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Summer wanes, and we’ve been enjoying the last of the light before the northern hemisphere is plunged once more into impenetrable darkness, alleviated only by pumpkin spice and Jack O’ Lanterns. Things continue to be fairly quiet on the RPG news front, but what we have is pretty interesting. We see how Brexit could affect…

Read More 3–8 September 2019: Brexit; Cubicle 7 Departures; Tingles

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We’re back after a little rest with a slightly-later-than-normal update! (Can I just say that I highly recommend holidays? — Amy) This week we’ve got a fair bit of early D&D history, with a focus on the game’s contentious authorship. Notably, an article from Kotaku argues that Dave Arneson was the real genius behind role-playing…

Read More 26 August—2 September 2019: Dave Arneson, Tariffs, Crunch

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This week, our main story is a sad one: Flying Buffalo founder and RPG luminary, Rick Loomis, has passed away. There are some moving tributes to his work and influence, as well as some ways for gamers to support his family. We have some gaming industry news: the Critter “Hug of Death” hits Chaosium, the…

Read More 19–25 August 2019: Rick Loomis, American Football, Les Bijoutiers Fantaisistes

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The post-Gen Con quiet continues, and this week we have a slim update with a handful of articles and Kickstarters. We have IP law, a distributor monopoly, designers appearing in their own games, a new Dungeons & Dragons campaign, non-human ethnicities in Pathfinder, a whole lot of bundles, the pre-apocalypse, digital dice, and more! Like…

Read More 12–18 August 2019: IP Law, Cameos, Eberron

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This is an odd issue of d100, with a peculiar mix of serious & silly. The biggest news of the week: Wil Wheaton is suing geek media producer, Geek & Sundry over the revenue of the Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana actual play series. It’s a jarring story, and a sharp reminder of the business…

Read More 5–11 August 2019: Wheaton sues; 30–50 Feral Hogs; Obscure RPGs

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This weekend was Gen Con, so the theme of this week’s update is primarily FOMO! (One day we’ll get there ourselves.) The biggest gaming convention in the world saw a huge number of announcements — I’m sure there’s some we’ve missed! A host of new products were announced, featuring high school sports teams, drug cartels, a…

Read More 29 July–4 August 2019: Gen Con, Awards, #RPGaDAY

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As July limps to a close, we have survived a stupendous heatwave, and Gen Con is nearly here. The Q2 reports are arriving, starting with the biggest of all: Hasbro. Dungeons & Dragons continues to grow, but the star of the show is Wizards of the Coast’s other big property: Magic: The Gathering. Hasbro intends…

Read More 22–28 July 2019: Q2 Reports, Accessibility, D&D Beyond Elections

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It has been another quiet week as Gen Con slowly, inexorably approaches. For that reason, it’s probably a good illustration of what ‘normal’ looks like for the industry right now: a growing market, a ton of new product announcements, a convention scandal, a notable TV adaptation, traditionalists getting miffed about female dwarves, gaming celebrities, and…

Read More 15–21 July 2019: Crowdfunding Growth; Diana Jones Awards; Female Dwarves

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Featured Image: Cover Art for Demigods by Jason Mills. Artist: Minerva Fox We’re in that eye of the storm before Gen Con, and this week is a fairly quiet one — apart, of course, from Twitter. The Twitter debates we’ve noticed this week have been around two particular articles: Bloomberg on the subject of professional…

Read More 8–14 July 2019: Paid Gaming; LGBT Representation; Awards Season

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Well, we’re back, and this is a bumper, two-week special issue. Twice the news! Twice the Kickstarters! Three times the speculation! This one’s a political edition: controversy around a game writers views on race science; a biting article on the racism of Orcs in D&D; the suspension of tariffs on RPGs; and cyberpunk as (IMHO…

Read More 24 June–7 July 2019: Race, Orcs, Hasbro, 80s Nostalgia