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What's New? July 28, 2015: DCC, Ashen Stars, World War Cthulhu, The Strange, Firefly, Pathfinder, Savage Worlds, Cornerstone, and D&D PDFs

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Smell that? That's the smell of Gen Con releases in the air. Mmmmm...

New releases at your FLGS

Goodman Games has a ridiculous number of Gen Con releases in 2015, but two are reaching stores simultaneously: Dungeon Crawl Classics #87: Against the Atomic Overlord and Dungeon Crawl Classics Lankhmar: Patrons of Lankhmar . (Source: Impressions)

Pelgrane Press' Gen Con releases are still a bit of a mystery with quite a few books going to the printer less than a month ago. At least Accretion Disk, a sourcebook for Ashen Stars will be there for sure. (Source: Impressions)

Cubicle 7 Entertainment is hitting stores and Gen Con at the same time with World War Cthulhu: The SOE Handbook. (Source: Leisure Games)

Worlds Numberless and Strange for The Strange from Monte Cook Games has also timed things perfectly. (Source: Leisure Games)

By now, it's a familiar tune. Releasing at Gen Con and reaching stores this week is Ghosts in the Black - a campaign supplement for Firefly Role-Playing Game from Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd., (Source: Leisure Games)

Paizo Publishing never stops but they do ramp up production during Con season. This week it's the much anticipated Occult Adventures, Pathfinder #95: Anvil of Fire, Pathfinder #96: Shadow of the Storm Tyrant, Hell Unleashed, and a host of accessories. (Source: Leisure Games)

And now for something completely different.. Gladiators of the Dominions isn't a Gen Con release! GRAmel's new book for Beasts & Barbarians (Savage Worlds) is - you guessed it - a gladiator supplement and also contains rules for GM-less gladiatorial league play. You know, now that I think of it, I wouldn't be surprised if Studio 2 had copies of it at Gen Con...

New PDF releases

Cornerstone RPG - Basic from Sigil Stone Publishing was released last week. It's a light, universal RPG. (Thanks to Karl Larsson for the tip!)

D&D PDFs this week: Enemies and Allies (3E), Hero Builder's Guidebook (3E), Dungeon 199 (4E), Dragon (Issue 407 - Jan 2012) (4E), and Dragon (Issue 408 - Feb 2012).

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This week in Geek History July 27 - August 1

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1856 - Playwright George Bernard Shaw mb
1875 - Carl Jung, founder of analytic psychology mb
1922 - Movie producer Blake Edwards (The Pink Panther)
1943 - Rock star Mick Jagger mb

July 27
1824 - French novelist Alexander Dumas the Younger (Camille)
1905 - Baseball player and manager Leo Durocher mb
1922 - Television producer Norman Lear (All in The Family)
1937 - Actor Don Galloway (Ironside)
1938 - Gary Gygax
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July 28
1948 - Actress Sally Struthers (All in the Family)

July 29
1869 - Novelist Booth Tarkington (The Magnificent Ambersons)
1892 - Actor William Powell (Thin Man)
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July 30
1863 - Auto pioneer Henry Ford mb
1890 - Baseball player-manager Casey Stengel mb
1947 - Bodybuilder-actor Arnold Schwarzenegger mb

July 31
1962 - Actor Wesley Snipes (Blade trilogy)
1965 - JK Rowling mb

August 1
1779 - Francis Scott Key (The Star-Spangled Banner)
1819 - Author Herman Melville mb
1942 - Jerry Garcia, co-founder of the Grateful Dead rock group mb

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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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News Bits (July 24): ICv2 RPG sales, new D&D 5E book, no more Paizo web fiction and GURPS Traveller, Roll20 powers up, new Torg edition, Unified Rolemaster playtest

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Hello and welcome back to the Industry News. As we're getting closer to GenCon there's more and more news about new products, new licensees and some comebacks. This week I present to you some numbers, some newly announced releases and a host of other news. Let's dive right in, shall we?

The biggest news this week comes from ICv2: they have released the current Top 5 of Roleplaying games for Spring 2015 (in regards to actual sales). As usual the numbers are based on interviews with retailers, distributors, and manufacturers. And basically the numbers show us what we've come to expect: Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition) has taken the lead, followed by (in that order) Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, the Star Wars RPGs from Fantasy Flight Games (not differentiated between the three games), Shadowrun (5th Edition) and Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy Roleplaying Game. There's also some additional info about the "Hobby Games" market as a whole, which has climbed to $880 million. It seems RPGs are the fastest growing segment of the market with a 67% rate.

And for those of you who just can't get enough of numbers and spreadsheets, Evil Hat Productions has released their sales numbers for Q2 of 2015.

Now, if the above news wasn't enough to satisfy your D&D 5E news hunger, we also have our obligatory D&D 5E news for this week, as Wizards of the Coast announced just a few days ago the first release of a non-adventure book since the corebooks. The new book is called Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide and slated for a November 2015 release. It updates the Forgotten Realms setting, contains new options for players and also some GM stuff - which means the book is aimed at both players and GMs. While this is not the "completely new direction" WotC representatives have been promising us for the setting books it's at least refreshing to see something else besides adventures released for the game. I guess it also makes sense from an economical standpoint - usually only GMs buy adventures which means you miss out on selling stuff to all the players that have bought D&D 5E, while with a book aimed at both GMs and players you can maximize sales.

In probably completely unrelated news, Paizo Publishing announced, they would stop publishing free web fiction on their website. Usually every wednesday they would post a small chapter of free fiction on their company blog. This has come to an end now. On the blog James L. Sutter notes that they now have a sizable number of Pathfinder Tales ready for buyers and the web fiction has lost its original meaning. He also specifically mentions the costs of illustrating each fiction post.

