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What's New? January 19, 2016: Dust Adventures, Mutant: Year Zero, Shadowrun, The Last Parsec, and D&D PDFs

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It's brutally cold outside my front door, but it's hot... Eh, it's still lukewarm for the new releases. Give it time.

New releases at your FLGS

Modiphius Entertainment is in stores for the first time this year with the long awaited DUST Adventures Roleplaying Game and Dead Blue Sea (a, well, sea sourcebook) for Mutant: År Noll. (Source: Impressions)

Available in PDF for a few months, Hard Targets is now available in print from Catalyst Game Labs. This Shadowrun (5th Edition) sourcebook has all the rules you need for wetwork jobs. (Source: Leisure Games)

Funded by Kickstarter and released at Gen Con 2015, The Last Parsec - a sci-fi Savage Worlds setting - is now available at your FLGS from Pinnacle Entertainment Group. (Source: Alliance)

A quick explanation of the distributors that I check. Alliance is a big US distributor. New releases listed there might take extra time to show up in other countries. Leisure Games is a fantastic FLGS in the UK. New releases listed there might take extra time to show up outside the UK. In addition, Leisure Games sometimes has items not in regular distribution (Kickstarter, small press) so YMMV. Impressions is a smaller US distributor with some notable clients. I hold their New Releases a week, but they could hit US stores a bit faster or slower.

New PDF releases

I'm still trying to wrap my head around the Dungeon Masters Guild. As I've done in the past, I'll try to cover the Wizards of the Coast releases each week. If you see something interesting from the DMs Guild, let us know in the comments. Just missing the cut last week, Mines of Madness and a large variety of free Pregen characters were released for Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition).

(Note: Due to time constraints, I only cover the WotC D&D PDFs and anything that I receive as a tip. Let us know about new PDFs you've seen in the comments. If you would like to cover PDFs, please let us know!)

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This Week in Geek History January 17 - 23

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1706 - American statesman, scientist and author Benjamin Franklin mb
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1942 - Champion heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali mb

January 18
1779 - English physician Peter Roget (Compiler of Roget's Thesaurus)
1782 - Daniel Webster (American orator and statesman.)
1882 - A.A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh mb
1892 - Actor Oliver Hardy mb
1904 - Actor Cary Grant mb

January 19
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1807 - Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee mb
1809 - American short story writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe mb
1923 - Actress Jean Stapleton (All in the Family)
1946 - Dolly Parton mb
1894 - Harold Gray (Little Orphan Annie)
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January 20
1894 - Harold Gray (Little Orphan Annie)
1920 - Actor DeForest Kelley mb
1930 - Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin mb

January 21
1824 - Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson mb
1855 - Firearms designer John Browning mb
1884 - Roger Nash Baldwin (Founder of the American Civil Liberties Union )

January 22
1775 - Andre Ampere (French physicist)
1934 - Actor Bill Bixby mb
1934 - Singer Sam Cooke mb

January 23
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News Bits (January 15): D&D 5E OGL & SRD, Monte Cook Games hires, new Dungeon World publisher, SJG stakeholders report

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Hello and welcome back to the Industry News. This week we've got lots of D&D5E news for you, Monte Cook Games hiring and a few more numbers for you numbers lovers out there. So let's dive right in, shall we?

Wizards of the Coast takes the top spot in this week's news roundup once again with Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition) news. On January 12 the company announced the new D&D 5E Open Gaming License which allows you to design content using the fifth edition rules for D&D and publish original campaign worlds using fifth edition rules as well as print and sell your own fifth edition D&D product on your own as long as it doesn't use the Forgotten Realms - for the latter you need to join the new DMs Guild. The 5E OGL also comes with a new System Reference Document (SRD). Reactions so far are mostly positive, the biggest complaint from third party publishers so far is the missing unified compatability logo.

Want more D&D 5E news? Here you go: the D&D Adventurer's League content, the current Dungeons & Dragons organized play program, is now available for everyone. In response to a query by ICv2 WotC explained they wanted to open up the program for those players who don't live within a convenient distance to a gaming store.

Monte Cook Games has announced the hiring of noted game designer Dennis Detwiller as a managing editor effective February 2016. Current managing editor and MCG co-founder Shanna Germain will be moving to the creative team of MCG's operations.

Burning Wheel has announced a publishing deal with the creators of popular indie fantasy rpg Dungeon World. As of January 1, 2016, Burning Wheel has become the official publisher of Dungeon World and its future supplements. Thanks to RPG Geek user Modoc for this news bit.

