marcus 2013

Another two RPG bundle offers - TinyD6

Two bundles for the TinyD6 RPG system - one a repeat from last year, the other all-new

Tiny Dungeon

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/2020TinyDungeon

"This revival is one of two offers now in progress that present the stripped-down and streamlined TinyD6 universal rules set from Gallant Knight Games. Funded in a September 2017 Kickstarter campaign, Tiny Dungeon uses the minimalist TinyD6 mechanics for a fast-playing fantasy game that's easy to learn and teach, and ideal for convention games, one-shots, and novice roleplayers. Player characters -- heroic adventurers, daring treasure hunters, imperious magicians, and more -- have statistics that fit on a notecard. Designer Alan Bahr has adapted the TinyD6 rules for standalone games in other genres. (YouTuber Dave Thaumavore has a good Tiny Dungeon rules summary.)

Resurrected from July 2019, this bargain-priced Tiny Dungeon Bundle presents the current editions of Tiny Dungeon, Wastelands, Frontiers, and Mecha (tiny, uhhh, giant robots?), along with a tiny boatload of freebies. The all-new companion offer, TinyD6 Worlds, presents a huge range of tiny standalone RPGs like Tiny Supers, Gunslingers, Pirates, Gods, and more. Each bundle stands alone; if you have one, you don't need the other.

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 payment (after gateway fees) will be donated to these two Tiny offers' pandemic-related charity, Direct Relief. Direct Relief sends protective gear and critical care medications to health workers, with emergency deliveries to medical facilities across the US and Canada and to regional response agencies around the world.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$98. Customers who pay a tiny US$9.95 get all five titles in this revived offer's Tiny Dungeon Collection (retail value $37) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete Tiny Dungeon 2E core rulebook, plus the free quickstart set Mad Magicks of the Turned God and the Quickstart Characters; the Tiny Dungeon Player's Guide; the print-and-cut Bestiary Deck and Treasure Deck; and the GM Screen.

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, also get this revival's giant Tiny Universe Collection with seven more TinyD6 games and supplements worth an additional $61, including the standalone RPG of streamlined post-apocalypse action Tiny Wastelands Revised Edition (plus its Enclave Deck and GM Screen); Tiny Frontiers Revised Edition (plus its Rules Expansion); the Frontiers supplement Mecha and Monsters (plus its Mecha and Monsters Pregen Cards); and, for summer-season lifeguarding action and bay-watching glamour, Beach Patrol (plus its free set of Quickstart Characters)."


TinyD6 Worlds

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/TinyD6Worlds

"This is one of two offers now in progress featuring the stripped-down and streamlined TinyD6 universal rules set from Gallant Knight Games. This TinyD6 Worlds offer, with Tiny Supers, Gunslingers, Pirates, Gods, and more standlone RPGs, is a new companion to our revived July 2019 Tiny Dungeon Bundle now in progress. (YouTuber Dave Thaumavore has a good Tiny Dungeon rules summary.) Each of these bundles stands alone; if you buy this one, you mostly don't need the other (except this offer's Destiny of Tides campaign requires the Tiny Dungeon rules in the other offer).

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 payment (after gateway fees) will be donated to these two Tiny offers' pandemic-related charity, Direct Relief. Direct Relief sends protective gear and critical care medications to health workers, with emergency deliveries to medical facilities across the US and Canada and to regional response agencies around the world.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$83. Customers who pay just US$7.95 get all three titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $37) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including Tiny Gods, the Tiny Dungeon undersea campaign setting Destiny of Tides (and its Quickstart Characters), and the TinyZine Compendium 2018, a big anthology of tiny articles for all the Gallant Knight TinyD6 games.

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $17.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with seven more titles worth an additional $46, including Tiny Supers (along with its Threat Matrix & Character Sheet); Tiny Gunslingers (plus its Poker Deck and Bounties); Tiny Pirates (with the Duel Deck); and Tiny Living Dead."


