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I thought of this today - unfortunately I wrote the game setting, the automata part of Forgotten Futures IX, in 2003 and it's a bit late to retro-fit it, especially since the name of an automaton there contradicts it. Maybe someone else can use it for a steampunk book or something, if someone hasn't got there first:

Historically the budget for the first British military steam automata was slipped past the Treasury as purchase of "improved mobile tea urns for field use." When the cost passed £2000 questions were asked in Parliament, and a committee of MPs visited the factory to investigate. The prototype automaton was hastily fitted with a hot water spigot and a punched disk of instructions for making tea. The MPs were delighted and actually suggested that it might be a good idea to teach them to fire guns too, for emergencies.

This incident led to two traditions:
  • All British military automata are built to make tea, if only by having a small electrically-heated pot built in somewhere.
  • British soldiers (and those of many other nations) refer to automata as "urns," "samovars," or the equivalent. Popular automata are often nicknamed "Ernie" in Britain.

Unfortunately the main military automaton in my game was specifically called "Automaton Atkins," Tommy to his squad, so it really doesn't fit in terribly well. But if someone else wants to use this please feel free - some credit would be nice though!



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The White Dwarf stuff has been taken down, apparently because I told Games Workshop and they went corporate on their asses. A shame, in a way, but this material still belongs to GW or individual creators, and some has been recycled in other products from other publishers. Putting it on line could impact sales or make it more difficult to do this.
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Loren Wiseman, co-founder of Game Designers Workshop and one of the developers of the SF RPG Traveller and Space 1889, and the near-future RPG Twilight 2000, apparently died on Wednesday.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loren_Wiseman

update - apparently he'd been crowd-funding medical treatment for several years due to blood pressure, diabetes, and heart surgery.

update - Wikipedia is now showing his birth date as 1951.
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This is something I don't know much about - games designed with two players in mind, either a referee with a single player, or two players in a cooperative game with no referee as such. It's tied in to Valentine's Day and only available until next Monday.

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/BundleForTwo

"This Valentine offer of two-player RPGs runs for one week only, through Monday, February 20. Each of these RPGs is intended for two players, or for a Gamemaster and one solitary player character. Some of these duets, like the Romance Trilogy from Emily Care Boss, are ideal for an intimate Valentine's Day experience with your significant other. Then again, others emphasize confrontation, rebellion, and horror. (One game has a step in its turn sequence called "Inflict Pain and Suffering.") Maybe these could work for some relationships; we don't judge. The point is, this bargain-priced offer gives you many ways to have fun with just one other player.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Human Rights Watch.

About half these games have appeared in past Bundle offers. Most of the new games are in our low-priced Starter Collection, which presents five titles (total retail value $37) for just US$7.95:

  • Romance Trilogy (Black and Green Games, retail price $10): Newly updated versions of Breaking the Ice, Shooting the Moon, and Under My Skin, the groundbreaking "Three Quick Games About the Human Heart" by Emily Care Boss.
  • A Single Moment (TAGSessions, retail $8): A life-and-death narrative battle between samurai, and the past events that brought them here. Additional playsets translate the drama to the Wild West, medieval England, and even romantic comedy. Includes Five Single Playsets (Riverhouse Games, retail $1), which adapts the system to new settings.
  • Stories From the Grave (Spectrum Games, retail $10): Anthology-based horror (think EC Comics, The Twilight Zone, and Creepshow) for a GM and one foredoomed protagonist.
  • Mars Colony (TCK Roleplaying, retail $8): A political struggle for the salvation of an isolated outpost. (Originally presented in our September 2013 Indie Treasure Trove.)

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $16.95 to start, also receive our entire Bonus Collection with five more titles (mostly drawn from past offers) worth an additional $57:

  • Scarlet Heroes (Sine Nomine Publishing, retail $15): Both a standalone old-school game and an overlay for your favorite retroclone, Scarlet Heroes lets you run any published fantasy adventure, unaltered, with just one player. From Kevin Crawford, designer of Stars Without Number. (From the November 2014 Old School Revival +2.)
  • Showdown (Dark Omen Games, retail $15): A tense card-based confrontation between longtime enemies where victory always brings great cost. (New in this offer.)
  • Macabre Tales (Spectrum Games, retail $13): A Cthulhu Mythos experience that uses dominoes to create a tense, fiercely accurate simulation of HP Lovecraft's stories. Dominoes not included. (From the October 2014 Bundle of Tentacles +2.)
  • Don't Rest Your Head (Evil Hat, retail $5): An insomniac in Mad City struggles against monsters both real and imagined. (From the October 2013 Bundle of Nerves.)
  • Beast Hunters (Berengad Games, retail $5): Stalk and fight monsters that threaten your people. When you defeat them, use their blood to ink tattoos on your skin and gain their power. (From the March 2014 Fantastic Valor collection.)
At least one more title will be added at some point after the launch: "When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early."

I'll be taking a look at this but doubt I'll be using them much, it really isn't my style of play - I seem to work better with larger groups. But if you like the idea of one on one play this may be a very interesting offering, and it looks like you get a reasonable amount for the money. As usual I have to add that I don't have to pay for this stuff, if you do your mileage may vary.
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This is another of the "old school" adventure offerings, e.g. dungeon-bashing and not really my cup of tea, but as usual you do appear to get a lot for your money:

   http://bundleofholding.com/presents/AdvancedAdventures

"This offer presents over a dozen Old School dungeon crawls from Expeditious Retreat Press. The long-running Advanced Adventures series is one of the most popular lines founded in the early days of the Old School Revival. These short adventure modules are easy to run, ready to play, and fit easily into any ongoing fantasy RPG campaign. They're nominally written for OSRIC, the free "Old School Reference & Index Compilation" OGL retro-clone of (as OSR designers must coyly phrase it) "the world's most popular fantasy roleplaying game." For this offer Expeditious Retreat owner Joseph Browning has selected over a dozen top AA modules, grouped here by theme and character level, that let your player characters ramp smoothly from level-1 zeroes to level-10 heroes.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Reading is Fundamental.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$86. Customers who pay just US$5.95 get all six titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $37) as DRM-free .PDFs, including the First Frontiers set of introductory modules (AA28 Redtooth Ridge, AA30 To End the Rising, and AA13 White Dragon Run, retail price $6 each) and the Shadowvein trilogy for levels 2-5: AA01 The Pod-Caverns of the Sinister Shroom (retail $6), AA23 Down the Shadowvein (retail $7), and AA24 The Mouth of the Shadowvein (retail $6). (We previously presented Pod-Caverns in the November 2015 Old School Revival +4.)

