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New RPG Roundup: ‘Unexpected Guests’ for L5R, ‘Book of Monsters’ Bundle, and More

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Feb 8 2024

It’s time to roll the dice on new releases! Come check out this week’s batch of brand-new tabletop role-playing games.

The Unexpected Guests – Five Rings RPG

This is an adventure designed as an alternate adventure or additional adventure for the One Year in Rokugan campaign found on Drive Thru RPG. It is intended for players and gamemasters new to the Legend of the Five Rings game system and world. This can be a replacement Summer adventure, or stand-alone adventure after the One Year is over.

This adventure is intended for 1 GameMaster and 2-6 characters from various clans and schools. This adventure extends up to 3-6 hours to complete depending on Player actions. The adventure is largely edition agnostic. There are no stat blocks within the adventure and these are largely left up to the Gamemaster.

The Books of Monsters for Dragonbane Bundle – Dragonbane RPG

In the forbidden annals of occult lore, concealed within the accursed tome known only as “The Book of Demons,” lies a compendium of unspeakable horrors that transcend the boundaries between the mortal realm and the abyssal depths.

In the hallowed annals of arcane tomes, where ancient wisdom and elemental secrets converge, there exists a profound and enigmatic grimoire known as “The Book of Elementals.”


Ker Nethalas: Into the Midnight Throne – d100

Condemned to death. Executed. Yet somehow, you survived. Now you roam the endless tunnels of the City Below, the Midnight Throne: Ker Nethalas. Will your skills and wits save you once again, or will you join the countless restless dead?

Welcome to Ker Nethalas: Into the Midnight Throne, a single-player dungeon crawler set in an endless necropolis. With the tools presented in the book, you’ll tell the story of your character who, after miraculously surviving an execution, wakes up to realize that their problems have just begun and that there are fates worse than death.

The Aether Throne – A Visitor’s Guide to London – Aether Throne RPG

Welcome to London – the city at the heart of The Empire! In this supplement for The Aether Throne steampunk roleplaying game you will find:

  • A visitor’s guide to London – the capital of The Empire and seat of Queen Valentina II
  • Details of the city’s main points of interest, including landmarks such as Tower Bridge and the Colossus of the Empire
  • Descriptions of a dozen shops and other establishments to help bring the city to life
  • Details of over 20 factions and organizations that influence daily life in London
  • Over 45 NPCs, with full statistics for ease of use in London-based missions
  • Details of The Ministry, the secret organization located beneath the Thames
  • 20 mission hooks and encounters set in the city at the heart of The Empire

So get ready to discover the sights, the sounds, and the secrets of the most exciting capital city in the world! 

Heroes & Hardships: The Darkling Legacy – Heroes & Hardships RPG

A terrible danger stalks the Umbral Woods surrounding Hausen. Darklings, creatures of unknown origin and malicious intent, claim the woods as their own. These savage creatures have plagued the dark corners of the wood since time immemorial. Every one hundred years, the town’s most accomplished warrior, sound of heart and strong of mind, heads deep into the heart of the Umbral Wood to stem the tide of the Darklings.


It has been twenty years since the last great hero of Hausen, Markos Mac-Tirig, journeyed into the Umbral Wood. But sinister shadows have been spotted stalking the wood line, and citizens of Hausen have been found dead on the outskirts of town covered in the black viscera characteristic of the Darkling form. Concerned elders decide a new expedition is needed to make right the apparent failure of the last hero but find none willing to accept the honor. Desperation forces them to look beyond their village borders.

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Author: Matt Sall
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