marcus 2013

And another RPG bundle - Godbound

Another RPG bundle offer - this time all new, and a system I don't know at all:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Godbound

"This all-new offer presents Godbound, the Sine Nomine FRPG, designed by Kevin Crawford (Stars Without Number), of divine heroes forging a new world from the ruins of the old. In Godbound you play demigods in a dying world. In ancient times the kingdoms of humanity stormed Heaven and fought through angelic armies to the Throne of God Himself -- only to find the Throne empty. The mortal kingdoms decided to make gods of their own. Each Made God that attempted to sit on the Throne was reduced to ash. As abominable titans waged the Last War, reality crumbled in a universal Shattering. Now, in the Uncreated Night, new divinities have arisen. Some mortals, seemingly at random, have become bound to the Words of Creation that give control of the fabric of reality. Will the Godbound save the world from destruction, or hasten its demise?

Funded in a March 2016 Kickstarter campaign, Godbound is an Old School take on the themes of White Wolf's Exalted. The game uses straightforward B/X retroclone rules with the power settings turned waaay up. One of Godbound's prime selling points is its system-neutral gamemastering tools, a la Stars Without Number and Kevin Crawford's other games, that help you create high-impact adversaries and challenges for any kind of game.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). All the books in this offer are also provided in ePub format (for the Nook, Kobo Reader, and most other ereaders), and all the books except Lexicon of the Throne are provided in Kindle (.mobi) format. Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their devices.

Ten percent of each payment (after gateway fees) for this offer will be donated to the charity designated by Godbound designer Kevin Crawford, Benzie Food Partners, a nonprofit Feeding America food bank serving Kevin's home county in Honor, Michigan. "Benzie County is reliant on tourism and hospitality, and we've been hit hard by the lockdowns," says Kevin. "The place only has 240 year-round residents, and just about everybody here is affected by the closings. My neighbors need whatever help they can get."

This comprehensive offer presents the entire Godbound line, a US$63 retail value, for an unbeatable bargain price. Customers who pay just US$5.95 get both DRM-free ebooks in our Starter Collection (retail value $25), including the complete 241-page Godbound Deluxe Edition core rulebook (retail price $20) and the introductory adventure Ten Buried Blades (retail $5).

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $15.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $38, including the key supplements Lexicon of the Throne (retail $10), Sixteen Sorrows (retail $8), and Ancalia: The Broken Towers (retail $10), plus the full-length adventure Storms of Yizhao (retail price $5).

 

Godbound resources


This one probably isn't for me, I'm more a fan of games where the characters are more or less human, but it might be fun if you like the idea of getting ridiculously powerful and smiting your enemies, and as usual you're getting a lot for your money and supporting a worthwhile cause.

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marcus 2013

Fanfic - Harry Potter / Surprise Crossover - Going Home

Just a one-off Harry Potter crossover; comments please before I post to archives.

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Slightly revised final version on line at these sites:

https://archiveofourown.org/works/23446003
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13539830/1/Going-Home
https://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-33249/MarcusRowland+Going+Home.htm

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marcus 2013

Another RPG Bundle Offer - Dungeons on Demand

A load of adventures for the D&D 5th edition rules:


https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Demand

"Dungeons on Demand are instant ready-to-play dungeons you can drop into any Fifth Edition campaign. DoD creator Dan Coleman, a graphic designer and longtime DM, exemplifies the solo entrepreneurial path made possible for modern RPG designers through crowdfunding, the Open Game License, mapping and publishing software, and DriveThruRPG. He self-funded development of the entire Dungeons on Demand product line (plus a companion campaign setting, Ebonclad) through five Kickstarter campaigns, March 2015 through June 2017.

Each Dungeon on Demand is designed for four- or five-player parties of specified levels and for one or two sessions of play. Each full-color .PDF includes a backstory, adventure hooks, hand-drawn maps, traps, puzzles, full breakdowns of each encounter, and an appendix of unique monsters and treasure. Encounter descriptions includes a combat difficulty gauge that lets you quickly determine their challenge for an appropriate party, from 1 star (very easy) to 5 stars (deadly). Each description is annotated with core rulebook page references and full descriptions of custom monsters.