Last year I said:

My impression, unfortunately, is that for a game that tries to minimalise game mechanics the rules etc. go fairly heavily into game-speak; and as is often the case revolve around combat to an extent that's a little worrying; there are other things that people might want to do in an RPG, and there really isn't a lot of support for them here. Having said that, it's no worse than many other RPGs in this respect, it's supporting one of my favorite charities, and it does have one wonderfully daft supplement, Beach Patrol, which has more emphasis on rescue than fighting. is VERY silly and has rules for things like running in slo-mo, shark-icanes, megalodons, etc. I'm not entirely sure that the rest of the package is worth it just to get this one supplement, so on the whole I'm going to have to say "OK if you really want this sort of thing, but not otherwise."

I'm not really seeing anything to change this, unfortunately.

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marcus 2013

Another RPG bundle offer - isometric maps

This is a new one - pre-drawn isometric maps (3D perspective view) for fanrasy games.

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/EpicIsometric

Alex Drummond, a concept artist in Sydney, Australia, has worked on movies (Thor: Ragnarok), video games (Warhammer 40,000 Conquest), and board games (Dominion). His clients include Catalyst Game Labs, Fantasy Flight, AEG, Rare, THQ, Double Helix, Microsoft, Universal Pictures, and others. In 2004 Alex and his wife, Jenna, founded WarDrumRPG to publish the Epic Isometric line of digital art assets for tabletop RPGs. Recently WarDrum has funded new art packs through a successful Patreon campaign.

This all-new Epic Isometric Bundle presents a strong selection of WarDrum's digital art packs for a bargain price. Hand-drawn in a consistent three-quarter perspective, these graphics files are transparent monochrome .PNGs compatible with all photo-editing programs and virtual tabletops like Roll20, Fantasy Grounds, MapTool, Astral, Foundry VTT, and others. Color these images or import them as-is to your preferred platform, and use them to create your own adventures.

Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these files 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 pandemic-related charity, Direct Relief. Direct Relief gets protective gear and critical care medications to health workers, with emergency deliveries to medical facilities across the US and to regional response agencies across the world.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$79. Customers who pay just US$7.95 get all three digital art packs in our Starter Collection (retail value $35), including the base Epic Isometric Core Set (retail price $25), Hero Pack 1 (retail $10), and the free Halloween Special Edition.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $44, including Monster Pack 1 (retail $10) and Monster Pack 2 (retail $14), the Prop Pack (retail price $10), and Patreon Season 1 (retail $10) -- a big collection of eight themed hero/villain packs funded by WardrumRPG's Patreon campaign.


This is all quite pretty, but I don't have any use for them - my gaming tends to be SF and Victorian/Edwardian/1920s settings, and they aren't very useful for that. If you're running fantasy RPG and dungeon bashing they should be very useful indeed.

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marcus 2013

Another RPG Bundle Offer - Fudge

This is an offer of a bundle for Fudge, one of the better rules-light generic RPG systems and the predecessor of FATE:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Fudge

"This new Fudge Bundle presents Steffan O'Sullivan's rules-light game engine Fudge and many of the RPGs that use this fast-paced, easy-to-play system. Fudge, the precursor of Fate, is a customizable toolkit that supports every setting you can imagine. Its word-based trait scale and simple action resolution make it ideal for novices and flexible enough to satisfy experienced roleplayers. Fudge is historically important, too, as one of the first rules systems released under an open game license. As a "universal translator" of gaming systems, and now under the Open Gaming License, Fudge can provide an excellent foundation for any game designer.

(The name "FUDGE" was once an acronym for Freeform Universal Donated (later, Do-it-yourself) Gaming Engine and, though the acronym has since been dropped, that phrase remains a good summation of the game's design goals.)

This bargain-priced offer marks the debut in .PDF of several Fudge-based titles that are not yet available anywhere else. 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 your payment (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's pandemic-related charity, Direct Relief. Direct Relief gets protective gear and critical care medications to health workers, with emergency deliveries daily to medical facilities across the US and to regional response agencies across the world.

