Archive for December, 2002

You Bought d20 Modern…Now What

Tuesday, December 31st, 2002

Ok so we can all see that in d20 Modern, WotC hopes to take over the non-fantasy gaming world, but are you supposed to do with the book in the mean time? Well Second World Simulations has released a free scenario for d20 modern called Small Worlds and Exiles. SWaE is a 37 page PDF outlining a magical adventure set in New York and designed for four first level characters. And remember the best part…It’s FREE.

Check out the Dorks at Wiz Kids

Monday, December 30th, 2002

No this is not another offensive post that Allan’s gonna have to tone down. Wiz Kids is now hosting a new Dork Tower comic strip each monday. Wiz Kids has signed a deal with Dork Tower creator John Kovalic to host Mage Knight, HeroClix, and MechWarrior inspired Dork Tower comic strips on the Wiz Kids Site. It takes a real secure company to pay someone to make fun of them. Then again, they are making more money than god (Odin perhaps) so you gotta spend it on something.

The Mafia Needs You

Monday, December 30th, 2002

Citizen Games has put out an all call for freelance writers who think they have a handle on d20 modern or just a thing for “The Life”. Citizen Games, makers of the upcoming Henry Hill’s Mafia RPG are looking for some brave freelancers to take on some assignments for the new game. For information about writing for Citizen Games, check out their about page, or drop an email to Rob Stone of Citizen Games.

New Review: Rookie’s Guide to Criminal Organisations

Monday, December 30th, 2002

To start this year ending/beginning week off right, Matthew brings us his evaluation of The Rookie’s Guide to Criminal Organisations by Mongoose Publishing. I keep wanting to correct the British spelling of that last word in the title, but the publisher’s from the UK (and so is the reviewer), so I’ll restrain myself. Have a look and see what Matthew’s judgement was.

Cheap-SAS games and a big die for a small mouth

Saturday, December 28th, 2002

Guardians of Order has announced two releases for April, both kinda interesting. The first, the D20 system edition of Big Eyes Small Mouth (which GOO announced back in September) will have a good shot at being the anime book for D20. The other release, Silver Age Sentinels d20: Stingy Gamer Edition (their title, not mine!) has “everything you need to play the entire range of superhuman power levels in your adventures, introducing numerous superhero character classes and new skills, plus an exhaustive add-on mechanic for superpowers, dozens of sample characters, and the complete world setting of Empire City.” At $9.95, this will raise the bar for publishers who charge $12 and up for thin D20 supplements. Or maybe it’ll just be in 3-point type.

Xmas oddity from Necromancer

Thursday, December 26th, 2002

For those still coming down from the Christmas high, or taking a break from fondling opened presents, Necromancer Games has a rather silly Christmas d20 download you can grab. All I have to say is, eight tiny flying sharks? Weirdness.

Fighters more Quintessential than ever

Thursday, December 26th, 2002

Mongoose Publishing has given more details on the newly revised and expanded printing of The Quintessential Fighter. Among the additions and changes are new feats, character concepts, tournament events, and even stronghold defenses. Those who have the original version (like myself) won’t be forced to buy the new one, as the new materials will be downloadable from the company’s website a few weeks after the book’s release. To read the full press release from Mongoose, click the link below.

Cartoon Action Hour art preview

Thursday, December 26th, 2002

Z-Man Games and Spectrum Game Studios are giving us a peek at some art samples from Cartoon Action Hour. The print version, due in February, will be nearly 100 pages longer than the PDF version, and according to the Spectrum website, will contain close to 60 illustrations. The samples shown in the preview thus far give a good sense of what the game will be like: playing the roles of characters in G.I. Joe, Transformers, Thundercats, or whatever other action cartoon you feel like. Another preview art piece will be added to the site each week until the game’s print release in just over a month. I’m tempted to really mess with my players’ heads and run them through the old Dungeons & Dragons cartoon.

