Upcoming games I am excited about

I believe in a couple of post I came across much like a grumpy grognard who attacks everything new and is clinging to the good old times. But actually I am very open to new things and always on the search for the next cool game out there. I am not someone who has stuck to one particular game for decades, I ran and played dozens of different RPGs and there are always a couple of titles I am very excited about.

Eclipse Phase
"Different"Eclipse Phase is an upcoming game from Posthuman Studios and published by Catalyst Game Labs. The official site actually manages to describe the game pretty well in a single sentence: “Eclipse Phase is a pen & paper roleplaying game of post-apocalyptic transhuman conspiracy and horror.” I think when you read this you actually have a pretty good idea of what the game is about. And from what I’ve seen so far, it looks pretty cool (at least when the campaign setting is concerned). But what makes the game even more interesting that Eclipse Phase will probably the first commercial game that actually fully embraces Creative Commons. The game rules and the setting will be released under the CC Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike 3.0 license. That’s pretty good news especially for everyone who want to write his own stuff based on that game and post it on the internet. I wish other companies would make it as easy.

The 400-paged core rulebook shall be out this summer and is supposed to cost around 50 bucks.

Rogue Trader
Rogue TraderWhen a couple of years ago Black Industries announced a series of roleplaying games based on the Warhammer 40,000 franchise I was overjoyed. I am a big fan of Warhammer and 40K and the lack of a 40K RPG bothered me for quite some time. The first part of the series was Dark Heresy, which was praised by gamers and critics alike. In the meantime Games Workshop licensed their RPG lines over to Fantasy Flight Games. FFG is currently working on Rogue Trader. Rogue Trader will be mechanically pretty close to Dark Heresy but focus on another aspect of the Warhammer 40,000 universe. In this game you actually play a Rogue Trader and his closest counsellors. Rogue Traders are more or less privateers that plunder and profit in the name of the Imperium of Man.
I know from Dark Heresy that we can expect very high production values and pretty solid rules from Rogue Trader. And the setting may be even more interesting, since in Dark Heresy the focus of the setting was too human-centric if you ask me. In Rogue Trader you will probably get a better feeling for what this huge setting has to offer. The upcoming core book will probably set you back approx. $60.

Dresden Files RPG
This upcoming RPG is based on the novel series by Jim Butcher. I believe a lot of you already know the series or have watched the TV adaption, so I don’t go into detail here, but I think it’s sufficient to say that the Dresden Files RPG is a game of modern fantasy (and perhaps even horror) which plays in a version of the modern world where magic is real and supernatural creatures stalk the living. Harry Dresden is one of those people who try to “carve out his little corner of sanity in the world”. I haven’t read the books but I’ve watched several episodes of the TV series and the background sounds intruiging.
What makes everything a bit more interesting is the fact that the game is developed by the guys from Evil Hat Productions and will use an updated version of the FATE rules. You can read more about the game at the official website/blog.

Leviathans! adOk, this is no RPG but a tactical boardgame by Catalyst Game Labs. Here’s an excerpt from the original site:

Leviathans is a game in development by Catalyst Game Labs that simulates combat between warships that have taken to the air in an alternate history 1910. The king leviathans, the battleships, are the largest vessels. Maneuvering in support are the smaller ships of light cruisers, destroyers, and others ships. Will you captain your fleet for king and country, expanding your nation’s power and becoming legend? Or will you fall from the sky, forgotten?

From what I’ve seen so far this might be a pretty cool game which instantly reminded me of some FASA titles like Crimson Skies or the Renegade Legion games. And since I am a fan of flying ships of all kinds, they had me at “warships that have taken to the air“. The world of Leviathans may also make an interesting background for roleplaying games, don’t you think?

What are the upcoming games you are currently the most excited about? Please let us know in the comments below!

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

16 thoughts on “Upcoming games I am excited about”

  1. I'm with you on the Rogue Trader game – if it includes details on travelling the Imperium and what you'll encounter out there in the form of other races then that's definitely on my list.

    Other than that there's not really anything I'm waiting for with baited breath although Septimus will be one thing that I'll grab as soon as I can. I know that Eric Gibson had to do some quick softbacks to have something to sell at Gen Con but he also said that the hardback book is in transit to him so it can't be too far away. I have a soft spot for the D6 system and I'm looking forward to seeing what Bill Coffin has done with it, but I have this horrible feeling that it isn't going to get much (or any) supplemental support if WEG doesn't sort itself out soon.

    And, mate, don't worry about coming across as a 'grumpy old grognard' – the points you made were perfectly valid, given more weight by the fact that you're a long-time WFRP fan, and you're well within your rights to point out the faults you see in things. Keep it up.

  2. I am interested in Septimus, too, but I wouldn't call it excitement. Asyou probably know from earlier posts, I also have a soft spot for the d6 System, but alas I fear WEG will fail again. For the life of me I can't understand why Eric Gibson hasn't even updated the WEG site since December '08. It no surprise that a lot of people think WEG is no more and that OpenD6 will never come.

