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July 21, 2014

Dragon Age Set 3!

Pre-Order Dragon Age Set 3We are incredibly pleased to let you know that pre-ordering is now open for Dragon Age RPG Set 3! This also means that if you pre-order Set 3 through our online store or through a participating Green Ronin Pre-Order Plus retailer, we'll offer you the PDF version for just $5! In our online store you'll be offered the PDF at checkout; participating retailers will be able to get you a coupon code for our online store that will provide the same deal on the PDF.

Pre-Order Dragon Age RPG Set 3 today!

July 17, 2014

Atlas of Earth-Prime: South America (PDF)

Atlas of Earth-Prime: South America (PDF)From sweltering tropical jungles to freezing glaciers, from snow-capped mountains and salt deserts to paradisiacal beaches, South America is a land of diversity, both in nature as well as in population. Heroes empowered by the ancient Orixá of Candomble struggle against agents of SHADOW and criminal syndicates alike. Agencies like Brazil's Secretary of Special Affairs (SAE) and Argentina's National Superhuman Research Council (CONIS) contend with Extra-Dimensional Alien Intelligences (EDAI) while the small nation of Costazul opens its borders (and often its citizens) to all manner of technological interests, both legal and illegal.

Atlas of Earth-Prime: South America (PDF)

July 14, 2014

Dragon Age in 2014

Dragon Age RPG Set 3Good news, everyone—Dragon Age Set 3 is finished and we'll be releasing the PDF and putting it up for pre-order shortly. This has been a long time coming, as fans of the game know only too well. So long, in fact, that we've been put in a difficult position. Allow me to explain.

As I'm sure you know, the next video game, Dragon Age: Inquisition, is coming out in October. At our last summit we agreed that this would be a good time to release a core rulebook that compiled the rules from Sets 1-3. It is something people have been asking about since the day Set 1 came out and this seemed an opportune time to launch it. Inquisition is going to spike Dragon Age excitement and what better time to release an all-in-one core rulebook for the RPG, right?

At the time, we did not expect that Set 3 would take so very long to release. So here we are looking at a Set 3 release in August and then a core rulebook release in November. That is far from ideal! We know there are people who want to complete the collection they began with Sets 1 and 2 and won't necessarily want to buy much of the same material gain in a core rulebook. We also know there are people who will want to skip Set 3 and just get the core rulebook later. We don't want to disappoint anybody. So what to do?

Our solution is that we're going to print Set 3 and then the core rulebook, so you can get whichever you prefer (or both!). The Set 3 print run is going to be limited to 2,000 though so if you want a copy, you should get one this summer. We will not be reprinting Sets 1 and 2 (as the core rulebook will be taking the place of the boxed sets). However, the PDFs will remain available and we are exploring some print on demand options as well.

The core rulebook, which is tentatively titled Dragon Age: Ultimate Edition, is scheduled to release in November. It will compile the core rules from all three sets, but it is taking a different approach to the setting. The original game assumed you would be campaigning through the Fifth Blight. Since Set 1 came out, Thedas has been expanded quite a bit through more video games, comics, and novels. Thus the Ultimate Edition will present you with a number of campaign frameworks to choose from. The Fifth Blight will be one of them, but the game will not assume you are running that campaign per se. We'll present several options, and of course you are always free to come up with your own. You can thus expect some new material in the Ultimate Edition, including a new intro adventure (we won't be reprinting the Set 1 adventure "The Dalish Curse," as that's the most played DA adventure out there).

So that's the skinny on Dragon Age in 2014. I thought it best to just lay it all out for you, so you understand the situation and can make the best decision for you. Whatever you choose, I hope you play some Dragon Age this year! Thank you for your patience and your continued support of the Dragon Age RPG.

Chris Pramas
President
Green Ronin Publishing

July 10, 2014

Diversity, ICONS, and M&M on BAMF! Podcast

Steve Kenson, Chris McGlothlin, and Dan Houser recently joined Mike Lafferty on the BAMF! Podcast to chat about diversity in comics, ICONS Assembled Edition, the Cosmic Handbook, and the upcoming Freedom City Campaign Setting (updated for 3e). Listen all about it!

July 8, 2014

Now Kickstarting: Love 2 Hate, A Party Game for Inappropriate People

We have launched our next Kickstarter project, Love 2 Hate: A Party Game for Inappropriate People!

 

July 7, 2014

Ronin Round Table: Bringing Your Setting To Life--The Importance of Narrator Characters

By Joseph Carriker

In a game like A Song of Ice & Fire Roleplaying, the importance of narrator characters cannot be overstated. Looking at George R.R. Martin's series, one of the things that truly sets it apart from so many other fantasy offerings out there is the richness and breadth of its cast of characters. It isn't dire prophecies or terrifying monsters or ancient evils or magic weapons that drive the action of A Song of Ice & Fire—it is the people (although, it is notable, that some of those peoples' motivations are based around prophecies, monsters, evils or magic in some way).

