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The Most Anticipated RPG Releases at Gen Con 2015

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So I'm kicking around the News office on Friday afternoon and spot Vestige, Teh Slipperboy, and Nemesis13 standing around the water cooler. "Hey boys!" I say, "What do you think all of those gamers above are rushing into the Exhibit Hall to buy?"

They down their drinks (clearly not water) and fisticuffs ensue. Everyone goes for Slip's kidneys because these things matter!

About 12 seconds later, we're all exhausted. More drinks are poured because we think we're old-timey reporters and, well, we are RPGers; it's like a LARP. We talk it out.

Here are our Top 10 Most Anticipated RPG releases at Gen Con 2015 (in alpha order).

Chill Third Edition from Growling Door Games, Inc.
Cthulhu Britannica: London and related releases from Cubicle 7 Entertainment
The Cypher System Rulebook from Monte Cook Games
Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls from Flying Buffalo, Inc. (FBI)
Fantasy AGE releases (Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana and Fantasy AGE Basic Rulebook) from Green Ronin Publishing
Feng Shui 2 from Atlas Games
HeroQuest Glorantha from Moon Design Publications
Lankhmar / Nehwon from Pinnacle Entertainment Group (Savage Worlds) and Goodman Games (Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game)
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game releases (especially Occult Adventures) from Paizo Publishing
Star Wars: Force and Destiny Core Rulebook from Fantasy Flight Games



As you can imagine, some releases were championed but just missed the cut. Those include The Last Parsec (Bruce); The Lone Wolf Adventure Game (Kai); The Ninth Doctor Sourcebook (Bruce); Savage Worlds Test Drive with Triple Cross (Bruce); Shadowrun (5th Edition) releases (Kai); Vampire: The Dark Ages (20th Anniversary Edition) (Bruce); Apocalypse Prevention, Inc. 2nd Edition (Steve D.); Atlas of Rokugan (Steve D.); and Worlds Numberless and Strange (Steve D.). Yeah, if you noticed that all of Vestige's picks made the top 10, give yourself 5 xp. Who invited him anyway? Oh, yeah, "Editor Emeritus."

The Steves and Kai lean back in their chairs with wistful looks in their eyes. "What'cha thinking about lads?" I ask.

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For me, I'd love to see it be the year of Third Eye Games. The only thing of theirs I'd pick up is AMP Adventures but that's because I've either received or have everything else on pre-order. I think some of the Mythic stuff from Legendary Games would also be a hot buy for me, but I've got their new stuff on pre-order

Of those ten, I'd be most likely to pick up the Fantasy Age releases (because I'm excited about Titansgrave) and the DCC Lankhmar stuff. If the Savage Worlds Lankhmar stuff is good I might have to add it to my list of games.





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Sentinels of the Multiverse - It's not releasing at Gen Con, but it will have its first preview. One of the biggest indie board games of the last five years moves into the RPG market with a star-studded team of designers. Will they generate momentum toward a release? Will they entice some boardgames into the RPG sphere?







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And here's my imaginary tour of Gen Con with the items I would grab:

Let's first visit Third Eye Games and get a copy of Apocalypse Prevention, Inc. 2nd Edition. I watched the KS and almost backed it but in the end missed it. Eloy Lasanta's games always look interesting and a humorous take on monster hunting should be fun. From there I wander over to Alderac Entertainment Group and try to grab the Atlas of Rokugan. I've always been a fan of atlas-type books for RPGs and I really L5R. Might take some time to fight through the 20th anniversary crowd though. Exhausted but with two books I head over to Cubicle 7 and get a copy of Keltia. Now, I've been waiting eagerly for this, a game about celtic Britian, being a knight at the court of King Arthur... that's a childhood dream come true. Now let's visit ODAM Publishing and try to grab Of Dreams and Magic. Another KS I missed and another regret - the game looks fun and the session reports I've read suggests it might be right up my alley. Last stop on my shopping tour is Faster Monkey Games with Worlds of Catthulhu - Catthulhu, need I say more? And after that I head over to Onyx Path Productions and chat with Rich Thomas. Maybe I can get my KS Deluxe Edition of Dark Ages: Vampire early... and then I wake up. Just a dream... *sigh*



I toast their answers and chuckle as I wish them adieu. I'm going to Gen Con boyos! What's my off-the-beaten path item? I really don't know. I love going up and down the aisles looking for that mystery item: the company with a booth no one knows; the annoying publisher that doesn't update their website that has something new and shiny; that release that wasn't supposed to be there. I can't wait.

