The Hotness
Games|People|Company
Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls
Guide to Glorantha (Two Volume Set)
Far Trek
Technoir
Dread House
Star Wars: Force and Destiny Core Rulebook
Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana
The End of the World: Wrath of the Gods
Shadowbrook Manor
Scourge of the Demon Wolf
Whitehack
Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set
Player's Handbook (D&D 5e)
Occult Adventures
Listen Up, You Primitive Screwheads!!!!
Stalker
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game
Baker Street: Roleplaying in the World of Sherlock Holmes
The Darkening of Mirkwood
Star Wars: Force and Destiny Beginner Game
Mythic Game Master Emulator
Basic Fantasy Role-Playing Game (2nd Edition)
The Covetous Poet's Adventure Creator and Solo GM Guidebook
Feng Shui 2
Fantasy AGE Basic Rulebook
The Cypher System Rulebook
Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game
Role-Playing Mastery
The Revised Recon
KidWorld the Role Playing Game
Microscope
Cosmic Patrol Core Rulebook
Wild West
Horror on the Orient Express (2nd Edition)
The End of the World: Zombie Apocalypse
A Red & Pleasant Land
Hell Unleashed
Desperate Allies
Dungeon Masters Guide (AD&D 1e)
Monster Manual (AD&D 1e)
Dread
B2: The Keep on the Borderlands
Gemini
Masks of Nyarlathotep (3rd & 4th edition)
Malleus Monstrorum
M2: Maze of the Riddling Minotaur
AD&D Core Rules 2.0 Expansion CD-ROM
The Dresden Files Roleplaying Game, Volume 1: Your Story
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Beginner Box
Inner City

RPGG News

A team of hard-hitting investigative reporters brings you the news when it happens, as it happens at the time it happens. Or maybe a little later.

Archive for Con News

1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5  Next »  

Recommend
40 
 Thumb up
14.00
 tip
 Hide

The Most Anticipated RPG Releases at Gen Con 2015

Bruce McGeorge
United States
Lawrenceburg
Indiana
flag msg tools
designer
Hey you kids, get off my Avatar!
mbmbmbmbmb


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.

Quote:
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.





Quote:
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?







Quote:
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.
Twitter Facebook
12 Comments
Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:09 am
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
47 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

News Bits (Aug 25): Gen Con recaps, D&D becomes a bestseller, and more

The Other Steve
United States
Altadena
California
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
Gen Con is big! The convention released its attendance numbers this week: 56,614 unique attendees, with a turnstile attendance of 184,699. (The latter is the sum of the daily attendances: evidently an average visitor attended for 3.27 days!) This represents 14% growth over last year, and it makes Gen Con the biggest non-electronic gaming convention in the world (Essen had a turnstile attendance of 156,000 last year, see here) and the biggest convention ever to occur in Indianapolis.

Several publishers have posted Gen Con recaps. There isn't much of general interest to these, but if you're a fan of the publisher, you'll probably enjoy hearing what they were up to. The Cubicle 7 Entertainment post is here has lots of pictures, while the Evil Hat Productions summary focuses on their ENnies haul. Monte Cook Games is similarly celebratory in their post, though they also taunt us by mentioning that they gave lots of exclusive previews at their panels. In contrast, this summary from Onyx Path Publishing provides a ton of detail, and you can download their panel presentations here.

CNN has a new article about the launch of Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition) up. Interestingly, it's in their tech section and actually focuses on integrating the game's story across multiple platforms. Mercifully, it avoids the word "transmedia." But I didn't.

Speaking of that game, the Player's Handbook (D&D 5e) hit #1 on the Amazon bestseller links (here's a screenshot from Mike Mearls). It's currently #3. Not to be outdone, Canadians managed to push the three core books (two not yet even released) to the top three spots at Amazon.ca (another screenshot).

