It’s almost time for the biggest little game convention, or the littlest big one, whatever. Steve joins us for a foray into all the nooks and crannies, plus plenty of board gaming and even some resin-casting misadventures. Word.
Archive for October, 2006
The tabletop game industry’s two biggest sellers of electronic products, RPGNow and DriveThruRPG, have merged to become a bigger gestalt robot called OneBookShelf. The new company website will eventually take the place of the original two sites, and publishers formerly only at one or the other will get a wider audience. Strategic partnerships with RPGnet and ENWorld were also announced, as OneBookShelf will operate online stores for each website (RPGNow already runs a store for RPGnet). Some downtime for both merging companies is expected in the days ahead as preparations are made for the unified website. The full press release is below.
Hellboy has given WizKids a reason to try a HeroClix/HorrorClix crossover product… other than the desperation retailers saw when WizKids announced the return period on HorrorClix would be cancelled for any distributor making a reorder. Even a windowed “Hellboy and the B.P.R.D Action Pack” with the Dark Horse Comics logo riding shotgun will be hard pressed to pull the HorrorClix game out of its downward spiral. Maybe the Aliens vs. Predator packs will be able to pull the game out of the fire. I wouldn’t count on it, though.
Neither rain nor sleet nor five consecutive network failures will keep the OCAR staff from doing their appointed rounds… eventually. We spend a good long time in this show on our picks for the top 5 RPGs of all time, and some interesting choices were made indeed. Check it out.
On Thursday, the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (similar to the Oscars) announced its 2006 winners in Video Games categories – and we’re as surprised they have the categories as you are. In the Multiplayer category, Atari’s Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach took the prize, which must mean they’re doing something right even if World of Warcraft hasn’t been pushed off its throne. Other notable winners were Shadow of the Colossus (for Artistic Achievement and Action/Adventure), Rise and Fall: Civilizations at War (for Strategy), and Lego Star Wars II (for Gameplay). Also of interest is the Academy’s games committee list, which includes none other than Ian Livingstone, of Games Workshop and Fighting Fantasy fame, among other achievements.