D&D finally gets Lord of the Rings

This is slightly old news, but I’m sharing it anyway, damnit! Cubicle 7, the fine folks behind the Doctor Who RPG and the very cool Lord of the Rings RPG called the One Ring are now making a D&D 5th edition version of Tolkein’s setting that started it all. The book should be out this summer, and I’m looking forward to seeing it!

You can read the Escapist article about it here.

The Dresden Files card game on Kickstarter

Because everything is being funded through Kickstarter these days (and believe me, I’m not complaining!), you may be interested in knowing that Evil Hat has launched a Kickstarter for The Dresden Files cooperative card game. Having backed an Evil Hat Kickstarter in the past, I can attest to their prowess in putting these things together. They’re always a great deal.

Check it out here.

Magic: The Gathering comes to D&D

The ever-wonderful Critical Hits is reporting that the setting of Magic: The Gathering, Zendikar, has come to D&D via a free PDF. What’s more, WotC is running a survey to gauge interest in a paid book for the setting as well.

Read more on Critical Hits. And/or get the PDF here.

Nocturnal Media acquires West End Games

It’s not often that you hear of an acquisition in the RPG industry (outside of Acquisitions Incorporated anyway), but “not-quite-dead-completely” venerable company West End Games has been bought by Nocturnal Media. If you’re not familiar with either company, West End Games made the D6 System that many know from their excellent Star Wars RPG. Beyond that, their famous (in our circles) for things like Paranoia and Torg. Nocturnal Media is the company behind such classics as Pendragon.

It should be interesting to see what happens. First on the docket for this is for Nocturnal to publish a new edition of Web & Starship funded through a Kickstarter launching on April 19th. I’m personally not familiar with Web & Starship, myself, but it appears to be an interesting asymmetrical board game from 1984, created by veteran designer Greg Costikyan.

You can read more from the press release on Nocturnal’s website here.

Unknown Armies 3rd Edition Kickstarter

Not only is RIFTS coming to Kickstarter, but now we’re getting a new edition of Unknown Armies! As of this writing, the game has 17 days left on its Kickstarter, but has already beaten its funding goal handily. Still, it’s a great way to get in on the ground floor, and Atlas Games’ previous Kickstarter for Feng Shui 2 went very well, so this should be a safe bet. It’s like the 90s are back, baby!

Check it out on Kickstarter here

RIFTS coming to Savage Worlds

On April 26th, Pinnacle Entertainment Group will be launching a Kickstarter for a conversion of Palladium’s RIFTS setting to Savage Worlds. The Kickstarter will run until May 19th, at which point we will know whether there’s enough interest in RIFTS on another system. Personally, as someone who grew up playing Palladium games alongside AD&D 2e, but grew to understand that there were better systems than Palladium’s now-well-aged system, this is a welcome sight indeed. I’m very curious to see what the final product looks like, and it might very well be a good reason to return to the gonzo* world of RIFTS.

More at PEG’s website here.

* Their word, not mine!

Curse of Strahd is almost here

If you have been following any 5e news as of late it’s all been about Ravenloft’s return and Curse of Strahd. It’s set to release March 15th. I for one have mixed feelings on all of this. I am a huge Ravenloft fan and glad to see it’s return and while it’s got the original authors helping out with this grand adventure I cannot help but feel I wanted something more in the way of a fresh setting book on at least the core. On the other hand I also can’t complain having most of the Ravenloft releases throughout the years. I’m just glad to see it back but hope that we get more of the demiplane of dread.

Robert E. Howard’s Conan Roleplaying Game Kickstarter

Modiphius Entertainment has a Kickstarter for the new Conan RPG. It’s already been funded and I cannot help but want to back it myself. I always wanted to get in on the Conan universe as I find it very interesting. Maybe now is the chance I have been waiting for.

Robert E. Howard’s Conan Roleplaying Game