BESTIARY 5 BRINGS HUNDREDS OF NEW MONSTERS TO THE PATHFINDER ROLEPLAYING GAME, IN STORES NOW
REDMOND, WA (November 18, 2015): Paizo Inc., publisher of the award-winning Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, announces today the release of Bestiary 5, the fifth hardcover volume of monsters for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
From the death-dealing grim reaper, menacing deep ones, and the ground-shaking wood colossus, to allies such as whimsical leshi, inscrutable esoteric dragons, and the powerful aerial servant, players will face-off against creatures that threaten body and soul. Pathfinder RPG: Bestiary 5 is the fifth hardcover volume of monsters for use with the Pathfinder RPG, and includes:
DWKB50 Kingdom of Britannia Windsor Mobile Fortification Built to mimic a Norman castle, the Windsor is one of the more ambitious weapons of war ever created by the Kingdom of Britannia. Less of a robot and more of a mobile gun platform, it is truly devastating in battle as it walks to victory! This behemoth of war was created to inspire the soldiers of the KoB, representing one of the most iconic structures ever built on the fair isles – Windsor Castle. Festooned with volley guns and sporting devastating Cannons the Windsor will be the pride of any military force fielding it. Can be assembled on a scenic ground or water base.
TABLETOP GAMES CATAN®, SPIKE, AND MORE COME TO LIFE WITH SOUND IN NEW SYRINSCAPE BOARD GAME PLAYER APP
New Syrinscape App Launches with Official Sounds for the Wildly Popular Catan from Mayfair Games, Spike and Spellcaster from R&R Games, and Classic Tabletop Games Like Chess, Casino, and Soduku
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (November 19, 2015) – Syrinscape, creator of the apps that put the power of custom, movie-like sound effects, soundscapes, music, and dynamic audio solutions at the fingertips of the gamer, announces today the release of the new Syrinscape Board Game Player app. The Board Game Player app is free to download, and comes with an array of free sounds to accompany classic board games such as Chess, Casino, and Soduku.
A story-telling card game, designed by award winning designers Francesco Nepitello and Marco Maggi, with stunning art from Scott Purdy, Jon Hodgson and Sam Manley, Cthulhu Tales develops the themes introduced in the Cubicle 7/Sophisticated Games co-production Hobbit Tales, enhancing the structured, story-telling mechanic with a range of new Elder God-appropriate rules and tweaked play style suitable for tales of the Cthulhu Mythos.
Dominic McDowall, Cubicle 7 CEO:
“I’m delighted to be able to bring Cthulhu Tales to Kickstarter this week. It’s a development of the rules which Francesco and Marco have been working on for a long time, and it’s really great to be able to finally bring it to light.
We’re planning a very straight forward campaign. As gamers we’re suffering a little bit from gigantic Kickstarter fatigue, so for this one we have a very clear, simple goal, with a handful of pledge levels. It’s all about the game, and the game is really, really good. Not only is it great fun to play, producing some eerily Lovecraftian stories, but is also shaping up to be one of the most good-looking games we’ve produced. I’m very excited to see how it will do!”
The Cthulhu Tales Kickstarter launches this week.
From the Cubicle 7 website (www.cubicle7.co.uk):
“In relating the circumstances which have led to my confinement within this refuge for the demented, I am aware that my present position will create a natural doubt of the authenticity of my narrative.”
– The Tomb, by H.P. Lovecraft
The dawn of the 20th century. New England, America; Lovecraft country.
Home to university libraries filled with worm-eaten tomes, legend-haunted towns populated with degenerate locals and their rustic superstitions, Cyclopean ruins from long-forgotten aeons, and the disquieting glimpses of things from beyond…
You are the unwilling guests of a disquieting and antiquated sanatorium, perhaps the infamous Arkham Sanatorium, or maybe the Danvers State Asylum.
Your only hope of escape is to convince your fellow inmates, and perhaps yourself, that you do not belong here. And so you begin to explain the sinister series of events that led to your unjust incarceration.
In Cthulhu Tales, players take it in turn to tell their story using a hand of Story cards. The other players play Hazard cards to disrupt and darken the tale. In the course of the game, the narrators receive Treatment tokens, representing the misguided therapies and medication administered to them by the terrifying medical staff.
When everyone has told their tale, count up each player’s Treatment tokens and the player who underwent the least therapies is the winner.
Designed by Francesco Nepitello and Marco Maggi, the designers behind award winning games such as The One Ring Roleplaying Game, Hobbit Tales, The War of the Ring and many more, Cthulhu Tales brings horrifying and darkly humorous story telling to your gaming table.
