13–19 April 2020: Digital Platforms

This is a painfully quiet news week, and if there is any notable theme, it is that our gaming lives have gone digital. Of course, we knew that, but, boy, is it clear in this issue: digital gaming platforms, virtual tabletops, PDF releases, digital stores…

And so little else.

Do you remember going out? Do you remember game stores and board game cafes? Do you remember visiting each other’s houses? Playing tabletop games at actual tabletops?

Stay safe guys. We’ll see you outside on the other side.

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Digital Platforms

Fantasy Grounds reports a huge rise in game sessions on its platform in March.

Pinnacle Entertainment announces the development of new official products for Virtual Tabletop platforms, with Art Director, Aaron Acevado taking on the additional role of “Virtual Tabletop Manager”.

Dicebreaker looks at D&D miniature creators on Patreon.

New & Upcoming Releases

The latest Dungeons & Dragons Unearthed Arcana could be teasing a return to the Dark Sun campaign setting.

Pelgrane Press expands its GUMSHOE community content program to include The Esoterrorists, Fear Itself, and TimeWatch.

Onyx Path releases post-human post-apocalyptic RPG, Dystopia Rising: Evolution, based on the Dystopia Rising LARP.

The Yellow King RPG has landed on DriveThruRPG.

Cubicle 7’s Warhammer 40,000: Wrath & Glory is now available in PDF.

Toy Vault has reached a licensing agreement with Paizo to create toys and collectables based on Pathfinder and Starfinder.

Bundles & Deals

Pelgrane Press has released its Free RPG Day adventures as Pay What You Want, asking buyers to donate to Doctors Without Borders.

Bundle of Holding is offering two bundles of Traveller books.

Chaosium is offering a 50% off sale on itch.io to celebrate joining the platform.

Crowdfunding News

Noteworthy New Projects

MÖRK BORG CULT: FERETORY: A community content zine for the MÖRK BORG RPG, by Johan Nohr (MÖRK BORG) — April 30th

The Doom Metal-inspired MÖRK BORG was a moderate hit last year on Kickstarter, raising 489,000SEK ($49,000) from 1,200 backers. So far, this fan-created zine has raised 423,000SEK ($42,000) from about the same number of backers — as the campaign page says, the game has developed a community of fans over the past year, which is driving this campaign forward. It has already reached its final stretch goal. Like the original book, this project will be published and distributed by Free League.

5e & Pathfinder

The Devil’s City: Horror Fiction & 5e Gaming Conjoined: A novella and a sourcebook for the Whispers in the Dark investigative horror 5e campaign setting, by Matt Corley (Lamp’s Light Sanitarium: A Horror Sourcebook for 5th Ed.) — April 30th

OSR

DCC RPG module & aide: A Strange Night at the Pint n’ Pony: A collection of city encounters and a pub-crawl adventure for Dungeon Crawl Classics, by C. Aaron Kreader/9th Level Games (Midnight Legion: Portal of Life, DCC RPG compatible adventure: Greenwood of the Fey Sovereign) — May 9th

Superheroes

CAPERS Offworld RPG: A retro-future space sourcebook for the 1920s superhero RPG, CAPERS, by Craig Campbell (CAPERS RPG, Die Laughing RPG) — April 24th

Accessories

Heroic Challenges – Roleplaying Cards for Players and GMs: A system-agnostic set of prompt cards for player characters, by LoreSmyth (Remarkable Shops & Their Wares, Dungeon Discoveries – Card Decks for any TTRPG) — May 7th

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a product like this geared towards players rather than GMs. I’m not sure if I actually want this, but it definitely intrigues me as a concept. — Amy

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