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The 10 Most Anticipated Tabletop RPGs of 2021

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), and Dune: Adventures in the Imperium (2020). Who will join their ranks this year? Read on to find out!

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10. SLA Industries, 2nd Edition (Nightfall Games)
SLA Industries is a role-playing game of urban horror, set in The World of Progress; a vast world of ruin and decay. At the very heart of this world lies Mort City, a false beacon of hope upon an otherwise dystopian planet. Under the skin of this sprawling city are the Operatives of SLA Industries. These agents, investigators and trained soldiers do the company’s dirty work, cleaning the streets of serial killers, cultists and Carrien vermin, whilst being sure to make the right impression for the cameras. The original was published over 25 years ago.


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9. Werewolf: The Apocalypse 5th Edition (Renegade Studios/Paradox)
Werewolf: The Apocalypse takes place in a fictional version of our Earth: the World of Darkness. In the World of Darkness, werewolves, vampires, magicians, and monsters are all living among us. An entire supernatural world hidden in plain sight. You are one of these monsters, pretending to be human but fighting for survival and supremacy among mysteries and conspiracies that threaten the existence of humanity.


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8. Brancalonia - The Spaghetti Fantasy RPG (Acheron Books)
An all-Italian medieval, roguish and picaresque setting for the 5th Edition of the most famous role-playing game of all time. This game will be releases in Italian and English. “Spaghetti Fantasy” is a new fantasy genre: imagine a Spaghetti Western – with swords instead of guns – based on Italian folklore, history and pop culture.


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7. Pathfinder for Savage Worlds (Pinnacle Entertainment Group)
A bombshell announcement in November 2020, the Pathfinder for Savage Worlds core rulebook will include an adaptation of the Savage Worlds game mechanics for players to make and evolve characters, and for game masters to create games of their own design, for play in Pathfinder’s world of Golarion. The Pathfinder for Savage Worlds boxed set—as typical for Pinnacle Entertainment Group—will include the core rulebook as well as other elements of game play for Savage Worlds like Bennies, Action Deck, Templates, Game Master Screen with adventure, Powers Cards, and more. Kickstarter coming this month, with a release in late 2021.


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6. Rivers of London (Chaosium)
At #7 on this list last year, Rivers of London has claimed one place for 2021! 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.


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5. Level Up: Advanced 5th Edition (A5E) (EN Publishing)
Ready to level up your 5th Edition game? Welcome to Level Up, the standalone 'advanced 5E' backwards compatible tabletop RPG coming in 2021! A crunchier, more flexible version of the 5E ruleset which you know and love. If you love 5E but would like a little more depth to the ruleset, Level Up is the game for you!


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4. King Arthur Pendragon 6th Edition (Chaosium)
Pendragon was Greg Stafford's masterpiece, and this 6th edition has been a decade in the making. "Pendragon veterans will find that the fundamentals of the game remain the same, with subtle modifications reflecting the culmination of nearly three decades’ refinement of Greg’s vision of Arthurian fantasy." You can can download a free adventure and preview at the link. This is Chaosium's second entry in this year's list.


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3. The One Ring 2nd Edition (Free League)
Taking over the franchise from Cubicle 7, Free League will be updating both The One Ring and Adventures in Middle Earth, as well as producing Moria: The Long Dark. This is second edition and continuation of the game published by Cubicle 7, combined with the open-world elements found in their Forbidden Lands roleplaying game.

And now, for the first time ever, we have a joint winner! The following two games got exactly the same number of votes - which, with thousands of votes being cast, is as improbable as it is true! Congratulations to them both on being 2021's most anticipated tabletop RPG. Even if one of them is on the list for the third year in a row!

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1 (joint). Dune Adventures in The Imperium (Modiphius Entertainment)
Last year's winner, and the third year running it has appeared in the Top 10, Dune: Adventures in the Imperium is 2021's joint most anticipated tabletop RPG!

The Dune: Adventures in the Imperium roleplaying game takes you into a far future where fear is the mind killer so be sure to keep your wits about you. The Imperium is a place of deadly duels, feudal politics and mysterious abilities in a universe where a blade can change the fortunes of millions. Build your House, carve your place in the universe or rebuild an ancient lineage and fight for the Imperial throne.


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1 (joint). Twilight 2000 (Free League)
The top two entries in this list were neck and neck. Free League's second entry on the list the year gets the joint top spot as the coming year's most anticipated tabletop roleplaying game! Another few minutes of voting, and who knows what would have happened? But as it is, both got the same number of votes.

Just like the original game, the new edition of Twilight: 2000 is set in a Poland devastated by war, but the game also offers an alternative Swedish setting, as well as tools for placing the game anywhere in the world.




Congratulations to everybody! Especially to Chaosium and Free League, who both managed to get two games into the top 10 this year.

