Archive for September, 2008

OgreCave review – Ticket to Ride: The Card Game

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Our friend Lee Valentine, deputy Ogre and thorough game reviewer, gives us his blow-by-blow analysis of Ticket to Ride: The Card Game from Days of Wonder. Does interesting gameplay outweigh quirky rules text? Have a read through and find out, and peruse our other reviews while you’re at it.

Audio Report: Ogre’s Choice 2008, and prizes!

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

It’s time once again – okay, fine, it’s a bit overdue – for our annual Ogre’s Choice Awards show, wherein all the Cave Dwellers have contributed to the final award nominee and winner selections. Mike, Steve, and I discuss what we liked this past year, which you can read along with on our Ogre’s Choice page. Be sure to listen carefully, and you’ll be rewarded with the details on the Secret Code Contest we’ve put together with the help of four other friendly neighborhood podcasters. Yes, you can win stuff! Click on our new podcast logo, or right here, to peruse the episode index.

Audio Report: hella PAX and hella Hellas

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Our recap of Penny Arcade Expo has made it out the door; perhaps more urgently at this point, I interviewed Michael Fiegel and Jerry Grayson, producers of the much-talked-about Hellas RPG, and you can hear the result. Come on down.

Feeding the Talismania

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Fans of the mighty fantasy boardgame Talisman will soon get a close look at the first expansion for Fantasy Flight’s revised edition of the game (Fourth Edition, by my count). The new expansion, The Reaper, provides 128 new cards, four new characters, and the Grim Reaper, a neutral piece any player can use to foul up other players. In the Talisman section of FFG’s forums, you’ll find the new expansion’s back cover showing the miniatures and some sample cards. The fan site Talisman Island (which sounds like a reality show I would totally watch) has a few other bits of sample artwork. The set will sell for $24.95, and depending on which site you believe, will be along in either December ’08 or January ’09.

Ticket to Ride dice expansion coming soon

Monday, September 15th, 2008

In an effort to bring customers aboard at even more stations, Days of Wonder has announced plans for Ticket to Ride: The Dice Expansion by Alan Moon. Usable with any of the TTR boardgame sets, the eight custom dice – five Train dice, and three Tunnel dice for certain boards – will replace the Train cards for purposes of completing Destination Tickets. Though TTR: The Dice Expansion isn’t due until October (premiering at Essen), the full rules are available as a PDF for the curious.

Fourth Edition GSL revision still “weeks off”

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Links to this Gleemax post, by Dungeons & Dragons Senior Brand Manager Scott Rouse, are currently floating all over the web, wherein Rouse asserts that the 4e GSL revision promised a month ago “has not been shelved”. Rouse stated that “The draft is done. The changes are approved and it just needs to get pushed to a final document.” He mentioned that other work will be required before the GSL can be released back into the wild, such as clarifications of the SRD and FAQ, plus a “statement of rejection” form to allow third party publishers to opt out of the license when it gets revised. After mentioning another WotC employee, Licensing Manager Linnae Foster, who would’ve been helping with the GSL had she not been laid off, Rouse ended by saying “this is still weeks off being done.” Someone get a pool going on this – I’ll take the first day of Winter Fantasy.

Formula D floors it with exclusive Porsche model

Friday, September 12th, 2008

As I first learned at this year’s KublaCon, the popular, out-of-print Formula One racing game Formula De is being tuned up and given a new coat of paint in Formula D from Asmodee. Now there’s news that the new game, which will feature driver character cards and prepainted cars, will include a limited edition Porsche model and special character card in the first 5000 copies. The new version of this classic title will get in gear this November.

Call the Maid

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

As Mike mentioned a few weeks back, there’s a little game crossing the Pacific from Japan this year. A hit at Gen Con ’08, the Maid RPG is . Have a look if you dare, and see how this translation of a Japanese RPG about anime maids entertains – or scares – your game group.

