Wizards of the Coast’s Dungeons & Dragons OGL 1.1 misstep, although now apparently resolved, has left a sour taste in the mouths of at least some fantasy RPG fans (see "WotC Folds"), and it may be a good time for retailers to reevaluate their fantasy RPG stock to respond to the growing demand for non-D&D products. There are a number of fantasy RPG systems that offer excellent alternatives to WotC's D&D 5E system.
Two OGLs"). Their flagship fantasy game at the moment is The One Ring RPG (see "'The One Ring: Starter Set'"), which runs on a pass-or-fail d12 system. Free League also revived Dragonbane RPG, which is a classic Swedish fantasy RPG (see "'Dragonbane'"), in 2022, and they produce Vaesen RPG, a Nordic horror fantasy RPG (see "Free League Publishing Launches 'Vaesen").
Open Gaming License"), which is used in Numenera (see "New RPG at over $300k"). The Cypher System is a d20 system that utilizes target numbers ranked 1 through 10 with the difficulty being three times the target number. It also features Cyphers, which are single use abilities gained by characters over the course of play. Monte Cook Games has recently been releasing a number of 5E fantasy books (see "New '5E' 'Planar' Books"), and they have also been publishing more Numenera books (see "'Numenera: Break the Horizon' into Retail") as well as a re-release of the Ptolus book (see "672-Page 'Ptolus' Campaign Setting Book").
Renegade Game Studios and Modiphius Entertainment, which both offer original d20-based systems as well, emphasize other genres in their catalogs, but do have games that appeal to fantasy fans.
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Modiphius' RPGs use the 2d20 system, in which players roll d20s in an attempt to score successes by rolling under the target number. They recently lost the license to their only fantasy line Robert E. Howard's Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed of RPG (see "'Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of RPG'"); however, they are currently clearing stock on this product, which might present an opportunity for retailers to load up on inventory cheaply.
Also of note is Pinnacle's Savage Worlds system, which uses multiple dice, including a d20, and is a general rule set that applies to multiple genres. Recently, Pinnacle released a Pathfinder for Savage Worlds book (see "'Pathfinder for Savage Worlds'").
It is also worth taking a look at Goodman Games OGL-adjacent Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG, which sells well for many. Goodman released a statement early on the WotC’s proposed changes to the OGL would have no impact on their lines.
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