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    by Published on 09-21-2011 05:00 PM
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    Holy rusted nails, Batman! It has been a while since my last update. How the heck have you all been?

    I just wanted to drop everyone a note and let you know that our friends over at Kobold Quarterly are running another great promotion for Pen & Paper Games members. From now until the end of September, you can save 50% off your subscription to Kobold Quarterly, or get a free 100-page adventure from Open Design with a new print+PDF subscription. (New subscriptions only, please.)

    Award-winning Kobold Quarterly gives you great 4E D&D and Pathfinder options, adventures, maps, and monsters---and now you can pick up a PDF subscription for half the cover price, just $12 per year. Or if you love having the issue show up at your door, subscribe to the printed edition, and you can order a free PDF of any back issue.

    Just include code "Pen+Paper" in the discounts field during checkout to take advantage of the PDF subscription at half price.

    Print subscribers, your PDF adventure is free with your order. Choose either Courts of the Shadow Fey (4e) by Wolfgang Baur OR Tales of the Old Margreve (Pathfinder) by Tim & Eileen Connors. Just write your choice in the NOTES section of the order form when you subscribe to the print+PDF subscription.

    This offer ends Sept 30th!

    Your subscription starts with the current issue and includes the 100-page Summer issue. So, get on over there and subscribe today!

    by Published on 03-11-2011 05:50 PM
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    Today our hearts go out to the people of Japan and neighboring regions affected by a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami, fires, and blackouts.

    Anyone looking to donate to the Red Cross relief effort can do so through our partner sites, DriveThruRPG and RPGNow
    by Published on 02-12-2011 05:39 PM
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    Hey there,

    I've been working on a scifi game, Foreign Element, for a while now. Here's my quick blurb:

    What is Foreign Element?
    At its core, it's a roleplaying game simulating some of those great and not-so-great science fiction action movies of the 80s-90s-and on. Particular favorites of mine? Screamers, Alien, Soldier, Total Recall, etc.. Think furious action, blasted remote science fiction landscapes, corporate and government power at odds, and so on. Heroes range from normal guys to mercenaries and other agents, sent out as teams to explore remote planets that have gone silent after a mysterious event called the Great Blackout. There is not one coherent reason behind the event. On one planet, the heroes might battle malfunctioning robots. On another, it might be alien creatures. And yet another, it might be renegade colonists. It's kind of up to the GM, or it can just be crazy wild insane action. All the while the heroes are doing this, they are living up to their own motivations, which might require them to break orders, backstab each other, or do sordid things for the powers that be.
    by Published on 02-10-2011 02:21 PM
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    Pre-Order Soldiers of Fortune today! Link

    This product will be officially released, February 14.
    by Published on 01-25-2011 08:00 AM
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    Starting this week during the Dungeons & Dragons Experience convention, or DDXP for short, the new Ashes of Athas campaign setting will debut. This Dark Sun exclusive campaign will be the first of it's kind as it provides a communal shared setting campaign structure that takes players through the trials and tribulations of life on Athas. Each adventure is challenging in its own regard and survival is not guaranteed (we even provide death certificates for every module, should the DM need to pass them out!) Here is a blurb on the campaign. If you would like to participate, check out the site and find the next major convention that will be hosting it.

    Ashes of Athas is a continuing 4e D&D campaign set in the world of the Dark Sun campaign setting. PCs will take up the mantle of heroism in a grim world where simple survival cannot be taken for granted. At gaming conventions throughout the year, these heroes will shape the world of Athas while they grow in power and prestige - or die trying.
    When we begin, your character has been asked to aid a secretive faction of the Veiled Alliance in the Free City of Tyr against an unknown assailant.

    • Live the Story - Ashes of Athas is a single campaign told in a series of Chapters, each at a large gaming convention (Currently D&D Experience, Origins, and Gencon). Your character will experience a coherent story of struggle and (hopefully) triumph in the Tablelands of Athas.
    • Play Together - Each Chapter consists of a set of 3 adventures set at a specific level - if you're just getting started, you'll make a character close to the current level of the campaign.
    • Change the World - Every chapter is part of an evolving story where *your* choices can change the world, and the efforts of *your* character determine the shape of future chapters.
    • Leave the Tolkien at Home - Ashes of Athas is a massive shared-world campaign set on the harsh world of Athas, a scorched desert where might rules and life is just another resource to exploit.

    Get Ready to Play - You'll want access to a copy of the Dark Sun Campaign Setting, in addition to the typical requirements of D&D play. Ashes of Athas also makes use of some optional materials, described in details on this website (coming soon).

    About the Author: Matt James is a freelance game designer for Wizards of the Coast and Kobold Quarterly. He also produces content for ENworld,,, and other industry sites. While not designing fantasy elements for games and products, he lives comfortably in the DC area with his wife and two Chihuahuas. Visit Matt on twitter for his gaming insights and banter:
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