Archive for November, 2002

Controversy at Roleplaying Tips Weekly

Thursday, November 21st, 2002

This week’s new issue of Roleplaying Tips Weekly explores the social side of gaming with hints about “Political Incorrectness In RPGs.” Will your Jewish friend mind the Fourth Reik plotline you have planned? How comfortable are your players with contraversial subjects? Did they flock to WotC’s Book of Vile Darkness, or organize a book burning? In any case, there’s some interesting suggestions that could prove useful.

Reasons to Learn Italian Revisited

Thursday, November 21st, 2002

I just received a copy of Roberto Convenevole and Francesco Bottone’s La Storia di Risiko, a recently-published Italian book detailing the history of Risk. Sadly, the majority of the book is in Italian, a language that I cannot read, but the book does include English rules for a new variant of the game called The Missed Link which features blind army placement and adds a new layer of strategy to the proceedings; also included are four attractive fold-out game boards in the back with labels in various languages. Perhaps I’m hopelessly geeky (well, actually, I know that I’m hopelessly geeky), but the idea of a scholarly history of a board game really appeals to me. We need more books like this in English! If you know a bit of Italian and can’t wait for some bold English-language publisher to commission a translation, more information on the book can be found at the publisher’s site.

Unusual Treasures limited run announced

Thursday, November 21st, 2002

Phil Reed has gathered his three d20 PDFs together into a single print version called The Book of Unusual Treasures. Only 100 copies of the book are being made, combining and expanding the information from 101 Spellbooks, 101 Mundane Treasures, and 101 Arcane Spell Components. The book is 100+ pages, 6” x 9” perfect-bound, and is only available through Phil’s website. Those who’ve already bought some or all of the PDFs will get significant discounts off the book’s $18 cover price. They’re going fast.

Gun-Toting made easy by Green Ronin

Wednesday, November 20th, 2002

Green Ronin has just posted an 8-page PDF preview of next month’s Ultramodern Firearms d20. Leading the way in the wave of d20 Modern supplemental products, the 160-page hardcover book reprints and updates the original Ultramodern Firearms by Charles Ryan (who worked on the Wheel of Time RPG and d20 Modern). Detailing over 300 weapons and sights, the book is at the printer now, so we won’t have much longer to wait. The preview includes a bunch of Uzis, the Desert Eagle, and the AI PM Counter-Terrorist sniper rifle, to name a few.

Another Helping of Beasts

Wednesday, November 20th, 2002

Because you can never have enough creatures to harass your players with, another d20 company has formed to bring you even more. DreamReality Press is seeking playtesters for its upcoming product Encyclopedia of Monsters Vol.1. Those who are interested can download the NDA and playtest guidelines from the company’s website, as well as take a peek at the book’s table of contents

New Review: BESM Fantasy Bestiary

Wednesday, November 20th, 2002

Cedric has pawed through the new BESM Fantasy Bestiary from . This latest Tri-Stat supplement offers creatures galore, but on the whole, how did Cedric rate it? Find out inside.

Deep7 Provides New Excuse to Yell “Arrrrrr!”

Monday, November 18th, 2002

Ever since I ran a few weeks’ worth of Deep7‘s Bloode Island 1PG, certain members of my gaming group have been asking “when’s the Bloode Island XPG coming out?” with some regularity. At last, I can stop their inquiries by loudly proclaiming that it’s here at last! The new release is a complete game in a 67-page .PDF file filled with buried treasure, voodoo and other swashbuckling goodness. This should be fun!

New, improved Star Wars TCG with 80% less cringing!

Monday, November 18th, 2002

That’s right, kids: you might not have noticed, but WotC‘s new-ish Star Wars card game now has starter decks and boosters of A New Hope – cards drawn entirely from the first film (albeit the special edition), not the crap with the teen idol and the Marriage of (*choke* *gasp*) Destiny. Pay no attention to their out-of-date web page! A New Hope is available in your local store, or at least in my local store. But you shouldn’t all go there. Crowding.

Oh, oh – I forgot to add an important detail. In the boosters I picked up, there’s a card called Preemptive Shot. It has Han Solo and Greedo on it. It has a laser bolt on it. The laser bolt is coming from Solo’s blaster. And the card is called Preemptive Shot. That’s right! Fie on you, Lucas and your meddling, says Wizards of the Coast! Big props to the development team for that one. Han shot first, dammit.

New Review: Danger Guy

Monday, November 18th, 2002

Cedric has explored the life-threatening hazards of Danger Guy by Alien Menace, and survived to tell the tale. Is the game a thrill a minute, or a minute thrill? Look inside and find out.

Vin Diesel starting console game company

Monday, November 18th, 2002

Yeah, I know: OgreCave doesn’t generally comment on the electronic stuff. However, since Vin Diesel has admitted to playing and enjoying D&D, and since the suggestion comes up every so often to approach him as a GenCon Guest of Honor, I thought some folks might be interested to hear he’s starting a game company of his own, Tigon Games (tigon: The hybrid offspring of a male tiger and a female lion). According to a recent GameSpy interview, Diesel plans to stay closely involved with Tigon Games, which will produce videogames for the top console platforms. So he just might be willing to go to GenCon soon, though he’d probably be busy pushing his games.

SnarfQuest D20 Preview PDF

Sunday, November 17th, 2002

Your friend and mine, the redoubtable Larry Elmore, has made the first few pages of each chapter of the upcoming SnarfQuest campaign book for D20 available as a PDF. Eat that, you minotaur twink!

A Game Of Thrones Gets Gamier

Sunday, November 17th, 2002

For those who don’t fear the C in CCG (the first C, I mean), A Game of Thrones is some of the tastiest action that’s come out this year, and there are some heavy promotional deals impending for the Sea of Storms expansion. You can get these fancy prints autographed by George R.R. Martin himself if you preorder a box of boosters at your local store, or you can go to a tournament and get a promo card and stuff. Details at the official site.

GW Plans Limited-Edition Talisman Core Set Reprint

Sunday, November 17th, 2002

That’ll teach me never to listen to anything the guys at the GW retail stores say. In April 2003, you’ll be able to get a facsimile of the old Talisman core set, not the expansions, for $75 or so. They plan one printing and one printing only. Dear GW: games are not Beanie Babies, you heartless bastards. You are just begging for a boycott here. (But no, they know us better than we know ourselves, and they know we are weak-willed and lust in our hearts.)

Bonga bonga bonga bonga bonga bonga bonga bonga bonga

Sunday, November 17th, 2002

Invisible City Productions has struck again with the 35th free game of the month. This time around it’s Bonga Bonga, a simple game played with a bouncy ball and any flat surface. It’s extremely simple in concept and it manages to avoid being entirely competitive or cooperative, but it involves a rubber bouncy ball and has several variants to try, so who are you to complain?

PvP leaves Dork Storm for Image

Friday, November 15th, 2002

Dork Storm Press (the home of Dork Tower, oddly enough) has announced it will no longer be marketing or distributing PvP comic books. PvP, the creation of Scott Kurtz, is parting ways with the Dork crew on friendly terms, and will now be part of the Image Comics family. From this point on, Image will deal with future issues (with will start over at issue #1 next March), and Kurtz’ Toonhound Studios will handle back issues and such. PvP issues #7 and #8 have been cancelled.

Dork Storm’s not worried, though: it still has Dork Storm, Nodwick, Snapdragons, and next year’s debut of Aaron William’s PS 238.