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Volcanic Disaster, The Card Game

Volcanic Disaster , from sggc Volcano Video Productions (specializing in volcano photography), is essentially a rummy game of collecting like sets of disasters, with some hazards to avoid. The game includes information and pictures of real volcanoes around the world.

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The Settlers of Catan Song

I’m starting a contest for the best Settler of Catan song, starting right ….. now. OK, contest is over. There is one submission: It comes in second place. Lyrics at source .

Savage Mojo launches fundraiser to print Caladon Falls

Savage Mojo has launched a Caladon Falls Print Fundraiser at IndieGoGo and is offering a range of perks to those who sponsor them, depending on the amount of their sponsorship. Savage Mojo is hoping to raise $7,500 so that it would be able to print 750 limited edition print-run copies of Caladon Falls, printed in hardcover and high quality paper. The 144 page book will contain details of the realm of…

The Breaking of Forstor Nagar

The carved stronghold of Forstor Nagar has been taken by The Hungering Legion and the ambassador of Ithulandis, the City of Adventure is trapped. The adventurers must cross through enemy lines, cut off by the Forstorheim glacier, and rescue the ambassador within the few hours before he is eaten by his captors. The Breaking of Forstor Nagar, published by Rite Publishing, is an 8th…

Metamorphosis Alpha Relaunch

Signal Fire Studios would be relaunching a new product line for Metamorphosis Alpha, with its creator James M. Ward. The new product line would be using the D&D 4E rules under the GSL, as players can choose to play as primitive mutant humans, animal or plant fighting to survive in the vast generational Starship Warden and unlock the ship’s secrets. Metamorphosis Alpha…

Fantasy Adventures; a Kindle-based RPG

Fantasy Adventures is a kindle based rules light RPG that uses 3d6, created by Christopher Ng from Singapore. It is mostly a generic fantasy which allows players to play as one of four classes (Warrior, Scoundrel, Priest and Wizard) and five races (Human, Elf, Dwarf, Halfling and Orc) and it does not use miniatures for combat. An introductory adventure is also included in …

Vigilance Press Creating a Medical RPG

Vigilance Press is attempting to create a combat-free medical RPG in the spirit of TV shows like House MD, ER, MASH and Scrubs, titled Medical Mystery. Chuck Rice, who said that this would be Vigilance Press first RPG designed from the ground up, revealed that in Medical Mystery, players will play as doctors of a medical team that would have to solve cases through three…

Free Chronicles of Arax Expansion until April 26

Crystal Star Games is offering a free expansion to their Chronicles of Arax to anyone who e-mails them until April 26 as an Easter special. Send an e-mail to crystalstargames@gmail.com with the subject ARAX EASTER and you will receive a reply with a promotional code to download an expansion for free. Chronicles of Arax is a fantasy solo game where you play as …

Stars Without Number on shelves in September

Sine Nomine Publishing will be bringing Mongoose Publishing’s Stars Without Number sci-fi RPG to GenCon and store shelves this coming September. This will be followed by the game’s first supplement, Skyward Steel, in October. Stars Without Number is a science fiction RPG inspired by old-school gaming aesthetics. Quick and familiar game mechanics are supported by extensive tools, tables, and tips for creating…

What the world needs is a LEGO Doctor Who game

I want you to imagine, for a moment, that the nice people who made the frankly brilliant LEGO Star Wars & LEGO Batman games looked further afield for their inspiration, and their eyes turned to Doctor Who. Now, I know that Who games are traditionally terrible (and the latest Wii and DS games are way up there in awfulness), but I …

Old School Podcast: Geek Chat Episode 1 with Rob Donoghue, Fred Hicks and Bill White

At PAX East, Tracy was able to sit down and record a series of talks about the state of the RPG industry today, GMing, gaming in general and all things geek. In this episode, Tracy chats with RPG luminaries Rob Donoghue, Fred Hicks and Bill White. Rob Donoghue and Fred Hicks you may know from Evil Hat Productions , who have a few little titles out, like the freaking…

Bistourisq: Board Game of Cosmetic Surgery

Bistourisq from French sggc Derideo editions is a board game celebrating cosmetic surgery and the search for the perfect body. Each player plays patient and doctor. Assemble body parts into a “horrible” body and then run around trying to get random parts altered to be “perfect”. Watch out! A surgical mistake could leave you looking even worse than you did before. The winner is the…

And the 2011 MENSA Select Games Are …

InStructures (by sggc Jane’s Games): One player sees an object and instructs the other players how to build the object. Pastiche (by FRED Distribution’s Gryphon Games): An interesting looking game of mixing colors to produce the pallets used to create famous watercolor paintings. Pirate Versus Pirate (by Out of the Box): The sequel to Ninja vs Ninja. Stomple (by GaZima Games / Spin Master): Covered here . Uncle Chestnut&#…

Game Giveaways from Board Game Info

Board Game Info [1] will be giving away several games over the near future. First up is Those Pesky Humans from Minion Games [2]. Just leave a comment to be entered into the drawing. [1] A partner site of Purple Pawn. [2] Owned by James Mathe, who also operates BGI. [3] There is no [3].

The Shenandoah Studio: Video Games from Board Gamers

The Shenandoah Studio , which was almost called Project Simonsen, is a company producing iPad versions of war games. The founders are all major board game players and/or designers who believe that game play comes before eye candy; the designers of Across 5 Aprils , D-Day at Omaha Beach , RAF , Washington’s War , Waterloo , Soviet Dawn , and others are apparently on board. All games will…

Mattel Loses to MGA Over Bratz in New Verdict

In 2008, Mattel won $100 million and control of Bratz from MGA, after convincing a jury that Carter Bryant, the guy who originated the idea for the doll line, was working for Mattel at the time. Last year, the court of appeals stunned the toy market by overturning the jury decision. This morning, a new jury, after considering new evidence regarding alleged trade secret theft about both parties, decided against…

Riots and roleplaying games

Photo by jerekeys Why aren’t there more riots and civil disorder in roleplaying games? Because they’re a pain in the ass to run, and no PC has ever been able to mind his own business, that’s why. Here are some ways to introduce riots and revolution to your games. Riots and mobs are massive, moving forces. Treat a riot like a large river, pushing the characters at…

Old School Podcast: Amaranthine Interview with David Hill

Last week, I heard about a new project on Kickstarter called Amaranthine . I checked it out and was intrigued. Imagine a group of immortals that are continually reborn into new bodies. As they live their lives, flashes of the previous lives are unlocked when they bump into others of their kind. Think Highlander but with a hefty dose of memory loss (also, without…

The failure of …urmmmm… Memory

The thing that I hate most about being a regular blog writer is that your best ideas come to you when you have absolutely no chance to write them down and no hope of remembering them. In my head yesterday – the only medium available to me – I wrote no less than three absolutely brilliant and insightful articles for Campaign Mastery. Of …