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October 19, 2014

Ronin Round Table: Chris Pramas on Upcoming Releases

As the last quarter of 2014 is upon us, I thought this would be a good time to update you all on the status of some of our announced books. Our release schedule has been something of a moving target this year for a variety of reasons, but many long simmering projects are either finished or close to being finished. Here is the most up to date info that I have right now.

Dragon Age, Set 3: This is printed and in our warehouse. Hooray! We had a few sent here to Seattle, so I had the pleasure of holding it in my hand after a long development cycle. Normally, we'd be releasing it to distributors next week, but this is an usual situation. We've printed only 2000 copies of Set 3 and will never be reprinting it (because of the forthcoming Dragon Age Core Rulebook). Naturally, after that initial announcement, direct orders for Set 3 were quite robust. That being the case, we are pausing to make sure that the pre-orders go out properly before releasing books to distributors and game stores. We will likely have no extras to fix screw ups so we want to ensure it's done right. Distributors then get their chance to order. If there are any left over at that point, we'll make it available on our webstore again.

The contents of Sets 1 to 3 of Dragon Age will, as previously announced, be compiled into a big, hardback Core Rulebook. We had hoped to release this concurrently with Dragon Age: Inquisition, but the printing delays of Set 3 made that untenable. We are now shooting for a January release.

Advanced Bestiary for the Pathfinder RPG: The Advanced Bestiary was originally a critically-acclaimed d20 book we published 10 years ago. We did a Kickstarter to update the book to the Pathfinder RPG and that was quite successful. The new edition is a big, beautiful full color hardback with all new art. It has been at print for a month or so and ought to be hitting our warehouse by the end of the month. Again, we will pause, this time to ship the book to the Kickstarter backers. Then we'll handle pre-orders from our website, and release it to distributors in mid-November. It's a hugely useful book for Pathfinder GMs, so if you missed the Kickstarter, do check it out.

Freeport, The City of Adventure for the Pathfinder RPG: Speaking of Kickstarters, we've also been hard at work on the new Freeport book. This is a new core book for our classic city setting, and it too has been customized for the Pathfinder RPG. At 512 pages, it will also be the biggest book we've ever published! This is in the final stages of production. Very shortly now, we should be releasing the PDF to Kickstarter backers. Then we'll release that to the public and put the book up for pre-order. After a final errata check, it will go to print. We'll announce a final release date when we have something from the printer.

Mutants & Masterminds: For M&M fans there is good and bad news. The good news is that the Atlas of Earth-Prime PDF series is resuming after some delays caused by convention season. They will pick up with the Mediterranean Atlas shortly. The bad news is that we've decided to delay the Cosmic Handbook to next year. We would have had to rush the production to get it out before Xmas and we didn't want to do that. As we like to say, a late book is only late until it comes out, but a bad book is bad forever.

That's all the news for now. We just had our yearly summit last weekend and we made a lot of important decisions there. We'll be making some additional announcements about our schedule in November, and then in January I'll do my traditional message about our plans for the coming year.

We hope you have an awesome Halloween. To help with that, we've put the Supernatural Handbook for Mutants & Masterminds on sale for 25% off (both the PDF and the printed book). Enjoy!

October 13, 2014

Ronin Round Table: A Chronicle of Sorcery

Recently, we launched the Chronicle of Sorcery, a 48-page PDF detailing a system of player-controlled magic for the Chronicle System, the game engine that powers A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying.

Low Fantasy Sorcery
While it would have been easy enough to put together a system of sorcery in which the magician hucks fireballs and similar expressions of arcane pyrotechnics, we decided to hew closely to the low-fantasy feel of the Chronicle System's inspiration: the world of Westeros. The rest of the mechanics already support a somewhat gritty setting, so it seemed wrong to depart from that.

To that end, the magics in the Chronicle of Sorcery are subtle. They often come in the form of unseen benefits, usually without flashy lights or puffs of smoke. They are often the kind of things that grant the additional edge needed by already-talented characters to accomplish the impossible, and doubters can (and should!) suggest that it was merely luck or simply the encouragement the superstitious receive from farcical magical shenanigans that led to the outcome.

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October 6, 2014

Ronin Round Table: The Food Trucks of Freedom!

We take our inspiration from all kinds of places, particularly real life, working events, people, places, and ideas from our own experiences into our fictional work and our games. Take Freedom City for example, in addition to being a love-letter to many of the things I treasure about superhero comics, Freedom City features a number of "Easter eggs" that are essentially bits of my own experience sprinkled throughout. So there's no reason the new update of the setting wouldn't feature the same sorts of things.

