We’re back after a short holiday, and although things have been relatively quiet, the news has built up. Let’s dive in! We get a glimpse of the small but growing presence of RPGs at the Essen Spiel convention. There’s some talk about the past, present, and future of Intellectual Property and Licenses in RPGs. And…Read More 7–27 October 2019: Essen, Licensed Games, Werewolf 5th Edition
Welcome to the first week of October 2019 where the biggest news of the week is a fast-food chain publishing its own RPG. The road to the mainstream was never going to be all blockbuster movies and celebrity endorsements, but we definitely didn’t see this one coming. That may be the most contentious story this…Read More 30 September–6 October 2019: Wendy’s & Critical Role; DriveThru Reconsiders; Kickstarter
The news is certainly thorny this week, containing a smorgasbord of grim news, a cornucopia of ugh. For starters, Zak Smith is back in the news. Smith has been in the spotlight numerous times over various allegations of harassment, abuse, and assault. This week, his long-time collaborators have published a book defending him, and it’s…Read More 23–29 September 2019: Ugh.
This week we see some big changes in the world of actual play streaming, some new digital platforms (the good, the bad, and the ugly) which could be relevant to gamers, and a whole host of new product announcements (including a large number from Wizards of the Coast). Streaming Streaming network, Project Alpha, is shutting…Read More 25 February–3 March 2019: Project Alpha closes, Ghosts of Saltmarsh announced, Facebook takes on Patreon
Editor’s Note and Content Warning: There have been further developments regarding last week’s accusations of abuse in the industry. As we did last week, we’re sticking that story at the bottom of the page, for the sake of anyone who needs to avoid that content. Want to get updates from us? Follow us on Facebook…Read More 18-24 February 2019: TV, History, Culture
Editor’s Note and Content Warning: We usually stick the most important story at the top of the page, but this week that story is about sexual abuse and assault. We understand that many of you might not want to be faced with this, especially after a week when the subject has dominated our social media…Read More 11-17 February 2019: #AbuseIsNotAGame, Roll20 Data Breach, IP
The Companies Behind the Games Hasbro, parent company of Wizards of the Coast, releases its Fourth Quarter and Full Year Reports for 2018, reporting a 12% net revenue decline across the board (largely due to the loss of Toys ‘R’ Us), including a 12% decline in revenue from their Gaming products. Their Dungeons and Dragons…Read More 4-10 February 2019: Corporations, Digital Dragons, Greg Stafford on Quora
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…Read More 28 January – 3 February 2019: Streaming, The Mountain Goats, Dragon McDragonface