Rifts® Sovietski Sneak Preview

RPGNow - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:34
Rifts® Sovietski Sneak PreviewPublisher: Palladium Books

This is a sneak preview of Rifts® World Book 36: Sovietski™.

This sneak preview includes the front cover, credits, contents, and portions of the following: Notable Major Events, Sovietski Government, Life in the Sovietski, Religious Enclaves, D-Bees Accepted by the Sovietski, Sovietski O.C.C.s, Sovietski Cyborg Soldier Abilities & Bonuses, Sovietski Tanker O.C.C., Vedmak Cyber-Doc O.C.C., Superheavy Machines, Enhanced Animal Cyborgs, two Tanks, and an Amphibious Assault Craft.

Rifts® Sovietski™ will be available from Palladium Books in March, 2018. For more information, please visit our website.

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Crime Never Ends

Fantasy Flight Games - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 15:53
Published 21 February 2018 | Android: Netrunner LCG Crime Never Ends

A New Android: Netrunner Most Wanted List Is Now Available

The latest version of the Android: Netrunner Most Wanted List is now online! Each quarter we evaluate the health of the competitive Android: Netrunner metagame and make changes to the Most Wanted List when necessary. Learn why these changes were made directly from the lead developer himself in the paragraphs below, and then download today’s update to the Most Wanted List to see the changes for yourself!

Download the new Most Wanted List by clicking on the image above.
This update goes into effect 02/26/2018.

Android: Netrunner Lead Developer, Michael Boggs

We've been pleased with the effect that Most Wanted List 2.0 and rotation have had on the meta! New and interesting builds have come about, and the game is fresh and original. With the arrival of additional strategies in this renewed environment, the NAPD has identified new targets. Now is the time for Most Wanted List 2.1.

Before we get started with individual cards, we would like to specifically address the potency and prevalence of Cerebral Imaging. $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#7C41').colorbox(opts); });  Though it did not make its way onto the final version, during various iterations of testing, Cerebral Imaging was a candidate for both the Restricted and Removed sections of the Most Wanted List. However, we eventually decided that it was better to hit the cards that enabled Cerebral Imaging, specifically Violet Level Clearance, $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#120F0').colorbox(opts); });  rather than the identity itself. The enablers are what skyrocketed Cerebral Imaging from an obscure identity to the powerhouse it is now. While removing Cerebral Imaging may have been the cleanest solution, it would take away an identity that so many people enjoy playing.

That being said, over the next few months, we’ll be keeping a close eye on Cerebral Imaging’s performance. If things do not shake out the way we anticipate, we will take whatever action necessary to ensure events are fun and diverse.

Now, onto the cards!

Restricted

Rumor Mill: When Most Wanted List 2.0 was first put together, we decided that Rumor Mill $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#10D5A').colorbox(opts); }); should be on the Removed List to ensure that other cards within the pool could have their time to shine. However, since then, we have realized that moving Rumor Mill from Removed to Restricted is better for the game overall. The primary cards that it counters— MCA Austerity Policy, $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#D3FA').colorbox(opts); });   Marcus Batty, $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#8E7B').colorbox(opts); });   Estelle Moon, $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#CD8A').colorbox(opts); });   Bryan Stinson, $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#2CC3').colorbox(opts); });  and Ash 2X3ZB9CY $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#1264F').colorbox(opts); }); —are all powerful in their own right. Additionally, restricting Rumor Mill creates an interesting decision between itself, Employee Strike, $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#6CE1').colorbox(opts); });  and Film Critic $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#132A4').colorbox(opts); }); when building a deck to offset a meta.

Tapwrm:  Tapwrm, $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#1560E').colorbox(opts); });  along with Sacrificial Construct, $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#238').colorbox(opts); });  is an engine that’s easy to set up and difficult to get rid of. While this is still an option, players will now have to give up other powerful cards in order to get this engine going.

Brain Rewiring:  Brain Rewiring $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#13C91').colorbox(opts); }); is a polarizing card, either used for degeneracy or not used at all. While this type of card can be fun, the playstyle that it fosters is not healthy when widespread. Putting Brain Rewiring on the Restricted section either slows down its deck due to a lack of Estelle Moon or makes the deck more susceptible to runs without Fairchild 3.0 $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#1780E').colorbox(opts); }); or Global Food Initiative. $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#1811B').colorbox(opts); });

Mother Goddess: Similar to Brain Rewiring, its rare to find Mother Goddess $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#C450').colorbox(opts); }); in a deck that isn’t trying to do something unfun for opponents. Especially in conjunction with Loki, $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#F15').colorbox(opts); });  an AI-less Runner can be permanently locked out of multiple servers at once. Again, while this combination is still possible, the decks that use Mother Goddess will have to eschew a lot of other powerful cards.

