It’s Friday the 13th!
However, I think we’ll more or less manage to dodge zombie serial killers, haunted dice bags and other supernatural dangers in this weekly dose of RPG news.
There are quite a few big books about to be released; Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything and Cyberpunk Red. As a result, lots of big sites are happily writing about RPGs, and I’ve tried to tersely curate some of that coverage below.
You’ll also notice that the competition bar, just below the main Geek Native RPG news section, is especially busy. Yep, there are three competitions live at the time of writing. It’s Contagious! is a chance to win a prototype version of pandemic inspired card game that’s been featured on TV. So, we might be escaping traditional Friday 13th terrors today, but not infections.
Lastly, I wanted to highlight the Chat Portal as an easy place to keep up with recent comments and banter on the site.
Right, now let’s get going with the tabletop RPG news!
RPG news from Geek Native
- Dungeons & Dragons deals abound in Amazon’s Black Friday sales.
- Humble Bundle is brimming with 2d20 Conan downloads.
- The Bundle of Holding as a Starfinder deal on.
- There are several RPG charity streams on right now.
- Defenders of the New Century is a free to download RPG quickstart about invading monsters and superheroes.
- Quality Games released a Pay-What-You-Want adventure for Lex Arcana called The Island of the Dead Sand.
- Goodman Games announced 500 more D&D 5e monsters with Dungeon Denizens.
- Eberron’s creator, Keith Baker, released the latest book for the D&D setting with Eberron Confidential.
- D&D got an updated errata.
- Paizo also has updated the Pathfinder errata.
- Pathfinder’s latest Beginner Box was this week’s top board game release at Amazon.
- Jonathan Hicks introduces Osprey Games’ latest RPG Those Dark Places.
- Luke Gygax joined the Bardsung guest writer team.
- Fantasy Grounds rolled out a sci-fi skin.
- Geek Native got an exclusive look at the Laidback DM’s Shotglass Adventures Kal-Zar’s Bane 2 – Mined Games.
- Geek Native talks to Silver Vine Publishing as they turn to Kickstarter to translate Japanese TTRPGs such as Summon Skate into English.
- Dragon Turtle released this chillax lofi carbon 2185 video.
- It’s all change at the World of Darkness as owners Paradox bring all development in-house and appoint Renegade Games the publisher.
RPG news from around the web
- Cubicle 7 are taking pre-orders for Warhammer FRP’s Middenheim Map and announced the Enemy in Shadows module for Foundry VTT.
- Cubicle 7 also shared their November update for Warhammer Fantasy.
- Polygon got into How Dungeons & Dragons’ next book deals with race.
- Chase Carter at Dicebreaker looks at Indie tabletop RPG Slugblaster packages its pulpy teen angst in an actual pizza box.
- Carter also covered the combat wheelchair coming to the Witcher RPG.
- Arc Dream announced that the Delta Green Black Sites will ship in hardback in February.
- Dicebreaker’s Matt Jarvis discovered that a Dungeons & Dragons Monopoly set is on the way.
- JP Chapleau shared an after-action report on virtual Game Hole Con.
- ComicBook’s Christian Hoffer points out at the D&D errata Makes Some Big Changes to the Artificer.
- Geek Culture rounded up all the Nightfall The Terminator RPG news.
- Critical Role announced a new Mighty Nein Origins graphic novel series.
- Marc Langworthy shared an EN Publishing Looking Ahead.
RPG reviews and interviews from around the web
- Let’s round up some of the Cyberpunk Red reviews. There’s Charlie Hall’s over at Polygon, Rob Wieland’s at Forbes and Matt Cebulla at RPG.net.
- Sword and Stitchery reviewed Sea Kings of the Purple Towns.
- Sami Yuhas reviewed Starfinder: Waking the Worldseed.
- Matt Jarvis wrote-up Mausritter is an adorable fantasy RPG about small mice on a big adventure, with an expanded edition out now.
- Rob Wieland shared Vaesen Explores Moody, Mythic Mysteries.
- Angel’s Citadel reviewed the Invisible Sun book The Gate.
- Jeff McAleer did a page through of Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything.
- Rolling Boxcars reviewed Humblewood.
- Rolling Boxcars also reviewed Girl Underground.
- Handiwork Games and Beowulf’s Jacob Rodgers talked RPGs.
- Bleeding Cool’s Gavin Sheehan talked to Ivan Van Norman about Critical Role’s new publisher Darrington Press.
- Charles Dunwoody talked Rivers of London in an interview with Ben Aaronovitch.
