10–17 August 2021: Remembering Steve Perrin

Cover art from the original RuneQuest book. Artist: Luise Perenne. Perenne is the wife of the late Steve Perrin, who co-created RuneQuest.

This week, after the death of RuneQuest co-creator, Steve Perrin, his colleagues & collaborators remember his impact on the industry. Awards season hits, with the nominations for the ENnie awards and the Indie Groundbreaker Awards announced. Meanwhile, problems with international shipping continue to be highlighted, with Steve Jackson Games addressing the subject.

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Remembering Steve Perrin

Steve Perrin, co-creator of the RuneQuest RPG, has died. Historian, Shannon Appelcline, details his career, while George R.R. Martin and Chaosium remember him.


EN World announces the ENnie nominees.

The Indie Game Developer Network announces the Indie Groundbreaker Award nominees.


Phil Reed of Steve Jackson Games talks about the shipping issues that are plaguing the industry.

Critical Role announces the departure of Brian W. Foster from the company.

Foster has been a controversial figure, with a few less-than-savoury tweets over the years. I’m not convinced that this departure was a result of that, but I’ve seen a few people making that assumption. — Amy

Bundles & Deals

Bundle of Holding is offering a bundle of FATE settings & sourcebooks, two bundles of Doctor Who RPGs, two bundles of Delta Green books, and a bundle of Metamorphosis books.

Humble Bundle is offering a bundle of Starfinder books, a bundle of 13th Age books, and a bundle of Mutant Chronicles books.

DriveThruRPG is offering a sale on some of its most popular under $5 products.


On the back of the amazing success of Magpie’s Avatar, EN World updates its list of $1 million+ RPG Kickstarters.

It’s pretty astonishing that the majority of those Kickstarters all happened this year.

Noteworthy New Projects

Delta Green: The Conspiracy: A 25th-anniversary edition of classic modern Lovecraftian horror RPG, Delta Green, by Arc Dream Publishing (Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game, Puppetland: The Storytelling RPG of Grim Make-Believe, Better Angels — A Hell of a Roleplaying Game by Greg Stolze). So far this project has raised $230,000 from 1,900 backers. Ends September 11th

Pitched at the time as Lovecraft meets The X-Files, the Delta Green sourcebook for Call of Cthulhu was pretty ground-breaking when it was first released. Before it, there had been a few attempts to bring the setting to the modern world, but nothing stuck. Fast forward 25 years and Delta Green is now a game in its own right, with a burgeoning list of supplements and even its own GUMSHOE system spin-off, The Fall of Delta Green. No surprise to see this new edition getting a lot of support. — James

Deep Space D-6: The Long Way Home RPG Gamebook 2nd Edition: A solo RPG built on the Deep Space D-6 board game, by Tony Go (Hunters of Arcfall, Dragon’s Ransom, Deep Space D-6). So far this project has raised $45,000 from 1,500 backers. Ends August 25th

Closing Soon

Stargazer’s Guide to Aroria is a campaign setting and rules supplement for 5e, with a focus on zodiac signs and astrology. So far this project has raised $90,000 from 1.700 backers. Ends August 18th.

Necropolis is an adventure based on an original one by Gary Gygax, for 5e and Swords & Wizardry. So far this project has raised $77,000 from 1,000 backers. Ends August 21st.


A Nightmare in Sutradain: A Feywild setting & adventure set in the capital of the Seelie court, by Fabled Adventurers Extraordinaire Games (The Corruption of Cavestar) — August 18th

Over the Next Hill 2: A collection of settlements for 5e, from the EN5ider magazine, by Morrus/EN Publishing — August 24th

Criminal Contracts For D&D 5E: A collection of 10 crime-focused adventures for 5e, by Jason DM (Book of Bounty and Treasure Hunts for 5E, Bounty Hunts Vol 1: Contracts for 5E) — September 12th

Codex of the Mind: A psionics system for 5e, by Henry Lopez (Forged in Magic: Reforged, Arcanis 5e RPG, The Ssethregoran Empire 5th Edition) — September 13th

OSR & Retro

The Black Hack Second Edition — Redux: A reprint and boxed set of the Black Hat 2nd edition, by Peter Regen (Dungeon Master’s Little Black Book, The Black Hack Second Edition — Classic Monsters, The Black Hack RPG Second Edition) — August 22nd

The Towers of Dr. Xill & The Years Between: A relic-filled adventure and a character creation supplement for Dungeon Crawl Classics & Mutant Crawl Classics, by C. Aaron Kreader (Welcome to Easwood, A Strange Night at the Pint n’ Pony & 101 City Encounters, Midnight Legion: Portal of Life) — September 4th

Kinless: A solo viking adventure compatible with Mörk Borg, by Craig G. Williams (Zine Quest 2: Explore Dungeons #1, Aztlan Awakens, Make 100 — Hand Drawn Unique Dungeon Maps) — September 9th

Other & Generic Fantasy

Ruin Masters — Bestiary: The first sourcebook for fantasy RPG Ruin Masters, by RiotMinds (Trudvang Adventures — for 5E, LexOccultum, Trudvang Chronicles) — August 25th

Mausritter: Box Set & Adventure Collection: The second printing of the “sword-and-whiskers” RPG of adventuring mice, by Isaac Williams — August 31st

The Night Market: A fantasy black-market for fantasy RPGs, by Evil Pigeon Games (The Halfling Food Festival) — September 2nd

HandyMaps Dungeons, Caves & Strange Locales: A5 dungeon maps for fantasy RPGs, by Glynn Seal (The City of Great Lunden, HandyMaps — Town & Village A5 Card Handouts for RPGs, The Bats of Saint Abbans — An OSR Adventure) — September 12th


Rayguns & Robuts: A “Rules-Light Retro Atomic-Sci-Fi RPG Zine”, by Levi Combs (Jungle Tomb of the Mummy Bride Compatible for DCC & 5E, Magic and Shit: Weird Fantasy for Your OSR RPGs, The Phylactery — An Old School Heroic Fantasy Adventure Zine) — September 2nd


Golden Mart: “A single player role-playing game about customer service and the apocalypse”, by Michael Anthony DeAnda — September 3rd


XDM: X-treme Dungeon Mastery, 2nd Edition: A book of RPG advice, by Howard Tayler (Planet Mercenary, Deluxe RPG “Handbrain” Screen, Schlock Mercenary) — September 10th

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