Arkham Horror has long been one of the go-to board games for my gaming group. It's popularity has waxed and waned, usually seeing resurgences when new people join the group and the experience Fantasy Flight's epic game of eldritch horror and fiddly bits for the first time.
This month's RPG Blog Carnival topic is "Transitions", and it's particularly appropriate for my group in 2014.
One of our players just took a job out of state and another welcomed his third child into the world. We've just started a Savage Worlds playtest, which might lead to our first non-d20 campaign ... ever. Dungeons & Drgaons 5th Edition is looming over August, and I expect we'll at least do a playtest once it's released.
The long-awaited Science Fiction Companion for Savage Worlds and an updated version of the Superpowers Companion are now available for purchase as PDFs, and pre-order for the print editions.
I've wanted to run a pulp weird RPG campaign ever since Chaosium announced their ill-fated Pulp Cthulhu: Reckless Adventures in the 1930s source book back around 2000. It was supposed to be a d20-statted sourcebook for Wizards of the Coast's Call of Cthulhu d20, and it seemed like a natural fit for my Dungeons & Dragons and Call of Cthulhu loving group.
We finished our second game of Numenera with our first character death. Talos, an Intelligent Nano Who Employs Magnetism, died at the tentacles of an alien horror while exploring a subterranean ruin. The survivors of the expedition, Deegan (a Stealthy Jack Who Commands Mental Powers) and my character, the Scorn of Dread Nazaar (a Stealthy Nano Who Exists Partially Out of Phase), did their best to fend off the beast, but when Talos fell, they fled to the surface.
One of the things I love most about the iPad is how many board games have made it to the iOS platform. Classics like Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, and Settlers of Catan blazed the trail, but now we're seeing another wave of releases with games like Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy and Lords of Waterdeep. Here are some of the games I've come across recently, but I'm always looking for more. Add your own as a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The kickstarter for Green Ronin's Advanced Bestiary is in its final hours. The book, a creature compendium for the Pathfinder RPG, is funded with 901 backers and $41,000 (easily beating its goal of $20,000).
Star Wars is about conflict. From the Mandalorian Wars to the Rebellion to the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, war defines each era, and the characters roles within in them. Galaxy at War is a Star Wars: Saga Edition source book that puts players on the frontlines of these wars, offering new warlike (or wartorn) species, feats and talents, a martial arts prestige class and an arsenal new weapons and vehicles.
I've played through the first Numenra adventure as a player with my Sunday group, and we've just launched into our second full-blown adventure. Meanwhile I'm prepping to run the same introductory adventure for my lunchtime group. I've played Numenera enough to know I like it ... but I don't love it.