Get your gifts ready! It's the Vault Games 2018 Gift Guide - Part 4: Role-Playing Games
Author: Dylan Shearer Date Posted:29 November 2018
It’s just four weeks until Christmas so here’s the last part of our 2018 Gift Guide. This time, it’s all about the other worlds we go to with roleplaying Games. In case you missed them already, you can still find our Board Games, Card Game, and Miniatures guides on the blog.
Dungeons & Dragons
This year has been a stellar year for DnD, with great releases like Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, and Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, but the end of the year, despite production delays, has become the best time for DnD fans.
First, there’s the next piece of the Waterdeep sourcebooks, Dungeon of the Mad Mage. Featuring a complex undermountain dungeon built by the Mad Mage Halaster Blackcloak, adventures can delve deep into the unknown, and make their way from 5th to 20th level as they discover the twenty-three different levels of the Undermountain. This is one book that can run a whole campaign for you and your adventuring party.
Next, there is the new campaign setting sourcebook that ties in with a recent Magic: The Gathering set, the Guildmaster’s Guide to Ravnica. This sourcebook provides a complete understanding of the world of Ravnica, the different guilds vying for control, and the serpentine relationships and intrigue found within. This book also provides new playable races, including the Loxodon, a race of anthropomorphic elephants, and the Vedalken, a multi-planar amphibious race, but also provides unique spells, abilities and character build options based on the ten guilds of Ravnica. If you’re a fan of political-based campaigns, or just a fan of Magic’s beautifully-weaved lore of Ravnica, you must get hold of this book.
Finally, if you’ve ever wanted a product that fills the niche crossover of Dungeons & Dragons fandom and Coffee-table piece, the new Art & Arcana: A Visual History is the book for you. Art & Arcana is an illustrated guide to the history and evolution of the beloved roleplaying game told through the paintings, sketches, illustrations, and visual ephemera behind its creation, growth, and continued popularity. This book is a must-have for long-time fans of Dungeons & Dragons.
Fantasy Flight Roleplaying
Legend of the Five Rings scored an updated RPG this year from FFG and it is certainly one to get if you’re a fan of classic Kurosawa films. Players are thrust into a feudal Japan setting where they must fight in both political and martial battles as they adventure through the Emerald Empire. Using an updated version of the classic Roll-to-keep system found in the original L5R RPG, Fantasy Flight has breathed new life into this classic RPG.
Early this year, Genesys fans got treated to the first fantasy-specific sourcebook for the system with Realms of Terrinoth. Based on the same setting as FFG’s popular Runewars games, Realms of Terrinoth gives you all you need to run a Fantasy-based adventure using the Genesys system.
If you’re looking to step up your loved-one’s roleplaying game, you could grab them a range of minis to use in their adventures. WizKids’ wide range of fantasy miniatures add some serious flair to the table. With insane levels of detail, and pre-priming so they’re ready to paint, Deep Cuts and Nolzur minis are some of the best fantasy miniatures you can get at the moment. And, if you can’t find something in the WizKid range, there’s a good chance it will exist in the Reaper range instead.
Other Roleplaying Games
Star Trek: Adventures dropped last year and is the perfect chance to get your Star-Trek-obsessed friends into the never-ending world of roleplaying games. You can help them along by picking up a Game Master’s Screen to run the game for them too.
If you’re looking for something with a little more intrigue, the latest printing of A Song of Ice and Fire: Roleplaying Game recently arrived in store. Players can create their very-own house and play their very own "Game of Thrones" amongst each other, or against the world. There’s also sourcebooks available for ranging north of the wall, and across the oceans in Essos as well.