Archive for June, 2009

Laptops? We don’t need no stinkin’ laptops

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Andy Kitkowski at Story Games points out a Japanese tabletop-RPG gamebook and comprehensive play aid for the Nintendo DS. In a kinder universe than this one, we would not have to ask where the hell the iPhone app was for D&D Insider.

Come Out and Play ’09 came and played

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Another June, and once again, I’m somewhat annoyed that I didn’t get myself out to New York City to participate in Come Out & Play, the annual weekend festival of city-wide games that strike an odd balance between LARP, sport, and flash mob. Sprawling throughout Times Square, Central Park, Brooklyn, and even venturing into Grand Central Station (as you can read in this article), CoaP organized dozens of game events that ranged from board games with live pieces (players, not pigeons) to iPhone-enabled hide-and-seek games and scavenger hunts. Similar to some ARG events or certain LARP events at RopeCon in Finland, CoaP is the sort of event that could be set up in multiple cities nationwide, or worldwide even. If anyone made it out to CoaP this year, let us know how it went in the comments.

Toys R Us wins lawsuit against Amazon

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Toys R Us is in the news again. No, it’s not . This time, the company has won $51 million in its lawsuit against Amazon.com. This comes three years after the early end of the ten year exclusive contract Toys R Us signed with Amazon in 2000, which made Amazon the only online sales venue for certain Toys R Us products. In that supposedly-exclusive partnership, Amazon didn’t remain exclusive on its end, and allowed other companies to sell identical toys, games, and other items through its site (hence the lawsuit). While there’s still talk of appeals, Toys R Us seems to be on the upswing right now.

OgreCave reviews – Shadows Over Filmland

Monday, June 15th, 2009

We’ve been keeping busy around the Cave, and as proof, we have another new review. This time, Lee provides us with his impressions of Shadows Over Filmland, a Trail of Cthulhu supplement from Pelgrane Press. The adventure compilation offers multiple nasty scenarios, but do they merit picking up a copy of the book? Read on to find out, or have a look at the review index for more Cthulhu goodness.

Small World Game Design Contest

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Days of Wonder has a great contest open to hobby game designers and fans of its new Small World game. From now through July 31, Small World fans are encouraged to submit their best Race and/or Special Power designs to Days of Wonder in the hopes of winning the Grand Prize: round-trip train or airfare; accommodations; and €200 in cash to spend at Essen Spiel ’09 in Germany. The winner will also receive 24 copies of a mini game expansion containing their winning work which will be released at Essen. For more information, visit the Small World contest page.

Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game – Pegasus Expansion announced

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Battlestar Galactica, the popular board game of cautious cooperation/suspicion, is preparing to receive an expansion set. Fantasy Flight is working on the Pegasus Expansion, which will add two new game boards – one for the Battlestar Pegasus, and the other for the planet of New Caprica. The expansion will also add “seven new characters, a new Cylon Locations overlay, two plastic Basestars, as well as new Destination, Crisis, Loyalty, Quorum, Super Crisis, and Skill cards”, plus a Cylon Leader character with a new Treachery Skill card type. Of interest to both gamers and BSG fans is the option to use the Pegasus board alone or with the New Caprica colony board, apparently to simulate different parts of the series’ timeline. Admiral Cain and her ship will arrive this fall to rally the Colonial Fleet at game tables. So say we all.

Wizards rewarding customers this weekend

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Perhaps as a warm-up to next week’s Free RPG Day, Wizards of the Coast is holding a starting tomorrow, June 12, and running through Sunday, June 14. At participating retail stores, gamers who buy WotC products totaling $15 or more will get to choose a free gift, selected from the following items:

  • A pair of Magic:The Gathering Half Decks
  • A D&D Miniatures: Demonweb booster pack
  • A Star Wars Miniatures: The Clone Wars starter set
  • The Orc King, a D&D hardcover novel by R.A. Salvatore

If there’s a WotC book or some miniatures you’ve been waiting to pick up, this may be your time. Just get there early, as it’s one gift per customer, while they last.

Not much time left to Chill

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

We’ve all seen the successful use of alternate funding by game publishers in the last few years (Delta Green fans are well aware of this trend). However, it seems like OtherWorld Creations may need a last-minute rally to make its Fundable round for Chill 3rd Edition reach the goal of $25,301. As I’m writing this, the Fundable page has only secured pledges for $3,600, well short of what’s required by this Saturday, June 13. Gamers who’d like to support the horror RPG’s return can get a copy of the game for as little as $45, but unless pledge amounts increase quickly, the new edition may be a non-starter. To quote the Fundable page:

“If this fundraiser fails to generate the minimum amount then unfortunately the prospects for any new version of the game look bleak. It will have to wait until we raise enough money through other means which could take forever.

“And frankly, if we can’t get a few hundred fans to pledge the money, then most likely the fan base isn’t really there for Chill and any additional time and money spent on it is a waste. So, if you want to see a new version of Chill then please pledge.”

There you have it. If you’re a fan of Chill, get your pledge in now. If you don’t know the game, try the 44-page QuickStart PDF – and then pledge.

OgreCave reviews – Dragon Warriors & Citadel of the Corruptor

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

A pair of lovely new reviews have just gone up in our RPG section. First, Demian has become acquainted with the new edition of Dragon Warriors from Magnum Opus Press, and he clears up why the RPG used to be mistaken for a gamebook. Then Gerald joins our illustrious (dubious?) Cave-dwelling crew with his review of Dungeon Crawl Classics #61: Citadel of the Corruptor from Goodman Games. Have a look at these write-ups, or browse through our review index for much more.

Audio Report – Rumors of demise are highly exaggerated

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Okay, mostly exaggerated. I’ve struggled to get this podcast recording functional for many moons (well, more like a couple moons). A few months and a hardware upgrade later, and we have, at long last, the DunDraCon ’09 episode of the OgreCave Audio Report. You’ll notice this episode takes the news bits we usually discuss at the beginning and formally makes them a distinct segment, which sounds suspiciously like our other podcast show, OgreCave’s Gaming News Update (because it is). We’ll still discuss the latest gaming news, don’t worry – but this show is mainly given over to interviews with Joseph Goodman and Aaron “Blackdirge” Rudel of Goodman Games, Steven Chenault of Troll Lord Games, Aldo Ghiozzi of Free RPG Day 2009, and various DunDraCon ’09 convention-goers. Have a listen, and deposit some comments if you like. We’ll have more for you soon.

OgreCave Gaming News Update: Cornering folks at KublaCon ’09

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Another convention, another salvo of OgreCave Gaming News Update interviews! This time we made it out to KublaCon ’09 in Burlingame, CA, just south of San Francisco. Four new interviews from the show are at your disposal:

Hear all the latest from this round of victims – er, interview subjects – and be sure to subscribe to make sure you get our next updates.