Dungeons, dunes, and death in space (Gamerati News Update)

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Hello! It’s Tuesday, 6 December, 2016. Welcome to the Gamerati News Update. I’m Marcelo and I bring you four news from tabletop games and gaming.

One thing to know about me is that I’m willing to spend money on anything that has “in space” in the description. Atlas Games did just that with Gloom

Gloom in Space is the newest expansion to the Gloom universe. Take your misery to the stars with sci-fi archetypes like the Smuggler, Captain, Doctor, and Dark Lord. Meddle with monoliths, get caught in compactors, and end up nuked from orbit.

Gloom in Space, the game of black holes and bleak adventures, is a standalone expansion that’s also compatible with all existing Gloom products. It’s designed by Keith Baker with art by Michael Cunliffe. The box comprises two decks of 55 transparent cards, and a rules sheet in a tuckbox. MSPR is $24.95 and it ships in January, but you can already order it from Atlas Games webstore or from your friendly local game store. Just ask them to pre-order the box for you.

Saltlands, showcased by Antler Games at Essen this year is now open for pre-order

Saltlands is a boardgame for 1–6 players about more than just surviving the unforgiving ocean desert of this apocalyptic future. The first group of players to find and reach an exit point wins, leaving the rest to die. There are no fixed teams, players can decide to co-operate or backstab each other as they see fit. Each player starts the game with a single character but may increase their crew as the game progresses. On your turn, you also chose how the enemy (the horde) moves, so you can help or hinder other players, forcing confrontation when they’re not ready. And ready or not, the horde is coming. Are you going to die here?

Saltlands has some neat mechanics, such as sailing the sand dunes using the direction of the wind, capturing internal combustion vehicles from the raiders, and using your crew as sort of extra life.

The base game has an MSRP €49.95 and the expansion Lost in the Desert will also be available upon launch, in January, MSRP €24.95. You can order both together from the Antler Games online store for €74.90 and get free shipping. Right now they’re shipping to the US, Canada, Australia, and the European Union — sorry, England. No, just kidding. Contact them if you want to know if they ship to any other country or region. Who knows? Maybe they even ship to England!

Mantic Games unveils The Black Fortress, its newest expansion to Dungeon Saga

This expansion includes a huge amount of extra tiles to expand your Dungeon Saga: Dwarf King’s Quest game or create your own adventure. It also comes with six narrative-driven missions that weave one single story together.

Dungeon Saga: Dwarf King’s Quest was designed by Jake Thornton and successfully Kickstarted in 2015. It walks the line between a board game and an RPG, with one player assuming the role of the dungeon overlord while the others divide the mighty heroes between them. You decide how long and complex a match can be, from a quick 30-min game to an immersive 3-hour campaign.

The Black Fortress was originally available only for the Kickstarter backers of Dungeon Saga, but now you can have it from the Mantic Games webshop or your friendly local game store — that you should ask to carry Dungeon Saga if they don’t. With an MSRP of £19.99, it’s the cheapest Dungeon Saga expansion to date, probably because it doesn’t come with miniatures as it’s aimed to be used with the original four heroes from the base Dungeon Saga: Dwarf KIng’s Quest game. Pre-orders are open right now and the expansion starts shipping on 12 December.

Who’s the fairest amongst the fey from the First World? This Paizo sourcebook for Pathfinder might have the answer

The First World: Realm of the Fey is the newest Pathfinder Campaign Setting to be published by Paizo. It explores the wild and wondrous domains of the fey. In it, you’ll find information on how to run adventures there, as well as how spellcasting works in the First World.

It also comes with magic specific to the realm, adventure hooks, and a new prestige class, the feysworn, adventurers who’ve pledged themselves to the service of a fey lord in exchange for magical power. This book works very well by itself or in tandem with Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Fey Revisited.

You can purchase the PDF right now and get it on 14 December for $15.99 or you can have the PDF+print edition if you pay $22.99. This product is part of the Pathfinder Campaign Setting Subscription and, as always, any purchase from paizo.com of $100 or more gets you the first $10 of shipping on them.

And that is all I have for you today. A transcript of this show can be found at gamerati.com/news.

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