It’s Friday, and so we like to look back at a week of roleplaying industry news and discoveries.
This will be the last Routinely Itemised summary of the month as next Friday is the 2nd of August. That means patrons only have a week or so to vote for the publisher they would like to feature in the Spotlight column. Rite Publishing is in the Spotlight this month, and you can win $10 of DriveThruRPG spending money just by checking out their titles.
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Audio EXP relaunched as something new this week. This article aims to bullet point all the RPG happens of the week, Audio EXP is a podcast format that discusses highlights of RPG and other news from the site. If you prefer listening to reading, though, Audio EXP might be for you.
That’s the preamble, so now it’s time to get on with the news! If are any stories that should have mentioned, then please speak up in the comments. Need a catch up on the catch-ups? You can whizz through previous Routinely Itemised: RPGs round ups.
RPG news from Geek Native
- D&D and Pathfinder are both down in popularity, while Call of Cthulhu climbs in The Orr Group’s industry report.
- Early reviews of Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit are in ahead of the game’s Gen Con launch.
- Keith Barker, Eberron’s creator, announced that he’d be doing his own ‘unofficial’ sourcebook for the campaign world.
- Alerts fired all over the internet as security sites noticed Roll20 had been hacked. Except, this was old news from months ago. What happened? The hack was confirmed by a third-party tipster.
- The parody setting Monsters of Murka turned egirl bathwater into a D&D item.
- We talked to the author of Fever: Death Toll an adventure supplement for Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu.
- Paizo Publishing shared Pathfinder 2e character sheets.
- Starfinder’s Against the Aeon Throne came to Roll20.
- Troll Lord Games had an accident in the warehouse and damaged some books. The result? Big discounts on lightly damaged RPGs.
- Archon Studio picks up the Starfinder minis license from the struggling Ninja Division.
- Wrath & Glory will be getting a Revised Edition of the core rules as Cubicle 7 takes over, only months after the hardback was first released.
RPG news from around the web
- Kerrang reporter John Reppion looked at how RPGs influenced heavy metal.
- Fantasy Flight Games previewed Star Wars Gadgets and Gear.
- ICv2 had news of a new D&D monster set from WizKids called D&D Icons of the Realms: Monster Pack: Village Raiders.
- Cubicle 7 held back on the Lord of the Rings cover reveal, finally showing the full thing this week, and Auric Runesmiter preview for Soulbound.
- Paizo Publishing shared more on Pathfinder 2e, including how to master it.
- Catalyst Game Labs shared their Gen Con schedule for the release of Shadowrun 6e.
- Wizards of the Coast announced a special edition of Tyranny of the Dragons.
RPG ideas, tips and discoveries
- Fan produced a gorgeous animation for the Tales from the Loop RPG setting.
Keep your dice safe but soulless with Bagthulhu.
- Over at Geek & Sundry, Rick Heinz helped handle tense and difficult topics in Vampire: The Masquerade.
- Charles Dunwoody of EN World interviewed Paul Elliott of Zozer Games to talk about the Alien RPG and Paul’s Hostile: A Gritty Sci-Fi RPG.
- What’s the point of an RPG Beginner Box? A good question discussed by Brook in Pop Culture Uncovered.
- Steve Rakner talked about natural 20s on skill checks on the Roll4 blog.
- D&D Duet’s Beth discussed designing character-driven campaign arcs.
As is always the case, you can whiz through Geek Native’s write-ups of hand-picked crowdfunding campaigns in Kickstarter Watch.
- Mystic Dragon Games are successfully funding the Moebius Deck of Wonders for any tabletop RPG.
- Poster Maps: Urban Wasteland & Feudal Seaport have also crossed the finishing line on Kickstarter.
- Pulp Fantastic is a 5e setting from Battlefield Press.
- Jeffrey Talanian has Hyperborea: Otherworldy Tales in Kickstarter for the next three weeks and it’s already funded.
- Kickstarter sees the return of reusable character booklets from Griffin Ess.
What are your news highlights from the RPGscape this week?