RPG Academy Interview

Caleb and Michael from RPG Academy were kind enough to come talk to us about RPG Academy, their upcoming convention AcadeCon, and their Kickstarter. Look for their Kickstarter on August 6, or you can find them at www.therpgacademy.com, @TheRPGAcademy, @TheCalebG, or @AcadeCon.

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What’s Cool on Kickstarter

There’s many interesting items to be found on Kickstarter, and here are the coolest ones this week.

Downfall
Aser and I have recently begun looking for some interesting storytelling games to add to our to play list, and this one definitely looks like it will be up our alley. A perfect world that is collapsing due to a fatal flaw while a hero tries to save it? Sounds perfect.

“Downfall is a role-playing game that explores the collapse of a society, a cataclysm brought about by a fatal Flaw at work within it. First you sit down and build your world, then you destroy it. You tell the story of a hero who tries to save their home. But in Downfall, the hero fails.

The game works in any kind of setting, from mythical fantasy to the real world to high-flying science fiction. It’s made to tell a whole story in a single 2-4 hour session and doesn’t require preparation, dice, or a GM. ”

 

Steampunk Militia Miniatures
I really like the look of these miniatures, but we don’t play any steampunk games they’d be relevant for at the moment. You should really give them a look and think about adding them to your collection.

“My name is Andrew May, I have been working as a freelance sculptor of wargaming figures for the last couple of years and now also run my own miniatures business “Meridian Miniatures”. Nearly two years ago I ran my first Kickstarter campaign for a “Steampunk Army” and now comes the follow up “Steampunk Militia” campaign to complement the military figures with their civilian counterparts in the “Steam & Aether” table top setting.

As you can see below the, initial miniatures are already sculpted with the pre production painted masters shown. In each of my previous campaigns I have tried to avoid leaving to much ambiguity between the miniatures promised and the actual product you will receive, where possible I try to avoid relying on renders and “concept art”. Occasionally I will illustrate an idea using either but feel I have built up the reputation for delivering on promises by this stage that you won’t be disappointed.”

 

Dungeons on Demand 2
You can get some nice instant dungeons with traps, monsters and treasure all ready to drop on your players with little to no preparation. Sometimes you just need a dungeon while you plot out the next step, and it’s only $5.

“Dungeons on Demand are instant dungeons you can drop into your campaign, each is designed for 4-5 player parties of specified levels, and each dungeon is complete with a back story, hand drawn maps, traps, puzzles, and reference information to monsters and treasure. You can customize each one to fit in your campaign however you wish, and each one can be played through in one or two gaming sessions (depending upon how long you play!)”

 

Marked for Death: A Comedic Fate module about assassins
I think adding some slap-stick fun into your assassination attempts makes everything a little better when you’re playing Fate.

“Marked For Death is a FATE Module which lets you play as a group of assassins and choose how to eliminate your targets in hilariously unfair situations! Marked For Death’s gameplay is designed to be a challenging experience, where ridiculous things still happen on occasion.

You are a small group of well-trained individuals going up against a much larger force. Guile and planning are your greatest allies; although hiding behind a plant in an otherwise empty hallway is always an option…”

 

Still active!

Blackskull Dice
The Pale Blue Die
Space Roller: Futuristic Dice
Things Could Be Worse Mugs
Microscope Explorer
The 20th HP Lovecraft Film Fest and Cthulhu Con
Starvation Cheap: Planetary Warfare for Stars Without Number
Cardboard Clothing: Apparel for the Modern Board Gamer
Let’s Play Dice
Carbon Fiber and Luminescent Rings

Mysteries of the Ninth World 10: The Impossible Bard

monsters

As they plunge deeper into the tomb, the party finds more traps and even some answers.

