Here Are Your Official Top 10 Most Anticipated Tabletop RPGs Of 2018

40 tabletop roleplaying games were nominated. 14,241 votes were cast by 5,446 voters. Now I can finally reveal which are the most anticipated tabletop roleplaying games for 2018! We have a colourful mixture of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and more, with some returning franchises and some which are brand new to roleplaying!

Previous winners include 13th Age (2013), Star Wars Force & Destiny (2015), Rifts for Savage Worlds (2016), and Trudvang Chronicles (2017). Who will join their ranks this year? Read on to find out!

10. Numenera 2: Discovery and Destiny (Monte Cook Games)
Kickstarted earlier this year, this pair of books updates Monte Cook Games' wildly successful Numenera RPG from 2013. Set a billion years in the future, after civilisations have risen and fallen, these two books replace the core rulebook and add new worldbuilding tools.


9. Legend of the Five Rings 5th Edition (Fantasy Flight Games)

Announced in 2015, the fifth edition of this RPG is in open beta testing. Set in a fictional world based on feudal Japan, this game was created by Alderac Entertainment Group in the 1990s and has gone through various iterations since. The setting is also the focus of a collectible card game, and has been a Dungeons & Dragons setting. The players take on the role of samurai who act as warriors, courtiers, priests, or monks.

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8. The Expanse (Green Ronin Publishing)

Based on James SA Corey's popular novel series, which spawned a successful TV show, The Expanse is a hard-sci game powered by Green Ronin's existing Adventure Game Engine (AGE) ruleset.


7. Warhammer 40,000: Wrath & Glory (Ulisses North America)

Not Warhammer's only entry in this list, this dark, 41st-century sci-fi game allows characters to adventure in the Dark Imperium. Brutal, immersive, and beset by endless war, this game will be brought to you by Ross Watson of Rogue Trader and Deathwatch fame.


6. The Witcher Roleplaying Game (R. Talsorian Games)

The Witcher is a Polish fantasy setting created by Andrzej Sapkowski, and which has spawned novels, a TV series, multiple video games, and now a tabletop roleplaying game! The series features a mutant assassin who hunts monsters, and the RPG will be powered by the same system as Cyberpunk 2020. Originally slated for a mid-2016 release, this one seems to be running late!


5. RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha (Chaosium)

This iconic game from Chaosium is the fourth, or seventh, edition of the game, depending on how you count it. Chaosium has gone with "RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha", building off the 1980 RuneQuest 2nd Edition ruleset. This iconic game was nearly as big as Dungeons & Dragons at one time.


4. Forbidden Lands: Retro Open-World Survival Fantasy RPG (Fria Ligan)

There's always a strong Scandinavian presence in these polls, probably because they produce some of the most beautiful roleplaying games in the world. This Swedish offering, from the team who brought us Tales from the Loop, and Mutant: Year Zero, lets you play raiders and rogues living in a cursed world. A gorgeous boxed set, rules for exploration and survival, and packed with art by legendary Swedish fantasy artists, this looks like a must-have.


3. Kult: Divinity Lost (Helmgast AB)

There's always a game which makes it into the list two years in a row (or, in Conan's case, three years). This year, it looks like it's Kult's turn! Another Swedish showing, and equally beautiful-looking, this horror game describes our world, trapped in an illusion, filled with nightmares, demons, and worse. This is a new edition of a game which launched 25 years ago!


2. Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Fourth Edition (Cubicle 7)

Warhammer features twice in this list, which is a testament to the love that fans have for the iconic, venerable brand. Now set for release mid-2018, the system draws heavily on 1E and 2E. This grim world of perilous adventure launches with the core rules and a boxed starter set, and will also be accompanied by updated versions of classic campaigns like The Enemy Within.


1. Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition (White Wolf)

White Wolf is revisiting Vampire: The Masquerade with a bang! Announced earlier this year, the 5th edition is being spearheaded by veteran RPG designer Kenneth Hite. V:tM burst onto the scene back in 1991, and allowed players to adopt the role of vampires in a gothic, modern world, and went on to give us the entire World of Darkness setting, which featured companion games starring werewolves, mages, and more. And now, in 2018, it's coming back, and is officially the most anticipated tabletop roleplaying of the year!

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[MENTION=1]Morrus[/MENTION]: Legend of the Five Rings 5th Edition won't use the classical Roll and Keep dice (d10s) pool system of the previous four editions, but a modified Roll and Keep with proprietary, narrative dice (with 6 or 12 sides), similar - but not identical - to those introduced by Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 3rd Edition and then employed in the various Star Wars RPGs by Fantasy Flight Games (and now in their Genesys "universal" system).


Vampire got #1? Didn't see that coming.

It's VtM, duh. :D It was very influential for a lot of people and we're waiting for it to reclaim its rightful place in the rpg scene anxiously.

I think it's just that EnWorld's readers are less likely to be WoD fans, but since it got posted on social media...

Vampire has been, historically, the second biggest tabletop game after D&D. ENWorld isn't necessarily focussed on it, but there is unquestionably an underlying, international fanbase to it (with the LARP associations making some gaming groups much larger than other games, in terms of selling books to them). Like D&D, the new game release itself is only part of the overall business strategy, with things like movies, tv and online games where the marketing is really aiming at in the long term. However, it all starts with getting the RPG right first.

Anticipation is apt. How many other RPGs would have a documentary coming out about it this year also?

Anyway, pleased to see WFRP 4th/Enemy Within right up there also, RuneQuest: Glorantha to a degree and Kult (which means it's about time you published it!).

I've actually seen the playtest documents for Kult and it's looking good. Noting that The Onyx Path ought to finally release Wraith: The Oblivion as the last of the 20th Anniversary games (closer to 25th Anniversary now!) too, 2018 may be a significant year for horror RPG fans.
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