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $14.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with eight more titles worth an additional $49:

  • Three modules of Arcane Weirdness for levels 3-6: AA17 The Frozen Wave Satsuma, AA06 Chasm of the Damned, and AA26 The Witch Mounds (retail $6 apiece)
  • Tournament module AA21 The Obsidian Sands of Syncrates (levels 4-7, retail $7)
  • Two Straight-Up Dungeon Crawls for levels 5-10: AA12 The Barrow Mound of Gravemoor and AA03 The Curse of the Witch Head (retail $6 apiece)
  • And finally, two Serious Challenges for levels 6-10: AA10 The Lost Keys of Solitude and AA20 The Riddle of Anadi (retail $6 apiece)
At least one more item will be added after launch: "When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early."

This really isn't my cup of tea, but if you're nostalgic for the good old days(?) of ten-foot poles and THACO this might be your cup of tea. As usual YMMV...
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Fading Suns is one of the better SF RPGs, with a sixth millennium setting where the stars have begun to die. Basically, Dark Ages in Spaaaace...! I have the first edition rules in dead tree format, thought it was interesting but never got round to following up on it, so this offer interests me:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/FadingSuns

"It is the dawn of the sixth millennium and the skies are darkening, for the suns themselves are fading. Humans reached the stars long ago, building a Republic of high technology and universal emancipation -- and then squandered it, fought over it, and finally lost it. A new Dark Age has descended on humanity, for the greatest of civilizations has fallen and even the stars die. Now feudal lords rules the Known Worlds, vying for power with fanatic priests and scheming guilds. Nobles, priests, knights -- starships, psychics, aliens -- lost worlds and ancient artifacts -- all these await you in Fading Suns.

Given its feudal galactic empire and dark-age atmosphere, some call the Fading Suns setting 'the love-child of Warhammer 40,000 and Dune,' but designers Bill Bridges and Andrew Greenberg cited influences like Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun, Hyperion by Dan Simmons, Asimov's Foundation stories, Clark Ashton Smith, Doc Smith, and (as Bridges put it) "many readings in religion and metaphysics, especially the work of Jung and Alfred North Whitehead." It's a medieval passion play, with the Universal Church of the Celestial Sun (modeled on the historical Byzantine Orthodox Church) immersed in cosmically significant intrigues against the five major Noble Houses and the guilds of the Merchants League. Readers today may be reminded of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, though the first edition of Fading Suns (1996) was published the same year as A Game of Thrones.

Originally published by Holistic Design, Fading Suns subsisted for a decade in the RedBrick/FASA Games swamp alongside Earthdawn, Blue Planet, and other orphans. In November 2016 the German gaming company Ulisses Spiele GmbH took over publishing the Fading Suns RPG line.

This new collection presents the Fading Suns Second Edition Revised rulebook (2007), the Revised Player's and Game Master's Guides (2012 and 2013), and the most useful and best-regarded supplements from across all editions. We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) is split evenly between the two charities chosen by Fading Suns publisher Ulisses Spiele: Doctors Without Borders and Bärenherz, a local home for terminally ill children in Wiesbaden, Germany.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$101. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all three titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $53) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the two-volume Fading Suns Second Edition Revised rulebook -- comprising the Player's Guide (retail price $20) and Game Master's Guide (retail $20) -- as well as the setting supplement Worlds of the Realm (retail $13).

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $23.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with five more titles (retail value $48):

  • Lords & Priests (retail $13): One of the most highly regarded Fading Suns supplements, this sourcebook details the Noble Houses and the Universal Church of the Celestial Sun.
  • Merchants of the Jumpweb (retail $10): The third great power center in the Known Worlds, the guilds of the Merchant League.
  • Byzantium Secundus (retail $9): Visit the capital world, where incessant feudal politics threaten to destroy humanity's empire.
  • Weird Places (retail $6): Seven hotspots in the Known Worlds.
  • Into the Dark (retail $10): Five dramas (adventures) that take Questing Knights into the unknown Dark, nemesis of the Empyrean Light.

At least one more title will be added after launch.  When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early.

This is one that interests me, and I think it's a pretty good deal, but as usual I have to point out that I get this stuff free if I want it; your mileage may vary!
 

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This is an offer for Hunter: The Vigil, White Wolf's game of monster hunting. The setting is the "Chronicles of Darkness" which apparently is a variant on their long-established World of Darkness setting (Vampire etc.). I read the first version of the rules in dead tree format many years ago, but never really got into it:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/HunterVigil

"This offer features White Wolf's 2008 Storytelling game from the Chronicles of Darkness, Hunter: The Vigil. Fans of Supernatural, Sleepy Hollow, and other monster-hunting tales can rejoice: No longer need ordinary humans be swept up in the machinations of the unknown. Hunter lets you take up the torch and fight -- often desperately -- against the darkness. This bargain-priced offer collects almost the entire Hunter line masterminded by gifted editor Chuck Wendig, now an acclaimed novelist (Blackbirds, Under the Empyrean Sky, and the Star Wars Aftermath trilogy).

