It feels like the last month of gaming news has been an entire decade. Do you remember the OGL 1.1? That happened less than three weeks ago! For those who don’t pay attention Dungeons and Dragons (teach me your manners), you can see our explanation here. Otherwise, here are some incredible games as we prepare for Zine Month – a whole 28 days of indie RPG crowdfunding that’s sure to drive me nuts and drain my wallet.
Latest releases: Apocalypse Frame, Wayfarer’s Deck, A Pinch of Magic, The Fear Bundle
“APOCALYPSE FRAME takes advantage of the LUMEN game engine and extends that formula to create a tactical mecha role-playing game heavily influenced by Armored Core, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Battletech, and XCOM. In a ruined and terraformed world where most of humanity is under the yoke of a ruthless regime, the former workers of a once remote factory – now known as the Collective – have risen to demand a future of freedom from oppression. to create.”
“Neon nights is a system agnostic and cyberpunk themed deck of runner hangouts, shady bars, gang lawns and dimly lit street corners ready to use in your tabletop RPG of choice. Find suspicious dealers, undercover cops, well-guarded soup kitchens and more on 50 tarot-sized illustrated cards.”
“A pinch of magic is a light-hearted, prompt-based, one-page set of RPGs about many witchcraft. It can be played by 1-4 players. This anthology series includes the basic rules to get you started, along with 10 One Page RPGs centered around the witches you create.
“The Fear Bundle is a collection of indie tablet RPG supplements from some of the most creative indie RPG designers, both veteran and aspiring authors. We are talking about 11 supplements packed in a nice black folder. The modular structure of the bundle allows you to build your own gaming experience and play for weeks, both group and solo games: survive in a city ravaged by Kaijus, run for your life in a zombie-infested world, fight your way out of business horror, get through a suburban nightmare, fight and many more horrific adventures.
crowdfunding: The Fifth Season, Lichoma, The Search for Lost Species, Kobolds Ate My Baby, Vast Grimm
“The role-playing game of the fifth season is designed to recreate adventures and stories set in the world described in the Broken Earth trilogy of novels by NK Jemisin – a world where constant and unstable tectonic and volcanic activity threaten all life; a world whose peoples have learned to adapt in order to survive. It’s a world where everyone learns that Father Earth hates his children and always tries to kill them, where metal rusts and even stone crumbles, and the best thing you can do is be prepared for the next disaster. In the world of the Broken Earth, community – the communication – is everything, because in community there is support and an opportunity to persevere.”
“It stings.” is a political, dystopian RPG defined by ecological collapse, social strife, and body-based economics and technology. Character concepts and abilities are based on their cards, but are otherwise free-form and interpretive, not bound hard and fast by classes or mechanics. This creative aspect is complemented by an intuitive, streamlined system. The core rules fit on one card and include quick procedures for non-combat challenges and violent conflict. With additional, optional rules, groups can add more depth and nuance to their preferred style of play.”
“The Quest for Lost Species takes the deductive gameplay of Look for planet X to a more terrestrial plane, delving into isolated parts of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea in search of animals many believed to be extinct. Renegade teamed up with Re:wild, a real organization actively looking for Lost Species in our world.”
“The cult classic Goblins ate my baby returns with a new edition powered by polymorph. It’s faster, easier and funnier than ever! All hail King Torg!”
“Extended Grimm is a self-contained, art-filled, punk-driven OSR role-playing game about the few humans left in a universe consumed by growing parasitic worms. This is a game about survival, no matter how horrific things get, humanity must survive.”
In other news
MÖRK BORG opened pre-orders for It isa Heretic-based OSR module based on the original game.
Join the Party’s third campaign, The rising tide, brought to you by Multitude and DM’d by Eric Silver, runs from January 31 to February 21 on Tuesdays; story episodes begin on Tuesday, February 28.
Solo but Not Alone, a TTRPG charity bundle, is back with all funds going to Jasper’s Game Day, a TTRPG-based suicide prevention charity.
Acheron Games, Studio Agate and Uhrwerk Verlag have announced the formation of the European RPG Studios Union.
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