03 August 2017
August’s issue also includes a close look at Lord of the Rings games, the Discworld RPG, UK Games Expo picture special and the latest reviews and exclusive designer interviews
Forget Origins and Gen Con, the real biggest release of the summer is here! That’s right: the August issue of Tabletop Gaming is out now, ready for you to dive into the latest gaming goodness and tabletop treats.
On our cover this month is the actual biggest release of this summer: Starfinder, the massive sci-fi RPG set in the far future of the fantasy Pathfinder universe. Creative director James Sutter tells us about exploring the new universe, plus we reveal some never-before-seen artwork from the upcoming game and give our thoughts in the reviews section.
But that’s not all: also on the front cover this month is our exclusive character card for The Walking Dead: All Out War, Mantic’s great miniatures game based on the hit TV and comic book series. This variant of blade-wielding badass Michonne can’t be had anywhere else in the world, so make sure you don’t miss your chance to add her to your zombie-killing crew.
As J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit turns 80 years old, we’re also celebrating the land of Middle-earth by asking influential and renowned board game designers why the fantasy world continues to captivate almost a century on.
Middle-earth isn’t the only legendary British fantasy world celebrating a birthday: we dive back into the Discworld RPG as the roleplaying game based on Sir Terry Pratchett’s iconic comic-fantasy creation receives a 20th anniversary re-release.
Whether you made it to Birmingham’s NEC or not in June for this year’s UK Games Expo, you won’t want to miss our bumper picture special, rounding up the best sights, news and games from Britain’s biggest gaming show.
This issue has an extra special treat for fans of roleplaying, as we talk to legendary R. Talsorian founder and designer Mike Pondsmith and his son Cody about revolutionary RPG Cyberpunk and their upcoming adaptation of blockbuster video game series The Witcher.
Of course, there’s plenty more to discover and enjoy in the August issue, including a close look at the wargaming community, a guide to solo gaming and an examination of the colliding worlds of analogue and digital as tabletop apps become the norm.
This isn’t even to mention the regular features and columns you’ve come to love, which this month include the making of innovative subscription box murder-mystery game Hunt a Killer, a painting guide and review of the latest edition of Warhammer 40,000, advice on creating dungeons in your roleplaying campaign, our round-up of the ten best word games that aren’t Scrabble and loads more.
We also give our thoughts on the latest releases you should – or shouldn’t – be picking up and playing this summer. Just some of the games and accessories we’ve reviewed this issue include Century: Spice Road, The Captain is Dead, Secrets, Sagrada, Energy Empire, Unfair, Bärenpark, Werewords, Ethnos, Dice Forge, This War of Mine, Sub Terra, Unfair, Saltlands, Magic: The Gathering: Archenemy: Nicol Bolas, A Feast for Odin, Word Slam, Arcadia Quest: Inferno and Escape from 100 Million B.C.
The August issue is our best yet, so you won’t want to miss out: find your own copy in shops around the UK and rest of the world, or why not order online or subscribe to receive the latest mag through your door and save more time for playing games?