Friday Knight News – Gaming Edition: 23-MAR-2012

Another week buried in Java code. But I did get some gaming in last Sunday thanks to Jason, Mark, Jonathan, Ben, and Ben! Sure, we were stuck in a sewer for the majority of the evening, but hey… it was a very nice sewer and it even had a hook on the wall to hang a bawling infant during a battle. Now there’s an image that will stick with me for a while…

And I started hanging out in a second gaming-related IRC chat room this week – with the Gamer Assembly folks. What a fun group that is! And it complements the other IRC game channel I hang out in with the folks from Stargazer’s World. Now I can truly be distracted every minute of every day, but in a good way talking about a passion of mine. Of course, that doesn’t help me get stuff done for work, but hey…

Hopefully everybody else had a great week!

Here on Game Knight Reviews, we had a full week of posts – an adventure seed from Robert Oglodzinski of Library of Ancient Scroll, a new series of guest posts from Raging Swan’s Creighton Broadhurst, an interview with Chris Merwin of BlackStar Games, an odd opinion piece from the Gassy Gnoll, and a couple of shadowy reviews – Shadowed Keep on the Borderland from Raging Swan Press and The Shadow Vale Player’s Guide from Torn World.

This coming week I’ll be out of town at a work-related conference, but I’ll try to keep the posts coming. If anyone else would like to help out with a guest post or review this week, I’d love to hear from ya! Drop me a note via the contact page or drop me an e-mail at news(at)gameknightreviews(dot)com and let’s chat!

Food for Thought

Games and Gaming

Publisher News

  • Kickstarter projects are getting tons of attention these days, but Morrus’ article @ ENWorld about making retailer-friendly projects is the first that covers making successful projects from that angle. With a few key links (such as to this article by Gary Ray of Black Diamond Games) and good examples of projects with success in this area and tips to help, there’s good advice to be had here folks…
  • Speaking of Kickstarter and projects going gangbusters, checkout Dinocalypse Now from Fred Hicks and Evil Hat. This is a fiction project built around the world of Spirit of the Century, a FATE-based RPG set in a pulpy 1920s timeframe. The stories sound like tons of fun (psychic dinosaurs invade Manhattan!), so be sure to check it out. They’re well into stretch goals territory now, so I can hardly wait to see what Fred & company come up with!
  • I’ve also been talking to Eloy Lasanta of Third Eye Games, who has a new Kickstarter RPG project for kids. I’m excited about this one too – Mermaid Adventures! Based on the bright, colorful art, and the simple system documented so far, this would be great to get kids used to roleplaying at an early age. I’m hoping to try it out over the summer with my two daughters when soccer season is done. :) There’s a lot to like already if Eloy can integrate The Little Mermaid, Hook, and Stardust under one rule set!
  • I love talking about good news. A.L. @ Reality Refracted this week gushed over the great customer service from Margaret Weis Productions. I wish we saw more of this positive feedback show up on the ‘net!
  • And speaking of good news, last week I talked about the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter project, which is still going crazy (up to $1.5 million already with 24 more days to go)… Well, this week the folks behind this product talked about a new effort to “kick it forward” - taking some % of the money raised and setting it aside to help out other Kickstarter projects. I was blown away and apparently I’m not the only one. Now there’s a new site – KickingItForward.org – dedicated to this cause, acting as a promise to put 5% of their finished product profits back into other KS projects. How cool is that? Hopefully other KS projects (not just computer games – it’s open to everybody) will help keep this effort going. Kickstarter Karma!!
  • Another new Kickstarter project I discovered through this article at Flames Rising is a collection of Call of Cthulhu scenarios called “Bumps in the Night.” I fondly remember playing CoC in college, so I’m sure this 120 page book of thrills and chills would be a fun way to explore that setting again and get a bit more Lovecraft in my day… Unfortunately I’ve already pledged nearly $150 this month already and already contributed nearly $300 since the beginning
    of the year. I think I’ve broken my budget!!
  • Interested in how the GAMA Trade Show went this year? Trask @ Living Dice went and wrote up a good summary of some of the high points… Report 1, Report 2, and Report 3 offer some insights into the various parts of the show.
  • Pantheon Press has one of the more interesting game worlds I’ve seen with Fortune’s Fool, so it was fun to learn a bit more about Pantheon and Rob Trimarco in an interview by Tony Law @ the Ennie Awards site. Fortune’s Fool received a Judge’s Spotlight Award, so it’s great to see them get more recognition!
  • Another great interview this week was with Jennifer Steen of Jennisodes at the Id DM. It’s always interesting to hear how productive some folks are – 90 episodes and counting in 2 years is nearly an episode a week, which is amazing. And now I have another podcast I need to catch up on…
  • If you missed it this week, Raging Swan released a new sandbox adventure for PFRPG – Shadowed Keep on the Borderland. I even had a chance to review it a bit early!

Reviews

Tools

That’s it for this week on the news front.  If you want a bit more, check out the Weekly Roundup at Roving Band of Misfits, the Weekly Assembly from Gamer Assembly, and Chris Hackler’s “What’s Up With D&D?” at ENWorld. There’s definitely plenty of news go go around! (And there are a few other articles in this week’s Bundlr roundup as well!)

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 or drop me an e-mail at news(at)gameknightreviews(dot)com and I’ll add it to the list for next week!

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