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OSR Picks for the RPGNow September Setting Sale - 33% off select PDFs - Part I

Tenkar's Tavern - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 14:33

RPGNow is running a September Setting Sale with thousands of titles in the mix. That's a lot to sort through. I'm going to try to pick out some of my personal favorites that are OSR or system neutral over a small series of posts (although one or two may creep in from outside those parameters ;)

Strange Stars OSR Rule Book - "STRANGE STARS is a setting where modern transhuman science fiction meets classic 70s space opera. Now you can explore the STRANGE STARS universe in Sine Nomine Publishing's acclaimed Stars Without Number or similar Old School Rennaissance-derived games! Join a salvage mission to steal ancient tech from the wreck of a deranged sophont warship. Scavange parts from giant ancient robots on Gogmagog. Cross swords with a Zao Pirate in hard vacuum. Experience a galaxy of adventure with STRANGE STARS OSR!" 5.55  3.72



The Islands of Purple-Haunted Putrescence - "This is a weird, science fantasy, gonzo campaign setting and wilderness hex-crawl for old school fantasy roleplaying games.  The Islands of Purple-Haunted Putrescence is a guide for helping you run crazy sandbox scenarios in a lost world of Snake-Men, dinosaurs, and mutant sorcerers... an exotic and deadly region possessed by a demonic, purple-hued god of ruin and consumption. If you're into the OSR or just want some strange 5e flavoring, give this a try. It's not your usual adventuring environment, but it will be memorable!"
10.00  6.70

Guidebook to the Duchy of Valnwall Special Edition - Note - I have a small adventure inside this book - "The Guidebook to the Duchy of Valnwall (Special Edition) is a Labyrinth Lord™ supplement that expands on the critically acclaimed Guidebook to the City of Dolmvay and details the people, layout, and government of the Duchy of Valnwall. The Duchy is presented in broad strokes and is open to customization. It was specifically designed to give Labyrinth Lords a convenient and familiar fantasy setting to place their adventures. The Guidebook to the Duchy of Valnwall (Special Edition) is largely open content. Small Niche Games would like to encourage professional and amateur publishers to use the Guidebook as a shared fantasy setting and set their commercial adventures within the Duchy of Valnwall. Labyrinth Lords (and publishers) should feel free to change, add, or remove any of the information in this book to better suit his or her own game." 6.99  4.68

Points of Light - "War horns wail and perilous realms cry out for heroes! Four settings, each detailed and mapped, ideal for novices launching their first campaign, or veteran GMs looking to challenge
their players with terrible foes and foreign lands...  Wildland:The fall of the Bright Empire left warring factions in its wake. As savage barbarians and wicked humanoids roam the land, the last bastions of civilization cower behind their crumbling city walls. A dark age has come, and none may live to tell the tale. Southland: On the frontiers of the Great Kingdom, the nations of men, elves and dwarves join together against the wicked elves of Nighportal Keep and the Orcs of the Bloody Fist. A realm is yours for the taking, if you can carve it from the wilderness.  Borderland: Two factions clash over war-torn fields, battling for dominance in a civil war that that has torn a once-mighty empire in two. When brother strives against brother, and blood runs in the streets, who will emerge to unify the broken land—and at what cost, peace?  The Swamps of Acheron: In the Outer Planes, amid fetid swamplands and ice-choked mountains, the fell god Sarrath holds court. In a realm where gods stalk the earth, will you dare to take a stand, or will you succumb to evil." 7.99  5.35

Red Tide: Campaign Sourcebook and Sandbox Toolkit - In this book a Labyrinth Lord will find all that is required to run a sandbox game of adventure in the Sunset Isles. In addition to the races, classes, and sorcery of this savage land, a referee will find special tools and resources for creating shadowed courts of quarreling nobility, cities rife with struggle, wild border settlements that cry out for the help of heroes, and dark places in the earth known only to the dead and the damned. These tools will aid not only campaigns in the Sunset Isles, but also those games set in other lands of savage mystery and bloodstained blades. Expanding on the tag system found in the free Stars Without Number sci-fi role-playing game, Red Tide includes more than fifty new tags for fantasy cities and borderland settlements, along with more than 25 pages of GM resources including culture-specific name and place lists, unkeyed blank maps for quick sandbox use, four pages of room dressing and treasure possibilities, and a new "diagram dungeon" method of quick dungeon generation with a worked example.  7.99  5.35

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DIVE INTO A MEGALITHIC SUPERCITY IN BONEHEAD THIS DECEMBER

First Comics News - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 14:33

PORTLAND, OR, 09/15/2017 — Writer Bryan Hill (ROMULUS, POSTAL) and Rhoald Marcellius (Marvel: Contest of Champions) unite for BONEHEAD, a gritty new techno-thriller from Image/Top Cow this December.

In a near future, a sprawling megalopolis sees the rise of “Boneheads,” parkour gangs who use neuro-linked helmets to augment their abilities and live for the thrill of physical risk. As a gang war threatens to tear the city apart, a mysterious Bonehead rises—a man with no past who might be the key to saving the city’s future.

“Glitch, the team that produces BONEHEAD, has a vision of a possible future and humanity’s simultaneous evolution with technology,” said Hill. “It’s a compelling concept that deals with many things we’re experiencing as a society, and I’m enjoying working with Rhoald on these concepts of futurism, humanity, and identity.”