Featuring Aser, Ash, Landan, Megan, and Shaunna. Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Decisions”

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News and Advice Round-Up

News and Advice

Pour Over Lovecraft’s notes for At the Mountain’s of Madness
Lovecraft’s notes have been posted by Author Paul Tremblay on Instagram. It looks like you might have to sacrifice some sanity to decipher them. Just don’t stare at it for too long…

NASA Discovers Earth’s Older Cousin
“This particular planet’s combination of factors – including the type of star, the planet’s distance from it and its size – make it the closest analogue to Earth ever found, the scientists said.”

Kepler-452b circles a sun-like star about 1400 light-years away. It’s bigger then earth, but has a similar orbit around it’s sun. They’ve determined it is approximately 6 billion years old, giving it time to develop life if other important factors are present. This is super exciting as a geek, and is it wrong that my first thought went to how to incorporate the aliens that live on Kepler-452b into a game? I don’t think so.

4 Tips for Running Published Adventures
I run a lot of published adventures. I’ve only recently begun feeling comfortable enough to tell my own stories, or even change published adventures to make them my own. The railroad tracks are nice and safe. But I think the advice given here is a great way to let go of the railroad track set down in a published adventure. It’s alright, just let them go and embrace the story that is being developed between you and your players. It doesn’t mean you have to throw the whole story out, it just takes a little more work.

Meet the New Pathfinder Iconics
Pathfinder is releasing Occult Adventures on the 29th, and they’ve begun to introduce their new iconic characters. You can find them on Paizo’s website, or all the links are in the article I linked to. The new classes that will be available are occultist, spiritualist, psychic, medium, mesmerist, and kineticist. I’m interested to see how these new classes work in a game, but I can see them to be a little difficult at first to figure out exactly how to fit them in.

 

New Products

There’s a new expansion pack for Munchkin, which is full of a great evil. Well, it’s full of hipsters. It’s available on ThinkGeek for $9.95

Worlds Numberless and Strange was released this week, a supplement for The Strange. It has over 70 new recursions and great info for your Strange GM. I wrote a review here. You can get a copy on DriveThruRPG and the MCG Store. The PDF is $16.99 and the book is $44.99.

Sales and Bargains

DriveThruRPG is doing their Christmas in July sale, with 25% off thousands (and thousands) of PDFs. There are deals for Numenera, The Strange, Dresden, Achtung! Cthulhu, and more. You should check it out – it lasts for a week.
Lost Lands BundleFrog God’s settings and adventures written for Pathfinder

Looking for a Game?

We’re itching to try the Leverage RPG, and just need a few more players. We’re planning on trying for a Friday night. Interested? Email us at redactedfilespodcast@gmail.com!

Review: Worlds Numberless and Strange

What will you find as you venture into Earth’s shoals?

Witch covens battle in the mammoth city of Halloween. Nazis struggle to master mythological relics in the Eleventh Reich. T. rexes hunt hominids on the tropical island of Mesozoica, while skyships fend off pirates and predators in the tempestuous cloud seas of Seishin Shore.

In The Strange, recursions—limited pocket dimensions with their own laws of reality—are seeded from human fiction and mythology. A recursor might discover Atlantis, Oz, the Victorian London of Sherlock Holmes, or places even more bizarre and perilous. Worlds Numberless and Strange takes you to dozens of new recursions, where supervillains, dinosaurs, space troopers, killer robots, gods, and other dangers guard wonders and treasures few people on Earth have ever seen!

This week has been an awesome time to be a fan of MCG. The PDF of for the Cypher System was sent out to those who pre-ordered, the Numenera Reliquary boxes are being shipped out, and Worlds Numberless and Strange was released. WNS is a supplement for The Strange, a game that we love quite a bit here at TRF. The Strange imagines an Earth with an unimaginable number of recursions that the adventurers can travel to, including the fantasy world Ardeyn, the sci-fi world Ruk, and more including 221B Baker Street, Innsmouth, and Crow Hollow. There are recursions for almost any imagined fictional world, and all you have to do is imagine it.

