The Games Unplugged website is just displaying an image of the GenCon issue, along with a cryptic message saying “Come Back AUGUST 15th and Experience a new way of Looking at Gaming!” Hmmm… I’m hoping for virtual reality, but we shall see.
Archive for July, 2001
Overheard on AIM:
did i bump into the ogrecave editorial meeting? and who the heck is WizKids?
m_____: wizkids = mage knight
m_____: it’s like, whoever has the most money in the industry gets gen con as a booby prize
u___: “most money in the gaming industry” is already a booby prize
Most convention-goers know that Wizards of the Coast is getting out of the convention business — at least, they’re stepping out of their role as sponsors of Origins and GenCon. GAMA already has “custody” of Origins, but after this year’s GenCon (which starts Thursday), who will take over? According to a post at Gaming Report, the most likely candidate is WizKids. Could this rumor be true? I’ll ask around at GenCon, and let you know if I hear anything.
Traps & Treachery Just Around the Corner
Fantasy Flight Games announced that their next D20 book, Traps & Treachery, should be out next week, which means it willl be at GenCon.
Fresh from their Origins Award wins a few weeks ago, Cheapass Games is headed into GenCon at full steam. U.S. Patent Number One,a time machine game, will be released in August, and a new six-button expansion called Button Men: Samurai will reach stores in early September. Can’t wait that long for your button fix? Then grab a copy of the GenCon program book, which will contain a rare Samurai (Tsusuko) plus a character from Girl Genius: The Works (Jorgi). You should have already grabbed buttons of all three Brawl: Catfight girls from the Origins book.
On the legal front, Cheapass has been asked by MGM to stop selling Before I Kill You, Mister Bond because it “capitalizes too much on [MGM's] trademarked character.” Say it ain’t so! Pick up your copy while you still can, as Cheapass will stop selling the game after August 31.
And of course the Cheapass crew will engage in their usual chaotic behavior. According to the website, Cheapass “will be doing all kinds of neat stuff like Live Action Devil Bunny and Live Action Witch Trial. If you’re lucky we’ll be running some Live Action Unexploded Cow too.” Sounds messy. If you’re attending that game, wear a poncho.
According to a new press release from WizKids, “The enduring, popular science-fiction setting has found great success as a miniatures war game, a pc computer game, site-based interactive entertainment and as a ground-breaking animated series. Now WizKids will take the Battletech Universe in an exciting, new direction.” What direction is it? Be at GenCon, specifically the Hyatt hotel Executive rooms C and D, on Friday, August 3rd at 11 am, to find out.
Tyranny Games and Precedence Studios are pleased to announce the release of Sack
Armies: Expeditionary Force, now available from all major distributors. Sack Armies had an extremely successful debut at Origins, and is sure to do well at GenCon. To celebrate the game’s release, two new downloads are available for free at each company’s website: a Battlemat Trainer, a simple-yet-useful tool to learn the game with, and the full Sack Armies Rules. Take it from us Cave Dwellers, this is a cool game. Our review should be ready to go up soon.
Green Ronin has a pair of releases that will be showing up at GenCon (though you could always order them through Wizard’s Attic). Both Hell in Freeport and the D20 System Character Record Folio will storm GenCon like angry samurai. For those who won’t be attending the convention, Green Ronin has posted a web enhancement for Legions of Hell that features four new prestige classes. If those classes aren’t enough, the new issue of Focus on Freeport converts the Devil Slayer, Diabolist, Inquisitor, and Hellblade into 3rd Edition from the AD&D Guide to Hell.Lastly, for the September release of Jade Dragons and Hungry Ghosts, “the last of the art is rolling in and everything is looking great.” One of the guys in my gaming group will be happy to hear his favorite CCG artist, Heather Hudson, has joined in on the supplement.
No, it has nothing to do with the Weird West. The official Dark Sun website, Athas.org, has posted a 70 page free PDF called Terrors of the Dead Lands. The supplement describes the undead of Athas, old and new, in preparation for the upcoming supplement Secrets of the Dead Lands. We’ll let you know when the next supplement is posted. In the meantime, I’ll reassert my opinion that undead + psionics = really scary.