“I grew up loving urban and underground culture, so it’s been my long-time dream working on gang war themed comics,” said Marcellius. “And given the cyberpunk setting, BONEHEAD is my perfect avenue. I’m also BIG on action, and this book is what it’s all about—acrobatics and street fights. The characters are designed by the talented Machine56, and I gotta tell you that the designs are sick! It’s really a bunch of my favorite stuff in a blender, and I’m having a blast. I hope you guys will too!”

BONEHEAD #1 (Diamond code: OCT170566) hits comic book stores Wednesday, December 27th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, December 4th.

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BOOM! Studios Returns to Baltimore Comic-Con with Exclusive Merchandise, Guests, and More

First Comics News - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 14:26

Visit the BOOM! Studios booth for recent releases, the Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #1 convention exclusive, and a new Lumberjanes pin

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – September 15, 2017 – BOOM! Studios is excited to announce it will exhibit at Baltimore Comic-Con (BCC), to be held during the weekend of September 22-24, 2017 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Fans will be able to experience:
  • The BOOM! Studios booth (#2001) will have comics, graphic novels, and paperback collections of its most recent releases, including Mech Cadet Yu, Hi-Fi Fight Club, Clueless: Senior Year, WWE Vol. 1, SLAM! Vol. 1, and the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Adult Coloring Book.
  • Debuting in a limited quantity is the BCC exclusive variant to Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #1, featuring a story by legendary filmmaker John Carpenter and Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2), and art and a cover by Jorge Corona (Adventure Time Comics, Feathers). Burch will be on hand to sign copies.
  • Debuting at BCC is the Lumberjanes Crossed Axes enamel pin, which joins the set of current Lumberjanes pins for Ripley, the Holy Kitten, and the Lumberjanes logo.
  • BOOM! Studios will host special guest appearances at its booth (#2001), including Sean Rubin (Bolivar), Anthony Burch (Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack), and Clay McLeod Chapman (Lazaretto).
  • The publisher will present a panel featuring an all-star lineup of creators:

BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours

Saturday, September 23

4:00-5:00 pm

Room 343-344

 

There’s a comic at BOOM! Studios for everyone, from longtime fans to brand-new readers, and this is the panel to discover YOUR favorite new series! Join BOOM! Studios staff and creators as they explore the diverse imprints of the main BOOM! Studios line, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia with exclusive previews, news, and the information you need to discover your next obsession. Featuring James Tynion IV (Eugenic, The Backstagers), Hope Larson (Goldie Vance), Sean Rubin (Bolivar), Greg Pak (Mech Cadet Yu), Matt Kindt (Grass Kings), Anthony Burch (Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack), and Clay McLeod Chapman (Lazaretto). Moderated by Filip Sablik (President, Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios).

  • For the inaugural Ringo Awards ceremony, BOOM! Studios will be a Gold Sponsor and is providing each attendee with a complimentary copy of the Mouse Guard Coloring Book, courtesy of the publisher and Mouse Guard creator David Petersen, the keynote speaker of the event.
Other BOOM! Studios creators who will be appearing at Baltimore Comic-Con and can be found in Artist Alley include: Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Frank Cho (Skybourne), Brian Joines (Bill & Ted Save the Universe), JG Jones (Strange Fruit), Justin Jordan (Sombra), Dustin Nguyen (What Is It?), Steve Orlando (Namesake), Charles Soule (Strange Attractors), Brian Stelfreeze (Day Men), Mark Waid (Irredeemable), and Eryk Donovan (Eugenic). To keep up with more Baltimore Comic-Con news from BOOM! Studios, visit www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter. For more information on Baltimore Comic-Con and how to buy tickets, visit baltimorecomiccon.com.

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RICH REVIEWS: Second Nature (movie review)

First Comics News - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 14:19

 

SECOND NATURE, starring Sam Huntington, opens September 8 in Seattle before a wide release next week, September 19, on VOD.

New Sam Huntington comedy “Second Nature”, directed and co-written by Michael Cross, will get a wide release this September through Nicholas Gyeney’s Mirror Images LTD.

The film, also produced by Gyeney – a filmmaker himself whose Beta Test received a wide theatrical release in 2016 – teams Huntington (Superman Returns, Sully) with Interstellar’s Collette Wolfe.

Amanda (Wolfe) uses a magic mirror to reverse the gender roles in her small town, she gains the upper hand on her womanizing opponent, Bret (Hungtinton). As each experiences life in the other’s shoes, they must decide which reality they prefer before they’re stuck in the flipped world forever.

Second Nature, which premiered at the Napa Valley Film Festival, marks the feature debut of Michael Cross.

Theatrically, the film is scheduled to open in theaters on September 8 (beginning with Ark Lodge Cinemas, Seattle). It will also play at the Catalina Film Festival (Sep 27-October 1) and Ellensburg Film Festival (October 6-8).

Second Nature will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, Blu-ray and DVD on September 19.

