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And Here Are The Official 10 Most Anticipated RPGs of 2017!

We took nominations. We held a massive poll, and nearly 5,000 people voted. And now we have the definitive list of the Top 10 most anticipated tabletop roleplaying games for 2017. For more information, click on the big pretty cover images below, and you'll be instantly transported by magic to the websites of each of the listed products. What are people awaiting with baited breath? Science fantasy? Swedish folklore? Swords & sorcery? Lovecraftian horror? All of these things and more!

[h=4]10: Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea 2E[/h]

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Sword & Sorcery comes alive in this North Wind Adventures' new edition of the game inspired by Howard and Lovecraft, and rules based on the original D&D game rules from 1974. Dungeons, monsters, traps, and puzzles all challenge your characters, who choose from the traditional classes of fighter, magician, cleric, and thief.

"Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea™ (AS&SH™) is sword-and-sorcery role-playing at its pinnacle. This game's milieux are inspired by the fantastic literature of Robert Ervin Howard, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, and Clark Ashton Smith. Game rules and conventions are informed by the original 1974 fantasy wargame and miniatures campaign rules as conceived by E. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson."


[h=4]9: Delta Green Roleplaying Game[/h]

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It was in the list last year, and it's in the list again this year! The Agent's Handbook (pictured above) may already be out, but it'd the main core rulebook - the Case Officer's Handbook - which takes the #9 spot in our list of most anticipated RPGs of the year. This Cthulhu Mythos game combines Lovecraft and the War on Terror.

"Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game is a tabletop role-playing game of conspiracy, suspense, and Lovecraftian terror. Players' characters are agents of Delta Green: federal agents and special forces operators; academics who’ve seen too much and physicians who study the aftermath of horror; scientists and other specialists; and sometimes just bystanders who get caught up in events beyond anyone’s control. Their first priority is to quarantine and stop unnatural horrors, because the unnatural is real and it kills."


[h=4]8: Coriolis[/h]

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This Swedish sci-fi RPG lets you crew a starship and explore ancient mysteries in a "Firefly meets Arabian Nights" setting. Using the Mutant: Year Zero game engine, the game features political intrigue, exploration, and mystery.

"Coriolis is a science fiction role playing game set in a remote cluster of star systems called The Third Horizon. It is a place ravaged by conflicts and war, but also home to proud civilisations, both new and old. Here, the so called First Come colonists of old worship the Icons, while the newly arrived Zenithians pursue an aggressive imperialistic agenda through trade and military power.
In this game, you will crew a space ship and travel the Horizon. You will explore the ancient ruins of the Portal Builders, undertake missions for the powerful factions and partake in the game of political intrigue on Coriolis station - the centre of power in the Third Horizon. You might even encounter strange beings from the dark between the stars."


[h=4]7: Witcher[/h]

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R. Talsorian Games is producing the tabletop RPG of Witcher, based on the Polish novels, video game (and more) of monster hunters with supernatural abilities.

"The Witcher Role-Playing Game will allow tabletop RPG fans to re-create an array of characters known from the Witcher universe and live out entirely new adventures set within the world of Geralt of Rivia. Powered by Fuzion, the same ruleset that made Cyberpunk 2020 gain worldwide player acclaim, The Witcher Role-Playing Game will feature a myriad of spells, rituals, and curses; favorite gear and items from the entire Witcher series including a bestiary of devilish monsters players can face during their adventures. The system will provide all the necessary tools to create and play out your own adventures and become everything from a battle-hardened monster slayer to a merchant kingpin controlling a vast network of contacts."


[h=4]6: Starfinder[/h]

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From the publishers of the Pathfinder RPG comes this sci-fantasy RPG set far in the future. Elves and half-orcs pilot starships and fire ray guns in this tabletop RPG based on the Pathfinder rules. If you love the Pathfinder game system, and have a yearning for space opera, this one's for you.

"Take your favorite fantasy RPG to the stars! Set thousands of years in Pathfinder's future, Starfinder is a stand-alone roleplaying game evolved from the Pathfinder rules and designed to bring you a whole new universe of science fantasy adventures. Play alien races both new and familiar as you explore the mysteries of a weird galaxy. Will you be an android assassin fulfilling corporate contracts, or a plucky ratfolk mechanic? A spellhacking lashunta technomancer, or a rakish human pilot? Uncountable worlds are waiting for you and your intrepid crew!"


[h=4]5: Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of[/h]

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Back for a third year in this list, this RPG from Modiphius is imminent. Using Modiphius' 2d20 system, this is a quintessential sword-and-sorcery setting which raised nearly half a million UK pounds on Kickstarter. Pulp adventure and ancient horrors await!