These 20+ modules take characters of all levels to adventure sites like a live volcano, a lost civilization's holy temples, a wizard's hidden study, the halls of giants, the lairs of dragons, and dozens more. By the time the party finishes exploring a dungeon, each character will gain enough experience to gain a level. With the demanding dungeons in this comprehensive offer, you can take a party from 1st to 20th level.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their devices.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Save the Children, which is currently providing much-needed protective equipment and supplies to frontline health staff worldwide.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$86. Customers who pay just US$7.95 get all fourteen titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $42) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the six scenarios for levels 1-6 in the DoD Low-Level Adventure Pack (retail price $18), the seven modules for levels 7-13 in Mid-Level Adventures (retail $21), and we throw in an extra 3rd-level short scenario, Bad Apples (retail price $3).

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $17.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with eight more titles worth an additional $44, including the seven modules (levels 14-20) in High-Level Adventures (retail $21); the full-length 170-page thieves' guild campaign setting Ebonclad (retail $15); and a diverse collection of monsters, spells, creatures, locations, and more in the Pages from the Lost Grimoire (retail $8)."


Unfortunately, this doesn't interest me at all, I stopped playing D&D many years ago, but if you're still into kicking down doors and murdering innocent monsters this may be for you.

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marcus 2013

Another RPG Bundle Offer - Solo Games

Isolating yourself? These may help keep you amused:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/SoloGames

For tabletop gamers in social isolation, this new Solo Games Bundle presents a bargain-priced collection of solitaire roleplaying, board, and miniatures games that give you lots of new ways to play with yourself. All these print-and-play .PDF rules sets are designed for just one player, and several also work fine for two or more gamers confined in the same space. Enliven your quarantine with dungeon crawls, skirmishes in post-apocalyptic and science-fictional landscapes, and several large SoloQuest pick-a-path gamebooks.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their devices.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Heart to Heart International. Heart to Heart improves health access and administers crisis relief worldwide. HHI provides medicines, supplies, and equipment to safety-net clinics in the US and to international medical teams. Now HHI is delivering urgently needed equipment to providers fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$93.50. Customers who pay just US$7.95 get all six titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $41.50) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the solo dungeon crawl Exiles of the Wicked Maze (retail $6) plus its pay-what-you-want expansions Beyond the Wicked Maze: Hazards & Trickery and Wretched Encounters; two skirmish miniatures games from Nordic Weasel, Five Klicks From the Zone (post-apocalypse, retail $13) and Five Men at Kursk (World War II, retail $15); the Old West solo Bad Day at Buena Roca (retail $5; based on Kenzer and Company's Aces & Eights, though you don't need that game to play); and the board game of post-apocalyptic allergies, Mutant Megabloom (retail $2.50). And we include a free game too, one of the best solitaire RPGs ever -- Shawn Tomkin's Ironsworn.<

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $17.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with five more titles worth an additional $52, including two full-length SoloQuest solitaire adventures, Brothers by Blood and Fallen From Grace (total retail $20); two of Nordic Weasel's most popular skirmish miniatures games, Five Leagues From the Borderlands (fantasy, retail $16) and Five Parsecs From Home (space opera, retail $11); and another dungeon-quest generator in the Old School style, Kabuki Kaiser's Ruins of the Undercity (retail $5).



I haven't checked these out yet but it's an interesting offer, could be a godsend if you're feeling bored, and it looks like you get quite a lot for the money.

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marcus 2013

Odd X-men thought...

Emma Frost turns into diamond (or some other diamond-hard material) when she uses her powers. If she used a suitably sharp implement to trim her fingernails in that form, would the bits that came off stay as diamond when she turned back? If so, what are the industrial uses of small curved bits of diamond?

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marcus 2013

Travel refunds for Eastercon

Just a couple of minutes ago had an email from Trainline saying that there will be refunds on offer - they're doing the people who are due to travel in the next few days first, then contacting others once that's out of the way. There must be hundreds of thousands of advance sales so I'm not going to expect anything soon.

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marcus 2013

RIP Concentric (Eastercon 2020)

As I expected they've pulled the plug on Concentric, this year's Eastercon, the UK National SF con, which would have been early next month. I've cancelled my hotel booking, with a load of unnecessary emails from Hilton as the inevitable result, unfortunately the train ticket currently seems to be non-refundable but it's only £12 anyway so not a huge deal, and the booking company (Trainline) claims to be trying to talk the train companies into giving refunds. Membership fees will hopefully be sorted eventually.

Anyone who was planning to travel from e.g. the USA has similar problems turned up to 11, and I hope nobody ends up too badly out of pocket.

https://www.concentric2020.uk/

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