News from Around the Net: 16-SEP-11 (Sponsored by Escape Velocity Gaming)

This week we had our first taste of Autumn weather in Colorado Springs. I expect the leaves to start changing and snow to start collecting on Pikes Peak soon. And all that is fine because Fall is one of my favorite times of year. Plus, with all the rain we got this week my yard should look fantastic!

Weather aside, it’s been a fantastic week. The 1st anniversary of the blog was a huge milestone and if you haven’t heard about it yet, I’d encourage you to see what prizes are left in the box. :)

I’m hoping that I have time to contribute to the Speak Out With Your Geek Out campaign this weekend (started by writer Monica Valentinelli), but even if I don’t – I think it’s a great effort spreading a positive message about the Geekdom-at-large. We’re not misanthropic misfits – we’re just people. We just may happen to like television, movies, games, RPGs, the SCA, and who knows what else more than other so-called “normal” people. We’re not outcasts. We are creative, imaginative people with a knack for finding and staying with those things we get excited about. So thank you Monica for kicking off this effort!

This week we have an eclectic collection of links – but I don’t think a Friday goes by when it’s not at least a little eclectic. So enjoy and let me know if I missed anything!

About this week’s sponsor – Escape Velocity GamingEscape Velocity Gaming’s City Slices 1: Marketplace Fun offers a collection of ready-made encounters, vendors, stalls, and challenges to spice up markets in D&D 4e campaigns. You can check out my review of this great book, but be sure to check out the site for links to some of William Pfaff’s other great products, including some fun freebies!

Food for Thought

Games and Gaming

Publisher News

Reviews

  • Apparently the Kobolds are stuck at eleven on the 1-10 knob permanently. They just released the Kobold Guide to Board Game Design last week and it’s getting rave reviews from folks around the ‘net. Megan Robersten at Flames Rising says “Even if you never design a game, you will look at every game that you play in a different light.” What more can you ask out of a book than a certain amount of enlightenment?
  • Paizo isn’t sitting twiddling their thumbs either. One of their recent books – Pathfinder Campaign Setting: The Inner Sea World Guide – has also been garnering praise. As with all of Paizo’s books, I expect the artwork, layout, and writing to be top-notch, but I’m glad the imaginative bits are there too. Ed Grabianowski at Robot Viking says the book is “Everything a Campaign Book Should Be.” High praise indeed! (Plus, it has a poster map, which reminds me of all the old TSR box sets from long ago!)
  • If you’ve been debating picking up the 4e starter set, you might want to check out Mike’s review at 1d8. Sounds like more than a few things are missing, like more examples to help beginning GMs figure things out…
  • Tenkar at Tenkar’s Tavern had a chance to review Seal the Rift! for Savage Worlds. I think he enjoyed it – and I love the details about bookmarks, art, maps and the adventure. Sounds like he had fun helping to playtest it.

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That’s it for this week on the news front.

Don’t forget to check out the great list of giveaways for the 1st anniversary of Game Knight Reviews!

I hope everybody has a great weekend!

As always, if you feel I missed something (and it would be impossible NOT to), drop me a quick note via the contact
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and I’ll add it to the list for next week!

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