Feats Feedback & August 2016 D&D Survey

I’m busy working on my Storm King’s Thunder review, so this week’s Campaign Trail article is just going to take a quick look at D&D’s feedback from feats and their new August Survey. Chris Lindsay over at D&D shared the feedback they collected on the Unearthed Arcana feats article from back in June. He also provides all of us with a new survey to fill out for August that looks at the current Dungeon Master’s Screen and other tools used when running your game.

Gen Con 2016 – Steve Jackson Games – Car Wars 6th Edition

While I was at GEN CON last week, I got a chance to speak with Phil Reed, the CEO of Steve Jackson Games. I had learned prior to the convention that the date had moved out for the release of the 6th edition to 2017, which I found as good and bad news. The bad was just the little kid in me that wanted it now, and the good is that being patient will give us a cool fully play-tested functional game. The “I want it now” has been smacked down by my wiser, “Be Patient Dummy!!!”self.

I wanted to learn and hear about the upcoming changes to look for in the new edition, and Phil filled me in on some of what we should expect.

Gen Con 2016 – The Best Four Days in Gaming Recap

I was able to spend four days gaming with lots of people and it was great! It all took place last week in Indianapolis at Gen Con. I took some videos of the convention center and a few pictures of my adventures. Wednesday Night we walked over to the convention center to check out the setup, and the first thing we saw was a line. A VERY LONG LINE.

So I went back, and recorded a video as I walked the line. The next day I was able to get an early entry ticket into the Exhibit hall and walked through with my recorder. I saw the new Stuff from Goodman Games, and a demonstration of Ascension – Dreamscape from Stone Blade Entertainment. Then the crowds poured into the Exhibit Hall.

Critical Role Campaign Setting Book Announced

Fans of the weekly live action tabletop RPG series on Twitch/Web Critical Role can rejoice. Chris Pramas of Green Ronin Publishing (TitansgraveDragon Age RPGOut of the Abyss) and Geek & Sundry were at the Critical Role live show at Gen Con on the weekend. They revealed that a Critical Role Campaign Setting Book would be coming out in the Spring of 2017 to the crowd who “went bonkers”.

Sasquatch Game Studio – ALTERNITY SciFi RPG

To the stars! Sasquatch Game Studio announces that it plans to release ALTERNITY ™, a science-fiction roleplaying game that covers everything from galaxy-spanning empires to near-future orbital intrigue. The game system’s flagship product, a 256-page hardbound book, will be available in 2017.
The game, which shares a name and heritage with a popular RPG from the 1990s, covers such action-packed scenes as starfighter dogfights, zero-G combat, and powered-armor troopers blasting aliens into their constituent atoms. The Alternity rules set is modular, so gamemasters can support the story arcs they create with the specific rules they need. A story of far-future space exploration, for example, will use a capital starship rules module, while a dystopian cyberpunk setting will use a virtual reality/hacking module instead.

Roll20 to offer Official WotC D&D Content

I just saw the news on Polygon that Roll20 is offering D&D content as explained by Greg Tito. “We’re always looking to broaden access to Dungeons & Dragons, and Roll20 already plays a significant part of that expansion,” said Greg Tito, communications manager at Wizards of the Coast. “We are excited to see what the future brings.”

This is very exciting news since I’ve always used Roll20, and I am the D&D Adventurers League Local Coordinator for Roll20.

Star Trek Adventures – RPG Public Playtest & Minis Line

Modiphius announced that they are going to be launching a playtest for a new Star Trek RPG and miniatures line at this year’s Gen Con. This is good news for Star Trek fans hungry for a new RPG, since the last one was launched in way back in 2002.

Star Trek Adventures will use the Modiphius 2d20 game system and this “news comes as Star Trek fans worldwide celebrate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary in 2016.”