Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Green Ronin Shows how a Real Game Company Announces its 2015 Game Lineup (but...)
Green Ronin apparently also made an announcement for its 2015 book lineup, In this listing we have some very robust entries, including:
The AGE System gets:
A new Dragon Age Core Rulebook comprising the contents (revised) of the three boxed sets
An Inquisition sourcebook and revised GM's Toolkit
Faces of Thedas (formerly a PDF line) gets its own book
A may release of the long-awaited Fantasy AGE engine with a Gencon-release setting book
Mutants & Masterminds gets:
The Cosmic Sourcebook so you can have faux Guardians of the Galaxy Adventures
Freedom City revised book
Atlas of Earth Prime continues with an eventual print release
A Return to Freeport book for Pathfinder
Two Song of Ice and Fire releases for people who are into that (I have only ever read the novels. Seriously. We don't get Cable so no HBO, and until they show up on Netflix I am not going to see it)
Some card game called Love2Hate
Ork! the beer-and-pretzels RPG gets a re-release! This is kinda cool.
Now THAT is a proper game line-up. Of course, there is that giant BUT......
And if you know Green Ronin, you know what the BUT is: they are ambitious, determined, and produce fantastic books, but they are also notorious for slipping deadlines, sometimes by a year or two. So when it comes to much of their planned schedule (especially and chiefly for their licensed IP) I suggest adding 6 months to a year minimum to the release dates. I could be wrong.....I seriously hope I am wrong!.....but it's just how it's been for a long time now.
However, the good news is Fantasy AGE is not tied to any IP, and the rules are functionally out there now, so we just need the "IP-free" edition and we're good. My post yesterday mentioning to Paizo that we need a competitive "lite" edition of their game to go up against D&D 5E with more product support? Yeah, forget that.....I think Green Ronin may have this one handled just fine.
As a complete aside: I really need to look at Mutants & Masterminds seriously. I don't know why I am not playing this game (at all). I loved 1st edition, liked (but did not run) 2nd edition, and own all of 3rd.... 3rd edition appears to be amazingly well done, actually, and the DC Heroes books, despite being pre New-52, are also great resources. I don't know why I'm not doing something with this, need to investigate.