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This is one I know virtually nothing about, apart from a friend's opinion that it isn't very playable. There are two offers, one a repeat from 2014, the other new material.


Numenera Bundle

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Numenera-2017

"This offer revives (for a second time) our May 2014 Numenera Bundle, featuring the science-fantasy tabletop roleplaying game Numenera from Monte Cook Games. A billion years in the future, explore the Ninth World to find leftover artifacts of nanotechnology, the datasphere, bio-engineered creatures, and myriad strange devices that defy understanding. The inspiration for the recent Torment: Tides of Numenera computer game from inXile Entertainment, Numenera is about discovering the wonders of eight previous worlds to improve the present and build a future. This bundle, the second revival of our May 2014 offer (previously revived in December 2014), collects the Numenera core rulebook and the supplements published in the line's first year or so. For this new resurrection we have an all-new companion, the Numenera Bundle +2 - Ninth World Discovery, with many recent supplements -- including one based on the Torment computer game.
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$70. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all three titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $25) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete 418-page Numenera core rulebook, the Gamemaster Screen, and Cypher Collection 1.
Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $18.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with six more titles worth an additional $45:
  • Player's Guide (retail $8): The character creation rules and basic mechanics from the Numenera corebook -- a great guide for new players.
  • Ninth World Bestiary (retail $15): More than 130 lavishly illustrated and wildly imaginative creatures and characters in the Ninth World.
  • The Devil's Spine (retail $10): Three adventures in a hard-driving frame story. The terrifying devil's spine graft will claim a life, and the clock is ticking.
  • Vortex (retail $6): Monte Cook's original Gen Con 2013 Numenera launch scenario -- an ideal campaign kickoff in a mysterious temple like nothing the Ninth World has ever seen.
  • In Strange Aeons (retail $3): Incorporate cosmic horror -- the terror of unfathomable reaches of both space and time, and of incomprehensible weirdness -- into your Numenera games.
  • Artifacts and Oddities Collection 1 (retail $3): This companion to the Cypher collection presents 30 new devices and a hundred oddball phenomena to spice up your game.

Numenera Bundle +2

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Numenera2

This Numenera Bundle +2 - Ninth World Discovery presents many recent supplements for the line, including an ebook inspired by the inXile Entertainment computer game Torment: Tides of Numenera.
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 these offers' designated charity, Human Rights Watch.
The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$105. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all four titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $47) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including Numenera Character Options, the Ninth World Guidebook, the Technology Compendium, and the two Maps of the Ninth World collections.
Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $23.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with five more titles worth an additional $58:
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera -- The Explorer's Guide (retail $15): Numenera inspired the recent Torment: Tides of Numenera computer game from inXile Entertainment. This 160-page book presents the computer game's setting, the region of Greater Garravia.
  • Into the Deep and Into the Night (retail $15 each): Two sourcebooks that present new frontiers in the ocean and the sky. Includes The Nightcraft (retail $3).
  • Weird Discoveries (retail $10): Ten instant adventures you can run in an evening with minimal prep.
At least one more title will be added after launch. When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased this offer automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early.

Numenera resources




This looks very pretty, but you have to wonder about the idea that the human race and human civilization, or something like it to this extent, will survive a billion years, and then survive in a manner that basically resembles a fantasy role playing game, with bits of lost technology etc. replacing magic. My own first impression unfortunately bears out my friend's opinion - it's pretty, but it'd be a sod to run.

Having said that, there's some very good fiction out there using similar settings - Moorcock's Dancers at the End of Time and Vance's Dying Earth are obvious examples, as is Hodgson's The Night Land. It might be possible to do something with them, I'm just not convinced that this is the way to do it.

But as usual, your mileage is likely to vary.

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This is one I'm fairly sure I'm not interested in, but it's supporting Doctors Without Borders and tastes do differ:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Rifts

Kevin Siembieda's Rifts® is set on a future Earth shattered by countless otherworldly invasions. This all-new collection, the debut of Palladium Books in the Bundle of Holding, is a well-rounded set of complete .PDF ebooks that give players and Game Masters everything they need for a campaign of mind-blowing, dimension-spanning adventure across a transformed North America.

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$82.50. Customers who pay just US$17.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $38.50) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete 384-page Rifts® Ultimate Edition™ (retail price $20), plus the Rifts® Primer (retail $3), Rifts® Sourcebook One™ Revised Edition (retail $10.50), and the Game Master Kit with useful play aids and pregenerated characters (retail $5).

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with four more supplements worth an additional $44, including three World Books -- Juicer Uprising™ (retail $10.50), Psyscape™ (retail $10.50), and New West™ (retail $12.50) -- and the location supplement MercTown™ (retail $10.50).

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.


I'll be honest - I own some of this system in dead tree format but I was never really that interested in the setting, and found it a bit rules-heavy. Having said that, it's one of the first true multi-genre RPG systems, and its take on putting the genres together is unusual, although not one I'd really want to run. As usual your mileage may vary.
 


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Two more bundle offers, both aimed at FRPG games with a city setting, but adding some extras:

First, some golden oldies - the Flying Buffalo catalyst bundle, containing lots of stuff from the golden age of D&D (and in that spirit from later years):

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Catalyst

"This all-new offer highlights the Catalyst line and other RPG ebooks from Flying Buffalo. Along with four of the Grimtooth's Traps collections of devious dungeon obstacles, this offer presents, for the first time anywhere, new .PDF scans in Buffalo's CityBook series. Compatible with any fantasy RPG, the CityBooks present dozens of individual shops, establishments, and characters, geniercally written to be added smoothly to any urban fantasy setting. Originally published from 1982 to 1997, the CityBooks featured contributions by leading designers including Larry DiTillio, Liz Danforth, Mike Stackpole, Dave Arneson, Jennell Jaquays, Greg Gorden, and many more.

