“An exceptional survey of the form...thoroughly researched and full of joy.” —Emily Short (Galatea)
“An awesome exploration of the long history of the genre.” —Nick Walton (AI Dungeon)
Since a winter morning in 1971 when a teacher wheeled a teletype into his classroom to debut a game about the Oregon Trail, people have been... [click here for more]
VENGEANCE SHALL BE THEIRS…
Three years after the massacre of their families on Bromhead, the hard-bitten mercenary unit Hansen’s Roughriders have already exacted revenge against Taurian Concordant forces on the planet Lindsay. But that is only the beginning.
When the Second Taurian Lancers—the unit responsible for the massacre—lands on Midale to conduct a supply raid, they run into... [click here for more]
A HERD DIVIDED…
For the entirety of its existence, Clan Hell’s Horses has been underestimated by its fellow Clans. The inclusion of tanks and infantry alongside their BattleMech forces has often unfairly forced the Horses into lopsided alliances with other Clans. As competing Clans race headlong to conquer Terra, the birthplace of humanity, the Horses must focus on survival rather... [click here for more]
NEVER SURRENDER!Shrapnel: The Official BattleTech Magazine brings you more heavy-hitting action and heroism in the war-torn BattleMech-dominated future of the 31st century and beyond!
A young Periphery volunteer struggles against marauding pirates who have long overstayed their welcome. A small-but-growing mercenary unit faces off against a formidable foe... [click here for more]
When Nisal Theras, a Water Aspect Dragon Blooded, is sent on an expedition into the Threshold with Cathay Ineril as her secretary, he is thrust into a web of political intrigue surrounding their charge, Ragara Oremy.
Oremy carries a sacred family artifact back to his home satrapy, and there are those who would kill to get it. Theras and Ineril must protect Oremy before his enemies find the artifact.... [click here for more]
When Jiddan, The Seeker, receives a commission to uncover a fabled city, it seems like just another job with her Alchemical partner, Bulwark.
When the Liminal, Amira, asks to join to find her missing partner, things get infinitely more complicated. Now the Circle find themselves embroiled in a plot to unseal an ancient evil.
They must delve into each others' pasts and retrieve more than just a lost... [click here for more]
Ayami, a newly Exalted Lunar, and her Circle uncover a horrifying necromantic plot.
As they investigate in Sijan, Ayami discovers that a lover from her previous life may have made everything more complicated.
A new Exalted novella made possible by the backers of the Lunars: Fangs at the Gate Kickstarter.
Note: The digital edition includes PDF, ePub, and Mobi (Kindle)... [click here for more]
Learn to Build Worlds with Titans of Fantasy and Tabletop!
The Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding, Volume 2, features 15 stars of tabletop roleplaying games and fantasy fiction, including Gail Simone, Keith Baker, Veronica Roth, Ken Liu, Kate Elliott, Mike Shea, Tobias S. Buckell, Shanna Germain, Gabe Hicks, the Dungeon Dudes (Monty Martin & Kelly McLaughlin), Jeff Grubb, and more.
Middle-Earth,... [click here for more]
TRADITIONS RUN DEEP…
Other mercenary units fly flags at two flagpoles at their headquarters, one with their unit’s flag, and other bearing the flag of their current employer. However, the Third Regimental Combat Team—a.k.a. the Eridani Light Horse—leaves one flagpole bare, as a reminder of the death of the Star League, and the other pole flies the Light Horse’s unit and regimental... [click here for more]
RIPE FOR THE TAKING…
Dissatisfied with Archon Melissa Steiner’s leadership of the Lyran Commonwealth, Vedet Brewer, Duke of Hesperus, overthrew her rule in 3143 and claimed the mantle for himself—only to be unceremoniously removed from the position two years later. Brewer and his troops fled to the far reaches of Lyran space to lick his wounds and reevaluate his future, wandering... [click here for more]
The Wild West was wilder than you can imagine
As European settlers moved west across the burgeoning United States, the Changing Breeds moved west with them, seeking new opportunities and places to live in peace.
The Wyrm moved west as well. In some cases, it had already been there for a long, long time.
In the never-ending struggle against the Wyrm, the Changing Breeds will find new allies,... [click here for more]
ABANDONED BY THE ARCHON…
Once the founding capital and a vital planet in the Lyran Commonwealth, Arcturus has been held by the Clans for more than two decades, most recently by the Jade Falcons. But when the Falcons suddenly abandon the planet in early 3151, Arcturus is left to fend for itself, with no support from Archon Trillian Steiner or former-Commonwealth worlds.
