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Today at 12:00:03 pm by SlyFlourish News | Views: 0 | Comments: 0

Hoard of the Dragon Queen Chapter 4: On the Road Part 2

This article continues our look at running Hoard of the Dragon Queen. Here is a list of the other articles covering this adventure:  Episode 1: Greenest in Flames Episode 2: The Raider's Camp Episode
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NewYearNewGame.com Archive

NewYearNewGame.com Archive

In 2012 and 2013, we ran a New Year, New Game, a contest for GMs with a simple mission: To inspire game masters to run at least one new game each year, because trying new games broadens your horizons, challenges your skills as a GM, and can deepen your enjoyment of gaming as a hobby. We got a ton of great entries, gave away a ton of prizes, and the whole thing went pretty well. But in 2014 I took a look at everything I […]
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December 21, 2014, 10:00:22 pm by DriveThruRPG | Views: 0 | Comments: 0

Age of Cthulhu: Transatlantic Terror

Age of Cthulhu: Transatlantic TerrorPublisher: Goodman Games
Rating: 4
Originally written at: http://diehardgamefan.com/2014/07/23/tabletop-review-age-of-cthulhu-transatlantic-terror-call-of-cthulhu/

Although currently unavailable to everyone else, Goodman Games released one of the stretch goals from their recent Age of Cthulhu Kickstarter to backers. This very short scenario should only take a day or two to play. It is set in the 1920s and although it comes with pre-generated characters, it can easily be played by your regular Investigators from this era.

Transatlantic Terror has the characters on a nine day cruise from New York City to Belfast, Ireland. Along the journey characters will be living it up as first class passengers and even be allowed to attend an on-board wedding between two of the NPCs. Depending on how observant players are, this could be all that happens to them on this scenic cruise. If the characters are a bit too nosy for their own good however, they could uncover a plot by Serpent People that goes all the way to the White House! Of course, knowing CoC protagonists AND the fact they are trapped on a boat for nine days, the odds are pretty good the players are going to encounter more than just a happy couple celebrating their newfound marital bliss. Transatlantic Terror is a pretty hard adventure to finish in a positive manner though, I’ll warn you that now. Even if you have some pretty top notch players, the chances of them saving the intended victim of the Serpent People is going to be almost impossible. By the time players even get a hint of what is going on, he’s already dead. Still, I love the concept of being trapped on a boat with some Cthulhu Mythos characters as it’s always a fun time. Transatlantic Terror is nowhere as lethal to Investigators as say, The Owglass, but it is one that will test players’ wits and mental resolve as there aren’t a lot of dangling clues out there for them.

The black and white artwork in Transatlantic Terror is pretty terrific. I absolutely love the cover although I have to admit, it reminds me more of Killer Croc from Batman rather than a Serpent Person. That’s okay though, because the cover is as fantastic as it is spoiler-laden. I also love the picture of the R.M.S. Adriatic at night with a strange bulging bundle slowly sinking into the sea. There’s a surprising amount of art for this little twelve page PDF, and all of it is great.

Now, this isn’t to say everything about Transatlantic Terror is great. There are a few stumbles. The Table of Contents for example, is extremely erroneous. It doesn’t match up with the actual adventure itself and it goes up to page 14, while the PDF is only twelve pages long. Whoops. At least it’s not as terrible as the ToC in Horror Stories From the Red Room. Another notable error is that two of the Serpent People Antagonists are listed in the Pre-Generated Investigators section rather than in the Non-Player Character Appendix. Double Whoops. Although, this did get me thinking how much fun and adventure written FOR Serpent People or Ghouls could actually be.

Overall, Transatlantic Terror is a fun addition to the Age of Cthulhu line. I’m not sure how much I would have paid for this on its own, but as a free add-on from the Age of Cthulhu 9 Kickstarter, I’m quite happy with this little bonus. Transatlantic Terror isn’t going to shake up your game by any means, nor is it some monumental adventure you’ll be talking about years after the fact, but it is a fine, short little diversion, putting Investigators and Mythos creatures on a boat out in the middle of the ocean, which is a situation neither will really be comfortable with once the zaniness starts happening. Keep your eye out for Transatlantic Terror if/when it becomes available to the general public.
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December 21, 2014, 03:00:12 pm by GreenRonin News | Views: 0 | Comments: 0

Now Pre-Ordering! Freeport: The City of Adventure

Pre-Order Freeport: The City of Adventure for the Pathfinder RPGFreeport: The City of Adventure for the Pathfinder RPG is on its way to print, and that means it's now available for pre-order! When you pre-order this massive Freeport tome, you can get the PDF version of the book for just $5! In our online store you'll be offered the PDF at checkout when you have the pre-order in your basket; participating retailers will be able to get you a coupon code for our online store that will provide the same deal on the PDF when you pre-order the hardback through them.

NOTE: Our online store software won't stop you from placing a pre-order and also ordering in-stock print products. We highly recommend you place two orders, though, one with the pre-order and one with other physical products. It's okay to order PDFs with a pre-order. If you order printed products with a pre-order, please be prepared to wait for everything to ship when the pre-ordered book is done getting printed. We can't afford to split-ship.

Pre-Order Freeport: The City of Adventure for the Pathfinder RPG today! (Or you can buy the PDF.)

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December 21, 2014, 03:00:03 pm by GnomeStew News | Views: 0 | Comments: 0

The Art Book Campaign

The Art Book Campaign

I recently picked up The Art of Ian Miller, a gorgeous book jam-packed with illustrations by one of my favorite fantasy artists. I picked it up not only because I love Ian’s artwork and I’ll enjoy having the book in my collection, but because it gave me an idea: The “art book campaign,” a campaign built around and inspired by the contents of one or more art books. Here’s how it works, broken down into steps with my own examples for each step. 1. Buy […]
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