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The Battle of the Schellenberg 1704

RPGNow - Fri, 02/24/2012 - 11:54
The Battle of the Schellenberg 1704Publisher: AGEMA

This is a story about the Battle of the Schellenberg which took place in Bavaria before the more famous Battle of Blenheim in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession. With daring-do and rich prose the battle is described as a story rather than as straight history!

It is an extract from the full-length novel 'Over the Hills and Far Away!' which is also available on this website.

Price: $0.95
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Lumber, Logs & Hay Bales PSD Files

RPGNow - Fri, 02/24/2012 - 11:31
Lumber, Logs & Hay Bales PSD FilesPublisher: Dave Graffam Models



This set features the PSD Photoshop working files that were used to create the complete Lumber, Logs & Hay Bales model PDFs (available separately). This is a different way to approach my paper models, and it'll require a bit of Photoshop knowledge on your part to make use of it. These files give you easy access to the graphic elements (textures and details) so there's no better way to kitbash your own interiors, add or move details and create your own models.

Non-Commercial Use

All of the artwork contained in this product is for your personal, non-commercial use.

Software Requirements

Nearly any version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements should be able to open these files.

Lumber Stacks

Logs

Hay Bales

Price: $1.56
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February 24, 2012: Report To The Stakeholders 2012

Steve Jackson Games - Fri, 02/24/2012 - 08:46


It was a good year. I go into considerably more detail here.



-- Steve Jackson

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Mutants & Masterminds Power Profile: Weather Powers

Green Ronin - Fri, 02/24/2012 - 07:14

 Weather PowersThe flash of lightning, the crash of thunder, and the howl of the wind: the elements are at your command with Weather Powers! Call up fierce storms and strike your foes with lightning, or chill them to the bone with an arctic blizzard. Soar upon the wings of the wind and use it to carry others aloft. Dominate and shape the battlefield by controlling the environment, but beware the heavy responsibility that comes with this power and the opportunity to use it. For M&M Third Edition.

Mutants & Masterminds Power Profile: Weather Powers

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Episode 37: Literature Lesson: Lovecrafted

RPGNow - Fri, 02/24/2012 - 06:04
 LovecraftedPublisher: Idle Red Hands

We opin the Month o’ Horror with aower debut Literature Lesson. In this un, we look at H.P. Lovecraft and haow te use ’is queer themes in yer games. Naow, dis Lovecraft feller kin set a body thinkin’, an’ when we git ta thinkin’, we git ta talkin’. Thar’s plenty here ta stir ye up an’ make yer blood tickle. See ef ye kin find aower leetle soorprises fer ye.

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn. I ain’t never heerd nothing like this befer, but ’tis paowerful stuff. Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn. Naow, don’t that beat all. Queer haow suthin’ gits a holt on ye. Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn. Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn. Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh…

Price: $0.00
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Outbreak!

RPGNow - Fri, 02/24/2012 - 06:02
Outbreak!Publisher: 6d6 Fireball

The cheerleader, the criminal, the driver, the guard, the punk girl, the cage fighter and the child. Seven lucky survivors of the first day of the zombie apocalypse. As nightfall approaches, can they find some way to survive until dawn?

Outbreak is a scenario that is for between 3-7 players taking on the role of survivors in the first few hours after a zombie attack. Designed to be played over one or two sessions it has been 6d6's staple demonstration game for the last eighteen months and has been polished into a great introductory adventure for the 99658="">6d6 RPG.

What's In The PDF?

The 97 page (A5) PDF contains everything you would expect from an adventure - maps, details of key locations, background and monster stats - plus advice for the first time 6d6 Game Leader. The scenario starts slowly and simply, allowing everyone at the table to get accustomed to the the 6d6 RPG, and includes pointers on how the game mechanics work in each scene. The full text of Outbreak! is on 6d6 Online so you read before you buy.

As well as the scenario, there are 210 cards in PDF form for the characters, the equipment the characters can find and special zombie specific cards for the Game Leader. For ease and speed of printing the cards are formated 10 per A4 page and laid out to fit the Avery C32011 'print-your-own' business card range.

What Else Do I Need

All you need is knowledge of the 6d6 Core whcih can be read online and purchased on 99658="">RPG Now. You will also need some six sided dice.

The Living Document, What Is That All About?

6d6 believe you should only have to buy a game once and not need to spend more money just because the publisher decides to release a new edition. After buying and registering any 6d6 product, we promise that no matter how many versions, editions and updates of the Outbreak! we do in the future, you will always be able to download the latest version.

Anything Else I Should Know?

6d6 is an open company. All our plans are discussed in public and our financial situation can be read about on our blog. We are building a company for long-term success which means we have to support and reward our writers. Instead of paying them royalties, we pay them one third of the sales price (excluding the reseller's cut). So whatever you pay for this PDF, after RPG Now take their 35% cut, two thirds cover the company's overhead and one third of that goes to the writer.

Any More Questions?

If you have any questions about 6d6, the core rules, Outbreak! or the business, or if you are interested in writing for 6d6, please just ask. We can be found on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Price: $15.00
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Common Criminals: Companion Guide

RPGNow - Fri, 02/24/2012 - 04:34
 Companion GuidePublisher: Fishwife Games

The mean streets are full of criminals from all walks of life. Some have taken up crime as purely as a means of survival while others simply choose to get ahead in life by breaking the rules. Regardless of their situations in life, all these individuals have one thing in common. They have become outlaws.

Common Criminals is a new series of system generic products from Fishwife Games. Rather than exploring characters with supernatural abilities, powerful mutations, or access to larger than life technology, focus is placed upon criminal characters from a more realistic perspective. While the characters provided in the series are fictional products of the author's imagination, the criminals are presented in a manner that makes them more believable. In other words, beyond made up names and background details there is little difference between the presented characters and real life modern outlaws.

While the intended setting for Common Criminals is modern day times, the criminals can be easily ported over to near dark future settings. Likewise, these supplements are fine additions to more cinematic settings, such as the super hero genre.