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

#2013201520162017201820192020
113th AgeStar Wars Force & DestinyRifts for Savage WorldsTrudvang ChroniclesVampire: The Masquerade 5th EditionSavage Worlds Adventure EditionDune: Adventures in the Imperium
2NumeneraDeluxe Exalted 3rd EditionMutant Crawl ClassicsTales from the LoopWarhammer Fantasy Roleplay Fourth EditionPathfinder 2nd EditionVaesen - Nordic Horror Roleplaying
3Star Wars Edge of the EmpireUnified Rolemaster7th Sea 2nd EditionKult: Divinity LostKult: Divinity LostLex ArcanaCyberpunk Red
4Shadowrun 5th EditionConan Adventures In An Age Undreamed OfConan Adventures In An Age Undreamed OfStar Trek AdventuresForbidden Lands: Retro Open-World Survival Fantasy RPGThe ExpanseFallout: Wasteland Warfare
5Call of Cthulhu 7th EditionDeluxe Tunnels & TrollsDCC LankhmarConan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed OfRuneQuest: Role-playing in GloranthaEclipse Phase 2nd EditionWarhammer: Age of Sigmar
6FireflyBarbarians of Lemuria: Mythic EditionRuneQuest 4StarfinderThe Witcher Roleplaying GameDune RPGSwords of the Serpentine
7Fate CoreFeng Shui 2Torg: EternityThe Witcher Roleplaying GameWarhammer 40,000 Wrath & GloryJohn Carter of MarsRivers of London
8HillfolkFantasy AGEBlue Rose AGECoriolisThe ExpanseChangeling the Lost 2nd EditionStargate Roleplaying Game
9TorchbearerParanoiaParanoiaDelta Green Roleplaying GameLegend of the Five Rings 5th EditionThings from the FloodFading Suns 4th Edition
10-Shadows of the Demon LordDelta GreenAstonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea 2ENumenera 2: Discovery & DestinyJudge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000ADCortex Prime
 
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opacitizen

Explorer
Nice try! ;)

it was set to be available at 00:01 on the 1st Jan 2021. Now that time is different in different countries. So your 00:01 will be someonelse’s 01:01.

Sure, time zones and everything.

I'm sorry, but I'm not really getting your point, though. The drivethru page of the book literally says "This title was added to our catalog on December 31, 2020." (in the Product Information column on the right edge of the page.)
 


imagineGod

Legend
Sure, time zones and everything.

I'm sorry, but I'm not really getting your point, though. The drivethru page of the book literally says "This title was added to our catalog on December 31, 2020." (in the Product Information column on the right edge of the page.)
I am curious now to know what RPG is at number 11 and whose fans are trying to disqualify SLA Industries 2e at number 10 to sneak into the Top 10.
 



Marc_C

Solitary Role Playing
Interesting. Twilight 2000 has my vote. Earlier this year I was looking into Pendragon. I'm aware of this game since it originally came out but never played it. I think it's time to try it out using the new edition.
 




MarkR

Villager
Sure, time zones and everything.

I'm sorry, but I'm not really getting your point, though. The drivethru page of the book literally says "This title was added to our catalog on December 31, 2020." (in the Product Information column on the right edge of the page.)
Ok so. DriveThruRPG is American. Nightfall Games is Scottish. NFG added the SLA 2nd Ed PDF to DT at 00:01 GMT on the 1st Jan 2021. America is something like 6hrs behind GMT. Therefore 00:01 GMT has registered on the American site as 31st Dec.

we deliberately held release to Jan 1st because of SLAs nomination on this contest, so I am fully, 100% aware of when the product was released.

hope that helps?
 

imagineGod

Legend
Ok so. DriveThruRPG is American. Nightfall Games is Scottish. NFG added the SLA 2nd Ed PDF to DT at 00:01 GMT on the 1st Jan 2021. America is something like 6hrs behind GMT. Therefore 00:01 GMT has registered on the American site as 31st Dec.

we deliberately held release to Jan 1st because of SLAs nomination on this contest, so I am fully, 100% aware of when the product was released.

hope that helps?
Well played.

And, honestly, everyone, when has our hobby descended into timestamps to disqualify great games? Let us not get so petty and just enjoy the fact so many different games are popular these days, not just D&D 5th, though it remains mega popular too.
 


Mercador

Explorer
The answer, outside of the background lore which has precisely the same appeal to sci-fi fans as Middle Earth has to fantasy fans, lies in the proposed Troupe style play. That is, you can play the game at different levels - possibly co-currently, with two sets of characters - where you devise political strategies at Architect level, and then then carry out missions at the Agent level.

The idea of troupe style play goes way back in gaming - Ars Magica RPG was a notable pioneer of the idea - but it hasn’t generally been built in as a core idea in many RPGs. It fits the Dune concept like a glove, however.

Finally, aside from anything else, if the book is likely to follow Modiphius’ previous releases, it will be a beautiful and well researched coffee-table book, that will tie in with a big movie release as well as the books.
I will probably buy it just for the lore anyway, it'S not like I was an active player right now.
 


Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
I will say that Level Up was my 4th pick; but then I figured on THIS board, it was going to make it to top 10 - and I guess I was right for once - so I voted for other things.
 




Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Oh right, thanks. I meant though the ones beyond the top 10 -- any chance of seeing the vote counts for each RPG that got votes?
Nope, sorry. Like with the podcasts poll I don’t feel comfortable sharing negative or discouraging stuff for no discernible benefit. Let’s just congratulate the top 10 on doing so well and assume everybody else is in 11th place by a whisker. :)
 

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