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martes, 26 de enero de 2016

January 2016 news (Second part)

This will be the last news' post I will offer you for a time, I'm thinking about some projects needing my atention which I hope will be successful, of course the blog will continue working and there will be more posts...


I begin with a story that certainly some of us assumed unlikely to happen, because Wizards of the Coast, which already gave the basic rules of the game for free has presented the Source Reference Document (SRD) of the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons under the Open Gaming License (OGL), giving the chance to fans, creators and companies to create contents compatible with this edition and, if desired, even publish them through the Dungeon Master Guild platform.

The step taken by Wizards of the Coast of cause has caused a great stir in the fandom and publishers, giving raise to a great number of initiatives to take advantage of the new SRD, as for instance news from Nosolorol preparing the Spanish translation advised by La Marca del Este, the patronage campaign of teh game Héros & Dragons by Black Book Editions, the 5theditionsrd website and the announcement of a new game, El Albor de la Quinta Edad in the blog El Ojo de Vecna.

Wizards of the Coast also announces the return to Ravenloft with the adventure Curse of Strahd.

From Tenkar's Tavern comes news of the disappearance of Gygax Magazine.

Modiphius unveils the cover created by Brom for the role-playing game being prepared about Conan by Robert E. Howard and other details about it.

Proyecto Arcadia unveils their new website.

The call for One Page Dungeon Contest 2016 is open.

If you want to create digital contents for your role-playing games you may find interesting the RPG Bard platform.


Stan Shinn is carrying out a patronage campaign at Indiegogo to finance the publishing of Dungeonesque, a role-playing game compatible with the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons.

Luke Crane is carrying out a patronage campaign at Kickstarter to finance the publishing of The Burning Wheel Codex.

Patrick Taylor is carrying out a patronage campaign at Kickstarter to finance the publishing of the High-Space supplement for Savage Worlds.

Gennifer Bone is creating The Monster of the Week through her patronage campaign at Patreon.

William Black is creating art for hard science-fiction through his patronage campaign at Patreon.


Role playing gamers (II) by Diacrítica

It seems that we role-playing gamers have a more developed empathy degree than non-players, isn't it marvelous?.

Maybe our solar system could have a ninth planet, to see more information about it you can read the articles at The Washington Post, Microsiervos, Wired and Science.


The online magazine Desde el Sótano reaches its 138th edition with the following articles (Note: The magazine is writen in Spanish, it's also available from Lektu):

  • Editorial: A word from the maker.
  • Credits: Those who are behind this (and make it possible).
  • Index
  • Basement Answers: Questions from the fans and the best of our responses.
  • The Voice: Conferences, meetings and events for the coming days and months.
  • Basement exterior: Section with interesting news from the outside world.
  • Organization: Structure of military units. A detailed article about how some planetary units of the galaxy of Exo get organized.
  • Units: Norwegian Resistance. We get a closer look at those Second World War fighters with some advide for playing them in Comandos.
  • Street Guide: Fair Trade. Sometimes the best intentions are soiled by Cunia, the city of Rol Negro.
  • General: Speceis Classification System. A very detailed scheme of the biological diferences of the species of Exo.
  • Peoples: Celts and picts in Scotland during Viking times. Our friends of Walhalla share some juicy information about the Viking Era.
  • Errata: Effect area weapons. A revision of area weapons of Exo.
  • Profession: Special Forces. Rules and sugestions for making military characters in Exo.
  • Flora: Fals Oak. Plants of Pangea always have a side of the Wukran.
  • Professions: Dilettante. Cunia, city of Rol negro, is a city of all kind of characters, even some who do not seem to care about anything.
  • Vehicles: Jaguar XF II. It seems that Russian mafia of Rol negro has taken a liking to this car model.
  • Poisons: Beattle Seed. Anew substance available with Pangea shamans.
  • Weapons: Boys anti-tank rifle. British characters may use this anti-tank weapon in their gaming sessions of Comandos.
  • Equipment: Driver. Continuation of the equipment articles for creating PCs of Exo and agilize their equipment buying.
  • Chronology: The Great War, January 1916
  • Runes: News of Pangea.
  • The Truth: Cunia news of the day. January 2016.
  • A.D.E.G. ’71: News of Exo in Enteku I ’71.
  • Chronology: January 1811.
  • Rol Negro: Respira hondo. A city near Cunia wobbles due to waste management.Something is rotten in Fuente Arribas.
  • CEP: ¡Ataque Sorpresa!. We begin a new series of scenarios for CEP to live the conflict of The Mark.
  • Rojo y Oro: 2x01 – La muerte de Padilla (2nd part). Synopsis of the series of 1808.
  • 501: 4x05 – Incursión en Caymca. Synopsis of the series of Exo.

If you are interested to know the Old School style games you may find interesting the free resources 1974 Style™ of the RPG Society (direct link to rules and character sheet) and HERE’S SOME FUCKIN’ D&D.

If you are interested in obtaining free rights images I advise you yo use the LibreStock searching engine to save time.

The initiation pack of the setting Leaves of Chiaroscuro for Fate is already available to be downloaded from DriveThruRPG.

Fanzine Rolero offers the download of the Spanish translation of the Gumshoe System SRD.

The free role-playing game Risus: The Anything RPG by Cumberland Games & Diversions can be downloaded from DriveThruRPG on the occasion of its 20th anniversary.

Sixth issue of the Portal Ciencia y Ficción magazine can be downloaded for free from this link.

Free games by Stargazer Games are available again from DriveThruRPG.

Rob Lang offers the supplement Icar Fleet Seting for his game Icar, the free Sci Fi RPG as a free download from DriveThruRPG

Estudio D6 offers the supplement Hipersespacio for CdB Engine as a PWYW download from DriveThruRPG.

From El Rincón del Cabo Hicks comes as a free download the spanish translation of the referee section of the role-playing game Swords & Wizardry Complete.

Cinema and television


Many scripts and working documents by Geen Rodenberry, creator of the legendary Star Trek TV series, have been recovered this documents were stored in 200 floppy disks.

It seems that the film Forbidden Planet of 1956 greatly influenced Star Trek and Star Wars.

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