Independent OSR designer and publisher Kevin Crawford is performing a study of the design of early TSR books. You can download the work-in-progress here, and he's also providing InDesign files built to replicate these styles for free. From the pdf, "I performed this work for the sake of my own education. Like many other gamers, I have a particular fondness for the artifacts of my own gaming youth. Combined with a natural and professional interest in typography, it seemed worthwhile to spend some time taking apart early TSR books and seeing just how their designers put them together in the first place."

Here's something to think about on the evolution of gaming, albeit of the electronic variety. Just how far behind are RPGs?

Have a news tip for us? Please send it along to rpgg-news@googlegroups.com!
Twitter Facebook
0 Comments
Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:25 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
48 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

Top 10 Most Anticipated 2014 Gen Con Releases

Bruce McGeorge
United States
Lawrenceburg
Indiana
flag msg tools
designer
Hey you kids, get off my Avatar!
mbmbmbmbmb

With Gen Con 2014 less than one week away, I thought it might be interesting to look at the Top 10 Most Anticipated releases for the convention.

I've limited the items to books that will actually release to the masses at the convention. If it's going to be in stores, I didn't consider it.

d10-1d10-0 Action / Adventure (Superheroes) seems to be on the upswing this year, and two new RPGs are hitting the scene: Valiant Universe: The Roleplaying Game from Catalyst Game Labs and AMP: Year One from Third Eye Games.

d10-9 Who isn't interested in a mystery product? The "Black Box" will be unveiled at Gen Con by Troll Lord Games. While it's assumed to be a new boxed set for Castles & Crusades, we'll just have to wait to find out.

d10-8 Privateer Press is releasing the new Monsternomicon for Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy Roleplaying Game. The original D20 Monsternomicons are widely considered to be some of the best monster books ever produced, so this volume has high expectations.

d10-7 Through the Breach has just been delivered to KS backers, but this will be its public debut in the Wyrd Miniatures booth. I believe that TtB has the potential to be a crossover success with players of the Malifaux Second Edition miniatures game.

d10-6 If you are a fan of 13th Age, this is the Gen Con for you with three new releases (Shadows of Eldolan, The Book of Loot, 13 True Ways) and the just recently released 13th Age Bestiary. If Pelgrane Press does their buy four for the price of three deal (not confirmed at this time), they are one of the only publishers to offer a discount.

d10-5 The Strange from Monte Cook Games has made it to backers, so it will be on sale at Gen Con. This was a huge $400k Kickstarter, so attendees are sure to stop by a take a look.

d10-4 I don't think it was intended to be a Gen Con release, but the Firefly Role-Playing Game will be making its debut at the show at the Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd. booth. This is another big crossover RPG as the original RPG did well with non-gamers who were fans of the Firefly IP.

d10-3 Fantasy Flight Games is massive at Gen Con, and their booth will have lines all four days. I'm certainly expecting the Star Wars Force and Destiny beta to be on sale, but FFG is not a one-trick RPG pony this year. Dark Heresy (2nd Edition), Onslaught at Arda I, and Far Horizons should be all there.

d10-2 Paizo Publishing has no fewer than seven RPG releases at Gen Con this year, and none are so anticipated as the Advanced Class Guide. This doesn't include several items released this week which most people will be seeing for the first time.


1db Player's Handbook (D&D 5e) from Wizards of the Coast. Did you really expect anything else? Yes, I know it's in some stores today (8/8), but the true debut will happen at Gen Con.

Personally, I'm most looking forward to these three debuts:

Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters from Engine Publishing will be a new item for anyone who didn't pre-order. This book has been getting great reviews.

BlackWyrm Publishing is releasing Larger Than Life — Adventures in American Folklore. This HERO System 6 sourcebook hits my buttons.

Savage Worlds Counters from Pinnacle Entertainment Group fall into the must-have category for me since I mostly use minis and battlemat for my Savage Worlds games.

