Privateer Press announced at a seminar today at Gen Con that developer WhiteMoon Dreams is underway on a digital version of Warmachine for… consoles? PCs? Both? Info is coming in via Twitter and is thus a little thin on the ground. Apparently the game will be first-person strategy of a sort – you’ll be in the warcaster’s perspective, issuing orders to your ‘jacks – and that’s about all I know. Unless the game has a confirmed publisher, this might not really even be an announced product so much as a really awesome plan. But there’s a nice, shiny coming-soon page!
Archive for August, 2009
Here’s the show, here’s your notes:
- The Diana Jones Award.
- Catalyst has the old WizKids booth spot, right by the entrance. From a polished toy manufacturer to punks in kilts with BattleTech pods: I can get behind that.
- Hero doesn’t have the 6th Edition books yet, so you can preorder and walk away with a PDF on CD. Turns out that’s easier to get in your suitcase.
- Champions Online will be out on September 1st.
- We live to serve, fellas, but as far as the Podcaster Meet & Greet, I can’t figure out where the Safehouse is supposed to be. Unless you’re supposed to go to Milwaukee. Sorry.
- Cubicle 7 has Starblazer Adventures, of course, and some Doctor Who promo thing of unspecified nature.
- Gamescience: precise dice.
- Geek Chic furnishers and their rico-suave new joint, the Emissary. The Sultan is still available as well.
- The Palomino restaurant.
- Eclipse Phase.
- A couple of Hero 6 supplements already out: the Hero Edition of The Day After Ragnarok (not finding a link on it at Atomic Overmind, but it’s at the
Atari/CrypticHero booth), and the awesomely named War of Worldcraft.
If you’re new to OgreCave: hi. We normally just run photos of people with greenish skin, but we’re covering this game stuff as a favor to Ryan. The guy up in the corner has a sword and armor because, uh, budget concerns.
Allan’ll have your back tomorrow morning. Sleep tight!
Yeah, whole new edition… and it looks fascinating. Possibly fascinating in the car-wreck sense, but it’s a bit early to know for sure. Also, it’s a box set at a planned MSRP of $99 – which people will see as a bold step, even though it looks like a better deal than the D&D core books plus dice and power cards. No announced release date that I can see, and it’s an FFG production, so caveat anticipator.
- Pandemic and its On The Brink expansion.
- You already know the Diana Jones Award. Here’s a Dominion link if you still need one.
- Konami’s Blue Dragon CCG.
- The Hite Trifecta: Rough Magicks for Trail of Cthulhu, The Day After Ragnarok for Savage Worlds, and Cthulhu 101 for the kids.
- The very cool-sounding .
- The ENnie Awards are gonna be hot this year.
- Brave New World: The Movie: The Rally: The Concert! BNW has a long history of vaguely ARG-y Gen Con doin’s, the history of which unfortunately seems to have vanished from the intertubes.
- Midnight Chronicles, the other let’s-make-our-game-into-a-movie movie, is out on DVD and, interestingly, paid download via DriveThruRPG.
- Pirate Jenny, a booth full of female RPG publishers. Not just designers: publishers. Be sure and check out RPGirl while you’re there.
- The line for the Pathfinder RPG was giving people trouble. I expect that to be a theme of the weekend.
- Wow, Catalyst is bringing out an insane amount of stuff: Eclipse Phase, anniversary stuff for SR as well as BT, and something more on the Eighth World setting used in that BattleRun thing. Sorry I can’t find more links; with all these products coming out, Catalyst apparently hasn’t had much web-page-buildin’ time.
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BrettSpiel has a good-sized interview with freshman designer Cephas Howard, who was on the cusp of getting a couple of board games published when he landed what I think we can all agree is a pretty sweet job: lead designer for the entire LEGO Games line. (Although apparently Herr Knizia is credited on a couple of them, and consulted on many of the rest.) Check the hot piece-prototyping action on the dice there. Howard also confirms that game hacking – with good recommended methodology, even! – is an explicit part of the products. These things are gonna be hot, hot fun.
Thing about TCGs is once they have enough momentum, they don’t seem to ever stop rolling, ever. It’s like comics: there will always be people who act like comics collectors, even though neither the paper drives of the 40s that made Golden Age comics rare nor the 90s Image boom are ever going to happen again. It might perenially shrink like a radioactive half-life, but it will always be with us.
I don’t refer to , of course, hence the lower-case C above; they’re still in corporate hibernation, safely ensconced in . I refer to the general concept of inexpensive-yet-substantial board games, which would seem pretty ripe for the current financial environment. I mean, why aren’t we swimming in them? Do distributors hate them? Did we all get so used to $80 boxes of plastic that we forgot how to design anything else? Or is there just enough design lag time on a decent game that we won’t see the new envelope-game equivalents until after the economy’s recovered?
I don’t know how wonderful any of the Pair-Of-Dice titles are, but they just flew across my radar at the exact moment I was considering whether $20 games might have better survival characteristics than either $6 or $60 ones. I also don’t know whether they’re really diving into the market or are just quietly sitting on the border between direct-sales self-publisher and “real” publisher. I know they’re making fun use of materials, their stuff is getting decent buzz, and that right now they’re running a deal that definitively puts them in the price range I was thinking about. So… maybe check them out?
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