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Subject:Another RPG bundle offer - Warhammer Fantasy 1st Edition RPG
Time:08:43 pm
This is an offer of the first edition (1986) version of the Warhammer Fantasy RPG with various supplements etc:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/WFRP1E

"This all-new 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.

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 ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to the charity designated by Dominic McDowall of Cubicle 7 Entertainment, Doctors Without Borders.

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 our Starter Collection (retail value $30) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, 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 the threshold (average) price, which is set at $22.95 to start, also get our 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: Shadows Over Bögenhafen, Death on the Reik, Power Behind the Throne, Something Rotten in Kislev, and Empire in Flames.

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay resources


I'll be honest - this doesn't really interest me much. It was a fairly clunky system in 1986, I really doubt that it stands up well after 32 years. It's also a setting that I don't much like. Having said that, the Enemy Within campaign has a LOT of admirers, although I suspect that many may have adapted it to other systems. I think it's also possible that anyone interested in the setting already owns most of this stuff in dead tree format, which basically limits the market to players who are interested but never bought it. I suspect that anyone wanting to get into it may be better off going for the newest version of the rules and buying this bundle for the adventures, which don't appear to be available in newer editions.

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Subject:Two more RPG bundle offers - Cyberpunk
Time:07:13 pm
Two game bundles for the Cyberpunk 2020 system, one a repeat, the other all new (or at least not offered in one of these bundles before)

Cyberpunk 2020

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Cyberpunk2018

"This revived offer (originally presented in June 2017), first of two now in progress, presents the 1993 Second Edition of Mike Pondsmith's classic RPG of the dark future, Cyberpunk 2020 from R. Talsorian Games. The all-new companion offer is Cyberpunk Boost, with another data hoard of rulebooks and supplements. As the back cover of Cyberpunk 2020 tells us, "The Corporations control the world from their skyscraper fortresses, enforcing their rule with armies of cyborg assassins. On the Street, boostergangs roam a shattered urban wilderness, killing and looting. The rest of the world is a perpetual party, as fashion-model techies in the hottest clubs rub biosculpt jobs with battle-armored roadwarriors. The future never looked so bad -- but you can change it. You've got interface plugs in your wrists, weapons in your arms, lasers in your eyes, biochips in your brain. You're wired in, cyberenhanced, and solid state. Take it to the fatal Edge where only the toughest and coolest can go -- because you're Cyberpunk." Warm up your cyberwear and faxprinter, grab your mirrorshades and Dai Lung Magnum, tell the ripperdoc to stand by, and hit Night City's mean streets and hot clubs in the unimaginably faraway time of AD 2020.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). The new scans of the .PDF ebooks in this revived offer are much improved from its original June 2017 run, and they're all bookmarked. (Purchasers of the original run can find the improved ebooks on their Wizard's Cabinet download page.) 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 ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to these two Cyberpunk offers' designated charity -- who else? -- the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$149.50. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all six titles in this offer's Player Collection (retail value $48) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
  • Cyberpunk 2.0.2.0 Second Edition (retail $15): The core rulebook for this quintessentially '90s RPG of high-tech lowlifes.
  • Four role guides (total retail $27) adding options for individual character classes: Solo of Fortune (mercenaries), Protect & Serve (law enforcement), Wild Side (fixers), and Rockerboy (rock'n'roll will never die!).
  • Blackhand's Street Weapons 2020 (retail $6): The big book of guns and every kind of armament.
Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $27.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Referee Collection with ten more titles worth an additional $101.50:
  • Night City (retail $9): One of the best city sourcebooks for Cyberpunk or any modern-day RPG, this jam-packed 180-page sourcebook covers Cyberpunk's signature urban sprawl.
  • Three 2020 worldbooks (total retail $23) looking at life on the edge outside the US: Pacific Rim Sourcebook, Eurosource Plus, and Rough Guide to the UK.
  • All four Chrome supplements (total retail $25): These trendsetting styleguides to the equipment and fashion of 2020 were called "Chromebooks" before we got laptops.
  • Deep Space (retail $8): Escape the polluted Earth for the high frontier of Paradise Station, Chryse Base, and beyond.
  • Rache Bartmoss's Guide to the Net (retail $9): Rache Bartmoss (the world's greatest netrunner) is dead -- which finally gives him time to write this acerbic gonzo-journalist tour of the information superhighway.
  • Land of the Free and Home of the Brave (total retail $20.50): Two linked supplements on fallen America. Home of the Brave covers NPCs, plot hooks, and more from this fractured union. Land of the Free presents a sprawling road-trip campaign.
  • Listen Up, You Primitive Screwheads! (retail $7): The unexpurgated Cyberpunk referee's guide with some of the best GM advice for this or any RPG.

