Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Dinosaur Lords

Here is a new setting that just screams for an RPG campaign- The Dinosaur Lords is set to be released by TOR in 2015.
A world made by the Eight Creators on which to play out their games of passion and power, Paradise is a sprawling, diverse, often brutal place. Men and women live on Paradise as do dogs, cats, ferrets, goats, and horses. But dinosaurs predominate: wildlife, monsters, beasts of burden – and of war. Colossal planteaters like Brachiosaurus; terrifying meateaters like Allosaurus and the most feared of all, Tyrannosaurus rex. Giant lizards swim warm seas. Birds (some with teeth) share the sky with flying reptiles that range in size from batsized insectivores to majestic and deadly Dragons.
Thus we are plunged into Victor Milán's splendidly weird world of The Dinosaur Lords, a place that for all purposes mirrors 14th century Europe with its dynastic rivalries, religious wars, and byzantine politics…and the weapons of choice are dinosaurs. Where we have vast armies of dinosaur-mounted knights engaged in battle. And during the course of one of these epic battles, the enigmatic mercenary Dinosaur Lord Karyl Bogomirsky is defeated through betrayal and left for dead. He wakes, naked, wounded, partially amnesiac – and hunted. And embarks upon a journey that will shake his world.
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I hope the book is as good as the idea of it is! Seems very Cadillacs & Dinosaurs. I'm sure we'll be seeing a movie franchise of it if there's any success with the book.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Star Wars Rebels as a D6 RPG

by Brian Snook
The new series, Star Wars Rebels, is fantastic so far! It greatly succeeds in capturing an old-school Star Wars feeling that seems like we haven't felt since... a long time. Long time. Or since the original trilogy. I feel this has something to do with the choice of background music, but that observation is for another time. This post is about another blogger who is doing episode by episode write-ups from an RPG point of view. Bogganknight has a blog called Kippers and Jam that is hosting these write ups. Each episode is presented as if it were a gaming session and the actions and plot developments in the show are seen through the Star Wars D6 lens as if the players rolling dice are determining the story's outcomes. Brilliant.

This has been done quite well before with the Doctor Who RPG by the talented Siskoid. (that guy is amazing! left no Who aspect unobserved) See his astounding work here.

Bogganknight's write ups capture the natural adventure that is prevalent in both the RPG and the episodes. Rebels and D6 go so well with each other that the ingredients are remarkably compatible. He is simply putting the words to two things that already fit perfectly together.

Here are links to the episode/game session write ups so far:

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Platt Okeefe

Platt Okeefe is an Expanded Universe character that appeared in many of the West End Games Star Wars RPG products. She was a well known smuggler and a publisher with a her own popular guide on the smuggling trade.
translation: New Edition!! HB Smugglers Handbook
Even though she was a product of West End Games, she has made an appearance in the FFG Star Wars game. This picture is the cover of an in-universe book called The Smuggler's Handbook, it is included in the Free RPG Day book Under a Black Sun . I suppose the New Edition tag is part of the joke, which is brilliant, really.

I thought it was cool that FFG did this and it's an indication that this franchise is in the right hands.


 










Saturday, November 1, 2014

Star Wars Roleplaying Game Revised, Expanded, and Updated REUP released

506 pages! The Star Wars Roleplaying Game Revised, Expanded, and Updated version is released! (also known as REUP)

You can download the PDF here.

This edition serves to collect many of the rules updates and rules options that were introduced since the 2nd Edition Revised and Expanded came out in 1997. It also includes elements from the D6 Space, D6 Fantasy, D6 Adventure books.

It is just wonderful to see continued love for the D6 System at such a high level of quality.

A fan made project of this size inevitably will have errors. Now is the time to report them if found on the forum at The Rancor Pit. Here is the designated forum for this PDF's errata.

Enjoy and may the Force be with you.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Astromechs


Here is a website that tracks every single appearance of every single astromech droid in the various STAR WARS shows and films. A website after my own heart.




 



Monday, October 20, 2014

Sy Snootles and the Max Rebo Band

Sy seemed to be making a decent living in the years of the Clone Wars. She did hold questionable associates and acquaintances, however. Later, it appeared she found a positive niche as vocalist with the lively and diverse Max Rebo Band. Never quite leaving the shadier side of society, Sny and the rest of the band sort of dropped off the face of the... galaxy.


by Montygog

by JoJo-Seames

by ArkadeBurt

by ThatWhiteFox

by Reznorix

by mickmoart

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Star Wars Roleplaying Game Revised, Expanded, and Updated (d6)

The old classic West End Games Star Wars RPG was the first for many. It was a terrifically well done and strong line that had immense influence on the Star Wars continuity. Even after the recent Disney purge, some of it's influence made the cut. West End Games made two versions and one expanded version of the main rules.

When West End Games lost the license to make more Wizards of the Coast d20-ed the game. For three versions, they had their way. And then they lost it.

And now Fantasy Flight Games is making a pretty good line of product with absolutely beautiful books.

But where's the love for the good old original?

It is out there. And its taking the form of a few big ways.

First there is a new version of the d6 game in production. This is going to be the Star Wars RPG Third Edition with much of the expanded rules that were introduced in many of the supplements. It is totally fan-made. A labor of love, indeed. The progress of this project can be monitored through the blog they've set up. Found here.

Just recently announced, a new fan-made magazine is launching! Wild Space Magazine is going to be coming out and supporting Star Wars D6 RPGs (new and old) in the tradition of the Adventure Journals from WEG. I present the open letter posted last month:
Star Wars D6 fans;
Consider this an open letter. Myself with a talented staff have begun work on what we’re calling Wild Space Magazine, and we need your help. If you’re an aspiring writer, an artist looking for a place to showcase Star Wars-related work, or a GM with stat blocks galore, we want you! 
Wild Space Magazine is a publication similar to the AdventureJournals of the past. Each issue will have a theme that we’ll follow in general, a “mailbag” segment in which we address letters/emails to the editor, a mechanics section, an adventure section, then a story section. 
The staff and I are incredibly excited to see where this venture will take us, and we’re doubly excited to see what you can send us. We are shooting for Issue One to be released in December, with the first theme being Life Day. 
Please address all comments/submissions/Jawas to shootingwomprats@gmail.com .
Thank You,
Daniel Stull
Editor-In-Chief
Wild Space Magazine
Another fan support the D6 Star Wars line is benefiting from is a Podcast dedicated to nothing but the West End Game products and fan made products and projects. Find the podcast episodes here - Shooting Womprats.

Finally, fandom continues on with one of the most popular websites that supports the WEG Star Wars RPG- The Rancor Pit. Forums, downloads, GM and player resources- this is the hub for the old game.

As you can see, it is an exciting time for fans of the original Star Wars RPG.



May the force be with you...