September 23, 2023

RPG News 10/18/21

Paizo Unionizes

In a first of its kind move, workers at Paizo (makers of Pathfinder and Starfinder) have unionized. This action comes following accusations of numerous management issues including the ones highlighted by Jessica Price a few weeks ago. The United Paizo Workers (UPW) said the following in the official press release:

“Changes have been promised, internally and externally, by the executive team. However, the only way to ensure that all workers’ voices are heard is collective action. It is in this spirit that the workers of Paizo have united to push for real changes at the company. The UPW is committed to advocating on behalf of all staffers, and invites all eligible Paizo employees to join in the push for better, more sustainable working conditions. The union requests the broad support of the tabletop community in urging Paizo management to voluntarily recognize the United Paizo Workers, and to negotiate in good faith with the union so that they may build a better workplace together.”

You can read the full press release here.

Image courtesy UPW

Next Dungeons and Dragons Hardcover Announced

Wizard’s of the Coast has announced their next hardcover D&D release. Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep will be the first major adventure module within Critical Role’s world of Exandria, taking players from levels 3-12. As the name implies, it will be inspired by the hit actual play series Critical Role.

The MSRP is slated to be $49.95 and is scheduled for release on March 15, 2022.

The Lazy DM’s Companion Kickstarter

The Kickstarter campaign for the third instalment of The Lazy DM series has smashed through its initial goals and is continuing its progress. The series focuses on ways for game masters to optimize the prep and running of their sessions. The Lazy DM’s Companion launched with an initial goal of $15,000 and is over $275,000 at time of writing. The latest in Sly Flourish’s popular series promised myriad tools to help streamline 5e D&D games and includes “inspirational generators” to help build D&D adventures and campaigns.

The supplement is scheduled to begin shipping in softcover and PDF forms in October of 2022. The Kickstarter campaign is set to last through October 28, 2021.

Catch up on last week’s news here.