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Best RPGs & Sourcebooks of 2017?

Postby Havard » Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:40 am

What were the highlights of RPGs and RPG sourcebooks to have come out last year in your opinion?

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Re: Best RPGs & Sourcebooks of 2017?

Postby agathokles » Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:16 pm

The only new books I got this year are Cthulhu Confidential (a single-player, single-DM version of Trail of Cthulhu) and Dream of Aerie (Bruce Heard's latest Calidar book) -- everything else was older releases via Bundle of Holding or the like. So far, I think Cthulhu Confidential is an interesting take on an otherwise overlooked niche -- the only other game of this type I know of is Scarlet Heroes, so it is definitely a highlight from my point of view. I haven't had time to read Dreams of Aerie as of yet, but Bruce is a guarantee :-)

This is obviously biased by the fact I don't play (much) 5e or Pathfinder -- I heard good things about Tomb of Annihilation, and I'm pretty sure Starfinder was quite a hit.
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Re: Best RPGs & Sourcebooks of 2017?

Postby shesheyan » Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:12 pm

agathokles wrote:The only new books I got this year are Cthulhu Confidential (a single-player, single-DM version of Trail of Cthulhu) and Dream of Aerie (Bruce Heard's latest Calidar book) -- everything else was older releases via Bundle of Holding or the like. So far, I think Cthulhu Confidential is an interesting take on an otherwise overlooked niche -- the only other game of this type I know of is Scarlet Heroes, so it is definitely a highlight from my point of view. I haven't had time to read Dreams of Aerie as of yet, but Bruce is a guarantee :-)

This is obviously biased by the fact I don't play (much) 5e or Pathfinder -- I heard good things about Tomb of Annihilation, and I'm pretty sure Starfinder was quite a hit.


Cthulhu Confidential sounds very interesting. I played Ashen Stars of few times. The Gumshoe System is fun.

Even if I've never played Pathfinder, StarFinder by Paizo was probably the most awaited release of 2017. Having a non-star wars, non-franchise based, sci-fi rpg system by a major publisher is huge imho.

On a personal level the important release was Frontier Space by DWD Studio.
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Re: Best RPGs & Sourcebooks of 2017?

Postby Big Mac » Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:16 pm

Havard wrote:What were the highlights of RPGs and RPG sourcebooks to have come out last year in your opinion?


Sadly, I don't think that anything new that came out last year is aimed at me. So my highlights would probably be old school D&D stuff getting rereleased in PoD format.
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Re: Best RPGs & Sourcebooks of 2017?

Postby Hugin » Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:31 pm

I buy very few RPG books, and that's probably a huge understatement. Lets see, I've purchased 4 new books in the past 12 years, so 1 every 3 years on average. :halo:

But last year I got Xanathar's Guide to Everything and I think that's a great book. Good and inspiring content that isn't just a rehash and reskin of things that have come before.
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Re: Best RPGs & Sourcebooks of 2017?

Postby Havard » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:21 pm

This article mentions many games from 2017 and most of them I hadn't even heard about:
https://geekandsundry.com/roleplaying-g ... y-in-2017/

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Re: Best RPGs & Sourcebooks of 2017?

Postby Yaztromo » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:24 pm

My personal choice went for Dreams of Aerie and Stellar Adventures.
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Re: Best RPGs & Sourcebooks of 2017?

Postby timemrick » Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:52 pm

I'm very much enjoying running Tales from the Yawning Portal (5E), so that's one of my top picks. And Xanathar's Guide to Everything looks awesome so far, too.

Starfinder makes my short list, though I haven't had a chance to play it more than once.

Green Ronin's Blue Rose (for AGE) and The Book of the Righteous (for 5E) are gorgeous tomes, and I intend to make heavy use of both eventually.

Finally, I'm a wee bit biased about the Freeport Bestiary (for Pathfinder) because I did some work on it.
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Re: Best RPGs & Sourcebooks of 2017?

Postby timemrick » Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:55 pm

Havard wrote:This article mentions many games from 2017 and most of them I hadn't even heard about:
https://geekandsundry.com/roleplaying-g ... y-in-2017/

Of the games on that list, I've only played Pugmire. It was fun, but it won't be more than an occasional game that someone else runs.
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Re: Best RPGs & Sourcebooks of 2017?

Postby ghendar » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:05 am

Havard wrote:This article mentions many games from 2017 and most of them I hadn't even heard about:
https://geekandsundry.com/roleplaying-g ... y-in-2017/

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And no mention of Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea :(
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Re: Best RPGs & Sourcebooks of 2017?

Postby zontoxira » Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:00 pm

Other than D&D? Well, Blood and Bone piqued my interest. Marketed as "GoT meets D&D", it has neat, streamlined mechanics (based on D&D 5e, but even simpler), and a low-magic, gritty setting. So far, it got really positive reviews, though I need to sit down with my group and play a session or two before we decide to invest in a new system, us being hardcore D&D fans (even though we have a Star Wars FFG campaign running, and are planning on playtesting Vampire: The Masquerade 5th edition).
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