The darkness is beginning to threaten here at Geek Native towers, but don’t worry, it’s just Autumn trying to make itself felt.
As the Summer fades, the rains fall, which means more nights in and more gaming. It’s the Scottish way.
We’re back to relative normal this week, no post-Gen Con news, no waves of Witchlight content, and so… wait, what did Wizards of the Coast just announce a new edition of D&D?
They kinda did!
We’re getting 50th-anniversary games, and that’s new paper to buy, but we’re not yet sure whether we will get more D&D 5.0, 5.5 or even 6.0.
It’s also the start of the month which means the Publisher Spotlight has a new set of RPG creators for Patreons to vote on.
The winner for October is Grim & Perilous Studio. I’ll get in touch and try and line up a Q&A interview.
Now, let’s dig into that RPG news!
RPG news from Geek Native
- The big news is the new edition of D&D due out in 2024, perhaps not 6.0 or even 5.5 (maybe not) but certainly a 50th-anniversary edition.
- The $170 D&D product turned out to be a Rules Expansion Gift set that will miss Christmas.
- The expansion will include a new book called Mordenkainen Presents Monsters of the Multiverse with new spellcasting rules.
- Geek Native has put all the announced release plans into possible timeline.
- CMON, the board game monster, has bought the RPG publisher Two Little Mice.
- Dune RPG (and Aliens) took the RPG prizes in the first ever Tabletop Gaming Awards.
- Rowan, Rook and Decard will publish a special edition of Kieron Gillen’s DIE.
- The first D&D module to be written entirely by AI? The Purging of Segedwyn.
- There’s an exclusive preview of the 5e and Those Who Wander setting Demiverse.
- Geek Native hosted a guest article about the illustrator Arthur Rackham and the RPG inspired by him, Rackham Vale.
- Too early for gift buying? I reviewed Honey Badger Games.
- What if… pets played D&D.
- Joe Manganiello narrates Blackbirds RPG audio shorts.
- Osprey Games published a free adventure for the bronze age RPG Jackals with Birth of a Jackal.
- The Bundle of Holding has a host of Platinum best-selling 5e products.
Spotlight Grim & Perilous
RPG news from around the web
- Unfortunately, the Diana Jones Awards physical trophy has been lost.
- Steve Jackson Games will raise prices on some products, as other publishers have had to do, thanks to on-going shipping issues.
- Privateer Press released a preview of Iron Kingdoms – Borderlands.
- ComicBook’s Christian Hoffer covers the petition to move D&D to the metric system.
- Over at Forbes, Rob Wieland wrote up The Visionary Game Everway Returns After 25 Years.
- Meanwhile, Chase and team Dicebreaker highlight Brazilian TRPG designer calls attention to the relative invisibility of games from the Global South.
- Wargamer noted How The Wild Beyond the Witchlight brings amateur dramatics to D&D.
- RTG gave us the free Cyberpunk RED DLC Cargo Containers and Cube Hotels.
- Cubicle 7 have confirmed for Free RPG Day they’ll contribute content from Victoriana 5e.
- To mark Call of Cthulhu’s 40th birthday, Chaosium drops the price of the Starter Set on DTRPG.
RPG reviews and interviews from around the web
- Angel’s Citadel reviewed Monte Cook Games’ Torment: Tides of Numenera.
- Jared Rascher reviewed Dueling Fops of Vindamere and Arcadia issue #8.
- Thilo Graf reviewed Path of the Wilds and the 5e Vathak Adventures’ Brides of Black Earth.
- The Other Side dug through the archives to review the 1983 Lands of Adventure.
- D&D’s Yawning Portal team interviewed Mist Hunters’ Greg Marks.
- Alex Meehan looked at the Kickstarting Just Dessert.
- Continuing Mission reviewed the Star Trek Adventures’ expansion Shackleton Expanse.
- Bones of Contention looked at Todd Leback’s Filling in the Blanks.
- Team IGN looked at WizKid’s gargantuan Tiamat.
- At The Gaming Game, Sami reviewed the External Containment Bureau.
- These Old Games looked at Cruce de Rio.
- Signals from Delta Pavonis shared first impressions of the Troika adventure Slow Sleigh to Plankton Downs.
- Campaign Mastery reviewed Tanares 5e.
- Beth Rimmels offered up an in-depth review of Domains of Delight.
- Timely for the Kickstarter, Adventures Buffo shared an Into the Odd review.
- Reviews from R’lyeh looked at the diceless RPG Bounty Hunter and 5e’s Lady Trevant’s Bones.
- At EN World, Egg runs a QUEERZ RPG Interview with Amit Moshe (Son of Oak Game Studio).
