Friday Knight News – Independence Edition: 6-JUL-2012

Weeks with national holidays smack dab in the middle always throw me for a loop. Many of us were off on Wednesday in the US for our 4th of July celebrations across the country. So I worked the first couple of days of the week and will work the last two days of the week… But for some reason Wednesday, even though I was off and managed to sleep in a little, felt an awful lot like a Sunday… Wonder why?

Beyond that however, we really didn’t have many public fireworks displays here in Colorado due to the high fire danger. We’re all still on edge after the wildfires that destroyed nearly 350 houses and took a handful of lives (the fire is more than 90% contained now, so we’re just being suitably paranoid I think). So instead of seeing live fireworks at the Air Force Academy as we’ve done for the last few years, we watched fireworks on TV and it just wasn’t the same. (Funny enough, based on this momentary disappointment I’m pondering an interrupted holiday adventure seed for an upcoming Game Fodder article…)

Hopefully those of you not in fire zones had a great holiday with plenty of fanfare and gunpowder! (My best friend refers to the 4th of July as “National Explosives Day” – so gunpowder is definitely a big part of the attraction for him!) I’m always left wondering what the “intelligent life in the universe” thinks when they see a good portion of one continent light up with bright colors like we’re all at war. :)

That aside, it’s been a better week!

No guest articles this week, but we’ve got at least one for next Monday from Andrew Armstrong, so that’ll be good. Other than that we kind of ran the gamut:

(By the way, if you’ve submitted things for review I’m ever so slowly making progress in my review pile. So thank you for your patience!!)

If you have an opportunity to do so, there’s a great effort that’s flowing out of a terrible tragedy… Last month, Kevin Rohan – Creative Director at Silver Gryphon Games – lost his 6-year-old son in a tragic accident while swimming at a local water park. The Rohan family has created the Michael Rohan Memorial Fund to help try and avoid such tragedies in the future through CPR and lifeguard training and grief counseling in the wake of such tragic losses. To help with this effort is very easy and you get a ton of great gaming material in the deal – purchase the bundle and the money goes to the fund and you get to download PDFs until the cows come home. Please help the Rohan cause and contribute.

On that note, it’s time to see what’s been going on in the other corners of the RPG network this week!

D&D Next

Food for Thought

Games
and Gaming

Kickstarter/IndieGoGo

Publisher News

  • There was a time many moons ago when I would roll dice on table after table creating warped dungeons of chance and poor craftsmanship using the AD&D DMG “Random Dungeon Generation” rules… And even as an adult I’ve gone back to these tables over and over again. Well, WotC has released the entire “Appendix A: Random Dungeon Generation” as a PDF from the 1st Edition reprint of the Dungeon Master’s Guide and it’s just as glorious as I remember it! Well worth keeping in your GM’s toolbox for a rainy day regardless of whether you play D&D or some other game. Kudos to WotC for making my week with this freebie!
  • Speaking of reprints (and new products)… Scott Wachter @ RPGamer posted an article recently that shows that WotC isn’t the only company entering the fray… Warhammer: Only War is in open beta… Paizo is previewing the Pathfinder Bestiary Box… And Rolemaster is being dusted off with a new edition from Iron Crown Enterprises!
  • Even Fighting Fantasy series of choose-your-own-adventure books is going to be making a return! Lee Hall @ Edge Online had a chance to chat with Ian Livingstone, co-creator of the series with Steve Jackson three decades ago and offered a bit of a glimpse at what we can look forward to in August. Zombies!
  • If you’ve ever wanted a glimpse into the creative minds behind some of your favorite game materials, you might want to check out JP Chapleau’s blog @ JP on Gaming. JP lives here in Colorado Springs and I’ve met him on a couple of occasions – he’s a great guy
    full of ideas and energy. This week he posted a preview of a new adventure he’s working on for Louis Porter Jr Design and the NeoExodus campaign… He offers details on the technique he used to create a map and it’s easy (though messy) enough that even I might be able to try it… :)
  • If you’re interested in what else is going on on the D&D front, I’ll point you to a great Q&A with Peter Lee, Matt Sernett, and Bruce Cordell @ 2d6.org from Michael V K that covers a ton of ground and there’s even a giveaway, if you hurry!
  • Have you ever wanted to play a monster going to high school? Then check out Wandering Monsters High School from Bold Pueblo Games and written by Caoimhe Ora Snow! It looks like there are some seriously bad puns and that it could be a lot of fun!
  • The Indie+ movement is afoot and along with it is a new bundle @ DriveThruRPG with a sampling of Independent games just for you! For $4 you get a ton of content!
  • Don’t you hate it when the town mill falls into a giant dungeon nobody knew was there? That’s what happens in Swallowfeld in Dark Waters Rising, the latest adventure from Raging Swan Press and designer Ron Lundeen. Check out details at the Raging Swan product page or pick up a copy at RPGNow… Help those poor folks in Swallowfeld out of a jam!

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!

If you’re looking for something fun to do where you can win some cool swag from Open Design, check out the Kobold World Conquest Challenge! And if you live in Antarctica, you get even more swag if you win!!

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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