It’s the start of the month, and the post-Gen Con Online write up… so it feels like it’s been a busy week.
Some house geeking from Geek Native first as a new month means a new poll for Patreons to vote in the RPG Publisher Spotlight. The feature on Geek Native, which is now promoted as a house ad, is designed to help support indie creators and publishers.
The winner in the last poll is Trollhalla Press, and I’ll take the usual approach of trying hard to get in touch and complete a Q&A style interview before the end of the month.
And now, on with the RPG news!
RPG news from Geek Native
- Roll20’s quarterly report shows virtual tabletop RPGs are booming.
- Here’s the list of 2020 ENnie winners.
- Edge will (probably) publish a Genesys powered new Twilight Imperium RPG.
- Edge will (definitely) publish a 5e powered new Midnight RPG.
- The Savage Worlds version of Rifts is heading to Fantasy Grounds.
- Osprey Publishing has announced the RPG Righteous Blood, Ruthless Blades: Wuxia Roleplaying.
- Astral Tabletop’s media market is booming.
- Paizo had a busy month with 15 new releases.
- Crafty Games’ pre-order page includes metal dice worth $200.
- Tin Star Games’ angelic Relics heads to print.
- Chaosium has announced that Jonathan Tweet will write the RuneQuest supplement The Dragon’s Eye.
- 40,000 people made Gen Con Online.
- EN Publishing released Strontium Dog.
- Mantic Games and Red Scar Publishing announced a new Hellboy RPG.
- There are two Space: 1889 deals at The Bundle of Holding.
- Cyberpunk D&D game Entromancy got its first published adventure.
- Matt Colville announced a new monthly D&D magazine called Arcadia.
- Fantasy Flight Games isn’t finished with Legend of the Five Rings yet (it’s moving to Edge) and have announced two more books for the RPG.
- Amazon helped Paizo Publishing launch a Starfinder audio game with stars like Laura Bailey and Nathan Fillion.
- Also in the digital space, Manticore Games has a Wizards of the Coast license and a $20,000 prize fund for D&D adventure design.
- The Werewolf: The Apocalypse computer game Heart of the Forest is looking great.
- Posthuman Studios has limited stock of laser-engraved USBs with the entire Eclipse Phase archive on them.
- The Vampire: The Masquerade comic series that contains exclusive V5e stats is out now.
- Rich Thomas, the founder of Onyx Path, responds to allegations of racist blacklisting.
- Wizards of the Coast has a new Unearthed Arcana D&D playtest.
- Here’s a chance to help an indie publisher out and land a deal with the crisis sale from Thought Police Interactive.
RPG news from around the web
- Dunromin University Press released the World Guide to Barnaynia.
- Gallant Knight Games released Tattered Magicks.
- FeralGamersInc released the grimdark The Black Iron.
- Black Hat Games released the 2nd edition of Mud, Blood, & Glory.
- R. Talsorian Games combined three Cyberpunk corporation reports into the Corporation Report 2020.
- Paizo released the Pathfinder adventure The Slithering.
- Bully Pulpit Games will release a new edition of Fiasco.
- Green Ronin released The Soul Trade for Five and Infinity.
- Green Ronin also introduced Sword Chronicle’s Shattered Era.
- Roll20 has made, tested and released a Dynamic Lighting conversion tool.
- Cubicle 7 published this roundup of free adventures & resources for WFRP.
- Cubicle 7 also helped with What is Wrath & Glory?, releasing It’s Your Funeral for WFRP in PDF,
- Keith Baker published this Exploring Eberron FAQ on his blog along with this IFAQ on the Elvish Language.
- Polaroids & Polar Bears wrote up If Dreams Could Kill brings new character options to City of Mists.
- Over at EN World, Ben Reece reviewed Agents of Edgewatch Player’s Guide.
- At Nerds on Earth, Abram Towle reviewed Lost Omens Legends for Pathfinder 2nd Edition.
- Mantic has been good in following up the Hellboy RPG news with an overview, how Doom works and how Ingenuity works.
- For EN World, Egg Embry interviewed Tajo Kittkau about The Dark Eye – Gods of Aventuria crowdfunder.
- Egg also interviewed Jack Rosetree about the Pretty Fairy Princess RPG and crowdfunder campaign for the adventure anthology Tales of Pride.
- Jeff McAleer has a video review and page-through of Pathfinder Second Edition Gamemastery Guide.
- Dicebreaker’s Matt Jarvis covers the Control inspired In Case of an Emergency RPG.
- Gizmodo’s James Whitbrook wrote up The Star Trek Roleplaying Game is Getting a Whole New Rulebook Just for Playing as the Klingons.
- Kobold Press has some free Deep Magic wallpapers.
RPG ideas, tips and discoveries
- Ben and the genre police turn the time dial of RPG tips again.
- Charles Dunwoody returns with this Basic World Building series and talks Design a Stronghold.
- Over at d20radio, J.T. Diminio argues That’s How I Roll: Failure Should Be Fun.
- The blog Signs in the Wilderness talked about random campaigns with Through the Saw-Grass and then published the results.
- Dump Stat does an insightful deep dive on the unfortunate Shadar-Kai.
- Clave Jones, at Nerds on Earth, explored How Things Are Different When D&D is Played in Space.
- Merric has a Few Thoughts on Traps.
- Nicholas Johnson on Draconick discusses Gaps In Gameplay.
- Nerdarchy’s Doug Vehovec Saddles Up for Mounted COmbat and Adventures in 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;
- Witch & Craft Games is working on an RPG about facing your inner deals, both figurative and literal with XII: Inner Demons.
- Dark-Platypus Studio has a stand-alone adventure for Mutant Crawl Classics characters of level 1 or 2. Beware the Rats of G.I.M.
- Headless Hydra Press have magnetic hex tiles to create whiteboard maps with a product called Hexplorer.
- Elaine Robrets-Kercheff has a D&D one-shot adventure in the shape of Hunting the High Priest.
- Lovely dice are big business now, and Diceawaii has raised over $20,000 in just a few days for these Koi-waii dice.
- Another dice success comes from Space Delirium and these Stardust Tarot dice.
- Or, if you want dice that swear at you, there is Severed Books’ F*ck D6 sets.
- Adam Hancock is crowdfunding a superhero-themed 5e setting. It’s Supers & Sorcery.
- OldCowboy is creating a sci-fi setting that uses Savage Worlds called SOUL.
- Dubious Merit Games has a deadly “A.I.” system for 40 of D&D’s most common monsters in These Monsters Have Minds of Their Own.
- Michael Prescott of Trilemma Adventures has a bestiary full of fantasy monsters for the Year Zero Engine in The Servants of Memory.
- Another monsters supplement comes from Justin Handlin in the form of a 5th edition guide called Memorable Monsters.
- Jack Rosetree is working on an anthology of adventures for the Pretty Fairy Princess RPG called Tales of Pride.
- Team KILN is daring to go where so many have struggled before them with a Tabletop RPG Companion App.
- Josh Rottman has a collection of Neoclassical Geek Revival Role Playing Game called Zzarchov’s Adventure Omnibus volume 2.
- Logan Timmins has an RPG of sporty American teenagers in the form of Preparing for Paris.
- Screenwriter Desiree Nordlund is offering up three generic RPG tabletop adventures.
- Gunter Schlueter is raising money for Saving the Skyfell: Academic Adventures for TTRPGs.
If there’s a source or news you think is worth monitoring, please get in touch or leave a comment below.