Did we get it right? I'm sure you'll let us know in the comments.

Many thanks to Steve, Steve, and Kai. I really enjoyed getting their input this year and hope they don't track me down for kidney-punching.
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Green Ronin's "Possibly the biggest RPG story of the year" Revealed

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And it is big news...

Wil Wheaton will be playing the Adventure Game Engine on the new Tabletop RPG show. The setting was designed by Wheaton, his son Ryan, Chris Pramas, and Nicole Lindroos. Heavy Metal and Thundarr the Barbarian were cited as inspirations for the setting which is a mix of fantasy and sci-fi.

Wheaton asked backers to keep the secret, but the video can be viewed by anyone on IndieGoGo. (For the record, I was not a backer.) The story has already been posted publicly at ENWorld.

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Modiphius Announces Robert E. Howard’s CONAN Adventures In An Age Undreamed Of; Green Ronin's Mystery

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Modiphius Entertainment has just announced that they have the Conan license.









KNOW, oh prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the Sons of Aryas, there was an Age undreamed of....

The creative team includes Timothy B. Brown, award-winning Robert E. Howard scholar and essayist Jeffrey Shanks, Jason Durall, and Chris Lites. Art will be provided by such artists as Sanjulián, Carl Critchlow, Mark Schultz, Timothy Truman, Phroilan Gardner, and Alex Horley. The RPG will use a "sharpened" 2d20 system which was originally designed by Jason Little for Mutant Chronicles RPG 3rd Edition and promises a cinematic, pulp feel.

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More information can be found at www.modiphius.com/conan. Thanks to Chris Birch (aka RPG Geek user JoystickJunkies) for the advanced notice!




Back in January, Chris Pramas of Green Ronin Publishing announced a new Fantasy setting using the Adventure Game Engine found in Dragon Age. This wasn't big news by itself as a new AGE setting had been announced a few years ago but has been delayed. Pushing this into the newsworthy category was Pramas' claim that this setting book would be "perhaps the biggest RPG story of the year."

Initial speculation (as can be seen here and in other forums as well) centered on licenses... including Conan. Well, we know that's no longer in the running.

Later speculation centered on Pramas' comment that this would be "part of something super exciting." In my opinion, the leading theory (which I first read from EN World user MatthewJHanson) is that this new setting will be part of Wil Wheaton's new RPG show which was funded as a stretch goal from the IndieGoGo compaign. Dread is going to be played on TableTop; the new RPG show will feature a longer campaign, and that RPG has not yet been announced.
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Upcoming Releases (Dec 18): lots from Cubicle 7, plus FFG, Firefly, Pathfinder, and many more

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With the holidays come quick hits, both from publishers and from the news team. This week's update feels even more like a laundry list than usual - but hopefully it's at least some exciting laundry!

Cubicle 7 Entertainment attended Dragonmeet this month and had several seminars. This post offers some details on projects in the works. After a long history of unfortunate delays on projects in the pipeline, Cubicle 7 has become pretty tight-lipped about what's going on behind the scenes, so this is a rare look forward. Amongst the highlights for next year:
-The Silurian Age is coming for Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space
-Oaths of the Riddermark will be an adventure anthology for the next The Horse-lords of Rohan, which itself is the next supplement for The One Ring.
-They're also working on Journeys & Maps, a "deluxe" set of Middle-earth game maps and a guide to traveling in The One Ring.
-Finally, they discussed "plans for expanding the World War Cthulhu setting to other conflicts – namely the American Revolutionary War, the First World War, the Cold War and World War III – via Kickstarter next year."

Also, the forthcoming Eight Doctor Sourcebook (for Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space, of course) has daleks on the cover. Awesome. Plus, here's a preview of the table of contents.