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, the RPG Creators Relief Fund. The RCRF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization founded to provide financial assistance to tabletop roleplaying game creators suffering hardship due to medical emergencies, natural disasters, and other catastrophic situations.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$114. Customers who pay just US$7.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $38) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete Hunter: The Vigil corebook (retail price $20), the organizations book Compacts and Conspiracies (retail $9), and the Block by Bloody Block campaign framework (retail $9). As a convenience to customers who don't have the World of Darkness rulebook, we also include the 66-page adventure Nightmare at Hill Manor, released for Free RPG Day 2011, with all the rules you need to play Hunter: The Vigil.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $21.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with four more titles (retail value $76), including Chronicles sourcebooks about hunting vampires (Night Stalkers, retail $20), werewolves and spirits (Spirit Slayers, retail $19), mages (Witch Finders, retail $20), and just about every other supernatural creature (Mortal Remains Revised, retail $17).

At least one other title will be added after launch. "When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid higher than average. This is their reward for buying early."
 

It's an interesting offer if you're into horror RPGs and monster hunting - but as I've mentioned in previous posts, I feel a bit "monstered out" and probably won't bother to look at it, and to be honest I've never been a huge fan of White Wolf's game system. This probably has a lot more to do with me than with the actual merits of the system. Nevertheless I think you're getting quite a lot for your money, and certainly think it should be considered if you want a horror system.

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This is another "old school" RPG offer, basically dungeon crawling etc. - the big difference that the system emphasis is on constructing and running fantasy kingdoms.

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/ACKS

"The Adventurer Conqueror King System is Autarch's sweeping FRPG that lets you build and run your own fantasy kingdoms. In other Old School Revival FRPGs your character's path to greatness is abstract, even undefined. ACKS adds a new wing to the Old School with its epic-scale domain construction rules, which help you develop an entire setting in the sandbox spirit of the hobby's earliest campaigns -- and then give your high-level player characters the challenge of conquering and running it. And many ACKS systems adapt easily to any D20-based FRPG or B/X retroclone.

This bargain-priced offer brings you pretty much the entire Adventurer Conqueror King product line. We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to the charity chosen by Autarch owner Alexander Macris, the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. "It's a charity near and dear to me," says Alex. "My wife, Amy, was the first bladedancer in the Auran Empire, but she is now so sick with mito disease she can no longer even play tabletop RPGs. Her illness has no cure and limited treatments; the UMDF is trying to change that for her and other sufferers."

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$95. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all five titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $40) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • Adventurer Conqueror King System (retail price $10): The complete corebook with comprehensive, integrated support for play across all levels of a campaign. (Previously presented in the November 2013 Old School Revival offer.)
  • ACKS Player's Companion (retail $10): Add 19 new ACKS character classes, and get under the hood to create your own classes.
  • Domains at War: Campaigns (retail $7.50): Chart your heroes' rise to power with these rules for comprehensive military actions among kingdoms.
  • The Sinister Stone of Sakkara (retail $10): This ideal introductory adventure highlights everything ACKS brings to your gaming table.
  • Auran Empire Primer (retail $2.50): An introduction to the official ACKS campaign setting, a not-yet-fallen empire in late Antiquity ripe for conquest.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $18.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with seven more titles (retail value $55):

  • Dwimmermount (ACKS version, retail $10): Autarch's colossal 400-page science-fantasy megadungeon and campaign setting. Includes the Dungeon Tracker (retail $10), Map Book (retail $7.50), and Illustration Book (retail $5). (We presented the Labyrinth Lord version of Dwimmermount in the November 2015 OSR +4. The supplements are new to this offer and work with both versions.)
  • Domains at War: Battles and Troops and Terrain (retail $7.50 each): Conduct the landmark conflicts from your Campaigns actions as easily as you run character combats.
  • Lairs & Encounters (retail $10): More than 165 ready-to-play monster lairs, plus rules for creating and advancing monsters fit to challenge a kingdom.
At least one more item will be added after launch; "When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early."


I'll be honest, this isn't one that really interests me, but it looks like you get a lot for your money. Whether it's stuff you want is another matter, and one that's up to individual tastes.
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This is a new departure in these bundle offers - freeform murder mystery games for parties etc., in which each guest takes on the role of one of the suspects / detectives / whatever, and the plot is resolved by mingling, acting out various goals, etc. They're six players and up, with the largest providing for up to 32. I've played in a few freeform games in the past and they can be immense fun, especially if you're prepared to submerge yourself in a role, so this interests me a lot.

There's an article about this type of game here
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/issues/issue_107/1304-Murder-Parties

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/MurderParties

"This is a large and rich collection of live-action murder mystery party games from Freeform Games. Invite your guests to an evening of food, drink, and investigation of a murder. One guest did it -- but who? With no predetermined script, these party games put you and six to 32 friends in the heart of the action. Before the party, every player gets a detailed character background with goals, contacts, secrets, and costume tips. At the gathering, you all decide who to talk to, trust, or betray. In four hours or so, will the murderer be discovered? You won't know until the party's over.

With settings from Hawaii to Golden Age Hollywood to the Wild West, these .PDF kits include step-by-step instructions for the host, quick-start hints for guests, illustrated item cards, reference sheets, and much more. Many games provide versions for kids, extra "emergency characters" in case someone brings a friend, and other thoughtful touches. Check out Freeform's free introductory ten-guest Way Out West game, and then investigate this bargain-priced collection for groups of six to 30+ guests.

We provide each party kit complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these files have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Notes: Many Freeform Games party games have Standard and Extended versions; Extended versions support more guests. The games in this offer are all the Standard versions. And be aware, you print out all the guest handouts before the party. For the larger games you'll be printing a lot of pages.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Human Rights Watch.

