Saturday, July 25, 2020

Tabletop Gazette - July 2020 - Issue 6


Hail and well met!

Welcome to the sixth issue of the Tabletop Gazette, a monthly publication intended to highlight various interesting bits of news in and outside of Second Life as pertains to tabletop games. Now back after an extended hiatus.

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Today is Free RPG Day!
Check the map to find participating locations near you, but please stay safe in these turbulent times.

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Humble Bundle has a new RPG book bundle available.

For those who enjoy Pathfinder but haven't yet dived in to the second edition, this bundle includes not just the Core Rulebook and others but also a number of maps and even fiction to enjoy. The highest level includes the physical hardcover of the Core Rulebook (be aware this part is currently in backorder)! Portions from this bundle support a number of different charities.
https://www.humblebundle.com/books/pathfinder-second-edition-paizo-inc-books


Bundle of Holding as always has new bundles for more varied games to play.

From Flash Gordon set in Savage Worlds, to the chrome and neon of Shadowrun 5E, all the way to the sci fi horror that is Mothership. Each bundle benefits a different charity.
https://bundleofholding.com/presents/FlashGordon

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Need something lighter on the budget?

Here are the free games and other resources that we've come across recently that might be worth a try.

If you missed the free resources from the D&D Stay at Home initiative, they have an archive set up:
https://dnd.wizards.com/remote/archive

P.B. Publishing: Bundle'O Free Maps
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/320450/PB-Publishing-BundleO-FREE-MAPS-BUNDLE

Riverside Ruins 48x24 Encounter Map

Lava Temple Map

Armoury Map

Dungeon Map

Rogues Gallery Vermilium Archetypes

We Are All Made Here (For Cypher)

Star Trek Adventures - Kobayashi Maru Supplement

The Knight Line - Issue 3

Ruins of Symbaroum 5E - The Promised Land

Blood Castle - Single Player Game

Rolled & Told #0

Trash Goblins

Epic Monsters: Grootslang

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Tabletop Hall Wants You!

Remember that if you are looking for a game to join or players for your game, the Tabletop Hall is intended as a place to hangout and idle. There are resources to browse in the Library, free items to hunt down, and a Notice Board to pass on your information to other visitors.

Everyone is Welcome @ Tabletop Hall

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More Unearthed Arcana has been released! Even more new feats for those that prefer utility to abilities.

I recommend watching the official video that discusses some of the feats and their unique interpretations. https://youtu.be/Fmae5NdxDfM

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Online Videos:

A new episode for this D&D web series is out! Check it out below.
"Vicious Mockery" | 1 For All | D&D Comedy Web-Series

And a new campaign begins! Looks to have some future interesting kingdom management aspects.
The High Road | Nights of Eveningstar | Episode 1

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Games That Are Currently Recruiting:

Virtual Gen Con Experience
For four days from July 30th to August 2nd, there will be a virtual tabletop convention being held within Second Life. This includes a wide variety of events and games! You will need an official Gen Con account/badge (free this year), and then a ticket to the event you want to attend. After creating an account on their website ( http://www.gencon.com ), click the Get a Badge button. Once you have your badge, navigate to: https://www.gencon.com/event_finder?host=VRazeTheBar for all of the events that are being held within Second Life. Pick your poison and acquire a ticket, information on attending will be in the Messages section of the event after you've joined. Games range from D&D to Cypher and fan favorites like Havoc Brigade and Ultimate Werewolf. Other events are a fireside chat with game designers including Tim Beach of Beach House Games/TSR and Eddy Webb of Pugmire, open exploration times for wandering the convention, and a lecture on character design and storytelling. For more information, feel free to contact Remnant Ashbourne or visit the Welcome Center inworld here:


If any other games are recruiting, let us know and we can add them to next month's!

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As always, if you come across any interesting bits of news that would be relevant for the next issue of this Gazette, please submit them via notecard at the mailbox in the Tabletop Hall entrance. These can be new releases related to tabletop games (in SL or RL), sales and bundles of tabletop resources, new and upcoming streams, special events, or games that are recruiting players. And if you have any questions or concerns, let Remnant Ashbourne know.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Tabletop Gazette - November 2019 - Issue 5


Hail and well met!

Welcome to the fifth issue of the Tabletop Gazette, a monthly publication intended to highlight various interesting bits of news in and outside of Second Life as pertains to tabletop games.

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Humble Bundle has a new RPG book bundle available.

