Author: Amy Goodenough

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This week we reflect on the difficulties of online gaming during the pandemic; we look at legal battles over fansites and an LGBT videogame from the ’90s; Hasbro revives a classic dungeon-crawl board game; and Andrews McMeel continues their push into RPGs… Follow us for updates: What We’ve Been Playing In one column this week,…

Read More 8–14 September 2020: This Pandemic Sucks

Cover art from space station RPG, Orbital.

This week, a Silicon Valley VC firm takes a look at the future of tabletop games, Astral’s Virtual Tabletop seeks a competitive edge with a key partnership, Wizards of the Coast announces two very unsurprising crossovers, and a fantastic bundle of award-winning RPGs. Follow us for updates: What We’ve Been Playing For most of the…

Read More 1–7 September 2020: The Digital Future of Roleplaying Games

Interior art from Free League Publishing's Twilight: 2000

The standard news may be a little quiet this week — Hasbro announces a digital convention; a senior designer leaves Wizards of the Coast — but on the crowdfunding front we take a look at some of the biggest Kickstarter campaigns of the season as they enter their final days… What We’ve Been Playing For the past…

Read More 25–31 August 2020: Hasbro Pulse; Twilight: 2000; Wanderhome

Cover art from Dungeons & Dragons' upcoming Tasha's Cauldron of Everything

This week: the UK Games Expo awards are announced, Shannon Appelcline looks at Chaosium’s history of collaboration with other publishers, and Wizards of the Coast announces the next Dungeons & Dragons sourcebook. What We’ve Been Playing For the past few weeks we’ve been playing Apocalypse World second edition on Tuesday nights. James played the game’s…

Read More 18–24 August 2020: UKGE Awards; Chaosium’s Tangled History; Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything

Interior Art from Free League's upcoming Twilight: 2000

This week: a supplement featuring a combat wheelchair for 5e ignites arguments and inspires miniatures; the Dragon Awards nominate three RPGs; and Free League revisits a game from the past about a future that is now the past that never was… What We’ve Been Playing On Saturday night, friend-of-the-blog Jess ran us the Junior Braves…

Read More 11–17 August 2020: Combat Wheelchair; Twilight: 2000

Cover art from Jay Dragon's Wanderhome. Artist: Sylvia Bi

Like the rest of the UK we are slowly melting into buckets, and dreaming of a winter that we will almost certainly under-appreciate. We’re watching the global political stage with a dread so constant that it’s almost boring: a health crisis so mismanaged that it’s become ordinary to us, the white noise of white supremacy,…

Read More 4–10 August 2020: Alexa; Cortex; Wanderhome

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It’s awards season in gaming and oh boy do we have a lot to go through: the Diana Jones Award makes a gesture toward acknowledging Black creators in the industry; Free League cleans up at the ENnies, but the surprise hit is a beautiful solo journaling game about a vampire; and the Indie Groundbreaker Awards…

Read More 28 July–3 August 2020: The Diana Jones Award; The ENnie Awards; the Indie Groundbreaker Awards

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Free RPG Day has come and gone — a strange one in the middle of lockdown, but we still came away with some great swag. The UK Games Expo has announced its shortlists for the 2020 awards — Chaosium and Free League clean up, each taking 3 out of the 9 nomination slots. (Though when two…

Read More 20–27 July 2020: Free RPG Day; Expo Awards; Dragon Prince

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It’s a quiet week this week, of the kind that makes us wonder if we’re missing something. (It’s quiet…. Too quiet…) Top of the list is another case of RPGs as advertising, with a new RPG based on the upcoming film, The Green Knight. We’re, uh… well… trying to reserve judgment on the RPG.* Wizards…

Read More 13–19 July 2020: Movie Tie-In; Diversity & Inclusion