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June 2013Posted by Sir Keith Sun, June 09, 2013 14:42:01

OK here we are back with some news from your favourite RPGs. After the sad demise of MWP Marvel Superheroes, the licensing theme is a big topic of conversation. I would encourage you to listen to the All Games Considered podcast for an ongoing discussion on this.

The other main news is the Dungeon and Dragons movie. Apparently Warner Bros has acquired the right to make a movie with the name. The studio is reported to be "quite far along" in the project, adapting a script that was originally based on Gary Gygax's D&D precursor Chainmail. A 2000 Dungeons and Dragons film starring Thora Birch, Jeremy Irons and Justin Whalin was a critical and commercial flop. It nevertheless went on to spawn two straight-to-DVD sequels - 2005's Wrath of the Dragon God and 2012's The Book of Vile Darkness. However with an added twist to any good campaign, Hasbro have announced their plans for a film with Universal, so this seems to be heading to the courts. The only hope is that whatever film is made is better than the rubbish served up so far!

Dungeons and Dragons

Woohoo – Another major update now out, with the final release of subraces. Half Orcs, Gnomes (yep back in as a core race) and half elves are now back into the game. Also no sign of Bards – this is getting better and better! The other things are interesting rule tweaks (such as standing when prone) and clarifications. New spells and tweaks to rituals. All in all a welcome addition and a hint as to what to expect at GenCon.

Speaking of Gencon. This will be a low-key for WOTC. They plan to be in the RPG section and continuing the play-testing. The are selling Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle exclusively at the Con, so look for it on ebay shortly. They will also be releasing the expansion to Lords of Waterdeep, but nothing new or exciting. Everything is leading towards the 40th Anniversary next year!! Here is a picture of Skullport expansion for all those waiting for it….

NeverWinter MMORPG is now in full beta-testing and the reports are good. Sir Nick is still playing it and has reported about the lovely graphics and emersive gameplay. The main complaint was that it was too easy…. What do you think?? Capcom are also releasing Chronicles of Mystra which brings together Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom and Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara in one definitive digital package for current generation platforms. Finally DeNA is currently working on a D&D mobile game. Arena of War is a party-based battle game set within the Forgotten Realms—and it has a heavy emphasis on boss battles! Worldwide release is currently scheduled for late July

Pathfinder

The Reign of Winter continues to expand with the fourth book just released. I am enjoying reading this interesting spin on the normal adventure path, with characters now on other planets and moving through htime – the next stop is earth and an encounter with Rasputin! Yep – this AP is getting very strange.

The Campaign guide has been released but as usual Amazon is extremely cheap and extremely late. After my very expensive visit to UK Boardgames Expo, I can wait but will review and report back to you very shortly.

The August release of the Skull & Shackles set of Pathfinder Battles prepainted fantasy miniatures is only a couple of months away. Luckily this is one adventure path I never followed so I do not have to get these (phew). However as we are looking to start a pathfinder game, the Shattered Star Face Cards, are available now. These cards depict notable characters from the Shattered Star Adventure Path, but the faces are also intriguing and evocative even if, like me, you haven't had the chance to play though Shattered Star yet.

Wrath of the Righteous - the next Pathfinder Adventure Path. Here is the blurb from the Paizo site…

The Worldwound tore reality apart at the dawn of the Age of Lost Omens, murdering the nation of Sarkoris and unleashing a ravenous demonic horde upon the world. Only the quick action of several other nations of knights, barbarians, and heroes stemmed the demon army and contained it within lost Sarkoris, and for the next century, crusade after crusade tried to defeat the demons only to fail time and time again. Their greatest success, the line of magical artifacts known as wardstones that stand sentinel along the Worldwound's border, barely manages to contain the demons. So when one of the wardstones is sabotaged, a city falls and the demons within surge out in a massive assault like none before. Even before the Fifth Crusade has begun a city has fallen and some of the crusaders' greatest defenders and heroes are slain. Can anyone rise up against the demon host to prevent the armies of Deskari, the demon lord of the Locust Host, from swallowing the world?

The Wrath of the Righteous adventure path brings something more to your table—an entire campaign, designed from the ground up, to showcase Mythic Adventures. This campaign will take characters to greater heights of power, and greater depths of danger, than any Pathfinder Adventure Path to date

Call of Cthulhu

The big news here is that the Seventh Edition is currently available to back on Kickstarter. I have backed the $100 level for the hardback player and Loremaster books. The stretch goals look great so see where we go from here.

More miniatures have been announced for Achtung Cthulhu. I have also picked up the first two books at UK Expo, so look forward to indepth reviews of both books shortly. I also picked up Folklore from Cthulhu Britannica. This presents a uniquely British vision of Lovecraftian horror where fairies, witches, and folk traditions intertwine with the dreadful, eldritch powers and otherworldly terrors of the Cthulhu Mythos.

The One Ring – and other RPG News

No update for TOR this week – The Darkening of Mirkwood and Heart of the Wild are scheduled for later this year and Rivendell(??) will be at the end of the year – or early next year. See more detail of these titles on their own dedicated page.

However Cubicle 7 is looking to release the Lone Wolf RPG, taking over from Mongoose publishing. They have also just released the first and second source books for their critically acclaimed Dr Who RPG series. Both look fantastic and full of monster and facts from both of the Doctor’s adventures.

OK – that’s me for this week – thanks for reading and hope you found this interesting.

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