What’s included on the website?
At Roleplayers Chronicle, the promotion of the tabletop role-playing industry is the main goal. All articles written for this purpose will be placed into the Articles category and may fall under one of the following types:
- Tales from the Gazebo: The home of Roleplayers Chronicle correspondent Cape Rust.
- Under the Hood: The home of Roleplayers Chronicle correspondent The Warden.
- Letters from the Editor: Random ramblings from the Editor-in-Chief.
- Users Guide: Tips, ideas, and suggestions concerning the subject matter.
- Designer’s Diary: A look into the depths of a system and/or setting from the designer’s point-of-view.
Roleplayers Chronicle reviews any product related to tabletop role-playing. Please note that we DO NOT accept unsolicited review requests. Our Correspondents are very busy and cannot accept reviews that are sent to use without acknowledgement from one of the staff. All product reviews will be placed into the Reviews category and fall under one of the following types:
- Review: Standard products that can be purchased through normal channels.
- Development Review: Products in which Roleplayers Chronicle is actively offering feedback to the designer during the development process.
- Free Review: Free products that may be downloaded from specific locations.
- OOP Review: Out-of-print products that may be difficult to find but still offer great value to a GM.
- Books for Role-players: Novels that would appeal to those who enjoy tabletop role-playing.
- Thinking Inside the Box: Boxed games (board games, card games, etc.) that would appeal to those who enjoy tabletop role-playing.
Please note that all ratings are based on comparing that particular product(s) to other products of a similar type and style. It would be pointless to compare Fantasy to Science-Fiction or Hack-and-Slash to Investigation.
The Role-playing Games category includes all announcements, releases, and any other information concerning specific role-playing game systems/settings and the products published for them. What’s not included are generic third-party supplements created for a variety of uses.
All third-party supplements published for game systems that are not system and/or setting specific are placed in the Third Party category along with their corresponding Role-playing Game sub-category. These are often published by companies producing quality products for another company’s popular game system.
All game company announcements are placed in the Announcements category. This can vary greatly but are generally centered around the company making the announcement and not the product(s) they publish.
All companies and websites that support the tabletop role-playing hobby and industry are placed in the Support category. This includes Podcasts, distributors, and promotional partners.
All products that are meant to enhance the gaming experience fall into the Accessories category. Here you will find companies publishing items like terrain, battlemaps, custom game cards, and paper miniatures.
Non-RPG products that are based on tabletop role-playing settings, systems, and intellectual property.
How are Role-playing Game products categorized?
All role-playing game products (not including accessories) are organized in a specific way and can be browsed as such using the Categories pull-down menu. There are several types of products that are organized in the following manner:
Game System Products
Each game system is given its own category and releases from the developing publisher are placed within the same category. This includes core products, sourcebooks, adventures, and campaigns. Examples – Pathfinder, Colonial Gothic, Dark Heresy
Developing publishers of individual game systems often produce non-series settings for their systems. These are settings that contain a limited number of products that are not sustained with a large series of on-going product releases. All of these types of products are placed within the same category as the applicable game system. Examples – Savage Worlds Space 1889, Dungeons & Dragons Dark Sun, GURPS Space
Fully Developed Settings
Fully developed settings for a game system may come from a third party or from the developing publisher themselves. These are settings that stand on their own and contain a full series of products. While some of the core rulebooks may be necessary, the setting itself does not depend on non-setting sourcebooks to be utilized. Each setting is given its own category and all products published for that setting will reside in that same category. Examples – Deadlands, Hellfrost, Clockwork & Chivalry
Partially Developed Settings
Partially developed settings for a game system are those that do not encompass an entire world (or galaxy) but rather a smaller region or city that can be placed within any fully developed setting of the same or similar sub-genre. These settings are self-contained but rely on a fully developed setting to reside within. Each setting is given its own category and all products published for that setting will reside in that same category AND the applicable game system category(ies). Examples – Kith’takharos, Freeport, The Lonely Coast
Setting Focused Product Series
A setting focused product series is a fully developed series of like-products (with a given title) that all focus on the same or similar setting but are flexible enough to reside within multiple settings. They are often sub-genre specific and often share content, mechanics, and/or storyline. The series may be system specific or it may be system generic. Each product series is given its own category and all products published for that series will reside in that same category AND the game system category(ies) where applicable. Examples – Daring Tales of Adventure, Arcana, Amazing Stories of World War II
Setting Generic Product Series
A setting generic product series is simply a series of products produced by third parties that can be used for virtually any setting within a given game system, genre, or sub-genre. These series do not need to contain a given title found throughout nor do they need to be the same type. Each setting generic product will reside in the THIRD PARTY category AND the game system category(ies) where applicable. Examples – Rite Publishing 101 Series, Avalon Encounters, LPJ Design Two Dozen Series
May I submit my own articles?
Yes, there is a submission form on the Submissions page here. All articles are subject to administration and must adhere to our guidelines:
All articles must contain truthful information, no speculation.
This guideline is to avoid the production of rumors.
All images should be under 25k and no more than 600 x 400.
This limitation allows for faster uploads and better standard image usage.
All articles must contain appropriate language and may not include anything resembling spam.
Any articles found to violate this policy will be deleted.
Do not post articles about Conventions.
If we allowed this the number of articles would get excessive.
Do not post links to articles on other blogs or media websites.
If we allowed this the number of postings would get excessive.
Where do you find your news?
Roleplayers Chronicle currently checks around 500 sources a day to gather the industry news being reported on the website. Submissions are also reviewed on a daily basis.
How do I get added to the Publisher Links page?
The Publisher Links page consist of banners for those websites that support Roleplayers Chronicle in various ways.
Publisher Links consist of those publishers that are willing to display a banner on their website for Roleplayers Chronicle. To be added to this page, simply send me an e-mail and request to exchange banners. I prefer banners that are 468 x 60/90 but am able to grab the banner featured on your website and size it to fit. The banner I currently have available for exchange is 468 x 60. I typically use a publishers main website link, but if a different link is preferred, please send me that link instead. I will then update the page as soon as possible and ask that you do the same.
How do I contact you?
You can contact the Editor-in-Chief anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.