Planetary Reign

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.

gfttxtlogoheadGame for Troops, a non-profit charity that sends games to the men and women of the US Armed Forces, has just received a sizable donation of games and is looking for soldiers to send them to. If you are actively serving in the US Armed Forces (at home or abroad) or you know someone who is, you can request a game by going here and filling out the form. The games are free and are shipped for free. They can even be shipped to APO/FPO addresses.

This sounds like an amazing service for our military folk, so spread the word and help Games for Troops get some games out to them!

R.A. Salvatore Launches Kickstarter for Solo Play RPG

R.A. Salvatore DemonWar- AllheartFantasy writer R.A. Salvatore, best known for his novels based on the Forgotten Realms campaign in Dungeons & Dragons, just launched a Kickstarter campaign for the first expansion to his popular DemonWars: Reformation tabletop role-playing game, which was successfully funded on Kickstarter last August.

The AllHeart campaign is designed specifically for small-group, or even solo play, which is something rarely heard of in the world of tabletop RPGs.

R.A. Salvatore and his band of merry game makers is seeking crowdfunding to get the game ready for mass production. You can back the campaign with a base pledge of $25 for a digital copy, or $45 for a hardback book, plus a digital copy.

The game will feature a random dungeon generator, which will allow a player to create and play through an entire dungeon without the need of a game master.

The jousting system will allow players to set up and play through tournaments by using their character as one of the jousters. If the game consists of you and a bunch of NPCs, the results are determined by a single die roll.

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The Fiefdom system allows the player to manage a small village, growing it into a full-fledged city.

These systems can be played as a stand-alone mini game, or incorporated into a DemonWars campaign. Players will need the DemonWars: Reformation Core Rule Book, or the DemonWars Basic Rule Book in order to play this expansion game.

Shipping is expected in November of 2015.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesMonte Cook Games is running a Recursion Design Contest for The Strange RPG. I’m not sure what a recursion is but the winner will have his published in an upcoming book, and get a $25 gift certificate to the company store.

iSlaytheDragon is giving away Hyperborea and other games to four winners.

Save 60% on all Troll Lord Games ebooks at DriveThruRPG.

For free shipping on all parts and accessories from, use coupon code “REFILLS25″.

Babyhaven is giving away Bean Boozled, the Jelly Belly spinner game.

Mama to 5 Blessings is giving away Feed the Woozle from Peaceable Kingdom.

Second Look—Kromore Roleplaying Game

Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.I don’t know if it’s a Kickstarter curse, or not, but this is the second roleplaying game coming off a successful Kickstarter project that just felt a bit too rushed. While Kromore’s world and mechanics are much, much better than my previously reviewed Traveller 5, the spelling and grammatical errors in the book were jarring. More than a few times I’d get in a good groove reading only to be halted by the how something was written, or by some other error. The first paragraph of the rules was enough to make me have to read it several times over to make sure it wasn’t just my eyes playing tricks on me.

RGK0001 altThat being said, the book impressed me in may ways. The world of Kromore, the characters, mechanics, art, and “completeness” of the book make me think that a bit more editing of the content would have made this system shoot out of the gate like a rocket. That magic system alone is worth the cost of the book.

The mish-mash of content in the book may turn off some readers, but I kind of liked all the options provided within. It brought me a certain sense of nostalgia, and it’s one I can certainly see running a campaign in.

Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters Battle for FaerunLate but not lost, WizKids plans to begin shipping next month Battle for Faerun, the first set of the Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters line. Starter Sets will retail for $20 and include 44 dice, 38 cards, and two dice bags. There will also be $1 Foil Packs, with two dice and two cards each.

Battle for Faerun will include such iconic D&D monsters as dragons, beholders, stirges, and gelatinous cubes, plus of course, character dice in various classes, and even NPC dice (which have no levels or special powers).

