Bundle of Holding sent the e-mail two days ago, but only saw it yesterday. I am not familiar with the game, but here’s the Wikipedia article on it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Rose_(role-playing_game). In an unusual twist, it’s a Role-Playing Game (RPG) billed as a romantic fantasy. I didn’t know there was a romantic fantasy RPG genre; seems to focus more on diplomacy and other non-combat skills than combat. I included the 2015 Kickstarter campaign below.
Through MONDAY, MARCH 30 the Blue Rose Bundle makes you an envoy of the Sovereign of Aldea in adventures of romantic fantasy
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Though we haven’t quite yet got our act together, later today — or, well, maybe tomorrow — we’ll be adding new titles to our newly resurrected Hero Kids Bundle featuring the fast and fun introductory RPG perfect for younger kids ages 4-10. Two new 90-minute adventure scenarios and two card sets will soon join this comprehensive lineup that gathers almost the entire Hero Kids game line. And if you’ve already bought this Hero Kids offer, either recently or during its original April 2018 run, you automatically receive the newly added titles on your Wizard’s Cabinet download page and in your DriveThruRPG Library. When you buy a Bundle of Holding, you never worry about missing titles added later — even much later.
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A BLUE ROSE AWAITS
Through Monday, March 30 we present the all-new Blue Rose Bundle featuring the AGE-system RPG of romantic fantasy from Green Ronin Publishing. Inspired by authors like Mercedes Lackey, Diane Duane, Tamora Pierce, and many more, Blue Rose makes you an envoy in service to the Sovereign of the peaceful and prosperous kingdom of Aldea. As much problem-solvers and diplomats as warriors, envoys uphold civilization’s ideals and protect ordinary people from danger. Aided by the rhydan — your psychic animal allies — you and your companions guard your homeland from aggressive neighbors, ancient monsters and artifacts, and a resurgent Shadow.
Funded in a successful June 2015 Kickstarter campaign, the new edition of Blue Rose uses Green Ronin’s Adventure Game Engine (AGE), the popular rules that power the Fantasy AGE and Dragon Age RPGs (both featured in our Feb 2020 Dragon Age Bundle).
The 2005 first edition of Blue Rose drew attention — not all positive. Some found its take on the fantasy genre refreshing, others distasteful. The game and setting emphasized gender equality and inclusion, along with themes of cooperation and individuality. In “Controversial RPG Blue Rose Returns With More Intrigue, Psychic Powers” (Gizmodo, July 2015), Ed Grabianowski interviewed Blue Rose co-designer Steve Kenson (ICONS) about the “romantic fantasy” label. “‘Romantic’ refers to a style and a point of view that’s generally positive, hopeful, and cooperative,” Kenson said. “Good people can make a difference, true love can and does win in the end, we can make the world better, people of good conscience can work together (and even disagree) but still coexist peacefully, and, ultimately, there is good in the world and it’s something worth fighting for. That romance often includes interpersonal relationships, from boon comrades to passionate love, and such things are both the reasons why characters take action and the rewards they receive for their efforts.
“In this day and age, even mature adult gamers won’t blink at games and stories that model the most terrible forms of violence, but become sheepish and embarrassed by stories modeling love and friendship and family. [This] powerful story element has been missing from games aimed at telling legendary or mythological stories: the notion that love and connection are powers as great, if not greater, than any magic, any battle-prowess, or any cunning scheme.”
This offer gathers the entire Blue Rose 2E roleplaying line plus fiction and play aids for an unbeatable bargain price. Pay just US$7.95 to get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $48) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete full-color, 384-page Blue Rose core rulebook; the full-length novel Shadowtide by Joseph D. Carriker Jr. (plus its novella-length sequel Pit of Vipers and the free Shadowtide: Recipes from Aldea); and the brand-new 14-story anthology Sovereigns of the Blue Rose.
And if you pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, you’ll level up and also get our entire Bonus Collection with five more titles worth an additional $51, including the rest of the Blue Rose gaming line — the massive city sourcebook Aldis: City of the Blue Rose, the adventure collection Six of Swords, and the Blue Rose Narrator’s Kit — plus two more Tales of Blue Rose: Of Shadow and Light and Heartsong.
Gather your friends and loved ones, bond with your animal companions, and join the Sovereign’s Finest before this Blue Rose offer ends Monday, March 30.
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