Steve Jackson Games released its annual stakeholders report. The company did quite well, though the gross income was down quite a bit, but according to the report that was expected and manageable. Increasing sales of foreign translations and steady sales of their big name games (Munchkin etc.) made the year a success overall. There's very little information on rpgs in the report, but they do mention Discworld Roleplaying Game and GURPS Mars Attacks haven't arrived at the printer yet. Physical GURPS (4th Edition) books seem to be difficult to produce right now, but they're working on it. Thanks to RPG Geek user Steamcraft for the link to the report.

An that's it for this week's coverage. As usual, if there's anything I got wrong or stuff I might have overlooked, feel free to comment below.
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A look back at 2015 for RPGGeek (and a look ahead, too)

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Almost from its inception, RPGGeek as a site and community has set itself goals to reach from year to year, and 2015 was no exception.

How did we do in 2015?

Details can be found here, but I'll give a summary:

Organize 12 PbF games per month (on average)
Stretch goal: 20 PbF games per month
Check! We started 230 PbF games in 2015, just ten shy of reaching the stretch goal. 70% of those are ongoing or were successfully completed. That is an awesome amount of gaming. Kezle has been keeping track of PbF games, for which I'm very grateful. She also provided some stats, so if you're interested, head over to her post.

Run a Newbie (PbF) GMing initiative
Check! This one got rolling right at the start of the year], and Kyle has already set up a new initiative to follow up: 2016 PbF GM Initiative - Now for new and dormant GMs!.

3 Homegrown play events
Steve (our favourite slipperboy) championed these! He organized three events focusing on games and scenarios that were created in design contests here on RPGGeek. The Playtest-A-Palooza 2015 is probably still ongoing.

Run a new PbV initiative/ Virtuacon15
This was a team effort, and though smaller than previous years, the event had people from across the globe hang out together online, chat and play games. There was also another Pandacon, a different format/ initiative, but as international and as much fun as Virtuacon, I dare say.

1200 owners of the RPGG level 1 poster microbadge mb
We started into the year with about 880 users owning that badge. 1200 proved to be too lofty, but we reached the milestone of 1000 level 1 posters, which is still pretty cool. Sure, we are still a comparatively small community, but growing steadily.

Release Raskalar! (Project O.L.I.V.E. Project O.L.I.V.E.)
A small team has kept working on this RPG, and they are close to the finish line AFAIK. But unfortunately we still have to wait a bit for that game. Contact Carrie for details or if you'd like to help!

Run 6 design contests (at least 3 sponsored)
Check! Contests, creative participants, cool prizes. Nuff said.

Run 6 contests not focused on game design
There were a dozen contests during Virtuacon week alone, plus others throughout the year. If I had to single one out, it would probably be the review challenge because of the great user content it brought about. Also, without it we probably would not have met the following goal.

Add 750 new reviews
We actually reached more than 800 new reviews. Great job! (There's a new review challenge you can join: glory and geekgold for your opinion on games!)

Add 750 session reports
We fell short of this goal, although 600 new session reports is nothing to scoff at. For whatever reason, session report numbers have always been lower than reviews (at least during the last couple of years), so the goal was probably a bit too optimistic.

Reach 45,000 rpgitems and 10,000 rpgissues
We did it. Over 6,000 new rpgitems and over 1,000 new rpgissues were submitted last year, which is mind-boggling. Hats off to all data submitters. You're contributions make sure that RPGGeek continues to be the most comprehensive RPG database on the planet.

Reach 5,500 rpgs and 800 periodicals in the database
Check. We got more than 1,000 new RPG entries and more than 100 new periodical entries in 2015.

Reach 85,000 articles
Stretch goal: 88,888 articles

These were rather ambitious goals, compared to our respective increase in previous years. We've blown past them. In fact, we've reached 100k articles in December.
You might think there's an end in sight. It isn't. If you'd like to be part of this huge success, join the RPGG Heroes guild and post your article submissions to the appropriate thread (and earn geekgold)! Ask for pointers if needed.


Publish 12 interviews
Personally, I had hoped to contribute more towards this goal. Thanks to interviews done by Keith and Steve D., we published nine interviews in 2015. I'm a big interviews fan, so I hope to see new interviews on RPGGeek in 2016.

4500 Twitter followers
Stretch goal: 5000 followers
Our twitter account is now at over 4,700 followers. You're such a lovely audience, we'd like to take you home with us. Thanks to Dave who managed the account and built our following through the years.

Hold, host and award the GM'ies
The idea was to host an award in various categories, like Most Epic Battle, Best Location Description, Best NPC... (See the original discussion here.) Unfortunately, Tyraziel had to drop this, and since no other volunteer stepped up...

All in all it was a rather successful year. Lots of great initiatives, events, and games organized in and by our community, and an incredible amount of submissions to the database.

