Archive for April, 2004

Blackmoor revival finally underway

Monday, April 12th, 2004

When I read the press release headline, I was hoping WotC had struck some kind of deal with that biker bar in the Mission District, but alas, no: D&D creator Dave Arneson’s new-ish company has announced a licensing agreement with WotC that will return Arneson’s Blackmoor campaign world to print, and possibly to PC screens if the other half of Zeitgeist’s mission statement bears fruit. Negotiations about the licensing have been going on for some time now, but it seems the core book will finally be out this fall.

Cheap “laughs” at the expense of a game? company

Friday, April 9th, 2004

You know, like how poor, innocent ethnic restaurants will put “the ‘best’ food in town” on their menus? I just want to point out that, thanks to a misconfigured HTML character set, the new official product page for Pirates of the Spanish Main has some amusingly placed question marks in certain browsers. They’ll probably fix it shortly, but in the meantime, they’ve crystallized many gamers’ thoughts eloquently. Anyway, the ships still look cool, the price point is still right, and the release date is still July. I have my Origins-bound fingers crossed.

Kubla Khan at Kubla Con

Friday, April 9th, 2004

Troll Lord Games will be bringing a special limited edition d20 tournament module to KublaCon at the end of May. Called The Temple of Kubla Khan, the adventure is written by Casey Christofferson, author of several books for Necromancer Games. Here’s the description:

An ancient ruined bastion and the forces of chaos! Horror, dread and decay! All this and much more await those willing to accept the challenges offered in the The Temple of Kubla Khan. Discover the secret of the Mad Lord and challenge the Crawling Queen herself in her horror filled subterranean lair. The Temple of Kubla Khan combines fast paced action with challenging role play and mind boggling puzzles at every turn. Including four brand new monsters and a plethora of new magical items, The Temple of Kubla Khan is designed to keep your players on their toes and provide hours of dungeon crawling mind mangling fun.

The adventure is also described as “completely compatible” with Dwarven Forge‘s Master Maze dungeon sets. This makes perfect sense, since a month ago the KublaCon email newsletter mentioned having multiple sets of Master Maze available for GMs to use. Most likely, KublaCon will make a set or two available to the Trolls. The Temple of Kubla Khan is a 32 page adventure for 4-6 characters of levels 6-8, and will be available only at KublaCon or by special order, for $10.95.

Now I can be a warlock anywhere

Wednesday, April 7th, 2004

Got a PalmOS handheld? Got a gamebook fetish? Go wild.

Grog d’Or ’04: burninating the peasants

Tuesday, April 6th, 2004

French roleplaying association GROG has announced the nominees for this year’s Grog d’Or award, which goes to what the membership decides was the best roleplaying product, line or setting of the last year… whether or not it was new. English-language nominees include Mongoose’s B5, Mutants & Masterminds, Orpheus, Savage Worlds, Tribe 8, and Vampire: the Masquerade. Interesting list to say the least; winner gets announced in a month or so.

Dwarven Reforged

Monday, April 5th, 2004

The fine folks at Dwarven Forge have made several website improvements, adding a wish list to the shopping cart, and a message board. Next month, in addition to having the new Sci-Fi sets hit stores, the company will also put a “Tile Construction Kit” into place on the website. Finally, a sale on all minis helps put gamers in a spending mood.

A&A D-Day gets columnar on your ass

Friday, April 2nd, 2004

His run of weekly behind-the-scenes articles on Axis & Allies 2nd Edition concluded, developer Mike Selinker starts running it down about Axis & Allies D-Day. “As you evaluate what’s different about this game, always remember the following: Axis & Allies is strategic, Axis & Allies D-Day is tactical.” Mmmm, tactics.

Chaosium, RPGnet exchange threats

Thursday, April 1st, 2004

In the aftermath of the GAMA Trade Show, a feud has erupted between Chaosium, the company behind Call of Cthulhu, and one of the biggest roleplaying websites, RPGnet. Each has sent out a press release about the incident, below. All I have to say is, I’ll win.