Merry Christmas and happy holidays!
As you might imagine, this collection of RPG news isn’t the busiest it’s been this year. Companies are taking a break for the festive season, and things are slowing down, but not stopping.
An unusual gift for publishers might be the last-minute deal between the UK and EU which, with a bit of luck, will make it easier to ship RPGs (and board games) in and out of the country. After America, the UK is many publishers’ second-biggest market.
Now, I’ve a small confession to make. I’m not writing this round-up today. This is the first-ever Routinely Itemised collection of RPG news written the day before and then scheduled for release.
If you’ve wrestled WordPress before then, you’ll know this can be a hit or miss process. I even have a plugin to try and catch and re-try any failed scheduled posts. It also means there’s going to be a window of potential news missed while I have (some of) Christmas off. Don’t worry. I’ll update here or carry over to next week.
And on that note; on with the TTRPG news!
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RPG news from Geek Native
- Finishing off Geek Native’s annual best-sellers list are Family RPGs published in 2020.
- The Dragonlance authors have ended their legal case against Wizards of the Coast.
- Modiphius announces Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Discovery RPG rights.
- In support of Black Lives Matter, The Book of Lost Magicka was launched.
- Kult fans put together an unofficial but supported and free bundle of content in tribute to Mechanoreceptor.
- Handiwork gave us a sneak peek of the layout and art in A|State 2e.
- In the Bundle of Holding, there’s a Blades in the Dark deal.
- In Humble Bundle, there’s an STL files deal for dozens of wargame and board game minis.
RPG news from around the web
- Jason Durall answered questions about the new RuneQuest title The Red Book of Magic.
- Game Industry News’s Colin Flanigan penned Burning Bryte with a brand new game system.
- Bully Pulpit Games have hired Jazzlyn Stone as their Social Media Manager.
- IGDN thanked 9th Level Games, DriveThruRPG, Evil Hat Productions, The Game Crafter, Haiduc Games, Indie Press Revolution, Magpie Games, Meijia Games, Metal Weave Games, Monte Cook Games, One Shot Network, Restoration Games, Roll20, Unicorn Motorcycle Games and Van Ryder Games for their Diversity Sponsorship.
RPG reviews and interviews from around the web
- Dicebreaker is running a “Games of the Year 2020” series, and one of them is Cyberpunk Red co-designer Cody Pondsmith on Ice Age RPG Wurm.
- Egg Embry reviewed Little Feet: The Legend of Gimcrack Jack.
- Daniel Stack reviewed Vaesen – Nordic Horror Roleplaying.
- Antonios S also reviewed Vaesen.
- The always busy Antonios S also wrote up a review of Warhammer 40K: Wrath & Glory.
- Abram Towle reviewed Lost Omens Pathfinder Society Guide (2e).
- Endzeitgeist reviewed Starfinder’s Star Log.EM: Vanguard Options.
- Arcane Eye reviewed Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything.
- Press Play Media reviewed the Alien RPG.
RPG new releases
- Play as the monsters trying to keep adventurers out of the dungeon in Ben Nielson’s Wicked Ones.
- Kid-friendly fantasy campaign or one-shot seeds from Accessible Games in Fire Starters.
- Be a mutant bounty hunter in 2000 AD and EN Publishing’s Rogue Trooper.
- Chaosium published RuneQuest’s The Red Book of Magic.
- Every household has a ghost! Bully Pulpit Games and IKantKoan have released House Ghost.
- Brie Beau Sheldon released a slice-of-life supernatural RPG about shapeshifters in small towns. It’s Turn.
- Hunters Entertainment released Altered Carbon.
RPG ideas, tips and discoveries
- Geek House Coffee has blends named after TTRPG classes.
- Cubicle 7 wrote up AoS: Soulbound – Encounter Design.
- Kevin Victor Rae shared Using Monsters Beyond the Statblock: Goblinoids.
- Awesome Dice took the time to visit D&D players and common courtesy.
- Angel’s Citadel got into Making leveling up part of your narrative.
- Sea of Stars shared their 4th instalment of History resources for your game.
- Master the Dungeon offered up Why you should use a DM screen.
- Technical RPG asked How many 5e Dungeons and Dragons products do you need?.
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;
- 3D-printer STL files are big business. There’s €50,000 pledged already for Lost Kingdom Miniatures’ Kingdom of Mercia.
- Broken Anvil Miniatures are asking for $60,000 for their fantasy 32mm tabletop cast in resin or STL file Dungeon Delvers minis.
- Steve Hampson is crowdfunding an original concept: Flat Dice.
- The Dice House are offering handcrafted wizard spell D&D dice.
- Shaw Schiappacasse has a 5e campaign set above the clouds called Caelum: A Shattered Sky.
If there’s a source or news you think is worth monitoring, please get in touch or leave a comment below.