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This week, we’re talking business: with calls for better rates for freelancers and controversial company board meetings being our biggest stories. There’s a gorgeous interview with DIE writer, Kieron Gillen about writing a critique of roleplaying games during their zenith. We’ve also got Acquisitions Incorporated, Pathfinder 2nd Edition, body horror, French revolutionaries, and lots of…

Read More 17–23 June 2019: Fair Pay; Board Meetings; A Wish for a Queer History

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And 2019 has passed the halfway mark! This week’s update includes a number of moving pieces on gaming and the games industry, including a moving tribute to the late James Mathe, and Jim Zub’s reflections on how gaming shaped his life. This weekend past saw the Origins Game Fair, and with it the Origins Awards.…

Read More 10–16 June 2019: Origins Awards; Free RPG Day; RPGs Shape Us

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Well, it’s another week, and oh, boy, is it an exciting one for the computer RPG fans! Mindflayers! Keanu Reeves! Another Vampire: The Masquerade game, or wait, is this one of the ones we’ve spoken about before honestly I can’t tell any more there are approximately three thousand now! We can see some industry booms…

Read More 3–9 June 2019: Baldur’s Gate 3; Keanu Reeves; Yet more Vampire

Welcome to Pride month, everybody! From our queer hearts to yours, we hope you have a safe and happy one. This past weekend was the UK Games Expo, the largest gaming convention in the UK. Unfortunately, the big news coming out of the con is an incident involving distressing content in one of the con…

Read More 27 May–2 June 2019: UK Games Expo; Unsafe Gaming; RPGs on screen

This week has been a quiet one on all fronts after last week’s flurry of new game announcements. The Dragonborn is coming to the tabletop as Modiphius announces an Elder Scrolls miniatures game. Paradox Interactive talks about the controversy of Vampire: The Masquerade, and how they’re planning to avoid it in future. And we get…

Read More 20–26 May 2019: The Vampire controversy; Stephen Colbert; Fus Ro Dah

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Since early 2018, the United States has been in the grips of a trade war with China. A series of escalating tariff increases on imports between the two countries has hit both hard, along with the global economy. After a short truce, negotiations appear to have failed, and President Donald J. Trump has announced plans…

Read More The US-China trade war, the cost of paper, and the economics behind roleplaying games

This has been a busy week in the industry, and not unexpectedly: D&D Live saw three days of Dungeons & Dragons hype, with a host of product announcements. Another bit of news that we should have predicted: the US Trade War with China could hit the RPG industry soon, with a new wave of proposed…

Read More 13–19 May 2019: Trade War, D&D Live Announcements, Satanic Panic

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After our scramble to keep track of the news last edition, this has been an oddly sedate week. Perhaps the RPG world is holding its breath before the weekend-long marathon of D&D Live, coming 17–19 May, along with the release of Ghosts of Saltmarsh. Speaking of which, this week we have a few previews of…

Read More 6–12 May 2019: Plagiarism, Saltmarsh, Beholder

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This has been a huge week in roleplaying games, with a whole host of big announcements. We have the nominations for the Origins Awards, which feature at least one peculiar choice. We have a whole host of upcoming projects announced: Paizo are making a product for D&D 5e, Shadowrun is getting a sixth edition, Gen…

Read More 29 April–5 May 2019: Origins Awards Nominations, Pathfinder for D&D 5e, Shadowrun 6

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Well, we’re back! We took an unscheduled break last week as Amy got hit with a lurgy, so this week we’re catching up with a fortnight’s worth of news. And oh, boy, has it been a big two weeks. First off, we have the release of a number of industry and company reports from 2018…

Read More 15–28 April 2019: RPG Industry Booming, Critical Role lands $11 million, Chris Spivey takes on the Weird West