Cyberpunk Boost

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/CyberpunkBoost
"This all-new Cyberpunk Boost Bundle is one of two offers now in progress presenting the R. Talsorian Games RPG of the dark future, Cyberpunk -- the inspiration for the forthcoming CD Projekt Red videogame Cyberpunk 2077. This bargain-priced collection presents Cyberpunk V3.0, Cybergeneration, and a data hoard of supplements and sourcebooks -- two of them debuting in .PDF in this offer. The second bundle is a revival of our June 2017 Cyberpunk 2020 Bundle, with the C2020 rulebook and many supplements.The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$110.50. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all four titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $38.50) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the Cybergeneration 2E core rulebook, set in an alternate 2027 where heroic CyberEvolved youths fight the Machine; the two Firestorm adventures of the Fourth Corporate War, Stormfront and Shockwave; and, debuting in .PDF in this offer and not yet available anywhere else, the newly remastered Cyberpunk 2020 Data Screen and its introductory adventure, "When the Chips Are Down."
Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with ten more titles worth an additional $72:
  • Cyberpunk V3.0: The complete 291-page Third Edition core rulebook (2005), plus its FlashPak accessory kit.
  • All three Cybergeneration "Documents of the Revolution" sourcebooks: EcoFront, MediaFront, and VirtualFront.
  • When Gravity Fails, the licensed Cyberpunk 2020 supplement based on the Marîd Audran novels by George Alec Effinger.
  • Three C2020 adventures: NeoTribes, Eurotour: Danger & Death on a Euro-Rock Tour, and Edgerunners Inc.
  • Bartmoss's Brainware Blowout, an exuberant compilation of all the cyberware from every C2020 book plus lots of dangerous new stuff.
At least one more title will be added after launch; "When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased that offer automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early."

Cyberpunk 2020 resources


In its day this was a ground-breaking system, the first RPG to really explore Cyberpunk tropes, and it still has a lot to offer although some of the background now feels a little dated (or too factual, depending on your perspective). The system isn't as clunky as some from this period, and games move at a reasonable pace if the GM can avoid too many excursions into cyberspace. Other systems have since mined the same territory, but this is still a pretty good collection for the genre - the only big omission I can see is the Hardwired supplement, released for the first version of the game and based on Walter John Williams' novel, presumably the rights have lapsed.

My problem here is primarily that I already own most of this stuff as dead trees and haven't used it in a decade or two, also that it has dated by modern standards, though nowhere nearly as badly as some of its rivals. If I wanted to get into the genre and didn't already have it I would probably be very interested. Recommended, subject to all the usual disclaimers.


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Subject:A bit of a waste of time
Time:09:24 pm
Had to get out early today for various reasons, finished my business fairly quickly so decided that it'd be a good day to go and give blood.

What I'd forgotten was that the usual clinic is currently closed for some renovation, so it was being run out of the Royal College of Nursing a few hundred yards away. Eventually found the place and managed to get a booking for only 20 minutes later.

Except that the system was not working very well, due to the clinic being in a temporary site, and it ended up as an hour or so later.

At which point I had the usual quick blood test, waited some more, then went to be drained of my precious bodily fluids. There followed the usual prodding and poking, with a couple of different nurses trying to get blood, and eventual admission of defeat - for some reason they just weren't getting blood flow, and due to new regulations they couldn't try again with the other arm.

So they took the needle out and patch me up - then discover that one of the tubing clips that is supposed to release when the donation starts was stuck closed, which is why the blood wasn't flowing. And no, they couldn't put the needle in again.

So now I've got to wait a couple of weeks to go again, which puts me squarely in the run-up to Christmas which I was trying to avoid...

Never mind, I got a few other things done, so the day hasn't been a complete loss.

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Subject:Fanfic: Harry Potter and the Half-God Prince - part 10
Time:06:40 pm
Continuing my Harry Potter / DC crossover, previous parts on any of these archives:

On Fanfiction.net
On Archive of Our Own
On Twisting the Hellmouth

Too Many VeelasCollapse )

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Subject:Another RPG bundle offer - Coriolis / Tales from the Loop
Time:06:07 pm
Two Swedish games I don't know, based on the same rules system - this isn't on line at the time of posting, but ought to be accessible in the next hour or so:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/CoriolisLoop

"This all-new Coriolis & Tales From the Loop Bundle presents .PDF ebooks of two complete tabletop roleplaying game lines from Sweden's Free League Publishing: Tales From the Loop (about 1980s teens solving mad-science mysteries a la Stranger Things) and Coriolis - The Third Horizon (an Arabian Nights-style space opera). Both these RPGs adapt the "Year Zero" rules system from Free League's 2014 post-apocalypse RPG Mutant: Year Zero - Roleplaying at the End of Days (presented in our July 2018 Mutant: Year Zero Bundle).

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 ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Doctors Without Borders.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$95. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all six titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $45) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the Coriolis - The Third Horizon core rulebook, the Coriolis Atlas Compendium setting sourcebook, and four Coriolis supplements -- Aram's Ravine, Artifacts & Faction Tech, Hamurabi, and The Mahanji Oasis.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with three more titles worth an additional $50, including the complete Tales From the Loop core rulebook and its first supplement, Our Friends the Machines & Other Mysteries, plus the full-length Coriolis adventure The Dying Ship.

Free League game resources



These both look a lot of fun, and the artwork and presentation are very good indeed. Coriolis has echoes of Dune and other settings that avoid the usual Western-centric SF ethos, Tales from the Loop is a game of weird technological miracles as seen through the eyes of a group of kids trying to cope with the problems they create - think Scooby-Doo with robots and strange matter. They're both fairly recent games, so this offer is a good way to get a flying start at a very reasonable price. Recommended, subject to all the usual YMMV disclaimers.

