BlackMilk, an Australian clothing brand, has revealed a new collection in collaboration with Dungeons & Dragons to celebrate the franchise’s 50th anniversary. The collection, featuring a variety of clothing items adorned with D&D icons, will be available for order next week. Previous collaborations by BlackMilk with franchises like Star Wars and Pokemon have been well-received for their stylish and functional designs. The collection includes items such as dresses, robes, jackets, knit sweaters, blazers, and pants, showcasing designs ranging from subtle D&D logos to portraits of iconic characters. To ensure availability, BlackMilk advises subscribing to their newsletter and creating an account on their website. Social media reactions suggest high anticipation for the collection, which is set to release on April 8th at 5pm EST.

An expansion titled “Sundered Isles” for the sci-fi RPG “Ironsworn: Starforged” has been announced, offering seafaring adventures in a fantasy Age of Sail setting. The expansion includes new gameplay options, character choices, and tools for worldbuilding, promising swashbuckling adventures amidst mariners, rebels, and empires. Developed by Shawn Tomkin, this expansion originated as a digital stretch goal in the Starforged Kickstarter campaign and is now nearing completion.

A product called “Doppel” is introduced, offering a digital miniature for tabletop RPGs. Doppel features LED screens, custom audio effects, motion detection, and compatibility with popular RPG games. It aims to enhance gaming experiences by bringing characters to life with dynamic visuals and immersive sounds. The device also includes an app for character management and customization, fostering a deeper connection with gaming personas and facilitating shared narratives among players. Doppel’s compact design and multimedia integration provide a modern alternative to traditional miniatures, while promoting social interaction among players.

Troika!, a surreal and strange tabletop RPG series, is offering a charity bundle with a 20% discount on several books, with proceeds benefiting Doctors Without Borders. The bundle, available through independent bookstore Iglootree, includes five physical sourcebooks at a reduced price, supporting humanitarian aid efforts. 

The comics community mourns the loss of acclaimed comics creator Ed Piskor, known for works like “Hip-Hop Family Tree” and “X-Men: Grand Design.” Piskor’s passing follows recent allegations of misconduct, and his death has prompted an outpouring of condolences from fans and colleagues.

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Magpie Games has curated a bundle featuring some of their top titles, including Avatar Legends RPG and Root: the Roleplaying Game. Players can immerse themselves in the worlds of Avatar: The Last Airbender or the woodlands of Root, among other captivating settings. The bundle offers a diverse selection of RPG experiences, from rewriting Shakespearean roles to surviving in a grim folktale-inspired adventure. By purchasing the bundle, gamers not only gain access to 30 books and supplements but also contribute to the Child’s Play Charity, which provides video games and systems to children in hospitals worldwide.

Mystic Punks RPG transports players to a gritty world on the brink of apocalypse, where magical punks battle vengeful ghosts, eldritch gods, and other supernatural threats. With a blend of B-movie horrors and rebellious teen culture, the game offers players the chance to wield magical abilities and relic weapons against encroaching darkness. The newly released core rulebook, crowdfunded on Kickstarter, expands upon the original solo RPG with campaign builders, additional monsters, and guidance for creating intrigue and mystery within the setting.

Warhammer: Age of Sigmar announces a new edition slated for summer 2024, introducing the arrival of the Skaven and a revamped ruleset. Alongside a cinematic trailer showcasing the Stormcast Eternals and the Vermindoom event, Games Workshop promises a complete overhaul of the core rules, focusing on streamlining, accessibility, and tactical depth. The update includes changes such as melee weapon ranges being replaced with a combat range of 3″, and the introduction of Spearhead, a new gameplay format aimed at faster, faction-supported battles. Additionally, Universal Special Rules and card-based objectives aim to enhance gameplay variety and strategy.

Hasbro’s CEO Chris Cocks reveals plans to integrate AI into the company’s products, focusing on gaming experiences. Despite past controversies surrounding AI in art, Hasbro aims to use it ethically. Cocks discusses the potential of AI in enhancing gameplay and creating new experiences, emphasizing the need for responsible use and respect for creators’ work. Meanwhile, Cairn, a tabletop RPG, launches a Kickstarter campaign for its second edition, offering a more detailed and expanded game system with new books, adventures, and artwork. The game maintains its old-school charm while providing players with rich storytelling and character creation options. The campaign includes various pledge tiers for both digital and physical copies of the game and its components.

