Sunday, October 2, 2011

The RPG Herald To Be On Indefinite Hiatus

Readers of the RPG Herald may have noticed that the Herald has been going silent for the past two months, without any post. The Herald has been going through some life changing times during the period related with a career change and a hurried relocation to a new town.

While this is not meant to be an excuse but its effects on the consistency and the time left to spend on reading, writing and managing posts on the RPG Herald are as apparent. Although they were several attempts to regain the momentum of posting again, the new sets of circumstances and constraints has proven to more difficult than imagined.

Therefore, it is with utmost regret that I have to announce that the RPG Herald would be on a indefinite hiatus, until a more appropriate time or arrangement is found to start posting again. I would like to say that if the RPG Herald has once again begin posting, it should mean that it will regain its consistency and depth in reporting about the RPG industry for the long term.

I thank you all who have supported the short lifespan of this site and I sincerely apologize to those who had been interviewed by me, but whose pieces may never come to light on this site until new opportunities come again.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

[News] Mistborn Adventure Game Pre-Orders at GenCon 2011

Crafty Games would be taking pre-orders at their booth (#605) at GenCon for their latest game, the Mistborn Adventure Game.

Crafty Games would also be taking pre-oders for the game based on the setting in the novels by Brandon Sanderson online at their website during the duration of the convention, from August 4 to 7.

The Mistborn Adventure Game, uses which lets players use the three primal forces of Allomancy, Feruchemy and Hemalurgy to battle against the Lord Ruler's Inquisitors in the oppressed world of Scadrial.

Pre-orders would receive a limited edition hardcover version of the game which contains additional fiction by Sanderson himself and 'never-before-seen' materials, along with an ePUB and PDF copy. It also comes with a Mistborn Adventure Game Primer that would allow players to play the game immediately.

Those who place their pre-orders at GenCon 2011 would be given a poster of the game.

Pre-orders for the Mistborn Adventure Game is at $49.99 and is expected to be shipped in November 2011.

(Picture credit to Crafty Games)

[Product] Debatable Actions

LPJ Design has released Debatable Actions, a sourcebook to resolve verbal conflicts for the Pathfinder RPG.

This 23 page PDF, written by Louise Porter Jr. and Jonathan Palmer, introduces three systems to rule debates that are central to the plot of a campaign.

There are also simpler debate rules to resolve 'sidetrack' discussions, aside from the new feats, skills use, spells and wondrous magic items to give your characters an edge on the debate.

The sourcebook also comes with a 36-card deck for use to enhance gameplay.

Debatable Actions is now available at RPGNow and DriveThru RPG for $4.99.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

[News] The Story Engine has a Plus Edition

Precis Intermedia has published a new edition of the Story Engine, Story Engine Plus Edition, with has new organizations, options and genre plug-ins for the scene-driven roleplaying game with adjective-based characters.

The 148 Plus Edition comes with the complete Story Engine rules with introductory rules and options to customize the system. It also comes with plug-ins to be used in a western, sci-fi and fantasy setting and two adventures.

Story Engine Plus
is now available as a PDF for $9.95 and you can place a pre-order for a softcover of the book for an additional $13 at the Precis Intermedia store.

The Story Engine system was first used in the Maelstrom Storytelling Game in 1996. It was then published for universal play in 1999 by Hubris Games and a revised edition was released in 2001.

(Picture credit to Precis Intermedia)

Monday, July 25, 2011

[Sales] Christmas in July Sales

Publishers are offering various discounts of their products starting from today until August 1 for the Christmas in July Sales.

We, here at the RPG Herald, have compiled a short list of publishers and studios that are offering between 15 to 25 percent discounts on their products that might be worth your time to check out.

Silver Gryphon Games
Savage Mojo
Vigilance Press

For more products and publishers which are participating on the sales, you could find them at DriveThru RPG.

[Product] Schroedinger’s Box

Silver Gryphon Games has released Schroedinger’s Box, the fifth adventure of the Wellstone City Chronicles set in the titular city.

In this adventure for 3 to 6 player characters, they have been hired to extract a criminal witness alive from a hotel but is wanted dead by every criminal syndicate that has placed a reward for his death so high that even the authorities protecting him are having second thoughts of making sure he stays alive.

Written by Kevin Rohan, with maps of the hotel by Fabled Environments, this 26 page PDF adventure contains detailed room descriptions and NPCs to increase the difficulty of this meat-grinder adventure.

The adventure has two versions; one for Savage Worlds and the other for the Æther Gaming System.

Schroedinger’s Box is only available in PDF format and can be purchased at RPGNow (Savage Worlds, Æther Gaming System), DriveThru RPG (Savage Worlds, Æther Gaming System) or at the Silver Gryphon Games store (Savage World, Æther Gaming System) for $3.50.

(Picture credit to Silver Gryphon Games)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

[News] Dreamscarred Press Announces First Adventure Path

Dreamscarred Press has announced From the Deep Adventure Path; their first adventure path set in their psionic world of the Third Dawn Campaign Setting.

Jeremy Smith of Dreamscarred Press announced this at ENWorld and said that the adventure path would be released in six parts, starting off with the first adventure Uncertain Futures in the Ophid Protectorates.

Using the Pathfinder RPG rules and also requires Dreamscarred's Psionic Unleashed, the adventure path will take characters from 1st to 18th level, as they fight against enemies that have found a way to disrupt the flow of psionic energy in the setting. The adventure path will take them to uncover secrets of the Orphid Protectorate and the Marquoran Fleet, whether underground, underwater or across continents.

The adventure path is written by Michael McCarthy, with Uncertain Future in the Ophid Protectorates beginning in the Protectorate City of Arbil. The first adventure will also include a write-up of the kobold race and rules for psionic duels.

According to Smith, a Player's Guide for the adventure path would be released as a free download later this month with the first adventure following shortly after.

(Picture credit to RPGNow)