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Subject:Two more RPG bundle offers - Stars Without Number
Time:07:33 pm
Two offers for the "Old-School sandbox SFRPG" Stars Without Number:

Stars Without Number

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/SWN2019

"This revived Stars Without Number Classic Bundle is one of two offers now in progress featuring the Stars Without Number SFRPG from Sine Nomine Publishing by Kevin Crawford (Godbound). Originally presented in October 2013 and revived once before in July 2014, this second revival once again presents the 2011 First Edition rules and early supplements.

Stars Without Number is one of the best, most characteristic examples of the Old School Revival philosophy of "sandbox" setting design. SWN offers toolkits, not plotlines. In a default SWN game there is no "campaign arc" -- just a reasonably detailed background, a group of player characters, and their motivations and ambitions. The campaign is simply what those PCs do to achieve their goals. At the end of each session the GM asks the players what they're planning for next time, then turns to the adventure creation chapter and cooks up a scenario based on their plan. The players bring the goals, and Stars Without Number helps the GM give them ways to accomplish those goals.

Kevin Crawford published the original version of Stars Without Number in 2010 as a popular free .PDF, then an expanded Core Edition with 40+ pages of new material; that corebook is the "Classic" edition offered in this revival. In August 2017 Kevin funded a hugely successful Kickstarter for a Revised SWN; the Revised Edition appears in our new companion offer, More Stars.

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) for these two Stars Without Number offers will be donated to the charity designated by SWN designer Kevin Crawford, Benzie Food Partners, a food bank serving Kevin's home county in Honor, Michigan.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$69. Customers who pay just US$7.95 get all three titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $35) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • Stars Without Number Classic: The complete original 253-page First Edition rulebook (2011).
  • Skyward Steel: Join the Thousand Lights of the Stellar Navy and embrace both the duties and the terrible freedom of a naval campaign.
  • Hard Light: The first SWN adventure setting. In the radioactive glare of a red giant star, explore the hard-bitten mining outpost of Brightside and ancient asteroid Sky Tombs.

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $14.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $34:

  • Suns of Gold: Merchant campaigns and far-flung trade, including trade world tags and guidelines for building your own colony worlds and merchant empires.
  • Engines of Babylon: Create vehicles and low-tech system spaceships for your SWN campaign. This equipment book debuted in this offer's July 2014 revival.
  • Relics of the Lost: A sourcebook of long-dead technology from the Second Wave of human colonization. This supplement debuted in this offer's original October 2013 run.
  • Darkness Visible: Spacefaring espionage campaigns of classified perils, nameless heroes, and secret glory.

 

More Stars

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/MoreSWN

"More Stars is one of two offers now in progress featuring the Stars Without Number SFRPG from Sine Nomine Publishing. This offer, a new companion to the revived October 2013 Stars Without Number Classic Bundle now in progress, presents the complete Deluxe version of the expanded, refined, full-color 2017 Revised Edition rulebook funded in designer Kevin Crawford's spectacular August 2017 Kickstarter campaign. Backward-compatible with all previous SWN supplements, the Revised rulebook adds more character options, hardware, ships, and psionics, plus new world tags, adventure creation tools, and support for sandbox starfaring across the Galaxy of AD 3200.

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) for these two Stars Without Number offers will be donated to the charity designated by SWN designer Kevin Crawford, Benzie Food Partners, a food bank serving Kevin's home county in Honor, Michigan.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$80. Customers who pay just US$8.95 get all three titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $45) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • Stars Without Number Revised Deluxe Edition: The premium full-color 324-page rulebook with 80 pages of bonus content covering transhuman tech, true AIs, mechs, society creation, and even Space Magic.
  • Other Dust: Kevin Crawford's 208-page post-apocalypse sandbox RPG completely compatible with Stars Without Number. Includes the freebies Grandfather's Rain, Cult of the Wraith, and Cult of the Still Lady. (Previously offered in the original October 2013 SWN Classic collection.)
  • SWN Revised GM Screen: A four-panel portrait screen with eight pages of useful reference charts.

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $15.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $35, including Starvation Cheap (wars and mercenaries), Dead Names (ancient civilizations), Sixteen Stars (popular sf settings), and Polychrome (cyberpunk).

Stars Without Number resources


I'll be honest, I looked at this and really didn't feel incredibly interested. It's another "Mankind has expanded to the galaxy then things went badly wrong" setting, this time the problem is development of psychic powers, followed by technological dependence on them and (inevitably) things falling apart when psionics goes blooey. Yet another setting where nobody has heard of redundant systems and backup plans, like the Virus in Traveller, Chaos in WfRP, etc. One of these years I'd love to see a setting where mankind expanded to the stars and things went spectacularly RIGHT, but utopias are a sod to GM so I doubt it'll happen any time soon.

As usual, you're getting a lot for your money if you need it; my personal feeling is that I don't, I already have some excellent SF RPGs, but tastes differ and the games I like may not be your cup of tea. Recommended subject to all of the usual provisos.
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Subject:Stupid question
Time:12:32 am
I usually list eBay items for ten days starting on a Thursday evening and ending on Sunday evening, from about 6 PM onward. This is usually simple, but Thursday is the 21st and British Summer Time starts on the 31st. So anything I list on the 21st and 28th will end an hour out from the time it is listed.