Later - having looked at Tales from the Loop a little more, I think better models than Scooby-Doo are Eureka or Roadside Picnic, or a mixture of all three.

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Subject:Another RPG bundle offer - Indie Games
Time:06:55 pm
This is another of the annual all-new collections of independently published games:

Indie Cornucopia 6

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Cornucopia6

"This is the all-new sixth annual installment in our Indie Cornucopia series, which launches each year on or near the Thanksgiving Day holiday in America. Each Cornucopia presents recent high-profile small-press tabletop RPGs. This time out we have Spire, Dusk City Outlaws, Red Markets, Tiny Dungeon 2E, Age of Anarchy, and Murders & Acquisitions.

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 ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Doctors Without Borders.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$111. Customers who pay just US$11.95 get all three complete games in our Starter Collection (retail value $48) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • Dusk City Outlaws (Scratchpad Publishing, retail price $20): The January 2017 Kickstarter triumph about crime cartels and crews in the sprawling sandbox city of New Dunhaven.
  • Age of Anarchy (Reroll Productions, retail $13): War and intrigue in England's 12th-Century civil war, setting for the Brother Cadfael mysteries and The Pillars of the Earth.
  • Murders & Acquisitions (NerdBurger Games, retail $15): Cutthroat corporate intrigue, melees in the breakroom, and promotion by execution. Sound like your office?

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $23.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with three more titles worth an additional $63:

  • Spire (Rowan, Rook, and Decard, retail $25): Revolution in a mile-high city of a thousand gods.
  • Tiny Dungeon 2E (Gallant Knight Games, retail $18): The new 2018 Second Edition of the minimalist pickup-and-play fantasy RPG, including a dozen microsettings that jump-start a new campaign.
  • Red Markets (Hebanon Games, retail $20): Economic horror in a slow-motion zombie apocalypse where civilization is ending but the rent is still due.

At least two look like they're my type of game, but since I hadn't hear of any of them until about ten minutes ago I can't really offer an informed opinion. Having said that, two of my games have been published this way: Diana: Warrior Princess was one of the games a few years ago, and The Original Flatland Role Playing Game raised several hundred pounds for Doctors Without Borders a little later. I think they're probably worth trying, but as usual I have to stress that I don't pay for this stuff - if you do your mileage may vary.

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Subject:Fanfic: Harry Potter and the Half-God Prince - part 9
Time:12:54 am
Continuing my Harry Potter / DC crossover, previous parts on any of these archives:

On Fanfiction.net
On Archive of Our Own
On Twisting the Hellmouth

A Whole Hurty ThingCollapse )

Comments please before I post to archives. Updating will probably continue to be slow from now on.

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Subject:Two more RPG bundle offers - Champions and Hero System
Time:06:06 pm
Two linked offers containing all of the early Hero System material published between 1981 to 1987. One consists of the Champions superhero system (first through third editions) with a vast number of supplements, the other has everything published for this system that wasn't superheroes - space travel, fantasy, etc. I think it's the biggest of these offers I've seen - but the down side is that it's a fairly early system, and while the Hero System still exists and has gone through lots more editions, this offering still has quite a few rough edges.

Early Champions

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/EarlyChampions

"In April 2017 the Bundle of Holding presented a big double offer of 67 Champions Fourth Edition ebooks that, thanks to the hard work of Jason Walters and his team at Hero Games, all appeared in .PDF for the first time anywhere. Those two Champions 4E offers presented superheroic RPG rulebooks and adventures published between 1987 and 1993. But the history of Champions and the Hero System extends well before that. Hero Games published Champions in 1981; it was one of the first superhero RPGs. In the early 1980s Champions quickly grew beyond its roots into the all-encompassing Hero System, with standalone RPGs about modern-day espionage, pulp action, fantasy, science fiction, and giant robots.

Now, thanks to another ambitious effort by Jason Walters and the Hero team, the Bundle of Holding presents two all-new offers -- among the largest in Bundle history -- that debut the entire early output from Hero Games and its licensees, 1981-87. The titles in these offers are also sold individually on DriveThruRPG, but these two bargain-priced Bundle of Holding collections are the best way to acquire, at one stroke, a whole virtual shelf of classic Hero System ebooks.

This offer, Early Champions, presents the First, Second, and Third Editions of Champions, The Super Roleplaying Game, including the core superhero rulebooks and all their supplements and adventures. The companion offer, Early Hero System, has all the standalone non-superhero RPGs (Justice Inc., Espionage/Danger International, Fantasy Hero, Star Hero, and Robot Warriors) plus their support lines, including landmark supplements like Lands of Mystery, Mythic Greece, and Stormhaven.

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 ereaders.

Ten percent of each payment (after gateway fees) will be divided evenly between the two charities designated by Jason Walters of Hero Games, the National Down Syndrome Society and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$183.50. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all fourteen titles in this offer's Core Collection (retail value $73.50) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the Champions core rulebook in its First (1981), Second (1982), and Third (1984) Editions (plus the introductory adventure "Viper's Nest" and the original hex-map); the jam-packed rules expansions Champions II and Champions III; no less than five collections in the popular Enemies series (I, II, III, International File, and Villainy Unbound); the Gadgets book of weaponry and equipment; and the Gamemaster Screens for First and Third Editions.

