Archive for January, 2010

Wizards not planning to renew Star Wars license

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Earlier today, Wizards of the Coast made an announcement on the company’s message board confirming what has been rumored for a while now: when the Star Wars license comes up for renewal this May, Wizards will not seek to renew it. In the announcement, Greg Yahn, WotC’s Director of Marketing, states “We had a long and fantastic run, but with the economic downturn, we have made the tough decision to discontinue our Star Wars lines.” WotC products for the Star Wars Miniatures Game and Star Wars Roleplaying Game will be available through August, with multiple new releases scheduled through April. Wizards had first taken over the Star Wars license from Decipher back in 2002, starting with WotC’s version of the Star Wars CCG.

Days of Wonder Uses Orient Express as One-Two Punch

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Days of Wonder once again has trains on the brain. As we’ve noted here previously, Days of Wonder is holding a Ticket to Ride championship series where the World Champion will win a ticket for two on the Orient Express.

As its second powerful blow, Days of Wonder has announced Mystery Express, a train-themed game that doesn’t bear the Ticket to Ride brand. In this whodunit deducation game players take on the roles of would-be passenger-detectives on the Orient Express, investigating a murder that’s just occurred in transit. The project has some solid names attached to it, namely Antoine Bauza (Ghost Stories) and Serge Laget (Shadows over Camelot, Mystery of the Abbey, Ad Astra). The price is expected to be $50/€45. Look for a release in late March or early April.

If you haven’t done so already, check out our review of Ticket to Ride: Europa 1912.

Kobold Quarterly offers free issue download

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

The crew at Kobold Quarterly just let us know about the special offer they launched today. From now through January 31, gamers can go to the KQ Store and use the coupon code “KQ10Free” to download a free PDF copy of Kobold Quarterly #10. Released just prior to Gen Con ’09, KQ #10 features an interview with Paizo’s Jason Bulmahn, an Ecology of the Hill Giant article, and contributions from John Wick, Monte Cook, Ed Greenwood, and more. If your download doesn’t work – the kobolds tell me their website’s already getting slammed by demand – send ’em an email, and they’ll sort it out for you. In any case, don’t pass up the opportunity for a free taste of what the industry needs more of: a great gaming magazine.

Gamers Help Haiti at DriveThruRPG

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Gamers have shown again and again how they can rally to the aid of those in need, and right now there’s no one in greater need than the earthquake-stricken citizens of Haiti. DriveThruRPG is running one of the most successful gaming charities in a while, Gamers Help Haiti. The DriveThruRPG vendor community has banded together to contribute a staggeringly long list of donated product downloads to the fundraiser – valued at over $1,400 – which can all be yours for a small $20 donation benefitting Doctors Without Borders. Those who can only afford a $5 or $10 donation will be gratified to hear that DriveThruRPG has pledged to match their contributions. However, those who can afford twenty bucks and chip in during January will receive the gigantic list of downloadable products within a few days. As this is being posted, Gamers Help Haiti has already raised $82,650 since launching Wednesday. Convenient and rewarding in more ways than one, this is how to rack up big charity drive numbers – have you helped out yet?

[EDIT: The results are in. Click through for the details.]

The One Ring RPG coming from Cubicle 7

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

The Doctor Who RPG has shown Cubicle 7 has the know-how to do a licensed RPG well, so it should be no surprise the company has pursued other significant licenses. The RPG licenses don’t get much bigger than what Cubicle 7 and Sophisticated Games have just announced: The One Ring – The Lord of the Rings Role-Playing Game. The two companies are jointly developing the license, which was last in the hands of Decipher. Click below for more details, or just wait until late this year and be surprised.

OgreCave review – Mansions of Madness

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Today our review section expands yet again. Demian’s latest write-up gives us a look at the new edition of Mansions of Madness, the Call of Cthulhu adventure compilation from Chaosium. Click through and find out if the scenario you need is lurking within this updated release.

OgreCave review – Summoner Wars

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Lee has provided us with another review to add to the Cave’s stockpile today. This time, we hear all about Summoner Wars, a card-based wargame from Plaid Hat Games. How does it compare to other wargame choices you’ve tried over the years? You won’t know until you read it.

OgreCave review – Secrets of New Orleans

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Happy New Year, folks! Yes, as of today, it’s 2010 for real, not just a science fiction flick. We anticipate continued bouts of gaming for all who are so inclined, and plan to keep you informed of what’s available in the big bad world. Demian kicks off this year’s reviews with his take on Secrets of New Orleans for Call of Cthulhu. This Chaosium title brings previously released material back up to code, and adds much more as well, but should you pick up a copy? Look away from the Rose Parade for a few minutes, read on, and find out.