The Firefly Role-Playing Game took off with a slow burn but is now moving steadily onward with supplements. This post gives the rundown on Smuggler's Guide to the Rim, due next year. This one is aimed at both players and GMs, and the chapter-by-chapter summary emphasizes the new Reputation rules, some setting info, and a couple of new adventures included in the book.

Dragon Age is another RPG that's suffered from long delays, but it sounds like things are moving a little better now. This post announces that the long-dormant series of pdfs, Faces of Thedas, is going to become a whole book next year, describing important persons and factions within the Dragon Age game world. But...work is just now beginning, so it will be a while!

Fantasy Flight Games' forthcoming The End of the World: Zombie Apocalypse RPG (part of the The End of the World family) is continuing to get some solid previews. This one describes how the scenarios work.

Stay on Target is the Aces book for Star Wars: Age of Rebellion and should be zeroing in on your game store very soon. This article previews the vehicles and beasts you'll find in the book.

Vincent Baker has announced that he'll have another game coming soon. The clearest description so far is "freewheeling adventure fantasy with lots of Jack Vance and Clark Ashton Smith." It has "plasmic wizardry" too.

Onyx Path Publishing has been relatively quiet this holiday season, but there are still this overview of product status and this week's update, which tells us that they're actually working out the 2016 product schedule now!

Monte Cook Games has maintained their recent regular updates. The Ninth World Guidebook has been sent off to the printers (follow the link for a preview, too). Their weekly newsletters haven't had too much detail this month, but you can find some tidbits here and here.

Pathfinder Unchained is coming this spring, the next full-length hardcover for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. It's...well, it's hard to explain. ENWorld has helpfully collected the known facts about the book. It'll contain alternate takes on classes and rules systems, messing with some of the game's core "sacred cows." But: "This book is not a second edition of Pathfinder," says Jason Bulmahn. On the other hand, they're going to "fix" many of the perceived problems with the game (balance and others).

We got an email from the creators of the forthcoming FAITH: The Sci-Fi RPG that they are aiming for a February Kickstarter to launch the game.
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Additionally, important gear and pieces of equipment of the different characters are displayed in cards that are laid out in front of players to be a constant reminder of how their characters look and what gear they have available. Moreover, character stats come in cardboard boards, with interlocking tokens.

You can read and see more here, and you can even download a free version here.

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Upcoming Releases (Dec 5): updates from FFG, Onyx Path, Pelgrane, and more

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Fantasy Flight Games has cranked up their preview cycle again after a few months of relative silence. They've issued the final set of updates for the beta release of Star Wars: Force and Destiny, which includes rules for integrating the content of all three of their Star Wars titles. They'll continue to accept feedback for the next few weeks, but there won't be any more rules changes until the release of the core book.

Meanwhile, you can also read about Lords of Nal Hutta, the next book for Star Wars: Edge of the Empire here (specifically, Hutt culture and the new character creation options in the book) and about Stay on Target, the new Aces sourcebook for Star Wars: Age of Rebellion, here.

But that's not all! They've also announced Enemies Within, the next sourcebook for Dark Heresy (2nd Edition). It's not, unfortunately, the long-lost sequel to the classic WHFRP campaign (set 40,000 years in the future or whatever) - instead it adds lots more cults and heresies to trouble your acolytes.

Finally, this article describes how scenarios work in their post-apocalyptic The End of the World line of games.

The next sourcebook for Ars Magica (5th Edition) is Between Sand & Sea, which covers Mythic Africa. The first preview is the full table of contents, which you can check out on the link on the right hand side of that page.

Monte Cook Games has a weekly newsletter these days and offers some tidbits on what's coming up. Last week they said, "we’re putting the final touches on an upcoming fractal (our PDFs for The Strange game)." The week before we got a preview spread of The Ninth World Guidebook.

