Archive for May, 2001

Close Your Eyes and Dream

Thursday, May 31st, 2001

Mystic Eye has a new D&D creature for all of you still chomping at the bit for Nightmares & Dreams. This time, it’s the Dream Elemental, a sweet and loving creature that wants to cuddle (Yeah, right). They’ve also posted additional web enhancements for The Pit of Loch-Durnan, including detailed descriptions of some of the locals, and some errata.

They’re Misguided, But Illustrated Nicely
Had your fill of gaming humor? Me neither, so I checked out We’re Misguided over at Misguided Games. The comic strip is just barely underway, and I already have a question: Minty Fool?

Aldo’s Off His Meds Again

Thursday, May 31st, 2001

But there is some gaming news today – Wingnut Games sends us the following: “The RPGA has approved and officially sanctioned the first Battle Cattle live action scenario. “Let Loose the Sheep of War” (by Don Bingle and Tom Prusa) will be available for all RPGA-related conventions, but will be making its debut at BENCON June 7th to June 10th in Aurora, Colorado.” God help us all.

Just a note to say

Thursday, May 31st, 2001

Just a note to say that the reason posts have been so sporadic over the past week is that we’ve been working on yet another cool thing, in addition to the cool thing I mentioned last week. That’s just how much cool is headed your way. So assume the position and steel yourself!

Biting the Hand at Skotos

Tuesday, May 29th, 2001

Skotos.net has scored another victory by becoming the new home of Biting the Hand. Jessica Mulligan’s Biting the Hand column, formerly found at Happy Puppy, was created to discuss and dissect the online gaming industry. According to Mulligan, when she first started the column “The hype and disinformation surrounding online games was as thick as pea soup. An industry insider needed to break through the hype and tell it like it really was, no holds barred.” The column will continue to be published biweekly at Skotos.

Prepare for the Arrival of Sack Armies

Tuesday, May 29th, 2001

Tyranny Games and Precedence Studios announced the existence of basic Trainer sets for their upcoming tabletop wargame, Sack Armies: Expeditionary Force. You can find the Trainer set on sackarmies.com and Precedence’s site as a .pdf file. Learn the game before it’s released! Be the envy of your friends! Umm… have some ice cream! We’ll have more on Sack Armies here in the weeks to come.

Lone Gunmen Riding Into Sunset?

Tuesday, May 29th, 2001

Okay, so this isn’t gaming related. In fact, I remain convinced that a direct translation of The X-Files into an RPG wouldn’t work very well. However, as a long-time fan of the show, and a fan of decent spin-offs like The Lone Gunmen, I must say I completely disagree with Fox’s decision to cancel Gunmen. If you feel the same, email Fox and beg them not to give up so soon on Byers, Langly and Frohike.

Cavemen on Parade

Thursday, May 24th, 2001

Though there aren’t any official Land of Og miniatures (yet), Wingnut Games has come up with a short list of officially sanctioned Reaper minis that can satisfy your club-swinging needs. Here’s the lowdown, from Aldo Ghiozzi himself:

OK, so these caveman minis are not officially “licensed” or look as silly as our cavemen, but imagine what good a little carving and some paint on their faces could do…

The miniatures in question are #2387 (Caveman Dragging Cavegirl), #2395 (Caveman 4-Pack), and #2400 (Neanderthal Champion). Should your game require these nifty props, head over and check them out.

Original Lone Wolf Artist Approves of Project Aon

Thursday, May 24th, 2001

Gary Chalk, the illustrator of the first eight Lone Wolf gamebooks, has at last been contacted by Project Aon, the online republishers of the classic series. To everyone’s joy, he has given permission for his artwork to be included in the online reprints! Although the exact date on which his illustrations will be posted online hasn’t been announced yet, it will be a great day for the Lone Wolf community and will add a great deal of flavor to the web-based adventures. At this point, nearly everyone involved in the development of the Lone Wolf series has been found; all that’s missing now are the rights to books 21 through 28 and permission to use illustrations from the four World of Lone Wolf books.

Piecepack Support Continues to Grow
Galloglass Games has just posted several new games for use with their Piecepack set, a collection of game components designed to do for board games what traditional playing cards have done for card games. The Piecepack has been released into the public domain, so anybody is allowed to design games for it or even sell copies of it. This is a fascinating idea, and something worth watching…

Glorantha Maps Abound

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2001

Several new maps have gone up at Glorantha.com, including the Colymar territory, Slontos, and the Shadow Plateau. There’s also a detailed guide on traveling through the Harda Pass. I love this stuff.