The current intended location for Common Criminals is the United States of America. As Fishwife Games has a strong customer support base in Europe and other parts of the world, there are planned future spin offs that focuses on the criminal element of other parts of the world.

This guide was created for the purpose of providing a freely available source book for assisting Game Masters in the conversion of other Common Criminals products into pre-existing games. In an effort to maximize the information provide in the Common Criminals supplements to fullest potential while still maintaining a system generic standpoint, the author of the Common Criminals series decided upon creating a separate conversion guide. In the interest of satisfying customer needs, it was determined that this guide should be freely available for download. Likewise, the information should be simple as possible while still offering a great deal of flexibility.


Enjoy, and if you happen to get a chance, look up Fishwife Games on Facebook and tell us what you think of this promotional product and the upcoming Common Criminals series.

Note: This is a must have GM resource for the upcoming series of Common Criminals retail products from Fishwife Games.

Page Count: 10 Pages

Written By: David (Dave) L. Woodrum Jr.

Price: $0.00
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LaCroix: A Torn World Character Pack

RPGNow - Fri, 02/24/2012 - 02:58
 A Torn World Character PackPublisher: Torn World

The Torn World Character Pack Series is here to provide Game Masters and Players alike with Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and 3.5 OGL compatible pre-made characters for your Torn World adventures or homebrew campaigns. This set features a major NPC named LaCroix. LaCroix is detailed at 3 stages of his life, each one complete with a full character description, bio, and stat block. Also included is a new prestige class and original artwork. 

This Character Pack includes:

  • Three highly detailed character stages of the elf LaCroix with stat blocks (CR 4, 9, & 14)
  • Three profile headshots for each age of LaCroix
  • Full color full-body artwork for LaCroix (in the present day)
  • New prestige class: the Molaes Saedi (Silver Brother)

This character can be used in a one-off encounter or perhaps as a recurring ally NPC for the party.

Price: $3.00
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Compact Heroes Starter Electronic Version

RPGNow - Fri, 02/24/2012 - 02:12
Compact Heroes Starter Electronic VersionPublisher: Sacrosanct Games
Now a pdf version of Compact Heroes Role-playing card game is free!  That's right, it's free.  Included in this version are more than 100 of the cards that are in the retail master boxed set.

What is Compact Heroes?  In a nutshell, CH is played exactly the same way you would play a traditional role-playing game, except with the portability of a card game.  No heavy books or bags full of dice to lug around.  And yet, it offers the same amount of character customization as most full sized role-playing games.  Perfect for military personell, college students, and anyone else limited on space who wants their rpg fix in.  And it does it well.  But don't take my word for it, here is what people have been saying:

We’ve had a lot of fun with Compact Heroes here at work. We’ve been playing once a week
over lunch time. Thanks for a great game!--Jeremy S
First, I have played one long session with the starter deck. I DMed and had a group of 3
players playing. Result? They LOVED it. We had a great time.--Kerry C
“We are all younger guys, mostly got in to D&D when 3rd was coming out. We have always
been interested in the older editions of the game, thus my friend having a box of around
50 AD&D books, but just have not had the dedication or time to get in to them. Compact
Heroes has allowed us to go back and play some of the history we missed and it’s a blast.”-
-Kurtis Compact Heroes was also the winner of Diehard Gamefan's 2011 Best New Game of the Year!

This free pdf version is just to give you a taste of what you can expect.  Physical decks and the Master Boxed Set are available for purchase either at your local gaming store, or at www.sacrosanctgames.com.  With your support and purchase of the physical version of the game, we will be able to finish up expansions that give you more skills, magic items, and monsters to encounter in your adventures.

Price: $0.00
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Bree Orlock Designs: King in Yellow

RPGNow - Thu, 02/23/2012 - 22:26
 King in YellowPublisher: Stardust Publications

A 300 dpi .tif image for you to use in your personal or professional projects, subject to the attached license. Art by Bree Orlock.

Price: $4.00
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Sampans by Mayhem in Paper (v1)

RPGNow - Thu, 02/23/2012 - 19:29
Sampans by Mayhem in Paper (v1)Publisher: Mayhem in Paper

A what-pan? A sampan!

A sampan is a relatively flat bottomed Chinese wooden boat from 3.5 to 4.5 m (11.5 to 14.8 ft) long. Some sampans include a small shelter on board, and may be used as a permanent habitation on inland waters. Sampans are generally used for transportation in coastal areas or rivers, and are often used as traditional fishing boats.

This Sampan paper model measures 4.5 inches in length, it is available in two color shades, comes with a variety of deck shelter options, and has an optional mast and sail.

It is suitable for use with 28-30mm miniatures.

It is intended to be printed on 80-110lb cardstock and is not suitable for playing with in the bathtub.

A bonus six-inch square water tile is also included.

Price: $2.95
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Emperor Edition Floor Rules

AEG - Thu, 02/23/2012 - 19:20

Hello everyone,

The Emperor Edition Floor Rules have been posted. You can access them here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail events@alderac.com

Thank you all very much for your patience. Much discussion was had on what changes needed to be made for Emperor Edition, and your understanding regarding this processes is greatly appreciated.

Daniel Briscoe
Event Manager
events@alderac.com

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SUPERS! Adventure - Bugged Out

RPGNow - Thu, 02/23/2012 - 19:19
SUPERS! Adventure - Bugged OutPublisher: DM Studios
SUPERS! Adventure - Bugged Out

Welcome to the next adventure for Supers! from Beyond Belief Games. In this adventure your heroes must face a colossal pest problem before they eat the town. Along the way they must tangle with a sinister seductrous and deal with the various problems that plague every hero at one time or another. The final show down is a bug of another sort that threatens to keep the city ground under the feet of insects. Can your heroes prevail?

This adventure is written in three acts, contains stats for 2 villains, and also includes the graphics files for the final villain (that is 1 image in 4 different graphics formats!)

