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Fyrdwisa from Lazy Cat Media

When I think of small press, I think of a few musical artists, or short print runs of a few books, or one or two games. Not one of each. Lazy Cat Media, is a couple-run Chesapeake company which has published one album, one series of stories, and one abstract game,  Fyrdwisa . In Fyrdwisa, you get a few …

Earthdawn Legends and Earthdawn 3rd edition framework v1.0 [MapTool] released

Earthdawn 3rd edition framework? MapTool? Well, I heard of MapTool, but never used it and as Telarus released his v1.0 for use with the latest Earthdawn 3rd edition, I was irritated until I had a…

Game Industry Roundup

Alfred Kahn, CEO of 4Kids Entertainment , announced his retirement. 4Kids took a colossal beating over the last few years, failing to get Chaotic up and running and getting de-listed from NYSE. They, or their properties, are still for sale. ( source ) Bryan Stockton takes over as COO of Mattel . Bob Eckert is still CEO and plans to remain there. Mattel recently announced that it is licensing some of…

The Perfect Monster Manual – A Wishlist

Yesterday I put Pathfinder Bestiary 2 in my shopping cart. I need to wait for a few Christmas bills to get paid before I order it, though. I also happened to meet with one of my players for coffee, and we got to talking about monster books. He is not a fan of them. Why? Waste of money, he says, because he only uses …

Fortune Cards, my two cents…

Tweet There’s been a storm in the Twitterverse and the Blogosphere, a storm of FORTUNE! (Fate would have sounded much cooler, thanks designers at WotC for ruining my opening line; you are the cause of all evil!) Well that does seem a little bit extreme, but I had NO idea what the D&D Fortune Cards until I started reading tweets about them. So I went …

Mr Joshua Chao’s Elegant Designs

Mr. Joshua Chao from Taipei is working on some game designs. Here is a touch screen version (from an original wooden model) of a 3D Chess-like game for a multi-touch device: He lists additional games on his site, such as the below Arabibusta , but offers little information on them.

Midgard

Tweet Recently Open Design LLC has started Midgard , their most ambitious Open Design project ever. Wolfgang Baur, Brandon Hodge and Jeff Grubb are co-authors of this upcoming campaign setting for BOTH Pathfinder and D&D 4th Edition. The news post on the Kobold Quarterly website also mentions the possibility of using Green Ronin’s AGE system (from the Dragon Age RPG). But of …

Hitler Plays Pandemic

By Alex Berry (Boardgameblogger).

FFG Hosts Friday Night Magic

Starting this week, the Fantasy Flight Games Event Center will begin hosting Magic: The Gathering events every Friday evening . It’s interesting to see the Event Center supporting other companies’ games. I had the opportunity to spend a few evenings at the Event Center this past summer and found it to be a super-nice facility for playing games. Just don’t let Andrew set …

FFG Hosts Friday Night Magic

Starting this week, the Fantasy Flight Games Event Center will begin hosting Magic: The Gathering events every Friday evening . It’s interesting to see the Event Center supporting other companies’ games. I had the opportunity to spend a few evenings at the Event Center this past summer and found it to be a super-nice facility for playing games. Just don’t …

Master Series Paints HD

Reaper Miniatures is expanding its paint offerings with a series of 38 new colors in what the company is calling Master Series Paints HD . Reaper says that compared to its Core Colors, the High Density paints are “excellent for laying down fast base-coats” and “give increased coverage with smooth consistency.” Just a few of the new colors are Burning Orange, Fireball Orange, Turf Green, Meadow …

Master Series Paints HD

Reaper Miniatures is expanding its paint offerings with a series of 38 new colors in what the company is calling Master Series Paints HD . Reaper says that compared to its Core Colors, the High Density paints are “excellent for laying down fast base-coats” and “give increased coverage with smooth consistency.” Just a few of the new colors are Burning Orange, Fireball …

Word of the Week: Banal

Banal means lacking of originality, ordinary, commonplace… What? We are at the Inn, again?! Possibly Related Posts: Evolution of the Goblin Word of the Week: Portcullis Spent 40hrs Driving Last Weekend, Game on the Brain Word of the Week: EPIPHANY Word of the Week: MACHINATE

New Blog

As promised, here’s a link to my new blog . It’s rather bare at the moment, but I’m planning to ramp up content over the next few weeks.

Rory’s Story Cubes

Rory’s Story Cubes from The Creativity Hub is a storytelling activity: 9 dice, 54 pictures of things, just over 10,000,000 possible combination of images. Roll the dice and tell a story using all the images. Since 10 million combinations isn’t enough for some people, there’s already an expansion with 9 more dice depicting actions, Rory’s Story Cubes Actions . It’s designed by …

Ultra Gritty Mercenaries for Savage Worlds

A couple of weeks ago, I was watching The Expendables and I thought back to an old game we used to play called Commando by SPI that was house ruled into sort of an RPG. It was a lot like the movies Uncommon Valor, Dogs of War and The Wild Geese. It was fast, fun

Looking for a change of pace in your D&D game? Switch sides!

The “Reverse Dungeon” module was a breath of fresh air for the writer's game 10 years ago. Adventures like it can do the same for your game today. In this writer’s estimation, one of the high points of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons history was the publication of Reverse Dungeon module in 2000. As the title implied, the module reversed the roles…

Pathfinder: My First Experience

2011 has brought two new campaigns to my group.  One of them, which started Friday, is Pathfinder.  While I played D&D 3.x since it was released, I had never played or run Pathfinder until now. After running the group through 4e Heroic and Paragon Tier, I was feeling a bit bogged down by all the tactical game play and drawn out combats that…

Bridging the Gap

Tweet There is a lot of animosity between the old-school and new-school gaming groups. A lot of this I think is unnecessary. I mentioned briefly in my introduction that I am more of an old-school gamer. This isn’t entirely true. While I do enjoy the older games much more than the newer ones. There is a…

Bridging the Gap

Tweet There is a lot of animosity between the old-school and new-school gaming groups. A lot of this I think is unnecessary. I mentioned briefly in my introduction that I am more of an old-school gamer. This isn’t entirely true. While I do enjoy the older games much more than the newer ones. There is a lot…