Archive for December, 2003

Quick, someone get the SuperDeck license

Sunday, December 7th, 2003

Yup, here it comes. Thank god CMGs have a slightly higher barrier to entry, financially speaking, or else it’d have been 1994 all over again last year, swarms of little plastic guys overwhelming us all. This original CMG (that is, the anime isn’t out yet) comes from Bandai, who are apparently all done licking their wounds from the Digimon and Gundam CCGs a few years ago (and have also announced plans to reenter that fray). What did we do to deserve it all? I know: this is punishment for all those failed Setting Search entries.

Cheapass releases downloadable beta board game

Saturday, December 6th, 2003

It was on the schedule but it’s not done, so James Ernest has taken a tip from the online gaming industry and decided to let us all be his QA engineers. Jacob Marley, Esquire requires the usual pawns and stones as well as 400 chips in 4 colors, which if you play One False Step For Mankind you’ve taken care of. Oh, and you need to print it out. This PDF edition will only be available for the month of December, so screw up your courage and fire up your browser. Then tighten up your shorts and prepare to face the Anthony Gallela star vehicle The Man Between, now for your gift-buying needs.

The Day of the Ninja is upon us

Friday, December 5th, 2003

As I mentioned yesterday, our buddy Aeon, the Ninja Burger guy, has organized The Day of the Ninja, and we’re trying to do our part. The latest Ninja Burger RPG supplement, Burgertech, has been released by 9th Level Games, sites all over the web are ninja-fied, life is good. And don’t forget the RPGnet contest where you can win the new Ninja Burger card game by Steve Jackson Games. But to make all these ninja announcements publicly, loud and clear, just seems wrong. So a ninja has snuck into the Cave somewhere. (and I’m not talking about our review. And he’s not in the Santa suit, either, so don’t ask.)

New Arrowflight Goodies Arrive

Friday, December 5th, 2003

In case you recently found yourself wondering “Hey, what ever happened to Arrowflight?” you can wonder no further, as publisher Deep7 has just announced the release of three new .PDF supplements: A Cast of Thousands, a licensed collection of NPCs from SteamPower Publishing; Smuggler’s Bane, a complete adventure module from Politically Incorrect Games; and Deep7‘s own Cold Roads, a guide to the Region of Ice.

The ninjas approach

Thursday, December 4th, 2003

Our buddy Aeon, of Ninja Burger fame, is running a contest over at RPGnet where you can win a copy of the new Ninja Burger card game by Steve Jackson Games. He’s set it up to celebrate the Day of the Ninja, which is tomorrow. Why tomorrow, you ask? I’ll let Aeon tell you:

I’m going to try and coordinate the efforts of the thousands of Ninja Burger fans, my friends, and maybe some of my enemies, to make Friday, December 5th the Day of the Ninja. Why that Friday? Because it’s opening day for the new Tom Cruise movie, The Last Samurai, and everyone knows that ninja will be celebrating the fact that there’s only one last samurai left to do away with. And it’s Tom Cruise, at that.

Stupid Gaijin.

Sounds good to me. As long as my burger and fries arrive in 30 minutes or less.

OgreCave’s Christmas Gift Guide – part two

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003

The second of our 2003 Gift Lists is up for all to see. Games Under the Tree: 12 Games of $40 or less is our selections for the slightly bigger ticket items on your gift giving list. You know, the games that will make a true gamer drop what he’s doing just to drool. Follow our suggestions, and you can’t go wrong. Don’t forget about the next two Gift List sections, arriving in the days ahead.

The madness continues: Star Wars CMG?

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003

That’s the rumor, anyway. Allegedly this’ll be out next year at Gen Con (the real one). You know, at least a few of these games had to have been conceived when it was already apparent that Mage Knight was starting to flag commercially. Did they think they could somehow freeze time long enough to pick up some of the former Mage Knight players before they went on to other pastimes? Is this just a niche play for adult HeroClix buyers and other otaku? I guess what I’m trying to say is “why, God, why,” but I don’t really wanna come out and say it. Anyway, this will be sold in configs similar to D&D Miniatures; who knows, it might be similarly D20-derived as well. Further updates as they happen and we resignedly accept the slow slide into the oblivion of creativity in the game industry.

Hey, you got your dungeons in my zombies!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003

That’s right, kids: Eden is finally doing an All Flesh Must Be Eaten genre sourcebook for straight-up fantasy. Dungeons and Zombies should hit in March. If, like me, you always feel a little instinctual confusion when an All Flesh product comes out – a genre supplement for a zombie game, shouldn’t that be the other way around? – bear in mind that this is the first time Eden’s applied their mojo to a straight-up fantasy world. (Unless you count the Iron Dragon computer game they’ve apparently done – what the?!?!) My brief experience with the Unisystem left me feeling pretty good about it, so you might even pick this up and run a zombie-free game if you’re feeling restless. Or sinister.

OgreCave’s Christmas Gift Guide 2003 – part one

Monday, December 1st, 2003

Christmas is a time of traditions, and OgreCave has its own annual tradition in the form of its trilogy of Christmas Gift Guide lists. At the end of each year, the editors and review crew here at OgreCave delve through all the releases of the last twelve months to recommend what gamers might like to receive this holiday season. Then we divide them up by price bracket, and well, you know the drill by now, don’t you? The first of our 2003 gift lists, A Dozen Stocking Fillers: 12 Games each $20 or less, is nailed to the mantle right now, so go have a look at what our staff considers the best gifts. Keep watching around the Cave, though. The rest of our 2003 Christmas Gift Guide will be along shortly, and we’ll be adding a fourth list category as an added holiday bonus.