Price: $0.99
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Attaching Your Claim to A Poisoned Spear

Fantasy Flight Games - Thu, 02/23/2012 - 19:09
An A Game of Thrones: The Card Game spotlight by guest writer Matt Ley

You might love to hate them, hate to love them, or sprinkle them into your decks like candy, but however you approach them, attachments are an integral part of A Game of Thrones: The Card Game.

Today, as we begin looking at the cards from the final Chapter Pack of the A Tale of Champions cycle, former World Champion Matt Ley addresses the use of attachments and explores some of the attachments you’ll find in A Poisoned Spear.

Matt Ley on getting attached to claim replacement:

Attachments… It’s always hard to find room for them, especially those that attach to your own cards, and it’s even HARDER to justify their inclusion if they attach to your characters, the game’s hardest cards to protect (just like the books). The very real possibility that your character could be destroyed means a potential for a two-for-one loss in card advantage. Plus, there are already multiple ways to control attachments directly, so when you consider all the attachment hate AND character hate… and the gold you might need to invest, the game has yielded very few, truly playable character attachments.

However, A Poisoned Spear brings us a set of attachments we are ALL going to have to look at long and hard.

A horse is a horse of course…

A Poisoned Spear gives our favorite characters some sweet rides into battle. Every house gains a Warhorse that affects the claim passively, replacing normal claim effects with a special, themed effect–much like our good friend and Ally, Pyat Pree (Queen of Dragons, 17), also known as “Fat Free.”

First, let’s talk about the general terms of these cards. They are all one-cost, so not a huge investment. They are all Warhorses and Creatures. They can only attach to characters of their matching house. Since they all passively replace claim when you attack alone, it’s very hard for your opponent to protect himself from their effects. Even Cat o’ the Canals (Refugees of War, 84) isn’t safe! Also, these let you run zero-claim plots and still benefit from winning a challenge (although this cuts the other way with plots of claim two).

With these basics out of the way, let’s take a look at a couple Warhorses from rival houses!

Bad Horse, Bad Horse

House Stark gets the very rugged-looking Northern Courser (A Poisoned Spear, 102). Not much explaining to do here: YOU get to decide who dies to military claim, rather than your opponent. Take your beefy character, attack alone, and instead of killing Random Chud #83 or that annoying Maester Aemon (Core Set, 151), you kill their best character.

Northern Courser certainly has to be in the running for the Thoroughbred of Sin. (Sorry, that will be my last Dr. Horrible quote, I promise).

You can lead your horse to water…

(I’m running out of horse sayings!)

Horses are a huge part of Dothraki culture. As a male, being unable to ride was tantamount to existing without any respect or power, and for Khals, it usually meant a new Khal was coming.

Putting out your Dothraki Stallion (A Poisoned Spear, 112) means discard pile manipulation and effect draw for Dothraki players. Power challenges are arguably the easiest to get through, and house Targaryen is very good at working with attachments, so this card might see a lot of play as well. Obviously, there are quite a few combos that could work with this card as well, and Targ already uses discard recursion well with cards like Street Waif (A Time of Trials, 32) and Lady Daenerys’s Chambers (Core Set, 180).

Overall, every house has a Warhorse worth close scrutiny, and it is really hard for me to choose my favorite one. When you add the other interesting cards for each house and a VERY interesting plot, A Poisoned Spear offers a tremendous finale to the current cycle.

Thanks, Matt!

We’ll be on the lookout for solitary riders. Meanwhile, as we get closer to the release of A Poisoned Spear, Joe Becker returns next week with another spotlight to explore the impact that written decrees can have upon the Great Houses and their fates.

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Deadly Cunning

Fantasy Flight Games - Thu, 02/23/2012 - 18:47
A preview of The Koronus Bestiary, an upcoming Rogue Trader supplement

“They descend from the heavens like a maelstrom of destruction. Everything they seek and everything that they find lies in ruins, for they are of a lost age. Though if they do find the treasure they seek, a new Age of Strife may come upon us all."
     –The Witches of Footfall, prior to the first sighting of the Rak’Gol

In December, Fantasy Flight Games announced the upcoming release of The Koronus Bestiary, a supplement for Rogue Trader. This comprehensive tome features art and descriptions for a range of foes, including Shadowkith, Thornmaws, Void Krakens, and others... plus a Xenos Generator that allows players to create alien species as varied and dangerous as they can imagine!

Each chapter of The Koronus Bestiary focuses on one type of alien threat, and we’ve already seen predatory Terrorax of Burnscour. But while such so-called mindless beasts can be undeniably dangerous, they can often be outwitted. Chapter two, however, presents foes that possess the type of deadly cunning and burning hatred that only sentience can impart. Today, we’re pleased to continue our series of previews with a look at the Rak’Gol, including the high ranking Abomination and the cybernetically enhanced Render.

Prowling the Expanse

Nothing within the Koronus Expanse embodies mindless brutality and unrestrained savagery like the Rak’Gol. Their actions seldom follow any pattern other than that of violence. Huge swaths of destroyed vessels, stations, and even colonies are often the only indications of their passage. The methods by which they select their targets are as yet unfathomable or perhaps may be entirely at random. Only the most focused and the least sane adepts have dared attempt to see a pattern within the activities of these wretched xenos. Their ways remain a mystery, and it is unclear if the answers are crafted in cunning or buried beneath insanity.

Apparent leaders among the Rak’Gol, Abominations are slightly larger than their brethren, and Imperial analyses indicate that they are instrumental in planning Rak’Gol attacks. Alternately, the Rak’Gol Render is often unable to control itself, much less its lesser kin. Download today’s preview to learn more about both fearsome foes.

The Koronus Bestiary preview (pdf, 2.1 MB)

Keep checking back for more, and look for The Koronus Bestiary later this quarter!

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Prepare for the Challenge of Your Life

Fantasy Flight Games - Thu, 02/23/2012 - 18:43
The Infinity Gauntlet, A Marvel HeroClix Tournament, continues March 14th

“I now hold omnipotence. What should I do with such almighty power? The answer to that is actually quite simple: Anything I want. Anything. I am incapable of error. Any result that displeases me I can simply reverse. There is nothing I need to worry on, for I am Thanos. And Thanos is supreme. Supreme."
     –Thanos, the “Mad Titan” The Infinity Gauntlet #1 (1991)

Join us at the Fantasy Flight Games Event Center Wednesday, March 14th at 7pm for the Infinity Gauntlet, a Marvel HeroClix Organized Play series!