Inside the box you’ll find:
• 115 beautifully sinister and disquieting, large format playing cards with artwork from the C7 art team Scott Purdy, Jon Hodgson and Sam Manley
• A board to guide your tale-telling
• A 16 page full colour rulebook (which is available for free download now)
• A 12 sided die, or perhaps if the stars are right, a unique Cthulhu Tales 12 sided die
• A set of Treatment tokens
More about the game:
In Cthulhu Tales you take the role of unwilling inmates of a fictional 1920s asylum or sanatorium. Using the cards as both inspiration and guide, you’ll take it in turns to make an accusation explaining why one of your fellow inmates, the Narrator, should be incarcerated.
The unfortunate Narrator then answers the accusation with their card-driven tale – choosing to either explain away the mysterious and sinister events, or perhaps having little choice but to reveal the secrets of the deeper horror that lurks just beyond the veil of reality.
As the Narrator attempts to refute the accusation of madness using Story cards, the other players disrupt the tale with Hazard cards, trying to force things to take a darker turn.
The cards have three main elements that can be used to aid your story. The title, the illustration and a quote from Lovecraft’s fiction. You can use any or all of these as inspiration for your tale. This makes replayability huge, with endless combinations of scenarios, mysteries, situations and horrific scenes possible.
Cthulhu Tales is very much a game, rather than simply a guided storytelling activity – it features structured and elegant rules for the telling of the tale, and for Hazard card interruptions. Players use the symbols on the cards to determine whether a card can be played, and its effect on the Narrator’s tale. The die introduces an element of luck into the proceedings – perhaps that Viscous Black Slime was merely a passing detail, or perhaps its arrival was the precursor to something far more sinister and madness inducing…
Players keep score with Treatment tokens, the aim of the game being to gain as few tokens as possible, and thereby be judged the least insane inmate.
There are, of course, some tweaks along the way – some cards are harder to match with, and thus harder to interrupt. But they come with other dangers: Phobia and Hazard symbols make playing these cards a risky gamble. There are also Deity cards, featuring the mind-bending Mythos deities, whose appearance can change the course of a tale entirely.
There are optional rules for awarding a bonus to the best storyteller, allowing the most Lovecraftian tale to shine, and perhaps take first place.
A Note on Madness.
The Cthulhu Tales rulebook includes this note on “madness”, which we think is pertinent to share here:
Cthulhu Tales deals in the madness described by H.P. Lovecraft in many of his stories. It is a fictional condition, an imagined state of derangement, where the walls of reality fall away and the frail human mind cannot contain the reality of the universe inhabited by The Great Old Ones.
This is an entirely distinct condition to the tragedy and pain of real-world mental health issues which sadly are statistically likely to touch all of our lives. We encourage players of Cthulhu Tales to wholly enjoy the fictional nature of the various maladies and madness described here, while remembering that in the real world mental health issues are no laughing matter.
In this Flip Through Matt takes a look at the Dirty Tactics Toolbox. It’s full of fowl play that rounds out several character ideas, some of which were quite surprising. Come watch and see if there is anything for your Pathfinder character.
I’m looking forward to the new monk archetype and the bag that makes you a rust monster.
Who among you can see through the lies? Who is capable of getting away with murder?
In the game, players take on the roles of investigators attempting to solve a murder case – but there’s a twist. The killer is one of the investigators! Each player’s role and team are randomly assigned at the start of play and include the unique roles of Forensic Scientist, Witness, Investigator, Murderer, or Accomplice. While the Investigators attempt to deduce the truth, the murderer’s team must deceive and mislead. This is a battle of wits!
Awakening the Bear: Firefight Generator builds on Academy Games’ award-winning Conflict of Heroes series for a whole new experience. Players use strategy and cunning to manipulate the battlefield and available forces to create an engagement set to their advantage. This expansion for Awakening the Bear 2nd Edition includes everything you need to create countless Firefights; from solo Firefights that make use of Awakening the Bear: Solo Expansion to giant, multi-map, four-player battles!
To create a unique new Firefight, players alternate playing Generator Cards to choose their units, Victory Point conditions, weapons, weather conditions, and more. Players can bluff, outmaneuver, and thwart their opponents…all before the Firefight even begins!
Successful commanders will make smart and strategic choices by allocating their limited resources to set themselves up for victory. This is a groundbreaking new system that is challenging and fun to play and can be fully integrated with the Solo Expansion!!
This expansion requires Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear.
Soviet and German Generator Card Decks
Option Record Boards
1 Rule Book with Mission Guidelines
Solo Mission Generation System
Solo Mission Sheet
Artificial Intelligence Tiles
In this Flip Through Matt takes his first look at the Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide. I like the new class options the most. Sword Coast is home to so many classic stories, like Baldur’s Gate, and Waterdeep, it’s a must have for any 5th ed player.
Check back soon for a full written review!
Welcome to Episode 3 of Role-Play Ramblings. Where I talk about things I have done to to fix the stories my creative players have just about ruined.
Stop back next week to hear about overpowering you villains.