Worlds Numberless and Strange provides 70 new recursions to add to your game. Seventeen of these are very well fleshed out with detailed information, history, cthulhuindividuals you might encounter, and artifacts that are present within that recursion. The others are just seeds that the GM can use as a starting point for their own ideas. I really love the table at the beginning of the chapter that the GM can roll on to determine which recursion they might accidentally translate into. I think the recursion seed Aser and I were both the most excited for was R’lyeh, which you can get shot by your superiors for visiting. If you survive that is. No one wants Cthulhu gain the spark and become able to translate.

The new recursion I was most excited about is Microcosmica, which I microdescribed as those episodes of Magic School Bus where they go inside various students to learn the inner workings of the human body. Aser likened it to Fantastic Voyage, and since they used a quote from the movie at the beginning of the listing, that might be the more accurate representation. But if you think there won’t be a yellow school bus zooming around if I have players show up in Microcosmica you are sorely mistaken. Plus there’s the new descriptor “Becomes Bacterial” which I want with every bit of my biochemist’s heart.

Aser really enjoyed the Rebel Galaxy recursion, inspired by all of your favorite space operas. Since we just encountered Darth Vader in our Strange game, and have recently decided we need a Star Wars game in the Cypher System this recursion is full of some pretty helpful ideas in setting that up. One of the most valuable set of rules provided was those for ship to ship combat, which included ways to take out the enemies ship without necessarily shooting them down.

rebelOther recursions include an alternate reality where the Nazis won, a steampunk Camelot, Atlantis, Zombies, Superheroes, and Dinosaurs. There are plenty more, but I don’t want to give away all of the awesomeness included. Besides this, there’s more information about regions and organizations within Ardeyn and Ruk, as well as new artifacts for those worlds. There are a handful of new descriptors that are tied to the new recursions, including Becomes Bacterial, and some new creatures.

If you’re looking for some new places to take your group, or just some inspiration for your game you should pick up Worlds Numberless and Strange. It’s a beautiful, informative book with lots of plot hooks, individuals to encounter, and worlds to explore. I can’t wait to head to some of those recursions in our own game. It is available from DriveThruRPG and the MCG Store. The PDF is $16.99 and the book is $44.99.

What’s Cool on Kickstarter

There’s many interesting items to be found on Kickstarter, and here are the coolest ones this week.

Starvation Cheap: Planetary Warfare for Stars Without Number
We haven’t tried Stars Without Number yet, but adding new rules for military campaigns sounds pretty awesome.

“Starvation Cheap is a military campaign supplement for the free Stars Without Number sci-fi tabletop role-playing game. It’s written to provide the reader with all the tools they need for building a sandbox-style military campaign focused on planetary armies and mercenary legions. Everything from the construction of wars and vital military objectives down to the gritty details of building a battlefield adventure is provided in this 100+ page book.

While written for Stars Without Number, the great majority of the tools in this book are system-neutral, perfectly usable with the sci-fi game of your choice.”

 

Cardboard Clothing: Apparel for the Modern Board Gamer
This is a neat collection of shirts that reference some of the more popular board games out there.

“Cardboard Clothing was founded to provide a way for boardgamers to express themselves and their love of the boardgaming hobby.

All of our designs are created by us and based on modern boardgame staples as well as some of our current favorite games.”

 

Let’s Play Dice
The pips on these dice are different, but it’s supposed to be completely balanced. That’s not the most important thing for me for dice, but they’re pretty awesome looking.

“The challenge was to create a perfectly balanced design for each side: they all have the same volume (mass) removed one every surface, so no side is heavier than others. Our concept was use a shape that can be divided up into 6 parts, with always the same surface occupied: Rectangle and Round shapes offer the most attractive look!”

 

Carbon Fiber and Luminescent Rings
So pretty! So glowing! There’s others with inlays that I think are pretty cool looking as well.

 

Still active!