Mumbad City Hall: Similar to Rumor Mill, Mumbad City Hall $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#12CBB').colorbox(opts); }); was first put on the Removed list to ensure that the meta could shake out in a healthy way. However, this is moving from Removed to Restricted due to the fact that the cards it works best with— Mumba Temple $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#FD21').colorbox(opts); }); and Museum of History $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#E80C').colorbox(opts); }); —are also restricted. Best case scenario, Mumbad City Hall can tutor Consulting Visit, $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#7EC5').colorbox(opts); });  but that’s a three-cost, three-click, two-card combo that can be disrupted if the Runner trashes Mumbad City Hall.

Whampoa Reclamation: This card makes the sub-game of “Hide the Agenda” all too easy, a game which can become frustrating for the Runner. Whampoa Reclamation's $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#10BBF').colorbox(opts); });  ability to let the Corp cycle through a bad hand is important, however, and for that reason should stay an option when building a deck.

Removed

Violet Level Clearance: Ideally, the efficiency of this card—seven clicks of value for one click that can be played on the first turn—is balanced by the fact that it is Terminal, has a low trash cost, and, for most Corps, requires planning to ensure that the Corp doesn’t flood HQ. For Cerebral Imagining, almost none of those conditions apply. Being able to fire this off on turn one without the risk of flood sets Cerebral Imaging’s economy up for the rest of the game. By removing Violet Level Clearance $(document).ready(function() { var opts = { iframe: true, innerHeight: 558, innerWidth: 400 }; $('#A69A').colorbox(opts); }); from Cerebral Imaging’s arsenal, the deck slows down to the point where it's still fun to play but also fun to play against.

Download the new Android: Netrunner Most Wanted List now to read the entire update before it goes into effect on February 26th. Players attending a tournament before February 26th can still find the previous Most Wanted List, along with other rules documents and support materials, on the Android: Netrunner page.

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Gnome with a Badge : Stockart Background

RPGNow - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 15:23
 Stockart BackgroundPublisher: Christian Hollnbuchner

With this installment in this product line I continue to work on a palette of original and affordable stockart for personal and commercial projects of publishers and gamers alike.

The image presented here is a simple background featuring a young female gnome marshal, proudly displaying her badge, in some shop.

 

The Pack contains:

  • 1 PDF with a preview image (75% size) and the license agreement.
  • 1 PNG image. The image is 2550 x 1650 pixels in size at 300 dpi.


Price: $2.95
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Off the Beaten Path: Forest Excursions (System Neutral)

RPGNow - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 15:03
 Forest Excursions (System Neutral)Publisher: ThrowiGames

Twenty three single or double page forest adventures to use as side quests or stand-alone adventures for your Fantasy RPG.  There are over thirty pages of encounters found within the bowels of deep forests or mystical glades.  As your player's characters travel through the wilderness, they will come across tombs, ruined castles, tree-houses, villages, caves, battle sites, and more!  These adventures are a great way to add additional encounters during travel, or to handle an unexpected change in direction!

System Neutral

Price: $5.00
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The Specter of Hangman’s Gulch

RPGNow - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:42
The Specter of Hangman’s GulchPublisher: Ken Zieger Games

The players are in Bannack, Montana when a murder committed by a ghost occurs. They have to learn the town’s dark secret and find a way to lay to rest The Specter of Hangman’s Gulch.

This adventure is written for The Seekers campaign setting for the Dragon Role Playing Game. The campaign setting information can be found at thelairofken.blogspot,com.

Price: $1.99
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Codex - Ectoplasm (Nov 2016)

RPGNow - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:37
Codex - Ectoplasm (Nov 2016)Publisher: The Gauntlet

Codex is the monthly RPG fanzine published by the Gauntlet gaming community! Each issue features a variety of original articles organized around a theme, loads of original artwork, and a custom layout.

