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Here Are The 10 Most Anticipated Tabletop RPGs of 2022

After thousands of votes, we now have our annual list of most anticipated tabletop RPGs for the coming year. As I do every year, I recently took nominations for the most anticipated tabletop RPGs for the coming year, and then opened the floor to voting. Here are this year's winners - the most anticipated tabletop RPGs of 2021!

Previous winners include 13th Age (2013), Star Wars Force & Destiny (2015), Rifts for Savage Worlds (2016), Trudvang Chronicles (2017), Vampire: the Masquerade 5th Edition (2018), Savage Worlds Adventure Edition (2019), Dune: Adventures in the Imperium (2020, joint 2021), and Twilight 2000 (joint 2021). Who will join their ranks this year? Read on to find out!

10. Werewolf: The Apocalypse 5E (Renegade Studios)
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Werewolf: The Apocalypse as we are envisioning it today is a storytelling game about radical solutions that explore an environmental apocalypse where a range of injustices provoke urgency and violence. It’s a game about tearing apart your enemies… and living with the repercussions. It also is a game that explores the differences between people and the mutual sacrifices made to effect — or endure — global consequences. To frame this story in the most exciting way possible, while also being respectful to the various cultures portrayed in the game, means we are taking extra time to ensure that it delivers the best experience for everyone.



9. Swords of the Serpentine (Pelgrane Press)
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A sword & sorcery game of daring heroism, sly politics, and bloody savagery, set in a fantasy city rife with skullduggery & death. The adapted GUMSHOE investigative roleplaying system creates a fantasy RPG with a focus on high-action roleplaying & investigation. Swords was on this list at #6 in 2020.



8. Cy-Borg (Stockholm Kartell)
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A nano-infested doomsday RPG about cybernetic punks and misfits raging against a relentless corporate hell. A MÖRK BORG hack by Christian Sahlén and Johan Nohr of Stockholm Kartell.



7. Shadow of the Weird Wizard (Schwalb Entertainment)
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A family friendly version of Rob Schwalb's popular Shadow of the Demon Lord roleplaying game.



6. Rivers of London (Chaosium)
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At #7 on this list in 2020, and #6 in 2021, this is Rivers of London's third appearance on this list! Based on the novels by Ben Aaronovitch, and powered by a customized version of the Basic Roleplaying System, the Rivers of London series follows an ordinary constable turned magician’s apprentice, as he solves crimes across London in a sensational blend of inventive urban fantasy, gripping mystery thriller, and hilarious fantasy caper.



5. Mothership 1E (Tuesday Night Games)
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Welcome to Mothership, the award-winning sci-fi horror tabletop RPG where you and your crew try to survive in the most inhospitable environment in the universe: outer space! You’ll excavate dangerous derelict spacecraft, explore strange unknown worlds, encounter hostile alien life and examine the horrors encroaching upon your every move.



4. Avatar Legends (Magpie Games)
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Powered by the biggest tabletop RPG Kickstarter in history! Join your friends in a unique opportunity to return to a beloved setting—this time as the heroes of the story! Rising to meet their destiny, players will make characters using playbooks—templates that help players build and play compelling protagonists in the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra.

In Avatar Legends: The RPG, you and your friends might protect local merchants from the Triple Threat Triad in Republic City, travel through a spirit portal to rescue a child taken into the Spirit World, negotiate peace between feuding communities within the Earth Kingdom, or pursue mysteries (and villains) that arise throughout their adventures!



3. Pendragon 6E (Chaosium)
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A new edition of the Pendragon RPG is coming! The intention of this series of design journals by Pendragon line editor David Larkins is to trace the path of development, starting in the early 1980s and culminating with the forthcoming new edition of the Pendragon RPG, which will be first to be wholly published by Chaosium in a quarter-century. Pendragon was on list list at #4 last year.



2. Broken Tales (The World Anvil Publishing)
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Broken Tales reinterprets traditional fairytales through a dark lens, upending their premises. Players belong to the Order, a secret group operating on behalf of the Papacy, whose duty is to investigate events and threats beyond human understanding. An eerie 18th century Europe becomes the background for these unusual heroes – villains from various fairytales, now acting as protagonists in the new reality shaped by the Child Saviour.