Fudge RPGs use Fudge Dice, available from Grey Ghost Press, from Evil Hat Productions (as "Fate Dice"), at hobby gaming stores, or from Amazon (affiliate link).

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$166. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all six titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $69) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • The comprehensive 318-page Fudge 10th Anniversary Edition rulebook (retail price $17), debuting in .PDF in this offer.
  • Psi-punk (retail $20): Cyberpunk meets psionics in this alternate world of ghosts, psiborgs, technomancers, and soul jackers. (Previously in our February 2015 IGDN Bundle.)
  • Hack-n-Slash (retail $15), a low-prep dungeon-crawl RPG you can be up and playing in minutes. Includes the Hack-n-Slash GM Screen (retail $2).
  • The Orb (retail $10), a colorful fantasy RPG with expanded rules for magic and miracles.
  • Survival of the Able (retail $5), a haunting horror adventure of disability and hope in a worldwide pandemic -- of zombies.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with seven more titles worth an additional $97:


Fudge is a nice game system and I think this is the first time there's been a bundle for it - recommended!

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marcus 2013

Phone woes update - I'm an idiot!

Following exhaustive enquiries it turns out that the phone problem was entirely my own fault.

At one point I had two freedompop sims - one in a little SIM to WIFI converter box, the other (which I got a little later) in my first iPhone. When Freedompop started to charge for their services I shut down the account for the SIM to WiFi converter, since I wasn't using it.

You're probably way ahead of me...

When I got the new iPhone I couldn't remember the password, so requested a reset. Unfortunately when I did that I used my main email address, which happened to be the one for the disused SIM, rather than another email address I use for stuff like product registrations, which was the one I used for the iPhone SIM. For some reason it let me do a reset, rather than telling me the account was closed, but gave me a new phone number because the one I wanted was already in use (it was the one associated with the newer SIM).

Since the account was supposed to be shut down I couldn't receive calls.

I still have no idea why I was receiving texts and able to make calls, but it's now sorted, and I'm now back to my old number. I've sent a reminder to friends and family, but thought I might as well show off my stupidity here too...

Later - I think I've figured out the making calls thing - Freedompop uses VOIP by default when the phone is connected to Wifi, so there would be no problem with calling out, though it should have been blocked as an inactive account. Calling back presumably doesn't work because the SIM wasn't connecting to their network or something. Still not sure how the receiving texts thing worked, but since it's sorted I'm not going to worry too much. Fortunately I only got round to changing my mobile number on a couple of sites before the problems started, and both of them were easy to change back.


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marcus 2013

Another RPG Bundle Offer - Jovian Chronicles

This is a repeat offer, previously available in March 2018

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Jovian2020

"Jovian Chronicles from Dream Pod 9 is set in the 23rd Century, when humanity has established colonies on or around most planets of the Solar System. More than a century earlier, the economy of Earth collapsed, leaving the planet unable to care for its offworld colonies. The colonies became independent settlements. But now the new, militaristic Earth government has aggressive policies that are building tension with the settlements. In this turbulent era, can the players prevent war? Or will they cause it?

Inspired by classic science fiction and giant-robot anime, Jovian Chronicles takes you beyond Earth to a Solar System on the brink of war -- a time of excitement, promise, and danger. Meet a rich cast of characters, employ tons of anime-style weapons and vehicles, visit exotic locales, and possibly alter the destiny of the Jovian Confederation and the human race.

Revived from March 2018, this comprehensive offer features the 1997 Jovian Chronicles Second Edition and most of the support line. 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 pandemic-related charity, Direct Relief. Direct Relief gets protective gear and critical care medications to health workers, with emergency deliveries daily to medical facilities across the US and to regional response agencies across the world.

