In the fourth preview Atlas Games has posted from Occult Lore, we get two different sets of rules for one thing. What is it? Why, it’s Pangunculus, which as you all know is the name of the first great continent on Earth that would later split into the continents we know today, and – - what’s that? Uh, right, that’s Pangea I’m thinking of. Hmm… guess I don’t know what Pangunculus is.
Archive for May, 2002
Politically Incorrect Games will be releasing of The Colonies, a sci-fi RPG of a future Earth enslaved by aliens, and the fight by human colonies on Mars and elsewhere to liberate the planet. New technologies, freaky mutations, combat against aliens, and space travel: what else could you want in your sci-fi epic? PIG will release The Colonies in PDF format this summer.
Fantasy Flight D20 Shipping News
Fantasy Flight is currently shipping both Traps & Treachery II and the Dragonstar Guide to the Galaxy, so you can expect these to be in your gamemasters’ hands soon. As to the first book, the latest in FFG’s Legends & Lairs series, here’s hoping your Spot skill, Find/Remove Traps skill, or whatever you use to keep from becoming dead is up to par. As for Dragonstar, I’m not sure what to make of this release. All they’ve really given us as a preview is the starmap of the Dragon Empire, which is nice and all, but doesn’t tell us much. Mike likes to say that maybe Dragonstar will become interesting now that the setting book is finally available. Sure seems like we had to wait a while for it, though.
You knew that two new standalone Diceland sets are due by the end of the year, one of which will feature a “giant” OGRE die (not sure how they’re pulling that one off). You knew that Kill Doctor Lucky, the very first game in Cheapass’ line of no-nice-board-and-no-pieces board games, is going to have a nice board and pieces in the fall. You may even have noticed that the Hip Pocket line will be featuring a Tom Jolly game design when it goes wide in September. What you didn’t know, though, is the Hip Pocket line is going to feature work from lots of outside designers, which is something of a change of policy at Cheapass. One or two other names on upcoming Hip Pocket games will be familiar to heavy readers of this site. Unfortunately I can’t tell you what they are. One of them won an Origins Award last year, though.
Deep7 announced the end of playtesting for Mean Streets, the company’s new film noir RPG of “cynical private eyes, unscrupulous gangsters, and dangerous femme fatales.” Deep7′s XPG system provides the core mechanics for the upcoming game. “We are confident that Mean Streets will be one heck of an RPG, one that will fill a genre niche long abandoned by the industry,” said Mark Bruno, XPG Line Producer and Associate Editor. The game will be released in PDF format from the Deep7 website, and total nearly 60 pages. A full-color cover by Peter Hince and internal B/W illustrations by Jason McCuiston (veteran of Archon’s Noir RPG) will complete the package. The game is expected to release June 10.
In anticipation of their Occult Lore book for D20, Atlas Games has posted multiple previews of what we’ll get inside. Most recently, information on the Dragonflower, a sort of catnip for dragons, has been posted on the company’s site. Atlas has also made the book’s index available as a teaser of what’s to come, as well as an information sheet for Gleaner characters. What’s a Gleaner? Why, it’s “a new magical PC class that collect remnants of the dead and nurture them until they are able to draw powerful magics from their spirits.” But you knew that, right? Occult Lore should be in stores next month.
Mongoose In July
Mongoose Publishing has posted details of their first two July D20 releases: The Quintessential Dwarf (written by Sam Witt) and The Slayer’s Guide to Rules Lawyers (by James Desborough). Head on over and have a look-see.
Via IGN, via GamingReport: The artist formerly known as Hasbro Interactive announces Dungeons and Dragons Heroes for PS2, Xbox, and GameCube in the fall. From the description here, it sounds like Gauntlet with special moves and leveling. But I guess it won’t be so bad to have a little game where you can beat on real displacer beasts, bugbears and such. Will D&D chrome help this title ride the almost-certain popularity of Neverwinter Nights?
Aliens For Revised Star Wars RPG
Lots of ‘em. In a nice, handy list, with enough details to use and abuse ‘em. Yep. I love free web enhancements, don’t you?
The new 2000AD RPG site has been updated with a variety of tidbits. According to the site, the Judge Dredd RPG “has been sighted in some UK games stores and will soon be spreading to Europe. Fans in the US will have to wait just a little bit longer.” Estimates are to watch for the game in the States mid-June. The Rookie’s Guide to the Justice Department has just come back to Mongoose Publishing from the printers, so you can expect it to follow closely on the main rulebook’s heels. The Slaine RPG is in final playtesting now, and should be on target for its August release. The Judge Dredd character sheet is available for perusal. Finally, if you hope to get your hands on a Limited Edition Judge Dredd hardback, “completely encased it in polished stainless steel” and bearing “the classic Judge badge logo on the front,” you’d better get to the site and order it fast — Mongoose is only making 200 of ‘em. Only $115 for your bulletproof copy.
WizKids has announced Heroic Quest – Magestone and Heroic Quest – The Citadel, two ready-to-run scenarios for MK Dungeons. Each will come with a(n) Heroic Team and an ultra-powerful Mage Spawn, plus maps and scenario rules. None will apparently come with yummy plastic bits you can use in your RPG campaign, but maybe those Mage Spawn will be large and interesting.
Proving once again that Peter Adkison has his thumb on the zeitgeist, Gen Con will be hosting the ENnies, the formerly Internet-only awards for D20 products. The link also has the breakdown of the award categories, but no nominees yet.
