Top 5 RPGs (Fall 2013)
ICv2 has posted its quarterly RPG sales chart
based on interviews with retailers, distributors, and manufacturers. D&D is down to #4 in the list (unsurprising, as they're not actually producing a product until later this year), while Pathfinder retains its top spot.
Dungeons & Dragons News
- Wrapping Up -- James Wyatt ends the Wandering Monsters series of surveys and provides us with some summaries and statistics. "Well, it's been about twenty months, and it's time to wrap up our monstrous wanderings. We've discussed a lot of monsters (and a few other topics), I've gathered a ton of feedback, and we're busy putting all that feedback to good use. So I figured this would be a good time to look back at some of the ways you—yes, you—have made a difference in the design of the next iteration of D&D."
- Harbinger of Doom has a new post -- " In this post I'm offering a different spin on Lloth in the Forgotten Realms, taking a view that is intended to make Menzoberranzan and the drow more friendly to an all-drow campaign set in Menzoberranzan itself."
Pathfinder RPG News
Victoria Jaczko is 2014's RPG Superstar! Sean K Reynolds announces
We are thrilled to announce the winner of the 2014 RPG Superstar contest. After 4 months, more than 1000 submissions, and nearly half a million votes, game designer Victoria Jaczko is 2014's RPG Superstar! Paizo will publish Jaczko's winning Pathfinder Module pitch, The Daughters of Fury, set to release November 2014.
Victoria's design decisions—a grief-based magic item, an undead warhorse, a haunted chapel in a land torn by revolution, and a city besieged by a devil trying to collect a debt—are all unusual and interesting choices, showing she has the ability to approach an idea from a new perspective and present it in an intriguing way. Being able to come up with something new really struck a chord with the voters, allowing her to establish an early lead in the Round 4 voting and maintain that until the end.
The three runners-up—Robert Brookes of Newmarket, NH, Mikko Kallio of Helsinki, Finland, and Mike Kimmel of Seattle, WA—have won assignments to write Pathfinder Society scenarios.
I'm very proud of this year's RPG Superstar winner. The judges often point out that the goal of RPG Superstar is to find the next superstar designer—someone who has well-rounded skills for creating fun magic items, interesting monsters, clever encounters, and exciting adventures. Victoria's progress through the challenges of each round shows that she can produce quality work, and I look forward to seeing her finished adventure module and her future contributions as a published designer. Congratulations, Victoria!
Special thanks to the 2014 RPG Superstar guest judges Peter Adkison, Rich Baker, Judy Bauer, John Compton, Liz Courts, Adam Daigle, Crystal Frasier, Lee Hammock, James Jacobs, Rob Lazzaretti, Russ Morrissey, Patrick Renie and Amber Scott.
- RPG Kickstarters turned 2 today! "It's tough finding all the Kickstarter projects that an RPG fan might be interested in funding. So we'll find them for you!"
- Insight RPG System Core Rulebook is a recently released RPG. "Tabletop Role Playing Games are supposed to be an adventure for both the players and the Game Master. Too many complicated rules and too much focus on combat and damage may spoil the experience. The Insight RPG System is created for those who want to remove all limits. Discover and create new ways to interact with the world in which you are playing."
- Diceforge is an app for the iPhone. It's described as "a unique dice rolling app which allows players to create their own custom dice".
- The PDF version of the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space has been released.
- TheIlluminerdy.com has an all new piece of brief flash fiction today meant to inspire your game. This week's entry is Science Fiction-themed: The Right-Born Prince of Terran Space.