Archive for August, 2002

Be Buffy’s Master in Early

Monday, August 26th, 2002

Be Buffy’s Master in Early October!
Yes that is what I mean. The new Buffy the Vampire Slayer RPG Directors Screen is coming in Early October. What did you think I meant? Eden Studios has posted a nice picture of the new screen cover art. Like the core rule book, this is as slick as games get.

Metal Gods Cover Preview The

Monday, August 26th, 2002

Metal Gods Cover Preview
The new supplement for the D20 post-apocalyptic RPG Darwin’s World has been revealed to all. Metal Gods is 50 page supplement dedicated to robots, androids, and all manner of metal beings. This swell looking book includes all the information you need to incorporate these metal pals into your twisted earth campaign. It comes with a nice timeline of robot evolution (where does Steve Guttenberg fit into this game) and the reasons for current (game time) robot dominance. Additionally, you will get lost of crunchy bits about creating and running metal characters. So pick up the book, if for no other reason it looks like a Celtic Frost CD.

MechWarrior Dark Age Playtest Report

Monday, August 26th, 2002

I now own one starter and two boosters of MechWarrior, and have a nice long 300-point game under my belt. With these new developments, I can say with definite confidence that MechWarrior has many more robots than Mage Knight does. Like, at least ten.

New Tunnels and Trolls E-Zine

Saturday, August 24th, 2002

New Tunnels and Trolls E-Zine on the Way
Ken St. Andre (mastermind behind Tunnels and Trolls, Monsters, Monsters!, and the original Stormbringer) announced on his site that he foresees the first issue of a special e-zine for T & T fans to be out soon. Ken is expecting it to hit the web around September 1. Ken is raising a private troll army to help push the 6th edition of Tunnels and Trolls along, which is still a work in progress. If you want to check out his recruiting site or read his Tunnels and Trolls novel (or find anything having to do with Tunnels and Trolls) check out Ken’s huge site, drop him a line and say hi.

When Miniatures Attack

Saturday, August 24th, 2002

Joe managed to visit the Games Workshop Chicago Game Day a few weeks back, and he’s sent us his impressions of the event. Have a look at miniatures run amuck.

Unbidden Game Site Comes Online

Friday, August 23rd, 2002

Unbidden has gone live.  In anticipation of the release of the new game the company has launched a brief web site with information about the game. The game is described as: Unbidden is a role-playing game of horror predicated on street legend and myth (called urban lore in the book). It is perpetuated by a displaced people seeking a sense of mission.  Not much on the site yet, but keep your eyes open.

Monte Cook Shows You His
Monte Cook has updated his site with previews of Requiem for a God.  This 64 page book (to be on sale next week in PDF) is the first in Malhavoc Press‘s Event Book series.  These new books will offer up epic events to fit into your campaign and ideas on how to incorporate them naturally.  Sounds neat, be interesting see if it comes off.

Auran d20 Posts Sanctuary Trailer
Sanctuary, the forthcoming adventure from Auran D20 is previewed online with one of those slick new animated trailers they make now a days (all I ever got was a black and white ad in Pegasus #12). Designed for 4-6 characters of 4th level or so, Sanctuary takes place in a nice fantasy back water, always a nice place for an adventure to begin. When released, Sanctuary will be released with a bonus CD full of music and all manner of cool stuff.

Help Me Aquaman! I Don’t

Friday, August 23rd, 2002

Help Me Aquaman! I Don’t Have Any Real Powers!
WizKids Games is following through on their promise to preview an new DC character each week until the release of the new DC HeroClix: Hypertime. This week’s offering, Aquaman, lord of the sturgeon captain of the prawn and gar. Aquaman is nicely featured in a 3D format to reveal all his glory. DC HeroClix: Hypertime will be available in stores September 18th.

New Star Wars Adventure from

Friday, August 23rd, 2002

New Star Wars Adventure from Wizards. And it’s Free!
Wizards of the Coast has posted a new free adventure to be used with their (also new) Power of the Jedi Source Book (funny how that works out). Swim Meet has nothing to do with Personal Best, it is mini-adventure for four 12th-level characters in the Rise of the Rebellion time period. You’ll have to find out for yourself what the title means.

