The weekend approaches, and that means time off to you, as it does to me. I hope you can make the most of it!
I’m making plans for when the coldest teeth of winter start to bite here in Scotland, and it involves making my way through the vast pile of RPG reviews yet to be written. A glance at today’s summary suggests other bloggers may well be ahead of me.
Not that there’s no news this week. Paizo has been busy, with plans and even apologies.
Both Demiplane and Roll20 have made announcements. The former announced the World of Darkness Nexus to play Vampire and other games online. Starfinder Nexus is in the works too. The latter, pushing ahead with their headstart and releasing their long-awaited mobile app.
There’s an official Marvel RPG on the way. In case you might have let that slide to the back of your mind, the comic publisher showcased some of the variant covers they’ll give the game. You can also pre-order the playtest for March.
While there’s all that new stuff lined up, it’s also the beginning of the end for the current Judge Dredd RPG. EN Publishing hasn’t been able to keep the license.
So, with that said, let’s get exploring this week’s RPG news.
RPG news from Geek Native
- Jeff Alvarez, the President of Paizo, apologised for a data breach and the company outlined steps it was taking to steady the ship.
- There’s no new Judge Dredd & 2000 AD license for EN Publishing. The RPG will be on sale only until March 2022.
- Demiplane and the World of Darkness have announced a digital toolkit for playing tabletop games online. It’s the World of Darkness Nexus.
- Did you get to Roll20Con? Here’s the big announcements from the event.
- The last hurdles to a retail release for the RPG board game HeroQuest fall in the UK and Europe, and so you can pre-order the game.
- I took a look at Warhammer’s Middenheim: City of the White Wolf from Cubicle 7.
- Geek Native surfaced a clever tool and methodolgy for GMs called the Weather Hex Flower.
- Charles also wrote up a world building view of Cubicle 7’s Wrath & Glory: Forsaken System and Litanies of the Lost.
- Eyes Beyond the Torchlight, a new fantasy RPG, moved quickly to issue a third-party license system.
- WizKids released the all-age appropriate maze-scribbling official D&D: Dungeon Scrawlers – Heroes of Undermountain.
- Forgotten Realms creator Ed Greenwood has his first-ever D&D module back in print. You can now print-on-demand The Endless Stair.
- Wizards of the Coast also released three old packs of D&D character sheets.
- Graculus Droog released a free to download version of the gothic comedy RPG Bloodheist.
- Nightfall Games has re-arranged their Kickstarter schedule to comply with the new stricter rules, and so Demon Dog is delayed.
- In the Bundle of Holding, there’s Wyrd Games’ Malifaux-based RPG Through the Breach. There’s also the acclaimed supernatural apocalypse of Tribe 8.
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RPG news from around the web
- Goodman Games shares an update on the Brazillian Edition of Dungeon Crawl Classics (it’s due early 2022) and they’ve hired Alana Thompson.
- Demiplane confirmed they have, and are working on, the license for Starfinder Nexus.
- Free League Publishing will launch a Kickstarter for Vaesen: Mythic Britain & Ireland.
- Daniel Colwell of The Griffin & Gargoyle project is proposing a D&D themed restaurant for Lake Geneva.
- Marvel will publish the Marvel Multiverse RPG and with alternative covers, using a publishing technique to sell comic books. EN World curated the previews. The playtest version game is on pre-order for March.
RPG reviews and interviews from around the web
- Reviews from R’lyeh looks into Glorantha: The Avengers of Earth Temple.
- Strange Assembly reviewed The Witchlight Carnival Dice and Miscellany.
- Jeff G. reviewed TSR’s 1985 Castle of Caldwell and Beyond.
- Bones of Contention reviewed the Root RPG quickstart.
- The Other Side reviewed Joseph Black’s Adventures Dark and Deep – Book of Lost Lore.
- See of Worlds published a review of Pathfinder’s Lorefinder.
- The Tabletop Almanac reviewed Pathfinder 2e: Secrets of Magic.
- Screen Rant debated What D&D Players Will & Won’t Like About The Fallout Tabletop RPG.
- Angel’s Citadel reviewed Monte Cook Games’ Claim the Sky.
- In an interview, Variety wrote up How Joe Manganiello Kept His A-List Dungeons & Dragons Games Going During COVID-19.
RPG new releases
- JDrakeh published a little game about vampires called Sex and Blood.
- Michael Rees expands Pelgrane Press’ TimeWatch with Parallels.
- Monte Cook Games released the Ptolus supplement Doctrine of Ghul.
- TableGoth published the V5 Vampire Player’s Guide.