This collection includes all seven CityBooks, four Grimtooth's Traps books, and the complete RPG Mercenaries, Spies, & Private Eyes. 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 total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$71. Customers who pay just US$7.95 get all six titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $30) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the first three CityBooks (I: Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker, II: Port o' Call, and III: Deadly Nightside, retail price $5 apiece, total retail $15), plus the first two Grimtooth's books (retail $5 apiece, total retail $10) and Treasure Vault (retail $5), another new Catalyst scan.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $17.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with seven more titles worth an additional $41:

  • Mercenaries Spies & Private Eyes (retail $7): Michael Stackpole's classic action/espionage RPG inspired by Tunnels & Trolls. Includes the Adventure of the Jade Jaguar solo adventure (retail $4).
  • CityBooks IV-VII (retail $5 apiece, total retail $20): Four more sets of people and places you can easily drop into any city adventure -- IV: On the Road, V: Sideshow, VI: Up Town, and VII: King's River Bridge.
  • Grimtooth's Traps 3-4 (retail $5 apiece, total retail $10): Titled Fore and Ate (don't ask us why), these two books give you hundreds more traps to waylay dungeon delvers.

Next, one I don't know at all, the Great City Bundle

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/GreatCity

This Great City offer, a companion to the Flying Buffalo Catalyst offer now in progress, features the massive Great City Campaign Setting from 0one Games. Twice conquered by a distant empire, ruled by the incompetent son of a cruel emperor, the Great City faces upheaval. As its political factions scheme, and its monsters hunt from underground lairs, the city waits for heroes to guide its destiny. With 0one's near-systemless campaign guides, lightly ornamented with OGL/Pathfinder statistics, and its beautiful maps and bestselling blueprints (as state-of-the-art interactive .PDFs), you can easily add the Great City to any FRPG campaign.

Lou Agresta, co-designer of the Road to Revolution adventure path in this offer, wrote a July 2009 ENworld forum post about the design intent of the Great City: "The Great City Campaign Setting is specifically written as a plug-in city, so the surrounding areas (other than water to the left, mountains with monsters to the right, and dungeons under the mountain) are deliberately vague. The key aspect of the city is that it's been conquered by an overseas empire -- twice. The last time was 30 years ago, and resentments simmer, but are not presently aboil. The conquerors themselves are divided and playing factional politics. It's kind of a law-practical-serious-people conquer a chaotic-lively-deep-rooted-people sort of thing. Then there are the peoples left behind by the first occupation who did what they needed to survive. The Emperor's son rules, and he's a jackass. Nothing is in the open, but everything teeters on an edge. This is so (1) there's always lots of action and passion the player characters can interact with, and stances to either adopt or dispute, and (2) the PCs get to decide which direction -- or none -- the whole thing topples."

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 total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$94. Customers who pay just US$8.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $38) as DRM-free .PDFs, including the complete 162-page Great City Campaign Setting corebook (retail price $13), the companion Player's Guide (retail $14), and the Backdrops collection of locations (retail $11) -- plus 0one's Blueprints: The Great City (retail $2).

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with three more titles worth an additional $56, including the complete six-part Road to Revolution adventure path (Pathfinder version, retail $35), Urban Creatures & Lairs (retail $14), and the beautiful Color Map Folio (retail $7).

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.


OK - I might as well be honest, I don't have a lot of use for this stuff; I don't run fantasy campaigns, and I tend to do my own design work for my own settings. The Flying Buffalo stuff is fun but a little dated, unless you're running a really old school sort of game - I also own most of it in dead tree format and haven't looked at it in decades. The Great City thing looks OK, though "great" is possibly not how I'd describe the city - it's about the size of a medieval walled town, and not an especially big one, unless I'm missing something - but does again seem to depend on you wanting to run lots of predefined encounters which is an old school sort of thing. If you like this sort of stuff it may be worth it, but I'm not entirely convinced. As usual opinions may differ.

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This is one I know very little about - it's a horror RPG, it's set in 18th century America, and has things like Sleepy Hollow, witches, the Indian wars, the Cthulhu Mythos, etc. etc.

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/ColonialGothic

"This new offer presents the Third Edition of the supernatural flintlock-horror tabletop roleplaying game Colonial Gothic from Rogue Games. Uncover the secret history of America's 18th-Century frontier, where monsters stalk the woods and ghosts haunt every sleepy hollow. This bargain-priced offer includes almost the entire Colonial Gothic line -- everything you need for a complete campaign of magic and mayhem in the shadows of early America.

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.

The entire Rogue Games share of this offer's proceeds goes to the charity selected by Rogue Games owner Richard Iorio II, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. "Over the weekend of June 12-14, 2015, I lost three friends in succession to suicide," Richard writes. "The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention helps you understand why this event happened and, more important, they offer comfort. They cannot take away the pain, but they can help you deal with it."

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$94. Customers who pay just US$8.95 get all six titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $39) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete Colonial Gothic Third Edition rulebook (retail price $10), three essential supplements (Gamemaster, Adventure, and The Player Companion, total retail $21), and the 174-page Beginnings adventure (retail $8) that kicks off the massive Flames of Freedom campaign that will encompass the entire American Revolution.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $17.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with eight more titles worth an additional $55:

  • Three sourcebooks: The Grimoire (retail $6), Gazetteer (retail $7), and Bestiary (retail $7).
  • Three setting books: Settings (retail $8), New France (retail $7 -- previously presented in our August 2013 Bundle of the Ages), and The French & Indian War (retail $8).
  • Lovecraft (retail $7): Bring the Cthulhu Mythos onto the American frontier.
  • The Templars (retail $5 -- also from our August 2013 Ages offer): Colonial Gothic's secret history of history's most secretive bunch.
At least one additional 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 isn't one I feel particularly attracted to, but it looks like you get a lot of stuff for your money including an entire revolutionary war campaign and lots of monsters. I think it's reasonable value, and it's supporting a worthwhile cause, but as usual your mileage may vary.

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Just got an ad for this - and I suspect that the applications don't stop with the role playing hobby.

