[shopping] Temptation waits... what are you resisting?

Dom

Administrator
Staff member
Another big risk with using new unknown game engine is that the return on investment is not there.

A beautiful German game, Degenesis, all but died, that the creators offer it free online now, just to keep it alive. It is such a waste if it vanished from RPG history. Great immersive lore, wonderful design and good layout, colour contrasts, and even a genre not properly covered by D&D 5e, and yet, because its rules are not pick-up-and-play, probably, it failed to gain any significant traction.

View attachment 1635
Personally, I read the material on the website and the setting didn’t float my boat enough to make me want to download it even when it was free. I didn’t get as far as the system...
 
So I am not sure I would consider this a temptation for me, but it could be for some.

Yet another D&D 5th Edition Kickstarter for the Legendlore comic books turned RPG.

So the basic premise is this (fun for kids by the way) but cannot see the unique selling point of this:

Legendlore was originally a comic called The Realm, first published by Arrow Comics in 1986 and since procured by Caliber Comics, about four people who fall through a Crossing into the Realm. The Realm is home to fantasy creatures from elves to dragons, and the characters discover they too have ‘fantasy powers’ – the jock becomes a Fighter, while the bookish one becomes a Wizard, and so on. They go on adventures and some of them eventually find their way back to Earth.
Basically, this could be an exciting game for fans of the comic books, but in terms of breaking new ground, I really cannot see that.

Drawn from The Realm and Legendlore comics, the Legendlore RPG will whisk characters from our world to a magical fantasy realm filled with dragons, orcs, unicorns, and hobgoblins. With over 60 comics published covering three volume runs, The Realm and Legendlore combined became one of Caliber Comics' most critically acclaimed series.


legendlore_for_dnd_5e.png
 
So even though the lockdown is easing, the good old days of many face-to-face conventions to roll the plastic dice may still be too few to warrant this investment, but damn, those "dice macabre" from Q-workshop sure look mighty tempting.

If the world was different now, I may have invested in six sets to get the 5d20 needed for a Conan game and an average 6d6 combat dice pool.

If you hand paint these yourself, you save 13 quid on each set. The Kickstarter is live for those unable to resist.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/q-workshop/dice-macabre?ref=user_menu

q-workship-dice-macabre-set.jpg
 
Should one judge a book by its cover? This artwork by Kwanchai Moriya for "Jiangshi: Blood in the Banquet Hall" is tempting me immensely. The only reason I may not jump on board is the Powered by the Apocalypse ruleset. But I know many here love it so here is tempting you. ;-)

The creator clarified the PbTA flavour for this game:

1592399854150.png


Kickstarter on 14th of July.

artist_Kwanchai_Moriya_cover_for_Jiangshi_Blood_in_the_Banquet_Hall_RPG.jpg
 
Last edited:

First Age

D&D h@ck3r and Hopepunk
Staff member
Should one judge a book by its cover? This artwork by Kwanchai Moriya for "Jiangshi: Blood in the Banquet Hall" is tempting me immensely. The only reason I may not jump on board is the Powered by the Apocalypse ruleset. But I know many here love it so here is tempting you. ;-)

The creator clarified the PbTA flavour for this game:

View attachment 1653

Kickstarter on 14th of July.
You have!
 
Trudvang has way more "oomph!" than Beowulf, though both are good in what they offer.
For now, I went for a lower Beowulf tier, but may upgrade later if money allows.

Trudvang Adventures today

View attachment 1630




Trudvang Adventures in the near future

View attachment 1631
I'm sticking to the version of Trudvang with their own rules - I do fear this move to release 5e versions of everything will not be good for the long term generation of new ideas in game systems. Having spoken to Jim @ Patriot re The One Ring v Adventures in Middle Earth I'm aware that I'm in a tiny minority that doesn't want everything in 5e! :-(
 
On the otherhand, if you want to be really diverge from the core D&D5e experience, then games like Adventures in Middle-Earth and the new Trudvang Kickstarter do that, and they only require the totally free Basic D&D5e SRD, which you can bring out on Lulu (most of the simple art there is basically, ready for a black-and-white print run).
That's my point in a nut shell. I've already got collections of The One Ring and Trudvang Chronicles, I'm yet to believe that everything is better with 5e. I'm going to wait 10 years for 6e and think about it then! ;-)
 
Last edited by a moderator:
Top