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    Have you thought about player preferences in relation to the kinds of adventures and campaigns that you run? I hope you have, since knowing your "target audience" is fundamental to meeting their needs. But you may not have thought in terms of the styles I'm going to describe today.

    Hey, guess what? They've announced the ENnie Award Nominees this week, so I made the Picks all about them as a celebration! I am particularly thrilled to see so many diverse products on that list, and some serious contenders that don't necessarily represent the "folks who always win." I've enjoyed looking through all of this and picking out some products you should definitely take an interest in. I'll probably use the ENnies for some future Theme Weeks as we go, as well.

    Having covered the far future, and fantasy medieval worlds, What's OLD is NEW (WOIN) is delving into the 80s with its latest character book, [WOIN] Action Careers! And it's not just the 80s - this book covers careers from the mid 20th century all the way up to the 21st century! Humans, cyborgs, and mutants await, with a massive range of careers including spies, martial artists, archeologists, even astronauts and chefs! And, of course, it's all 100% compatible with N.E.W. and O.L.D. - so you can add detailed martial arts or mutant powers to your sci-fi or fantasy games!

    New on EN5ider, the 5th Edition Patreon! The latest in the series of magical colleges introduces a vile, nightmarish castle, full of laboratories of devilry, necromancy, and torture. Here you'll also fin new ideals and flaws, the new Void Maw spell, a new artifact called the Fountain of Innocent Blood, the Fallen Angel warlock patron, and an overview of significant NPCs, rumours, plot hooks, and random inhabitants. By Josh Gentry; illustrated by Victoria Oliveria.

    Welcome back to our weekly look at tabletop roleplaying game, and accessories, crowdfunding roundup! Each week we’ll be looking at a few campaigns currently running that have caught our eye as well as occasionally speaking to some of the creators about their campaigns, or looking at some of the ‘behind the scenes’ business aspects of putting together, launching, operating and then delivering a crowdfunded project. If you have anything you’d like us to cover, or questions about anything we talk about, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact me directly.

    Pelgrane Press has supplied some preview material to EN World from their in progress Kickstarter project of the Yellow King Roleplaying Game. We are going to look at some setting material from This Is Normal Now, the "alternate-reality present-day" setting for the game. In addition, you will find a previously unseen Aaron Acevedo illustration from the book above.

    Gen Con - in its 50th year this year - has sold out of 4-day badges! You can still get single-day badges, although there are only limited numbers of those left. Gen Con is currently the world's largest tabletop gaming convention (followed by Essen Spiel, Origins, and UK Games Expo). Note that there is still opportunity to get a 4-day badge for Gen Con by donating some of your time to helping man the ENnies booth at the show.

    Modiphius Entertainment’s Star Trek Adventures: Core Rulebook is now available on PDF through DriveThruRPG/RPGNow. Star Trek Adventures is one of this summers BIG releases and Modiphius have been hot at work making sure there’ll be plenty of support for GMs and Players coming in the next few months.

    How big is the RPG market? Pretty damn tiny, is the answer. As of 2016/2017 it's about $35m in size, according to ICv2. That's of a Hobby Games market currently worth just over a billion dollars. The RPG segment is a mere 2.9% of the overall Hobby Games market, which includes boardgames, miniatures, hobby card games, and collectible games. Of course, the competition for RPGs isn't just boardgames or card games, it's entertainment; and on that scale, the RPG market is a tiny niche of the Hobby Games market, which is a tiny niche of the global entertainment market. Note that these figures are US and Canada only, and include Kickstarter sales.

    Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! Did anyone here mention the ENnie Nominations were announced yet? The 2018 Judge Applications are open as well! There’s also news for another Magic: The Gathering/Dungeons & Dragons crossover, Cubicle 7’s loss is Why Not Games’s gain, Dresden Files Accelerated damaged units will be replaced, Emerald City’s volunteer lawsuit settled, and much more!