Simple question - since I still want items to end about 6 PM, should I start at 5 PM or 7 PM? I'm pretty sure I should start at 5 PM, but if anyone thinks otherwise please let me know in a comment.

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Subject:Fanfic: Harry Potter and the Half-God Prince - part 16
Time:12:56 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

XVI: Bad Master's SecretsCollapse )

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Subject:Weird Royal Mail Problem
Time:03:47 pm
A guy in Guatemala bought a cable from me in January. It was just returned to me unopened because the "service is suspended" - Royal Mail haven't been sending mail to Guatemala since at least mid-January.

Which begs the question as to why the Royal Mail web site sold me postage, and nobody at the post office spotted there was a problem when I posted it...


later - and there appears to be no way to claim for this online. I shall have to send a written claim, I think.

and later still - after some online research I've established this apparently goes back to mid 2017!  It's caused by a backlog of mail that has never been cleared, and applies to all mail to Guatemala.

Update 17th March. Apparently Royal Mail now offer service again, as of a few days ago. Doesn't help me, of course...
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Subject:Another RPG bundle offer - Lone Wolf
Time:06:02 pm
This one's an RPG based on the Lone Wolf "find your own path" game books

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/LoneWolf

The bestselling Lone Wolf gamebook series by the late Joe Dever (1956-2016) introduced a generation of British teens to fantasy gaming. Dever's dozens of gamebooks cast readers as Kai Lord warrior-monks defending the world of Magnamund against the Darklords of Helgedad.

The book series spawned a couple of licensed roleplaying games, most recently The Lone Wolf Adventure Game from Cubicle 7 Entertainment. Cubicle 7 funded the new game in an August 2014 Kickstarter campaign. This new offer presents almost the entire Lone Wolf Adventure Game line for an unbeatable bargain price. Epic quests, thrilling combat, and dangerous adventure lie ahead.

Taking the Lone Wolf gamebooks as the inspiration for its system, LWAG is a great introduction to tabletop RPGs. The Initiate-level game keeps the mechanics to a minimum. Task resolution uses a 1d10 roll. A normal success requires 6 or higher; difficult tests require higher numbers. In combat, you roll your Combat Skill minus your opponent's. Experienced players can up the complexity with the Master-level game, which provides a variety of options: a more complex combat system, new character options, and Kai's favor, a currency for helping you succeed at tasks.

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 is US$144. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $69) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete full-color Lone Wolf Adventure Game core rulebook (previously offered in our December 2016 Family-Friendly RPGs 2), the Heroes of Magnamund Expanded Character Handbook, the full-color bestiary Magnamund Menagerie, and the Narrator's Screen .PDF with useful charts and references.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $27.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $75, including The Realm of Sommerlund setting book, Bestiary of the Beyond (more monsters), the full-length campaign Terror of the Darklords, and the three-scenario collection Adventures of the Kai.

Each customer also receives a 25% discount code good for purchases of print copies of Lone Wolf Adventure Game products and LWAG dice at the Cubicle 7 webstore.


I'll be honest, I won't be downloading this - I lost interest in this sort of generic fantasy adventure setting many years ago, and was never a huge fan of the gamebooks. Having said that, it's a fairly playable system, presentation is excellent (not surprising considering the publisher), and you get a lot for your money. If this is the sort of thing you're looking for, it's a reasonable deal.

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Subject:Humble Bundle W40K Books
Time:07:20 pm
Not a huge fan, but maybe someone's interested - a load of the "Black Library" novels for Warhammer 40K

https://www.humblebundle.com/books/horus-heresy-2019-warhammer-book-bundle

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Subject:Watching Paint Dry
Time:06:12 pm
Because I have one photography program that only runs under Windows, which I needed on my laptop, I ended up using Bootcamp to make a separate Windows 7 partition etc.

Trouble is that rebooting just to use it is a pain, so much so that I've mostly managed without.

So I've just bitten the bullet and deleted the Bootcamp partition, and I'm now having a shot at reinstalling Windows under the free Virtualbox program, which is the same idea as Parallels. So far it's taken about 20 minutes to install the first 37% of Windows files - I may be some time...

Later - took a total of about an hour to get to where I'm making tweaks and installing software. Not too bad.

later - except that the software needs Net Framework, which is notoriously slow to install. Back to watching paint dry...

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Subject:The Avengers - With a 1990s Cast
Time:02:00 am
The Avengers - With a 1990s Cast

Sort of plausible, I think...



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Subject:Quick question
Time:06:45 pm
Are Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint the first interspecies gay couple in British TV history? In TV history as a whole? Can't think of an earlier one, unless Trek did it at some point. Just wondering if it should be mentioned on various wikis...

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Subject:Another RPG bundle offer - Castle Oldskull
Time:06:33 pm
Another bundle offer, this time lots of "system neutral" material for old-style role playing, gaming like it's the 1970s! Yay?

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Oldskull

Castle Oldskull is a system-neutral line of FRPG supplements published by designer and novelist Kent David Kelly. Kelly's voluminous ebooks use a nuts-and-bolts, idea- and table-oriented approach that exemplifies the do-it-yourself ideals of the Old School Revival. As inspiration he cites TSR-era stalwarts such as Gygax and Arneson, M.A.R. Barker, Bob Bledsaw, and Wormy illustrator David Trampier, as well as many fantasy authors familiar from Appendix N.

