Archive for February, 2003

Rocketmen Fly Again

Sunday, February 16th, 2003

Big time miniature sculptor Bob Murch (Wizards of the Coast, AEG, etc) has posted a preview of his upcoming figures he creates for his own specialty company, Pulp Figures. If you have not checked out their page before, their figures are for pulp era games like Call of Cthulhu and yes the ever cool, Space 1889. The new previews are of the tried and true U.S. Rocket Corp. They are slated for release around April of this year. If you have not seen this guy’s work, check it out.

Steve Jackson Doesn't Acquire Issaries

Sunday, February 16th, 2003

No, he never announced he was acquiring Issaries; we heard it that way first, then we actually checked, and, well, here: so yesterday, we heard here at the con that Greg Stafford had left the country. Or, actually, he hasn’t left yet, but it’s funnier that way. He’s preparing to spend a year or so teaching English abroad, possibly in Mexico. Today, we learned that he has , who will distribute existing Hero Wars books effective immediately, and put their logo alongside Issaries’ on future Hero Wars and HeroQuest books. 24 hours ago, it maybe wasn’t looking so good for HeroQuest making it out there in the near future, but this move makes sense – I’m surprised we don’t see more deals in paper gaming that are this similar to the kind of developer-and-publisher arrangements you see in video gaming. What do you think: triumphant return, or first step on the road to GURPS Glorantha?

You People Gossip Worse than a Bunch of Old Ladies

Sunday, February 16th, 2003

For the last few months there have been announcements and rumors about a new license at WizKids. Well the rumormongers over at have offered up what they say is the definitive last and final truth. The story at Gamingreport is that the new license is nothing less than a new Shadowrun click game. The new figures are supposed to be typical action figure size. You can read the whole story here. If the story is true the whole thing has been sort of a con. WizKids might as well own Shadowrun, seeing as how the founder of WizKids, Jordan Weisman, helped design the game and his old company (FASA) published it. Regardless, I am looking forward to the whole thing.

Live from DunDraCon

Saturday, February 15th, 2003

Yeah, there’s actually some news: nothing short of a potential new hit, in fact. Citizen Games’ Dungeoneer is a common sight on bar tables and floor corners as I write this – incidentally, I write this via a wireless Internet connection in the Marriott lobby. (Attention GAMA: how about leasing a DSL line and borrowing a wireless router for Origins? We are geeks, you know.)

Dungeoneer is a two-to-four-player tile-based floors-and-corridors kinda card game, that plays like Talisman on speed, with an elegant mechanic for throwing N points of monsters at someone depending on how much danger they’ve accumulated in their dungeon wanderings. No, it’s not collectible. The art’s gorgeous and… well, you get used to the card design. And you can buy four of them for the price of the Talisman reprint!

In other news, Tom Jolly’s Light Speed (evidently too new to have a web page) has gotten a gorgeous full-color treatment from Cheapass’ Hip Pocket line. However, Tom notes that his request to add a line saying that the game’s perfectly playable as a turn-based game, rather than real time, didn’t get represented in the final product. So, if the real-time thing bothers you, buy this anyway, so Tom can buy more things. Everyone likes… things.


Friday, February 14th, 2003

The uproar today in the d20 portion of the industry is WotC‘s recent changes to the System Reference Document, which tells all the d20 publishers out there what they can and can’t make use of from established D&D rules. Why the concern? Well, apparently several creatures that were in the old version of the SRD are now conspicuously absent, which would seem to say non-WotC game developers can’t use them anymore. Missing in action from the revised SRD are the Beholder, Carrion Crawler, Displacer Beast, Kuo-toa, Mind Flayer, Slaad, Umber Hulk, and Yuan-ti. What will this mean for upcoming products such as Goodman GamesComplete Guide to Beholders (recently announced to distributors)? Damn good question, I’d say.

Being the last man alive has never been such fun…

Friday, February 14th, 2003

After a whole lot of anticipation, it’s nearly here. Deep7 has just begun accepting pre-orders for their new RPG based on the Red Dwarf sci-fi/comedy series. If you haven’t seen the show, you really should, and if you have, you’re probably wondering just how much longer you have to wait to experience the terrible loneliness of the universe for yourself. Well, we’re nearly there — the books should be back from the printers in just a couple of weeks. This is the company’s first hardback release, and it looks likely to attract them a lot of attention. This should be interesting!

