of Drums and Shakos
Published by Ganesha Games
Designed by Andrea Sfiligoi

HISTORICAL MINIATURE FIGURE GAME RULES SUPPLEMENTS
Rise of Rome (Fields of Glory Supplement)
Published by Osprey Publishing

HISTORICAL MINIATURE FIGURE OR LINE OF MINIATURE FIGURES
SS-Panzerdivision ‘Das Reich’ Panzerkompanie (GEAB06) [15mm Line]
Published by Battlefront Games

ROLE-PLAYING GAMES
Mouseguard Role-Playing Game
Published by Archaia Studios Press
Designed by Luke Crane and David Petersen

ROLE-PLAYING GAME SUPPLEMENTS
Serenity Adventures
Published by Margaret Weis Productions
Designed by Alana Abbot, Billy Aguiar, James Davenport, Ted Reed, and James M. Ward

GAME ACCESSORIES
D-Total die
Published by Gamescience
Designed by Dr. A. F. Simkin, Frank Dutrain, and Louis Zocchi

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

[Sale] AGP Wondrous Wedding Sale Update

From Adventure Games Publishing:

The Wondrous Wedding Sale continues at DriveThruRPG and RPGNow, with today's new sale item being Monsters & Treasure of the Wilderlands 1.
To date all sale items continue at their low sale price:

Skills, Feats, and Languages of the Wilderlands [Normally $5, now only $2]
Barbarians of the Wilderlands 1 [Normally $4, now only $1.60]
Imperial Town of Tell Qa [Normally $9, now only $4]
Monsters & Treasure of the Wilderlands 1 [Normally $10.95, now only $5]
Adventure Games Journal #1 [Normally $12, now only $5]

Full Disclosure: I am the publisher and sole proprietor of Adventure Games Publishing, and the author of all of these products.

Friday, June 26, 2009

[Ferbieday] Happy Ferbieday!

'Nuff said!

[Industry News] Catalyst Brings Back BattleTech "Unseen"

From Catalyst Game Labs:

Catalyst Game Labs
Brings Back BattleTech "Unseen"

In 1996 numerous images originally licensed from several Japanese anime sources were retired from use within the BattleTech universe. Those illustrations formed the bedrock of the BattleTech 2nd Edition and BattleTech 3rd Edition Box Sets and were generally considered “fan favorites” across the board. These images—such as the Warhammer, Marauder, BattleMaster, Phoenix Hawk and so on—became known as the “unseen.”

After much blood, sweat and tears, Catalyst Game Labs is exceptionally pleased to announce the return of these “unseen” images.

“I’ve had the honor of helming BattleTech for a long, long time,” said Randall Bills, Managing Developer for Catalyst Game Labs. “I’m exceptionally proud that the work of the last several years for the new line of core rulebooks and the current storyline has precipitated a resurgence in BattleTech play and recognition as a fun, great game, with one of the greatest legacies of any gameline. However, to participate in returning all our favorite images to the game we love… my geek’s been on for long weeks about this explosively cool development. Just wait until you see some of the art under development to “bring them back” in a style worthy of our current books.”

The first books containing these images will start appearing this summer, with future releases—as appropriate—able to use illustrations of these classics. One of the biggest of these coming releases, of course, is BattleTech: 25 Years of Art and Fiction; we’ve got a preview of a complete, all-new-story from this book that also showcases a plethora of art across years, including some images not seen in a BattleTech book in long, long years.

Click here to download the PDF preview of BattleTech: 25 Years of Art and Fiction

Thursday, June 25, 2009

[Contest] Goodman Games FLGS Contest

From Goodman Games:

Win Up To $1,000 in RPG Product
for You and Your Favorite Game Store

This is Joseph Goodman from Goodman Games. When I recently posted my opinion on 4E, it generated some commentary in the RPG media, including thoughts on the role of friendly local game stores. In these tough economic times, we can all use a little helping hand, so I'd like to acknowledge those stores that deserve your patronage. Let's find out who those stores are -- and recognize them! I will donate up to $1,000 in Goodman Games product to the game store that you vote as America's Favorite Game Store. I am also openly inviting other publishers to participate as well. This product will be available as freebies and gift-with-purchase only to customers who purchase at that game store, and will include convention specials previously not available in stores. You can decide which store is America's Favorite Game Store, and make sure you get the chance to grab a freebie! Here's how it works:

Effective immediately, post on this thread to nominate your favorite game store. Follow the format listed below. We will collect nominations for one week. Effective midnight June 30, nominations end.

From July 1 to July 15, all nominated stores will be listed in a poll. Voting will last for two weeks.

Effective midnight July 15, the polls will close. Within one week of that, we will announce America's Favorite Game Store!

I will donate $5 of Goodman Games product for every vote cast for the winning store. If 200 or more gamers vote, the full $1,000 in product will be donated.

Update as of Thursday, June 25, 2009: Simon Rogers of Profantasy Software and Pelgrane Press has agreed to participate as well! For the winning store, Simon will contribute ProFantasy's software (worth $650) and $500 worth of Pelgrane Press material, to include one of the very few limited edition leather bound Trail of Cthulhu, signed by the contributors, worth $100.

The fine print:
  • Highest vote total for a store wins.
  • One man, one vote. Please do not attempt any sort of ballot box stuffing. We will screen the results.
  • To be eligible, the store must be located in the USA and carry Goodman Games product. Aside from that, any store that stocks enough game product to be considered somebody's favorite game store is eligible.
  • The winning store's contact information will be publicly posted so that other publishers may contribute as well.
  • The winning store will also be profiled in a future issue of Level Up.
  • The free product will consist of recent releases; broad-interest titles like the Character Codex, DM Campaign Record, and Level Up; Free RPG Day releases from 2009 and 2008; and other titles at the discretion of Goodman Games. All free product will be current merchandise.
  • The free product will be distributed at the discretion of the winning store, and may involve a selection process of some kind. It is our intention that the product be awarded as a mix of pure freebies as well as items that are free with a purchase of $10 or more at the participating store. There may be other restrictions as well, as enacted by the winning store.
  • Questions can be posted here.

[Sale] AGP Wondrous Wedding Sale Continues

From Adventure Games Publishing:

The Wondrous Wedding Sale continues today, with Barbarians of the Wilderlands #1 on sale at merely $1.60 — that's 60% off the cover price of $4.00!

And Adventure Games Journal #1 remains at merely $5 ($7 off the MSRP of $12) for the time being — but that can change at any time!

Adventure Games Publishing PDFs will never be this cheap again, so get them while you can!

