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Travel to Cthulhu’s hometown with Lost in R’lyeh!

In the sunken city of R’lyeh, Cthulhu lies not dead, but dreaming. When the city rises to the surface of the Pacific Ocean where hapless travelers might see it, the very image of its slimy green edifices is often enough to drive them mad.
Sounds like the perfect location for a fun new card game, right?

Lost in R’lyeh is the newest release from Atlas Games. It’s a fast-paced card game for two to six players that takes you into the deathless city where you cannot win — you can only escape before becoming lost forever.
Cards have a Horror Rating number, and players put together sets of cards of the same rating. The more cards you have in your set, the more powerful the effect you trigger. If you can’t play at all, you must pick up the discard pile. Having more cards pushes you further from the finish line, but you may get the cards you need to make powerful sets.

As each player gets rid of all their cards, they escape the clutches of the endless nightmare city, if not the madness that ensues. Only the last player left is lost forever in R’lyeh.

Dare you enter the realm of the Great Old Ones? Grab a copy of Lost in R’lyeh today!

Origins Hall of Fame

Atlas Games' President John Nephew was inducted into the Origins Awards Hall of Fame tonite. The following is Michelle Nephew's speech presenting him with the award:

John likes to say that he’s never had a “real” job. He started out writing for Dungeons & Dragons as a teenager, unbeknownst to those who bought him drinks at his first Gen Con. (You know who you are!)

By the time he was in college he started Atlas Games to publish his own writing. But he soon figured out that running a game publishing company successfully was a much more rare talent in this industry, and that’s where he found his calling.

Looking at the games John’s published over the years, another rare talent he’s shown is the ability to recognize true talent in others. Jonathan Tweet, Robin Laws, John Tynes, Greg Stolze, James Wallis, Keith Baker -- these are big names now who John met when they were just starting out.

He fostered their work, and helped bring their creations to life, changing our hobby in the process with some of the most cutting-edge games of their time: Ars Magica, Over the Edge, Feng Shui, Unknown Armies, Once Upon a Time, Gloom. Atlas was publishing edgy and “indie” games before there really were indie games in the industry.

And many of these John picked up as a 2nd edition or later and gave them another chance. Atlas became a kind of “home for wayward games” as a result -- offering groundbreaking game designs that some other publisher just couldn’t break even on.

John has worked for three decades as a kind of literary foster father -- time and again he’s given games that are really innovative a second chance at life. And in that role he’s helped define and expand what hobby gaming is.

Thus the award tonite. Thank you John, and congratulations honey!


HKTF88 Free RPG Day: The Buddy Cop Movie





When a badass team of international super-cops arrive on the scene in Hong Kong for Hong Kong Task Force Double Eight, a Free RPG Day QuickStart for Feng Shui 2, the bad guys know it's all over. But for the cops on this special Task Force, it's not just a matter of justice, it's about the friendships and rivalries forged in the process.

Only the choices they make in life separate the heroes from the villains in this adventure. The good guys have made all the right choices to be the best of the best... or have they? How much really separates them from the victims and criminals?




In Hong Kong-style cop movies, showing off and good-natured competition are the order of the day. Who is the bluest of the blue? What nation's cops has the best stuff? Can a quirky Maverick Cop from Istanbul work with a serious-minded Mystic Cop from Tokyo? It'll take a Task Force in Hong Kong to answer that question and many others.

Which of your fellow cops will rise to the challenge, and which ones will end up as dead weight? Grab your copy of HKTF88 from your participating local retailer on Saturday June 18 and play to find out!



Hong Kong Task Force Double Eight Adventure for Feng Shui 2 is coming on Free RPG Day


When an international drug corporation comes to Hong Kong and floods the black market with a dangerous drug, only an international team of super-cops can put a stop to threats both mundane and supernatural. Secret anti-magical conspiracies and wizards out of control lurk behind the scenes. Hong Kong Task Force Double Eight are the only ones who can restore the balance.

Hong Kong Task Force Double Eight is a Free RPG Day QuickStart for the Feng Shui 2 roleplaying game with everything you need to start playing a fast-paced, melodramatic, kung-fu cop drama. With four pregenerated characters, you can start playing in no time flat! Show those bad guys in Hong Kong the difference between right and wrong with fists of iron and a kick of sweet, sweet justice!

You can get your copy of Hong Kong Task Force Double Eight this Saturday, June 18, at your participating Free RPG Day retailer. Stick around to play games and kick butt!

Hong Kong Task Force Double Eight was written by Filamena Young, developed by Cam Banks, and edited by Colleen Riley. Artwork is by Britt Martin, Christian N. St. Pierre, and Carlos Villa.



Thinker, Trusty, Trickster, Thief





 The new Once Upon a Time expansion Animal Tales opens up a whole new type of character for players to explore. Many animals featured in fairy tales take the place of human characters and exaggerate common characteristics. Dogs are loyal friends, crows are clever, and lions are proud leaders. When they appear in fairy tales, they represent a certain kind of person, with that trait so overblown that it’s impossible to miss the meaning.

However, the meaning of some animals varies greatly depending on which culture’s folklore you’re reading. For example, a bear in Native American tales is associated with healing and enforcement of social rules, while in Russia a bear is simply a good-natured oaf. And in Finland, the bear is the sacred embodiment of the ancestors. It has a half-dozen different names because the Finns believe that saying its true name will spoil the hunting in that area.

On the flip side, some classic archetypes are played by different animals in world cultures. The trickster is one of the most common characters in folktales, but it takes different forms depending on where you are. In France, the clever fox Reynard delights in fooling people and animals alike, as does the two-tailed fox Kitsune in Japan (he’s got a reputation as a seducer too). It’s Coyote who causes trouble in Southwestern American Native tales, and in parts of Africa, Anansi the spider does the tricking.



What personalities do your players give the animals in your fairy tales? Share them in the comments!