Archive for February, 2003

Good old rock. Nothing beats rock

Friday, February 7th, 2003

Rock Scissors Blog is a team blog by a collection of freelance game writers, posting great ruminations on (mostly) role-playing games, their opportunities, and their limitations. I’m having a great time reading it. Don’t forget the comments.

Fantasy Setting Search has a winner already

Friday, February 7th, 2003

Congratulations to Keith Baker, former Icehouse world co-champion and winner of the WotC Fantasy Setting Search. Baker got paid 100 grand for the 100-page setting bible he wrote, which, as I understand it, is an above-average page rate for the industry. Still no word on the content of this new setting or when, precisely, any products will see release. They say details in the summer.

New Downloads from Heresy Games

Friday, February 7th, 2003

Heresy Games has just posted slick new wallpaper and a sneak peek at the technology of Victoriana. Victoriana sets a new spin to steampunk, highlighting social turmoil and the wonders of magic rather than the tawdry glories of mad science. Now you too can play a halfling abolitionist or a half-ogre suffragette. Three hundred beautiful pages will be coming to a store near you in May.

New Marvel RPG on Horizon

Thursday, February 6th, 2003

Marvel Enterprises will continue to ride their cresting wave of popularity with a new roleplaying game this May. The word on some industry mailing lists is that some of the “people who brought you Paranoia” will be involved. Whether that means Greg Costikyan, some other former West End Games designers, or something entirely different remains to be seen. Gaming Report has reported that the system will be diceless, which if true, might spell an early death for Marvel’s new game. Gamer sentiment towards diceless RPGs has been historically negative, even with the recent success of Nobilis. Guess we’ll see how the 128-page hardcover game’s received in May.

HeroClix: It’s Costuming Time!!

Thursday, February 6th, 2003

We’ve been alerted to a planned full-size HeroClix demo. Yes, full-size, as in 1:1 scale, human-sized figures. No, they don’t come in booster packs, unless you count a car as the packaging. Yes, the idea’s a bit frightening.

The Hog has a New Head

Monday, February 3rd, 2003

Yes the rumors are true; the recently defunct Hogshead Publishing has risen from the ashes under new management. Mark Ricketts, an industry new comer, has purchased the former powerhouse from head hog, James Wallis (although after Wallis had sold off all of the important properties that Hogshead owned). Even though Hogshead will not be publishing the games that made them famous they will be retaining their full-time production editor, Carol Johnson, who has been working at Hogshead since 2000. In the full press release, the new company has announced its intention to join the OGL fracas. You can read the entire press release here.