Mechwarrior: Dark Age is Unleashed on Unwitting Populace

Thursday, August 22nd, 2002

In conjunction with yesterday’s release, the folks at Wizkids Games have updated their Mechwarrior site to include a complete online guide to all mechs, vehicles and infantry in the initial line. They are also preparing a series of storyline events. Just what I need, a new collectible game. And I haven’t even finished my TI: Armada collection yet.

The Lighter Side of Colonial Wargaming

Thursday, August 22nd, 2002

Who says that historical wargamers can’t have a sense of humor? Check out Major General Tremorden Reddering’s Colonial-era Wargames Page. In addition to some of the best battle reports I have ever seen (Lassenwelt Station is a classic), the site is filled with modeling guides for everything from land ironclads to gunboats and dhows. If you’ve ever thought about defending the Empire’s interests in the depths of Darkest Africa, or expelling the White Devil from your tribe’s ancient homeland, this is the place to start.

Thousand Year Site Redesign Complete at

Wednesday, August 21st, 2002

For what seems like an eternity the Larry Elmore site has been under reconstruction.  Well the wait is over. The new site was relaunched this week with an all new look and all new store.  For those not in the know, Larry Elmore is one of the great’s of Role Playing artists.  Along with people like Elizabeth Danforth and Erol Otus, Larry set the standard for art at TSR in the 1980’s.  Check out his site and buy some of his ever cool Snarf Quest chachkas and calendars.

Two Towers Teaser from Games Workshop

Wednesday, August 21st, 2002

This winter we get to see how much Peter Jackson is going to change to make The Two Towers an economic success for Hollywood (reportedly the naked Ents and the motorcycle chases at Helm’s Deep are quite eye catching).  This November, you can alter the course of Tolkien’s masterpiece in your spare time by playing the second installment of games from Games Workshop.  Today the nice folks at GW posted some really nice teaser pictures of the miniatures and box art for The Two Towers on their site.

More Savage Worlds Previews at Pinnacle
Pinnacle Entertainment has posted a PDF of important characters for their Savage Worlds adventure Hostile Climes: The Depths of Despair, a cryptic city at the bottom of a whirlpool!  This is just the first in a line of free conversions for the Savage Worlds game.  If Pinnacle keeps this up, people will be able to download enough Savage Worlds material to avoid buying the game.  That’s my kind of game company.

Steve Jackson Games Does Something Else Too

Wednesday, August 21st, 2002

And he isn’t talking about it, perhaps understandably. No, it’s nothing bad. It’s Frag PvP, another variant of the FPS board game, this time themed around the popular video-gaming comic strip by Scott Kurtz published in paper form by John K’s Dork Storm Press. It should be out by Christmas according to Kurtz, but nothing’s on the Frag website yet.

Steve Jackson Really Does Shock

Wednesday, August 21st, 2002

Steve Jackson Really Does Shock the World
Steve Jackson Games has announced that they have formed a partnership with Worlds Apart Productions (Denver based makers of The Eternal City a Roman-themed RPG ) to develop an online GURPS universe. The plan, at the moment is for Worlds apart to develop a whole host of worlds from the GURPS line and give players much to choose from. In a statement from gaming icon Steve Jackson “We’ve been wanting to take GURPS online for a long time, until now, we just hadn’t found the right partner. Worlds Apart understands the importance of taking care of the player community, and we’re excited about what we’re going to be able to do together.” SJGames has set up a new web portal for updates on the project. Multi-player Bunnies and Burroughs here I come.
[I think he means Bunnies and Burrows, although playing a rabbit crossed with a typewriter that secretes narcotics certainly sounds like fun. -M]

Necromancer News

Tuesday, August 20th, 2002

Necromancer Press has announced a new partnership with Reaper Miniatures and Dwarven Forge. From now on Necromancer products will have information explaining which miniatures and dungeon tiles a appropriate for use with individual adventurers. Additionally, Necromancer has posted a preview of the cover of the upcoming release The Vault of Larin Karr.  Busy day for the Necromancer.