Archive for July, 2010

OgreCave reviews – WEGS Redux, Dice Rule!

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Dice Rule!As sometimes happens, one of our recent review targets has been updated, and Demian is on the case. As proof, he’s taken a look at two recent additions to the Wickedly Errant Game System from Gamewick Games. First, WEGS: Old Skool Redux tweaks and adds to the core fantasy RPG system, improving on the original edition. Then we hear about Dice Rule!, which is an enhancement more than an expansion, but certainly worth checking out.

2010 Diana Jones Award shortlist announced

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

It’s that time of year again: Gen Con draws ever closer, heralding the announcement of the Diana Jones Award and its shortlist for 2010. Each year, this independent award is bestowed on prime examples of “excellence in gaming” by the Diana Jones Committee (made up of past winners and other luminaries). The nominees are an interesting group, and are described thusly:

  • BoardGameGeek, a website edited by Scott Alden and Derk Solko
  • Chaos in the Old World, a boardgame by Eric Lang, published by Fantasy Flight Games
  • Kagematsu, a role-playing game by Danielle Lewon, published by Cream Alien Games
  • Montsegur 1244, a role-playing game by Frederik Jensen, published by Thoughtful Games

Follow this link for more details on what brought these four nominees to the committee’s attention. As always, the winner of the 2010 Diana Jones Award will be announced on the evening before Gen Con Indy gets started at the Diana Jones Award and Freelancer Party in downtown Indianapolis.

[Update: The votes are in, and the winner has been announced!]

Precis Intermedia acquires remaining West End Games properties

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

RPG Blog 2 broke the news that Precis Intermedia is the new home of the Masterbook, Shatterzone and Bloodshadows properties, which all formerly belonged to West End Games. Last month, it was revealed that WEG’s Eric Gibson had sold the rights to TORG, the precursor to the Masterbook system, to German company Ulisses Spiele – now it seems all WEG has left is the Junta board game. I’m sure someone can be found to adopt it.

We’re still awaiting a more official Precis Intermedia announcement (there’s just this fun hint so far). When we hear more, we’ll let you know.

OgreCave Gaming News Update – Colby Dauch

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Because we know you can’t get enough, we’re starting the week with another Gaming News Update interview. This time Lee Valentine chats with Colby Dauch of Plaid Hat Games and Hasbro’s Dungeons & Dragons Heroscape line. Colby has several projects in his queue, both freelance designs and new Summoner Wars releases, which Lee quizzes him on for this new episode.

By the way, if you still haven’t familiarized yourself with Summoner Wars we’ve got a review of it right here.

OgreCave reviews – 7 Ate 9, Super Circles, Third-World General

Friday, July 16th, 2010

7 Ate 9To help keep us up to date on the mass of card gaming goodness available these days, Demian has sent over his thoughts on 7 Ate 9 and Super Circles (both from Out of the Box), and on Third-World General (Battle Bunker Games). As it turns out, at least one of these failed to fully convey its “goodness” to him, while another was selected as part of OgreCave’s Christmas Gift Guide 2009. We trust you’ll figure out which is which.

Betrayal at House on the Hill 2e coming October 5th

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Betrayal at House on the Hill 2eMike tweeted about this earlier, but it deserves a main page mention: Betrayal at House on the Hill: Second Edition is on final approach for release October 5th. Co-designer Bruce Glassco announced the new edition back in November 2009, and has recently hinted at new features of the updated game. The new game will feature eight new Haunts, a new “hidden traitor” mechanic, five new items, redesigned die-cut tokens, and new artwork. In all, great news for fans of the original edition (which we reviewed here), especially those who waited too long to pick up a copy.

OgreCave Gaming News Update – Petroglyph Games

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

In our latest Gaming News Update interview, Lee Valentine chats with Chuck Kroegel of Petroglyph Games about the company’s plans to release a card game, a board game, and a PC game in the next few months, all about a single fantasy setting. Kroegel, Petroglyph’s General Manager and one of the company’s designers, goes into the details of their plans to present the world of Graxia to the greater gaming public.

OgreCave review – Small World: Tales and Legends

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Tales & Legends setIn his quest to examine every corner of Small World, Lee has taken an extensive look at Small World: Tales and Legends, the brand-new expansion for Small World being released this week by Days of Wonder. The set adds random Event cards to the ebb and flow of conquest and civilization decline that fans of the game have come to know and love. How does this set stack up? Have a read and find out.

Dust Games Products to Move from AEG to FFG

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Alderac Entertainment Group announced on July 9, 2010 that most of the Dust Games design library they have published or were going to publish (excluding The Adventurers) will be moving to Fantasy Flight Games. Some games involved in the transfer include Dust Tactics, City of Thieves, Arcana, and Mad Zeppelin. The increasing number of games on AEG’s release schedule was going to require the company to grow faster than it was prepared to, and may have forced AEG to release multiple titles per month to keep pace with both its own planned releases as well as those of Dust Games. AEG will cut the total number of scheduled releases to provide adequate playtesting and support for each product they do release. The company also plans to focus on its core product lines that are already doing well (such as L5R and Thunderstone), and may push some other new games back to 2011 release dates. GenCon 2010 events that were scheduled for the affected products will go on as planned, only to be run by FFG staff instead of AEG. (Full AEG announcement copied below.)


Small World iPad app upgraded for solo play

Friday, July 9th, 2010

I mentioned this in our KublaCon 2010 image gallery (on OgreCave’s Facebook page – you’ve become a fan of us, right?), where our readers saw a shot of the Small World iPad app. Well, this just in: Days of Wonder has upgraded the program to include an AI to play against, enabling solo play for the formerly two-player only app. Those who already purchased the app can upgrade for free, or new players can download the app for $6.99.

OgreCave review – Strange Aeons 2

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Strange Aeons 2Demian has been busy looking over Strange Aeons 2, the recent Call of Cthulhu adventure collection from Chaosium. He’s prepared a review for us, which you should read. Or if not, you can read our other reviews. So the gist of this is, you’ve got reading available to you. You’re welcome.

Seriously, when there’s an adventure called “Three Days of Peace, Music & Tentacle Love” – I kid you not – how can you not be intrigued?

OgreCave reviews – Memoir ’44 and Eastern Front

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Memoir '44We’ve given new Cave dweller Daron the task of getting us up to speed on the near-legendary game line of Memoir ’44, and today he has delivered his first two reviews for our edification. To make sure everyone’s on the same page, Daron describes the Memoir ’44 main set first. Then he moves on to one of the game’s early expansions, Memoir ’44: Eastern Front, which brings the Russians barreling into your WWII scenarios like an irate bear. If you still haven’t discovered this board game foray into wargaming territory, read on, and prepare for battle.

OgreCave review – Zombie Dice

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Zombie Dice cupWhat goes better with a dice game than brains and shotgun blasts? That’s right, we’re talking about Zombie Dice, one of the new releases from Steve Jackson Games that puts players in the role of a hungry zombie (is there any other kind?). Lee has thrown the bones for a while and chased down his share of tasty humans, and lets us know just how much game is in that dice cup. Have a look at his review, or browse our long list of previous reviews in the review index.

Alderac Has a Steady Summer Launch Schedule, Culminating at GenCon

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) has big plans for the gaming industry this summer. They have a strong list of games to be released between now and GenCon. All these products will be available at the AEG booth at GenCon, and there will be demos and scheduled events for their new board and card game products at the show. From Legend of the Five Rings to Mad Zeppelin, AEG has a full gaming plate for the next few months.

[EDIT 7/12/10: some of the releases below have changed due to AEG’s recent arrangement with FFG to take over Dust Games releases. -Allan]