In the past few years Kelly has published dozens of large supplements, often adapting material from his own long-running campaigns. In particular, his three-book, 1,200-page Classic Dungeon Design Guide has proven popular for its thoroughly systematic process of megadungeon generation. This offer presents all three Dungeon Design Guides and nearly two dozen further supplements on many topics of sandbox campaign design -- over 6,300 pages for a bargain price.

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 Castle Oldskull designer Kent David Kelly in memory of his mother, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$92. Customers who pay just US$7.95 get all eleven titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $45) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • Three Classic Dungeon Design Guides: The bestselling manuals that, across nearly 1,200 pages, take you, with precise steps, through the entire process of creating a gigantic megadungeon, complete in every detail.
  • Three Oldskull generators: The Adventure, Monster, and D100 NPC Generators: 1,100 pages of systems and tables that spawn an infinite variety of plots, characters, and adversaries.
  • Four Oldskull dungeon books: Dungeon Delver Enhancer (a 572-page character creator), Book of Dungeon Traps (800 of them), and 1,000 Rooms of Chaos I and II (quick ideas for room concepts).
  • The Pegana Mythos: Ornament your Old School game with the gods and heroes from The Gods of Pegana (1905) by Anglo-Irish fantasist Lord Dunsany. (And download the free Gods of Pegana ebook from Project Gutenberg.)

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $14.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with no less than fourteen more titles worth an additional $46:

  • Game World Generator - Deluxe Edition (2018): Create your campaign world step-by-step with this expanded 434-page guide to setting design. Includes the Tyrrhenia Map Pack with 18 full-color hex maps of Tyrrhenia, a mythic version of medieval Italy.
  • Four campaign guides: City State Encounters, 333 Realms of Entropy, Plague Doctors, and The Order of the Scarlet Tabard (a gallery of literal "redshirt" henchmen).
  • Three dungeon design enhancers: Treasure Trove, The Deck of Strangest Things, and the Chaotic Descriptor Table.
  • Five monstrous supplements: Monsters & Treasures Level 1, Dungeon Bestiary, Dungeon Encounters Book I, Dragons, and Half-Ogres.

I might as well be honest - I wouldn't touch this stuff with a 10ft pole. The old-school revival seems to throw out most of the evolution of RPGs over the past 40-odd years, and it really doesn't interest me at all. But if you're interested, there's a lot here and some of it might even be useful. Just not to me...
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Subject:Two more RPG bundle offers - Mutant Chronicles
Time:07:21 pm
One's a repeat from 2017, the other's all new:

Mutant Chronicles


https://bundleofholding.com/presents/2019MutantChron


"This bundle, originally presented in June 2017, is one of two offers now in progress featuring Mutant Chronicles, the dieselpunk techno-fantasy RPG of future darkness from Modiphius Entertainment. The all-new companion offer, the Mutant Darkness Bundle, has the Dark Legion and Dark Eden campaigns and the rest of the Mutant Chronicles line. The Solar System is a roaring mayhem of death and war. The Earth has been swept clean by the violent onslaught of the Dark Legion's monstrous hordes and Undead Legionaries. In the enormous cities of Venus, Mars, and the Outer Planets, heretics devoted to destruction stalk gloomy alleys, spreading their teachings of greed, jealously, and war. With technology failing due to the insidious effects of the Dark Symmetry, humanity must fight the Dark Legion while dealing with infighting and conspiracy from within.

Mutant Chronicles is a full-throttle thrill ride across a Solar System beset by megacorporate intrigue and the invasion of a terrible alien force. Originally published in 1993 by the Swedish company Target Games (now Paradox Entertainment), Mutant Chronicles grew into a franchise, with a Doom Trooper trading card game, three boardgames, a video game, the massive Warzone miniatures game, and two editions of an RPG. More recently there was a 2008 film, a pre-painted miniatures game from Fantasy Flight Games and, in 2016, a reboot of Warzone by Prodos Games.

In a successful January 2014 Kickstarter campaign, Modiphius Entertainment funded a licensed Third Edition of the Mutant Chronicles RPG and a full support line. The 2015 version uses a fast-playing, cinematic "2d20" system designed by Jay Little (Star Wars: Edge of the Empire). The same system powers the Modiphius Conan RPG, its Star Trek game, and several others.

This revived June 2017 offer once again presents the complete 496-page Mutant Chronicles Third Edition corebook along with many faction guides and the Dark Symmetry 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 ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to the charity chosen by Chris Birch of Modiphius Entertainment, Vision Rescue. "Modiphius has chosen to support Vision Rescue through a number of different projects," says Chris. "Our goal is to raise US$20,000 for a Vision Rescue Bus."

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$124. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all four titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $57) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete 496-page Mutant Chronicles 3E rulebook, the Mutant Chronicles Player's Guide extracted from it, two faction books about the megacorporate nation-states of the Solar System (Capitol Source Book and Imperial Source Book), and the Mutant Chronicles Game Master Screen with its 16-page "Intrigue Initiator" adventure generator.

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 five more supplements worth an additional $67, including the Dark Symmetry Campaign that covers the setting's calamitous early history, and the Bauhaus, Mishima, Cybertronic, and Brotherhood Source Books.



