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The books of 2016

by Ramanan Sivaranjan on January 02, 2017

Tagged: osr

While 2016 might have been one of the shittier years in recent memory, it was seriously killing it when it came to RPG books. I continue to mostly read books coming out of the OSR. My favourite publisher remains Lamentations of the Flame Princess: they had a stellar year. Maze of the Blue Medusa was finally released and it’s so beautiful it’s unreal. Like last year, I did end up buying some “indie” games: Burning Wheel’s fancy new books], and some interesting looking Apocalypse World games, including the original game itself.

I buy a lot of RPGs, but managed to buy nothing from Wizards of the Coast. I feel like they are leaving money on the table by not catering to a wider variety of tastes with their work. They need an indie imprint.

I buy stuff when stressed and it’s clear I was stressed at the tail end of the year. I ended 2016 with far more books than I had planned to buy. My attempts to limit myself to a book a month has been one of my less successful projects.

If you were curious what books are in the running for The Ramanan Sivaranjan Awards for Excellence in Gaming for 2016, here you go. This is going to be a really tough year to pick a winner.

  RPG Date Category Format
1 The Vines of Atarak January P&P PDF
2 Towers Two February LotFP Print
3 World of the Lost February LotFP Print
4 Green Devil Face 6 February LotFP Zine
5 LotFP Rules and Magic Beta February LotFP Zine
6 Apocalypse World 2nd Edition March AW Print
7 Maze of the Blue Medusa April OSR Print
8 The Peridot May OSR PDF
9 Misty Isles of the Eld May OSR PDF
10 Rune Quest Second Edition June RQ Print
11 England Upturn’d June LotFP Print
12 The Undercroft June LotFP Zines
13 The Serpentine Egg July P&P PDF
14 Temple of Lies August OSR PDF
15 Burning Wheel Gold August BW Print
16 Hand of the Pit August BW PDF
17 The Black Hack August OSR PDF
18 Burning Wheel Codex September BW Print
19 Velvet Glove November AW Print
20 Cartel November AW Print
21 Cold Winter November OSR PDF
22 Blood in the Chocolate December LotFP Print
23 Broodmother Sky Fortress December LotFP Print
24 The Cursed Chateau December LotFP Print
25 Macciatto Monsters December OSR Print
26 Marvel’s and Malisons December OSR Print
27 Trinity December OSR PDF
28 Santa is Dead December OSR PDF