  3. Anti-spam: Cthulhu!

    I think Rogue Trader might be more accessible to players not familiar with 40k than Dark Heresy was. you sort of have to understand more about the setting to play an Inquisitor's retinue. With Rogue Trader you can point to Han Solo, or say "Firefly but with nasty aliens" and you've communicated the concept.

  4. I think that's a bit unfair. I am not happy about their vision for the WHFRP franchise either, but if I want to play Rogue Trader, I will buy it.

  5. Hi Stargazer,

    I've been visiting your world for a few months now and have just figured out how to leave comments. I enjoy reading your blog.

    Definitely looking forwards to The Dresden Files RPG. It seems to combine all the elements that make NWoD great, putting them in one place rather than spread out over a range of books.

    Pilgrims of the Flying Temple is another game that has my interest piqued, it has the scent of the 'Avatar' series about it and this can only be a good thing.

    I'm also looking forward to seeing any further developments with the PDQ system.

    This morning I got a bit excited over the new Pathfinder rpg but I've managed to get over that after reading some of the criticisms of the system.

    Gorgeous artwork and production value does not a playable game make, and I enjoy the simplicity of the PDQ system and Savage worlds.

    Still, I fear that I could be tempted if I was to sample a copy.

    Am also somewhat skeptical about this new edition of WFRP…

    Rogue Trader could be interesting though I'll probably pass up on it. As quality a product as Dark Heresy was, I have yet to play it and find the 40k universe too convoluted as a setting to roleplay in.

    1. Welcome to Stargazer's World, Chinthliss! I am also very interested in what Chad Underkofflers new project will be. His PDQ system is one of the more interesting systems out there. If you asked me it could be easily used for almost every genre. And can you please tell us, what problems Pathfinder has? I was thinking about getting a copy myself, but I was still unsure if it was worth it.

  6. Yes, it's unfair…but then, releasing "Heroquest II" under the name WFRP and killing the roleplaying game (while the two could have coexisted just like WFRP 1st ed co-existed with Heroquest and Adv. Heroquest) wasn't fair either…

    …you know what, if they did the sane thing and released this new game under another name me and my gaming group could as well have bought it for those lazy evenings when you don't feel like watching a DVD and have no prepared roleplaying session at hand…

    …after all, what did the WFRP fanbase ask for? VERY LITTLE…"Just keep the game alive and release a supplement now and then (Tilea, Estalia, Araby…)".

    But no, they HAD to kill it…so now I HAVE to kill their business…
    .-= Kull´s last blog ..WFRP (2nd ed.): Project Eastern Tilea =-.

  7. Hmm, I can understand where your coming from, and I agree in principle, but I prefer a printed hardcover book over a pirated PDF anytime. And I don't think any of us can hurt FFG or even GW.

  8. Thanks for the welcome S'Gazer.

    I agree that PDQ has the potential to be used for any kind of genre. Beyond the free rules, the only product I have is the recent (and excellent) Swashbuckler's of the 7 Skies. On my wish list are Truth and Justice and Jaws of the 6 Serpents.

    I read somewhere that the new project may be an update of Dead Inside, although I recall that Chad was musing upon a PDQ# sci-fi game on his blog.

    I've also been mulling over the new Pathfinder game. It sure looks pretty but I'm trying to resist being drawn in by the rpg honey-trap.I am not aware of any specific problems with the game, I've just been reading the pros and cons on a number of forums. As is usual, the negative crowd appears to be the more vocal.

    From my own limited experience of playing 3.0/3.5, the changes made in Pathfinder sound like positive ones.

    I've recently been reading and enjoying the many 'indie' games (Mouseguard and So7S currently)so I don't know if Pathfinder would be a step back from the play style I've come to enjoy/associate with them.

    If I could find some way of making D&D more story-based and less XP and treasure then I'd consider picking this up. Some kind of assurance that there won't be a glut of prestige classes/ unnecessary supplements for it would also be nice!

  9. You're welcome, Chinthliss! And I have a recommendation for you: give one of the retro-clones like Swords & Wizardry a try. They are pretty rules-light and don't come with all that prestige class stuff.

  10. I'm pretty excited for all of the above. I'm a tad wary about the Dresden Files game, just because it seems like the tone could be difficult to really nail.
    .-= Will´s last blog ..Privacy =-.

  11. We gave pathfinder a whirl last week. I like what they did with the ranger, especially the way in which the plans walker prestige class is now part of the base class. Although some of the things do give off the feel of "we didn't really think of anything on our own" cos a lot of the stuff seemed to me to be tweaked 3.5 with all of it's expansions.
    .-= pb´s last blog ..Colour me a fangirl =-.

  12. @pb Pathfinder is intended as tweaked D&D 3.5 with lots of expansions included: it's called D&D 3.75 by it's fans for a reason. We wanted an updated D&D RPG, not a new tabletop wargame, and this is what Pathfinder brings us.

    There are lots of additional settings you can get to change Pathfinder into something different.

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