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Free Obsidian for Charity

To cap off it’s holiday fund-raising effort, for today only, and just the first 100 customers, the online campaign management tool Obsidian Portal is giving away free memberships in return for donations to the Child’s Play charity. Child’s Play donates toys, games, books, and cash to entertain sick kids in children’s hospitals. For details on the program, see the Obsidian

Game Bandit—You’re the Star of This Edition

Atamaii is holding a 30% off sale on various toys and games, including Bakugan . The ZeroFortitude Podcast is giving away a copy of the Hellas RPG . Use the coupon code “holidaze” for 50% off online orders of many (but not all) Kenzer & Company products. At Paizo , the code “holiday11″ will get you 10% off one order…

Gatecrashing

Gatecrashing is a new Eclipse Phase supplement that details 30 alien worlds and the Pandora Gates that lead to them. In addition to new morphs, equipment, implants, and traits, the book includes guidelines for a GM to create custom planets. Gatecrashing is available as a 200 page PDF or as a Hack Pack including image files for artwork and Wormhole diagrams.

OSR News from The Underdark Gazette

So many games, so much news. If you’re a fan of the so-called Old School games—like OSRIC or Swords & Wizardry, or better yet, the original AD&D or Chainmail—then I’d like to recommend you follow The Underdark Gazette . We’ll continue to cover them here, but not only does The Underdark Gazette have a great page of links to Old School Renaissance games, the weekly news …

Game Bandit—Mini Edition

Dave Graffam Models’ print-and-assemble 3D miniature buildings are 30% off. Spin Master is running a Bakugan Coloring Contest for three mystery prizes. At Brigade Models , Aeronef, starships, Land Ironclads, 15mm and 6mm tanks, Iron Stars, WWI Belgians are 15% off; Celtos miniatures are 25% off. 93 Games Studio is selling its entire line of Twilight 2013 products as a bundle for $10. Expansions for the Keltis iPhone …

Article Claims Game Art is Sexist

In the latest issue of Pelgrane Press’ online magazine, See Page XX , Anna Kreider analyzes the art of both tabletop and electronic games, comparing their depictions of male and female figures, and concludes that game art is sexist. Unfortunately, I’m not at all surprised at the results.

Night of the Zombie King

Gold , the internet drama about competitive roleplaying , is back for a second season. Episode 1 sees a group of old friends gathering again to face the ultimate villain. I’m very impressed with the new cast so far.

Freeport: Winds of Change – Session 3

First of all, give this session a listen ! In some ways, this was what I felt to be the first real session of the campaign. If you listen to the first two sessions of this game back-to-back, I think you’ll find that they feel like one session split into two parts. That’s true in a lot of ways. Both sessions added together make up the…

Dice Sprites

Dice Sprites are small, sculpted-clay dice-cozies. They cuddle your dice, hold them high-number up, protect them from the bad-luck goblins, or just plain look cute. Claymancers offers them on Etsy or made-to-order . [via GaS ]

Game Night, The Aussie/Indian/LA Internet Sitcom

Game Night is an Internet comedy series about game night, somewhere in the same space as KODT: a group of quirky guys and a girl meet to play games. Hilarity ensues. I can’t say much about the acting, scripts, filming, direction, production, etc., but I’ll give them props for effort and enthusiasm. P.S. The titles of the show use German…

Something Under the Bed is Drooling – Book Review of Monsters and Other Childish Things

When I was walking through the vendor hall at GenCon, I saw a book that caught my eye. I mean, how could it not? As I was growing up, I read a lot of the wonderful comic series Calvin & Hobbes . If you’re not familiar (and you should be), the comic is all about a young boy and his …

Gary Gygax’s Game Collection Up for Auction

Gail Gygax, Gary’s widow, and The Collector’s Trove are auctioning off Gary Gygax’s personal game collection . Bids for the first batch of 204 items close Wednesday afternoon (ET). The selection includes games he authored, games he played, and still shrink-wrapped comp copies of various games provided to him as TSR’s founder. Just a few of the highlights: Chainmail: Rules for Medieval Miniatures…

Freeport: Winds of Change – Session 2

As promised, I’m writing again to give you guys an update on my ongoing Pathfinder Freeport game. The first session was a big departure from your usual Pathfinder game in that we didn’t really use Pathfinder at all. The second session proceeded in a much more normal fashion. The second session picked up with the group just having docked in Freeport. I wanted to get…

Freeport: Winds of Change – Session 1

First things first, here’s a link to the audio . As I mentioned in my Prelude post , that we had our first session of Winds of Change recently and I think it went pretty well. When I start a new campaign, I like to take things slowly. My group is made up of folks whose first priority in life is not gaming (shocking, I…

Dark Dungeons, The Movie

An animated video version of the well-known, religiously-motivated comic story ( Chick tract ) about the evils of playing Dungeons & Dragons. A taste for the new generation of some of what we had to deal with in the 1980s.

Book Review: How We Came to Live Here

Image by: Stryfe589 I had the pleasure of talking to Brennan Taylor when I went to GenCon this summer. One of the results of that conversation was a copy of How We Came to Live Here for me to put my eyes on and review for the lovely readers of TC. I was able to take the time to do that recently and these are the results. How We Came…

Game Bandit—Like to Give Edition

For every 10 people who like Out of the Box on Facebook by December 15th, the company will donate one game to Toys for Tots . Mongoose Traveller ebooks are on sale at DriveThruRPG. So are those of Lamentations of the Flame Princess . For the month of December, RPGShop will include a mixed bag of multicolor meeples with every order of $50 or more. Wizards of the Coast is…

Purple Parlay (Late Edition)—Miniature Painting

Do you paint your miniatures? I’m guessing the answer is yes if you’re a miniature player, but what about those war/board gamers with minis in their games? What about you RPG players who use minis in your campaigns? Do YOU paint your minis? Back in the day when I played Warhammer 40K I used to loved painting my minis, even though I was terrible at …

Why Do Some Board Games Have ISBNs?

A few but growing number of game publishers use international standard book numbers (ISBNs) on their non-book game products. The vast majority of retailers will only accept products with standardized product codes; accounting and inventory are simply impossible without them. Games, one would assume, should have universal product codes (UPC/EAN-13s) rather than ISBNs (ISBNs are, in fact, a subset of EAN-13s). If you …

Gamification and ARGs

Jane McGonigal Gamification is one term used to describe a movement to bring game mechanics to ordinary activities, such as banking and health care. Other terms include funware and pervasive gaming . Jesse Schell gave a nice talk about it at DICE 2010. Jane McGonigal has been blogging about it forever. The movement is a hot topic in high places ( Forbes…