Beyond the Gates of Antares created by Tim and Rick Priestley and published by Warlord Games is being discontinued. The miniatures will continue to be produced by Skytrex. The game will get a free second edition from the original creators and a new website to support the game separate from Warlord. So players of the game are not being abandoned and thankfully the games remains in the hands of its creators.

Hasbro buys D&D Beyond from Fandom for almost $150 million. This will create more of an ecosystem for Wizards of the Coast to offer digital materials for the game and also collect valuable data from its players. Both the president of Hasbro and Wizards are former Microsoft executives, so this first major purchase of a digital platform is not surprising. D&D Beyond will retain its original management and continue as usual with the only change being the oversight of Hasbro. The only missing piece of the puzzle is a virtual tabletop. Will Roll20 be next?

A quick side note. We missed the news a few weeks back that Paizo will be converting one of their Pathfinder Adventure Paths, Abomination Vaults, for Dungeons and Dragons 5E. Is this just an attempt by Paizo to reach a wider audience and boost the sales of their adventures or does this mean the beginning of the end for Pathfinder? According to Roll20 session data Pathfinder has slipped considerably in recent years with D&D accounting more than 50% of online game sessions.

Fearsome Wilderness is an RPG using the Year Zero Engine about a prison ship that crashes on a densely wooded planet inhabited by unnatural fearsome critters of American lumberjack folklore. The horror is compounded by the fact that waking up from such an extended period of hibernation can do strange things to the mind. A free trial version of the game is available on DriveThruRPG.

Tainted Grail, the boardgame by Awaken Realms, is getting a sequel called Kings of Ruin. The sequel will be crowdfunded on Gamefound, their tabletop funding platform that launched earlier this year. The original game that was released in 2018 the biggest Kickstarter of that year, raising over $6.4 million and is now getting a second edition as part of this release. The new edition of the game promises more refined mechanics and gameplay with additional storylines. Hopefully this will help them establish Gamefound as a legitimate alternative to Kickstarter.

And finally, Games Workshop is partnering with Moon Pig to bring us licensed Warhammer 40k custom birthday cards. Emperor Preserve Us!

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Games Workshop has announced with a switcheroo April Fools joke that Squats will be returning to the Warhammer 40k setting. Now called the very trademarkable Leagues Of Votann, these space dwarf miniatures look a bit more generic than their original incarnation. This crosses off another longtime fan request following plastic Sisters of Battle from a fews years back.

Mongoose Publishing will be Kickstarting a new tabletop RPG called Shield Maidens. This original setting will combine Norse mythology with Cyberpunk elements. Players take the role of high technology cyberpunk armor and weaponry equipped women warriors as the Fenrir empire spread, the supply of Ymir’s Blood begins to dwindle and the Ragnarok approaches. The most difficult question to answer is will you play Viking Metal or Synthwave during your gaming session? Maybe both?

Disappointingly, the official Blade Runner TTRPG by Free League will be crowdfunding on Kickstarter this May. This contradicts their approach with the Alien RPG releasing the game directly to retail preorder. We are sure they have their reasons and hopefully the campaign will lead to a larger release than direct to retail would allow. Following The One Ring Second Edition, it is yet another IP that should have a built-in audience that would support it without crowdfunding. Let’s hope it is the best decision and not the beginning of a good publisher starting to lean too heavily on licensed IPs.

Finally, we want to bring your attention to a few free RPG goodies. They may be available for a limited time so have a look before the promotion ends. #wh40kSquats #shieldmaidens #bladerunner #DCC

Full Core Rules for Dungeon Crawl Classics (afilliate link):
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DCC quick-start rules & intro adventures:
https://goodman-games.com/store/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/09/DCC_QSR_Free2.pdf

Lost Mines of Phandelver for Roll20:
https://marketplace.roll20.net/browse/bundle/9403/lost-mine-of-phandelver

Last week’s Mutant Chronicles good news is followed by bad news. Storyboards for the never produced Dune movie sold at auction for ten times the expected price. Warhammer headquarters in Nottingham flooded and closed indefinitely. Possible Skaven tunnel collapse. Soulmist holds four part open beta to let players make world-shaping decisions for their January Kickstarter.
#mutantchronicles #dune #warhammer #soulmist

Purging of the Crucible for the 2d20 Mutant Chronicles RPG (affiliate link):
https://www.modiphius.net/products/mutant-chronicles-purging-the-crucible-pdf-only?ref=sloyalty&token=vhbUPnHm6tIp

Also at DriveThruRPG (afilliate link):
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Soulmist’s Time of Judgement voting form:
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/376896/Soulmist–Time-Of-Judgement-Open-Beta?affiliate_id=31065

