On Divinity: Original Sin and Japan Empire of the Setting Sun

Well, first things first, Divinity: Original Sin is pretty great. I went back a year or so ago and revisited Baldur’s Gate and found that the game was so archaic as to render it, basically, unplayable. To me, Divinity: Original Sin is what all of those old games, Baldur’s Gate and Planescape: Torment, especially, were like in my memories. It’s filled with smart subsystems, like the ability to have the two main characters argue against each other and is clearly absolutely packed-to-the-gills with content. I’ve logged three hours into it and I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface of the game. But! I also don’t feel myself starting to sink into a malaise. The world is well developed, filled with interesting characters (one of my favorite party members is a woman that sees ‘Source’, the forbidden magic you are seeking out, everywhere to sometimes funny results) and it feels challenging without being unfair (which is not to say I have not been abjectly guilty of save scumming, because I have).

Oh, I also just saw that Gun Metal Games released a new sourcebook, Japan: Empire of the Setting Sun, for their Interface Zero 2.0 setting for Savage Worlds. I haven’t’ grabbed it yet, but it is certainly up my alley. From the DriveThruRPG description “In the Empire of the Setting Sun, honor is everything…or you are nothing. Welcome to the Japan of 2090, nakama. You’re being given access to a secure data cache that reveals what the country and its people have truly evolved into. Here, “ronin” isn’t just a street nickname, but a dark legacy fraught with deadly peril and crushing burdens.” As you would expect from a supplement, it adds archetypes, equipment and setting details, among other stuff. The PDF is $9.99. If someone grabs it before me, I’d love to hear how it is.

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27. January 2015 by Michael
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Wishlist: Shadows of Brimstone

It’s funny that I somehow completely missed Shadows of Brimstone from Flying Frog Games when it was on Kickstarter last year. There is very little more up my alley than a dungeon-crawly game about cowboys who sometimes are attacked by Lovecraftian nightmares. And yet miss it, I did. However, the two core sets have now been released (Swamps of Death and City of the Ancients) and it couldn’t be more on more radar than it is. Looking through the rulebook, it reminds me a bit of Arkham Horror, and not just because of the theme (although that helps, too), although it also appears to share a lot in common with dungeon crawlers like Descent (I’ve also heard it compared to Warhammer Quest, although I’ve never actually played that one). The heroes go about the game trying to complete missions, but the darkness grows as the game goes on, as the heroes try to hold it back in the mine, keeping the rest of the world safe from the Cthulhu-esque monstrosities. The game also, from what I’ve seen on BGG, allows for campaign play, which is a great addition to this type of dungeon crawling game. Each of the starter boxes contains 8 unique map tiles and 4 standard tiles, as well as some passage ways and caps and 32 miniatures. Getting both starters is a daunting task, since the sets MSRP for $99.95 each, although Cool Stuff Inc. has Shadows of Brimstone: Swamps of Death and Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients for $68.99 each (and I’m sure it’s available at many other fine online retailers as well). The mix of theme (Cthulhu cowboys!), dungeon crawling gameplay and my deep affection for miniatures puts this one high on my wishlist.

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10. December 2014 by Michael
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Evil Hat Productions releases Romance is in the Air

Evil Hat Productions, those of Fate fame, have released their news Fate Worlds project – Romance is in the Air by Bill White. According to the Drive Thru RPG listing, “It’s Downton Abbey meets Last Exile, on a collision course with Dr. Zhivago.” I’ll be honest, I’m not entirely sure what to make of all that, but it sounds fascinating. Basically, you play the nobles in a Victorian-style steampunk setting engaging in intrigue in the skies. The supplement is 58 pages  and adds new skills, airship rules and a new travel system, as well as new adventure seeds. Like all of the Fate Worlds, it is available on a pay-what-you-want basis, although it has a suggest price of $4. They have also released a bundle of all five of the currently-released Fate Worlds for $15. I’ve really enjoyed the diversity of the various Fate Worlds (I mean, The Secret of Cats, right guys?) and I’m pleased that I backed it on Patreon. It’s always neat to see what’s coming up and to get the notice that a new project is available.

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09. December 2014 by Michael
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