Dune RPG Details Emerge!

Polygon has some details about the single most anticipated RPG of 2020, the upcoming Dune RPG! Here are the key points!

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  • It will be based on Modiphius' 2d20 System (as expected).
  • Players will join a house, or create a house.
  • Gameplay also covers agents, spies, mercenaries, and criminals.
  • It will come out around Christmas and into 2021.
  • A beta test will kick off very soon.
  • Writers include Andy Peregrine and Khaldoun Khelil (who has worked on Vampire: the Masquerade for two decades), and Chris Spivey (Harlem Unbound) and a whole bunch more!
 
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bulletmeat

Explorer
With all the comments on 2d20 games I usually see i'm surprised this was 1st on the anticipated 2020 games list.
I am very interested to see how they use the system for a 'grittier' & political setting. I'm assuming some sort of honor or prestige mechanic would be used for social interaction among the Landsraad.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
With all the comments on 2d20 games I usually see i'm surprised this was 1st on the anticipated 2020 games list.
Vocal minorities are always very vocal and always the negative minority. Rule applies the world over, any topic. How many people phone a company to complain about a service vs how many people phone them to compliment them? Then the votes come in, and hey - lots of people like it!
 

bulletmeat

Explorer
Vocal minorities are always very vocal and always the negative minority. Rule applies the world over, any topic. How many people phone a company to complain about a service vs how many people phone them to compliment them? Then the votes come in, and hey - lots of people like it!
True, true. I guess this glass is half full after all. :)
 

Sunsword

Adventurer
With all the comments on 2d20 games I usually see i'm surprised this was 1st on the anticipated 2020 games list.
Something I've learned about 2d20 is it plays better than it reads. I was worried about it's crunchiness but our whole group picked up easily and after an hour it was like we'd been playing it for ages.
 

eyeheartawk

Works 60% of the time, every time
I really wanted to like all the 2D20 games I've read. Mutant Chronicles, Conan, Star Trek. But man, it just doesn't flow for me.

I guess I'll wait another 20 years for somebody else to take another shot at a Dune RPG.
 

Eilathen

Explorer
What i want to know is : how do i get ino the playtest of Dune?! Normally, Modiphius makes a playtest open-call but i can't find anything.
 

Kannik

Explorer
IIRC, WotC wanted to keep publishing the game, but the change of owners triggered a clause in the license contract and the holders rescinded it.
That's my recollection as well, and is how WotC lost both the Dune and the Star Trek licenses (and thus really ended up with nothing from their purchase of LUG).

That said, they were allowed to publish a small amount of copies of the manuscript as it was when they bought LUG. (I lucked out and got/have a copy.) At the time they must still have thought they'd be able to keep or re-negotiate the contract as it made references to the game being fully (re)released after being ported to the d20 system.

Which if all had panned out could have given WotC licenses to publish games based on Star Trek, Star Wars, and Dune, all under the d20 system. It's a bit funny now to see Modiphius having both the Star Trek and Dune licences (like LUG before them) publishing under a 2d20 system. :p
 

Sunsword

Adventurer
That said, they were allowed to publish a small amount of copies of the manuscript as it was when they bought LUG. (I lucked out and got/have a copy.) At the time they must still have thought they'd be able to keep or re-negotiate the contract as it made references to the game being fully (re)released after being ported to the d20 system.
By "manuscript" are you referring to the hardcovers that were released?
 

TrippyHippy

Adventurer
We’ll have to see what the system will be like, but I am heartened to know that, regardless of the core system used, the rules for politics and intrigue will be treated as important as those for knife fighting. Big Tick.
 

imagineGod

Adventurer
Not very familiar with the system, but I love Dune. Looking forward to checking this one out
It uses the 2d20 system, first designed by Jay Little (of Star Wars Edge of the Empire fame), and used in Mutant Chronicles 3rd Edition, but since then, refined and simplified by the Modiphius Team, with a good free sampling in the Star Trek Adventures Quickstart:

 

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