The news keeps coming in tabletop gaming! In anticipation of Internationale Spieltage – otherwise known as SPIEL – games will be announced left and right as publishers head to the demo in Germany next week. There’s always a lot going on in the hobby, and this week we’ve got some great mecha games, indie duets, and even a glimpse into the process of a talented and emerging young designer.
Featured Designer: Kay W.
Asked about their game design process for dread revolver, Kay W. told Gizmodo via DMs that this game was made while “consuming a lot of media that you know the bad ending is coming to. I love everything – revenge thrillers, Arthurian quests, noir, westerns.” She wanted to create a game where the players were “at odds with themselves and even with each other about that ending. Reaching the end of your path means you’re dead, and it also means that someone else might not be able to fulfill their quest.
For the players in dread revolver, “the question is almost always ‘how far are you willing to go for it?’ and if the answer is ‘as far as I can’, what does that really mean to everyone else?” It’s about balancing the party with the individual in a very clear conflict of interest.
Kay describes herself as “a game designer who works on a lot of things about ghosts, but mostly spends time hoarding yarn,” and also spoke in more general terms about their game design process. “All of me [work] is about exploring strange and hostile spaces with as much empathy as possible, even if it gets a little gory. In addition to dread revolverKay has also written indie games such as spirritation buster (a solo game of exorcism and negotiation) and Planetary loopwhich is about traveling to the center of the universe in an attempt to avoid an inevitable end.
New releases: For Her Lady’s Hand, Exquisite Biome, Space Ambulance
“For the hand of her wife is inspired by an event in the life of bisexual icon Julie D’Aubigny, a 17th-century fencing master and opera singer. When her lover’s family discovered the relationship, they put Julie’s friend in a convent against her will. Julie launched a rescue mission, pretending to enter the order, creating a distraction by setting the monastery on fire and freeing her partner.”
“Exquisite Biome is a game about the symbiosis of the natural world. Create an ecosystem, populate it with strange and wonderful animals and watch them interact with each other.”
Space ambulance is a game about the dedicated professionals of the space ambulance services. You’ll explore the lives and loves of the crews, both on and off the job, as they perform dramatic (and not-so-dramatic) rescues, fill out paperwork, and wait for their next exciting (or not-so-exciting) call.
Crowdfunding: Specters of Broken, Pine Shallows, Dead Belt
“Specters of Brocken is a role-playing game about making friends and going to war against them years later in giant mechs. Make up some young, naive, messy mech pilots in training. Discover who you are. Find out who you are to each other. Discover what you want in the world. Years later, you’ll find each other on the battlefield, each in your own terrifying custom mechs. Discover who you have become. Find out what you did to get here. Find out what costs you would pay to get what you want in the world.”
“pine nuts is a tabletop role-playing game in which the players play kids solving mysteries and going on an adventure. It is inspired by The Goonies, Weird stuff, Gravity falls and middle-class adventure book series such as The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea and A series of unfortunate events. The digital book contains the rules to create your characters and play the game. Plus, the town of Pine Shallows is detailed with numerous locations, supporting cast, and hooks. Also included is catchfthe daya complete starting adventure.”
“dead belt is a unique strategy tabletop RPG made for one or two players, combining role-playing decision-making with procedural generation, bad news and a good dose of late-stage capitalism in space.
- redwood is an upcoming nature photography themed board game in which players compete to compose the most beautiful panorama.
- Wizards of the Coast has extended the feedback window for One D&D until September 26.
- The Radiance Adventure Engine is crowdfunding in support of an interactive digital solo play space.
- You can now pre-order the new one dark souls board game core set.
- The Elden Ring board game kickstarter is not live yet, but you can sign up for updates!
- Free League Publishing has signed up to help produce Pirates Borgowhich was successfully launched in March.
- Monty Python’s Cocurricular Medieval Reenactment Program (The officially licensed Monty Python RPG) will be available for pre-order in October
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Editor’s Note: The release dates in this article are based in the US, but will be updated with local Australian dates as soon as we know more.