Archive for August, 2002

I Just Lost $120,000 Just

Saturday, August 31st, 2002

I Just Lost $120,000
Just like the other 11,000 people who entered the Wizards of the Coast design a world contest, I was not notified this week that my entry was one of the eleven picked to go on to the second round. WotC was only going to pick ten entries to advance to the second stage, but the overwhelming response prompted them to pick one extra. For those of us that did not win, this will be our only notification that we are losers. Guess I gotta keep my job now!

Blackmoor Rises from the Depths

Saturday, August 31st, 2002

Before there was Greyhawk or Dungeons & Dragons there was Dave Arneson and his Blackmoor Campaign. While some people will claim that D&D was conceived and created by just one person (someone with the initials GG), the impact of Dave Arneson can never be discounted and the significance of Blackmoor cannot be overlooked. Blackmoor was a campaign Arneson ran in the early 70’s and was included in the original D&D white box set from TSR. Now Dave’s master creation is coming to D20. Dave’s Zeitgeist Games is going to publish the converted sourcebook, and although no date has been set for the first book to be published, you can bet it is going to be a great day for the RPG world. If you cannot wait that long, you can download a PDF of the original book from Dave’s expansive site.

Atlas Games is Just a

Saturday, August 31st, 2002

Atlas Games is Just a Big Tease
Atlas Games has solved the dilemma of giving a sneak peek of one of their upcoming books without ruining the surprise. Blood and Sand: An Ars Magica Sourcebook of the Near East is hitting the stores in September , and details the mysteries of the near east. Detailing the culture and minutiae of Egypt, the Ottoman Empire, and the rest of Asia Minor, this book looks like a groundbreaking effort on the part of Atlas Games. Well, if you are interested in the book, you can take a look at some related content that will not be found in the book. Atlas Games has posted a PDF preview that deals with Arabic culture, the history of Islam, and the ways to integrate Islam into your existing game. The information posted on the web will not be part of the finished book, so check it out now.

Weapons and Castles of the

Saturday, August 31st, 2002

Weapons and Castles of the Orient
Palladium Books wants us all to know that the new sourcebook Weapons and Castles of the Orient is now shipping to stores and your home. This new book is for use with any game system. The book includes all kinds of cool stuff.

  • 15 different, real world castles, each illustrated and with a basic floor plan.
  • The weapons & armor of Japan, China and the rest of the Orient.
  • Spears, swords, bow and arrow, and other weapons unique to the Orient.
  • A look at the Samurai, his weapons and armor.
    This looks like a cool book and brings back images of the classic Bushido from Fantasy Games Unlimited.

  • The Cold War’s Back and You’re Gonna Get in Trouble…

    Saturday, August 31st, 2002

    Far Future Enterprises has this item listed on their website with a release date of March 2002. I received the following in reply to my questions:

    FFE Announces Classic Reprints of Twilight: 2000 Role-Playing Game

    Far Future Enterprises announced that it has acquired the Twilight: 2000 role-playing game and will reprint every word of the original game and modules in compendium volumes. Twilight: 2000 has been described as “the ultimate military role-playing game.” Set in various parts of the world after a massive nuclear world war, the game pits individual military characters against local forces, brigands, animals, and the forces of nature as the war rages around them. An award-winning game, the core system and its adventure modules have won major industry recognition. Twilight: 2000 was originally published by Game Designers’ Workshop.

    “This reprint series will provide all of the Twilight: 2000 material in a series of uniform books for collectors. Many of the original modules are collector’s items increasingly hard to find,” publisher Marc Miller commented. “But there’s more: Twilight: 2000 is eminently playable and enjoys a large following. Quite a few players want new copies for playing purposes. Ultimately, Twilight: 2000 players or collectors will have the entire set in a series of uniform volumes.”

    The first volume of the reprint series will include the components and text of the original Twilight: 2000 first edition, plus four adventure Twilight: 2000 modules, all in a standard sized 8.5 x 11 bound book. It is scheduled for release in December, 2002. Retail price will be $32.

    Far Future Enterprises publishes science-fiction role-playing products (including the award-winning Traveller, Twilight: 2000, and 2300 AD) and licenses designs to other publishers (including Traveller for GURPS and for D20, and Imperium).”

    I don’t know about you folks, but this sucker’s going on my Christmas List. 2300AD is also on their release schedule for October of this year. However, that project may also be subject to delay. After all, FFE is a game company…

    Mystic Eye Overruns Planet. Head for the Shelters

    Thursday, August 29th, 2002

    As Wild Spellcraft and The Witch of Loch-Durnan wind their way to stores this week, Mystic Eye Games has announced the details of their upcoming D20 releases. Sit back, there’s a bit to take in.

    In October, MEG will send in Raw Recruits, a 160 page Dragonstar campaign adventure aimed at taking characters from first to sixth level. The quests contained in the supplement will contain “strange planets, haunted factories, overrun freighters, experimental labs, pirate attacks” and more, all for a mere $24.99. Also in the pumpkin month, we’ll see Interludes: Sands of Pain, a 64 page sourcebook that “brings the characters from Bluffside south to the Dragon Sands” in an Arabic style. $12.99 will get you the fourth level adventure, which will be adjustable to accommodate other levels, and MEG will provide web enhancements in a password protected area of its website. New creatures, items, Prestige Classes, spells and such will be included, naturally. I had a peek at Sands at GenCon, as well as the product it leads into, Dry Lands: Empires of the Dragon Sands, and I’m looking forward to both.

