As far as reading RPG books goes, I don’t think that 2018 was a major year for me. I certainly read a number of supplements and adventures for games I already owned - Frostbitten & Mutilated, for example, which is just one of the many delightfully named adventures for Lamentations of the Flame Princess - but when it comes to rulebooks I tried to concentrate on things I owned and had perhaps neglected rather than anything new.
Having said that, I did pick up most of the B/X Essentials and Dolmenwood line from Necrotic Gnome at the UK Games Expo. The rulebooks are cleaned up and reformatted D&D, certainly nothing I hadn’t read before, but done well. The real meat is in Dolmenwood, a marvellous, dreamy and deeply weird fairy tale realm with a strong folk story base.
Rounding the year out was a rekindling of my love of pulp adventure, which in a moment of madness saw me buy (and subsequently read) Troll Lord Games’ Amazing Adventures, a pulp RPG based on their Castles & Crusades system, itself a development of d20. Some very clever stuff and lots of evocative material, despite the artists appearing to think that the 1930s and 40s were characterized by women wearing steampunk burlesque corsetry or Spandex.