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Cthulhu Awakens Compendium on Roll20

As a big fan of both the AGE system and of the Cthulhu Mythos, I was super excited when the Cthulhu Awakens Kickstarter was announced and backed it immediately. Part of what excited me was the inclusion of a Roll20 Compendium since I run games both in person and online as part of the USP actual play team. What I didn’t know, at the time I backed that Kickstarter, was that I was going to be entrusted by team Ronin to make that Roll20 Compendium a reality.  With that said we are happy to announce the stars are right and the Cthulhu Awakens compendium is now available on the Roll20 marketplace, as well as DrivethruRPG.

The compendium includes

  • Rollable Tables to randomize your character’s Social Class, Background, Profession, and Drive
  • Dynamic Lightening for all included maps.
  • Drag & Drop for support for Character Creation, including Focuses, Background, Talents, Specializations,
  • Eldritch Workings, Dangerous Texts, Artifacts, and Psychic Phenomena
  • Full drag & drop compatibility and tokens for over 40 Cthulhu Awakens adversaries

Cthulhu Awakens Roll20 compendium

Cthulhu Awakens Roll20 Compendium

Along with Cthulhu Awakens compendium we released Revelations of the Bacchae on Roll20, which features three location maps with dynamic lighting, two Challenge test trackers, Four pre-generated characters, and seven new NPCs

Revelations of the Bacchae

Cthulhu Awakens Roll20 Compendium monsters!

Lastly, we released the token set that comes with the Cthulhu Awakens Compendium as a stand-alone offering for those game masters who only need the tokens.

Cthulhu Awakens Tokens: Entities Pack

So, what is next for Cthulhu Awakens on Roll20? We are working on the Game Master’s Kit, and a couple new surprises I hope to share with you soon.

Cthulhu Awakens Roll20 Compendium Abilities

And don’t forget to tune in to ThursdAGE on the Green Ronin Publishing official YouTube Channel, today 2/8/24 at 2p Pacific/5p Eastern where we’ll do a deep dive into the Cthulhu Awakens Compendium! Your host Disembodied Troy welcomes Malcolm Sheppard, Ian Lemke, and myself to celebrate this VTT Team milestone and talk all things Cthulhu Awakens!

The Expanse comes to Foundry VTT!

Introduction

Earlier this year, there was a Ronin Round Table that introduced the VTT team. Since then, we’ve had the release of the Mutants & Masterminds 3e sheet on Roll 20 along with various Danger Zones and the Condition Cards. We have revisited Freeport with the 5e content, also on Roll 20. Ahpook and Jonesy were the driving forces behind those projects respectively. After some discussion, Troy felt that we were in a good position for an update, so Charlotte spoke the 4 magic words.

The Expanse on Foundry VTT!

Current Status

We are happy to report that all systems are within optimal operating parameters, and we are go for launch for The Expanse system for The Foundry VTT!

During development, we made a strong effort to maintain a balance between gameplay and automation. It was our intent from the very beginning to not turn everything into a function of the system where the game can play itself with a click of a button, but rather maintain the feel of playing The Expanse at the table, just virtually.

What does that mean in a practical sense? As players, your rolls will be calculated step by step so the GM can provide information as needed. Rolls have the option to have modifiers, and/or additional dice added to the roll. Each character sheet has automated rolls for abilities, attack to hits, damage rolls, and income rolls. GMs have the added feature in NPCs to roll both the attack and damage rolls at the same time, to make their rolls a bit easier. Conditions have some functionality to them besides just being a checkbox. Some conditions are linked to attributes or other conditions to help make tracking easier. There are many other features that are implemented, and we can’t wait to get feedback from everyone once the system becomes available.

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Timing

The release of The Expanse system, and The Expanse Quickstart module will be the first products available on The Foundry VTT, with core book, Abzu’s Bounty, and other adventuress scheduled for a later date.

How can people engage?

If you’re ready to start a life of adventure outside of the gravity well, You can find The Expanse system and Quickstart ready for download on the Foundry VTT system and module installer, and then come join us on the GRAAD server!


Charlotte is the tabletop dilettante, dabbling in all things tabletop roleplaying. From running communities in TTRPG spaces, games in her free time, and creating content for VTT’s, she’s doing it all. You can find her and her various projects on Discord: https://discord.gg/MJQQd6H or Twitter: https://twitter.com/foxfyre22

Virtual Tabletop Team Revealed!

Hey friends, Troy here. You may know me from such things as the disembodied voice from Mutants & Masterminds Monday, or the disembodied voice from ThursdAGE, with Owen KC Stephens! In addition to giving the business to Crystal, Steve, and Owen on Mondays and Thursdays, I also take part in our communications and community projects work, including our current efforts to bring more of our library of games to a variety of virtual tabletop platforms. With nearly two months under our collective belt, it’s the perfect time to introduce the team and to share a little view into our plans moving forward!
The VTT Team

 

Our VTT Plans

Team VTT has been hard at work evaluating, well, everything! When you consider that Green Ronin has 20 years of publishing TTRPG adventures, that’s no small task! We did narrow the band a little by looking at our books’ most current editions, but it was a remarkable amount of material to go through even then. The goal? Identify the work required to properly port a Green Ronin title from the real-world table to the virtual one. It was essential to identify where more art was needed, like maps and key characters, and to determine how content might change in the context of virtual tabletop support for both the GM and the player.

Looking at our body of work through the context of the virtual tabletop space has been incredibly fun. While we have learned a lot and have a lot more to learn, I’m exceedingly proud of the work the team has done, from creating a streamlined production process to slicing and dicing our content to fit seamlessly into the VTT platforms out there.