What is the Infinity Gauntlet series?

The Infinity Gauntlet is an unprecedented 8-month series, and the FFGEC is the premiere location to catch all the action. The program is built around the story of Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet. Each month, players will gather at the Event Center to compete for coveted Limited Edition figures, culminating with winners receiving Thanos atop his Shrine to Death. What’s more, each player will be given a “gem-less” Infinity Gauntlet object just for showing up to the first event!

Each month thereafter, players will be awarded participation prizes in the form of colored Gems. Each colored Gem attaches to the Infinity Gauntlet and unlocks a special power. After month seven, each player should have a gauntlet with six gems... and be ready for the final showdown with Thanos at his Shrine.

How do I participate?

Simply show up to the FFG Event Center on Wednesday, March 14th from 7pm to 10pm!

  • Participation is free of charge, but you must purchase the required Boosters.
  • Play in a 300 point, two-booster sealed draft utilizing up to 300 points of figures from Hulk.
  • Soul Gem 3D objects will be awarded as participation prizes.
  • http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=1975+oakcrest+ave,+roseville,+mn,+55113&sll=45.014983,-93.184286&sspn=0.010118,0.014055&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=1975+Oakcrest+Ave,+Roseville,+Ramsey,+Minnesota+55113&ll=45.018578,-93.182817&spn=0.010117,0.014055&t=h&z=16&iwloc=ARemember: Throughout the rest of the month (on the “off Wednesdays”) you’re invited to come to the Event Center at 7pm and test your mettle in non-official 300 point challenges.
  • To find out which Wednesdays will offer the official Infinity Gauntlet events, check the Event Center calendar frequently.

Where can I find more information?

To learn more, call or visit the Event Center. You can also check out the official Infinity Gauntlet website, where you can see prizes, rules, and more.

Steel your resolve and prepare to do battle for the greatest weapon of them all. Do you have what it takes to assemble and control the Infinity Gauntlet itself? Can you safeguard reality or will you rule with impunity? Only you can decide!

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RPG SuperstarTM: Get Ready to Playtest!

Paizo - Thu, 02/23/2012 - 18:00

RPG Superstar™: Get Ready to Playtest!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Right now the Top 8 are working like mad to finish the Round 4 challenge by tomorrow’s deadline. Their location-encounters go live on Tuesday, but there’s a unique twist to this round—the competition schedule includes a week for the public to have an open playtest of these encounters. This has never been done before in RPG Superstar, and we strongly encourage you to playtest at least one of the Top 8 encounters and post your playtest feedback in the encounter’s thread on the RPG Superstar messageboards.

Voting begins on March 6th, and we expect the playtest feedback will greatly help sort out who’s moving on to the Top 4 and the final design challenge for RPG Superstar 2012!

Sean K Reynolds
Developer and RPG Superstar Judge

Tags: RPG Superstar

2012-02-23T18:00:00Z
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Dark Heresy: The Chaos Commandment

RPGNow - Thu, 02/23/2012 - 17:58
 The Chaos CommandmentPublisher: Fantasy Flight Games

A conspiracy at the highest levels of the Calixian Church has finally come to fruition, and the sector rests on the edge of interstellar upheaval. Can you and your fellow Acolytes prevent this coming apocalypse?

The Chaos Commandment is an exciting adventure for Dark Heresy! The final chapter in The Apostasy Gambit trilogy (and also playable as a standalone adventure), this epic story pits a small band of Acolytes against an ancient and powerful threat. Throughout The Apostasy Gambit, Inquisitorial Acolytes have been combating the Maledictor’s Hand, an apocalyptic conspiracy deeply-rooted within the Imperial Church. The goal of this conspiracy is to throw down the ruling nobility and cleanse the Calixis Sector of these “sinners” by fomenting a holy war that will cleanse the debased black heart of the Sector with sacred fire. The Chaos Commandment concludes this trilogy, which began in Black Sepulchre and continued in The Church of the Damned, and the ending will be truly apocalyptic! 

Suitable for players of all levels. A copy of the Dark Heresy Core Rulebook is needed to use this supplement.

Price: $12.50
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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – February 23, 2012

Palladium Books - Thu, 02/23/2012 - 17:46

When you’re beat up and worn out, you start to lose sight of reality and begin to lose yourself to negativity. You start to believe the negative press and see a gathering of storm clouds looming overhead.

The Megaverse Insider and Visioncon have dispelled those dark clouds and brought me back to sunny reality. That reality is simple: We are ready to bring you one great product after another, make Palladium strong again and begin a new era of greatness. I’m not kidding.

Both of these events made me realize that Palladium Books has built a legacy of great games, fun world settings and memories that are cherished and can’t be stopped. Palladium continues to unleash imagination like no other RPG company around. I’m not saying there aren’t other great games, game designers and game companies. I’m saying Palladium Books has a 31 year history of creating RPGs that focus on world-building, characters and storytelling that nobody does better. Nobody. We were the very first to specialize in characters and story and that remains our focus. If you are looking to create memorable, lasting characters and fun RPG experiences, Palladium is the source to make it happen.

Since my return from a wonderful time at Visioncon, I have been inspired and highly motivated, fueled by the love and encouragement I was showered with at the convention and by the outpouring of support the rest of you have shown us in response to our first Megaverse Insider offer.

Person after person told me how much my work at Palladium (and even these Weekly Updates) mean to them. Palladium has played a BIG role in many of your lives. Not just bringing adventure and silly fun into your homes and dorm rooms, but into your lives.

I heard story after story from person after person about how much my games and books have meant to them, how much joy they have brought them, how they met their spouse and/or life-long friends by playing Palladium’s games. And how they want more. More books for all of Palladium’s game lines, more adventure and more game worlds for decades to come.