Full Disclosure: I am the publisher and sole proprietor of Adventure Games Publishing, and the author of both products mentioned.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

[Sale] AGP Wondrous Wedding Sale

From Adventure Games Publishing:

To celebrate my impending wedding to the light of my life, the lovely and wonderful Jodi, I will put one AGP PDF on sale every day until the day of the wedding (Friday, July 10)

The first item on sale today (through noonish tomorrow) is Adventure Games Journal #1.
The first issue of Adventure Games Journal includes a 12-page introduction to the Wilderlands of High Adventure; a 5-page article detailing the family of the Invincible Overlord; a 5-page article covering the Knights of the City State and the infamous organization known as FEAR; a 4-page adventure "Maze of the Mad Mage," new monsters; complete details for Rash'l, a tyrannical Lost God of the Wilderlands; rumors about the Wilderlands; and Esgalbar, a complete elven tree fortress! Designed and approved for use with Castles & Crusades, the Wilderlands of High Adventure is derived from and compatible with the classic Wilderlands of High Fantasy, developed under license from Judges Guild.

Click here to buy
Adventure Games Journal #1
on DriveThruRPG

[Available Again] Millennium's End

From DriveThruRPG:

Millenium's End
Chameleon Eclectic


1999.

It's two in the morning. The office is forty stories up, high above the sirens, the gunshots, the cries of pain and anguish that are the city at night. Michael is bathed in the glow of his laptop, typing furiously as he navigates the labyrinthine directories of the corporate mainframe. In the pale light of the doorway, Laenna's silhouette stirs.

"Someone's on the elevator," comes her whisper over the radio headset.

"No way," Raleigh answers from across the room. "I've got the building control routine up. Elevators are dead."

"Come see for yourself," Laenna replies. Sure enough, through the green glow of starlight goggles the tiny numbers blink brightly as the elevator ascends.

"We've got a problem," Michael interjects. "The files aren't here. Sawada lied to us." He turns in the glow of the monitor. "Door lockouts are coming up all over the floor."

Set up. No one knows we're here. And if that's Techtonics Corporation security, no one will find our bodies, either. Through the darkness comes the quiet chime of the elevator, and an almost inaudible click as Raleigh flips the safety off his P90...

Millennium's End is a critically-acclaimed roleplaying system set in a dark vision of turn-of-the-millennium society. Based on the hottest technothriller movies and fiction of the 90s, Millennium's End has a gritty, realistic feel and a fast-paced, progressive game system. Characters carry out investigations, espionage, and para-military operations in a post-modern world where might makes right and all the cable news nightmares of today are a reality.

These second-edition rules are compatible with all first edition supplements.

Click here to buy
Millennium's End
on DriveThruRPG

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

[Product Release] Idol of the Orcs

From Goblinoid Games:

Labyrinth Lord Module #1
Idol of the Orcs

By James C. Boney

For characters of levels 1-3

A band of unusually organized orcs has taken to raiding farms and waylaying travelers near the local town. The characters must seek out the orc lair and rid the area of this menace, but things are not entirely as they seem. A sinister voice whispers instructions from the darkness; what demonic force lies at the heart of the labyrinthine orc lair?

This adventure is suitable for characters of 1st-3rd level and is intended for use with the Labyrinth Lord fantasy role-playing game, but is easily used with all older editions of the world’s most popular fantasy RPG.

Idol of the Orcs
A Labyrinth Lord Adventure Module
14-pages, 8.5" x 11"
GGLLM1, $14.95 Print, $5.95 PDF
Click here to buy Idol of the Orcs in print at Lulu

Click here to buy
Idol of the Orcs
at DriveThruRPG

[Product Release] Palladium Books in PDF

From Palladium Books:

The classic "Palladium Book of" series is now available in PDF on DriveThruRPG.

What is the Palladium Weapon Series?

It is a series of small sourcebooks that presents historically accurate data and information about ancient weapons from around the world.

For use with any game system. You read that right. The statistical information is designed and set up in such a way that it can be applied to virtually any game system that uses dice.

Much of the information in the series has been compiled in Palladium's Compendium of Weapon, Armor and Castles, but gamers continue to ask for the "small weapon books".

One reason, I think, is that the books are small, but packed with a ton of information. Thus, a player or G.M. needs to only grab whichever book in the series he needs for reference, and he's ready to go.

Another reason is that there is simply something convenient and appealing about this size and format.

Ideal for fantasy and historical games, as well as, modern games that use ancient melee weapons (knives, swords, axes, maces, ball and chain, picks, spears, pole arms, etc.).

Each is normally $8.95, available in PDF format for only $4.47.

The Palladium Book of Weapons & Armor
  • Over 600 different weapons. Each Illustrated
  • Over 35 different types of armor from different periods of time. Each Illustrated
  • Historically accurate
  • For use with any game system. Some adaptation may be required.
  • Brief descriptions on the types and styles of ancient body armor from around the world
  • Compiled by Matthew Balent
  • Color cover by Scott Johnson
The Palladium Book of Weapons & Castles
  • The bow and arrow, and crossbow weapons from around the world
  • Castle and design features.
  • 15 different, real world castles. Each illustrated for a castle under siege.
  • Historically accurate.
  • For use with any game system. Some adaptation required.
  • Compiled by Matthew Balent.
  • Color cover by Scott Johnson
The Palladium Book of European Castles
A 48 page book detailing castles of Europe. For use with any game system.

The Palladium Book of Exotic Weapons
A compilation of weapons ranging from one and two handed weapons to ranged weapons.

The Palladium Book of Weapons & Assassins
  • Assassin societies such as the Ninja and Thuga.
  • How deadly were they? What secrets did they hold?
  • Their weapons and tools.
  • Special equipment, armor and techniques.
  • Historically accurate.
  • For use with any game system. Some adaptation required.
  • By Erick Wujcik.
  • Color cover by Scott Johnson.
The Palladium Book of Weapons, Armor, & Castles of the Orient
A beautiful, little 48 page, comic book sized reference book packedwith real world weapons, armor and data. Designed to be easy to use and easy to carry anywhere.

Presents dozens of famous and obscure weapons of Japan, China and the Orient, plus samurai and other armor and several castles complete with floor plan diagrams. All illustrated.
  • The weapons & armor of Japan, China and the rest of the Orient.
  • Spears, swords, bow and arrow, and other weapons unique to the Orient.
  • A look at the Samurai, his weapons and armor.
  • 15 different, real world castles. Each illustrated and with a basic floor plan.
  • Historically accurate.
  • For use with any game system. Some adaptation required.
  • Compiled by Matthew Balent.
  • Interior Art by Mike Kucharski and others.
  • Color cover by Scott Johnson.

[Upcoming Product] Witch of Salem

From Mayfair Games:

Witch of Salem
Brave Arkham Detectives Battle the Elder Evil

Step back to early 20th Century New England. Here, the horrible “Great Old Ones” -- mysterious inhabitants of a dark, unfathomable void -- seek entry into our world. One of their imprisoned overlords gathers them, just as his worldly servants open portals throughout Arkham for the coming onslaught.