Meanwhile, Pelgrane Press has their usual end-of-month roundup as well. On this page, you'll get an overview of all their games. Of particular note, they are now playtesting a new campaign for The Esoterrorists entitled Worldbreaker and the Cthulhu Apocalypse series for Trail of Cthulhu is getting a print release (with extras) in February. There is also word of a couple of titles for 13th Age: Battle Scenes is "a product which had a bunch of preconstructed and losely-linked encounters with all the monsters stats front and center adjusted for different levels and party numbers" (see more here) and is in playtesting, while a book called Demonology is also in development. You can learn more about some of these titles (and sign up to playtest them!) here.

Whenever I write these posts, I inevitably think two things. First, I wish every RPG company were as transparent as Onyx Path Publishing. Second, I wish I were a fan of their games so I could enjoy all the previews they post! Here and here are roundups of lots of specific previews from the second half of November (there should be a similar post up today with this week's). Meanwhile, this overview notes that they're already working on their 2016-17 product schedule, while this week's version focuses on the Wraith Kickstarter but also goes product-by-product as usual.

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Upcoming Releases (Nov 21): the Fabled Lands of Freedom, Wraiths, the Occult Force, and Cyphers

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The Fabled Lands Gamebooks series is (finally!) going to grow again! The gamebooks, originally planned as a 12 book series, got stalled out after #6 about twenty years ago. The Fabled Land people have now announced that there will be a Kickstarter for Book 7, The Serpent King's Domain, next year, run by Megara Entertainment. I'll let one of our gamebook experts explain more:
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This is big news in the gamebook world. We've only been waiting since 1996. :-D The first six titles form an interconnected game world, allowing you to skip from book to book depending on where you travel, and the early books assume that all 12 exist (i.e. there are links from the early books to the later books). But only six were ever published, with the remaining six staying in limbo indefinitely. Until this announcement!

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Wizards of the Coast is dropping previews of the forthcoming Dungeon Master's Guide (D&D 5e) every day, it seems! As usual, the best place to find them all is EN World. You can read spreads about the multiverse, random dungeon generation, traps, magic items, race creation, and building NPCs. And probably more I missed! The DMG releases next Friday at preferred stores.

In an announcement that surprised no one, Mike Mearls also made it official that, whatever is done with them, Dragon and Dungeon magazines won't go back to print.

Meanwhile, if you recall, DungeonScape was the licensed digital toolset for Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition). It got killed a few weeks ago, but the developers making it look to be pressing ahead with...something. They've returned to the project's original Codename: Morningstar moniker and made this cryptic post which I suppose is supposed to be informative.

Green Ronin Publishing is previewing the villains from the forthcoming Freedom City setting book for Mutants & Masterminds (3rd Edition). Check up on what all your favorites have been up to. At the end of the post, they tease another villain book/series/something as well.

The big news from Monte Cook Games is that they'll be releasing a generic version of their Cypher System (the game engine behind Numenera) next summer. The details are here; "will be a hefty hardcover rulebook with all the rules you need to run Cypher System games in a wide range of genres, along with advice on using the system to build and run those campaigns." Also, in news from their latest summit, they mentioned that:
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So let's hope for some more innovation from the team soon!

Paizo Publishing is currently running a public playtest for next summer's Occult Adventures book. You can go grab the playtest document with six new classes, and they are asking people to fill out several surveys about the material (see here). The playtest closes November 25, so submit your input there ASAP!

Meanwhile, it looks like Paizo has had to scrap the entire print run of their next hardcover, the Strategy Guide - a transition product from their beginner game to the full Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rules. The book, originally due last spring, was delayed until October, then December, and now February while they reprint the whole thing. On the plus side, the preview spread here is pretty awesome.

The Star Wars: Force and Destiny public playtest is humming along like a well-tuned lightsaber. Here are some more fixes to the Force powers, and they're heading into starships and vehicles now (see here). This playtest is evidently nearing its end as well, so get your feedback in. They've also announced a new smuggler sourcebook, Fly Casual, for Star Wars: Edge of the Empire in this post due first quarter 2015.

Fantasy Flight Games also has a designer diary up describing the core mechanic to The End of the World, their new line of apocalyptic RPGs in which you play yourself.