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $29.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with twenty-one more titles worth an additional $110:

  • Three famous genre sourcebooks: Strike Force and Super-Agents by Aaron Allston and The Golden Age of Champions (the version for Champions Third Edition) by Chris Cloutier
  • Five Organization Books: PRIMUS and Demon, The Blood & Dr. McQuark, The Circle & M.E.T.E., CLOWN, and Red Doom
  • Four early adventures for First and Second Edition: The Island of Dr. Destroyer, Escape From Stronghold, Deathstroke, and The Great Super-Villain Contest
  • Eight adventures for Third Edition: Atlas Unleashed, The Coriolis Effect, Neutral Ground, Scourge From the Deep, Target: Hero, To Serve and Protect, VOICE of Doom, and Wrath of the Seven Horsemen
  • Autoduel Champions, the licensed supplement from Steve Jackson Games that combined Champions and Car Wars.

Early Hero System

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/EarlyHero

"This Early Hero System offer presents the standalone non-superhero games, together with all their supplements and adventures, including standouts like Lands of Mystery and Stormhaven. All these games use the Hero System rules and are compatible with the various early editions of Champions.

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 ereaders.

Ten percent of each payment (after gateway fees) will be divided evenly between the two charities designated by Jason Walters of Hero Games, the National Down Syndrome Society and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$130. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all six titles in this offer's Game Collection (retail value $52.50) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks: Espionage!/Danger International (plus the introductory adventure "Merchants of Terror"), Fantasy Hero First Edition, Justice Inc., Star Hero First Edition, and Robot Warriors.

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $27.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Supplement Collection with thirteen more titles worth an additional $77.50:

  • Three Justice Inc. books: Aaron Allston's pioneering lost-worlds campaign supplement Lands of Mystery and the two-fisted pulp adventures Trail of the Gold Spike and The Adventure of the Jade Jaguar.
  • Five Espionage!/Danger International books: Border Crossing, Here There Be Tigers, Mugshots 2, SHADOW Over Scotland, and the Origins Award-winning campaign sandbox by Michael A. Stackpole, Stormhaven.
  • Three Fantasy Hero supplements: Mythic Greece: Age of Heroes, Magic Items, and The Spell Book.
  • The original version of the Hero System Bestiary, written for the pre-Fourth Edition rules. (We presented the 4E version of the Bestiary in our April 2017 Champions 4E Essentials offer.
  • Robot Gladiators, the sole supplement for Robot Warriors.

 

In its day this was a VERY influential system, more or less unsurpassed in its handling of superheroes. Every other system that has superpowers has been influenced by it. Later editions are still largely compatible with the older rules, and most of the old supplements can still be used with the modern rules.

For me, the big problem is how much of this stuff I already own in dead tree format - nearly all of the Champions material and about half of the Hero System material. And some of it has been replaced by material in later editions, which I also own. But if you don't already own it I strongly recommend it, if only to discover the joy of rolling buckets of dice as your heroes battle it out!


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Subject:So farewell then, Stan and HAL
Time:10:26 am
Douglas Rain, the voice of Hal 9000, has died

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/douglas-rain-voice-of-hal-9000-in-2001-a-space-odyssey-dead-at-90/

With the death of Stan Lee yesterday that's two figures that had a major effect on moulding my SF interest gone in rapid succession.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/stan-lee-dead-age-cause-death-marvel-comics-films-age-latest-a8630671.html

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Subject:Quick Latin Question
Time:03:23 pm
Google gives "gingiberi panem" as the Latin translation of gingerbread. Does that seem right? I think panem is bread, not sure about ginger.

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Subject:Nominate a scientist for the £50 note
Time:11:35 pm
The Bank of England wants nominations for a scientist to be featured on the new £50 note. The rules are that the person has to be

(a) a scientist and
(b) dead

I think they also have to be a real person (the site where I heard about this said so, but it isn't mentioned on the nomination page) rather than a fictional character, and British though they don't actually say so - I think any non-Brits will be fairly low on the list. They also ask for a very brief summary of the reasons why the person is important.

I've gone with Rosalind Franklin, one of the pioneers of X-Ray crystallography and an important figure in the discovery of the structure of DNA.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosalind_Franklin

You can nominate on this page:

https://app.keysurvey.co.uk/f/1348443/10fc/

The page doesn't ask for any personal details about the person making the nomination.

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Subject:Another RPG bundle offer - FATE
Time:06:07 pm
FATE is a fairly good generic system which I've played a few times. This bundle has several settings for it, all with FATE rules variants:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Fate4

"This is our fourth collection of RPGs (following offers in September 2013, November 2014, and November 2015) that use the ever-popular Fate roleplaying rules. Like its predecessors, this is a new collection of top-quality RPGs that range across many genres -- classic and modern fantasy, space opera, and alternate history -- all using the same consistent, fast-playing rules.