Only Salem’s master witch, Robert Craven, holds the key to safeguarding mankind. He plans to gather a team of intrepid scholars to find the hidden portals and close them with powerful magic seals. The noble witch’s elite team must battle the threat of madness, duel the dark servants, tackle mystical challenges, and face their ultimate nemesis: an unidentified Great Old One with an unknown and incalculable strength.

In Witch of Salem you step into the terrifying world of renowned storyteller Wolfgang Hohlbein, a mythos inspired by the tales of H. P. Lovecraft. You play one of the witch’s scholarly allies. Working cooperatively with your cohorts, uncover the secrets of the Necronomicon, combat creeping insanity, defeat the coming Evil, and bar the Great Old Ones from exiting the inter-dimensional abyss.

Witch of Salem contains:
1 game board
4 game figures
1 witch figure
1 Necron Stone
1 battle die
26 creature cards
6 Great Old One cards
12 event cards
6 overview/turn cards
32 minor location cards
4 player boards
34 item markers
4 sanity markers
6 artifact markers
8 portal tiles
1 cloth bag
Game rules
Brief history

Witch of Salem
Designer: Michael Rieneck
Art: Franz Vohwinkel
MFG3309, $49.00
Ages 12+
For 2-4 Players
Playing Time 60 minutes
UPC 0-29877-03309-6-04900
ISBN 1-56905-224-7
Case Pack 5
Made in Germany
Dimensions 2.875 x 11.625 x 11.625

Witch of Salem is a casual, social game for 2-4 players ages 12 and older.
You can play in about 60 minutes.

Produced in English under license from KOSMOS Verlag (Stuttgart).

[Product Release] Points of Light II

From Goodman Games:

Points of Light II:
The Sunrise Sea

By Rob Conley

Points of Light II: The Sunrise Sea continues the Points of Light series with four new settings, each extensively detailed and mapped. Each new setting is ideal for novices launching their first campaign, or veteran GMs looking to challenge their players with the exploration of a new world.

The Golden Shores: A land in the midst of being colonized, where adventurers can encounter unknown cultures, old enemies, and battle a darkness that has haunted the land for millennia.
Amacui: A frontier land with only a single trading post representing the civilized world, but there are many ruins to explore and new civilizations to discover.

The Misty Isle: The greatest threat to exploration is not the natives or ‘things man is not meant to know,’ but enemies from the old world. Here in the Misty Isles, enemies from different realms and factions fight amid the jungles and islands.

Mazatl, the Realm of the Bat God: Rising from the vast Jungles of Zaracar is a massive shield volcano. Here the blood god, Azartac, lives in the city of Mazatl in the volcano’s caldera.
Four new worlds await exploration by the brave and the resourceful. Do your characters have the skill and fortitude to adventure in these undiscovered lands?

Player Maps: Ready to put Points of Light II in your own campaign? Click here to download the player maps PDF to start your PCs off with a partial world view!

Rules Set: Systems-neutral, designed to be used with any RPG

Points of Light
Writer: Rob Conley
Cover Art: Craig Maher
Graphic Design: Jim Pinto
GMG4381, 64 pages, $15.99 Print, $9.99 PDF

Click here to buy
Points of Light II
at DriveThruRPG

Monday, June 22, 2009

[Week in Games] Cool Stuff Out June 21-27

Hereafter follows a list of games that game distributors and game retailers have received in the prior week and should have on store shelves already or in the coming week.

You can order these games through your Friendly Local Game Store; simply tell them the name of the product, the publisher/manufacturer, and the product code number, all provided in the listing, and they should be able to do the rest.

Prices listed are known Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices; some do not have an MSRP. Always remember that your local prices may vary, depending on local circumstances.

Some of these games have Street Dates, which mean that the retailer cannot sell the product before that date, even if he has received it from the distributor. These are noted when I am aware of the Street Date, but there might be a Street Date of which I am unaware.

Links go to posts on this blog, which provide further information and links to the publisher websites.

Board Games
Alhambra: Big Box (Rio Grande Games A26, $79.95)

Books
Armies of the Napoleonic Wars (Osprey Publishing GEN701, $40)
DragonLance: The Forest King (PB Novel) (Wizards of the Coast 240237400, $7.99)
Forgotten Realms: City of the Dead (PB Novel) (Wizards of the Coast 240267400, $7.99)
Forgotten Realms: Legends of Drizzt XIII: Sea of Swords (PB Novel) (Wizards of the Coast 240217400, $7.99)
No Greater Ally (Osprey Publishing GEN650, $24.95)
Operation Dragoon 1944 (Osprey Publishing CAM210, $19.95)
Roosevelt's Rough Riders (Osprey Publishing WAR138, $18.95)
Spitfire Aces of Burma and the Pacific (Osprey Publishing ACE087, $22.95)

Comic Books
Death at Koten: The Legend of the Five Rings Graphic Novel (Alderac Entertainment Group 14900, $24.95)

Family Games
Spoons: The Simpsons Card Game (USAopoly SP006025, $19.99)

Geek Stuff
Call of Cthulhu: Bag of Cthulhu (24 small, 6 large statues) (Fantasy Flight Games CT25, $14.95)

Magazines
Fire & Movement #149 (Decision Games FM-149, $7.99)
Strategy & Tactics #257 (Decision Games ST-257, $25.99)

Miniature Accessories
Formula P3: Black Primer (Privateer Press 93111, $9.99, STREET DATE June 26)
Formula P3: White Primer (Privateer Press 93112, $9.99, STREET DATE June 26)
Warhammer 40K: Terrain - Temple of Skulls (Games Workshop 64-21, $29.75)
Warlord: Crusader Casualty Marker (Reaper Miniatures 14540, $3.99)
Warlord: Overlord Casualty Marker (Reaper Miniatures 14541, $3.99)