RPG bundle deals
- Save $16.80 (80%) in Elven Tower’s Best of Elven Tower bundle.
- Save $2.99 (23%) with Horseshark Games’ House of Red Doors bundle.
RPG ideas, tips and discoveries
- Noble Dwarf invented a very RPG-centric and dangerous Christmas tree with these Fumbles.
- Jonathan Hardin shares 5 Ways To Warn Players Of A Deadly Challenge.
- Campaign Masterly offers tips on Layering Depth Into Encounters.
- Against The Wicked City offered up Upstairs, Downstairs: d20 Power Relations.
- Polygon’s David Jones-Krause wrote up How to host your own Dungeons & Dragons stream (or any other role-playing game).
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;
- The famous Meguey and Vincent Baker are in SideQuest for The Wizard’s Grimoire: Issue 2 and The Barbarian’s Bloody Quest.
- Team K2 are funding some clever Dual Dice – Multi-Purpose Designer dice.
- Jorge Fernandez Sanz has some friendly and not-so-friendly resins of Pack of dogs.
- Giles Pritchard’s zine lets you explore a vast and haunted city your ancestors once called home. It’s Caradoc Games’ Foundlings.
- Shrike Tabletop uses the Thorne System for team-based game set 1,000 years into the gods’ long Era of Silence, A Chemipunk TTRPG.
- The fantasy magazine for 5e and others is back with The Oracle Issue 17 – RPG Opposites.
- Artel W Miniatures are offering more than 1,000 assembling variations with Magnetic Heroes: Modular miniatures for fantasy roleplay.
- Pariah Miniatures is funding 22 ready-to-print minis in The Bloodforged Legion.
- Roll the Dice Games calculate 47,129,212,243,960 different combinations possible in The Dungeon Master’s Deck – For 5e and Fantasy RPGs.
- Guillermo Buenfil has ready to play Micro Dungeons Winter Edition for D&D 5e – $1 USD.
- Haig Morrison has a Mothership horror adventure in the shape of The Cleaning of Prison Station Echo.
- Diego Pisa Artworks wants to brighten up your 5e with Cute Deadlies.
- Loke Battle Mats have ready to roll Beyond the Blue Nebula – 100+ Digital Maps for Sci-Fi RPGs.
- Calvin Johns is funding a game of witches raised by a heretic saving a forest called Heterodoxy RPG Zine.
- Vivid Worlds has a zine set in a city where art is more important than life. It’s Drop Dead City.
- Nicholas Robinson has a 100+ page campaign for spacefaring adventure in Galactic Anarchy: A 5th Edition Setting.
- Grand Time Games has a way to equip your OSR game swiftly with the Old-School Armory.
- RC Craigo has plastic dungeon to dangle d20s from Christmas trees. It’s the Dice Cage Ornament.
- Sylin Games are funding to ignite the power of Fire’s Fury: Glowing Damage Dice for DnD
- Big Dumb Fun Games have easy to 3d print single-piece STL files for INSTADUNGEON™.
- Chamomile Has a Project is back with another success and a 5e zine about armies and war. It’s Ozaka’s Guide to Legions.
- Detailed resin printable Frostbite Valley : 3D Printable Files from Mia Kay.
- Ralph Levi Clark features some Christmas items in the TAC Pack: Winter Wonders – 5E Themed Magic Item Booster Pack.
- Basik Tabletop offers simple, quality and BasikCoins:Affordable Metal Coins.
- FeralGames wants to make you a member of a Military Penal legion sent to do the jobs no one else will do in Space Gits RPG.
- HEPA -products- has a spinning alternative to dice. It’s the Unidentified Dice Object.
- Quinn Zahasky has STL files for fishing docks, markets, boats etc in the Port Maldorn Docks – 3D Printable Models.
- Tabletop Titans have taken more than $150,000 for pop-up Titans Terrain.
- August McDaniel has a Summer Woodland-Themed Map Set.
- Digital Taxidermy is offering gaming accessories like deck and token boxes and Dice Mill : Steampunk 3D Dice Tower, Pay What You Like.
- Seth Treber offers a toolbox for a world of dark belief and dark fantasy inspired by Perdido Street Stations. It’s the Twice Made, Once Forgotten: A Belief-Based OSR Setting.
- Onyx Path Publishing have already smashed their target for Trinity Continuum: Anima Tabletop Roleplaying Game.
- Tiny Furniture know that sometimes you need a scene with SITTING FOLKS.
- Printable Scenery asked for a few hundred and are being backed to the tune of thousands for the Rise of the Halflings.
- Fantastic Art Studios have ambitious goals for an AI-powered 3d map maker. It’s the Black Box RPG Map Maker.
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