Archive for June, 2001

Meet Grampa Barmo

Thursday, June 7th, 2001

Just when you thought the world was safe from marauding game zines, Grampa Barmo’s Discount Game Magazine makes its presence known. “A fan-created zine dedicated to the wide world of wonderful cheap games,” Grampa Barmo will shine the spotlight on games that cost $10 or less. And Barmo seems to be an equal opportunity zine: they’ll feature role-playing, card games, board games, or even games for the almighty computer. If it’s cheap or free, they’ll talk about it. So, what can you expect in the first issue?

The debut issue of Grampa Barmo’s Discount Game Magazine features an engaging history of cheap games in Italy by Italian game mogul Andrea Angiolino and a discussion of the revolutionary new piecepack idea by James Kyle. It also includes twelve add-in cards for Deep7’s recently-released Snake-Oil, two puzzles, a nifty new chess variant, news on the industry and game reviews galore!

Okay, I’m sold. Each issue will sell for $3, or $10 for a four-issue subscription. The first issue will back from the printer shortly, so get your order in. Tell ’em you heard about it on OgreCave, and… uh… they’ll like you?

Gonna Win Me Some Elmore

Thursday, June 7th, 2001

Games Unplugged has an original piece of art by Larry Elmore… and they’re foolish enough to give it away!!! Head over to their site to sign up, or look for print issues of the GU magazine with this ad for more chances to win. And if you win, bundle up the painting real carefully, and mail it to me.

Score an Early Caveman’s Club Book
Aldo tells us that Wingnut Games’ latest release, The Complete Caveman’s Club Book, will make an early appearance at BenCon tomorrow. While the book won’t reach stores until the end of this month, a limited number of copies will be available at the con. If you’re attending, be sure to grab one. And then mail it to me.

Studios May Cast Raise Dead on D&D Movie

Tuesday, June 5th, 2001

Just when we thought the original movie had stopped twitching and was ready for a long
dirt-nap, Ain’t It Cool News reports that there’s a good chance of a sequel to the ill-received Dungeons & Dragons movie. When you’ve stopped screaming and trying to gouge out your eyes, you can read the news story here. And put some iodine on that. Owch.

Roleplaying Tips Weekly #77
After an entertaining and useful issue dealing with absentee players (which I’ve been
getting a lot of lately **grumble, grumble**), the new Roleplaying Tips Weekly has moved on to the topic of passing notes. No, not during your math test. Since I’m usually GMing in my group, someone always passes me a note that just says “Hi.” I usually respond with “You feel a stabbing pain in your chest…”

Jesters and Elves
In addition to a second round of hilarity from the We’re Misguided strip, Misguided Games has posted details on the elves from their Children of the Sun RPG. Take a gander at one or both, if you so desire.

The Piecepack Gets a Domain

Monday, June 4th, 2001

The public domain Piecepack universal board game set initiated by Galloglass Games has just received its own Internet domain, thanks to Mesomorph Games, the first producer of commercial Piecepack sets. At, you’ll find a downloadable, printable Piecepack along with rules for using the set and directions for ordering more professional-looking copies. If you haven’t seen a Piecepack yet, be sure to check this out!

Clockwork’s Chosen Announced

Sunday, June 3rd, 2001

After hinting at their next RPG title through’s Guess the Game contest, Clockworks Games has bared all to the world. Their next title, Chosen, will be a science-fantasy setting where ancient legends come to life in Earth’s future. Space exploration, wizards, psionics — who could ask for anything more? Chosen will be released as a full-color hardcover this September.