What was the RPG Pipeline

The RPG Pipeline was a posting board to keep track of upcoming tabletop rpgs from 2015 to 2021 (this Blogger version began in 2019). It covered new English language ttrpgs and ttrpgs going into crowdfunding.

Saturday, 26 February 2022

No further updates to The RPG Pipeline

 I've stopped updating the RPG Pipeline. I ran it first as a Google Plus community (where I just shared new ttrpgs that appeared on my feed) before moving it over to Blogger in 2019. As part of the move, I looked to become a lot more comprehensive in tracking new ttrpgs; here are the details for anyone who would find it useful:

The Blogger Pipeline was built on 3 RSS feeds:

  • DriveThruRPG.com Newest Items https://www.drivethrurpg.com/rss.php
  • itchio new physical games https://itch.io/physical-games/newest.xml
  • Tabletop Games (latest) :: Kicktraq https://www.kicktraq.com/categories/games/tabletop%20games/latest.rss


Due to the sheer number of entries, I further filtered the DriveThru and Kicktraq feeds (I used Google Sheets for this, but there are other options) in order to find the standalone ttrpgs.

DriveThru

  • Filtered for 
  • rpg|role|roleplaying|story|ttrpg|gmless|writing|journal|core|RPG|Role|Roleplaying|Story|TTRPG|GM|Writing|Journal|Core
  • Then filtered out
  • BUNDLE|supplement|module|stock|map|miniatures|add-on|issue|Supplement|Module|Stock|STOCK|Map|Miniatures|Supplement|Module|Stock|Map|Add-on|Issue

Kicktraq 

  • Filtered for 
  • rpg|role|roleplaying|story|ttrpg|gm|writing|journal|RPG|Role|Roleplaying|Story|TTRPG|GM|Writing|Journal

I then manually reviewed all of the filtered results before posting them. Again, I used formulae in Google Sheets to format and enrich the posts (for example adding the Kicktraq funding chart).

itch.io

The itch.io feed unfortunately did not contain sufficient detail, if anything at all, to work out the nature of the listing so I manually reviewed the entire feed in an RSS reader (my choice was inoreader), reviewed or previewed the actual page and then posted those that met my criteria.

Others

The above three sources produced a lot of listings but there were of course a number of games that weren't released using any of these options (D&D, For the Queen, the Wendy's ttrpg, and that Carly Rae Jepsen L&F hack that went viral on Twitter). For these, I had to rely on hearing about them through my regular social media feeds (or in FtQ's case, through the hacks that were made from it which did then come out through DTR and itch) and then manually constructing a post.

Again, my socials were a check on all of the filters on the RSS feeds - if I heard talk about a new ttrpg or crowdfunding I could check whether I had listed it and - if not - see how I'd missed it (almost always due to the listings not including any of the key words).


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