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/215545/Corporate-Babble-Generator

Anyone who has worked in the corporate world for long enough will know that there is a certain type of person who likes to be…creative…with their language. Rather than saying something simple, they seem to insist on coming up with a string of words that sounds like babble and nonsense to anyone listening, yet these types lap it up. What they actually mean is up for debate…

There are several hundred million possible combinations in this generator, so there is sure to be something that helps sparks your imagination and impresses your corporate managers.

Inside you'll find...

  • 1 d10 table for the opening part of the babble
  • 6 x d100 tables full of corporate sounding words and phrases - 2 sets of 2 tables are treated as one when working out what to use.
  • A d100 table of pre-done examples to help you save time

In total this can give 10 x 100 x 100 x 200 x 200 or 4,000,000,000 (Four Billion) possible combinations

You could end up with phrases such as...

  • Our goal is to exclusively cast high-quality processes
  • Our mission statement is to exceptionally right-shore web-enabled leadership
  • We insist that you should accordingly provide access to progressive methods of empowerment
  • We insist that you should diligently transform maintainable instructions

It costs $1.99, I suspect that there are business textbooks costing twenty times as much covering essentially the same ground

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https://bundleofholding.com/presents/MutantChronicles

"The Solar System is a roaring mayhem of death and war. The Earth has been swept clean by the violent onslaught of the Dark Legion's monstrous hordes and Undead Legionaries. In the enormous cities of Venus, Mars, and the Outer Planets, heretics devoted to destruction stalk gloomy alleys, spreading their teachings of greed, jealously, and war. With technology failing due to the insidious effects of the Dark Symmetry, humanity must fight the Dark Legion while dealing with infighting and conspiracy from within.

Mutant Chronicles is a full-throttle dieselpunk techno-fantasy RPG, a thrill ride across a Solar System beset by megacorporate intrigue and the invasion of a terrible alien force. Originally published in 1993 by the Swedish company Target Games (now Paradox Entertainment), Mutant Chronicles grew into a franchise, with a Doom Trooper trading card game, three boardgames, a video game, the massive Warzone miniatures game, and two editions of an RPG. More recently there was a 2008 film, a pre-painted miniatures game from Fantasy Flight Games and, last year, a reboot of Warzone by Prodos Games.

In a successful January 2014 Kickstarter campaign, Modiphius Entertainment funded a licensed Third Edition of the Mutant Chronicles RPG and a full support line. The new version uses a fast-playing, cinematic "2d20" system designed by Jay Little (Star Wars: Edge of the Empire). The same system powers the new Modiphius Conan RPG and its forthcoming Star Trek game.

This all-new offer presents the complete 496-page Mutant Chronicles Third Edition corebook along with many faction guides and the Dark Symmetry Campaign. 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 Chris Birch of Modiphius Entertainment, Vision Rescue. "Modiphius has chosen to support Vision Rescue through a number of different projects," says Chris. "Our goal is to raise US$20,000 for a Vision Rescue Bus."

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$119. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $52) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete 496-page Mutant Chronicles Third Edition rulebook (retail price $20), the Mutant Chronicles Player's Guide extracted from it (retail $10), and two faction books about the megacorporate nation-states of the Solar System: Capitol Source Book (retail $9.50) and Imperial Source Book (retail $12.50).

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with five more titles worth an additional $67, including the Dark Symmetry Campaign (retail $15) that covers the setting's calamitous early history, and the Bauhaus, Mishima, Cybertronic, and Brotherhood Source Books (retail $13 apiece)."

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."


I'll be honest, I'm pretty sure this isn't my sort of game, and I probably won't be checking it out, but as with all these bundles it looks like you get a lot for your money.

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I forgot to mention that Stewart Wieck, another big name in gaming, died last week. He only 49 when he died - apparently he just collapsed suddenly after a fencing match. Most notable as one of the founders of White Wolf and a major writer for the World of Darkness books.

http://www.tenkarstavern.com/2017/06/stewart-wieck-has-passed-white-wolf.html

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

https://www.rpg.net/columns/advanced-designers-and-dragons/advanced-designers-and-dragons14.phtml

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Pendragon is the classic Arthurian RPG, never bettered in its handling of Arthurian myth so far as I know. This time there are two bundle offers, one a repeat from 2014, the other all new.

King Arthur Pendragon

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/KAP2017

"This is a revival (the second) of our June 2014 offer featuring one of the most honored and respected RPGs ever published, King Arthur Pendragon. This revival runs in parallel with an all-new companion, Estates and Uther, that presents recent KAP supplements.

King Arthur Pendragon is the crowning achievement of legendary designer Greg Stafford (founder of Chaosium and discoverer of Glorantha), Pendragon isn't just a game about Arthurian Britain -- it is a painstakingly researched, amazingly detailed game with mechanics built specifically to support play as one of the noble, passionate, and ultimately tragic Knights of the Round Table. In the comprehensive RPG.net Game Index of over 19,200 tabletop RPGs, King Arthur Pendragon ranks #5. Pendragon is a rarity in the roleplaying world, a work of authentic scholarship.

Chaosium first published Pendragon in 1985. Since then, it has remained continuously in print through several revisions and several publishers, most recently Nocturnal Media, co-founded in 2010 by White Wolf co-founder Stewart Wieck. This revival of the original June 2014 offer (the second revival, following one in December 2014) presents Nocturnal's current, comprehensive "Edition 5.2" rulebook (2016). This is an update from both the original run and the first revival, which presented the 5.1 version. Through Nocturnal Media's generosity, all previous purchasers also receive this new Edition 5.2 on their Wizard's Cabinet download page.