Order of the Stick rolls out rumble at Azure City

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Order of the Stick fans should already know (or even have a preorder or Gen Con copy in-hand) but in case you missed it, there’s news. The third compliation book (and fourth book overall) of Rich Burlew’s popular online comic strip, titled Order of the Stick: War and XPs, has shipped to stores, and is also available directly from APE Games. The 288-page book covers strips #302-484, as well as over 15 bonus strips and extra features. So, in a few days, you’ll have no excuse not to pick up your copy – other than the resulting “wallet shrinkage”. (aw! So cute!)

Out of the Box back on the web

Monday, September 8th, 2008

After around 18 months of hiatus, Ken Hite’s column Out of the Box has reappeared on the internet, thanks to the folks at Indie Press Revolution. Naturally, Ken kept himself busy with projects like Trail of Cthulhu in the interim, but we’re happy to see the column make its return. Let the Cthulhoid and industry musing resume!

Fantasy Flight announces price increases

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

It almost seemed inevitable, and now it has come to pass – Fantasy Flight Games just announced price increases for many of its product lines. Citing “energy, commodity, and labor prices” as the sources of “tremendous upward pressure on manufacturing pricing”, FFG plans to adjust its prices upward by 10%-25% as of November 1st. The higher prices will be applied to most FFG products – see the official price sheet here. The sold-out preorders of Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game will not be affected by the price increase and remain priced at $39.95, though the second and subsequent printings will carry a $49.95 price tag. At the same time, FFG will discontinue its policy of net pricing, allowing retail and distribution customers a larger discount on big orders. It’s hard to say if this will cause the company’s holiday season orders to take a downturn, since FFG still has the quality to make the price worthwhile. See the full press release below.

Tell-all Morocco book spills secrets at Chaosium

Friday, September 5th, 2008

According to the dark overlords at Chaosium, the hot new ancient evil is about to pounce. Originally done as a Kinkos-style test product (aka “Monograph”), Secrets of Morocco for Call of Cthulhu has started filtering through distribution and should be in stores in a week or two. Now investigators can wander in a strange foreign land, visit Casablanca or Marrakech, even venture into the Sahara desert. (Actually, that last bit sounds extraordinarily dangerous, but hey, who am I to judge?) The book will also include info for use with Pulp Cthulhu, due later this year. Here’s hoping Cthulhu Invictus is the next Monograph to make the leap to a proper CoC supplement – the world needs more Roman Empire horror.

Paizo to publish Book of Experimental Might compilation

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Again with the smart moves: Paizo Publishing has plans to release a print version of Monte Cook’s Book of Experimental Might before the end of this year, according to a post today from the man himself. Previously only in print through Lulu’s POD, the new edition will combine BoEM volumes 1 and 2 into one book for sale at game stores everywhere. That’s right, Paizo’s actively supporting the products that will in turn end up complementing and supporting the Pathfinder RPG – or at least making more fans in the D&D 3.5 community.

WotC titles on final approach at Game Table Online

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Game Table Online has continued to roll out online versions of both classic and more recent tabletop game titles since getting started in 2001. Next week, it seems they plan to roll out their version of some well-known Wizards of the Coast titles: Acquire, Axis & Allies, Guillotine, Vegas Showdown, and one of my all-time favorites, RoboRally. You can’t go far wrong with a Richard Garfield classic in your lineup. By the end of September, GTO should also have Battle for Olympus from Dr. Reiner Knizia available for online play, and a version of 1960: The Making of the President (another great game) is in the works as well. I haven’t been by Game Table Online in a while – these titles have got me thinking I should change that.

Monty Python Fluxx coming in October

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Though the game’s arrival in stores is still a few weeks off, has a group of sample cards from Monty Python Fluxx, the latest evolution of Looney Labs’ exceptions-based card game. As I mentioned after looking through a prototype deck back at GTS this year, you can expect to see a fair bit of spam represented in the cards as well. We’ll let you know how the Creeper mechanic plays in the latest incarnation when it arrives next month.