Living Imagination has refined their booth display to near perfection, creating a dockside bar in the middle of the exhibit hall. Those who stopped by for a chat couldn’t find a drink, but heard the details of the company’s two newest d20 products. Pirates, a book that sports a classic Clyde Caldwell cover, provides LI’s take on the privateer life. Several prestige classes, feats, magic items, spells, ship plans, and a fully described “pirate haven” round out the package, for $19.95. LI’s second GenCon release, Agents of Faith, introduces a system of divine feats and over 200 feats to test it out with. New cleric domains, spell, rituals, magic items, and prestige classes are in this book as well, also for $19.95. Those at the show also learned of LI’s November release, Charge! Subtitled “The Handbook of Military Adventuring,” the supplement will present a mass combat system, military organizations and how characters interact with them, and, of course, prestige classes, feats, spells, and so on, again for $19.95.
Archive for July, 2003
Peter Adkison released an “open letter to the Internet” today on the problems and successes with the first Indianapolis GenCon. The unedited text of his letter is included below; I think you know where to click.
We’ve kinda known this all weekend but haven’t quite gotten around to reporting it till now: Monte’s Bizarro World Players Handbook, better known to the world as Arcana Unearthed, has been rocking it all over the competition at the show. This whole world-of-the-Diamond-Throne thing looks to have dominant traits; will Eberron measure up?
Oh, and I found a little more on BattleBall. Apparently it’s also a Toys-R-Us kinda game, actually branded Milton Bradley but demoed at the Wizards booth anyway. It’s been described as “like Blood Bowl meets Epic Duels,” which pretty much means it’ll kick your ass, and then take your ass’ stuff. (That thread also has some interesting details on the D&D board game that was released in the UK.)
This game is fully compatible with, and properly power-scaled to, Star Wars: Epic Duels. (That’s legalese for LET’S GET IT THE HELL ON)
The Stargate SG-1 RPG was prominently displayed at AEG‘s GenCon booth, a hefty 488-page tome that could probably stop a bullet. Powered by the Spycraft system, as opposed to the basic d20 System, Stargate SG-1 was an impressive package. The book seemed nicely laid-out, and packed with info from the show. One complaint: the book seemed a bit light on pictures from the TV show, and on art in general. Made more room for rules text, though.
Those interested to hear another outside perspective on the big news of Gen Con, and a good summation of the show’s big PC gaming announcements, can check out this convenient index of GameSpy’s coverage. This quick rundown of the WotC-licensed PC games coming out over the next while is particularly interesting.
Word on the Cheapasses mailing list is that the preview version of One False Step For Mankind sold in limited quantity at GenCon is not only a surprisingly strong game for the neglected-of-late Cheapass box line, but it’s not that cheap for the money! The board and cards are in full color, but the price is the same as that of Great Brain Robbery, Captain Park, and other recent boxed titles. This epic battle between Old West towns determined to colonize space features an auction mechanic and, according to one longtime Demo Monkey, some aspects of tactical wargaming(!!!). Look for the final version to ship to stores in a month or so.
A new Rio Grande Games newsletter has just been made available, and it looks like a good variety of new products are on the way along with many, many reprints of out of stock titles. If you have small children and want to expose them to German boardgaming as soon as possible, you may appreciate Gulo Gulo, a game involving the theft of eggs from vultures, or Capt’n Clever, a simple game of treasure-hunting pirates. For older gamers, there’s also Lord of the Rings: The Duel, which simulates the famous battle between Gandalf and the Balrog, and the re-release of Ricochet Robots with new boards. For more details, check out this PDF file.