Cover art from Beamdog's Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition

This week is a somewhat sombre one. Last year’s #AbuseIsNotAGame has echoes in a new Twitterstorm this week, targeting one of Dungeons & Dragons’ designers. Meanwhile, not unexpectedly, Gen Con has been cancelled in the face of the pandemic — the first time the con has been cancelled in over 50 years. Dungeons & Dragons…

Read More 18–24 May 2020: Abuse in the Industry; D&D Live; Gen Con Cancelled

Cover art for the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Players Handbook

The “regular” news this week is sparse — a few delays, a few snippets of RPG history, a vague promise that something will be announced sometime in the computer games industry. We revisit two of the countless legal battles from TSR’s history, we take a look at the Itch.io RPG community and we get some…

Read More 11–17 May 2020: TSR Lawsuits, Covid-19 Delays, Twilight: 2000

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We took a week off to clear our heads, but oh, things kept rolling in games. It’s a bumper double issue today! There’s rough, but not exactly surprising news from Kickstarter, as the company announces massive layoffs in the face of decreasing pledges. Arguments flared up around the presence of “evil races” in RPGs —…

Read More 27 April–10 May 2020: Orcs, Kickstarter Lay-Offs, Comic Relief

Cover Art for Kids on Brooms by Renegade Game Studios

We’re all still stuck inside, waiting for the doctors, nurses, politicians and Tom Hanks to save us. But this week, things look, well, maybe a little brighter. At least, this week’s news feels a bit more like the good old days. Of course, gaming online is still the subject of the day: in particular, a…

Read More 20–26 April 2020: Gaming Online; Demographics; Where Your Money Goes

Czocha Castle, site of the College of Wizardry blockbuster LARP. Photo by Rafał Konieczny

What a bleak news week this has turned out to be… New releases and announcements have slowed to a trickle, while news of how the pandemic is hitting the industry continues to be the focus. Meanwhile, in the business-as-usual side of the industry, we have stories of a toxic workplace, underpaid employees, online harassment, and…

Read More 6–12 April 2020: Harassment at Wizard School and in the Old School

Cover Art by Felix Miall for Rowan, Rook & Decard's Heart: The City Beneath.

It was pretty clear this April Fools that we have all had enough shocks for the moment. The day passed with little news, and apart from a small (shall we say quantum?) joke from Beadle & Grimms and a couple of misspelt monsters from Paizo., there just wasn’t much in the way of hoaxes. There’s…

Read More 30 March–5 April 2020: Consent in Streaming; Turning Game Accessories into Medical Equipment

Cover art by Brennan Reece for Harlem Unbound, from Chaosium.

The virus continues to dominate the news, hitting conventions, crowdfunding campaigns and businesses. But we’re also seeing support coming from all over as gamers go online to stand together and play together. News is otherwise a little scant this week: a smattering of reports, a few new product launches, very few new crowdfunding campaigns. It…

Read More 23–29 March 2020: BRP SRD; Online Safety; Harlem Unbound

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The coronavirus pandemic continues, and we’re seeing it on all sides of the industry. On the one hand, we’ve seen livestreams shut down, Kickstarters cancelled, events postponed. On the other hand, we’re seeing many gamers turn to online platforms, and numerous publishers offering support to keep people playing. Still, there are a cautious number of…

Read More 16–22 March 2020: Weathering the Pandemic

Art from Free League's ALIEN RPG, by Martin Grip

Last week we talked game cancellations, this week it’s game… un-cancellations?! We learn the fate of Cubicle 7’s Middle-earth RPGs and Fantasy Flight’s RPGs as both are handed on to new publishers. Meanwhile, the Origin Awards nominations and ICv2’s Fall 2019 best-seller lists both launch, with Paizo’s Pathfinder and Free League’s Alien appearing on both.…

Read More 9–15 March 2020: Passing the Torch; ALIEN Ascending; Brontë RPGs