Free Product of the Week
I had an insane idea in the middle of the night again, so I wrote it! Who here likes Rick and Morty? I sure do. I particularly liked the episode "Meeseeks and Destroy" because Mr. Meeseeks is really funny!
I got to thinking that "wanting to die" might a pretty good motivation for a character in an RPG, and Meeseeks are such simple characters they ought to be really easy to roleplay as. So I sat down and wrote this!
Basically, Can Do! is just a GM-less microRPG in which you play Meeseeks trying to solve problems. It uses ownership assignment for problems to trade responsibility around the table and has a really sudden losing condition, so it's meant for really short, silly games where everyone just yells about looking at people and how they can do things!
Obviously, I don't own Rick and Morty. Adult Swim does, I just wanted to write something funny. It's just a fun, free game that's fun. And free. But not fun-free. Hopefully.
I'm Mr. Meeseeks, look at me!
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Notes from Scott's Desk
For all correspondence, feel free to contact me, Scott Holden, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My thanks to Matt McElroy for filling in here these past two weeks while I was on vacation. He had lots of great info to share with you all, I know!
August Classics Sale
This week, we introduce our "August Classics" sale event, celebrating games and supplements rooted in the Ancient Greek and Roman eras.
This is a cross-promotion with our sister site Wargame Vault, so if you're interested in terrain sets, figures, rules, supplements, or anything else for your tabletop wargames or RPGs, this is the sale for you!
Bundle of Holding
As if the August Classics weren't enough, the Bundle of Holding also takes a historian's approach to fantasy this week.
The Osprey Adventures Bundle is a collection of beautiful, full-color PDFs exploring myths and legends, secret histories, and lost kingdoms, all in the lavish style of Osprey's famous military histories. This collection features adventures and ebooks written by leading RPG designers such as Chris Pramas, Steve Long, and Phil Masters.
And speaking of history, the Bundle of the Ages +2 runs through early next week. It's a new collection of alternate-history and historical-fantasy RPGs.
When you buy a Bundle of Holding offer, the titles are added automatically to your Library here on DriveThruRPG.
Cheers and good (historic) gaming!
~ SJH (08-27-2015)
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Pick of the Week
Rise up against the Masters of Umdaar!
Behold the fallen world of Umdaar, home to savage warriors, cyborg insects, and merciless warlords. Oh, and lasers—lots and lots of lasers. The Masters rule with an iron fist, and the people’s only hope are the archaeonauts and their quest for long-lost artifacts of power. But will the Masters get there first?
"Masters of Umdaar," our latest Fate World of Adventure by Dave Joria, is a retro tribute to such shiny serials as John Carter of Mars, Flash Gordon, He-Man, and Thundercats. "Masters of Umdaar" requires Fate Accelerated Edition to play.
- A randomized Fate dice system to create a wide variety of sci-fi/fantasy characters like robots, mutants, talking animals, and more
- Character class breakdowns based on Fate Accelerated approaches, with a wide variety of options
- New rules for cliffhangers—a new form of obstacle to overcome—with rules that encourage the use of different approaches
- A variety of tools to easily populate your adventures, including a beast generator, trap guidelines, and sample artifacts
- A sample adventure—"The Starblades of Su’ul"—as well as seeds for further adventures
The Fate Adventures & Worlds line provides compact, rich, affordable, gorgeous settings with a ready-to-go adventure for GMs in a pinch. Buy one this afternoon, be ready to run this evening.
PWYW (Suggested $4.00)
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Other Featured Titles
SYSTEM: Dystopia Rising
Welcome to the Empire of Rust, a land that spans from the undead controlled oil fields in the far north through the remains of some of the greatest pre-fall cultural centers humanity ever lost.
Focusing on details of Oilberta, the Pacific Providence, the Under-Sea, Bridge City, and the Lilac City, Scarps of the Rust Empire is a vast volume of information from large-scale culture to more localized businesses. Inside you will find details about the last humans to fall, the Genjian, as well as the faith driven Nation of Accensor and the faithless Red Star. Here you will find details about the Cult of Fallow Hopes along with a section that outlines many scientific "discoveries" about the nature of the plague that ended humanity.
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SYSTEM: Iron Kingdoms Unleashed
Far to the east of the Iron Kingdoms lies the treacherous land where the enduring skorne have built their empire.
Iron Kingdoms Unleashed Roleplaying Game: Skorne Empire explores the scorching expanses of eastern Immoren, where survival means embracing the brutality and lethality of the punishing environment. Assume the warrior code of hoksune and adventure through eastern Immoren as a skorne, mastering the powers of pain and death to thrive in a land as dangerous as its inhabitants!
Venture far outside the boundaries of the Iron Kingdoms with this essential full-color guide to the Skorne Empire, eastern Immoren, and its inhabitants:
- Discover the incredible millennia-spanning history of the skorne race. Learn the true nature of the Skorne Empire’s culture, including their caste system, government, and warrior code.