TRAILER

FILM INFO:
Studio: High Octane Pictures
Director: Aaron Mirtes
Cast: Tom Seidman, Burt Culver, and Brittany Belland

Cast

Credited cast:

Collette Wolfe … Amanda Maxwell
Sam Huntington … Bret Johnson
Carollani Sandberg … Nat Jones
Carolyn Cox … Estelle Otto
Riley Shanahan … Dex Gamble

Rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Angela Andrews … Sally
Ben Andrews … Dave
David M. Austin … Mayor Gleason
Mary Bayley … Marge
Angela DiMarco … Carol
Nicholas Gyeney … Male Construction Worker 1
Stefan Hajek … Sebastian
Hannah Hanson … Rips Bret’s Shirt Off
Jared Holloway-Thomas … Raven
Peter Anthony Jacobs … Sheriff Ross

Run Time: 75 min
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: http://secondnaturemovie.com/
Comments: The Mayor dies so the town of Louisburg needs a new one.
Amanda is a beautiful woman who needs more confidence in herself. Now she and her grandmother dig up a box her grandmother buried years ago. Amanda gets a mirror out of it and right away you know it’s not an ordinary mirror.
Amanda decides to run against Bret for Mayor. The mirror does a gender role reversal. The town women are now in the men’s roles and the men in the women’s roles except for Amanda and Bret.
As we see the town’s people things are strange. It is a little funny too. The men acting all feminine is so weird.
The movie flows along smoothly and keeps you interested.
Should Amanda and Bret go back or stay in this new place. Do they want to go back? Would you?
Thinks do get exciting as things race to their inevitable conclusion. The ending will make you laugh and smile.

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Baltimore Comic-Con Welcomes The Librarians’ John Harlan Kim

First Comics News - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 14:12

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – September 16, 2017 – The 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con takes place this September 22-24, 2017 at the Baltimore Convention Center in the Inner Harbor. Get your tickets now! The Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased announce the addition of John Harlan Kim from TNT’s The Librarians as a guest of the show.

John Harlan Kim currently stars as a series regular on Dean Devlin’s TNT series The Librarians, a follow up to the network’s hit movie trilogy starring Noah Wyle. The series centers on four ordinary people with extraordinary talents who are recruited to work at an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library. Together they solve impossible mysteries, fight supernatural threats, and recover powerful artifacts from around the world. John plays “Ezekiel Jones”, the cocky but likable youngest member of the Librarians who is a master of new technologies, aficionado of old classic crimes, and who fancies himself an international man of mystery.

Kim previously completed a series regular role on the iconic Australian series Neighbours as “Dale ‘Macca’ McGregor”, a popular but mischievous high school student who loves to stir up trouble. His additional credits include Steven Spielberg’s miniseries The Pacific for DreamWorks and HBO.

Dynamite Entertainment, which will be exhibiting at the show in Booth #2010, are launching a comic series of The Librarians, where John will be supporting the book. A Baltimore Comic-Con exclusive cover will be available for sale at the show, perfect for getting autographs! “I am a HUGE fan of The Librarians,” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “This late addition to the show is really exciting, and fans of the show are going to be as thrilled as I am to get to meet John.”

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Dungeon Magazine Summary: Issues 26-50

Ten Foot Pole - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 11:15

Dungeon 26
The Inheritance is one of the stronger Dungeon adventures, featuring an assault on a small keep/manor taken over by humanoids. It’s got a decent sandbox feel to it and, with work, could be a home base for the party, kicking off a campaign.

Both the Cure & the Quest and Nine-tenths of the Law have decent portions. 9/10’s has a good urban vibe going on with characters that make sense while Cure/Quest has a couple of good encounters with some serious issues around them. Both could be salvaged with a lot of work.

Dungeon 27
Bride for a Fox continues my obsession with OA. Almost every OA adventure that appeared in Dungeon, including this one, is pretty good. If you can deal with the setting. These would also be good rethemed for one of those modern indie storytelling fantasy/folklore rpg’s.

Courier Service has decent encounters but doesn’t really use them very well to make a cohesive adventure.

Dungeon 28
Visitors from Above had some shitty Spelljammer ship (grounded) explorations but a MUCH better second half with a wizard in a mine. A varied environment, three-dimensional map, lots of potential.

Night of Fear is Yet Another Shitty Shapechanger mission, but it did have a nice table of NPC responses as an organizational highlight.

I like Sleepless because of the social powder keg that could turn in to crazed combat. Lots of factions, lots of good imagery … surrounded by WAY too much description. It’s one of the better Dungeon adventures.

Dungeon 29
Mightier than the Sword is absurd, in that magical wonderful way that D&D adventures can go. It’s got a village at arms with each other over an absurd premise: the invention of a metal nib for quills. Taken to its logical conclusion, everyone has an opinion and are more than willing to put them forth … with vigor. This adventure does not qualify for my overused “Decent” label, but is actually good.

Dungeon 30
Wrastle with Bertrum has a nice tavern to steal, but I’m not sure I’d run it as an adventure.

Thiondar’s Legacy is an honest to goodness ADVENTURE. It’s got an epic vibe that many try for and few manage. Wordy, but sticky in your head.

Dungeon 31
Beyond the Glittering Veil has well developed NPC’s and location, in a city of undead, that also feels real. Not simulationist realism, but rather NOT fucking up the suspension of disbelief. The massively overwritten text is a real problem.

