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Pre-Order the Official ‘Shin Megami Tensei RPG’ Now, Plus More RPG Releases

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May 9 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.

Traveller: Starship Operator’s Manual

The Starship Operator’s Manual is designed specifically for the Traveller system from Mongoose Publishing. However, it’s written as a guide to all things spacecraft and, with just a little tweaking, could pretty easily be applied to any RPG system. Learn about various terms and technologies, and what it’s like living and working among the stars.

Travelling is about the journey, not the destination, and few things shape a voyage across Charted Space as much as a starship. However, a starship is more than a mere means of transportation; it is also a home and a companion. To captain a starship is to be the master of one’s destiny – for riches, glory, or an untimely end…

There are many books that examine about how to build and fly custom starships, but few on what it is like to work and live on one. That is where the Starship Operator’s Manual comes in. The Starship Operator’s Manual covers all aspects of life aboard the starships of Charted Space. Learn the workings of manoeuvre and jump drives, find out how to operate advanced sensors, and discover exactly what your role on a starship entails.

Includes a complete walkthrough of the Scout/Courier, Far Trader and Safari Ship.

Arkham Horror: The Darkness Over Arkham

The Venn diagram of solo RPG and gamebook have a lot of overlap. So while this might not technically count as an RPG if you’re being strict about it, I love gamebooks enough that I’m letting it slide.

In Darkness Over Arkham, you’ll pick an investigation to play as, choose your path, gain allies, and hunt down a mysterious murderer before they strike again. You’ll keep track of your health and sanity and make a few dice rolls along the way.

You are an Arkham Investigator – your choices will decide the outcome of a terrible murder mystery and a sinister plot threatening Arkham ­– in this brand new gamebook adventure in the world of Arkham Horror. When a renowned professor is found dead, his body melted, it’s up to the Investigators of Arkham to discover what occult horrors were behind his fate.

Pick your path, Investigator, and collect allies along the way to hunt down his killer before they strike again. However, Arkham is full of mysteries, with many wishing to keep the truth buried, and who are hungry to usher in a new era full of death and darkness to devour the world you know it.

Can you stop it before it is too late?


Eat the Reich

My absolute favorite brands of RPG are the ones that feel like they were generated by pulling words out of a hat. In Eat in Reich, it’s 1943, and you play as a team of vampire commandos with the goal of draining every drop of blood from Hitler in order to destabilize the Nazi war machine. If that doesn’t convince you to at least read more about it, I think maybe we are just fundamentally different people.

Eat the Reich is a tabletop roleplaying game in which you, a vampire commando, are coffin-dropped into occupied Paris and must cut a bloody swathe through Nazi forces en route to your ultimate goal: drinking all of Adolf Hitler’s blood.

It’s written by Grant Howitt (Honey Heist, Spire, Heart) and illustrated by Will Kirkby (Critical Role, Image, Darkhorse, Boom).

This over-the-top, ultraviolent game is designed to be played from beginning to end in one to three sessions of carnage, blood magic, meaningful flashbacks and hundreds upon hundreds of extremely dead fascists. It tells one story, it tells it loud, and it tells it brilliantly. Think Wolfenstein crossed with Danger 5 and you’re not far off the mark.

Shadow Ops

Speaking of over-the-top cinematic action, Shadow Ops is all of that and more. You’ll be engaging in high-stakes espionage action, exciting car chases, jumping across rooftops, and sneaking into top-secret facilities. Plus, enough GM tools and guides to keep the action moving and everyone on the edge of their seats.


Shadow Ops is a role-playing game of cinematic espionage action. Take part in high-speed chases through city streets and across rooftops and engage in intense gun battles and fist fights. This is not a game focused on the quiet business of tradecraft. Taking its cues from the best in over-the-top action cinema and fiction, these spies engage in missions where explosive excitement is never too far away!

The rules make all this excitement easy: the core mechanic provides flexible results and creates emergent storytelling possibilities. Character generation contains an expansive suite of customization options. Dedicated rules facilitate the kind of violent action seen on the screen, as well as furious chases and tense shadowing scenes. Everything you need is contained in one core rulebook, whether you are looking to do an exciting one-shot or a full-length action espionage campaign!

Shin Megami Tensei: The Roleplaying Game — Tokyo Conception

This is a preorder! It won’t be actually released until later this year. But now you can enter the Vortex World for the officially licensed Shin Megami Tensei RPG. Based on the long-running video game series of the same name, now you can stand against gods and demons and even try your hand at taking on Kagutsuchi.

Shin Megami Tensei – The Roleplaying Game: Tokyo Conception is a deep yet accessible TTRPG for 3-5 players + 1 GM (Game Master) that perfectly captures themes of the original Shin Megami Tensei™ video game series, allowing players to wield familiar spells such as Agi and Megido against legendary demons like Jack Frost, Metatron, and the Moirae Sisters.

Tokyo Conception further preserves the franchise’s essence by incorporating staple elements such as demon negotiation, the Affinity system, and punishing status ailments like Poison and Stun while also introducing more typical TTRPG mechanics such as critical hits, fumbles, and exploding dice, to ensure encounters are both challenging and rewarding.

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Author: Matt Sall
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