Green Ronin in 2015

Hello gamers!

It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were waiting to find out if the Y2K bug was going to destroy civilization, but somehow it is 2015 already. This is a milestone year for Green Ronin Publishing. We are now officially 15 years old! It was in February, 2000 that I decided to take the plunge and start a new company. By July we had our first game out (Ork! The Roleplaying Game) and then a month later we launched Death in Freeport, the book that really put us on the RPG map. Certainly I had no idea at the time that Green Ronin would be still be publishing 15 years later. So a million thanks to all of the gamers who have kept us going, as well as the legion of writers, artists, editors, and other professionals we’ve worked with over the years. We could not have done it without you!

So what do we have planned for 2015? Glad you asked!

Dragon Age

Dragon Age Core Rulebook

Dragon Age Core Rulebook

We are starting our Dragon Age line off with a bang this year. We are releasing a Core Rulebook, which replaces the game’s previous boxed sets (all of which are out of print). The Dragon Age Core Rulebook consolidates all the material from Sets 1-3 into one big 400 page book. It replaces the Set 1 adventure with a new one, since we figure The Dalish Curse is the most played Dragon Age adventure out there. There is a small amount of other new material (monsters, specializations), but the bigger change is that the game no longer assumes you are fighting through the Fifth Blight. That is one option of many campaign frameworks. The setting has matured quite a bit since the release of Dragon Age: Origins, so we thought it made sense not to tie the game to one particular time or event. The Dragon Age Core Rulebook is in layout now and will be going up to BioWare soon for approvals.

After that we’ll be releasing a new version of the Game Master’s Kit, since the old one is outdated and out of print. The new one updates the screen to represent the full game rules, and includes a new adventure as well. Then we have a sourcebook tentatively titled Inquisition that incorporates material from the recently released Dragon Age: Inquisition video game. As many of you no doubt know already, that game introduces a huge amount of new content and we want to bring as much of that as we can to the tabletop game.

Lastly, we turn to Faces of Thedas. This was originally a PDF series that focused on characters from the Dragon Age setting. Jack Norris, our line developer, is revisiting Faces of Thedas, this time as a full-on book. After three video games and several novels and comics, the setting has a lot of memorable characters and we want to bring more of those to the game. GMs can uses these characters in a variety of ways, and you can even play them if you want to.

Fantasy AGE

Since we first released Dragon Age, people have been asking us if we were going to release the game system—known as the Adventure Game Engine—separately from the setting. The answer is yes! Our plan for this year is to release Fantasy AGE, a core rulebook for the system that I am working on right now. This will be strictly a rule book with no attached setting. The core of the game will be well-familiar to Dragon Age fans but there are some differences, the biggest of which is the magic system. That of Dragon Age was meant to emulate how magic works in Thedas, so I am modifying it heavily for Fantasy AGE.

Our goal is to release Fantasy AGE in May. Then at the end of July we will release the game’s first setting book. This is our big GenCon release and part of something super exciting … that I can’t talk about yet. This will be the focus of our GenCon presence this year and perhaps the biggest RPG story of the year. Watch for an announcement in a few months.

Mutants & Masterminds

It is a great time to be a superhero fan, that’s for sure. We’ve got movies, TV shows, and Mutants & Masterminds! We’re starting out the year with The Cosmic Handbook, which developer Jon Leitheusser recently turned over to production. If you liked Guardians of the Galaxy, you’re going to love this book! Our other big project is Freedom City, the signature setting of Mutants & Masterminds since 1st edition. Now Freedom City will come to 3rd edition at last, in a book similar in format to Emerald City.

We’ll also be continuing the Atlas of Earth-Prime. This is a PDF series we started last year that describes the world of Freedom City and Emerald City in greater detail. When we’re done, we’ll collect the PDFs up into a print book, as we did with titles like Power Profiles and Threat Report. The Atlas of Earth-Prime should resume in a few weeks.

