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News Digest for the Week of September 19
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! Descent Into Avernus released, Eberron gets a new cover, more Pathfinder 2e previews, Kickstarter in hot water for alleged union-busting, the world’s largest dice roll on an Atlanta highway, and a lot more!
The Dueling Essays of Arneson & Gygax
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A recent article and documentary about Dave Arneson's involvement in Dungeons & Dragons shares a different perspective on the game's creation, with a particular emphasis on Rob Kuntz's testimony. Some of it contradicts what Gary Gygax positioned as D&D's origins. Fortunately we can read what both designers thoughts in their very own words -- published in the same book. Alzrius pointed out...
Honoring the Loomis Legacy
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Rick Loomis, owner of Flying Buffalo Games and publisher of the Tunnels and Trolls RPG and Nuclear War card game, passed away on August 24 after a long struggle with lymphatic cancer -- just seven hours before his birthday. Loomis' impact on the gaming industry is enormous, influencing tabletop gaming, card gaming, play-by-mail, and even solo gamebooks.
News Digest for the Week of August 29
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news. Shadowrun Sixth World Core Rulebook released, cover art and details for the Pathfinder 2e Bestiary 2 announced, D&D goes Pop! and more!
News Digest for the Week of August 23
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! New Eberron book announced for D&D, content creator banned from Patreon for pirating DM’s Guild and third party books, more information about the 5e based video game Solasta, Hasbro buys Entertainment One, and more!
News Digest for the Week of August 15
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! New D&D products, new Pathfinder products, Wil Wheaton sues Geek & Sundry, big license announcement from Green Ronin, Gen Con convention growth, and a lot, lot more!

40 Million People Have Played D&D [UPDATED!]

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I like the release of actual sales figures for the Starter Set. 126,000 in North America in 2014 (from the July release); 306,000 in North America in 2018. I wonder what we can extrapolate from that!

[Chaosium] Chaosium Board Of Directors Meets For The First Time Since Greg Stafford's Passing

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Last week Chaosium Inc held its first board meeting since Greg Stafford died in October 2018. Greg Stafford and Sandy Petersen returned to an active role at Chaosium ("The Return of the Great Old Ones") in early 2015, both serving on the company board.
Obituary - James Mathe of RPG Shop, RPGNow, Minion Games Has Passed
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Terribly sad news that James Mathe, founder of RPGNow, Minion Games, and so much more, passed away over the weekend at the age of 52. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

New WotC Game Studio Headed By Bioware's James Ohlen

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Ex-Bioware designer James Ohlen is in the news a lot right now! He’s behind the Odyssey of the Dragonlords Kickstarter, the new Heroes of Baldur’s Gate hardcover, and is now also heading up a studio for WotC! OH MY G- It’s not a D&D project though. It’s original IP of some kind. *closes tab*
EN Publishing is Hiring: Publishing Administrator (UK/Part-time)
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EN Publishing is a publisher of tabletop roleplaying games, and is the owner of the tabletop RPG news website EN World. We are looking for a reliable, motivated Publishing Administrator able to work on their own initiative and meet important deadlines. This job involves a wide variety of responsibilities at all levels of the publishing process.

John Wick Presents Lays Off 7th Sea Staff

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A couple of years ago, John Wick's 7th Sea 2nd Edition smashed tabletop RPG Kickstarter records by raising a phenomenal $1.3M - a record which has only been surpassed once since, by Matt Colville's $2.1M Strongholds & Streaming. Unfortunately, it seems that the company is running into financial difficulties.
It's that time of year again! Nominate Your Most Anticipated Games of 2019
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Towards the end of every year, we all vote on the ten most anticipated tabletop RPGs for the following year. It's been a tradition for a few years now. Here's last year's 10 most anticipated games, the winner being Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition. Previous winners include 13th Age (2013), Star Wars Force & Destiny (2015), Rifts for Savage Worlds (2016), and Trudvang Chronicles (2017).

Epic Monsters: Dracula (5E)

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It's Halloween, so this week in the Epic Monsters column we have a bonus entry! We’re going to Wallachia (or Transylvania, take your pick) for the master of all vampires: Dracula!

WotC President: D&D Up 30% in 2018; More MtG Crossovers Coming

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30+% growth for 4 straight years, on a product 40 years old is unheard of

Dungeons & Dragons has 15 Million Players in NA Alone; Storyline Is "The Da Vinci Code meets Gangs o

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Interesting. The following tidbit has me excited about the new storyline: “The Stream of Many Eyes” ... story — which will be revealed on June 1 — was described by one D&D staffer as 'The Da Vinci Code meets Gangs of New York.'”

Thank You! EN World Still Growing After 20 Years!

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I jumped into this thread for some white room analysis and was ready to start shouting “SUBOPTIMAL!!!!” But it appears I was way off. Good to see traffic is growing. Seems like another good sign for the hobby.

Starfinder Outpaces Pathfinder In Fall 2017!

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Starfinder outpaced Pathfinder! Wow!

Two Days Left To Vote For Most Anticipated RPG of 2018!

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I've been waiting for the new RQ since the 80's :cool:
Taking Nominees for Most Anticipated RPG of 2018
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As we do every year, I'm taking nominees for the big public poll. A game will only be in the big poll if it is nominated here. What's your most anticipated RPG of 2018? Rules - as always - it must be a standalone RPG. NOT a supplement, adventure, sourcebook, expansion, or accessory. It must be scheduled for release in 2018. If they were coming out in 2018, Dungeons & Dragons would count; Xanathar's Guide would not. Taking nominations for one week. Post your nomination as a reply below.

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