Cairn, a super-lightweight RPG, is launching its second edition with a Kickstarter campaign. The new edition aims to expand on the original concept by providing more depth and content. It features a boxed set including three books: an expanded Player’s Guide offering 700 possible character combinations, a Warden’s Guide with detailed world information, and an adventure called “Trouble in Twin Lakes.” The game prioritizes player knowledge and problem-solving over combat prowess, reminiscent of other old-school RPGs like Knave and Into the Odd. The Kickstarter campaign offers various pledge tiers, including digital and physical options. The project involves a team of editors, artists, and designers to enhance the game’s quality and presentation. Additionally, stretch goals include more adventures and gaming accessories like a Warden’s Screen and Character Sheet Pad.

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Cyberpunk Edgerunners: Combat Zone Miniatures Game is inspired by the animated series “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners,” this miniatures game by Monster Fight Club, R. Talsorian Games, and CD Projekt Red offers fast-paced skirmishes in Night City. The game utilizes Monster Fight Club’s [RE]action game engine for responsive gameplay, allowing characters to act dynamically without rigid turn structures.

Players can choose between embodying the Edgerunners or the Arasaka Corporation’s cyber-enhanced suits, each with distinct abilities. The starter box includes figures, cards, a game board, terrain, and various components for gameplay customization. The game’s release date is yet to be announced.

Humble Bundle launches the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: The Enemy Within Humble Bundle. Cubicle 7’s remastered five-part campaign “The Enemy Within” is offered in a Humble Bundle, along with other Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay materials. A portion of the proceeds from the bundle supports Children’s Health Ireland. The bundle includes various books and adventures, offering an extensive library for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay enthusiasts. The complete bundle is valued at $288, with a minimum US$1 to get the Starter Set.

LEGO reveals its first Dungeons & Dragons set, the “D&D Red Dragon’s Tale,” developed in collaboration with Wizards of the Coast. The set features a tavern, dungeon, tower, and a buildable red dragon named Cinderhowl, along with six LEGO minifigures and other brick-built monsters. Wizards of the Coast provides a bespoke adventure for the set, available for LEGO Insiders as a free digital download. The set will be priced at $359.99 and released on April 4, 2024, with pre-orders expected to open soon. 

The 2nd Edition of Free League’s Sci-Fi RPG Coriolis, titled The Great Dark, was launched on Kickstarter and achieved rapid success, reaching its funding goal within seven minutes. The game promises a fresh take on space exploration, featuring enigmatic ruins, ancient gods, and dangers lurking in the depths of outer space. Players take on the role of explorers venturing into the Great Dark, facing challenges like the cataclysmic Blight while seeking artifacts and knowledge to save their home, Ship City. The game draws inspiration from 19th-century polar expeditions, deep-sea diving, and pulp archaeology, emphasizing mystery, wonder, and stunning visuals. The rule system is based on the acclaimed Year Zero Engine, offering mechanics for character generation, combat, exploration, and expeditions. The Kickstarter campaign also offers a boxed campaign setting, The Flowers of Algorab, and various exclusive backer rewards. 

The passing of RPG legend James M. Ward, known for his contributions to Dungeons & Dragons, Metamorphosis Alpha, and other seminal games, was announced, marking a significant loss for the RPG community.

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Steamforged Games and Kobold Press have teamed up to develop a new Starter Set for the Tales of the Valiant 5E Fantasy RPG, a project building upon the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition rules. While details about the contents of the set are currently scarce, the collaboration aims to enhance the introductory experience for new players. Both companies are renowned in the tabletop gaming industry, and their joint effort seeks to make tabletop roleplaying more accessible.

Ninja Division, a miniatures game publisher, has filed for bankruptcy, leaving thousands of Kickstarter backers without their pledged rewards.

Daggerheart, a beginner-friendly fantasy RPG from Critical Role’s Darrington Press, has launched its public playtest, offering players a chance to experience its original gameplay mechanics before its full release in 2025.

Awaken Realms withdrew AI-generated promotional images for its Puerto Rico 1897 Special Edition crowdfunding campaign after Ravensburger, the game’s licensor, intervened. The campaign faced criticism for its use of AI-generated artwork. Despite this setback, the campaign replaced the images with a blurred version of the box cover from a previous release of Puerto Rico 1897 and a plastic sculpt of a ship. The remaining campaign imagery featured photography from Awaken Realms’ previous project with Ravensburger, Castles of Burgundy.

Renegade Game Studio revived Heroscape with a new master set and starter kit, addressing past failures in the game’s relaunch by offering lower-priced options and emphasizing organized play. The new releases for Heroscape include both painted and unpainted miniatures, providing options for players and collectors alike.

