Friday, 27 February 2015

$20 for so many games - RPC's GM Memorial Fund Charity Bundle

An astonishing number of RPG and tabletop titles are being made available for $20, organised by Aaron Huss of Roleplayers Chronicle to raise money in support of a bereaved family and memory of their, by all accounts, beautiful, 5 year old daughter who died suddenly and tragically.

-Until mid-March 2015.

A very moving tribute / Persephonee's story

I'll be honest and say it's heart warming to know of so many generous, caring gamers and publishers, so willing to donate titles and buy products for causes such as this and at such short notice. Awesomeness. RPGers rule!

Friday, 13 February 2015

Dungeons & Dragons Anniversary Sale

Ye Gods.  PDF Sales, D&D products, old and somewhat newer, reduced on DTRPG! 
(Affiliate Link)
(Until 22 Feb 2015)

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Adventures in the East Mark PDF on DTRPG $10 usd

Adventures in the East Mark for nine dollars ninety-nine cents.
I was about to write something shockingly jaded about seasonal sales when it comes to RPG PDFs: a world in which there is no piles of virtual stock in a warehouse that need to be shifted; and that since Halloween last year every publisher and his dice wielding dog have been blathering non-stop about percentage reductions for their online files; and perhaps cynically I'd sneak in my affiliate and associate links, making me something of a hypocrite by supporting the pre-Apocalyptic Happy-Holidays-New-Year-Brown-Thursday sale of rulebook and adventure data direct to your paypal-machine or tablet before it all goes pop in the Valentines-Easter-Spring-Is-Coming Sale... ;) but then I got distracted by ... THIS!

(Foolish, yet ambitious, low level hero takes on Dragon in high quality homage to D&D red box)
Aventuras en La Marca del Este

It's like BECMI/BX D&D and you love it.  You know you do.
Perhaps this is how we finally get the kids hooked...
The DM's Screen.

Nine classes ... and in colour!
Wait a sec,
I was expecting four classes plus demi-humans.
(reads ...)
.... Cleric, Dwarf, Elf, Explorer, Halfling,
Mage, Paladin, Thief and Warrior... 

Paladin - you may enter. 
"Explorer"? Who-He?
(reads on ...)
"These adventurers become specialized in wilderness survival
and are expert trackers."

A type of ranger, naturally...
The 1eAD&DsqueezedintoBasic cosmic order is restored!

Half of a very cool map.
Don't panic - you can see this in full in the
PayWhatYouWant Quick Start Rules
I paid $2 btw. I know, I know...
but if they wanted to give it away for free,
surely they would have listed it as
"Free to download"?

Beautiful on the screen,
and okay, even in black and white it may be a little tough on a home printer,
but I am seriously considering trying to get a boxed set, because... just look at it!

You had me at "candle skull"...
(from the b/w pdf)
And that must be the "homebrew" depicted (see below)

Away with your typewriter fonts and black and white historical stock art - here's an OSR D&D retro-clone (with tweaks) with high production values !  Naturally, I haven't read all of the rules yet because my mind is still being melted/blown/singed by the visuals!  (Insert list of talented artists here...)

The Spanish game “Aventuras en La Marca del Este” began from the mind of Pedro Gil as a homebrew campaign for some friends in Spain playing the world’s most famous game as devised in Frank Mentzer’s (BECMI) Red Box with 9 starter classes and new rules on mounted combat, aerial combat, seafaring and ship battles. Now, many years later, it is one of the most popular role-playing games in Spain. By enlisting incredible artists that are now rising stars in the RPG industry such as A.J. Manzanedo, Jorge Carrero and Víctor Guerra, the “La Marca” team produced an incredibly captivating “retroclone” role-playing game that is an old school experience wrapped in old world flare. The game is published in Spain by Holocubierta Ediciones.

  Supported by Kickstarter, this is the first ever English edition of the game, now called “Adventures in the East Mark”. This Basic Rule Set has everything that you need to play a game with the deep traditions of the original fantasy roleplaying game and imbibe it with an authentic European flavor.

To summarise, adapted from 1980s D&D, but with super high production values, Adventures in the East Mark Basic Rule Set (Red Box) is available as a bargain price PDF (currently) on DriveThruRPG
Physical hard copies in real boxes (in a real warehouse) available from: 

Extra-Dimensional Publishing

Monday, 17 November 2014

Bargains for grown-ups

Until 20th November the Teach Your Kids to Game Week sale is on at DriveThruRPG and RPGNow.
This is a good chance pick up Numenera, Dragon Warriors and Mouse Guard at half price. I can never scroll past Bean D2 without a grin.

Cheap and trending is the Hero Kids range covering many genres and tropes.

Although they are not in the sale itself, as the price is already reduced, I think my own Inked Adventures Blocks would be fun to assemble with children - it's cube-based paper-crafting, simple enough for parents and uncles with large thumbs.  (Inked Adventures main site)

It's certainly worth trawling the free product lists if you're looking for one-off pieces for gaming session with children, especially when it comes to free samples of tiles, character sheets, introductory rules.  Cutting out simpler tiles and drawing plans or maps is great way to explore art, imagination and maybe a little maths with the young 'uns (or so I am told, because it's been a while since I've kidnapped friends' children...) 

The OBS sites seem to be doing a lot of themed sales these days as well as the seasonal ones. I'm fighting a personal sense of jadedness, much like that which I associate with the push-push-push last-chance-to-pledge Kickstarters. So as a shopper and affiliate I am trying to see beyond my own banner fatigue and just root out the types of PDFs I would normally buy.

Publishers have embraced the Pay-What-You-Want category with gusto, but upon closer inspection on DriveThru, I'm finding that on the descriptions many of those titles are intended as "free".  I suspect some publishers who would normally be submitting a product to the Free category are submitting products to this new category as a way of maximising time on the front page. A while back publishers, including myself were asked by the owners of the OBS sites to refrain from one-dollar-app style marketing, because of the transaction costs incurred by the sites. Does donation culture really work in this context?

Eep.  I must go. My partner's cat needs some attention.  Why is there not a "Teach Cats to Game Week"?   ;)