Gamerati News Update: 07 April 2016

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Onyx Path brings The Black Hand into the 21st century, Modiphiüs’ Secret War comes to an end at the Mountains of Madness, Catan Con 2016 is here, and bigots try to bring Baldur’s Gate down with wave of negative reviews.

Onyx Path brings The Black Hand into the 21st century

Titled The Black Hand: A Guide to the Tal’Mahe’Ra, this sourcebook for Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary edition is available as an advance copy PDF at DriveThruRPG. In it, you’ll find everything you need to bring the death-cult to the 21st century. It includes: an updated look at the Tal’Mahe’Ra, new Disciplines, Backgrounds, Merits, and eldritch sorceries, and insight into some of the Hand’s sects, including those who hunt the infernal, and the worshipers of Lilith.

The Advance PDF means you’ll get the full book once it’s available, and also a discount for the print-on-demand format. At present, The Black Hand: A Guide to the Tal’Mahe’Ra, costs $20.

Source: DriveThruRPG

The saga of the Secret War comes to an end at the Mountains of Madness!

It all began in 2012 with Three Kings. Now the saga of the World War II heroes against unspeakable evil comes to an end in Assault on the Mountains of Madness, a massive 248-page full-color hardback (or PDF) written by Jason Durrell. It’s designed to be the climax to the entire Achtung! Cthulhu Secret War campaign and will send the investigators on an adventure to one of the most remote places on Earth, where they’ll face enemies from both this world and aeons past.

The 7-part adventure is compatible with Call of Cthulhu and Savage Worlds, comes with new skills and rules for exploration and cold-weather survival, new monsters, new horrors, and hideous twists of a branching plot structure allowing investigators to participate in all phases and fronts of the assault.

You can listen to a podcast in which I had the pleasure of talking to the publisher Chris Birch way back in 2013 about Achtung! Cthulhu. Link in the shownotes.

Source: Modiphiüs

Channel 2 episode: ‘ACHTUNG! Cthulhu’ with Chris Birch

Catan Con 2016 is here!

Mayfair Games and Catan Studio present the Catan Day from April 22–24 (OK, it’s Catan Days then) at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN. There’s going to be the Catan National Championship Qualifier, tournaments for Settlers of America and Cities and Knights, plus Catan: The Big Game (the one where hundreds of people play a single game), and also Mammoth Carpet/Floor games of Catan and Catan Jr, Giant Tabletop games of Catan and Seafarers, and an Open Gaming Library stocked with tons of games.

For pre-registration and more information, e-mail events@mayfairgames.com

Source: Catanshop

Bigots try to bring Baldur’s Gate down with wave of negative reviews

It’s all because of a minor NPC in the expansion Siege of Dragonspear who, if you talk enough with her, reveals that she’s transgender. There’s also a joke line by Minsc that snipes at the GamerGate movement when he says “Actually, it’s about ethics in heroic adventuring”, so gamers decided to flood Metacritic and GOG with “reviews” panning the game’s writing. The action didn’t get enough traction at Steam, where the game still has mostly positive reviews because the platform requires the user to actually own the game they’re reviewing.

Amber Scott, a writer on the game, said: “I don’t like writing about straight/white/cis people all the time. It’s not reflective of the real world, it sets up s/w/c as the ‘normal’ baseline from which ‘other’ characters must be added, and it’s boring … Everyone should get a chance to see themselves reflected in pop culture.”

I’ll finish by reading what Ed freakin’ Greenwood, the creator of Forgotten Realms, wrote about the thing “[…] D&D has half-orcs, and half-dragons, and half-elves, and has magic items that specifically change gender, right there in the rules. Surely, if you can handle the basic notion of cross-SPECIES sex, having a full variety of gender roles should be something that doesn’t blow your mind.”

Source: Crave

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