Robin D. Laws new game Hillfolk: A Game of Iron Age Drama has performed brilliantly on Kickstarter and is being published by Pelgrane Press. Hillfolk is a game of Iron Age conflict and introduces the DramaSystem rules engine – a much more story driven focus of collective play. Whilst Hillfolk is the core setting the Dramasystem can be played in any number of ways and several of these ‘series pitches’ are also going to be explored in the main book, written by some of the best talent in the industry. Ken Hite (Moscow Station – cold war espionage), Jason Morningstar (Hollywoodland – the founding of the American film industry), Chris Pramas (Brigades for the Spanish Civil War), Emily Care Boss (Colony Wars which takes us to Jupiter and Mars) and many more are all involved! 13th Age is a massive new fantasy RPG by Jonathan Tweet (lead designer of D&D 3rd Edition) and Rob Heinsoo (lead designer of D&D 4th Edition) and is being released by Pelgrane Press this December. With the names attached to this project it’s been drawing a lot of attention. In the 13th Age of the world, adventurers seek their fortunes in the Dragon Empire while powerful individuals known as Icons pursue goals that may preserve the empire from chaos, or send it over the edge. The players decide which Icons their characters ally with, and which they oppose. These relationships,
along with a personal history and a unique trait chosen during character creation, help define an adventurer’s place in the world of 13th Age and lay the groundwork for epic stories that emerge through play. There are also fun new rules for hitting orcs and making them go splat.
WICKED WORLD GAMES
VOID STAR GAMES Nova Praxis is the third book by Void Star Games (Strands of Fate and Strands of Power being their first two) and once again using a version of the flexible FATE system to power the game. Set in a universe where the Earth has been lost to us and the ‘Exodus’ gave mankind a chance to start with a clean sheet. But as with all visions of utopia, they rarely mean the same thing to everyone. Nova Praxis is a post-singularity sci-fi setting that explores Transhumanism and post-scarcity societies against a backdrop of action, adventure, conspiracy and intrigue.
Swedish design studio, Wicked World Games, have been teasing us with video trailers, fiction and art teasers for their new dark science fiction game Cold & Dark which should be released this winter. The sci-fi universe of Cold & Dark is a frightening and violent place. In the reaches of space the protagonists have to face known, as well as unknown, horrors as the endless expansion of corporate greed and relenting strip-mining of resources and stirred something terrible best left buried and forgotten…
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