Role-playing game: the releases of April 2022

Role-playing game: the releases of April 2022

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Here we are again for the usual monthly column dedicated to the novelties of the role-playing game market. The calm period of the releases is dragging on without respite and sees this month of April 2022 be decidedly lacking in new proposals, waiting for next month, which will host the Modena Play and all the new releases that will see the light during that kermesse. Even the foreign market does not sail in deep waters, being completely devoid of particularly interesting proposals, apart from a couple of goodies that come to us from Sweden. But let's not delay and let's see what are the new titles for this April 2022, proposed on the role-playing game market by the various publishers in the sector.

Raven Distribution

Broken Compass

For the highly acclaimed adventure RPG Broken Compass, this month of April 2022 sees the release of three succulent expansions. The volume entitled Jolly Roger contains a new setting in the golden age of piracy, an entire game campaign ready to play and to customize, new options for Adventurers and all the rules for managing Duels and Naval Challenges.| ); }
Finally, the What If volume contains twelve new locations for Broken Compass, each with new options for Adventurers and unique rules, as well as the ability to travel through time or between dimensions.

Let's see now what April 2022 has in store for the foreign market.

Free League Publishing


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For the award-winning artpunk, doom metal and apocalyptic fantasy role-playing game MÖRK BORG, the Swedish publishing house Free League Publishing, through the sub-label Free League Workshop proposes two novelties.

This is MÖRK BORG CULT: Heretic, a zine of community-created misfortune and mischief that can also be used with any other lean rules-based dark fantasy RPG. This manual will include new creatures, new character classes, optional rules and generators of various types, as well as four adventures: Nurse the Rot, Graves Left Wanting, Sepulcher of the Swamp Witch and Bloat.

The MÖRK BORG Basic Manual is available for purchase online.


This month of April 2022 also sees the release of another highly anticipated RPG through the Free League Workshop sub-label. This is DEATH IN SPACE RPG, an RPG of adventure and uncertain travel in the darkness of space, where the void whispers to the unfortunate and imbues the bodies of travelers with strange powers. DEATH IN SPACE RPG is an RPG in which participants will play the crew of a spacecraft or space station, their only sanctuary in a dangerous universe. It is a game where you will have to survive in an abandoned border system where resources are scarce and competition is fierce.

Critical Role Inks Exclusive Podcast Advertising, Distribution Deal With SiriusXM (EXCLUSIVE)

Critical Role, the D&D role-playing collective with millions of fans, is teaming with SiriusXM to handle worldwide ad sales and distribution of its popular podcast.

Under the multiyear deal, SXM Media, the combined advertising revenue organization of SiriusXM, has exclusive global ad-sales rights to the Critical Role podcast. Additionally, the agreement calls for SiriusXM’s Stitcher podcast subsidiary to distribute the show across all podcast platforms.

Critical Role was formed by a group of friends who met as voiceover actors in L.A. and began playing D&D together, originally just for their own private amusement. CR’s founders and castmates — Laura Bailey, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Liam O’Brien, Marisha Ray, Sam Riegel, Travis Willingham and game master Matthew Mercer — started livestreaming their campaigns in 2015 and drew a large following of fans (aka “Critters”).

The company has since expanded the Critical Role franchise into podcasting, books, graphic novels, tabletop games, merchandise — and an adult animated TV series, “The Legend of Vox Machina,” on Amazon’s Prime Video. Season 1 of “Vox Machina” recently bowed on Prime Video, and a second season is coming. Critical Role also is exploring the development of a video-game adaptation.

“All stories start with people talking to each other, so it is natural that audio has become an increasingly important platform for us,” said Ben Van Der Fluit, VP of business development at Critical Role. “We believe audio storytelling is an exciting medium for expanding what Critical Role brings to Critters. This deal allows us to nurture and grow our audience with a terrific strategic partner in SiriusXM, while also exploring future shows and formats as a fully independent company.”

SiriusXM’s podcast deal with Critical Role follows other notable partnerships formed by the company, including an agreement with Tom Segura and Christine P’s YMH Studios to distribute and develop content; a global ad agreement with podcast company Audiochuck and its top-rated program “Crime Junkie”; and a multiplatform agreement with Crooked Media for ad representation and distribution through at least the 2024 election season.

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“Critical Role fills an incredibly unique void in the podcast landscape and brands will be excited to align with this highly sought-after, dynamic content,” said Kelli Hurley, SiriusXM’s VP and global head of revenue partnerships.

Pictured above (l. to r.): Sam Riegel, Liam O’Brien, Marisha Ray, Laura Bailey, Matthew Mercer, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Travis Willingham

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