What are you anticipating from Gen Con this year? Comment below!
Twitter Facebook
10 Comments
Fri Aug 8, 2014 5:42 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
39 
 Thumb up
0.05
 tip
 Hide

News Bits (June 9): pdf economics, contests, and more links

The Other Steve
United States
Altadena
California
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
Fred Hicks has blogged about PDF sales for the new Atomic Robo RPG, musing about PDF pricing and the strong position of DriveThru on the PDF market for RPGs. Read his post here. It shines some light on the economics of digital sales.

Last week, the nine finalists of this year's Game Chef (in English) have been announced. The competition took place from May 10-18 in several languages, with each language having its own judging round at first. There were 100 English submissions, 47 French, 36 Korean, 41 Brazilian/ Portuguese, 19 Polish, and 9 each in Italian and Russian (sorry, no links except for the English and Brazilian competitions). The English-language winner will be announced on June 11. If the procedure is similar to last year, the winning entries of the seven Game Chefs in different languages will then be translated into English, and finally a World Champion will be chosen.

Speaking of contests, one of the hobby's biggest each year is the One Page Dungeon Contest, and the 2014 results are in! The contest is to design an adventure scenario that fits on one piece of paper (it doesn't actually need to be a dungeon in the classic sense). This year's Grand Prize goes to Will Doyle for Island of the Lizard God. You can see the full list of winners (as well as download all the entries, including the winners) here.

We're (very!) late to the party on this one, but there's a new design contest sponsored by Top Secret Games. It asks for a complete RPG and setting in just two pages...which is good, because the deadline is midnight EST tonight! But even if you've missed out on the contest, check out all the entries here. (Thanks to RPGG user intrepideddie for the tip!)

Paizo Publishing has announced the guests of honor for PaizoCon, their annual convention: Frank Mentzer and Jesper Ejsing. They've also announced many of the weekend's events (the Con takes place July 4-6).

If you enjoyed Shannon Appelcline's article about non-traditional D&D settings last week, then check out the sequel, which carries the story up to the present.

Green Ronin Publishing has been taking their superhero setting Freedom City worldwide in the recent Atlas of Earth-Prime series. This post has a very interesting discussion of diversity in the context of superheros, emphasizing how not every "foreign" superhero or villain should be a simple stereotype.

And, to give our readers a heads-up, I (vestige) will be away for about two weeks beginning in a couple of days. The news will be slow (at best) while I am away - we'll return to full speed in the last week of June!

Thanks to RPGG Newscaster Jonas (jasri) for contributions to this article!

Have a news tip for us? Please send it along to rpgg-news@googlegroups.com!
Twitter Facebook
2 Comments
Mon Jun 9, 2014 6:46 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
42 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

News Bits (June 2): why not to play games in South Carolina and more links

The Other Steve
United States
Altadena
California
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
Attention, South Carolinians! Did you know that playing games is illegal in your state? According to Purple Pawn, it has been since 1802. Fortunately, the legislature is trying to modernize that rule - to permit game-playing, so long as nobody profits (sorry, game stores and conventions!), so long as all players are members of a club, so long as you don't play on a Sunday, and so long as "no mechanical or electronic devices of any kind...are used or incorporated in any way." Sorry, Hero Lab!

Shannon Appelcline has a new article about "experimental genres" in Dungeons & Dragons on the WotC site. Giant robots, dark fantasy, and more!

Monte Cook has a new article discussing Robert J. Schwalb's new role as a freelancer for Numenera products. Schwalb's first work for the company is now appearing on (virtual) shelves.

Atlas Games has a new post about their Special Ops program for dedicated fans who want to demo Atlas games...or playtest the forthcoming Feng Shui 2 game.

WizKids Games announced a partnership with Wizards of the Coast a few months ago to produce minis and a miniature game. Now that partnership has expanded to include a D&D license for Wizkids' hot new game system, Dice Masters. See here for more information on the Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters game due by Christmas.

