Something very interesting has been happening for tabletop roleplaying games in Los Angles for the past week. Wil Wheaton's Tabletop web show started filming the new season of its RPG show. One of the stretch goals of the highly successful IndieGoGo campaign was to fund a season where Wheaton and others would play a roleplaying campaign. Now, the 10 week series will air on YouTube on June 2, 2015.
The game will be played using Fantasy AGE, the latest iteration of the Adventure Game Engine by Green Ronin Publishing. Green Ronin will publish a Titansgrave: Ashes of Valkana world and adventure book in conjunction with Fantasy AGE this summer. Gamers will be able to play through the adventures seen on the show and experience the world of Valkana for themselves.
The series will feature live-action game play augmented by animation as the audience follows the weekly journey of the adventurers through this original world.
Tabletop is a successful web series where Wheaton and other celebrities get together to play and talk about tabletop games: board games, card games and roleplaying games.
The campaign that will be run during this series will feature the rules from Green Ronin's upcoming FantasyAGE, what will be the generic version of the rules that currently power the popular tabletop RPG adaptation of Dragon Age. The campaign will be called Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana, and will eventually be published as a FantasyAGE supplement co-written by Wheaton and AGE System creator, and Green Ronin publisher, Chris Pramas. In the announcement video Wheaton says that the campaign will combine the influences of the Heavy Metal movie with the Saturday morning Thundar The Barbarian cartoon.
In addition to Wheaton game mastering, the campaign being played in the upcoming season of Tabletop's RPG show will also feature Hank Green (VlogBrothers), Laura Bailey (Avengers Assemble), Alison Haislip (Attack of the Show) and Yuri Lowenthal (Ben 10, Big Hero 6) as the players. Tune into Geek & Sundry's YouTube channel on June 2nd to watch the game and world unfold.
Christopher Helton is a blogger, podcaster and tabletop RPG publisher who talks about games and other forms of geekery at the long-running Dorkland! blog. He is also the co-publisher at the ENnie Award winning Battlefield Press, Inc. You can find him on Twitter at @dorkland and on G+ at https://plus.google.com/+ChristopherHelton/ where he will talk your ear off about gaming and comics.