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 total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$132. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all six titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $60) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • King Arthur Pendragon (retail price $20): The most current (Edition 5.2) version of the clasic core rules for playing knights in Britain.
  • Book of Knights & Ladies (retail $20): Create characters from 100 different places in Britain or ten foreign lands, and from a dozen religions.
  • Tales of Chivalry & Romance (retail $6): Five short adventures about the knightly code of chivalry and the high art of romance.
  • Tales of Magic & Miracles (retail $6): Adventures in fantastic and holy realms, including a prelude to the Grail Quest.
  • The Grey Knight (retail $3): This 1986 adventure inspired by Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was written by Masks of Nyarlathotep designer Larry DiTillio.
  • Book of Records Volume 1 - Knights (retail $5): Form-fillable, auto-calculating .PDF character and estate sheets.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $22.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $72:

  • The Great Pendragon Campaign (retail $25): Greg Stafford's multi-generation saga with over 100 adventures across 85 years, stretching from before Arthur is conceived to beyond his death.
  • Book of Battle Second Edition (retail $25): These rules for large-scale combat let your knight stride into battle and turn the tide for better -- or worse.
  • Book of Armies (retail $20): All the armies in The Great Pendragon Campaign and many more, plus the battles important in the legends, such as Badon and Camlann.
  • Pendragon Gamemaster Characters (retail $2): Stats for all the important characters from The Great Pendragon Campaign and more.

Estates and Uther

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Pendragon2

"This Pendragon Bundle +2, subtitled Estates and Uther, is an all-new companion to our June 2014 King Arthur Pendragon Bundle, resurrected and running in parallel with this new offer. This offer includes supplements that focus on the Early Phase of Pendragon's 85-year "Great Campaign," especially the tumultuous history of King Arthur's father, Uther Pendragon.

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 total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$103. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get both titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $51) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks: Book of Uther (retail price $26), about King Arthur's father, Uther Pendragon, and his tumultuous history; and Book of the Estate (retail $25), about obtaining and managing a large household -- a monument to your glorious achievements.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $23.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with three more titles worth an additional $52:

  • Book of the Warlord (retail $32): The definitive guide to noble life in the chaotic Early Phase of the 85-year Great Pendragon Campaign.
  • Book of the Entourage (retail $15): The 2015 revised edition about the companions and accoutrements of the knight's lordly life.
  • Book of Records II: Battles (retail $5): Form-fillable, auto-calculating .PDF sheets for determining battle outcomes.
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If you're interested in RPGs and Arthurian myth this is a game you really ought to have - whether you need all of it is another matter. It's possible to get too bogged down in the detail presented here, much of which can be found on other sources, and with a more diverse viewpoint. For my part, I own some of this material in early dead tree editions, but have rarely played anything that needed more than the main rulebook. It looks like there has been a lot of updating, and I expect I'll be checking most of this out, especially the newer material. But as usual I have to point out that I get this stuff free if I want it, and your mileage may vary!
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This is a bit of a blast from the past - 1993's Cyberpunk 2020 RPG from R. Talsorian Games, visualising the far distant world of... um... three years in our future. This is another that I already own in dead tree format. It's notable for a series of entertainingly wrong guesses about the future it described, with the occasional bit that comes close to accuracy. As with some of the other offerings in these bundles, the pages are graphics scans of the original books so not perfect quality, but usable enough for most purposes:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Cyberpunk2020

This offer presents the 1993 Second Edition of Mike Pondsmith's classic RPG of the dark future, Cyberpunk 2020 from R. Talsorian Games.

As the back cover of Cyberpunk 2020 tells us, "the Corporations control the world from their skyscraper fortresses, enforcing their rule with armies of cyborg assassins. On the Street, boostergangs roam a shattered urban wilderness, killing and looting. The rest of the world is a perpetual party, as fashion-model techies in the hottest clubs rub biosculpt jobs with battle-armored roadwarriors. The future never looked so bad -- but you can change it. You've got interface plugs in your wrists, weapons in your arms, lasers in your eyes, biochips in your brain. You're wired in, cyberenhanced, and solid state. Take it to the fatal Edge where only the toughest and coolest can go -- because you're Cyberpunk."

This huge collection provides DRM-free, non-watermarked .PDFs of the complete 258-page Cyberpunk 2020 rulebook and over a dozen supplements for both First and Second Editions -- everything you need for a life on the fatal Edge where attitude is everything. Warm up your cyberwear and faxprinter, grab your mirrorshades and Dai Lung Magnum, tell the ripperdoc to stand by, and hit Night City's mean streets and hot clubs in the unimaginably faraway time of AD 2020.

These are acceptable-quality .PDF image scans of the original 1990s hardcopies with OCR (optical character recognition) applied. Text is light but readable and can be copied.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$113.50. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all six titles in our Player's Collection (retail value $48) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • Cyberpunk 2.0.2.0 Second Edition (retail $15): The core rulebook for this quintessentially '90s RPG of high-tech lowlifes.
  • Four role guides (total retail $27) adding options for individual character classes: Solo of Fortune (mercenaries), Protect & Serve (law enforcement), Wild Side (fixers), and Rockerboy (rock'n'roll will never die!).
  • Blackhand's Street Weapons 2020 (retail $6): The big book of guns and every kind of armament.
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Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get our entire Referee's Collection with seven more titles worth an additional $65.50:

  • Night City (retail $9): One of the best city sourcebooks for Cyberpunk or any modern-day RPG, this jam-packed 180-page sourcebook covers Cyberpunk's signature urban sprawl.
  • Three 2020 worldbooks (total retail $23) looking at life on the edge outside the US: Pacific Rim Sourcebook, Eurosource Plus, and Rough Guide to the UK.
  • Rache Bartmoss's Guide to the Net (retail $9): Rache Bartmoss (the world's greatest netrunner) is dead -- which finally gives him time to write this acidulous, gonzo-journalist tour of the information superhighway.
  • Land of the Free and Home of the Brave (total retail $20.50): Two linked supplements on fallen America. Home of the Brave covers NPCs, plot hooks, and more from this fractured union. Land of the Free presents a sprawling road-trip campaign.
  • Listen Up, You Primitive Screwheads! (retail $7): The unexpurgated Cyberpunk referee's guide with some of the best GM advice for this or any RPG.

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 more than average. This is their reward for buying early."

Cyberpunk 2020 resources


I'm not sure about this one - it's well out of date, Cyberpunk in general is a fairly marginal genre these days, you have to think of it as an alternate world because most of the history it describes went wildly differently, and the rules set is a little clunky. If you're starting from scratch and want a modern cyberpunk system GURPS is probably a better bet, since new material occasionally appears and there are endless resources - but I'd suggest going with GURPS Cyberpunk plus Transhuman Space, which adds a lot more fun things for a cyberpunk-style setting. On the other hand, there's some fun stuff here, and it handles the actual business of hacking etc. about as well as GURPS.

