10 Most Anticipated New Tabletop RPGs In 2022

Tabletop role-playing games currently exist in an interesting space. The shipping bottlenecks and hardware shortages that plagued publishers throughout the past year continue, with brief and sporadic relief. But the popularity of board games and role games has exploded under lockdowns, and it shows no signs of slowing down in the new year.

The spectrum of global supply chain woes however, should not be ignored. A few of the titles on this list are only here because their publishers have pushed already conservative timelines deeper into an uncertain future. Physical books are mostly paper, after all. We’ll note games that provide a digital version — an increasingly popular stopgap — as well as those that will fulfill crowdfunded pre-orders before selling copies in stores or online.

Without further ado, here’s our list of the 10 most anticipated new TTRPGs to watch in 2022. Got a game you’re looking forward to in the new year? Let us know in the comments below.

Blade Runner Roleplaying Game

2022 will be this year of TTRPGs adapted from licensed media, and all of Avatar: The Last Airbender (put a pin) to GI Joe and Transformers explore the realm of pen and paper. The Swedish publisher Free League could order the most promising of these experiments with the Blade Runner Roleplaying Game, which promises to deliver gamers in the soaked in the rain, neon-lit streets of a future Los Angeles for existential investigative police work.

RPG Blade Runner will use the Free League Engine from year zero, which primarily uses six-sided dice, to explore questions of humanity in a world where the value of individual lives has never been lower. The technocracy and class stratification of Blade Runner’s setting will set the backdrop for gameplay focused on human drama and interpersonal conflict, but it will have to contend with a pop culture malaise when it comes to cyberpunk.

Pre-orders aren’t currently available, but Free League expects the RPG to release sometime this year.

Avatar Legends: the role-playing game

Magpie Games knew their grip on the beloved Avatar animated series would be popular, but they didn’t quite prepare for the record-breaking nearly $10 million they received in crowdfunding. Avatar Legends: the role-playing game will allow players to create their own elemental masters (or Sokka replacements) in order to explore a world richly described in The last air Master and Legend of Korra.

The expertise of the studio with apocalyptic world-inspired titles have been changed to prioritize stories of young people uncovering the complex truths of a world at war, and their place within it. Bands can play in five different time periods, including the era of myths and legends and the cutting edge of modernity in Republic City. Battle the Fire Nation, uncover the truth behind Avatar Kyoshi’s history, or simply go sledding with penguins all afternoon.

Late submissions are currently available via Magpie’s BackerKit page. The developer recently delayed execution until summer 2022.

Yazeba Bed and Breakfast

The minds of Possum Creek Games – the creators of the critically acclaimed game wanderhome — have proven their ability to take a perfectly mundane premise and imbue it with deliciously melancholy, powerful magic. The next TTRPG from the small studio, Yazeba Bed and Breakfast, continues the trend with a slice of life frame that bucks a few standard tabletop trends. For one thing, the playable characters aren’t blank slates but the facility’s five fully realized residents.

Groups will explore delineated chapters in which guests arrive, often with complication on their heels, prompting anyone not busy with chores or the kitchen to attend to their needs. It can be a troubled traveler who has run away from home or the king of the forest accompanied by a full retinue. The resulting tale unlocks legacy items, such as stickers, and secrets will be festooned throughout the book.

Yazeba Bed and Breakfast is coming to Kickstarter in March, but an early access version can be downloaded for free from within the game Itch.io page.

King Arthur Pendragon Sixth Edition

The medieval role-playing game King Arthur Pendragon is a long-running series from Greg Stafford, the game designer who helped create the RuneQuest and Hero Quest TTRPG, among others. (Hero Quest is now known as QuestWorlds, following the restart of the original Hero Quest board game.) David Larkins, along with publisher Chaosium, has announced a sixth edition of the sword and sorcery RPG that adapts Stafford’s unfinished “ultimate edition” for contemporary audiences.

Pendragon Sixth Edition is set in the era of the Round Table, with its questing knights and well-heeled tales of heroism. Larkins describes the design process in a series of blog posts, in which he says the core rulebook will be easy to understand and learn without sacrificing the richness of world-building and tools that parties can use to create their own Arthurian legends.

Pre-orders for Pendragon Sixth Edition are not open, but Chaosium currently plans to release the Core Rulebook and Gamemaster’s Book in 2022.

