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- Art and Maps: Dungeon 212 -- "Storm the abyssal palace of the demon lord Graz'zt in search of a lost angel. See what haunts the ruined moat house near Hommlet. Escape the Twisted Thickets and have your revenge. Here now are a full set of illustrations and maps from Dungeon 212!"
- The Wizards Did It by Ed Greenwood -- "Add a little awe, wonder, and possibly respect into your game by reading this week’s Forging the Realms by Ed and thinking about how you can use his advice."
- Epic Campain: Against the Cult of Chaos by Aaron Williams -- "The party has pitted themselves Against the Cult of Chaos—as an ancient evil stirs, chipping away at its prison…. In this episode: "At the Caves of Chaos, our heroes meet Haffron Hommel's ghost…"
- Art: Dragon 421 -- "Make multiclass characters in a whole new way. Face the cold wrath of Cryonax, the Evil Elemental Prince of Cold. Release the mephits! Plus: Draconian character options and magic items of Krynn. Here now are a full set of the illustrations from Dragon 421."
- Mark Rein Hagen, co-founder of White Wolf, is back with I AM ZOMBIE, his first new RPG in 20 years. “People think zombies are played out but that’s just lazy storytelling finding its own level,” he explains. “The image of the animated corpse that pursues us endlessly still scares us. It still scares me, and I’ve watched a lot of zombie movies lately while working on I AM ZOMBIE. That’s why even the languid versions still have the power to both terrify us and inform our sense of where society is headed.” It's going to be a Kickstarter project, launching June 20th, and uses playing cards and chips instead of character sheets, with a ton of online support.
[hide][top]ICv2's Top RPGs: Fall 2012
ICv2 has released it's Fall 2012 hobby game survey
. For board game information, see further below. Here were the top-selling RPGs of Fall 2012:
- Pathfinder (Paizo)
- Star Wars (FFG)
- Dungeons & Dragons (WotC)
- Dark Heresy/Rogue Trader/Deathwatch (FFG)
- Iron Kingdoms (Privateer Press)
Pathfinder takes the top spot yet again (for the third time running). WotC has dropped even further this time, though - it's not even at #2 any more, ceding that spot to FFG's Star Wars
game. It should be noted that until D&D Next is launched, WotC isn't actually releasing new RPG books, so a drop is to be expected. Paizo, on the other hand, releases books at a rate similar to TSR in the 1980s (see EN World's sidebar for the schedule -->). There's sure to be a correlation between "releasing books" and "selling books". Green Ronin had the #5 spot with the Dragon Age
RPG last time; it's gone this time, but maybe it will return in the next chart, spurred on by Wil Wheaton's Tabletop
The report also highlights that this is the fourth concescutuve growth year for hobby gaming (not necessarily RPGs, but tabletop gaming in general), with a 15% growth over 2011. "The best news for the year was that growth was not based on a single game or category, but instead was driven by broad-based growth in the number of people playing hobby games."
Note - as always - that ICv2s chart is based on interviews with retailers, not actual sales figures.
- Numenera Video Game -- "Welcome to a new episode of Transmissions from the Ninth World, episode 6. In this episode we talk with one of the Torment team, Colin McComb and discuss the Tides of Numenera computer game by inXile."
- Reaper Miniatures announced, via Facebook, that they have begun shipping out the first of the Bones products from their wildly successful Kickstarter project. With 18,000 backers they expect to be finished sometimes in May. Once those complete the Bones line of miniatures will be made available for purchase both through the Reaper website and your local FLGS.
- Descent: Journeys in the Dark 2nd Edition gets an expansion in the form of Labyrinth of Ruin. The all new 19 quest Campaign series will take players to previously unexplored locations in the game setting. Labyrinth of Ruin features an overland map, new allies and new abilities. The expansion is expected to release in the Second Quarter of 2013 from Fantasy Flight Games.
- This is your final reminder that Geek & Sundry's International Tabletop Game Day is this Saturday. With more than 2,800 events scheduled around the world the chances are good that you can find one to attend near you even if you don't have a FLGS in your area. Check the map on the website.
- ICv2 has just released the results of their Fall 2012 Hobby Game Industry survey. The report, called Internal Correspondence, reports and overall industry sales growth rate of 15%. Among the best selling board games in the top ten are perennial favorites Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride and Small World as well as more recent arrivals Eclipse and The Walking Dead. Collectible Games are about as expected with Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh taking top spots and no less than three WizKids offerings in the list. The top 10 Non-Collectible / Building games Starts with Munchkin, Dominion and Bang!, but also includes two recent FFG offerings, Netrunner: Android and the Star Wars Living Cards Game. Games Workshop dominated the list of top 5 Non-Collectible Miniature games, but X-Wing and offerings from Privateer Press made the list as well.
- Remember, tomorrow is Doctor Who Day, Easter Saturday, and Tabletop Day... in that order!
- Thanks to everyone who emailed me this (dozens of you!) -- Ben MacFarland wants to use Google Glass to video the whole of Gen Con this year. He has an IndieGoGo project to fund it.
I'm Ben McFarland. I'm a freelance RPG designer. I won the 2012 Ennie for Best Adventure for the anthology Streets of Zobeck. But this isn't about me writing an RPG project. I think it's cooler.
You see, I've been chosen as a Glass Explorer. Why? This is what I told them:
"If I had Glass, I'd take it to #Gencon to document the whole experience, rotating it through different attendees, cosplayers, and participants to create a diverse, comprehensive 7x24 record of the event and community. I'd want to share the whole gamut of card, board, story, live-action and tabletop games. #ifihadglass"
And I want to do that. I want to glass the whole thing from the road trip out to the check-in to the industry awards to the dealer room to the gaming tables. Because Gencon is awesome. It is an absolute blast and a wonderful experience, and I think it would be great to share that with folks who can't make it.