Mutant Darkness

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/MutantDarkness


"This all-new companion offer, the Mutant Darkness Bundle, has the Dark Legion and Dark Eden campaigns and the rest of the Mutant Chronicles 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 ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to these two Mutant Chronicles offer's designated charity, Vision Rescue.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$165. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all four titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $65) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the Whitestar, Dark Eden, and Dark Soul Source Books and the Mutants & Heretics faction book.

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with five more titles worth an additional $100, including three campaign supplements -- Dark Legion Campaign, Dark Eden Campaign, and Venusian Apocalypse -- and the last two faction books, Cartel & Orbitals and Luna & Freelancers."


Last time this stuff was on offer I said "I'll be honest, I'm pretty sure this isn't my sort of game, and I probably won't be checking it out, but as with all these bundles it looks like you get a lot for your money.

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Subject:charity bundle totals
Time:10:35 am
The charity bundle sold 1,092 copies and raised $3,665.12 after transaction fees from Paypal, Amazon etc., which were fairly high because of the small size of transactions. The average donation paid was $3.79, the highest I think was $30.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed.

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Subject:Charity bundle
Time:11:02 am
So far the charity bundle has sold more than 700 copies, with an average price around $4. Not bad for a collection of free material!

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Subject:Fanfic: Harry Potter and the Half-God Prince - part 15
Time:10:45 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

XV: Warning StickerCollapse )

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Subject:Humble Bundle Pathfinder RPG bundle
Time:08:03 pm
And another RPG offer, this time from the Humble Bundle people, lots of stuff for the Pathfinder RPG.

https://www.humblebundle.com/books/pathfinder-10th-anniversary-books

I don't get to see freebies on this one but the game has a good reputation.

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Subject:Another RPG bundle offer - 2019 Birthday Bundle - Charity special!
Time:07:33 pm
This one is special - it's only going to be on offer for two days, and all proceeds are for charity.

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Birthday2019

This offer launched Wednesday, February 20, and runs through 10PM Eastern US time (GMT -4) Friday, February 22.

2019 Birthday Bundle

"The Bundle of Holding launched 20 February 2013. We mark the site's sixth anniversary with this benefit offer featuring high-quality free RPGs we wouldn't otherwise be able to present in the Bundle format. You can find all these .PDFs free elsewhere around the web. But, for just a small donation, customers get convenient access to them here on their Wizard's Cabinet download page here on the Bundle site -- and the entire donation (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, the RPG Creators Relief Fund. The RCRF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity founded to provide financial assistance to tabletop roleplaying creators suffering hardship due to medical emergencies, natural disasters, and other catastrophic situations.

Customers who donate just US$1 get all four free RPGs in our Starter Collection as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • Lasers & Feelings: The brilliant one-page Star Trek system by John Harper (Blades in the Dark), plus assorted L&F hacks that adapt the rules to superheroics, magical-girl adventure, Mythos horror, cyberpunk, Silicon Valley, and more.
  • Engine Heart Deluxe (Viral Games): Little service robots try to survive in a post-organic world.
  • ViewScream 2E (Neoplastic Press): Rafael Chandler's live-action game designed for video chat.
  • Poking the Emperor (Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan): Courtiers vie for the favor of a senile (yet still dangerous) monarch. Parallels to contemporary politics are left as an exercise.

Those who instead donate $2 get all those games and also get our entire Bonus Collection with seven more games:

  • The Lady Blackbird series: Lady Blackbird, Magister Lor, and Lord Scurlock -- three beautiful sandbox-style steampunk games by John Harper.
  • Mythender: Ryan Macklin's full-length heavy-metal fantasy RPG of powerful humans who hunt down gods and End them.
  • Ironsworn (Shawn Tomkin): Dark fantasy and desperate battles in an untracked land -- vow-driven quests Powered by the Apocalypse.
  • Atomic Highway (Gallant Knight Games): Post-apocalypse survival action for your inner road warrior.
  • Forgotten Futures (Marcus Rowland): The original shareware (now freeware) tabletop RPG of Victorian and Edwardian sf/fantasy.

Definitely a must-have, especially if you want to support decrepit games designers. And I'm in it if you want some added incentive...
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Subject:Another RPG bundle offer - Ironclaw
Time:07:25 pm
A system I've heard of but have never played, a fantasy setting with anthropomorphic animal player characters:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Ironclaw

"Published in 1999, Ironclaw from Sanguine Games was among the first RPGs of anthropomorphic fantasy. Set on the island continent of Calabria, home to dozens of intelligent animal species -- everything from shrews to rhinos -- Ironclaw presented adventures of political and religious intrigue, urban corruption, and world-ending supernatural peril. In 2010 Sanguine Games released a new edition, Ironclaw: Squaring the Circle. This streamlined version added new species and a more diverse and expansive setting that explores new lands. Sanguine has augmented the new line in three successful Kickstarters (Book of Jade, April 2012 --Book of Adventures, March 2014 -- Book of Horn & Ivory, March 2016) and a Patreon campaign.

Ironclaw shares the anthropomorphic approach of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Albedo, and Usagi Yojimbo, not to say Cerebus: high-spirited yet basically sober storytelling leavened with frequent humor -- as if the presence of the animal species gives the designers permission to loosen up. Yet across two decades Ironclaw's Cardinal game engine has earned solid respect, and you can easily swap out the anthropomorphics with classic fantasy demihumans. If you're not actively put off by toon-eyed foxes and wolves, Ironclaw is worth a long look.

