We look back at 2020 and all the things that could have been great but had to suffer from our global condition. The Witcher and Tales From the Loop hit TV. Mork Borg and Ironsworn caught our attention as outstanding RPGs. Warcaster: Neo Mechanical by Privateer Press came and went. GenCon 2020 was cancelled along with everything else. The Dead Milkmen released the Lost Tomb of the Bitchin Chimera for 5E. Heroquest was update and released on HasLab. The Quest RPG still has us curious. Cyberpunk Red on the tabletop preceded the unfinished and buggy Cyberpunk 2077 for PC and consoles. This was not the Year of Dune as we previously predicted. Games Workshop releases the 9th edition of Warhammer 40k and really screwed anybody trying to sell their games, but their webstore. Alan Dean Foster was not paid by Disney and thinks Rey should have been a droid. And finally, the KFConsole is the joke that won’t go away.
#ironsworn #morkborg #questrpg #cyberpunk #warhammer40k #thewitcher #talesfromtheloop
Hasbro has revealed their plans to “reprint” Heroquest through their HasLab crowd-funding-like website. Honey & Hot Wax is an anthology of sex-positive roleplaying games. The collection of games varies from 2-player to games needing 6 to 12 players along with a facilitator or two. It is published by Pelgrane Press and was edited by Lucian Kahn and Sharang Biswas with a foreword by Naomi Clark of Consentacle. An open license for creating content for Mork Borg, the award-winning game published by Free League. The latest Adventurer’s League Guide contains new custom racial ability score rules. This gives us a preview of the new rules that Wizards of the Coast will be adding to 5E in the release of Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything coming soon. We lament the failure of 2020 as the year of Dune, with only the boardgame reprint being released while the Denis Villeneuve feature film and Modiphius 2d20 system will not be released until next year.
Heroforge runs a Kickstarter campaign for the 2.0 version of its miniature printing system. Modiphius is publishing a TTRPG version of the Arcane Studios’ Dishonored video game franchise. A photo of the logo for the Denis Villeneuve directed Dune movie was revealed and then immediately enforced with copyright notices to take it down. The second boxed set for Aeronautica Imperialis is being released by Games Workshop featuring the T’au Empire Air Caste called Skies of Fire. Chris combines Thirst and Hunger solo RPGs to make a two-player game for the Two-Player Game Jam.
Part two of our look back at 2019 and some looking ahead at 2020. This time with Lyal. We talk about Call of Cthulhu Starter Set, solo adventures and our upcoming series reviewing starter boxes for TTPRG systems new and old. The Ragnarok miniatures skirmish game gives us a use for all of those Blood Rage Vikings and monsters. Getting your kids into Star Wars and if the property is still kid-friendly as well as the future of the franchise resting on The Mandalorian. Delivery of Battletech, Trudvang Chronicles and Siege of the Citadel Kickstarters in 2020 (hopefully). Our missed chance to play War Room by Larry Harris over the holidays. #callofcthulhu #chaosium #battletech #ragnarok
After a holiday break, we are back with our best of TTPRGs in 2019. There may also be some upcoming gaming hopes for 2020. This first part is a discussion with Chris. Next week Lyal and I will continue our reminiscing, which may or may not include more Alien RPG talk. #alienrpg #freeleague #dnd5e #modiphius #johncarter
Amazon now lets you play the Starfinder RPG with Alexa simply by saying “Alexa, play Starfinder” and eventually paying for the privilege. Werewolf Fifth Edition is coming in 2021. Cool Mini or Not Kickstarted a Zombicide version of Night of the Living Dead. Just because. C’mon! We played the Hope’s Last Day cinematic adventure for the Alien RPG. Xenomorphs were deadly and company agents even more so. Chris is listening to more amazing audiobooks and posting Alien GIFs on Twitter. #alienrpg #freeleague #frialigan
Modiphius will publish a deluxe version of Rangers of Shadow Deep by Joseph A. McCullough, the creator of Frostgrave and Ghost Archipelago. Preorders are now open on the Modiphius online store for delivery in February 2020. American High School RPG was a success. Hunger and Thirst are now in print and available on Itch.io. Kisarta, a setting of damned souls and dark horrors for 5E returns to Kickstarter. #kisarta #rangersofshadowdeep #modiphius
Reclaimer RPG by Chad Walker Kickstarter canceled due to photobashed artwork. Modiphius is producing 32mm miniatures for the World of Darkness RPG. Cubicle 7 Warhammer 40k Rogue Trader RPG Humble Bundle. Magpie Games, maker of Bluebeard’s Bride RPG, is currently having an online store sale. Blood of the Phoenix boxed set has new plastic Aeldari miniatures and is being split by Jeremy and Lyal. Probably unboxed as well. And your comments about our comments.
#warhammer40k #reclaimerprg #magpiegames #cubicle7
Lyal subs in for the now toothless Chris. Okinawa Comic-con happened. Modiphius is working on the Homeworld Revelations RPG based on the classic PC RTS game. Grimlord Games has a Kickstarter for Grim Dynasty, a Chinese-themed expansion for their Village Attacks boardgame. The new edition of Mercenaries, Spies and Private Eyes by Flying Buffaloe arrived and Lyal talks about solo adventures and the use of backstory for TTRPGs. We look to Good Bad Flicks on YouTube for RPG inspiration.
#villageattacks #grimdynasty #homeworldrpg #modiphius
Another deep dive into an RPG where we have both read the book and played a few session. This time it is Mutant: Mechatron – Rise of the Robots by Free League. It uses their Year Zero Engine, d6 dice pool system, and although it is a stand-alone game your robots can play with characters in both Mutant Year Zero and Genlab, once they escape Mechatron-7. We give you an overview of the system, character creation and the setting. Also a discussion of the surprising challenge of playing self-aware robot player characters. If you are familiar with Mutant Year Zero this is a great new take on post-apocalyptic characters and if you are new to the system and setting, it is well worth your time. Find out if this game is for you as we dive deep into Mutant: Mechatron.