Hello, fellow Portalites!
Have a look at what I’ve found for you! We have .. well, the usual mixed bag, really. Studio Foglio has their latest Girl Genius book out, there’s a board game for the DC crowd, and anyone else who does the superhero genre, and for our 5e gamers – and anyone who needed an excuse – Frog God Games is working on a version of Rappan Athuk for fifth edition.
It seems like a lot, but there’s always more out there, and if you think I’ve missed something, please feel free to mention it, here or on the boards.
Studio Foglio Presents: GG 17, Kings and Wizards
Yup. They’re that fast. For the curious, most of the physical rewards for the last book kickstarter have been shipped, or are shipping; the last of mine has come in, and they were worth the wait.
However! The high quality we know and love is a thing that is! Take a look; and if you haven’t been exposed to the hilarity that is Girl Genius, you should totally hike over to their website, get caught up and then invest in this latest book.
There are usually addons, including stickers, patches and all sorts of other things. I’ve been collecting their patches and charms, and lemme tell you, they’re gorgeous. The medals are also very nice, if a tad trickier to show off. They do have the stickers up already, and I love their travel stickers myself. If that’s not your thing, well … there’s always the book.
Monolith Board Games LLC Presents: Batman (TM): Gotham City Chronicles.
This is kind of a monster. Normally, I wouldn’t point you guys at something with this kind of price ticket, but I know there are some of you out there who play games like Mutants and Masteminds, and other modern-day superhero-centric type settings or systems live, and need miniatures for them.
Also, I suspect a number of fans of the Batman universe who might be tempted by this.
The game itself I can’t speak for; it may be very good, or it may not, but just for the miniatures, this looks like a decent bargain (okay, not /that/ decent… but for specifics, not bad, either). Also, this is a /Kickstarter Exclusive/, which means it won’t be available via regular retail later, something for everyone to bear in mind.
But some of the sculpts look good- I’d be tempted if I could grab a few of them just by themselves; the Man-bat, and perhaps Scarecrow, just for example.
Frog God Games Presents: Rappan Athuk Reborn for 5e.
Anybody remember Rappan Athuk? Just me? Right, well, maybe this will jump-start your memory or whet your appetite; “Once upon a time, there was an idea—an idea formulated by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974 and published in a little paperback book called Underworld Adventures. The idea was simple: it is a lot of fun to go into a dungeon and kill evil monsters. Why is the dungeon there? No one knows. Why do the monsters usually fight rather than talk? We aren’t really sure. Why are there 16 trolls in a cave with a jug of alchemy? No one cares. What do all the monsters eat? We don’t know that either (although “adventurer” probably tops the list). And we don’t have to know these things. This isn’t an ecology experiment, it’s a dungeon—the quintessential setting for pure swords and sorcery adventuring.
This adventure pays homage to that original idea. True, there are opportunities for role playing, but most of this module is dedicated to “roll playing.” Hopefully, while exploring the halls of Rappan Athuk, you will recall the thrill of discovery, the terror in your heart when you fought your first skeleton, the joy of rolling your first natural 20, and the despair you felt when that 1 came up for your poison save. This module, Rappan Athuk—The Dungeon of Graves, is nothing more and nothing less than a good, old–fashioned, First Edition dungeon crawl updated for the 5th Edition Roleplaying Game. Very difficult, it should strike fear into the hearts of the most stalwart adventurers. It offers an abundance of traps, tricks, and monsters. We hope that you find this module as fun and exciting as those thousands of players who have ventured into (and not as often out of) the endless caverns and mazes of Rappan Athuk—The Dungeon of Graves. Rappan Athuk is a difficult dungeon. Even the upper dungeon levels should not be attempted by a party of less than six mid-level characters.
Only truly veteran players should attempt this dungeon with lower level characters. In light of this, we added the satellite dungeons, including Bill’s very first work (from 1977), Tunnels of Terror! This 9-area dungeon was used as the introduction to his campaign and led his players to Rappan Athuk through play.“
… Or, in other words, this is sort of like the World’s Biggest Dungeon. Sometimes, you just need a little bit of nonsensical, mindless dungeon crawl. Dig in! throw the bones! Collect the goodies and the experience, and enjoy a little nostalgia while you’re at it.