Well, I intend to make that happen. And in a big way. And you – all of you – are making it possible via the Megaverse Insider, purchases of back stock and other product, the Rifter® subscription drive, and your continued input, love and support. I think some people at Visioncon were surprised by my openness to them and their ideas and suggestions. Are you kidding? I love talking with fellow gamers (as my panel talk that ran from 6:00 PM till almost midnight shows). YOUR excitement makes me excited. Your ideas fire up my imagination and breed new ideas.

You’d think after the outpouring of support we saw during the Crisis of Treachery I would know this already. And I do. But 2006 feels like a million years ago, and hardship has seemed to follow us these past several years. Sometimes, you just need to see it and hear it again. Thank you for giving me that perspective again. Thank you for reminding me that you believe in us and want all the new, quality product we can pump out. Thank you, for being you.

The multitude of gamers who approached me at Visioncon with heaps of appreciation, hugs, handshakes, books to sign and the stories about the adventures and joy our role-playing games have provided in gaming as well as in real life, has given me renewed drive and enthusiasm. This, coupled with the exciting response to the Lemuria Megaverse® Insider, has stoked my inner fires and my imagination. And I am focused and ready to unleash a tidal wave of books to send you into gamer Nirvana.

Get this . . .

All of the following has happened since my return from Visioncon and with the resources provided by the Lemuria Megaverse® Insider exceeding our conservative goal.

UPDATE: Me. I’m on fire writing and coordinating a dozen projects large and small – and that number is not an exaggeration. Btw, I have my diabetes well under control, I lost 50 pounds, exercise daily and I’m feeling good.

UPDATE: Rifts® Lemuria. 1. We have the money to cover all expenses for the book. 2. The book is getting closer and closer to completion every day, and you are going to love it. 3. I have Chuck drawing up a handful of additional new illustrations. 4. Writing has been going very well, indeed. Wish there were more hours in the day.

UPDATE: Out of stock titles coming back in print. I have already sent Rifts® Dimension Book 5: Anvil Galaxy™ to the printer for a short-run printing. It will be available by next week. Listed in no particular order Wolfen Empire™ (for Palladium Fantasy®), Mutant Underground™ (HU2), Rifts® Mindwerks™, Rifts® Mercenaries, Rifts® Splynn Dimensional Market™, and other out of print books will follow – I’m thinking one or two a week over the next month or so.

UPDATE: Palladium Bookmarks Set 2. Since everyone is enjoying the first set so much, Wayne and I are working on a new set of bookmarks.

UPDATE: New advertising. Wayne and I are working up new ads for two different venues and looking into others. If we see a last minute surge in the Megaverse Insider in the final days this weekend, we might have the resources to finally print a 2012 Catalog.

UPDATE: Palladium Comic Books. I have been able to push one comic book project forward and others are being discussed.

UPDATE: The Rifter® #0.1 (PDF). I’m trying to get it back on track for release this Spring!

UPDATE: Gen Con Indy. We reserved our hotel rooms this week.

UPDATE: Rifts® Northern Gun™. The first handful of illustrations have come in from Nick Bradshaw and they rock. Chuck Walton will be showing me more concept sketches for Northern Gun mecha tomorrow.

UPDATE: Strengthening Palladium. I have been able to meet our most pressing bills and get caught up on a few other fronts. This is excellent as it takes pressure off me and the crew, and gives us all some breathing room.

All that in just the last three and half days!

Meanwhile . . .

UPDATE: Megaverse® Insider offer is extended a couple days over the weekend. Offer ends Sunday night, February 26, 2012. No,this is not a bid to make more money, it is for you.

It has been brought to my attention that by ending the Insider offer on Friday, as originally planned, a lot of gamers might not be able to order, and I don’t want to disappoint anybody. I didn’t think about it at the time, but many people (Palladium included) don’t get paid till Friday. Those getting paid on Friday might not be able to deposit their checks till Friday night or even Saturday morning. It didn’t dawn on me when we originally set the time period, that gamers might want and expect to have the entire last weekend to place their final orders.

After all, this isn’t just about raising money for Palladium Books, it’s about getting cool, limited edition product available ONLY through the Lemuria Megaverse® Insider offers. My apologies for this oversight. I sure don’t want to shortchange anybody, so I’m only extending the deadline from ending on Friday night to Sunday night. We’re doing this for YOU, so if there is a hardcover or something you want, this weekend is your last chance. There is no reason to extend this offer any longer except to give everyone a fair shot at getting Insider product. Please spread the word and thank you for your understanding and support. Game on! The Megaverse Insider offer ENDS Sunday night, February 26, 2012.

Megaverse® Insider Products: Besides giving Palladium Books a boost, there are several “opportunities” you might want to purchase. Products that are ONLY available through this offer that end this weekend.

12001. Getting your name listed as Inside Help. I’m surprised by the number of people who want to see their name listed in Rifts® Lemuria under this category. Enjoy.

12002. In Memoriam. Having lost so many loved ones in recent years, I thought this would be a nice thing to offer. It’s touching to see so many people taking advantage of it.

12003. A “real character” listing is just silly fun, because it lets you list the name of your character in the book. Again, I’m glad to see so many people enjoy this opportunity.

12004. PDF copy of Rifts® Lemuria. Some of you guys and gals have been screaming for PDFs of new releases for years. Well, here you go. Note: We have not made a final determination of exactly how we will deliver the PDF, but we promise we will NOT do anything that will overload your mailboxes or cause you any hardship. Trust us on this.

12005. Rifts® Lemuria Hardcover Edition. This has the same color cover as the softcover edition. Limited to the number of copies purchased by you “Insiders” (+48 copies for staff and special promotions).

12006. Rifts® Lemuria “Emerald” Hardcover Collector’s Edition. Think gold edition except the foil printing is green and only “Insiders” who buy this book will have a copy (+24 for staff and special promotions).

12007, 12008, 12009 and 12010 are different “combo-packages” and Benefactor.

If you think you want any of these, this weekend is your last weekend to order them. Enjoy.