Soulmist voting form:
https://soulmist.gr/timeofjudgement/

Broken Token fires half of their staff as “necessary changes” after a string of contract withdrawals based on accusations of power abuse by former employees against the CEO. He has also stepped away from his position. Duncan Rhodes, the former face of Warhammer painting tutorials, has moved out on his own and along with a YouTube channel is now releasing a new line of paints, named for his recurring advice of “Two Thin Coats”. Ed Greenwood, the creator of the Forgotten Realms, is releasing a new setting for 5E called Tanares. Avatar Legends has a massively successful Kickstarter that has now reached around $10million. Is this a huge success for Magpie Games or have they bitten of more then they can chew? The expectations of backers and the realities of production need to be balanced, but has this project already gotten away from them? #brokentoken #duncanrhodes #magpiegames #tanares #avatarlegends

Tanares RPG Kickstarer:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dragorigames/tanares-rpg

Duncan Rohdes Paint Academy Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/transatlantisgames/duncan-rhodes-painting-academy-two-thin-coats-paints

Our 100th episode! WizKids is creating a Dungeons and Dragons line of paints and miniatures on sprues, supposedly system agnostic. They are targeted at beginners, but will they cannibalize their pre-painted offerings? Unearthed Arcana is now officially off D&D Beyond. This previously served to circulate playtest materials, but it may have created more controversy for WotC than it was worth. Finally, we discuss the odd offering that is Warhammer+ It is a costly venture that Games Workshop has zero experience in doing well. Their previous apps and video content would not command a subscription price. So what is the motive? Leaving physical products to license an IP or making yourself appealing to Hasbro for sale? Only the heretical forces of the immaterium know!
#goblinko #dungeondegenerates #dnd #wahammerplus

Dungeon Degenerates Fourth Printing:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/seanaaberg/dungeon-degenerates-hand-of-doom-fourth-printing

 

 

Games Workshop announced the platform for their eleven animated series. Warhammer Plus. No further details given until next month, neither price nor additional content. Netflix is actively looking into developing games and has approached veteran game designs. After the failure of Amazon, owner of Twitch, to become a game developer, it doesn’t make much sense. Finally, Asmodee and Paizo announced they will not attend the physical event in Indianapolis, but will provide virtual supports with online gaming sessions and Livestreams. There will also be PopUp GenCon support at local game stores.
#gencon #warhammerplus #netflix #paizo

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G4, that gaming network that no one knew still existed, is teaming up with Dungeons and Dragons to broadcast D&D Live, an update to the annual campaign storyline. They are also threatening to get involved with Warhammer Live and Magic: The Gathering. Should be fun. Games Workshop is holding a live event to promote the progress of their animation projects. No details ahead of the event. That’s it. Hope we can see more than another set of trailers. The designer of Frosthaven, the stand-alone sequel to the successful Gloomhaven, posts a response to accussations of racial/cultural insensitivity and hires a cultural consultant. #frosthaven #G4 #warhammeranimation #dnd

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++Coyote and Crow on KS
++Rob Kuntz licenses works for 1e-5e
++Warhammer Fan Creator Joins GW
++D&D movie cast update

We look back at 2020 and all the things that could have been great but had to suffer from our global condition. The Witcher and Tales From the Loop hit TV. Mork Borg and Ironsworn caught our attention as outstanding RPGs. Warcaster: Neo Mechanical by Privateer Press came and went. GenCon 2020 was cancelled along with everything else. The Dead Milkmen released the Lost Tomb of the Bitchin Chimera for 5E. Heroquest was update and released on HasLab. The Quest RPG still has us curious. Cyberpunk Red on the tabletop preceded the unfinished and buggy Cyberpunk 2077 for PC and consoles. This was not the Year of Dune as we previously predicted. Games Workshop releases the 9th edition of Warhammer 40k and really screwed anybody trying to sell their games, but their webstore. Alan Dean Foster was not paid by Disney and thinks Rey should have been a droid. And finally, the KFConsole is the joke that won’t go away.
#ironsworn #morkborg #questrpg #cyberpunk #warhammer40k #thewitcher #talesfromtheloop

Free League will be Kickstarting the new edition of Twilight 2000 later this year. CMON will now be publishing graphic novels based on their game properties, starting with Zombicide and Cthulhu: Death May Die. Never Going Home by WetiInk print on demand arriving soon. A new edition of Warhammer 40,000 is coming this year. We talk at length about it and its happy, not at all grimdark spot illustrations on the Games Workshop website. Xas Irkalla is a black metal hell with interesting mechanics and intense artwork. Nemesis Lockdown is a stand-alone expansion to Nemesis, the survival horror boardgame inspired by the Alien movies. The Wretched & Alone Game Jam gives you a chance to try survival horror mechanics, also inspired by Alien, with the setting of your choice.

#new40k #twilight2000 #xasirkalla #wretchedjam

Wretched & Alone Game Jam:
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