Pathfinder

Advanced Bestiary for the Pathfinder RPG

Advanced Bestiary for the Pathfinder RPG

Our Pathfinder plans have begun to bear fruit under the auspices of developer Owen K.C. Stephens. At the end of last year we released the Advanced Bestiary to terrific reviews. If you are a Pathfinder GM, you should seriously check out the Advanced Bestiary. It’s a tremendously useful resource that makes every other monster book you own more valuable.

We’ve also sent Freeport: The City of Adventure to print. This monstrous tome is the biggest book we’ve ever published. 544 glorious, full color pages detailing a setting that goes back to Death in Freeport 15 years ago. It’s classic fantasy + pirates + Lovecraftian horror. Lots of great Pathfinder content too: new classes, feats, spells, and more. The pre-order for Freeport is still going on, so you can get the PDF for only $5 if you pre-order the book now.

The follow-up is already in the works. Return to Freeport will be a six-part adventure series perfect for kicking off a new campaign. We will release this as a PDF series over the course of the year and then collect it up into a print book when it’s finished.

A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying

We have two releases planned for A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying this year. The first is Dragon’s Hoard, a 160-page adventure. This is written and edited and has been submitted for approval. Meanwhile, developer Joe Carriker is working on a Player’s Guide for the game. This is a rules companion with expanded options for, well, just about everything. As always with this game line, I must caution patience. We can’t really predict how long approvals will take, but will do our best to get these books out as soon as we can.

Joe has also been working on a series of PDFs in support of the Chronicle System, the game engine that powers A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying. We’ve released three of these already: Woodland Creatures, Out of Strife Prosperity, and Chronicle of Sorcery. The latter introduces a magic system for the game for the first time, so is well worth a look if you missed it. Expect more bestiary PDFs this year, as well as some other surprises.

Love 2 Hate Rules (PDF)

Love 2 Hate Rules (PDF)

Love 2 Hate

Last but by no means least is our first party card game, Love 2 Hate! We ran a successful Kickstarter for the game last year and it is scheduled to release in April. The rules are now online and you can learn to play in like two minutes. This game is obviously quite different from our usual RPG fare, but it’s a hoot and we hope you check it out.

And More!

At the start of this article, I mentioned our very first release: Ork! The Roleplaying Game. Well, it hardly seemed fair for Freeport to be the only 2000 release to get some love on its fifteenth anniversary, so watch out for a new edition of Ork! The Roleplaying Game this summer. Original mastermind “Crazy” Todd Miller has revisited this beer and pretzels RPG, so you can expect even more psychotic mayhem.

That is quite a lineup, but believe or not, there’s more! Nothing we can talk about right now unfortunately, but stay tuned for some exciting announcements over the coming months. What has Steve Kenson been working on the last five months? Find out in April!

Thanks for a great 15 years. Join us in 2015 for a host of gaming goodness!

Chris Pramas
Green Ronin Publishing

Now Pre-Ordering! Freeport: The City of Adventure

Pre-Order Freeport: The City of Adventure for the Pathfinder RPGFreeport: The City of Adventure for the Pathfinder RPG is on its way to print, and that means it’s now available for pre-order! When you pre-order this massive Freeport tome, you can get the PDF version of the book for just $5! In our online store you’ll be offered the PDF at checkout when you have the pre-order in your basket; participating retailers will be able to get you a coupon code for our online store that will provide the same deal on the PDF when you pre-order the hardback through them.

NOTE: Our online store software won’t stop you from placing a pre-order and also ordering in-stock print products. We highly recommend you place two orders, though, one with the pre-order and one with other physical products. It’s okay to order PDFs with a pre-order. If you order printed products with a pre-order, please be prepared to wait for everything to ship when the pre-ordered book is done getting printed. We can’t afford to split-ship.

Pre-Order Freeport: The City of Adventure for the Pathfinder RPG today! (Or you can buy the PDF.)