Local Legend had a good idea, with a nice 100 Bushels of Rye thing going on, but lapses in to being contrived.

Dungeon 32
Elf in the House is a Mansion Murder with potential, but it unrunnable due to the way the thing is formatted.

Dungeon 33
That Island Charm runs almost like a farce for the first half, and I LUV farce in D&D. A bunch of castaways INSIST that things are a certain way, when its clearly not that way. Wonderful!

The Siege of Kratys Frehold gives the party control of an army and a siege. “Here’s a bunch of resources, here’s the locale and here’s the goal. Make it happen.” Needs prep, but, fuck, it’s Dungeon, everything in it needs prep.

Dungeon 34
Isle of the Abbey is above average for Dungeon. Again, it’s a location with the party having a goal and the freedom, mostly, to pursue it and reclaim a lighthouse for the guild of mariners.

Dungeon 35
The Whale shows how good Wolfgang Baur used to be. Great social setup, good consequences, a background that DRIVES action instead of being trivia … it’s a great big mess, in a good way.

Ghost of Mistmoor is a decent haunted house adventure, better than U1. Good imagery and good DM advice.

Dungeon 37
The adventures in this issues are all at a consistently high level of quality, which was quite rare for Dungeon.

Mud Sorcerer’s Tomb is much loved and does Tomb of Horrors better than Tomb of Horrors did. Great imagery, good setups, less forced than ToH.

Dungeon 38
Horror’s Harvest was a Ravenloft mostly-social adventure with pod people in a village. If this were rewritten/reformatted you could have a good adventure; it’s VERY disorganized.

Dungeon 39
Below Vulture Point is a small mountain lair that has a nice three-dimensional environment but needs better descriptions that are more evocative.

Last of the Iron Horse could be mistaken for an adventure from Fight On! A lot of adventure packed in to a small ten room complex with evil little fairy tale-like dwarves.

Fountains of Health is aimed at people with second grade reading skills, but has a lot of classic encounters and a decent OD&D/basic thing going on.

Dungeon 40
Son of the Fens has a good premise and nice imagery but needs better rewards and is quite tough for first levels.

Dungeon 41
Lady of the Mists has a slow melancholy feel to it, in spite of its wordiness.

Dungeon 44
Hot Day in L/Trel takes place over a couple of weeks in a city on fire. The city seems alive and everything is a hook. Great.

Dungeon 45
Rudwilla’s Stew has a basic D&D vibe going on with that kind of folklore vibe that is one of the things that wins me over. Jersey accents for the bugbears is a turnoff.

Prism Keep is a nice adventure with good imagery and encounters and puzzles and so on. It’s going to take some serious work to get it in to good fighting trim, but it’s got good lines.

Dungeon 46
Dovedale has an forest folklore thing going for it, with talking animals and old style goblins that don’t exist just to be hacked to death. You suck if you don’t like this one.

Goblin Fever had a nice idea but ruined it.

Iron Orb of the Duergar is a tough nut to crack. Good ideas, allies, craziness, and sticky writing. High level and NOT a shit show is enough to make it notable, if not reccomended.

Dungeon 47
Both the Assassin WIthin and Fraggart’s Contraption have nice ideas and outlines but serious serious flaws that keep them from being good without a lot of work.

Dungeon 48
Them Apples, Melody, and Oracle at Sumbar all deserve better than they got from their writing. There are various ways to save all three … but why would you want to?

Dungeon 49
North of Narborel lacks color but has enough elements that are above average, for Dungeon, to make it worth looking in to for pirate towns, etc.

Dungeon 50
Vaka’s Curse and Back to the Beach are both small things pretty well done. Vaka could be included in any sea voyage adventure as an additional complication, while Back to the Beach has possibilities for longer term integration in to a campaign.

The Object of Desire has issues but a couple of hours should fix it up and make it fit for play. The final location FEELS wondrous, and getting rid of some of the deus ex shit should be pretty easy.

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REVIEW: ‘Time in Office’ is a Gallifreyan Political Thriller

Blogtor Who - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 09:36

Called back to Gallifrey, the Fifth Doctor must take on his greatest foe: bureaucracy! Having dodged the Time Lord Presidency twice already, the Doctor has resolved to steer clear of Gallifrey for a while. The High Council, however, has other plans and convinces the Doctor’s into a temporary stint in office. Thimble of Rassilon The […]

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Night’s Dominion, Season 2 #2 preview

First Comics News - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 06:16

Night’s Dominion, Season 2 #2

(W/A/C/CA) Ted Naifeh
Age Rating: Mature Themes
Genre: Fantasy
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

After rescuing the city Alderman from assassination, Emerane takes him to her tenement for refuge, only to find the Furie near death from a poisoned arrow. It seems the House of Asps intend to eliminate Umber’s only defenders of justice. But to what end, and at whose command, Emerane must find out. What she doesn’t yet realize is that, as the Night, she is their final target. Will her former companion, Azmeer, be her end?

