Archive for October, 2002

The Book of Curses Not Foiled, Because How Do You Get Foil Onto A PDF?

Thursday, October 31st, 2002

So this guy James Stubbs, who does the 1PG games for Deep7, and this other guy Rogan Hanby who did this Ranma 1/2 fan game, sent us an email letting us know that they’re now Heyoka Studios and they have a PDF d20 book called the Book of Curses. Their company link has more, but: 65 pages of new spells, fun lycanthropy rules, and prestige classes for vampires(!!!). Check it out while you’re in the mood, which is of course now.

Human Head rolls onto tabletops

Wednesday, October 30th, 2002

Human Head Studios, the company behind the Rune computer game, announced the creation of a new division to create games for the non-electronic adventure games market. Headed by (oof… sorry) veteran game designer Matt Forbeck, Human Head’s new division will set plans for publishing role-playing, board, strategy and non-collectible card games. Did the relative success of Atlas’ Rune RPG help lead to this announcement? Perhaps.

Escape from Monster Island heads to printer

Wednesday, October 30th, 2002

The sequel to Firefly Games’ Monster Island is headed for the printer, and should be available by late November. The new book, Escape from Monster Island, will supplement the main game with 32 pages of info on “fighting military units and crushing cities.” The expanded rules will allow players to control military forces battling the monsters, so be sure to work on your badly-dubbed Japanese accent. Monsters will have new powers to choose from, since now they’ll be dealing with tanks and planes. As with the first book, color cardstock counters will be included, though the plastic toys you’ve collected over the years will work even better. All this for just $9.95? Get Gamera and Mothra out of the garage; it’s time to throw down.

New Review: Monster Island

Wednesday, October 30th, 2002

So what’s the giant rubber monster combat game like? Craig gives us the lowdown on Monster Island from Firefly Games. Just ignore the tiny twin princesses next to him.

Agents of Gaming shuts down tomorrow night

Wednesday, October 30th, 2002

Just over a day until Agents of Gaming closes its doors. As the AoG website states, the last active Babylon 5 game license has expired, and will not be renewed. Orders the company receives before midnight on October 31st will be honored, but the company — website, phones, and all — will shut down thereafter. Some of AoG’s product lines will continue receiving support from a new company, Eclipse Games, formed by AoG President Robert Glass. OgreCave wishes all the AoG guys luck in their future endeavors, and hopes Eclipse Games will cast a large shadow across the land in years to come.

Two Towers spoiler list from Decipher

Tuesday, October 29th, 2002

The Lord of the Rings games just keep coming. Decipher has added another spoiler list to the Lord of the Rings TCG cardlist page: all 365 cards from the Two Towers expansion. Have a look at the list, and even some of the final cards, while you wait for the set to hit stores on November 6th. Meanwhile, you’ve still got two days to get your free Eowyn card if you drop $10 or more at participating stores.

The Seeker Returns

Tuesday, October 29th, 2002

Troll Lord Games has announced the return of The Seeker, the company’s free subscription-based zine. The next issue will feature info on upcoming Troll Lord products, part one of the Winter Goblin race and class (designed with the Legends of Erde campaign in mind), and a preview of Gary Gygax’s World Builder. Grab your copy of The Seeker from subscription from Troll Lord’s website.

Updates from Paradigm

Tuesday, October 29th, 2002

Paradigm Concepts has posted the cover art from three upcoming releases on their site: Unveiled Masters: The Essential Guide to Mind Flayers; a Living Arcanis supplement, In the Shadow of the Devil; and Eldest Sons: The Essential Guide to Elves, which compliments Green Ronin‘s Wrath & Rage. There’s also several samples of the interior art for Eldest Sons, so be sure to head over and have a look.

All Colonies Must Go! Huge Blowout Sale!

Sunday, October 27th, 2002

Politically Incorrect Games announced a special deal on The Colonies RPG: get the game now from the RPGnet Mall for a mere $5.00. Quite a deal for all the aliens, psionics, biotech, and mutants you could ever need. The deal is good through Halloween, so buy yours now or miss out.

New Gamebook Released… In Italy

Sunday, October 27th, 2002

Once again, I wish I could read Italian. Gaming guru Andrea Angiolino and aerospace historian Gregory Alegi have teamed up to write Il Gobbo Maledetto (“The Damned Hunchback”). In this solitaire World War II gamebook, the reader gets to take control of a Siai Marchetti S.79, the unusual-looking plane nicknamed Il Gobbo Maledetto, and fly a mission against the British. The whole thing is illustrated with historical photos and offers a different perspective on a familiar conflict. An English-language release seems unlikely, but if you happen to know of an interested publisher, it could probably be arranged (and my curiosity could at last be satisfied).

Fast Forward to Publish for Pinnacle

Saturday, October 26th, 2002

For a day or so now, we’ve been hearing rumors about Pinnacle negotiating some sort of deal with Fast Forward Entertainment. Now Gaming Report claims to have heard from FFE’s John Danovich about the situation. According to him, FFE will now be the publisher for all Pinnacle products, allowing Pinnacle to get back to the work of writing great products. An official press release should be available on Monday. The gradual consolidation of industry resources continues.

ThreeSixty Publishing Announces OneShot Mini-Adventures

Friday, October 25th, 2002

It looks like Deep7‘s 1PG line is finally getting some competition. ThreeSixty Publishing will be releasing Armada X, the first of their OneShot Mini-Adventures, next month. The 15-page game, a space opera inspired by the American Revolution, will feature point-based character creation, several fast-playing, non-campaign-oriented scenarios, and (perhaps best of all) a really low price tag. More OneShots in other genres will follow. As a fan of one-off RPG sessions, I find this to be a good thing.

