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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

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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
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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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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Blade Runner possibly gets a strong boost because of the recent animated series Black Lotus taking place in the Blade Runner universe.

I'm a little surprised that Avatar didn't at least make top three, but then again, it's hard to say without a big demo how much better the product might do compared to an existing fantasy RPG in enabling tabletop adventures in the world of ATLA (maybe there is or will be one though).
 

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I went with Mothership, Swords of the Serpentine, and Stonetop.

I’m interested to see Mothership be fleshed out and expanded a bit. I like the basic game enough, but I think some revision based on a couple years’ worth of play will result in some good changes. I’ve received the WIP copy and I like what I see so far.

Swords of the Serpentine is, at this point, more about making sure my pre-order money isn’t wasted. Honestly the game seems solid, but I have to admit my interest has waned significantly due to the delays.

Stonetop is likely the game that most interests me. I somehow missed the Kickstarter, so I’ll be grabbing a copy at some point. I have a rough idea of what games I’ll be running this year, but if I can squeeze in some Stonetop that’d be great.
 

darkbard

Hero
I went with Mothership, Swords of the Serpentine, and Stonetop.

I’m interested to see Mothership be fleshed out and expanded a bit. I like the basic game enough, but I think some revision based on a couple years’ worth of play will result in some good changes. I’ve received the WIP copy and I like what I see so far.

Swords of the Serpentine is, at this point, more about making sure my pre-order money isn’t wasted. Honestly the game seems solid, but I have to admit my interest has waned significantly due to the delays.

Stonetop is likely the game that most interests me. I somehow missed the Kickstarter, so I’ll be grabbing a copy at some point. I have a rough idea of what games I’ll be running this year, but if I can squeeze in some Stonetop that’d be great.
For me, the real attraction to Stonetop (aside from hella cool setting) is clear, almost intuitive DW mechanics + FitD imbrication with setting and the subsequent marriage of PC conception with dynamic interest with that setting.

ETA: Wish I had proselytized for the Kickstarter more strongly than I did!
 

For me, the real attraction to Stonetop (aside from hella cool setting) is clear, almost intuitive DW mechanics + FitD imbrication with setting and the subsequent marriage of PC conception with dynamic interest with that setting.

ETA: Wish I had proselytized for the Kickstarter more strongly than I did!

I think I heard about it once, and I meant to look into it. Then the next time I heard it mentioned was the day after the KS closed. I wept.
 

TrippyHippy

Adventurer
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.
Well, yes, but in my case, the respective campaign types are already covered by Traveller and Cyberpunk respectively. Others may prefer GURPS or whatever, but for me that isn’t specific enough. What the happy medium is probably boils down to the individual.
I'm hopeful that they'll dial back the boardgame elements, but that's not likely. Maybe next edition.
I know two things about the upcoming Paranoia: The Perfect Edition: It’ll be a traditionally produced book, not a box set, and you won’t need the cards to play.
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.
Well, that’ll account for the fact that they evidently didn’t all vote here.
 

agrayday

Explorer
last Dec. 28 2020 i asked this question in the forums, specifically in regards to Swords of the Serpentine being nominated for the last several years:
2) Also any thought on how to handle RPG's that seem to float out there with multiple nominations across multiple years but havent been released.... ?

Thanks Morrus & Enworld Team for all your hard work over the past year, and hoping 2021 will be an improvement.

Kevin ran a demo for Morrus back in mid-2019, and if i remember correctly I think Kevin announced the public play testing Dec. 2018.

How many people would we guess are excited about running this, is the play test groups large and active?
 

overgeeked

B/X Known World
I know two things about the upcoming Paranoia: The Perfect Edition: It’ll be a traditionally produced book, not a box set, and you won’t need the cards to play.
Really? I haven’t seen this mentioned before. Where’d you see that? They’ve talked up compatibility with the current edition, which means cards.
 

TrippyHippy

Adventurer
Really? I haven’t seen this mentioned before. Where’d you see that? They’ve talked up compatibility with the current edition, which means cards.
Matt Sprange communicated it on RPGPub. Quote: "You will be able to play without ever touching a card”.

The communication as it stands is that the game will be a revision of rules rather than a reboot, so the system will remain compatible for the most part. However, it looks like provisions have been made that you can play with alternative Initiative systems while the new edition will be self contained as a book.
 
