Where do you find out about new RPGs (that you actually want to buy and play)?
Ugh this question! “Google Plus,” folks, really? Let’s get specific. I’ll go first.
Here are my ten most recent arrivals, and my best recollection of how they found their way into my grubby paws:
Masks: I had just played Epyllion with Marissa Kelly at…RinCon, maybe? 2015? And concurrent with that game was either a playtest or a demo of Masks. I’m pretty picky about my supers games so I shrugged and moved on. Got spammed by Magpie, shrugged again. But MadJay Brown and Kit La Touche and others whose opinions I value mentioned it again, so I went for it.
Monsterhearts 2: Tough one. I had MH1, tried it, didn’t really feel it. But the design work is undeniable. I think I only heard about the release of 2E via plus-sharing (turn it on, people!) because I don’t hang in the Apocalypse World or Storygames communities. So…can’t remember who plussed it, but I’m pretty sure that’s how it went down. I remember not backing immediately because I felt like the odds of me pulling this together at some point were pretty slim.
Apocalypse World 2: from Vincent Baker’s personal announcement, I’m thinking, here in the Plus. Unless…you know, I think it was actually one of his Patreon folks dropping coy little hints about early stuff like the road war rules. Might have also been Meguey Baker’s posts of their family playtesting.
Blades in the Dark: I’ve been trying to remember exactly what the infection vector was. It’s been a while, what with the late release and all. I think I got turned onto the Kickstarter because this and Project: Dark were sorta-kinda simultaneous. Might have been a KS announcement from when a friend backed it. Dunno. This one’s a mystery shrouded by time.
Tales From the Loop: Followup email from Fria Ligan announcing the upcoming Kickstarter because they had my email from Mutant: Year Zero. Then someone started posting images and wow! Probably at the bottom of this list in terms of me actually wanting to run it, though.
Coriolis: another Fria Ligan email, I think. So: Kickstarter followup emails, either from the same publisher or cross-promoting their friends, is turning out to be a big lead.
Unknown Armies 3: I’m pretty sure this was Brand Robins hype, which might have started all the way back to talking UA with him and Mikael Andersson at Dreamation 2016. I believe the actual announcement came via Cam Banks here in the Plus.
Inheritance: This one I heard about second-hand from…I want to say BurningCon 2012, maybe. It was the first time I discovered I wasn’t nearly as deep into the BWHQ inner circle as I had led myself to believe. I seem to remember some furtive talk about it after luke crane ran it and folks talked about it some. I distinctly remember feeling left out! Ehh, whatever, I’ll pretty much buy whatever they put out.
Meridian: This came straight from Christian Griffen’s own hype, following on my dissatisfaction with our first exposure to Fall of Magic. Good price point, good form factor, nice experience.
Ghost Court: Pretty sure it started with photos and teasers here in Plus straight from Jason Morningstar aaaand…I want to say Kristin Firth maybe? Followed by “so and so has backed” phone notifications from Kickstarter. That reminds me, I need to turn off the KS app notifications before I go broke(r).