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Pathfinder Giants Revisited Sourcebook

Pathfinder fans should take note. A late May 2012 release is slated for Giants Revisited, game publisher Paizo’s newest supplement for the world class fantasy role playing game. Giants Revisited promises to be the definitive sourcebook for all things “giant.” Within the book’s 64 pages, Game Masters and players will find everything they need in order to understand these mythical creatures — everything from the unique habitats, social structures, and history of giant-kind. Ten races are fully explored, including storm giants, cloud giants, frost giants, stone giants, hill giants, rune giants, marsh giants, fire giants, the one-eyed cyclops, and the nomadic Taiga giants.

Giants Revisited will allow Game Masters to incorporate giants into Pathfinder campaigns with ease. Not only is the source material well organized and illustrated, GMs will find complete statistics for sample giant leaders and jarls. The book includes unique spells and magic items for both giant-kind and the industrious player characters looking to explore the secrets of the “big folk.”

The sourcebook is written for the Pathfinder RPG, but the information contained within can easily be utilized in other role playing games. Giants Revisited has been skillfully put together by the team of Jesse Benner, Ryan Costello, Brian R. James, Jason Nelson, Russ Taylor, and Ray Vallese. The book’s retail price is listed at $19.99, and gamers can place pre-orders at their favorite hobby and game stores to ensure they get a copy.

Oblivion Crystal Dice — Something Different To Roll

Crystal Dice

Role playing gamers are an unusual bunch, and I should know. I’ve been active in the RPG scene since Ronald Reagan was President. Of course, like most gamers I cut my teeth on Dungeons and Dragons, but I’ve played just about everything through the years, including Call of Cthulhu, Paranoia, Traveller, Starblazer Adventures, and the Ghostbusters RPG (please, don’t remind me!). Though the games I’ve played are different and have varying mechanics (everything from D6 to D20 systems), one thing remains constant: if there is one signature trait of role playing it’s undoubtedly the game dice.

For years, role playing game dice have pretty much been standardized. A traditional polyhedral dice set includes all the favorites (d4, d6, d8, d10, d%, d12, and d20) in those funky geometric shapes that we’re all familiar with. Familiarity though can breed contempt, and like I said, role playing gamers are an unusual bunch. I have more dice in my collection than one gamer could possibly need in a lifetime — an entire shoe box full of RPG dice in every color you could imagine. Sure, I have my favorites, but I’m always on the lookout for something different.

Oblivion Crystal Dice (Available In Six Colors)

Last year at GenCon I found that different “something” in the form of Oblivion Crystal Dice. These dice are quite unusual, looking nothing like the traditional polyhedral sets that have been around for decades. Each die has its own unique crystal shape with sides exactly the same size to guarantee they roll true (probably the most important thing to look for in a set of RPG dice). All the necessary dice are present and accounted for in a crystal set (d4, d6, d8, d10, d%, d12, and d20), but they look totally different. As the crystal dice increase in number and facets, they grow fatter, giving rise to the name “barrel dice” by some gamers. For me though, “barrel” is an unflattering term and these dice are far from it, looking more like gemstones than containers used to store beer.

American dice manufacturer Crystal Caste owns the intellectual property rights to these uniquely shaped dice (at one time they sued and beat Hasbro in court for ripping off their crystal design). I personally own the orange and red sets, but the dice are available in a total of six Oblivion colors. If you’re looking for something different to roll on game night, these dice may be just what you’re looking for.