Hello native geeks! It’s Friday the 13th, and that might mean unlucky for some, but if you are here hoping for bullet-point summaries of RPG news then it’s lucky for you!
There’s been lots of big RPG news this week.
Let’s be selfish first, though, and talk about Geek Native news. The publisher in the RPG Publisher Spotlight this month is 2 Head Turtle.
Heard of them before? A good subject for the Spotlight then? Perhaps. It turns out 2 Head Turtle is entirely anonymous, so in this month’s feature I dig up what I can and then use the rest of the time to introduce the alternative RPG marketplace Itch.io.
Are you a Geek Native patron? Then you can vote in for the next RPG Publisher Spotlight.
That big RPGs? New homes for Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings and KeyForge (kinda) while other RPGs get pushed off people’s to-do lists.
Curious? Read on!
RPG news from Geek Native
- Free League Publishing was appointed as the new publisher of the Lord of the Rings RPGs.
- Star Wars RPG, the Legend of the Five Rings RPG and Genesys (therefore the KeyForge RPG) have found new homes with Edge Entertainment.
- Sci-fi RPGs outnumber fantasy, and the Alien RPG enters the top five in ICv2’s sales chart.
- Jetpack 7 listened to community feedback and cancelled plans to Kickstart an RPG setting called Adventures in Dugatai: The Mystic East.
- The 2020 Origins Award nominees have been announced.
- The KeyForge RPG already has a supplement on the way, and it’s called Mutant Invasion!.
- Chaosium is no longer involved with the sci-fi RPG Kadimah, giving Darker Hue Studios full control.
- RPG mega-stream Critical Role are getting their own theme of Munchkin card game.
- Pelgrane Press will publish 13th Age: Book of the Underworld.
- British publisher Fantastic Books has launched a gaming division.
- Chaosium calls off ChaosiumCon Down Under due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
- Iron GM Games are giving away art and spending money with Monster March.
- USAopoly / The Op is getting into RPGs, and the first is a game based in/and from Disney’s Onward.
- I reviewed Oreironaut which is an RPG you play in your sleep.
- Hunters Entertainment topped up Free Content Friday.
RPG news from around the web
- Paizo’s John Compton shared Starfiner’s Tales from the Drift: Colossi.
- Morrus reports that Ed Greenwood, the creator of the Forgotten Realms, and Alex Kammer are working on an expansion called The Border Kingdoms.
- Chris Pramas shared a little of the Pre-History of Green Ronin Publishing.
- Nightfall Games shared some SLA Industries art and a little teaser with The Pale Zeroes.
- Over at Monte Cook Games, Charles Ryan revealed the Numenera XP Deck.
- Cubicle 7 revealed the Age of Sigmar Tree-Revenant Waypiper.
- Egg Embry interviewed R. Talsorian Games’ J Gray and Kienna Shaw about Teenagers from Outerspace.
- The newly independent Plaid Hat Games published a first look at the character sheets from their pirate adventure game Forgotten Waters.
- Jody Macgregor over at Dicebreaker argues that The authors of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre were roleplaying long before Dungeons & Dragons.
RPG ideas, tips and discoveries
- Geek Native published a parody guide for parents concerned their teens might be doing RPG.
- Charles Dunwoody launched his world-building series on Geek Native with Basic World Building: Choose the Setting.
- Ben and the genre police called about using music in your RPG.
- Looking for a way to turn your favourite illustrations into paper minis? Check out Monster Forge.
- It looks like a sturdy book, but it opens out to become a roleplayer’s kit.
- The Dungeon Master’s Workshop shared insights with Session Zero: How to Start Your D&D Campaign Off Strong.
- Tomas Gimenez Rioja of Tribality wrote up Level Design Tips to Improve Your Games.
- Over at DnD Duet, Beth offered Optional Rules for Animal Companions.
- Neal Litherland at Taking 10 put together an article about The Failure of Imagination.
- Jennifer Adcock of Gnome Stew put together A Barbarian’s Guide to Roleplaying Hooks.
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;
- Greebo Games has collected many tens of thousands for these cute undead minis with Necromals – Ethernal lethargy
- Douglas Sun offers up the 9th fantasy RPG location in the series, and it’s called The Paladin Queen’s Forest.
- Goodman Games has secured tens of thousands of dollars for The Greatest Thieves in Lankhmar: A DCC Boxed Set.
- Zan’s Adventures is crowdfunding a D&D / Pathfinder adventure called Witch Queen of Cair Urnach.
- David Larson is collecting money for an adventure designed to keep 1 to 4 children distracted for 12 weeks. It’s Welcome to The Wizard’s Tower.
- Aether Games are offering 20 more instant dungeons for D&D, Pathfinder, 13th Age and other fantasy games with Dice Roll Dungeons 2.
- Alvin Bearden is on Kickstarter with a set of adventure map cards. The project is Random Encounter Adventure Maps.
- Arcana Games has an adventure inspired by ancient Greek mythology for characters level 1 to 5 called Fate of the Oracle.
- Taylor Smith has three RPG zines designed to make you think about stuff and feel things called. They are The Foolscap Octavo RPG Zines.
- Quantum Ogre Publishing is working on a 5e supplement that provides backgrounds, races, spells, monsters and deities with a hair theme. It’s The Ultimate Guide to Hair.
- Jin Lee has a set of dark fantasy 75mm resin models called FateSlayer+.
- Metal Dragon Dice have baby versions of the original metal dice line in the shape of Wyrmling Dice.
- Cast n Play are offering sound management for your RPGs with RPG Sounds.
- Sam Sorensen has a campaign guide for running your own West Marches games in D&D or OSR. It’s Iziron’s Enchiridion of the West Marches.
- A Traveller friendly RPG Zine called Woof!
- The Grinning Frog has an easy to run and puzzled filled dungeon adventure for D&D called The Three Trials of Abrina.
- Jais Pingouroux is working on a game of Blood and Cravings based on the Ironsworn system. The name? Bloodsworn.
- Ruby Meason has a good looking TTRPG ready about psychic cyborgs and identity called Ascendancy.
- Steven Crompton has collected tens of thousands for an updated edition of Monsters! and a new edition of Toughest Dungeon in the World.
- Patrick Stuart has a remastered version of Deep Carbon Observatory.
Gamerati News Update
Marcelo Ferrari of Gamerati is here to help with pre-order season. In just a few minutes we whizz through Mork Borg, Forgotten Waters and ready-made characters for Trinity Continuum.
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