Miniatures
Chronoscope: Cobra, Modern Ninja (Reaper Miniatures 50082, $3.99)
Chronoscope: Father Thomas, Vicar (Reaper Miniatures 50081, $3.99)
Chronoscope: Raptor, Superhero (Reaper Miniatures 50089, $7.99)
Chronoscope: The Invisible Man (Reaper Miniatures 50079, $3.99)
Dark Heaven: Harstov, Irongrave Knight Lord (Reaper Miniatures 3414, $7.99)
Dark Heaven: Lanura Windsong, Female Elf Wizard (Reaper Miniatures 3415, $3.99)
DHL Classics: Female Undead (Reaper Miniatures 3416, $9.99)
Lord of the Rings: Galadhrim Knights (Games Workshop 39855, $33)
Lord of the Rings: Galadhrim Warriors (Games Workshop 39856, $33)
Wargods of Aegyptus: Asar Hero Elephantine with Campfire (Crocodile Games WGE163, $8.95)
Wargods of Aegyptus: Basti Champion with Pole Arm & Shield (Crocodile Games WGE165, $8.95)
Wargods of Aegyptus: Basti Hero with Auxiliary Weapon Sprue (Crocodile Games WGE166, $8.95)
Wargods of Aegyptus: Khemru Crypt Lord with Giant Scarab (Crocodile Games WGE164, $8.95)
Wargods of Aegyptus: Priest of Ptah with Apis Bull Statue (Crocodile Games WGE161, $8.95)
Wargods of Aegyptus: Stone Colossus (Crocodile Games WGE702, $59.95)
Wargods of Aegyptus: To-tanem Artifex with Weapons Power (Crocodile Games WGE139, $8.95)
Wargods of Aegyptus: To-tanem Captain with Doorway (Crocodile Games WGE162, $8.95)
Warhammer: Empire Battalion (Games Workshop 86-08-N, $105)
Warlord: Vysa, Darkspawn Elf Captain (Reaper Miniatures 14538, $4.49)
WarMachine: Protectorate of Menoth: Exemplar Bastions (Privateer Press 32058, $44.99, STREET DATE June 26)

Miniatures Rules
Battlefield Evolution: Pacific War (Mongoose Publishing 4444, $24.95)
Battlefield Evolution: Warbirds of WWII (Mongoose Publishing 4445, $29.95)

Party Games
Things (Hasbro Games 41430, $No MSRP)
Who Would Win? (Gorilla Games 901, $19.95)

Roleplaying Games
Call of Cthulhu: Midnight Harvest (Adventure Module) (OtherWorld Creations 4003, $12)
Call of Cthulhu: Terrors From Beyond (Adventure Compilation) (Chaosium 23113, $25.95)
Champions: Book of the Machine (Adventure Sourcebook) (Hero Games DOJHERO233, $34.99)
Chimaera: Hellhounds Companion Book (Mongoose Publishing 6121, $24.95)
Conan RPG: Catacombs of Hyboria (Mongoose Publishing 7817, $24.95)
Corporation RPG: Machines of War (Mongoose Publishing 6131, $29.95)
Hero System: Lucha Libre Hero (Sourcebook) (Hero Games DOJHERO401, $29.99)
Mutants & Masterminds: Warriors & Warlocks (Green Ronin Publishing 2523, $29.95)
Pathfinder Chronicles: Dungeon Denizens Revisited (Sourcebook) (Paizo Publishing 9210, $19.99, STREET DATE June 26)
RuneQuest: Guilds, Factions and Cults (Mongoose Publishing 8160, $24.95)
RuneQuest: Ralios (Mongoose Publishing 8159, $14.95)
Traveller: Hammers Slammers (Mongoose Publishing 3817, $39.95)

RPG Accessories
GameMastery Map Pack: Wizard's Tower (Paizo Publishing 4020, $12.99, STREET DATE June 26)

Trading Card Games
Chaotic CCG: M'Arrillian Invasion - Forged Unity Booster Display (4Kids Entertainment 1253, $95.76)
Herobits: Series One Display (Herobits Corp. 51, $150)
Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Raging Battle Special Edition Display (10 sets) (Konami 88082, $99.99, STREET DATE June 23)

Wargames
Age of Muskets Volume 1: Tomb for an Empire (Bellica 3rd Generation AOM01, $100)

[Product Release] Monstrous Menaces #2

From Adventure Games Publishing:

Monstrous Menaces #2:
Blade Dancer, Goblin, and Tharghûl

By James Mishler
Adventure Games Publishing presents the second in a series of new monsters for the Castles & Crusades Castle Keeper to populate his dungeons and wilderness. Each installment of the Monstrous Menaces series presents three new monsters for a mere dollar, eminently affordable in today’s economy.

The second installment, Monstrous Menaces #2: Blade Dancer, Goblin, and Tharghûl, presents the Castle Keeper with a 5 HD Construct, a 1 HD Humanoid, and an 8 HD Unique Undead. Each entry includes complete listings for the monster’s description, organization, ecology, treasure, range, and special abilities.

Blade Dancer
Blade dancers are animated humanoid collections of scores of razor-sharp blades, from small 4” knives to great two-handed swords. They whirl about swiftly like dervishes upon the points of their long-sword legs, with four long arms made of broad swords; their “heads” are constructed of many small blades, with pommel stones for “eyes” and a wide mouth made of many knives. For all that they are made of un-living metal the blade dancer often has a menacing, cruel look upon its “face.”

Goblin
Goblins are small, gnarled humanoids; in shadows they much resemble thin dwarves, though compared to dwarves they are stooped, their arms and legs are slightly too long for their body, and their head is slightly too large, with overly-large wide pointed ears. In the light the difference is obvious, as goblins have greenish-grey warty skin, and too much black scraggly hair in all the wrong places (and usually little or none on their heads). Goblins have a sickly-sweet smell, like that of a corpse ripened in the sun, and their breath is a stench like rotting onions; most goblin warrens smell not unlike a charnel house in midsummer.

Goblin eyes are round and bulging, and mostly black with large iris and cornea; the white of the orb is invariably shot thick with red blood vessels. Like the eyes of a cat, goblin eyes reflect light in the darkness, a deep, blood-red glitter. They have a long carrot-shaped nose that sits atop a wide, frog-like lipless mouth. Goblin teeth are haphazard at best, with many gaps and broken bits; over time as old teeth are lost new ones grow in, though they grow in uneven and often painfully, such that goblin’s gums are ever bleeding and raw. Goblins either have either no chin or far too much of one, with hair as usual only growing in spots rather than in a full-fledged beard.

Note: Monstrous Menaces 2 provides a much-expanded entry for the common goblin race, including full details on goblin vision, language, organization, ecology, culture, religion, gender and family relations, coming of age, cleanliness, weapons, armor, treasure, range, combat, and special abilities.

Tharghûl
Tharghûls are the kings of the ghouls and ghasts, the lords of the graveyard and charnel house, despots of sewers and desecrated temples. Where vampires rule, tharghûls tread lightly; where tharghûls dominate, vampires fear to tread.

A tharghûl in its natural form appears to be a walking corpse; some are thin and emaciated, while others are fat and bloated. Skin is usually like that of a corpse, green and pock-marked, often inhabited by worms, and in places sloughing off. The face is a nightmare, with lips long rotted away, long hound-like teeth and fangs, a sunken nose, and bloated, bulging eyes. Hair is usually white, long, and matted with blood or absent. Hands are clawed, with long sharp nails. A tharghûl usually wears clothing as was appropriate to its station, or to its new more powerful position; the clothing often jars grossly with the rotted, stinking body, as it is new and fashionable, though soaked through with blood and covered with gore.

