Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The big RPG news of the week!

With news of the new D&D release schedule dropping yesterday you might have missed the fact that Purple Duck Games released FT 1: Creeping Beauties of the Woods, the follow up to FT0: Prince Charming, Reanimator for the DCC RPG.

I really liked FT 0 (and it’s free, you should go get it) so I can’t wait to dig into FT 1! Daniel Bishop twists classic fairy tales back into the dark and disturbing stories they once were, and brings them to the table in a fantastic way. Seriously, go get Prince Charming, Reanimator, and then try to stop yourself from getting Creeping Beauties of the Woods.

As for that other news... I’m especially interested in the new intro box, especially since it’s supposed to cover levels 1-5. My one big hope is that it covers character creation. Given that it’s $16 on Amazon, it’s probably worth checking out if you’re at all interested.

As for the $50/book buy in for the PHB/MM/DMG? I get it. Printing full color books with lots of art is expensive. Am I interested?

Honestly, I don’t know yet. I certainly don’t need another RPG to play. And I think this really comes down to: is this edition of D&D one that I’m going to play? Like I said on my post about Castles and Crusades, I’m not looking for another edition of D&D to play…

The bigger issue I think is whether there is going to be an OGL for it. The 3.x OGL is really what brought so many companies into the d20 realm, and also allowed the OSR to flourish like it has. I think, with a similar program this new edition could find way more acceptance than 4e, and also take back the RPG crown from Pathfinder.


  1. Not that I'm leaping to buy the new edition (I'm not) but a little look at pricing. The current books goign for $49.99 would have been under $15.50 in 1980 when going by CPI inflation rates. There were no color interior hardcover RPG books in 1980.
    The original Empire of the Petal Throne boxed set cost $25.00 or so in 1975, that's $110,00 in modern money.
    Price alone isn't a barrier for something that can provide years of fun. If the starter set is good it's priced right for entry into the new version of the game.
    I'm in the wait and see set myself, will it be good? Will enough people want to play it? WOTC chased me away from the brand with version 4 and I don't really have a reason to go back in unless they do a really good job that lots of players like.

    1. Oh, I agree that $50/book isn't unreasonable! For me it's a matter of utility over price. Will I get the use out of the books that would make it worth spending $150? I'll definitely get it out of the boxed set. The books? I don't know yet.

      Also, I think your math might be a little off for the EPT boxed set.

    2. I used this calculator: http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl

    3. It was more the comma vs decimal place. :-)

    4. ha ha, I hadn't noticed that. It seems I typed the modern price in french (yeah , that's the ticket),.

  2. Oh wow, this is right up my alley! I'll definitely check it out, thanks for the tip! :)

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