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G4 AND WIZARDS OF THE COAST PARTNER FOR D&D LIVE 2021

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Two of the biggest names in gaming team up for the annual star-studded adventure streaming on all G4 and Dungeons & Dragons digital platforms this Summer

This powerful fellowship will continue with a special four-part limited-series premiering on G4 later this year

I’ve maxed my charisma stat in an attempt to appropriately convey how excited you should be!

Los Angeles – May 5, 2021 – This morning I rolled a critical success on a d20, valiantly earning the right to announce Wizards of the Coast and G4 are partnering for D&D Live 2021, a special two-day streaming event on July 16-17 and continuing with four all-new limited-run campaign series to premiere on G4 this Fall.

“D&D Live 2021 is going to be an innovative event with new forms of interactivity for a live streaming audience and the perfect D&D introduction for new audiences,” said Brian Terwilliger, 12th level VP of Programming and Creative Strategy at G4. “We’re thrilled to partner with Wizards of the Coast to give fans adventure, comedy, and an incredibly entertaining journey into the theater of the mind.”

“D&D Live has been such an exciting event for both fans and Wizards, and it’s amazing how it has grown each year. In 2021, we are expanding D&D Live’s impact by partnering with G4,” said Nathan Stewart, Level 20 Wizard of the Coast, Head of Franchise. “With G4 joining our party, we aim to bring even more fans to Dungeons & Dragons by showcasing friends adventuring together.”

D&D Live 2021 will take place on the 16th and 17th of Flamerule (which is equivalent to “July” in the Forgotten Realms calendar in case you were rusty). The two-day event will feature four games with star-studded casts playing with expert DMs, as well as hosted content featuring games, interviews, special product announcements, a Dungeon Master roundtable, and exclusive giveaways for those with high enough INT rolls. The timing and casts will be announced soon, and my halfling rogue is always good to go in case they need backups.

This alignment – which I’d totally call Chaotic Good - will continue through G4’s official launch later this year as the two brands party up for a limited series premiering after the network’s launch. The series will follow four campaigns with a mix of G4 talent, veteran D&D players, and celebrities for a new generation of D&D fans.

“As we continue to interact with our audience leading up to the launch of the network, one of the most resounding requests was for tabletop gaming content,” said Kevin Sabbe, Head of Content, G4, who looks great in a hooded traveler’s cloak, I must admit. “This partnership reinforces our focus on authentic gaming content that will entertain existing D&D fans and those new to the world of tabletop as well.”

The announcement comes as G4 continues its Epic April celebration, a classic G4 tradition where the network unveils an ogre’s load of talent/programming announcements, summons big giveaways, and generally behaves like a dwarven berserker nine espressos in. Previous announcements include G4’s partnership with WWE for a competition video game series, the return of the fan-favorite classic Ninja Warrior to the network, and the introduction of Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez and Kassem G as G4’s newest cast members.

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BGG RPG Coverage at San Diego Comic Con @ Home

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Chad Roberts dropped by to let me know that he's covering some RPGs for BGG at SDCC@Home. Interviews from Gen Con Online are also going up.

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I'll link to the videos as they happen over the weekend.

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Mudpuppy Games; Jim Wampler



Thousand Year Old Vampire; Tim Hutchings



Altered Carbon: The Roleplaying Game; Alice is Missing; Hunters Entertainment; Ivan Van Norman



Robert J. Schwalb; Schwalb Entertainment



Mothership; Tuesday Knight Games



Arc Dream Publishing; Shane Ivey



Coyote and Crow (new RPG in development; Conner Alexander



R. Talsorian Games, Inc.; J. Gray



Bully Pulpit Games; Jason Morningstar
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BGG's Gen Con 2019 livestream broadcast schedule: Focus on RPGs!

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The BGG Gen Con team will be covering RPGs from 1:00 to 3:00 on Saturday at Gen Con. Eric's full original article is here: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2242935/bggs-gen-con-2019-l...