Inside Codex - Ectoplasm:

  • Huge Problems in Little Shanghai A Monster of the Week mystery
  • The Ghost A playbook for The Sprawl RPG
  • Thirteen Haunted Magic Items for Dungeon World
  • Three Dozen Signs of Ghostly Habitation
  • Nine original illustrations
  • Custom layout by Oli Jeffery
Price: $3.00
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Скверное соседство

RPGNow - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:34
Скверное соседствоPublisher: NikShevtsov

Игры PtbA доллжны быть "песочницами". Но всем иногда нужно вдохновение. Вот, например, такое.

Этот файл можно использовать с набором Быстрого Старта.

Price: $0.50
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Bad Neighbourhood

RPGNow - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:28
Bad NeighbourhoodPublisher: NikShevtsov

PtbA games are supposed to be 'sandboxes'. But everyone can need some inspiration. Here it is. You can use it with Quickstart pack.

Price: $0.50
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Эфир и Шестерни. Быстрый Старт

RPGNow - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:19
Эфир и Шестерни. Быстрый СтартPublisher: NikShevtsov

Приветствую!

Это - файл для Быстрого Старта в мою систему "Эфир и Шестерни" на ее оригинальном языке - на русском. Тут есть всё, чтобы начать игру.

Price: $2.00
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Der Sprawl (German)

RPGNow - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 13:12
Der Sprawl (German)Publisher: Vagrant Workshop

Gleite durch die sichersten Computernetze der Großkonzerne. Brich das EIS zwischen dir und deinen Zieldaten.

Lass deine cyber-verlinkte Auto-Schrotflinte leergeschossen auf den Boden fallen, verchromte Klingen aus deinen Fingern schnappend. Stell dich dem Konzern-Einsatzteam in den Weg, um deinem Team die Flucht zu ermöglichen.

Stell den Kragen deiner Synthlederjacke hoch, um Dich vor der Kälte und dem Regen zu schützen. Behalte ein Auge auf die Gasse hinter dem Club, falls deine Zielperson dort auftaucht. Hänge dich an die gepanzerte Limousine und folge ihr durch neondurchflutete Straßenschluchten.

Dreh den Alarmsystemen den Saft ab. Überwinde die Mauer zum Konzerngelände. Schleiche dich um die Wachposten herum. Finde und sichere den Prototypen. Verschwinde wieder, unbemerkt von den Rotordrohnen.

Ganz gleich, welche deine Geschichte ist: Du bist eine verleugbare Ressource der multinationalen Großkonzerne, operierst im kriminellen Untergrund und führst im Geheimen ihre Aufträge durch. Du bist ein Werkzeug, frei verfügbar, professionell und – letzten Endes – entbehrlich.

Der Sprawl ist ein Missions-basiertes Cyberpunk-Rollenspiel in einer dreckigen Zukunft in Neon und Chrom für einen Spielleiter und 2-4 Spieler.

  • Erschaffe deinen eigenen Sprawl, als Schauplatz zwischen neuester Technologie und zerbrechlicher Menschlichkeit
  • Spiele einen hartgesottenen Profi, gefangen zwischen ruchlosen Konzerninteressen und dem Leben auf der Strasse
  • Gewinne mal, verliere mal – und rechne ständig damit, über den Tisch gezogen zu werden

Es gibt tausende Geschichten im Sprawl. Welche ist deine?

Support zu diesem Spiel findet ihr auf unserer Homepage: pro-indie[dot]com: Downloads, Missionen und mehr!

Price: $19.95
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Mindscape Updates

Mind Jammer Press - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 13:11

If you haven’t had a look at our new Mindscape Updates column yet, now is a good time, because our second article will be appearing soon (on March the 1st). If you have any comments on the column (for good or ill), do drop us a comment, and if you think you have something to contribute, let us know!

Till March the 1st, happy reading.

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Zelart 063: Messenger Magpie

RPGNow - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:21
 Messenger MagpiePublisher: Postmortem Studios

A piece of stock art for you to use in your personal and professional projects, subject to the attached license. A small image of a crow or blackbird, suitable for spot-illustrations.

Price: $4.99
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Autoduel Quarterly #1/1

RPGNow - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 09:02
Autoduel Quarterly #1/1Publisher: Steve Jackson Games

This is the very first Autoduel Quarterly, the Car Wars magazine, published in March, 1983. It features "Convoy," a scenario by Steve Jackson and David Ladyman, plus Aaron Allston's look at Midville, OH, the home of the Sunday Drivers supplement. All that plus vehicle designs, new equipment courtesy of Uncle Albert, letters, columns, and rules answers in ADQ&A. Drive Offensively!

