News from Around the Net: 30-SEP-2011 (Sponsored by Chaotic Shiny Productions)

Wow. It’s amazing how a few days in Las Vegas can a) tap you out of a few dollars quickly, b) realize you have forgotten about a large sea of humanity pulsing to and fro along the strip even in 100 degree weather, and c) exhaust you to the point where a few hours of sleep simply isn’t going to cut it. Apparently I hit all three items in my three nights in the land of neon lights, smoking, gambling, and who knows what else. I got home in the wee hours Tuesday morning and it’s taken me a good three days to almost feel human again!

That said, I had a good time doing that other kind of “gaming” you often see advertised on the internet. I can happily say I’d rather sit around playing a RPG with friends than hit Vegas a solid 99% of the time. It’s good to have that 1% out of my system for another decade. :D

So where does that leave us? Well, my being gone from my post didn’t slow down the massive wave of posts across the RPG blogosphere, so we have plenty of news for this week regardless of any sleep deprivation I may have suffered!

About This Week’s Sponsor – Chaotic Shiny Productions, home of many amazing generator packs! Do you have an upcoming game but don’t have any ideas? Let a few random numbers help you find some inspiration! Everything from building a kingdom or city from scratch to a treasure hoard for your favorite monster encounter. What’s a dragon without a fat pile of gems, gold, art, and magical items? What’s a city without a random crowd, market, or tavern to visit? What’s a kingdom without a motto or currency? If you don’t believe me, check out reviews at Stargazer’s World and NEUROGLYPH Games!. And while you’re visiting Chaotic Shiny, be sure to check out the rest of the generators and Swordgleam’s creative cultures for your games as well!

Now on to the good stuff!!

Food for Thought

Games and Gaming

Publisher News

  • I have to admit I’ve been waiting for some juicy news about the Dark Roads and Golden Hells project at Open Design. Colin McComb and his creative team seem to be doing a great job chugging away on the spiritual successor to Planescape. I love getting this glimpse at Kobold Quarterly into how McComb approaches not just creativity, but creatively creating different planar locations. And who can skip any article with the heading “Fermenting Evil”?
  • Did you see that Star Frontiers has been released by Wizards of the Coast finally? I remember hearing about Star Frontiers back in the mid-80s, but never had a chance to play. Now you can download the original books for free if you register at StarFrontiers.com! It’s amazing that it’s taken this long to release the game back into the wild, but I’m excited to finally check it out after 30 years.
  • If you’re interested in learning a bit more about Abney Park’s Airship Pirates, this week Stargazer has a great interview with Robert Brown, Peter Cakebread, and Ken Walton – the inspiration and writers behind the cool concepts in the game.
  • LPJ Design released two new products for Pathfinder this week – Ultimate Spell Decks: Anti-Paladin Spell Cards and Ultimate Feat Decks: Ultimate Magic. Both are available at both RPGNow.
  • Nevermet Press has released the first issue of their quarterly anthology of fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction short stories this week – Stories in the Ether, Issue 1. I’m excited to dive into these thirteen stories soon myself!
  • And Raging Swan Press continues to impress putting out great new products. As a followup to the successful So What’s For Sale, Anyway? they just released So What’s For Sale, Anyway? II which offers 87 different lists of magic items broken down by settlement type, plus 41 cursed items and 80 sample sellers to torture players by forcing them to negotiate with actual shopkeepers.  Check out more details here!

Reviews

Tools

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

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 page and I’ll add it to the list for next week!

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