The total retail value of the games in this offer is US$270 -- by far the richest offer in the site's history. Customers who pay just US$19.95 get all four party games in our Smaller Groups Collection (6-14 players, total retail value $120) as DRM-free .PDFs:

  • A Will to Murder (6-9 players, retail $30): In 1930s Britain, a wealthy family feuds over the last will of their murdered patriarch.
  • Lei'd to Rest (6-12 players, retail $30): A luau gone bad at a Hawaiian beach resort.
  • A Heroic Death (8-12 players, retail $30): The Superheroic Justice Doom Squad has to save the world, but first they must escape their volcano headquarters.
  • Way Out West (10-14 players, retail $30): The party's on at the Silver Dollar Saloon in Cactus Gulch, 1884.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $29.95 to start, also get our entire Bigger Groups Collection with four more complete games (retail value $150) for soirees of up to 30+ players:

  • Davy Jones' Locker (10-15 players, retail $30): In Tortuga, 1785, Caribbean pirates aim for the big haul -- or the keelhaul.
  • Spellbound (13-17 players, retail $30): At the Tremaine School of Magic, students must investigate a memory-loss mystery while also taking final exams.
  • Arabian Nights (18-24 players, retail $40): An hour after the Sultan announces his daughter's betrothal to handsome Prince Ala 'ad-Din, the young prince is found dead in the marketplace.
  • Hollywood Lies (16-32 players, retail $50): At the post-award party for Dazzled to Death, film stars and producers wheel and deal despite the sad death of the award-winning star.
There don't seem to be any surprise extras this time around.

I've looked at Hollywood Lies and everything seems to be very nicely presented, with 25 pages of instructions for the host, an eight-page briefing for each character, and various handouts etc. If you ran it for the maximum number of people you'd get through a LOT of paper, and if you're doing this a duplexing printer is possibly worth having - or get everything run off at a repo shop if you can afford it. The others are smaller in having fewer maximum players but you get the same number of pages per player, nearly as large a briefing, etc. Assimilating it all is going to be daunting if you haven't done something like this before, and I'd strongly recommend playing in someone else's game before running your own.

I'm not sure these are really my cup of tea - I generally feel happier running with smaller groups of players and a tabletop system - but as I said earlier, I've enjoyed this type of game enormously when I've played them. Given that these games often last an evening - say four to six hours - and sometimes longer they represent a LOT of entertainment, say 1000+ man-hours of fun for the host and players. The snag is that you can't really run them more than once unless you have more than one circle of friends. My interest is more from the point of looking for interesting ideas etc., and there ought to be plenty here. I think they're pretty good value for money, and I recommend them, but as usual I have to point out that I get them free if I want them. If you don't your mileage may vary.

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I have to be honest, this is one that doesn't interest me much - print and assemble paper modelling kits, and stuff for making books for use as RPG handouts. There's a vast amount of stuff, over 2gb of files, but I tend not to use models much, and design my own handouts.

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/ElvenPapercraft

"This is a collection of print-and-assemble .PDF models for fantasy tabletop roleplaying and 28mm miniatures games. Created by the master modelers at Lord Zsezse Works in Hungary, these full-color kits bring realistic High Elven style to towers, walls, mills, and furnishings. This bargain-priced collection of models from Lord Zsezse's June 2014 Elven Papercraft Kickstarter campaign includes exclusive "Dark Elf" textures, terrain tiles, and even book covers ideal for styling your RPG rulebooks. All the buildings are modular; combine them to make fantasy castles and steampunk fortresses. All kits are suitable for beginners and include detailed instructions.

We provide each model kit complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these files have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their computers. These interactive layered .PDFs let you easily change out building texturesw, place or remove windows, and add ornaments. (Note: The interactive features of these .PDFs are usable only with the free ree Adobe Reader software.)

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Doctors Without Borders.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$103.50. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all five titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $51.50), including the Elven Tower and Mill model kits, two Ground Sets of flat terrain tiles, and three Template Packs of beautiful book covers suitable for your RPG rulebooks or game props.
  • Elven Tower (list $20): A scenic site in multiple sizes and styles.
  • Elven Mill ($10): A beautiful mill in three styles, plus furnishings.
  • Ground Sets - Roads and Rivers ($6.50) Lay the groundwork for your Elven Towers and Mills.
  • Elven and Steampunk Book Templates ($15) Beautiful covers and interior pages for fantasy or steampunk props.
Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $18.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with ten more titles (retail value $52), including the Elven Wall interactive .PDF, the Steampunk Expansion, more Ground Sets and book templates, and exclusive Dark Elf versions of the Mill and Wall that are not for sale anywhere else. With all these sets, you can build and furnish your own giant castle in elven style.
  • Elven Wall ($15) All the walls and battlements you need for your fortress or castle.
  • Exclusive Dark Elf Mill and Wall ($12) Dark versions of the Elven Mill and Wall
  • Steampunk Expansion ($5) Bring your medieval buildings into the Age of Steam
  • Dark Section of the Lost Library ($5) Covers and page templates for books that cost Sanity to read
  • Ground Sets - Parks, Dead Land, Bog of Hope ($15)For when your heroes venture further afield from their tower
At least one more item will be added after the offer launches. "When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early."

This all looks very pretty and if you want to use it I'd think it's pretty good value for money - it just isn't something I particularly want. As usual your needs, and interest, may vary.
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Two more bundles - one is for Cthulhu Britannica, Call of Cthulhu stuff with a British setting from Cubicle 7 publishing, the other is for some French RPGs published in translation by Cubicle 7. Both look interesting:

Cthulhu Britannica

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/CthulhuBritannica

"Cthulhu Britannica is Cubicle 7 Entertainment's long-running series of Call of Cthulhu supplements and scenarios that bring the Mythos to the British Isles. This offer includes the original Cthulhu Britannica scenario collection, the giant London supplement (a spectacular Kickstarter success in November 2013), and the entire London support line.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Doctors Without Borders.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$118. Customers who pay just US$17.95 get both titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $65) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks: the original Cthulhu Britannica scenario collection (retail price $15) and the complete Cthulhu Britannica London set (retail $50).