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 ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$101.50. Customers who pay just US$8.95 get all seven titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $45.50) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • Bulldogs! Fate Core edition (Galileo Games, retail price $10): The newest version of the rustbucket space opera about troublemaking across the galaxy. Includes the supplement Red Star (retail $5) and the Bulldogs-inspired Fiasco playset No References Required.
  • The Small Folk (retail $12): Phil Masters (the Discworld RPG) writes about the magical beings who live in the walls of your house.
  • Leaves of Chiaroscuro (Bennett-Burks Design, retail $10): Megan Bennett-Burks' fantastic alternate Renaissance of wonder and Machiavellian intrigue.
  • Two Fate Accelerated RPGs from Berin Kinsman at Dancing Lights Press: Starship Tyche (retail $8.50), for boldly going into the final frontier; and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (Pay What You Want), because -- well, we don't have a good reason, but hey: Santa Claus!
  • Oh, and like the three previous Bundles of Fate, this one includes the Fate Core and Fate Accelerated rulebooks from Evil Hat Productions.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $18.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with six more titles worth an additional $56:

  • Kaiju Incorporated: The RPG (Evil Hat Productions, retail $10): You've got a monster job to do in Rob Wieland's mayhem-filled game of giant creatures and equally destructive HR policies.
  • The Fate Adversary Toolkit (Evil Hat, retail $8): The indispensable guide to villains and obstacles for any Fate game.
  • Heart of the Fury (Galileo Games, retail $10): A galaxy-size Bulldogs! campaign by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan (Darkening of Mirkwood, Eyes of the Stone Thief).
  • Elysium Flare (VSCA, retail $13): Another take on Fate-based space opera by Brad Murray, co-designer of Diaspora.
  • Shadowcraft: The Glamour War (Reroll Productions, retail $10): Magical superspy espionage in the lands of Faerie. Includes the Shadowcraft Mission Folio (retail $5) that generates unique new missions.

At least one surprise extra title will be added after the offer launches. "When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early."


This is an interesting offer which has some fun and/or moderately demented settings. I was marginally involved in the creation of one of them, The Small Folk, though only as an ideas person / beta reader, and I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of them. It looks like a pretty good deal, but as usual I have to stress that I'm not paying for it - if you are, your mileage may vary.

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Subject:Oh joy...
Time:12:14 am
Flickr free accounts are going to be limited to 1000 images from January 8th. If you have more than 1000 you won't be able to add more. Then on February 5th they delete your oldest pictures until there are 1000 left. The alternative is to switch to the pro version, at $49.99 a year (30% off if you switch this month), which leaves you with unlimited storage. And I suspect that the price won't hold for more than a year or two. Their claim is that most people with free accounts have less than 1000 pictures, which I suspect means that there are a lot of people with very small numbers who signed up then never really did much, then a smaller number of enthusiasts who have lots. E.g. I have over 2000 and would not describe myself as an incredibly active photographer.

It's not quite as bad as Photobucket, but the speed of the change is really annoying.

Not quite decided what to do next - my inclination is to go pro for a year while exploring other options, but it seems likely that the end of free photo hosting is nigh.

Any suggestions?

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Subject:Fanfic: Harry Potter and the Half-God Prince - part 8
Time:12:37 pm
Continuing my Harry Potter / DC crossover, previous parts on any of these archives:

On Fanfiction.net
On Archive of Our Own
On Twisting the Hellmouth

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Comments please before I post to archives. Updating may be a bit slower from now on, I've been posting faster than I write.

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Subject:Weird Harry Potter Thought
Time:01:12 am
What do magical train spotters do once they've seen the Hogwarts Express?

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Subject:Mac question update
Time:08:41 pm
I was asked for more details - it's a 1.83 ghz Core 2 Duo with 1GB RAM

Just tried booting it off a memory stick that allegedly has OS X 10.7 and it doesn't work, but the stick is old and may be damaged. I have 10.4 (Tiger), 10.5 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard) on DVD-ROM - they're versions that will work on any compatible mac, not the "shipped with an individual machine" grey disks.

Would it be possible to do this sort of DVD to USB transfer on my MacBook Pro (running 10.13) without messing up the hard drive, or would I be better off doing it on the windows 7 box.

Update - 7.55 Tuesday - I tried to get a memory stick install to work and failed (probably did something wrong setting up the stick), but decided to try one of the old Mac DVD drives I have with a Firewire to IDE interface from an old external hard drive. And amazingly it worked pretty well once I found a drive that was still reading reliably - got Snow Leopard installed in about an hour, I'm now getting the updates downloaded from Apple and installing them. Hopefully I'll get the thing on sale in the next day or two.

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Subject:Another RPG bundle offer - Bundle of Tentacles 5
Time:06:49 pm
Another horror offering, this time for Call of Cthulhu etc:

Bundle of Tentacles 5

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Tentacles5

"This Bundle of Tentacles 5 is our fifth collection of tabletop roleplaying supplements and scenarios for Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu RPG inspired by H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. This all-new offer presents big collections from Stygian Fox Publishing and Arc Dream Publishing, plus the Black Armada story game Lovecraftesque.

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 ereaders.

Ten percent of each payment (after gateway fees) goes to a highly Mythos-appropriate charity, American Veterans Archaeological Recovery, a nonprofit that rehabilitates disabled military veterans through goal-oriented, team-centered excavations with a community of archaeological researchers. AVAR CEO Steven Humphreys says, "We don't find many cursed artifacts (some...), but doing this stuff gets about as close as most of us really want to be to the type of adventures we create in roleplaying games."