Spanning a wide variety of topics, this somewhat festive bundle has something for everyone, portions from this bundle support Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society .
https://www.humblebundle.com/books/orcus-5e-holiday-horde-books

Returning and new to Bundle of Holding are several bundles that will help you build your own world from the ground up. Worldbuilder's Toolkit 3 and 6 contain an incredible amount of resources for the budding storyteller who wants to create something unique. Portions of the proceeds from these two benefit the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Toolkit3-2019
https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Toolkit6

In addition to the above, there are a number of official resources that benefit Extra Life. Obtain an adventure and rules surrounding an ugly cute race of fish people. Or add the official Infernal font to handouts for your players.
https://dnd.wizards.com/extralife
https://www.dmsguild.com/product/294284/Infernal-Font

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Need something lighter on the budget?

Here are the free games and other resources that we've come across recently that might be worth a try.

Black Void: The Flight from Salvation Square
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/293162/Black-Void-The-Flight-from-Salvation-Square--FREE

The King's Road: An Epic Fantasy RPG Campaign
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/293374/The-Kings-Road-An-Epic-Fantasy-RPG-Campaign

Shards: Worldbuilding Zine – Sampler Issue
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/295077/Shards-Worldbuilding-Zine--Sampler-Issue

Battlelords of the 23rd Century
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/294684/Battlelords-of-the-23rd-Century-QUICKSTART-RULES-Kickstarter-Edition

Aerselion Campaign Setting
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/295888/Aerselion-Campaign-Setting

The Corpse Market
https://www.dmsguild.com/product/294381/The-Corpse-Market

The Witch's Bones
https://www.dmsguild.com/product/293130/The-Witchs-Bones

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New Changes are at the Tabletop Hall

The Roleplaying Locations bookshelf is open and already has some books. If you own or admin at a roleplaying sim/location then you are now be able to create a linkbook that gives out information in the Library. This is a free service and will help people find new places to play their favorite characters at. Come by, click the button that best fits the theme or mode of dress for your location, click the book that is rezzed to claim it and add in your information.

The Notice Board has new categories! If you are a roleplayer looking for others to join you for a scene at a particular Roleplaying Location, then use the Seeking RP category. Use the Artist for Hire category if you are offering your services for doing character portraits, maps, coats of arms, or other roleplaying imagery.

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More Unearthed Arcana has been... unearthed. Psionic feats and subclasses and a slew of new spells!
https://dnd.wizards.com/articles/unearthed-arcana/unearthed-arcana-fighter-rogue-and-wizard

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A new episode for this D&D web series is out! Check it out below.

"Stealthy Approach" | 1 For All | D&D Comedy Web-Series
https://youtu.be/MTfmtudX5b4

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Games That Are Currently Recruiting:
None specifically that we know of. If you are recruiting, let us know and we can add them to next month's!

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As always, if you come across any interesting bits of news that would be relevant for the next issue of this Gazette, please submit them via notecard at the mailbox in the Tabletop Hall entrance. These can be new releases related to tabletop games, sales and bundles of tabletop resources, new and upcoming streams, special events, or games that are recruiting players. And if you have any questions or concerns, let Remnant Ashbourne know.

Monday, November 4, 2019

New Features at the Tabletop Hall!

Now active at the Tabletop Hall are a number of new features. On the Notice Board, there are two new categories to place notices under, "Artist for Hire" and "Seeking RP".

Use the Artist for Hire category if you are an artist who would like to offer their services for making character portraits, maps, coats of arms, or similar roleplaying work.

Seeking RP are for those in person roleplayers who are seeking others to join them for roleplaying specific scenes or at specific locations.

The Notice Board will also now send you a message when there are seven days remaining for your notice and allow you to renew it for an additional thirty days.

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In the library upstairs is a brand new scripted shelf for Roleplay Locations. Representatives from such places can leave notes/landmarks in customizable books. Visitors can then peruse the books at their leisure for new places to create new stories at. And it is free forever.

Visit the Roleplay Locations bookshelf.

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Using the new system to promote your location is quite simple, first head to the shelf upstairs in the library. Once there, find the theme that your location matches the best, this will be the mode of dress that visitors are recommended to wear when playing there. Press the button below the theme and a book will rez on the shelf to the right.

Click on the book and follow the instructions to claim it. Now you have borrowed the book for the next thirty days and can change it's name, description, color, add landmarks/notecards/etc inside it for visitors to receive.

You may also empty it out if you need to change the contents, delete it if your location is no longer active, and renew it if it has fewer than seven days remaining. If you would like to customize the book further, then the texture templates are available in the rules notecard at the entrance to the Hall.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Tabletop Gazette - October 2019 - Issue 4


Hail and well met! And Happy Halloween!

Welcome to the fourth issue of the Tabletop Gazette, a monthly publication intended to highlight various interesting bits of news in and outside of Second Life as pertains to tabletop games.

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October stands for horror and Halloween. Add some spooky spice to your tables with these options.

Humble Bundle currently has two RPG book bundles available.

