Archive for January, 2002

Mage Knight Conquest, And Other WizKids Activities

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2002

WizKids continues to build momentum with Mage Knight Conquest. Conquest provides mass combat rules for Mage Knight, allowing players to use armies of 500 – 3,500 per side and still finish in about two hours. The Conquest rules are available on WizKids’ game rules page, and will serve to prep MK players for the printed Conquest set coming in April. At that point, the full rules will include a tournament structure outline, scenarios, and campaign rules, and will come with three new siege weapon figures: a Black Powder Rebel Cannon, an Elemental League Ballista, and an Orc Raider Catapult. The package will carry a retail price of $19.95, and will provide an excellent foil to the various Mage Knight Castle sets coming in March. Man, the tower and gatehouse look nice. I may have to invest in some new RPG props soon. Mad props, yo.

Meanwhile, Mage Knight Dungeons is getting an excellent response from gamers I’ve spoken with. To be honest, I may have to get in on this one. The HeroQuest-ish concept is right up my alley. For those who enjoy some dungeoneering with their minis, a complete figure list has been posted. Start making your checklist.

This May, we can expect to see the following releases from Wiz Kids:Marvel HeroClix: Infinity Challenge starters and boosters, the superhero CMG with rules by Monte Cook; the Radiant Light Dragon for MK; and the Official Collector’s Guide to Mage Knight Vol.2.

Everyone Wants Buffy

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2002

We’ve just heard that the Buffy The Vampire Slayer CCG has sold out in the U.S. Never fear, though: Score Entertainment is having more printed up that should be available in February. You can stake your claim then.

Battle Cattle Stampede Onto GameTable Online

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2002

GameTable Online has made an arrangement with Wingnut Games to bring the bovine glory of Battle Cattle to online gaming. The D&D parody version, Quest for the Holy Pail, is also included in the license, bringing even more cow combat to those poor souls who can’t tear themselves away from their monitors to pick up dice. A new “team” feature has been added to GameTable, allowing players to cultivate a whole herd of moo-ing miscreants.

Gaxmoor Preview At Troll Lord

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2002

A preview of The Lost City of Gaxmoor is available from Troll Lord Games. Gaxmoor will be 136 pages of d20 danger, “a city scape maelstrom of Orcs, Hobgoblins, Gnolls, Ogres and you guessed it, a pack of viscious demons adventure.” Written by Ernie and Luke Gygax, the book will take characters from 1st level all the way to 8th.

Magic Mapped Out By Atlas

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2002

Atlas Games has sorted out those other magic systems for your d20 games. You know: Alchemy, Astrology, Geomancy, and the rest. In all, ten new magic systems will be described in Occult Lore, giving spell-users more options than they could ever need. The book will also contain an assortment of new creatures, spells, magic items, PC and NPC classes, prestige classes, and domains We can expect to see the 240-page supplement around May.

Vortex Sale At FFG

Monday, January 21st, 2002

Vortex is a game worth trying, but its price point combined with its diversity of factions makes it difficult to get what you want for the money. I’ve spent a hundred bucks on it and a couple of factions still aren’t playable. Well, until February 4, FFG is selling . You know, we were going to test it multiplayer first, but I think I’m going to go ahead and post my Vortex review later this week. Along with Z-G, it’s one of the neglected bits of fun from late last year.

Jade And Steel Review

Monday, January 21st, 2002

Thanks to Matthew’s efforts, we get a glimpse into the mythic China d20 supplement Jade and Steel by Avalanche Press. Does it have the Ch’i to stand up to his review? Or is Matthew’s kung-fu stronger? Have I just mixed terms from multiple cultures? Probably. 🙂

Misguided Update

Monday, January 21st, 2002

Misguided Games is continuing to crank out the freebies in anticipation of their dieselpunk fantasy RPG, Children of the Sun. Heading up a new creatures page is the Wraith Monkeys. As I always say, everything’s better with a monkey. On their new downloads page, a desktop image of the upcoming game’s cover art is available in multiple resolutions. Hmm… my desktop could use some sprucing up…

Roleplaying Tips Weekly #107, Plus A Bit
Okay, I’ve been slacking here, so let me get you caught up. Issue #105 of Roleplaying Tips Weekly brings you six tips on romance in RPGs. No, I said “six”; keep your mind on gaming, okay? Issue #106 is a recipe for planning a great game session in two hours or less. Finally, this week’s issue #107 provides ideas on how to make the best handouts and props to give your players.

Transhuman Space Delayed, Sort Of

Monday, January 21st, 2002

Steve Jackson announced recently that, due to apparent snafus with the printing company, their upcoming standalone GURPS Space setting Transhuman Space cannot be completed on time in color. So, in the interest of making it to market on time, the core rules will release as a B&W softcover book for $29.95. Later this year, after some support products are out, the company will release a full-color hardcover version of the rulebook which will pay proper homage to the artwork of Christopher Shy.

I Am Not A Number! I Am A Card Collection!

Monday, January 21st, 2002

ICv2 reports that European trading card company Cards Inc. will produce a CCG based on the classic TV series The Prisoner in 2002. I can see it now: the object will be to figure out the rules, and we will all play against the game designer, who will send strange men to our houses and…

Shadowknight Steps From Shadows

Sunday, January 20th, 2002

Mongoose Publishing has let slip with info about their secret project for the second half of 2002. Popular designer Matt Forbeck will be writing a new RPG for Mongoose called ShadowKnight, “a blend of fantasy and fact taking place on a world the likes of which you have never seen.” Okay, I’m curious. Later this week Mongoose will tease us with more info.

Great Gobs Of Glorantha

Friday, January 18th, 2002

As if spurred into action by my post earlier today, Issaries, Inc has three announcements fans should be aware of. First, as Glorantha fans (you are Glorantha fans, aren’t you?), you already know about Greg Stafford’s Pre-Finished Works (ordered through Wizard’s Attic). Well, now fans in the UK can order those same compilations through The Unspoken Word.

Secondly, Barbarian Adventures, the first book in the Sartar Rising campaign series, is due to ship from Wizard’s Attic on January 22 (hey, that’s next Tuesday). The second in the series, Orlanth is Dead!, will follow in March.

Finally, Issaries has arranged for Glorantha swag to be sold through CafePress.com. There’s a main Glorantha store, an Orlanthi store, and a Lunar store. Get yer mugs, t-shirts and mousepads while the runes are still fresh.

And Issaries Said, “Let There Be Heat,” And There Was Heat

Friday, January 18th, 2002

A huge thank you and round of applause from my no-longer-numb hands to Stephen Martin, who dwells in the other side of the building at Issaries, Inc. The fine and functional space heater is a life-saver. Okay everyone, go buy Hero Wars. Right now. I’ll wait…

Review: Book of Eldritch Might

Friday, January 18th, 2002

Not sure which d20 supplement has your campaign’s magical needs covered? Better read Matthew’s latest review to learn about The Book of Eldritch Might by Malhavok Press, and find out what those pesky mages in your game can start drooling over.

Holistic Makes An… Interesting Choice

Thursday, January 17th, 2002

Holistic Design has updated their product schedule. Note the rather questionable d20 product planned for a June release:

AFGHANISTAN: d20
The first in our new Real Life Roleplaying line, Afghanistan: d20 is a stand alone game supplement providing rules, background, equipment, settings and scenarios that give players a chance to roleplay in the war against terrorism. Now you and your friends can organize Northern Alliance operatives, track down terrorists, outwit the al Qaeda and wipe the floor with Osama!

I hope Holistic meant to list the release date as April 1st, but I don’t think we’ll be so lucky.