RPGs are role-playing games, where components are usually dice and rulebooks, games are typically open ended, and story and playacting often take a large role.


Sentinels of the Multiverse: BeaconAfter briefly mentioning it in a Gen Con 2015 plans post, Greater Than Games officially announced a roleplaying game based on their popular Sentinels of the Multiverse setting. Cam Banks, Dave Chalker, and Philippe-Antoine Ménard of Critical Hits Studio will be designing the Sentinel Comics superhero roleplaying game. The last superhero game they developed, the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying game, was well-received by the gaming community. Sentinel Comics RPG will be using a completely new system developed for the game.

Demos for the Sentinel Comics RPG will be held at Gen Con 2015. A Kickstarter campaign for the game will begin in “early 2016″. Greater Than Games expects the core rulebook to sell for $40-50 with a “starter box” for $20 and an unknown number of supplements.

The demos at Gen Con are currently sold out, but Christopher Badell stated that opening up more demo opportunities at the convention is really “a matter of having people to run demos and time to run them. If we do [add more demos], we’ll post about them on the front page [of the GTG website], but that won’t be until a bit closer to Gen Con.”

Dave Chalker explains the design process. What will be shown at Gen Con will showcase the system’s fundamentals, he writes, along with making “the characters from the core Sentinels set playable, along with some villains, environments, and plots.” After Gen Con, the designers will develop the basics showcased at the convention into a full game. “We have started on all of that with our current ruleset, but it’s not quite fully developed enough to go indepth with yet. We want to get the rules into wider hands first to make the system it can be before we build other systems on top of it.”

Dave Chalker also writes that “The Sentinels Comics RPG takes cues from a variety of influences, including Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, Fate, Apocalypse World, FUDGE, 13th Age, and years of collecting comic books. It will be its own unique system for superhero action, comic book stories, villainous plots, and cybernetic velociraptors.”

This article was edited to add additional comments from Dave Chalker and Christopher Badell.

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesEnter the Toys “R” Us sweepstakes for a Star Wars Midnight Madness VIP Shopping Spree. The grand prize includes travel to and accommodations for four in New York City, exclusive first access to The Force Awakens toys, and a $1,000 Toys “R” Us gift card.

Get 20% off anything from Rebel Minis with coupon code “Spring15″.

In honor of the release of the new Mad Max movie, Pinnacle Entertainment is offering a Mad Max Hell on Earth Bundle. As far as I know, there’s no license arrangement. But still it’s a nice deal for the Deadlands-derived Savage Worlds setting.

For 60% off the Club Player’s Manifesto (video lessons for the intermediate rated Chess player), plus free additional videos from the Empire Chess series, use coupon code “MANIFESTO60″ at OnlineChessLessons.net.

To celebrate shipping its 50,000 package, The Army Painter is offering a Warpaint MEGA Bundle Deal: 42 color Mega Paint Set, 15 Zombicide Warpaints, and 12 brushes for 30% off.

Deliciously Savvy is giving away a package of three games from Winning Moves. So is Sweet Cheeks Adventures.

Get 5% off Basketball Guys from Kaskey Kids with coupon code “NBA2015″.

There is currently a 10% off coupon on Amazon for Flags of the World from Tactic Games.

Mama Smith’s Review Blog is giving away Three Little Piggies from Smart Games.

Sweeps4Bloggers is giving away Jenga Giant.

GoB-Tabletop-Rescue-FrontpageGames of Berkeley, a game store out of Berkeley, California, is running a really cool contest. The Games of Berkeley Tabletop Rescue will help you replace the missing/damaged pieces of one of your games. All you need to do is submit a picture and description of your game and what needs rescuing. If chosen, you’ll be sent what you need to make your game whole!

To enter:

  • Send them a picture of your game collection on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Google+.
  • Tell them what you’re missing
  • Use #GoB35 and #GoBTableTopRescue in your post.

The nominees for the 2015 Spiel des Jahres award have been announced!

Logo SdJ nominiert The Nominees for the Spiel des Jahres 2015:
Colt Express, Machi Koro, The Game.
Logo KiSdJ nominiert The Nominees for the Kinderspiel des Jahres 2015:
Push a Monster, Schatz-Rabatz, Spinderella.
Logo KeSdJ nominiert The Nominees for the Kennerspiel des Jahres 2015:
Broom Service, Elysium, Orléans.

Congratulations to all the nominees. Anyone care to start making predictions on the winners?

Sentinels of the Multiverse RPG

Iron LegacyGreater Than Games slipped in an announcement for a Sentinels of the Multiverse roleplaying game in a large post about the company’s Gen Con plans. The company, primarily known for the Sentinels property, will have demos of the roleplaying game “a few times” during Gen Con 2015. The Sentinels game is described as an “upcoming RPG”. Players attending a scheduled two-hour demo of the RPG also receive a $2 coupon good at the GTG booth (2143).

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Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesFor the month of May, DriveThruRPG is holding a sale on science fiction. Many products in that genre are 15% off.

Greater than Games is running a game design contest, specifically for dexterity games. The winner will receive $250, a designer table at an Unpub playtest conference, and possibly a publishing contract.

Up for auction at Bonhams in June:

Purchase the Thrilling Tales Pulp Bundle at 25% off and get a link to purchasing the Thrilling Tales Adventure Deck also for 25% off.

Download a free 3 hour video Chess lesson, “The Most Aggressive Attacks in History”.

ModCubeModCubes are dice-like accessories with exchangeable faces. They’ll ship with symbols for use as marker tokens in Star Wars X-Wing, Warhammer 40,000, and Corvus Belli.