New Warhammer CCG Preview

Thursday, October 24th, 2002

The nice folks at Sabertooth Games have posted yet another card preview for Invasion: Verdicon, the new expansion for their Warhammer 40K CCG. Our new little friend is called Delos Stealers and packs a naughty punch.

Oh No, There Goes Tokyo…

Thursday, October 24th, 2002

Firefly Games announced this week the sequel to their giant monster battle game, Monster Island. The sequel, Escape from Monster Island, features more rules for smashing cities, crushing the puny military and generally being large, radioactive and grumpy. You can take a look at the cover and some more information at Firefly Games’ web site. While you’re there, be sure to hit refresh a few times and enjoy their wacky collection of monster movie quotes.

For Those About to Game, We Salute You

Thursday, October 24th, 2002

RPGnet is holding their second official RPGnet Game Day, and this time it’s near me, in Oakland, CA. Happening this Saturday at EndGame, the event will play host to game industry folks from Chaosium, Citizen Games, Firefly Games, Gold Rush Games, Hero Games, Issaries, Inc., and Wingnut Games. Gamers who show up before 10:25am might get one of more than 25 door prizes. How do I know all this? I’m RPGnet’s Game Day organizer, that’s how. Drop me an email at my RPGnet address if you have any questions.

My Wishes Have Been Answered…

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2002

In my Monsternomicon review, I suggested that it might be useful to have a list of Monster Manual monsters that fit into the Iron Kingdoms campaign setting. It looks like Privateer Press agrees, as they now have just such a list in their support documents section. While you’re in the area, you might also want to check out their errata section, which should further improve your Monsternomicon experience.

Wrath & Rage Enhancement, for Improved Angry Orcs

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2002

Green Ronin has unleashed a web enhancement to accompany the release of Wrath & Rage, the Orc and Half-Orc handbook. The freebie includes a Player’s Handbook-style description of the orc race, as well as official errata. Download the PDF now, and feel the anger of the orcish community.

Free Lightspeed for PSI Rangers

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2002

Right now at the Lightspeed web site you can down load a free PDF of the revised PSI Rangers rules for the Lightspeed game. Lightspeed: Psi Rangers requires Lightspeed to play, but can be used with Instant Lightspeed with little conversion. The older version of Psi Rangers, intended for use with Instant Lightspeed, is still available for free download. The new version has lots of cool artwork and all manner of cool stuff

It’s Here, It’s Here

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2002

Traveller d20 is now available, bringing the number of Traveller variations to 1012 (the same number of drummers in Spinal Tap).

Cube Prospecting Grows in Popularity

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2002

Invisible City‘s latest free game of the month is a fast-paced, two-player paper and pencil game which works like a cross between Minesweeper and Battleship. Each player marks a treasure chest and several bombs on a sheet representing a cube. Players then take turns moving on a common board, trying to find each other’s treasure chests without being blown up. Numerous variants are provided for those of you who don’t think this sounds interesting enough, though we’ll have to wait until the year-end review to learn more about the rules for Explosive Mole Launchers.

Mean Streets Expanded

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2002

Deep7 has just released the second supplement to its film noir RPG, Mean Streets. In Concrete Jungle, a 44-page .PDF file selling for $5.95, GMs will learn everything they ever needed to know about the people, places and past of New York City. Considering how interesting the brief New York background material in the main rulebook was, this should be worthwhile.

All Drow All the TIme from Goodman Games

Monday, October 21st, 2002

The Complete Guide to Drow preview is now available at Goodman Games. In what is just the latest Drow release in a Drow kind of year, The Complete Guide to Drow contains new classes, new mutations, and a detailed description of Subterranean Drow society. New creatures will round out the supplement.

New Monsters at Wizards of the Coast

Sunday, October 20th, 2002

The Vampire Lord is the latest monster template to be unleashed on the WotC web site. These vampires are faster, tougher, and meaner than your run of the mill Ed Wood vampire. A new friend just in time for the most evil day of the year (aside from whenever System of a Down is in town).

How Many Hit Points Does a 4th Level Bum Have?

Sunday, October 20th, 2002

Well this is just the kind of exciting information that can be gleaned from the new PDF release by Ambient, Inc., Everybody Else. For all those times when you need a quick NPC to fill in a hole in the adventure, Everybody Else has 80 NPC professions and 320 stat blocks. Here is how the company describes its value…Getting hassled by the tax collector? PLONK… level 3 Expert with all the right skills and stats for being a tax collector coming right up. Players decide to complain about the tax collector to the local constabulary? PLONK… level 5 warrior with the right skills and stats for the town guard at your service… Time to go over his head and take matters up with the prince? PLONK… first you have to work your way past the level 1 and level 7 seneschals that run the palace before you can meet… PLONK… the level 5 aristocrat (idle noble) that supposedly runs this town that the players were only supposed to be in to restock their rations… Check out all the specifics and a nice preview of the new cover at the Ambient webiste.

It’s All About Homegrown

Saturday, October 19th, 2002

The RPG business has a lot in common with underground bands. Anyone who wants to get their work out into circulation can find an outlet. While we may have to wait until bands finish their CD’s or post a new song, RPG designers are great about letting us see what they are working on. The Yggdrasil web site has some updates on a new system being designed by Christoffer Lernö. If you want to get a look at a completed project, check out a horror RPG just in time for Halloween. The Evil is a short horror RPG where even the players are supposed to get scared.