Fiery Dragon at Sword & Sorcery

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2001

Fiery Dragon Productions has just become the second company to have its D20 products distributed under White Wolf’s Sword & Sorcery imprint. The first Fiery Dragon adventure that will bear the S&S logo, Nature’s Fury, will arrive in August. Boy, White Wolf’s sure building up steam with their D20 projects. They’ve got D20 Ravenloft through Arthaus, they distribute for Necromancer and Fiery Dragon, and they’ve got Sword & Sorcery doing the Scarred Lands. How long until they try to buy Elminster?

A Peek at Mystic Eye
Mystic Eye Games has let us know that The Pit of Loch-Durnan, their first D20 adventure, has shipped to stores. Bonus downloads for those who purchase the adventure are already posted online. What do they include?

First, a full color map of the hamlet of Loch-Durnan by the outstanding Rob Lee. Second, another great full color map of the Loch-Side Inn, the Inn’s menu, and an enhanced stat block for the proprietor.

MEG’s upcoming creature compendium, Nightmares & Dreams, is being printed, so we’ll have to wait a bit longer for it to arrive. There’s always the free creatures as appetizers, though.

Apparently I have to post

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2001

Apparently I have to post something to get Blogger to behave. So I’ll just tease you with the knowledge that we at OgreCave are soon beginning development on something so cool that it will make your eyes pop out and roll under the entertainment center, where you won’t be able to reach them. Okay.

All D20, All The Time

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2001

ICv2 reports that a company called United Playtest will be publishing a magazine of D20-related reviews and materials, probably called Gaming Frontier, starting in December, with a preview available at Gen Con. This is, of course, in addition to Corsair’s recently announced Campaign magazine. What I like best in this article is the side note about “softening of sales on new d20 products [...] it’s likely that this has as much to do with the proliferation of such products as it does with any change in the actual demand.” Well, um, yeah… the “proliferation of such products” would be called supply, right? That whole… supply and demand… thing. Word.

A Green Ronin in Hell

Monday, May 21st, 2001

To steel us against the dread creatures about to be unleashed in Legions of Hell, Green Ronin has posted a three page preview of the infernal beasts we can expect. Forewarned is forearmed, my friends. Best to arm yourselves against the coming of Hell in Freeport.

Rapid Succession of Galactic Emperors

Monday, May 21st, 2001

As a proponent of good role-playing games, I try not to discriminate against computer RPGs. After all, tabletop RPGs are rapidly coming to rely on having a PC nearby. A few computer games are even starting to learn that having character advancement, monsters and treasure doesn’t automatically mean a role is being played.

Skotos Tech has already proven they understand how role-playing should be with Castle Marrach. They’re currently running beta-testing for their latest creation, a hybrid strategy game/RPG called Galactic Emperor: Succession. The competitive sci-fi setting of Succession involves equal parts political maneuvering and resource management, and the empire’s in such upheaval that a new emperor is voted in every Saturday. With the right promises to the right people, maybe you could be in control of the empire… for a week, at least.

Rob Kuntz Tournament Module

Monday, May 21st, 2001

Now that my daughter’s 2nd birthday went without a hitch, I’ll get back to business. Let’s see…

As we reported last week, Necromancer Games will be working with Rob Kuntz, co-founder of Dungeons & Dragons, on several upcoming projects. To give us an idea of things to come, a new Rob Kuntz page has been added to the Necromancer site. The new page already boasts a free download of To the City of Brass, an AD&D tournament module for character levels 7-10, originally intended for the RPGA. This adventure’s been circulating on the web for a while now, but you can grab theis slightly updated version and be ahead of the game.

Rune RPG Released
In case you haven’t noticed yet, Atlas Games released the Rune RPG at the end of last week. OgreCave.com will have much more on Rune very soon … (insert evil laughter here)

D20 Ravenloft Update
The Kargatane, official site for the Ravenloft D&D setting, has posted a progress report on the current status of D20 Ravenloft. The book should arrive this fall from Arthaus (a company owned by White Wolf), bringing the horror of the mists back to D&D.

Bringing Back the Classics

Thursday, May 17th, 2001

Rob Kuntz, the third founder of the original Dungeons & Dragons, will be lending his support to Necromancer Games’ slogan, “Third Edition Look, First Edition Feel,” with several D20 adventures. Starting with reworked versions of Kuntz’s Maze of Zayene series (which will be extended with a brand new fifth adventure, Hidden Realms of Zayene), the products will continue with the never-published City of Brass epic adventure series, and an updated version of Garden of the Plantmaster. If the City of Brass sounds familiar, pull out your 1st Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide. That’s it on the back cover.