Sources tell us that Tyranny Games‘ The End RPG is back from the printer and shipping to distributors, so you can expect in in stores shortly. The “post-apocalypse” role-playing game has been revised and expanded for the Lost Souls Edition, with a Faux leather cover and gold embossing to boot. Tyranny Games has supplements lining up behind the big release, including a D.C. supplement Cry Havoc, and a magic supplement titled The Dark Arts. Both supplements are scheduled to release before the end of this year. We’ll definitely be checking this one out.
Paradigm Concepts has announced they’ll be going to press with their Spell Decks for D&D3e in two weeks. I’ve seen these at GTS, and I have to say that this version of the spell card concept does everything right that the old TSR cards did wrong. The initial print run will be based on initial orders, so ask for yours now.
WizKids has posted preliminary details of the upcoming DC HeroClix sets. The Hypertime Starter Set has images of the Joker and Superman figures, the Hypertime Booster Set has images of Harley Quinn and Batman, and the Premier Edition box has a pic of Plastic Man. All three sets should be arriving this September, which gives you a long time to drool.
The Mongoose Publishing machine is chugging along at full speed, so D20 players beware. The company’s website has details on the four new releases planned for next month:
- The Slayer’s Guide to Dragons (penned by Gary Gygax)
- The Quintessential Elf
- The Planes: Zahhak – Ash Waste of the Abyss
- Encyclopaedia Divine: Fey Magic
We’ll have to see how Gygax’s take on dragons compares to (or compliments) AEG‘s Dragons. Though I enjoyed parts of that book, I was left wanting quite a bit more. Perhaps the father of D&D will deliver what I’ve been waiting for.
Buffy RPG Countdown Continues
As some sort of big, scary episode of the TV series airs this week, Eden Studios has given us another teaser for the upcoming Buffy the Vampire Slayer RPG. This time we get a look at Tara’s character sheet. Add that to the sheet already available for Willow, and can a full-fledged brawl be too far behind? [Umm... a tussle between the sheets maybe... - Mike who is ashamed to say he watches the show]
Mongoose Publishing is finally giving us a look at the Judge Dredd RPG on the game’s new official website. Cruise around the site to see a few technical specs, the planned release schedule for both Judge Dredd and the Slaine RPG, and an 8-page PDF preview of the Judge Dredd rulebook. The preview doesn’t go too deep into the game’s crunchy bits, but it sets the mood and leaves you wanting more.
The Warmachine website has added a few more images of figures and concept art from the upcoming miniatures game. While no release date has been announced yet, Privateer Press has said it’s “quite likely” the rulebook will be included in both CD-ROM and book forms. For an idea of the production quality and artwork involved, the company suggests checking out the Monsternomicon preview, which also has some new artwork on display. Privateer also announced the arrival of Joe Martin as the new Editor in Chief, with promises of more staff announcements in the future.
Want to see how good NWN will be at letting you create whatever you want? Go suck down the 241MB beta version of the Toolset. Here’s an introductory user guide. I’m not gonna be sucking down a 241MB anything anytime soon, so can someone report back on whether this is available for non-Windows platforms yet?
At least I don’t think we’ve reported on this already. Go to town. We hope to have a short feature up with our Origins picks, slams, and generally entertaining bull-puckey in the next couple of weeks.
The prestigious annual German game award has announced its preliminary nominees. From these games, a short list of three will be picked next month, then a final. The Children’s Game award, born last year, is now getting its own full jury process as well. DVONN is the second game in the GIPF series to be nominated (as Demian reported), and Puerto Rico has been hugely popular here in the store (TransAmerica a little less so).
FFG has finally, formally announced the release date for the Dragonstar Guide to the Galaxy as May 28. This companion book to the Starfarer’s Handbookwill actually contain the background of the Dragon Empire, thereby making it clear to people at long last why they should buy the Starfarer’s Handbook. (Which they should. I think.)
The May game of the month from Invisible City is here. Ziggurat is a pleasant reminder (for two or four players) that dominoes are good for more than just knocking over in sequence — they’re also good for piling up strategically in an effort to score the most points. If you have a collection of spotted tiles that you just haven’t been able to use for anything interesting, now is your chance to enjoy them!
Green Ronin has posted a preview of Secret College of Necromancy, the company’s latest D20 supplement and the second in its Arcana series. Game industry veterans David “Zeb” Cook (he did the original Oriental Adventures, remember?) and Wolfgang Baur (former Dragon Magazine editor), Secret College covers all the best dead topics with the following:
- New core classes: the necromancer and the death knight.
- 72 new necromancy spells, amd two new types of spells: mortal curses and dark pacts.
- New feats and magic items, including 8 infamous tomes.
- Several new monsters, like the death angel.
- The Secret College, “a complete, city-based necromantic organization” complete with stats for key members.
The full book will be available at the end of the month, in case the festering four pages of undead preview doesn’t hold you.
The latest newsletter from Rio Grande Games has some interesting announcements. For one thing, Dvonn, part of the Gipf series of interlocking abstract strategy games, has won a Mensa Select Award, making it the second Gipf entry to receive this distinction. Also interesting in a less braggy sort of way are some forthcoming releases, which include Transamerica and some other forthcoming German titles plus a new version of Ricochet Robot which stands alone but can also be used in combination with the first edition.