Ronin Round Table: We Have a Bestiary. And it’s Advanced!

Over the next few weeks, print copies of the Advanced Bestiary are finally going to be getting into the hands of first, the Kickstarter backers, and then a wider audience. This is the first major d20 release for Green Ronin in a long time, and has been one of two things that have taken up most of my time since being brought on as the developer for Pathfinder-compatible Green Ronin projects almost a year ago. So having the book finished and in distribution represents a major milestone both for me, and for Green Ronin’s plans for Pathfinder-compatible content.

There are still some elements of this project being developed (the Hero Lab files, for example), but with the print book arriving in warehouses, a major stage of work is complete. The original Advanced Bestiary became one of the most popular third-party products for the previous versions of the game, and I have every reason to think the same will be true for our updated version. Now that people are beginning to get a look at the book, I wanted to take a moment to talk about it.

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Monster Week: Flesh Plant

It’s Monster Week at GreenRonin.com! Come back every day this week for another free template and monster from the pages of the Advanced Bestiary for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

Flesh PlantToday’s Flesh Treant sample creature comes with the Flesh Plant template: “Flesh treants are too large to hide successfully from prey, so they employ group hunting techniques. Using animated trees to flush prey toward them, flesh treants spread out in a line to strike at forest creatures as they flee by. Any creatures not killed outright by their crushing limbs are tracked through the woods by the trail of blood left behind.”

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Monster Week: Monstrous Lycanthrope

It’s Monster Week at GreenRonin.com! Come back every day this week for another free template and monster from the pages of the Advanced Bestiary for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

Monstrous LycanthropeThe Monstrous Lycanthrope template is modeled very closely after the lycanthrope template, but it allows more creatures to gain the template and does not limit the alternate forms to those of animals. Today’s sample creature is a tiefling afflicted with were-hell hound lycanthropy: "Even in humanoid form, Mahe’darg bears the sinister marks of an otherworldly heritage. Small horns and cloven hooves mark her as something other than human. In hellhound form, she looks like the shaggy, evil beast that often accompanies her, but the fiendish intelligence that characterizes both glimmers even more brightly in the tiefling were-hell hound’s eyes. Mahe’darg’s hybrid form is a true horror to look upon, with a demonic dog face and a muscular body bristling with fur that stinks of ash and brimstone."

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Monster Week: Dread Ghoul

It’s Monster Week at GreenRonin.com! Come back every day this week for another free template and monster from the pages of the Advanced Bestiary for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

Dread GhoulWhat fuels the nightmares of the mountain folk? Today’s Dread Ghoul template also brings us the Ghoul Lord Frost Giant sample creature: "A blight on the frozen lands, a ghoul lord frost giant fills the same role with the dead as a frost giant jarl with living giants. Ever hungry, the giant and its undead minions raid local villages and towns, leaving nothing but blood on the snow."

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Monster Week: Dread Spectre

It’s Monster Week at GreenRonin.com! Come back every day this week for another free template and monster from the pages of the Advanced Bestiary for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

Dread Spectre: The White LadyThe White Lady is a classic of horror fiction, and today’s Dread Spectre template brings her the tabletop: "In life a woman of noble birth who spent her time in academic pursuits, the White Lady was murdered in the night by an assassin hired by a relative for the family fortune. The family member in question soon met with more horrible fate, as the noble woman’s spirit returned and drained all life from him. Now known as the White Lady, she wanders her city’s graveyards at night. Only a few have tried to interact with her to gain snippets of knowledge, for she knows much about the city, its people, and its secrets. Even fewer have returned alive."

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Monster Week: Plague Bearer

It’s Monster Week at GreenRonin.com! Come back every day this week for another free template and monster from the pages of the Advanced Bestiary for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

Plague Bearer VargouilleToday it’s the Plague Bearer template with the Plague Bearer Vargouille sample creature: "Plague bearer vargouilles are often used by those evil creatures that wish to quickly spread disease. They gleefully bite other creatures and flap away, leaving the diseases to do their worst."

