Freebies, new releases, sales, discounts and data that shows which RPGs are enjoying the biggest lockdown boom.
That’s right, it’s another Routinely Itemised summary of RPG news, and there are well over 1,000 words in this week’s list. Why? Lots of mainstream media coverage on the hobby this week (thanks Joe Manganiello) and plenty of releases.
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Okay, that’s the intro which means we’ve got the TTRPG news to follow. Here it comes!
RPG news from Geek Native
- RPG ebooks (PDFs, etc) in the UK should (but probably won’t) become 20% cheaper in time for Christmas.
- Roll20’s data shows some surprising winners in the RPG popularity boom.
- The print edition of D&D’s Mythic Odyssey of Theros is delayed.
- Magpie Games have already been able to expand their curated play program.
- Cubicle 7 has shown us the Soulbound Collector’s edition.
- Ashton Duncan and a crew of D&D creators rebooted fairytale Princesses.
- The augmented reality app Ardent Roleplay signs a deal with Chaosium on Call of Cthulhu and RuneQuest.
- Humble Bundle has $274 worth of DeathWatch RPG material for sale.
- The Bundle of Holding has seven Powered by the Apocalypse RPGs.
- The 6th edition of the fan-made Fallout RPG is out.
- After severe delays and drama, Green Ronin is finally able to release The Lost Citadel RPG for 5e.
- The Altered Carbon RPG is now open for pre-orders.
- The D&D movie takes a step forward, picking up an ex-Marvel exec as producer.
- The CON+3 RPG ‘telethon’ for charity has hundreds of prizes to give away and starts May 16th.
RPG news from around the web
- Critical Role announced a new show called Critter Hug.
- Cubicle 7 is now taking Warhammer Age of Sigmar pre-orders.
- Aaron T. Huss took a look at Laeral Silverhand’s Explorer’s Kit.
- Green Ronin shared a preview of the eXtermintor from The Time Traveler’s Codex.
- Chaosium lined up new releases for Glorantha and published CoC’s Mansions of Madness.
- JP Chapleau released Princesses.
- EN World columnist Michael Tresca released Ancient Adventures for 5E.
- Astral Tabletop have expanded their roll syntax.
- Dicebreaker’s Preston Dozsa talks to Paizo about setting the gold standard in tabletop.
- Roll20 has announced a helpful series called Learning Roll20.
- Pinnacle Entertainment Group highlighted the new Kethos Fantasy core book.
- Paizo Publishing released Starfinder: Flight of the Sleepers.
- Pelgrane Press offered up a video on How to Run Table roleplaying for One GM & One Player.
- Tommy Williams at Geek Tyrant covered Tome of Nine Swords.
- Beth Elderkin at Gizmodo found 8 Non-Combat Roleplaying Games for When You’re a Lover, Not a Fighter.
- Polygon’s Charlie Hall wrote up Dungeons & Dragons dice are more beautiful than ever – and a big business.
- Joel Cornell at How To Geek helps with How to Remotely Play Tabletop Role Playing Games Using Slack
- In a popular story this week, Variety looked at Joe Manganiello’s Dungeons & Dragons campaign.
RPG ideas, tips and discoveries
- Ben and the Genre police Point out the merits of not worrying too much about consistency in campaigns.
- The freebies from Wizards of the Coast keep coming and here’s how to track them.
- TikTok video helped make this dice bag design go viral.
- Joey Batey (Jaskier from Netflix’s The Witcher) designs a D&D Monster.
- Comic Book’s Christian Hoffer argues It’s Time To Bring Back the Tibbit in Dungeons & Dragons.
- Kobold Press’ Nick Landry shared Midgard Ley Magic: Locating Ley Lines.
- Eberron’s Keith Baker described Dolurrh, the Realm of the Dead.
- Doug Vehovec reminds us that Rule Zero is RPG Storytellers’ Best Friend.
- ScreenRant’s Scott Baird digs into Lord of the Rings’ Complicated Legal History With Dungeons & Dragons.
- Ian Yusem wrote up Stumbling Through RPG Self-Publishing.
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;
- Dave from Dave.Paints have a system of 52 story-building cards to spice up your D&D one-shots. Cards Against the DM.
- William Murakami-Brundage has an original 5e adventure called Clash at Kell Crenn on Kickstarter.
- Gavriel Quiroga is working on a tech-noir RPG with an emphasis on psychology and existentialism called NEUROCITY.
- Mark Lain is collecting funds for the third adventure gamebook in the Destiny Role series with Venom of Vortan.
- John R Davis is about to hit the target for an adventure that will take characters from level 1 to level 20 with The Chronicles of Keranow.
- Antony Woods is working on a 5e supplement of monsters paired with loot in a campaign called Wretches & Rewards Mini Adventures for 5e.
- Robert Melrose has a weathered copper inlay set into solid wood with the DM Screen of the Dwarven Metalsmith.
- Mythical Studios is collecting money for Dice and dungeons ITA Backpacks, Sidebags and enamel pins.
- 3dartdigital is offering 3d printable fantasy miniatures in the range Survivors of Serath.
- Arthur is raising money for The Adventurer’s RPG Tiles – Cave.
- Philip Reed is doing well with this guide for gamemasters called Fantasy City Sites and Scenes II.
- Richard Malena-Webber will launch a D&D online summer camp for kids aged 11 to 15 with Academy of Adventures.
Gamerati News Update
Marcelo Ferrari of Gamerati digs into the post-apocalyptic board game Last Aurora and OPP’s post-apocalyptic Dystopia Rising: Evolution.
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