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The Kingbeast’s Lair 2012 Gift Guide

December 13, 2012 By: John Taber Category: Anime Reviews, Fun Reads, Games, Media Interests, Product Reviews

I decided that it might be fun to start a new Christmas tradition at Kingbeast’s Lair. Since this is a time of giving and since I love reading gift lists I thought it might be fun to present a list of the RPG, anime, and fun read related offerings that are currently on my gift list and a list of items that I think would make great gifts for the geek in your life. For each list I will limit myself to one RPG, one anime series or movie, and one fun read.

My Wish List

Here is a brief summary of a few of items on my Christmas list this year. I really hope I get some of these under my tree. If any of my regular players are reading this then I want to remind them how much work I put into running games…I could really use something to keep me motivated…hint hint. 😀

Agents Of Oblivion by Reality Blurs
Agents Of Oblivion CoverAgents of Oblivion is a setting for Savage Worlds and True20 by the folks at Reality Blurs. Here is the elevator pitch from their site:

Ready for horror-fueled espionage action? Agents of Oblivion wants you!

Agents of Oblivion is the highly anticipated Savage Worlds setting book we like to call “The Perfect Cocktail of Horror and Espionage”.

The pages within are graced with everything you need to play the style of spy game you want to play from “The Company Line” where every nightmare and conspiracy you can imagine is real and you can wield the powers you need to drive back the darkness to “Spy versus Spy” where you can take things on in a gritty brutal fashion.

Agents Of Oblivions was a nominee for 2012 ENnie Award for Best Supplement. The other things that look interesting to me is that it is run with Savage Worlds, which I have been itching to run, and it features spies and monsters. What is not to love about espionage and horror! 🙂 Here is a link to the product page on the Reality Blurs website. They have copies at Noble Knight Games at this URL for $24.95.

Rin: Daughters Of Mnemosyne Complete Series by FUNimation
Rin is an adult anime series that looks to be full of sex, violence, and mystery. Here is the story blurb from the FUNimation site:

Rin Asogi is an immortal private detective with a thirst for vodka and a talent for attracting things that go bump in the night. In a series of nightmarish vignettes spanning sixty-five years, Rin’s lush body is sadistically pierced, blown up, and mulched to a bloody pulp. The fiend behind her tortured existence is Apos, an eternal being obsessed with sacrificing Rin to Yggdrasil, the tree of all life. While Rin struggles to unravel the secrets of her endless agony, Apos lurks in the shadows, eager to tear into her ripe body and devour the memories of her countless lives. Rin’s no stranger to the realm of the dead, but her next visit could last forever.

I has received some good reviews and the preview material on the FUNimation site looks excellent. Here is a link to the Rin site at You can get copies at RightStuf at this URL for $24.99.

Black Fire by Hernan Rodriguez
Black Fire is a very interesting graphic novel published by Archaia. I don’t have any experience with Hernan Rogriguez but I love almost everything that comes out of Archaia and the summary on their site looks really interesting. Here is a synopsis from the Archaia site:

Black Fire is the story of two soldiers in Napoleon’s army retreating from his disastrous campaigns in Russia. Separated from their unit by a Cossack attack, they stumble across an isolated Slavic town, where strange and bizarre doings are afoot. The ancient town is deep, forbidden territory, the prison of a dark monster-god out of Slavic legend and nightmare, which seeks to use the newcomers to escape. This is an historical horror story in the vein of HP Lovecraft and Brotherhood of the Wolf.

Monsters and Napoleon’s soldiers!?! SOLD! Here is a link to the Archaia product site for Black Fire. You can pickup copies on at this URL for $18.96.

Wish List For That Special Person In Your Life

Here are just three of the items on my bookshelf that I think would make great gifts. Note that two of these entries have not yet been reviewed on Kingbeast’s Lair but may be reviewed next year.

Never Unprepared by Engine Publishing
This is a new book full of advice for GMs of any system. Here is the blurb from the product site:

Whether you’re new to game mastering or have been running the same campaign since 1974, Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide to Session Prep will help you prepare for games faster, avoid common pitfalls, and have more fun in the process. To our knowledge, this is the first book entirely devoted to the process of prepping for tabletop RPGs.

Ten years in the making, Never Unprepared is award-winning author Phil Vecchione’s epic rock ballad to game prep. A project manager and veteran game master, he draws on extensive experience to present flexible systems for developing or optimizing your own unique approach to game prep. Phil’s work has previously appeared on (silver ENnie Award winner for Best Blog, 2010 and 2011) and in Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters and Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game.

You can pickup copies at Noble Knight Games at this URL for a paltry $17.95.

Mushi-Shi by FUNimation
Mushi-Shi is a wonderful anime series that follows a mushi master known as Ginko. Stories are heart warming and deep. I did a complete review of the series with tons of details at this URL. Highly recommended.

Atomic Robo by Red 5 Comics
Atomic Robo Front CoverAtomic Robo is a light pulpy comic that is a joy to read. The stories are well written and the artwork is just beautiful. Here is a blurb about the first trade paperback:

In 1923, Nikola Tesla’s career is in its twilight… until he unveils a robot with automatic intelligence – ATOMIC ROBO! After decades of dealing with all manner of weirdness, Atomic Robo and the so-called Action Scientists of Tesladyne become the go-to defense force against the unexplained! See ROBO take on Nazis, giant ants, clockwork mummies, walking pyramids, Mars, cyborgs, and his nemesis, Baron von Helsingard, in his first trade paperback graphic novel. This edition collects the hard-to-find, sold-out, debut issues of Atomic Robo #1-6, complete with cover gallery, pin-ups, concept sketches, and bonus stories.

Another cool thing about Atomic Robo is that there will soon be an RPG for the setting produced by the brilliant folks at Evil Hat Games. (Here is a link to the RPG site that you can watch for updates.) You can get copies of Atomic Robo at this URL for $18.95 on Amazon.

Merry Christmas everyone! 😀

[FYI. If any of my players are still reading this post I was just kidding…it is a joy running games for you gyus. 🙂 ]

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