The DragonMeet convention in London is celebrating its 15th show this year - but more importantly those in charge have changed. While Cubicle 7 Entertainment has run the show for quite a while, they are turning it over to Chris Birch (of Modiphius Entertainment) and "music business entrepreneur" Jonathan Rowlands. They are planning to expand the con, but it will remain in the same location. For more details, see here.

Have a news tip for us? Please send it along to rpgg-news@googlegroups.com!
Twitter Facebook
6 Comments
Mon Jun 2, 2014 6:58 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
32 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

News Bits (Jan 20): new events galore, crowdfunding takes off, Evil Hat sales, and around RPGG

The Other Steve
United States
Altadena
California
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb

New Game Day is coming! This new gaming event, created and sponsored by RPGG stalwart Martin Ralya and his Gnome Stew blog, aims to get people playing (and maybe even buying!) new and different games - new to you, that is, not necessarily brand new to the market. From the website: "New Game Day is a free annual event for tabletop gamers worldwide — a day to celebrate tabletop roleplaying games (RPGs) and board games by playing something you’ve never played before. It’s easy to remember, to: 'New on 2/2.'" I'm pretty sure Super Bowl drinking games don't count, though, so be sure to think ahead and plan a tabletop event!

ICO Partners, the "European Online Games Experts", have posted a Kickstarter analysis of 2013 projects. While their focus is on the video game market, their data revealed some astonishing numbers:
-Of the $477 million dollars pledged on Kickstarter last year, nearly $120 million went to games - making it far and away the largest single category on the site.
-Of that gaming money, $55 million went to tabletop games - very nearly as much as went to video games! This is a radical change from 2012, when video games were well over twice as big as tabletops.
-The change was due to massive growth in the tabletop market - rising from only about $17 million in 2012 to nearly $55 million this year.
Of course, most of this money goes to board games, but it shows the health of the segment and probably indicates the crowdfunding market hasn't saturated yet for tabletop games. The blogger also argues that tabletop games are particularly well-suited to crowdfunding, because their costs scale directly with popularity.


Evil Hat Productions has released their Q4 2013 sales numbers. Fred Hicks notes that sales dropped off from the traditionally strong third quarter/summer convention season, but this quarter was strong compared to past Q4s. Hicks predicts that Fate Dice: Core Dice and its brethren will remain strong sellers for at least a year, but it sounds like the biggest concern to the team is whether they can transform their fiction lines into profitable enterprises.

I don't know about you, but I enjoy "years in review," especially when the reviewer isn't trying to make money off you! If you're like me, this column from Don Mappin at the Gnome Stew blog is pretty entertaining.

RPGG member, blogger, and podcaster Dan Maruschak is starting a new game design community on Google+ called ReForged: A Roleplaying Game Design Community of the Old Forge Renaissance. The goal is to gather designers together in "a mutualistic effort to make better games and make games better and get games finished" (emphasis his). Maruschak acknowledges that social media is not a great way to discuss complex topics but believes the community-building advantages outweigh that drawback. The process isn't set in stone, but ask here to join up.


The second ConTessa is coming February 7-9! The online convention "is a free 3-day online apolitical tabletop gaming convention featuring the many women who play, create, and love tabletop games of all stripes." You can run an event if you use "she" to refer to yourself, though anyone at all may participate. There are plenty of prizes for participants.

At the opposite end of the con spectrum, Camp Nerdly is an annual small face-to-face convention in which participates take over a large campground in the Prince William Forest Park in Virginia. It's informal, kid-friendly, and packed with independent RPGs/story games. Check out this thread to watch for details on the event, which will take place May 16-18. Or check out the website for more on last year's event.

