Hello! It’s Thursday, 01 December, 2016. Welcome to the Gamerati News Update. I’m Marcelo and I bring you four news from tabletop games and gaming.
Scarred Lands is back, revised and re-imagined for D&D 5e and Pathfinder rules
Heavily inspired by Greco-Roman mythology, the RPG Scarred Lands was first published by White Wolf’s imprint Sword & Sorcery for the d20 System in 2002 and accrued more than 40 titles supporting the setting. After a successful Kickstarter early this year, Nocturnal Media — who owns the rights to the setting — has partnered with Onyx Path to publish the Scarred Lands Player’s Guide running Pathfinder and OGL 5e under the hood.
So if you’re a fan of the setting since its beginnings or haven’t heard of it before, the Player’s Guide is an excellent jumping point. Scarred Lands is a fantasy setting that feels familiar and completely new at the same time. You can have the Player’s Guide right now for Pathfinder or D&D 5e for $19.99 on DriveThruRPG. They haven’t said anything yet, but I’d bet Nocturnal Media and Onyx Path have more books for the setting coming down the line.
Red Markets puts out a playtest for some Quickstart Rules
Red Markets by Hebanon Games is a tabletop RPG about economic horror. It wriggles free of the usual zombie apocalypse tropes by imagining a world five years after the fall and how civilization is rebuilding itself. Player-characters risk their lives trading between the massive quarantine zones.
The game had a very successful Kickstarter earlier this year and, although it’ll only see publishing mid-2017, they decided to put out Quickstart Rules so backers and new gamers can playtest Red Markets during conventions or for their friends. It includes pre-generated characters, a 10-page rulebook for players, two starting missions to choose from, a GM’s guide, and questions for post-game discussion and feedback
So if you and your group are interested in playtesting the Quickstart packet, send and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “RM Playtest” in the subject line.
Pixel Tactics invades the digital space and goes online
It’s actually in early development, but it’s too exciting news to just let pass: Pixel Tactics, the strategy card game by Level 99 inspired by old-timey tactical video game RPGs, will soon have an online version.
The game should be ready some time next North-American summer, but Level 99 Games promises an open beta-test as soon as they have something. We here at Gamerati will surely stay tuned.
Have you noticed a game controller icon on you Facebook Messenger? I haven’t because I don’t use the damn thing but, if you do, you probably saw that now you can play games on it.
It’s called Instant Games, and right now it carries 17 games from classic developers such as Bandai Namco and Konami and newer studios like Zynga and King. It uses HTML5 so it loads in seconds and you don’t have to download anything. You compete against the high scores of your friends, so it’s perfect for when you’re waiting in line at the post office, at a wedding reception where you don’t know anybody or just bored out of your skull.
You and your friends don’t actually have to play at the same time. The game saves and shares your score with whomever you decide to compete against. It promises addicting 30-second rounds of play, so I guess I’ll finally use yet another IM app. What’s left now, somebody persuade me to use WhatsApp?
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