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Dream Pod 9’s Black Friday – Cyber Monday – Holiday Sale 2020 is now live on the DP9 Online Store! The sale runs from November 27th 2020 thru Midnight EST January 3rd 2021. With 33% OFF our Heavy Gear Blitz (HGB) plastic miniature Army Boxes (North, South, CEF, and Caprice factions), pickup 1, 2, 3, or even 4 boxes for just $39.99 USD each. Plus 15% OFF all HGB Gears, Striders, VTOLs, Tanks, Hovertanks, APCs, Infantry, & Parts Packs. And HGB Gen Con & Xmas Exclusives, Badlands Resin Terrain, Chibis, Decals, Patches, & Dice.

Our friends at Fusion Models are also joining in on the Holiday Sale with 15% OFF the Heavy Gear Kodiak Master Grade Kit (1/35 scale), the Jovian Chronicles Pathfinder and Syreen Kits (1/200 scale), and all their Historical Conversion Kits.

Plus, all orders of $50 USD or more (before shipping) placed from now thru the end of the Holiday Sale will receive a free patch celebrating Dream Pod 9’s 25th Anniversary as a company, which officially started back on December 6th 1995. Here is a link to the DP9 Online Store for all interested. https://store.dp9.com/

Also a reminder last week we announced the early start of DP9’s Holiday Sale with 15% OFF all Jovian Wars spaceships, squads, parts, chibi, decals, dice, etc. which also runs to Midnight EST January 3rd 2021. So pickup some great 1/4000 scale spaceships and 1/1000 scale squads for the holidays. We still need more entries for the Jovian Wars Golden Exo 2020 Painting Completion, which the entry deadline has been extended to Midnight EST December 30th 2020, so get painting, take photos and email them to rdubois@dp9.com before then.

Our next shipping day is planned for Friday December 18th, 1 week before Christmas. Then we’ll be on another 14 day quarantine after returning to Canada from the US Post shipping. Next shipping after that is planned for Friday January 8th 2021.

Now for a bit of news on the Heavy Gear RPG 4th Edition, the development team has been busy this last week opening several more discussion threads on the DP9 Forum. They include dice mechanics, movement, emergencies, characteristics, attribute stat ranges, fumbles, and the top thread which includes pdfs of first draft rules and character sheet. Attached is screen capture of the Heavy Gear RPG 4th Edition Announcements section and a link to the section for those interested in joining in on the discussions.
https://dp9forum.com/index.php?/forum/89-heavy-gear-rpg-4th-edition-announcements/

We decided to get an early start to Dream Pod 9’s  Annual Holiday Sale for 2020 today. With 15% OFF Jovian Wars spaceships, squads, parts, chibi, decals, dice, etc. from November 19th 2020 thru Midnight EST January 3rd 2021. We plan to announce more specials next week for US Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. Here is a link to the Jovian Wars ordering page on the DP9 Online Store for those interested.

https://store.dp9.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=127

We still need entries for the Jovian Wars Golden Exo 2020 Painting Completion, so we’ve extended the deadline to Midnight EST December 30th 2020. Our next shipping day is planned for Friday November 27th and all orders received by the morning of Thursday Nov. 26th will ship that Friday.  So, get your Jovian Wars orders in this week to receive them in early December (for US & Canadian orders), then get painting, take photos and send in your entries. International shipping normally takes 3-4 weeks, but US/International Postal Services have been taking longer since Covid-19 has become the new normal in the world.

Then we’ll be on another 14 day quarantine after returning to Canada from the US Post shipping. Our next planned shipping after that is Friday December 18th 2020, one week before Christmas. Next shipping after that is planned for Friday January 8th 2021.

The Heavy Gear Fans and Online Community have been more supportive than we could possibly ask for! We have been able to grow the Heavy Gear Universe in ways that would not have happened without all your passion. With the release of Heavy Gear Blitz 3.0 fast approaching, we could not help but think of the Heavy Gear Roleplaying Game as well. Dream Pod 9 has formed a development team made up of members of the DP9 Forum community. This team has been tasked with using their combined skills to create the 4th Edition of the Heavy Gear RPG, with…

On this November 11th of a very difficult year, let us all remember those who sacrificed for our freedoms and please stay safe. Below is the poem “In Flanders Fields” written during World War I by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up…

