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Nov 24 2014

Around the Bar #2

Hey folks. Back again with the second installment of around the bar. A place where you can find some of the more happening things going on in the world of RPGs. First up is the Numenera Box set from Monte Cook Games. This gorgeous looking box set comes with four soft cover books which hold all the games material, some character sheets, a poster map, and a character creation guide sheet. There’s an even more deluxe version of this box set but if you want all the nitty gritty details you can check out the article here or just go over to the kickstarter here.

Over at Kobold Press there’s a new supplement for 13th Age called Deep Magic which contains:

  • 555 wizard spells ranging from clever tricks to summoning the World Serpent itself to wreak havoc
  • 4 new class talents that put wizard spells within the grasp of every class—play an arcane ranger, a spirit-calling barbarian, a time-warping commander, or face-stealing trickster druid
  • 30 new schools of magic including the Cult of Ouroboros, the Red Inquisition, and the Scholars of Dust, with guidelines for creating your own magical tradition
  • 5 magical campaign options: post-apocalyptic vril magic, the mysteries of the ley lines, a class-warfare arcanopunk campaign option, and more!

To check out more about this book click on the link here.

Let’s jump back a sec to Monte Cook Games. Yes, yes. I know I already talked about them but a bit of out of orderness can be Strange and since that’s what I’m bringing up next I figured it’d be appropriate. So the Strange is the second cypher system game from MCG and their Strange Bestiary just came out along with the Strange Creature Deck, a deck of cards with all of the monsters relevant and some flavorful text on it including the art. You can check those out or pick them up using the previous links.
Next up is something I’ve been sort of keeping an eye out for because I think it’s just that cool. Sinister is a Post Apocalyptic Monster Battle RPG. If that doesn’t make too much sense I get the feeling it’s Fallout mashed up with Pokemon. If that peaks your interest as much as it did mine then you can pick up the playtest docs and read a bit more about Sinister here.

The rest of the stuff I got is all Kickstarter.

The Dracula Dossier is still tearing through stretch goals and I will have an interview up about this project with the master of horror himself, Kenneth Hite, very soon. In the mean time go and check out this improvisational campaign for Nights Black Agents if you haven’t already. What do I mean by improvisational? I mean the 280+ page directors handbook will give you all the tools you need to facilitate a group of burnt spies trying to deal with Dracula since the British governments three previous attempts to deal with the Iconic vampire didn’t go so well. Did I mention there is also a really cool new version of the classic novel with this called Dracula Unredacted. Stokers original was actually the redacted after action report of the first attempt to utilize Dracula as a British military asset. Dracula Unredacted tells the whole truth. If that doesn’t get your blood dripping and fangs protruding I don’t know what will. Check it out here.

Shotguns & Sorcery is something I mentioned last week but in but here’s a bit more about this fantasy noir campaign setting powered by the cypher system.

 
Shotguns & Sorcery is set in Dragon City, a grim and gritty fantasy metropolis built on top of and inside of a walled-off mountain and ruled over by the Dragon Emperor. Legions of zombies scratch at the cut stones of the Great Circle every hour of the night, trying to tear the wall down for their mysterious necromantic commander, the Ruler of the Dead.
 
Inside the wall, the people work and scheme to find an edge and get ahead on the city’s dark alleys and magically lit streets. The green-skinned folk squat down in Goblintown, stacked right up against the wall, where they can hear the constant moaning of the dead all night long. Above them, the rest of the survivors live in neighborhoods of their own, each stratified by their longevity and social standing, which make for the kind of barriers no hack on an enchanted carpet can fly you past.
 
Robbing the ruins that lay outside the Great Circle is illegal, but it’s the best way for people with questionable talents with rune-laced shotguns to keep the gold flowing. And most days it beats selling dragon essence to the addicts who use it to fuel their magics, or hiring out as muscle for the dwarven gangs. As long as you keep your nose clean and give a wide berth to the Imperial Guard, there’s a fortune to be made in Dragon City.
 
Just hope you live long enough to enjoy it.

If you’re diggin on that then click on this link and check out the rest of the kickstarter.

If new isn’t your thing then there’s always a classic around somewhere and there’s not much out there more classic than Paranoia and friend computer. That’s right, the new version of Paranoia is still kickstarting and crushing it. If you want to get in on all the Ultravoilet ROY-G-BIV goodness then you should get on over to the site and buddy on up with friend computer with your pledge. Your clones will appreciate it. I promise. The computer told me so. What. Wait. You told me to say that. Oh no. I’m not a communist traitor. Don’t…

EVERYTHING IS FINE. FRIEND COMPUTER IS HERE TO FINISH THIS REPORT BUT DO NOT WORRY. CHRISTOPHER THREE WILL BE HERE FOR AROUND THE BAR NUMBER THREE. PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK TO ENJOY MY KICKSTARTER

TO FINISH UP AROUND THE BAR NUMBER TWO WE WILL SPEAK ABOUT THE COMPUTERS GOOD FRIEND JONATHAN WICK AND HIS KICKSTARTER FOR PLAY DIRTY 2: PLAY DIRTIER. CHRISTOPER TWO HAD INFORMED ME BEFORE HIS DEMISE THAT HE VERY MUCH ENJOYED THE FIRST PLAY DIRTY AND THE SECOND ONE CAN BE ONLY BETTER. ASIDE FROM HIS TRAITOROUS SIDE HE IS WELL INFORMED ON GAMING AND I WOULD TAKE HIS ADVICE TO CHECK OUT THE PLAY DIRTY 2 KICKSTARTER HERE. THAT IS ALL NOW CITIZEN. YOU MAY GO ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS AND REMEMBER, FRIEND COMPUTER LOVES YOU AND HOPES YOU CONSUME VAST AMOUNTS OF TURKEY AND OTHER DELICIOUS CARBOHYDRATES ON THE COMING DAY OF THANKSGIVING.

FRIEND COMPUTER SIGNING OFF.

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