Aug
08
2016
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Oooh. Deadlands Noir on Bundle of Holding.

Here. This video explains the setting, more or less…

…but the basic idea is this: imagine an America riven in two during the Civil War by black magic and necromancy. The Deadlands setting was the Old West in such a milieu: explicitly horror, with a lot of weird technology and magic and whatnot.  The Deadlands Noir setting, in contrast, is same world decades later, with a hard-boiled pulp detective edge to it.  I’ll have to see if I can free up the cash for this one.

Jul
25
2016
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The Hillfolk Bundle of Holding is a nice deal.

I already have the books in hardcover – all hail the mighty Kickstarter – but Hillfolk is one of those game systems that can be valuable to a GM even if you don’t actually play it, so by all means: grab it from Bundle of Holding.  Robin Laws consistently comes up with gaming innovations that are both interesting, and entertaining to play.  …This is not all that common, alas.

And he’s right: it’s being offered an absurdly low price.

Moe Lane

PS: The Bundle of Lamentations (Lamentations of the Flame Princess, to be precise), on the other hand, is something I know nothing of.

Jul
07
2016
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New Bundles of Holding: GURPS Traveller/GURPS Traveller Imperial Survey.

Full disclosure: I doubt that I will ever buy into a GURPS Bundle of Holding, largely because I have a ludicrous number of GURPS books in my physical library. And I mean ludicrous.   It’s kind of alarming, really.

Anyway,  Bundle of Holding is doing both GURPS Traveller and GURPS Traveller Imperial Survey.  It is an official ‘alternate history’ of the main Traveller line; basically, somebody blew up a shuttle at the right time and the entire civil war / collapse of interstellar society never actually happened. I seem to recall this bothering some people at the time, but I don’t feel that I’m sufficiently aware of the Traveller universe to be able to have a meaningful opinion on that controversy.  Suffice it to say that it’s quite a good – and nicely supported – game line; well worth checking out.

Also, they included GURPS Traveller: Starports, and damn but I miss John M. Ford.  He was one of the best of us.

Jul
01
2016
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Bundle of Holding: The Laundry, redux.

Reader of mine passed this along: Bundle of Holding is doing the Laundry RPG offer, again. This is the “British civil service dealing with the Mythos” RPG that’s based off of Charlie Stross’s horror/fantasy series; and the only reason why I haven’t gotten it is because these days I order the physical books directly from the publisher.  But the game looks very good and it certainly reads as very funny, so check it out.

May
09
2016
4

Ooh, Castle Falkenstein is on Bundle of Holding.

I personally don’t need it…

…because I was lucky enough to track down a complete physical set of the game line in the 1990s. A combination of ample discretionary cash and ready access to NYC’s gaming stores allowed me to devote resources to find some of the more esoteric stuff, which Castle Falkenstein certainly is. Castle Falkenstein is… it is the distillation of all that is romantic and fun about steampunk. It is a 19th century world where historical and fictional figures meet all the time and have adventures together, set in a backdrop of magic, zeppelins, and dramatic reveals. And, oh, yes: the game uses playing cards, because while ladies and gentlemen might readily amuse themselves by pretending to be cowboys or mages for an evening, they will most certainly not use dice to do it.

I love the Castle Falkenstein setting dearly. And, not to brag (I totally mean to brag) I also have a playtester’s credit for the GURPS edition of it. So while I don’t need these PDFs, there are worse ways to burn through twenty bucks than to get the complete game line…

Oct
22
2014
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New Bundle of Holding: Bundle of Tentacles +2.

This one is, obviously enough, Call of Cthulhu related; but I did not get the bonus titles this time.  I already own them all, thanks largely to Kickstarter.  Happy as all get-out to get the core stuff, none of which I had already.  By all means, check it out.

Oct
13
2014
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Last day on the All Flesh Must Be Eaten Bundle of Holding.

AFMBE is zombie apocalypse roleplaying, and it’s pretty fun.  I actually had an idea for a submitted Deadworld for it half sketched out in my brain… right up to the point that I realized that a) I was probably too-obviously using the world from 28 Days Later (great zombie flick) and b) the background flatly contradicted what happened in 28 Weeks Later (which was… not as a good as the first one).  At any rate, check it out.

Aug
10
2014
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Last chance for the Scion Bundle of Holding.

This one’s for Scion: basically, you play the kid of a god in the modern world.  It was shockingly free from angst, for White Wolf: I always meant to pick up all the books, but never got around to it.  Grabbing them all in PDF form seems reasonable enough.

Jul
25
2014
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The One-Roll Engine Bundle of Holding.

I was alerted by Constant Reader prayerborne here that the RPG PDF Bundle of Holding site was doing One-Roll Engine, so I checked it out and picked it up. I have the print versions of Godlike (WWII supers roleplaying) and Wild Talents (supers roleplaying), wanted the PDFs, and was happy to pick up Better Angels and eCollapse and a couple of other items. I like ORE – it’s straightforward, and doesn’t try to force itself to be comprehensive – and the flavor-text writing is good. Check it out.

Jun
13
2014
5

Rejoice, Citizen! The Paranoia Bundle of Holding is now available for voluntary enjoyment!

The Paranoia Bundle of Holding is one set of RPG PDFs that I will pick up… next week, when the cash flow, well, flows.  For those who don’t know: Paranoia is a RPG about bureaucracy, paranoia (obviously), satire, humor, and tactical nuclear grenades.  It is so notoriously lethal that every player starts with six clones, on the perfectly correct assumption that they’ll be needed to get the character through a single adventure.  It’s hysterical, it’s iconic, and it’s the latest version, which corrected a heck of a lot of problems from the latest vers-

:ZAP!:

:thud:

Citizens are reminded that all rumors of an immediately previous edition of Paranoia are treasonous Communist propaganda, and punishable by summary execution.  The Computer has ensured that the perfection of Paranoia has been steadily improved; please report all rumors of previous editions to Internal Security for investigation and brainscrub.

Have a nice day.

May
30
2014
2

Two days left on the Deadlands Bundle of Holding.

Deadlands is, for those who don’t know it, Weird West horror (with a side order of steampunk) roleplaying.  So if you’ve ever wanted to play an undead Texas Ranger who clawed yourself out of the grave in order to find and send on to Perdition the no-account bushwhackers who put you there… well, maybe you already have the books.  But, as usual, having the PDFs at essentially 10 – 20% normal price is a pretty dang good deal.  A bunch of these I didn’t have already, even in print.

Check it out.

May
12
2014
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I have been remiss about the Trail of Cthulhu Bundle of Holding.

The only reason I haven’t bought that particular collection of roleplaying game e-books is because I already own it all. Except maybe the music.  The important thing, though, is that all of the Trail of Cthulhu books listed there are excellent and they’re based around a rules-set that revolves around investigation and mystery solving the same way that other games revolve around combat. Worth your time to pick up on the cheap.

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