1. Blade Runner (Free League)
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The official Blade Runner RPG will propel players into the streets of Los Angeles as Blade Runners with unique specialties, personalities – and memories.

The core game and its line of expansions will push the boundaries of investigative gameplay in tabletop RPGs, giving players a range of tools to solve an array of cases far beyond retiring Replicants. Beyond the core casework, the RPG will both in setting and mechanics showcase key themes of Blade Runner – sci-fi action, corporate intrigue, existential character drama, and moral conflict – that challenge players to question your friends, empathize with your enemies, and explore the poisons and perseverance of hope and humanity during such inhumane times.

The rules of the game are based on the acclaimed Year Zero Engine, used in award-winning games such as the ALIEN RPG, Tales From the Loop and Forbidden Lands, but further developed and uniquely tailored for Blade Runner.



And so congratulations to Free League -- the most anticipated tabletop RPG of 2022 is officially the Bladerunner roleplaying game! Free League won last year too, in joint first place, with Twilight 2000 and 3rd place with The One Ring 2nd Edition.

Honourable mentions go to Transformers (Renegade Game Studios), DCC Dying Earth (Goodman Games), Tales of Xadia (Fandom), and Salvage Union (Leyline Press).



PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE ANNUAL EN WORLD MOST ANTICIPATED TABLETOP RPG OF THE YEAR

#
2013
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021
1
13th Age
Star Wars Force & Destiny
Rifts for Savage Worlds
Trudvang Chronicles
Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition
Savage Worlds Adventure Edition
Dune
Dune/
Twilight2000
(joint)
2
Numenera
Deluxe Exalted 3rd Edition
Mutant Crawl Classics
Tales from the Loop
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Fourth Edition
Pathfinder 2nd Edition
Vaesen - Nordic Horror Roleplaying
-
3
Star Wars Edge of the Empire
Unified Rolemaster
7th Sea 2nd Edition
Kult: Divinity Lost
Kult: Divinity Lost
Lex Arcana
Cyberpunk Red
The One Ring (2nd Edition)
4
Shadowrun 5th Edition
Conan Adventures In An Age Undreamed Of
Conan Adventures In An Age Undreamed Of
Star Trek Adventures
Forbidden Lands: Retro Open-World Survival Fantasy RPG
The Expanse
Fallout
King Arthur Pendragon 6th Edition
5
Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition
Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls
DCC Lankhmar
Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of
RuneQuest: Role-playing in Glorantha
Eclipse Phase 2nd Edition
Warhammer: Age of Sigmar: Soulbound
Level Up: Advanced 5th Edition (A5E)
6
Firefly
Barbarians of Lemuria: Mythic Edition
RuneQuest 4
Starfinder
The Witcher Roleplaying Game
Dune RPG
Swords of the Serpentine
Rivers of London
7
Fate Core
Feng Shui 2
Torg: Eternity
The Witcher Roleplaying Game
Warhammer 40,000 Wrath & Glory
John Carter of Mars
Rivers of London
Pathfinder for Savage Worlds
8
Hillfolk
Fantasy AGE
Blue Rose AGE
Coriolis
The Expanse
Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition
Stargate
Brancalonia - The Spaghetti Fantasy RPG
9
Torchbearer
Paranoia
Paranoia
Delta Green Roleplaying Game
Legend of the Five Rings 5th Edition
Things from the Flood
Fading Suns 4E
Werewolf: The Apocalypse 5th Edition
10
-
Shadows of the Demon Lord
Delta Green
Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea 2E
Numenera 2: Discovery & Destiny
Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD
Cortex Prime
SLA Industries, 2nd Edition
 
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Aldarc

Legend
Agreed. I read the first dozen or so updates but have been holding off on reading the beta because I want the total excitement of receiving that HC and cracking its pages with fresh eyes. <cue Madonna: Like a Virgin>
This has basically been my approach to Shadow of the Weird Wizard. While I had the time and energy to playtest when I signed up for it, I wasn't able to do so at the rate the updates were happening. So my group dropped it for the time being and will let the more dedicated fanbase playtest it.

But in regards to Stonetop, I also can't wait to see what the final product will be like once I get it in hand. I have been scanning through the sections - mainly the advice on moves - but I haven't read through some sections properly, particularly in regards to the setting.
 

