Looking for an RPG news summary? You’re in the right place. Geek Native’s Routinely Itemised: RPG column does just that.
It feels like it’s been another busy week in the tabletop gaming hobby and this may well be due to around round of virtual conventions and the approach of Halloween. Indeed there are few better times to tease us with horror RPG news or tempt us to try a new system with free one-night adventure content?
The approach of Halloween also means the end of the month and the last chance for Patreons to vote in the RPG Publisher Spotlight. Until the next poll, that is.
Mecha vs Kaiju publisher WrightWerx is in the spotlight this month, and Geek Native talked to founder Jonathan Wright about giant monsters, big robots and geek culture.
Since Patrons have been kept busy with all this action, there’s also a free dice bag in the post for all Patrons or anyone who joins the program before the 7th. It’s a small thank you, but hopefully, an extra dice bag is nearly as helpful as an extra shiny dice!
Right, now on with the RPG news!
RPG news from Geek Native
- Hasbro’s earnings call suggested the company is somewhere on the path to developing a Dungeons & Dragons TV show.
- Wizards of the Coast are organising pay-for virtual play events, and the DMs get to keep the cash.
- WotC also expanded Unearthed Arcana with dragon monks and rangers.
- Critical Role has started their own RPG and tabletop publishing company called Darrington Press.
- Blizzards’ Chris Metzen and Mike Gilmartin have also started a tabletop games company. This one is called Warchief Gaming.
- You can now play Warhammer, Alien, Esper Genesis and Companion’s Tale on Ro20, and there’s a Mobile Roll20 coming.
- Astral Tabletop lost emails but nothing else sensitive in a database breach.
- Clever game organising and storage app YARPS goes into hibernation.
- Atlas Games is working with Fandom to ship Cortex Prime.
- Oni-Lion Forge and Chooseco teamed up for a Choose Your Own Adventure Graphic Novel range.
- You can get a host of Dungeon Crawl Classics in Humble Bundle.
- You can also get Helmgast’s KULT: Divinity Lost from the Bundle of Holding.
- The modular BYTE RPG is out.
- The a|state 2 primer Nicely, Done is now available in print.
- Monte Cook Games announced Claim the Sky and First Responders.
- A GoFundMe has been set up to help the Role Play Haven reopen in 2021.
- Want to try Savage Worlds? The Test Drive Rules include Deadlands material and are free to download.
RPG news from around the web
- Nightfall Games’ The Terminator RPG will use the S5S system.
- EN World captured the preview from Fantasy Grounds of Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything.
- However, the physical book is delayed outside of North America.
- Pinnacle Entertainment Group has a sweet deal on The Goon Roleplaying Game.
- Cubicle 7 gave us a cover reveal for the Wrath & Glory: Forsaken System Player’s Guide.
- R. Talsorian Games told us a little more about Cyberpunk RED with Gangs and Combat.
- Steve Jackson Games is running The Fantasy Trip and Ogre Playmat Scenario Contest.
- Monte Cook Games hired LaTia Jacquise as Community Relations Coordinator.
- Chaosium hired Community Ambassadors for the Miskatonic Repository and Jonstown Compendium; Allan Carey and Nick Brooke.
- Catalyst Games as appointed Aaron Cahall as the assistant line developer for BattleTech and Matt Frederiksen as CamoSpecs Online Coordinator.
- Mindjammer Press launched a new webstore.
- Paizo introduced the Starfinder Adventure Path Fly Free or Die.
- Paizo also gave us an update on Nova Qualifications.
- A|state writer Morgan Davie talked about the game.
- Bleeding Cool points out that Beadle & Grimm’s First Kickstarter Funded In 12 Minutes For Pathfinder.
- Alex Meehan wrote up Magpie Games and Mark Diaz Truman’s John Wick inspired Urban Shadows.
- Greg Anderson of Sunn O))) joined the Putrescence Regnant Kickstarter.
- Roll20 gave us an update on their Black Lives Matter pledges.
- Jim Likes Games, a company shuttered by the pandemic, handed unsold games to Indie Press Revolution.
RPG reviews and interviews from around the web
- Geek Dad reviewed D&D’s Beasts & Behemoths.
- Booknest reviewed the Vampire: The Masquerade sourcebook Let the Streets Run Red.
- Antonios S reviewed Jeddak of Jeddaks Era Supplemental Rulebook and also John Carter of Mars’ Legacy Map of Barsoom.
