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Sep 17, 2020 . 1 comments

Creators of Combat Wheelchair Miniatures on the Challenges of Pushing RPGs to a More Inclusive Future

Creators of Combat Wheelchair Miniatures on the Challenges of Pushing RPGs to a More Inclusive Future

There’s a popular saying in the cosplay community: “

Cosplay is for everyone .” This expands to nerd culture as a whole, but sometimes fandoms need a boost. This is where designer Sara Thompson’s The Combat Wheelchair Dungeons & Dragons mod comes into play. io9 has an exclusive look at two miniatures created in tribute to her mod , as well as a talk with the designers about how this is only...

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Sep 16, 2020 at 07:30.

Disney Enters a Silent Shadowed Kingdom and Fallout Adds the Enclave in Gaming News

Disney Enters a Silent Shadowed Kingdom and Fallout Adds the Enclave in Gaming News

Welcome back to Gaming Shelf, io9's column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. This week, we’ve got a creepy Disney game where players can’t talk to each other, a Mariposas promo pack to honor a young girl, and the arrival of the Enclave to Fallout: Wasteland Warfare. Check it out!

News and Releases Disney Shadowed Kingdom Now Available

Mondo Games has ventured into the Disney...

Sep 02, 2020. 6 comments

Metal Gear Solid Sees Another Delay and Trivial Pursuit Embraces Horror in Gaming News

Metal Gear Solid Sees Another Delay and Trivial Pursuit Embraces Horror in Gaming News

Welcome back to

Gaming Shelf , io9's column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. In this latest edition, we’ve got a board game about gods celebrating the wonder of dinosaurs, some awesome roleplaying dice inlaid with (fake) mosquitos, and another delay for one of IDW’s most anticipated games. Check it out! Boldly Get Into Star Trek Adventures and Become a Sentient Gun in...

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Sep 02, 2020. 8 comments

Magic: The Gathering Is Getting a Whole Dungeons & Dragons Set Next Year

Magic: The Gathering Is Getting a Whole Dungeons & Dragons Set Next Year

This is far from the first collaboration between the two powerhouses of Wizards of the Coast’s

tabletop games —but it’s the first time D&D has really come to Magic in a major way .

Announced today as part of a livestream celebrating the upcoming Zendikar Rising set for Magic, Wizards of the Coast revealed its current roadmap for Magic sets due to release over the course of 2021. Beyond...

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Sep 01, 2020.

The Umbrella Academy Card Game Is Punishing

The Umbrella Academy Card Game Is Punishing

The Umbrella Academy has already jumped from the comic book panel to the small screen, with season two of Netflix’s show now streaming. Now, it’s The Umbrella Academy Game thanks to Studio 71 Games. We had a chance to test out an early version of the card game and it’s off to a promising start, but there are some issues that risk making it being borderline impossible to enjoy.

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Aug 24, 2020. 21 comments

With D&D's Next Rulebook, Character Creation Will Never Be the Same

With D&D's Next Rulebook, Character Creation Will Never Be the Same

Although

Dungeons & Dragons’ fifth edition has added as many classes, races, and rules as it has since it first began, for the most part, the wayplayers create characters has stayed the same. You pick a race, that race defines certain things about you, and so on. But the game’s next sourcebook is giving players the opportunity to change that forever.

Today, Wizards of the Coast lifted the...

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Aug 19, 2020. 10 comments

Boldly Get Into Star Trek Adventures and Become a Sentient Gun in the Latest Gaming News

Boldly Get Into Star Trek Adventures and Become a Sentient Gun in the Latest Gaming News

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Gaming Shelf , io9's column all about board games, RPGs, and tabletop gaming news. There have been plenty of exciting announcements following the online-only GenCon 2020, along with some really intriguing new Kickstarter campaigns. These include new miniatures based on the Dungeons & Dragons wheelchair combat ruleset, Wyrmwood’s latest convertible gaming table, and a

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Aug 04, 2020. 3 comments

Umbrella Academy Does Card Battles, and D&D Gets a Board Game in Gaming News

Umbrella Academy Does Card Battles, and D&D Gets a Board Game in Gaming News

Welcome back to

Gaming Shelf , io9's column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. Gen Con Online has come and gone, along with San Diego Comic-Con —but they weren’t the only sources of games announcements this time around. We’ve got a new card game about The Umbrella Academy , along with a tabletop roleplaying game about Nordic mythology. Come on in and discover what gaming...

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Jul 22, 2020.

Steven Universe Rocks Out and Hello Neighbor Does Hidden Identity in the Latest Gaming News

Steven Universe Rocks Out and Hello Neighbor Does Hidden Identity in the Latest Gaming News

Welcome back to

Gaming Shelf , io9's column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. San Diego Comic-Con at Home and Gen Con Online 2020 are right around the corner, and with those events we might see some new announcements and releases. In the meantime, there’s plenty of cool stuff on the horizon, including a Steven Universe musical battle game, a new Boss Monster expansion, and...
Jul 15, 2020. 8 comments

The Adventure Zone TV Show May Feature a New Voice Cast

The Adventure Zone TV Show May Feature a New Voice Cast

The novel coronavirus pandemic may have slowed down television production across the world, but animation is one area where things are still happening. The McElroy brothers are hard at work on the pilot for Peacock’s

The Adventure Zone animated series—a show that may come with a few surprises, including a potential new voice cast.