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$98. Customers who pay just US$6.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $50) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks: the Stygian Fox modern-day scenario collection The Things We Leave Behind (plus its 104-page collection of play aids, The Mark of Evil) and its modern magic supplement The Book of Contemporary Magical Things; Arc Dream's Old Ones Rising (reprinting four issues of the seminal Mythos magazine The Unspeakable Oath); and for fun we're throwing in the free Dicegeeks reprint of the 1894 Cambridge University lecture on Libraries in the Medieval and Renaissance Periods, a fact-filled resource for Keepers and gamemasters who prize authentic historical detail.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $16.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with three more titles worth an additional $48:

  • Lovecraftesque (Black Armada): No gamemaster needed for this no-prep storytelling game where the players generate all-new horrors in a slow-building suspense tale.
  • Fear's Sharp Little Needles (Stygian Fox): A star-studded collection of 26 short scenarios for one-shot investigations and convention games.
  • Hudson & Brand, Inquiry Agents of the Obscure (Stygian Fox): Your Cthulhu by Gaslight player characters inherit this Victorian-era consulting detective agency. Includes the free play aids A Lens of Darkness, Spirits of London, and The Thirteen.

CoC is a game I like a lot, despite being a bit "monstered out" in recent years, and it looks like you're getting a hell of a lot for your money. Recommended, subject to all the usual YMMV caveats. Also posted at https://ffutures.dreamwidth.org/2139674.html, where there are comment count unavailable comments. Please comment here or there using OpenID.

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Subject:Anyone good at faking arithmancy/numerology?
Time:02:13 pm
I have a phrase of 13 words, 15 syllables, 54 letters. The letter numbers (a=1, b=2 etc.) add up to 682 692 if I haven't messed up my maths. I'd rather not quote it here because spoilers for forthcoming chapters, but if anyone thinks it would help send me a personal message.

For Harry Potter story purposes I need some sort of MAJOR arcane arithmantical significance in the numbers etc. - I'm guessing that Arithmancy works something like a more complex version of numerology, but I'm quite happy for it to be some other sort of mathematical progresson or something. Any suggestions?

Later - correct total is 692, my bad. Comes from a background in physics and biology, not maths, it's the right order of magnitude...
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Subject:Quickie Mac Question and Bread Machine Update
Time:09:01 pm
I picked up an old Mac Mini at a car boot sale today - an early 1.85ghz Intel model, unfortunately one of the ones with a CD drive rather than DVD. I say unfortunately because I need to erase the hard disk and set it up before I sell it on, and the only copy of OS-X 10.5 I have is on DVD.

Is it possible to transfer it to a USB stick and boot from that? Or boot from an external DVD drive and use that? Or am I going to have to bite the bullet and install an internal DVD drive?




I forgot to say what happened about the bread machine, which was that the charity shop had one for a tenner! The make is "Mellerware" which I've never heard of, I'd be surprised if it's been used more than once or twice, and it appears to be operationally identical to my old Morphy Richards machine except that the mixing tub is larger and can accommodate a full sized loaf (the old one was about a 3/4 size). Interestingly the way that the tub fits into the machine and connects to the motor is identical, so I can use the tub from my old machine if at any point I need to do multiple loaves for some reason. No "add the ingredients later" hopper, but I managed without that for a good few years so I'm not too disappointed. I've done a couple of loaves now and it works well, so I'm very pleased.

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Subject:Fanfic: Harry Potter and the Half-God Prince - part 7
Time:08:45 pm
Continuing my Harry Potter / DC crossover, previous parts on any of these archives:

On Fanfiction.net
On Archive of Our Own
On Twisting the Hellmouth

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Subject:Printer update
Time:03:40 pm
The Brother printer arrived - first impressions smaller than the old Ricoh and quieter, and set up considerably easier on Windows; I'll try Mac and iPad wireless later, once I've been to the post office and got some shopping. One thing that's immediately obvious is that the toner units are a lot smaller than the Ricoh, which means that the page count is lower - but they're dirt cheap if you buy generic cartridges, e.g. you get a set of four for about £28, the same price as one Ricoh recycled cartrige - Brother's own cartridges are £50 each.

Later - The Mac install is dead easy too, except the setup disk isn't up to date with OS-X so you have to download the drivers from Brother. Took about three minutes to get going.

later still - forgot to say that "deep sleep" power consumption turns out to be under 1W.

more later - and the set of toners for £28 is actually five, not four, with an extra black included. I've ordered a high-capacity black now so that I can't be caught out with that.
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Subject:Two more RPG bundle offers - Shadow of the Demon Lord
Time:07:53 pm
Two offers - one a repeat, the other all new:

Shadow of the Demon Lord

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/2018DemonLord

"Shadow of the Demon Lord is designer Robert J. Schwalb's dark fantasy RPG of grim heroism against a cosmic destroyer. In this fast-playing, low-prep March 2015 Kickstarter triumph, desperate heroes battle strange magic, unhinged cultists, and roaming mobs of undead while humanity's last great empire slides toward oblivion. Gamers who love Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, the Ravenloft and Midnight settings, Joe Abercrombie's The First Law novels, or heavy metal music will thrill to confront the Void That Hungers -- or, as star designer Kenneth Hite describes it, "Pure Spikey Caustic Red-Hot Squirming Deliquescing Rugose Gonna-Bite-Your-Fingers-Off Horned Fetid Monstrous EVIL."
We originally presented this bargain-priced collection to great success in May 2017. This offer prompted glowing writeups like The Dread Gazebo's "10 Great Reasons Why You Should Give Shadow of the Demon Lord a Try," and extravagant praise on Reddit's /r/rpg subreddit and the RPG.net forums. In conjunction with this revival we've spawned an all-new separate companion offer, Demon Lord Victims, with recent supplements and sourcebooks that tour the Lands in Shadow.

