Gamerati News Update: 01 February 2016

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D&D love for Hero Lab users!

Lone Wolf Development, the people behind Army Builder, Realm Works, and Hero Lab, has announced that their character management software for Windows, Macs and iPads is ready for the Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition SRD.

Starting today, existing users of Hero Lab will be able to purchase the add-on for $20 while new users can get it for $29.99. With it, you can create and maintain your D&D characters with complete access to races, character classes, spells, magic items, equipment… while DMs will be able to build and manage monsters and NPCs, encounters, and combat.

You can create characters from the get-go, while those sweet DM tools will be rolled out as February goes by. The add-on also allows you to access community-created content.

 Link: Lone Wolf Development

Let’s explore the Borderland Provinces.

Paizo Publishing and Frog God Games will be releasing not one, nor two, but five books describing the Borderland Provinces, a brand-new setting for Pathfinder, Dungeons & Dragons, and Swords & Wizardry.

S&D designer Matthew J. Finch is the responsible for the gigantic setting, a realm previously ruled by a massive empire that retreated, leaving the Borderland Provinces to their own fate. Yes, the five books will all be released in March and they are The Lost Lands: Borderland Provinces, Adventures in the Borderland Provinces, The Borderland Provinces Journey Generator, The Borderland Provinces Players’ Guide, and Borderland Provinces Players’ Gazetteer.

The first two are hardcover and the last three are softcover. MSRP will be $35 for the hardcover books and $10 for the softcover ones, except for the Gazetteer, which’s a little beefier, so it’ll cost $15.

Link: ICv2

What if I told you there’s a pen-and-paper roleplaying game about fighting Cthulhu and Nazis? What if I told you that game is going to get a table-top miniature game version?

My favorite Lovecraft Mythos mashup of all time has to be Achtung! Cthulhu, the tabletop RPG scenario by the British company Modiphius Entertainment that mixes Cthulhu-flavored horror with the very real drama of World War II.

That was in 2013. In 2016, we’re getting Achtung! Cthulhu:  The Secret War Miniatures Game. In April, we’ll see the rulesbook, a 192-page full color softcover, MSRP $35, and Rise of the Black Sun, the first campaign book, MSRP $30. Between April and May, Modiphius will release six thematic miniatures sets with ten figurines each, no MSRP yet. Then, at GenCon, they’re promising to release a two-player miniature starter set that will include the campaign The Forest of Fear. MSRP $100.

I’ve talked with Achtung! Cthulhu creator, Chris Birch, in my old podcast Channel 2. Here’s a link to it if you want to check it out.

Link: ICv2

Golem Arcana is undone.

The novel and quirky Golem Arcana, one of the first miniature games that uses augmented reality as an integral part of gameplay, is being discontinued by its creator, the Seattle-based Harebrained  Schemes.

Launched in 2014, the miniature wargame for 2–8 players makes use of a stylus that reads microdots in the board and in the figurine bases, and feeds all kinds of information about your troops to your tablet or smartphone, allowing you to concentrate on strategy and tactics while the veritable supercomputers that we carry in our pockets do all the math and check all the rules.

Unfortunately, the game never sold well enough to recoup the expensive R&D cost, so the latest expansion, Durani: Champions of the Western Wind, is the last product they’ll ever release. You’ll still be able to play Golem Arcana for a relatively long time: Harebrained Schemes just updated the app to the latest specifications of current smartphones’ and tablets’ operational systems. Eventually, though, it’ll be too out of phase to work.

I am sad to see such a beautiful and well-crafted game go.

Link: Golem Arcana

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