The Adventure Zone podcast creators Griffin McEloy and Travis...

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Jul 12, 2020. 14 comments

The Star Trek Roleplaying Game Is Getting a Whole New Rulebook Just for Playing as the Klingons

The Star Trek Roleplaying Game Is Getting a Whole New Rulebook Just for Playing as the Klingons

When it launched a few years ago, Modiphius’ Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game gave fans a ruleset for boldly going as

their very own crew of Federation officers, managing their own ship, going on away missions, and exploring the galaxy. But its latest expansion isn’t about giving Federation characters more things to do: it’s about flipping the game’s script entirely.

This week Modiphius...

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Jul 08, 2020. 3 comments

Travel to the Golden Age of The Witcher and See Pandemic's Newest Legacy in Gaming News

Travel to the Golden Age of The Witcher and See Pandemic's Newest Legacy in Gaming News

Welcome back to Gaming Shelf, io9's column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. This week, Gen Con Online gets things in full swing with its events schedule for the digital convention experience. Plus, a look at Pandemic Legacy’s upcoming season and a special anniversary edition for The Lord of the Rings: The Board Game. Check it out!

Gen Con Online Shares Events Schedule

Gen...

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Jun 19, 2020. 19 comments

Dungeons & Dragons Team Announces New Plans to Address Race and Inclusivity in the Game

Dungeons & Dragons Team Announces New Plans to Address Race and Inclusivity in the Game

Dungeons & Dragons has made strides in recent years to ensure the Forgotten Realms (and the planes beyond it) better represent the world we live in, and a playerbase that is more diverse than ever before. But in light of ongoing reckonings across the world against issues of systemic racism, Wizards of the Coast has unveiled new steps it wants D&D to take to foster an inclusive tabletop...

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Jun 10, 2020. 2 comments

Game Companies Address Black Lives Matter, The Shining Gets an Escape Room, and More in Gaming News

Game Companies Address Black Lives Matter, The Shining Gets an Escape Room, and More in Gaming News

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Gaming Shelf , io9's column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. The past week of protests against racism and police brutality had a huge impact on the national conversation, and that’s not expected to change anytime soon. We’ve provided a few resources for game companies that are helping out during the protests, plus some free gifts for folks staying at home.

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May 13, 2020. 6 comments

Talisman Finds the Force, a D&D Online Summer Camp, and More in Gaming News

Talisman Finds the Force, a D&D Online Summer Camp, and More in Gaming News

Welcome back to

Gaming Shelf , io9's column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. There are a lot of exciting crowdfunding campaigns out right now as developers try to prepare for life after the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, we’ve got the new Arkham Horror: The Card Game campaign and a creative way Spin Master is repurposing Hedbanz.
News and Releases Spin Master Hedbanz...

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Apr 29, 2020. 8 comments

Dungeons & Dragons Has Its Biggest Year Yet, and More in Tabletop Gaming News

Dungeons & Dragons Has Its Biggest Year Yet, and More in Tabletop Gaming News

Welcome back to

Gaming Shelf , io9's column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. The covid-19 pandemic continues to impact the industry but there are folks stepping in to help local game shops. We’ve profiled a few below, along with a new Harry Potter -style roleplaying game and some exciting news for Dungeons & Dragons  fans.News and ReleasesCompanies Helping Local Game...

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Feb 03, 2020. 3 comments

Steamforged Games, the team behind those cute dogs and cats you can use in D&D campaigns, are re

Steamforged Games, the team behind those cute dogs and cats you can use in D&D campaigns, are re

Steamforged Games, the team behind

those cute dogs and cats you can use in D&D campaigns , are releasing their own complete box set called Animal Adventures: Secrets of Gullet Cove, which includes a bunch of animal miniatures as well as its own rules, story and map so that it can run as its own campaign setting.

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 20, 2019. 7 comments

Crusader Kings: The Kotaku Review

Crusader Kings: The Kotaku Review

Crusader Kings the video game is a massive, unwieldy thing that can’t possibly be crammed into a 2-3 hour board game experience . But developers Free League, bless them, have certainly given it a shot. Crusader Kings II: The Kotaku Re-Review

When I first reviewed Crusader Kings II in 2012, I called it “one of the most challenging,…

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Crusader Kings the board game tries to take pretty...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Jun 05, 2019.

The open source beta for the tabletop RPG DIE, written by comics writer Kieron Gillen and based on h

The open source beta for the tabletop RPG DIE, written by comics writer Kieron Gillen and based on h

The open source beta for the tabletop RPG DIE, written by comics writer Kieron Gillen and based on his comic of the same name, just dropped today. If you wanna know more about the comic—and hear some of Gillen’s fun RPG experiences—

check out our interview with him .
Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett May 22, 2019. 9 comments

Modiphius is releasing a tabletop wargame based on The Elder Scrolls universe

Modiphius is releasing a tabletop wargame based on The Elder Scrolls universe

Modiphius is releasing a tabletop wargame based on The Elder Scrolls universe. Weird choice, seeing as this is an RPG series in which combat is usually a small-scale solo affair, but whatever, licensing! 

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