Archive for November, 2004

A Game of Thrones RPG Limited Edition in preorder

Monday, November 29th, 2004

The Game of Thrones RPG seems to have finally appeared on the horizon, as just announced the start of preorders for the game’s Deluxe Limited Edition. Described as 450 pages of full-color resource material, with a foil-embossed leatherette cover and a special dust jacket, the game was personally reviewed by George R.R. Martin for authenticity (which contributed to the delay in releasing it, no doubt), and signed for extra awe-inspiring power. The Deluxe version provides both d20 and Tri-Stat rules, and carries a $99.95 asking price, which many A Game of Thrones fans are surely reaching for right now. According to the website, we’ll actually be able to pick up the game in stores in March.

Uncle Moneybags is right

Saturday, November 27th, 2004

Shopping for a Monopoly fan this holiday season? Got three grand burning a hole in your pocket?

Eagle takes more PC games to tabletop, may yet take them to web pages

Saturday, November 27th, 2004

True to form, Eagle has allegedly announced a lot of stuff that is nowhere to be found on their website. Although this release summary is not that old, so Eagle may yet break their land speed record. This is a very interesting passel of projects, including board versions of popular PC games Railroad Tycoon and Age of Discovery, and a firm-ish date for Sid Meier’s Pirates (March). The one they actually have a page up for is Blood Feud in New York (featuring 300 pieces of the Mafia) – which, to be fair, is actually shipping.

True Dungeon to expand at Gen Con Indy ’05

Saturday, November 27th, 2004

Easily the most lavish LARP-like game in the industry these days, True Dungeon is preparing for its west coast appearance at Gen Con SoCal next weekend. In an email update sent yesterday to fans of the game, Jeff Martin, president of True Adventures Ltd., said “The finishing touches are being put on an agreement where True Dungeon will greatly expand at Gen Con Indy 2005. The event will more than double in size, and it will move to the Grand Ballroom in the Marriott Hotel which is directly across from the Exhibit Hall.”

White Wolf announces $20,000 fiction contest

Wednesday, November 24th, 2004

Taking a page from WotC’s setting search contest, today White Wolf announced a $20,000 Fiction Contest. Entrants are asked to send a one-page synopsis of the World of Darkness novel they envision. One hundred of those will get $50 apiece and an invitation to enter the second round, which requires an entire first chapter. Of those, only five will be awarded $1,000 each and an invitation to the final round, producing an entire manuscript for a chance at the $10,000 grand prize and publication in late 2006. At least White Wolf has learned from WotC’s mistakes, and seems to be giving itself enough time to sort through the entries.

Army of Darkness CCG finally fires its boom-stick

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Now, the Army of Darkness CCG has seen its release date slip considerably, but to be fair, it was never announced that the game was shipping before. That’s exactly what Eden has declared today, making the game due to arrive in stores sometime next week.

It’s sure to swallow your soul shortly thereafter.

Gen Con So Cal, round two. Fight!

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

In a last-ditch attempt to be heard over the sounds of Thanksgiving feasting, Gen Con So Cal has released its updated schedule of events (see the press release below). After last year’s somewhat shakey, but still solid, start, next month’s return engagement should prove a better gauge for where the show’s heading. OgreCave will have operatives at the show, so be sure to check back here for breaking news from So Cal.

Blue Rose Fast Play rules available

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Green Ronin has put together a free download of the new Fast Play rules for the Blue Rose RPG. For some reason, mention of flowers and Fast Play makes me think of a gamebook with scratch-and-sniff entries throughout. Sorry, don’t mind me.

Dragonlance Adventure Game called off

Friday, November 19th, 2004

This just in: Wizards of the Coast and Sovereign Press have jointly decided to call off the Dragonlance Adventure Game. To quote the press release, “At this time, there are no plans to develop the product further, and there are no plans to release the product in the future. Both Wizards of the Coast and Sovereign Press are excited about the Sovereign Press Dragonlance 2005 product line-up, and a revised product schedule will be released soon.” The Dragonlance Adventure Game had been due to come out this month, and as the title implies, would have provided all the rules to play.

White Wolf names new Vampire line developer

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Former Atlas team member Will Hindmarch has been brought aboard at White Wolf as the Line Developer for Vampire: The Requiem, the recent relaunch of the popular RPG property. Justin Achilli, longtime Developer and Intellectual Property Manager for the previous Vampire line, has stepped into the role of Vice President of Editing & Development. Considering how Hindmarch has written multiple, well-received books for Vampire: The Masquerade, here’s hoping White Wolf fans won’t be worried about the change.

We’re not going to the town, we’re going to…

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

This Carcassonne-related report features a distinctly erotic, if lo-res, photo of the wooden bits from the soon-to-ship Carcassonne: The City. Yes, you will be building actual little walls and towers, instead of just wondering what the hell the walls around all the cities have to do with anything besides the back-cover copy. Neat. your source for WotC product info

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

As EN World reported, several WotC products were added to Amazon’s catalog. Among the items listed was the July ’05 release of an Angelfire Booster Pack for D&D Miniatures, confirming our earlier suspicions, as well as the Legends Huge Pack, which has already been denied by WotC staff as incorrect information. Other products mentioned on Amazon included Dungeon Master’s Guide II : Race Builders Series, Battlefield Adventures : A Genre Series Supplement, another City of Splendors: Waterdeep book, Weapons of Legacy : A Magic Series Supplement, Maelstrom : An Environment Series Supplement, and Deluxe Eberron Player Character Sheets for the Warforged gamer in your posse.

City of Heroes tells Marvel to step off

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

The smallest dog in the brewing legal fight over the future of the City of Heroes MMORPG has spoken out. Marvel Comics has threatened legal action against NCsoft and Cryptic Studios, the companies behind CoH, and now Cryptic has a reply posted on its website:

As reported by The Associated Press, Marvel Enterprises Inc. and Marvel Characters, Inc. have sued NCsoft Corporation and Cryptic Studios. The complaint is meritless. Cryptic Studios is confident that the District Court will reject all of Marvel’s claims and fully vindicate Cryptic Studios in all respects.

Guess it’s time to lawyer up or shut up. Considering Marvel’s monetary power, some may see this as a brave stance by Cryptic. Others will just agree that Marvel needs to go have a seat in the time-out chair.

Marvel sues over City of Heroes

Saturday, November 13th, 2004

Comic book company Marvel has brought suit against NCSoft and Cryptic Studios Inc. over their MMORPG City of Heroes. Essssssentially, Marvel is claiming that City of Heroes provides players the tools needed to nearly duplicate certain Marvel characters, such as the Hulk or Wolverine. Extending the logic of the complaint, tabletop RPGs could theoretically be affected, as they too provide the tools. As does a #2 pencil.

Possible Firefly RPG in the works

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

According to a post made on the official fan site for Serenity (the Firefly movie due next April), the recently established company Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd is looking for playtesters for a new RPG. Why post about it there? Good question, but I’m sure you can figure it out.