Price: $2.99
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Autoduel Quarterly #1/2

RPGNow - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 09:02
Autoduel Quarterly #1/2Publisher: Steve Jackson Games

Autoduel Quarterly is the official Car Wars magazine; Issue 1/2 was published in July, 1983. It features "Nightstrike," a complete scenario, plus Aaron Allston's look at Austin, TX, for the North American Road Atlas and Survival Guide. All that plus vehicle designs, new equipment courtesy of Uncle Albert, letters, columns, and rules answers in ADQ&A. Drive Offensively!

Price: $2.99
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Car Wars - Deluxe Edition

RPGNow - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 09:02
Car Wars - Deluxe EditionPublisher: Steve Jackson Games
On the Highways of the Future, the Biggest Gun Has the Right of Way!

Car Wars is the game of combat on the freeways of the not-too-distant future. Choose your vehicle – complete with armor, power plant, suspension, even body style – then take it out on the road. You'll come home an "ace" or you'll crash and burn. If you survive, your abilities will improve, and you can accumulate money to buy bigger and better cars. Advanced rules let you design your own cars, cycles, three-wheelers, vans, trucks, 18-wheel tractor-trailer rigs, buses, boats, hovercraft, even helicopters!

Car Wars – Deluxe Edition includes a 144-page rulebook, the Car Wars Compendium, for building, arming, and driving your own vehicles; full combat rules, including an introductory "quick start" version; and all the skills you need to create your own "autoduellist" character. Here are all the rules from the original Car Wars game and many of its supplements, edited and reorganized, plus sections on off-road travel, gas engines, jumping and falling, and more!

Car Wars – Deluxe Edition also gives you hundreds of full-color counters, a giant 32" × 42" map of the fortress town of Midville, a 21" × 32" map of a fortified truck stop of 2048, a 21" × 32" map of the Double Drum Arena, improved road sections (straight and curved), and two "turning keys" that make maneuvering easy.

Car Wars has been named to the "Ten Best Games of the Year" by Omni Magazine. It won the Origins Award for Best Science Fiction Game, and has several times made the Games Magazine "Games 100" list!

Price: $19.99
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Which RPG tools are the best?

Iron Crown Enterprises - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 08:33

Tabletop RPG ToolsOne of the best things about tabletop RPGs is the fact that anyone can play. All you need is a pen, paper and your imagination (well… at least one of you also needs to have the rulebook as well). However, there are a lot of tools on offer which can enhance or simplify game play without destroying the essence of role playing. With that in mind we thought we’d ask our fans and followers which tools they used and how effective they thought they were.
 
One thing that is interesting but probably unsurprising is how few people use electronic devices or aids in their gaming. While 65% of people used miniatures only 46% use word processors with even fewer using tablets (37%) and online tabletop platforms (35%). Perhaps people find the use of devices distracting or an unnecessary hassle given that long term players have grown up without any of these aids. It would perhaps have been interesting to have asked for respondents ages to see if younger players are more open / rely more heavily on electronic aids.
 
According to the survey results, the one tool that people should be using more often is graph paper. Only 47% of people said that they used graph paper and yet it ranked second in the list of most useful tools (with a score of 3.29 out of 5).
 
The greatest surprise for me was how often people try new RPG tools. I suspected that players and GMs would be very set in their ways and would rarely try new things. However, 26% of respondents said that they tried out new tools often or all the time and 44% said that they tried out new RPG tools ‘sometimes’.
 
We had some great responses to ‘what would your perfect RPG tool look like’ including “None. Pen and paper work just fine”, “A speech recognition combat helper” and “A system that records video and audio of all sessions, and uses that to create (in real-time / constantly) an interactive text document with all that happened, with easy search tools”.
 
Thanks to everyone who took part in the survey. If you’d like to give your opinion on the findings or to continue the discussion, please visit our forum.
 
Below are the results in full, do you agree? Are there any tools that you would like to see?
 
 
Which of the following do you use when playing tabletop RPGs?
 