- Rolling Boxcar’s Daniel Stack reviewed Random Alien Games’ Free Spacer.
- Vox’s Emily VanDerWerff reviewed The Great American Witch.
- Dice Monkey reviewed Top Secret: New World Order.
- Beth Rimmels reviewed the official D&D cookbook Heroes’ Feast.
- J.T. Dimino reviewed The Bone Age.
- Charles Dunwoody reviewed Kali Ghati and Lover in the Ice for Delta Green.
- The Other Side reviewed Kids on Brooms and Charm.
- Angel’s Citadel reviewed the huge and expensive Invisible Sun – Black Cube.
- James Ray reviewed the Cypher System’s The Haunting of Creedmore Asylum.
- The Gaming Gang reviewed Vaesen.
- d20Radio’s Linda Whitson interviewed Ed Jowett on Era: The Forbidden RPG.
- Egg Embry talked to Bloat Games about the superhero RPG anthology Tales from Vigilante City.
RPG new releases
- Parallel Publishing released Old Bones.
- The limited edition of the JoJo / FATE / Sham King inspired RPG Over Arms is available.
- Steamy android dramas in a grim future are now possible in the micro-RPG Silicon Skin.
- Published and discounted for the Halloween sale by Palladium Books is the Dead Reign sourcebook In the Face of Death.
- As promised, Chaosium has published the Call of Cthulhu adventure Children of Fear.
- Also as promised, in time for Halloween, Cubicle 7 published Soulbound’s Fateful Night and Warhammer FRP’s Hell Rides of Hallt.
- Nightpath Publishing expanded Entromancy with The Orichite Age – Struct.
- Pegasus Press has a Silver Best Seller already with the Talisman Adventures Fantasy Roleplaying Game.
- Ian Yusem and Emily Weiss published Dinoplex: Cataclysm.
- Onyx Path’s Community Content program for Scarred Lands expands with the release of Frostlands of Fenrilik.
- OPP also updated Titanomachy (A Collection of Threats for Scion Second Edition.
- 5e gets unexpected with Monte Cook Games’ Beasts of Flesh and Steel.
- Barnes and Noble has an exclusive edition of Heroes’ Feast.
- Saturday Morning Scenarios released Horror in the Windy City: A Whispers RPG Setting.
- Luka Rejec has a Name Your Own Price game called Well-Gourded Village.
- Fire Ruby Designs published Griff’s Vale for Warlock.
RPG ideas, tips and discoveries
- An attempt at geek humour; select all the images with elven rangers.
- Pelgrane Press and Julian Kuleck looked at Treacherous Treasures (Mimics for 13th Age).
- Meanwhile, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan offers up When The Pumpkins Turn Yellow for the Yellow King RPG and The Tiger and the Veil for Esoterrorists.
- At EN World, Andrew Peregrine wrote The Horror! of Introducing New Players.
- At Dicebreaker, Michael Whelan suggests the 4 best tabletop RPGs with no GM.
- Christian Hoffer shared some thoughts on Dealing With Death in Dungeons & Dragons (auto-play video warning). Christian also found gaming dice made from moose poop.
- At Tor, Linda H. Codega helped us with Tabletop Games for Your Favorite Horror Book.
- Charles Dunwoody gave some advice with The Horror! Call of Cthulhu One Shot One Kill.
- Phil Vecchione at Gnome Stew wrote up Not To Kill: Non Lethal Options in Combat.
- Kobold Press’ Beth Ball and Jonathan Ball penned One-on-One Roleplaying: Running a One-on-One Session as Part of Your Group Game.
You can see those Kickstarters and other crowdfunding campaigns that caught Geek Native’s attention over at Kickstarter watch. Here are some industry projects worth a mention;
- Scott Hibbard has a streamlined multiverse in Heavenscape: Reloaded.
- Pacesetter Games & Simulations has smashed their Kickstarter goal with The Lost Triptych: A 5e and B/X RPG campaign.
- Viridian Gaming Supplies, as seen on Critical Role, are collecting money to make D&D 5e Condition Rings.
- DeepDark Designs is funding spooky content with Complete Character Chronicles are a huge success.
- Spencer Campbell has funded a supplement for the Slayers RPG called Dust.
- Wet Ink Games has an 80s high school 5e game called Dark Places & Demogorgons.
- Geek and Artsy want to tempt you with a dragon-themed diorama of dice and accessories in Draconis Vitae Dice.
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