3 Apr

Torn Armor Kickstarter Final Assault

Torn ArmorThe Torn Armor tabletop miniatures wargame Kickstarter is in its final 24 hours. It’s already been successfully funded, so now you’re just buying into a sweet collection of miniatures, a solid wargame, and the history of the Torn World. If you haven’t already, check out my interviews (part 1 and part 2) with the creator of the Torn World, Alyssa Faden. Then head over to the Torn Armor Kickstarter page and take a look at what’s on offer.
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22 Mar

Robotech RPG Tactics

Robotech RPG TacticsIf Dungeons & Dragons, Choose Your Own Adventure books, and Tolkien were my early fantasy genre influences, my science fiction side was tempered in those early years by Star Wars and Robotech. And while Star Wars finally got a good ship to ship miniatures combat game thanks to Fantasy Flight Games, I relied on FASA’s Battletech to scratch my mecha combat itch. But I knew it wasn’t Robotech, and Robotech was what I wanted. After decades of waiting, Palladium Books is working with Ninja Division to bring me… well, us, I suppose, Robotech RPG Tactics. Continue reading

22 Feb

Close Encounters: An Interview with Alyssa Faden of Torn World, Part 2

Torn Armor
Artwork by Jeff Laubenstein. Yes, that Jeff Laubenstein.

Earlier this week I delved into the Torn World setting and also delved into the mind of its creator, Alyssa Faden. In addition to Torn World’s current Pathfinder Roleplaying Game setting and Center Stage Miniatures line, a flagship project is a tabletop miniatures skirmish game, Torn Armor.

The Torn Armor Kickstarter launches on March 3rd and you want to be ready. If images like the Sisk Skirmisher Golem aren’t enough to make you realize that games need more ballista-toting constructs, then Alyssa Faden and her team’s plans for Torn Armor should still grab your attention… but you should still make every effort to find out what’s wrong with you. Continue reading

20 Feb

Close Encounters: An Interview with Alyssa Faden of Torn World, Part 1

Torn World Sisk Light War Golem
This. Alyssa and the Torn World want us to have more of THIS!

Alyssa Faden appeared on my radar when I saw some of her exceptional cartography work posted in a discussion group of old school gamers. Although she has freelanced for a number of gaming companies –Kobold Quarterly and Gygax Magazine, for instance– some of her work is born of her own setting, Torn World, a campaign world that has spanned decades and continents, both real and imaginary.

That setting slumbered like something massive lurking beneath the choppy waters of the internet. Over the years some people knew of its existence, and they eventually inspired Alyssa to assemble a team of writers, artists, and editors to wake this beast and unleash it upon an unsuspecting world. It’s like Godzilla, or Cthulu, assuming either of those timeless forces of nature/madness could also hurl a pilum… Continue reading

8 Feb

Kickstart the Weekend: Success Stories

Kickstarter LogoI have stayed away from Kickstarter for a little while recently. The avoidance isn’t any kind of “protest against their business model” or a stand against the notion that everyone and their brother has a Kickstarter. No, it’s that I would get too excited about things that I shouldn’t be buying. This surge of ideas and funding in the gaming community (and beyond) make it difficult to hold onto my money. But, as I’ve said before, if I can’t financially support a good idea, I can at least spread that idea around for others to see.

Most recently, Fred Hicks and Evil Hat Productions took my money (and the money of quite a few others). Although, for what I got for my money, I feel like I robbed him in some fashion. You can expect to hear more about my thoughts on the Fate Core System in the future. In the meantime, we have the final novel in Alana Abbott’s fantasy trilogy, some remarkable 28mm miniatures for the Torn World from Center Stage Miniatures, and my thoughts on the developments with Tabletop Forge and Roll20. Continue reading

16 Nov

Kickstart the Weekend: Shoggoths and Gamebooks

I’ve been exceedingly remiss in tending my blog of late, and even worse about keeping up to date with some really great Kickstarter projects. Now that I’m caught up on some of the work that pays the bills, I can take a moment to point you towards two Kickstarters that caught my eye. One, Maelorum, gives me flashbacks to my youth, and the other, The Littlest Shoggoth, reminds me that I want the next generation of kids to grow up with a whole new set of “children’s stories.” Both are worthy of your attention. Continue reading

25 Aug

Kickstart the Weekend: The Fine Art of Making Me Smile

Kobold Jared von Hindman
Art by Jared von Hindman

Despite what you’ve heard, or what you’ve seen, or have been subjected to when I’m tired of explaining how an attack of opportunity works even after we’ve been playing the same game for ages now… I’m kind of a softy.

Yes, I have pretended to be asleep when my nieces wanted to go to the park. I have, on occasion, rolled my eyes so hard at someone that there was a danger of dislocating one. And sure, I mentally queue up Sarah McLachlan’s song from the SPCA commercial whenever I’m forced to listen to someone complain about #FirstWorldProblems. Oh, and I often say that I hate people. All of them. And mean it.

But, seriously… I have a compassionate streak. Somewhere. Continue reading

3 Aug

Kickstart the Weekend: Monte Cook’s A+

Monte Cook A+A few weeks ago, Monte Cook proposed an interesting effort for the month of August. Check it out. Because you might have noticed some negativity on the internet over, I don’t know, the past ALL TIME FOREVER. It’s part of the reason I never spent any time in forums, didn’t bother with the discussion threads that accompany most articles on the internet, and absolutely refused to ever look at another comment made on a YouTube video. Admittedly, I have a pretty grim view of humanity anyway but… come on, people. This is what we’re made of? Continue reading

6 Jul

Kickstart the Weekend: Keyword (Good)

Normally, this space is used weekly to promote various dream projects in the hopes that their creators can get them off the ground. This week is about creating something a little different. It’s not a Kickstarter, and the end product is not gaming material. Personally, I think it’s way more important than that.

The Michael Rohan Memorial Charity Fund Bundle is available over on DriveThruRPG. Granted, you’ll get almost 90 products for your donation. But if you take a look at why this charity bundle exists, and what it goes towards, I think the products matter a lot less than what you’re participating in.

29 Jun

Kickstart the Weekend: Pens, Swords, and Anvils

So it’s been nearly a month since I told you how you should spend your money. Well, other than buying my stuff, anyhow. Here’s a diverse selection of interesting and noteworthy projects in the works. Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s also Sangria Friday.

Artwork from the AD&D Rogue’s Gallery

AD&D Rogues Gallery
This was, hands down, the thief from my old AD&D group!

I was talking to someone after my appearance at the York Emporium about some of the “lost treasures” of the early days of D&D. Several artists have set out to recreate some of the artwork from those days (apparently, there was a “purge” conducted at certain corporate offices when space was at a premium). Jeff Dee is tackling the old Rogue’s Gallery and those images tweak my sense of nostalgia just a little. Now’s your chance to get some signed copies of those iconic images.

Clang

I’m all for games where my angry physical exertion creates a game effect! Don’t get me wrong, my first love is still the steady trigger pull on a perfectly executed rifle shot in a solid FPS. But there are times when my rage must be given form and motion. Hopefully Clang will make that a reality. Plus, I like Neal Stephenson. And the video made me laugh.

Tabletop Forge

Tabletop ForgeYup, they hit some stretch goals already so they don’t need your support. But you still might want to get in on this action. I have to say I’m pretty impressed with it, and that has a lot to do with the fact that they aren’t trying to do too much. Instead, it’s giving me the tools to create what I need without shoving me into a box with predefined actions. It’s lean and functional, and I actually like that it’s a part of Google+. (If you think Google+ is stupid, please keep thinking that. I want it to stay as nice as it is…)