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Ronin Round Table: Chris Pramas on Upcoming Releases

As the last quarter of 2014 is upon us, I thought this would be a good time to update you all on the status of some of our announced books. Our release schedule has been something of a moving target this year for a variety of reasons, but many long simmering projects are either finished or close to being finished. Here is the most up to date info that I have right now.

Dragon Age, Set 3: This is printed and in our warehouse. Hooray! We had a few sent here to Seattle, so I had the pleasure of holding it in my hand after a long development cycle. Normally, we’d be releasing it to distributors next week, but this is an usual situation. We’ve printed only 2000 copies of Set 3 and will never be reprinting it (because of the forthcoming Dragon Age Core Rulebook). Naturally, after that initial announcement, direct orders for Set 3 were quite robust. That being the case, we are pausing to make sure that the pre-orders go out properly before releasing books to distributors and game stores. We will likely have no extras to fix screw ups so we want to ensure it’s done right. Distributors then get their chance to order. If there are any left over at that point, we’ll make it available on our webstore again.

The contents of Sets 1 to 3 of Dragon Age will, as previously announced, be compiled into a big, hardback Core Rulebook. We had hoped to release this concurrently with Dragon Age: Inquisition, but the printing delays of Set 3 made that untenable. We are now shooting for a January release.

Advanced Bestiary for the Pathfinder RPG: The Advanced Bestiary was originally a critically-acclaimed d20 book we published 10 years ago. We did a Kickstarter to update the book to the Pathfinder RPG and that was quite successful. The new edition is a big, beautiful full color hardback with all new art. It has been at print for a month or so and ought to be hitting our warehouse by the end of the month. Again, we will pause, this time to ship the book to the Kickstarter backers. Then we’ll handle pre-orders from our website, and release it to distributors in mid-November. It’s a hugely useful book for Pathfinder GMs, so if you missed the Kickstarter, do check it out.

Freeport, The City of Adventure for the Pathfinder RPG: Speaking of Kickstarters, we’ve also been hard at work on the new Freeport book. This is a new core book for our classic city setting, and it too has been customized for the Pathfinder RPG. At 512 pages, it will also be the biggest book we’ve ever published! This is in the final stages of production. Very shortly now, we should be releasing the PDF to Kickstarter backers. Then we’ll release that to the public and put the book up for pre-order. After a final errata check, it will go to print. We’ll announce a final release date when we have something from the printer.

Mutants & Masterminds: For M&M fans there is good and bad news. The good news is that the Atlas of Earth-Prime PDF series is resuming after some delays caused by convention season. They will pick up with the Mediterranean Atlas shortly. The bad news is that we’ve decided to delay the Cosmic Handbook to next year. We would have had to rush the production to get it out before Xmas and we didn’t want to do that. As we like to say, a late book is only late until it comes out, but a bad book is bad forever.

That’s all the news for now. We just had our yearly summit last weekend and we made a lot of important decisions there. We’ll be making some additional announcements about our schedule in November, and then in January I’ll do my traditional message about our plans for the coming year.

We hope you have an awesome Halloween. To help with that, we’ve put the Supernatural Handbook for Mutants & Masterminds on sale for 25% off (both the PDF and the printed book). Enjoy!

Now Pre-Ordering: The Advanced Bestiary for the Pathfinder RPG

Pre-Order the Advanced Bestiary for the Pathfinder RPGThe Advanced Bestiary for the Pathfinder RPG is on its way to print, and that means it’s now available for pre-order! When you pre-order the Advanced Bestiary, you can get the PDF version of the book for just $5! In our online store you’ll be offered the PDF at checkout when you have the pre-order in your basket; participating retailers will be able to get you a coupon code for our online store that will provide the same deal on the PDF when you pre-order the hardback through them.

Pre-Order the Advanced Bestiary for the Pathfinder RPG today!