If you can find them there were also some fun supplements based on classic cyberpunk novels; Hardwired, based on the novel by Walter John Williams, and another based on Effinger's When Gravity Fails. Neither is included in this bundle, but so far as I know this is the only system that covers them.

On the whole I think I'd give this an "OK if you like that sort of thing" rating; it's the only way you're probably going to get this stuff now, but do you really need it? Possibly worth it if you don't have much and want to see more, and get in early before the prices rise.

As usual your mileage won't be mine!

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A big wodge of RPGs based on anime and manga - this goes active in the next hour or so, and the link below will go to the previous offer until then.

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/AnimeBlast

"This is an all-new offer of tabletop roleplaying games inspired by Japanese anime and manga in the tradition of the December 2013 Super Asian Blast. Along with Kickstarter spectaculars like OVA and the fantastically inventive Tenra Bansho Zero, this collection presents treasures ranging from the recent Blade Bind and Kagegami High to the R. Talsorian Games classic Teenagers From Outer Space.

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$96. Customers who pay just US$8.95 get all five titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $47) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • Blade Bind (PowerFrame Games, retail $8): Craig Judd's one-shot storygame of the Chosen and the super-weapons they control -- or vice versa.
  • The Starlit Kingdom (Peach Pants Press, retail $10): Tragic stories of the war between Earth and Moon by Anna Kreider, designer of Thou Art But a Warrior.
  • Mystical: Kingdom of Monsters (for Pathfinder) (Northwinter Press, retail $12): Gotta capture 'em all in this campaign supplement that brings the Monster Trainer to Pathfinder and D&D 3.x.
  • Sparks (Twisted Die Productions, retail $7): Magical girls (and even boys) fight the forces of Darkness while trying to maintain good grades.
  • Teenagers From Outer Space (R. Talsorian Games, retail $10): Mike Pondsmith's hijinks-filled tribute to the 1980s anime Urutsei Yatsura.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $17.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with four more games worth an additional $49:

  • Tenra Bansho Zero (Kotodama Heavy Industries, retail $14): Headlong hyperspeed mecha-magic-samurai-ninja-ghost-Buddhist-Shinto action like nothing else in the world, ever. An entire campaign full of everything in six intense hours.
  • OVA (Wise Turtle, retail $15): The new edition of Clay Gardner's fast-playing and versatile rules set, widely considered the go-to game for any anime style.
  • The Ruined Empire (Peach Pants Press, retail $10): Anna Kreider returns with a saga of warring nations originally written for Tenra Bansho Zero.
  • Kagegami High (Yaruki Zero Games, retail $10): More high-school hilarity a la Welcome to Night Vale by Ewen Cluney (Maid RPG, Golden Sky Stories).

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


The only one of these I'm familiar with is Teenagers From Outer Space, which I remember as a lot of fun. This is probably going to be most interesting to those who are seriously into this genre, which isn't me, but it looks like you get some good stuff and the pricing seems reasonable. But as usual I have to point out that I get freebies, so your mileage may vary.

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This is a system I don't know, and probably won't be playing - I'm not really into "Dark Fantasy" or any of the things they mention in the "if you love xxx you'll love this..." bit, and suspect it isn't really my sort of setting:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/DemonLord

"Shadow of the Demon Lord is designer Robert J. Schwalb's dark fantasy RPG of grim heroism against a cosmic destroyer. In this fast-playing, low-prep March 2015 Kickstarter triumph, desperate heroes battle strange magic, unhinged cultists, and roaming mobs of undead while humanity's last great empire slides toward oblivion. Gamers who love Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, the Ravenloft and Midnight settings, Joe Abercrombie's The First Law novels, or heavy metal music will want this bargain-priced collection of DRM-free .PDF ebooks all about the Void That Hungers.

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 Wildlife Conservation Society.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$98. Customers who pay just US$13.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $44) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete 278-page Shadow of the Demon Lord corebook (retail price $20), the Demon Lord's Companion (retail $10), the Uncertain Faith sourcebook of divine magic (retail $12), and the fine introductory adventure Dark Deeds in Last Hope (retail $2).

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 worth an additional $54. What's in these supplements? The titles speak for themselves: Hunger in the Void (retail $12), Tombs of the Desolation (retail $10), A Glorious Death (retail $10), Terrible Beauty (retail $12), and Exquisite Agony (retail $10). Happy gaming!

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.

Shadow of the Demon Lord resources

I think it looks like a reasonable deal, but I'm not going to be delving into it to see if I'm right or wrong. For this one you're on your own...

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This is an all-new offering for the Fading Suns RPG, a followup from the first at the start of this year - it even includes a later version of the rules. As I said last time:

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/FadingSuns2


This offer is a follow-up, and correction, to the January Fading Suns Bundle. That offer promised the Fading Suns Revised Second Edition rulebook (2009) from RedBrick Limited; instead we mistakenly provided the Revised rulebook (2012) from FASA Games. Oops. This all-new sequel collection really, truly includes RedBrick's 2E Revised rules (this time we mean it), plus a galaxy of supplements.

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.

Originally published by Holistic Design, Fading Suns later moved to RedBrick Limited, then FASA Games. In November 2016 the German gaming company Ulisses Spiele GmbH took over publishing the Fading Suns RPG 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) 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$116. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $57) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks -- the 2E Revised rules (retail price $20) and also the Fading Suns d20 System rulebook (retail $12), the Players Companion (retail $12), and the technology sourcebook Arcane Tech (retail $13).