    In November, Mystic Eye will present Arcane Mysteries: Necromancer’s Legacy. This 96 pager sounds creepy from the word go. In it’s pages, you can “meet the Lotahm, a prestige class of those whose link with their bird companions grants them eerie powers; revel in the power granted by the Canopic Jar; or lust after the alabaster maiden as her gaze strikes you dead.” New creatures, items, spells… sounds like this supplement will be all things dead and undead, so break out your $16.99 and your priest. As if that weren’t enough, Foul Locales: Beyond the Walls will add 128 pages of detailed locations to drop into any quest. This time, MEG will take it outside, with monster lairs, mountain fortresses, and the like. A mere $19.99 will get you a copy.

    On top of all that, there’s a couple of fan sites that have cropped up in support of Giant Monster Rampage, MEG’s game of… um, giant monsters, rampaging. Get some extra monsters at this site, or the stats for a particular giant lizard here.

    Arkham? I don’t even know ‘um

    Thursday, August 29th, 2002

    Skotos Tech has announced an agreement that will bring Lovecraftian horror to online roleplaying. Under license from Chaosium, a design team has begun work on a new game entitled Lovecraft Country: Arkham by Night. Based in and around good old Miskatonic U. and the town of Arkham circa 1930, the brooding horror game will add special mechanics for dreaming and insanity to Skotos’ prose roleplaying style. Lovecraft Country is targeted for an early 2003 release. Any game that fools with a player’s perception of the game to simulate state of mind is worth a look, I think.

    SnarfQuest D20: ‘Cuz you know you want it
    On November 1st, be on the lookout for the return of Larry Elmore‘s classic comic strip from the pages of Dragon Magazine, the one and only SnarfQuest. Only this time, Snarf, Telerie and the gang will have stats. Yep, the SnarfQuest D20 Worldbook is soon to show up at stores near you, allowing for that telepathic death leech your game was lacking to finally arrive. Designers Jamie Chambers and Tony Lee have insured the Worldbook will come standard with all the usual goodies a D20 gamer looks for: new feats, skills, and Prestige Classes. I’d tell you more about the 64 page book, but the PDF preview on the site doesn’t seem to be working. Best left to the imagination, perhaps.

    New HeroClix at Wizkids Another

    Thursday, August 29th, 2002

    New HeroClix at Wizkids
    Another Thursday, and another DC icon unveiled at WizKids. This week our guest is the Riddler. Less Jim Carrey and more Frank Gorshin, this nice little piece of Kanemania is just the latest DC villain to be revealed for the upcoming DC HeroClix: Hypertime game. So far they have revealed eight figures, four good guys and four bad guys. Gotta keep the odds even (unless you count Aquaman).

    Don’t Mess Around With Those Scrabble Players

    Thursday, August 29th, 2002

    Seriously.

    Learn to Read Hobo Signs

    Wednesday, August 28th, 2002

    Learn to Read Hobo Signs with Blindside Press
    Blindside Press (a small game company from parts unknown, since it doesn’t say on their web page) has released a novel new game called Knights of the Road, Knights of the Rail. Set in depression era USA, players get to be Hobos riding the rails and looking for adventure. You can download a free trial version in PDF from the Blindside Press site.

    Gary Gygax IS The Hermit

    Wednesday, August 28th, 2002

    Gary Gygax IS The Hermit
    Troll Lord Games has announced that the new Gary Gygax book The Hermit, a new adventure for the D20 and Lejendary Adventure game systems, is now available. The Hermit is a 64 page book with cover art by Dragonlance cover artist Daniel Horne. Those interested can find the book through Troll Lord, or through Impressions Marketing & Advertising. Also now available are the adventures Dark Druids by Rob Kuntz, and St. Anton’s Fire.

    Green Ronin Wants to Teach

    Tuesday, August 27th, 2002

    Green Ronin Wants to Teach you to Kill
    Green Ronin has posted a nice PDF preview of their new supplement The Assassin’s Handbook. While the book should hit stores this week, your friends at Green Ronin thought you deserved and early preview. You will get allot for your money if you decide to pick this up. The Assassin’s Handbook includes Master Class features like the new core class, feats, and equipment. The PDF preview gives you a glimpse of the Fida’i, the most dedicated and dangerous members of the Sirat (I guess they are some sort of assassins).

    Two Interviews: Monte and Jim

    Monday, August 26th, 2002

    Speaking of D20 companies, we’ve got two new interviews for you. First is Monte Cook, of Malhavoc Press and D20 in general, who tells us what he’d tell WotC to release next. Our second new interview is with Bastion Press and another former WotC employee, Jim Butler. See what these two companies have to say about the state of the hobby and their plans for world domination.

    Requiem for a God is

    Monday, August 26th, 2002

    Requiem for a God is On Sale Now!
    After a few months of teasers, Malhavoc Press has finally released the PDF version of Requiem for a God. While the print version is still slated for release in November, those of us obsessed with our laptops can get a nice electronic version of Monte Cook’s newest tome. Requiem for a God is the first in Malhavoc’s Event Book series. If you want to know more about Monte’s new book concept you can check out his extensive home page. You can also reacquaint yourself with all the Requiem for a God teasers.

    New Western Dust Devils for

    Monday, August 26th, 2002

    New Western Dust Devils for Sale Now
    Dust Devils is a role-playing game set in the dust-ridden Old West. Dust Devils is a 36 page book containing all you need to be a cow poke. You can purchase it on the Chimera Creative website.