As with this offer's original run, 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 ereaders.
Ten percent of each payment (after payment gateway fees) for these two Shadow of the Demon Lord offers will be donated to the charity designated by Demon Lord designer Robert J. Schwalb, the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The total retail value of the titles in this revived offer is US$97. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all five titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $42) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete 278-page Shadow of the Demon Lord corebook, the Demon Lord's Companion, the Uncertain Faith sourcebook of divine magic, and the fine introductory adventure Dark Deeds in Last Hope.
Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with seven more delicious gobbets of evil worth an additional $55. What's in these sourcebooks? The titles speak for themselves: Hunger in the Void, Tombs of the Desolation, A Glorious Death, Terrible Beauty, and Exquisite Agony. Plus, Tales of the Demon Lord presents 11 low-prep adventures across the Northern Reach, and the Demon Lord Screen has all the charts you need.


Demon Lord Victims Bundle

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Victims


"This is an all-new companion collection of recent supplements and sourcebooks for Schwalb Entertainment's Shadow of the Demon Lord. This offer presents new rules expansions, an alternate setting, and many installments in the Victims of the Demon Lord and Lands in Shadow series. This offer runs in parallel with a revival of the original Shadow of the Demon Lord Bundle, which was a huge success in its first May 2017 run. Check out the Shadow of the Demon Lord Bundle promo page.

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 ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, the Wildlife Conservation Society.
The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$80.50. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all nine titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $38.50) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
  • Beyond the World's Edge, a travelogue of the strange places and stranger denizens beyond the map in the core Shadow rulebook.
  • Five gazetteers in the Lands in Shadow series: Borderlands of Tear, Caecras (crumbling capital of the Empire of Rûl), City of Death (Azl, northernmost city of the Confederacy), Kingdom of God (the Holy Kingdom), and A Land Divided (Old Edene).
  • Three Victims of the Demon Lord race sourcebooks: For Gold and Glory (dwarves), Only Human, and Uncommon Courage (halflings).
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 $42:
  • Demon Lord's Companion 2 and Forbidden Rules: New character options, combat rules, and interesting ways to reshape your campaign.
  • Godless: A World in Fire and Blood: A complete alternate setting for Shadow of the Demon Lord, a post-apocalypse version of our own Earth where desperate survivors pick their way through the rubble of civilization and fight bloodthirsty warlords, degenerate mutants, rapacious biker gangs, horrid monsters, and of course, demons.
  • Four more Victims of the Demon Lord installments: Between Two Worlds (fauns), Born to Kill (orcs), Ghosts in Machines (clockworks), and Stolen Lives (changelings).

Demon Lord resources
When the first bundle was released in 2017 I said

This is a system I don't know, and probably won't be playing - I'm not really into "Dark Fantasy" or any of the things they mention in the "if you love xxx you'll love this..." bit, and suspect it isn't really my sort of setting:

I think it looks like a reasonable deal, but I'm not going to be delving into it to see if I'm right or wrong. For this one you're on your own...

Sorry, but I'm afraid I'm not seeing anything here to change that. Try it if you like this sort of thing, I'm not going to advise either way.

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Subject:Need a new laser - any suggestions?
Time:08:19 pm
My laser printer has gone phut, it's been a bit naff for a while and I think that the main belt motor has now died. Since I need a printer before the weekend I'm going to have to order something tomorrow. My main requirements are drivers for Windows and Mac, preferably Linux too but not high priority, colour, networked, and duplexing if possible. But I'd also like lowish standby power consumption, and that's looking very iffy.

The Ricoh I have is no longer available, and I'm a bit dubious about another anyway.

So far I'm seeing a LOT of positive reviews for the Brother HL-3150CDW Duplex Colour Laser Printer, which is wired and wireless network, colour, duplexing, and goes for £145.18 inc VAT and delivery from eBuyer. Standby power consumption is a little on the high side, I'm hoping there's a sleep mode or something. Anyone know anything against it?

https://www.ebuyer.com/501158-brother-hl-3150cdw-duplex-colour-laser-printer-hl3150cdwzu1

update Tuesday noon - since nobody has pointed out any horrible snags I'm going with this, should be here on Thursday. We'll see what happens...

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Subject:Fanfic - Harry Potter and the Half-God Prince VI
Time:03:09 pm
Continuing my Harry Potter / DC crossover, previous parts on any of these archives:

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On Archive of Our Own
On Twisting the Hellmouth

Dear DianaCollapse )

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Subject:Need a sporting or other international event in September 1997
Time:11:24 am
For my story I need a sporting event (or some other sort of big event) that would take a lot of supporters from France to Britain, or from Britain to France, in the second or third week of September 1997. There don't appear to have been any relevant football games (at least in the European League) , and it's too early for Rugby so far as I can tell, any other suggestions? Any "friendly" games I might have missed?