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Using Modern OSR Adventure Resources For an Old School Lovecraftian Campaign Twist

Swords & Stitchery - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 06:04
Mark Taormino's latest adventure Kickstarter broke earlier this afternoon. He wants to add new artwork & pieces to his existing modules. No this isn't a few coats of paint, some new artwork here & there this is a solid revamp. So tonight I've been thinking does one use modern OSR game adventures with old school campaigns or campaign designed settings. All of this centers around Mark Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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DREAMY NEW YA FANTASY SLEEPLESS ARRIVES THIS DECEMBER

First Comics News - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 05:54

“SLEEPLESS is the fairy tale I’ve apparently been missing all my life. I love this world that feels familiar but also equally original.” —Amy Reeder (ROCKET GIRL, Madame Xanadu)

PORTLAND, OR, 09/15/2017 — Writer Sarah Vaughn (ALEX + ADA, ETERNAL EMPIRE) teams up with artist Leila del Duca (SHUTTER, AFAR), editor/colorist Alissa Sallah, and letterer Deron Bennett for the fantasy romance series SLEEPLESS this December.

Lady “Poppy” Pyppenia, daughter of a king, is ever guarded by the devoted Sleepless Knight Cyrenic. But a new king has just been crowned—and danger lurks anew around each and every corner.

“SLEEPLESS is a story that is very dear to me, grown from an idea I would play in my head at night as I tried to fall asleep,” said Vaughn. “It’s wonderful to see the book come to life with Leila, Alissa, and Deron. I hope readers enjoy reading about Poppy and Cyrenic and getting a little more romance, costumes, and fantasy in their lives.”

“I’m incredibly thrilled to be drawing a romance comic with Sarah!” said del Duca. “She has written a lush world and intriguing characters that I’m having fun falling in love with (pun intended!). We’re both huge fans of period dramas and romance, so doing our own take on the genre has been very rewarding. I love the palace intrigue, the sexual tension, the dramatic emotions, and the amazing wardrobes in this series.”

“I’m also very pleased to be working with Alissa Sallah and Deron Bennett,” added del Duca. “Alissa both edits and colors the book, giving us invaluable editorial feedback along with turning in gorgeous colors. She uses a lot of flat colors on top of watercolor and ink textures, which stylistically fits perfectly for the tone of the story. Deron has chosen a unique lettering style for our book that also lends a particular moodiness to the book. I can’t wait to share what our team has created!”

“It’s an honor to work on such a fantastic story with Leila and Sarah,” said Sallah. “The world of SLEEPLESS has such a dreamy vibe to it. And so dramatic! This is a story that feels very refreshing right now in comics, and we thank everyone for their support!”

SLEEPLESS #1, Cover A by Leila del Duca and Alissa Sallah (Diamond code: OCT170590) and Cover B by Jen Bartel (Diamond code: OCT170591), hits comic book shops Wednesday, December 6th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, November 13th.

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Want a Chance to Receive a PDF Copy of The Forbidden Caverns of Archaia Megadungeon?

Tenkar's Tavern - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 02:40


Thanks to the generosity of +Greg Gillespie , he of Barrowmaze fame, The Tavern is offering you a an opportunity to receive a PDF copy of The Forbidden Caverns of Archaia, Greg's latest release. Its a megadungon composed of a sandbox setting and multiple dungeons and it is without a doubt, a campaign worth of gaming and then some.
So, how do you get entered for a chance to be gifted with such an amazing OSR release?

Its really simple - name and describe a bartender that may be found in a fantasy tavern. Use two to three sentences for your description. On Monday morning, 9/18 at 11 AM I will chose one random commenter to receive the The Forbidden Caverns of Archaia Megadungeon PDF. A second commenter will receive a $10 RPGNow Gift Certificate for "Best Bartender." Best Bartender is totally subjective to my whims ;)
A new megadungeon from Barrowmaze author Dr. Greg Gillespie! The lost city of Archaia - an ancient ruin sunken into the earth - lies deep in the badlands. In recent years, caravans from Eastdale have come under attack from orcs, goblins, and worse. Some say these blood-thirsty warbands have made lairs in the deep caves and ruins. Sill others say the ancient halls are filled with magnificent treasures left by the Archaians. Are you brave (or foolish) enough to delve The Forbidden Caverns of Archaia? THe Forbidden Caverns of Archaia (FCoA) is a 296-page classic old school megadungeon for use with Labyrinth LordTM and other fantasy role-playing games. THe pages of Forbidden Caverns are crammed full with new material, maps, amazing art (including special surprizes by former TSR artists), as well as an amazing colour cover art by Ex-TSR artist Erol Otus that matches Barrowmaze Complete as a sister-book.
The Forbidden Caverns of Archaia will keep your players on their toes and your campaign going strong for years. FCoA is brought to you by the Old School Renaissance (so don’t forget your 10’ pole).Remember, purchases made via The Tavern's affiliate links enable us to offer gifts back to the community - and keep your bartender in fresh, cold beer ;)
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Game Sportsbar to Host the First Official Baltimore Comic-Con After Party

First Comics News - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 00:18

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – September 15, 2017 – Americas Greatest Comic Book Convention and Baltimore’s Greatest Sports Bar are teaming up Saturday, September 23rd at 8pm for an incredible night to remember. The convention after party will be held at GAME Sports Bar next to the Horseshoe Casino. The night will feature awesome music, live DJs, multiple genre rooms and themes, fantastic food, door prizes, and GAME’s version of a costume contest. Free transportation will be available leaving the convention center directly at the closing of the convention Saturday night, or Uber, walk, or drive and park free at the Casino or the venue. This party is OPEN to the public so if you LOVE this scene, you can just come on by.

