Tomorrow is July 25th and that means it’s Free RPG Day.
I know, that’s not the usual date for Free RPG Day, but due to a global pandemic, the new owners had to be a little flexible.
We have some, but certainly not all, of the Free RPG Days news in this round-up. The summary is that if you can, and feel safe doing so, put on your mask and get out to your local gaming store on Saturday.
Why? You’ll help these local traders survive. You might find a new RPG. You might meet someone interesting.
There’s nothing in Geek Native’s RPG conference calendar for this weekend. That’s the calm before the storm. Gen Con Online and so many other virtual events are coming up. August is jampacked. This is a reminder to be on the lookout for free to register events as there’s no shortage of great opportunities out there.
And now, on with the news!
RPG news from Geek Native
- Struggling Lamentations of the Flame Princess prohibit fans from discussing the history of a controversial game designer on their forums and lose a project over their association.
- A survey from Geek Native shows that back in 2019 most geeks thought D&D was past its heyday.
- A former Vampire: The Masquerade developer has released Bad Sex: The Roleplaying Game.
- Dungeons & Dragons have a new entry-level board game designed to introduce new players. It’s called Adventure Begins.
- There’s also been confirmation of the D&D and My Little Pony mashup Cutie Marks & Dragons.
- Dream Realm Storytellers release an animated trailer for Freyja’s Tears.
- DriveThruRPG’s Christmas in Sale extends to 58,000 titles.
- OSR games like Golgotha, Cinderheim and Mothership are available in the Bundle of Holding.
- Green Ronin will use “Ancestries” rather than “Races” in Sword Chronicle.
- Free RPG is tomorrow, and if you’re lucky, that means a new free Root quickstart.
- Prizes include a $765 DM screen in the Saga Forge Scribe one-shot design contest.
- Cubicle 7 post a Wrath & Glory errata.
- Call of Cthulhu publisher Chaosium will publish Lords of the Middle Sea RPG.
RPG news from around the web
- Monte Cook Games released “We Are All Mad Here” as a fairytale setting supplement for The Cypher System.
- Medical Express wrote up Dungeons & Dragons may help at-risk kids level up social skills.
- D&D Beyond’s stats show that the Fighter class is twice as popular as Druids.
- Paizo offered up New Character Options for Pathfinder and Starfinder Society Play.
- Nerds on Earth shared a preview of Pathfinder Battles: City Of Lost Omens Miniatures From WizKids.
- Geek Native’s already covered the AI Dungeon, but in this article, Adam Nieri returns to look at the improved version.
- Chaosium walked us through three different editions of Cthulhu Dark Ages.
- Tabletop Gaming News highlights the release of Art of Wuxia RPG.
- The Roleplayers Chronicle reviews Arcanum Worlds – Odyssey of the Dragonlords.
- Terrance Pryor suggests 10 events to catch at Gen Con Online 2020.
- Dicebreaker’s Alex Meehan covers the free Kobayashi Maru adventure for the Star Trek Adventures RPG.
- Bell of Lost Soul’s J.R. Zambrano looks at Pathfinder’s The Slithering Oozes Charm, And Curses.
- At Geek Tyrant, Tommy Williams reminds us that MYTHIC ODYSSEYS OF THEROS Is Now Available in Physical Form.
- Hollywood Insider’s Dan Considine opines Nah, Sorry, I Can’t. I Have Dungeons and Dragons That Day.
- World Anvil’s Janet Forbes highlights The World of Faelon.
- Federico Sohns writes up Nonviolence in Nibiru.
- Roll20 share their Free RPG Day plans.
- Cubicle 7 will support Free RPG Day with Rain of Mercy.
- Denny Connolly at GameRant covers DnD Beyond Releases New Blacksmith’s Digital Dice Options.
- R. Talsorian Games expanded the Castle Falkenstein offering with The Fortune Deck.
RPG ideas, tips and discoveries
- Ben and the Genre Police look at how time needs to be used carefully in adventures.
- Want to unsettle your players? Geek Native built this “Innocent phrase” generator.
- Dungeons, Dragons and… Disco?
- DND Duet offered up How to Have Great Social Interaction in D&D
- Draconick shared Top 5 Tips for New GMs.
- Cannibal Halfling Gaming wrote up Level One Wonk: Fantasy Economics.
- Dungeon Solvers published Campaign Prep: The Path to Session 0.
- Dumpstat Adventures had thoughts on Running a Game in Darkness.
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;
- Dark Elf Dice have raised many thousands for their Giant Metal Dice.
- Lluew Grey has a new setting and full adventure compatible with 5e called The Dreamers: Stone Age.
- Otan’s Workshop are crowdfunding DND Pencil Topper Erasers, Journals and Accessories.
- Colin Kyle is growing their RPG that combines cyberpunk, hip hop and community building with Axon Punk: Expanded.
- Shades of Vengeance have launched funding for The Era Zone 2020, Part 2.
- Adventures Await are working on a series of six one-shot adventures for D&D called Tales from Arden.
- Viktor Ahrens has print & play and VTT assets for you in the shape of Dungeons of Doria.
- Tyson Burruss is working on an aetherpunk high fantasy called Aether and Steamworks 1.5.
- RG Junior is offering up a simple new type of RPG system with Duality.
- Richard A. Johnson has punchboard scenic packs for tabletop RPGs and war games called RatMat Scenics: Forest, Ruins, Wharf, and Warehouse Packs.
- Tom Perrett has a streamlined and rules light RPG called Super Simple.
- Daniel Warmkle has relaunched a RPG, card game and gamer’s toolbox with Cartomancy.
- Tim Krause is offering a thrilling new RPG for teens and young adults with Magic Seekers: Role Playing Game for Young Adventurers.
- The team at Kickin’ It has a way to put dice in your wallet with foldable metal dice.
- The impressive Philip Reed is at it again with A Dozen Frightening Rumors, for use with Fantasy RPGs.
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