The total retail value of the titles in this revival is US$133. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all eight titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $56.50) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

Those who pay more than this revival's threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with eleven more titles worth an additional $76.50, including the Jovian Chronicles Companion (retail $7.50); four more Planet Sourcebooks (Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter, total retail $23); all three Ships of the Fleet volumes (1: Jovian Confederation, 2: Jovian Confederation, and 3: CEGA, total retail $19) cataloguing spacecraft from the Jovian Confederation and Earth's government, CEGA; the campaign sourcebook The Chaos Principle (retail $6); the Jovian Chronicles Gamemaster Handbook & Screen (retail $6); and The Art of Jovian Chronicles Volume 1 (retail $15), a gorgeous full-color 220-page gallery of cover art, characters, exo-armors, vehicles, spacecraft, and more from the entire Jovian Chronicles line.

(Note: These .PDFs are image scans of the original 1990s print copies with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) applied. Text is light but readable; the designer credits in some books are blurry.)

Last time around I said:

I'm a bit undecided on this one - it looks pretty, especially if you like anime and mecha, and there's a lot of world-building in it, but it belongs to the school of world building that exists largely to give characters reasons to wear combat armour, drive mechas, and blow sh*t up, and I'm not convinced that necessarily goes with the idea of an interplanetary civilization that's capable of colonizing most of the solar system. Opinions differ, of course, and if you like this sort of thing there's definitely a lot here for your money. It isn't really my cup of tea, but I'm recommending it anyway because I know I'm not the intended audience, and I think others will love it. As usual I have to stress that your mileage may vary.

I don't really see any reason to change that.


 

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marcus 2013

More mobile woes

Since I switched my phone and number I can't receive incoming calls - they're going to voicemail without the phone ringing. I think that this is a problem with my phone provider, Freedompop, rather than the phone. Their technical support is now more or less non-existent, it looks like there have been a couple of takeovers by other companies, so I'm looking at alternatives.

The company that stands out is a company called IDMobile, who offer a plan that's better and only slightly more expensive than Freedompop - 1GB data (currently 3GB but I think that's a temporary thing because of the epidemic) and unlimited calls and texts for £6 a month, or a 5GB service for £8 a month.

Anyone know anything about them? Any horror stories?

The other one I'm considering is BT - 1GB and unlimited calls and text for a fiver a month since I'm using their broadband. I've never used their mobile services, any weird problems?

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marcus 2013

Another two RPG bundle offers - Warhammer

These are two bundles for Games Workshop's Warhammer Fantasy Role Playing RPG first edition; one a repeat, the other all new:

WFRP 1E

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/2020WFRP1E

Revived from December 2018, this offer presents the 1986 First Edition of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, the atmospheric FRPG originally published by Games Workshop and now available from Cubicle 7 Entertainment. WFRP 1E is set in the Old World, a striking pseudo-European, Renaissance-level low-fantasy setting of corruption and superstition, betrayal and butchery, and insidious, encroaching Chaos. This bargain-priced collection gives you everything you need to start adventuring in this grim world of perilous adventure.

This revival has an all-new companion offer, WFRP 1E Sorcery, with the Realms of Sorcery supplement and the 1990 Flame Publications Doomstones campaign.

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) of these two Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay offers goes to the charity chosen by Cubicle 7 owner Dominic McDowall, the CMRF Crumlin children's hospital. CMRF (Children's Medical Research Foundation) Crumlin is a pediatric research hospital in Dublin, Ireland. Each year at least 120,000 children attend Crumlin for critical care and support.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$80. Customers who pay just US$11.95 get all three titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $30) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks (all $10 apiece retail), including the complete 385-page Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay First Edition core rulebook plus the two city supplements Marienburg: Sold Down the River and Middenheim: City of Chaos.