This comprehensive 20th-anniversary offer presents both First and Second Editions. 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 is US$140. Customers who pay just US$7.95 get all seven titles in our Legacy Collection (retail value $40) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks: the Ironclaw First Edition core rulebook, the Jadeclaw Legacy standalone companion RPG (2006), and five 1E supplements about the Noble Houses and institutions in the game's default setting, Calabria: Avoirdupois, Bisclavret, Doloreaux, Phelan, and Rinaldi.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $21.95 to start, also get our entire 2E Collection with five more titles worth an additional $100, including Ironclaw Core Omnibus: Squaring the Circle (2010) with the complete Second Edition rules (plus the free Book of Fools add-on); the Book of Mysteries rules expansion; the campaign settings Book of Jade (the 2E version of Jadeclaw) and Book of Horn & Ivory; and the Book of Adventures with seven 2E scenarios."

This probably isn't a system I would normally look at, but having said that I've written a Forgotten Futures variant for dragon player characters, and rules for animal player characters in a couple of the supplements. They can be a lot of fun. It seems to be fairly good value for money, and for once looks like it can be printed out without huge problems - it doesn't look like shading will mess up the text, and artwork isn't hidden behind the text or otherwise messed up. Recommended, subject to the usual provisos.



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Subject:Another RPG bundle offer - Bundle For Two 2
Time:06:59 pm
RPGs for one referee and player - presented as a Valentine's day special, partly a repeat of an offer from 2017

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/BundleForTwo2

This offer launched Tuesday, February 12, and runs through 10PM Eastern US time (GMT -4) Monday, February 25. This promotional page expires at that time.

"This Bundle for Two 2 is our second Valentine collection of tabletop roleplaying games designed for just two players. Whereas the original February 2017 Bundle for Two included intimate duets ideal for a loving Valentine's Day experience with your significant other, these games feature serial killers, hack-and-slash dungeons, and Cthulhu. But hey, these could work for some relationships; there must be at least fifty shades of romantic roleplaying. And even if you have other Valentine plans, these games still work fine when you can't find an entire game group, or you want a game that works well with online virtual tabletops, or you're just looking for an intense head-to-head gaming experience.

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, Human Rights Watch.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$87. Customers who pay just US$5.95 get all three titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $29) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • Reflections: A Game of Duelling Samurai by Jim McClure (Third Act Publishing, retail price $12): A longtime rivalry between feuding samurai culminates in a final, fatal confrontation.
  • The Quiet Year by Avery Alder (Buried Without Ceremony, retail $8): A highly original map-drawing game from the designer of Monsterhearts about the struggles of a post-apocalyptic community. [Previously in our November 2013 Indie Cornucopia.]
  • Dirty Secrets by Seth Ben-Ezra (Dark Omen Games, retail $9): An amazing story engine that effortlessly creates dark and twisting noir plots. [Previously in our June 2015 Deadly Games offer.]

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $14.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with three more titles worth an additional $58:

  • Cthulhu Confidential by Robin D. Laws, Chris Spivey, and Ruth Tillman (Pelgrane Press, retail $25): Mythos horror meets hard-boiled noir in this GUMSHOE One-2-One game for a Game Moderator and a lone detective.
  • One on One Adventures Compendium (Expeditious Retreat, retail $18): Eleven Pathfinder fantasy adventures for a GM and one player.
  • The Hour Between Dog and Wolf by Matt Gwinn (Errant Knight Games, retail $15): A flawed hero and a serial killer both confront their darkest impulses.

These don't really work terribly well for me - I tend to prefer games with several players, since a lot of the fun of roleplaying comes from player interaction, daft ideas, etc. - but I can see them possibly being useful if for some reason only one player makes it to a game session. It looks to be a pretty cheap offer, and probably worth it just to mine for ideas. Recommended, though as usual I have to stress that I'm not paying for this stuff, YMMV, etc. etc.
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Subject:Fanfic: Harry Potter and the Half-God Prince - part 14
Time:11:08 pm
Continuing my Harry Potter / DC crossover, previous parts on any of these archives:

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Subject:Two more RPG bundle offers - Shadowrun 5th Edition
Time:08:59 pm
Two offers for Shadowrun, the cyberpunk/magic RPG, one containing the game and most useful supplements, the other some of the more esoteric extras:

SR5 Essentials

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/SR5Essentials

The year is 2081. Magic has returned and creatures of myth and legend walk among us as megacorps bleed the world dry. You're a shadowrunner -- a deniable asset, a corporate pawn -- using bleeding-edge science and magic to make your meat body and mind better-than-flesh. Stay on the edge, and you may survive another run on the mean sprawl streets.

This all-new offer is the first of two now in progress featuring the 2013 Fifth Edition of Shadowrun, the cyberpunk-fantasy RPG from Catalyst Game Labs. This Essentials offer includes the complete Shadowrun 5E rulebook and all its key rules supplements. If you're new to Shadowrun, start here. The companion SR5 Runs & Guns collection gets runners into new and deeper trouble with more supplements and sourcebooks.

