Archive for August, 2004

GAMA plays musical chairs

Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

Perhaps in an attempt to quiet its recent critics, GAMA has taken a few steps toward rearranging its staff and Board of Director positions. Late last week, Mark MacKinnon of Guardians of Order was named Treasurer, taking over the position vacated after Ryan Dancey’s resignation. Now GAMA has appointed Mike Stackpole to fill the Director-at-Large seat left open by MacKinnon’s switch. Stackpole has exactly the sort of reputation GAMA could use right now, from championing the industry against attacks from other organizations and generally being a fellow with strong ethics. Stackpole continues to serve as chair of the GAMA Industry Watch Committee, so he’s no stranger to GAMA. Still, even with the changes being implimented, feelings are still running high about events of the last few weeks.

OgreCave review: Now Playing

Monday, August 30th, 2004

To start the week, Matthew gives us a review of Now Playing, the roleplaying game for channel surfers from Carnivore Games. Did the game keep him glued to the – uh, book? Or did it drive him to put it down and go watch reruns? Read on to find out.

Maybe Catanians just can’t tell crap real estate when they see it

Saturday, August 28th, 2004

That would explain why they keep moving next to fields that only produce sheep on a 2. It would also help explain why Capcom is bringing Settlers of Catan to the N-Gage in 2005. Although the embattled portable game deck is famously also a phone, the N-Gage version, simply titled Catan, will only support multiplayer via Bluetooth, like most of the N-Gage’s titles. I guess Mr. Costikyan is still having trouble making himself heard over in Finland.

Z-Man announces card game from PotSM’s design studio

Thursday, August 26th, 2004

Although there’s nothing about it yet on their pages, Z-Man Games has announced (according to Gamefest, anyway) a LoneShark card game design called Dungeonville for sometime before year’s end. For those with better things to do than remember, LoneShark is Mike Selinker and James Ernest, creators of that out-of-stock piratey sensation Pirates of the Spanish Main. A little surfing turned up a page with details on the game itself – it almost sounds like Before I Kill You, Mr. Name Deleted, with some economics thrown in. Next year, apparently, there is a Rio Grande title called Gloria Mundi that sounds pretty different, and there is Cow Poker, which sounds filthy. I mean, really.

Dragonlance is the Key

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004

Sovereign Press has announced that Dragonlance: Key of Destiny has sold out of its entire 5,000 copy print run in just over a month. During these times of slower sales, this is encouraging news, especially for D20 and D&D products. Sovereign Press plans to reprint the adventure module, its first for the Dragonlance setting, in the fall.
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WizKids releases MechWarrior: Falcon’s Prey

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004

The latest expansion for MechWarrior has been unleashed in retail stores everywhere, bringing Clan Jade Falcon into the mix. The expansion, Falcon’s Prey, also has yet another chance for players to win a DropShip. Check out the press release below for more info.
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It’s official: White Wolf owns Pendragon

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004

Added details have been released regarding White Wolf and its plans to publish materials for the Pendragon Arthurian roleplaying game. Apparently this is not just a mere license, as we thought earlier: Green Knight Publishing has sold ownership of the game to White Wolf’s imprint, ArtHaus Publishing. Even the remaining copies of old Pendragon RPG products have been acquired by ArtHaus. Should be interesting to see what ArtHaus and White Wolf do with Arthurian legend. World of Chivalry, anyone?
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Gen Con Indy ’04 Wrap-up: Social Games joins forces with R. Talsorian Games

Tuesday, August 24th, 2004

Social Games has joined forces with R. Talsorian Games to produce five new supplements for the Cyberpunk 2020 roleplaying game beginning with Firestorm: Tempest.
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Gen Con Indy ’04 Wrap-up: OgreCave T-shirt Throwdown – Postgame analysis

Tuesday, August 24th, 2004

I warned you not to take me on, Steve. Your t-shirt gathering prowess is no match to my own. You went down like the Hyatt elevator overloaded with sweaty gamers (which isn’t that funny if you’ve been there, believe me).

I’ll take my victory lap now, and recount the story of your ignominious defeat.
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OgreCave review: Nobody But Us Chickens

Tuesday, August 24th, 2004

Matthew sent in his review of Nobody But Us Chickens, the Origins Award nominated card game from Dancing Eggplant Games. Have a look and see what he thought of it.

Gen Con Indy ’04 Wrap-up: Sails ahoy!

Monday, August 23rd, 2004

No really, there was a giant mast, 20 feet high, at the front corner of the WizKids booth. As Mike just reported, WizKids will bring an expansion to Pirates of the Spanish Main out in March. However, I’ve got slightly more info to report than the public press release has revealed. Like the tentative name, for instance.
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Spanish Main expansion planned for March, third printing of core set planned for never

Monday, August 23rd, 2004

This bit of news is not terribly surprising or rich in details, nor has it been officially confirmed by anything resembling a press release. Normally I’d hold off on posting it on that basis, but “Pirates of the Spanish Main will get an expansion” is about as shocking as “winter will be cold.” What’s more interesting is this quote: “WizKids is estimating that the second printing will provide an eight to twelve month’s supply, and after the second printing is gone the company does not plan to go back to press.” I guess the latter point is not surprising either – WK probably just has an unlimited edition in mind or somesuch – but we’ll just see about the former.

Gen Con Indy ’04 Wrap-up: Finish Him! OgreCave T-shirt Throwdown

Monday, August 23rd, 2004

Yeah, it’s over. Gen Con Indy has come to a close for us. The t-shirts have been counted and a winner has been declared. I must admit, I thought I had this one. By the time we had to leave the convention and meet the car to the airport, I had eight t-shirts in the bag.

It wasn’t enough. On the last day, Allan surged ahead and had collected four more shirts bringing his total to ten. The deadlock has been broken. Fatality. Perfect Score.

Ah well, at least it was pretty close. Well done, Allan.
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Live at Gen Con ’04: OgreCave T-shirt Throwdown – Three

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

There is one day left in the ultimate OgreCave t-shirt throwdown! By the middle of the day tomorrow, one of us will be going home with the championship belt while the other will be taking the walk of shame!
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Live from Gen Con ’04: White Wolf gets Pendragon

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

Details are sketchy at this point, but after checking with White Wolf‘s Stewart Wieck, we’ve confirmed that White Wolf has acquired the rights from Green Knight Publishing to publish new materials for Pendragon. Novels and online games will continue to be produced by Green Knight, but White Wolf has the reigns for roleplaying products. A full press release hasn’t been issued yet, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated when information becomes available.