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Chaosium, the creator of Call of Cthulhu and RuneQuest, is hosting the Basic Roleplaying: Universal Game Engine Design Challenge, offering a total of $10,000 in cash prizes to amateur tabletop RPG designers. The challenge invites participants worldwide to create new tabletop titles using Chaosium’s Basic Roleplaying engine. Contest entries must use the 2023 release of the Basic Roleplaying: Universal Game Engine core book, and entrants can submit digital or physical projects. The goal is to financially assist new designers, and shortlisted entries have the chance to be published. The submission window is open until May 31st, with prizes including $500 for 10 shortlisted projects and additional cash prizes for the top three winners.

Humble is offering a comprehensive Dune: Adventures in the Imperium TTRPG bundle for $18, featuring core rulebooks, character sheets, and other supplementary materials worth $200. The bundle includes everything needed for the Dune tabletop setting, with PDFs for various components. Purchasers also receive a 50% discount on physical Dune: Adventures in the Imperium products from the Modiphus store.

As part of the Season 2 Reloaded update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III, a collaboration with Warhammer 40,000 brings three new Warhammer-themed Store Bundles. Inspired by Space Marines, Sisters of Battle, and the Astra Militarum, these bundles feature Operator Skins, melee weapons, Weapon Blueprints, and custom tracers. Additionally, a new Juggermosh game mode is introduced, with Space Marines participating. Players who purchase the Space Marines Tracer Pack gain access to exclusive Juggernaut Recon Killstreak Skins. The Space Marines Tracer Pack is set to release on March 11th, followed by the Sisters of Battle and Astra Militarum packs on March 14th. Limited-time in-game events and accessories are also part of the collaboration.

Modiphius has announced a new Mass Effect board game called “Mass Effect: the Board Game – Priority: Hagalaz.” Designed by Eric M. Lang and Calvin Wong Tze Loon, the co-operative, story-driven game is set during the events of Mass Effect 3. Players control Shepard, Liara, Tali, Wrex, and Garrus on a mission to prepare an ancient alien superweapon, the Crucible, to defeat the Reapers. The game features a branching narrative campaign, card-driven AI, and evolving stories that respond to players’ actions. The board game allows for 1-4 players, with highly detailed plastic miniatures of the characters.

Demiplane and Free League Publishing have introduced “Alien RPG Nexus,” a digital platform for Alien: The Roleplaying Game. This platform offers a full digital suite for campaigns, including rulebooks, character sheets, and dice. Alien RPG Nexus aims to provide an easily accessible way to run campaigns and features everything needed for players to engage with the Alien franchise in a digital format.

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Modiphius has announced the release of the second edition of Star Trek Adventures, a tabletop roleplaying game originally launched in 2017. The new edition, set to launch at Gen Con 2024, includes a core rulebook and expansions. It remains compatible with first edition supplements. The game allows players to explore the Star Trek universe across different eras, featuring original characters and starships. The second edition introduces diversity with playable non-Federation species and expands gameplay possibilities. Modiphius, in collaboration with Paramount Consumer Products, adds content from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and Star Trek: Prodigy. The updated 2d20 System rules maintain authenticity and compatibility with previous supplements.

Ultra PRO plans to release Dungeons & Dragons 50th Anniversary accessories, including Heavy Metal Dice, a Dice Tower, and more, celebrating D&D’s milestone year. The accessories feature a golden color theme and will be available in the summer of 2024. 

Paranoia 25th Anniversary Mega Bundle is available through Humble Bundle, offering a comprehensive collection of rulebooks, sourcebooks, and adventures for the darkly comic sci-fi TTRPG. The bundle supports the charity One Tree Planted.

Renowned board game designer Eric Lang, known for titles like Blood Rage and Rising Sun, has collaborated on a new board game called Life in Reterra. Described as a meatier version of Carcassonne, it is set in a post-apocalyptic world where players lead communities in a greener Earth. The tile-laying game supports 2-4 players, with each playthrough taking around 35 minutes. Players acquire and place tiles and buildings within their communities, earning points based on placement and fulfilling specific requirements. The game introduces environmentally sustainable living, reusing discarded items for new infrastructure. Life in Reterra is set to release in the US on June 15th at a retail price of $30, with a European release date pending.