The new D20 supplement from Mystic Eye Games is previewed on their site. The cover art, plus the back cover text, are available for you viewing pleasure here. The 128 page sourcebook will retail for $14.95, and arrives next month.
Frag the Munchkins!
Ah, what a combo that would make. (**he dreams of Quake players running amok along the yellow brick road, fragged munchkins exploding with a sweet-smelling, wet “pop”…**)
Oh, sorry. Umm, anyway, Steve Jackson Games has shipped both Frag and Munchkin, and both games should be appearing in stores shortly. While we haven’t seen much of Munchkin yet, you can read Mike’s review of the Frag beta version, and see if it lends any insight.
Gold Rush Games, having formed a relationship with the Guy Williams family while writing the Zorro RPG, is helping raise money for Mr Williams’ star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star of the Disney Zorro TV series and the original Lost in Space series has been selected to posthumously receive the star. However, it costs $15,000 to complete the process, and Disney ain’t coughing it up, leaving the Williams family holding the bag. GRG is making a big push to get gamers to contribute (expect to see donation boxes at GenCon next week), and I for one plan to drop a few bucks in for Guy. For more details, head over to fundraiser page.
Just in time to compliment the new Oriental Adventures, a creature book from Green Ronin is planned that will provide all the beasts an Asian campaign could need. Called Jade Dragons and Hungry Ghosts, the book is a grand collaborative effort, boasting artists like Quinton Hoover and Tony DiTerlizzi, and the writing talents of Wolfgang Baur, Chris Pramas, Erik Mona, Steven E. Schend, and an introduction and featured monster by David “Zeb” Cook. Listen to what lurks inside:
Forest demons, heavenly dragons, shapeshifting foxes, and hungry ghosts thirsty for revenge — all stalk forth from the legends of Asia! Surprise players with bell spirits, bat-ninjas, demonic oni, the Chinese Phoenix, and the legendary Monkey King! These all-new monsters thrive in every environment from bamboo forests to samurai castles, from raging oceans to mist-enshrouded mountains, and from the depths of Hell to the harmony of Heaven.
The 64 page book will arrive this September, and retail for $14.95.
Rune Encounters Appearing in Magazines This Summer
Atlas Games recently announced that two Rune “cushion” encounters will be published in magazines this summer. Game Trade Monthly (the Alliance distributor catalog) will have an introductory encounter, Goblin Goodies Galore, and Games Unplugged will present A Test of Viking Virtue. Both should be available in time for GenCon, and are written by Rune line editor Michelle Nephew.
This week’s issue presents ten tips from a first-time gamemaster, many of which really took me back. There’s also an excellent guide to naming magical weapons, and some thoughts on fleshing out the gods of your world’s pantheon.
Invisible City Productions has just released their latest downloadable monthly game, and it comes at a good time to relieve the tension of all the frustrated drivers who had to survive the long road trip home from some vacation or other. The game, called Yield, takes place in the future and can be played by two to three players. The object is to crash into other people’s cars without dying in the process, and the whole thing is played with the help of a checkerboard and a bunch of tiles (which are provided on the site). If you want a quick, simple dose of Car Wars-style death and destruction, be sure to check this one out. It is free, after all.
The eighth Lone Wolf gamebook, Jungle of Horrors, has just been released by Project Aon. This is something of a milestone release for the organization, as it is the first to feature Gary Chalk‘s original illustrations in addition to Joe Dever’s text. The announcement of the new release (posted on the kai-wisdom mailing list) suggests that “more exciting things [are] coming soon.” I certainly wouldn’t be too surprised if this means that the books currently offered as “public previews” will soon be upgraded to fully illustrated releases. Once that happens, it will be even more exciting to relive the series online. OgreCave will, of course, keep you posted.
Where can you play a superhero with a completely useless power… and enjoy it? Why, StuperPowers, of course. The new deluxe game from Wingnut will include “100 fully playable powers, the all-new character advancement rules, a full-length, four-adventure campaign, Live-Action rules, and the kid-tested, mother-approved INSTAVENTURES! Random Scenario Generation system.” Sweet. I’ll dust off Pollen Boy (literally) and be ready for the October release. I’m sure I’ve got $16.95 around here somewhere…