News Digest for the Week of July 15

Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! Preview of Spelljammer, Roll20 and DriveThruRPG merging, ENnie Award nominations announced, and more! For a quick summary of the week’s news, Jessica Hancock will bring you up to speed with EN Live's This Week in TTRPG every Friday. Don’t forget, you can keep up with all the week’s gaming news in detail with Morrus’ Unofficial...

Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! Preview of Spelljammer, Roll20 and DriveThruRPG merging, ENnie Award nominations announced, and more!

For a quick summary of the week’s news, Jessica Hancock will bring you up to speed with EN Live's This Week in TTRPG every Friday.

Don’t forget, you can keep up with all the week’s gaming news in detail with Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk. This week, Morrus and Peter talk about the NODES dungeon design system from the Dungeon Delver’s Guide.


In case you missed it elsewhere on EN World this week:

Wizards of the Coast gave us quite a few teases and previews this week. First, it appears the 2024 update for Dungeons & Dragons is already underway as the D&D Executive Producer Ray Winninger tweeted about a meeting with Chris Perkins and Jeremy Crawford over the redesign. And according to the thread, “you’ll get a first look at some of the new design work soon.”

But in something a bit more concrete though, we also got a big preview of the Spelljammer ships from the upcoming Spelljammer: Adventures in Space boxed set. The art preview features seven new splash pages of different style of ships highlighting the range of Spelljammers you can find in the game.

Also in more Spelljammer news, D&D Beyond released Spelljammer Academy, a series of four adventures meant to introduce those unfamiliar to the concepts of the Spelljammer setting. The first adventure, Orientation, is available now with the three more coming soon.

Fall in cadets! It's time for your introduction to Wildspace! Spelljammer Academy is a series of four adventures that will prepare you for your journeys into space, and it's available to you at no cost with your D&D Beyond account. In the first adventure, you’ll undergo your orientation at the Spelljammer Academy, where you'll learn whether you have what it takes to traverse the deadly expanse of the cosmos. Over time, subsequent adventures in Spelljammer Academy will drop. Unlock one adventure in the series and you'll automatically receive the others upon their release.

You can get Spelljammer Academy free on D&D Beyond, and the boxed set Spelljammer: Adventures in Space is set for release on August 16 with a retail price of $69.99.


Roll20 and OneBookShelf, the parent company of DriveThruRPG, announced a merger deal this week. This deal brings the largest digital storefront for tabletop RPGs and the largest virtual tabletop under the same corporate umbrella. From the announcement:

Today, Roll20 and OneBookShelf announced their plans to join forces, bringing together two of the world’s leading digital tabletop roleplaying (TTRPG) content platforms. Roll20 is already the world’s most popular virtual tabletop platform for roleplaying games, providing a digital space for over 10 million users to play TTRPGs daily. OneBookShelf manages eleven ecommerce marketplaces, most notably DriveThruRPG and Dungeon Masters Guild, and is the premier online vendor for the TTRPG industry. The deal empowers players to manage content across platforms for nearly any tabletop game, connect more easily with other players, and step into games immediately, all in one place.


The joint venture brings together a party of 40 technical wizards dedicated to improving product, code, and user experience. In the coming weeks, the new entity will add PDF support to Roll20’s virtual tabletop (VTT), giving GMs and players the ability to upload, read, share, and immediately play using any PDF in the VTT. At a later date, the companies will make OneBookShelf PDF libraries accessible within the Roll20 virtual tabletop experience, and are committing to ensure that OneBookShelf PDFs will not count toward Roll20 storage quotas.

The statement goes on to say that Ankit Lal will continue in his role as CEO of Roll20 which he took on in January of this year, while OneBookShelf CEO Steve Wieck will join the governing board and executive team at Roll20. You can read the full statement here for more details.


The nominees for the 2022 ENnie Awards were announced this week. The Judge’s Spotlight winners are:
  • Dwelling by Seb Pines published by Good Luck Press
  • Stack of Goblins by Jack Milton published by CobblePath Games
  • Shanty Hunters by Tristan Zimmerman published by Molten Sulfur Press
  • Kobold Guide to Monsters by Monte Cook, Wolfgang Baur, Mike Mason, Crystal Frasier, Mike Shea, Shanna Germain, Steve Winter, and many more published by Kobold Press
  • Wickedness by M. Veselak published by Possum Creek Games.
You can read the full list of nominees at the link above, but for the big title of Product of the Year nominees are:
Voting starts later today and continues through July 24 on the ENnies website. The award ceremony will be held at the Crowne Plaza Union Station Grand Hall at Gen Con in Indianapolis, IN, on August 5 starting at 8:00 PM Eastern.


Modiphius announced the “2d20 Summer of Gaming” with a big announcement: The 2d20 System is getting an SRD. The SRD will open the system up to third parties to create their own games and variations of the core system along with the ability to monetize and publish their works. The SRD will be available for download on July 20. In addition, Modiphius is having a 20% off sale on all their 2d20 core products from their webstore lasting just two days starting at 2:20 PM BST July 20 and ending 2:20 PM BST July 22. Finally, in partnership with StartPlaying.Games, Modiphius is running a contest for gamemasters. All GMs running at least two games on the StartPlaying.Games player finding platform will be entered to win one of three $100 gift certificates for the Modiphius store with one additional grand prize winner receiving $1000 to spend on Modiphius games. More information and information on how to sign up will be available at the “2D20 Day” website.

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A new blog post from Steven Marsh of Steve Jackson Games is as much a warning as an update for the RPG industry. Like many materials, paper prices have increased sharply over the past couple of years with a sharp increase recently. This will have the most immediate impact on print-on-demand titles, which includes much of the GURPS back catalogue as POD releases are keeping much of the product line in print. In an addition to the post, Phil Reed confirms that manufacturing costs have risen in just the past two months for several products. Both recommend that if there are any print-on-demand products customers want, it would be better to purchase them sooner rather than later before the market forces a raise in cover prices.


Catalyst Game Labs partnered with Humble Bundle for a Shadowrun Sixth World bundle. While there are three levels, the first two are more for those who already have the core rules and are looking to fill out books they’ve missed. However, the top tier of $18 includes the Shadowrun Sixth World Core Rules City Edition along with fifteen other sourcebooks, event books, character option books, gear books, and adventures which counts for almost all of the books released so far for the newest edition of Shadowrun. This bundle benefits Action Against Hunger and runs until Thursday, August 4.

That’s all from me for this week! Don’t forget to support our Patreon to bring you more gaming news content. If you have any news to submit, email us at, and you can get more discussion of the week’s news on Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk every week. You can follow me on Twitch to get notifications when I go live, subscribe to Gamer’s Tavern on YouTube for videos on gaming history, RPG reviews, and gaming Let’s Plays, or you can listen to the archives of the Gamer’s Tavern podcast. Until next time, may all your hits be crits! Note: Links to Amazon, Humble Store, Humble Bundle, and/or DriveThru may contain affiliate links with the proceeds going to the author of this column.

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