We survived April Fool’s Day, I think. At least there’s one day a year in which people scatter a pinch of salt on anything they read on the internet.
A new month means a new poll for the RPG Publisher Spotlight. Each month Geek Native tries to shine the light of promotion on a small publisher or creator.
LPJ Design won the April vote, and I’ll try and get in touch to arrange an interview.
The five candidates that Geek Native patrons can vote for this month are;
In other news, I’m trying to keep the Geek Native Instagram a little more active. When possible and sensible, posts here become the usual Instagram images with a text summary, but the platform doesn’t allow a handy link back to the original post.
Lastly, and as you’re about to see, there’s a record number of concurrent competitions live on the site – but only for the next few days.
Right now, here’s the rest of the RPG news!
RPG news from Geek Native
- Luke Crane has apologised and left Kickstarter.
- Andi Ewington shared some previews of the upcoming D&D inspired Campaigns & Companions.
- It’s neither an April Fools nor Kindred the Embraced, but Onyx Path announced a Scion TV series.
- Modiphius opened pre-orders for the Fallout 2d20 RPG.
- Free League Publishing announced Symbaroum 5e.
- Geek Native chatted to Marc Faulise about the Kickstarter and growth of the free and open source VTT Mythic Table.
- Geek Native had an exclusive look at some of the cards in The Deck of Many Quests.
- Red Box Vancouver rebranded to Chthonstone Games.
- WizKids announced a “huge miniature” Tiamat D&D model.
- Solo-friendly RPG Journey released a new version.
- The Bundle of Holding has two Coriolis and Tales from the Loop deals.
- DriveThruRPG has a 33% off sales event running for TTRPG / cRPG crossovers.
RPG Spotlight: LPJ Design
RPG news from around the web
- Goodman Games reveal the cover art and complete lineup for DCC Dying Earth, based on the novels by Jack Vance.
- Dicebreaker’s Chase Carter covers TroikaFest! is the perfect event for those who have never played the whimsical tabletop RPG.
- Chase also writes up Solo RPG The Wretched is a fantastic, if unintentional, pandemic anniversary game.
- Meanwhile, Dicebreaker’s Alex Meehan told us Spiritual successor to espionage RPG Spycraft gets a full retail release.
- Worth more than $1m in pledges, the RPG based in the near-future where America was never colonised Coyote & Crow funds.
- Cubicle 7’s WFRP Death on the Reik on Foundry VTT.
- Goodman Games’s DCC RPG is now available for use on The Foundry.
- Chaosium published a FAQ for Miskatonic Repository community creators.
- GAMA issues a statement on violence against Asian Americans.
- In this Routinely Itemised and the one before, you’ll find plenty of praise for WotC’s Candlekeep Mysteries, but POCGamer wants their name removed from the credits. Why? The what happened write up is in two parts.
RPG reviews and interviews from around the web
- Charles Dunwoody helmed an Interview with Derik Dunning, Author of D&D and Call of Cthulhu Products.
- At d20Radio, Egg Embry shares NeverEnding: An Interview With Jamie VanDoren.
- At EN World, Egg offered up The Terminator RPG: An Interview with Nightfall Games.
- Angel’s Citadel reviewed Interface Zero 2.0 (Fate Edition).
- At Endzeitgeist, Thilo Graf reviews Dungeon Age: Acid Metal Howl (5e/OSR), Shadows over Vathak: Amoral Prodigy Background (5e) and several takes on Sailing Aboard the Widow.
- Far Havens reviews Dungeons & Delvers – Core Rules.
- CBR’s Jacob Creswell says Dungeons & Dragons: Candlekeep Mysteries Perfectly Fills Gaps Between Adventures.
- At GamesRadar, Benjamin Abbott agrees with A Candlekeep Mysteries Review: “The Makings of a Modern Classic”.
- Wargamer offers up more praise with Candlekeep Mysteries review – a D&D book that sparks pure joy.
- Antonios S reviewed Symbaroum Starter Set: Treasure Hunts in Davokar.
- Strange Assembly reviewed Lost Omens Ancestry Guide.
- Signals from Delta Pavonis shared First Impressions – The Vast in the Dark and Through Sunken Lands and Other Adventures RPG
- Polygon’s Nicole Carpenter opines Field Guide to Memory is a ‘keepsake’ game written inside your own personal journal.
- Rob Wieland’s review concludes I Am For The Darkmaster, Actually
- Rob’s also had a first look at Fallout 2d20.
RPG new releases
- Cubicle 7 released the Warhammer Age of Sigmar Soulbound: Bestiary.
- Cubicle 7 also completed the Shadows in the Mist series with Balancing the Scales.
- UFO Press has released an RPG about mundane people trying to save others from a demon-filled labyrinth called Voidheart Symphony.
- Goodman Games published the DCC First-Time Fan Kit.
- Supporting They Came from Beneath the Sea!, Onyx Path released They Came From Outer Space!.
- Loot the Room releases a game about being alone in your head, about murder and loneliness. It’s The Assassin.
- It costs less than a buck, Zadmar Games publishes Tales of the Goblin Horde.
- Fire Ruby Designs released an adventure supplement for Warlock called Bridgetown.