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with six more titles worth an additional $59:

  • Legions of the Empire (retail $10): The armies and navies of the sixth millennium, and the places where they battle.
  • Aliens & Deviltry (retail $10): Two classic supplements -- Children of the Gods (about the Obun and Ukar alien races) and The Dark Between the Stars (supernatural entities and forces).
  • Two "Secret Societies" sourcebooks: Spies & Revolutionaries (retail $10) and Heretics & Outsiders (retail $9) -- guides to shadowy groups across the Known Worlds.
  • Sinners & Saints (retail $8): A gallery of nonplayer characters from nobles and priests to pirates and pets.
  • Church Fiefs (retail $12): The worldbook devoted to the holdings of the Church of the Celestial Sun.

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.

Again quoting myself from last time: 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 a repeat of an offer I mentioned at the end of 2015, with a little more added:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/13thAge2017


"Revived from its phenomenally successful run in December 2015, this 13th Age Bundle features the bestselling tabletop fantasy roleplaying game 13th Age from Pelgrane Press. Created by Rob Heinsoo and Jonathan Tweet, lead designers of the Third and Fourth Editions of D&D, 13th Age combines the best parts of traditional D20 RPGs with story-focused rules that let you run the kind of game you most want to play.

The nominal setting of 13th Age, the Dragon Empire, is intentionally left half-created, so each campaign can pioneer new stories. Most D20 games have powerful NPCs -- conquerors, sorcerers, demigods, dragons -- who shape the world behind the scenes. 13th Age brings them forward, making them Icons the PCs will aid or oppose in your campaign. The network of Icon relationships, both among themselves and with the player characters, differs for each group. The characters' relationships and backgrounds help define the setting. Each 13th Age player chooses "One Unique Thing" that makes his or her character interesting and hints at a story that can unfold over the campaign. Unique Things can establish facts about the world. If the player says, "I am the only acrobat who performed their way out of the Diabolist's Circus of Hell" -- well, wow! Wonderful! The GM didn't even know there was a Circus of Hell, but of course there is -- now.

As with the original run, this bargain-priced revival includes rules, monsters, treasures, adventures, and even music -- everything you need to run your own 13th Age campaign in the Dragon Empire. We provide these ebooks and audio tracks complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format) or as MP3 audio tracks. Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books and music tracks have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders and players.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to the charity selected by Pelgrane Press co-owner Simon Rogers, the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The total retail value of the titles in this revived offer at launch is US$126. Customers who pay just $19.95 get all the titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $62) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks and MP3 music tracks, including the complete 325-page 13th Age rulebook (retail price $25), the 13 True Ways rules expansion (retail $21) and the huge 13th Age Soundtrack (retail $16) with atmospheric music for play sessions.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $32.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $64:
  • Eyes of the Stone Thief (retail $25): Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan's massive 364-page campaign in pursuit of, and inside, a colossal living megadungeon.
  • 13th Age Bestiary (retail $21): A horde of new creatures, both monsters and rivals, with hundreds of variant versions.
  • The Book of Loot (retail $9): A 72-page collection of hundreds of new treasures.
  • Diamonds and Shadows (retail $14): This compilation of modules from the 13th Age Organized Play program sends the heroes on a campaign to locate and dispose of a powerful magical gem.
  • Shadows of Eldolan (retail $9): An ideal introductory adventure set in a small town with duelling wizards' schools.
  • Candles, Clay, & Dancing Shoes (retail $3): This installment of the 13th Age Monthly subscription program presents half a dozen one-use magic items.
At least one more title will be added after launch. When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle -- including purchasers of the original December 2015 run -- automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid higher than average. This is their reward for buying early (even way early).

I'll be honest, this wasn't one I took a lot of interest first time around, I tend not to play straight fantasy RPGs, but the value looks pretty good. I'm biased, of course, since I'm getting this stuff free if I want it, so YMMV.
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This is a setting I'm not familiar with, a modern-day horror campaign set around a university campus:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/EastTexasU

"This offer presents almost the entire East Texas University line of Savage Worlds supplements and adventures from Pinnacle Entertainment about modern-day academic horror in Pinebox, Texas. Created by the 12 to Midnight studio, Pinebox is a sleepily haunted Big Thicket town, already presented in several Savage Worlds adventures that strike a tone similar to the Joe Lansdale novel Bubba Ho-tep. In a successful May 2014 Kickstarter campaign, Pinnacle brought forth a whole sub-line set in Pinebox's East Texas University, where the beer is enchanted and your advisor wants to kill you. The ETU line adds a flavor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X-Files (and, some say, Scooby Doo) to this deep-fried terror mix.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format) and each music track as a DRM-free .MP3 audio file. Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books and tracks have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders and music players.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$102. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all five titles in our Student's Collection (retail value $43) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition rulebook (retail $10), plus the East Texas University core campaign book (retail price $15) and ETU Player's Guide (retail $5), Archetypes (retail $3), the Trouble in Texas soundtrack (retail $10), and we throw in an ETU Welcome Kit of free downloads from the Pinnacle website.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, also get our entire Dean's Collection with ten more titles worth an additional $59, including the complete Savage Worlds Plot Point campaign Degrees of Horror (retail $15) and the Class Ring adventure (retail $6); Heroes of ETU and Horrors of ETU Figure Flats (retail $7 each); four full-color .PDF poster maps: Classrooms, Library, Off Campus Housing, and Pinebox Businesses (retail $4 each); and the University Press Kit and GM Screen Inserts (retail $4 each).

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'm probably not going to be very interested in this because I was more or less "horrored out" in the nineties - I don't particularly want to run horror RPGs any more. As usual it looks to be good value for money, but I don't have to pay for this stuff, if you do your mileage may vary.

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Last year's Rocket Age bundle offer is being repeated, full details here:

http://ffutures.dreamwidth.org/1983727.html

However, the URL for the offer itself has changed to    http://bundleofholding.com/presents/RocketAge2017


The new offer adds another supplement, The Asteroid Belt, in the Bonus Collection: I think this was the surprise extra last time. There aren't going to be any new surprises.

As I said last time, this is well worth a look if you like pulp golden age SF adventures and/or enjoyed the Forgotten Futures Planets of Peril collection I did a few years ago. Lots of fun adventure ideas, and works pretty well.

