Spies vs Cthulhu, Hogwarts Battle & Torment RPG (Gamerati News Update)

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Cubicle 7 prepares World War Cthulhu: Cold War for retail release, USAopoly reveals Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle images, Monte Cook Games to release RPG supplement for the videogame Torment: Tides of Numenera, and ex-Diablo III director quits gaming business to become a fiction writer.

Spies versus Cthulhu is how I can best describe this new game from Cubicle 7

World War Cthulhu: Cold War is an RPG setting for Call of Cthulhu 7th edition that throws you into one of the most paranoid and chaotic conflicts of the 20th century. The tangled webs of the spymasters tear and rejoin, double and triple agents make their moves and counter-moves, and it’s hard to be sure which side you’re really working for. Nuclear destruction hangs over everyone, and a few people at the heart of western intelligence continue their personal battle against the insidious influence of a much older enemy…

The setting takes place in the 1970s and it comes with advice on how to run espionage games in Call of Cthulhu, tips on tradecraft, running operations, special equipment, cults and Mythos entities, a unique new trust mechanic, 26 detailed intelligence theaters, and a complete sandbox campaign set in Istambul (or is it Constantinople?).

I said World War Cthulhu: Cold War is a setting for the 7th edition of CoC, but it comes with conversion notes for previous editions. The book is scheduled for release in the British summer this year. It’s available for pre-order at the Cubicle 7 online store right now. All pre-orders come with a free PDF. Or you can have just the PDF from DriveThruRPG; It’s available right now.

Source: Cubicle 7

Let’s take a look at the first images from Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle

The forces of evil are threatening to overrun Hogwarts castle! It’s up to four students to ensure the safety of the school by defeating villains and consolidating their defenses. Players take on the role of Harry, Ron, Hermione or Neville, each with his or her own personal deck of cards. To secure the castle from the forces of evil the students must work together to build more powerful decks using iconic Wizarding World characters, spells, and items.

This cooperative deck building game from USAopoly supports 2–4 players, ages 11 and up and will be hitting stores in September but you’ll be able to have it before that if you visit their booth at GenCon. MSRP $50.

Source: USAopoly

Play the table-top RPG based on the computer game based on the table-top RPG

To coincide with the release of the computer game Torment: Tides of Numenera by inXile Entertainment, Monte Cook Games is publishing a full-color 160-page hardcover table-top RPG setting called Torment – Tides of Numenera: Explorer’s Guide. The book will allow players to explore new parts of the Ninth World setting, created specifically for the computer game, with descriptions and rules for adding these areas to your Numenera RPG campaign.

Torment – Tides of Numenera: Explorer’s Guide was written by Shanna Germain and will be available in August. MSRP $40.

Source: ICv2

Ladies and gentlemen, former Diablo III director Jay Wilson has left the building

Jay Wilson, who worked for Blizzard for the last 10 years and for Relic and Monolith before that, has announced on Twitter that he’s quitting the game industry altogether after two decades and is moving to the Pacific Northwest to pursue his original passion, writing.

Wilson stepped down from directing Diablo III in 2013 after the game met with fierce criticism. He also worked on World of Warcraft, where he was immortalized with a NPC with his name written backwards.

His most notable works in gaming were as level designer for Blood, Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War and Company of Heroes. He hinted at trying his hand now at the urban fantasy genre as a fiction writer. Best of luck to you, Wilson.

Source: Polygon

Here you are, four gaming news I selected just for you. This episode of Gamerati News Update ends here, but before I go, I’d like you to know that the 5th Annual Pacific Northwest Game Swap is happening at the Foulon Residence in Puyallup, WA on June 26. Starting at 10 AM, you can sell, buy or trade games with your fellow gamers. There is no fee or application required to attend, whether you bring games or not. More information through this link.

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