So, what's ahead for this year? I don't know, but I've asked for your suggestions for new goals. The outcome of the discussion follows below:

Our goals for 2016

Organize 200 PbF games
Stretch goal: 240 PbF games
1150 owners of the RPGG level 1 poster microbadge mb
Stretch goal: 1200 level 1 posters
700 owners of the RPGG level 2 poster microbadge mb
Stretch goal: 750 level 2 posters
Hold 3 RPG Math Trades with an average participation of 25 users (or more)
Reach 5500 Twitter followers @rpggeek
Stretch goal: 6000 followers
Reach 500 followers for RPG Geek on G+
Reach 500 members of the RPGGeek community on G+
Run 12 design contests or challenges (at least 3 officially sponsored)
Add 800 new reviews
Add 600 new session reports
Reach 53,000 rpgitems in the database
Reach 6250 RPGs in the database
Reach 11,111 rpgissues in the database
Reach 900 periodicals in the database
Reach 125,000 articles in the database

If you'd like to help out or follow along, go to RPGG Goals 2016 - Progress
Keep being awesome. (You have nothing to prove.) Thanks for being part of RPGGeek!
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What's New? January 12, 2016: Fiasco, FAITH, and D&D PDFs

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January is starting slow - as expected - but I recently saw a press release for an RPG with a Gen Con 2016 release date. Time flies...

New releases at your FLGS

Bully Pulpit Games has just released a whole bunch of Fiasco: Fiasco '10 Playset Anthology Vol. 1, Fiasco '11 Playset Anthology Vol. 2, and Fiasco '12 Playset Anthology Vol. 3. This collects the digitally available Playsets of the Month with new material by Jason Morningstar. (Source: Leisure Games)

Funded by Kickstater and debuting at Essen '15, it's FAITH: The Sci-Fi RPG - Core Set from Burning Games. In addition to the core set, Leisure Games also has a ton of accessories available. (Source: Leisure Games)

New PDF releases

D&D PDFs this week: Undermountain: Stardock (2E), Wreck Ashore (3.5), White Plume Mountain (Revised) (3.5), Unearthed Arcana (1E, the premium reprint), and Something's Cooking (3.5).

(Note: Due to time constraints, I only cover the D&D PDFs and anything that I receive as a tip. Let us know about new PDFs you've seen in the comments. If you would like to cover PDFs, please let us know!)

Have a news tip for us? Please send it along to rpgg-news@googlegroups.com!
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This Week in Geek History January 10 - January 16

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1954 - Talk show host Howard Stern mb
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January 15
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January 16
1853 - Andre Michelin (Inventor of mass-produced tires)
1874 - Canadian poet Robert Service (The Cremation of Sam McGee)

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News Bits (January 8): Modiphius deals, Asparagus Jumpsuit closes shop, ICv2 survey, Fantasy Grounds numbers

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Hello and welcome back to a new edition of the Industry News (finally!). I sincerely apologize for my prolonged absence, I had some personal issues to deal with during the last couple of months. This week we have some new deals struck by a rising star in the rpg business, another company closing shop and a few numbers for all you number lovers. So let's dive right in, shall we?

Some distribution deals were made during my abscence, the biggest coming from Modiphius Entertainment. Not only has the company struck a deal with Wade Dyer to publish his Fragged Empire rpg with a full line of four books and some custom dice. No, they also announced a sales and distribution deal with swedish company Järnringen for their acclaimed dark fantasy rpg Symbaroum.

In the indie publisher segment, we have some sad news to report, as Asparagus Jumpsuit has announced they're closing shop effective December 31. But fear not, Berin Kinsman will continue to release rpg products, as he's setting up a new company by the name of Dancing Lights Press that will also release its own house system. Hope it works out!

Ever wondered how game stores did in 2015? Wonder no longer, as ICv2 did a survey a few weeks ago that lead to rather surprising results. Basically over 80 percent of the store owners said their sales had increased in 2015, for over a third of them the increase was higher than 10 percent. Their biggest hope for the future are consumers/fans, while their biggest concern is publishers (closely followed by distributors/wholesalers and consumers/fans again - gee, we must be fickle lot in their eyes). If you want to have some additional information on how the survey was conducted, this article goes into some of the details.

Want more numbers? Here you go: ENWorld has the numbers for different game systems played on the popular VTT Fantasy Grounds. Would you be surprised if I told you that over 75 percent of the games played on that platform are D&D games, with Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition) taking the lead with 47 percent of the games played and Pathfinder Roleplaying Game a distant second with 16 percent? Didn't think so either.

An that's it for this week's coverage. As usual, if there's anything that I got wrong or stuff I might have overlooked, feel free to comment below.
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