Don't forget, I maintain the RPG Products Releasing at Gen Con 2019 (By Publisher) geeklist if you want to see the new releases for sale at the con.

All credit for the info below goes to Eric and the BGG Gen Con team!

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Gen Con 2019 takes place on August 1-4 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and as in years past BoardGameGeek will be at the convention (booth #1349) to broadcast interviews with designers and publishers for 29 hours over the four days of the show!

The broadcast will be streamed Twitch.tv, then the stream will be chopped into individual videos that will be published on the game/publisher/designer page on BGG that best fits the subject of that video. (We will also post the individual videos on the BGG Express YouTube channel.) The planned broadcast schedule is below, although it might change depending on what happens during the course of the day. All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4).

BGG's Gen Con 2019 Preview includes hundreds of listings for games that will be sold or demoed at the convention. Only a fraction of those titles are included in our demo schedule since in general, we give priority to publishers who have newly released games at Gen Con. Beyond that, I've chosen a few upcoming releases that I think will have high levels of interest among BGG users as well as a few titles that will debut at SPIEL '19. Many thanks to Steph Hodge for doing the heavy lifting to create this demo schedule!

Note that the SPIEL '19 Preview goes live on Monday, August 5 — the day after Gen Con 2019 ends!

Saturday, August 3rd


1:00 - Goodman Games - The Isle of Dread
1:05 - Modiphius Games - Fallout Minis (board game), Fallout RPG, Dune RPG
1:20 - R. Talsorian Games - Cyberpunk 2020, Lords and Lands Expansion for the Witcher RPG
1:30 - Pelgrane Press - Shard of the Broken Sky, Nights Black Agents: Solo Ops
1:40 - Hunters Entertainment - Teens in Space, Icarus: A storytelling game about how Great Civilizations Fall, Outbreak: Undead 2nd Edition Game Master's Guide, Altered Carbon RPG
2:00 - Arc Dream Publishing - Delta Green RPG, The Sea Demon's Gold, The Song of the Sun Queens
2:15 - Darker Hue Studios - Haunted West
2:20 - Wyvern Gaming - Stargate SG1
2:25 - Pegasus Spiele - Talisman Adventures Fantasy Roleplaying Game
2:30 - Tuesday Knight Games - Pound of Flesh
2:35 - Green Ronin Publishing - Threefold, AGE Campaign Builder's Guide, Mutants & Masterminds Deluxe Gamemasters Guide, Mutants & Masterminds Superteam Handbook
2:55 - Sixmorevodka - Degenisis: Black Atlantic
3:00 - Studio Agate - Shadows of Esteren/Fateforge
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Virtuacon 2017

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We're less than three weeks from Virtuacon 17.

It will be held October 6-8 and events are scheduled around the clock with gamemasters and players from around the globe.

There are special microbadges for those who participate: Microbadge: Virtuacon '17 - Game MasterMicrobadge: Virtuacon '17 - Contest MasterMicrobadge: Virtuacon '17 - Event StaffMicrobadge: Virtuacon '17 - Event ChampionMicrobadge: Virtuacon '17 - October 6-8, 2017

You can check out the games that are happening here and there's even still time to run your own session:
VirtuaCon 17 Event Listing!
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Ennie Award Winners 2016!!

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The Ennies Announced their 2016 awards at GenCon last night

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the winners!


Judges’ Spotlight Winners
Worlds in Peril (Samjoko Publishing) – Stacy Muth
Eclipse Phase: Firewall (Posthuman Studios) – Jakub Nowosad
Out of the Abyss (Wizards of the Coast) – Kayra Keri Küpçü
Sword Coast Adventure’s Guide (Wizards of the Coast) – Kurt Wiegel

Best Adventure
GOLD WINNER Curse of Strahd (Wizards of the Coast)
SILVER WINNER Dracula Dossier – Director’s Handbook (Pelgrane Press)

Best Aid/Accessory
GOLD WINNER All Rolled Up – Dracula Dossier: The Black Archive (All Rolled Up)
SILVER WINNER 13th Age Game Master’s Screen and Resource Book (Pelgrane Press)

