Gamerati News Update: 25 January 2016

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Crystal Dynamics sheds more personnel.

Last week Brian Horton, who was the game director of Rise of the Tomb Raider, left Crystal Dynamics for the position of art director at Infinity Ward, the developer behind the majority of the games in the Call of Duty franchise.

It’s the second big name to leave the house of Lara Croft. Back in December, Darrell Gallagher, who was nothing less than the studio boss for almost seven years and head of product development for Square Enix, moved to Activision a month after the release of the successful Rise of the Tomb Raider, the second game in the rebooted franchise.

What it means to Crystal Dynamics? Well, the game musical chairs is pretty common in triple-A videogames, so I’d say it’s too early to tell.

Link: Game Informer 

Grab your very own Nest of Spies!

You still have seven days to partake in this Bundle of Holding of espionage tabletop roleplaying games. For less than ten American Dollars you get core rulebooks for Classified by Expeditious Retreat Press, Covert Ops by DwD Studios, Spione by Adept Press, and my favorite, Spycraft 2.0 by Crafty Games.

If you’re willing to pay a little over twice that amount you get in return the bonus collection with Spycraft: The Big Score and World on Fire, White Lies, Classified: Operation Rogue Lion, Five Short Assignments for Covert Ops, and the juicy Demon: The Descent by Onyx Path Publishing.

This Bundle of Holding will wait for you only until the end of the month. Don’t miss out!

Link: Bundle of Holding

The Traveller is back!

No, I’m not talking about the alien from Star Trek: The Next Generation, although I’d have loved to have seen him in the other Star Trek shows. I’m talking about the Traveller RPG. Mongoose Publishing, who currently holds the rights to the RPG originally released in 1977 by Game Designer’s Workshop and written by Marc Miller, will release a brand-new edition designed by Matthew Sprange.

This most recent iteration of Traveller will get the 21st century treatment: full color cover to cover (hardcover by the way) with sections for character and ship creation, space travel, and combat, as well as a whole section just for the Referee to use to create their own personal universes.

The book will be ready in April. MSRP is £30, you can pre-order the core rulebook and the Referee’s Screen for an additional £10 at the publisher’s website. You can already get a PDF version at DriveThruRPG of the core rulebook for 30 US Dollars.

Link: Mongoose Publishing

Let’s return once again to Ravenloft in a new gothic horror adventure for D&D.

Do you miss the Tarokka Deck? Me too. WotC is giving us the opportunity to acquire — or reacquire in my case — a brand-new Tarokka Deck with the upcoming release of Curse of Strahd, a new gothic horror mega-adventure for Dungeons & Dragons set in Ravenloft. The 224-page adventure sourcebook was written by Chris Perkins alongside the original Ravenloft designers, Tracy and Laura Hickman. Players will unwillingly be drawn to the cursed land of Count Strahd von Zarovich. They might even survive if they’re careful and pay attention to what the Vistani mystic Madam Eva tells them to do.

So where’s the Tarokka Deck? Well, it’s in the game as an artifact, and Gale Force Nine will be publishing a physical copy of the deck of cards that DMs can use to randomize locations in the scenario. The 52 cards will also work as a standalone game for 3–5 players called Prophet’s Gambit.

Curse of Strahd will hit shelves March 15, MSRP $50. The Tarokka Deck will cost an additional $10. You can pre-order both at your friendly local game store.

Links: Wizards of the Coast and Gale Force 9 

Last but not least, the next Gamerati Game Day will be on March 5th in Tacoma, WA. If you’re around the area, come play games with us. For more information, point your browser to gamerati.com/gamedays.

Link: Gamerati

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