Top 5 RPGs of Spring 2013: Pathfinder, D&D, Star Wars; FACEBOOK the Board Game; plus NUMENERA News!
  • Top 5 RPGs of Spring 2013: Pathfinder, D&D, Star Wars; FACEBOOK the Board Game; plus NUMENERA News!

    No big surprises here. Star Wars from FFG has entered the list, the #5 spot has been alternating between one of two or three items for the last year or two, and the #1 and #2 spots have been the same for a couple of years. I'm not sure how D&D is in the list given that WotC hasn't been producing D&D for 18 months - I'm guessing this must be reprints and tail-end 4E stock (it says RPGs, not boardgames, toys etc.), but I confess I'm far from an expert. [threadcm][/threadcm]

    This chart of the Top 5 Roleplaying Games (hobby channel) reflects sales in Spring 2013. The charts are based on interviews with retailers, distributors, and manufacturers.

    Top 5 Roleplaying Games – Spring 2013
    Title Publisher
    1 Pathfinder Paizo Publishing
    2 Dungeons & Dragons Wizards of the Coast
    3 Star Wars Fantasy Flight Games
    4 Iron Kingdoms Privateer Press
    5 Dark Heresy/Rogue Trader/Deathwatch Fantasy Flight Games

    EN World News

    • 7 more days to vote for your ENNIES favourites! Plus 4 more days to bid on a Dream Date with ENnie nominated publisher Third Eye Games and/or the 2013 #ENnies Judges.
    • We sent out the surveys for the ZEITGEIST hardcover Kickstarter a few days back. We've got a bunch back, but we're still waiting for some. Please be sure to fill out the survey so we can move on to the "getting you your stuff" part of the process!
    • Exactly the same situation exists for the EN World dice in the Rebuilding EN World Kickstarter - a good 25% of people haven't responded yet. I really need to place that order and get everyone their dice, so I'm going to have to put a limit on the wait: I intend to do it this coming weekend, so please, please make sure you provide the information I need!
    • Check out our review of Chaos & Alchemy. [threadcm]![/threadcm]
    • How Can David Mamet Help My Game? A Pulitzer Prize winning writer helps you with your make-believe elf games. Also: Penguins. [threadcm][/threadcm]
    • How do you learn best? Some questions and comments by a new coaching client about how they learned best prompted some introspection into my own learning style. It caused me to realize that the way I first learned to play D&D was perfect for me. Are you learning in the way that is best for you? [threadcm][/threadcm]
    • Facebook the Board Game? Facebook the Board Game was recently announced. What could possibly be bad about that? [threadcm][/threadcm]
    • 4 Setting Seductions There are four settings that have captured my imagination in recent months, only three of which are rpgs. Interestingly enough, none of them are D&D. Below I break down what appeals to me and why I’m willing to branch out after all these years.
    • 16 Questions about the new Flint & Steel RPG Are you looking for a new RPG with no levels and no classes to constrain your creativity? If so, your quest may have just ended! The new Flint & Steel RPG is just that. [threadcm][/threadcm]
    • How Important is the D&D Brand? Is the brand identity of Dungeons and Dragons something other games should be targeting? [threadcm][/threadcm]

    Dungeons & Dragons News

    • The Solution -- By day, Saradush seems a normal place, but at night it becomes a place filled with corruption, scheming, assassination attempts, and more! Join Ed this week as he walks you through a potential political mire that could engage your characters for many sessions.

    RPG News

    • For those of us who were unsure what it meant, Monte Cook's explained the concept of "GM Instrusion" in NUMENERA in an interview on MTV: "For the Game Master, you aren't necessarily so bound by hard-and-fast rules. In fact, there is a rule called GM Intrusion. GM Intrusion is when the Game Master decides to make a change in an encounter to make it cooler. At any point, the Game Master can say, 'GM Intrusion! As you are fighting this weird beast, your sword falls out of your hands and goes across the floor. Now what you going to do?' And a player has to deal with a new circumstance, but on the flip side the player effected gets an Experience Point. (Unlike in D&D, one Experience Point is pretty significant in Numenera.)" [threadcm][/threadcm]
    • Also, the Transmissions of the 9th World podcast has interviewed creator Monte Cook and new COO of MCG, Charles Ryan, on the future of Numenera. "The biggest news is the reveal of the concept of "GLIMMERS", highly responsive e-book format releases to augment the hardcover releases already slated for the game."

    Ian Livingstone, Steve Jackson and Jervis Johnson teach Ben Elton how to role-play

    This is an old video which has been circulating on Twitter today. Livingstone and Jackson authored the Fighting Fantasy books; Elton is a comedian and author (who also wrote on Blackadder and The Young Ones).