Around RPGG


Nominations are now open for the 2013 Golden Geek Awards, the Geek's homegrown awards for great games and game-related contributions. Four RPG categories are offered (Game of the Year, Best Artwork & Presentation, Best Supplement, and Best Podcast), and eligible voters can nominate up to 10 entries per category through January 31. The final voting period amongst the top nominees will take place over the following two weeks. Voting is restricted to upstanding members of the Geek community (see the main three for detailed restrictions).

mb The 2013 48-Hour RPG has wrapped up! The winning entry was Visitors & Visions, in which your PCs attempt to save the world's most creative minds from a mysterious ailment by invading their dreams. Congratulations to nc_tar for the victory - and be sure to check out all the 2013 RPG Geek 48 Hour RPGs when you get the chance!

mb And the 2013 Iron Reviewer Contest has also wrapped up: after racking up an impressive 70 reviews in just over a year, the three remaining contestants retired from the fray together, leaving a tie for the final spot. Congratulations to Bearpaw, PaulBaldowski, and sdonohue for reaching the end, and thanks to all the participants for their contributions to the review system here.

Thanks to RPGG newscaster Jonas (jasri) for contributions to this post!

Have a news tip for us? Please send it along to rpgg-news@googlegroups.com!
Twitter Facebook
3 Comments
Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:46 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
42 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

News Bits (Dec 9): judges and Orcus don't mix, the history of TSR, and more from around the internet and RPGG

The Other Steve
United States
Altadena
California
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
Necromancer Games co-founder and RPG writer Clark Peterson, like most who work in the industry, has a day job. But his day job puts him in the public eye, as a judge in Idaho. Now the Spokesman-Review (a local paper) has published an article criticizing Peterson for his fantasy hobby. "Many know him as the demon prince Orcus, Lord of the Undead. Others know him as the Honorable Clark A. Peterson, a state magistrate judge in Coeur d’Alene." There's a lot of such alarmism in the article (Orcus is Peterson's avatar on the Paizo boards), but it makes two principal points: criticizing Peterson for posting online at the office (which Peterson has evidently agreed to stop), which it claims resulted in inattentiveness to his job. Second, it accuses him of "immaturity" for the hobby (really, for him, a business). It even goes so far as to quote "flirtatious" message board conversations.

This is - from the perspective of this writer, and I expect from most of our readers - a disappointing article that shows just how far from mainstream thinking the hobby is. I know Peterson from his (sometimes prolific) posts on Paizo's message boards, which are engaging and supportive of almost everyone. (He was a judge on Paizo's RPG Superstar competition, for example.) I understand concerns about online hobbies detracting from work - especially strong for a public servant - but the respect he has garnered in the Pathfinder community argues rather strongly against accusations of immaturity. On the plus side, the comments to the article are almost all positive (though who knows how many of Peterson's gaming acquaintances have posted in his support).

For a more positive side of the hobby, check out this Google+ post about how a Texas schoolteacher is using Fate Accelerated in the classroom!

Scott Thorne, a retail store owner and columnist for ICv2, has an interesting article about the weekend. Inclement weather across much of the US hurt holiday sales - but the most interesting nugget is that game stores typically have a 70% conversion rate - the fraction of customers who actually purchase something. This went up to 90% in the bad weather, as only the most dedicated consumers made the trip in the first place.

Pinnacle Entertainment Group has released the Savage Worlds Licensee Catalog for 2013-4, if you want to take a look at the wide expanse of settings and expansions available for the Savage Worlds.

The newly-reconstituted FASA announced over the weekend that they have lost the license to the dark sci-fi Blue Planet RPG. PDF sales will continue through the end of 2013, or hardcopies are available at a discount while supplies last. The license will return to Biohazard Games.

Paizo Publishing has announced the dates for next year's PaizoCon convention: it will take place July 4-6 in Seattle. See this post for what few other details are currently available.

Meanwhile, Paizo's Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is continuing its march around the world: they have announced that Brazilian publisher Devir will produce Spanish and Portuguese translations of the game beginning this month (in Spanish) and in February 2014 (for Portuguese). They will also distribute the games in Spain, Brazil, Portugal, Mexico, Chile, and Latin America.

