Our first full week of 2021 and I hope it was a good one.
Not because of the new year, but because of the new month, the Publisher Spotlight poll has opened again.
If you’re a Geek Native patron then you can vote for one of the five candidate RPG publishers and creators. They are;
The winner for January was Parts Per Million, and I concede that I’m yet to try and get in touch to arrange an interview.
I will. This time the new year is to blame.
And on that note; on with the TTRPG news!
RPG news from Geek Native
- Paizo has a month-long new playtest for Pathfinder 2e with Guns and Gears.
- Monte Cook Games released a free to download preview of Edge of the Sun.
- Osprey Publishing shared a free name generator for Righteous Blood, Ruthless Blades.
- Chaosium has given us a look at the (draft) cover of the upcoming RPG Lords of the Middle Sea.
- Wizards of the Coast will reveal a new book this coming Tuesday.
- Despite a struggle for funds and staff, RPG Research helped 30,000+ people.
- Catalyst Game Labs will publish the Runner Resource Book Shadowrun: Collapsing Now.
- Fainting Goat Games released a name your own price RPG in the shape of Agents of BAMF.
- EN World has released the community vote for the 10 most anticipated tabletop RPGs of 2021.
- The Bundle of Holding has a John Carter of Mars deal.
- TBoH and Onyx Path also worked together to help a game designer in need with the Changeling: the Dreaming bundle called Jackie’s Dreaming.
- Brexit delays hit DriveThruRPG’s European customers.
RPG news from around the web
- Matt Jarvis shared the sad news that World of Darkness and D&D writer and designer Jackie Cassada has died of COVID-19.
- Jarvis also wrote up Sword & Board is Dark Souls as a tabletop RPG.
- Goodman Games revealed the Best Selling DCC Third Party Supplements of 2020.
- Bat in the Attic Games introduces Majestic Fantasy.
- In a widely shared piece, Matthew Gault of Wired noted that Dungeons & Dragon’s Racial Reckoning is Long Overdue.
- Steven Kenson launched The Icons Patreon.
- EN Publishing gave us a look at Level Up’s Monsters: The Stat Block.
RPG reviews and interviews from around the web
- Technical RPG reviewed the Warlock Magazine.
- Ben Reece reviewed Starfinder’s We’re No Heroes.
- Davie Pierson reviewed Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything.
- Lane Martin reviewed Vaesen: Nordic Horror Roleplaying
- Rolling Boxcars reviewed Decuma: The R&D for Your RPG.
- Shannon Appelcline interviewed Greg Porter.
- At d20Radio, Egg Embry interviewed Howard Andrew Jones from Goodman Games about Tales From The Magician’s Skull.
RPG new releases
- Based on the paintings of John Mallord William Turner is a TTRPG from Oz called A Disaster At Sea.
- Graham Walmsley has released the horrors of Cthulhu Dark.
- An RPG about star-blessed demigods defending the remains of humanity; Briar Sovereign has published The Brightest Things We Know.
- Cubicle 7 released the Warhammer FRP Shrines of Sigmar.
- Tana Pigeon launched a new ezine for RPGs with Mythic Magazine volume 1.
- Fire Ruby Designs extended their Warlock! RPG with Three’s Company.
- Porcupine Publishing released a name your own price Player’s Guide for their 16th-century Brazilian setting The Elephant & Macaw Banner.
- The hour is late. The sky is dark. A hard rain falls on the weak. It’s Tibbius’ Crawlers.
RPG ideas, tips and discoveries
- Charles Dunwoody used the new Neverland setting from Andrews McMeel as a basic world building example.
- Ryan S. Dancey, former VP at Wizards of the Coast, shared WotC, DDI, 4E, and Hasbro: Some History.
- New Gamemaster Month kicked off with Welcome, and Let’s Get Started! and Initial Planning For Your Game Session.
- Meanwhile, on EN World, Egg Embry summarised What Are Publishers Doing For New Gamemaster Month?
- Arcane Eye wrote up What I Learned as a New Dungeon Master (And Why You Should Try It!)
- Dave Clark of Full Moon Storytelling penned Adding Culture to Your Game: A new tool.
- Angel’s Citadel shared Making Props for Game Immersion.
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;
- EN Publishing has a popular “Quickstarter” on their hands with Enchanted Trinkets II for D&D 5th Edition.
- Munchkin Metropolis wants to help you build your own models and have launched the Make 100 / The Do-It-Yourself Dungeon Builders Toolkit
- The Grinning Frog has more than doubled the campaign target for Vastral’s Guide to Magical Oddities for 5e.
- 2CGaming has smashed it out of the park with the Ultimate Guide to 5th edition foes and the Epic Legacy Tome of Titans
- Trader Brandon and Todd Stashwick’s Nerd Circus are offering MYSTIC LIBATIONS: Critical Cocktails.
- Ronald V. Smorynski is working on a D&D adventure module called The Goblin Fortress.
- Kris McDermott has 75+ themed maps in Meanders 5: WILD WEST Digital Battlemaps for Tabletop RPG.
- Chad M. Lensch has funded a maritime-rescue adventure in Rescue at Griffoncrag Pass: a 5E Adventure.
- Adam Collins is writing a winter-themed expansion. It’s The Hike That Binds Us: Wintertide Expansion.
- Stephen D has funded a lighthearted and optimistic sci-fi RPG toolkit in the shape of Space Aces: TNG (The New Guidebook).
- Lair has recruited hundreds of backers for Eldritch Century – 3D Printable miniatures and tales.
- Jason Youngdale is hoping to turn rules he wrote as a 14-year-old into a publication with Make 100 Dragon’s Teeth RPG rulebooks (rebooted and updated).
- Theorycraft is offering to help optimise all your character concepts withD&D 3.5e Character Development Planner (DnD3rd).
- Nathaly Aupin is offering virtual tabletop assets with the 40+ Tabletop RPG Map Pack.
- Sanguine Productions will have you fight monsters while you become one yourself in ABYSS – The Tabletop RPG of Supernatural Action-Horror.
- Broken Anvil Miniatures lowered their campaign ask by more than £30,000 for the Dungeon Delvers (relaunch).
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