Monstrous Menaces #2: Blade Dancer, Goblin, and Tharghûl
By James Mishler
AGP06002, 12-page PDF, $1.00 MSRP

Click here to buy
Monstrous Menaces #2
from DriveThruRPG


Full Disclosure: I am the publisher and sole proprietor of Adventure Games Publishing, and the author of this product.

[Upcoming Product] Rise of Empires

From Mayfair Games:

Rise of Empires
Designer: Martin Wallace
Art: Czarne

Don't just make history -- guide it! Take the reins of a developing civilization, choosing the resources and development paths that will lead to the fastest expansion, as you claim and defend territory on a map forging an empire that eventually encompasses whole continents.

Rise of Empires play is divided into three eras. Choices made early in the era are repeated late, so your decisions must have both short-term and long-term benefits to be successful. This process requires tough decision-making and promotes an atmosphere with nail-biting suspense. Victory points are rewarded for building cities, having an empire, for progress in science, and for trading goods.

Rise of Empires breathes new life into the civilization games genre! Balance gold and food, war and agriculture, territory and technology to forge an empire that is destined to rise above all other nations!

Each copy of Rise of Empires contains:
1 large game board
1 tiles display
40 resource discs
150 player cubes in 5 colors
45 action discs in 5 colors
8 empire tiles
40 territory tiles
48 progress tiles
36 city tiles
104 gold markers
5 alliance pieces
5 player aid cards
1 rules booklet with illustrated example of play.

Rise of Empires
August 2009 Release
Ages 12+
For 2-5 Players
Playing Time 180+ minutes
PHA6029, $55.00
UPC 0-29877-06029-0-04500
ISBN 1-56905-216-6
Made in Germany
Produced in cooperation with Phalanx Games b.v.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

[Ferbieday] Belated Ferbieday!

Yeah, this last week didn't go so well, either, as you can see...

What with my impending wedding and trying to get stuff published for Adventure Games Publishing, coverage will be light and uneven on Adventure Game News until after the wedding. So around mid-July we'll return to much more in-depth and regular reportage, including the promised reviews and interviews.

I also must apologize for the lack of on-site coverage of Free RPG Day. Unfortunately my plans to attend at Chimera Hobbies in Appleton fell through... if anyone does have a report, especially with pictures and game report, please drop me a line!

Friday, June 19, 2009

[Product Release] Monstrous Menaces #1

From Adventure Games Publishing:

Adventure Games Publishing presents the first in a series of new monsters for the Castles & Crusades Castle Keeper to populate his dungeons and wilderness. Each installment of the Monstrous Menaces series presents three new monsters for a mere dollar, eminently affordable in today’s economy.

The first installment, Monstrous Menaces #1: Gharlidh, Grulnosc, and Rocktopus, presents the Castle Keeper with a 4 HD Monstrous Humanoid, a 6 HD Aberration, and a 1 to 16 HD Magical Beast. Each entry includes complete listings for the monster’s description, organization, ecology, treasure, range, and special abilities.

Gharlidh
Gharlidhs are a horrific subterranean humanoid race purportedly bred by an evil underground overlord. They feature characteristics of humans, goblins, and orcs, but only vaguely, for most of their five to seven-foot tall body is covered by bony growth from the top of their thick skull to tips of their clawed toes. Their head is misshapen, as they have neither eyes nor nose, and so the skull slopes unnaturally; their ears however are huge, hairy, and pointed. Their mouth is huge, and filled with many sharp fangs.

Grulnosc
Grulnoscs look much like a giant snail with an extremely thick, stone-like shell, save that it stands six to eight feet tall at the top of its shell. Upon closer examination, however, the slimy flesh of the creature is revealed to be utterly different in nature from that of normal snails, or any other known living creature, and the shell is of solid rock, latticed with metals and perhaps even gems; the seven eye stalks with very human-like eyes that it projects from its “head” also indicate to those steeped in animal lore that this is not a natural creature, or even a giant-sized version of such.

Rocktopus
At some dark point in the history of the world, oceanic octopi were magically mutated such that they took to life on dry land, albeit preferably in wet subterranean locations, though these creatures can survive quite well aboveground in tropical locations such as rain forests, jungles, swamps, and marshes; anywhere, really, provided there is a large and deep pool of water for spawning. Full-grown rocktopi are nine to 16 feet long (one foot per hit die), with eight long tentacles of many suckers, a large bulbous body, two large eyes, and a razor-sharp beak.

Monstrous Menaces #1: Gharlidh, Grulnosc, and Rocktopus
By James Mishler
AGP06001, 8-page PDF, $1.00 MSRP

Click here to buy
Monstrous Menaces #1
on DriveThruRPG

Full Disclosure: I am the publisher and sole proprietor of Adventure Games Publishing, and the author of this product.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

[Available Again] Judges Guild PDFs from Goodman Games

From Goodman Games:

The PDF versions of the three Judges Guild d20 OGL adventure modules published by Goodman Games are once again available, after being purged of all references to the d20 System Logo. Check them out!

Judges Guild JG1
Thieves of Fortress Badabaskor

An Adventure for Character Levels 10-12


Do your heroes dare to enter Fortress Badabaskor? Deadly brigands, vicious cultists, and the dusty treasures of the Dragon Kings await those with muscle, wit, and luck. Defeat these challenges to uncover the dark secret of Badabaskor - a secret that will challenge even the most experienced of adventurers...

Authors: Bob Bledsaw and Rob Conley
Co-author: Steve Stottrup
Cover art: Stefan Poag
Interior art: William McAusland
Cartographer: Rob Conley
Layout and cover design: Chris Solis
Project editor: Gregory W. Geilman
Proofreader: Kara Geilman
GMG4600, 64 pages, $8.99 PDF

Judges Guild JG2
Citadel of Fire

An Adventure for Character Levels 12-14


Just outside the rough-hewn timber hamlet of Aztlan lies the ancient and mysterious Citadel of Fire: an embodiment of evil and destruction since its stones were first laid. Inside the town of Aztlan, itself a nest of intrigue and danger, there lies an evil temple dedicated to an ancient god to which the masters of the Citadel pay homage. Together the denizens of the Temple and Citadel have made plans to overthrow their rival powers and subjugate the innocents of the land. Meanwhile, just outside of town, sits a not-so-quiet graveyard with a sinister and deadly secret. Are you brave enough to explore the secrets of Aztlan and put an end to the evil that is The Citadel of Fire?