The night will be chock full of fun, surprises, and, most of all, OTHER comic enthusiasts to party with, meet, and have a great time with. Advanced tickets may be purchased at baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets or through MISSIONTIX and are now available for $20. The prices will go up, so make sure you buy your tickets NOW! HURRY the event is only a week away.

The official Baltimore Comic-Con after party will be held at GAME Sports Bar, 1400 Warner Street. This year, you don’t have to be upset because it’s over…the night just gets better! Do not miss this one and only EPIC night.

Visit us on Facebook: @GAMEBMORE or on the web www.gamebaltimore.com for further information.

SEE YOU AT THE AFTER PARTY!

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PRINCELESS VOLUME 6 preview

First Comics News - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 00:17

PRINCELESS VOLUME 6: MAKE YOURSELF PART TWO
The story of the princess who rescued herself continues!

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Emily Martin, Brett Grunig
Cover Artist(s): Emily Martin, Brett Grunig
128 pgs./ E / FC
$14.99

The story of the princess who rescued herself continues!  When we last saw Adrienne she was trapped between the two scoundrel knights who want to capture her and an icy wilderness as she continued her quest to save her sisters, the twins Antonia and Andrea!  Meanwhile Bedelia and Sparky were in the midst of rocky reunions with their mothers at the Monster Farm. What could go wrong?

 

Book 6 of the award winning PRINCELESS series brings back all the action and charm of the series that’s been enchanting readers young and old alike for six years!  New readers and fans of stories like Avatar: The Last Airbender and Lumberjanes will find a fantasy world full of new adventures and things to love. The story puts girls in the driver’s seat of fantasy stories as few others have done.

 

And as an added bonus, this volume includes a one-shot story following Dragonslayers Benna and Gretta and their young daughter Penny on one of the biggest days of their young family’s life.

PRINCELESS VOLUME 6: MAKE YOURSELF PART TWO will be available in a comic book store near you on November 8. Preorder the book using the Diamond item code SEP171042.

Enjoy a special sneak peak from PRINCELESS VOLUME 6: MAKE YOURSELF PART TWO:

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Journey To A New Planet With STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – STORMS OF CRAIT #1!

First Comics News - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 00:11

A new adventure for Luke and Leia begins this December

 

New York, NY—September 15, 2017—Marvel’s STAR WARS comics have pulled back the curtain on fan favorite Captain Phasma, introduced the world to rogue archeologist Doctor Aphra, and crafted stories that have enthralled fans across the galaxy. This December, even more secrets will be revealed when Marvel releases STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – STORMS OF CRAIT #1. Written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (Star Wars: Join The Resistance) with art by Mike Mayhew (Star Wars, The Star Wars), the new mini-series gives fans a look behind the curtain at one very special planet in the galaxy: the mineral planet Crait.

 

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it becomes a battleground between the Resistance and the First Order,  but that wasn’t the first time Crait became a place where heroes and villains clashed in their fight for the galaxy. Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa once took up arms on Crait and led the rebellion as they as they searched for a new home – and a new base for the Rebel Alliance. Tying in to the eagerly anticipated December film, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – STORMS OF CRAIT promises to be a new and exciting adventure for all Star Wars fans – and a story that will change the galaxy as we know it.

 

“We’re excited for the opportunity to tell this story,” said editor Jordan D. White, “Tying the new sequel series in more tightly with the original trilogy era, and helping make the Galaxy Far Away a little more fleshed out. The Bens are a great fit in for Star Wars, as they showed in Join the Resistance, and Mike has did such great work on both covers and the Obi-Wan issues of the flagship Star Wars title, that we couldn’t be happier to have him back doing art for us.”

 

Find out what mysteries Crait holds for yourself when STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – STORMS OF CRAIT hits comic shops on December 27th!

 

 

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – STORMS OF CRAIT #1

Written by BEN ACKER & BEN BLACKER

Art by MIKE MAYHEW

Cover by MARCO CHECCHETTO

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Be The First To Know Despicable Deadpool Variants In Store Today

First Comics News - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 00:07

New Products At Rob Liefeld Creations

As a Rob Liefeld Creations Insider we wanted you to be the first to know that at 7 pm (PST) tonight Rob will be offering two new Despicable Deadpool exclusive variants.

They will both come in standard and signed versions available exclusively through Rob Liefeld Creations!


Also, if you are in the Southern California area Rob will be at Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con October 27-29 at the LA Convention Center. He will be offering several packages and the VIP one is up now.

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All-New Rocko’s Modern Life Comic Book Series Launches at BOOM! Studios

First Comics News - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 00:03

 

The series will debut in December following the launch of the new Rugrats comic book in October

September 15, 2017 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – BOOM! Studios and Nickelodeon are excited to announce ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE, a new ongoing comic book series based on the popular animated show about everyone’s favorite wallaby! Writer Ryan Ferrier (Regular Show, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and artist Ian McGinty (Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors) team to launch the first comic book in the series in December 2017. Each issue will also feature bonus short stories by different illustrators, including Tony Millionaire (Sock Monkey), KC Green (Invader Zim), and David DeGrand (SpongeBob Comics).