The 25th Anniversary of Dream Pod 9 is fast approaching. DP9 was originally the design team for Ianus Publications, publisher of Protoculture Addicts and Mecha Press magazines back in the 1990s and its gaming section, Ianus Games. But all that changed on December 6th, 1995 when Dream Pod 9 became a company. To commemorate the 25th Anniversary we designed a new embroidered patch, you can see a preview attached with the original artwork and first proof sample that was sent us for approval. The final production patches should have straighter merrowed edges and are expected back at the end of…

Dream Pod 9 has started updating the old scanned Tribe 8 ebooks on DriveThruRPG with new clearer to read and searchable electronic versions, see sample page image attached below from the Tribe 8 Rulebook. The first four are now available: – Tribe 8 Rulebook 1st Edition – Weaver Screen and Assistant – Vimary Sourcebook – Children of Lilith If you previously purchased these ebooks, the updated files have automatically been added to your accounts on DriveThruRPG and are now available for you to login and download. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/19/Dream-Pod-9/subcategory/73_131/Tribe-8&affiliate_id=4310 We’ll also be adding Print on Demand options for them once we get…

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25 years, wow time flys by fast, Dream Pod9 was originally the design team for Ianus Publications, publisher of Protoculture Addicts and Mecha Press magazines back in the 1990s. And its gaming section, Ianus Games, which published the Nights Edge game line for Cyberpunk 2020 RPG (licensed from R. Talsorian Games) and Jovian Chronicles for the Mekton RPG (also licensed from RTG). Plus the anime based Project A-ko RPG (licensed from Central Park Media), the Heavy Gear Fighter and Video Fighter card games, and the first printing of the Heavy Gear RPG back in the summer of 1995. But all that changed on December 6th, 1995 when Dream Pod 9 became its own company with the goal of publishing the Heavy Gear and Jovian Chronicles Roleplaying and Tactical Games. We later added the Gear Krieg (RPG & Tactical Game), Tribe 8 (RPG) and Core Command (RPG) game lines and in-house miniature manufacturing.
To commemorate Dream Pod 9’s 25th Anniversary on December 6th, 2020. We’ve made a DP9 25th Anniversary Patch, with merrowed edging, DP9 logo and text in gold thread on black twill with an iron-on backing. The patch is 97mm tall by 79mm wide (3.8″ x 3.1″). We picked up the patches last Friday when doing our latest shipping with US Post. I took a photo in daylight of the patch to share with you all and another inside using flash of the stacks of patches we received, both are attached with this post to checkout.
As part of the DP9 Holiday Sale 2020 and to the end of January 2021 we’ll be including a free DP9 25th Anniversary Patch with all DP9 Online Store orders of $50 USD or more, based on the order Sub-Total. The patch will automatically be added to the order when it is packed, with a limit of 1 free patch per customer. The patch can also be purchased on the DP9 Online Store with our other great products at the following link. Our next shipping is schedule for Friday December 18th, 2020 the week before Christmas.

The response to the announcement of the development of Heavy Gear RPG 4th Edition has been awesome! Our team has been going over feedback from the community and using it to continue the development process. Thank you all for that feedback!
Today we are releasing an early draft of the mechanics for 4th Edition (pdf). As an early draft its purpose is to allow you as players to review what we have been working on and with the provided mockup of a character sheet (pdf) to test the mechanics as they stand.
Once you have run it through its paces, we would like your feedback. We want all your questions, comments, and concerns. We want to know what you liked as well. Make no mistake we want to know exactly what you as a community think. All the feedback will be reviewed, and we will use it to modify this draft, and repeat this process over the next few months. These rules are not yet complete nor refined, there are numbers to be massaged, concepts to be developed, mechanics to fill out still, and much remains open and subject to change and editing. However, this should give a good basic idea of where we’re aiming so far.
We’re still perfecting a number of features such as equipment, perk trees, certifications, and others. We will get those out in the near future.
Our overall goal is to align the visions of both the community and the development team to make the best product possible. In the end we, as a team, are a part of this community and want to create a game that we will also enjoy having adventures with!
We also want to share some of our scheduling plans today. We hope to have an alpha version of the Heavy Gear 4th Edition Rules ready to show in early January 2021. And with everyone’s help in playtesting and feedback to get it to beta version in the Spring. Then we’ll do a pre-layout to see the page count and what new artwork is needed. And start planning a Summer 2021 Kickstarter to pay for all the writing, layout, and new artwork, aiming for a late 2021 delivery.
Thank you all again for taking the time to help us reach this shared goal, feel free to click the link below to the thread on the DP9 Forum where you can download the pdfs and leave all your ideas, comments, and feedback!