Miniatures – 64.91%
Background music – 50.88%
Graph paper – 47.37%
Word processors – 45.61%
Dry erase boards – 45.61%
Tablets – 36.84%
Spreadsheets – 36.84%
Online tabletop platforms – 35.09%
Official e-support packages – 28.07%
Other apps – 28.07%
3rd party e-support – 19.30%
Sound effects – 17.54%
Forums – 12.28%
Projectors – 7.02%
 
How useful would you say the following tools are when playing tabletop RPGs?
 
Miniatures – 3.50
Graph paper – 3.29
Word processors – 3.16
Spreadsheets – 3.04
Dry erase boards – 3.00
Official e-support packages – 2.84
Tablets – 2.83
Background music – 2.81
Other apps – 2.73
Online tabletop platforms – 2.63
3rd party e-support – 2.40
Sound effects – 1.98
Projectors – 1.73
 
How often do you try new tools?
 
Never – 1.75%
Rarely – 28.07%
Sometimes – 43.86%
Often – 22.81%
All the time 3.51%
 
In a perfect world what tools would you like?
 
A computer based Campaign manager/combat tracker with searchable ruleset in one application
 
Something like Realm Works but with these added options: A game calendar where you can set the calendar up much like in Aeon Timeline, and an “individual” player reveal state. It would awesome if there was also an integrated VTT program like Mote or Maptools.
 
None. Pen and paper work just fine.
 
Rulesets for Fantasy Grounds is the big one. Also like art/maps to show the players. Everything else I can easily do with Excel/Word
 
Mobile apps for Character sheets
 
Software that allows .mp3 files to be accessed via assigned hot keys so background music and effects files can be played and mixed simultaneously. Software and/or spreadsheet that generates NPCs quickly would be great for random encounters that need a touch of detail
 
A well done master screen
 
A speech recognition combat helper!
 
Something like Fantasy Grounds, but with Realm works campaign management….
 
Combat tracking is still priority #1!
 
AI powered 3d visualisers that know what I mean, not what I say.
 
A system that records video and audio of all sessions, and uses that to create (in real-time / constantly) an interactive text document with all that happened, with easy search tools (who said what, which player requests to the GM are still pending, etc).
 
Table size tablet with a program for mapping, spreadsheets etc.
 
I would love to see the John dale rmfrp character sheet integrated with the roll 20 system.
 
A well thought out and designed character sheet. Most waste space with logos and dark background art.
 
I have seen someone use a Wii remote to recognize miniatures on the table and show movement ranges and area affects. Something like that would be great if I didn’t have to build it myself.

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Stock Art: Blackmon Skittermanders 7 Colors

RPGNow - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 06:59
 Blackmon Skittermanders 7 ColorsPublisher: Rogue Genius Games
BLUE, YELLOW, GREEN, ORANGE, PINK, PURPLE, AND WHITE!

SEVEN pieces in all

Quality artwork from RGG illustrator, Jacob E. Blackmon!

Color and black & white line drawing.

See preview for license.

Price: $2.95
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Small Wardens

RPGNow - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 04:02
Small WardensPublisher: Orcs Unlimited

     Right Unseen Wrongs!



     Take on the duties of a Warden, a secret agent critter tasked with helping those who cannot help themselves. Protect the citizens  of Sun City as a ninja rat, a detective gecko, or any other kind of creature of your creation in this Saturday Morning cartoon adventure!


    This tabletop RPG is fun for all ages! Create a thrilling adventure with your own original characters and dynamic twists!

Price: $2.99
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Escape From Danger Dungeon!

RPGNow - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 03:40
Escape From Danger Dungeon!Publisher: Joel Marler Games

Escape From Danger Dungeon, a co-operative board game based on the Tunnels and Trolls system. Can your band overcome the foes and traps which block its way? Can your band discover an exit before being buried alive? Can your band avoid squabbling over the loot? For only 25 USD (plus shipping), you can find out!

Includes:

- 36 large, double-sided combat and event dungeon tiles
- 36 large, double-sided item tiles
- Six large, double-sided rule and character tiles

Price: $0.00
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Distant Stars Ship Construction Spreadsheet Aid

RPGNow - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 01:56
Distant Stars Ship Construction Spreadsheet AidPublisher: Zephyr Table Games

This is a Excel Spread sheet aid for quickly constructing ships for the Distant Stars ship combat game.  You need the Distant Stars Ship construction and combat book game to understand the rules for construction ships.

Price: $1.99
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