Blackskull Dice
At the Mountains of Madness
World War Cthulhu: Cold War
Wyrmwood Magnetic Dice Tower
The Pale Blue Die
Treasure Chest
Space Roller: Futuristic Dice
Things Could Be Worse Mugs
Microscope Explorer
Reaper Miniatures: Bones 3
The 20th HP Lovecraft Film Fest and Cthulhu Con

Fear Itself: Invasive Procedures pt. 2

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As the horror becomes pervasive, the patients try to band together to escape from the monsters in the dark.
Featuring Aser, John, Matt, Megan, Mike, and Rob.
Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Spider’s Web” & “Classic Horror”

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News and Advice

Cthulhu on Pluto
The New Horizons probe has made it to Pluto and started sending back pictures. So far no signs of the Mi-Go, but NASA has unofficially named one of the spots on Pluto’s surface Cthulhu. Whether or not this choice will lead to all of humanity’s demise is still unknown.
 

 

 

Roll20 Signs Monte Cook Games
Roll20 is now officially Monte Cook Game’s virtual gaming partner. This is pretty exciting news for those using Roll20 to play various Cypher System games. They’re integrating The Strange first, and you can currently get a Strange Starter Pack for free to help run your virtual games more smoothly. You can use this pack to do things like roll for Cyphers, play music tracks, and track XP with in Roll20. We haven’t tried Roll20 for our Cypher games since a grid isn’t necessary for the game, but this partnership is adding some great features that will improve your online gaming experience. You can also get specific modules for the adventures The Curious Case of Tom Mallard and The Dark Spiral.

 

Five Ways to Save Your Campaign from Summer
The summer can be very busy and with everyone’s busy schedules it can be hard to keep your weekly, or even bi-weekly games on track. Tribality has some advice on not letting these interruptions disrupt your game! We’ve had to skip some games this summer, but planning ahead and keeping a good calendar and everyone appraised has really helped us not miss too many sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

Things Worth Preparing
Every GM prepares for their sessions differently. However, things almost never go the way you think, which can throw all of your careful planning out the window. I also find a rigid plan for how the session much go is less enjoyable, players never enjoy being railroaded. But Sly Flourish has some great advice on what you should put time into prepping for your game.

 

GenCon!

How to Even GenCon: Advice from TheAngryGM
GenCon for the Cypher System Fan

Bundle of Holding/Gaming Deals

Fantasy Frontiers Bundle: A collection of Fantasy RPGs set in a wide variety of cultures including Native American, Indian, Viking, and Egyptian. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Ehdrigohr, the Native American setting, and the rest look intriguing as well.

Lost Lands BundleFrog God’s settings and adventures written for Pathfinder

Chaosium is having a sale on their classic PDFs, 25% off!

Looking for a Game?

We’re itching to try the Leverage RPG, and just need a few more players. We’re planning on trying for a Friday night. Interested? Email us at redactedfilespodcast@gmail.com!

What’s Cool on Kickstarter

There’s many interesting items to be found on Kickstarter, and here are the coolest ones this week.

Things Could Be Worse Mugs
I love the Calamityware plates, and now there are mugs too! The design includes one disaster per ounce the mug holds. They’re microwave and dishwasher safe, and made of porcelain, so you’re getting really nice, really funny mugs!

“Lost your keys? Lost your job? Look at the bright side. At least you’re not plagued by pterodactyls, pursued by giant robots, or pestered by zombie poodles. Life is good! The Things-Could-Be-Worse Mug is designed to remind you how lucky you are.

What do you get? Sponsors of this Kickstarter project will receive sets of four identical mugs decorated with my multi-calamity drawing. These mugs are made and decorated by the award-winning Kristoff Porcelain workshop in Poland using the traditional in-glaze technique. The mugs are food safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe so you can use them every day to remind you of all the problems you don’t have.”

 

Microscope Explorer
Aser and I have been wanting to try Microscope for a while, a game where you start out small and then build your own universe. Now that there’s an expansion to the original RPG, we can’t wait to jump in!