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with three more titles (retail value $53):
  • The Curse of Nineveh - The curse of Nabu, let loose in 1920s London
  • The Journal of Reginald Campbell Thompson - The first-person account of the cursed Nineveh expedition
  • The Journal of Neve Selcibuc - A young American woman in Mythos-haunted London
At least one more title will be added later. "When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid higher than average. This is their reward for buying early."




Cubicle 7 Worlds

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Cubicle7

"This collection, our richest offer ever, presents four fantasy RPGs originally published in French by the design studio Le 7ème Cercle [site in French], and published in English translation by Cubicle 7 Entertainment. Qin: The Warring States, Keltia, Yggdrasill, Kuro were all masterminded by Neko (7ème Cercle CEO Valérie Laproye). They're set in ancient China, in Britain and Scandinavia in the Dark Ages, and in near-future Japan. This spectacular offer presents all four of these games and their complete English-language support lines -- a total retail value of US$233. We've presented three of these fine games (Qin, Kuro, and Yggdrasill) in past offers -- but even if you have those, the new supplements here are still worth $155.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$233. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all four complete games in our Starter Collection (retail value $95) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
  • Qin: The Warring States (retail price $25): The gorgeous 272-page rulebook of adventure, glory, and martial-arts action in ancient China.
  • Keltia (retail $25): In Ynys Prydein (Britain) in the late 5th Century, Myrddin the Elder guides heroes of Destiny to pave the way for Arthur Pendraeg.
  • Kuro (retail $20): Unremitting Japanese horror -- "Ghost in the Shell meets The Ring" -- in a dark high-tech future. Includes the free adventure Last Stop.
  • Yggdrasill - Lands of the North (retail $25): Scandinavian explorers seek glory and immortality from the snowy plains of Jutland to the halls of Northern kings.
Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $27.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with ten more titles (retail value $138) -- the complete English-language support lines for all four games in the Starter Collection.
  • For Qin: Qin Bestiary (retail $15), Legends (retail $10), The Art of War (retail $18), and The Tournament of Scarlet and White (retail $5).
  • The sole Keltia sourcebook in English, Avalon (retail $12).
  • The rest of the Kuro trilogy: Makkura (retail $15) and Tensei (retail $18).
  • Everything for Yggdrasill: The Nine Worlds (retail $15), Kings of the Sea (retail $15), and Uppsala (retail $15).
There don't seem to be any surprise extras for this one.

The Cthulhu stuff looks interesting and I came close to buying the main book in dead tree form at Dragonmeet a couple of weeks ago - now VERY glad I didn't. Not sure about the fantasy games, I've been out of the scene for a long time, but it looks good value and the design is very pretty. I think they're both pretty good offers, but as usual I have to point out that I get this stuff free if I want it, your mileage may vary.
ffutures: (marcus 2013)
This is one I don't know at all, a superhero RPG based on comics from a company called Valiant Entertainment, with the bundle including some of the comics. I know some of these comics by name but can't claim to have read any of them previously, but the offer includes a LOT of them!

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Valiant

"This huge collection features the Catalyst Game Labs RPG Valiant Universe and also -- for the first time in Bundle site history -- the Valiant Entertainment comics line that inspired it.

The dozen-plus omnibus comics volumes in this offer are sold in .PDF on DriveThruComics.com, the companion site to DriveThruRPG. Thanks to OneBookShelf's integrated backend, a DTrpg account is identical to a DTComics account, and Bundle customers with DriveThruRPG accounts get these DTComics titles added seamlessly to their gaming Library.

Valiant Universe: The Roleplaying Game is set in Valiant Entertainment's superhero universe presented across numerous comic book titles, including Archer & Armstrong, Bloodshot, Eternal Warrior, Harbinger, Quantum and Woody, Shadowman, X-O Manowar, and more. The Valiant line was designed from the ground up as a unified universe that shares characters, organizations, and so on across all its titles. The Valiant Universe spans millennia, where decisions made at the dawn of time ripple into the distant future and today's heroes can be tomorrow's villains. This universe provides dark and gritty stories you bring to life at the gaming table.

You can be a H.A.R.D. Corps team hunting down dangerous psiots -- a Renegade fighting against the "evil" Harbinger Foundation trying to conquer the world -- even a true believer of the Harbinger Foundation, dedicated to making the world a true utopia at any cost. Or maybe you're Generation Zero psiots that have no memory of a childhood before the isolation and guinea-pig testing of Project Rising Spirit and are suddenly free in the world. Or you could become brand-new heroes (or villains). Gameplay possibilities in the Valiant Universe are limitless.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, The Hero Initiative, which supports veteran comics creators in time of need.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$112. Customers who pay just US$5.95 get all six titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $48) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete Valiant Universe: The Roleplaying Game and the Valiant Universe Handbook 2016, along with four big comics collections that introduce many key characters in the Valiant Universe: Archer & Armstrong, Harbinger, X-O Manowar, and Quantum and Woody:
  • Archer & Armstrong Volume 1: The Michelangelo Code It's history in the breaking!
  • Harbinger V1: Omega Rising A better future -- or no future at all
  • X-O Manowar V1: By the Sword The Vine destroyed Aric's world. Now he will give them war.
  • Quantum and Woody V1: World's Worst Superhero Team Go big or go home, folks!
Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $15.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with seven more titles (retail value $66), including the Valiant Universe RPG supplement Transcendent's Edge (retail $10) and six more Valiant comics collections introducing The Valiant, Ivar Timewalker, Ninjak, UNITY, Rai, and Shadowman.
  • Valiant Universe RPG: Transcendent's Edge When it rises from beneath San Francisco, who will stop it?
  • The Valiant A battle ten millennia in the making
  • Ivar, Timewalker V1: Making History From the dawn of the dinosaurs, to the Battle of Trafalgar, to the end of time itself
  • Ninjak V1: Weaponeer Every spy had to start somewhere
  • UNITY V1: To Kill a King To kill a king, he created an army
  • Rai V1: Welcome to New Japan Japan in the 41st Century
  • Shadowman V1: Birth Rites A million dreams in the Big Easy -- and its worst nightmare
At least one more item will be added after launch. "When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid higher than average. This is their reward for buying early."