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $22.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Campaign Collection with all five scenario ebooks (worth an additional $50) in the legendary Enemy Within sequence, one of the greatest campaigns in roleplaying history: 1: Shadows Over Bögenhafen, 2: Death on the Reik, 3: Power Behind the Throne, 4: Something Rotten in Kislev, and 5: Empire in Flames


WFRP 1E Sorcery

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/WFRPSorcery

This all-new offer is one of two offers now in progress featuring the First Edition of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. This WFRP 1E Sorcery Bundle is a new companion to our revived December 2018 Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1E offer now in progress. (If you're new to the game, start there. This Sorcery offer includes the Realms of Sorcery supplement, the Companion and Apocrypha for WFRP First Edition, and the first four installments of the Doomstones campaign.

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. These are all top-quality .PDF image scans of the original 1990s hardcopies; the files are bookmarked and the text is fully copiable.

Ten percent of each purchase of these two WFRP 1E offers (after gateway fees) goes to the charity chosen by Cubicle 7 Entertainment owner Dominic McDowall, CMRF Crumlin children's hospital in Dublin, Ireland. CMRF (Children's Medical Research Foundation) Crumlin is a pediatric research hospital in Dublin, Ireland. Each year at least 120,000 children attend Crumlin for critical care and support.

The total retail value of the ebooks in this offer is US$70. Customers who pay just US$11.95 get all three supplements in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $30) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including Realms of Sorcery (retail price $10), the Warhammer Companion for WFRP 1E (retail $10), and Apocrypha Now (retail $10).

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, also get this offer's aptly named Doomstones Collection with four more scenarios (worth an additional $40) -- the four full-length installments (retail $10 apiece) of the Doomstones campaign originally published in 1990: Doomstones 1: Fire in the Mountains2: Blood in Darkness, 3: Death Rock, and 4: Dwarf Wars.
 

 

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay resources



This isn't a game I particularly like, largely because I'm not a big fan of the chaos-death-spiky bits school of fantasy, and it's now fairly old - the rules were first published in 1986 and derive heavily from the earlier wargame. I tend to prefer settings and genres that don't revolve around body counts, and I've never been entirely happy with the racist overtones implied by the "taint" of chaos. But if you enjoyed the Warhammer board games and want to play with individual characters this may be the game for you.

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marcus 2013

Another RPG bundle offer - Goodman Games 5E

Assorted modules for 5th Edition D&D from Goodman Games:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/5EFantasy

This all-new Goodman 5E Fantasy Bundle presents the complete Fifth Edition Fantasy line of adventures from Goodman Games. Through the Open Gaming License, Goodman Games has continuously supported Dungeons & Dragons through every edition since 3.0. Fifth Edition Fantasy debuted soon after Wizards of the Coast released its 5E Starter Set (2014). Since then the line has grown to 17 titles, all gathered in this offer. Written for character levels from 1 to 12 and playable in one or a few sessions, these standalone modules fit easily into any ongoing D&D or OGL-based campaign.

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 the charity chosen by Goodman Games owner Joseph Goodman, the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.

The total retail value of the adventures in this offer is US$119. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all eight modules in our Low-Level Collection (retail price $7 apiece, total retail value $56) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including three introductory modules for 1st-level parties (Fey Sisters' Fate, The Forgotten Hive, and Beneath the Keep); three for 3rd-level (Glitterdoom, The Cave of the Unknown, and The Pillars of Pelagia); and two 4th-level adventures (Raiders of the Lost Oasis and Mystery Under the Monastery).

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get our entire High-Level Collection with nine more modules worth an additional $63, including three for 5th-level parties (War-Lock, The Castle in the Sky, and Secrets of Mistcutter Isle); a gauntlet of increasingly formidable challenges for 7th- through 12th-level groups (Eye of the Leviathan, The Archmage's Lost Hideaway, The Fallen Temple, The Drowning Caverns of the Fish God, and Into the Dragon's Maw); and a collection of smaller encounters for many levels, Fantastic Encounters.

This offer also includes a discount code good (through October 31) for 20% off any purchase at the Goodman Games online store.


This isn't really something I'm interested in, but if you're still running D&D and need more modules this may be for you.

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