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 these two Shadowrun 5E offers' designated charity, the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$145. Customers who pay just US$22.95 get all three titles in this offer's Core Collection (retail value $70) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete Shadowrun 5E core rulebook (Master Index Edition), plus the free 5E Quick-Start Rules and Character Conversion Guide; the player's book, Run Faster; and the cyberware catalog Chrome Flesh.

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $32.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with three more key 5E supplements worth an additional $75 -- the rules expansions for magic (Street Grimoire), the Matrix (Data Trails), and riggers (Rigger 5.0).
 

SR5 Runs & Guns

 

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/SR5RunsGuns

This is the second of two all-new offers now in progress featuring the 2013 Fifth Edition of Shadowrun, the cyberpunk-fantasy RPG from Catalyst Game Labs. The first offer, SR5 Essentials, presents the core rulebook and key rules supplements; if you're new to Shadowrun, start there. This companion Runs & Guns offer adds more combat, magic, and creature supplements to keep runners alive -- or not -- on the mean streets of 2081.

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 these two Shadowrun 5E offers' designated charity, the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$148. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all four titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $63) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including Run & Gun (advanced combat rules), Forbidden Arcana (advanced magic), Bullets & Bandages (medicine), and Aetherology (the astral realms).

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $60, including Howling Shadows (the SR5 critter bestiary), Dark Terrors (horrors of 2081), Shadow Spells (more magic), and Gun H(e)aven 3 (more weapons).

 


Shadowrun has never been one of my favourite games, I'm not convinced the genres mesh wonderfully, but it's an OK system with a big user base. I think that there have been previous offers for earlier releases, but this is the first for 5th edition, which updates things a lot. I think it's a pretty good deal if you want to give the system a try, or are only familiar with the earlier releases.
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Subject:Another RPG bundle offer - Mutants and Masterminds
Time:08:36 pm
Another bundle offer, this time for one of the most popular superhero RPGs, Mutants and Masterminds:


https://bundleofholding.com/presents/EarthPrime

"This new M&M Earth-Prime Bundle is intended to introduce new players to Mutants & Masterminds from Green Ronin Publishing. If you're new to this popular tabletop game, fly straight into four-color comic-book superhero action with this standalone collection of introductory rulebooks and sourcebooks. It gives you everything you need to foil the nefarious schemes of would-be conquerors.

First published in 2002, M&M started as an OGL D20 product. Designer Steve Kenson (ICONS) creatively modified and expanded the d20 System to reflect the unique demands of a superhero game. Character generation, character advancement, damage, and saves are all different from the traditional d20 System.

And the superhero RPG Green Ronin likes to call "the World's Greatest" is much more than a system. It offers two well-developed settings, Freedom City and Emerald City, and you can easily create your own setting, as many fans have already done -- including Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, who licensed his Wild Cards shared-world fiction series (inspired, it's said, by Martin's own 1970s Superworld campaign) as an M&M RPG supplement series published by Green Ronin. You can even publish your own setting through Green Ronin's "Super-Powered by M&M" Trademark License, which allows third-party publishers to use "product identity" text.

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 the charity chosen by Chris Pramas of Green Ronin, the California Community Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$123. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all three titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $60) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete new M&M 3E Basic Hero's Handbook with stripped-down rules for newcomers; the Rogues Gallery collection of dozens of supervillains; and the new edition of the classic M&M campaign setting, Freedom City for 3E.

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 $63, including the complete 320-page Deluxe Hero's Handbook with all the rules you need for any situation (previously presented in our April 2014 M&M 3E Bundle); the Atlas of Earth-Prime, a 270-page guide to the entire world of M&M; and the revised edition of Hero High, about the travails of super-powered teens training to become the heroes of tomorrow."


M&M compares reasonably well to other superhero RPGs; it's based on the Open Games License e.g. D&D so a lot of players will be able to pick it up fairly easily, and it plays about as well. I tend to prefer GURPS Supers or Champions if I'm playing, simply because they seem to be a slightly better fit to the genre, and if I'm running something I'd probably use homebrew rules based on Diana: Warrior Princess, but that's mainly because I wrote the system and know it backwards. For a newcomer with some familiarity with other OGL games this may well be a better fit, and as always you get a hell of a lot for the money. Recommended, subject to all the usual YMMV caveats.

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Subject:Fanfic: Five Resolutions Marcie Ross Broke and One She Kept.
Time:03:11 am
Written for the Twisting the Hellmouth New Years Resolutions challenge 2019. For those who don't remember her, Marcie Ross was the invisible girl in the Buffy season 1 episode Out of Mind, Out of Sight who was eventually recruited by a mysterious agency and apparently trained as an assassin. All characters and settings belong to their respective writers / megacorporations of doom, not to me, and this story is not meant to infringe on copyright.

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Subject:Life Meme
Time:09:53 am
Gacked from [personal profile] coth and [personal profile] history_monk  - I think this one shows me as fairly boring...

How old are you?
66

Tattoos?
None.

Ever hit a deer?
No.

Ridden in an ambulance?
No.

Sung karaoke?
No.

Ice skated?
Tried when I was a kid, fell over a lot, gave up.

Ridden a motorcycle?
My main form of transport from 1973 or so until about 2010.

Stayed in hospital?
Only a lengthy stay after I was born due to rhesus problems.

