Tag Archives: News

Rune Age, Deck-Building Game from FFG

YA deck-building game, Rune Age will be from FFG, designed by Corey Konieczka (designer of tons of games for FFG). The game is set in the same fantasy setting used by many other FFG games, and can be played with four scenarios, some of which involve direct conflict. 2-4 players. It retails for $35. ( source )

Bastion Back in Business

A new investor has brought Bastion Studios back to life: Bastion 2.0 is born, with a new investor. There will be quite a lot of changes, but it can only be for the good of Ex illis! We will be finalizing our battle plans and we will come back to you on thursday about what will be Bastion 2.0 ( source ) This is good…

DriveThruRPG’s GM’s Day sale! All TC products 25% off until March 7th!

DriveThruRPG is having their annual GM’s Day sale !  You can get a ton of stuff for 25% off, including Troll in the Corner products ! You’ve got 7 days to get your stuff. Technorati Tags: rpg , role playing games , drivethrurpg , pdf , sale , deal Troll in the Corner . . Related posts: DriveThruRPG enters the Print on Demand market, and I got to beta…

Free Stuff Friday: Saturday Night Delves #1: Revenge of the Iron Lich

It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This week’s Free Stuff is : Save Versus Death ‘s Saturday Night Delves #1: Revenge of the Iron Lich I love materials that can provide inspiration for my own home brew campaign. Save Versus Death ‘s Saturday Night Delves #1: Revenge of the Iron Lich is just that. An adventure that has…

A helping hand for Christchurch!

As many of you probably know a terrible earthquake in New Zealand has caused great devastation in Christchurch. Like they did after the earthquake in Haiti and the floods in Pakistan RPGNow and DriveThru RPG have put together a bundle for the New Zealand Red Cross and their earthquake relief efforts. The gaming community is truly a global community and we can all chip in…

Catan GmbH Takes Down Island Settlers Android App

A guy named Neil has taken down his Android game with the same game play as Settlers of Catan after facing a legal threat from Catan GmbH. ( source ) The legal threat explicitly notes that game rules cannot be copyrighted, but, since the game of Catan also embodies a storyline (“Players are recent immigrants to the newly populated island of Catan.&#…

Fighting the good fight…

I’ve written about Puerto Rico Role Players before , many times , and probably will some more. This is one such instance, so humor me if you please (if not there are some excellent posts down the page…) (Still here? Good, let’s go on…) One of the reasons I became so active in the group was to give back something to the gaming community. Through…

City Government Power Bases – Leadership

What forces govern your city? Popularity Being popular earns a government a lot of power, though it is always a fragile thing. Think of popularity as a form of temporary affiliation . Popularity is often restricted to a subset of urban society – you can’t please everyone. Strengths With a large amount of consent, a government can rule with fewer objections and roadblocks. The will of the people can …

011: A Therion Steampunk-Themed Board Game

The symphonic metal band Therion will be transformed into a steampunk-themed board game, designed by Marco Valtriani and published and illustrated by Paolo Vallerga of Scribabs . Not only was the game’s development followed by the band, they will be releasing a tie-in video. You play the band members in Turin, the “magical” city per excellence, in an uchronic 1811. Various Norse mythology is woven …

011: A Therion Steampunk-Themed Board Game

The symphonic metal band Therion will be transformed into a steampunk-themed board game, designed by Marco Valtriani and published and illustrated by Paolo Vallerga of Scribabs . Not only was the game’s development followed by the band, they will be releasing a tie-in video. You play the band members in Turin, the “magical” city per excellence, in an uchronic 1811. Various …

Pow! Bam! Crunch! Story Conventions In Pulp (continued)

This article is being co-written by Blair Ramage, with whom I co-referee a Pulp Hero campaign. Although it started as a single item, it has grown so substantially that it has become necessary to split it into multiple parts. The first part dealt with the relationship of genre to other aspects of a roleplaying game, and furnished a context…

Monsterpocalypse Moving to Non-Collectible Format

Future releases of Privateer Press’ collectible pre-painted miniature game Monsterpocalypse will not be in collectible format. Last October they released a Two-Player Battle Box , and the first expansion to this, planned for this summer – Dangerous Monster Zone – will be available in non-random packs. ( source )

Paper Money #44: Should You Attend NY Toy Fair?

The guys talk some news (toy fair), some listener mail (toy fair), and about a certain show in New York this week (toy fair). That said, they also cover a fair amount of other topics including Purple Pawn’s industry survey and the usual pointless digressions, thickheaded observations, and dunderheaded predictions. All in a convenient 40 minute (ish) format. Next Show: February 25th (ish). …

The Decision Game, Designed by Your Friendly Bobby

Tendring PCSO and school liaison Paul Davids has designed a board game that aims to teach children how to make the right decisions. The game is called The Decision Game , and it includes such challenging decisions as whether to take a shortcut across a railroad track, cut school, or join in underage drinking games. Source indicates that Mr. Davids developed the game because …

Rap Battles, the Game

Rap Battles from Spinning Hat is a game of competitive improvisational rap. The game comes with a faux boombox, some dice to select the beat, some cards whose purpose is indecipherable to me, and some money to keep score. You have twenty seconds to rap to the beat, after which you are judged by your fellow players and/or the judge. ( source )

Area Code 718, The Game

Area Code 718 , The Game, designed and self-published by graphic designer JP Styles, is a surprisingly fascinating little abstract game. The rules are simple: the game comes with button-like metal disks, each displaying a 7, 1, or 8 in orange, red, or blue. A few disks contain all three numbers and colors. On your turn, pick a disk and place it orthogonally on the …

Purple Pawn’s 2010 Game Industry Survey

Purple Pawn has conducted a survey of over 7,000 companies around the world who made money from analog, tabletop games. You can download the 14 page report for free here [PDF]. Summary Of the companies surveyed, those that did not close reported good results, with 85% reporting that they had done at least as well or better in 2010 than they had done in 2009. Single-game game companies (sggc’s) make …

Wu Xing Giveaways for February

Tweet Third Eye Games’

Mattel Games Divisions up 27% in 2010

Mattel reported an increase in 2010 sales for their games divisions, including Radica electronic games and other games and puzzles. Sales were up 12% worldwide in Q4 2010, and 27% for all of 2010. ( info )

American Wins Tata Steel (Corus) Chess Tournament

American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura won the Tata Steel Chess tournament, beating out many of the world’s top players, including Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan Anand, and Vladimir Kramnik. ( source ) Hikaru, born to an American mother and a Japanese father in Japan but moved to America at age 2,  is (was) ranked #10 in the world. The last American to win Corus was Walter Browne …