For the Cave dwellers, the start of convention season is heralded by DunDraCon. Now that the annual gaming event and its impending awesomeness are nearly here, this seems like the time to premiere our DunDraCon promo video. Take it away, Sparky! (Be sure to subscribe on YouTube to see all of OgreCave’s video goodness.)
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This year’s nominees for the Diana Jones Award have just been announced, and as always, the selections are thoughtful and varied. Two publishers and three games made the list. The nominees are:
- Evil Hat Productions, the folks behind FATE, Dresden Files, Don’t Rest Your Head, and more.
- Hillfolk by Robin Laws (Pelgrane Press), which had a tremendous Kickstarter drive.
- Paizo Publishing, the Pathfinder folks, long confirmed to be outselling D&D.
- ROFL! a party word game with illustrations by John Kovalic (Cryptozoic Entertainment).
- Terra Mystica, a strategy board game of terraforming (Feuerland Spiele/Z-Man Games).
Check out the full press release below for details of why each deserves the nomination, and let us know what you think. Who would you give the lucite pyramid to?
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Paizo Publishing has enlisted the help of Mike Selinker and Lone Shark Games to create the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. Based on the roleplaying game’s first adventure path, Rise of the Runelords, it will be a cooperative card game for 1-6 players. As the card game will attempt to capture the Pathfinder experience, Paizo says “As you explore and overcome challenges, you’ll improve and customize your character deck by acquiring new items, allies, weapons, and more.” The new card game will release at Gen Con 2013 at $59.99 for the Rise of the Runelords Base Set – nearly 500 cards. The base set will be followed bi-monthly by 110-card Adventure Decks at $19.99 apiece. This product line strategy seems similar to Fantasy Flight’s “Living Card Games” which continue to infuse their card games with new releases/expansions while shedding the frustrations of a collectible card game. The full press release is after the click.
KublaCon 2012 has come and gone, and OgreCave was there to get latest news from Crafty Games. In this Gaming News Update interview, Patrick Kapera of Crafty Games gives us the details on the Mistborn RPG, which has enjoyed an unprecedented level of involvement from Brandon Sanderson, the author of the popular fantasy novels. Then we hear about the SpyCraft 3.0-compatible 10,000 Bullets, a gritty modern setting along the lines of The Wire or Grand Theft Auto. Naturally, a quick mention of the game that started it all, SpyCraft, will be made. Patrick hints at even more as well.
Be sure to visit OgreCave’s Facebook page to check out our KublaCon 2012 image gallery, and while you’re there, become a fan of OgreCave to hear everything that echoes forth from the Cave. We’ll have a couple more podcast episodes up from KublaCon 2012 shortly, so check back soon.
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.)
The holiday season continues to rage around us all, and you may be caught up in the spirit of giving, or way behind on your shopping. Either way, the crew of OgreCave has more gift giving suggestions for you as our OgreCave Christmas Gift Guide 2010 sorts out the gaming goodies from the past year. Our tenth annual guide resumes with Twelve Days of Roleplaying, which provides our RPG suggestions, and Twelve Boxes for Christmas, which presents our selection of board games we’d recommend as gifts. Use these lists in good cheer, good health, and good speed – the holidays are closing in!
The Cave dwellers have another list or two up their collective sleeves, but those can steep in holiday egg nog for a bit longer. Check back soon for more advice to get you through the end of a great year in gaming.
Atlas Games is 20 years old this month, and founder John Nephew has put out the word that they’re celebrating. If you’re lucky, you may still have time to get a free birthday gift box of Atlas Games stuff – the first 250 folks to order it and pay for their own shipping will get a semi-random assortment of games or game related items from the company. Even if you miss out on the birthday goodies, stop by the website and wish the Atlas crew a happy 20th, with many more to come.
Hyrum Savage at Super Genius Games has been teasing for a day or two that an announcement was forthcoming, and now we know what he’s been up to: Super Genius Games will take over management of Dungeonaday.com. Started by Monte Cook, the subscription-based website has provided dungeon crawl encounters and rules articles every weekday since its inception in early 2009, with most of the site’s content generated by Cook himself. Starting September 1st, Super Genius Games will take over the daily site updates and management, and update the site to be compatible with Paizo Publishing’s Pathfinder RPG. Seems like a solid plan – Monte’s leaving the Dragon’s Delve, the massive Dungeonaday.com labyrinth, in good hands. (Full press release below.)
