Wow, what a Zine month, huh? While we are back to the old Game board reporting, we have no shortage of great games to play right now and some incredible RPGs still crowdfunding. We also have a fantastic exclusivity for Gaming Shelf readers of the highly anticipated and blockbuster-funded game Dark shadow RPG!
Recommended game: Dark shadow
Currently crowdfundingbut already blasting through all the stretch goals and already written in full, the Dark shadow RPG is old-fashioned role play; are a grim fantasy nightmare built to take down your characters as they trudge through mud and mud. With stark black and white illustrations that add wonder to the ominous, Dark shadow is the kind of game that will recreate the feel of classic dungeon crawlers while providing a streamlined chassis for gameplay.
Author Kelsey Dionne is a fantastic, renowned RPG writer. She directed te Arcane Library in 2017, and one of her creations, The Secrets of Skyhorn Lighthouse, is the highest-rated adventure of all time on DMs Guild, the 5th third-party marketplace. Dark shadow is a completely unique, self-contained system filled with tables, spells, and stat blocks that makes it easy for people to pick up and play with minimal preparation.
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You can download the free quickstart hereand exclusive to the Gaming Shelf rfirst, you can download an adventure for Dark shadow RPG: “The cursed scroll of the red sand.’ It is a mini hexcrawl that takes place in a shifting, dangerous desert full of fragile oases, mountain bandits and howling sandstorms.
New releases: IKHON, carbon gray
“IKHON is a mystery box for Mork Borg. It’s a prison keeping four almost forgotten folk gods at bay: the Bilkherd, the Becklure, the Old Dead and the dreaded Silkfiend. Those who dare to communicate with them are promised great rewards. But life and death go hand in hand and too small a sacrifice can be taken as an insult. This gift could very well be a curse.”
“In Carbon Gray, you take on the role of heroes battling against a seemingly unstoppable empire with world-conquering aspirations. Survive the grimness of trench warfare. Dare to fly through the deadly skies. Master the art of espionage to discover the secrets of your enemies. Navigate the social hierarchy and underhanded dealings of both the nobility and the underworld. Learn to manipulate the strange forces that affect the reality of the world around you.”
crowdfunding: Lampblack, You’re in space and everything is screwed up, A cool name RPG, Action 12 Cinema, Old Gods Sepulcher
“In Lampblack, you are an artist with the dangerous intent to create an ink blot – a creature made of ink. Whether you succeed in creating and taming such a creature (or ending up as lunch) depends on the strength and volatility of your ambitions and the ink itself. With pen and journal in hand, follow directions to guide you through your story. You discover what drives you to make an ink blot and what happens on your journey to collect the ingredients for your ink.”
“You’re in space and everything is screwed up is a haunting homage to sci-fi survival horror and gory splatter movies. It is a 2-5 player game, where one player takes on the role of an isolated, hostile space station, while the others are survivors, relief workers, or other unfortunate individuals likely to die a horrible death.”
Cool name RPG is a new fantasy roleplaying game system created with an extensive team of RPG designers that will be released for free.
“Action 12 Cinema is a GM-less, zero-preliminary, collaborative role-playing game for B-level action movie storytelling with a handful of 12-sided dice.
“Old God Tomb is a series of 28 isometric dungeon maps that take miners to a vast network of caves, gorges, tunnels and chambers that have taken on the fantastical shape of nine ancient gods. As gods these beings have ceased to exist; however, their essence lingers. Shadows, flickers and whispers of what they once were bounce and echo through the underworld.”
In other news:
- Free League Publishing announced Stories from the lonely lands, the second expansion for the multi-award-winning secoth edition of The One Ring role-playing gamebased on the work of JRR Tolkien.
- Maestro Media is currently crowdfunding Sally Face: Strange nightmaresa tabletop board game based on Steve Gabry’s award-winning video game, Sally Face.
- World of Darkness has announced the winners of her Vampire jam.
- Allplay released a Wordle-inspired literary board game titled Fiction.
- Paizo has announced a return to Tian Xiawritten by a diverse and talented group of writers.
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