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GI Joe, Transformers, My Little Pony RPGs Also Confirmed For 2021

Renegade Game Studios and Hasbro confirmed to Forbes that GI Joe, My Little Pony, and Transformers will be coming as official RPGs, following the already announced Power Rangers tabletop roleplaying game.

While they were hinted at in their press release this week, it hadn't been confirmed that - other than Power Rangers -- these other games would be tabletop RPGS.

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Casey Collins at Hasbro told Forbes "“The tabletop and roleplaying games Renegade Game Studios innovated for the Power Rangers franchise have proved to authentically connect with both gamers and the Ranger Nation and we are confident that G.I. Joe, Transformers and My Little Pony fans will love the exciting games coming soon.”

Renegade Game Studios' Scott Gaeta elaborated a little more, confirming that the games would be powered by the D&D 5th Edition rules. "Part of the strategy here is that if we want a GI Joe fan to play an RPG. We want to use the system that’s most common and widely known. Fifth Edition at this point is the common language in RPGs. We went back and forth on our discussions but we landed on Fifth Edition being what we wanted to use to achieve our design goals.”

The games should be released in 2021.

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These aren't the only animated properties seeing new RPG revivals. Recently D&D Beyond owner Fandom announced Legends of Grayskull: The Masters of the Universe Roleplaying Game, and a Dragon Prince RPG, powered by the Cortext Prime system. Additionally, Monolith Edition recently announced a Batman roleplaying game.
 
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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Undrave

Hero
Slightly more seriously, they could also do the gimmicks (pretenders, combiners, ____ masters, triple changers, etc.) and some of the more distinct subgroups (insecticons) as classes.

HEAD ON! GOD ON!

With the power of the Masterforce you could easily transition from GI Joe or Power Rangers into Transformers!

IIRC, didn't all the Hasbro based properties, that became IDW comic series, become all one big "Hasbro Cinematic Universe" near the end of the IDW Transformers series? Like G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K. was helping the Autobots fight Unicron and Shockwave? I recall Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow taking out Optimus Primal or something.(goodness it was an absolute sin what IDW did to the Maximals/Predacons at the end there.)

It's now coming full circle with the RPG books.

Like literally you can now make up a party composed of a Pony, two Cybertronians, a G.I. Joe, and a Power Ranger with all this happening if ya wanted.

Ah yes! After the 'Revolution event IDW folded new incarnations of GI Joe (which hadn't been part of it the TF universe previously), alongside rebooting MASK, Rom the Space Knight, The Micronauts, and Action Man who were all part of the same universe. After it was revealed that the Dire Wraith, the shapeshifting enemies of Rom, had infiltrated GI Joe (and replaced Joe Colton) Scarlett eventually reformed a new team that included Skywarp. One of their adventure saw her team shrunken down to face down the Army Ants.

Later on, after some magical shenanigans, an entire city from Prysmos, planet of the Visionnaries, was teleported to Cybertron. Their world had been destroyed and the bad guys wanted to turn Cybertron into New Prysmos.

Lots of fun stuff!
 

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Aldarc

Legend
Transformers is more in the vein of the superhero genre, which draws upon a common set of characters whose stories have been retold and reimagined a substantial number of times across various media (e.g., television, film, video games, comics, etc.). The characters have various power levels that are sometimes more related to their make than simply their experience. (I doubt, for example, that Rumble and Trypticon are on anywhere close to the same power level, even if Rumble may arguably have more experience.) That's probably why for a Transformers RPG I would look to a RPG system that handles variously powered superheroes well: e.g., Mutants & Masterminds, Cortex Prime (Marvel Heroic), Fate, PbtA, etc.
 


Aldarc

Legend
One of my favorite absurd Fun Facts: Buzzsaw once took on Omega Supreme, and won.
It's much the same as with superheroes: If go through enough media, then you can find all sorts of ridiculous things like this. But I'm not sure how much stock I would put into things like this.
 

Here we may be talking about fidelity vs gameplay. In the shooter videogames PCs can survive and recover fastly after by hurt by bullets or other attacks, but in the real life an injury by firearms is enough to be KO. Superman is stronger than Harley Quinn but in the videogames Harley can defeat kryptonians.

In the fiction the good guys always win but the scripter, writter or author chooses the opposite. In the games there is a balance between failure and success, defeat and victory, not too easy neither too hard.

* Maximal and predacons (from Beast Wars) are living constructs, they can eat organic food as hunt pieces or vegetables.

* My theory is MLP will be a new spin-off, something like Equestria Girls. I thought it could be with centauresses but now I can't dare to claim that.

