A quieter week than usual?
It’s almost as if a huge cyberpunk computer roleplaying game was due out and few people fancied fighting it for the headlines? It’s been a while since Kickstarter was this slow…
Well, fear not. Geek Native’s news team (yours truly) has been keeping an eye out for tabletop news and once again we’ve plenty to summarise in this RPG news list.
Of course, if you ever do have any news tips then it does no harm at all to get in touch.
Sometimes news comes at pace, Kickstarters launch with early bird deals that last hours, not days, and if this weekly summary isn’t fast enough for you to keep up then Telegram and Twitter are too faster alternatives. The best? Geek Native’s RSS Feed of course.
Now on with with the tabletop RPG news!
RPG news from Geek Native
- What were the most popular D&D player character races in 2020? D&D Beyond told Geek Native.
- Goodman Games will host Spawn of Cyclops Con in February 2021 and added The Dungeon Alphabet to Fantasy Grounds.
- 5e cyberpunk studio Nightpath has launched the Entromancy Cryptographers Guild community content program.
- Handiwork Games launched a monster-a-week Handimonsters subscription.
- Outland Entertainment announced that the Kickstarter for Tombpunk is coming soon and that it would have micro-settings from Alana Joli Abbot and Gwen Nix.
- Modiphius open pre-orders on Dune, and started selling out!
- Publishers back New Gamemaster Month.
- Wizards of the Coast hired Amanda Hamon as Dungeons & Dragons’ new Senior Designer.
- Pinnacle signs Savage Worlds Adventure Edition up as a free Foundry VTT module.
- The Bundle of Holding has SWADE SAVAGE Rifts and Explorer’s Edition SAVAGE Explorer Essentials.
- Pick up lots of creatures on the cheap in the Pathfinder 1e Monster Lore bundle.
- Geek Native reviewed the quirky, Russian and Doom inspired See You in Hell RPG.
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RPG news from around the web
- Pinnacle Entertainment Group ran ads for Savage Worlds on Hulu (an American competitor to Netflix except with, er, ads!).
- Dicebreaker’s Alex Meehan suggests Tabletop RPG releases 2021: 10 upcoming roleplaying games you should play.
- Alex also introduced Doug Levandowski’s solo RPG about depression called Below.
- I’m sometimes critical but here’s a list of the good that GAMA has been up to in an article called GAMA Supports Our Members and the Tabletop Games Industry.
- Paizo shared their Starfinder Society December Previews.
- Modiphius revealed prices and open pre-orders on Dune: Adventures in the Imperium.
- Modiphius also revealed What’s So Special About Dune.
- The Gauntlet Gaming Community opened pre-orders on Trophy.
- Green Ronin shared this impressive bundle of free Quick Starts.
RPG reviews and interviews from around the web
- Rob Wieland reviewed LoreSmyth’s Remarkable Shops and Remarkable Inns.
- Aaron T. Huss reviewed Skycrawl.
- Angel Citadel reviewed Monte Cook Games’ Godforsaken.
- Jeff McAleer shares a page-through of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: Ubersreik Adventures.
- Rolling Boxcars reviewed The Elephant and Macaw Banner.
- Rolling Boxcars also reviewed the Miskatonic Repository’s Full Fathom Five.
- Endzeitgiest reviewed 13th Age’s Book of Heroic Races 2.
- OnTableTop interviewed Jonathan Hicks about Those Dark Places.
RPG new releases
- Cubicle 7 published WFRP: Archives of the Empire.
- Aaron A Reed already has a DriveThruRPG Silver best seller with Skycrawl
- Riley Rethal launched Doikayt: A Jewish TTRPG Anthology.
- Batts published Radikal Souls.
- Free League Publishing released the second part of Coriolis’ Mercy of Icons campaign with The Last Cyclade.
- Schwalb Entertainment published Hired Help for Shadow of the Demon Lord.
- Posthuman Studios published Eclipse Phase: Xenovore.
- Goodman Games released the 2020 Holiday Module The Doom That Came to Christmas Town.
RPG ideas, tips and discoveries
- Charles Dunwoody published the second part of Mythos World and his Call of Cthulhu worldbuilding series.
- Lysa Penrose writes First Mechanics Reveal: Mundane Magic RPG.
- Arcane Eye shared their D&D 5e Artificer Guide.
- Tribality put together How to GM an Open World Campaign.
- Casting Shadows put together this guide to Nibiru.
- Berin Kinsman explored The Value of Risk in Indie Publishing.
- Joann Walles shared Flavoring Your Settings With Custom Types.
- Pelgrane Press’ Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan wrote up the helpful Introducing GUMSHOE at a Virtual Convention.
- Supporting the Kickstarter, Monte Cook put together Making Crises Exciting in First Responders.
- Mike Shea wrote up Running Wars, Big Battles, and Massive Combat in D&D.
- Awesome Dice put together this insightful 6 D&D 5e Character Generators comparison.
- Crystal Frasier shared Boom with a Capital B – Rapid-Fire villains!.
- Alexandria Turney wrote up Best Practice Tips For Tabletop RPG Etiquette.
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;
- Conflict Games have funded an impressive Monster Description Cards for Writers, Storytellers and GMs.
- Griffon Lore Games has a 5e and Pathfinder module about drunken fairies and plotting druids with Fire on Claymore Woods.
- Joel T. Clark is funding an RPG of Kung-Fu heroes in the Post Apocalypse called Tian Shang: Lone Wolf Fists.
- Joe Shaw is making Dudes on a Map: Virtual Grid Paper.
- Blueshift Nine have a hugely successful, tens of thousands of dollars, campaign with SkullSplitter Dice 2020 Frosted Collection.
- Trevor Armstrong is working on 200+ pages of 5e NPCs in Allies & Antagonists: A Big Book of D&D 5e NPCs.
- Louis Hoefer has written an RPG about a band of misfit adolescents. It’s The Dare-Luck Club Role Playing Game.
- Daphni S. Gibbons Webb is working on a system of collapsible scenery for D&D and other tabletop games with Project Webblock.
- Nathaly Aupin has 32 RPG Maps collection, New Maps for Virtual tabletop games.
- Angelos Kyprianos is working on a tabletop RPG with a realistic combat system called Meteor Tales.
- Philip Reed has a larger Kickstarter campaign than usual for a 64-page hardcover and third-party Mork Borg product called Calo’s Book of Monsters.
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