Gaming in Ernest
The subdivision of Cheapass Games, James Ernest Games, has a website now. Head on over to take a closer look at Brawl, Falling, and other soon-to-be favorites.

AEG Gets L5R Licence

Thursday, May 17th, 2001

Months after Wizards of the Coast decided to stop publishing Legend of the Five Rings game products, Alderac Entertainment Group has gained the licence to publish the L5R CCG. AEG is the perfect company to take over L5R, as they were the ones who created it in 1995. John Zinser, President of AEG, said “This deal with Wizards of the Coast is the culmination of several months of work… and means that L5R collectible card game fans will see new product as early as July.” The licence gives AEG the rights to the non-electronic games, meaning the CCG, RPG and miniatures game. This is a triumph for fans of L5R, and us Cave Dwellers are happy to see things worked out.

Free Freya Download

Wednesday, May 16th, 2001

The guys at Necromancer Games just added another free supplement to their product support page. This time, Crucible of Freya, Necromancer’s first D&D 3 product to be sold in stores, receives the extra attention. The download includes 23 pages of ideas, maps, and encounters to expand the adventure, and has some great new artwork. As always, you’ll need the Product Update Password from your copy of Crucible to get the download.

New Game Appears at Invisible City

Wednesday, May 16th, 2001

Invisible City Productions, the diversified organization which has been bringing a new free game to the Internet every month for quite some time now, has done it again. This month’s offering is Lilypad, a two-player Checkers variant in which two fairies race across a pond filled with frogs and turtles. Check it out, and while you’re there, be sure to investigate the site’s numerous other offerings.

Roleplaying Tips Weekly #74

Tuesday, May 15th, 2001

Another week has come, heralding another issue of Roleplaying Tips. This week’s theme? “7 More Ways You Can Make Travel Interesting Or Important.” Have a look, you aspiring travel agent, you.

More on New Rein-Hagen Project

Tuesday, May 15th, 2001

White Wolf co-founder Mark Rein-Hagen’s new company Atomoton updated their site recently with some visuals of the “InterACTION” figures that integrate with the card play in their upcoming game Z-G. The report that ICV2 posted a few days ago is sketchy about gameplay, but hopefully it’s a little more involved than it sounds, and the figures aren’t actually just glorified life counters. Okay, wait – clicking through the Flash on Atomoton’s site sort of implies there’s a positional aspect to the figures as well. The figures look great in any case, and this one will definitely be interesting…

(Can I just say how much I like ICV2? Great-looking, one-stop geek shopping! Woohoo!)

Armada Gets Closer

Tuesday, May 15th, 2001

FFG has expanded their page for the upcoming Twilight Imperium-inspired disk game Armada, with lots of Flash, story material and a PDF of the complete rules. We haven’t inspected it in detail, but if you want to see where disk games are going as badly as we do, you should.

Don’t Forget Your Towel

Monday, May 14th, 2001

Though not directly gaming related, I thought you’d want to know that the great Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, has passed away. He died of a heart attack last Friday. You can read more about his passing here. Farewell, Doug. You were one hoopy frood, who really knew where his towel was.

Lore Gaming’s New Look is Nearly Here

Saturday, May 12th, 2001

Lore Gaming, the future publisher of the Lore line of thematically-related role-playing games, has been rebuilding its website for quite some time now, but the redesigned pages are nearly done. By late afternoon tomorrow, the site should have a new look and contain lots of information on several forthcoming releases: Lore: Uprising (a science-fantasy game), Lore: Origins (a pure-fantasy prequel to Lore: Uprising) and Lore: Hunters (a modern-day horror RPG). Just remember that if you follow any of the links in this article before Sunday afternoon, it’s entirely possible that they won’t be completely done yet!

Mythrole: Merchants Ready for Business
Mythrole Games, the publisher of several downloadable, printable board games (including Night of the Ill-Tempered Squirrel and Rally), has just released a new product — Mythrole: Merchants. This fantasy board game allows between two and six players to take on the roles of merchants and strategically trade goods with each other, using either friendly or brutally competitive tactics. The game costs $7.00 to download and requires that you print and assemble your own set. If you want to know what you’re getting into before actually doing all that work, a free instruction manual is available.

Gen Con, Jedi Style

Friday, May 11th, 2001

Wizards has posted a teaser page for this year’s GenCon to lure you in with all the Star Wars events they have scheduled. If you desperately want to meet Billy Dee Williams, or just want to get in on some lightsaber swinging action, head over to the site. While you’re there, be sure to download a copy of the short Star Wars adventure, The Storm’s Edge, created as a supplement to Secrets of Tatooine.