For Hauptmann-General... [click here for more]
SYMBOLS OF POWER…
After the Word of Blake exacts an incalculable toll on Clan Wolf, Elemental warrior Garmen Kerensky is tasked by Wolf Khan Vlad Ward to undertake an audacious, top-secret mission in the Clan Homeworlds. While other covert teams help the Wolves evacuate Clan Space, Garmen’s command will steal the most prized relic of Clan history: the body of the Great Father,... [click here for more]
Novia Claro made him up to cover her own tracks while she investigates the murders of Hushanti's priests in Nexus. He's a convenient ruse, a rumor to spark the people's imaginations, distract them from her actions, and nothing more... until the day he bursts forth from the river and offers Novia his help.
Now he's hunted by several Dragon-Blooded, and Novia has to figure out whether she can trust... [click here for more]
Legend of the Five Rings' debonair samurai detective Daidoji Shin returns to solve the fresh mystery of a surprise resurrection
When a long-lost member of the Lion Clan, Itagawa Mosu, seemingly returns from the dead to claim the hand of his betrothed, it’s up to Daidoji Shin to determine the truth of this miraculous reappearance. The Lion reluctantly permit Shin’s involvement, even if they have... [click here for more]
Doc Savage is a fictional character originally published in American pulp magazines during the 1930s and 1940s. He was created by publisher Henry W. Ralston and editor John L. Nanovic at Street & Smith Publications, with additional material contributed by the series' main writer, Lester Dent.
The heroic-adventure character would go on to appear in other media, including radio, film, and comic... [click here for more]
Featuring the complete Swords Without Master roleplaying game!
Issue three of Worlds Without Master, an adventure fiction and gaming ezine featuring sword & sorcery short fiction and games from Epidiah Ravachol and many others.
In this issue:
"A Slaying in Smoke," a story of cults and fashion, by Epidiah Ravachol.
"In Taruve: the Merchant Train," another tale of Jakko Orange... [click here for more]
Shadows Run Deep There is a taint in Chicago, a barely suppressed shiver of horror that touches all who make their home in the city. In this collection of three connected novellas, vampire, werewolves and mages all pursue their visions of power. Each novella tells part of the story of the hidden monsters of the Windy City. A World of Darkness® Novel Author Janet... [click here for more]
Three months ago, Boston’s city defenders, the Bulwarks, met a tragic end. Two of their members died in a mysterious flash, and the third nova, Daystar, went missing. The head Directive intelligence agent on the case turned up dead a few weeks later, after sending his team a particularly cryptic communication.
Now, operative Alina Vaughn and her cell race to finish the work their colleague started.... [click here for more]
The Firestorm Conspiracy is an explosive science fiction detective thriller set in a futuristic London.
Time is running out for renegade prince John Aries, streetwise Pure Lovelace and the elegant Clarice Hamilton-Jones as the radical, anti-Echo terrorist group known as “Firestorm” seek to carry out a terrible... [click here for more]
ISRA assigns Jay and her team to Far Nyumba for what should be an easy job aiding a remote research settlement with their irrigation systems.
Shortly before their arrival on the distant moon, a mysterious artifact falls from the sky. The aliens who come to claim it give the townspeople of Upepo an ultimatum: clear out before the sun and the planet Mgitu rise, or there’s going to be trouble.
Cut... [click here for more]
Two decades ago, sidhe changeling Morgan Daniels watched her oathmates cross through Silver’s Gate and enter the faerie homeland of Arcadia. Now no longer a childling, Morgan hears a call, letting her know it is time for her friends to come home.
In Arcadia, Morgan’s oathmates engage in a battle to return to Morgan and the Mortal Realm they left behind. A new quest awaits them, one for the elusive... [click here for more]
BOOK OF THE KINDRED is the sourcebook for VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE, created by Mark Rein-Hagen, co producer of TV's KINDRED: THE EMBRACED.
It tells the tale of the Kindred from the legends of ancient times to the harsh realities of modern nights. It investigates mysteries and reveals secrets that... [click here for more]
Carl Kolchak is born...
In 1972, Jeff Rice's novel - The Night Stalker - introduced Carl Kolchak to the world. This spine-tingling novel of supernatural terror became a delayed best seller and served as the basis for the film of the same name, starring Daren McGavin and adapted by legendary Twilight Zone screenwriter Richard Matheson.
