Archive for March, 2011

Paizo holding Japan relief auction

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Earlier today, Paizo Publishing announced a Japan relief auction for those affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami. The company just introduced fans to Hayato, the latest iconic character to join the Pathfinder cast. Using the ronin samurai as a centerpiece, Paizo is working with artist Wayne Reynolds (cover artist for much of the Pathfinder line) to auction the original painting of Hayato, along with staff-signed Special Edition copies of the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook and Pathfinder RPG Bestiary. “Special Edition?” you ask. These are the rulebooks you know and love, but with “gilt pages and gold foil cover lettering, and signed by the entire Paizo staff and cover artist Wayne Reynolds” – and several are being auctioned off. All proceeds from the auction will go to the Red Cross Society, so head to Paizo’s eBay auction, bid generously, help the people of Japan, and get a cool gaming trophy as well.

Former TSR Art Director Jim Roslof dies at 64

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Yesterday the world lost another major influence on Dungeons & Dragons as we know it: Jim Roslof, former Art Director for TSR. In the early 1980s, Roslof, then a staff artist at TSR alongside Erol Otus, was promoted to Art Director. He then set a new course for the look & feel of D&D products by seeking out and hiring now-legendary fantasy artists including Clyde Caldwell, Jeff Easley, Larry Elmore, Jim Holloway, and Keith Parkinson. However, Roslof is probably best known for creating the cover art of Keep on the Borderlands (pictured here), the famed adventure module included with the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set. For many roleplayers, this module (which sold over one million copies) was their first taste of a wonderful new hobby.

The crew of OgreCave wishes the best to the Roslof family.

Gaming News Update – Looking back at DunDraCon 35

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Illnesses have been (largely) conquered, and so I’ve wrangled my two interviews from DunDraCon 35 into podcast form. The result: two new Gaming News Update episodes are up from the show. I sat down with Patrick Kapera of Crafty Games and got the scoop on FantasyCraft, the ongoing development of SpyCraft 3.0, and the licensed RPG Mistborn. It wouldn’t be DunDraCon if I didn’t also get the news from Darren Watts of Hero Games and Indie Press Revolution. Darren briefs me on the latest Hero: Sixth Edition goodies, then switches hats and praises several hot IPR releases, all while struggling not to lose his voice.

Be sure to visit OgreCave’s Facebook page to check out our DunDraCon 35 image gallery. While you’re there, become a fan – it could pay off in a prize soon. (Oops! Did I just type that? Guess we’re committed now. More in a bit.)