With this in mind, let's take a look on how to put together a cast of narrator characters who can provide your chronicle with all the allies, villains, sidekicks, rivals, foils, and love interests you could ever want.

Continue reading "Ronin Round Table: Bringing Your Setting To Life--The Importance of Narrator Characters" »

July 3, 2014

Dragon Age Set 3 Preview

Dragon Age Set 3Hello everyone! We're delighted to bring you a brief preview of the Player's Guide for our upcoming release, Dragon Age Set 3. This boxed set will round out the core rules for the Dragon Age RPG with new specializations, adversaries, spells, and character options that cover levels 11–20. What's more, this set includes more information about the world of Thedas and its history. This preview is the Introduction to the Player's Guide, which should give you a good idea of what's inside!

Set 3 Player's Handbook PDF Preview

July 2, 2014

Atlas of Earth-Prime: Central America

Atlas of Earth-Prime: Central America (PDF)Geographically close, culturally diverse, the nations of Central America have served as a bridge between the great continents of North and South America, and that status has cost their people in decades of internecine conflicts, foreign intervention, and injustice. On Earth-Prime, they feel the influence of Aztec sorcerers, ancient Mayan artifacts, super-powered mercenaries, and the sinister tendrils of SHADOW.

Atlas of Earth-Prime: Central America (PDF)

In other Atlas of Earth-Prime news, we have updated the PDF for Atlas of Earth-Prime: Mexico. If you purchased that product through our Green Ronin Online Store, you can log in and click the appropriate link at the bottom of your Account page to download the updated download package now.

June 30, 2014

Ronin Round Table: I Can Haz Moar Icons?

Icons: The Assembled EditionBy the time you read this Ronin Round Table, the "Assembled Edition" of Icons should be available for pre-order on the Green Ronin online store [Editor's Note: It is!], after a long process of design, playtesting, art direction, layout, and production. I'm sure one of the very next questions, before the book even hits the printing press and gets into the eager hands of Icons players is: "So, what's next...?"

Honestly, there isn't an extensive road-map. I have plenty of ideas, but Ad Infinitum Adventures (the publishers of Icons) is just ... well, me, along with stalwart freelancers like artist Dan Houser. Green Ronin Publishing is handling the printing and distribution of the Assembled Edition, but any further projects are just Ad Infinitum, unless we come to another agreement. Considering that running Ad Infinitum is just one of my three or four jobs (depending on how you slice it any given week), there isn't exactly going to be a massive release schedule.

That said, there are some plans, and Icons benefits from a robust and free open license, which allows some great third-party publishers to step up and offer some products to fill the gaps.

On the Ad Infinitum side, the immediate priority now that the Assembled Edition is done is getting back to wrapping up Dan Houser's "Rise of the Phalanx" series with The Metaskulk Invasion. Primary text is written, and art (also by Dan) is finished, and it just needs to be developed and laid out. After that, chances are good you'll see a compilation of all of the Phalanx adventures into a complete "mega-adventure" for Icons as well.

On my to-do list is a minor update of the Great Power sourcebook, mainly making sure references in that book now refer to the Assembled Edition and that the two books are as compatible as possible, since they now form the "core" of Icons as a game system: with the main rules in Assembled and expanded power information in Great Power. The update will likely be available for free to anyone who has the PDF via DriveThruRPG/RPGNow.

I'd also like to see an update of the Icons Character Folio software, bringing it fully in-line with Great Power and the Assembled Edition, but that is entirely dependent on programmer Daniel Gallant, so we'll have to see what his schedule permits. If there's news on that front, I'll be sure to share it.

On the third-party side, Fainting Goat Games is already hard at work on a sourcebook with the working title of The Supervillain's Handbook for Icons. You may be familiar with their Star City setting or Improbable Tales series of Icons adventures. Artist Dan Houser has more Hero Pack content in the works as well.

The big follow-up question is: What do you want to see next for Icons...? Updates of "classic" villains and adventures? Adventure compilations? Source material? Optional rules? Small, regular product releases or larger, less frequent, books? Electronic, print-on-demand, or both? If you have an Icons "wish list," drop me a line at stevekenson [at] gmail [dot] com and let me know about it!

[Editor's Note #2: If you pre-order Icons: The Assembled Edition in our Green Ronin Online Store, just forward your email receipt to Steve (you read that previous paragraph, right?) and he will send you a coupon code with which you can get the PDF version for just $5!]

June 25, 2014

Icons Assembled PDF Preview: Icons Assemble!

This week's preview of the forthcoming Icons: The Assembled Edition looks at the good guys, with the nine ready-made "iconic" sample heroes found in the game. You can still sign up to the email list to be notified as soon as the book becomes available for pre-order. Discussion of the Assembled Edition is ongoing over on RPG.net.

In the meanwhile...

Icons Assemble!