Here They Are! Your 10 Most Anticipated TTRPGs For 2024!

Who's this year's winner?


The nominations were nominated, and the votes were voted, and now we have the final results: this year's official most anticipated TTRPGs--as voted by you! Well, a few thousand of you.

Just like we do every year, the EN World community votes on the games they are looking forward to. Here is last year's Top 10 (spoiler: the winner was Chaosium's Pendragon 6E). 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 (2020 & 2021), and Twilight 2000 (2021), Blade Runner (2022), and Pendragon 6E (2023). What will be the most anticipated RPG of 2024?

Let's find out!


10 Tales of the Valiant (Kobold Press)
1st appearance
Kobold Press joins the 'alternate 5E' club with this rewritten, non-OGL version of the game! A million dollar Kickstarter last year, and a new one for the GM's book going on right now, Kobold Press announced this as 'Project Black Flag' during the OGL crisis of 2023, but being unable to trademark that name opted for Tales of the Valiant instead. The system, however, is still called the Black Flag Roleplaying System.

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9. Mothership 1E (Tuesday Night Games)
3rd appearance
On this list three years running, the boxed Mothership 1E game should be coming out this year! This is sci-fi horror at its best -- you can play scientists, teamsters, androids, and marines using the d100 'Panic Engine'. Yep, it's Alien(s), pretty much.

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8. Monty Python's Cocurricular Mediaeval Reenactment Program (Exalted Funeral)
2nd Appearance
Exalted Funeral made quite a splash when they announced this game last year, which went on to make neary $2M on Kickstarter. And how could they not? It's Monty Python fergoodnessake! A rules-lite gaming system, spam, a minigame with catapults, spam, coconut dice rollers, spam, and an irrepressible Python-eque sense of humour. Did I mention the spam? It was at #10 on this list last year, but it's claimed to #8 this year.


7. Daggerheart (Darrington Press)
1st appearance
From the Critical Role folks, Daggerheart is a new fantasy TTRPG with its own original system coming out this year with "A fresh take on fantasy RPGs, designed for long-term campaign play and rich character progression."

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6. Cohors Cthulhu (Modiphius)
1st appearance
It's Ancient Rome. It's Cthulhu. It uses Modiphius' in-house 2d20 System. You can be a gladiator, a centurion, or a Germanic hero. Did I mention Cthulhu?


5. Dolmenwood (Necrotic Gnome)
1st appearance
The British Isles, a ton of folklore, and a giant Kickstarter--Dolmenwood is a dark, whimsical fantasy TTRPG drawing from fairy tales and lets you "journey through tangled woods and mossy bowers, forage for magical mushrooms and herbs, discover rune-carved standing stones and hidden fairy roads, venture into fungal grottoes and forsaken ruins, battle oozing monstrosities, haggle with goblin merchants, and drink tea with fairies."

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4. Pendragon 6E (Chaosium)
4th appearance
Last year's winner was on this list waaaaay back in 425 AD, and it's still here! Well, maybe not that far back, but it's shown up in 2021 at #4, 2022 at #3, 2023 at #1, and now 2024 at #4! What can we say? People are clearly anticipating it... still.

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3. 13th Age 2nd Edition (Pelgrane Press)
2nd appearance
13th Age is over a decade old now, and was our most anticipated game way back in 2013. Now the new edition is coming! It's compatible with the original, but revised and with a ton more... stuff! 13th Age 2E was #3 in last year's list!

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2. The Electric State Roleplaying Game (Free League)
1st appearance
Free League is always on these lists, and for good reason. This gorgeous looking game is described as "A road trip on the verge of reality in visual artist and author Simon Stålenhag's vision of an apocalyptic alternate 1990s".

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1. Shadow of the Weird Wizard (Schwalb Entertainment)
3rd appearance
First announced by Rob Schwalb a couple of years ago, this is a more family-friendly version of his acclaimed RPG, Shadow of the Demon Lord. SHADOW OF THE WEIRD WIZARD is a fantasy roleplaying game in which you and your friends assume the roles of characters who explore the borderlands and make them safe for the refugees escaping the doom that has befallen the old country. Unsafe are these lands: the Weird Wizard released monsters to roam the countryside, cruel faeries haunt the shadows, undead drag themselves free from their tombs, and old, ancient evils stir once more. If the displaced people would rebuild their lives, they need heroes to protect them. Finally at the top of the list after being #7 in 2022, and #6 in 2023!

13th Age
Star Wars Force & Destiny
Rifts for Savage Worlds
Trudvang Chronicles
Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition
Savage Worlds Adventure Edition
Blade Runner
King Arthur Pandragon 6E
Deluxe Exalted 3rd Edition
Mutant Crawl Classics
Tales from the Loop
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Fourth Edition
Pathfinder 2nd Edition
Vaesen - Nordic Horror Roleplaying
Broken Tales
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)
Pendragon 6E
13th Age 2nd Edition
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
King Arthur Pendragon 6th Edition
Avatar Legends
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)
Mothership 1E
Mothership 1E
Barbarians of Lemuria: Mythic Edition
RuneQuest 4
The Witcher Roleplaying Game
Dune RPG
Swords of the Serpentine
Rivers of London
Rivers of London
Shadow of the Weird Wizard
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
Shadow of the Weird Wizard
The Walking Dead Universe
Fantasy AGE
Blue Rose AGE
The Expanse
Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition
Brancalonia - The Spaghetti Fantasy RPG
Warhammer 4Ok Imperium Maledictum
Delta Green Roleplaying Game
Legend of the Five Rings 5th Edition
Things from the Flood
Fading Suns 4E
Werewolf: The Apocalypse 5th Edition
Swords of the Serpentine
Old Gods of Appalachia
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

Werewolf: The Apocalypse 5e
Monty Python's Cocurricular Mediaeval Reenactment Programme

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Two interesting things in this list:
  1. 50% of the entries have appeared on last year's list. That's the biggest number of repeated appearances, and the trend seems to be moving to ever lengthening development times.
  2. 3 of the new entries are consequences of last year's OGL debacle. 2 of these (Tales of the Valiant and Daggerheart, but not Dolmenwood) probably wouldn't have appeared and along with Shadowdark (already out) and MCDM (not due until 2025) constitute a fair dent in WotC's future RPG earnings. Indeed, Tales of the Valiant, Shadowdark and MCDM were all million dollar plus kickstarters, and Daggerheart by Critical Role may outsell them all.

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Having Cthulhu adventures in imperial Rome seems like a such niche thing to have two games for.

Have we reached peak Cthulhu saturation?

Probably not until we see the 2D20 version of the Cthulhu Jane Austin simulator.
Not 2d20, but CoC

And yes, we reached peak Cthulhu saturation some 25 years ago

But when you wake an elder god from their slumber, sometimes it... takes a while


Well, that was fun
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What is the average development time for RPGs from announcement to release?
7.24 months.

That’s not a piece of data anybody has. Besides, some announce when the thing is ready, some when it’s just a glimmer in their eye. Some games are 1000 psges over three hardcovers and some are 1-page PDFs, and everything in-between.

So no, nobody has an average time from announcement to release for you. :)

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