Evil Hat Productions has wrapped up their first Streat Team project, in which they looked to reward fans that posted reviews or other publicity aids. It looks like well over 100 fans participated, and they intend to have another event next spring.

For you historians out there, Evil Hat is also re-releasing Designers & Dragons shortly - and they've released the TSR chapter as a free download! This is Shannon Appelcline's history of the RPG industry and has a lot of cool info!

Around RPGG

RPGG user cosine wants to help make your game better! He's been posting a series of handy Tips for Gamemasters that address specific, practical topics in your game like names, maps, and heists. He's up to 14 tips so far, all collected in this list.

Have you GMed for the RPGG community this year? RPGG good Samaritans Mulligans and sdonohue want to reward your efforts! There's a lottery for play-by-forum GMs here and one for play-by-VOIP GMs here. The winners will each receive an item off their wish list. Sign yourself up on the threads, or urge your GM to do so!

Thanks to RPGG newscasters Jonas (jasri) and Steve (sdonohue) for contributions to this post!

Have a news tip for us? Please send it along to rpgg-news@googlegroups.com!
Twitter Facebook
6 Comments
Mon Dec 9, 2013 7:41 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
30 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

News Bits (Sep 2): Paizo hits it big, D&D is everywhere, CoC gets some new blood, and Deadlands novels!

The Other Steve
United States
Altadena
California
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
Paizo Publishing has made Inc.'s annual list of the 5000 fastest growing U.S. companies, placing #2370 on the list. Here is Paizo's announcement, or you can see the whole list here, or here is a direct link to Paizo's section of the list, and here's a link to their (short) company profile. This listing provides a few very intriguing numbers for context on the RPG industry: Paizo has 42 employees (we probably could have figured that out) with 2012 total revenue of $11.2 million and 3-year growth of 152%. (Over those three years, they've added 17 employees and increased from a 2009 revenue of $4.4 million.) These are the hardest numbers I've seen for any company other than the (publicly traded) WotC and give some sense for just how big the big players are.

The upcoming release of Call of Cthulhu (7th Edition) has motivated Chaosium to hire a new Line Editor for CoC: Mike Mason (one of the co-designers of the new edition) has agreed to fill the role overseeing the entire product line. Mason says: "We've got a lot of work to do ensuring our Kickstarter Backers get the very best books, raising-up some old titles that need a small facelift, and conjuring brand new books that'll excite fans of the game. I'm looking forward to working with some of the great, established authors, as well as encouraging new people to write for Call of Cthulhu. It's all go from here!" You can read the whole press release here.

It looks like Forbes editor David Ewalt's book, Of Dice and Men, has triggered a secondary wave of mainstream media coverage. Specifically, there's an article on Yahoo! News about how D&D sourced the video game industry.

This interview with director Courtney Solomon (who was responsible for the three existing D&D movies and is onboard with the upcoming one, assuming it emerges from lawsuit hell) offers a bit of info on that planned movie. He says it will be "big" and finally match the vision he has had all along. He's estimating a 2015 release. The D&D info all comes in the last 30 seconds or so of the clip.

And in a bit of news about actual D&D, there's a long interview with Robert J. Schwalb and Bruce R. Cordell focusing on their personal histories and D&D Next over at AICN Tabletop.

Speaking of Cordell, there was a lot of speculation about why he left WotC - but now we know at least part of what he's doing next! Monte Cook has hired him as (a? the?) Senior Game Designer for Cook's new Numenera game.

Pinnacle Entertainment Group has announced a deal with major book publisher Tor to produce a line of novels set in their Deadlands universe. The initial contract calls for three novels, including Jonathan Maberry and Jeff Mariotte as authors. Maberry comments, "I’m really excited about writing Deadlands: Ghostwalkers, a balls-to-the-walls alt-history steampunk supernatural shoot-‘em-up action western. With zombies. I think I was genetically designed to write this kind of book." Read the official press release here.

