D&D Force Grey: The Lost Episode

The cliffhanging conclusion to this summer’s smash hit series on Twitch, D&D Force Grey: Giant Hunters, comes to a dramatic end on Monday, December 5. DM-to-the-Stars, Matthew Mercer, and his crazy group of players, including comedians and actors, will be battling the giants one last time at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles. matthew-mercer

Fans will get some sweet loot, including a free 32-page adventure, a print of the Stranger Things-styled poster (see below!), chocolate bars, stickers, and other D&D swag they can’t get anywhere else.

NPC For Hire – Print and Mobile Tools by Knights of Vasteel

There is a new Kickstarter project that I think you will really like from Nathan and Austin of Knights of Vasteel.  The project is called NPC for Hire and uses a 52 card deck of hand draw portraits that you can use in a fantasy RPG game to add life to your non-player characters. These cards are very similar to Paizo’s Face Cards that I have used in the past. But along with the NPC for Hire cards, there is also a companion application that they have developed for iOS and Android.

Watch Force Grey: The Lost Episode Streamed Live on December 5th

This summer, actors and comedians from The Sarah Silverman Program and The Mindy Project congregated at Meltdown Comics in L.A. to play a session of Dungeons & Dragons led by Matthew Mercer (Critical RoleOverwatch). The seven episodes produced and presented by Nerdist earned more than 1.1 million views on YouTube. You can catch up by binge watching the series on the Nerdist YouTube channel here, but the story’s conclusion was left as a cliffhanger.

Fantasy Grounds – D&D Volo’s Guide to Monsters

I’ve been going through the newly released D&D Volo’s Guide to Monsters module on Fantasy Grounds, and was also surprised to find a new Fantasy Grounds 3.2 update waiting for me. There are a lot of great new features and changes in the update. If you don’t know, Fantasy Grounds is a virtual tabletop experience that you can run games for your friends on your computer. It wotc5evgmautomates a lot of things like dice rolling, character sheets, campaign maps, and monster stats. You can play online, or use a digital screen on a table or a projector on a wall. Now if you want to learn more, you can go to Fantasy Grounds and get a demo version or you can get one on Steam.

Munchkin Wonderland from Steve Jackson Games

New Munchkin-inspired game has a Wonderland theme, simpler rules, and less backstabbing – perfect for young kids

A new Munchkin-inspired game will let families with young kids explore Wonderland in a game that plays like a friendlier, simpler version of classic Munchkin.

In Munchkin Wonderland, players wander a whimsical landscape fighting enemies such as the the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat, or the Jabberwock. They’ll get help from classic characters such as the Dormouse, March Hare, and Alice herself using weapons like the Vorpal Blade and Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast.

Bluebeard’s Bride – Horror RPG Kickstarter by Magpie Games

There is a new role-playing game Kickstarter that you will find very interesting. It is Bluebeard’s Bride, and it is a mature feminine horror themed game based on Bluebeard’s fairy tale. There are several stretch goals already met that add a ton to the game that looks to be already full of awesomeness. Here are the details from Bluebeard’s Bride Kickstarter page:

Bluebeard’s Bride is an investigatory horror tabletop roleplaying game for 3-5 players, written and designed by Whitney “Strix” Beltrán, Marissa Kelly, and Sarah Richardson, and based on the Bluebeard fairy tale.

In this game you and your friends explore Bluebeard’s home as the Bride, creating your own beautifully tragic version of the dark fairy tale. Investigate rooms, discover the truth of what happened, experience the nightmarish phantasmagoria of this broken place, and decide whether or not you are a faithful or disloyal bride.

Back the game, download it from our first update, and give it a try!

Bluebeard’s Bride is based on the Powered by the Apocalypse system used in Apocalypse World, Dungeon World, Monsterhearts, Masks, and more. It’s a simple system; when your character takes an action that fits a move, the move tells you what happens, or you roll two six-sided dice to find out. Since this is a horror game, we have modified it so that the majority of moves use no dice; this harkens back to telling ghost stories around the fire.

Widow’s Walk – A Betrayal at House on the Hill Expansion by Avalon Hill

Avalon Hill recently released Widow’s Walk Expansion for the popular board game Betrayal at House on the Hill. The main game has a lot of replay with the numerous haunts and game board changes each time you play. We have had the original game for a while, and now with the expansion, we are excited to add 50 more haunts, room tiles to the game, additional cards, and another floor to explore in the house. Widow’s Walk released October 14th, and I would recommend that if you don’t have House on he Hill then you pick it up, and the expansion.  You will need the base game in order to play with the expansion.

betrayal_gallery_2_0If you have never played Betrayal at House on the Hill, it is not a complicated game, and I think the rules are easy to understand. It is a perfect cooperative game to play during your game night for 3 to 6 people, and when we play a game usually lasts about an hour. After playing the expansion for a few sessions, I have to say that the new expansion haunts are incredible. They blend well with the previous haunts from the original game. They’ve added a dumbwaiter to some rooms; so players can travel between floors more easily, as well as additional tokens that can help with room ability tracking and new monsters.  We have only played through a fraction of the haunts so far, but it is nice to now have 100 haunt scenarios and just make this great game better!

There is also a special bonus “mega haunt” that is triggered when all of the explorers have completed specific haunts.

You can pick up the game on Amazon here:

Gen Con 2016 – Syrinscape with Ben Loomes

I was fortunate enough to get a one-on-one demonstration from Ben Loomes with Syrinscape at Gen Con. The sounds were incredible, and there are so many new sound sets that are now available. It was a lot of fun meeting Ben, and I look forward to many more sound sets that are being developed. I highly recommend Syrinscape for use during your games. And by games that can be a role playing game, or the expanding list of board game sound sets that are becoming available for Syrinscape.

I have used music and sounds before, but having a control board that is themed for a game, allows me easily set a mood, and then to quickly choose an appropriate sound during the game. Also, a themed background enhances the game beyond anything I have done before. All of the sounds are high quality, fully customized timing, and I couldn’t find anything to complain about. Everything is Top Notch! You can give it a try for free by just downloading the software and getting the 2 included free soundsets; Witchwood and Bugbear Battle.

Gen Con 2016 – Ice Cool Board Game by Brain Games

One of the “cool” games that had a US release at Gen Con this year was Ice Cool by Brain Games designed by Brian Gomez. I was able to get a thorough demonstration, and have been playing it ever since I left Gen Con last week. Lots of flicking and strategy, and the game gets tougher and faster as players get better at moving their pieces around the board.

It has won several awards already, there are lots of reviews from other countries that you can read and play-throughs to watch. And in my opinion even though it is labeled as a children’s game, I found it very entertaining playing it with any age group. The Box in Box setup is ingenious, and the game easily stores away after playing.

I highly recommend getting this game! Especially if you have kids. It should be available in the US soon.

EDIT: Now available in the United States: http://amzn.to/2cbMp4A