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Days of Wonders Has New Breakthrough

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Continuing the WWII-themed gaming news, in May, Days of Wonder will be releasing an expansion for its boardgame Memoir ’44. The new Breakthrough Expansion kit will contain two extra-large, 9-panel, double-sided map boards (13 x 17 hexes deep). Also included will be 15 scenarios for use with this expansion, designed by Jacques David and Memoir ’44 author, Richard Borg. These scenarios cover the Western and Eastern Fronts, as well as the Mediterranean and Pacific Theaters. Breakthrough is not a stand-alone set, and requires the base game to play. It is strongly recommended for some of the scenarios that you own other previously released expansions for the game. The MSRP is $30.00.

Days of Wonder to Release Small World for the iPad

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

With the impending release of the Apple iPad we are bound to see new games intended specifically for that platform. One of the first hobby games getting ported over to the new touchscreen media device is Days of Wonder’s hit game Small World. Small World is a fantasy wargame that has won Games Magazine’s traditional game of the year award. We’ve also reviewed it on OgreCave.Com. The iPad release will cost $4.99 and will be available from Apple’s App Store. This version will only handle two players in a face-to-face, hot seat mode of play by sharing the device. Unfortunately it seems that there won’t be a five-player version over the wireless network in this release, but at least this is a start. Future expansions are planned for the product for separate purchase and download.

Thunderstone Sells Out for Alderac

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Thunderstone has had strong sales for Alderac Entertainment Group. AEG is currently sold out of the product. They are planning another print run equalling the size of the first one. They also intend to print the game in 5 other languages shortly (via partners). Thunderstone: Wrath of the Elements, the first expansion for the game, should have an estimated launch in the second quarter of 2010. Check out our recent review of Thunderstone.

Taste the donut: FreeMarket RPG beta available

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

There’s still some capacity in the “Colony Program,” a.k.a. beta-PDF giveaway, for FreeMarket, the transhumanist RPG by Luke Crane of Burning Wheel and Jared Sorenson of inSpectres, Action Castle and many others. The beta is capped at 1000 copies, just like the lavish print edition planned for next year.

Me, I think everyone who’s interested in the technology of roleplaying should have a look at this. It’s the first game I know of that truly reverses “kill them and take their stuff” – all the way into “no one can die and you want to give them all presents.” And yes, it makes that work, turning it into a tense, motivating, probably hilarious saga of social climbing and idealisms of all sorts. It’s the most developed, wide-ranging and at times gleefully evil take on the concept “all combat is social combat” that I’ve yet seen. I’m surprised it isn’t catching more hate from the usual Internet suspects, because it is a direct and vicious frontal assault on roleplaying’s indulgence of the Geek Social Fallacies.

Bella Sara now has flocked pastel-colored collectible minis

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

For all your Warhammer 40K proxying needs!

Windhammer Prize Gamebook Entries Ready for Votes

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

The second year of the Windhammer Prize has reached the voting phase. This time around, there are seven mini-gamebooks available for your consideration. Take a look and cast your vote — there’s a cash prize at stake here! If the experience inspires you to write your own entry, you’ve got a whole year until the next contest….

Privateer previews Warmachine MkII rules in full

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Wow, it managed to get by me that Warmachine was getting its rules completely rebooted. The reboot doesn’t go to press for a bit but Privateer has released a layout-incomplete version as a free PDF. “Layout-incomplete” means the rules won’t be changing, but the backgrounds and art aren’t in place, which on the main rules text is actually mostly rather nice but is a bit of a pain on unit cards. I’m not anywhere near enough of a WM geek to be able to say what’s changed in the rules exactly, but I’ve always had a fondness for the game; if you’re curious to look beyond the quick-start rules, this isn’t a bad way to do it.

Game Chef changes hands, faces, channels

Monday, August 31st, 2009

The DJA-nominated Game Chef mini-RPG competition is on for 2009, and it’s now being operated by Push editor Jonathan Walton, who’s given it a great look, a rules overhaul, and a very clever and well-executed new means of communication. Whereas the last several Game Chefs have had dedicated web forums, Walton is encouraging competitors to start free weblogs and is aggregating the results through several feeds. It’s a new approach to community that I think will be a good fit for the contest, and new approaches to community are certainly needed in the RPG world. Also, the tight time restriction of GC is now optional amidst the new achievement-badge-style contest schema; if you’re long on ideas but short on free time, take a look at those.

Disney to Buy Marvel

Monday, August 31st, 2009

After escaping the Green Goblin and the Sandman for years, Spider-Man will soon be caught by a mere mouse — Mickey Mouse. In a $4 billion deal, Disney is acquiring 5,000 Marvel-branded characters and other associated properties. For the gaming industry, this might make Marvel licensing available only to the “big boys”, because Disney’s licensing division is notoriously harder for small companies to navigate without a Disney-vetted licensing agent or a stable of other successfully managed licenses in the game company’s portfolio. Still, as Marvel’s value as a licensor has gone up in recent years, the licensing fees may have already put Marvel out of the reach of many game companies anyway. The guys at Upper Deck renewed their license at just the right time. Feel free to comment with additional details or speculations. The full story is here.

Thinking outside the box and the envelope

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Small Box Games has, ironically enough, no games in small boxes: they do cloth bags, custom printed with cover info and such. Games are around the $20 mark, seem to have decent components, look kinda interesting, and catch some love on BoardGameGeek here and there.

That’s good, internet. Now bring me some more.

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.

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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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.

There is crying in Elfball, as long as it’s noble, immortal crying

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Just a quick right-on to Impact! Miniatures, who are doing some much-needed exploration of the Blood Bowl gamespace with their appealingly lo-fi Elfball sets. Check the rules PDF here if you care to. They’ve also acquired a fantasy-themed basketball game and, well, if you’ve ever wished for some white-metal hockey sticks on a sprue, they’ve got the hookup.

(While we’re talking Blood Bowl, I can’t remember if I gave a review of the PC version or not. I will tell you that I’ve played the DS version a bit and it’s actually better. The isometric view is unfortunate, though; I prefer nice, square grids, Advance Wars-style.)

Two RPG events that should be happening regularly in every town

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

First, the Tucson Gamemasters’ Conference. More or less speaks for itself.

Then, the weekly Dungeons and Divas game at Guardian Games here in Portland. An article ran on this in one of the local alternative weeklies, and that on its own is interesting both as a barometer of perceptions of D&D as well as of what is perceived as cultural progress for it.