Coup Rebellion G54 has the same basic play as Indie Boards & Cards’ original bluffing game, Coup. This one, however, comes with 25 new characters.

From the designer of Escape and publisher, Evolving Games, is Automania, a Euro-style strategy game about building cars. Workers are placed to build out a player’s factories. Then cars of various types are assembled and shipped out, with income earned based on the popularity of their features.

Steampunkish space battles are the subject of Clockwork Armada. Plus miniature ships, one faction of which has wings!

Clockwork Armada

Planet Mercenary is a Schlock Mercenary roleplaying game, which is probably all I need to say about that.

And then there’s Fast & Furious: Full Throttle, a board game based on the movie series. Obviously, it’s a racing game. Movement is governed by the play of gear cards. Before each game, though, players select sets of upgrades, each of which allows a car a specific type of special move once during a race.

D&D: Rage of Demons

What’s the biggest, baddest dungeon in Dungeons & Dragons? I’d have to go with the Underdark, the cavernous maze that spans an entire game world. This world under the world is the setting for Wizards of the Coast’s next storyline, Rage of Demons.

And yes, there’s a Drizzt.

Rage of Demons cover

(See?)

The main concept behind the new storyline involves a demonic invasion of the Underdark with adventurers traveling “with the iconic hero Drizzt Do’Urden”. Like the previous storylines, Rage of Demons will be told through the tabletop roleplaying game and electronic (PC and Xbox One) games. The Neverwinter: Underdark expansion for the Neverwinter MMO will be released in 2015 (with the Xbox version coming after the PC version) while the Out of the Abyss adventure for D&D 5th Edition is scheduled for the fall. Partner companies WizKids, who have developed games for the D&D line; Gale Force Nine, who did the DM Screens for the earlier storyline adventures; and Smiteworks, who have developed Fantasy Grounds, a virtual tabletop product supporting D&D, are all on board for Rage of Demons.

Earlier storylines had their tabletop campaigns developed by third-party companies: Tyranny of Dragons’ Hoard of the Dragon Queen and Rise of Tiamat were developed by Wolfgang Bauer’s Kobold Press while Elemental Evil’s Princes of the Apocalypse was developed by Rich Baker’s Sasquatch Game Studio. Out of Abyss will be developed by Green Ronin, who have previously done the Dragon Age RPG, A Song of Ice and Fire RPG, the Freeport setting for D&D 3.5 (and Paizo’s Pathfinder game), among others. Out of the Abyss will be a single volume book, like Princes of the Apocalypse.

Star Wars Force and DestinyFantasy Flight Games has been working on a new story for the Star Wars role-playing universe. Force and Destiny takes place decades after Vader and Emperor Palpatine overthrew the Jedi Order and committed genocide on every Jedi they could find.

Players take on the role of a Force sensitive that is either a survivor of the slaughter, or a Younling that never even knew the Order existed. You may be able to use the Force to protect weaker planets, or rise to prominence in the Rebel Alliance.

The Core Rulebook will include the “Lessons from the Past” adventure, which sends players to search the wreckage of a lost Jedi starship that might still contain precious artifacts.

The Beginner Game, which includes an Adventure Book, Rulebook, character folios, a foldout map, custom dice, and destiny and character tokens, costs $30 and will be available soon at your local game shop.

The Core Rulebook, which includes comprehensive detailed information on the gameplay, including race, class, politics, galactic geography, Jedi and Sith Orders, starships, weapons, and the “Lessons from the Past” adventure, costs $60 and is scheduled to launch later this month.

The Game Masters Kit, which includes a GM screen, supplemental information, and a complete stand-alone adventure is scheduled to launch in May, but is still in the development stages at the time of this writing.

Three Adversary Decks, Citizens of the Galaxy, Imperials and Rebels, and Scum and Villainy, which each come with 20 cards representing various NPCs to extend your gaming options, cost $7 and are already available in stores.

There is also a Star Wars Dice App, which is compatible with X-Wing Miniatures Game and all Fantasy Flight Games Star Wars role-playing games, available for iOS and Android for $4.99.

Let’s say you have a 3D printer and you like Dungeons & Dragons. You start creating your own 3D models of monsters featured in the Monster Manual, showcase them on reddit/r/dnd, and share the files with others on Thingiverse, a 3D printing community. And then Wizards of the Coast files a Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice, making Thingiverse remove those files.

If you’re a Reddit user going by the username mz4250, this might sound familiar.

Before the DMCA notice, mz4250 created several miniatures inspired by creatures found in various Monster Manuals, and promoted images of them in threads titled “3D Printing the Monster Manual“. Goofy images like the Dread Gazebo appeared alongside basic monsters like the Shrieker, Displacer Beast, and Demons in his imgur albums for weeks. Then the DMCA notice came and his 3D files were removed.

Initially thinking the issue came from basing the designs on WotC’s artwork and despairing that his work might not be legally available again, he contacted WotC to see what could be done. To his surprise, Wizards “want me to continue modeling and printing their monsters” and to make his modeling files available. But because Hasbro, which owns WotC, has an agreement with Shapeways, another 3D printing community, to host and print fan art, they needed the files to be hosted there. “WOTC has pleasantly surprised me this week,” he writes. “I’m happy they were pretty reasonable in the end.”

So a happy ending for mz4250, as he gets to continue sharing 3D models (at Shapeways.com/designer/mz4250) and developing more. He posts more of his work in the D&D subreddit at reddit.com/r/dnd.

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