Concept: Bob Bledsaw and Kara Geilman
Original Design: Marc Summerlott
3.5 Authors and Design: Steve Edwards and Steve Stottrup
Layout: Robert Conley
Managing Editor: Greg Geilman
Maps: Robert Conley
Interior Art: William McAusland
Cover Art: Stefan Poag
GMG4601, 128 pages, $12.99 PDF

Judges Guild JG3
Dark Tower

An Adventure for Character Levels 8-10


An ancient evil has overtaken a once holy shrine. Thus, a sleepy mountain hamlet becomes a focal point for mysterious disappearances and even stranger legends of what lurks beneath the village. Vile enemies and strange allies, knowing neither sleep nor age, seek to involve the unwary in a titanic battle of good vs. evil. Do you dare discover the secrets behind the myths, or attempt to exterminate the ancient evil that lies within? Riches, power, glory and death! All are in: Dark Tower.

This special Silver Edition of the classic Judges Guild adventure module is converted to the 3.5 rules set, and includes all new art as well as new material to expand the beloved original!

Writers: Paul Jaquays, Greg Geilman, Steve Stottrup
Cartographer: Rob Conley
Art: William McAusland
Cover Design: Chris Solis
Managing Editor: Kara Geilman
GMG4602, 96 pages, $12.99

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

[Upcoming Product] Martians!!! and MidEvil Deluxe

From Twilight Creations:

Martians!!! and MidEvil Deluxe
Martians!!! and MidEvil Deluxe are on their way. They should be arriving to the warehouse June 24th and shipped to distribution at that time. Included in the shipment are the BagOSkeletons - 100 walking skeletons from MidEvil. They are lighter than the original ones to allow for black-washing or painting. Look for all of these in your FLGS at the end of June/beginning of July.

Martians!!!
Your quiet afternoon playing video games is interrupted by a whirring noise and a loud bang! You rush to the window and look. Out on the neighboring field you see it - A large flying saucer and dozens of angry looking MARTIANS!!! Well, at least your day won’t be boring!

Martians!!! Drops you into the middle of the first wave of a large-scale alien invasion. Armed with only your vast knowledge of sci-fi movies, you decide that it is up to you to save mankind from certain intergalactic slavery.

First things first, let’s get the gaming group together!

Designers: Todd Breitenstein, Kerry Breitenstein
TLC2300, $29.99 MSRP
UPC: 823973023001

MidEvil Deluxe
If you thought the Zombies!!! were bad well, let’s just say, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

MidEvil is the first game to be based on, and an extension of, the award winning Zombies!!! system from Twilight Creations. Players have escaped the modern-day zombie horde only to find themselves transported back in time and faced with a whole new set of problems!

MidEvil Deluxe combines all the skull cracking fun of the complete MidEvil Game in one convenient package. The set includes everything from the MidEvil base set, MidEvil 2, and MidEvil 3. It features updated packaging, improved art and updated figures (including more than 100 heavily armed and angry skeleton warriors!!!) The whole game is done with the same realistic but very tongue-in-cheek style you have come to expect from Twilight Creations.

TLC2103, $39.99 MSRP
UPC: 823973021038

[Week in Games] Cool Stuff Available This Week!

Hereafter follows a list of games that game distributors and game retailers have received in the prior week and should have on store shelves already or in the coming week.

You can order these games through your Friendly Local Game Store; simply tell them the name of the product, the publisher/manufacturer, and the product code number, all provided in the listing, and they should be able to do the rest.

Prices listed are known Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices; some do not have an MSRP. Always remember that your local prices may vary, depending on local circumstances.

Some of these games have Street Dates, which mean that the retailer cannot sell the product before that date, even if he has received it from the distributor. These are noted when I am aware of the Street Date, but there might be a Street Date of which I am unaware.

Links go to posts on this blog, which provide further information and links to the publisher websites.

Board Games
Caylus Special Edition (Rio Grande Games A04, $100, STREET DATE June 16th)
Cuba: El Presidente Expansion (Rio Grande Games 391, $44.95, STREET DATE June 16th)
G.I. Joe Collector's Edition Monopoly (USAopoly MN00141, $40)
Maori (Rio Grande Games 389, $34.95, STREET DATE June 16th)
Steam (Mayfair Games 4551, $55, STREET DATE June 18th)
Sumeria (Reiver Games 4, $45)
Transformers 2 Collector's Edition Monopoly (USAopoly MN00454, $40)
Wings of War Playmat: East (Fantasy Flight Games WW18A, $39.95)
Wings of War Playmat: West (Fantasy Flight Games WW18B, $39.95)
World of Warcraft: The Adventure Game: Brebo Bigshot Character Pack (Fantasy Flight Games WC12, $11.95)
World of Warcraft: The Adventure Game: Shailara Witherblade Character Pack (Fantasy Flight Games WC13, $11.95)
World of Warcraft: The Adventure Game: Thundershot Character Pack (Fantasy Flight Games WC14, $11.95)
World of Warcraft: The Adventure Game: Wennu Bloodsinger Character Pack (Fantasy Flight Games WC15, $11.95)

Card Games
Gloom Expansion: Unfortunate Expeditions (Atlas Games 1254, $14.95)
We Didn't Playtest This Either (Asmadi Games 6, $10)

CMG Accessories
Star Wars Minis: Map Pack 2: Showdown at Teth Palace (Wizards of the Coast 240120000, $9.99, STREET DATE June 16th)

Dice
Multi-print Mini Dice Bag (3"x 5") (Gallant Hand's Gamers Gear CB1013, $4.99)
Navy Blue & Gold Velvet Dice Bag (Gallant Hand's Gamers Gear VB4013, $10.99)

Family Games
Chickyboom (Blue Orange 350, $24.99)
Gobblet Gobblers (Blue Orange 103, $19.99)
Yamslam (Blue Orange 300, $19.99)

Magazines
Miniature Wargames #314 (Miniature Wargames 314, $9)
The Crusader, Vol.5, No.18 (Troll Lord Games 1118, $3.99)
Wargames Illustrated #260 (Wargames Illustrated 260, $No MSRP)
Wargames Soldiers & Strategy #44 (Wargames Soldiers & Strategy 44, $10)

Miniatures
Star Fleet Battles: Romulan Fleet Box #2 (Amarillo Design Bureau 401, $39.95)

Miniature Accessories
One Man Craters (Grey) (War Torn Worlds 6825, $12)
Round Rock Many Step Hill (Summer) (War Torn Worlds 6073, $32)
Rubble Hill C (Brown, Grassy) (War Torn Worlds 6422, $25)
Rubble Hill C (Grey) (War Torn Worlds 6402, $22)
Weathered Ruins (Grey) (War Torn Worlds 6800, $14)

Party Games
Pants on Fire (R & R Games 932, $19.95)
Parlay (Real Deal Games S001, $14.95)