Skipped school?
A couple of times, I think.

Last phone call?
A scammer telling me they were my internet provider.

Last text from?
The airline booking people I used for the upcoming Dublin trip.

Watched someone die?
Yes, my mother. In the Harry Potter 'verse this would qualify me to see thestrals, I suppose.

Pepsi or Coke?
Diet coke for preference, diet pepsi is OK too.

Favorite pie?
Steak and kidney, but eat VERY rarely.

Favorite pizza?
Pepperoni

Favorite season?
Summer.

Broken bones?
A cracked finger, don't think anything else.

Received a ticket?
Several, including a spate of six or seven over a couple of weeks when Westminster didn't have me in their parking permit system properly.

Favorite color?
Red, if you go by motorbikes I've owned.

Sunset or sunrise?
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Subject:Fanfic: Harry Potter and the Half-God Prince - part 13
Time:12:11 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

XIII: Muggle Mechanical Flying CarpetCollapse )

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Subject:Worldcon flight
Time:11:10 am
Booked a Ryanair flight from Gatwick to Dublin in the end - £51 return, but I haven't sorted how much the luggage will cost yet. I can do that any time before the flight so I'll wait until I pack for Eastercon, weigh that, add a kilo or two for safety, then use that as my luggage weight. A flight from Southend would have been cheaper, but it's more expensive to get to the airport and takes a lot longer. Heathrow would have cost a lot more, unfortunately - I say unfortunately because I can travel there free, I have to pay to get to other airports.

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Subject:Another RPG bundle offer - Numenera
Time:07:16 pm
This is from the Humble Bundle people, so I don't get freebies - it's a far future SF/Fantasy setting. Lots of books and looks cheap if you don't want all of it.

https://www.humblebundle.com/books/numenera-monte-cook-books

Update - I suddenly remembered that I've seen this before, in a bundle from the Bundle of Holding people about 18 months ago - my verdict then was interesting but a sod to run. The details are here:

https://ffutures.dreamwidth.org/2084776.html
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Subject:Another RPG bundle offer - Fragged Empire
Time:06:31 pm
This is a relatively recent system I know little about - the initial game is designed for a post-human SF setting dealing with a failed galactic empire, with spin-offs for a variety of other settings:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Fragged

Fragged Empire from Design Ministries is Wade Dyer's game of exploration and rebuilding in a "post-post-apocalyptic" future. In the far future you are a genetically engineered remnant, emerging from genocidal war to reclaim a lost empire. Some worlds have fallen to barbarism; some retain technology so advanced it seems magical. You stand at the dawn of a new civilization, a time of opportunity and danger.

A June 2014 Kickstarter success (with follow-up crowdfunding in 2016 and 2017), Fragged Empire spawned the fantasy spinoff Fragged Kingdom, the pirate setting Fragged Seas, and more. All use the same robust, adaptable rules that emphasize unique characters, intuitive tactical combat, and long-term "sandbox" campaigns. The Fragged Empire YouTube channel explains it all.

From a "Sell me on Fragged Empire" Reddit thread: "One of the most mechanically rich while still being simple (it's just three dice, right?) combat system that dynamically changes the battlefield and choices you might make based on attribute damage. All of that inside one of the more unique universes with all-new worlds and races that have a wealth of history and tension built in." -- "Well organized and nonlinear character creation lending itself to diverse progression that enriches a character concept and diversity. Abstract advancement system that lets you roleplay almost any situation at both ends of the table. [...] Awesome combat that makes use of terrain and cover."

This new bargain-priced collection gives you everything you need for science fiction, fantasy, and piratical adventure using this flexible and fast-growing system. We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format) and each audio track in .MP3 format. Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books and tracks have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders and music players.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$117.50. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $55) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete full-color 385-page Fragged Empire core rulebook (plus the free Quick Start Rules and the adventure The Ghost Ship Carthage); Protagonist Archive 1; the full-length introductory adventure Let Sleeping Gods Lie; and the rules expansion Hacked.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with five more titles worth an additional $62.50, including Fragged Kingdom and Fragged Seas; Classic Races and Magic (add elves and clerics to your Kingdom); Fragged Dieselpunk Mecha because why not; and eight Fragged Empire Ambient Audio Tracks of atmospheric science-fictional background sounds for your game sessions.


I really don't know much about this - it sounds interesting, but they all do - at the moment all I can do is say that it looks to be well presented, but there is a strong emphasis on combat which may not be to everyone's taste. The first 33 pages of the rules are on the web site, mostly a couple of stories and other information to give a feel for the future setting. As usual with these bundles you seem to be getting a lot for your money, whether you need it is a matter of personal taste.
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Subject:Another Two RPG Bundle Offers - Trinity and Aberrant
Time:02:39 am
Two games from White Wolf - one is SF, the other superheroes.

Trinity 1E

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Trinity1E

"This is one of two offers now in progress featuring the Trinity Universe Storyteller games. The companion offer, the Aberrant Bundle, presents the other two games in the series, Aberrant and Adventure!.

Set in the 22nd Century, Trinity (1997) depicts humanity recovering from a devastating war against superhuman mutants called Aberrants. World powers include South America, East Asia, Africa, and the Moon; North America and Europe remain a shambles. Players are psions (bioengineered human psychics), members of the six Psion Orders that safeguard humanity on Earth and on its long-lost interstellar colonies. Projecting an optimistic tone, Trinity permits a broad range of adventures, from cyberpunk-style corporate heists to post-holocaust scrounging to space exploration.

