This month, Invisible City, home of free monthly games, offers not one, but two gifts to the world at large. First up is BAG, which is sort of like Scrabble, but you’re lining up pictures that represent related concepts rather than letters that spell out words. This is accompanied by Run, Hamster, Run! (Version 2.1), a new revision of the bizarre dark comedy classic. What are you waiting for? Get printing!
Archive for July, 2005
I don’t know, do you think they can handle such a commercial type of game, with such high production values? High Stakes Drifter is a CCG due in November, which “uses a betting and bluffing system similar to Hold ‘Em where players challenge each other based on Skills, Smarts, and Luck.” Right, because the Hold ‘Em trend won’t be over in five minutes. No siree. I give ’em credit, though, they are lining up lots of not-obviously-bad designs and appear generally serious about survival as a company. PDF press release here, full text after the jump.
While we’re talking about WK, though: 1) we never talked about the official death of Mage Knight, and still don’t have anything to add except that, um, now I guess we’ve talked about it; 2) if you haven’t watched any of the animated Rocketmen “webisodes,” don’t, unless you want your brain to hurt. That is all.
It was already known that a live action Transformers movie is in the works, and that Spielberg is attached to the project, but this was all to happen in the vague, distant future. Well, today’s announcement sets the date as July 4th, 2007, which Dreamworks should be able to adhere to (unless the company gets scared off by a Fantastic Four sequel or the like). I keep saying this is begging to be an RPG, especially with Hasbro owning both WotC and the Transformers property.
If someone could craft said theoretical game with the feel of classic Battletech combined with Cartoon Action Hour, they might have a hit. Loads of full color screenshots from the movie, hardcover rulebook, the works. Of course, things could go the other way as well, and we could have another D&D movie calamity on our hands.
If you’re like me, you did not even notice that Attack Vector: Tactical won this year’s Origins Award for best minis game. That is probably because, like me, you hadn’t seen this picture. Hubba hubba. The whole starship-combat market has been empty to the point of echoing lately, so it’s great to see this.
According to a Daily Illuminator post and other sources, e23 editor Scott Haring and his family were in a car accident, causing the death of his stepson. Scott is an all-around great guy, as I learned from sharing a room with him at GTS, and he spoke fondly of introducing his stepson to various gaming luminaries that year. The staff of OgreCave wishes Scott and his family all the best during this sad time.
Despite the confusion of still having the defunct originsawards.com website up and running, the 2005 Origins Award winners were announced early yesterday. They’ve finally made it to the Academy page (and are copied below), though are still MIA on the GAMA site proper. Perhaps if there were still some sort of ceremony or presentation, more people would’ve noticed. In any case, many of the winners announced were in line with critical praise given elsewhere, so the process isn’t as screwed up as it could be.