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overgeeked

B/X Known World
Matt Strange communicated it on RPGPub. Quote: "You will be able to play without ever touching a card”.

The communication as it stands is that the game will be a revision of rules rather than a reboot, so the system will remain compatible for the most part. However, it looks like provisions have been made that you can play with alternative Initiative systems while the new edition will be self contained as a book.
Awesome. Thanks. Here’s to hoping that holds up. My RCE box is collecting dust because of those cards.
 


Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
I think I heard about it once, and I meant to look into it. Then the next time I heard it mentioned was the day after the KS closed. I wept.
Just jumping into the Stonetop sub-thread here - I also voted for it; and I am still really looking forward to it. And like someone said, I'm also waiting for the book to show up - too many games already on my shelf to read a pdf...
 

TwiceBorn2

Explorer
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?
That's also my most anticipated release.

A September 28, 2021 post on Edge's Facebook page indicated that the release had been postponed to summer 2022. I'd prefer they get it right than rush to get it out the door... but yeah, knowing that D&D 5.5 is just around the corner may cause further delays. Time will tell.
 

That's also my most anticipated release.

A September 28, 2021 post on Edge's Facebook page indicated that the release had been postponed to summer 2022. I'd prefer they get it right than rush to get it out the door... but yeah, knowing that D&D 5.5 is just around the corner may cause further delays. Time will tell.
I didnt see the post about the postponement. I don't remember if WotC gave any time frame of when in 2024 5.5E will be released but if I were a 3PP planning on releasing a 5E campaign setting such as Midnight this would give me pause. Seems the changes to 5E that are coming in 5.5E are significant enough to warrant a new set of books so I'm guessing these could negatively affect the work already done on Midnight. Like you said time will tell but depending on what happens I may re-consider purchasing this if it is released as a 5E book close to when 5.5E is expected.
 



Piratecat

Feline buccaneer
last Dec. 28 2020 i asked this question in the forums, specifically in regards to Swords of the Serpentine being nominated for the last several years:


Kevin ran a demo for Morrus back in mid-2019, and if i remember correctly I think Kevin announced the public play testing Dec. 2018.

How many people would we guess are excited about running this, is the play test groups large and active?
I'd say COVID delayed us by 9+ months. It is SO good to have it out this year (hardcover in Feb or so, PDF available now.) We had about 500+ playtesters, and feedback has made me really happy. I can't wait until more folks can see and play it.

I'm really lucky. Some designers make a game to someone else's specifications, even if they hate the game or how it comes out. I get to make a game I freakin' love, and find out who likes the same kind of games I do.
 

I still don't know what BladeRunner is going bring to the table (heh) that other cyberpunk games are lacking.
I think Free League can deliver a system and setting for near-future adventures that is less punk-y, because BladeRunner itself is less focused on that aspect of the cyberpunk genre. Yes, there is an oppressive social hierarchy and megacorps, but you don't rebel with neon lights, spiked leather and loud speakers. I think BR has the potential to be a Cybernoir RPG, and that is certainly very different from most popular Cyberpunk RPGs we got. I find that appealing.

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.
Precisely. As I said above, I hope for a Cybernoir setting (a vibe I got from both films, specially 2049) to run investigative stories in the near-future.
 

Reynard

Legend
I think Free League can deliver a system and setting for near-future adventures that is less punk-y, because BladeRunner itself is less focused on that aspect of the cyberpunk genre. Yes, there is an oppressive social hierarchy and megacorps, but you don't rebel with neon lights, spiked leather and loud speakers. I think BR has the potential to be a Cybernoir RPG, and that is certainly very different from most popular Cyberpunk RPGs we got. I find that appealing.
My point was CP:Red, for example, does that right out of the box. I'm curious how Bladerunner will support its specific flavor of dystopian near future with itssystem. I wonder if the stress dice of Alien will become "existential crisis" dice or something.
 

Doctor Futurity

Adventurer
Swords of the Serpentine and Mothership are top on my list. Blade Runner also intrigues me... doubly so if they stealth lean in to the fan theory that the Blade Runner universe is just the historical background of the Alien universe. Even if they don't I'd at least like to see how they pull it off.
 


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