White Wolf Publishing released Trinity in a spiral-bound limited edition as Æon in October 1997. When Viacom claimed the title infringed on its Aeon Flux TV show trademark, White Wolf renamed the game. The Trinity limited-edition hardcover appeared in November 1997, then the softcover in March 1999. The .PDF rulebook in this offer is based on the softcover. Onyx Path Publishing is working on a second edition under the game's original title, Æon.

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 these two Trinity Universe offers' designated charity, the Bodhana Group.
The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$124. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all five titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $44) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete 324-page Trinity First Edition core rulebook, the Trinity Players Guide, the Technology Manual, and two Psi Order sourcebooks ( America Offline and Shattered Europe).

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with eight more titles worth an additional $80, including three more Psi Order sourcebooks (Terra Verde, Luna Rising, and Stellar Frontier), the complete Darkness Revealed trilogy of adventures, and three short Field Reports (Extrasolar Colonies, Media, and Psi Laws).



Aberrant


https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Aberrant

Set ten years after radiation from the exploding Galatea satellite triggered bizarre powers in a small fraction of Earth's population, Aberrant (1999) chronicles the struggles of these "novas," or "new humans," and their quest to fit into -- or forever change -- human society. Though some novas become vastly smarter, they grow no wiser. Instead, most of them become the center of celebrity cults, to their ultimate detriment. Aberrant deconstructs the superhero genre -- sort of X-Men meets Watchmen with some newuniversal mixed in. Originally published by White Wolf, Aberrant is getting a new edition from Onyx Path Publishing designed by superhero champ Steve Kenson (ICONS, Mutants & Masterminds, DC Adventures).

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 these two Trinity Universe offers' designated charity, the Bodhana Group.
The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$118. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all three titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $50) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete 298-page Aberrant rulebook and Players Guide, plus the Storytellers Screen with its three-episode introductory story, "Permanent Vacation."

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $23.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $68, including the Year One setting book that describes the stunning near-future world of 2008, the sourcebooks Elites and Teragen, and the scenario collection Worldwide: Phase II (retail $20), which advances the timeline to the breathtaking future of 2015.
At least one more title will be added after launch; "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."



It's a long time since I've looked at this game setting; my impression of it was that it used a lot of White Wolf's general tropes such as multiple competing cliques, and looked like it would be fun but difficult to get into. Having looked briefly at the PDFs I still think that's still the case. But I know that a lot of readers out there will want to add to their White Wolf collections, and this seems a cheap way to do it. Recommended, but as usual I have to emphasise that I get these games free if I want them - if you don't your mileage may differ.
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Subject:Worldcon
Time:02:11 pm
 Worldcon room bookings have opened, and I've booked a student room at Trinity College - it's close to the venue and cheaper than any hotel they're offering, but I don't think it includes breakfast etc. There probably are cheaper alternatives, but I really don't like the idea of boarding houses or dorms, so this will do.

Now I have to think about flights. Anyone know of any good deals?
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Subject:Another RPG bundle offer - Dungeon Maps
Time:06:21 pm
This is simply a big collection of maps in PDF form, from Oone games

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/0oneDungeons

"This all-new collection, a follow-up to our popular January 2018 0one Blueprints offer, presented a sprawling range of labyrinthine dungeon RPG blueprints from 0one Games. You may also recall 0one's fine work on the massive Great City Campaign Setting we presented in July 2017.

These state-of-the-art interactive .PDFs let you turn the grids (both square and hexagonal) on and off, show or hide room numbers, show walls as outlines or filled, show or hide doors and furniture, orient the compass rose, change print options, and make many other customizations, depending on the map. Note: The interactive features in these state-of-the-art .PDFs require the free Adobe Reader. Some of these files may not display properly in other readers.

Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these .PDFs 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 RPG Creators Relief Fund. The Roleplaying Game Creators Relief Fund (RCRF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization founded to provide financial assistance to tabletop roleplaying game creators suffering hardship due to medical emergencies, natural disasters, and other catastrophic situations.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$93.50. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all thirteen titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $44) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including nine complete levels of the colossal Dungeon Under the Mountain; the vast Dungeon of Terror Virtual Boxed Set; and three megadungeons: Archlich's Lair, Palace of the Vampire Queen, and The Undercity.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $22.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with sixteen more titles worth an additional $49.50, including the Dungeon Under the Mountain Level 10 Virtual Boxed Set, 13 customizable Rooms & Encounters (travel the Fungal Corridor to the Desecrated Temple to meet Gormoth the Ever-Hungry), and two sets of Customizable Battlemaps: Dungeon Rooms that let you make your own scenes for miniatures combat."

At least one additional title will be added after launch: "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."


These look quite good - I'm not entirely happy with the use of shading, which is going to waste quite a lot of toner / ink when they're printed, but if you don't go mad and print them all at once it's a reasonably good way to get a lot of maps cheaply. It isn't something I personally need - I tend to make my own when I need them, and don't do much with traditional dungeons anyway - but if you need this sort of thing it seems a reasonable deal.
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