According to the official Star Wars site, the Star Wars Roleplaying Game will get an upgrade late next year with a Revised Rulebook. The revised edition will make “rules improvements drawn from customer feedback” and will have material based on Star Wars: Episode 2 (whose name we dare not speak for fear of questioning the great Lucas’ judgement). The revised rulebook will once again be headed by Bill Slavicsek, Andy Collins and JD Wiker.
Archive for November, 2001
Eden Studios has joyously announced the arrival of the Knights of the Dinner Table: HACK! Card Game. After a few delays (I think HACK! was originally expected at GenCon), the game will be shipping from the printer straight to anxious distributors, and should be available in stores just in time for Christmas. Hoody-hoo!
Slayer’s Guide To Electronic Products
Mongoose Publishing has made their first electronic-only product available for download. For a mere $5, you can own the Slayer’s Guide to Winter Wolves. Plans are in the works for more electronic mayhem from Mongoose, including Slayer’s Guides for Minotaurs and “The Kracken.”
Roleplaying Tips Weekly Reaches Issue 100
Congrats to Johnn Four and all the contributors at Roleplaying Tips Weekly for reaching an impressive 100th issue! The landmark issue provides tips on fleshing out your villains, something my players are sure to enjoy.
Our latest review from Matthew takes a look at Gladiator: Sands of Death by Mongoose Publishing. If you want to take Ridley Scott’s place and call the shots in the arena, come see if the D20 supplement has what you need.
Phoenix To Rise From Ashes of ICE
As we reported last week, the remaining assets of Iron Crown Enterprises were acquired by John R. Seal in an auction run by a Federal bankruptcy court. It was also announced that said assets will be given over to Aurigas Aldebaron LLC (never heard of ’em, so don’t ask). At that point, the new company Phoenix LLC, which includes ICE alumni Bruce Neidlinger, Heike Kubasch, and Stephen Hardy, will “enter into a Master License” and “will be charged with the full promotion and use of the assets” of ICE. So Phoenix will immediately begin where ICE left off, fulfilling the backlog of orders and continuing the Rolemaster and Spacemaster lines. Once they have an office set up, that is.
Isn’t it nice how big game companies don’t disappear, they just mutate? TSR becomes the RPG team for WotC, Last Unicorn becomes the Decipher RPG team, then ICE is reincarnated as Phoenix. And all was right with the world once more. Maybe.
Steve Jackson Games is hard at work on Munchkin 2: Unnatural Axe, a new set of 112 cards for the popular hack-and-slash card game Munchkin. New art from John K (no, not that one), a new race to play (orcs, baby!) and a price that seems to be missing the compulsory $10 contribution to the Save Steve Jackson’s Ass Fund. (Not that there’s anything wrong with saving Steve Jackson’s ass. It beats Tony Orlando’s house.) No release date’s been announced yet.
According to Ryan Dancey’s post on the OGL mailing list, companies taking advantage of the D20 license will soon have to stay away from doing D20 miniature figures:
When the STL was drafted, there was no firm commitment to proceed with a D&D-based miniatures game. Internally, the business managers all agreed that if a bunch of companies wanted to release miniatures using the d20 logo, no harm would come to WotC, since WotC’s focus would probably be on basic characters and monsters in support of D&D.
However, since Chainmail has evolved to the point where it bears the d20 logo, WotC thinks it needs to exclude the use of that logo on products that would compete with Chainmail miniatures. There is some concern that the business of Chainmail (which is really selling lead, not paper) could be “hijacked” by a publisher that created a parallel line of miniatures and support material. To avoid the potential downstream problem, WotC just wants to nip the issue in the bud now.
So, you can ride the wave of the D20 System for your RPG products, but don’t be messin’ with their skirmish combat figures.
Iron Crown Assets Sold
After a lengthy stay in bankruptcy court, the inventory and intellectual property of Iron Crown Enterprises was sold off to the highest bidder. Reportedly, one John R. Seal of London coughed up $78,000. That’s a steal when you consider that the estimated worth of the goods was estimated at $1.95 million.
Glastyn Games has announced that FrachtExpress, the rethemed, family-oriented German version of HellRail, is now available in American stores. Most people will probably want to stick with the English-language, damned-soul-filled edition from Mayfair Games, but it’s always nice to know that you have freedom of choice….
Roleplaying Tips Weekly #99
Tips on Metagaming form the majority of this week’s Roleplaying Tips. What’s Metagaming, you ask? Well, for the most part, it’s the process of making game decisions based on non-game information. For example: “Greg doesn’t like John that much, so I’ll have their characters be in separate groups.” Everyone’s done it, you just might not realize it.
Icv2 and other sources have reported that Zocchi Distribution is shutting down. The general slowdown in the economy, plus the effects of the September 11th tragedy, were sighted as major factors to the distributor’s unfortunate demise. I’ve been hearing that today was the company’s last day, but considering their plans to liquidate as much stock as possible, that seems unlikely. Certainly not long for this world, though.
FFG finally got the Lord of the Rings board game expansion Friends and Foes back from the printer, and is kicking it back out the door as fast as they can. It looks like the rebranded FFG version of last year’s award-winning (heh) board game will be going great guns in time for, uh, that movie. In other news, there’ll be a new Diskwars expansion if you want it bad enough: actually, anyone interested in the business of gaming should have a quick look at this page explaining how and when the Blood & Prophecy fixed non-random set will be printed. “Malarkey, or effective way?” Lastly, Fantasy Flight’s secret news page reveals that the Dragonstar Starfarer’s Handbook, the kickoff book of this highly anticipated D20 setting, now won’t hit stores until mid-December due to artwork not getting where it should, when it should. And that is all I have to say about that.
Vortex Rare Flats Exchange
Okay, maybe not quite all. If you have been buying Vortex, as you probably should be, and have been getting more of certain rare flats than you would like, you can mail them in, unpunched of course, to exchange them for others. Just include this PDF form, and make sure your flats are “in mint condition” (words which still cause me to twitch involuntarily).