Roundups

Roundups of tabletop RPG industry news

Artwork by Kyllian Guillart from Mythopoeia's Earthsea RPG

Although we’re taking a break from our regular updates, we thought we’d keep you in the loop on the timely parts of our round-ups! So here’s a quick update on deals & crowdfunding projects from the last week. Follow us for updates: Support Us Support us by joining our backers on Patreon and Ko-fi. Become…

Read More 17–23 November 2020: A Mini-Roundup

Artwork from Paradox Interactive's Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2

This week: Paradox takes back the reins on the World of Darkness; controversy around Matthew Mercer’s character on Haunted West; and an ARG and LARP designer looks at how the QAnon delusion uses the same principles as a game.

Read More 10–16 November 2020: World of Darkness; Haunted West; QAnon as LARP

Teaser art from Stranger Things Season 4

Let’s be real: we’ve all been focused on politics this week, which has little crossover with RPGs (though we’re hoping for some). Things are pretty quiet on the RPG front: some Stranger Things, some RPG software, and massive support for a gloriously queer RPG Kickstarter closing this week.

Read More 3–9 November 2020: The Hellfire Club

Cover art from Uk'otoa, a forthcoming board game from Critical Role's new game publishing house, Darrington Press

In this week’s biggest news, livestreamers-turned-media-company, Critical Role, launch their own game publishing studio. Hasbro releases its Q3 earnings report, showing massive growth in Dungeons & Dragons and dropping hints at something new on the way. Along with that: a federally-backed Australian D&D show; alien languages; Mörk Borg; and the next in the long (oh dear god, so long) list of Vampire: The Masquerade adaptations.

Read More 27 October–2 November 2020: Critical Role Starts Publishing House

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After last week’s Dragonlance debacle, this week is a little quieter: GAMA restructures its membership, Wizards announces a new program of online mini-conventions, and a few new products: a new Roll20 app; a Terminator RPG; and a fan-made reimagining of an Oriental Adventures setting.

Read More 20–26 October 2020: GAMA Restructure, Virtual Weekends

Cover art from Evil Hat Productions' upcoming Thirsty Sword Lesbians

This week: the authors of D&D fantasy series, Dragonlance sue Wizards of the Coast for breach of contract over a commissioned new trilogy; Chaosium commemorates two years since the death of Greg Stafford with #WeAreAllUs — and a new edition of the legendary Pendragon RPG; and we look at the looming 5e boom (hopefully no bust).

Read More 13–19 October 2020: Dragonlance authors sue Wizards of the Coast

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In our bumper two-week update: a luxury RPG event goes digital; the pandemic’s effect on game stores; and a collaboration between Renegade and Hasbro brings a Power Rangers RPG — and more. Also: transgender superheroes, ghost hunters, and a fan-made finale to the D&D cartoon.

Read More 29 September–12 October 2020: Paws, Pandemics, Power Rangers

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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