Hello and welcome to the end of the week and our next round-up of RPG news.
I’m pleased to say that all Geek Native patrons, or those who sign up soon, will get sent a copy of Fainting Goat Games’ Pew Pew Bounty Hunters in Space.
The year is getting busy. You can see it just by glancing down the bullet-points below.
The new releases included today could easily be twice as large. If you look at the Kickstarter Heat diagram (which I’ll explain in future days… promise), you can see that the campaign launches are nearly back to pre-Christmas levels.
Another evidence point that it’s getting busy is that my “to write” list is growing more quickly than I can finish articles. That said; if you have any news then please get in touch.
And on that note; on with the TTRPG news!
RPG news from Geek Native
- The next official D&D book has been announced after a leak, and it’s the Candlekeep Mysteries.
- Matt Colville’s MCDM has published the first issue of their D&D magazine Arcadia.
- A free collection of homebrew rules with D&D Unleashed – The Elements & Beyond.
- ModCon recorded the world premiere of Dune: Adventures in the Imperium.
- Need a heck of forest battle maps? How about one million square feet for free?
- Inkwell Ideas is likely to publish a fantasy font.
- The BASH character generator got an update.
- I spoke to Amit Moshe who helped argue that City of Mist is for people who are afraid of D&D.
- The Bundle of Holding has a Troika deal.
- Icho.io has an impressive 87 solo RPGs in a bundle for just $10.
- Wizards of the Coast as some free map downloads.
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RPG news from around the web
- Dicebreaker carried the news that the Carly Rae Jepsen RPG Boy Problems is getting its own Side-B expansion.
- In the UK, The Scouts and Dungeons & Dragons announced a partnership and the sponsorship of the Entertainer Activity Badge.
- Polygon noted that Dungeons & Dragons kicks off 2021 with its first wheelchair-accessible dungeon.
- Pinnacle shared some free VTT blank tokens.
- Renegade Game Studios has promoted Sara Erickson from Director of Sales and Marketing to Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
- Free League Publishing’s popular Vaesen horror RPG is now available on Fantasy Grounds.
- Sean Fallun and Shane Marine announced The Grave Titan.
- Meira Gebel at the Willamette Week wrote up Alex Flagg and Patrick Kapera at Crafty Games.
- At Forbes, Rob Wieland covered Try a New Role Playing Game During New Gamemaster Month.
- Charlie Hall argues that because of the pandemic, labour relations and social unrest that Tabletop gaming in 2021 will be defined by these last 12 months of chaos.
- Chessex announced these pretty new Nebula dice.
RPG reviews and interviews from around the web
- For d20radio, Kim Frandsen reviewed the City of Mist Starter Set.
- Joann Walles reviewed Blades in the Dark.
- Meanwhile, Josh Walles reviewed Low Fantasy Gaming – Deluxe Edition.
- Rolling Boxcars reviewed W.M. Akers’ Comrades: A Revolutionary RPG.
- Technical RPG reviewed Arcana of the Ancients and Treacherous Traps.
- RPGames reviewed Master of the Fallen Fortress and Crypt of the Everflame.
- Ben Reece reviewed the Pathfinder Beginner Box.
- Egg Embry interviewed Ryan and Kael Shuck about the RPG Rune & Steel.
RPG new releases
- The Cabinet of Curiosities published a dual-pamphlet RPG for cyberpunk one-shots with CBR+PNK.
- Machine Age Productions released a supplement for the Buffy-inspired #iHunt with the Player’s Companion and Quickstart.
- David Markiwsky published the neo-futuristic and optionally GM-less Utopia RPG.
- Following a successful Kickstarter, Outland Entertainment published the lo-fi fantasy Alan Bahr’s Tombpunk.
- The Insta Grahame published the solo-journaling random order Unstuck in Time.
- Onyx Path Publishing offered up the Vampire 5e Cults of the Blood Gods.
- Secrets of the Masquerade helps turn mortals into something else with Ladies of Darkness: Ghouls and Vampires.
- The Goat’s Head now offers print-on-demand versions of Iziron’s Enchiridion of the West Marches.
RPG ideas, tips and discoveries
- Ben and the genre police talk about exploring in D&D with Bring Me the Horizon.
- Mike Shea had the great idea to Replace Flanking with Cinematic Advantage.
- Over at Pelgrane Press, Kevin Kulp wrote up a Small Town Setting for Swords of the Serpentine.
- At Nerdarchy, Steven Partridge shared Diving into the Evolution of Tabletop RPGs.
- Meanwhile, Robin Miller offered 3 Ways to Handle NPC Conversion Without Breaking the Flow of Your RPG.
- Mike Bourke helped sort sci-fi from fantasy with Boundaries of the Fantastic.
- Chaosium shared The Red Book of Magic – From Concept to Page.
- Kobold Press blogged Tome Unbound: Fleshspurned.
- It’s week two of New Gamemaster Month so Let’s Talk Setting and Rules.
- Roleplaying Tips tackled with when Players “checked out” When Campaign Switched to Virtual Online.
- Coleman Gailloreto investigated Indie Tabletop RPGs About Community and Togetherness.
- James Haeck, writing for D&D Beyond, offered a New Player’s Guide: How to Make the Most of Session Zero.
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;
- Explore mountains and valleys within a colossal structure in Nich Angell’s COLOSTLE – A solo RPG.
- Blake Johnson and team have been working on a 3D Virtual Tabletop called Realm Engine.
- Jacob Lucas is looking to kickstart Dungeon King: Terrain and Miniatures for RPGs.
- Any story, anywhere with the Make 100 project Tapestry: Mint Tin RPG.
- An ambitious actual play campaign that aspires to be along the likes of Critical Role and the cast is still revealed. Welcome to The Rolling Brave.
- Désirée Nordlund has funded three TableTop RPG Fantasy Adventures.
- Tom Brinton has a pocket-sized and spiral-bound system for generating adventures. It uses Paper Apps™ DUNGEON.
- Ill Gotten Games is working on a tabletop RPG set in a weird future full of magic, mutants and monsters called Coils of Chaos.
- Ember + Ash want you to fight pirates, get revenge and steal their fucking treasure in Corpsewake Cove for Mörk Borg.
- Aaron Kreader has funded a Dungeon Crawl Classics adventure with Welcome To Eastwood (MCC/DCC RPG).
- Reward your characters in-game while also fulfilling your New Year resolutions with Ledger of Endeavors.
- Bannister has been a professional Gamemaster since 1992 and for Make 100 is offering up Fantasy City Locations.
- A branching narrative gamebook set in a post-apocalyptic world. It’s Alba – an Open World Adventure Book.
- Shawn P. Conlin is working on a tabletop game in which players investigate the paranormal and hunts cryptids. Welcome to The W.A.T.C.H. RPG.
- Jared Dustin Wann is working on an RPG zine about dreams called HYPNAGOGIC JERKS.
- Drifter’s Atlas is hoping to publish a quarterly print magazine, and the Kickstarter is for The Drifter’s Quarterly: Vol. 1&2.
- Brittannia Game Designs has funded a Japanese feudal expansion for Chivalry & Sorcery 5th edition with the Land of the Rising Sun.
If there’s a source or news you think is worth monitoring, please get in touch or leave a comment below.