Hello! It’s Thursday, 24 November. Welcome to the Gamerati News Update. I’m Marcelo and I bring you four news from tabletop games and gaming.
What’s old is new again from Wizards of the Coast and DriveThruRPG
Since last week, an assortment of old-timey AD&D and D&D titles can be found as print on demand on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow. These include modules from Dungeons & Dragons pre- and post Advanced eras, as well as D&D 3rd edition. Prices range from $17.99 to $19.99.
Boxed sets will be reformatted as one combined softcover edition. So, for example, this Hollow World boxed set, which has two books and four maps will be available as one combined softcover book when you order it thru the sites PoD option.
Speaking to ICv2, Matt McElroy from DriveThruRPG said they’ll be slowly adding more and more titles to the ones available, so if you’re favorite boxed set or scenario isn’t available yet, keep checking back. One of these days, it might.
Car Wars takes too long to play, and SJG doesn’t like it
The sixth edition of the classic card game Car Wars will be delayed from its original December, 2016 release to after GenCon 2017. The reason is the playtime. Steve Jackson Games want a game that plays in around 60 mintues, but the current version of Car Wars 6th Edition is showing a playtime between one-and-a-half to two hours.
Phil Reed, Steve Jackson Games’ COO, says the company’s likely to take a financial hit from not having the game before or even at GenCon, but it’s a small price to pay now so they can have a game that plays more like the way they think it should be played. That’s the second time the game get’s delayed, although the first time, in August, it was so the game could be backed by supplements and expansions from the get go.
Unhallowed Metropolis gets new publisher
The “gas-mask chic” roleplaying game created by Jason Soles and Nicole Vega is back in print from Strix Publishing. This “neo-Victorian” dystopian future horror RPG describes an English society in the year 2105, two hundred years after a global zombie outbreak. It imagines a walled, densely inhabited London that is pretty much frozen in time since the disaster — if not technologically, at least culturally.
Unhallowed Metropolis was originally published by Eos Press in 2007. A revised edition was published by Atomic Overmind Press in 2011. It was nominated for an ENnie for Best Setting in 2012. That’s the edition that Strix Publishing has picked up.
Both the revised edition of Unhallowed Metropolis and its creature sourcebook, Unhallowed Necropolis are available in hardcover format through Strix Publishing’s online store for $39.95 and $32.95, respectively, and also in PDF version at DriveThruRPG for $20 and $16, respectively.
Since we’re talking about horror RPGs, I’d be remiss if I didn’t let you know that the second edition of Promethean: The Created is now available in print on demand
Promethean: The Created is one of the many brain children of Bill Bridges and the creative team at White Wolf now under the care of Onyx Path Publishing. It uses the Storytelling System to tell tales inspired by the classic myths of Frankenstein’s monster, the Golem and other such simulacra. The player-characters are individuals created by the reassembling of a human body from bits and pieces, then animating the corpse with the Divine Fire. The resulting creation is known as a Promethean. Animated by the Divine Fire, but lacking a soul, Prometheans seek the greatest prize they know: humanity.
Onyx Path Publishing has announced yesterday that Promethean: The Created 2nd Edition is available in print and PDF from DriveThruRPG. You can get the PDF for $19.99, a hardcover copy in standard paper for $39.99 or in premium paper for $59.99. There’s usually a good discount for getting the PDF/print bundle. Here’s a link to it.