Friday Knight News – Fired Up Edition: 29-JUN-2012

Happy Friday everybody! I hope you’re in great spirits heading into the weekend and maybe have some gaming on the horizon.

Last weekend I had a chance to play in the Zeitgeist campaign we’ve been working on off and on over the last few months and had a blast. I will let you in on a little secret however… We never got into combat. Not once in about 5 hours of gaming. Instead we had a few skill challenges and did a ton of role-playing and investigative work. Is that crazy, or what?

The Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado

Waldo Canyon Fire - Denver Post

On a more serious note, some of you may know about the Waldo Canyon Fire that we’ve been battling in Colorado since last Saturday afternoon. We live about 15-20 miles from where it started and it’s been primary in my head since it started on Saturday.

Finally, it seems we’re getting a handle on this beast that’s consumed nearly 350 homes and displaced more than 32,000 people. The firefighters have been working their tail ends off in rough terrain trying to get ahead of this beast that’s crossed into at least three separate counties (El Paso, Teller, and Douglas) and has been blown around quite a bit in the afternoon storms we sometimes get here. Without the firefighters, all of the emergency personnel, the Feds, military forces from the Air Force Academy and Fort Carson, and all of the amazing people of the greater Colorado Springs area we’d be in a much different situation I think. A HUGE thank you goes out to everybody on the front lines and those helping out with whatever needs helping with. 

To that point, my own wife, a veterinarian in the area, has been helping with pets at two of the Humane Society Shelters down here. Plus we’ve donated a bunch of blankets and towels, pet food, leashes, bowls, and more to people in the shelters with their pets and without. It really is amazing how our community has come together in this time of need. The damage has been horrific so far in some parts of the city the fire went through and it’s going to be months, maybe even years, before many areas are rebuilt and can be called “home” again.

Is it done? Not even close. It’s burned about 19,000 acres and we have more than 1200 firefighters battling this thing from all possible vantage points. It’ll be weeks before it’s out completely but hopefully only a few more days before they have it under control. If you’re interested at all in seeing where the fire is at, I’d direct you to InciWeb that has a ton of details and is updated multiple times a day.

Our hearts go out to everybody affected by the fires, including members of my gaming group – Jason, Jonathan, Ben, Harvey. Guys, stay safe.

Happier News

So now that the depressing part of the post is over, let’s get to some happier news.

You may know that a few weeks ago I had a chance to interview Geof McKinney, a writer for Lamentations of the Flame Princess, about his work on Carcosa and Isle of the Unknown. Well, Ed Healy and the Gamerati have been releasing bits of that interview a little at a time.

  • Something that has been asked about is the Putrescent Pits of the Amoebid Gods megadungeon, which was part of the same campaign that spawned Carcosa… Will we ever see such a thing? Maybe, but not soon it seems – you can watch it here.
  • Or maybe you’ve wondered if some of the controversy surrounding Carcosa ever gave Geof pause in his writing… Not really…

The biggie was the section of the interview where we talked about Carcosa itself, which you can see here:

Elsewhere on Game Knight Reviews:

So as you can see, between the fire and the usual madness, it’s been a little crazy around here! Sorry if this week’s post is a little light on links.

Should we move on to the rest of the news? Let’s do that!

News Round-up for Friday, 29-JUN-2012

Food for Thought

Games and Gaming

Kickstarter

  • Does the name Neal Stephenson ring a bell? It should! He’s been writing amazing fiction for nearly 30 years, like Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, and Anathem. And now… He’s doing a project to remedy how swordfighting is wrongly portrayed in video games. His project, Clang, sounds quite intriguing and needs almost $150,000 more before it hits its $500k goal. Can you help Neal? There’s only 9 days left…
  • Or if that’s not up your alley, why not check out Project Ninja Panda Taco from Jennifer Steen. She describes like this: “Project Ninja Panda Taco is about Masterminds taking over the World and the Minions who try to help. The game is a low-prep, lighthearted, collaborative roleplaying game that is perfect for everyone around the table.” What’s not to like? Check it out!
  • Looking to add some horror to your Pathfinder campaign? Check out “The Bleeding Hollow” project! Survival-horror sandbox!
  • Or maybe you’re looking for the next conspiracy to drive your players nuts? Check out the Conspiracy X: Conspiracies Sourcebook project going on now. Looks like there are some cool miniatures that you can add for just $6 each!

Publisher News

Reviews

Tools

That’s it for this week on the news front. If you want a bit more, check out:

There’s definitely plenty of news go go around!

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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