The first is a set of resources for Vampires & Werewolves - A World of Darkness. Perfect for adding nights of bloody moonlight to your Hallow's Eve, portions from this bundle support GamesAid.
https://www.humblebundle.com/books/vampires-werewolves-world-of-darkness

The second bundle includes a massive amount of resources for Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader. Featuring all of the chaos of Warhammer but in a more portable starship fashion, this is sure to be a table favorite. Portions from this bundle benefit Make-A-Wish.
https://www.humblebundle.com/books/warhammer-40k-roguetrader-cubicle-7-books

And from Bundle of Holding comes a new bundle for those that prefer less traditional and more alien threats to face off against their adventurers. The Clockwork & Cthulhu package delivers part of the proceeds to the Rainforest Trust and includes quite a number of mysteries for your group to sink their teeth in to.
https://bundleofholding.com/presents/ClockwkCthulhu

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Need something lighter on the budget?

Here are the free games and other resources that we've come across recently that might be worth a try.

The Thing In The Basement
https://www.dmsguild.com/product/290054/The-Thing-In-The-Basement

Mike's Free Encounter #14: Bad Mercenaries
https://www.dmsguild.com/product/291216/Mikes-Free-Encounter-14-Bad-Mercenaries

Mike's Free Encounter #15: Dwarven Guard Post
https://www.dmsguild.com/product/292004/Mikes-Free-Encounter-15-Dwarven-Guard-Post

Magic Items - 1d100 magic items for (almost) every moment
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/289465/Magic-Items--1d100-magic-items-for-almost-every-moment

Aleph RPG - v. 2.0
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/282761/Aleph-RPG--v-20

The Ruin RPG Quickstart
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/291499/The-Ruin-RPG-Quickstart

Cypher Shorts
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/291832/Cypher-Shorts

Pugmire Core Rulebook Phone PDF
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/272533/Pugmire-Core-Rulebook-Phone-PDF

Legends of Kralis - Quick Start
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/282140/Legends-of-Kralis--Quick-Start

Survival of the Able Beta
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/291751/Survival-of-the-Able-Beta

Psi Shift: A Horror-Themed Mission for Star Trek Adventures
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/291681/Psi-Shift-A-HorrorThemed-Mission-for-Star-Trek-Adventures

Nightcrawlers (A Halloween Dungeon Crawl)
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/290796/Nightcrawlers-A-Halloween-Dungeon-Crawl

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A Few Changes Coming Soon to the Tabletop Hall

Something that might not have been readily apparent (all Remnant's fault), the Tabletop Hall is intended as a hangout for all sorts of roleplayers. To assist with that, keep an eye out for a few new additions that will make themselves known in the coming days.

Roleplaying Locales will be able to create a linkbook that gives out information in the Library. This is a free service and will help people find new places to play their favorite characters at.

The Notice Board will receive an upgrade or two! In addition to a new category of Players Seeking Players for roleplaying scenes, another new category will be opened up for Artists so they can offer their services, whether as mapmakers, character portrait designers, or even just to make a player a coat of arms.

The Campaign Tabard Chair has been added to the game tables in the Hall. A free HUD will soon be available with a free full permissions texture template for the back cloth. Using the two, you will be able to customize the back cloth of the chairs whenever you sit down on them. Whether for an entire group or for your personal coat of arms, make your mark.

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Have your adventurers gone far off the beaten path and broken down the door to a dungeon you haven't had time to plan?

Try this website's random dungeon generator for those moments when you just need something for them to play through. It quickly generates not just the dungeon layout, but special notes, locks/keys, and even a backstory for the dungeon itself. And they are easily exportable as .pngs.
https://watabou.itch.io/one-page-dungeon

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If you run games in D&D 5E and it's been a while since you've last checked out the Unearthed Arcana articles, there are a slew of new subclass options published recently. From the Monk that follows the Way of the Astral Self, to the Rogue who is the Revived, there are sure to be some entertaining and potentially broken options to test out.

https://dnd.wizards.com/articles/unearthed-arcana/

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A new and entertaining D&D web series has started! Check it out below.

"You Meet In A Tavern..." | 1 For All | D&D Comedy Web-Series
https://youtu.be/BF5gdvMyuOs

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Mini A Chuu by Chuu Hikari Akamine has released a couple of new items.

Shroom Village Diorama: https://www.flickr.com/photos/139382067@N07/48909190156/in/dateposted/

Mecha Miniature - MSABC: https://www.flickr.com/photos/139382067@N07/48921028313/in/dateposted/

Visit their inworld location at:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Huchu/117/234/3624

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Games That Are Currently Recruiting:
None specifically that we know of. If you are recruiting, let us know and we can add them to next month's!