- Explore Halaak, Malphas, and the other major cities of the empire.
- Adventure as a skorne with over a dozen new careers, new gear and weapons, and new adventuring companies. Create your character with the new Caste system, granting unique benefits that represent your place in skorne society.
- Battle all-new beasts native to the unforgiving wilds of the east like subterranean razor worms, dangerous cyclopes, and the monstrous desert hydra.
- Wield the power of the empire’s warbeasts and new spells unique to Extollers, Mortitheurges, and Skorne Warlocks.
Embody the warrior and earn a place among your ancestors!
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SYSTEM: Doctor Who
Imagine you could go anywhere. This world or countless others, encountering strange alien races, new cultures or hostile environments. Now imagine you could travel to any time. Meet Robin Hood (and duel him with a spoon!), discover what terrible monster lives under your bed, journey inside a Dalek, or travel to the end of time itself.
Where would you go?
With Cubicle 7’s Doctor Who Roleplaying Game, the power is in your hands! You can go anywhere or anywhen in the universe. It’s not going to be easy. It’ll probably be dangerous. The universe is a hostile place, full of Daleks, Zygons, Sontarans, the Boneless, Cybermen, Clockwork Robots, Silurians, and worse. There will be fear, heartbreak, and excitement—but above all, it’ll be the trip of a lifetime.
The Doctor Who Roleplaying Game is a set in the universe of the world’s longest-running science fiction show on TV, the BBC’s Doctor Who. This new edition of the rulebook, fully updated with imagery from the Twelfth Doctor’s adventures, presents all the rules and background you need to have your own adventures in time and space in a single volume:
a complete set of rules for playing the game
rules for creating your own characters, gadgets and more
a guide to creating your own adventures, as well as two new adventures
ready-made character sheets for the Twelfth Doctor and his companions, including Clara Oswald, Danny Pink, Madame Vastra, Jenny, and Strax
rules and background for some of the Doctor’s most infamous enemies—including Missy!
all-new imagery from the Twelfth Doctor's adventures.
and much more besides!
The Doctor Who Roleplaying Game is the new name for Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space, written to appeal to both the experienced and first-time gamer. The game is suitable for 2 or more players aged 10 to 2000.
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Also of Note
Adapting the beloved first novel in the Dragonlance Chronicles Trilogy, by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman.
An age of despair has dawned for the world of Krynn. As dark forces marshal their growing strength, fear and religious fanaticism grips the land. With war on the horizon, a group of lifelong friends are reunited, all outcasts in their own way.
It will fall to these eight companions to prevent a cataclysm!
Originally published by Devil’s Due as DRAGONLANCE CHRONICLES: DRAGONS OF AUTUMN TWILIGHT issues #1–8.
Note: This digital edition includes the PDF and EPUB versions of the book.
More Beauty, Wonder, and Weirdness of the Ninth World
Life after death, time travel, teleportation. The things that are impossible to us now—these things aren’t just possible in the Ninth World, but probable. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a noble, a thief, a tinkerer, or a serial killer, when you come face to face with impossibilities becoming realities, you must make hard choices. In these stories, even the smartest, fiercest characters find themselves challenged when they go beyond the limits of the possible.
More Tales from the Ninth World is an anthology of three short stories set against the evocative world of Monte Cook’s Numenera roleplaying game. The Ninth World is filled with stories. Come explore it.
Your purchase includes this book in PDF, MOBI, and EPUB formats.
Note: These three stories are also included in the collection Beware the Impossible. If you already own that collection, you have all of the material in More Tales From the Ninth World.
Paper Make iT! is pleased to announce the launch of Shuffler 2.12.01.
It’s bestselling mapmaking software whose intuitive drag & drop system includes a rich internal library of tiles and FX, for a never-ending variety of rooms, corridors, and outdoor environments.
Shuffler is a portable Flash application that runs on WIN, MAC, and Linux. A Plug-In is available to upload your own images.
New Features on Version 2.12.01
Shuffler has been updated again with a new, highly requested feature: the Square Grid System. Now the Grid is completely customizable, with tons of options like line style, color, thickness, and more. Users can also draw dotted lines with independently customizable segments and crosses.
All images are scalable and can be rotated and given FX such as outline, shadow, glow, bump, crate, overlay, and others. All FX can be combined for an enhanced map.
New Extra Sets
Another extra set, Outdoor, has now been included. Users can design an outdoor green with smooth hills and crates. This new texture is without a border and can receive the new Square Grid.
Shuffler is now explained in an online user manual—still a work in progress, but the new feature Square Grid System is available to learn more.
Note: The Outdoor extra sets and Shuffler Update are offered for free to previous customers.
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