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 25th, 2002

All of us at OgreCave would like to wish you lots of gaming, or new games, or time with fellow gamers to discuss games. Oh, and a Merry Christmas, too.

Gold Rush panning out soon

Wednesday, December 25th, 2002

Despite fighting illness and the tasks of the holidays, Gold Rush Games has plans moving forward on multiple products. The d20 city sourcebook, The Village of Briarton, is on schedule for a February release. Written by Patrick Sweeney (Terra Primate, Monster Island) and Christina Stiles, the book promises many numbers: 48 (villagers), 11 (places of business), 6 (new spells), 2 (deities), 2 (domains), 1 (new monster). A new historical RPG, based in the time of America’s war for independence, is also in the works at GRG. Called Patriots, no specific completion date is estimated yet, though it looks to be following in the footsteps of Sengoku.

Then there’s this tidbit about GRG’s upcoming War of the Worlds Sourcebook:

Warmachine product line info

Tuesday, December 24th, 2002

Privateer Press has announced the product line details for its greatly anticipated Warmachine miniatures combat game. This March, a year after our first glipse of the game at GTS ’02, the first in “an ongoing series of monthly product releases” will hit stores with all the brute force it can muster (which should be considerable; these figures are nice). This will be after the game’s initial release in February, of course. The full details are in the press release, below:

WotC site updated

Monday, December 23rd, 2002

The main page of Wizards of the Coast’s website looks much better now. Far less cluttered, easier to find what you’re looking for. Not as much variety right up front, though, just the big name brands. Hmm… sounds like the WotC retail stores, doesn’t it?

FAO Schwartz in trouble

Monday, December 23rd, 2002

In another ICv2 story, we hear that FAO Schwartz stores aren’t doing that well either. Apparently, the stores have reported a 20% loss compared to last year. Though there are only 23 FAO stores proper, the company also owns 61 Right Start stores and 169 Zany Brainy stores. According to the story, “FAO has asked its bank to relax recently imposed borrowing restrictions, stating that it will be forced into bankruptcy under current conditions.” I’ll have to drop in on the San Francisco store soon, just in case they go under. Neat place, and a wide variety, but a bit pricey overall.

WotC retail stores losing Non-WotC RPGs

Sunday, December 22nd, 2002

This ICv2 story has the whole shpiel from Rich Kummer of ACD Distribution. Games Workshop product, WizKids stuff, and third-party card and board games will still get carried, but apparently, Wizards can’t afford the shelf space for White Wolf, Pinnacle or Green Ronin anymore. Given the tremendous array of D20 D&D-support products from third parties, this move seems suicidally stupid for WotC’s brick-and-mortar business moving D&D, but then, I don’t have to pay taxes on all that inventory, so what do I know.

MW Dropship Confirmed At GAMA

Friday, December 20th, 2002

OgreCave has received some email from a MechWarrior Battlemaster, telling us that store owners and managers who run MW events got a letter from WizKids recently, telling them they’ll have a chance to get a free Dropship if they attend a Q&A at GAMA. So presumably, the rest of us will be able to get our hands on one at least at Origins, if not before.

Preview & Review: Beyond the Walls & Armada X

Friday, December 20th, 2002

We’ve got two new reviews to get you through the weekend. First, Joe’s had a pre-release sneak peak at Foul Locales: Beyond the Walls, a cool new d20 supplement coming out soon from Mystic Eye Games. From Joe’s description, MEG’s got another winner I’ll be waiting in line for when it reaches stores. Also, Demian gives us his thoughts on Armada X, the last release from ThreeSixty Publishing before it closed up shop earlier this month. What did he like or dislike about the game? Ain’t tellin’. You’ll have to read it to find out.

My Mechs, I likes ‘em big

Thursday, December 19th, 2002

GamingReport has a few probable details about the upcoming “big figure” for MechWarrior, a dropship that’ll hold four full-size Mechs inside and have five combat dials of its own. MWRealms hasn’t picked up the story yet – maybe they don’t do rumors? – but they do have a story about eight-inch Mech figures headed to the toy market.