Definitely an eclectic list, like every year, with lots of stuff in the top 10 I would never find anyone wanting to play, or ever see on the shelves of a gaming store, so that I can leaf through it before buying, and thus never getting my vote. Only one of my three votes made the top 10, but that is not surprising, since I only anticipate the ones where there is a real chance of it getting played and not just gathering dust on a shelf.
 

Reynard

Legend
I still don't know what BladeRunner is going bring to the table (heh) that other cyberpunk games are lacking. I like Free League and I like the Year Zero Engine. I even like Bladerunner. But either Bladerunner will be just about hunting replicants, in which case it is too narrow for campaigning, or it will be about a bunch of stuff, in which case it is too broad to be a Bladerunner game.

I mean, I get why companies license geek-loved properties, I just don't know why gamers flock to them when they can easily do that thing anyway with a fan wiki and their system of choice.
 


tommasodb

Villager
Woah, I was about to go to sleep and then I find out that we came in just before... Blade Runner. Unreal. I'll think of something before communicating this tomorrow. Thank you to all who voted!
 

TrippyHippy

Adventurer
I still don't know what BladeRunner is going bring to the table (heh) that other cyberpunk games are lacking. I like Free League and I like the Year Zero Engine. I even like Bladerunner. But either Bladerunner will be just about hunting replicants, in which case it is too narrow for campaigning, or it will be about a bunch of stuff, in which case it is too broad to be a Bladerunner game.

I mean, I get why companies license geek-loved properties, I just don't know why gamers flock to them when they can easily do that thing anyway with a fan wiki and their system of choice.
I’m thinking the same really, although I thought the same thing with Alien too in a way. I like the brands, the company and like the system, but I have other broader based games (Cyberpunk and Traveller, respectively) that can do the same thing around my table. A new edition of Paranoia holds more appeal to me personally, but that didn’t make the list. Pendragon did, however, so maybe I’m just more keen on traditional titles.

What I didn’t anticipate was the high rating of Broken Tales, which I hadn’t heard of before - so well done to them!

I’d also note that Avatar Legends didn’t make No.1 despite raising nearly $10 million on Kickstarter, so it shows that the Anticipated list doesn’t always tally with these other measures.
 

schneeland

Adventurer
I still don't know what BladeRunner is going bring to the table (heh) that other cyberpunk games are lacking. I like Free League and I like the Year Zero Engine. I even like Bladerunner. But either Bladerunner will be just about hunting replicants, in which case it is too narrow for campaigning, or it will be about a bunch of stuff, in which case it is too broad to be a Bladerunner game.
My hope is that, similar to how Alien can be used for general space horror, Bladerunner will facilitate investigative Cyberpunk stories. But we'll have to see if they really pull this off without compromising the core experience too much.
 

Im looking forward to the Masters of the Universe: Legends of Grayskull RPG, and the new Marvel one. I'll probably have a hard time convincing my players to give it a try but you never know. Im also waiting patiently for Edge Studios 5E Midnight but theres been no update on their website in a long time so I wonder if its dead in the water. Perhaps they may be waiting to publish it as a 5,5E book?
 

Razz0putin

Explorer
I don't want to be a naysayer but should it be allowed for something to be on this list for a THIRD time? With that said a lot of these look interesting but I doubt I could get my group to play them. Then again I got them to play torg eternity so maybe.
 

overgeeked

B/X Known World
I’m thinking the same really, although I thought the same thing with Alien too in a way. I like the brands, the company and like the system, but I have other broader based games (Cyberpunk and Traveller, respectively) that can do the same thing around my table.
You could make the same argument about generic systems. What's the point of purpose build systems when generic systems can do the same thing and you don't have to learn a new system every time you switch genres or settings.
A new edition of Paranoia holds more appeal to me personally...
I'm hopeful that they'll dial back the boardgame elements, but that's not likely. Maybe next edition.
I’d also note that Avatar Legends didn’t make No.1 despite raising nearly $10 million on Kickstarter, so it shows that the Anticipated list doesn’t always tally with these other measures.
Well, to be fair, the Avatar RPG Kickstarter wasn't just funded by gamers. Non-gamer fans of the franchise put in a lot of the money...if the comments page is anything to go by.
 

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