"The core rulebook for Robert E. Howard’s Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of is a 368 page full colour hardcover book containing everything you’ll need to adventure in the world of Robert E. Howard’s hero, Conan. It is based entirely on the canonical Conan stories, and uses the 2D20 system developed by Modiphius and used in Mutant Chronicles 3rd Edition, Infinity, John Carter Warlord of Mars and other fine games. This tome presents character generation, the game’s rules, and a wealth of source material, including cultures, geography, religions, magic, gods, monsters, gamemastering advice, adventure seeds, and much more. This work has been developed by an all-star writing team, with close involvement by respected Robert E. Howard authorities, and is illustrated by world-renowned Conan artists."


[h=4]4: Star Trek Adventures[/h]

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A second appearance by Modiphius and its 2d20 system, Star Trek Adventures was announced in 2016 to great excitement. Game in the final frontier in the first official licensed Star Trek RPG in years.

"Fans of the legendary Star Trek television series’ and films will not only boldly go to the final frontier, but they will shape the voyages and missions through the Star Trek Adventures living campaign playtest. Each player will experience the game differently based on the ship they are assigned to and attendees of Gen Con will have the exclusive North American opportunity to choose their ship, as well as claim a free Captain Kirk or Captain Picard miniature, while supplies last, when they register for the playtest"


[h=4]3: Kult: Divinity Lost[/h]

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25 years after this original RPG, Kult returns! A Swedish production, this game of contemporary horror where mankind is trapped in an illusion. But can the players uncover the secrets and determine the horrifying truth about our world?

"In KULT: DIVINITY LOST the world around us is a lie. Mankind is trapped in an illusion. We do not see the great citadels of Metropolis towering over our highest skyscrapers. We do not hear the screams coming from the cellar where hidden stairs lead us to Inferno. We do not smell the blood and burnt flesh from those sacrificed to gods long since forgotten. But, some of us see glimpses beyond the veil. We have this strange feeling that something is not right - the ramblings of a madman in the subway seems to carry a hidden message, and our reclusive neighbor does not appear to be completely human. By slowly discovering the truth about our prison, our captors and our hidden pasts, we can finally awaken from our induced sleep and take control of our destiny."


[h=4]2: Tales from the Loop[/h]

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Another Swedish game (from the same company as Coriolis, above), fantastic machines and strange beasts populate 1980s suburbia. Play teenagers and solve mysteries in the 1980s, with campaign settings set both in Sweden and in the US.

"In 1954, the Swedish government ordered the construction of the world’s largest particle accelerator. The facility was complete in 1969, located deep below the pastoral countryside of Mälaröarna. The local population called this marvel of technology The Loop. Acclaimed scifi artist Simon Stålenhag’s paintings of Swedish 1980s suburbia, populated by fantastic machines and strange beasts, have spread like wildfire on the Internet. Stålenhag’s portrayal of a childhood against a backdrop of old Volvo cars and coveralls, combined with strange and mystical machines, creates a unique atmosphere that is both instantly recognizable and utterly alien. Now, for the first time, YOU will get the chance to step into the amazing world of the Loop."


[h=4]1: Trudvang Chronicles[/h]

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This RPG from RiotMinds - another Swedish company - is a game based on Nordic and Celtic myth. Dark and mysterious, the creators steer clear of "dungeon crawl, pink fireballs and endless adventures about glimmering treasures" in their vast continent of Trudvang which is populated by Scandinavian creatures - many of which you may find familiar. A skill-based BRP clone, the game has gorgeous production values. Already available in Swedish, this release is the international version of the game.

"Trudvang Chronicles is an award-winning fantasy roleplaying game based on the mysterious and dark Nordic and Celtic sagas and myths. Enter a world of enchanted forests, trolls, dragons, spirits of nature, heroes and adventures. Trudvang is both grim and dark, epic and yet down to earth, with a melancholic tone of an ancient age when nature was a living creature and magic was wild and strong. Above all, Trudvang is a saga..."



And there we have it! Our 2017 Top Ten Most Anticipated RPGs! Four(!) Swedish games, two games from Modiphius, two sword-and-sorcery titles, and three set in outer space, it looks like some small trends are emerging. For completeness, here is the full list of Most Anticipated RPGs for previous years (we didn't do it in 2014):



ANNUAL EN WORLD MOST ANTICIPATED TABLETOP RPG OF THE YEAR



#
2013
2015
2016
2017
1
13th Age
Star Wars Force & Destiny
Rifts for Savage Worlds
Trudvang Chronicles
2
Numenera
Deluxe Exalted 3rd Edition
Mutant Crawl Classics
Tales from the Loop
3
Star Wars Edge of the Empire
Unified Rolemaster
7th Sea 2nd Edition
Kult: Divinity Lost
4
Shadowrun 5th Edition
Conan Adventures In An Age Undreamed Of
Conan Adventures In An Age Undreamed Of
Star Trek Adventures
5
Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition
Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls
DCC Lankhmar
Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of
6
Firefly
Barbarians of Lemuria: Mythic Edition
RuneQuest 4
Starfinder
7
Fate Core
Feng Shui 2
Torg: Eternity
Witcher
8
Hillfolk
Fantasy AGE
Blue Rose AGE
Coriolis
9
Torchbearer
Paranoia
Paranoia
Delta Green Roleplaying Game
10
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Shadows of the Demon Lord
Delta Green
Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea 2E


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CapnZapp

Legend
(One venerable swedish RPG unlikely to ever be translated is by the way a humongous, gorgeously illustrated, extremely well-researched and bizarrely well-supported Western game. I've always found that amazing: http://43710.shop.textalk.se/western/ )
Yes, that is odd.

