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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…

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 …

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 …

Toylets, More Games for Your Urinal

Since Peeball obviously hasn’t exhausted the great untapped market for games that can be played at a urinal (I’m carefully trying to avoid using certain phrases here in order to avoid showing up on the wrong Google searches), Sega is testing out a few games called Toylets . Unlike their analog counterparts, these games include digital components to flash your score, including high scores …

Toylets, More Games for Your Urinal

Since Peeball obviously hasn’t exhausted the great untapped market for games that can be played at a urinal (I’m carefully trying to avoid using certain phrases here in order to avoid showing up on the wrong Google searches), Sega is testing out a few games called Toylets . Unlike their analog counterparts, these games include digital components to flash your score, including high scores downloadable by…

My 2011 Gaming Resolutions

I’m a few days late since I was on vacation through the holidays, but better late than never. Here are my 2011 game-related resolutions: Continuing playing RPGs on a weekly basis – we get to play nearly every Sunday now, up from once per month just a couple years ago, and I’d like to keep that going so …

Mark Rosewater On the Design of Several Magic Sets

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Mark Rosewater On the Design of Several Magic Sets

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Wow, D&D is now truly a CCG

*Gag* I predicted this would happen when WotC announced that the Gamma World boosters would involve a collectible element. This one is the ultimate in stupidity though: I especially love the fact that these are clearly being positioned to be released in waves of card series. Talk about ruining a RPG by monetizing every aspect of it.

Name Change at Reaper

Reaper Miniatures is changing its name to Hobby-Q . Reaper will remain a brand of the company for hobby metal miniatures. But the company says that the new name will help it market its other products, such as Master Series Paints , Asylum prepainted plastic miniatures, and CollectA Figurines to confused consumers and skittish retailers, such as “mainstream hobby stores” and museum shops.

I’ve been on vacation….

We headed off to sunny Florida right before Christmas for a couple weeks of R&R during which I’ve taken a break from my blog as well. I should be back to my regular schedule of blogging in a few days, including my annual 2010 resolution wrap-up and 2011 gaming resolutions. I also will have a series of reviews coming so stay tuned!

Huge news: Adamant’s New “App-Pricing” Model

Just before Christmas, the good folks at Adamant Entertainment dropped the price of all their PDF products to just $1. Considering these are the guys who released the utterly lovely ICONS RPG, that’s not a sale you wanted to miss. Now they’ve upped the ante even further by announcing it’s not a sale, but a major shift in…

Initial thoughts on Mutants & Masterminds Third Edition

The Second Edition of Mutants & Masterminds is, without a doubt, my all time favourite RPG. As I’m concerned it is as near as you can get to being the perfect role-playing game. It is mechanically flawless, fantastic to play and, despite being unashamedly all about superheroes, a wonderfully generic system that can handle anything you throw at it. And now…

New Year Grants +1 Vigor to Two RPG Companies

According to ICv2 , Palladium Books has settled its lawsuit with Trion Worlds over the use of the name Rifts in Trion’s upcoming MMOG. That game will now be called “Rift: Planes of Telera,” leaving off the “s.” With that resolved, Palladium can focus more attention on its books, and plans to bring several Rifts and Palladium Fantasy RPG products back in to print in January…

New Year Grants +1 Vigor to Two RPG Companies

According to ICv2 , Palladium Books has settled its lawsuit with Trion Worlds over the use of the name Rifts in Trion’s upcoming MMOG. That game will now be called “Rift: Planes of Telera,” leaving off the “s.” With that resolved, Palladium can focus more attention on its books, and plans to bring several Rifts and Palladium Fantasy RPG…

100 Rooks Over Krakow

In anticipation of the World School Chess Championship and the FIDE Congress, 100 larger-than-human rooks are being erected all over Krakow. ( source ) Source doesn’t say who’s doing the erecting, nor who took the pictures, but I will assume it’s FIDE Poland.

BoardGameInfo.com, New Board Game Megasite

A few days before BoardGameGeek, currently the Internet’s only comprehensive source for information about board and card games, announced its first month with over 2,000,000 unique visitors , a new competitor with muscle announced that it is open for beta: James Mathe ‘s BoardGameInfo.com . BGI builds on the already existing and comprehensive framework used for James’ RPGhost network of sites, which already has a sizable…