We mark the second anniversary of Greg Stafford’s passing this week. Chaosium did so with style by presenting both the 2019 and 2020 Greg Stafford Memorial Award for Gloranthan Fandom.
It’s Halloween month which means Geek Native is gearing up for the annual 12 Masks of Halloween countdown. Like a spooky Advent calendar, as the day approaches, the blog shares a mask a day. Just to forewarn you.
This week’s collection of RPG news looks a tiny bit different from the week before.
Well, I noticed the RPG news from around the web section was getting longer and longer. In part, this is due to more RPG blogs coming on to my radar and therefore more RPG reviews making the Routinely Itemised cut. So, I’ve carved off external RPG reviews and interviews into a section all of their own.
Now, let’s get into the meat of the roundup with RI-speed bullet points of RPG news!
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RPG news from Geek Native
- The latest data from Roll20 shows D&D as dominant as ever and a surge in Call of Cthulhu.
- The Starfinder core rules get an errata.
- Wayland Games has bought OnTableTop.
- Call of Cthulhu’s The Children of Fear is due out this month.
- Free League Publishing has announced the next arc in Coriolis’ Mercy of the Icons campaign is The Last Cyclade.
- Cubicle 7 showed off a gorgeous Collector’s Edition of Soulbound.
- The Starfinder Alexa game has several more chapters.
- Larian Studios accuses early access Baldur’s Gate III players of making bland D&D characters.
- Onyx Path Publishing launched their Halfoween sale.
- Atlas Games has launched a subscription model for Feng Shui 2.
- The Bundle of Holding has a deal on Pelgrane Press’ The Dracula Dossier.
- Hammerdog has a Halloween deal on The Dread House.
- Zadmar Games has a free download for Halloween called Samhain Slaughter.
- Modiphius has a free Fallout Wasteland Warfare scenario called The Undiscovered Vault.
- You can buy some of the art from the D&D/My Little Pony mashup Cutie Marks and Dragons.
- Roll20 will match $50K of charity donations at Roll20Con 2020.
- Wizards of the Coast’s charity rainbow dragon t-shirt is selling well.
- R. Talsorian Games has told us a bit more about Cyberpunk RED’s Lifepath system.
- Geek Native reviewed Sharkbomb’s EX NOVO.
RPG news from around the web
- The Chicago Tribune wrote up the D&D play She Kills Monsters.
- The university paper The Delta Statement asked Could Dungeons and Dragons Be Your New Hobby?.
- Goodman Games has published the lineup for Bride of Cyclops Con.
- Steve Jackson was announced as a guest at Zenkaikon.
- In a Roll20 guest post, Kobold Press’ Wolfgang Baur gave a Tour of Tome of Beasts II.
- Roll20 also introduced the Roll20 Reserve.
- World Anvil has a brand new D&D chracater sheet.
- Green Ronin discussed Blue Rose’s Aldean Classes.
- Christian Hoffer wrote up Dimension 20 with Pirates of Leviathan Continues to Push the Boundaries of Dungeons & Dragons.
- Dicebreaker’s Matt Jarvis previewed EN Publishing’s Awfully Cheery Engine.
- Meanwhile, Alex Meehan scribed Kids’ RPG book series Questlings is getting a companion game co-created by Jiangshi co-designer.
- At the same site, Matt Thrower wrote up “We had to quarantine our games”: Friendly local game stores’ struggle to survive during coronavirus.
- Coleman Gailloreto shared Why Tékumel Is The Greatest RPG Setting You’ve Never Heard Of.
RPG reviews and interviews from around the web
- At d20radio, Egg Embry interviewed Drinking Horn Games about Terrors and Tommyguns.
- At EN World, Egg also talked to MMK about Suzerain Legends for Savage Worlds.
- Rand Roll interviewed Serious6, Creator of DnD Flavor Generators.
- Jason Wilson of GamesBeat interviewed Tanya DePass in Into the Mother Lands interview: Twitch invests in an RPG show led by people of color.
- SyFy Wire’s Josh Weiss had an exclusive look at WotC’s Beasts & Behemoths.
- Angel Citadel’s reviewed Numenera’s Liminal Shore.
- Sword and Stitchery reviewed Gold Rush!.
- Jared Rascher shared Flames of Freedom First Impressions.
- Stephen Pennisi of Rolling Boxcars reviewed the Desperados RPG.
- Sami Yuhas of The Gaming Gang reviewed They Came From Beneath the Sea!
- Dungeon Solvers reviewed the D&D 5 module Death House.
RPG new releases
- After a successful Kickstarter, Gulf Road Games released The Bone Age.
- Cubicle 7 put the PDF live for WFRP Ubersriek Adventures 2.
- Pelgrane Press has published The Dracula Vector.
- Arc Dream Publishing re-released, adding more colour art to Delta Green: Lover in the Ice.
- Neon City Overdrive has a new supplement from Peril Planet with The Grid.
- Realmwarp Media published Cities of Myth (5e): Friends, Foes, and Fae of Avalon.
- Stephen Bull published the Pay-What-You-Want 5e encounter Break The Siege!
- Dissonance released a Cthulhu Deep Green adventure called The Linear Men.
- Green Ronin gave us chapter 5 of Five and Infinity with On the Threshold of Apocalypse.
RPG ideas, tips and discoveries
- Paul and the genre police ask whether it is ever okay to railroad players in Take the Power Back.
- James Introcaso shared Designing for New Systems.
- CBR’s James Hanna wrote up Powered by the Apocalypse vs. Dungeons & Dragons: How the Mechanics Compare.
- Meanwhile, the PtbA love on CBR continued with Jeanette White’s 8 Powered by Apocalypse TTRPs for Horror Fans.
- Bell of Lost Souls suggested D&D: Be The Elephant In The Room – Play A Loxodon.
- Power Score RPG wrote up Dungeons & Dragons – A Guide to the Brain in a Jar.
- Beth and Jonathan Ball at Kobold Press penned One-on-One Roleplaying: How to Craft a Single-PC Campaign Arc.
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;
- Stephen Chenault and Troll Lord Games have a collection of Castles & Crusades books available with Roads to Adventure.
- Zombie Orpheus has a deluxe and full colour edition of The Fartherall Companion.
- Jacob DC Ross wants to publish an interactive gamebook in a fantasy-cyberpunk mashup called The Iron Uprising.
- Shining Armour Games has a 5e setting in which you play in a mysterious oppressive arboreal labyrinth. It’s chapter one of Dark Forest.
- Joseph Carr is crowdfunding a starter kit for the Sengai Jidai RPG with The Age of a Thousand Realities.
- Christoffer Sevaldsen is expanding Black Void with a voidfarer’s travelogue, campaign and sourcebook Under Nebulous Skies.
- Lucky Dice Cafe are collecting pledges to fund a monthly subscription of Adventure Tomes.
- Thom Wilson has a not too serious science fiction RPG in the shape of Space Scoundrels.
- Jean-Philippe Drouet is working on a fun and unique set of modifications for all roleplaying games with TRPG Tweaks.
- Dren Productions has a good looking collection of monsters for 5e in Architects of the Deep.
- Matthew Gravelyn, who has backed 276 Kickstarter projects, has a tarot-inspired supplement for Troika with Articles of the Arcana.
- Popular designer, Grant Howitt is crowdfunding the reprint of Unbound.
- JVC Parry has an indie sci-fi microRPG that uses dominoes and d6 called Drakar.
- Battle Scar Maps is creating D&D and Pathfinder maps for virtual tabletops.
If there’s a source or news you think is worth monitoring, please get in touch or leave a comment below.