Rocko, Spunky, Heffer, Filburt, the Bigheads, and the entire cast of O-Town are back, but all is not well. The town is facing a job shortage and Rocko is hit hard. With unemployment and potential homelessness on the horizon, Rocko’s problems are just beginning. But with help from his best friends Heffer and Filbert and his faithful dog Spunky, Rocko is (mostly) ready to take on the world (maybe).

ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE was one of the standout series for me growing up, as it really struck a chord with me in how similar it was to my own sensibilities and sense of humor, even at that younger age,” says series writer Ferrier. “Working on this series, especially knowing how incredible Ian is going to make it, has made me an even bigger fan.”

Series artist Ian McGinty adds, “Fans are gonna be pretty blasted away by how well the new comic blends ’90s nostalgia with modern sentiment, and a Mystery Science Theater 3000-esque vibe that I find really, really cool.”

ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE marks the second series in the partnership between BOOM! Studios and Nickelodeon through BOOM Studios’ award-winning, all-ages imprint, KaBOOM!. The first series of this partnership debuts October 18 with Rugrats #1, from writer Box Brown (André the Giant: Life and Legend) and artist Lisa DuBois (Adventure Time).

“Working with Nickelodeon on Rugrats and now ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE has been amazing,” says Editor Whitney Leopard. “We’ve been a fan of their shows for years and to be able to work with them on bringing these characters to life in comics is a dream come true.”

ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE #1 features a main cover by Jorge Monlongo (Adventure Time Comics), a “look-and-find” cover by Bachan (Bill & Ted Save the Universe), and a variant cover by Nick Pitarra (The Manhattan Projects). BOOM! Studios will also be offering a blank Sketch Cover for this launch.

Print copies of ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE #1 will be available for sale in December at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or through the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play,  and the BOOM! Studios app.

ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ critically acclaimed KaBOOM! imprint, publisher of world-class licensed series such as Steven Universe, Over the Garden Wall, Peanuts, and Garfield, along with original series like Brave Chef Brianna by Sam Sykes and Selina Espiritu, and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

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VENOM INC Arrives In The Marvel Universe!

First Comics News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 23:59

Ryan Stegman, Dan Slott and Mike Costa lead the six-issue crossover starting in December

 

New York, NY—September 15, 2017—Venom is sweeping across the Marvel Universe, and in an epic new crossover, Eddie Brock finally makes his way into Spider-Man’s world with VENOM INC. Announced exclusively on Marvel’s weekly podcast This Week In Marvel, the six-part story kicks off in VENOM INC/ALPHA #1, written by superstar writers Dan Slott and Mike Costa, with art by Ryan Stegman.

 

“We’re in a bit of a Venom renaissance—a Ven-aissance?—of late, and I got real excited when I not only heard about Venom Inc., but that we’d get to announce it on This Week in Marvel!” said Ryan Penagos, Vice President and Executive Editor of Marvel Digital Media. “If you haven’t listened to any of the 300+ episodes of This Week in Marvel yet, I hope you come for the news we’ll continue to break going forward, and stay for the interviews, in-depth look at all the amazing Marvel Comics out each week, great community, and more.”

 

Following ALPHA #1, the story continues in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and VENOM. At the heart of the story? The relationship between fan favorites Peter Parker and Eddie Brock…who haven’t been face-to-face in years. Add in Flash Thompson, and this is one reunion you’re not going to want to miss.

 

“Flash Thompson] got to be that hero when he was Venom….but that was everything he’d wanted. And now it’s gone. It was robbed from him. And so, he’s trying to figure out what his role in life is…and where that story goes, I’m not gonna tell you,” teased Executive Editor Nick Lowe.

 

What can be said about VENOM INC? “You don’t get much more LEGACY than this story,” promised Lowe. “Twists! Turns! Classic Spider-Man characters, but all treading on new ground! And to have Ryan Stegman returning to AMAZING SPIDER-MAN? I’m embarrassed by the creative riches here!”

 

With classic Spider-Man characters, new villains, infamous Venom symbiote, and blockbuster storytelling by both the SPIDER-MAN and VENOMVERSE teams, VENOM INC promises to rock the world of our favorite Wall-Crawler. Don’t miss the most adventurous crossover yet – VENOM/ALPHA #1 hits comics shops on December 6th!

 

VENOM INC/ALPHA #1: VENOM INC PART 1

Written by DAN SLOTT & MIKE COSTA

Art by RYAN STEGMAN

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #972: VENOM INC PART 2

Written by DAN SLOTT

Art by RYAN STEGMAN

VENOM #159: VENOM INC PART 3

Written by MIKE COSTA

Art by GERARDO SANDOVAL

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #793 PART 4

Written by DAN SLOTT

Art by RYAN STEGMAN

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Announcement - Uncle Matt's D&D Studio Launches Tonight 830 Eastern / 730 Central (Matt Finch Livestream)

Tenkar's Tavern - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 23:18


Yep, tonight Uncle +Matt Finch is launching his new Youtube channel, Uncle Matt's D&D Studio. The opening piece is above.