In a groundbreaking move, China’s Guangzhou Internet Court issued the world’s first legally binding verdict on copyright infringement by an AI-generated service. The court ruled against an AI company for infringing on Ultraman’s copyright and adaptation rights during generative AI services, holding it liable for civil damages. The defendant’s AI-generated images substantially copied the original Ultraman work without permission. The judgment emphasized the duty of care for generative AI service providers and specified the need for clear user awareness of copyright risks. The court aimed for a balance between rights protection and industry development, ruling that the defendant compensate the plaintiff 10,000 yuan ($1,389).

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A group of RPG creators is crowdfunding a physical book for a memorial megadungeon called Return to Perinthos, dedicated to the late D&D designer Jennell Jaquays. The project aims to cover Jaquays’ medical and funeral expenses, featuring nearly 90 interconnected dungeon levels mirroring her classic Caverns of Thracia. The 200-page book, designed by Luke Gearing, includes a fresh setting and a previously unpublished Q&A with Jaquays. The crowdfunding campaign on Crowdfundr, licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0, allows contributors to use various RPG systems, resulting in an eclectic mix. All proceeds from retail sales will go to Trans Lifeline in honor of Jaquays’ activism. The campaign runs until February 26th, with shipping expected in May.

Evil Genius Games, a tabletop RPG company, experienced a rapid decline from over 20 staff members to just six within a few weeks. The company faced financial troubles despite initial success, with staff working without pay for months. A failed collaboration with Netflix on the Rebel Moon tabletop game, accompanied by a lawsuit and subsequent settlement, contributed to the company’s woes. Internal conflicts arose over the use of controversial Web3 technologies, including AI, blockchain, and NFTs, and disagreements led to resignations and layoffs. Allegations of a toxic work environment, broken promises, and unethical behavior by the CEO were raised by former employees. The company is now seeking to recover with a smaller team and scaled-down ambitions. A crowdfunding campaign for Military Heroes sourcebooks is underway, emphasizing a commitment to avoid using AI or blockchains in their projects.

Board game company CMON LTD and crowdfunding platform Gamefound have entered into an exclusivity deal for tabletop crowdfunding and pledge management. CMON will now host its crowdfunding and preorder campaigns exclusively on Gamefound, marking a significant shift from its previous use of Kickstarter. The move is driven by Gamefound’s features and a desire to enhance the consumer experience. CMON’s current A Song of Ice & Fire: Tactics campaign on Gamefound has already raised over $1 million. Meanwhile, Backerkit, a crowdfunding platform, is gaining traction in tabletop gaming by attracting disenchanted Kickstarter users. Backerkit aims to offer a more intimate and sustainable relationship between backers and creators. The platform has experienced success with tabletop campaigns, managing projects that account for a significant percentage of Kickstarter funds. Backerkit’s CEO, Maxwell Salzberg, envisions crowdfunding as a way for creators to turn their unique projects into a long-term career. 

Pathfinder RPG has partnered with Michael Ghelfi Studios to produce official soundtracks for upcoming Adventure Path releases. Paizo, the studio behind Pathfinder, will collaborate with Michael Ghelfi Studios to create full-length soundtracks for Adventure Paths, enhancing the ambiance of tabletop RPG sessions. The partnership aims to provide players with memorable music associated with key themes, characters, and story beats from their campaigns. The soundtracks will be available for download alongside the Adventure Path volumes and can be streamed on various platforms, including YouTube, Spotify, and Bandcamp. Paizo plans to list the music on popular virtual tabletop programs for online RPG sessions.

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Wizards of the Coast is working on a revision of the 5th edition of D&D, initially referred to as One D&D and later as the 2024 revision. However, the release of the Monster Manual, the final book in the revised rulebooks, is delayed until February 18, 2025, a year after the game’s 51st anniversary. The Player’s Handbook (2024) is expected to release on September 17, 2024, followed by the Dungeon Master’s Guide on November 12, 2024, and the Monster Manual on February 18, 2025. Two new adventures for D&D: “Vecna: Eve of Ruin” and “Quests from the Infinite Staircase,” offering diverse settings and challenges will also be released this year. A history book titled “The Making of Original Dungeons & Dragons: 1970-1977” by Jon Peterson is set to release on June 18, 2024. The 3D virtual tabletop for D&D, aiming to enhance the gaming experiences also due some time this year. Additional products, including footwear and apparel from Converse, an official LEGO IDEAS building set, and treats from Pop-Tarts. 