    Four blocks from the subway, in South Philadelphia’s Point Breeze neighborhood, you find a novel take on cuisine and nightlife called American Sardine Bar. This hotspot features the staples of art crowd and hipster culture. Home to creative food, craft beer, cheap shots of rotgut whiskey, and an upstairs bar with a stage where one could expect to see local comics, acoustic acts, and open mic nights. Tonight however, was something a little different. Tonight ASB was hosting Drinks and Dragons.

    The Paranoia role-playing game is probably the longest running satirical role-playing game available in print. A recent successful Kickstarter project funded the new edition hitting the shelves currently. The game is published by Mongoose Publishing and project managed by seminal designer James Wallis. What should make a lot of people happy is that the game is a compact, streamlined take on the classic game that comes in a boxed set that includes the game and dice. Probably my favorite bit of the new game is that the character "sheets" that you can get for the game are in fact dry erase mini-boards, in keeping with the lethality of the game.

    There's a new What's OLD is NEW (WOIN) sourcebook in town for the sci-fi gamers out there. The Borians are a core race in N.E.W. The Science Fiction Roleplaying Game, and now they have their own expansion - 30 pages detailing their culture, physiology, homeworld, along with new careers, exploits, equipment, and starships. If you're playing a Borian, or running a game with Borians in it, this book contains a trove of information. Special thanks go to wacksteven and the crew of Turn Order: Warped, especially PeachyPixel8, who provided welcome inspiration for this book!

    Plane Shift: Amonkhet is the latest of WotC's Magic: the Gathering / Dungeons & Dragons crossovers. Previous crossovers included Plane Shift: Zendikar, and Plane Shift: Kaladesh. This one, Amonkhet, is an Egyptian-themed plane ruled by an evil dragon. Free to download, the 40-page PDF by James Wyatt and Ashlie Hope contains details on the World of Amonkhet, the Races of Amonkhet, Trials of the Five Gods, a bestiary, and a two-page appendix about the multiverse.

    It's that time of year again - the time where we announce the year's nominees for the Gen Con EN World RPG Awards! The judges have deliberated, and selected their nominees for each of the below categories. Congratulations go to all of the 2017 ENnie Award Nominees. Public voting will take place this year from July 11th - July 21st, and the awards will be presented as always at Gen Con!

    After last week's announcement that Cubicle 7 were letting a number of their licensed games expire, and were discontinuing their Rocket Age RPG, Rocket Ages designer, Ken Spencer, said that an announcement on the games future would be coming soon. Well, ‘soon’ has come swiftly along with the news that Ken Spencer has acquired the rights to Rocket Age off Cubicle 7 and has started a new company, Why Not Games, to keep the game alive by not only publishing the existing line but publishing new material too. For the full announcement please read on…

    Big Eyes Small Mouth 3rd edition might have been a more popular game despite coming too late to save its parent company of Guardians of the Order. That having been said, the 3rd edition of Big Eyes Small Mouth (shortened to BESM) is exemplary of quality and dedication to the anime aesthetic coupled with tabletop game design.

    Turn Order: Warped, the official stream of the WOIN roleplaying game system, is back with a new episode! "The players find themselves running into problems with the Cha'Etta plants and they require a new plan to make some headway." Join GM of Doom "wacksteven" and the crew of the Black Fang in their intrepid science-fiction adventures! As always, you can get video or audio version of the show - simply subscribe to the YouTube channel or to the official podcast! Or, of course, you can watch the show live on Twitch as it goes out every Saturday! Note that the show features adult language.

    Game Informer's recent issue featured a new ranking, the Top 100 RPGs, but the list was really about role-playing video games. Tabletop gamers know that there's at least one game that should be #1.

    A rundown of the New Releases that should be hitting games stores this coming week! Board games, card games, RPGs, Wargames, Miniatures and collectible games... hopefully something for everyone! For more information about any of the products please contact your local games store.

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