RPG ideas, tips and discoveries
- BigBad Tableshop whisked up a D&D Karen monster.
- Paradox released this Vampire clans infographic.
- Devin Rue shared a guide on how to play Blind/Visually Impaired Characters.
- Joann Walles put together thoughts on Gaming with Learning Differences.
- The Yawning Portal’s Thorsteinn Marr reminded us that Diversity in RPG – More Than Just Marketing.
- Screen Rant’s Coleman Gailloerto compiled another list, and this time it’s Urban Fantasy RPG Not based on European Folklore.
- The Angry GM shared How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Hate the Dice.
- J.R. Zambrano wrote up D&D: The Birth of Dark Sun, A World of Apocalypse.
- Dirty Vortex offered insights on The Mechanics of Folk Horror.
- Writing for the public library of West Palm Peach, Antoinette shares Female Dungeon Masters: Empowering Women Behind the Screen.
- Modiphius shed more light on the Fallout 2d20 with an action article called Helps You Stay Fighting Fit!
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;
- Andy Hand has a collection of short 5e adventures with The Living Temple and Other Tales (5e).
- The Evergreen Burrow have some funky looking dice but have a $20,000 funding goal. Will we see Googly Eye Dice?
- Sinister Cities Studios are offering 3d printable files for floor tiles. Sinister Cities presents : Roads to perdition
- Tim P. GMing is crowdfunding the sequel to the Fall of Mith series with The Fall of Mith: Treason.
- Cody has a 5e D&D adventure in which the heroes have to escape the kitchen. Honey, I Shrunk the Party!.
- The Cobbler Barrel are building game-ready D&D material at Scroll-io, a Website of FREE D&D 5e Expansions.
- Lucy Georgina has an enamel collection of Dungeon Crawlers – Pin Set.
- Q is crowdfunding a simple, easy and good looking way to carry your basic TTRPG needs. It’s The Table Top Tool Kit.
- Tyler Harkins is offering up a bundle of pre-built NPCs via Tylorr’s Catalog of Allies and Foes.
- King Virr Design has tabletop RPGs and even wargames in mind with Land of the Bunny folk – Miniature STL.
- Chris Young is building a fantasy, self-guided adventure for multiple players. There’s no GM needed for Path of Legends Adventure Tome 1 – Back to Basics.
- Talisman Sabre Terrain is offering high levels of detail compatible with Gloomhaven and other hex-games plus OpenLOCK connectivity with 3D Printable Hex Terrain STL Files.
- Michael is responsible for the majority of the Kickstarter Heat this week with a £535,000 funding target for the modular tabletop terrain project TriTerraTops.
- Marcin Wojcik is offering universal adventure and location descriptions with Architect GM Adventure no. 01: Murderhoboville by night.
- Dyskami Publishing funded in 40 minutes and now have raised more than $150,000 for Anime 5E – Fifth Edition Fantasy Role-Playing Reimagined.
- Robert Gresham has funded a 5e fantasy campaign of cosmic horror versus the Scarlet King with Crimson Chains: SCP Horror for 5E.
- Gaming Honors turn art and jewellery into TTRPG accessories with Hero Pins™ Collectible RPG Health Indicator Pins.
- Paul Smith has some models suitable for Random Dungeon Encounters!
- Laidback Dungeon Master has some system-neutral and connectable MAPS YOUR PARTY WILL DIE FOR 2: MEGA-DUNGEON Book & Maps.
- Timothy Cardenas blends D&D with steampunk for the Tales of Teralecia.
- Diego Pisa Artworks are offering fire-based skill and item cards in Fire Quintessence.
- Eric Garneau has a set of D&D adventures inspired by contemporary music. It’s Rock & Roll: a Quarterly 5e Zine.
- Thom Wilson has an adventure for the Megaversal System with The Evolutionary Mishap – a Mutant, Martial Arts Adventure.
- Biscuit Fund Games have funded an adventure set in Goblin Country, a GM-less RPG Zine
- David Savedge, a blacksmith, is handcrafting Ancient Treasure: Coins Runes and Tokens for Games and Magic.
- Derek M. Koch has put together Monsters from the (Public) Domain – a 5e bestiary
- Marc Wilson is crowdfunding a simple RPG Spell Slot Tracker.
- Nor Cal Mythos have released a sort-of-preview for the anime LokDown TTRPG.
- Ronald V. Smorynski is working 6-feet width worth of RPG Battlemaps, Scifi, Star Wars, HUGE.
- Megan McKay has a set of colourful and quality pins. It’s The Good Boye Guild: A Dog DnD Enamel Pin Set
- Satanic Panic Miniatures has a range of white metal pre-slotta compatible Old School Inspired 28mm Scale Multi-Part Giants.
- MacGuffin & Co are offering a collection of unique worlds, starnge people and a campaign with Odd Jobs.
- Josiah Rise’s 5e mushroom-filled 5e adventure is responsible for Mycelium Madness.
- Austen has funed some tabletop terrain with The Ruins of Ashborne.
- A Hole in the Ground Terrain & Games have funded the second in a series of solo RPGs for D&D. It’s Hope Not Lost – A Cleric Solo Origin Adventure for 5E
If there’s a source or news you think is worth monitoring, please get in touch or leave a comment below.