From the people-still-play-Magic department…

Thursday, December 19th, 2002

I don’t have a link for this, exactly, but I had a talk last night with a couple of fairly serious, if amateur, local Magic players last night and they told me something interesting. It is heavily rumored, but unconfirmed, that the next expansion after the current base set (which is Onslaught – the base set, that is) will consist of nothing but creatures. That’s right: all creatures, all the time. The third expansion in the Onslaught block would then have no creatures at all, to balance things out. I’m sure this doesn’t affect any of your lives really, and might not be true at all, but I post it in the hopes that it’ll entertain you for a few seconds. That’s about it. Whee!

Thursday, December 19th, 2002

Rick Loomis of Flying Buffalo has gone and registered the domain name As a special offer to T&T fans, Rick is offering to sell email accounts with The cost is $25.00 for one year and $40.00 for two. If you are interested you can read about it at the Radiofreetrollworld Yahoo group or drop Rick an email.

12 Games of d20

Wednesday, December 18th, 2002

Our final look back at the year’s best Christmas gifts concludes with 12 Games of d20. The Cave Dwellers of OgreCave narrowed things down to just a few products, though many more deserved mentioning. If your buddys, spouse, or anyone else has no idea what to get you as that last-minute gift, we’ll straighten them out for ya, at no charge.

New Review: Santa’s Soldiers – Second Edition

Tuesday, December 17th, 2002

Demian has done us all a great service by reviewing the most festive of all violent roleplaying games, Santa’s Soldiers: Second Edition by Deep7. How does it compare to the original version? Do elves bleed green, red, or eggnog? Find out inside.

Cave Troll surfaces to defend lair

Monday, December 16th, 2002

No, Peter Jackson hasn’t resurrected the beast from the first Lord of the Rings movie. I’m talking about Cave Troll, the latest board game design from Tom Jolly, by way of Fantasy Flight Games. For the curious types out there, FFG has posted the Cave Troll rules, but the gist of it is this: each player controls a party of adventurers as they search the cave troll’s lair for loot and magical goodies. As players find these fabulous prizes, they score points. All the while, players must jockey for position against each other and avoid the cave troll and other nasty beasts. Though the concept is similar, the game mechanic is far different than Jolly’s excellent Drakon, making this a game I’m looking forward to test driving.

Cindy Lu Hoo, who was no more than 2nd level

Monday, December 16th, 2002

If you were really into some of the Thanksgiving downloads game companies offered up last month, prepare to wet yourself out of sheer joy. In the Christmas spirit, has a free adventure download for AD&D 2nd Edition based on The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Want to run a D&D session where the Grinch is a half-ice troll mage? You know you do.

12 Games of Key 20

Sunday, December 15th, 2002

This holiday season, Key 20 Publishing is playing host to the 12 Games of Christmas. No, it’s not a gift suggestion list, like ours; instead, Key 20 will present us with “new schools, mods, hooks, and promos for a variety of games [...] 12 exclusive gaming tidbits for such games as Little Fears, Cartoon Action Hour, Dust Devils, and more!” As if that weren’t enough, brand-new games will also be offered by Jason L Blair (nominated for an Origins Award for Little Fears) and Jared Sorensen from Memento Mori Theatricks. Have a look at what they’ve got to offer before the spirit of Christmas fades and you miss your chance.

Privateer locks, loads, primes, and ships

Saturday, December 14th, 2002

An interesting next step in the Iron Kingdoms plan for world domination, Lock & Load: Iron Kingdoms Character Primer ships to retailers next week. Weird: Lock & Load is apparently the name of a line, but the cover art has it all big like a title, and the individual Character Primer title is all tiny. Typography has gone mad the world over, I tell you! Anyway. I like this idea as a way of recasting the player’s-handbook to an individual setting and a smaller book in general. We’ll see if Privateer maintains the high standards of previous IK material as they expand their line.