Roleplaying Games
Dungeon Crawl Classics #62: Shrine of the Fallen Lama (4E Adventure Module) (Goodman Games 5061, $13.99)
Dungeons & Dragons 4E: Eberron: Eberron Player's Guide (Sourcebook) (Wizards of the Coast 239657200, $29.95, STREET DATE June 16th)
Dungeons & Dragons 4E: Kingdom of the Ghouls (Adventure Module E2) (Wizards of the Coast 241910000, $24.95, STREET DATE June 16th)
Points of Light II: The Sunrise Sea (Goodman Games 4381, $15.99)

RPG Accessories
Dungeons & Dragons 4E: Tiles 4: Arcane Towers (Wizards of the Coast 242040000, $9.95, STREET DATE June 16th)

Trading Card Games
Pokémon TCG: Platinum - Rising Rivals 3-Booster Blister Pack (3 packs of 10 cards) (Pokémon USA 10493, $No MSRP, STREET DATE June 20th)
World of Warcraft TCG: The Death Knight Deluxe 2-Player Starter Deck (Upper Deck 71664, $No MSRP, STREET DATE June 16th)

Wargames
Counter Strike: Army of Ireland (Fiery Dragon 5017, $22.95)
Counter Strike: Battle for China Deluxe (Fiery Dragon Press 5002X, $22.95)

Monday, June 15, 2009

[Free RPG Day] Goodman Games Coupons

From Goodman Games:

Goodman Games Coupons for Free RPG Day

Once a year, you can visit your friendly local game store and get showered with freebies. That time of year has arrived once again! This Saturday, June 20, is Free RPG Day. Goodman Games founded Free RPG Day and continues to be a major sponsor of the event. This year we're not only giving away a fantastic flip book for FREE, but we're also providing coupons so you can save money on our other products!

There are two freebies in a flip book format this year: Hero's Handbook: Immortal Heroes, a 4E player sourcebook for epic heroes, and Amethyst: Hearts of Chaos, a special introductory adventure for Amethyst, our upcoming RPG that mixes fantasy with the real world.

In addition, our Free RPG Day release includes special coupons redeemable only at Free RPG Day participating stores! You can download a PDF version of the coupon or find it at the center of our Free RPG Day release. These are true gamer coupons, too – bring your d20 for the Random Esoteric Coupon Generator!Click here to download the coupon PDF now!

Click here to find the complete list of participating Free RPG Day stores. The coupons are only valid at these stores. Be sure to visit on Saturday, June 20 to show your support for this fantastic event!

[Product Release] Traveller: Psion

From Mongoose Publishing:

Traveller
Book 4: Psion


Concentrating on Psion characters and psionic powers, this addition to the Traveller range will literally open your mind to new possibilities. Whether you are looking to introduce psionics to the Third Imperium, add new abilities to members of the Psi Corps, or flesh out psion organisations of your own creation, this book has everything you need. Including new talents, equipment and survival techniques, it is the essential companion for every Psion.

Series: Traveller
Author: Lawrence Whittaker
Format: Softcover (98 pages)
MGP3814, $24.95 Print, $17.97 PDF
ISBN 978-1-906508-26-5

Click here to buy
Traveller Book 4: Psion
at DriveThruRPG

[Product Release] DCC #62: Shrine of the Fallen Lama

From Goodman Games:

Dungeon Crawl Classics #62
Shrine of the Fallen Lama


An Adventure for Character Levels 10-12

The Shrine of Zongxian was once a force for good, ruled by an immortal being through a thousand incarnations. But arrogance and hubris laid the shrine low, and now evil sits atop the high mountain throne. Can your heroes stand against a force that has reigned since time immemorial? Or will they fall like those before them, their bodies cast from the high mountain walls, to break like dolls on the rocky plateau below? One thing is certain: only the most fearless and resourceful of heroes can hope to return from the Shrine of the Fallen Lama.

Rules Set: 4E
Writers: Nigel McClelland and Ben Redmond
Cover Art: Scott Purdy
Graphic Design: Jim Pinto
GMG5061, 40 pages, $13.99 Print, $7.99 PDF

Click here to buy
Shrine of the Fallen Lama
at DriveThruRPG

Friday, June 12, 2009

[Ferbieday] Happy Ferbieday!

So this week's game news reportage didn't exactly go so spectacular... Frankly, there's not much game news out there right now. Most publishers are getting ready for their big releases at Origins and Gen Con, so things are rather quiet.

Plans to have several reviews and interviews ready for this week went kerflooie, I'm sorry to say. Best laid plans of Mice, Men, and Mishlers and all that, as they say. Next week we should have reviews up for, ideally, several of the following:

  • The Forgotten Temple of Baalzebul, an OSRIC adventure module from Brave Halfling Publishing
  • Fuzzy Heroes Second Edition, from Inner City Games Design
  • From Generic Universe -- City Streets: The Black Ape, City Streets: The Green Dragon, and/or Tavern Denizens Book I: The Dives
  • From Palladium Books -- Rifts: Shemarrian Nation Sourcebook, Dead Reign Sourcebook One: Civilization Gone, and/or The Rifter #46
Several of those, plus possibly and interview (or two), and all the Press Releases, Product Releases, Upcoming Games, and other game-related news as I can find, scare up, or shake down...

Good Gaming!

[Sale] Palladium Recession Buster RPG Sale

From Palladium Books:

Palladium Books Recession Buster RPG Sale
Kevin had put several bundles of “distressed” books up for auction at the Palladium Open House and was startled at how people were quick to gobble them up at a discount price. In many cases, these were gamers who already owned the books, but it seems they were buying them up as spare copies, gifts, and copies for their players to use on game night. All sold for half the cover price.

That has inspired Kevin to create Recession Buster Bundles for sale online at bargain prices!
ALL books are “distressed,” i.e. damaged in some way. Sometimes minor, sometimes not so minor. Most are “returns” from the mass market chain stores, or items we noticed as damaged and pulled from regular inventory.

Distressed means the cover may have one or more scrapes, scuffs, dents, dings, nicks, bent corner, crushed corner, bent cover, waffle impression, and/or slightly discolored paper/pages (typically a bit yellowed from exposure to sunlight), dirt scuffs/streaks/marks when you look at the book from the side or bottom, and/or the glossy luster of the cover is gone (dull) from being pulled off and put back on a shelf in a bookstore a million times, giving it a somewhat “used” appearance.

That having been said, all books are new, never used, they have all their pages and some have damage that is barely noticeable, while others are unmistakable.
  • Core Palladium role-playing game titles at cut-rate prices.
  • Very limited supply (in some cases there are only 8 bundles). Get ‘em while you can.
  • Available on a first come, first served basis!
  • Sold in “as is” condition – all sales are final.
  • Bargain prices as listed below.
Rifts® RPG Adventure Bundle – Cat. No. RB-8108
- Rifts® Ultimate Edition – retail price: $35.95
- Rifts® Conversion Book One – retail price: $24.95
- Rifts® Underseas – retail price: $24.95
- $85.85 worth of books - your cost $42.92 (plus shipping).

