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RPG: Year-End Reader’s Poll

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Dec 8 2017

It’s December, so it’s time to start looking back on the year that was.

For better or worse, we’re nearing the end of 2017. Who knows what 2018 will have in store for us. Well, aside from more sci-fi RPGs. This year started the ‘Season of Sci-Fi’ in the RPG Realm, with big releases like Starfinder, Star Trek Adventures, and Tales from the Loop, accompanying smaller but still significant releases like Aethera, Mindjammer, and Polaris 2.0.

Accompanying that we saw some pretty big announcements, like the reveal of an upcoming 40K RPG from Ulisses, who are really making waves with their other big release this year, the Dark Eye. Because though it’s the season of sci-fi, fantasy is never out of style.

Especially fitting since his year we had some pretty sweet sword-and-sorcery releases as well, including the aforementioned Dark Eye, Conan, Blades in the Dark, Bluebeard’s Bride, Fantasy Age, and the Tal’Dorei campaign setting. And that’s not even taking into account all the big D&D releases like Tomb of Annihilation, Tales from the Yawning Portal, and Xanathar’s Guide to Everything.

There were plenty of fantasy related announcements as well, things like the upcoming Warhammer Fantasy RPG, which is being developed for the World that Was; or the big news from FFG: next year we’ll see the return of the Legend of the Five Rings rpg.


In the next week or so, we’ll doubtless be going through our own year-in-review, but we want to know what you played, what you loved, what you loathed, what you wish you’d tried. All that kind of thing. So let’s kick off a year-end poll. Now’s your chance to weigh in, just head down to the comments and mash on your keyboard until you’re satisfied with the results.

What did you love?

So, let’s try and keep this to releases that came out this year. But we wanna know what you’ve been playing, and what you’ve been enjoying. Was there a Pathfinder module you tried; did you and your friends brave the jungles of Chult in search of the Tomb of Annihilation? Did you take to the Stars with Starfinder? As we mentioned there’s been a ton of Sci-Fi and Fantasy this year, so feel free to lane one of each in your favorites category.

What did you hate?

Not everything is for everyone. Maybe there was something out there you tried and it not only wasn’t good, it kicked your dog, stole your gas money AND your car–well, maybe not quite that bad. But, what wasn’t working for you this go round? Again, keep it to things that came out this year.


What are you looking forward to most next year? 

As we mentioned, there are some pretty big announcements for things we’ll see in the coming year.  Whether it’s new Starfinder, or L5R, or 40K, or some soon to be Indie Darling–what has you excited and ready to play?

What do you wish you’d tried? 

The end of the year is also the time for regrets–what do you wish you’d had the chance to try out? Some experimental concept game? A classic module reprinted that you just couldn’t find time for? Worth mentioning, there’s still time this year to cross these off your list.

What did you play? 

So what did you play the most? Released this year or not, we wanna know. Tell us about your campaigns and characters.

Best gaming moment of 2017?

What’s the one moment/story/character you’re going to look back on and remember in the years to come?

Top recommendation? 


I mean, you’re here, so clearly you’ve got good taste. What’s a game you’ve tried that others might not have? Bestow your refinement upon us.

Well, that’s it for now. We’ll revisit these next week once the results are in. So get to commenting!

Author: J.R. Zambrano
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