We also have some Roll20 news this week. The company running the popular virtual tabletop application has signed a contract with Monte Cook Games, making them the official “virtual gaming space” partner of MCG. The first rpg to be brought over to Roll20 is The Strange and its universe. This is especially noteworthy since Roll20 rival Fantasygrounds has a few months ago become the official partner of Wizards of the Coast for D&D 5E. It seems Roll20 thought they had some catching up to do.

And yet another old game is making a comeback: Torg is getting new edition, produced by german game publisher Ulisses Spiele. In a first for that company the game, called Torg: Eternity, will be published in english rather than in german. Torg co-creator Greg Gorden is somehow involved as well, but it seems he's not doing the actual game design. In the US the new edition is helmed by Shane Lacy Hensley of Pinnacle Entertainment Group fame. Thanks to Bruce for pointing this one out.

Speaking of old games, Steve Jackson Games has been producing GURPS sourcebooks for Traveller since the late 1990s. This week the company announced they would not renew that license once it ends on December 31 this year. They will continue to sell books currently available, but there won't be any new print runs anymore.

And yet another older system is working on its comeback. Iron Crown Enterprises has opened the beta playtest for Unified Rolemaster to the public. Head over to their site if you're interested in helping out.

And with that we end this week's coverage. As usual, if there's anything that I got wrong or stuff I might have overlooked, feel free to comment below.
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What's New? July 21, 2015: Wrath of the Gods, Psionics Embodied, and D&D PDFs

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It's another small list as we barrel into Gen Con next week. Want to see what RPGs are releasing (or might be releasing) at the con? Check here or here.

New releases at your FLGS

From Fantasy Flight Games, The End of the World: Wrath of the Gods is appearing in stores. The End is nigh! (Source: Alliance, Tim Huckelbery)

Do you use mix psionics and the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game? Then Dreamscarred Press might have the product for you. Psionics Embodied is a psionics supplement that offers NPCs for your campaign. (Source: Alliance)

New PDF releases

D&D PDFs this week: Dungeon Masters Guide (AD&D 1e) (the recent reprint of 1E), Seekers of the Ashen Crown (4E), Marauders of the Dune Sea (4E), Dungeon 198 (4E), Dragon (Issue 405 - Nov 2011) (4E), and Dragon (Issue 406 - Dec 2011) (4E).

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This Week in Geek History July 19-25

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1814 - American firearms inventor Samuel Colt mb
1834 - French painter Edgar Degas mb
1865 - Dr. Charles H. Mayo (Co-founder of the Mayo Clinic)
1946 - Tennis star Ilie Nastase mb
1962 - Actor Anthony Edwards (Revenge of the Nerds)

July 20
1938 - Actress Natalie Wood (Brainstorm)
1947 - Guitarist Carlos Santana mb

July 21
1899 - Author Ernest Hemingway mb
1924 - Actor-comedian Don Knotts mb
1952 - Actor-comedian Robin Williams mb
1957 - Actor-comedian Jon Lovitz (Saturday Night Live)
1959 - Ed Greenwood
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1822 - Austrian monk Gregor Mendel, discoverer of the first laws of heredity mb
1882 - Painter Edward Hopper mb
1940 - Alex Trebek mb
1955 - Actor Willem Dafoe (Spider Man)
1955 - Actor David Spade (Tommy Boy, Saturday Night Live)

July 23
1888 - Detective novelist Raymond Chandler mb
1961 - Actor Woody Harrelson (Cheers, Zombieland)
1970 - Actress Charisma Carpenter mb

July 24
1783 - South American revolutionary and statesman Simon Bolivar mb
1802 - French novelist Alexandre Dumas the Elder mb
1936 - Comedian Ruth Buzzi (Laugh In)
1970 - Actress Jennifer Lopez (Entrapment)
1982 - Actress Anna Paquin mb

July 25
1894 - Actor Walter Brennan (Rio Bravo)

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News Bits (July 17): John Carter RPG, ENnies voters, Chris Perkins on the transmedia strategy, Hasbro exits game manufacturing

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Hello and welcome back to the Industry News. As we're getting closer to Gen Con, the news start to slow down as most companies will probably make their big annoucement at or around the con. Still, we have a few things to report:

Modiphius Entertainment seems to be on the hunt for licenses for their rpg lines. A few months ago they managed to get the license for a new Conan rpg and this week they announced, they'd also got a license for John Carter, originally conceived by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The game is slated for a release this christmas and will use the 2D20Lite system, a variant of the 2D20 system used for Mutant Chronicles RPG 3rd Edition and the upcoming Conan game. It seems they're also working on a boardgame and miniatures based on the license.

In other news we have a short notice about the ENnies. The voting booths are closed by now and it seems this year we have a record number of voters: ENWorld reports the counter was short of 19.000 voters after 16.000 voters last year.

This week it was quite difficult to find something to report as the obligatory Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition) news, but thankfully Christopher Perkins did an interview on Shane Plays radio. He doesn't reveal anything new about Wizards of the Coast's plans for D&D 5E, but there's one point of particular interest after it seemed like WotC was treating the rpg more and more as an afterthought to all the transmedia stuff: all these transmedia elements are supposed to be "satellite experiences" of D&D (video games, etc.) and are intended to lead people eventually to the tabletop game... (a big thanks goes to ENWorld for pointing that particular part out)

And with that we're almost out of industry news already, except for this (not really rpg related though): ICv2 reported that Hasbro is getting out of game manufacturing and selling its two manufacturing plants. And with Hasbro being the parent company of WotC that's relevant enough to be pointed, I think.

And that's it for a slow news week this time. As usual, if there's anything that I got wrong or stuff I might have overlooked, feel free to comment below.
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