It’s not an ordinary Friday, it’s the Friday of the abyss. Oh, wait? Sorry, it’s Black Friday. Similar things. Next up is Cyber Monday and then Oddly Shaped D4 Tuesday.
Let’s start with some good news. Due to a logistics supply chain hiccup, Geek Native has a copy of Star Trek: The Guide to the Animated Series to give away. It’s easy to enter; just tell us your favourite Star Trek alien race. I’ll write up the results later for the podcast, and you’ll be able to find out how popular your choice was.
It’s not quite RPG news, but it’s close to it and absolutely an unpopular choice. This week Wizards of the Coast apologised (sort of) for messing with a hero character’s sexuality.
Don’t forget you can always quickly get to the latest issue of Routinely Itemised, Geek Native’s RPG news summary post, by following the RPG news link at the bottom of every page. Or via this link right here.
Now, on with the news!
RPG news from Geek Native
- Unexpectedly and likely at significant cost; Cubicle 7 has had to cancel the Lord of the Rings and The One Ring RPG.
- In news that not everybody will like, Wizards of the Coast have extended their D&D 5e playtesting to include psionics and psychics. Fighter, Rogue and Wizard options available.
- One tipster thinks the D&D movie will feature the shapeshifting dragon Palarandusk and the Eye of Vecna.
- WizKids will be releasing minis for Joe Manganiello’s D&D character and crew; Arkhan the Cruel … and he happens to have the Hand of Vecna.
- Astral TableTop now lets up upload any old character sheet can and turn it into an interactive and automated sheet.
- Monte Cooke Games released hard sci-fi The Stars Are Fire for the Cypher System.
RPG news from around the web
- Fantasy Flight’s Tim Huckelbery looks at the Genesys adventured Something Strange by Scott Zumwalt.
- Beth Rimmels reviews Dungeons & Dragons vs Rick and Morty for EN World.
- J.R. Zambrano covers Modiphius bringing Achtung! Cthulhu to the 7th edition of Call of Cthulhu.
- Kotaku loved this gorgeous game of Pathfinder.
- Boing Boing found Miguel Zavala’s collection of 3d-printable tabletop RPG minis.
RPG ideas, tips and discoveries
- This is what happens when players name D&D NPCs.
- Geek Native tried to troll Black Friday by only listing one item, which had already sold out; In case of Dungeons and/or Dragons.
- Gnome Stew’s Jared Rascher share Roles for Social Encounters.
- Over at d20 Radio, Egg Embry shares thoughts on adapting Forgotten Realms’ Al-Qaadum for Fantasy AGE.
- Writing for Geek & Sundry, Rick Heinz described How to use the magic systems in Pathfinder 2e.
- Dungeon Solvers got into Creature Size in D&D 5e.
- DM David wrote about Turning Character Deaths in D&D Into Deals that Benefit Game and Story.
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;
- Gaudreau Steve took less than two hours to fund hundreds of maps in this RPG maps and art pack collection.
- A book of dice games for your games, as Deep Dungeon Games take Diception 3 to Kickstarter.
- TSR game designer James M. Ward and Stephen E. Dinehart are trying a new type of tabletop RPG with GiantLands: Edition Zero Boxed Set.
- Jonathan Green’s Krampus is back with ‘Twas The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas.
- Tim Krause has D&D 5e compatible Monsters & Demigods.
- Oliver McNeil is promoting a hybrid RPG/board game called The StoryMaster’s Tales “Deeper into the Wood”.
Gamerati News Update
Too busy to read? In just over 7 minutes Gamerati’s Marcelo Ferrari will walk you through the week that’s just gone with an update on Legacy: Life Among the Ruins, Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein and Pathfinder 2e.
What are your news highlights from the RPGscape this week?