Saturday, 27 June 2020

Dark Woods 1.01 available

Make sure to download your file again: 3 bugs were fixed thanks to a keen-eyed reader.

The rules for fear-causing monsters incorrectly asked you to roll 2D8. This should of course be 2D6.

The Buried Blade had a reference to Fighting Styles which is now removed. In addition, its now clear that the blade is magical (and follows normal magic item rules).

The Goblin encounter did not mention exactly what happens when the goblins are near a plant. It is now clarified that they heal their Wounds if rolling a 1-2.

Happy hunting.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

A bit of general news

First, there may be more swashbucklery action coming from NWG in the near future. Keep your eyes tuned. I have a colleague  working on something that I think those of you with a knack for rapiers, wheel locks and dashing heroes may find very cool.

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Secondly, I have the raw version of an updated version of The Goblin Hills, the second major campaign expansion for Five Leagues that needs updating.

As with Dark Woods, the new version has new content, updates and even includes an option to run a goblin campaign.

It will likely be another week or so before it becomes available.

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Third, a fan is producing a Five Men at Kursk campaign booklet for the Norwegian campaign.
Playable as French, British, Poles, Norwegians or Germans, this lets you fight your way through the Norwegian campaign of WW2.

It is built on the same structure as Warsaw is Burning, allowing you to carry over squads to future expansions.

I know people have wanted to see more campaigns for a long time, so I hope you are stoked about this one.

I have the file in my hands basically playable, though it still needs touching up and lay out. I imagine we're a week or two away from this one.

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The planned Five Leagues magic item pack is delayed a bit, since I realized I wanted to take the chance and flesh out the magic items a bit more in general. I hope you understand.

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The last Patreon pack for the month will be for Five Parsecs. I am working on that content now, but it won't be available until the very end of the month, giving me more time to tinker with it.

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Dark Woods of Winter 2

Excited to say that the 2nd edition of Dark Woods of Winter is here.

If you are not familiar, it is an add-on campaign for Five Leagues, taking place in a faerie forest full of strange things.

As you adventure here, you will have strange encounters, fight terrible monsters and maybe even pick up a few new skills and items.

The campaign is pitched as definitely being tougher than the standard campaign, particularly in its 2nd edition version, so it's well suited for people who have finished a campaign already or after playing Hopes of Glory.

If you have the original, the 2nd edition version is updated to be fully compatible, has references and clarifications for various items across the 2E game line.
Additional encounters has been added, as well as a ton of new combat encounters courtesy of fan Harry Kruger.

A lot of you have asked for more chances to fight big monsters and Dark Woods certainly delivers on that with everything from Banshees to Giant Stags to twisted faerie giants.

You can pick up the new expansion at the Vault as usual.

As this is a fairly substantial expansion of the content, it is not a free upgrade. You will have to buy the new version.

That being said, if you bought the original within the last 30 days, email me with what you paid and I'll figure out a discount for you so you just pay the difference. I figure that's a fair compromise ?

1e players should note that the new version is not compatible with 1e as it relies on mechanics only available in 2. If you are a 1e die-hard and need/want a copy contact me and we're figure something out.

Saturday, 6 June 2020

Writing projects updates

At the moment, I think every writing project I have posted about has been spoken for, so I won't need any more submissions.

I should clarify that this of course does not mean they will all end up becoming products:
People have things come up, accidents happen or the writer realizes it wasn't quite the right project for their interests. These things happen naturally.

However, it IS a good sign as NWG slowly moves into the next stage of world domination.

I am still interested in things that meet the following requirements:

* Games that meet many/most of the following criteria:
Ideally on the lighter side.
Fits a niche NWG does not currently cover.
Feels at home among the general style of our game mechanics.

I am not interested in "micro-games" but shorter games are fine.

* Tools, subjects or ideas that would be of value to the average wargamer, such as a cool solo game engine, a set of WW2 company level scenarios, a scenario generator for Napoleonic warfare etc.
These are ideally things that could be released generically and usable by any gamer.

* I am also specifically looking for someone with an interest in "matrix style" gaming who might take a stab at updating War Story. Experience with solo gaming would be a plus.

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

A few words

The US is on fire.
There's a pandemic that has killed over 100.000 people. City streets are thick with gas. Elected officials want ever-increasing surveillance and control of the internet. We are seeing daily video that looks like it was taken in East Germany in 1989.

People are worried. People are scared. People are upset. People are hurt.

Around the RPG sphere of the internet, I've seen a lot of people say that choosing to not address politics or "to keep politics out of gaming" is a sign of luxury and privilege. That a lot of people don't have that luxury because politics isn't an abstract hobby to engage in at their leisure.

And they are 100% right. I agree with them.

A lot of people are responding that for them gaming is a moment of respite from the grind of the world, to escape all the things that haunt us.

And they are 100% right. I agree with them.

I'm not sure what I even could say at this point that others haven't said better. And I don't think at this time anyone should especially care what I have to say in any event.

For now, I am continuing what I have been doing:
Trying to provide a few snippets in one corner of the internet where we can have a moment of respite from the world.

I support the voice of companies and designers that are opting to do the same.
I support the voice of companies and designers that are speaking out or donating or advocating.

I hope everyone stays safe.