It’s Friday and another scheduled Routinely Itemised. In this newsletter, we catch up with what’s been going on in the world of roleplaying games.
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Now, on with the RPG news!
RPG news from Geek Native
- D&D is officially flirting with magic tattoos.
- Xanathar’s Guide to Everything is officially wrong and WotC has updated the book.
- Alliance Game Distributors won’t/can’t pay for games sold.
- Fandom, the company that runs D&D Beyond, gave us a peek inside their (very late) Cortex Prime RPG.
- It’s free to download and considered by many to be one of the best RPGs ever: The Dark Eye.
- Two Eclipse Phase RPG supplements are free to download.
- Donate $25 to a Covid-19 relief effort and collect a copy of Lancer RPG.
- Loke has put together a bundle of free to download battle maps.
- ENWorld is going to close Trailseeker on Patreon.
- Dungeons on Demand from Dan Coleman are available on the Bundle of Holding.
- 3D Dungeon terrain is available on Humble Bundle.
- Cubicle 7 has given us a look inside the revised edition of Wrath & Glory.
RPG news from around the web
- LoreSmyth has had to release an urgent SOS! They need your support.
- Cubicle 7 has given us an update on Age of Sigmar: Soulbound the new Warhammer RPG.
- Green Ronin has published Salvage Op: An Adventure PDF for The Expanse RPG.
- Chaosium has a new free download in the shape of the RuneQuest coloring book.
- TSR’s Brian Blume Has Passed at the age of 70.
RPG ideas, tips and discoveries
- Charles Dunwoody has written up part two of the Basic World Building series Design a Base Town.
- There are lots of funny people in this hobby: 15 D&D memes you don’t want to miss.
- Pathfinder now has an official Golbin Gulp coffee.
- Le Chaudron Chromatique gives us the Cordyceps Lord.
- Studio Passerine delights with 1d20 Far-Future, Post-Post-Apocalyptic Ruins to Explore.
- GriffonCo is a computer we should all support in the future as the game piece maker shifts to the production of protective medical equipment.
- Merric’s Musings reminds us that D&D is not a wargame.
- Roleplayingtips has published help with making magic items interesting.
- d20Radio writes up Etiquette & Protocol – Taking Your RPG Online.
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;
- Dead Channel Studios is Kickstarting a three-part adventure for 5e called Monstrous Antagonism.
- Severed Books has a system-neutral one-shot dungeon generator called Sealed Inside.
- Marco Mazzei has music from bards to delight your players. It’s Tavern Tales – Medieval Music for Taverns and Inns.
- Aaron Perez is collecting funds for a 5e campaign book called The Shadow Gate.
- Handcrafted dice in Simon Dirk Olivier’s Saberdice Debut Collection.
- Darius Sololewski is building a sound and music app for D&D and Pathfinder called SoundTale.
- Panik Bedlam is working on a 5e setting with toy-scaled heroes called The Oubliette & Adventures on Nore.
- Munchkin Metropolis is offering metal dice and hardwood dice towers.
- Norse Foundry is crowdfunding Dice of Crits Metal.
- Derek Knutsen is raising money for The Gamemaster’s Survival Kit.
- Christopher M. Davidson is working on a 5e setting called Ancora: The Continent of Epore.
- Jordan Vincent is brewing a system-neutral setting called Draharsis.
- Whitehorn and Krakon Games have 28mm minis called Deeper Underground.
- Brian Humphreys is working on an ultralight booklet of 5e rules for backpackers called Two-Ounce 5E.
- CY-Power have Starry Mist – the first fluorescent dice of mixed pigments.
- Matt Corley is working towards their funding goal with The Devil’s City: Horror Fiction & 5e Gaming conjoined.
- Oliver McNeil has raised more than 10 thousand for The StoryMaster’s Tales “Dracodeep Dungeon” Hybrid RPG.
Gamerati News Update
Marcelo Ferrari of Gamerati hits us up with Chaosium’s social distancing freebies, Modiphius’ discounts and the launch of the second edition of Geist: The Sin-Eaters.
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