Liveplay podcasts are one of the key reasons tabletop games have broken into mainstream culture, and the biggest of these is Critical Role — in fact it might be a little TOO big. The archive of episodes stretches back to 2015 and numbers in the thousands, and you can’t just pick up any episode and join in because they’re all connected. It would benefit Critical Role greatly if the immense storylines they’ve cooked up could be condensed in the form of a TV show…ah wait, it already happened.
It’s been a while since Renegade has added anything to Heroes of the Grid, its Power Rangers deck-building game. But the brand turns 30 this year and has a LOT in its library that has yet to be mined, so…here come two new expansion with characters from the show’s later seasons.
Wizards of the Coast is still dealing with the fallout over their leaked plans to revoke the Open Game License, the legal agreement that has allowed third party companies to make 5E-compatible products for the last twenty or so years. Just about all those third parties refused to agree and started making plans to develop their own OGLs. Last week Wizards issued a half-apology that contained a few concessions but didn’t promise a full walkback. As of today they’re backpedaling even further, announcing they will preview any proposed changes with their audience before implementing it, and that the first of these previews will arrive within the week.
Part of the reason Dungeons & Dragons has maintained its dominance in the tabletop gaming scene is not just because it was one of the first to arrive there but because it allowed anyone to use its ruleset and adapt their games to work with it. It’s part of a long-standing agreement called the Open Gaming License (OGL) that has spawned hundreds of third-party and independent TTRPG productions that run off the D&D engine.
After some delays, here’s the latest artful set of tabletop dice from Mythroll Armory. Boundless Dice were meant to be seen last month, but Mythroll decided to bring things back in for a last-minute budget adjustment. The good news is that the savings will be passed on to you. One set has been reduced 15% to 64 dollars, a dice tower case has been added for free (typical MSRP $21), and they’ll also throw in a free D20 (valued at $16) if stretch goals are met.
Can you play Skyrim on anything that’s been released in the last ten years? You sure can, and not only that, but even some things that have existed for THOUSANDS of years, like tables (or Skyrim itself).
Mythroll Armory is best known for their handcrafted tabletop dice. Past products from the studio have included the Morningstar Dice, the Dragonheart Dice (scaly-looking dice meant to evoke dragons) and the Dice Spinners meant to introduce an alternate method of rolling for damage. Their next creation, a collaboration with the company Genesis Dice, was set to launch its crowdfunding campaign December 1. That didn’t happen.
Free League, publishers of tabletop RPGs centered around popular properties like Alien and JRR Tolkien, presents their own take on the Blade Runner universe. A Kickstarter for Blade Runner: The Roleplaying Game appeared last spring and raked in millions, but if you missed that, today’s the day you can buy the product anywhere.
Last spring Free League announced they were working on a tabletop RPG set in the gritty, neon, rain-soaked, vaguely Japanese Blade Runner universe. They ran a Kickstarter last spring and proved there was demand, puling in over a million dollars on its first day. But if you missed that campaign, the RPG will be available to purchase for regular folks very soon.
Mythroll Armory just sent us a notice stating they’re working on their next set of artful tabletop dice. This is nothing new, but what’s different is they happen to be cooking up more than one project.
Free League Publishing, creators of the hit Middle Earth RPG The One Ring, are about to introduce a 5E compatible variant called The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying. The final retail version of the game isn’t set to appear until 2023, and not even the date of the Kickstarter has been announced….but you can try out an early version today.
The Walking Dead is finally coming to an end this weekend…well, sort of. There are plenty of spinoffs that will keep the brand alive, and some of them include characters from the original series. But if you want to make your own story, TWD will give you a “Game Master” divider screen and let you do that too.