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These are apparently the biggest bundle offers to date, each about three times the size of anything that has gone before. Between them they contain everything that was published for the Champions superhero RPG fourth edition, a total of 65 books. This is a game I remember very fondly, not least because some elements of the Diana: Warrior Princess rules system, especially the "roll buckets of dice" mechanic, derive from it. As usual I already own a lot of it as dead trees, but those who don't, or want this stuff in much more portable form, may want to take a look:

Champions 4E Essentials Bundle

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Champions4Essentials

"This is the first of two parallel offers that together present the entire Champions Fourth Edition line.

This Champions 4E Universe offer is the first of TWO offers we're running in parallel that bring to the world the complete Champions Fourth Edition line (1989-2001) of superheroic RPG rulebooks and supplements in the Champions Universe. This one, Champions 4E Universe, presents core rulebooks and the most important supplements.

Hero Games published Champions in 1981; it was one of the first superhero RPGs. Champions quickly went through two more editions and grew beyond its roots into modern-day espionage, pulp action, fantasy, science fiction, and giant robots. Hero later licensed the property to Iron Crown Enterprises. In 1988 Rob Bell, the Hero editor at ICE, initiated an ambitious project to reconcile all the diverse approaches of the past as one universal rules set, the all-encompassing HERO System. This led to the landmark 1989 Champions Fourth Edition, known to fans as the "Big Blue Book" for its splendid George Perez cover.

Over the next decade, Iron Crown and two licensees (Gold Rush Games and R. Talsorian Games) published over 60 superhero RPG supplements and adventures for Champions. These books, though uneven in quality, shared a brio, a sense of imagination and excitement, that fans still recall fondly.

These two offers -- the largest in Bundle of Holding history -- collect all 65 of the 4E books from Hero and its licensees. Many titles are appearing in .PDF for the first time, fruits of another ambitious effort by Jason Walters of Hero Games. The titles in these offers are also sold individually on DriveThruRPG, but these two bargain-priced Bundle of Holding collections are the best way to acquire, at one stroke, a whole virtual shelf of Champions Universe ebooks.

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 charities selected by Jason Walters of Hero Games, the National Down Syndrome Society and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

The total retail value of the titles in this Essentials offer is US$200. This offer's jaw-dropping Core Collection presents over 1,900 pages of top-quality superheroic roleplaying material -- thirteen .PDFs (retail value $97.50) -- for just US$19.95. The 354-page BBB itself and the Hero System Rulesbook, plus Classic Enemies and Organizations, PRIMUS and VIPER, Normals Unbound and Allies, the Hero Bestiary, and more: With just these books, Champions Gamemasters have run campaigns lasting decades.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $29.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with fourteen more titles worth an additional $102.50, including Dark Champions: Heroes of Vengeance for 4E, Golden Age Champions, the 4E versions of Ultimate Martial Artist and Ultimate Mentalist, The Ultimate Super Mage and Super Mage Bestiary (plus Mystic Masters), Challenges for Champions, and both Champions Presents collections. And we didn't forget Champions: New Millennium and its two supplements.

Questions? Check our Beyond the Bundle blog post, "About the Champions 4E Bundles of Holding."

Champions 4E Universe Bundle

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Champions4Universe

"This Champions 4E Universe offer is the second of TWO offers we're running in parallel that bring to the world the complete Champions Fourth Edition line (1989-2001) of superheroic RPG rulebooks and supplements in the Champions Universe. The companion offer, Champions 4E Essentials, presents core rulebooks and the most important supplements. This one, Champions 4E Universe, has over three dozen supplements and adventures.

The total retail value of the titles in this Universe offer is US$208.50. Customers who pay just US$17.95 get all nineteen titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $98.50) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including five Enemies books of supervillains, ten adventures, and the complete San Angelo: City of Heroes line from Gold Rush Games.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $34.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with eighteen more titles worth an additional $110, including nine Dark Champions books, two collections of Heroic Adventures, Kingdom of Champions and other location books, Foxbat Unhinged, and -- yes! -- Champions in 3-D, the dimension-roaming campaign book that holds pride of place in every Champions fan's trophy room.


Although this stuff was published at least sixteen years ago, I think that it's probably must buys for anyone who doesn't already have the game - if you do, there's a lot to be said for having it in a form that doesn't need a small truck to carry it around. There are hundreds of fun ideas for superhero games, and most of them are easily transferable to other rules systems such as GURPS, Marvel, DC Heroes, etc.

I'd definitely be buying this if I wasn't on their freebies list - but of course your mileage may vary.
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This is another RPG bundle offer, this time focusing on a D20 version of the classic SF RPG Traveller. It looks like you get a lot of material, but if you're already into the setting you may own a lot of it already for one or another of the innumerable versions of the rules:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Traveller20

For decades Traveller designer Marc W. Miller has licensed many publishers to create new material and even new rules systems for Traveller. From 2002 to 2009, licensee QuikLink Interactive adapted Traveller to the D20 System as Traveller20 (T20) and supported it with extensive source material usable with both T20 and Classic Traveller. Most of these supplements describe the official T20 setting, the Gateway Domain (four sectors at the Trailing edge of the Third Imperium galactic empire) in the "Golden Age" (circa Imperial year 993, about a century before Classic Traveller). This collection gathers much of the T20 line: the core rulebook (and the D20 System Reference Document SRD-3), the player's handbook, vehicle and equipment guides, starship deck plans, and lots of setting material. It's everything you need for a complete campaign in the Gateway Domain using the Traveller20 or Classic Traveller rules.

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. (By request of Far Future Enterprises, the DriveThruRPG versions of these files are inobtrusively watermarked.)

