Friday Knight News – Gaming Edition: 24-AUG-2012

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Knight News. Hopefully those of you who made it to Gen Con last weekend are getting back into the swing of things. And those of us who didn’t make it are catching up on all the news via a variety of blog posts over the last week (though I’m sure they’ll continue for another week or two). With all the build-up to the Con and the Con itself, there’s a bit of a lull while everybody collectively catches their breath.

During the brief lull… I’d encourage bloggers to chip in to the August RPG Blog Carnival before the month is up. We’re still curious to see what’s in your backpack! But never fear, Dice Monkey has one ready to go in September – “Running Games in Established Settings” – which I’m already pondering my own response to. (And if you have topics to propose for November or December, feel free to contribute!) (Also check out the “Classics Return” blog carnival over at Daily Encounter for some great food for thought!)

Wasn’t as productive a week here as I’d hoped, since I was sitting on the sidelines at a soccer tournament all weekend (my youngest got 2nd in their division and my eldest got 4th, and they both played hard). Beyond that, I finally had some time to check out Banners on the Cheap, ponder music in RPG sessions, and chat with RPGPundit about his new game on the horizon – Arrows of Indra. We’ll hope that this weekend is a bit more conducive to getting some writing done. :)

By the way, I’m looking for guest posts if anybody is interested in writing one or more articles for Game Knight Reviews – give me a holler if you have a review or an idea and let’s chat!

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

Food for Thought

Games and Gaming

Gen Con

Kickstarter

  • The Reaper Miniatures Kickstarter – Dark Heaven Bones – is nearing the end of its funding window, but has nearly 10,000 backers and raised almost $2,000,000 (it may have blown past that by the time you read this). That’s a lot of zeroes. I’m excited to see all of these cool little minis show up at my doorstep sometime in the next 6-8 months (I’m a backer at the Vampire level, and for $100 it’s insane how many minis are included). The Reaper folks have their work cut out for them and I wish them all the best. Only a few more hours left to get in on the action!
  • What do you get when you mix Cthulhu with Murder on the Orient ExpressHorror on the Orient Express, of course – from Chaosium. This classic box set from 1991 is getting a serious update and has some great momentum – with more than 30 days left and already with 250% funding. Lovecraft-inspired gaming. What’s not to like?
  • Would you rather see a new module appear as a PDF or as an ePub? That’s the question Mike Bohlmann poses with a new Kickstarter creating e-books instead of PDFs for the PFRPG. What do you think?
  • The megadungeon Kickstarter from Dungeonaday.com has met and exceeded their original funding goal by nearly 4x. With only a few hours left, there’s still a little time to jump in to support it and get some dungeon fodder for your table!
  • If you’re looking for other types of projects to support, check out Zenestex “Crowdfunding Round Up” @ Geeks of Doom… Plenty of great projects from web comic collections to Steampunk and an interview of Jeff McComsey, the “Supreme Commander” of the FUBAR 2 project.
  • Do you like horror? Check out ESPER – a new horror RPG from Callan Souza… The open character rules sound very intriguing and it sounds like playtesting is going very well, so I’m eager to learn more…

Publisher News

Reviews

Tools

  • Need some creepy music for your campaign? Check out O* Erdenstern! Plenty of great things are being said about their Mountains of Madness soundtrack. :)

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

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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