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As always, if you come across any interesting bits of news that would be relevant for the next issue of this Gazette, please submit them via notecard at the mailbox in the Tabletop Hall entrance. These can be new releases related to tabletop games, sales and bundles of tabletop resources, new and upcoming streams, special events, or games that are recruiting players. And if you have any questions or concerns, let Remnant Ashbourne know.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

"Keep on Flying" and "Call of the Crystals"

Two pictures featuring some of our newer items at current events!


Keep on Flying features our brand new flyable Vanship that is available for 30% Off exclusively at the Engine Room event.


And Call of the Crystals features adventurers facing off against an undead threat! And there's a lot of things in this one to take apart.

30% Off at We Love Roleplay
Boarding Axe
Skeletal Pirate

30% Off at Loading...
Ancora Cutlass
Blokebroom

30% Off at Engine Room
Executioner Sword
Bowl of Cloven Eye Crystals

At the studioDire Store
Skeletal Guardian
Skeletal Thug
Rough Wooden Shield
Round Wooden Shield
Woad Spirit Mask
Coffer - Frayed Blossom

Only Available in the Royal Insignia
Woad Spirit

For Free, Hidden at the Tabletop Hall
Bronze Ripper

Friday, September 20, 2019

Tabletop Gazette - September 2019 - Issue 3


Hail and well met!

Welcome to the third issue of the Tabletop Gazette, a monthly publication intended to highlight various interesting bits of news in and outside of Second Life as pertains to tabletop games.

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September is the month for Preparedness! So it's very appropriate that the latest Bundle of Holding is post apocalyptic in nature.

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Legacy

This diverse bundle includes not just rules on a game that follows a post apocalyptic family over generations, but it also includes art to inspire your stories and even music. A portion of the proceeds benefit Mermaids UK

In addition, Humble Bundle has a new bundle with proceeds going towards charity.

The massive Old School Fantasy Roleplaying bundle benefits the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. Lots of interesting resources come with this one, including material for steampunk games.

https://www.humblebundle.com/books/old-school-fantasy-roleplaying-books


 
Need something lighter on the budget?

Here are the free games and other resources that we've come across recently that might be worth a try.

Historia Quickstart
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/288694/Historia-Quickstart

Drifter: Playtest Rules
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/288855/Drifter-Playtest-Rules

These Goblins Got Spunk
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/286882/These-Goblins-Got-Spunk

The Iron Road
https://www.dmsguild.com/product/287236/The-Iron-Road

Mike's Free Encounter #10:The Bog Witch
https://www.dmsguild.com/product/287862/Mikes-Free-Encounter-10The-Bog-WItch

See It Through
https://www.dmsguild.com/product/288227/See-it-through

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studioDire has released a number of new Tabletop items recently. This includes a new free undead automaton miniature hidden away at the Tabletop Hall.

Free @ Tabletop Hall


Clue to Find the Tabletop - Bronze Ripper:
"The metronomic beat of the mechanical heart hides a dark secret."


30% Off @ We Love Roleplay




30% Off @ Loading...




 30% Off @ Engine Room



New @ Main Store






And for the first time, we have a new miniature that is exclusive to the Royal Insignia.


If you are a Royal Insignia owner, all Tabletop items are included with that, unless they are a free item at the Hall or a group gift. Once an item from an event makes it to the main store, then use the Redelivery HUD in the Insignia to have it redelivered, the event items will have been added to the Insignia.
 
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The Tabletop Hall has been made an official Destination!

https://secondlife.com/destination/studiodire-tabletop-hall

Remember, the Hall is always open to anyone and everyone who wants to play any pen and paper game in SL. There are tons of resources and link books in the library on the second floor, including a set of free Gamemaster Screen textures for D&D 5E games.

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And featured on the SL home page is our very own Chuu Hikari Akamine.
https://community.secondlife.com/blogs/entry/2623-games-made-in-sl-mini-a-chuu/

Visit their inworld location at:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Huchu/117/234/3624

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As always, if you come across any interesting bits of news that would be relevant for the next issue of this Gazette, please submit them via notecard at the mailbox in the Tabletop Hall entrance. These can be new releases related to tabletop games, sales and bundles of tabletop resources, new and upcoming streams, special events, or games that are recruiting players. And if you have any questions or concerns, let Remnant Ashbourne know.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

New Ballot Box for Brigadiers

Every month, we provide at least one group gift for Brigadiers. Now you get to decide what type of gift you get! Vote for a Miniature, Dice Set, Accessory, Jewelry, Decor, or Random item once per week by clicking the Ballot Box located next to the Group Gift section. Votes are tallied on the 15th of every month to decide what the following month's gift will be.

To vote, just click the wooden box pictured below with the Brigade group active.

https://gyazo.com/648736d6663dd64e8b996c1defcf9d3a


To check it out inworld:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Titian/213/36/1001