Cubicle 7 Entertainment is previewing their next supplement for The One Ring: Ruins of the North is a collection of six scenarios in Eriador that can be linked together into a campaign spanning years. The cover is posted along with a short blurb; they say it will open for preorder soon.

The latest roundup from Onyx Path Publishing is quite intriguing. Here they show off the new cover for the second edition of Vampire: The Requiem (which may have already replaced Vampire: The Requiem Second Edition!). That's the first of the 2nd edition The World of Darkness (nWoD) books, but they're working on all the rest too. But, more importantly, they also mention that, "Our weekly meeting was mostly about the upcoming Wraith 20th Anniversary Edition Kickstarter (this week? maybe?)" That was Nov. 17, so look sharp, Wraith: The Oblivion fans! Also, the latest batch of posts on individual games includes Mage: The Awakening (wisdom here), Werewolf: The Forsaken (questions here), and Promethean: The Created (Centimani).

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Upcoming Releases (Nov 6): monsters, hip hop, zombies, and lots (lots!) more

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What is it about Halloween that inspires RPG designers to give us sneak peeks? Let's be thankful, though. Here's what I could find this week!

As usual, Paizo Publishing has a big hardcover supplement for their Pathfinder Roleplaying Game planned for next summer, and as usual they are playtesting some of the major player-facing content this fall. The playtest document, which features six new classes focusing on psychic magic, is now available. They'll (officially) be taking feedback for the next few weeks.

Mike Mearls hosted an AMA on Reddit earlier this week in which we got some tidbits on what's coming for Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition). ENWorld collected many of the replies here; some highlights are:
-Some of the content that had been mentioned as going in the DMG (mass combat, some race/class options) didn't make it, either for playtesting or space reasons. Look for some of this to appear in WotC's online columns.
-"We are moving away from the monthly model, and you can expect fewer releases overall, but we want to avoid splat creep and system bloat.
-"We're evaluating plans for digital tools and publishing as I type this. Nothing to report yet."
-Rules expansions will generally be tied to a specific campaign or adventure arc, appearing in a player-facing book associated with the campaign.

More concretely, there are some previews for the Dungeon Master's Guide (D&D 5e) trickling out. Here is a piece of the magic item table, and here are a bunch of excerpts that came out thanks to the Extra Life campaign, including the DMG's table of contents.

Meanwhile, former WotC designer Robert J. Schwalb has announced his next project: Shadow of the Demon Lord, in which you play shadows competing to drive the Demon Lord toward different evil goals. Oh, no, wait, sorry. That title isn't meant quite so literally: "the player characters are embattled survivors struggling for existence in the ruins of the last great empire as the world teeters on the brink of the oblivion at the hands of the unspeakable Demon Lord." It's a dark fantasy game that will get Kickstarted next spring. (Thanks to RPGG admin Stelio for the tip!)

Delta Green is making a comeback! One of the most respected RPG settings in history, featuring agents fighting Cthulhu in a modern-ish world, has a very illustrious history, and now it's getting a re-release as a standalone game. We've been hearing about a Kickstarter coming early next for a while now. Arc Dream has now released the latest beta rules for public testing.

The latest beta update for Star Wars: Force and Destiny focuses on that first part, force powers! Sounds like lots of small changes and a few bigger ones, and they're still looking for your feedback.

Fantasy Flight Games' forthcoming Zombie Apocalypse game, part of The End of the World family, has an unusual character creation process...because you play yourself! Check out a preview here.

Onyx Path Publishing provides general updates here. No big news, though. You can get a list of specific previews and discussions of books in development here and here. Their website appears to be down as I write this, so I can't offer any more specifics than that!

Early next year Green Ronin Publishing will release a hardcover that collects all the rules for their Dragon Age RPG in one book. They are starting to preview some of of the additions here, where you can read about some of the new monsters, and revised presentation of the monsters, that will appear in the book.

Monster of the Week, an Apocalypse World Engine game of monster-hunting in the style of (for example) Supernatural or Buffy, was originally self-published through a modest crowdfunding campaign. Now Evil Hat Productions will be publishing a second edition. They preview the cover here, and mention the new material will include "an introductory mystery; example monsters like Balkan vampires, werewolves, and other-dimensional creatures; and hunter types like the Crooked and the Spell-Slinger." It's listed as an early 2015 release.

