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Free RPG Day 2010

Tomorrow, Saturday, June 19th, is Free RPG Day at participating local retailers . The program seeks to expose customers to new games by giving away products and materials. Some of the things you might find: Fantasy Flight Games —Warhammer 40K Roleplay: Deathwatch Adventure Paizo Publishing —Pathfinder Module: Master of the Fallen Fortress Q-Workshop and Chessex —dice Troll Lord Games —Castles & Crusades Quickstart and Adventure …

SOLD: Indie Press Revolution

DOJ Inc., parent company of Hero Games, has announced its acquisition of a majority stake in Indie Press Revolution  from Brennan Taylor, one of the company’s founders. Indie Press Revolution (IPR) is a distributor and online retailer for so-called indie publishers of roleplaying games. Brennan, one of IPR’s founders, will retain a minority interest, as will other current investors. From a business perspective this may make a lot…

Preparing for Pathfinder: Geography [Game]

Tonight I’ll be running our third session of Pathfinder.  The last two have been very well received, and my players have continued to exceed my expectations.  Rather than slaughter the goblins they discovered squatting in an abandoned farmhouse they fed the starving family and managed to glean some useful intelligence.  Thus far they have not entered into combat, but …

OneBookShelf Blogger Program [Site]

Dearest readers, I thought it might be wise to advise you all that I have elected to participate in a OneBookShelf affiliate program that gives me access to review copies of more than a few products, as well as an affiliate link program for the store.  I’ve been a big fan the folks at DriveThruRPG ever since I started buying game…

Posthuman and WildFire Land at Sandstorm

WildFire (CthulhuTech, Poo) and Posthuman Studios (Eclipse Phase, Paparazzi), which were recently separated from Catalyst Game Labs , have both found a new home with Sandstorm Productions . The arrangement should feel familiar to the two design studios. Sandstorm, which will focus on the production side of the game business, is a new company formed by Catalyst veterans David Stansel-Garner and Jennifer Harding.

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 )

Palladium Books Embroiled in Another Crisis

Palladium Books weathered a “crisis of treachery” in 2006 – 2008, following embezzlement by a former Sales Manager, through the generosity of its loyal fans. And Palladium Books is reported to be aggressive in its pursuit to control of IP, and is run with highly centralized management control by Kevin Siembieda, to the annoyance of some fans and commissioned writers. So when PB…

The Brett Meyer Dice Tube

Brett Meyer has created a spiffy looking dice “tube”, which is a dice tumbler in a clear plastic tube with mats at either end. He sells them with different types and colors of dice, and either sealed or removable ended. They’re expensive, however: $52 for the simplest sealed tube with two dice…

Inspiration [Carnival]

Part of the RPG Bloggers Carnival.  For more information on this month’s carnival, check out Campaign Mastery . Johnn Four asked the following question: What non-game media have most inspired your games and how? It’s an interesting one, to be sure.  Inspiration comes from all directions, so it’s interesting (and useful) to reflect on where our own inspiration comes from.  For me…

Getting Games Wrong

Rob Donoghue (perhaps best known for his work on Spirit of the Century ) posted a blog article recently that’s worth your time, even if you’re not into game design. The gist of the article is that games are best when you’re passionate about …

First Pathfinder Session Summary

It’s become a tradition that every summer I run (or play in) a D&D game of some sort.  This year I gathered a group of players who are almost entirely inexperienced in the ways of roleplaying games, save one who played with me the last two summers, and persuaded them to try out Pathfinder.  We had our first session on Thursday and…wow. …

Pathfinder Session One Tonight

Tonight, we play the very first Pathfinder session of our summer. I've neither GMed nor played the game at this point, so it'll be an adventure for all of us, to be sure. I don't want to reveal too much here, just in case one of my players happens to read this pre-game, but if you want an idea what the…

Surviving the Gaming Drought [Carnival]

Part of the RPG Bloggers Carnival.  For more info, visit allgeektout . Every so often, there comes a time when gamers or time are not plentiful, and that time is known as a gaming drought.  I happen to be in a bit of a gaming drought at the moment, in fact.  Such droughts occur for me at the…

“The Church has moved on.”

No, I’m not referring to Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholic Church.  Rather, I’m referring to a recent episode of Doctor Who (“ The Time of Angels “) in which the Doctor and Amy Pond encounter River Song and Father Octavian.  River Song should be familiar to those who watched Series 4, but Father Octavian is a new face.  The Church, of course, is radically different …