It is crucial to add that the work we’ve done so far includes creating official Green Ronin character sheets, which are essential to how officially licensed VTT content is made available. To get to the official content, you’ve got to go through the official character sheet.

In addition to character sheets, there are other important considerations, like unique approaches to how we prepare assets like the M&M Condition cards or token packs and maps. Also, unexpected opportunities to add assets would typically depend on the GM to convey as part of their story-telling, like dynamic lighting or sound effects.

With a scope this big, we decided that a mix of internal publishing priorities, VTT readiness of assets, and feedback from our community would help us find the sweet spot as we kick off this project. That, and the need for a team of amazing people to help get the job done! While there is a lot of work ahead of us, we are making incredible progress, and that has everything to do with the VTT TEAM! Let’s meet them, shall we?

Charlotte

Good Day! I am Charlotte, and I am the Ring Leader of our merry band of misfits over on the Green Ronin AGE Appropriate Discord or GRAAD for short. I have been working with Green Ronin in the capacity of “Just a fan who saw a need and filled it” as a community volunteer on the community-run GRAAD server. Together we have run multiple events over the past year and a half that the server has existed, and we aim to bring much more in the future! If you’re interested in seeing what we’ve done and being a part of what we’ll do, then join us!

Ahpook

Hello!  My name is Ahpook, and I have been a gamer and artist my whole life.  I have long been a fan of Green Ronin’s work, and I am thrilled beyond words to now be part of the digital development team!  Helping gamers connect and play better games is a lifelong passion of mine, and I am excited for this new opportunity to pursue it.  In addition to gaming and general geekery, my background encompasses many forms of theatre and performance art; including flow arts, circus arts, and more.  In recent years, it’s been a real privilege to be part of creating the Freedom City discord server with some dedicated and amazing people.  Freedom City is a server totally focused on exploring, discussing, and introducing people to Mutants and Masterminds.  The server is also the home of The Freedomverse, our shared gaming world where people can come and create their own heroic stories.  If you want to learn more about Mutants and Masterminds, are looking for fellow gamers, or just want to be part of a positive, inclusive gaming community, then come on by The Lair and say hello!

 

Jonesy

Hey, I am Jonesy. I have been a Green Ronin Freebooter since 2005, starting with True 20. These days I can be found running M&M and the various AGE settings at GenCon and my local cons (when they come back). Along with being a Freebooter, I am now also a freelance writer, having gotten my start with the release of the AGE edition of Blue Rose. I am currently also part of the Untold Stories Project actual play streaming channel on Twitch, where we run a variety of games.

 

So there you have it!

 

We are currently meeting up with our VTT partners in order to learn how each of them works—identifying the unique features and opportunities that each of those platforms introduces and getting all of our contracts and agreements in order. And all of this while the assets for their VTT debut. In our next VTT update, expect to hear more specifics about the rollout plans for this content – we might even tempt the fates and provide you with some actual dates! (Charlotte: No, we won’t!)

 

In the meantime, if you’ve got questions, thoughts, or comments, send us a note: letsplay@greenronin.com! We may not always have the answer you are looking for, but we can keep you informed of our progress.

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Cheers!

A Series of Tubes (Green Ronin on YouTube)

“Or we can just dive-in, do it, and see what happens.”

That was Green Ronin Community Director Troy Hewitt, one of our resident extroverts, encouraging us to pivot in the time of covid-19 toward our community, using the means at-hand, including video streaming. Troy has a great way of getting those of us who would want to study the situation for, well, ever out of our heads and into action. That next week, the first “Mutants & Masterminds Monday” live-streamed with me and M&M Developer Crystal Frasier, with Troy acting as host, moderator, and on-the-fly tech guru.

It’s now almost three months later and we have eleven (soon to be twelve) M&M Mondays under our belts. It’s still very much a “see what happens” learning process, but we’ve had guests on the stream, fielded questions from our audience, and Troy has come up with a few fun activities for us to do. We’ve even developed in-jokes (as gamers interacting are wont to do) from Crystal’s “journal of dreams” to our tendency to come up with new projects for ourselves while on the stream.

Green Ronin on Youtube!

All of which is a long introduction to announcing that, as things are progressing, some of our “M&M Mondays” episodes are available on Green Ronin Publishing’s YouTube channel. We’re putting more up as we go and the eventual plan is for us to start streaming live on YouTube and Twitch as well as on Facebook, so there will be even more places where you can see and hear from us and we can tell you everything that’s going on with Mutants & Masterminds and Green Ronin Publishing.

 

Not going to lie, for an introvert like myself, being on-camera isn’t easy, and I have been on-camera more in these past three months than I think I have been in the past three years, and then some. But at the same time, it has been wonderful getting to talk on a weekly basis with Crystal and Troy and our guests and to hear the questions and feedback from our community, many of you from week to week. It hasn’t been easy for Green Ronin (or many small businesses) with the initial loss of distribution and with many game stores still closed or doing only limited business. So every purchase of Green Ronin’s games helps, whether it is from the GR Online Store or supporting your favorite local game retailer.

We’re about two weeks from experiencing Gen Con Online for the first time (another “dive-in and see what happens” experience) and Green Ronin Publishing will be there with our games, our staff of wonderful and creative people, and with you, our community, and I’ll be there, in front of my camera, just as I plan to be next Monday. I don’t know for how many Mondays, to be honest, because things are changing fast and often these days but, I can tell you this: We’ll see what happens.

Hope you can join us sometime.