Sideshow is known for their collectible statues, apparel, and art prints, but now they’re attempting to launch their first video game: Court of the Dead: Underworld Rising on Kickstarter.

Over the ages, Death has secretly filled the Underworld with souls in an effort to build an army of liberated “mourners.” As his latest recruit, it is time to master your newfound powers and help the Underworld prepare to confront Heaven and Hell. Join Death and his Court of the Dead in the fight for your afterlife.

Underworld Rising is a role-playing video game set in the dark fantasy world of the Court of the Dead, created by Tom Gilliland of Sideshow. In this richly-illustrated 2D environment, you will join a faction and travel the Underworld, building an army of collectible followers. Journey on epic quests and challenge other players to combat in order to grow your legend and play your part in the Underworld’s bid to Rise, Conquer, Rule!

Sounds fun to me. Who wouldn’t want to have a legion of followers and fight both Heaven and Hell to save everyone’s soul? I mean really. Learn more about the project in the video below. [click to continue…]

Forging A Steel D20 [Video]


We’ve seen our share of unique dice, but this forged version by blacksmith Gil Ramierez is definitely a first. It’s just…appropriate, you know? See it come together in the video below. [click to continue…]


The plot of Hamlet is crazy and intense. Now, imagine it as an “overzealous” D&D campaign. Ooh! now that’s an interesting idea.

After reading the exchange about the concept below, you might want to consider applying it to other works by Shakespeare—and beyond. [click to continue…]


PolyHero Dice wowed Kickstarter last year with their Warrior Set, and now they’re back with a gorgeous set for Wizards.

Currently, there are six colors available with additional options in the works if and when the campaign hits their $235,000 and $295,000 targets. Did I mention that this campaign only needed $27,000 in initial funding? Indeed, RPG gamers are INTO this (with good reason). Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]

dnd kittens

Artist Kyounghwan Kim imagined D&D classes with cats, and now I want to play as these characters really, really bad.

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See more adorable examples below.

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From 1987 until 1999, West End Games’ Star Wars tabletop RPG was about as close as you could get to being in an actual Star War without taking a trip to Disneyland. The range was popular enough that West End regularly put out supplements and expansions – 115 to be exact.

Pablo Hidalgo, part of Lucasfilm’s Story Team, recently shared some snaps of his copy of the 1994 writer’s guide that West End released for authors looking to pen content for the Star Wars RPG. Of note, the scans include this gem on the subject of diversity:

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7th sea

It’s entirely possible that you’re familiar with 7th Sea, a pirate-themed tabletop RPG from the late ’90s. If so, you’ll be excited to know that a Kickstarter to produce an updated 2nd edition was funded inside of seven bloody minutes.

Having raised over $740,000 at the time of writing – a lot more booty more than their $30,000 target amount – odds are some of you out there have backed this project. Hell, I’ve probably backed this project without realizing it—and there’s still over two weeks left in the campaign.

7th Sea was created by tabletop game designer John Wick to avenge his dog (oh wait, that was the OTHER John Wick). Inspired by the sort of “swashbuckling adventure” seen in The Princess Bride and The Three Musketeers, 7th Sea was well received and survived right up until 2005, with publishers AEG failing to capitalize on the success that the first Pirates of the Caribbean film delivered for the genre in 2003.

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It’s never too early to teach your kids the fundamentals of good RPGing, and that’s what this new Kickstarter hopes to achieve.

Ivan Van Norman of Geek & Sundry has teamed up with Hunters Books and artist Caleb Cleveland to crowdfund not one but two activity books as part of a set – one 28-page book detailing the ABC of RPGs, and a second 40-page activity book which will feature coloring pages, paper dolls, masks and other fun activities for the younger adventurers in your family.

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Pugsteady and Onyx Path Publishing have teamed up to create a fantasy tabletop game called ‘Pugmire’, and they’ve created a Kickstarter project to make it happen.

What is Pugmire? Well, creator Eddy Webb describes it as “Lord of the Rings meets Planet of the Apes, but with dogs”. I probably don’t need to go on because you’re already sold. I’m guessing a lot of people felt that way because the project funded almost instantly—and now they’ve started opening up all sorts of stretch goals.

What started out as a campaign to create a full-color, 184 page hardcover book has expanded to include Pugmire dice, t-shirts, new short stories, cards, and even an audiobook. Once you pledge, you also get a downloadable and playable version of Pugmire that includes some of the content planned for the book.

Just watch the video below. You’ll see why so many people want to help make Pugmire happen.

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adventure scents

If you’re a fan of RPGs, odds are you would be all for a product that makes the gaming experience more immersive. That said, you can only get so immersive unless you have a dragon cave or old timey tavern close by.

Here’s where Adventure Scents can come in handy. Adventure Scents makes 40 different types of oil-based scent beads that are then packaged in sold in tins, sachets or loose in zipper bags. They even have wearable scent lockets.

The scents are wide-ranging, so whether you’re playing a game based on a book, a movie, a TV series, or a video game, odds are there is a scent that can be used to enhance the experience. Personally, I like the idea that you can transport yourself from a Japanese Teahouse, to a Roman Bathhouse, to a Science Lab, to a Barren Moon all with smells.

Product Page ($5-$25)

(via GeekDad)