Rifts® Mega-Sourcebook Bundle – Cat. No. RB-8125
- Rifts® Game Master Guide – retail price: $26.95
- Rifts® Book of Magic – retail price: $26.95
- Rifts® Adventure Guide – retail price: $24.95
- $78.85 worth of books - your cost $39.43 (plus shipping).

Rifts® Strange Worlds Bundle – Cat. No. RB-8208
- Rifts® Adventure Guide – retail price: $24.95
- Rifts® Wormwood – retail price: $20.95
- Rifts® “Surprise” – a random World Book with a retail price of $20.95 or greater.
- $66.85+ worth of books - your cost $30.95 (plus shipping).

Palladium Fantasy® Sourcebook Bundle - Cat. No. RB-4408
- Dragons & Gods – retail price: $24.95
- Monsters & Animals – retail price: $24.95
- Land of the Damned 1: Chaos Lands – retail price: $24.95
- $74.85 worth of books - your cost $37.43 (plus shipping).

Heroes Unlimited™ Recession Buster – Cat. No. RB-5520
- A distressed copy of HU2 RPG – retail price: $26.95
- $26.95 RPG - your cost $16.43 (plus shipping).

[Product Release] Warriors & Warlocks

From Green Ronin:

Street Date June 15th, PDF Already Available!

Warriors & Warlocks
A Mutants & Masterminds Sourcebook
Authors: Dale Donovan, Matthew E. Kaiser, Aaron Sullivan, and Steve Kenson

Not all comic books are about costumed heroes fighting crime; many classic comics have featured the fantastical adventures of sword-wielding and spell-casting heroes. Now Warriors & Warlocks takes the Mutants & Masterminds RPG to the realm of fantasy. This beautifully illustrated sourcebook includes information on character design, magic, equipment, villains, monsters, and more. It also includes a Mutants & Masterminds rules companion to Green Ronin's popular Pirate's Guide to Freeport, along with an introduction and overview of Freeport as a setting for fantasy adventures. Warriors & Warlocks is your go-to guide for comic book sword & sorcery action.

Format: 160 pages, full color, softcover
Price: $29.95
ISBN-10: 1-934547-19-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-934547-19-9

The Warriors & Warlocks PDF
is Already Available
at DriveThruRPG!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

[Upcoming Product] Pegasus Expansion for Battlestar Galactica

From Fantasy Flight Games:

Pegasus Expansion Announced
Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game

On behalf of the officers and crew of the Pegasus...it's a pleasure to see all of you. Welcome back to the Colonial Fleet. - Admiral Helena Cain, "Pegasus"

For nearly half a year following the destruction of the Twelve Colonies, the crew of the Battlestar Galactica defended the last remaining human survivors. Then, all at once, salvation appeared in the form of the Battlestar Pegasus. At nearly twice the size of Galactica, with upgraded weapons batteries and a newer, larger fleet of Vipers and Raptors, the fleet was now safer...

...or so they thought.

This fall brings the first expansion for Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game. The Pegasus Expansion adds two new supplemental game boards featuring the Battlestar Pegasus and the planet of New Caprica, seven new characters, a new Cylon Locations overlay, two plastic Basestars, as well as new Destination, Crisis, Loyalty, Quorum, Super Crisis, and Skill cards.

The new Pegasus board can be used by itself or together with the New Caprica board to create the game you desire – use the Pegasus alone for the additional firepower she provides, or add the New Caprica board to simulate the rebellion on the human colony, bringing the game to an epic level. New rules introduce the ability to play as a new character type – the Cylon Leader, with a new Treachery Skill card type.

How will the crews of the Galactica and the Pegasus mesh when they join each other on your game table? Will the Cylons be able to subjugate the human rebellion on New Caprica? Will an open Cylon Leader be able to vent the last remaining humans into space, giving the toasters control over the galaxy?

Pegasus will be FTL jumping into your friendly local game store this Fall. Be on the lookout for previews leading up to the expansion's release.

So say we all!

Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game is a semi-cooperative game of politics, betrayal, and survival for 3-6 players, based on the hit SciFi Channel series.

[Product Release] Malevolent and Benign

From Expeditious Retreat Press:

Evoking the early days of roleplaying, Expeditious Retreat Press is pleased to release Malevolent and Benign, a new 1E monster book with 150 new creaures and more than 85 illustrations in a 128-paged tome, compatible with the First Edition of the world's most popular roleplaying game!

A softcover, retailing at $26, will be available at your Friendly Local Game Store in July; a hardcover edition is currently available through Lulu and costs $39.95 + S&H. The PDF is available through DriveThruRPG and retails at $10.

Click here to buy
Malevolent and Benign
at DriveThruRPG

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

[Retailer Report] Myriad Games May 2009

From Myriad Games:

Myriad Games
Owner: Dan Yarrington
603-681-0355
8 Stiles Road
Salem, NH 03079
www.myriadgames.com
myriad@myriadgames.com

Board Games: Small World from Days of Wonder.

Card Games: The whole series of We Didn't Playtest This At All card games from Asmadi Games.

Collectible Miniature Games: Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures: Monster Manual: Dangerous Delves, and Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures: Player's Handbook Heroes Series 1, both from Wizards of the Coast.

Miniature Games: Warhammer 40,000 from Games Workshop.

Roleplaying Games: Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition from Wizards of the Coast and Swashbucklers of the 7 Skies from Evil Hat Productions.

Trading Card Games: Magic: The Gathering from Wizards of the Coast.

Wargames: Fields of Fire: 9th US Infantry from GMT Games.

Other Game-Related Products: Dice

Other Products: The Gamers from Dead Gentlemen Productions and plush toys and other cool stuff from Toy Vault.

General Feedback: Each and every month we appreciate the opportunity to introduce new games to our existing customers and to create new customers by showing them the fun of games. We've launched our Myriad Games Presentations, available through MyriadGames.com and through iTunes during the last few months to provide better coverage of games. We've expanded our selection and improved our website, even adding new Myriad Games Wallpapers. We'd like to thank each and everyone of our customers, with a special thank you to our Myriad Gamers (Click here to download a PDF detailing membership in the Myriad Gamers Program). We look forward to continuing to serve you!

What cool events are coming up in your store in the next month? We're hosting Free RPG Day on June 20th, the Legend of the Five Rings Launch Party for Celestial Edition on June 27th, a Magic Grand Prix Boston Trial Sealed Deck Tournament on June 28th, the Magic 2010 Prerelease on July 11th and 12th, the Magic 2010 Launch Party on the 17th through 19th, and more! Our complete events calendar is online at www.MyriadGames.com/events