After The Night Stalker became one of the... [click here for more]
THE SHADOWS OF A MAN'S PAST ARE LONG…
Cole Danvers is a small-time shadowrunner scratching out a living in the dangerous, divided sprawl of Denver, Colorado. But when a lucrative heist to steal an AmerIndian amulet goes terribly wrong, costing him both his teammates and nearly his life, Cole hits the streets intent on only one thing—vengeance.
But as he tracks down the Johnson that sent him on... [click here for more]
A SAVAGE KILLER STALKS THE STREETS…
Someone—or something—is killing nightclub entertainers in Kings Cross, Australia. Striking from the shadows, methodical, heinous, the murderer has wrapped the bawdy, colorful community in a suffocating blanket of terror.
Ninniniru "Ninn" Tossinn, a troubled private investigator, joins forces with Baraka, an elderly Aborigine shaman, to uncover... [click here for more]
RACE FOR THE RING OF THE GODS Romans have crossed the border into Germania and stolen Andvaranaut, the Ring of the Gods. Depending upon who possesses it and how it is used, it could allow Rome to conquer the world—or destroy the world altogether. Osric, the son of a benign Germanic sorcerer, has entered Roman territory on a quest to reclaim the Ring and its destructive magic power.... [click here for more]
Lost in Infinity
In helping to save San Francisco from eldritch evil, members of the Sentinels, premier hero team of Emerald City, are lost among the infinite dimensions of the multiverse. The rest of their team are on a quest to find them, no matter what it takes.
Aided by the rogue magician Thomas Rhymer and his allies, the mystic Gatekeeper and the Shadow Knights, the heroes must... [click here for more]
It’s up to a team of unlikely heroes to stop zombie Super Heroes and Super Villains from destroying the world in this time-travel horror adventure novel.
The Incident has infected the planet, creating zombified Super Heroes who destroy everything they swore to protect. Doctor Strange realizes the plague cannot be allowed to spread to other realities, but his Hunger is irresistible…
Now Earth’s... [click here for more]
An expert thief outwits foes old and new to defeat a sinister summoning, in this hair-raising noir-thriller from the bestselling world of Arkham Horror.
Notorious thief Countess Alessandra Zorzi has a new vocation: reacquiring the occult artifacts she once stole in order to put them in safer hands at Miskatonic University. With new apprentice Pepper Kelly by her side, Zorzi heads to Paris to find her... [click here for more]
What if someone you love is a serial killer?
DCI Eric Shaw, leading a forensic team at Scotland Yard, together with DI Miriam Leroux from a Murder Investigation Team, is investigating the death of a known offender. Killed by two gunshots: one to his neck, execution style, but preceded by another to his groin, implying a more personal motive.
Shaw’s attention at work is often distracted... [click here for more]
An occult thief takes on a sinister society threatening to tear the fabric of this world apart, in this daring noir-thriller from the bestselling world of Arkham Horror.
Countess Alessandra Zorzi, reformed thief and acquirer of occult artifacts, faces her greatest challenge yet as she searches for an elusive artist in possession of the powerful Zanthu Tablet; the only thing... [click here for more]
Enter The Time of Myth and Legend
Cults of RuneQuest: Mythology is an indispensable history of the mythology of the storied and epic Bronze Age fantasy world of Glorantha.
Myths and Mythology Explained
An explanation of myths and mythology and how it works in Glorantha. Cults of RuneQuest: Mythology includes dozens of Gloranthan myths, ready to be reflected... [click here for more]
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine.
RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe... [click here for more]
The pulp magazines of the early to mid 20th Century are often "politically incorrect" by modern standards. However, the "Spicy" magazines — Spicy-Adventure Stories, Spicy Mystery, Spicy Western, etc. — were politically incorrect by their own contemporary standards as well. With the occasional passing glimpse of a creamy-smooth thigh (or other... [click here for more]
How far will you go for Truth?
Pursuing the justice they desire, three desperate people from different backgrounds find themselves on dark paths of their own making, as their lives become mysteriously intertwined...
· Trevor McVee, rebel spy, rogue scoundrel, left alone to die on a hostile planet
· Jenna Ridley, cruise line captain and ex-war hero, searching for... [click here for more]
Seven To Die tells the story of Lex MacArthur, a San Francisco college student who comes into possession of an enigmatic clay pendant that unlocks a bevy of dormant superhuman genes.