Its been a heavy week in the OSR and Matt plans to lift some spirits. Additionally, there will be the announcement of a new project from Matt which I am excitedly looking forward to. The project that is, cause I know what it is and I'm trilled to be able to do what I can for it and the OSR at large. How's that for stirring some interest?

In any case, here the link to Matt's new channel - click it and subscribe!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwQ6cSVDLklOoQ8VSMsxp5Q

edit - Matt will be fielding questions over at The Tavern's Discord server on the uncle-matts-dnd-studio text channel

here's the link: https://discord.gg/Cm4mBS
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Kickstarter - Artifices of Quartztoil Tower - a 5E Adventure

Tenkar's Tavern - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 19:01

I've been pleased with Nord Games previous releases. Heck, the dungeon tiles were raided by Pinkie so she could build her dungeons "Anywhere Uncle! I can even take it to school!" I'm expect that inevitable phone call from my sister of "Do you know what you God-daughter did in school today?"

Anyhow, the latest Nord Games Kickstarter is Artifices of Quartztoil Tower. It a 5th Edition adventure scaling for variable levels. Yep, it tweak between low, medium and high. I'm interested in seeing how well that works. Oh, and yes its for 5e, but since I've converted PF and DCC to S&W on the fly, 5e should be an even smoother fit.

5 bucks for PDF, 10 bucks for print and 13 bucks for print plus PDF. Thats for 50 t0 60 full color pages and 3 to 5 sessions of gameplay. The value offered is sizable.


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X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN by HIP-HOP FAMILY TREE Award Winning Cartoonist Ed Piskor: The Definitive Remix of X-Men History

First Comics News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 19:00

30 Years of Iconic Comics Books, 8,000 Storytelling Pages, 1 Unexpected, Unprecedented and Uncanny Undertaking

New York, NY—September 15, 2017— “Ed Piskor is one of the most exciting cartoonists working today and seeing the iconic X-men filtered through his singular vision is the sort of comic book project that you can usually only dream about. But this dream is real, and it is a thing to behold!” — Jeff Lemire (DESCENDER, MOON KNIGHT)

Marvel Comics and Eisner Award-winning indie cartoonist indie Ed Piskor are teaming up for an unexpected, unprecedented, and uncanny undertaking. Best known for documenting the history of hip hop with the award winning HIP HOP FAMILY TREE graphic novels, Ed Piskor will sample and distill more than 8,000 pages of superheroic storytelling to create a definitive remix of the first 280 original issues of X-Men comic books and 30 years of complicated continuity into one seamless masterpiece of superheroic storytelling. Piskor will write, draw, ink, color and letter all six 40 page issues of X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN, which Marvel will publish over three years as three separate but interconnected mini-series — X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN, X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN-SECOND GENESIS and X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN-X-TINCTION.

“X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN is a tribute to everything comic book fans love about the X-Men from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s original run and Chris Claremont’s, epic 16-year stint as the series’ writer,” said Piskor. “It’s a compelling and complete story with a beginning, middle and an end, featuring everything from Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, Cerebro and the Danger Room to the Mutant Massacre, the Reavers, Gambit, and Genosha.”

“Ed Piskor is a singular talent,” said Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso. “And he is unleashing the same passion, craft and attention to detail that fuels his award-winning HIP-HOP FAMILY TREE on a five decades worth of X-Men stories.”

On December 9th, 2017, Marvel will publish the debut issue of X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN. On April 17, 2018, Marvel will collect both issues of X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN, as an oversized paperback collection in the same size and format as HIP HOP FAMILY TREE, and will also include the first issue of X-MEN by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby masterfully recolored by Piskor, and a host of recolored classic pinups. Each X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN trade paperback will feature a classic X-MEN comic book, recolored by Piskor.

What people are saying about X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN:

“X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN is genius – an epic love letter to my favorite childhood comic. It’s pop culture journalism and comics history filtered through the imagination of a master storyteller. It’s a unique interpretation of the Marvel Universe and a pleasure to read. Every page is a thrill.”—Jim Rugg (STREET ANGEL)

“Seeing a creator achieve a lifelong dream by pouring his heart and soul into a project is both rewarding and encouraging…. Ed’s retro artistic style and his love of the classic X-Men is going to propel GRAND DESIGN to the top of the selling chart and become a classic itself.”—MOVIEPILOT

“Piskor’s art is at the height of its powers in these pages. New readers and old guard comic book fans will appreciate GRAND DESIGN’s streamlining and distillation of the X-MEN’s epic, but convoluted saga. We will discover Piskor invented a new approach to present legendary past stories. Instead of starting a news series at issue #1 we’re better off in the retelling and refining of wonderfully raw past material we adore. It worked for Homer why not comics.”—Benjamin Marra, (NIGHT BUSINESS, TERROR ASSAULTER: O.M.W.O.T.)

“Unprecedented.”—PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER

“Ed is crazy enough to take thousands of X-Men pages and filter them through his own vision. He’s passionate enough to pull it off, too, as this isn’t simply an archival exercise. By tying all those pages together, Ed skillfully equips the material with a logic that was absent before, thus meeting our obsessive culture’s modern expectations. It’s a blast, this comic.”—Michael Fiffe (COPRA, ZEGAS)

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