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Archive for December, 2005
Or the M word, or, uh, I guess the O word. Here’s the point for discussion: how can the next version of the D&D rules take advantage of the fact that there are other players with you in the room, instead of just falling back on it as granted? How can tabletop RPG rules actually make the fact of tabletop-ness part of the game itself?
It’s panic time, and you still don’t have your shopping done? Fear not, weary gamer, for the OgreCave staff has held its final installment of the Christmas Gift Guide 2005 until your moment of need. In this last list, An Aetheric Guide For Christmas, you will be pleased to find nothing but downloadable game products, easy to buy at the last minute and give as gifts or stocking stuffers. Good luck out there, gift shoppers, and happy holidays from OgreCave.com!
Through rain, and snow, and impending moves to another state, and even malware infections, the OgreCave Christmas Gift Guide 2005 carries on! For those of you still scrambling to give and receive cheerfully, our recommended gifts for the d20 System fan are described in the latest installment, Twelve Games Around the d20. We’ll have our final list for the last, last minute panic-shoppers (or the PDF fans) in the days ahead. (Seriously, sorry about the delay, but the troubles should be sorted out now.)
Via boingboing, Digg and just every damn body: Deflexion, a board game with mirrored pieces and little laser pointers embedded in the corners. Bounce the laser around the board to try to zap your opponent’s pieces on their backsides (hush). Some pieces are interestingly Icehouse-like. It’s even kind of affordable!
Now that we’ve had our first taste of holiday egg nog, OgreCave’s Christmas Gift Guide 2005 continues with Twelve Games Under The Tree, our picks for gaming gifts that are a tad more expensive. Boardgames, RPGs, and even a card game fill this wish list, and whether naughty or nice, you’re sure to find something you’d like to give (or receive). Stay tuned later this week for more of our gift picks.
WotC has fired several key staff members, including both the VP and senior VP of marketing, Hecatomb design lead Mike Elliott, and D&D brand manager Charles Ryan. I don’t know that the failure of Hecatomb is Elliott’s fault, really… but I guess his losing his job over it is predictable in a large company. These other firings are iffier in my view: D&D has seemed kind of aimless for the last while, but if it’s had a dip in sales lately, I think that can be understood in the context of nothing being able to live up to massive press coverage of the 30th anniversary. The marketing firings are also difficult to figure, given the great ad campaigns lately… unless they also apply to product marketing – that is, the decisions about what to produce and how. Then these firings make all kinds of sense in light of Hecatomb. Anyway the most complete information released so far is at GR – we’ll follow up if there is any official WotC release.
We didn’t make nearly enough time for interviewing folks at Gen Con SoCal a couple weeks back, but Steve and I did manage to tape a couple of interesting videos. Trying a 3-5 question approach to minimize the bandwidth hit, we talked with Mark MacKinnon of Guardians of Order about the Limited Edition of A Game of Thrones RPG; asked the Dead Gentlemen about upcoming projects; and learned about what makes The Burning Wheel RPG so great from Luke Crane. As a bonus, Peter Adkison of Gen Con LLC stopped by and momentarily derailed our talk with Luke, but it was so worth it. Have a look at all of these, and our older videos, on our Video page, of course.