It’s the last Friday before Saturnalia! Are you excited?
Traditionally, we’d reverse our roles and serve food to our slaves, or be served by our masters. What wild abandon for Romans!
Whether you’re celebrating Saturnalia or another festive occasion this winter, Geek Native hopes it’s a merry one.
Here in headquarters in Scotland, there’s also Hogmanay to look forward to. That’s New Year. Do you know about the Fireballs Ceremony held in some parts of Scotland to mark the day? Don’t be too generous with the hair spray if you’re thinking of attending.
Right, yes, but there’s also been a week of RPG news, and it’s been a busy one. You may have noticed some discussion on character sheet design. Also, I’ve been able to publish some top ten charts from DriveThruRPG, and I’ll be putting those in a section of their own below.
RPG news from Geek Native
- Geek Native reviewed GeneFunk 2090 and liked it a lot.
- Wizards of the Coast are killing off the Dungeons & Dragons Insider.
- Hammerdog Games are showing us teasers of their forthcoming Denoa: World of Adventure.
- Name of the Wind author Patrick Rothfuss is going to start a regular RPG podcast of actual play in his world Temerant. He’s also raised over $500,000 for charity.
- It looks like the dark and adult a|state RPG is about to return.
- The Adventure Zone RPG is a little less RPGy than I expected but still pre-ordering like hotcakes! You can join the queue, too.
- Probably for the last time ever, The One Ring PDFs are available at the Bundle of Holding.
- Old (and Alan Moore approved) Watchmen RPG content is being reprinted.
- Geek Native look a peek at a DM’s Guild supplement that lets you become a magical girl.
- I talked to Kris McClanahan of Deeply Dapper about the Tabletops & Tentacles magazine.
- Geek Native’s RPG Publisher Spotlight shone on Mage Hand Press, the studio formerly named after a particular part of Vecna’s body.
Top ten best selling RPGs of 2019
- The top ten selling ‘other’ fantasy RPGs published this year.
- The top ten selling sci-fi RPGs published this year.
- The top ten selling cartoon and anime RPGs published this year.
- The top ten selling family RPGs published this year.
- The top ten selling horror RPGs published this year.
There’s more of these lists to come.
RPG news from around the web
- The RPG Pipeline published their What’s Hot in Indie RPGs 2019 report.
- Fantasy Flight Games announces a new errata for Genesys.
- Wizards of the Coast have said there are seven or eight D&D games in the near future.
- Egg Embry interviews Scott A Woodward about The Sixth Gun RPG.
- Kickstarter management agreed not to interfere with a staff vote on whether there should be a Union.
- RPG Casts published a state of the RPG podcast industry report.
- At EN World, Ben Reece reviewed the Starfinder Alexa game.
- EN Publishing has released version 1.2 of O.L.D. The Fantasy Heroic Roleplaying Game.
- Cannibal Halfling Gaming reviewed Fate of Cthulhu.
- Iron Crown shared the Varbonus, a snake creature for their sci-fi HARP.
RPG ideas, tips and discoveries
- Axelle Nobody and DM Inuyasha designed these dyslexia-friendly D&D character sheets. People loved it.
- The Creeping Rot is a simple and free zombie game that doesn’t need a GM.
- They’re giant fuzzy worms that sing you better. They’re homebrew D’Dooga.
- Too late for a Crimbo present now but Mint & Mustard’s D&D gift box is worth knowing about.
- The Book of Seasons: Solstices is out at the DM’s Guild, and we asked: “Do you always have to kill the monster?“
- Ginny Di sang us a D&D Christmas carol.
- Dream Realm Storytellers released the Toy Eater.
- Historian and gamer Gun Do Bad Games wrote up the logic of Feudalism and offered some adventure hooks.
- At Master the Dungeon, Jae helps with Group Decision Making in D&D.
- The World Building Blog reminds us to Lead With Story.
- Megan Miller of Nerdarchy shares 3 Christmas and Holiday Adventure Ideas from Folklore for 5e D&D.
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;
- Dragon’s Hoard Dice are hoping to make actual Sterling Silver Role Playing Dice.
- FunDaMental Games is working on the one-shot 5e Legends of Novus Adventures: Kzmatic’s Keep.
- Marco Mazzei is making jewellery for your character’s religion and cosplay with Holy Symbols.
- Programmer Julien Roche is working on a web-based random side-view dungeon with Dungeon & Quest Generator.
- Black Oak Workshop is offering some Dragon Themed Polyhedral RPG Dice.
- Tom Woods has this microwave-safe Cthulhu Mythos dinner plate.
- J. Evans Payne is helping with 5E/P2 conversions from P1 with the Content Conversion Guide.
Gamerati News Update
Too busy to read? In just over 7 minutes Gamerati’s Marcelo Ferrari will chat to you about those sapphire D&D dice, Earth in Ecos from AEG and the Nocturnal Creatures for Queen Games for Rune Stones.
What are your news highlights from the RPGscape this week?