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This week, a Batman RPG is announced; histories of Greyhawk, Magic the Gathering and TSR litigation; a dungeon-design competition; and our two cents about the ALIEN RPG. What We’ve Been Playing This weekend we played “Hope’s Last Day”, the back-of-the-book adventure from Free League’s award-winning ALIEN RPG. The acclaim makes perfect sense: the system is…

Read More 15–21 September 2020: Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na

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This week we reflect on the difficulties of online gaming during the pandemic; we look at legal battles over fansites and an LGBT videogame from the ’90s; Hasbro revives a classic dungeon-crawl board game; and Andrews McMeel continues their push into RPGs… Follow us for updates: What We’ve Been Playing In one column this week,…

Read More 8–14 September 2020: This Pandemic Sucks

Cover art from space station RPG, Orbital.

This week, a Silicon Valley VC firm takes a look at the future of tabletop games, Astral’s Virtual Tabletop seeks a competitive edge with a key partnership, Wizards of the Coast announces two very unsurprising crossovers, and a fantastic bundle of award-winning RPGs. Follow us for updates: What We’ve Been Playing For most of the…

Read More 1–7 September 2020: The Digital Future of Roleplaying Games

Interior art from Free League Publishing's Twilight: 2000

The standard news may be a little quiet this week — Hasbro announces a digital convention; a senior designer leaves Wizards of the Coast — but on the crowdfunding front we take a look at some of the biggest Kickstarter campaigns of the season as they enter their final days… What We’ve Been Playing For the past…

Read More 25–31 August 2020: Hasbro Pulse; Twilight: 2000; Wanderhome

Cover art from Dungeons & Dragons' upcoming Tasha's Cauldron of Everything

This week: the UK Games Expo awards are announced, Shannon Appelcline looks at Chaosium’s history of collaboration with other publishers, and Wizards of the Coast announces the next Dungeons & Dragons sourcebook. What We’ve Been Playing For the past few weeks we’ve been playing Apocalypse World second edition on Tuesday nights. James played the game’s…

Read More 18–24 August 2020: UKGE Awards; Chaosium’s Tangled History; Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything

Interior Art from Free League's upcoming Twilight: 2000

This week: a supplement featuring a combat wheelchair for 5e ignites arguments and inspires miniatures; the Dragon Awards nominate three RPGs; and Free League revisits a game from the past about a future that is now the past that never was… What We’ve Been Playing On Saturday night, friend-of-the-blog Jess ran us the Junior Braves…

Read More 11–17 August 2020: Combat Wheelchair; Twilight: 2000

Cover art from Jay Dragon's Wanderhome. Artist: Sylvia Bi

Like the rest of the UK we are slowly melting into buckets, and dreaming of a winter that we will almost certainly under-appreciate. We’re watching the global political stage with a dread so constant that it’s almost boring: a health crisis so mismanaged that it’s become ordinary to us, the white noise of white supremacy,…

Read More 4–10 August 2020: Alexa; Cortex; Wanderhome

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It’s awards season in gaming and oh boy do we have a lot to go through: the Diana Jones Award makes a gesture toward acknowledging Black creators in the industry; Free League cleans up at the ENnies, but the surprise hit is a beautiful solo journaling game about a vampire; and the Indie Groundbreaker Awards…

Read More 28 July–3 August 2020: The Diana Jones Award; The ENnie Awards; the Indie Groundbreaker Awards

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Free RPG Day has come and gone — a strange one in the middle of lockdown, but we still came away with some great swag. The UK Games Expo has announced its shortlists for the 2020 awards — Chaosium and Free League clean up, each taking 3 out of the 9 nomination slots. (Though when two…

Read More 20–27 July 2020: Free RPG Day; Expo Awards; Dragon Prince