I don't know the game at all, but it looks like you get a shedload of comics and what looks like a reasonably good game for a pretty good price. But as usual I have to point out that I get freebies, if you pay for this stuff your opinion might differ.

Oh crud...

Dec. 2nd, 2016 11:26 pm
ffutures: Cover for Diana: Warrior Princess rpg (diana)
I'm going to have to write stats for Cthulhu for Diana: Warrior Princess. I think the phrase "buckets of dice" comes to mind...
ffutures: (marcus 2013)
Two offers, one a repeat of an old one, the other new, both supporting Doctors Without Borders. This is stuff for designing campaign worlds etc.; some referees will find it invaluable,

Worldbuilding Toolkit +2

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/GMToolkit2-2016

"This is a revival of the popular November 2014 Worldbuilder's Toolkit +2, our second annual collection of gamemastering texts and play aids. This revived +2 offer runs in parallel with the all-new Worldbuilder's Toolkit +4, our fourth annual collection.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Doctors Without Borders.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$85. Customers who pay just US$7.95 get all five titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $37) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
  • How to Host a Dungeon (Tony Dowler, retail $5): In this solo game of dungeon creation, you throw dice onto tracing paper and draw underground chambers where they land. Lay more sheets to create a many-layered (literally!) history through successive Ages. When you're done, your dungeon map is ready for play.
  • A Magical Society: Beast Builder (Expeditious Retreat Press, retail $10): A colorful monster-building system.
  • The Bones: Us and Our Dice (Gameplaywright, retail $8): A collection of essays about polyhedral relationships.
  • The Lazy Dungeon Master (Sly Flourish, retail $6): Mike Shea's influential treatise on improving your D&D campaign the easy way.
  • Sly Flourish's DM Tips (Sly Flourish, retail $8): Mike Shea returns with solid, proven steps that can immediately improve your game.
Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $15.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with four more titles (retail value $48):
  • Hamlet's Hit Points (Gameplaywright, retail $8): Robin D. Laws (Feng Shui, GUMSHOE) teaches you to analyze nine types of story "beats" to improve your campaign's storytelling. A landmark study, Hamlet's Hit Points directly inspired Robin's Hillfolk RPG.
  • Odyssey (Engine Publishing, retail $12): A complete, system-neutral guide to campaign management from Engine Publishing (Unframed, Eureka, Focal Point).
  • City Builder: A Guide to Designing Communities (Skirmisher Publishing, retail $20): Bring ancient, medieval, and fantasy cities alive with dozens of hook-filled places, plus a random guild generator.
  • The Dungeon Dozen (Jason Sholtis, retail price $8): Over 200 brilliantly imaginative system-independent tables by Jason (Operation Unfathomable) Sholtis.
There won't be any surprise extras with this offer, because it's an old offer repeated.


Worldbuilder's Toolkit +4

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Toolkit4

"This offer is the fourth annual collection in our popular series featuring gamemastering texts and play aids to enhance RPG sessions. This all-new +4 offer runs in parallel with a revival of the November 2014 Worldbuilder's Toolkit +2, the second installment in the series.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$112. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all seven titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $53) as DRM-free .PDFs:
  • Kobold Guide to Combat (Kobold Press, retail price $10): Nearly 20 master designers give tips for creating great conflicts.
  • Design for Writers and Roleplayers (Dancing Lights Press, retail $7 each, total retail $35): Five full-length treatises by Berin Kinsman on NPCs, alignment, setting design, story structure, and group dynamics -- Building Characters, Group Dynamics, Setting Design, Story Structure, and Understanding Alignment.
  • Fat Dragon Ultimate Dice Tower (retail $8): Print, cut, fold, and assemble this full-color papercraft tower from Fat Dragon Games.
Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with four more titles (retail value $59):
  • Kobold Guide to Magic (Kobold Press, retail $15): Another star-studded collection of essays that make magic mysterious once more.
  • Focal Point (Engine Publishing, retail $12): The seasoned gamemasters from Gnome Stew detail ways to make your gaming sessions extraordinary.
  • Fat Dragon Ultimate GM Screen 2 (retail $12): An impressive full-color print-and-assemble papercraft gamemaster screen with dice towers, shelves for miniatures, and other features.
  • How to Run Fast & Exciting Combats (Roleplaying Tips Publishing, retail $20): Johnn Four of RoleplayingTips.com shows you, in detail, exactly how to GM fights in half the time with double the excitement. Includes three bonus titles: The Legendary Combat Swipes Book, ,3 Easy Ways to Add More Story to Combat, and Top 10 Reasons Why Your Combats Are Slow.
One or more items will be added at some point after launch: When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid higher than average. This is their reward for buying early.


I'm really not sure how useful this stuff is - probably mainly of interest to someone relatively new to running RPGs and designing their own setting. I think the +2 offer may be the more useful of the two, but both have some interesting material. I think that they're value for money if you need everything, but to be honest you might be better off cherry-picking one item at a time as you need them. I'll be downloading a couple of things but as usual I have to point out that I get freebies; if you don't YMMV.
ffutures: (marcus 2013)
Is there a program / template / web site / whatever that will help to produce a convincing-looking redacted document? Basically, I want a couple of pages of text in the form of an official report, with most of the words (other than the, and, etc.) blanked out with a few key words which I would insert still visible.

e.g.
XXX stars are XXXXX; XXXXX XXXXXX XXX arise. Ftagnn!
I could do it easily enough in Word, I suppose, just take a document that looks about right and make all of the words black text on a black background then insert the key words, but it lacks elegance.

