Critical YAS! It’s coming up to the weekend, and this means here on Geek Native I spend some time summing up recent RPG news for you.
It’s also the end of the month. Right now our RPG Publisher Spotlight is shining on Raging Swan Press after they won our patrol poll. Want access to lots of RPG freebies? Raging Swan is the place to check.
You have only a few hours left to grab a pair of mini monsters by becoming a Geek Native Patron this month as the August thank you for backers will soon conclude. Will there be a reward bonus next month? Maybe!
We had some sad news from the RPG industry which I’m going to call out separately in this introduction; the passing of Rick Loomis and Mindjammer Press’ founder Sarah Newton losing her husband to a long illness. In both cases, the gaming community rallied around and donated generously to help out.
Now, back to more regular RPG news as we look back together at the week that was.
RPG news from Geek Native
- Pelgrane Press give us a look at their Black Book online character sheet tool. Coupon discounts, if you’re quick.
- Shadowrun 6e is finally open for pre-orders and has a nine-page errata already.
- Missing PAX West? Astral Tabletop have a free weekend for you. Coupon discounts, if you’re quick, too.
- D&D Funko Pops include Minsc & Boo, a mind flayer and a certain devil.
- Possible collector’s item alert! An original woodgrain D&D box is taking bids on eBay.
- The Punkapocalyptic RPG, based on the skirmish game, has Robert J Schwalb as the designer. Kickstarter expected in a few weeks.
RPG news from around the web
- Warhammer Fantasy RPG Free Resources compiled by Cubicle 7.
- Brooke Sjoberg at The Daily Dot tells us that Stranger Things is inspiring people to play D&D. We noticed.
- Swordfall, the forthcoming ‘afropunk’ RPG, launched the Lorecast podcast.
- Cecilla D’Anastasio wrote this excellent article on the Secrets of Blackmoor video which pokes at some of the persistent untruths in the hobby’s history.
- The DM tip generator is 10 years of daily tips from Mike Shea. Thanks, Mike!
- Paizo Publishing previewed some of the minis from their Pathfinder Battles: Legendary Adventures set.
- The Gaming Gang took to YouTube to share a first look at Runequest: Roleplaying in Glorantha.
- Jim Zub gives us a look at Dungeons & Tombs as Geek Tyrant’s Tommy Williams writes up.
RPG ideas, tips and discoveries
- What can disaster movies teach us as GMs? The Genre Police continue their research.
- These D&D inspired mugs impressed many people with their art and humour.
- Geek Native interviewed Crazed Sheep and asked her why she bought the controversially sleazy Alpha Blue RPG.
- Surprise your players with this pop-up battle mat of a town square.
- The Roll4 Network has an impressively detailed article on whether we should be using dice apps.
- DM David shows us how to reveal a dungeon map on an iPad as characters explore.
- Your World’s Creation Myth is a helpful article over at RJD20.
- James Haeck wrote about adapting other genres to D&D over at DnD Beyond. They should check out the Genre Police!
As is always the case, you can whiz through Geek Native’s write-ups of hand-picked crowdfunding campaigns in Kickstarter Watch.
- Moe Poplar has Shibuyan Knights a fantasy RPG inspired by modern Toyko up on Kickstarter.
- Percentile Dice combat module is a set of alternative and more complex rules for fights in D&D 5e by Steadman Watson.
- A shared RPG story game called Quantum Drift is on Kickstarter care of Steven Hogan.
- Are sci-fi suitable battle mats missing from your collection? Future World Creator: Modular tiles for Sci-fi tabletop RPGs aims to take your money and put that right.
- Fantasy Coin have another project going and this time it’s Fantasy Gaming Coins: Project Alpha.
- Oasis of the Elementals (for D&D 5E and Pathfinder 2E) is on Kickstarter and described as Arabian Nights meets a Fistful of Dollars.
What are your news highlights from the RPGscape this week?