28 January – 3 February 2019: Streaming, The Mountain Goats, Dragon McDragonface

Publishing

Onyx Path talks about how and why they run Kickstarters for their games, highlighting the challenges Kickstarter presents, including the frequent issue of shipping costs.

Chaosium grants EDGE Entertainment the license to publish Call of Cthulhu and Runequest in French and Spanish.

I Stream, You Stream

Fantasy Flight Games launches its own streaming content (including a one-shot of the Shadow of the Beanstalk setting for Genesys) with FFG Live.

Paizo signs an official deal with Twitch channel Dragons and Things.

Digital Tools

Roll20 adds animation to its maps, hinting that the feature “lays the groundwork for even more exciting updates.”

D&D Beyond launches its new Discord server.

Teasers

Chris Perkins at Wizards of the Coast teases sketches for an upcoming Dungeons & Dragons product.

Careers

Wizards of the Coast seeks a UA Data Analyst.

Because Of Course

The Mountain Goats announced their new album, In League With Dragons, which they call ‘dragon noir’, and performed a Facebook Live Session at the Wizards of the Coast headquarters in Renton, WA. Because of course.

William Shatner is slated to appear in a so-called ‘Dungeons and Dragons battle’ in the final season of Big Bang Theory. Because of course.

GenCon is running a competition to name their new dragon mascot. Dragon McDragonface is a popular choice. Because of course.

21-27 January 2019: Stats, Community Content, Gen Con Indy

Statistics

Fantasy Grounds have released statistics on the top-played games on their platform in 2018. The top three places (D&D 5e, Pathfinder, and Savage Worlds respectively) are unsurprising, while Starfinder rose to fourth place over the course of the year.

In an interview with EN world, Luke Crane, head of games at Kickstarter and RPG writer, estimates that there have been over 1,500 RPG projects on the platform, raising over $65 million, with a 78% funding success rate. Kickstarter’s RPG Zine Quest, a campaign to feature crowdfunding projects for roleplaying game zines, launches next month.

D&D Beyond has released statistics of the most-viewed campaigns and adventures on their platform. The most popular content appears to be that intended or optimised for lower-level parties, in line with common wisdom that most campaigns don’t last into higher levels. These are also visible at EN World coupled with their EN World rating.

Community Content

Penny Arcade is partnering with Wizards of the Coast to release an official Acquisitions Incorporated supplement for Dungeons & Dragons. The project was initially envisioned by Penny Arcade as a Kickstarter before Wizards suggested a direct partnership.

The Savage Worlds Adventurer’s Guild (SWAG), a community content platform for fans to publish and sell their own Savage Worlds creations, launched this week.

Monte Cook Games announced a new season of their Numenera organised play, Cypher Play, entitled The Room With No Door.

BPB Games plans to launch StarStreamers, an interactive Actual Play Twitch stream of Savage Worlds where viewers can influence the game in chat.

Gen Con Indianapolis

Gen Con extended its sponsorship deal with Paizo.

Visit Indy reported Indianapolis’ seventh consecutive year of growth, citing events like Gen Con as a key factor. Gen Con has renewed its contract with the city through to 2023, contingent on the completion of an expansion project at the Indiana Convention Centre.

Upcoming Publications

Paizo’s Mike Selinker offers a preview of the upcoming revised Pathfinder Adventure Card Game.

Cubicle 7 dropped a few hints on its upcoming Age of Sigmar RPG and suggested there would be more news coming soon. No update on the release date (which was previously slated for the end of Summer 2018).

The Kickstarter for Onyx Path’s They Came From Beneath the Sea, a roleplaying game of 50s B-Movie sci-fi using the Storypath system, raised $47,854.

Corporate & Careers

Privateer Press hires Bob Watts as CEO.

Wizards of the Coast is looking for a new Creative Lead for their Digital Publishing & Licensing team.

Modiphius is seeking a Personal Assistant/Team Coordinator.

Miscellaneous Cool Things

Kobold Press is running a contest: describe your character to win copies of the Midgard Heroes Handbook and Unlikely Heroes (US Only)

Monte Cook Games is partnering with Humble Bundle to offer a bundle of Numenera books.

D&D Beyond has been in talks with Dots RPG about making the toolset more accessible for players with disabilities. They claim that accessibility is a high priority for 2019 and into the future.

Green Ronin’s Joseph D. Carriker talks about Queer history, representation, and world-building on the Onyx Pathcast.