Friday, June 17, 2016

Rippers Resurrected Has Arrived


Okay, I promise I won’t brag about EVERY gaming purchase here, but this one is such a stunning package I just have to.

Rippers Resurrected (by Pinnacle Entertainment Group) is out, and it’s beautiful. This is the product of a Kickstarter project from earlier this year. Though I never played the original Rippers, the subject matter is compelling (monster-hunters in Victorian England using the monsters’ own abilities against them) and the project details all looked great, so I bit. And did I bite! I opted for all three books (player’s guide, GM’s guide, and an expanded location book), plus the GM’s screen, plus the thematically matching dice, cards, and tokens. (I drank the Kool-aid.)

And, since most Kickstarter projects I’ve backed spread their resulting products out over a period of months or even years, I didn’t expect it all to arrive at once!


For some reason, my favorite thing about the game so far is the idea of lodges, which are hideouts that the players can create and develop as they advance. As it happens, my wife and I are planning a trip to England, and one of the country's points of interest gave me an idea for a new Ripper lodge of my own.

Rippers Lodge: The Bath House

Rank: 4
Location: Bath, Somerset, England
Modifier: +1
Facilities: Meeting & Dining Room, Sleeping Quarters (sleeps 16). Library, Ripper Lab
Edges: Chapel, Hidden, Medical Center, Mystical Location

Designed as a sanctuary for resting and recuperating, the lodge in Bath is hidden away in the ruins of an ancient Roman temple. Rippers must enter the lodge via underground labyrinth because the whole thing is both underground and underwater. Fortunately, many visitors find the sound of dripping water soothing, and soaking in it proves to be even better.