I should add that the players will only see a printout, not the file itself.
ffutures: (marcus 2013)
Yet another collection of independently published RPGs - I'm not in this one, but it looks like there's some interesting stuff:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Cornucopia4

"This is the all-new fourth annual installment in our Indie Cornucopia series, which launches each year on or near the Thanksgiving Day holiday in America. Each Cornucopia presents recent high-profile small-press tabletop RPGs. The original November 2013 Cornucopia offer, the one with Dungeon World and Apocalypse World, was a record-breaking success. This time out we have major new games like Worlds in Peril, Baker Street, and the new edition of The Ninja Crusade; Kickstarter successes like Fellowship and Goblin Quest; and Jonathan Green's stupendous coffee-table book about the Fighting Fantasy gamebook series, You Are the Hero.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Human Rights Watch.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$131. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $52) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
  • Cryptomancer (Land of NOP, retail price $10): Fantasy meets information security in this huge game of magical hacking.
  • Stalker RPG (Burger Games, retail $12): Finnish designer Ville Vuorela's SFRPG based on the Strugatsky Brothers' novel Roadside Picnic.
  • Mortal Coil (Galileo Games, retail $10): Brennan Taylor's seminal 2008 story game of collaborative magic and the supernatural.
  • Goblin Quest (Serious Business, retail $20): Play five inept goblins (probably in quick succession) in Grant Howitt's mayhem-filled cross between PARANOIA and Itchy and Scratchy.
Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $23.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with five more titles (retail value $79):
  • Worlds in Peril (Samjoko Publishing, retail $15): Superhero roleplaying Powered by the Apocalypse.
  • Baker Street: Roleplaying in the World of Sherlock Holmes (Fearlight Games, retail $20): A very inventive game of Victorian mystery and investigation.
  • Fellowship (Liberi Gothica Games, retail $16): Inverse World designer Jacob Randolph brings us this Dungeon World variant of heroes journeying to defeat an Evil Overlord.
  • The Ninja Crusade (Third Eye Games, retail $15): Eloy Lasanta's new edition of high-flying Wu Xing martial-arts action.
  • You Are the Hero: A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks (Snowbooks Ltd, retail $13): Jonathan Green's exhaustive and gorgeously illustrated chronicle of the 1980s gamebook craze.
There don't seem to be any surprise extras this time.

This looks like a good set, with two or three that interest me; the Stalker and Sherlock Holmes games are especially in my areas of interest. But as usual I have to stress that I don't pay for this stuff if I want it, your opinion may differ.
ffutures: (marcus 2013)
This is an offer that definitely interests me - the old Buffy and Angel RPG from Eden Studios. I already own some of it, and this is going to be an opportunity to get the rest. Not sure I'll ever actually play it, but it's a fun read.

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/BuffyAngel

"This comprehensive collection features the licensed tabletop roleplaying games from Eden Studios based on Joss Whedon's hit TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. The Buffy and Angel RPGs use Eden's Cinematic Unisystem rules (All Flesh Must Be Eaten, WitchCraft).

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, the American Cancer Society.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$104. Customers who pay just US$8.95 get all three titles in our Player's Collection (retail value $49) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
  • The full-color 280-page Buffy the Vampire Slayer Revised Edition rulebook (2005)
  • The Slayer's Handbook supplement (retail $15)
  • The Magic Box spellbook (retail $14)
Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $17.95 to start, also get our entire Director's Collection with four more titles (retail value $55):
  • Angel Roleplaying Game Corebook (retail $20): The acclaimed full-color 256-page rulebook about the brooding vampire-with-a-soul who hunts demons in Los Angeles -- a complete standalone game fully compatible with Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Monster Smackdown (retail $15): The Buffy monster manual, with extensive entries on vampires, demons, and all the Big Bads.
  • Buffy Director's Screen and Angel Director's Screen (retail $10 each): Two booklets with adventures that continue the main rulebooks' scenarios, plus helpful charts and play aids.
There will be at least one more surprise item added after launch; "When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid higher than average. This is their reward for buying early.

OK, I'm definitely going to be downloading this, and I think it's a pretty good deal, especially if you're a Buffy fan - it's easy to pick up and a lot of fun to play. But as usual I have to point out that I get these things free if I want them, if you don't your mileage may vary.
ffutures: (marcus 2013)
As you might guess from the title, it's a Tolkien RPG. Not something that interests me a lot, I tend not to play many fantasy games, but a lot of people will be interested. It comes with a discount offer on material that isn't in the bundle:


https://bundleofholding.com/presents/OneRing2016

"Revived from its spectacularly successful October 2015 run, this is a large collection featuring The One Ring™ Roleplaying Game from Sophisticated Games and Cubicle 7 Entertainment based on The Hobbit™ and The Lord of the Rings™ by J.R.R. Tolkien. We're reviving this offer partly to promote the release of the brand-new Adventures in Middle-earth Player's Guide, Cubicle 7's adaptation of Middle-earth to the Open Gaming License. (Note, though, Adventures in Middle-earth isn't in this bundle.)

The One Ring Roleplaying Game is set in the Wilderland five years after the Battle of Five Armies. Wilderland is the region both Thorin's Company and the Fellowship traverse on their journeys. This land is filled with instantly recognizable locations (Mirkwood, Thranduil's Halls, Lake-town, the Lonely Mountain, Dol Guldur) and characters (Radagast the Brown, the Elvenking Thranduil, King Bard of Dale, King Dáin of Erebor).

Of several licensed RPGs over the years based on Tolkien's works, Francesco Nepitello's The One Ring has drawn high praise for its effective evocation of Tolkien's themes and atmosphere. The journey rules give the players the feeling their characters are embarking on an epic trek across Mirkwood or down the Anduin. Inventive Fellowship rules in the style of King Arthur Pendragon and Mouse Guard provide Heroes with the opportunity to rest and recuperate, to practice their skills or pursue a noble undertaking. But in every adventure there lies the insidious threat of Shadow -- the corruption of spirit and the destruction of hope. With its rich and detailed background information, character types unique to the world, and a setting that changes as the Tale of Years progresses, The One Ring Roleplaying Game lets you really feel you're playing in Middle-earth.

