Wednesday, August 12, 2015

#RPGaDay2015 Favorite RPG Publisher

Okay for this late #RPGaDAY2015 entry I'm going to do favorite RPG publisher.  Actually it's going to be a few publishers.  As some were great back in the day and have fallen to the side and I feel they need mentioning.

First lets go with a current small publisher.  One I'm sorta biased on since I know the husband and wife behind it.  They produce some great looking material like this:

Second Thought games has produced a small handful of products so far.  All funded through Kickstarter and amazingly enough they've only ran a month late on getting the print products out (pdfs arrived early or on time).  Mostly system neutral adventures that are well thought out and complete with some nice looking maps either inside or as poster in the above product.  They have also done a textbook style guide to potions and oils with another textbook for poisons planned for the near future. 

You can find them on Drivethru here.

Now onto my second favorite RPG publisher.  One that has sort of gone by the side lately, with a late Kickstarter and their last few regular products being somewhat lackluster.  But when they were hitting it with full force they put out some classics like this.

R. Talsorian games.  Most people don't realize just how much material Mike Pondsmith and his small crew of freelancers put out.  From a genre defining game like Cyberpunk to one of the early 'storygame' type of products like Castle Falkenstein.  They really set a mark for creating some really diverse products, something rare for back in the day.  I know Mike is working on a comeback with Mekton, a new edition of Cyberpunk and a Witcher licensed game.  Hopefully it all works out well and it happens.

Check them out on RPGNow.

Hope to have another #RPGaDAY2015 post ready soon!

#RPGaDAY2015 - Favorite Illustration

For todays #RPGaDAY2015 is your favorite illustration.  A hard one but I pretty much can say this one is my all time favorite. 

The second cover for the Sla Industries RPG.  Halloween Jack relaxing in front of an industrial fan while holding his trusty chain axe.  Why you have to know something about the setting to know who it is (and even more to know his backstory) he still captures some of the essence of the game quite nicely.  Also you get a good vibe of that UK/Euro art feel as well. 

You can find the pdf of the game on Drivethru at the 'Pay what you want' price point.  At least throw them a buck or two, trust me it's worth it.

Here it is on Drivethru if you're interested.

Now coming in tied for second would be these two.

The cover of the first US edition for Kult in all it's glory.  Then the amazing art of Elmore on the Dungeons and Dragons red box.  Two of my all time favorites.

Honorable mentions include. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

#RPGaDay2015 Baker Street

Day three of #RPGaDay2015.  Favorite New Game of the Last 12 Months. 

Okay I'm not sure if it came out in the last twelve or not.  I know the print copy did but maybe the pdf version came before that, I'm not entirely sure. But I have to go with another Kickstarter that I backed for this one. 

It's Baker Street the rpg of Sherlock Holmes investigations.  Being I'm a Holmes junkie from way back and this book mixes some really good writing, innovative game design (without waving it around like a prouder than life penis) and some solid layout.   Really a pleasure to own this book, the casebook and the GM screen.  The folks behind this should keep it up and put more like this out.

Baker Street: Roleplaying in the world of Sherlock Holmes

Now a good solid second place to this would be Wield from John Wick.  A game in which you play a powerful artifact and the heroes who use you are the disposable items.


Sunday, August 2, 2015

#RPGaDAY2015 Lusus Naturae


Kickstarter game most pleased you backed.

Well this one isn't so much for a game but a supplement meant for many different games.  A bit OSR and a whole lot of grueling evil.  It's Lusus Naturae: A Gruesome Old-School Beastiary by Rafael Chandler.  This is dark, damn dark, fucking dark.  This shit will make your gamers toss their lunches and run away in terror. 

Rafael is known for doing some nasty gaming material and he just keeps kicking it up a notch... every... damn... time.  Not for the faint of heart, the prude or those who feel ill at the sight of blood... or bodily organs.  This one not only raises the bar but it wraps a string of intestine around it then paints it with pigs blood.

You can pick it up here: At DriveThruRPG or at RPGNow also.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

#RPGaDAY2015 - Kult Divinity Lost

#RPGaDAY2015 number one.

Forthcoming game you're most looking forward to. 

Well currently I'm looking forward for the all new edition of Kult titled 'Kult: Divinity Lost'. New system, updated timeline, hopefully all new art.  Kult deserves a good chance at a come back after 7th Circle dropped the ball, then kicked it off into the cesspool behind a trailer park. 

It is THE horror game in my opinion.  The setting is so deep with cosmological overtones that really make for a grim gritty modern day game.  Not for everybody but right up my alley. 

You can find more info as it comes to light at the following website:

No new pics yet so here one of the original first US edition.