* All those IPs as TTRPGs with d20 system are possible, but totally compatible with the rest of D&D is a different matter. I think we will not see a 6th Ed at least until 2030, but we will do a new d20 system to be genre universal, even superheroes, although some sacred-cow to be sacrificed, for example a different list of abilities scores. Maybe Chaousium would dare to create a hybrid system mixing d20 and Basic Roleplaying System (size as ability being replaced with body-mass)

Will be these titles totally compatible with D&D to allow crossovers? Could my druid PC have a changeling pony as animal companion? And a crossover G.I.Joe/Gamma World, or Transformers/Spelljammer (or Transformers/Kaladesh), or Power Rangers/Ikoria, or a G.I.Joe/Walking Dead?


If this works, you can bet adaptations of Japanese franchises as videogames or manga-anime.
 


Dungeonosophy

Adventurer
Nice list. It is missing the original version of the Adventures of Luther Arkwright RPG, which was released in 1992. The supplement released for RuneQuest 6/Mythras by The Design Mechanism is due for a rerelease as a stand-alone game in the next year (or so).

Thanks. Added it.
Could you share a link/source for the reported rerelease?
 

Undrave

Hero
IIRC, didn't all the Hasbro based properties, that became IDW comic series, become all one big "Hasbro Cinematic Universe" near the end of the IDW Transformers series? Like G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K. was helping the Autobots fight Unicron and Shockwave? I recall Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow taking out Optimus Primal or something.(goodness it was an absolute sin what IDW did to the Maximals/Predacons at the end there.)

You can actually go even deeper into crossover land!

Do you know who is a member of GI Joe? Sgt Slaughter, the real life 80's wrestler. Sgt Slaughter appeared as himself in an episode of the Super Mario Super Show in the live action segment... who else visited the Mario Brothers in those segment? Inspector Gadget himself! The 80s Hasbro properties also had a journalist character that appeared in Transformers, GI Joe, Jem and I think even Inhumanoids.

Meanwhile, GI Joe had an encounter with the Street Fighters in a special comic book miniseries!

Street Fighters also had a recent crossover with... Power Rangers, where Ryu and, later, Chun-Li, gained Ranger powers.

According to the Project X Zone games, even before we get into space-time hopping shenanigans (which would lead, among others, to the world of Fire Emblem!), Street Fighters is in the same universe as:

Tekken
Rival School
Fighting Vipers
Yakuza franchise
Streets of Rage
Resident Evil
House of the Dead
Dynamite Cop (AKA the sequel to the Die Hard arcade game!)
Dead Rising
Darkstalker
Phoenix Wright
Bravoman
Wonder Momo
Namco X Capcom (it is the home dimension of Xiaomu and Reiji)

Furthermore, Xiaomu knows of 'The World' the virtual MMORPG that is the setting of the entire .Hack franchise! Xiaomu and Reiji are also aware of Segata Sanshiro!

And the characters of Darkstalker seem to have connections to Vallkyrie of Legend of Volkyrie and Arthur of Ghosts & Goblins!

Tekken, incidently, includes a character who is descendant from a character in Soul Calibur.

It's also possible that SNK vs Capcom is canon to that universe as well.

Also, the Transformers used to be in the Marvel canon! In fact, that's where space bounty hunter Death's Head originated from! And in those strip there was a Decepticon that had a friggin' Dalek shell as an alt mode!

I could probably spiral out from there even more but I'll stop from now.

Transformers is more in the vein of the superhero genre, which draws upon a common set of characters whose stories have been retold and reimagined a substantial number of times across various media (e.g., television, film, video games, comics, etc.). The characters have various power levels that are sometimes more related to their make than simply their experience. (I doubt, for example, that Rumble and Trypticon are on anywhere close to the same power level, even if Rumble may arguably have more experience.) That's probably why for a Transformers RPG I would look to a RPG system that handles variously powered superheroes well: e.g., Mutants & Masterminds, Cortex Prime (Marvel Heroic), Fate, PbtA, etc.

Well Transformers' full Japanese titles is "Super Robotic Lifeforms: The Transformers" :p and Transformers Animated was basically a superhero show. And Spider-man kicked some Decepticon butts once!

Trypticon isn't a PC, he's a LOCATION... or at least a Tarrasque level enemy. Titans like Metroplex are pretty much another lifeform compared to regular Transformers, their brain and body so vast, you need special 'City Speaker' training to even comprehend their thoughts and communicate with them!
 
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Aldarc

Legend
Well Transformers' full Japanese titles is "Super Robotic Lifeforms: The Transformers" :p and Transformers Animated was basically a superhero show. And Spider-man kicked some Decepticon butts once!

Trypticon isn't a PC, he's a LOCATION... or at least a Tarrasque level enemy. Titans like Metroplex are pretty much another lifeform compared to regular Transformers, their brain and body so vast, you need special 'City Speaker' training to even comprehend their thoughts and communicate with them!
Fair point. But I still think that you need a system for Transformers that allows your Batmen equal footing with your Supermen.
 

