So, I’m way late on this but I just got a chance to flip through an awesome campaign setting for 5e. Primeval Thule was first published in 2014 by Sasquatch Games when it came out with a version for Pathfinder and Savage Worlds. Last year a 5e version came out so I’m going to treat it like it’s a lot newer than it really is!
Norse mythology and culture is a rich well for drawing inspiration from, but it doesn’t always work out that way. For every thoughtful Norse game like Yggdrasill there’s a crazy horn-helmet-fest like Avalanche Press’s Viking Age and the Vikings Campaign Sourcebook for AD&D. In the end, there’s nothing wrong with playing to stereotypes for fun but it misses the bigger picture of what’s out there. An upcoming game from Swedish company RiotMinds, however, is firmly in the first category and is an original and detailed fantasy setting rooted in Nordic lore.
The “Roaring Twenties” was a time of extremes in the United States. While Prohibition had outlawed alcohol, drinking and vice were on the rise in secret speakeasies. Police officers might be everywhere enforcing the morality laws of the day but the attention pushed criminals to organize and grow more powerful than ever. Some women were out marching for the right to vote but others were flinging balls of lightning with their bare hands.
This is CAPERS.
I’ve been giving some thought lately to rules lite games after a friend of mine sent me the RPG he’d been working on. Anyone who’s tried to get friends interested in a game of Arkham Horror or calmly explained the family trees of Game of Thrones to their parents: these people know that it’s better to start small with some folks and then work your way up. If you’re in this position at your gaming table, here are a few products I’d heartily recommend.
I’m going to call it: we’re living through an epidemic. Since the debut of Dungeons & Dragons 5e there have been several products adding advanced technology to your campaign. In the past year we’ve gotten Ultramodern5 and Hyperlanes and the Pathfinder world has responded with last spring’s Aethera Campaign Setting, the dystopian Hypercorps 2099, and the much-hyped Starfinder that just released. It’s starting to feel crowded!
Jade Colossus: Ruins of the Prior Worlds is the latest supplement for Numenera published by Monte Cook Games. It’s a different sort of game supplement, at least in part. The titular location, the Jade Colossus, is one big dungeon delve which is a very important addition to the game line as Monte Cook Games itself has published many of those for Numenera. The other part of the book, though, is what I’m more interested in: an engine for generating ruins from previous worlds. Come for a quick run-down of what each part is like.
While it’s not out for general consumption, Mutant: Mechatron was released to Kickstarter backers. This expansion for Mutant: Year Zero expands the world of the game but can also be played on its own. Like Mutant: Genelab Alpha, the expansion is into totally new territory and this time its robots!
With all of my Dark Eras posts lately, I was excited to see that A Thousand Years of Night was finally released by Onyx Path. This book is about elder vampires, creatures that have lived for centuries and been smart, adaptable, and ruthless enough to resist the grind of time. Obviously, Dark Eras and Dark Eras Companion are excellent resources for vampiric elders, it even says so in the book’s introduction. On the other hand, it would be great to have a book that was more than just “here’s how to make super-deadly vampires!” and actually addressed the themes of the matter. Is this that book? Let’s see!
Cubicle 7 came out with its most recent accessory for The One Ring RPG, a book simply called Bree which is all about the lands and creatures of Mordor and… I’m just kidding. It’s all about the town of Bree and places within a day’s walk from the town. Bree has an important place in the lore of The Lord of the Rings and is the scene of just about two chapters in the Fellowship of the Rings. Those might seem like contradictory assessments but the importance of Bree is not in its size, its influence, or in battles, and the merits of this book are the same.