- James Whitbrook of io9 talked about Kamen Rider becoming an RPG with Sam Kusek.
- James also shared a Tasha’s Cauldron peak with Meet Some of D&D’s Fanciful New Patrons Your Adventurers Could Work For.
- Davide Vincenzi interviewed Erik Granstrom about the Forbidden Lands.
- The Brooklyn Rail talked about D&D at the Lost Tomb of the Bitchin’ Chimera with Andrew Ervin.
- At d20Radio, Egg Embry interviewed Eric Bloat and Brandon K Aten about Dark Places & Demogorgons.
- Egg also talked to Murder Publishing’s Jordan Palmer about the Perilous Roleplaying Game.
RPG new releases
- Cawood Publishing released the 5e compatible Monsters of the City
- Now available digitally, Fandom Tabletop have released Cortex Prime.
- A team of D&D creators released Tasha’s Crucible of Everything Else (v1).
- Isaac Williams’ Mausritter rulebook is now in print.
- Monte Cook Games released the Jade Colossus 5e Conversion Guide.
- Paizo shared their November new releases.
- Evil Hat now has Fate Condensed as a print book.
- 9th Level Games published Business Wizards.
- Veiled Fury Entertainment has a God Best Seller with the Savage Worlds Sprawlrunners.
- Chris Valentine released Knightmares for 5e.
RPG ideas, tips and discoveries
- Looking to have a D&D character portrait done for free? There’s an AI for that.
- An interactive guide to help new players learn the D&D character sheet.
- Not interactive, but straight forward and an effective way to explain D&D ability scores.
- Lewis Pulsipher tackled Worlds of Design: Baselines Assumptions of Fantasy RPGs.
- Ranger Games Publishing wrote up The Finger Points of a Frankengame.
- Sean Fraser at Awesome Sticks put together Vampire the Masquerade Storyteller tools.
- Looper’s Mike Bedard found The Rick and Morty Dungeons & Dragons adventure you didn’t know you needed.
- Kobold’s Sarah Madsen shared Dungeon Tables: Fifty Unique Environmental Encounters.
- Tomas Gimenez Rioja offered up How To: Time Travelling in RPGs – The Unique Timeline.
- Reality Refractured wrote down Three Facts for an Intrigue Adventure NPC.
- Boing Boing’s Gareth Branwyn opined Read the authors that inspired Gary Gygax and the origins of D&D in Appendix N.
- Geek Dad’s Sumon Yule had 5 Questions to Help Pick Your Next D&D Adventure: Part 2.
- Adventure A Week shared d100 Arctic Finds.
- Green Ronin Publishing and Owen K.C. Stephens put together Shake Things Up – Adding Complications to Encounter Designs.
- World Anvil offered up Build Your Castles & Crusades and Fading Suns Campaigns.
- Michael Tresca kindly put together Working Through Grief with Role-Playing Games
- Mike Shea wrote-up Building Lazy Dungeons.
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;
- Beer Star Games and Brian A Liberge has social justice warriors and giant monsters game with Ace Adventure and the Flying Royal Flush.
- Cory J. Burns is working on a 5e-powered campaign module called Felbar’s Shoppe of Curiosities and Occult.
- Phil Stone has crowdfunded The Complete Illustrated Book of Transmutation.
- DM Workshop is putting together a book of lairs, spells and relics with Dragon Lore.
- Mike Hamm has funded an RPG about small-town teenagers with hoverboards who sneak into other dimensions. It is Slugblaster.
- Tim Brookes has a good idea and a mission to save a culture and the endangered Mongolian language with ULUS.
- Hammerdog Games have smashed their modest goal with a project to Build A Custom Screen for 5e or Pathfinder.
- Andrew J Lucas is trying again with the Savage Worlds and Endless Realms’ campaign setting New Bristol.
- EN Publishing has soared beyond their campaign goal with Advanced Rules Miscellany: 5th Edition Rules Modules.
- The Wanderer’s Guide is offering fantasy maps and world-building tools and they funded in three hours.
- Gooey Cube has over $70,000 pledged their 5e-powered Enthrawlling Adventures and Incredible World.
- Prideceratops Productions want you to come with them into a world of marvel and the mysteries of the spirits with Muohtaeana.
- XploringMap is offering up 10+ hand-drawn Dungeon Battle-Maps.
- Cabal of Enchantment is working on a 5e-powered Alchemy & Poisoncraft supplement.
- Jacob Daigle has met the goal for a rules-light RPG about skeletons trying to please their Lich King with Bones and Basements.
If there’s a source or news you think is worth monitoring, please get in touch or leave a comment below.