Food trucks aren't normally a thing for me, since I live in a suburban town in southern New Hampshire, a bit outside the usual food truck culture, unless I'm at a particular festival or event. On the other hand, the staff of GenCon in Indianapolis very cleverly decided a few years ago to get the local food trucks involved in supporting the convention, and vice versa. So for the week or so that downtown Indianapolis is crowded with thousands of gamers, there's also a small fleet of food trucks offering all kinds of cuisine to those hungry gamers who might not have time to visit one of the equally crowded restaurants.

That experience got me thinking, and so one of the additions to the Visitor's Guide section of Freedom City is the "Food Trucks of Freedom":

Freedom City enthusiastically embraced the food truck trend in urban catering and restaurants: mobile vendors who can set up their business for a day (or just a portion of one) almost anywhere in the city, serving the needs of passers-by and attracting customers via online social networking and word-of-mouth. Food trucks also often gather near or around major event venues. Some of the more popular local food trucks include:

  • Falafel Tower: Owned and run by two brothers (Maurice and Yusef Larrache), Falafel Tower offers French-Middle Eastern influenced cuisine, including their eponymous falafels, shawarma, hummus, and kabobs.
  • The Fatmobile: This food truck embraces "all that makes food good" with a rotating menu of items focusing on fat- and salt-laden savories, including more uses for bacon than one can imagine.
  • Freedom Fries: A truck best known for their delicious french-fried potatoes (and sweet potatoes) with a variety of sides and toppings. Especially popular are the duck-fat fries with poutine (topped with gravy and cheese curds, Canadian-style).
  • The Soul-Van: A truck offering fried chicken and waffles, collard greens, corn-breads, fried green tomatoes, and other traditional soul-food dishes.
  • Sweet Chariot: A successful food truck business with several trucks in the Freedom City metro area offering a variety of freshly made desserts and baked goods, particularly pies, crumbles, and cookies.

Do you use urban fixtures and trends like food trucks in your own Freedom City, Emerald City, or Mutants & Masterminds game? Drop by our forums and share some of them! Meanwhile, I don't know about you, but I'm feeling like having a snack...

October 1, 2014

Chronicle of Sorcery PDF Now Available

Chronicle of SorceryToday we present Chronicle of Sorcery, now available for sale in our Green Ronin Online Store.

When darkest sorcery and the mysteries of magic are laid bare, such power will shake the lands themselves. Chronicle of Sorcery is a supplement that details the core mechanics for magical power into any game powered by the Chronicle System, providing the foundation for entire systems of sorcerous might. Includes the basic Sorcery mechanics, new Benefits and Drawbacks, Common Sorceries, and new Holdings for the Houses with magic at their disposal.

Chronicle of Sorcery is for use with the Chronicle System engine that powers our popular A Song of Ice & Fire Roleplaying game.

Chronicle of Sorcery (PDF)

September 8, 2014

Now Pre-Ordering: The Advanced Bestiary for the Pathfinder RPG

Pre-Order the Advanced Bestiary for the Pathfinder RPGThe Advanced Bestiary for the Pathfinder RPG is on its way to print, and that means it's now available for pre-order! When you pre-order the Advanced Bestiary, you can get the PDF version of the book for just $5! In our online store you'll be offered the PDF at checkout when you have the pre-order in your basket; participating retailers will be able to get you a coupon code for our online store that will provide the same deal on the PDF when you pre-order the hardback through them.

Pre-Order the Advanced Bestiary for the Pathfinder RPG today!

August 21, 2014

Atlas of Earth-Prime: The Lost World (PDF)

Atlas of Earth-Prime: The Lost WorldToday's Atlas of Earth-Prime issue for Mutants & Masterminds: The Lost World is available now!

Brave the savage wonders of the Lost World, from the marble halls and great arena of Nova Roma to the god-ruled mountain civilization of the pteranodon-riding Incas, team up with the Slayer or Zandar the Jungle Lord, and explore the Lemurian ruins of the Serpent People.

Atlas of Earth-Prime: The Lost World

August 11, 2014

Ronin Round Table: Green Ronin at Gen Con 2014

It's that time of year once again! From our various secret bases around the United States, our entire staff is preparing to wing it or wheel it to Indianapolis, for Gen Con 2014. As such, starting in a day or two, our customer service response time should slow down until next Tuesday. Online orders for in-stock items (or PDFs of course) will continue to go out on the usual schedule.