Click here for more details.

The future of the Megaverse® Insider

Will Palladium fund all of its new releases this way? No, but we will be doing it again, probably for major new releases and special projects.

Will there be future Megaverse Insider offers? Yes, but after consulting with you, our fans and customers, we will probably limit them to once in a while and for major releases like Rifts® Megaverse in Flames, and maybe Rifts® Northern Gun and/or the two Beyond the Supernatural books, and special projects like a Palladium Fantasy® RPG Ultimate Edition (something I’ve been secretly kicking around for several years – but no promises). I plan to take our cue from YOU, so please let us know what YOU would like to see from us by way of Megaverse Insider offers and new products.

FYI: Some people have asked what happens if Palladium does not meet it goal for a Megaverse Insider crowdsource fund-raiser. First, as is common among crowdsource funding, we’d aim low and hope for more. Second, if we can release the product(s) with the Insider money raised plus moneys from other sources, we would combine those funds to make it happen. In the event Palladium did not raise enough to publish, the Insider money would be refunded to all contributors. However, we plan to only solicit funding for projects we KNOW are close to being finished and that we are confident we can get into print even if the Insider falls short of its stated goal. And again, this will NOT be every new release, only major ones.

Remember, as much as this helps Palladium release product, I want our crowdsource funding via the Megaverse Insider to be fun and worthwhile for you. Again, we’ll be taking our cues from the input we get from you.

In Other News

VISIONCON was a blast. In fact, it reminded me a bit of the Palladium Open House (coming up fast). My thanks to EVERYONE who came to my panel talk or table to say hello, get autographs, and chat. I really enjoyed my time with you. I met many memorable and generous people, including Joe W. Ryan, John McDonald, Chris, Melissa, Bryan, Jennifer, Dave, Jamey, Ashley, Justin, Bo, Robert, Bear, John, Joe, Dennis, Thomas, Rob, Mark, Kyle, and many, many others.

Of course, a special thanks to the convention organizers who were kind enough to bring me in as a guest, and treated me like one of their own. I want to especially thank Ashley Wiggs, Melody Cutbirth, Kevin Cutbirth, David Stanfield, Mark Fairleigh, David Barrett, Brandon Perkins, Chris Harris, Scott New, Dave Harp and a million other Visioncon folks who made my guest appearance possible and fun.

Speaking of Palladium’s own, Mark Oberle was kind enough to help me out the ENTIRE weekend as well as show me and Jolly and Barbara Blackburn around Springfield, Missouri, Friday morning. Mark, you are awesome, thank you. It was truly great seeing Madman Mike Leonard hobbling around and meeting his wife, as well as hanging with Lucas Buck and Bo (sorry, don’t remember his last name, but he’s an outstanding role-player).

A personal, special highlight of Visioncon was being able to spend a weekend with my dear friend Jolly Blackburn, the mad genius behind Knights of the Dinner Table (KoDT) and Shadis Magazine, as well as his charming wife, Barbara. I love that guy and enjoyed every minute with Barb and Jolly. Continued success and happiness to you both (and let’s talk soon). See my Visioncon Murmur from the Megaverse for details about my trip to Springfield, Missouri. (Not the home of Homer Simpson, though I coulda swore I saw him on two separate occasions.)

Game with Kevin Siembieda and Julius Rosenstein at the Westland Library – February 25, 2012 – 1-4 PM

Julius and I (the three other G.M.s bailed on us) will be hosting a special Role-Playing Game event at the Westland Library for ages 12-28. Julius is running a Rifts® adventure, I’m running a Palladium Fantasy® adventure. I had hoped to have one or two other G.M.s to run stuff as well, but one had to work, the other got stuck with other commitments and the other couldn’t make it. Hmmmm, I suspect they are afraid to run a bunch of youngsters. Cowards. ;) Julius can accommodate 8-10 players and I can run as many as 14. There’s gonna be free pizza and pop, too. FYI: This is a great way to introduce a new generation to Palladium role-playing games. Sign up by calling the library at (734) 326-6123 or online at http://www.westlandlibrary.org/node/3089. The gaming is from 1-4 PM, Saturday, February 25, 2012. The library is located on Central City Parkway between Ford Road and Warren.

The Rifter® Super-Subscription drive was a success. The special offer is over and hundreds of you took advantage of it. Smart. Welcome aboard The Rifter® idea resource. Those you who have been getting The Rifter® for years know what a great resource is it. Those of you who are new to it, will soon find out. Of course, you can subscribe anytime, you just don’t get the FREE gift. Enjoy and thank you.

UPDATE: Rifts® World Book 32: Lemuria. I’m working on it. I’m working on it. As soon as I’m done writing this Weekly Update, a Murmur and some ads, I’m right back writing and editing.

UPDATE: Dead Reign™ Sourcebook 3: Endless Dead™. It is next on my list. March release.

UPDATE: Rifts® Vampires Sourcebook. Immediately follows Endless Dead. It is another book that will surprise and delight. March release.

UPDATE: Rifts® World Book: The Black Market. It’s written by Matthew Clements with additional material by Taylor White. It is just the first of many books to be authored by Matthew.

UPDATE: Rifts® World Book: Northern Gun™ One. Is there anyone not anxiously awaiting this book? Will probably slide into an April or May release.

UPDATE: The Rifter® #58. More exciting fan-created material for the Palladium Megaverse. Send in your submission for our consideration. April release.

UPDATE: Robotech® Genesis Pits™ Sourcebook. I’m still waiting to get the final manuscript from Irvin Jackson. April release.

UPDATE: Rifts®/Minion War™: Megaverse® in Flames™. This is one of the most hotly anticipated books of the year and when you see it, you’ll know why. This book will blow your mind.‘Nuff said for now.

UPDATE: Online Sales. This is the third week of outstanding sales! Please keep ‘em coming and make yours Palladium.

Sneak Previews on DriveThruRPG.com are coming soon, starting with Rifts® Lemuria (maybe next week). There are 90+ backstock titles, including back issues of The Rifter®, first edition rule books, other sneak previews and the Rifts® Game Master Kit, all available as PDF downloads at reasonable prices.