The annual Gen Con EN World RPG Awards (otherwise known as the “ENnie” awards) took place earlier this evening at Gen Con, and the internet is buzzing with celebratory blog posts and tweets. Paizo Publishing dominated this year, with Pathfinder taking home gold for Best Game, Product of the Year, Best Production Values, and several others. Here’s the winner list (the full nominee list can be found here):
2010 ENnie Award results:
Best Cover Art
Silver: Eclipse Phase
Gold: Pathfinder Bestiary
Best Interior Art
Silver: Shadowrun 20th
Gold: Pathfinder Core Rulebook
Silver: Aces & Eights: Judas Crossing
Gold: Pathfinder City Map Folio
Gold: Eclipse Phase
Best Production Values
Silver: Hero 6th Edition
Silver: Trail of Cthulhu: Armitage Files
Gold: Pathfinder #31: Stolen Land
Best Monster or Adversary
Silver: Pathfinder: Classic Horrors Revisited
Gold: Pathfinder Bestiary
Silver: Rome: Life and Death of the Republic
Gold: Day After Ragnarok
Silver: Players Handbook 3
Gold: Mysteries of the Hollow Earth
Best Aid or Accessory
Silver: Gaming Paper
Gold: Pathfinder GM Screen
Best Miniatures Product
Silver: Gaming Paper
Gold: D&D Minis
Gold: Cthulhu 101
Best Electronic Book
Silver: The Devil We Know
Gold: The Great City Player’s Guide
Best Free Product
Silver: Lady Blackbird
Gold: Advanced Players Guide Playtest
Gold: Obsidian Portal
Silver: All Games Considered
Gold: Atomic Array
Silver: Gnome Stew
Gold: Kobold Quarterly
Product of the Year
Silver: Eclipse Phase
Fan Award for Best Publisher
Silver: Fantasy Flight Games
Gold: Paizo Publishing
Judges’ Spotlight Awards
Ancient Odyssey: Treasure Awaits
A hearty congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and winners!
It seems the technical difficulties have been resolved, and shows are flowing again, so now we have show notes for the Friday 11 am show. Guests Darren Watts and Jennifer Brozek lend a hand for the Friday morning show.
- Ryan swears! Crap!
- Fat Patrol and Felicia Day. No relation whatsoever.
- Jennifer, Ed Greenwood, and others read a really bad book… out loud.
- Ryan ran some Mythender. Darren recounts the tale of when Luchadore masks got him thrown out of a bar a few Gen Cons ago.
- The Authors’ Alley has yet to provide @jenniferbrozek with a Twitter contest winner.
- Darren’s splitting his time between Hero Games, the GPA, and IPR.
- Geeky Pinups, and the Weregeek webcomic.
- Ryan predicts the Dresden Files RPG will sell out at the show.
- DC Adventures: Hero’s Handbook. Awesome layout guys are mentioned: Hal Mangold, Fred Hicks, and Adam Jury.
- Wizards is doling out Dark Sun at the rate of 100 books/day.
- Free Market again.
- The Evil Hat PDF Guarantee: people like it.
- Grants Pass didn’t make the show, which happened to Gameplaywright’s The Bones at Origins.
I’ll have the next batch of notes up in a bit.
Though the news trickled out in other ways, the 2010 Origins Award winners have finally been announced. Among the highlights: the rerelease of Space Hulk beat out Small World for Best Board Game; Looney Labs continues its streak with a Best Party Game win for Are You the Traitor?; the return of WizKids and HeroClix gets a nod for Best Miniatures Line; and Eclipse Phase wins for Best RPG. (Click through to read the full list.)
As per the usual pattern, as the GAMA Trade Show ends, this year’s contenders for Origins Awards get sorted out and announced. As per the selections made by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design, the nominees for 2010 are listed below. In Card Games, The Stars are Right is up against Thunderstone and Martian Fluxx for the award; in Board Games, Castle Panic is fighting to beat Small World and the Space Hulk rerelease; and the Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space RPG is hoping to snatch the RPG award away before Eclipse Phase or A Song of Ice And Fire can grab it. But we won’t know the results until the Origins Game Fair this summer, where the attendees will vote to decide the winners. (By the way, more than a few of the nominees were part of our OgreCave Christmas Gift Guide 2009. I’m just saying.)
Crafty Games, having just gone rogue from Mongoose’s Flaming Cobra imprint and moving to Studio2, is planning several new releases over the coming months. Primary among the company’s announced projects is Spycraft: Third Edition, due Spring 2011. According to Crafty Games’ Patrick Kapera, “Updating Spycraft gives us the chance not only to synchronize rules across all our core games but also lets us bring the focus of the Spycraft brand back to espionage.” The new edition will make use of the Mastercraft system, and allow for increased customization and gamemaster tools. See the full press release below for more details.
Though Goodman Games hasn’t announced it yet, and Joseph Goodman’s only given vague hints of “something fun in the works”, a few of us at DunDraCon 34 this past weekend got a taste of this secret RPG project. Goodman was playtesting an early version of the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG, which was exactly what fans of the DCC adventures would imagine – a streamlined, deadly, 1st Edition D&D throwback with some D&D 3.5e influences. As already mentioned, no release date or details have been announced as yet, but I’d wager we may see it in stores early 2011, possibly sooner. In the session I joined, character building took less than five minutes, and cast each of us as not one, not two, but three 0-level peasants out to strike it rich as glamorous adventurers. You can probably guess why we made so many characters – yes, the mortality rate caused comparisons to a session of Paranoia, but we had some truly horrible luck as well. We’ll talk more about my preview of the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG in the OgreCave Audio Report (which the Ogre shamans are casting resurrection on as I write this) sometime next week.
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.