There are some exciting new releases & announcements this week. Kickstarter hit, Wanderhome arrives on retail. Edge Entertainment quietly (almost sub-audibly) announces the arrival of the Twilight Imperium RPG for Genesys. And Modiphius launches the anticipated Dune RPG. Meanwhile, the Dungeons & Dragons film is delayed once again.
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New & Upcoming
Jay Dragon’s Kickstarter smash hit, the pastoral RPG Wanderhome, is now available.
We’re so excited to play this — and curious to see how well it does in retail after its crowdfunding success.
The Twilight Imperium RPG is on its way later this year.
It’s odd that this announcement has been sneaked out in this way. Even the Twilight Imperium Codex in which it appeared hasn’t been officially announced on the Fantasy Flight website, and we’ve heard nothing from Edge since GenCon last year.
Munchkin: Critical Role is now available.
The Dungeons & Dragons film is delayed again to 2023.
Modiphius releases the Dune Roleplaying Game.
Paizo details its latest releases, including Bestiary 3 for Pathfinder 2nd Edition.
Goodman Games announces an adaptation of Judges Tower’s 1980 module Dark Tower for D&D 5e and Dungeon Crawl Classics.
Cubicle 7 releases Altdorf: Crown of the Empire for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying
Chaosium brings Horror on the Orient Express and Beyond the Mountains of Madness back into print.
Jeff Grubbs’ unpublished AD&D adaptation of Known World of Mystara will be published.
Shannon Appelcline looks at all the lawsuits surrounding TSR.
CBR looks at the history of Tabletop Day.
Bundles & Deals
Humble Bundle is offering a bundle of Dungeons & Dragons comic books.
DriveThruRPG is running a sale on Urban Fantasy & Steampunk RPGs.
A group of Latin American RPG creators are offering a bundle of indie RPGs to raise funds in support of author Tiago Rolim.
Coyote & Crow closed while we were on break, becoming just the seventh RPG to raise over $1 million.
It’s pretty astonishing that three out of those seven RPGs were crowdfunded in just the last few months. — Amy
Noteworthy New Projects
Anime 5E: An animation of the Big Eyes, Small Mouth RPG for 5e, by Dyskami Publishing (BESM Extras – Fourth Edition RPG Expansions, Warband: Against the Darkness Strategy Board Game, Worker Placement — A Temp Agency Strategy Board Game). So far this project has raised $374,000 from 5,000 backers. Ends April 23rd.
We’ve covered the controversy over designer Mark MacKinnon and the alleged non-payment to freelancers before. RPG historian Shannon Appelcine has also brought this up again in light of this new campaign’s success. Caveat emptor.
Sin: A Spire sourcebook focused on crime, punishment and religion, by Grant Howitt (Unbound, Spire, Heart). So far this project has raised £66,000 ($91,000) from 1,300 backers. Ends April 29th
Spire and its sister game Heart are both on my wishlist for games I’d like to play post-pandemic. I’m sure I’ll get this book as well as they’re so darn pretty. But I hope I’ll actually try them out at some point! — James
Count me in for both of those games! — Amy
Venture Maidens Campaign Guide for 5th Edition: A 5e-compatible setting based on the Venture Maidens actual play podcast, by 2CGaming (Epic Legacy Tome of Titans, Dragonflight, GrymmWorld). So far this project has raised $64,000 from 1,100 backers. Ends May 10th.
Death in Space is a rules-light, gritty sci-fi game. So far this project has raised SEK 940,000 ($109,000) from 2,500 backers. Ends May 10th
This game is worth keeping an eye on in terms of the influence it could exert post-campaign, if the unabated rise of its sister game Mörk Borg is anything to go by. — James
One Night at the Inn: A tavern-focused sourcebook for 5e, by Status Effect Games LLC (Hit City Hustle, Map Pack One, SEG Cavern Tileset) — April 14th
Here There Be Dragons: A collection of dragons and dragon-themed options for 5e, by Morrus/ENPublishing — April 20th
Legendary Adventures: A sourcebook for beyond level-20 play, by Mike Myler (Veranthea Codex — Pathfinder RPG setting, Mists of Akuma, Hypercorps 2099) — April 22nd
Affinity: A set of 3 sci-fi settings for 5e, by Chris Dias (Amethyst — Fantasy & Technology Collide, Ultramodern5, Naramata: A Game of Wine & Tourism) — April 29th
Mycelium Madness: A mushroom-filled 5e adventure, by Josiah Rise — May 1st
The Codex of Quests: An upbeat sourcebook of adventures & rules, by The Cantrip Cast — May 3rd
Aizendore’s Vault of Tragic Treasure: A compendium of magic items and lore for 5e, by Paddy Finn (Mag of Holding for 5e) — May 8th
UnFamiliar: Release The Tiny Beasts: Rules for playing as familiars, by Jerry Joe Seltzer (Traveling Encounters volume 1, Call To Adventure) — June 2nd
Other & Generic Fantasy
Academies of the Arcane: A sourcebook for magical schools in the Troika! RPG, by Daniel Sell/Melsonian Arts Council (Very Pretty Paleozoic Pals: Permian Nations, Fungi of the Far Realms — a fictional fungal field guide, Troika! Numinous Edition) — May 5th
Kingdoms of Hârn: Kaldor: A hardcover edition of the Hârn sourcebook, by Columbia Games (HârnMaster Boxed Set, High Colonies, Cities of Hârn) — April 23rd
We Die Young RPG, Supernatural Roleplaying in the 1990s: A ’90s counterculture supernatural RPG, by Eric Bloat (Survive This!! Dark Places & Demogorgons RPG Core Rulebook, Survive This!! Vigilante City Tabletop Roleplaying Game, The Blackest Space — An Interstellar Sci-Fi Survival RPG) — April 30th
Partners: A Detective RPG for exactly two players, by Steve Darlington (Relics: A Game of Angels) — April 23rd
I’m particularly intrigued by the way this game promises to handle the “Mystery” — building the plot with a series of random cards. I’m honestly sceptical about whether that can work, but I also really hope it does. I’ve backed this because detectives. — Amy
Blue Planet: Recontact: An updated edition of the classic eco-sci-fi RPG set on an alien waterworld, by Biohazard Games (Upwind RPG) — May 5th
Adventure Builder: A family-friendly fantasy RPG, by Wider Path Games — May 6th
First They Came — A Blindfold Role-Playing Game: An immersive RPG played in the dark or blindfolded, guided by a soundtrack, by Chaos League — April 25th
I’m definitely intrigued, although I think this one is just a shade too immersive for my comfort zone. — James
Yeah, I really want to play this, but boy will it need to be with the right people in the right setting with the right safety tools. I’m backing it. — Amy
Odd Jobs: A collection of system-neutral micro settings focused on strange people with strange careers, by MacGuffin & Co. — May 1st
Mythic Table: An open-source, non-profit VTT, by Marc — May 14th
RPG Sidequest Decks: A set of side-quest adventure decks, by Inkwell Ideas (Worldographer: Hexographer 2 — Easy Map/World Creator, DungeonMorphs Revenge — RPG Dungeon Dice & Cards, NPC Portraits Decks: Adventurers, Townsfolk, and Hirelings) — May 13th