Friday Knight News – Gaming Edition: 10-AUG-2012

Welcome to the next edition of the Friday news assault! The madness around here is really starting to get back to a dull roar as school and soccer get underway and the groaning has just begun. It’s kind of funny actually since I’m usually the first one up no matter what time of year it is!

Anyway… The gaming world is abuzz with Gen Con just around the corner. Alas I will not be among the throngs of people, but will be attending the CONcurrent celebration whenever I can. And I’m looking forward to the simultaneous events like the D&D keynote – hopefully there will be more of those! Beyond the online aspects I’ll be watching for Gen Con-themed posts to keep up on all the latest news where I can. :)

This week we had an interesting mix of posts…

Next week… More reviews, a guest post, more Game Fodder, a mid-month collection of blog carnival articles and who knows what else?

On
that note, why don’t we dive right into the news for the week?

Food for Thought

Games and Gaming

Kickstarter

  • Narosia: Sea of Tears is a new RPG Kickstarter that uses the HERO System and is in the works from Silverback Press & Legendsmiths… Though I’m not a big fan of HERO, the idea of a HERO-based game that’s been building for 30 years is quite intriguing… I wish there was a bit more to go on in the project description however.
  • I don’t know about you, but I’m addicted to JourneyQuest – season 1 had me howling and season 2 so far has me in its clutches as well… Now there’s a new series some newcomers want to produce via a Kickstarter called Fang & Talon that also looks like it has potential. Fighting? Comedy? Fantasy? Count me in! (By the way, Zombie Orpheus, the folks behind JourneyQuest are still working towards funding a new series - The Gamers: Hands of Fate. They’re about halfway there with four weeks left to go… Run, don’t walk to pledge today. :) )
  • Ok, so the “Dragons Gameboard” Kickstarter from Brass Monkey is quite interesting. It’s a technological solution to a shared game board. Imagine using a laptop attached to a big HDTV to show a map in a web page that looks quite a bit like an old arcade game. Players can use iOS or Android devices then to update the map, move pieces, etc. Instead of needing a big table for a large map board – you just show it on a screen. Though I wish the map was a bit more graphically detailed, I can really see the benefits of this project. (And I love the fact that it’s open source!)

Publisher News

Reviews

Tools

  • I don’t know how Pubslush works yet, but I’m pondering whether or not it might be useful to RPG publishers… Sort of like a Kickstarter for writing projects it looks like.
  • Need a random name? Check out Behind the Name Random Name Generator (or download the Name Shake app for iOS) to generate a name from a wide array of languages and other sources… If you don’t, I’ll sick the witch Hazelsnort (randomly generated) on you!
  • Or if you need a whole tool box, check out James’s Random Generators – everything from Excel spreadsheets and PDFs to online generators and tools all over the web. Great list-o-links!

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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