Or some other event a lot of people might want to go to - a big-name rock concert or something?

I have a backup plan involving the Scottish National Referendum but sports etc. would work better.

Any suggestions?
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Subject:Another RPG bundle offer - Leagues of Gothic Horror
Time:06:15 pm
This is horror material for a game system which was included in a less specialised bundle, Leagues of Adventure:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/GothicLeagues

"The Leagues of Gothic Horror setting presents occult Victorian and Lovecraftian adventures for the Leagues of Adventure RPG from Triple Ace Games. In occult adventures using the Ubiquity rules system, globetrotting members of the Leagues of Adventure confront restless spirits in haunted houses, shapeshifters in deep forests, and mummies in fog-shrouded streets.

Ubiquity is less freeform than Fate Core, but not as crunchy as Savage Worlds. You can use any dice at all -- d4s, d6s, d20s, whatever. Your attributes and skills determine the size of your dice pool (how many dice to roll), and a success is a 50-50 chance on each die. A success can be an even result, or odd, or 1-3 on a d6, or any other method that provides an even chance. This mix of structure, flexibility, and player control lets you run fast-moving games that focus on cinematic action, ease of play, and roleplaying.

Triple Ace has funded its Gothic Horror line in a sequence of well-received Kickstarters: the original June 2015 Leagues of Gothic Horror campaign, Shapeshifters & Vampires (June 2016), Leagues of Cthulhu (Oct 2016), Ministry and Mordavia (April 2017), and Ghost Writer (Sept 2018). This Leagues of Gothic Horror Bundle presents the complete Leagues of Adventure rulebook and a dozen setting sourcebooks dripping with Hammer-film atmosphere.

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 ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to the charity designated by Triple Ace Games, the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$142. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $53) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including Leagues of Adventure (previously in our December 2015 Ubiquity Bundle), the complete Leagues of Gothic Horror setting book (and its Edgar Allan Poe appendix), and Guide to Mordavia: Land of Horror.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with no less than eight more guides worth an additional $89, including Leagues of Cthulhu, the Leagues of Gothic Horror Expansion, The Ministry of Unusual Affairs, Wicked Science, Black Magic, and three Gothic Horror monster guides: Shapeshifters, Apparitions, and Mummies."

At least one more title will be added later: "When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early."


As I recall it, the previous Leagues of Adventure game took a fairly kitchen-sink approach, throwing in bits from every possible genre. This seems to be a bit more specialised, but it's still a system that's trying to cover a lot of ground. And I have to be honest, when the most notable thing mentioned about a game system is the number and type of dice it uses, as in the second paragraph above, I find myself wondering why I would want to use it rather than any other horror system. Having said that; like all of these bundles there's a lot of stuff for the money, and it may be interesting if you're already using the system for other things.
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Subject:Greg Stafford (1948-2018)
Time:12:20 am
I just saw in James Nicoll's blog that Greg Stafford, one of the all-time greats of game design, died on Thursday. He's responsible for Runequest, Call of Cthulhu, and a whole shedload of other games based on the Basic Role Playing system used for Runequest, and of course founder of Chaosium Inc. which published them. I wrote for him a few times and met him at several conventions, and he was always a pleasure to talk to. He'll be greatly missed.

https://www.chaosium.com/blogvale-greg-stafford-1948-2018/

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Subject:Bread machine recommendations?
Time:09:59 pm
My bread machine just died on me - I think the gears have stripped or something.

What I may do is buy one from one of my local charity shops, which still sells electrical goods and often seems to have one or two cheap, often unused - I think they are high on the list of duplicate wedding presents. If they don't have any, or have some choices, does anyone have any recommendations for a replacement? I want something that will do a full-sized loaf but nothing too fancy.

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Subject:Fanfic: Harry Potter and the Half-God Prince - part 5
Time:09:43 pm
Continuing my Harry Potter / DC crossover, previous parts on any of these archives:

On Fanfiction.net
On Archive of Our Own
On Twisting the Hellmouth

Carmen Avis!Collapse )

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Subject:Another RPG bundle offer - Palladium Horror
Time:09:39 pm
Another bundle offer, as usual for October this one is horror:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/PalladiumHorror

This all-new Palladium Horror Bundle, part of our annual "October Horrors" sequence," presents RPGs of contemporary terror from Palladium Books. Whether you play the everyday heroes touched by forces Beyond the Supernatural,™ the superhuman otherdimensional shapeshifters called the Nightbane,® or the hapless survivors of the zombie apocalypse where the Dead Reign,® all the standalone RPGs and their supplements in this bargain-priced collection work well with every game based on Palladium's Megaversal rules system.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$95.50. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $45) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including Beyond the Supernatural™ Second Edition (2005), Nightbane,® Dead Reign,® and the Dead Reign sourcebook Civilization Gone.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $18.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with five more supplements worth an additional $50.50, including four Nightbane World Books (Between the Shadows, Nightlands,™ Through the Glass Darkly, and the Nightbane Survival Guide) as well as another Dead Reign sourcebook, Dark Places.


I've made no secret of the fact that I'm not a big fan of the Palladium system, and this one is no exception. But if you like it, or want as many horror games as possible, this looks like a reasonable deal. As usual your mileage may vary.

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