We provide each title complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these files have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their smartphones, tablets, and ereaders. Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Reading is Fundamental.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$129. Customers who pay $14.95 get our Starter Collection (retail value $45) with the complete RPG The One Ring (retail price $30) and its companion Loremaster’s Screen and Lake-town Guide (retail $15), both as DRM-free .PDFs. Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $29.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with four more supplements (retail value $84):
  • The Darkening of Mirkwood (retail price $23): Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan's massive months-long campaign against an ever-growing Shadow.
  • The Heart of the Wild (retail $20): The companion gazetteer for The Darkening of Mirkwood presents extensive details of the entire Wilderland region.
  • Rivendell (retail $23): Expand your campaign with this regional guide to eastern Eriador and the Last Homely House of Elrond.
  • Tales From Wilderland (retail $18): Seven complete scenarios set in Mirkwood, the Misty Mountains, Erebor, Lake-town, and other locales across Rhovanion. Play each separately, or combine them as an epic campaign spanning years.
There aren't any surprise extras this time, presumably because it's a repeat of an earlier offer.

To promote the game there's also a discount offer on material that isn't in the bundle at the Cubicle 7 webstore. Quote these discount codes:
  • TORBOH16$ if you are paying in US dollars
  • TORBOH16£ if you are paying in British pounds



If you're into Tolkien and RPGs this is probably a very interesting offer - if not, it probably isn't. I think it looks like good value, but I'm not going to be buying it or downloading it, so I'm not necessarily the best judge.
ffutures: (marcus 2013)
Another collection of material aimed at emulating the early days of D&D etc.:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/OSR4

This is our fourth annual offering featuring the Old School Revival -- the neoclassical movement to recapture the vigor and style of the earliest days of Dungeons & Dragons. The OSR offers tools, not plotlines -- rulings, not rules -- a gamemaster who doesn't railroad players onto a prearranged script but lets them sink or swim through their own actions. Encounters aren't necessarily "balanced," and outcomes are seldom scripted. Characters who don't use their heads usually wind up losing them. These fantasy RPGs, supplements, and modules are part of the passionate movement to reinvigorate and popularize play-styles associated with the first incarnations of D&D -- whether brown/white-box Original D&D, Holmes-Moldvay-Cook Basic/Expert, or AD&D 1e. Many, many "retro-clone" games recast the rules of one or another of these games in new language.

This huge new collection features vivid campaign settings, strange megadungeons, unsettling modules, hundreds of maps, and -- ta dahhh! -- the new edition of Tunnels & Trolls!

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Doctors Without Borders.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$112.50. Customers who pay just US$8.95 get all eight titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $42.50) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
  • Deep Carbon Observatory (False Machine, retail price $10): A harrowing underground quest by Patrick Stuart (Maze of the Blue Medusa) illustrated by the redoubtable Scrap Princess.
  • The Pod Caverns of the Sinister Shroom (Expeditious Retreat Press, retail $6): The first Advanced Adventures module by OSR pioneer Matthew Finch (Swords and Wizardry).
  • Castle Gargantua and Mad Monks of Kwantoom (Kabuki Kaiser, retail $5 each): A Gothic megadungeon generator and a spectacularly fun Asian campaign sourcebook.
  • One-Page Dungeon Compendia 2013-2015 (Shattered Pike Studio, total retail $9): These three official collections present 270+ entries in the popular One-Page Dungeon Contest. Sales of these collections support the contest.
  • 2014 Dodecahedron Cartographic Review (ZERObarrier, retail $7.50): Dyson Logos, archmage of dungeon cartography, gathers works from his Dyson's Dodecahedron blog.
Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $18.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with six more titles (retail value $70):
  • Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls (Flying Buffalo, retail $20): The latest and greatest edition (386 pages!) of Ken St. Andre's 1975 classic. Includes the Gamemasters Screen (retail $1).
  • Dwimmermount (Autarch, retail $10): The Labyrinth Lord version of Autarch's colossal 400-page science-fantasy megadungeon and campaign setting.
  • Yoon-Suin (noisms, retail $9): David McGrogan's acclaimed roll-your-own campaign setting, a languorous Yellow City in a remote Purple Land.
  • Misty Isles of the Eld (Hydra Cooperative, retail $12): Chris Kutalik's acid fantasy mini-sandbox standalone sequel to Slumbering Ursine Dunes.
  • Chthonic Codex (Lost Pages, retail $18): Paolo Greco's unique campaign setting of cutthroat academic politics in a magical university.
There will be at least one item added after launch. "When a bonus title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid higher than average. This is their reward for buying early."

I'll be honest, I'm not a huge supporter of the "old school" movement, I think it's hearkening back to a "golden age" that really wasn't. I'll probably look at the new Tunnels and Trolls because the original game was fun, the rest of it doesn't really appeal to me. But if you like this sort of thing it looks like a fairly huge collection for the money, and probably reasonably good value. But as usual YMMV
ffutures: (marcus 2013)
If anyone was wondering, this is what I'll be running in the afternoon at Dragonmeet on December 3rd:

GM: Marcus Rowland
Scenario Name: Case Nightmare Orange
Game System: Diana: Warrior Princess
Description: As Queen Elizabeth approaches her ninetieth birthday there are rumours of trouble that may mar the ceremonies. Thatcher the Undead Chancellor has risen from her grave (again), the Church of England predicts the rise of an Anti-Queen, and strange lizard men seem to be doing their best to assassinate the adventurers. Oh, and the island of R'lyeh has apparently applied to join the UN, but that's probably someone else's problem.

Business as usual, in other words, for Diana: Warrior Princess and her friends...

At the moment I'm not planning to run anything in the morning, but this may change.

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