RPG new releases
- Hansor Publishing released the cyberpunk game of Flesh and Wires The Gaia Complex.
- Matara offered a new way to play the Sword Saints RPG with Neology.
- Northern Realms released the Grim Noir RPG and a case file for it called Dead-End Murder.
- In time for Halloween, Michael Mars released Slasher movie archetypes for MORK BORG in Slasher Victims.
- Rebellion Unplugged’s first RPG is out with Tartarus Gate: A Role-Playing Game of Sci-Fi Horror.
- Modiphius gave us the Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20 Player’s Guide and Gamemaster’s Guide.
- Firefly Inventions released the original campaign setting The Twilight Dream.
- A mashup of John Harper’s Lady Blackbird and Naomi Novik’s A Deadly Education, Eli Seitz has released the RPG Lady Deadly.
- Full Moon Enterprises published a Pathfinder conversion for Shotguns & Sorcery.
- Daniel Kay published Shadow & Twilight: A Shadowfell & Feywild Supplement.
- Ed Stanek has six adventures for the Pax Lexque campaign world with Kingdom of Fire.
- Iron Crown Enterprises released HARP Garden of Rain.
RPG bundle deals
- Save $14.96 (33%) with Bloat Games’ Vigilante City bundle.
- Save $10.50 (37%) with Motion Maps’ Winter bundle.
- Save $6.49 (14%) with Michael Tresca’s 5e RPG: Oz Lands bundle.
- Save $3.00 (20%) with Future Proof Games’ Rosette Diceless Complete.
RPG ideas, tips and discoveries
- There is an official D&D calendar for 2022, but I can still moan about the lack of a D&D advent calendar.
- Rupture’s Jason Barton wrote about overcoming the overwhelming – TTRPGs and social anxiety.
- Jared Rascher doesn’t just review things, here’s some helpful thoughts on the Future of D&D, Part One: Spellcasting NPCs.
- At d20radio, Ben Erickson scribes The Workshop – For the Love of Goodberry, Give it a Rest.
- Victoria Jaczko warns You Find Yourself in a Haunted House: Spells
- Nerds on Earth offer up Harvester: New D&D 5e Background Plus New Optional Rules.
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;
- Matthew Gravelyn has an RPG for 1 or 2 players about survival in a failed dinosaur theme park. It’s Clever Girl.
- Rob West is offering customisable digital kits with Dragon’s Forge Miniatures.
- WitchHunt has funded a large selection of Dungeon Master, Shaper of the Cosmos TTRPG Tumblers.
- Dimly Lit Games is crowdfunding a simple system with Final Roll TTRPG.
- Shawn Michael Hescock is working on a 12-chapter long solo game with Adventure Post: Train of Terror (relaunch).
- Juegorama have 108 pre-assembled fantasy miniatures on offer. It’s The Adventurers & Monsters plastic miniatures edition
- Safely through the funding threshold, it’s The Oracle Special Issue 2.
- Bad Squiddo Games have resin and pewter minis that are Definitely Not Damsels – 28mm Women Warriors for TTRPG.
- Paddy Finn has funded terrible encounters, horrible creatures and fightening lore in the Mag of Holding – Gothic Horror – Book For DnD 5e.
- Sharp horns, a distinct shape and Meteor crystal RPG game dice/resin dice !
- Benjamin Sperduto is funding an RPG of secrets, suspicion, and terror with Hounds of the Tsar: Print Edition
- Bridie Dutton as a whimsical and food-themed 5e adventure of Just Dessert.
- Tracy Barnett of Exploding Rogue Studios is working on a cyberpunk zine, and podcast with Iron Edda Reforged – Season One.
- Chris Martens has more STL files of OpenLOCK Industrial Platforms, 28mm Tabletop Game Terrain.
- Joshua Greer is running an ambitious project to produce a complete 5e guide of Fearsome Foes and Where to Fight Them.
- Status Effect Games has digital assets of maps, monsters, puzzles and encounters in Dungeon Drop-Ins.
- Maurice Criddle is offering highly realistic exterior battle maps for virtual and print tabletops with Into the Wilds by Djinneye.
- LH STtudios has pre-supported STL files of Forlorn Beasts: High Quality Miniature Nightmares.
- Luis Lugo is funding d6 inspired by Legend of Zelda’s 8-Bit Pixel Heart Dice.
- Critit are offering up a compendium of bards and Glorious Taverns.
- Brittani has six sets of one-shots, scary maps and NPCs for A Very Horrid Halloween: 5E Compatible.
- Andy Michaels is funding a one-shot survival horror called Slaughter Party.
- Noah Piller is working on an open world RPG with card game elements in Eshna- Tabletop RPG.
If there’s a source or news you think is worth monitoring, please get in touch or leave a comment below.