The winners of the RPG Publisher Spotlight vote for this month were Thought Police Interactive.
In the interview, we talk about uplifted turkeys and that time a police helicopter was called out on the publisher.
Geek Native patrons can vote in the January 2021 poll. Think of it as a fitting way to send off 2020.
Outside of gamers talking about Cyberpunk 2077, this week we had Chris Pine sign on with the D&D movie and Geek Native sharing RPG stats for the year.
Tucked inside this weekly RPG news summary are news and discoveries from around the web too. It’s not just Geek Native stories you’ll find here. We’re even tracking what little Kickstarter activity there is.
Want to know what the most popular races to play in D&D are? Or what fantasy games other than D&D had a good year? Read on!
It’s time for the tabletop RPG news!
RPG news from Geek Native
- River Horse announced The Dark Crystal RPG.
- Paradox Interactive released their first in-house World of Darkness product with the free to download Vampire: The Masquerade Companion.
- The Origins Awards rethinks the RPG category.
- World Anvil has distanced itself from lawyers harassing streamers.
- The charity RPG Research struggles with demand.
- John Harper makes the Paragon system available for third-party commercial use.
- D&D Beyond added dice to the mobile app.
- Wizards of the Coast released an official D&D calendar.
- Raptor Heist published a free 5e adventure called Let’s Kill the Moon.
- You can try the Foundry virtual tabletop free at The Forge.
- You can download 115 free battle maps from Seafoot Games.
- The Bundle of Holding has a deal for Modern AGE and The Expanse RPG.
- Modiphius gave us a look at the Dune RPG character sheets.
RPG 2020 Stats
- The “other” best selling fantasy RPGs of 2020.
- The best selling horror RPGs of 2020.
- The best selling modern RPGs of 2020.
- The best selling sci-fi RPGs of 2020.
- The best selling historical RPGs of 2020.
- The five most common names in D&D Beyond.
- The five most popular classes in D&D Beyond.
- The five most popular subclasses in D&D Beyond.
- The most common party composition in D&D Beyond.
RPG news from around the web
- Save the Date. Paizo announces plans for a new Pathfinder playtest.
- Paizo also announced the Pathfinder Adventure: Malevolence.
- Thought Police launched a fundraiser to help a developer out.
- Steve Jackson Games will pay GURPS and TFT writers more.
- Gen Con 2021 has pushed back badge registration and event submission.
- PEG confirmed January 2021 for the Savage Pathfinder Kickstarter.
- Kult: Divinity Lost is getting another pocket-sized Bible Edition.
- Monte Cook Games revealed that the code ‘2020MCGHolidayGift’ will get you $5 off their store or a $5 donation to charity.
- Onyx Path Publishing made Geist and Dark Eras wallpapers and journals available.
- Onyx Path also gave us Frostlands Expeditions: Fenrilik So Far for Scarred Lands.
- Modiphius continued their introduction to Dune with Adventures on Arrakis.
- World Anvil how to Use Free Features Like a Pro.
- Cubicle 7 opened a pre-order deal with Wrath & Glory: Duty Beyond Death.
- Dicebreaker gave us a history lesson with d007: How the all-but-forgotten James Bond RPG changed roleplaying.
- Chris Pine has signed on to the D&D movie.
RPG reviews and interviews from around the web
- Bloody Disgusting noted ‘Alien: The Tabletop RPG’ is the Closest You’ll Get to Living in the ‘Alien’ Universe.
- Rob Wieland reviewed Neon City Overdrive.
- Endzeitgiest reviewed Phantasmagoria #1, Phantasmagoria #2 and Ultimate Spheres of Power.
- Rolling Boxcars reviewed Battleords of the Twenty-Third Century.
- Gnome Stew reviewed Talisman Adventures.
- Wandering Gamist reviewed Sine Nomine’s Wolves of God.
- Sami Yuhas reviewed Call of Cthulhu – The Children of Fear.
- Angel’s Citadel reviewed Predation.
- Egg Embry interviewed Travis Legge about Dead Man’s Rust (5e): An Interview With Travis Legge.
RPG new releases
- James Introcaso released My Dad’s Monster Manual.
- R. Talsorian Games published a printed edition of Corporate Report 2020.
- Cubicle 7 published Warhammer Age of Sigmar Soulbound: Trouble Brewing.
- Cubicle 7 also released WFRP: Power Behind the Throne – Enemy Within Campaign Director’s Cut Volume 3.
- Daylight Publications gave us Supers & Sorcery.
- Bitchinville put together a Name Your Own Price one-shot called ‘Tis the Eve of Winterfeast.
- WTF Studio released Longwinter: Visitor’s Book and Longwinter: Referee’s Book.
- JP Stephens published Null: A Pulp Cthulhu Sourcebook.
- AAW Games released Devil of Dark Wood.
- Chaosium has print editions of Malleus Monstrorum – Cthulhu Mythos Bestiary – Slipcase Set available.
- Gaming Ballistic released Character Collections 1 – Experienced Adventurers for The Fantasy Trip.
RPG ideas, tips and discoveries
- Ben and the Genre Police look at social “combat” in D&D in an article called The Social Dilemma.
- Impress the neighbours with these d20 firepits!
- Arcane Eye wrote up Krampus’ Lair – A Christmas-Themed D&D Adventure.
- Awesome Dice wrote up How to Hack the Paladin for 5e.
- Tribality shared How to Create Quests for Open World Campaigns.
- Paper and Pencils put together The Dungeon d100s: Doors, Floors, Walls & Ceilings and Themes.
- Roleplaying Tips published plenty this week including The Unification Event — How To Get The Party Together and How To Help New Players Have A Blast With Their First Session.
- Amelia Summers wrote up Bringing the Mery Band Together: A Cause Worth Fighting For.
- Idyll Creations shared logic and a table of Polyhedral Probabilities.
- The Frugal GM pointed out the free resource in the Osher Map Library.
- Angel Citadel’s Josh Walles shared Pacing Your Game.
- The Savage Rifts blog put together Fast Lane Hacking for Savage Rifts.
- Alesmiter suggested A New Paradigm for Random Encounters.
- Screen Rant toured Tabletop RPGs With Avante-Garde Systems of Magic
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;
- David Wood has Dwarven miniatures suitable for a Bar Room Brawl.
- US Duck Tape as an original and tiny RPG in which you play an insect. It’s Cuticorium.
- Darkraven Games has funded A Mid Winter’s Eve Festival RPG Music and Audio.
- Fearsome Games has smashed their target for the RPG Olde School Wizardy: The Nine Ancient Runes of Magic.
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