Hoo, it’s been awhile! When I took my brief hiatus following the birth of Baby Grue I had promised a second look at the rest of the Esper Genesis core rulebook. An attentive reader pointed out that I didn’t come back to this, so today I’m coming back to it! If you missed it, last time we looked at races, classes, and backgrounds in this game. Today we’re looking at setting, stuff, and aliens!
I’ve toyed around with science-fiction adaptations of D&D rules (in two separate posts) but today I’m taking a look at one in particular. Esper Genesis is a new product with big ambitions to bring the mechanics of D&D 5e to the heady realms of space opera. It’s got great production value and a good energy but what does it look like under the hood? Let’s take a look together.
Ryan Chaddock has been a subject on this blog since its very beginning. Mostly of the time that has been because of his Cypher System products, but today I want to talk about his second foray into adapting D&D 5e to a different genre. With his gaming label, Scrivened LLC, Chaddock has taken on cinematic spacetravel with Hyperlanes but now he’s coming out with a new book all about the apocalypse.
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!
My brother and I just released a Gith Handbook on the DM’s Guild and I’m pretty proud of how it turned out. We’re both huge fans of the Planescape setting and while that hasn’t been approved for writing on the DM’s Guild there are plenty of topics that have been so we’re exploring the edges of things for use with D&D 5e. To that end, I thought I’d give a new generation of players what they need to start in on this amazing setting.
The Pugmire game is a great example of a light-hearted concept that still leads to dramatic game play. While I’m still waiting to run a full campaign of it (despite having Molly ready and waiting), I’ve been enjoying the actual play videos from No Survivors over at Geek & Sundry. I’m also excited about the Monarchies of Mau Kickstarter, even though it’s about freakin’ cats. I thought I’d look through the Monster Manual and Volo’s Guide to Monsters to see what other options are out there for Pugmire GMs.
The players in my Adventures in Middle-earth game are messing with me. I’m sure of it. They took a nice, simple campaign of helping people and fighting the forces of Sauron and they’ve made it into some kingdom-building Greyhawk nonsense. So, what is a poor Loremaster to do? Lean straight into it.
Like I said last time, the adventures produced for The One Ring RPG are a great source of material for your Adventures in Middle Earth game. I’m certainly using them and tonight I will be running my group’s first adventure in Middle Earth (see what I did there?). I’m going to be running The Marsh Bell from the Loremaster’s Guide of TOR, a great adventure with some Tolkien staples and many new surprises.
My first and greatest love in D&D is the Planescape setting by Monte and Zeb Cook. This has no small part to do with my affinity for the Cypher System, but it also means that every new edition of D&D that comes out makes me think of running a version of Planescape. Like a lot of people, I think that 4e made it difficult to have the same feel for the game. Personally, I really liked 4e and enjoyed exploring it but whatever side of the Edition Wars you ended up on you probably have seen 5e as a blast from the past in terms of game design and feel.
I’m once again going to take up the Planescape mantle to create rules for running it in 5e. This is the first part, but there will be more coming!