Keep those imaginations burning bright and game on.

– Kevin Siembieda, Publisher, Writer and Game Designer

Palladium Books 2012 Product Release Schedule

January 2012 Releases

March 2012 Releases

April 2012 Releases

May 2012 Releases

June 2012 Releases

All of Palladium’s Core Game Lines to be Supported in 2012

The following are in development.

  • Robotech® sourcebooks
  • Rifts® Antarctica and other sourcebooks
  • Splicers® Sourcebooks
  • Heroes Unlimited™ Sourcebooks
  • Chaos Earth™ Sourcebooks
  • Palladium Fantasy®: Mysteries of Magic™ Two & Three
  • Palladium Fantasy®: Land of the Damned™ Three
  • Nightbane® Sourcebook
  • Beyond the Supernatural™ Sourcebooks
  • And other good stuff.

The Rifter #57

The Rifter® #57 – Available now

Looking for new ideas and material for your campaign? Then you want The Rifter®. The greatest value of The Rifter® is that every issue offers new and different ideas, and gets your imagination running in directions you might not have considered. It’s an idea factory that will help you generate new ideas of your own, and it also presents valuable source material you can drop right into your games.

The Rifter® is your doorway to unlimited imagination and numerous Palladium role-playing worlds. It offers new monsters, villains, characters, O.C.C.s, powers, magic, weapons, adventure and ideas for your games. It presents new villains, monsters and dangers to battle, and new ideas to consider. Every issue has material for Rifts® and at least two or three other Palladium game lines.

The Rifter® #57 is an extravaganza of monsters and mayhem to surprise your players and spice up your games.

  • Rifts® Lemuria – sneak preview.
  • Rifts® – new weapons and vehicles of the Coalition States.
  • Beyond the Supernatural™ – 5 new monsters and supernatural threats.
  • Palladium Fantasy® – 20 monsters and dangerous animals galore.
  • For all game settings – Genie bottles and dimensional pockets.
  • Rifts® – The Brodkil War Machinist O.C.C.
  • Rifts® – NGR Anthropological Field Operative O.C.C.
  • News, coming attractions, and more.
  • Cover by Charles Walton II.
  • 96 pages – still only $11.95 retail – Cat. No. 157. Available now.

 Lemuria

NEW! BIGGER! Rifts® World Book: Lemuria™ Ships February

“I think this book is going to amaze people.” – Kevin Siembieda

  • The Lemurians, their race, history and society.
  • 12 new O.C.C.s including the Serpent Hunter, Shriekers, Spouters, Oceanic Guardsman, Biomancer Gene-Mage, Birdmen and others.
  • 20+ exotic animals sea serpents, Sea Dragons and riding animals.
  • 50+ new Biomancy spells.
  • Biomancer Gardens, herbs and magic.
  • Nearly a dozen types of living Bio-Armor (Lemurian power armor).
  • The Stone Guardians of Easter Island and other mysteries.
  • Stone vehicles and weird weapons and devices.
  • Symbiotic creatures and Biomancy constructs; some that enable air-breathers to survive underwater indefinitely.
  • New dangers, new challenges, adventure ideas and more.
  • Written by Greg Diaczyk with additional material by Matthew Clements and Kevin Siembieda.
  • Cover by John Zeleznik.
  • Interior art by Chuck Walton, Mike Mumah, Brian and Allen Manning, Kent Burles, Nick Bradshaw and Amy Ashbaugh.
  • 192 pages – $24.95 retail – Cat. No. 885. March release.

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Two Rifts® Lemuria™ Hardcover Editions – Available only till February 26, 2012

Two special hardcover editions of Rifts® Lemuria are being made available only through the Lemuria Megaverse® Insider offer.

 Endless Dead

NEW! Dead Reign™ Sourcebook 3: Endless Dead™ Ships March

Endless Dead says it all. The zombie hordes grow in number and strangeness. Can humankind survive? Where is the military? What’s next for the survivors of the zombie apocalypse?

This book contains horrifying new zombies to haunt your player characters along with new O.C.C.s and tons of tables for detailing Survivors’ Hideouts, Safe Haven Communities, Death Cults and more. Survival is not enough. Now is the time for the war against the Endless Dead™. This book is epic.

  • New types of zombies include the Fused Zombie, Multi-Zombie, Parasite Juggernaut and Walking Mass Grave.
  • New O.C.C.s include the Wheelman, Zombie Hunter, Zombie Researcher, Survivalist and Watcher.
  • Information on vehicles and tables for adding custom armor, weapons and anti-zombie defenses.
  • Vehicle combat rules and zombie-fighting in vehicles.
  • Random encounter tables for military bases, police stations, gun stores, buildings, suburbs, industrial parks, small towns, farmland and wilderness.
  • Tables for creating Survivor caravans, hideouts, hermits, Safe Haven Communities and Death Cults.
  • Timetable for setting campaigns during the Wave, the beginning of the Zombie Apocalypse or months into the reign of the dead.
  • Stats for some of North America’s dangerous wildlife, a threat to survivors and zombies alike.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda and Matthew Clements.
  • Cover by E.M. Gist. Interior art by Mumah, Bradshaw and others.
  • 96 pages $16.95 retail – Cat. No. 233. March release.

Rifts Vampires Sourcebook

Rifts® Vampires Sourcebook™

Unknown to most humans, deep within Mexico the vampires have established entire kingdoms. There they live like tyrants and gods, dominating an underclass of cattle people used as slaves and food stock. Learn more about the vampires, their rivals, allies and the humans who willingly serve their supernatural masters for a chance to join the undead. A must-have guide for those who wish to travel deeper into the Vampire Kingdoms or play as vampires and their human minions.