D&D Elemental EvilWizards of the Coast announced the latest Dungeons & Dragons storyline, Elemental Evil, which includes offerings across multiple project lines. The Elemental Evil storyline begins in March with a free download for the tabletop roleplaying game that includes new races and the player content for Princes of the Apocalypse, an epic adventure for characters levels 1-15. The storyline continues in a season of play with the D&D Adventurers League, WotC’s organized play program.

In addition to the tabletop RPG, Wizards of the Coast and WizKids Games will also release a Temple of Elemental Evil boardgame on April 30th (MSRP $64.99), compatable with the Adventure System boardgames The Legend of Drizzt and Castle Ravenloft. WizKids will also produce pre-painted collectable miniatures for the Icons of the Realms line. Miniatures that tie into the Princes of the Apocalypse product and an Elemental Evil-themed Dungeon Master’s screen will be coming from Gale Force Nine in March.

Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment’s D&D MMORPG, Neverwinter, will also have a new module added that adds a Paladin class and increases the level cap from 60 to 70 with an Elemental Evil storyline that will “compliment the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons tabletop adventure, Princes of the Apocalypse.”

Elemental Evil is loosely based upon TSR’s 1979 and 1985 adventure modules The Village of Hommlet and The Temple of Elemental Evil. While the TSR products featured a single temple for heroic adventurers to cleanse and destroy, the Princes of the Apocalypse adventure features “four corrupt prophets …[calling] a cadre of cultists and creatures to serve them in the construction of four elemental temples of lethal design.” The Princes of the Apocalypse adventure has an MSRP of $49.95 and will be released on April 7th.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesThrough the 22nd, one of the books, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff, in McDonald’s Happy Meals includes a small board game.

A giant-sized garden Chess set is on-sale at Amazon for 54% off.

Some other game deals on Amazon:

A collection of the two Dungeons & Dragons movies is available at Amazon for $10.15 in Blu-ray format, $8.35 in DVD. As cheap as that is, I still wouldn’t waste my money. A better bet is the complete Dungeons & Dragons Animated Series for $9.28 on DVD.

Adamant Entertainment’s Pathfinder RPG supplements are 50% off at DriveThruRPG.

Get 50% off Triple Ace Games’ swashbuckling All For One RPG products.

Geek & Sundry is giving away Stone Age from Z-Man Games.

Father Geek is giving away Last Starfleet from Wicked Grin Games.

Name The Cardboard Republic’s imagined chili recipe for a chance to win Scoville from Tasty Minstrel Games.

Specialty Toys Network is giving away The Presidential Game.

Tabby’s Pantry is giving away two games, Trouble and Aggravation, from Winning Moves.

The Care and Feeding of Nerds is giving away XCOM: The Board Game from Fantasy Flight Games.

Dragon issue 364Wizards of the Coast has started posting Dragon and Dungeon magazines for sale in the webstore. So far, just two Dragons and four Dungeons have been posted (at $5 each) and all are from the era of 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons.

I only wish we could get reprints from the 1st edition period. I can’t believe I threw mine out!

TaleBlazerTaleBlazer is a software platform for the development of alternate reality games at museums, zoos, nature centers, living-history sites, and other educational institutions. Created by MIT’s Scheller Teacher Education Program, TaleBlazer allows such organizations to develop sophisticated location-based games using a simple browser-based scripting system.

TaleBlazer games can run on either iOS or Android devices and allow visitors to interact with virtual characters and objects triggered by their real-world locations.

At the Columbus Zoo, for example, one game has players acting as journalists studying global climate change, while with another players take on the role of detectives investigating a crime involving illegal wildlife trade.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesAimed at encouraging people to try new games, DriveThruRPG’s New Year New Games sale includes more than 200 individual products at 15%, as well as special bundles for Dragon Age, Valiant, Firefly, The One Ring, The Strange, and several more at 50-75% off.

Syrinscape is collecting sounds for its upcoming SoundSet Creator product. Whoever contributes a sound will get the Peasants Revolt sound set for free.

Use this coupon to get an additional 20% off Toys “R” Us clearance items in-store.

When checking in at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, turn over all electronic devices to qualify for the Family Digital Detox Package and receive board games and playing cards.

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