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There's never enough possible resources for a GM, if you ask me. They have a lot to keep track of and plan for, so if there's a thing that'll make that easier, I'm all for it. If you're playing the Genesys RPG and are using the Realms of Terrinoth setting, you'll want to check out these new Adversary Decks from Fantasy Flight. They're full of NPCs that your group can come across, with all the stats you need for them right there on the card.
The galaxy is full of opportunities for those out there looking to be adventurous. It's like a new frontier and Wild West... in fact, it's essentially that all over again. That's where you find yourself in Galactic Scoundrels, a new collaborative storytelling game from Little Rock Games. It's up on Kickstarter now.
Trollish Delver Games is pleased to announce the release of SHATTER6, their new universal role playing system. It doesn't use classes. Instead, players have Tags that loosely define what they are capable of doing. As they go along, they get more Tags. However, when taking damage, instead of losing HP, they'll lose Tags. So their combat abilities grow less and less with each hit. And that's just the start of all the different things going on in the game. You can pick up your copies now.
Palladium Books has released a new sourcebook for their Splicers RPG. It's called I Am Legion, and it's got all sorts of new options for players and GMs. There's new Great Houses, Armors, Bio-Weapons, and much, much more.
"We loot the bodies."
How many times has that phrase been said in gaming tables all over the world? Sure, you can create the greatest character ever, but without loot, usually in the form of magic items, you're really only ever about 2/3 of the way done. We long for that perfect magic item as much as we long for that perfect feat or spell our character will eventually get. In this preview for Pathfinder 2.0, we get a look at some iconic magic items and how they're changing in the new edition.
Character races and classes are, in and of themselves, pretty broad and general, letting players fill in some of the details themselves so they can create the character they want. A further way to refine what they're playing is through Archetypes. They were a fan-favorite part of the original Pathfinder, so, of course, they'll be making a return in the new edition. But, like everything, things are changing, and in this preview, we get a look at how that'll work with the new form of Archetypes.
When sitting around and talking no longer gets done what needs to get done, the lightsabers and blasters come out. In the Star Wars RPG, players can focus on these combat abilities, and those abilities are being further expanded and enhanced with the Knights of Fate book. Along with the book, there's new combat decks available, so you can know just what abilities and powers you have at your disposal.
Taverns. Inns. Bars.
If you've played an RPG for any amount of time, chances are your characters have ended up in at least one, if not multiple versions of all of those. That can be tough for a GM to keep up with. So that's where SideQuests: Tip-Top Taverns is here to help. It's descriptions for 20 different establishments for your adventurers to rest, relax, and find some new adventures. The book is up on Kickstarter now.
Options. In an RPG, you can never have enough options, if you ask me. And The Book of Many Things gives both players and GMs just that, options. Lots, and lots, and lots of options, for just about everything. The print version of the Pathfinder version of the book is up on Kickstarter now.
Pre-made adventures are great for a GM that finds themselves without a lot of time to make up something from scratch for their game. For the GM that's really busy, they could check out The Forgotten Dungeon. It's an adventure that's over 100 pages and filled with all manner of things to keep players on their toes for several levels to come. The book is up on Kickstarter now.
You ever get a bad paper cut? Hurts, doesn't it? Well, what happens when a whole library is trying to give you nasty paper cuts? That's what you'll be facing in the Judge Not by the Cover adventure, the latest for Tails of Equestria. The characters must venture into that magical library, which only appears once every hundred years. Can you make it through and plumb its secrets?
A new edition of Lex Arcana will be hitting Kickstarter later this year. And with it comes multiple language support. So if you've never had a change to play this Italian RPG (like I haven't), this might be your chance to get in on the action.
Confession: I never played a monk in Pathfinder. But I did play one in 3.5. Man, they were awful there. So, since Pathfinder played heavily with the OGL from 3.5, I never gave them a look. In the new edition of Pathfinder, though, everything is getting a rework. And as a class I was always interested in playing, but didn't want to just hamstring my character, I'm interested to see what changes were made. And in this preview, I get a look at some of them.
When in an RPG, you don't want to have the rules get in the way of the story you want to tell. And you want a robust system that can work for lots of different situations and settings. That's just what we've got with Blackwind Project. It's a new RPG system that's up on Kickstarter now.
I gotta find out what condition my condition is in.
Weakened. Sickened. Poisoned. Restrained. Prone. And on and on. Pathfinder has a lot of conditions you can find your characters in. But how will these change in the new edition that's coming out. In this preview, we get a look at just that.
It's Jesus Time!
CROSS is a secret organization that's all about making the Pope's wishes come true, by any means necessary.
This secret strike force is what you join in Secret Agents of CROSS, a new RPG that's up on Kickstarter now.
Steve Jackson Games has been making games for quite some time, longer than many of us have been gaming, or even really been alive. The Fantasy Trip was originally published back in the 70s, and so it's been somewhat hard to find in this new, renaissance era of gaming. Well, it's making a comeback. This July 23rd, SJG will be launching a Kickstarter campaign to get the game back on shelves.
Digital books are fine. But, honestly, I very much prefer having an actual book in-hand when I game. For all the advantages of quick cross-references and being able to carry a library on your phone/tablet, I still love the physical book being in my hands. If nothing else, I just find the text easier to read on a page than on a screen. So, for me, I'm really happy that the print version of Legacy: Life Among the Ruins is now available from Modiphius.
30 years ago, West End Games released their Star Wars RPG book. To commemorate this, Fantasy Flight Games is going to be reissuing and rereleasling it. In this preview, we get a look inside this much-beloved tome.
This is one that a lot of you have been anxiously awaiting, I'm sure. Fantasy Flight is showing off the core rulebook for the upcoming Legend of the Five Rings RPG. If you want to don your armor, grab your katana, and fight for the honor of your clan, this is your chance to do so.
There's a lot of you out there, I know, that can name all the Core Classes from Pathfinder. They've been around for much longer than even that game, and have seen quite a lot of changes over the year. Well, new change is coming in the form of Pathfinder 2.0. And, of course, the Core Classes are getting a makeover. In this preview, we get a look at the Barbarian.
So, we got a look at how Skills will be changing in the 2nd edition of Pathfinder. But that was only part of the information on how those will work. There's also going to be Skill Feats, and players are going to get a lot of them! But what are they and how do they work? Glad you asked, because Paizo's here to answer.
In which I totally mess up the date for when this was supposed to post and then go back and fix it. :P
Look, these things happen sometime!
Anyway, here's the regular grouping of review articles I know you all so desperately desire.

This week we have: Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes, Rush in the Forest: Three Little Pigs, Torres, Exoudus Fleet, Steepseers, Super Hack Override, This War of Mine, Assembly, Noria, Get Off My Land, and Monster Card BLVD.

When playing an RPG, I know that I like to have figures that represent what we're fighting and for our characters out on the table. Sure, you could just throw anything out there and call it good, but if we're fighting dudes in armor with mauls, I want minis of dudes in armor with mauls. If we're fighting ghosts, I want minis of ghosts. And so forth and so on. Sometimes it can be hard to find just the mini you want, so having more is always helpful. Thankfully, there's always new sets of figures coming out, such as D&D Icons of the Realms: Waterdeep Dragon Heist from WizKids.
Modiphius is not sitting back and just waiting to get you some books for Legacy: Life Among the Ruins. They've got a quintet of new ones available in their webshop. If you've been wanting to expand your collection, this is definitely the time to do so. Let's take a look at what they've got.