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More Trouble in the Pen and Paper Industry – HERO Games Scales Back


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A while ago I posted about White Wolf only offering print-on-demand and pdf products. This was in response to economic troubles. Now HERO games has reported they are laying off all but one member of their production team. The HERO system is a great system, initially designed for playing super hero games. Later, the system was separated from the super hero setting, and modified to allow any genre to be played. The system really is great, it feels like playing with Lego blocks when you build a character. There are lots of little modifications and extras to lock into each trait. This is great for people that love complexity and precision. Its not so great for those that are easily overwhelmed by too many options. If you sound like the type that might like this system, its worth taking a look, and perhaps supporting the company by buying some books.
Here is the official statement:
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Hero Games has been around for 30 years with ups and downs. The economy’s been pretty rough lately, as has the gaming market. With declining sales and fewer releases, Hero has reached the point where it’s no longer possible to maintain a full time staff of three, so it’s scaling back.
Darren and Steve will be departing December 2nd, with our thanks for a decade of hard work that gave us 108 books, and best wishes for their future endeavors, which may include producing new books under a Hero System license. We’ll keep you posted on that.
Jason will remain to continue shipping books and handling day-to-day matters. Existing books will continue to be available for purchase, and the company will continue in business, just a bit more slowly. The online store remains open. Steve will continue to answer rules questions on the Hero boards as “the guy who wrote the rulebook.”
We’re looking into doing a Kickstarter to print Book of the Empress, since it’s complete and ready to go.
For the near future Hero would appreciate your kind thoughts and your patience. Transition periods of this sort take time, and Jason has a lot of work cut out for him, so the support of our fans is much appreciated.
Jason Walters
General Manager

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I’ll be keeping an eye out for the kickstarter when its up, and will post a link to it for any that want to support the project.

“Pig Chase” iPad App – Turning the Pigpen Into a Playpen

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“With tens of thousands of apps currently available for the iPad and Phone, there is certainly no shortage of distractions to keep us smartphone-wielding humans entertained — but as it turns out, we’re not the only ones who could benefit from bit of beguilement. That said, in hopes of staving off boredom in human and swine alike, a team of Dutch designers have created Pig Chase – an app for interspecies entertainment that playfully pits iPad users against real-life pigs, who might otherwise only meet one another on a plate.”
more here

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR ANYONE THAT BOUGHT MANSIONS OF MADNESS – FORBIDDEN ALCHEMY


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First off, sorry for the gratuitous use of capitals. However, it is important for anyone that has bought Mansions of Madness: Forbidden Alchemy to be aware of this. The deal, in a nutshell, is that there are major issues with the game, Fantasy Flight is mailing people replacement materials. All further sales of the expansion are currently on frozen.
read the official announcement here

Gamer Christmas Gift Idea – Munchkin Holiday Edition


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“This award-winning card game, designed by Steve Jackson, captures the essence of the dungeon experience . . . with none of that stupid roleplaying stuff. You and your friends compete to kill monsters and grab magic items. And what magic items! Don the Horny Helmet and the Boots of Butt-Kicking. Wield the Staff of Napalm . . . or maybe the Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment. Start by slaughtering the Potted Plant and theDrooling Slime, and work your way up to the Plutonium Dragon . . .”
“This special Holiday Edition comes in a box with a unique cover design. It includes all the classic Munchkin cards, in full color for the first time! It also includes the brand new expansion, Waiting For Santa, with 15 new monsters and treasure to add Christmas spice to the Munchkin fruitcake!”
more here

Kickstarter – They Became Flesh


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They Became Flesh is a game were players take on the role of fallen angels. The basic story is that God kicks Lucifer and 1/3 of all angels out of heaven for questioning him. Lucifer can’t understand why God created the tree of knowledge of good and evil simply to test man. God is not impressed, and responds that through obedience man can show his love. Then God casts man out of the the garden, leading Lucifer to question him again. God casts Lucifer and his followers out of heaven in response. I think the important thing here is that really its not that the fallen angels are evil, its simply that they had to audacity to challenge God. Who knows? Maybe they were right to do so. As far as game mechanics go, the game claims to use two gamemasters. One represents mankind and one represents God. How exactly this works is unclear. I would have liked a few more details.
Right now this kickstarter project only has about 2.5 days left to go. They have received all the funding they were aiming for. However, if you are interested, its worthwhile to give them a little more money. You only need to pledge 5$ to get a pdf of the rules.
more at Kickstarter

Kickstarter + Quantum RPG

What is Kickstarter?

I recently discovered an interesting site called “kickstarter“. If you aren’t familiar with the site the basic idea is that you can apply to post your project to the site, asking others to send funds to support your project. In return the sponsors are promised something in return. This varies by project, and really there are a wide range of different types of projects on kickstarter so it is not really surprising. Of course we are mainly interested in games. There are a few rpg projects currently on kickstarter right now. Generally, the idea is that if you give X amount of dollars, you will receive a copy of the game that you helped fund. You can get other things depending on how much you contribute. I think this is a great idea, and I want to support it. Therefore, I’m going to keep track of any games posted on kickstarter and let you all know about them. First up is Quantum RPG!

