A slightly later than usual Routinely Itemised but it’s still Friday, well, in many timezones that is.
What is Routinely Itemised anyway? If you’re asking then welcome to Geek Native, all newbies are welcome. This column is our weekly catch-up in which we whizz through the RPG news of the week. If you’re busy, this is the ticket, and if your hands are busy then the handy video shared with us by Gamerati has a weekly roundup for you too.
The big news of the week is Misfit Studios taking up pride of place in the RPG Publisher Spotlight. What a worthy winner. This indie studio was dealt such an unfair hand it very nearly didn’t survive its first month. What happened? Pop over to the story to find out.
Speaking of fate and fortune, if you think you’re due some luck, then Geek Native is giving away a year’s worth of adventures!. That’s worth checking out.
Now, on with the news!
RPG news from Geek Native
- Geek Native has a free preview of The APERTURE Guide. That’s a new system and a set of adventures.
- DriveThruRPG launched a new Phone PDF collection for specially formatted RPGs.
- If you’re very quick, you can get a copy of Zweihander Grim & Perilous for free.
- GM Binder and World Anvil announce they’ll be integrating systems.
- Some say The Most Dangerous Game is the most popular short story ever written. Now it’s a D&D adventure.
- Bill Edmunds showed the world the trippy cover of The Bone Age RPG.
- Fantasy Grounds’ stats show us the eight most dominate RPG publishers on their platform.
RPG news from around the web
- #WeAreAllUs Download The Lightless Beacon for Call of Cthulhu, The Quest of the Red Blade for King Arthur Pendragon, The Sword of Kings for 7th Sea, The Rattling Wind for RuneQuest, Highwall Inn for HeroQuest Glorantha, and remember Greg Stafford.
- Michael Tresca at EN World writes about the struggle of US game designers to pay medical bills.
- Chaosium has brought Call of Cthulhu to Roll20.
- Gnome Stew gave us a completely series review of Feast of Legends, Wendy’s tabletop RPG.
- Nerds of Earth’s Brandon Morgan asked Worth the Caps, Or Avoid Like Rad? of the Fallout Wasteland Warfare RPG.
- Aaron T. Huss reviewed City of Mist for the Roleplayers Chronicle.
- Jeff McAleer points out that Pelgrane Press’ Nights Black Agents: Solo Ops is now available.
- Egg Embry interviews Owen KC Stephens about Green Ronin’s Fantasy AGE.
RPG ideas, tips and discoveries
- Is there an alternative to Kickstarter? What about buyfunding?
- We talk about praetorians going up against prophecies as Lex Arcana begins to ship.
- Imagine stumbling into a hive of these BeeHolders!
- The Genre Police take a stern look at some horror sub-genres and how to run better RPGs with them.
- It was bound to happen! The nameless goose has a D&D stat block.
- This one-page RPG, Wizard Squad is free to download.
- Eldadres over at Dungeon Solvers has a good article on Calculating Probability.
- Over at Bell of Lost Souls, J.R. Zambrano looks at the D&D monster The Oni / Ogre Mage.
- From outside the usual RPG echo chamber, Lev Grossman of the Literary Hub explores Why We Feel So Compelled to Make Maps of Fictional Worlds.
- Nick Douglas of Lifehacker has thoughts on How to Kick Someone Out of Your D&D Group.
As is always the case, you can whiz through Geek Native’s write-ups of hand-picked crowdfunding campaigns in Kickstarter Watch.
- Thomas Deeny has three micro-RPGs on the go as he tries a vs Kickstarter.
- Beautiful RPG dice sets from Neil Jackson are doing well on Kickstarter.
- Dane Asmund has the vampire RPG Moth Children pushing past the campaign goal.
- Shades of Vengeance have made a graphic novel for Era: The Empowered.
- A Dozen Sinister Rumors, for use with Fantasy RPGs from Philip Reed has smashed its target.
- RPG Papercrafts has an Indiegogo to make more pop-up dioramas for tabletop role-play games.
- Savage Company is a military setting for Pathfinder.
- Amarik invites you to discover the Pathfinder compatible Wolves of Steadwick.
- Realms of Atrothia: Primary Expansion wants to go to print.
- Guy Sclanders has a very popular campaign on his hands with A complete Guide to Nautical Campaigns.
- Ghoul Cove is a D&D 5e adventure from William Murakami-Brundage.
Gamerati News Update
Too busy to read? In just over 5 minutes Gamerati’s Marcelo Ferrari will walk you through the week that’s just gone.
One to watch: Corpus Malicious.
What are your news highlights from the RPGscape this week?