Especially since Western (that's actually the name) blows any US-made Old West game clean out of the water (you have, what, Aces & Eights and Deadlands, ....aaand that's it? Boot Hill, I guess).

Which feels very odd to say (but probably not nearly as odd it must feel for you Americans to hear).
 

CapnZapp

Legend
I am a swede, and I think the reason is that the biggest swedish RPG publishers have decided to convert their successfull RPG from Swedish to English except Tales From the Loop, where the artwork and the odd but interesting setting might attract players. :)

Also, Paradox Entertainment owns the Conan License, and Paradox are swedish! :p
Don't forget that White Wolf is Swedish now, too, and are planning on releasing new editions of at least Vampire, Werewolf, and Mage. I don't think they've set any firm dates yet.
Conan the License is owned by Cabinet Group; its consumer products division was formerly known as Paradox Entertainment. And yes, it's owned by a Swede, but it's in Beverly Hills.

White Wolf is owned by Paradox Interactive. Yes, it's swedish

Both companies trace back to the behemoth of the day, the company that sold 100,000 copies to a population of just 8,5M, Äventyrsspel AB ("Adventure Games Inc")
 

Parmandur

Legend
Yes, that is odd.



Especially since Western (that's actually the name) blows any US-made Old West game clean out of the water (you have, what, Aces & Eights and Deadlands, ....aaand that's it? Boot Hill, I guess).



Which feels very odd to say (but probably not nearly as odd it must feel for you Americans to hear).

As an American, I kinda get it: by the time RPGs were invented, Westerns had gone out of style in the US, but might still have that exotic pulp attraction elsewhere...
 

Aldarc

Legend
I voted for none of the top 10, and the top 3 look positively boring for me. Different strokes for different folks I guess.
 






Tranquilis

First Post
So the article describes "Astonishing...Hyperborea" has derived from D&D '74, yet I just read an article describing it as more AD&D 1e-ish. Whic is it? I'd love some "every weapon does d6 damage" goodness!
 

pemerton

Legend
So the article describes "Astonishing...Hyperborea" has derived from D&D '74, yet I just read an article describing it as more AD&D 1e-ish. Whic is it?
Looking at the website, it's not clear what it adds to classic D&D, or something like Lamentations of the Flame Princess.
 


Jhaelen

First Post
I suppose it's just a coincidence that there's a prominence of anticipated RPGs from Sweden this year. But I don't think it's a coincidence that many of them are not from the US. I know of a bunch of really interesting RPGs with 'fresh' settings from different European countries aren't really known to the rest of the world, often due to the language barrier.
 

Aldarc

Legend
I suppose it's just a coincidence that there's a prominence of anticipated RPGs from Sweden this year. But I don't think it's a coincidence that many of them are not from the US. I know of a bunch of really interesting RPGs with 'fresh' settings from different European countries aren't really known to the rest of the world, often due to the language barrier.
I'm sure you're right, but it's hard to see how that may be the case from the top 10.

Two of them are sword & sorcery in Hyborea, one of which being yet another adaptation of Conan. One of which is a an adaptation of a video game that takes place in a pseudo-medieval Europe, albeit one based on Eastern Europe. One of which is an adaptation of Star Trek. There is Pathfinder in Space. Then there is the "totally not Stranger Things the RPG." And then there is yet another Norse and Celtic-inspired setting, albeit one that looks like it has nice production values.
 


Jhaelen

First Post
I'm sure you're right, but it's hard to see how that may be the case from the top 10.
Well, I was just looking at the 'original' settings in the top 10. It's to be expected, that adaptations of popular novels, movies, and video games will also arouse interest as RPG settings. Likewise new editions of RPGs, like Delta Green and Kult, although I didn't think the latter was really popular.
That only leaves 'Starfinder' as an RPG with an original setting that isn't from Europe.
 

Giorgicus

Explorer
New poster, just want to check; is there already an Alternity 2017 RPG thread going?

I am trying to find one with the search feature, and not seeing anyone specific to the Alternity 2017 RPG; the play test documents where released recently (WEN 1.18.17), and I want to get to the right place to talk about it. :)
 

Giorgicus

Explorer
As for the Swedish RPG topic, I believe that the Freeway Warrior Game Books and soon to come RPG is also Swedish to English? I cant find the KS link, it is hiding from me... :)
 

Cam Banks

Explorer
Sweden is, clearly, the future of great RPGs.

That's why I'm visiting again this year. It's just that great.

Cheers,
Cam
 

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