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Origins 2010 Day Four

Fatigue becomes a way of life by the fourth day of most conventions and Origins is no different. Generally speaking, Saturday is the crescendo of the convention, with the Origins Awards and many tournaments having their finals. It’s also the day that the weekend crowds invade in force, which can really compound the fatigue for those who’ve been hearer since the beginning. That said, it’…

Paper Money #28: Lotta News and Origins 2.

Lots of discussion of the news this week: Free RPG Day, Indie Press Revolution Sold, Games Workshop Financials, and Origins. Also, listener voicemail about why Ben is wrong (again)! In fact, we have everything BUT the interview we promised with Randall Bills, who was swamped with Origins preparations. Show Links GW Financials – http://www.purplepawn.com/2010/06/games-workshop-in-review-…

How To Be A Confident GM, Part 2

Treasure your confidence Confidence is key to having fun long term as a game master. Last week we covered several tips on how to become a confident GM , and this week we deliver more. Collaborate Say yes whenever possible. Get into the habit of building on player input and ideas instead of overwriting them. Pass ideas around so others can add …

Say Goodbye to Dwile Flonking

Those of you who enjoy a good round of dwile flonking – throwing a beer-soaked rag at your opponent and, if you miss, downing a half-pint: Will be sorry to hear that inaugural world championship at Ludham has been outlawed by the local council. Will not be invited to my home any time soon. ( source )

Triple Ace Games Birthday Sale Discount Code

Triple Ace Games (TAG) is celebrating their second birthday and sent out a discount coupon for 20% off the next order from their webstore. They also gave permission to share the code with anyone else out there so I’m passing it along. Just enter HAPPY BIRTHDAY in the coupon field during checkout !  The webstore is found here .

Dungeonslayers is now on Facebook

Dungeonslayers , the old-fashioned roleplaying game, is now out to conquer the world using the popular social network Facebook. If you are a fan of Christian Kennig’s rules-light fantasy game, join us on the Dungeonslayers Facebook page and get the latest news and updates about the upcoming Dungeonslayers 4.0! By the way, the translation team is still looking for people to…

Board Game Pimping Roundup

The Deccan Herald pimps board games, all mainstream. ( source ) The Las Vegas Review Journal pimps Mike Patterson, a teacher who uses a lot of board games, who mentions that some of his favorites come from Germany, without mentioning any in particular. ( source ) The Superior Telegram tells an amusing story about Scrabble with the family. ( source ) The Asian Age pimps board games, all mainstream…

Whirred Play

Whirred Play , self-published by Phil Annets,  is a party word game based on the simple premise: read a homophone, and guess which spelling variation other players don’t guess. The game comes in a plastic storage container, uses 450 homophones, and is for sale for GBP 30 in dept stores in Wallingford and Oxford, as well as online. ( source )

World’s Tiniest Chess Set, Even Tinier

The last “ world’s smallest chess set ” with pieces was a relatively gargantuan 2.5 mm by 3.5 mm. A mere trifling. How does 435 μm by 435 μm sound to you (that’s micrometers, or .435 mm)? With pieces? And a robotic arm to automatically move the pieces? That’s what Texas Tech did for the winning design entry for a university competition in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) at Sandia National …

Trion Renews Legal Assault Over Rifts

The hits keep on coming, don’t they? I spent much of the weekend wondering how Palladium would respond to the news that the Michigan courts dismissed its lawsuit against Trion Worlds over the name of their new MMO, Rift: Planes of Telera. Palladium, as I’m sure you’re aware, publishes the traditional tabletop RPG, Rifts. Now, all of my speculation is for nothing, as Trion…

Chess and Games Pimping Roundup

The World Chess Hall of Fame, currently languishing in obscurity and facing eviction, is moving to the new and pretty Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St Louis . Read about its history at source. ( source ) Kirsan Ilyzumzhinov, president of the World Chess Federation who is hoping to be re-elected, is spending $1,000,000 on a series of Chess tournaments to honor his late predecessor…

Mongoose Separates from Rebellion

ICv2 has reported that Mongoose Publishing is separating from the Rebellion Company . No explanation was given, other than that the relationship between the two companies remains cordial and that Mongoose will continue to publish products based on Rebellion properties (e.g., Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog). I’ve reached out to Mongoose for confirmation but, so far, have received no…

Game Pimping Roundup

CNN  pimps Dungeons and Dragons and the D&D Encounters . ( source ) Close Encounter of Mahjong is a short film, nearly entirely filmed around a Mahjong game. ( source , info ) The San Diego Union-Tribune pimps Jack Degnan. ( source ) Funny that the San Diego News Room already pimped him last November. ( source )

iPad Review (part 1)

There are about a thousand iPad reviews out already so why am I doing one? Probably because one of the reasons I bought mine was to use it at the game table. Thus, this multi-part review is going to focus on its use for RPGs although I can’t help but talk about it as a whole. What I’m not going to do is explain the …

Weekly Game Criminal Roundup

Chicago, IL: One woman shoots and kills another woman over a card game. ( source ) Also, one man shot to death at a dice game. ( source ) Towanda, PA: Two inmates get into a fight over a card game. ( source ) Sweden: Tournament poker player jailed for drug crimes. ( source )…

Time For A Change.

ETA for my firstborn is now 81 days away which means that “the real life” takes toll from all of my hobbies in general. That, and absence of players during the summer in mind, I unfortunately had to put our Shield of Ferelden campaign to a pause. This also means, that there won’t be weekly

D&D on CNN’s website

CNN has a feature article about D&D – focusing mainly on WotC’s new D&D Encounters program.   Check it out here.

WizKids Strikes Again: Star Trek Heroclix

I know I have a bit of a rep on this blog for being a fairly unapologetic fanboy, but this news has really taken me off guard: WizKids has signed a deal with CBS to produce a line of Star Trek clix . Don’t get me wrong, I…

Nintendo’s New Cards

If you read my post on  Hanafuda Cards , you’ll know that Nintendo actually got their start in gaming by mass producing Hanafuda decks. Now Nintendo is printing some new cards. Standard poker decks with 8-bit, hand drawn, and 3D Mario characters . The page is …

Changes to Paizo’s Pathfinder product line

Paizo is making a number of changes to their  Pathfinder product lines to help distinguish between the various lines, although most of them appear to largely be simple changes to the names of various lines. Specifically: The Pathfinder Chronicles campaign setting’s name is being shortened to the Pathfinder campaign setting. The Pathfinder Chronicles line will become the  Pathfinder Campaign Setting line which makes good sense considering…