If you happen to be one of the lucky tens of thousands also heading to Gen Con, stop by and see us at booth 1517! In addition to running in-booth demos of Walk the Plank, Love 2 Hate, Icons Superpowered Roleplaying, Dragon Age, A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying, and Mutants & Masterminds, the Green Ronin staffers are participating in several seminars and sponsored games elsewhere around the con. Here's where you can find the Ronin when we're not at Booth 1517:

8/15 10am The State of Superheroes at Green Ronin seminarCrowne Plaza Vic Stn A/B
8/15 3pm Pathfinder and Green Ronin seminar Crowne Plaza Penn Stn A
8/16 1pm What's Up with Green Ronin seminar Crowne Plaza Conrail Stn
8/14 10am ORK! The Roleplaying Game JW Marriott 209
8/14 11am An Arl's Ransom for Dragon Age JW Marriott 209
8/14 3pm An Arl's Ransom for Dragon Age JW Marriott 209
8/15 10am ORK! The Roleplaying Game JW Marriott 209
8/15 11amAn Arl's Ransom for Dragon AgeJW Marriott 209
8/15 3pmAn Arl's Ransom for Dragon AgeJW Marriott 209
8/16 10amORK! The Roleplaying GameJW Marriott 209
8/16 11amAn Arl's Ransom for Dragon AgeJW Marriott 209
8/16 3pmAn Arl's Ransom for Dragon AgeJW Marriott 209
8/17 11amAn Arl's Ransom for Dragon AgeJW Marriott 209
8/15 10amThe State of Superheroes at Green RoninCrowne Plaza Vic Stn A/B
8/15 3pmPathfinder and Green RoninCrowne Plaza Penn Stn A
8/16 12pmEmerald Spire All-StarsICC 231
8/16 1pmWhat's Up with Green RoninCrowne Plaza Conrail Stn
8/15 2pmHow to Run a Successful Tabletop RPG KickstarterICC 210
8/15 4pmPlaying GodICC 210
8/16 10amCross-Media Chaos: Working with Media PropertiesICC 210
8/16 4pmSuperhero SummitICC 211
8/16 6pmQueer as a Three-Sided DieCrowne Plaza Vic Stn A/B
8/14 3pmReturn to the Castle of Gender RepresentationICC 211
8/15 1pmGaming with KidsICC 211
8/16 10amCross-Media Chaos: Working with Media PropertiesICC 210
8/16 12pmWomen in the Game IndustryICC 210
8/17 10aLove 2 Hate in First Exposure Playtest Hall12 & 13 in Hall D : Green.
8/14 4pmFeng Shui 2Crowne Plaza Conrail Stn
8/16 1pmWhat's Up with Green Ronin seminarCrowne Plaza Conrail Stn


August 6, 2014

Atlas of Earth-Prime: Northern Europe (PDF)

Atlas of Earth-Prime: Northern Europe (PDF)A land of harsh winters, dramatic landscape, and ancient magics, Northern Europe is also home to some of the most advanced scientific organizations in the world. The region's diversity has caused it to become a hotbed of superheroic—and supervillainous—activity. Ancient mysticism and modern technology collide, while heroes like Britannia and MacRoth take on threats like Manteis and the monstrous Iku-Turso.

Atlas of Earth-Prime: Northern Europe (PDF)

July 30, 2014

A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying: License Renewed, Core Rulebook Reprinted

Dragon's Hoard CoverWe've got a spate of good news for fans of A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying today! First and most importantly, we are happy to announce that we have extended our license with George R.R. Martin. That means the SIFRP line will continue and we can get back to work on new supplements for the game. We'd like to thank George for believing in us and the game. It is an honor to work with him and to have the chance to play in his amazing creation.

As many of you have noticed, the game's core rulebook has been out of print for many months. With the new agreement in place, we were able to send it back to print. The second printing of A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying: A Game of Thrones Edition releases on August 4 (along with Gadget Guides for Mutants & Masterminds). We have, of course, taken this opportunity to fix the errata from the first printing so it's as up to date as we could make it.

Our next release for A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying will be Dragon's Hoard, a 160-page adventure that should keep players busy for some time. We reveal the cover by Slawomir Maniak here for the first time. You may remember Slawomir from his terrific Chronicle Starter and Night's Watch covers, and he's done it again for Dragon's Hoard. The book still needs to go through the approvals process and have all of its interior art done, so we're shooting for a release early in 2015.

Thanks for your ongoing support of A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying. Game on!

July 25, 2014

RPG Designer Tryouts

We are looking for new freelance design talent at Green Ronin. Have you always dreamed of writing for RPGs? This could be your opportunity! Below you will find documents for each of our major game lines (Dragon Age/AGE, Mutants & Masterminds, Pathfinder, and A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying/Chronicle System). These documents are from our line developers and they tell you how to submit for each game. Follow the instructions carefully! This is a key skill for freelancers to have. If we ask for a sample monster and you send an adventure, don't expect an email back.

Tryouts are open until August 31. We look forward to your submissions!