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    Wil Wheaton has announced a couple of the games being played on his popular Tabletop web show this year, along with other news about the upcoming season (which will be the 4th season of the show). He and his team have reduced a list of about 450 games down to around 20, which are mainly boardgames but will include a couple of roleplaying games. The focus is a little more on family games this year (things in the vein of Tsuro and Ticket to Ride). While there's no official release date yet, the beginning of June is looking likely.  ...READ MORE

    With its roots in wargaming, Dungeons & Dragons has always had a history steeped in graph paper and dungeons, but the element of the unknown was as much an important factor in adventuring as the dungeon itself. Through the decades this "fog of war" became easier to simulate in games thanks to technology that has become increasingly adept at keeping players in the dark.

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    Before Stephen King began publishing his magnum opus there was an electronic board game that capitalized on the Dungeons & Dragons craze known as Dark Tower. Featuring a built-in calculator, lavish graphics, and creepy (if admittedly dated) sounds, Dark Tower swept the gaming world by storm and is fondly remembered by many children of the 80s. Four years after the game debuted, it disappeared. Who finally defeated the Dark Tower and what can gamers do to find it again?

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    Green Ronin has revealed its plans for the coming year - a year packed with news of Fantasy AGE, Wil Wheaton's Titansgrave, Mutants & Masterminds, and more! In fact, with over 20 products planned, Green Ronin has a pretty hectic release schedule. You can read the full report here, but for those looking for the highlights, I've listed them below. The schedule includes RPGs, card games, dice, even a coffee-table book about fantasy cinema. Plus there are new or revised GM's Kits for several of their lines with new GM screens, reference cards, and combat trackers.  ...READ MORE

    These days character creation is something many role-playing games include as a matter of course, but at one time creating a full-fledged background was a novelty. Long before you could die in character generation in Traveller, there was another generator that swept the nation: The Game of Life. And it was all due to Abraham Lincoln's facial hair.

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    Big news out in the larger world of tabletop gaming, as Mayfair Games announces that Asmodee North America has acquired the English language license for Catan from Mayfair Games. Asmodee North America is the umbrella company that consolidates the productions of previous Asmodee acquisitions Fantasy Flight Games and Days of Wonder.  ...READ MORE

    It's a New Year Big Name Kickstarter Bonanza! For fans of the Scarred Lands, Numenera, or Burning Wheel, or an unholy mix of the three (The Scarred, Burning Lands of Numenera?), these three new Kickstarters are all set for some fairly epic success from the starting gate. All three are produced by veteran publishers already known for their high quality work, and based on existing well-loved settings and games. It looks like 2016 is starting off with a bang!  ...READ MORE

    WotC has announced that it will be closing its forums, which they refer to as a "former foundation of our community". The forums will close on October 29th. Of course, WotC's forum members are welcome here at EN World (although the expectations are a little different, so please do check the rules if you sign up!) The forums have been around for nearly two decades, in various incarnations, but WotC cites the rise of social media platforms as the reason for the closure.
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    It's kinda tangential to RPG news, so I wasn't originally going to cover this. But enough people have emailed me links to it that there's clearly interest in the subject. Hasbro has just sold its game manufacturing plants (one in Massachusetts, USA; and one in Waterford, Ireland) to Cartamundi, a Belgian company. They're not getting out of the publishing of games, just the physical manufacturing side, and this affects CCGs and boardgames rather than RPGs.
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    Paizo has just launched Class Deck subscriptions for its Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. Each 109-card deck focuses on a single class and saves you 20% on the price of the deck. You can start with the upcoming Paladin Class Deck.
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    [Promoted Thread] So Cam Banks asked this question on Twitter on June 18, setting off a string of interesting tweets by Mr. Mearls. Tweety caveats apply (limited characters, loss of nuance, etc.) I've ordered the posts by time as best I could, and sblocked tangents so that they don't interrupt the flow. But be sure to read them. Also, I used Mearls as my guiding star, so conversations generally end with him. However, there were other interesting posts by other folks that I haven't included here, so if you're interested, check out Mearls' Twitter feed, for June 18th, around 11 AM.
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    There's a new print magazine for tabletop gaming called, appropriately enough, Tabletop Gaming. It's available here in the UK (I'm not sure if it's available internationally) in WHSmith, Forbidden Planet, some gaming stores and other other locations. It's board/card game focused, with the first issue looking at X-Wing, Dropzone Commander, first looks at the upcoming Halo and Terminator boardgames, plus reviews of well-known titles like Ticket to Ride, Lords of War, and XCOM: The Board Game.
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    The award season is underway! Over the weekend, the 2015 Origins Award winners were announced at the Origins Game Fair. The Origins Awards cover a broad range of tabletop games, including RPGs, boardgames, card games, historical miniatures games, and more. This year, Monte Cook and Kevin Siembieda were added to the Hall of Fame, and D&D 5th Edition won the best RPG categories.
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    Paizo annnounced the Wrath of the Righteous boxed set for the PAGG at Paizocon. "In Wrath of the Righteous, the hellish Worldwound opens, unleashing a horde of demons from the post-apocalyptic Abyss. Players will battle the malevolent minions of the demon lord Deskari, and along the way, will become mythic heroes that rival the greatest legends the world of Golarion has ever know."
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    Mike Selinker wears a number of hats. In addtional to being this year's ENnies host at Gen Con, he's the designer of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, runs Lone Shark Games, developed the Marvel Super Heroes Adventure Game, and is soon to launch the Apocrypha Adventure Card Game, which is an RPG and a standalone card game in one box. And best of all, he's doing an Ask Me Anything right here on EN World today, so start asking your questions right now. Hop on in, ask Mike your questions!
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    Many companies at GAMA hold presentations. Most of them tell industry peers about upcoming plans and about sales and other figures for the last year. Fantasy Flight Games is no exception, and they showed a graph of some phenomenal recent growth, no doubt partly buoyed by great licenses including Star Wars, and boardgames for properties like Battlestar Galactica, World of Warcraft, Game of Thrones, and - of course, Warhammer RPGs of various flavours. The graph only goes up to 2014, though is cites 65% US growth and 35% growth outside the US, with really steep growth appearing to kick in somewhere around 2010.
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    One of the stretch goals for Modiphius' Thunderbirds board game Kickstarter was an add-on called Thunderbirds Roleplaying. Well, they just hit that target, which means that they will be producing the add-on. It's not a standalone RPG; it's a way to turn the board game into an RPG. "Join International Rescue, avert disasters, and foil the Hood’s evil scheme in THUNDERBIRDS, the new co-op game from Matt Leacock." The Kickstarter still has 19 days to go and is approaching £160,000 already.
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    Fans of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game have a nifty looking new toy to play with. The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Community Card Creator allows you to create, print, and share your own cards ideas for PACG. You can create your own cards, purchase them in print, and allow others to purchase them (although not from you). Stock art you can use is provided by Fiery Dragon Productions and Fat Dragon Games.
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    A video review of Temple of Elemental Evil is has been posted, and reveals a LOT of details about the game, including all the fighter's powers, the meaning of the runes on the tiles, the trap tokens, upgrades that can be purchased, and lots more. The review is by Tom Vasel of The Dice Tower and is about 15 minutes long.
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    A poster over at BGG got the opportunity to play the new Temple of Elemental Evil boardgame at the Miami Boardgame meetup organized by Tom Vasel. The game isn't due out until April, so this is a great little sneak peak! Here's what he had to say!
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