There are a couple of semi-official con reports from Gen Con appearing. Paizo has their summary press release here, though it really is just a press release. Chronicle City has a more person summary, with tons of pictures, here.

Have a news tip for us? Please send it along to rpgg-news@googlegroups.com!
Twitter Facebook
0 Comments
Mon Sep 2, 2013 3:01 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
31 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

Gen Con 2013: Wish you were there?

The Other Steve
United States
Altadena
California
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
If you missed out on the biggest RPG con of the year and would like to catch up on some of the new products and other events, well then count yourself lucky to live in the high-bandwidth internet age!

As you likely know, BoardgamegeekTV had pretty thorough coverage of the boardgame side of the con. But they also took some time (and even donned their RPGGeek jersey!) to focus on some of the big new RPGs and some smaller projects. There are extended interviews about Shadowrun (5th Edition), 13th Age, and Star Wars: Edge of the Empire as well as shorter interviews for Hollow Earth Expedition, Cosmic Patrol, and TAU: A storytelling game where everyone dies happily ever after. (a "role-playing card game" pitched as a short filler during RPG sessions). There's also a brief video on a movie based on the InSpectres game (which, as you probably know, is itself inspired by the Ghostbusters movie). You can get the whole list of RPG videos here. Thanks to our big brother for giving RPGs some love!

Meanwhile, EN World has extensive coverage as well, though focused less on particular games. Their videos (which you can access here) include some interviews with ENnie winners, Chris Pramas (of Green Ronin Publishing), Monte Cook and others involved in Numenera, a couple of Dungeons & Dragons, and lots of videos focusing on some unique elements of the con - like a speed run through the massive exhibit hall and the costume parade. Look for a massive ENnies award ceremony video to be added soon as well.

Have a news tip for us? Please send it along to rpgg-news@googlegroups.com!
Twitter Facebook
5 Comments
Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:55 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
31 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

News Bits (Aug. 26, 2013): Gen Con records, the discount hat, and "radio" dramas

The Other Steve
United States
Altadena
California
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
Gen Con continued its upward trend this year. According to ICv2, "Gen Con 2013 had 49,058 unique attendees and turnstile attendance of 159,364, the organizers announced today. The number of unique attendees was up around 20% from last year’s 41,000+. The show has grown over 75% over the last five years." Personally I'm curious how much of this has to do with the changing demographics of gamers, how much with the expansion of gamer culture, and how much can be attributed to good marketing and event planning by the Gen Con team.

To be honest I'm not quite sure what this means, but Evil Hat Productions has announced that they are "moving to the industry standard discount level with all of our distributors" and that these discounts will be passed on to game stores. I'm guessing this means that they are selling their product to the distributor for less money and that the distributor will in turn sell it to retail for less - allowing your FLGS to make a bit more money on the next Evil Hat product you buy.

Paizo Publishing continues to expand its Pathfinder Roleplaying Game brand to new media. The latest licensee is Big Finish, a production company specializing in audiobooks and "radio" dramas (released as digital files these days, of course). According to the official announcement,
Paizo wrote:
Big Finish will produce full-cast and dual spoken word audiobooks in collectible CD and digital download format. The first 6-episode Pathfinder Legends series will be a new full-cast audiobook drama based on the highly popular Rise of the Runelords storyline, with Chapter One, Burnt Offerings, expected to release January 2014, with subsequent releases every two months thereafter. Single-CD releases will be priced at $15.99/£10.00, with digital downloads at $12.99/£8.00.

I was initially confused a bit, but note these are not audiobook versions of the Pathfinder Tales adventures - instead they are all-new dramatized versions of the Rise of the Runelords series of adventures.

Have a news tip for us? Please send it along to rpgg-news@googlegroups.com!
Twitter Facebook
5 Comments
Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:45 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls

1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5  Next »  

Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.