  • More human kingdoms within Mexico like the Tampico Military Protectorate and Durango, the Silver City.
  • Firefighting robots, hover firetrucks and more anti-vampire gear.
  • Magic based Vampire Hunters and human strongholds.
  • Techno-Wizard anti-vampire weapons and magical devices.
  • Profiles for Doc Reid and Reid’s Rangers, the world’s most famous Vampire Hunters.
  • Fort Reid, an entire city devoted to hunting the undead.
  • The Bloodwatch, a secret vampire intelligence agency that tracks down and exterminates Vampire Hunters.
  • The Yucatan Peninsula, a mysterious dimensional pocket overrun by strange demons known as Xibalbans.
  • The return of the Mayan god Camazotz, Lord of Bats and Darkness.
  • The werebeasts of Mexico and Central America; those who assist the vampires and those who fight against them.
  • New O.C.C.s like the Bloodwatch Vampire Operative, Silver Swords Militia, Werejaguar Vampire Hunter and the Vampire ‘Borg.
  • Cover by Michael C. Hayes. Interior art by various artists.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda, Matthew Clements and Braden Campbell.
  • $16.95 – 128 pages. Cat. No. 884. March release.

Rifts® Black Market™ – A Rifts® Sourcebook

On Rifts® Earth, the Black Market is the most prevalent trader in weapons, contraband and magic items outlawed by the Coalition. Explore the day to day business of the market along with its smuggling routes, practices, policies and nefarious products. Encounter the five major Black Market factions in North America and foreign groups like the Yakuza, Green Scarf Sect and the Underground Railroads of Atlantis and the Vampire Kingdoms.

  • New O.C.C.s like the Con Man, Coyote and Venture Criminal.
  • Black Market services, products, practices and customers.
  • Criminal jobs like the Enforcer, Hit Man and Defense Attorney.
  • Major smuggling corridors and routes through Coalition territory.
  • Smuggling methods, both magical and conventional.
  • The Five Factions of North America and other Black Market groups.
  • More equipment from Bandito Arms and specialized smuggling gear.
  • Tables for creating Traveling Merchants, Caravans, Market Outlets, Market Towns, Clubs and Bars, Body-Chop-Shops and more!
  • Information on the Coalition prison system and border security.
  • Written by Matthew Clements and Taylor White, with additional material by Kevin Siembieda and Alex Marciniszyn.
  • 160 pages – $20.95 retail – Cat. No. 886. March release (tentative).

Rifts® World Book: Northern Gun™ One

The largest independent manufacturer of weapons, robots and adventure gear in North America is Northern Gun™. Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, they have been the premier outfitter of mercenaries and adventurers for decades, and are a major hub for hiring military contractors. With a whole new product line to offer their customers, the future looks bright for Northern Gun™.

  • The arms giant Northern Gun profiled for the first time!
  • The Kingdom of Ishpeming, a puppet-state propped up by NG.
  • Full 109 P.A. catalog of Northern Gun products!
  • New weapons, power armor, vehicles, robots and adventure gear.
  • The Ishpeming military, essentially a framework for hiring mercenaries and privateers.
  • The NG Bounty Board, the largest collection of bounties and mercenary contracts anywhere on Rifts® Earth.
  • Hover trains, supply ships and sales outlets.
  • Northern Gun’s relationship with the Coalition States, Triax Industries, the Black Market and others.
  • Written by Matthew Clements.
  • Interior Artwork by Nick Bradshaw, Chuck Walton and others.
  • 160 pages – $20.95 retail – Cat. No. 887. April release.

Robotech® Genesis Pits™ Sourcebook

An in-depth look at the Invid Genesis Pits, their purpose, function and the creatures they create.

  • Secrets of the Invid.
  • Different types of Genesis Pits.
  • Written by Irvin Jackson. Additional text by Kevin Siembieda.
  • An 8½ x 11 inch sourcebook (not manga size).
  • 96 pages – $16.95 retail – Cat. No. 555. April release.
  • Available in the U.S. and Canada only.

Rifts® Megaverse® in Flames™

The Minion War spills across Rifts Earth, where demons and infernals hope to recruit allies and use the Rifts as gateways of destruction. Their influence shakes things up across the planet, especially at locations where demons and Deevils already have a strong presence. More details to follow, but for now, ‘nuff said.

  • Soulmancer and Blood Magic.
  • The Seven Deadly Plagues.
  • The Demon Plagues across the globe.
  • Battleground: Earth – as demons and infernals amass their legions.
  • Rifts Calgary – also known as Hell’s Pit; the kingdom described.
  • Ciudad de Diablo, Harpies’ Island and other notable Hell holes on Earth.
  • Lord Doom, Pain and other demonic leaders.
  • Horune treachery, Dimension Stormers and other villains.
  • Global chaos and the places most dramatically affected by the Demon Plagues.
  • Notable demonic generals, mercenaries, people and places.
  • Many adventure ideas.
  • Written by Carl Gleba.
  • 192 pages – $24.95 retail – Cat. No. 876. May release.

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Rage Sur New York

RPGNow - Thu, 02/23/2012 - 17:05
Rage Sur New YorkPublisher: Hexagonal

Dans la ville qui ne dort jamais...

New York — terre de contrastes. Depuis les forêts luxuriantes du nord de l’État jusqu’aux grouillantes de la cité, les Garous ont engagé le lutte contre ceux qui profanent Gaïa. Les anneaux de Vers s’enroulent autour de l’État, répandant son venin sur des innocents oubliés: les enfants.

Le cauchemar devient réalité

Des sombres cavernes des Adirondacks à <>, le serpent nauséabond séduit tout un chacun. Les Garous doivent venir à bout de leurs propres rivalités, soigner leurs anciennes blessures pout enrayer cette marée de corruption et de dépravation.

Rage sur New York est le premier cadre de chronique pour Loup-Garou. Vous y trouverez:

• Les descriptions des tribus Garous et de leurs ennemis répandus dans l’État; depuis l’enclave spirituelle des Furies Noires jusqu’au plus obscur et purulent des secrets du Ver: la Septième Génération.

• La <<véritable>> histoire du Nouveau Monde et de l’État de New York.

• Des suggestions de rencontres qui donnent l’occasion d’atteindre le Ver.</véritable>

Price: $8.27
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