She's stronger, she's faster, and she's on a mission to find out why.
As Lex sets out to discover who she is and where she really came from, she comes face-to-face with Egil, a killer who has been tracking Lex her... [click here for more]
The deepest mysteries of Doc Savage are finally revealed as John Sunlight, poetic genius of evil, discovers the innermost secrets of the Arctic refuge known as the Fortress of Solitude. Here Doc has hidden the super-scientific weapons confiscated during the course of his career along with inventions of his own for which the world is not yet ready. Ready or not, here they come!
Note: This digital... [click here for more]
Littlest Lovecraft retells H. P. Lovecraft's classic tale of cosmic horror The Call of Cthulhu in this fully illustrated adaptation.
When Thurston receives a mysterious box from his late grand-uncle, it leads to a terrible obsession. Follow his quest to learn the truth about strange statues, crazed cultists, and the great and monstrous Cthulhu.
Note: This book is landscape! The download includes... [click here for more]
Mawt Tallowkin is running...
...from a shattering betrayal that has destroyed everything he thought he knew. He is running for his life, desperate for justice...
Aeoffe Summerglade is running...
...from the criminals that want her dead, and the dark stain on her own soul. She is running for her life, though she hasn't the will to run far...
In the ramshackle mining town of Shalegorge the paths... [click here for more]
A librarian helps a desperate student find the door into a book; Sir Thomas Moore’s head is stolen and a messy rescue ensues; a mother sells a piece of her memory so her daughter can afford an education.
Science fiction is the story of what if and what comes next. It’s more playful, more inclusive and more entertaining than it has ever been before and as the world falls apart around us, it offers... [click here for more]
Who would you hurt to achieve justice?
· Former war hero Jenna Ridley, seeking a new rebellion
· Intergalactic fugitive Trevor McVee, out to avenge his father's murder
· Shape-shifting killer Windicott Ames, fearful he'll never find peace
As their dark paths lead them closer to achieving what they've so desperately desired, a peculiar girl with unknown powers becomes key to the completion of... [click here for more]
Cadwiller Olden was only three feet tall, but he was the most dangerous man on Earth. With his legion of brutal giants and control of a massive energy force stronger than gravity, the murderous midget begins an all-out assault on all of the free nations of the world. (Also published as The Deadly Dwarf.)
Note: This digital edition includes the PDF, EPUB and MOBI (Kindle) versions of the book. ... [click here for more]
Time travel is one of the staples of science fiction, right up there with aliens, space opera, and robots. Most science fiction authors have written at least one time travel story. This collection samples some of the best.
TIME OUT, by Edward M. Lerner THESE STONES WILL REMEMBER, by Reginald Bretnor PROJECT MASTODON, by John Gregory Betancourt 12:01 P.M., by Richard A. Lupoff TIME CONSIDERED... [click here for more]
A tough, hard-nosed career officer in the male-dominated world of British policing, DCI Claire Pierce of North Yorkshire Police heads Northern England’s underfunded and understaffed Ritual Crime Unit. Unregarded by the traditional police, struggling with an out-sized caseload, Pierce is about to tackle her most shocking case so far. Following reports of unlicensed shapeshifters running wild... [click here for more]
When a man dressed in buckskins sells fine furs never before seen, Doc and his aides fly to the polar wastes and deep into the Earth to find a savage land still ruled by dinosaurs.
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Doc and his men hunt for (and are hunted by) a coonskin-clad figure who fires disappearing bullets from a rifle that squeaks instead of roars, only to disappear whenever pursued. Why is he stirring up a feud in the Kentucky mountains? How can Doc intervene when he and his men are viewed as outsiders by the hill folk, many of whom believe that the Squeaking Goblin is on their side?
Note: This... [click here for more]
You are about to witness a revelation
There is an inquisition that the world has never known
on the most famous sea disaster in living memory.
Its location and contents have remained clandestine.
The case is not about not scrutinising the White Star Line.
Instead, friends, lovers, even God, are called to the dock
It is a microcosmic view, an entirely personal claim,
one young woman’s... [click here for more]
Dungeons Are Half the Game.
You can’t control what players are going to do. That’s half the fun. But you can control where they do it. That’s a whole other half! The Kobold Guide to Dungeons gives both new and experienced Game Masters over 100 pages of insight and ideas into making dungeons great.
In-depth essays from industry luminaries teach you... [click here for more]