Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Back in the Bundle!

You might or might not have gotten what I was hinting at in my last blog post, but now that it's live, I think it's safe to just tell you.

The Bundle of Holding is doing a revival of the Family Friendly Bundle that I participated in last year about this time. This is the Bundle that was active when Wil Wheaton graced the site with his glorious gaze. (In case you didn't get my hint, this is what I was referring to.) It will be available from now until January 2nd, 2015.

Along with Adventures in Oz: Fantasy Roleplaying Beyond the Yellow Brick Road, there are several other games that you can play with kids (or just kids at heart.)

Happy Birthday, Robot! is a storytelling game in which players create the story of Robot's birthday. But each player only gets so many words to contribute to the story. Not really an RPG, but a fun party or classroom game. There is even advice for teachers on using the game in their lesson plans.

Hero Kids brings the combat and exploration of D&D to kids as young as 4. Cleanly laid out character cards illustrate heroic roles for boys and girls.

Mermaid Adventures takes players on undersea adventures inspired by The Little Mermaid and other fantastical tales. Several types of merfolk are available for play, and the game includes 5 adventures as well as a coloring book!

The Princes' Kingdom describes itself as a "game about children, adults and ideals."  Players take on the role of princes and princesses who travel their parent's kingdom solving problems. On the one hand, they are royalty and have the authority to implement their solutions. On the other hand, the characters (and maybe even their players) are children and have a hard time getting adults to listen to them.

If you beat the average price (set at 13.95 at release, but creeping up), you'll also get the bonus titles. Adventures in Oz: Fantasy Roleplaying Beyond the Yellow Brick Road is one of these. The others are:

Camp Myth is based on the YA novels of Chris Lewis Carter and puts players in a summer camp for mythical beings. It uses a system similar to the one in Mermaid Adventure (They're from the same publisher), but also offers the opportunity for characters to earn Badges during play.

Project Ninja Panda Taco is about Masterminds who must work to conquer the world with 3 random objects, as well as their long-suffering minion. The description puts me in mind of a simpler, sillier, more kid-friendly version of Fiasco.

School Daze is a game about the ups and downs of high school.It's a very light and loose system that seems geared more towards one-shot or short term play than extended campaigns.

The Zantabulous Zorcerer of Zo is a game that I've previously reviewed on this blog. By joining this offer, it removes the only thing that kept me from whole-hearted recommendation at that time: price. I complained that the print edition was priced higher than I would like. While the PDF version (all of the games offered at Bundle of Holding are downloadable ebooks) sells for $15, which is somewhat better, this offer give you this game as well as every other title here for download for about that price.

The Family Friendly Bundle will be one of 5 Bundles available via the Bundle of Holding on its release day. Check back often! As Judy Garland once said "My! People come and go so quickly here!"

As of this posting, The Indie Initiative Bundle has one more day to go. It's full of really neat games that were seminal to the Indie movement. The only one in the Bundle I've gotten to try out in my gaming career was The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen, which is a game of competitive storytelling and oneupsmanship that even imaginative non-gamers can enjoy.

2 more days to go to pick up the Dungeon World Bundle. It applies the Apocalypse World engine to old school dungeon crawling. If you pay enough to get the bonus titles, you can get Adventures on Dungeon Planet, which provides support for sword & planet adventures using Dungeon World.

5 days remain on the King Arthur Pendragon Bundle. Make you own knight or lady (or even lady knight) to adventure in the romantic world of King Arthur and earn your place at the Round Table. Bonus title The Great Pendragon Campaign includes over 100 adventures set before, during and after King Arthur's reign, weaving your characters into the vast tapestry that is Arthurian Legend.

Only 6 more days left on the Mutants & Masterminds 2e Bundle. If you love superheroes, this is a great value. The base collection includes not only the main rulebook and a beginners guide, but also a complete setting, from a complete city to patrol as a street-level hero to cosmic locales if you're a bit more Guardians of the Galaxy.

And of course, a portion of the proceeds for each one of these bundles is donated to two charities chosen by the participating publisher. Check each bundle's page to find out which charities your purchase will be supporting.
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