Best Art, Cover
GOLD WINNER Curse of Strahd (Wizards of the Coast)
SILVER WINNER Achtung! Cthulhu: Shadows of Atlantis (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)

Best Art, Interior
GOLD WINNER Dragon Age Core Rulebook (Green Ronin Publishing)
SILVER WINNER Baby Bestiary Handbook Vol 1 (Metal Weave Games)

Best Blog
GOLD WINNER World Builder
SILVER WINNER Campaign Mastery

Best Cartography
GOLD WINNER Shadows of Esteren Cartography of Tri Kazel (Agate Editions)
SILVER WINNER Maze of the Blue Medusa (Satyr Press)

Best Electronic Book
GOLD WINNER Maze of the Blue Medusa (Satyr Press)
SILVER WINNER Trail of Cthulhu: The Long Con (Pelgrane Press)

Best Family Game
GOLD WINNER No Thank You, Evil! (Monte Cook Games)
SILVER WINNER Ryuutama (Kotodama Heavy Industries)

Best Free Game
GOLD WINNER Delta Green: Need to Know (Arc Dream Publishing)
SILVER WINNER FAITH: the Sci-Fi RPG (Burning Games LTD)

Best Free Product
GOLD WINNER Pathfinder Module: We Be Goblins Free (Paizo, Inc)
SILVER WINNER Race to Starport (Pelgrane Press)

Best Game
GOLD WINNER Dragon Age Core Rulebook (Green Ronin Publishing)
SILVER WINNER Feng Shui 2 Core Rulebook (Atlas Games)

Best Miniature Product
GOLD WINNER Pathfinder Battles – The Rusty Dragon Inn: Bar (Paizo Inc.)
SILVER WINNER Frostgrave (Osprey Publishing)

Best Monster/Adversary
GOLD WINNER Pathfinder RPG: Bestiary 5 (Paizo Inc.)
SILVER WINNER Baby Bestiary Handbook Vol 1 (Metal Weave Games)

Best Podcast
GOLD WINNER Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff
SILVER WINNER Role Playing Public Radio

Best Production Values
GOLD WINNER Numenera Boxed Set Edition: Reliquary (Monte Cook Games)
SILVER WINNER Cthulhu Britannica London (Cubicle 7)

Best RPG Related Product
GOLD WINNER Ken Writes About Stuff Volume 3 (Pelgrane Press)
SILVER WINNER Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Wrath of the Righteous (Paizo, Inc)

Best Rules
GOLD WINNER Feng Shui 2 Core Rulebook (Atlas Games)
SILVER WINNER Urban Shadows (Magpie Games)

Best Setting
GOLD WINNER Feng Shui 2 Core Rulebook (Atlas Games)
SILVER WINNER Southlands Campaign Setting (Kobold Press)

Best Software
GOLD WINNER Roll20 (The Orr Group, LLC)
SILVER WINNER Hero Lab for D&D 5th Edition on Windows, Mac and iPad (Lone Wolf Development)

Best Supplement
GOLD WINNER The Dracula Dossier: Hawkins Papers (Pelgrane Press)
SILVER WINNER Delta Green: Agent’s Handbook (Arc Dream Publishing)

Best Website
GOLD WINNER Gnome Stew – The Gaming Blog
SILVER WINNER See Page XX: The Pelgrane Press Webzine

Best Writing
GOLD WINNER The Dracula Dossier: Director’s Handbook (Pelgrane Press)
SILVER WINNER Maze of the Blue Medusa (Satyr Press)

Product of the Year
GOLD WINNER The Dracula Dossier: Director’s Handbook (Pelgrane Press)
SILVER WINNER Curse of Strahd (Wizards of the Coast)

Fan’s Choice for Best Publisher
GOLD WINNER Paizo Publishing
SILVER WINNER Pelgrane Press

Here is a link to the award page, which includes all high placing nominations, not just the gold and silver winners: http://www.ennie-awards.com/blog/congratulations-to-our-2016...
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PaizoCon brings news of new Pathfinder releases and STARFINDER!