Do you know who is a member of GI Joe? Sgt Slaughter, the real life 80's wrestler.
Oh yeah, he did live-action host segments for the cartoon at one point too.

They did several releases of a Sgt. Slaughter action figure back in the 80's.

He wasn't the only real-world individual to get a GI Joe figure release either.

They did William "The Refrigerator" Perry as a member of GI Joe too, as a mail-in premium figure in 1986. I guess they had him enlist in the Army Reserves in the off-season from the NFL, and made him an E-5 Sergeant, posted to GI Joe as a physical fitness instructor.

 

* My first contact with Song of Fire and Ice (Game of Thrones) was precisely the dragon magazine when it was published to Spanish.

* And you can bet if this works Hasbro will want to publish RPGs of more franchises. Why other companies would licence their IPs for TTRPGs? To promote these, more advertising. Hasbro has seen the TTRPGs could be the way to make money with franchises for children but for teenages and young adults who don't buy toys or watch cartoons any more.

* I remember Sergeant Slaughter in Pressing Catch (and G.I.Joe cartoons). For the first Irak war Sgt. played the role of pro-Sadam evil guy for a time, and later he became pro-american again. (pure theatre, roleplaying for the masses).

* I love the idea of the crossovers but with the d20 system the power balance is broken too fast. Fighters from Mortal Kombat couldn't defeat doom marine slayer's infernal enemies, (at least not with only their own fists and any melee weapon). G.I.Joe couldn't defeat easily Overwatch squads and this couldn't survive an attack by Starcraft factions. The characters of Street Fighters couldn't face without their own firearms against shooters and gunfighters as the ones from Bleeding Edge. The fighters from Mortal Kombat can survive (hurt but no killed by one-shot) gunslingers as Erron Black, Terminator, Robocop and comingsoon Rambo. In the tabletop board this is not so easy.

* A crossover Fortnite: Save the World-Sunset Overdrive?
 

Undrave

Hero
Oh and I forgot...

Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright was a thing as well! and I added the Yakuza franchise to the list from X Zone.
 

MechaTarrasque

Adventurer
would they not work better as Races? Iirc Pretenders are robot doplegangers arent they? Combiners will be any interesting challenge - will it need rules for troupe play?
I think what they transform into make the races (all construction equipment gets +2 strength [+1 to another stat based on subrace], etc.). The gimmicks might work as a version of sorcerer. Pretenders are basically Pathfinder Summoners that can switch between nonSyntheist and Syntheist with an action (except that you can't dismiss the pretender shell), so I was thinking that might justify a class. One interesting thing is that some Transformers have big ranged weapons (looking at you Megatron), and that might justify some kind of strength-based approach (somewhat like armor proficiency): if you have X strength, you can use weapon B that does G AoE damage, which would be nice for guns in regular D&D--give the fighter a blunderbuss or elephant gun so they have a purpose in a world with guns.
 



It's much the same as with superheroes: If go through enough media, then you can find all sorts of ridiculous things like this. But I'm not sure how much stock I would put into things like this.
Its one of those things that tends to have stuck. Buzzsaw, when he makes his rare appearances? Extremely powerful, but a glass cannon

(seriously the dude had firepower 7, which is equal to Skywarp, Thundercracker and Cyclonus. Buzzsaw's a monster)

Anywho as a giant Transformers fan I am Very Interested in this. Especially interested to see what the 3rd party stuff is going to be as well because, well, there's a lot of Transformers

Surprisingly though, this isn't the first crossover with D&D and Transformers. A Rust Monster flat out appears in some of the text stories
 

JPL

Adventurer
Here's hoping that G.I. Joe ends up being a decent engine for some other modern action games. And I hope it finds a good sweet spot for the Joes, which for me is that Larry Hama combination of real-world military detail, 80s ninja mysticism, and straight-up comic book nonsense.
 

Undrave

Hero
Here's hoping that G.I. Joe ends up being a decent engine for some other modern action games. And I hope it finds a good sweet spot for the Joes, which for me is that Larry Hama combination of real-world military detail, 80s ninja mysticism, and straight-up comic book nonsense.

Yeah, GI Joe gets boring if you take it too seriously.
 

Undrave

Hero
Personally, I'm looking forward to the fan community using the My Little Pony 5E rules to come up with stats for the characters (and the campaign setting) from Them's Fightin' Herds.
Anywho as a giant Transformers fan I am Very Interested in this. Especially interested to see what the 3rd party stuff is going to be as well because, well, there's a lot of Transformers

I'm looking forward to stats for the crew of the Lost Light, so you could play their further adventure in whatever universe they ended up in!

Depending on how compatible it ends up with 5e proper, just send them to one of the 5e setting! :D Swerve would love to join an adventurer's guild and go on Quests! Also...

Cyclonus: "You did WHAT?!"
Whirl: "I multiclassed into Warlock!"
 

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