A new sci-fi wargame called “Epic Warpath” by Mantic Games is introduced, drawing inspiration from the classic Epic 40k and involving tiny miniatures in large-scale battles. The Kickstarter campaign is now live and is only running for 15 days. Four Warpath army factions are included with the possibility of unlocking two more as Stretch Goals.

Comedian Sarah Silverman and other authors filed a copyright case against OpenAI, alleging that ChatGPT pirated their work. The court partially dismissed some claims, but the main complaint of direct copyright infringement remains. This is one of several copyright lawsuits Open AI is facing including suits from John Grisham, George R.R. Martin and The New York Times.

Goodman Games is running a crowdfunding campaign for Adventures On the Purple Planet, offering various DCC RPG products, including a hardcover compilation, dice sets, accessories, and more. This campaign is on Backerkit and is a hardcover volume including all the contents of the previously released Purple Planet boxed set. Seven publishers are also contributing to this campaign and the more campaigns you support the more you can save as well as getting a free 3d6 dice set.

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Paizo has released the Starfinder Second Edition Playtest, which includes a 264-page softcover playtest rulebook. The rulebook features new content, six classes, new ancestries, feats, spells, equipment system, and more, using Pathfinder Second Edition rules as a foundation. Two playtest adventures, “A Cosmic Birthday” and “Empires Devoured,” are also introduced, each designed to showcase the new Second Edition rules and create narrative-driven experiences. The playtest materials will be available for free in PDF format at launch.

Free League Publishing has unveiled its 2024 games slate, including two new games and 11 RPG expansions. The new games are Mutant Year Zero: Zone Wars (a tabletop miniatures skirmish game) and The Electric State Roleplaying Game. RPG expansions include titles for Alien RPG, Mutant: Year Zero, Blade Runner RPG, Ruins of Symbaroum, The One Ring RPG, and more.

Free RPG Day 2024 is scheduled for June 22, 2024, featuring RPG adventures, previews, exclusives, and accessories from various companies like Renegade Game Studios, Paizo, WizKids, and more.

Cool Mini or Not and Knight Models are set to launch two new Game of Thrones wargames, “A Song of Ice And Fire: Tactics” and “Game of Thrones Miniature Game.” The games offer different gameplay styles, including massed battles and strategic skirmish wargaming. Knight Models emphasizes detailed miniatures, while CMON introduces a playable diorama with a giant dragon, Drogon, as a centerpiece in its crowdfunding campaign.

Modiphius is releasing Fallout: Factions Nuka-World, a versus skirmish game set in the Fallout universe.

The game features customizable gang-members, standard d10 dice, and a streamlined resolution system.

Players aim to control Nuka World, engaging in fast-paced player-versus-player games with ongoing narrative development.

Joe Manganiello confirms that the proposed live-action Dragonlance project is not moving forward.

The project faced obstacles, including Hasbro’s sale of eOne studio and the poor performance of a Dragonlance D&D adventure and board game in 2022. Despite positive feedback on the script, efforts to revive the project, including Manganiello’s attempt to buy the rights, have not succeeded, but he remains optimistic about potential future developments.

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Hasbro, the owner of Dungeons & Dragons, is reportedly in talks with Tencent for various rights, including electronic game adaptations. The report suggests a potential sale of the Dungeons & Dragons IP, but there are conflicting details. The success of Larian’s Baldur’s Gate 3 might have influenced Tencent’s interest in investing in similar projects.

Mythic Games, a crowdfunding-focused board game publisher, faced financial woes and outsourced its remaining projects to CMON. HEL: The Last Saga and Anastyr were sold to CMON due to challenges in completing the projects without additional funding from backers. The backlash from Kickstarter backers, the death threats received by Mythic Games’ co-founders, and the future of the company are all part of the difficulty.

Duncan Jones is working on an animated Rogue Trooper film based on the 2000AD comic strip, using Unreal Engine 5 for animation. The film has finished principal photography, and it is a collaboration between Rebellion, Liberty Films, and Treehouse Digital. A star-studded cast includes Aneurin Barnard, Hayley Atwell, Daryl McCormack, Matt Berry, Sean Bean, and Diane Morgan.

A report from Tabletop Analytics indicates a decline in Kickstarter funding for tabletop games in 2023 for the second consecutive year. The data suggests a 30% decrease in earnings for individual tabletop creators compared to the pre-COVID year of 2019. Kickstarter has not publicly disclosed its data for the first time in almost a decade, and the decline is attributed to factors like crowdfunding fatigue and increased competition. The importance of community management tools and concerns about Kickstarter’s permissive stance on AI generative art are highlighted.

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