Sunday, March 10, 2019


The year is 1998 -- the Euro came online, Will Smith apparently got jiggy, Furbies were flying off of the shelves, and the RPG world was about to be turned on its ear with the introduction of Nether Regionz Sword & Planet Roleplaying Game's 3rd Edition. The official Nether Regionz Magazine was the number one source of information on the new game, and wouldn't you know it, we found a few cases of Issue #158 from March of 1998 in the back of the warehouse!  

Artist's approximation of the final product. Does the Photoshop drop shadow dealie make it look like it's 60+ pages?

The heavily illustrated issue includes an introduction to the campaign world, detailed maps, COMICS, tons of illustrations, articles on the history of fantasy RPGs, guest artists, parody ads, letters, maps, and PUZZLES.

Game content includes Nether Regionz unique take on playable slimepeople with the ability to increase their size by absorbing more slime, harpies with questionable flying abilities, rock-hurling cyclops PCs with poor depth perception, plantperson brutes with grappling tendrils and plant speech. There are also rules for energy weapons, an alignment-based background generation system, a deep dive into some of the more unique Nether Regionz locales to inspire your games. There are parody letters from readers, parody ads, real ads, reviews and previews of other games and media seemingly from the late 90s, and by some miracle of time dilation, all the material is 5E compatible! 

Guest contributors include Bill Ward (Black Gate Magazine, Tales From the Magician's Skull Online) writing about the influence of genre fiction like Jack Vance's Planet of Adventure and Michael Moorcock's Elric series on tabletop roleplaying games. Illustrations and comics from Tom O'Halloren (Shark McGill, Sugarplum Chronicles), Melvin Jarvis (Dungeon Crawlers), Michael Bracco (The Creators, Adam Wreck), and Kata Kane (Altar Girl, Ana and the Cosmic Race). There is an excerpt from Neon Barbarian, a comic by David Crispino (Ancient Noise, Taft Sturgeon) and Tony Gregori (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rick & Morty), cartoons by Jonny Wags (You Are Now Encumbered, Be Gentle I'm Stupid), and me (I Taste Sound, Irregulordz).  

The Nether Regionz campaign setting is an homage to early 80s sword and planet franchises such as ThunderCats, Thundarr the Barbarian, and especially Masters of the Universe. The rules contained in the magazine are 5E compatible with modifications inspired by earlier editions of the game as well as 80s systems, such as the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Other Strangeness by Palladium Books.


This rare find is a great introduction to the Nether Regionz for gamers, collectors, and fantasy art fans alike. In addition to the 60+ page full color magazine, rewards include a digital copy of the magazine, and sticker packs (found in another box in the warehouse). Time dilation. 


Customize your order and help us unlock stretch goals with a la cart rewards from the Add-Ons menu. Extra copies of Nether Regionz Magazine Issue #158 at a reduced price. CONFUSE YOUR FRIENDS WITH THIS RETRO NERD TREASURE! Stickers, and copies of Mike Riley’s 10 year comic retrospective. 


If we exceed the initial funding goal by $1,000, the magazine will include an additional 6 pages of Tony and Dave's Neon Barbarian comic. 

At $3,000, instead of being a centerfold spread, the map of Netheros Prime will be a poster-sized insert!