Archive for August, 2009

Warmachine’s next big thing is a video game version under development

Friday, August 14th, 2009

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!

Pathfinder SRD available at launch

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Remember all the waiting for a certain 4e game license? Paizo Publishing’s not taking that route. Instead, when the Pathfinder Core Rulebook went on sale yesterday at Gen Con and online, Paizo posted the Pathfinder RPG Reference Document. Please note the apparent cut-and-paste of a certain Open License version 1.0a. To complete the siren call to disenfranchised 3.5 gamers, Paizo has also posted a Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Conversion Guide, providing a guide for updating existing campaigns to the Pathfinder system. There’s no denying it now – this is serious competition for D&D. It just needs the name recognition, which will be tricky.

Everything old is psionic again: Dark Sun setting for D&D 4e in ’10

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Yeppers. As the linked interview notes, Dark Sun has much more distinctive flavor than a lot of the other settings WotC could have revived. It sounds like a considerable number of crunchy bits will be distinctive to this book as well.

Plenty of other D&D tidbits have been announced, including one that caught my eye: D&D Heroscape for a February release. We’ll bring you more on that one when we can. Also a Ravenloft board game for next Gen Con – it’s a bit curious that WotC didn’t start doing board games based on D&D-related properties sooner.

This just in from 5:00 on Thursday at Gen Con 2009

Thursday, August 13th, 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/Cryptic Hero 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!

New edition of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay announced

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

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.

This just in from This Just In From Gen Con 2009

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Once again it’s on: Ryan Macklin is re-attempting his mildly insane project of podcasting semi-live from Gen Con, and we’re doing his show notes semi-officially this time. For the Thursday 11am show:

There it is, or as much of it as I wrote down, anyway. If you’re new to OgreCave: hi. No, we aren’t just a podcast. Yes, we still do the podcast (podcasts, even). You should follow us on Twitter. We like you and think you’re special.

Reaper to produce Pathfinder RPG miniatures

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Paizo Publishing announced an agreement today that Reaper Miniatures will produce monthly metal miniatures to support Paizo’s Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Paizo has had excellent miniatures through Crocodile Games in the past, but now we’ll get to see what Reaper does with the line. No word yet on whether any preview figures are at Gen Con this week – a Fall release is expected for the start of the line. The full press release is below.
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Dominion wins 2009 Diana Jones Award

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Huzzah and congratulations. My game group played three consecutive games just last night; I’m pretty sure that’s a record for us. Dominion beat out multiple big-name nominees, which are listed over here.

Other news coming in via Twitter: lots of people hate lots of airlines.

Fascinating details on LEGO’s board game line

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

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.

My next band is called Stardust Overdrive: Yu-Gi-Oh rolls on

Monday, August 10th, 2009

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.

Where has all the cheapass gone?

Monday, August 10th, 2009

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?

Shadowrun 4e offers reward for store shootings

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Shooting pictures, that is. Catalyst Game Labs is offering a “secret prize” to one lucky person as a reward for purchasing Shadowrun: Fourth Edition – 20th Anniversary Edition or Dawn of the Artifacts: Dusk (both hitting stores next week). If you’re interested, pick up your book(s) and get your picture taken at the store with your new game stuff. Send your shots (one with an employee, and one with the store logo) to info@shadowrun4.com with the subject “I bought Shadowrun!” by August 18th, and provide your name and the name, address, and email of your local store. Check Catalyst’s Shadowrun page for more info, and make sure your camera’s charged up – you’ve got a “secret prize” to win.

OgreCave is on Twitter

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Feel free to come follow. In addition to convenient notices of new posts, you will receive occasional witty banter, things we don’t think are quite worth a post, and some complaining when our server is slow. OgreCave: happy to be part of the problem.

Relatedly: booths at Gen Con have Twitter accounts now. Booths.

This week in alleged WotC digi-fail: D&D fan site policy (not) unveiled

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Long story short, said policy – actually a fan site kit policy for a kit of approved fan site content – is unclear in spots and totally forgets to talk about what happens when you go outside the content contained in the kit. Because it’s a policy for a kit, not fan sites in general. This analysis is pretty good, but confuses that latter point and seems to think this is all 100% malicious on the part of WotC legal. Me, I’m disinclined to ascribe to malice what can be fully explained by incompetence. Looks like they’d better put a rush on that wider fan site policy statement, because if they think they’re gonna weasel out of this by providing an approved kit, they’re doomed.

Mapmaker charted at Kobold Quarterly

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Kobold Quarterly has posted an interview with RPG Cartographer Jonathan Roberts which sheds light on his specialized role within the RPG industry. The interview goes into great detail on not just the tools Roberts uses for his map assignments, but his creative process and the concerns facing a fantasy cartographer. Several sample maps drive home the value of a clear, attractive map for RPG encounters. ‘Tis a unique interview, and worth a read.