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The guys at the Know Direction podcast live tweeted the new product announcements from PaizoCon:

The biggest announcement is news of STARFINDER, a new RPG coming in August 2017 from Paizo. This will be a standalone science fantasy RPG that is backwards compatible with the Pathfinder universe.







It will feature space battles, power armour, rat folk, and technomancers. Details: The timeline is advanced thousands of years into the future and has ties to Distant Worlds. There will be new science themed classes (examples: Celelarian, Techno made). Akiton’s rat folk are a core race, and all of the races in Pathfinder are in Starfinder... The focus is on aliens though. Androids are a core PC race.

Corporations got a hold of android technology and made them. Golarion has disappeared and the gods won’t say where it is. Absolam Station replaces it in orbit.

The Starfinder Core Rulebook and first adventure path will launch at GenCon 2017 (that's next year, not this year - so we are still 1 year out). It will be published under the OGL with a compatibility license similar to Pathfinder's.

Surprising to many, there will not be a public playtest, but select community members will be invited to private playtests.

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James L. Sutter is the Creative director on the project, but all of Paizo is on deck.

Horror Adventures - Will be bringing in corruptions as a way to bring personal terror to your characters. his opens up the possibility of being "tempted by the dark side" as an exploration of a character's psyche. There will be 11 different corruptions: Vampire, ghouls, hive larvae, promethean, accursed, deep one, hellbound, lich, possessed, shadowbound. They will also provide expanded rules for fear (seven discrete levels) and complete sanity rules. New archetypes make for great villains, such as: mad scientist, mythos cultist cleric, investigator, vigilante archetype called serial killer, and the interesting sounding gingerbread witch.

The book will also feature new story feats, a dozen new monster feats, contact rules for making contact with otherworldly forces, new rules and subsystems include curse templates, and new environmental rules and hazards. This book also inclused rules for being burned at the stake or put in the guillotine, and some cool and terrible magic items.

New release for fall 2016: VILLAIN CODEX - villains broken down into 20 groups, including Arcane Society, Carnival Troupe, Death Cult, Fanged Monastery, Merry Outlaws.

Next new hardback - Encounter Codex!!!! - Uses flip mats for instant set ups and encounters. The plan is to have dozens of vastly customizable encounters giving GMs the settings, foes, and options necessary to run campaign-ready encounters for heroes of level 1 to 20 – with no prep! Each encounter uses Pathfinder Flip-Mats and pawns to create truly immersive came experiences. The techniques and magical traditions of sages and master trainers will be included in the book.

Next 2 Adventure Paths:
1. Strange Aeons - Lovecrafty from start to finish. The characters have Amnesia and start in an asylum. Paizo is working with Chaosium.

2. Ironfang Invasion - Fantasy going back to classic monsters like hobgoblins, minotaurs, and medusa! The PCs are all "Robin hoods" - very Kind to animal companions and Druids.

Also announced: Curse of the Crimson Throne AP Hardcover - There will be some changes to some things compared to the original. Including: Blackjack will be a vigilante, lots of new art (all the good art from the AP stays), new content, and rebuilt encounters. The team looked back at feedback and changed the AP so you don't leave Korvosa.

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There are a few more things that they talked about - including the PF Society Academy and the Card game. If you'd like to know more, go to this link: Know Direction Post.
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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 (1st Edition) releases (especially Occult Adventures) from Paizo Publishing
Star Wars: Force and Destiny Core Rulebook from Fantasy Flight Games

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As you can imagine, some releases were championed but just missed the cut. Those include The Last Parsec (Bruce); 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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News Bits (Aug 25): Gen Con recaps, D&D becomes a bestseller, and more

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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?

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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 (1st and 2nd Editions) 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.

RPG: 13th Age
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.

RPG Item: Firefly Role-Playing Game
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.

RPG: Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition)

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

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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!

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