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Busy week! Let’s get right into it. The struggle over unionisation at Kickstarter continues, and we can see its ripples in the RPG community. Meanwhile, Fandom, which bought D&D Beyond earlier this year, has acquired the Cortex RPG, and has plans for it. In weirder news, a Pro-Wrestler’s mocking of Dungeons & Dragons draws a…

Read More 16–22 September 2019: Kickstarter; Kayfabe; Sales

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We are beginning to see the news pick up again after the lull of the last few weeks. There are rumblings about Kickstarter’s anti-union practices, and we see one publisher considering whether to continue using the platform. We could see a call for a boycott in the near future, and we will be interested to…

Read More 9–15 September 2019: D&D History, Consent in Gaming, Carnival Row

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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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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

The Gygax Legacy and D&D History March 4th marked the 11th anniversary of the death of Dungeons & Dragons inventor, Gary Gygax. The date also coincidentally marks GM’s Day. Kotaku discusses Gail Gygax, Gary Gygax’s widow, and her battle to control the Intellectual Property left behind after Gary’s death in 2008. RPG historian, Shannon Appelcine…

Read More 4–10 March 2019: The Gygax Legacy, Critical Role breaks records, Pathfinder 2e Approaches