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

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$159. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all fourteen titles in our Player's Collection (retail value $73) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
  • Traveller's Guidebook (retail price $10): The player's handbook for Traveller20, with character creation and combat rules. Includes the complete D20 System Reference Document SRD-3.
  • Four Traveller's Aide guides: TA1 Personal Weapons of Charted Space (retail $7) and three vehicle guides (retail $7 each, total retail $21) -- TA3 On the Ground, TA6 Against Gravity, TA8 Through the Waves. These compendia of weaponry and vehicles include game statistics for both Traveller20 and Classic Traveller.
  • Revelation Station (retail $7): A small orbital waystation that serves as an ideal base for player characters travelling the jump routes.
  • Eight sets of starship deck plans: Scout/Courier (Type S) (retail $7) and Golden Age Ships 1-7 (retail $3 each, total retail $21) -- a comprehensive collection of game maps for many kinds of civilian spacecraft travelling the Imperium.
Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get our entire Referee's Collection with ten more titles (retail value $86):
  • Traveller's Handbook (retail $20): The complete three-volume Traveller20 D20-based core rules set, with all the Guidebook content plus worldbuilding rules, campaign advice, and lots more. Includes many useful forms and sector maps.
  • Gateway to Destiny (retail $10): A large campaign supplement set in the official Traveller20 setting, the Domain of Gateway, four sectors on the Trailing edge of the Imperium.
  • Linkworlds Cluster and Traveller20 Referee Screen (total retail $14): A 48-page mini-campaign in the Gateway Domain, plus useful reference charts.
  • The Sydymic Outworlds Cluster (retail $7): A deeper look at six worlds in the Gateway Domain. Includes "The Mahkahraik," an expanded description of one of the cluster's minor races.
  • Two Traveller's Aide starship guides: TA7 Fighting Ships and TA9 Fighting Ships of the Solomani (retail $7 apiece) describe the military vessels travellers meet in the Gateway and beyond.
  • Epic Adventures 1-3: EPIC-1 Stoner Express, EPIC-2 Into the Glimmer Drift, and EPIC-3 Chimera (retail $7 apiece) -- a trio of missions in the Glimmerdrift Reaches for the hapless crew of the scout ship Broadside of a Barn.
At least one more title 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 more than average. This is their reward for buying early.

Overall this looks like a reasonably good offer, with a lot of material on an area of space that isn't covered in much detail by other versions of the game. But as usual I have to point out that I get this material free if I want it, your mileage may vary.

The press release for this offer also included some useful links for Traveller referees etc. which may be of interest even if you have no interest in Traveller 20.
I haven't checked these sites, but there may be some useful resources out there.
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I think I forgot to upload the map I used for my D:WP session at Dragonmeet in December:

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http://forgottenfutures.co.uk/album/diana-map.pdf
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Received an email that might be of interest to anyone in the UK interested in games and game design etc.

GameCamp 9
6th May 2017
London South Bank University

GameCamp is back once more! London's unique unconference dedicated to all aspects of gaming culture is returning on 6th May 2017.

EarlyBird tickets are now on sale. Be sure to grab them before they run out!

As usual the unconference is dependant on its community to post sessions on the Big Board and drive the unique discussions and fun activities that make GameCamp such a joy. As a past attendee we hope you'll be able to join in :)

We also invite people to bring along games to demo or other things to exhibit or add to the atmosphere - just get in touch at committee@gamecamp.org.uk if you'd like to bring along something big or small.

Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gamecamp-9-tickets-32481926316?mc_eid=77bde612db&mc_cid=b1760204b3

I've been to a couple of these - not sure why not more - and they've been fun and the lunch included in the price was pretty good. Maybe I'll see some of you there.
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This is one that interests me for fairly obvious reasons - one of the driving forces behind Forgotten Futures was my experiences writing for the original Space 1889 RPG. The Ubiquity version uses a different and hopefully better rules set, and has some new material didn't accompany the original game:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Space1889


"Originally published by GDW in 1988, Space: 1889 is a proto-steampunk science fantasy RPG that sends your ether flyer to the swamps of Venus and the ancient canals of Mars for civilized adventures out of Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, and H. Rider Haggard. GDW and its licensees produced a dozen Space: 1889 RPG supplements (all still available as scanned .PDFs from Heliograph, Inc.), miniatures and computer games, audio dramas (two of them still available from Who North America), and, later, three series of ebook novels from Untreed Reads.

This offer features the new Clockwork Publishing edition of Space: 1889, licensed by designer Frank Chadwick and funded by a successful July 2013 Kickstarter campaign. The Clockwork edition uses the easy and fast-playing Ubiquity rules system created for Hollow Earth Expedition (featured in our December 2015 Ubiquity Bundle).

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format) and each audio track as an .MP3 file. 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, tablets, and music players.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$80. Customers who pay just US$6.95 get both titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $35), including Clockwork Publishing's complete 260-page Space: 1889 rulebook (retail price $25) and composer Ralf Kurtsiefer's complete soundtrack Music of the Ether (retail $10), with 18 DRM-free .MP3 audio tracks of atmospheric music for Space: 1889 game sessions.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $16.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with four more titles (retail value $45):

  • Marvels of Mars (retail $10): A two-fold sourcebook spotlighting the lost technologies of the ancients as well as the monsters that fight to survive in the unforgiving red sands.
  • Venus (retail $20): A big planetary sourcebook full of jungles, swamps, lizard-men, dinosaurs, and colonial zeppelins.
  • Space: 1889 Gamemaster's Screen and NPC Booklet (retail $10): Useful charts and tables, plus a 32-page booklet of nonplayer characters for every situation.
  • London Bridge Has Fallen Down (retail $5): A search for a missing scientist's ether flyer leads to the oldest city of Mars, and then deep into the Isidis Desert in search of the Empire's best-kept secret.

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 very interested in seeing this - Space 1889 really needed a drastic overhaul, and this sounds like it might be what was needed. I'm certainly going to be downloading stuff. Whether or not I actually need it is another question - if I was to run Space 1889 tomorrow I'd use Forgotten Futures rules, back before Forgotten Futures I ran quite a few sessions with Call of Cthulhu rules. I'd imagine others are using Victoriana rules, GURPS, etc. For the most part I suspect I'll be more interested in the adventures and source material than the rules, but it'll be interesting to see if the rules fill in some of the gaps of the original game. At a first glance everything looks very good, with a lot of illustrations and fun stuff. It looks like you get a lot for your money, but as usual I have to point out that I'm not buying this stuff - if you have to pay for it your mileage may vary.

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