Archive for February, 2003

New Review: Book of More Flesh

Friday, February 28th, 2003

Merwin was so moved by Eden Studios‘ zombie fiction anthology, The Book of More Flesh, that he composed OgreCave’s first song. Yeah, you heard me. Sing along! Just follow the bouncing corpse. Don’t let it bite you, though.

Check yer d20, Mister?

Friday, February 28th, 2003

The folks over at The Game Mechanics have just released a second d20 resource, Staves of Ascendance. Written by Rich Redman (Savage Species, d20 Modern, Monster Manual II), the supplement shows players and GMs how a mystical staff or rod can be the stuff of legends. Twelve powerful tools that slowly reveal their true potential are presented, as well as four prestige classes that grant characters the ability to discern even greater powers within such awe-inspiring staves. The 37-page PDF is available from RPGNow for a paltry $5.

OgreCave Interview: Silverthorne Games

Friday, February 28th, 2003

Joe has needled new d20 company Silverthorne Games with enough questions to form our latest interview. See what the young game company has to say about the industry, PDF publishing, and finding a voice amidst all the other products out there.

‘Elric Saga’ optioned by Universal

Thursday, February 27th, 2003

On the other hand, this story serves to remind us that most big-studio options are never produced, and we’ll be seeing a lot of crappy bandwagon-jumping sword-and-sorcery pics soon.

MechWarrior soon to be a medium-to-major motion picture?

Thursday, February 27th, 2003

It’s currently the top item, dated 3-27-03 for some reason, on this news page from one of the producers of last year’s deliberately campy CGI-fest Eight Legged Freaks. “I’m crazy about the material and this is a real passion project for me,” says Dean Devlin in an annoying Flash-text page you can’t copy and paste from. Man, if you thought the netgeeks jumping on Peter Jackson were ferocious, wait until aficionados of the five kajillion years of BattleTech storylines get on this guy’s case. Still, it’s nice to see cheap CG make a thousand flowers bloom, and maybe something good will come of this.

Preliminary Babylon 5 RPG schedule

Tuesday, February 25th, 2003

Mongoose has decided to further stimulate your salivary glands with a tentative schedule of Babylon 5 RPG releases. At least one release is planned per month, starting the same time as the main rulebook’s release in May. Here’s the quick rundown of anticipated products, and you can click the “Read more” link for the details:

  • Babylon 5 Roleplaying Game Main Rulebook (May)
  • The Fiery Trial (May)
  • The Coming of Shadows (June)
  • The Earth Alliance (July)
  • The Minbari Federation (August)
  • Point of No Return (September)
  • The Centauri Republic (October)
  • The Narn Regime (November)

    Looks like they’ll be keeping my wallet busy this year.

  • The Cold War (Still) Isn’t Over…

    Tuesday, February 25th, 2003

    Far Future Enterprises has announced that the first volume of their Twilight 2000 reprint series will be shipping to distributors on March 1. It will contain the complete version 1.0 rules, plus four adventures set in Europe: The Free City of Krakow, Pirates of the Vistula, The Ruins of Warsaw, and The Black Madonna. Now if I can only remember where I parked the Bradley…

    We should also see more Classic Traveller reprints with the release of Alien Modules 1-4 earlier this month, and Alien Modules 5-8 by the end of March. With all of these nostalgic reprintings and revisions, I think my old pocket protectors and slide rule might just come back into fashion. Watch out, Ladies, here I come!

    New Review: Construct Mechanus

    Monday, February 24th, 2003

    Frank brings his first contribution to the Cave’s hoard of reviews, as he takes a look at Construct Mechanus from Philip J. Reed. Will the d20 supplement function as a well-oiled machine in his game sessions, or be left to rust on the shelf? Have a look and find out.

    Mongoose releases book of vile secretions

    Sunday, February 23rd, 2003

    Mongoose Publishing‘s Encyclopaedia Arcane: Nymphology has been released on what it seems to be using as the industry’s equivalent to straight-to-video, RPGNow. Written by the author of the Slayer’s Guide to Rules Lawyers and Female Gamers, this eldritch tome promises rules for prestige classes including “Mystic Pimp, Seduction Mage and, of course, the Peeping Scryer,” plus plenty more tools to go where you would never possibly want to go with your gaming friends. No page count is listed – maybe they come pre-stuck together.

    The Last, Best Hope for Roleplaying

    Friday, February 21st, 2003

    True to its promise, Mongoose Publishing has at last revealed the RPG project hinted at last December: a new Babylon 5 RPG. Having received the roleplaying license from Warner Brothers, the d20 game will be available in May. You can click the “Read more” link below for the full press release and Q&A, but here’s the highlights: the main hardback rulebook will be over 300 pages, with full color throughout and plenty of still shots from the series. An agressive support product schedule is already planned, and if the Judge Dredd line is any indication, Mongoose should have no trouble following through. Bruce Graw, formerly of Agents of Gaming (B5 Wars), will be writing a few supplements for the game. Between the B5 RPG, Lone Wolf RPG, Judge Dredd RPG and the Conan RPG early next year, Mongoose is fast becoming a champion of gamers everywhere. Or those that can tolerate d20, at least.

    Crimson Skies: rules sold separately

    Thursday, February 20th, 2003

    Here are all four products that’ll street in May, and while it is still not technically collectible, it is shaping up to be rather expensive. Four planes for $16, and you will likely need both of those packs for a game, plus the Aces will double that, and the rules and necessary accessories come in an $8 box? This doesn’t look disastrous yet but it sure is confusing.

    Possible licensed sourcebook for Mutants and Masterminds?

    Wednesday, February 19th, 2003

    The Green Ronin superhero RPG may, or may not, be doing a sourcebook-slash-standalone-game based on the intensely Halloweeny pulp-style comic The Nocturnals. That’s what the news right here says, but the source article to which it points looks to have been deleted. We’ll try and follow up on this for you. If true, this could be interesting, seeing as how the Nocturnals characters hew pretty close to White Wolf archetypes.

    There is no CCG, and I still need a damn spoon

    Wednesday, February 19th, 2003

    Although it’s reported here as a card game, it’s not. If you read the article, you can tell that. Thought I’d save you even that much work… although to see what I’m talking about, you’ll have to read the article. Welcome to the desert of the real; have a pina colada. (Enough hints yet?) Update 2/19 11:01 PM: Someone at GamingReport has corrected the headline to remove any reference to a game. All’s well that ends well.

    2nd MechWarrior expansion coming in like a minute and a half

    Monday, February 17th, 2003

    Less than three months after the release of Fire For Effect will come Death From Above, a MechWarrior: Dark Age expansion featuring, for the first time in MW, helicopters and air combat. All we’ve seen so far is the flyer linked to above, but damn… saturating the market much?

    Shadowrun: Duels officially announced at Toy Fair

    Monday, February 17th, 2003

    Yup, WizKids is doing a Shadowrun game with six-inch figures. Here’s the official release. This doesn’t strike me as a great idea, but it doesn’t strike me as a bomb either. We’ll see. Is it still a miniatures game? Apparently, figure articulation will figure (urk) into the rules somehow, making this “World’s first Action Figure Game” even more similar to Z-G. There’s also now an official WizKids press release for Creepy Freaks if you’re into that. A DVD will be going into every Creepy Freaks starter, which is a nice way to kill both the CD-ROM tutorial and the lack-of-a-TV-show with one stone.