1st Edition Mothership

Space is cruel, dark and lonely, and the next Mothership starter box will easily open up this dark experience to daring players. published by Tuesday Knight Games, Mothership captures the horror of the darkness between the stars by pitting a crew of player-controlled workers, soldiers, and scientists against the unknown with nothing but a ship and their minds combined.

The intentionally light rules and fast character creation benefit sessions that focus on exploring tight, dark structures that cling to asteroids or listed ships through the inky void. The original game launched in 2019, but the starter set will combine the core rules with a selection of adventures from several notable indie designers.

Pre-orders are currently available through Tuesday Knight’s BackerKit page and is expected to ship in December 2022.

Coyote and Raven

Native American and First Nations cultures have a long history of being shamelessly exploited for inspiration and direct appropriation in TTRPGs. Coyote and RavenConner Alexander, lead designer of wants to recover part of the hobby with a game set in the distant future where the Americas remain untouched by colonization, yet altered by a mysterious apocalypse.

Coyote and Raven is set in the aftermath of this cataclysmic event, where the surviving peoples of Cahokia learned to live in a land of often unforgiving conditions and wield magic that could usher in new prosperity. The game was even written and designed by a mostly Indigenous team.

A fantasy untethered from European baggage, it has brought in nearly $900,000 in crowdfunding and recently uploaded a digital version of the finished core book for purchase via BackerKit. Physical books pre-ordered via Kickstarter will ship in March, but it’s unclear when and where future copies will be sold.

Auroboros: the rings of the serpent

The Dungeons & Dragons 5E setting of Auroboros: the rings of the serpent comes with a lot of history and talent behind it. After leaving Blizzard Entertainment in 2016, Chris Metzen based warlord game and immediately began adapting a world he had been creating with friends since the 1980s in a new book TTRPG. The team took its first steps in Auroboros with World Book: Lawbrand last April and will run Kickstarter pre-orders in March.

Lawbrand’s loose coalition of merchant states is steeped in long-held images and memories World of Warcraft past as a designer – a burgeoning youth movement fueled by music, desert racing and the high fantasy equivalent of Burning Man. Whether Metzen’s experience translates to MMOs in dice rolls remains to be seen.

Cyborg

Following the explosive success of thrashing, gnashing Dark Borg RPG, design studio Stockholm Cartel turned their eyes to a future of digital noise and blatant static with Cyborg. The “nano-infested apocalyptic RPG” seeks to showcase all the artistic flair and surprising accessibility of its predecessor.

Located in the town of Cy, the TTRPG brings together Dark BorgThe light rules system of that prioritizes dungeon exploration and the very real possibility of character death. It will also remain open to hacks and tweaks so groups can only keep the parts of the grungy cyberpunk game that spark joy… and probably real sparks.

Cyborg is available for pre-order now through its pledge manager, and the crowdfunded books will ship in June this year.

Abarax Skyraiders

Abarax Skyraiders is another D&D 5E compatible setting sporting some serious nerd pedigree. Dragonlance Writers Tracy and Laura Hickman created a world of sky pirates and a fantasy empire that promises to be more than a book of legends with big names attached to it.

The game system offers an optional application, called Living Tome System. This will allow players to use their mobile devices to interact with settings books in ways that cannot be printed on a page, such as sharing secrets between players and game masters and tracking changes made. à la carte. Pre-orders beyond the completed Kickstarter campaign aren’t open yet, but the Hickmans and their team plan to have the two-book RPG ready to ship in November.

Tabletop Role Play Trophy

The physical edition of Tabletop Role Playing Trophy was one of the first victims of the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It completed its first Kickstarter crowdfunding in February 2020, and the digital versions of the kernel Dark Trophy book and the old-fashioned adventure described in its Gold Trophy The companion book has been available for some time, but print versions continue to be delayed.

That changes in 2022, according to the design team of The glove. The collaborative storytelling system is a favorite of many well-known independent designers, but has yet to find much mainstream success due to the eruption of runtime delays. But the doomed adventures it allows groups to tell are packed with psychological horror and meaty storytelling potential. It’s just not to be missed when it becomes more readily available later this year.

Pre-orders are still available via The Gauntlet BackerKit Page.

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