Ding-dong! Donjon calling!

Thursday, February 13th, 2003

We just got word from Clinton R. Nixon of Anvilwerks that the first supplement for Donjon is now available. Donjon Pak B1: Men of Steel and Beasts of Terror!is described as “a bestiary of 41 friends and foes for your Donjon campaign, and includes such creatures as the foul Kubera Demon, the intrepid Crimefighter, the wily Cloud Dragon, the dread Behemoth, and a Zombie that puts others to shame.” The PDF supplement provides full-color art of each creature, and costs a mere $5 to pick up. Hey, any supplement for Donjon is a friend of mine.

Wingnut Games Promotes Good Hygiene

Thursday, February 13th, 2003

The latest nuttiness from Wingnut Games, Soap: The game of soap opera mayhem, has returned from the printer and will be heading out to distributors after the weekend. Expect to see the sudsy game in stores late next week. I’m seeing a great promotional opportunity with Soap at game conventions. You know: conventions, unwashed gamers… you do the math.

Warmachine gets tuneup before leaving factory floor

Wednesday, February 12th, 2003

This wouldn’t be news, but a friend who now calls himself a former 40K player gave the previous version of the Warmachine Quick Start rules two big thumbs up. (I should clarify that it isn’t this game that made him a former 40K player… it’s 40K that made him a former 40K player. But yeah.) He’s now played the revised Quick Start rules and he loves it even more. He plays it with Warhammer Fantasy figures and 40K dreadnaughts; I think I might try it with MK Dungeons guys and some Powerpuff Girls pencil sharpeners I got. That’s right, the rules are a free download, making further expenditure at least a little bit optional – but leadheads I know are drooling over the Warmachine leads proper. The starter boxes should be in stores by the end of the month.

Two Towers up for Best Picture Oscar

Wednesday, February 12th, 2003

As if there was any doubt. According to the official Oscars website, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is nominated for Best Picture of 2002. It has some stiff competition in the form of fellow nominees The Hours, Gangs of New York, and The Pianist (as well as Chicago, but if Two Towers gets beat by that, I’ll eat my dice). Of course, Two Towers is also nominated in the categories of Art Direction, Sound, Sound Editing, Visual Effects, and Film Editing, so it’s bound to win something. Just probably not the big prize, as usual.

Oh, for god’s sake: WotC to publish NeoPets CCG

Monday, February 10th, 2003

What do you do when your trendy card game based on a trendy TV show sinks as trends inevitably do, taking with it the value of all that inventory you printed back when you thought everything would keep on growing? Base your next game on a theoretically trendy kids’ website, of course. Do numbers like “45 million accounts” sound inflated to anyone else? I mean, how many of those still log in ever? And if this card game crashes and burns (can you tell what my money’s on?), won’t it just be that much longer before major entertainment corporations consider the Web a viable source of new creative properties? Looks like a lose-lose deal if you ask me. Maybe Hasbro is making WotC into its redshirt: “you go first, brave little subsidiary. We’ll follow with a full line of plush toys! *cough*If you survive.*cough*”

Village of Briarton review

Monday, February 10th, 2003

Gold Rush Games‘ upcoming d20 village-book, The Village of Briarton, was offered up for review, so we accepted it for review, then reviewed it. And now, it is reviewed. Check it out before it hits your store shelves!

WizKids posts official Crimson Skies page

Monday, February 10th, 2003

Hey, look: planes. Officially out in May, the Crimson Skies CMG has some freakishly large pilots as well. Apparently they will get sold in “Ace Packs,” two per. That’s news to me.

New Resource for Military Roleplayers

Monday, February 10th, 2003

Have you ever wondered what Army regulations are really trying to say? Wonder no longer. With The 213 Things Skippy is No Longer Allowed to Do in the US Army, you will learn exactly which deeds are most forbidden to soldiers in a modern fighting force. Don’t try these at home, kids.

Nurse, Give me 15 cc’s of Goblin Green, STAT!

Monday, February 10th, 2003

They cost eight bucks a pop, look great when done well, and are sitting in their thousands in the box under your bed. What are you going to do with all those minis? Have no fear, the Doctor is here. Doctor Faust’s Painting Clinic features tutorials, reviews, and how-to articles on all aspects of miniature painting and conversion. I think I’ll go in for a checkup myself.