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

Saturday, August 17, 2019

/studioDire/ Twilight Sword and Other New Items


https://www.flickr.com/photos/studiodire/48555883672/in/dateposted-public/

Currently 30% Off at Loading Are:
Twilight Sword
Tabletop - Scrubs Pack
Tabletop - Wooden Strata Dice Set

Also above is a teaser for our upcoming pack of Golems. A special lava Golem will be available to Royal Insignia owners only.

Other items in the picture above are:
Hair:
 Exile - Raina
Crown/Gloves:
 {AS} Jaina Fitted Mesh Gown & Bento Gloves: Gold White
Dress:
 :UNA:/Luas. Cercei
Pauldrons/Bracers/Tassets:
 PFC~War Kitten
Ruins:
 (Milk Motion) forgotten place

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Tabletop Gazette - August 2019 - Issue 2


Hail and well met!

Welcome to the second 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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Looking for something different from swords and sorcery? There are still a few days left to grab the Mekton Zeta bundle at Bundle of Holding.
https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Mekton
No matter what kind of mecha you and your players enjoy, there are ways to incorporate it into your game using these set of books. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Electronic Frontier Foundation,


 
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.

Devil's Run: Quickstart
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/284971/Devils-Run-Quickstart

Check Out the Other Quickstarts by Modiphius Here
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/4329/Modiphius/subcategory/8425_29029/RPG-Quickstarts

D&D Beyond's Encounters of the Week Are Great for One Shots
https://www.dndbeyond.com/posts/560-encounter-of-the-week-my-brothers-keeper

A Starting Point of Free Resources on IGN
https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/07/31/how-to-play-dnd-for-free-dungeons-and-dragons-free

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

Free @ Tabletop Hall


Clue to Find the Tabletop - Purple Tentacle:
"Mad science and occult rituals both tend to be bound in what?"


30% Off @ Loading...




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 results are in for the 2019 ENnies! Who won? It looks to be the year of the Great Old Ones, see all of the winners in the link below.
http://www.ennie-awards.com/blog/2019-ennie-winners/

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Pathfinder 2nd Edition is out now! With a wide swath of rule changes, additions, and a ton of streamlining, will it be the new system for you? 
https://paizo.com/pathfinder

And to see the game in action, a new group of adventurers can be seen setting out below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7s90t8wr8k

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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.



Saturday, July 13, 2019

Tabletop Gazette - July 2019 - Issue 1


Hail and well met!

Welcome to the first 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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There is a little over one week left to pick up the Tiny Dungeon bundle at Bundle of Holding!
https://bundleofholding.com/presents/TinyDungeon
This is a wonderful stripped down system for setting up quick games to play and a portion of the proceeds benefits Doctors Without Borders, an excellent charity.

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

Witcher: Easy Mode
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/281212/Witcher-Easy-Mode

Ironsworn
https://www.ironswornrpg.com/downloads

Kisarta – Quickstart
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/282006/Kisarta--Quickstart-10

Guild Adventures! The Dragonslayer
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/280718/Guild-Adventures-The-Dragonslayer

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Mini A Chuu is now on the SL Marketplace! A delightful store that creates various tabletop related items, including large and incredibly detailed pre-built dioramas. Be sure to check out what they have on offer as many of their items benefit the American Cancer Society and Cancer Council Australia.
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/215338

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studioDire has released a number of new Tabletop items recently. This includes a new free set of burlwood dice hidden away at the Tabletop Hall.

Free @ Tabletop Hall


Clue to Find the Skein Dice Set:
"Notes in music, threads in a tapestry, words in a story, all are parts of different wholes."


30% Off @ We Love Roleplay





30% Off @ Loading...





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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Voting is currently live for the ENnies. The ENnies or Gen Con EN World RPG Awards are an annual award ceremony dedicated to roleplaying games. Be sure to vote for your favorites among the nominees before the 21st.
http://www.ennie-awards.com/vote/2019/

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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.



Friday, May 31, 2019

New Items for June's We Love Roleplay!

For the next We Love Roleplay, we've got a new set of special dice and unique fireball inspired monocles/earrings.




Our Cotton Candy Mystic Dice Set is our standard fully scripted polyhedral dice set with percentile and custom face dice but with a swirling pastel magical aura. Customers who have purchased our Royal Insignia will receive this item for free.


And our Wildfire Monocles and Earrings will add a very different touch to your avatar, perfect for fantasy, steampunk, or many other genres.




Available June 4, 2019.
 Click here to see it inworld!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Idle Times and New Items


Custom miniature and dice set voucher availability has been extended until 05-11-19!
They will not be available for another year, so best time to get them is now.


Also shown in the picture above are a bunch of new items.

New Store Group Gift: Worn Bronze Dice

Free to all members of the studioDire Brigade.


New Dice Sets: Cobalt Stone and Lava




And our final new item is a Paint Set for decor.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Limited Time! Custom Miniature and Custom Dice Set Vouchers!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Titian/210/46/1001

Now available for a very limited time, only until 05-06-2019, custom miniature and custom dice set vouchers! Get an exclusive miniature or dice set made to your specifications!

 Click the picture above to go to our main store and pick up your vouchers before they're gone.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019

Now at the Tabletop Hall, Working Notice Board!

Whether you're looking to start a campaign but need more adventurers, or you're an adventurer looking for a game to join, stop by the Tabletop Hall's newest artifice, a fully functional Notice Board.

Write out a notecard describing your game or yourself as an adventurer and post it here for everyone visiting to see. No need for pesky group notices or outside forums, simply point and click your way to a new life of adventure inworld!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

New Releases! Pink Marble and Ebony Wood Dice Sets

Tonight's new releases are a couple of new textures for our dice sets just in time for Valentine's Day. Give that special person in your life a rich ebony wood dice set with brass accents or our lacquered pink marble set. Each is fully scripted in the same fashion as our other Tabletop dice, designed for tabletop roleplaying or other games in SL.

https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/studioDire-Tabletop-Pink-Marble-Dice-Set/16655516

Friday, January 25, 2019

New Group Gifts for January 2019!

We have two new group gifts available at the main store.

The first is a rainbow variant of our Feather Earrings. The prismatic specular in the materials really makes these stand out.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Titian/210/46/1001

The second group gift is a statue that certainly makes a statement. Screaming Into The Dark will likely mean different things to different people.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Titian/210/46/1001

Facade Contacts - Teaser



A small experimental but fun item coming soon. Animated texture mesh contacts that overlay your existing mesh eyes. Keep your favorite pair of eyes and add special effects to stand out from the crowd! Pictured here are the rainbow versions of the Lightning contacts. There will also be Flames and a more subtle Runes pair.

Will include customization and the ability to make the contacts flare, dim, or pulse.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

A Collection of Critical Stuff

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Titian/210/46/1001

Here's a tableau of the various items we have that are inspired by our favorite web series. Some can be found at our main store.

And others are freely available to those that can find them in our Tabletop Hall that is currently open to exploration by the public! Just look for the giant swirling portal at our store to visit.

Our New Year Sale with 50% Off many items is still going until January 7th!