The Rocket Age game of pulp retro sci-fi is getting a new major adventure book. Trail of the Scorpion ranges across the entire solar system. You can see the cover here, though there isn't much more info than that.

In Five Fires, Quinn Murphy has blended his love of RPGs with his love of hip hop: the title refers to the five major elements of that art. It's currently in beta, so check it out and give your feedback to the designer!

The monthly roundup from Pelgrane Press is out now, though there aren't as many updates as usual, probably since we've run the gauntlet of convention season already. For 13th Age, Eyes of the Stone Thief (a mega-adventure) has a nearly complete layout and will go on pre-order next month. You can see some preview spreads here. A pair of other adventures are now in playtesting, which you can see here.

Catalyst Game Labs has helpfully posted their release schedule for the next couple of months (including blurbs about each!). The Shadowrun Beginner Box Set will hit in just a couple of weeks and sell for just $20. December 3 will see the release of a much bigger boxed set, Runner's Toolkit: Alphaware, meant both to help beginners transition to the full rules and as a supplement for those who already play. It's a much heftier $60.

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Upcoming Releases (Oct 23): fantasy of all (or at least many) stripes, plus even more

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As the next wave of books approaches, we're starting to get more previews for Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition). In this article, Kobold Press provides an overview of the basic plot and structure for The Rise of Tiamat, the next big adventure. This high-level scenario will have a key political component and a wide variety of missions for the PCs to fulfill in any order they choose. Meanwhile, EN World has a full review of the book here.

Wizards of the Coast is also unlocking previews for the Dungeon Master's Guide (D&D 5e) as goals in their Extra Life charity fundraising campaign. So far they've provided previews of the Deck of Many Things, Figurines of Wondrous Power, and some magic rings.

Finally, the digital tool Dungeonscape is now in full beta-testing mode for multiple platforms. There's a recent Q&A video with more info.

Green Ronin Publishing gives a rundown of their forthcoming releases in this article. The big news is for Dragon Age. The limited print run of Dragon Age RPG, Set 3 means that, though it's in hand, they won't be releasing it to distribution for a while, after they've settled all the print orders. Meanwhile, the hardcover version of the game has been delayed until at least January, as has the Cosmic Handbook for Mutants & Masterminds (3rd Edition). Finally, the latest version of Freeport (for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game) will release in pdf very soon.

EN World also scored a couple of preview pages for Eyes of the Stone Thief, a 13th Age mega-adventure that should be landing soon.

Rounding out the fantasy rundown, Paizo Publishinghas a quick preview of their Monster Codex (just about to go on sale in all formats), in which they show off "simple class templates" that let you add character classes to monsters quickly.

The public beta for Star Wars: Force and Destiny proceeds apace. This update and this one cover adversaries. (Note both have links to pdf rules updates!)

Here is a preview of the forthcoming Forgotten Gods adventure for Dark Heresy (2nd Edition). It describes two of the key locations for the book.

The reliably informative Onyx Path Publishing is back with their swath of updates, of course!
-This article promises "some of the creepiest material you’re likely to see for the World of Darkness" in the forthcoming Book of the Deceived for Mummy: The Curse. Watch out!
-Here is the latest "Monday Meeting" laundry list of status reports.
-You can find a bunch more preview articles here, conveniently gathered in one place.

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Upcoming Releases (Oct 10): lots of RPG updates, plus food trucks (!)

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The Firefly Role-Playing Game from Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd. is finally an actual physical thing, and now we can look for actual supplements down the road! ICv2 has the scoop on three of the planned books: Things Don't Go Smooth is coming next month (and is already available for preorder), Smuggler's Guide to the Rim (covering some geography, some new rules, and a new adventure, coming in February), and Ghosts in the Black (a five-episode adventure by Robin D. Laws, planned for April).

Pelgrane Press is calling for playtesters, and that means dropping some info on what's coming. There are several scenarios for the forthcoming TimeWatch RPG of time travel, and there's a new campaign for 13th Age called Shards of the Broken Sky, in which the PCs have to sort out the mess when a prison full of monsters crashes and cuts them all loose.