Quantum RPG

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This game has an interesting premise. Basically, the idea is that there is a super advanced civilization living within a Dyson sphere. A Dyson sphere is a hollow sphere with a sun in the center. On the inner surface of the sphere there is essentially an entire world kept alive by this inner sun (see pic above). Simple enough for a sci-fi setting. But then the inhabitants find a new source of power, which verges on the magical. Unfortunately, this power is somehow linked to dark forces from beyond space and time. Very Lovecraftian. Cue tentacle monsters? This discovery plunges the civilization into a dark age, during which most of their technology is lost. At the time the game is set technology is approximately at the medieval level. So we are dealing with a Dungeons and Dragons type setting, but with a lost history of super science. The races available are: Human, Azi Progenitor (Snake-People), Mutant Reaver, and Automaton. The mutants are offspring of humans mutated by the mysterious energy source called “Prime”. The mutants remind me a little (ok a lot) of Warhammer Fantasy’s mutants, which have been mutated by the magical energies of Chaos. The automatons are leftovers from the lost age of super science, and are one of the more unique features of the setting. Hopefully, they will be firmly rooted as some type of super science technology, rather than simply some type of fantasy golem.
You can read more here and here

Kickstarter – The Play’s the Thing – A Shakespearean RPG


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In my previous post I introduced a website called kickstarter that attempts to build funding on various creativity projects. In this post I’ll be looking at another project called The Play’s the Thing. The rpg puts the players in the role of Shakespearean actors, and the gamemaster in the role of the Playwright. The main conflict is between the various actors, and the playwright, to see their vision brought to life. To this end, the mechanics allow the actors to change the play in various ways. This idea is somewhat metafictional. After all, players in an rpg are acting (hopefully), and here they are playing actors. I’ve seen similar concepts in other rpgs where you can spend points to alter the story in different ways. The potential drawback is that this often requires quick thinking, and creativity, on the part of the gamemaster in response to plot changes. I’m not clear on the exact mechanics that will be used here, but it seems like an ambitious idea.
more here and here

PDF Release – Lure of Power – A Supplement for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay


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Lure of Power is now available for sale via download from drivethrurpg.com and rpgnow.com!
This delightful supplement for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay presents players and GMs an abundance of sinfully delectable materials to establish your campaign among the wealthy districts, the secret societies, and the daemons in the closets of the Old World’s nobility. Download Lure of Power today, and add a little Slaanesh to your game.
In its two sourcebooks, Lure of Power introduces background information on Slaanesh, the Dark Prince, and his minions; the hidden treacheries of the Old World’s secret societies; new enemies and careers; and optional rules that allow GMs and players to engage in social encounters every bit as dangerous as physical battles.”
More at Fantasy Flight Games

Online Game – Robot Unicorn Attack Christmas!

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Just for fun! Has some good music also. Play Here
Also on Facebook and iPhone

Preview – Strange Dead Love – Vampire the Requiem Supplement


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F+W Media is a new supplement for White Wolf’s Vampire: the Requiem RPG. It is guide to the themes and props of paranormal romance, custom-fit for the World of Darkness, specifically Vampire: the Requiem. This book features a collection of world shards, ready-made chronicles with their own plot hooks and rules. As well as advice for storytelling romance, including guidance on games for two.”
More at Flames Rising
*Games for two eh? I think we may be crossing into a different form of “roleplaying”. Not saying I’m going to go there. But if that’s what people want to do, more power to them.

Board game Preview: Wiz-War


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Wiz-War is coming. Created in 1983 by Tom Jolly, this classic board game of magical mayhem pits 2-4 players against each other in a no-spells-barred struggle for sorcerous supremacy. A bit zany, a lot spontaneous, Wiz-Warhas entertained players for decades… and Fantasy Flight Games is bringing it back!
For now, the warring wizards seclude themselves in their tall towers to train for the coming confrontation, poring through musty tomes while pouring careful drops of powerful alchemical reagents. Their magical defenses must be tested. Spell strategies must be flexible, to account for the unstable dynamics of an underground treasure hunt.”
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F+W Media Holiday Madness Sale

“F+W Media is kicking off the Holiday Season with a big sale on all of the eBooks they have available at DriveThruComics andDriveThruFiction!
This includes a huge selection of reference guides for artists and comic book industry books at DriveThruComics.com as well as a number of how-to books for writers atDriveThruFiction.com.
Titles of interest to gamers might be Writer’s Digest Character Naming SourcebookThe Dictionary of Made-Up Languages andThe Skeptic’s Guide to Conspiracies(written by Monte Cook).
This sale ends soon so don’t miss out on these great deals!”
Source: http://www.rpgnews.com/comics-news/fw-media-holiday-madness-sale/