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6 RPGs We’re Looking Forward To In 2019

6 RPGs We’re Looking Forward To In 2019

We love a lot of games here at Geek & Sundry. We also love talking about games we haven’t played yet. 2018 had a bunch of great RPGs and 2019 looks to have even more. We chose a few of the ones we’re most excited to see come out this year and hope to dig into with deeper articles this year.

Shadow of the Beanstalk

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Cyberpunk came back in a big way over the past couple years. There’s a demand for dark technologically advanced futures all over the place, and even we have taken a look into the black mirror. While Android: Netrunner is no longer in production, Fantasy Flight Games is looking to keep the setting going with Shadow of the Beanstalk for its in-house Genesys RPG system. The Android setting is a great blend of classic cyberpunk storylines with modern sensibilities. we expect the RPG to follow the same ideas mechanically and make some drama thanks to the Genesys dice.

Yellow King RPG

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Most of the time, the Elder God Cthulhu is at the front and center of any games that use its ideas of mind bending sanity and terrifying cosmic horror. There’s a whole rack of other Elder Gods that are often used as villains in Mythos games. Legendary game designer Robin Laws moves Hastur and the Yellow King to the front and center of this RPG, which focuses less on cult busting and relic hunting and more on riding out a being whose very touch corrodes time and space. The Yellow King RPG includes settings which feature characters linked to each other despite living in alternate realities and an art design that makes the game look like the cursed play through which Hastur curses the world.

Zombie World

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Once upon a time, boxed sets rules tabletop role-playing games. They included everything needed to play and let players fire up a new adventure in a few minutes notice. Zombie World does this masterfully for a game using a variation of the Powered By the Apocalypse engine,, taking a game known for it’s pick up and play aspects and making it even easier to get into. All it takes is a few minutes to choose the enclave, some character traits, and some shuffled cards and everyone is quickly embroiled in a crumbling world full of human tensions, hungry dead and problems that will bring them together in the most dramatic of ways.

Shadow of the Century

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“What if Sarah Conner, Jack Burton, Michael Knight and Axel Foley teamed up to fight aliens?” The final project born out of the wildly successful Evil Hat Fate Core Kickstarter will be dropping in 2019. Shadow of the Century is a gonzo game of 80s action set in the same world as  their original hit RPG Spirit of the Century. The game uses the Fate Core engine and allows players to not just create heroes but create the big bad of the campaign. The gonzometer rules allows GMs to adjust the power levels of characters on the fly. Bigger powers often require fate points to use, but when the chips are down, players can let their big attacks fly. When the President is being held hostage by an ancient kung-fu wizard backed by cybernetic ninja assassins, the table can even go through a montage to level up before the big final battle rather than after.

Things From The Flood

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Speaking of sequels, Tales From The Loop is getting its own follow-up set in the brooding 90s. Things From the Flood focuses on young people in the world of The Loop after the mysterious facility has shut down and all the wonderful 80’s tech is breaking down and rusting across Sweden. Players can create new characters to explore the aftermath of the Loop or they can advance their Tales From the Loop kids to their moody teenage years. A word of caution for those who do; characters can die in this edition and the strange phenomenon affecting the leftover technology might just be the thing that does them in.

Savage Worlds Adventure Edition

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Savage Worlds has built a reputation as a solid tabletop rules set for the past 15 years through simple mechanics and a price point that allows the everyone at the table to get a rulebook for the price of one copy of another RPG. Pinnacle Entertainment celebrated the anniversary by offering a new edition that went in the opposite direction; longtime fans could pick up a deluxe boxed set with templates, cards and other useful pieces that were once only available as PDFs as well as new chase rules and samplers of several settings that use the rules. Savage Worlds Adventure Edition went through another revision to keep the speed while integrating feedback from thousands of customers pushing them over the years. Fans looking for a system that’s easy to learn but versatile enough to apply to dozens of settings should be excited when the Kickstarter ships this summer.

What RPGs are you excited about? Let us know in the comments!

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Images Credits: Fantasy Flight Games, Pelgrane Press, Free League Publishing, Evil Hat Productions, Magpie Games, Pinnacle Entertainment Group

Rob Wieland is an author, game designer and professional nerd. He’s worked on dozens of different tabletop games ranging from Star Wars and Firefly to his own creations like CAMELOT Trigger. His Twitter is here. You can watch him livestream RPGs with the Theatre of the Mind Players here. His meat body can be found in scenic Milwaukee, WI.

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