Monte Cook Games has some snippets on new releases in their latest weekly updates. Here is a look at some content for the forthcoming Ninth World Guidebook for Numenera as well as other news, and here is a little more.

Cubicle 7 Entertainment has finished the pdfs of the three books for the London supplement to Cthulhu Britannica and sent them out to Kickstarter backers. They'll go on sale in pdf soon and in stores sometime after the new year. See more info (and snippets) here.

They've also announced a couple of new releases for other games. The Concert in Flames is a set of adventures and Europe sourcebook for Victoriana (3rd Edition). Read about it here. Meanwhile, the Kings of the Sea supplement for Yggdrasill is available for preorder and pdf purchase. It looks like its chock full of diverse content.

D. Vincent Baker's new Apocalypse World: Dark Age has run through its first playtest, and he's posted some of the lessons he's learned here. Even if you know nothing about the game, it's fairly enlightening to see how Baker interprets a playtest.

The updates to the Star Wars: Force and Destiny playtest are more interesting than usual. First, they've updated some character options and gear. More interestingly, they've described how they've left the Morality mechanic "unbalanced" because they expect some people will want to play Dark Side force-users. Now they're seeking feedback on adversaries.

As usual, there's a whole fleet of updates from the reliable Onyx Path Publishing! This one gives the usual roundup; in the comments, it also says Wraith: The Oblivion 20 will be their next Kickstarter, and then Dark Eras. Here is this weeks roundup as well. By the way, if you want lots more detail on progress for their many projects, check out this awesome schedule.

Here's something I never thought you'd see in this column: an article about food trucks. Specifically, food trucks in Freedom City, the Mutants & Masterminds (3rd Edition) supers setting. Huh.

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Upcoming Releases (Sep 26): 'tis the season for translations (and more, of course)

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Modiphius Entertainment has announced that they will be publishing an English edition of the classic Swedish post-apocalyptic RPG Mutant: År Noll (aka Mutant: Year Zero). The announcement says it will go on sale Dec. 8, or you can preorder now and get the pdf a month early. The RPG will be a full-color 256-page book. Custom dice, cards, and a map (showing post-apocalyptic New York and London) will also be produced.

The next hardback for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game from Paizo Publishing is coming in just a few weeks. The Monster Codex will feature detailed entries on 20 monsters. The news announcement notes that each entry will include at least 10 customized stat blocks for special creatures, plus lots of racial options and rules. It ships October 6 to subscribers and will be available for general purchase October 22.

Fantasy Flight Games has some new info for their Star Wars RPGs. First up is Lords of Nal Hutta, a sourcebook for Star Wars: Edge of the Empire that details Hutt space. It includes rules for playing a Hutt, though it looks like your character has to wear a silly shirt, and there's no word yet on whether you can have a cackling space monkey pet.

There have also been two updates on the beta process for Star Wars: Force and Destiny. This one focuses on careers and specializations, while this one describes the editing and revision process for the game.

Development of the DungeonScape electronic tools for Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition) is proceeding, with the developers just opening the system to beta testers. Currently available is a web-based character creation system. (Thanks to RPGG user DQuartermane for the tip!)

Onyx Path Publishing summarizes the state of their product development here (as of Sep. 15) and here (as of Sep. 22). There's also a blog entry about Orders for Mage: The Awakening and another entry wrapping up preview for Lore of the Clans for Vampire: The Masquerade.

The Spanish RPG First Contact: XCorps will soon be going worldwide! Based on the Z-Corps system, it will be hitting the shelves in France within a couple of weeks (published by Le 7ème Cercle), and an English translation will arrive not long after (published by AKA Games). (Thanks to RPGG user Shadow Hexagram for the tip!)

Robert J. Schwalb, designer for D&D 5E and several other mainstream RPGs, has started his own game company: Schwalb Entertainment is teasing a new game with the Codename: Potato designation. It now has a "semi-final" draft, which in the RPG industry means its anywhere from six weeks to six years from being finished, right?

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