“Microscope is a game where you sit down and create an epic history, spanning hundreds or thousands of years, all in just a few hours of play. Create cities, nations or whole worlds… or destroy them.

You can defy the limits of time and space, jumping backward or forward to explore the parts of the history that interest you. Want to leap a thousand years into the future and see how an institution shaped society? Want to jump back to the childhood of the king you just saw assassinated and find out what made him such a hated ruler? That’s normal in Microscope.

Microscope Explorer is an expansion that lets you take Microscope in whole new directions. Explore a family tree with UNION. Forge the epic story of a city, a ship or a sword of power in CHRONICLE. Travel back in time and rewrite history in ECHO.

It’s loaded with tools and strategies to get the most out of all your Microscope games, like SEEDS to get you started playing faster, TECHNIQUES to improve play, and WORLD-BUILDING methods to create settings for other role-playing games.”

 

Reaper Miniatures: Bones 3
Reaper Miniatures are some of the best on the market. They’re releasing another set of their Bones line on Kickstarter, and it’s a great place to buy up some cool miniatures for your game.

“Thanks to you, our last two Kickstarters were an amazing success! We’ve added over 500 new models to the Bones range, and we’ve discovered that these products are monstrously popular. You wanted more! More Monsters! More Demons! More Dragons! More Characters! More variety and more amazing new models!

You’re in luck! We haven’t even scratched the surface. We have many more models that we think deserve to be added to Bones – new sculpts and classic favorites from our metal lines! We’d like to see if you think so, too!

Bones are still really expensive to produce, and we still need your help to expand the line. Your support makes the molds that we need to produce the figures, and in exchange you get the first crack at these figures for a fantastic deal!

Bones are only the best high-quality plastic gaming models to hit the industry in the last decade. Inexpensive, high quality, soft gaming models that are easy and fun to paint and won’t break when you actually use them for games!”

 

The 20th HP Lovecraft Film Fest and Cthulhu Con
Even if you can’t make it to Portland for Cthulhu Con, you can still get some of the really cool swag they’re going to be offering. Also, Charles Stross and Adam Scott Glancy are going to be there, so it’s your chance to meet/hear from them!

“This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® in Portland, OR! We invite you to join us for this celebration of film, literature, and art. Much of our programming is still being confirmed. Expect big announcements soon!

We’ll be presenting the Howie Award to our Guest of Honor Charles Stross (the Laundry Files), a special anniversary screening of the HPLHS’s Call of Cthulhu, a catered 1930s Speakeasy VIP event on Thursday, Oct. 1, plus a pre-party at Portland’s own original Lovecraft bar! Add to that the usual over-full weekend of amazing films, panel discussions, author readings, art competitions, vendors, and live performances, and you’ve got a weekend of unique experiences and memories.

Join us for an Expedition to R’lyeh! This year’s rewards and theme center around a secret return trip to the island by the Miskatonic University’s Explorers Club. Live the excitement with Kickstarter exclusives like the Expedition Log Book, the map of the island (with landmarks named after several of the explorers… that could be you!), a box of sculpted artifacts, and show your allegiance with our official MU Explorers Club lapel pins and shirts, or be one of the cultists in our limited edition winged Cthulhu lapel pins and shirts. Either way, be sure to grab the goods you want now because most won’t be available outside this Kickstarter.”

 

Still active!

New Riyera Fantasy Novel: The Death of Dulgath
Cthulhu Wars: The Art of Richard Luong
Hyde
Blackskull Dice
At the Mountains of Madness
World War Cthulhu: Cold War
Wyrmwood Magnetic Dice Tower
The Thin Blue Line
The Pale Blue Die
The Outer Presence
Treasure Chest
Space Roller: Futuristic Dice

Mysteries of the Ninth World 9: They Forgot the 10-ft Pole

the pit

As the adventurers head into the Mechanized Tomb, they work hard to set off every trap possible.
Featuring Aser, Ash, Landan, Megan, and Shaunna.
Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Decisions”
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