Friday Knight News – Gaming Edition: 14-SEP-2012

Is it just me or does my week often feel like I’m trapped in a Daffy Duck cartoon? I suspect I’ve ho ha ha guarded myself into a few issues without too much trouble.

animated-gifDaffy Duck: [using his quarterstaff] Ho! Ha ha! Guard! Turn! Parry! Dodge! Spin! Ha! Thrust!
[hits log with staff, causing it to recoil and hit him in the bill, bending it upwards. He pulls it down again]
Daffy Duck: Hmm, let’s see now. Something’s amiss here. Hmm… I’ll run through it. “Ho, ha ha, guard, turn, parry, dodge, spin, ha, thrust.”
[Bill bends up of its own accord]
Daffy Duck: Got it.
[Pulls bill down again]
Robin Hood Daffy (1958)

That said, it was a busy week here at GKR even with the “duckiness.” (Does anyone else wonder if Daffy Duck has his own version of the Spiderman quote? “With great Duckiness comes great responsibility?” Probably just me again…)

I swear I’m working on the next installment of “Journey of the Sword” and have it partially written, but my life has conspired against me more than a few times in the last few weeks. We’ll see how far we get. But I do plan on having more reviews and perhaps we’ll have a guest post or two next week? Anything is possible. :)
If you’re looking for the next RPG Blog Carnival to join, check out the kickoff post for “Running Games in Established Settings” over at Dice Monkey. I’m sure there will be some intriguing responses by the end of September!
On that note, why don’t we move on to the meat and potatoes of this post!

Food for Thought

  • When I started Game Knight Reviews a couple of years ago, I had a grand plan. Real life has sometimes intervened, but I’m still chugging along and enjoying what I have time to get done. Iddy @ The Id DM has been pondering his plans for his blog of late and I think it’s something we should all do as bloggers once in a while. Take a step back and see a) if we’re still enjoying it, b) if our readers are happy, and c) what we want to accomplish in the future. (As always, anybody who wants to chime in and offer an opinion on this blog is welcome!) I honestly think Iddy is doing an amazing job and wish him all the best with life, the universe, and everything. Keep up the great work!
  • Learning about human physiology isn’t one of those things I do a lot of… I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. But this article from George Dvorsky @ io9 about how the body works through starvation is strangely intriguing. I wonder if someone could work this kind of thing into a campaign – stumble into a locked room in a dungeon with a bunch of starving people and perhaps they’ve lost enough of their minds that they’ll try to eat whoever goes through the door first… (Or if starvation isn’t your thing, maybe you’re interested in 9 Technologies that Could Transform the World, another article from Dvorsky!)
  • Dredd is coming to theaters here in the US next week, but this concept art (in an article from Lauren Davis @ io9) is quite breathtaking (the vista and building shots especially). I wonder who will adapt these into a near-future/apocalyptic campaign sometime soon?
  • Last one from i09 for today, I promise… I didn’t hear about this anywhere else – shots of a large impact with Jupiter from Monday morning (in an article from Robert T. Gonzalez @ io9). Imagine if Jupiter wasn’t there to catch the ball in the outfield! Reminds me of Lucifer’s Hammer
  • Also in space news this week, Mike Wall @ Space.com wrote a great article about how antimatter and fusion energy will change how we send spaceships to other worlds… Will we see the Enterprise in our lifetimes? Hmmm… Probably not.
  • Do your maps evolve over time? Even during creation? Tim Shorts @ Gothridge Manor posted a series of pictures detailing how one map came together. And it’s very interesting to see not just how the color went in, but the decision process for placement of buildings, rivers, coastline, and forests… Do any other cartographers (amateur or professional) take pictures at intermediate steps to show progress?
  • The folks at Dungeons & Drawings (Blanca Martinez de Rituerto and Joe Sparrow) continue to impress me not just with their art, but their creative spins on classic characters and monsters from D&D. This week they have an Ogre Mage that is not someone I want to mess with. Raw magic and power!
  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of the most open worlds I’ve ever had the pleasure of exploring as a computer gamer. It is the epitome of sandbox play. Is there a way to translate it to tabletop gaming? Shannon @ ST Wild: On Roleplaying thinks there is!
  • John Arcadian @ Gnome Stew has been on a roll lately with articles, but I really like this one. Freebies from the GM. Yay! I used to give out “brownie points” that players could use to affect die rolls, redo actions, and pull items out of thin air (on occasion) when I GMed, so I’m a fan of this approach. :) It proves that not all GMs are curmudgeonly old players secretly seeking revenge on the PCs. :)

Games and Gaming

Kickstarter & IndieGoGo

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!

One last note, I’m happy to say Dyson Logos has returned to the land of the living! He’s been busy even while running silent, but he’s back! Happy to welcome you back into the fold and looking forward to some cool new maps!

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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4 comments to Friday Knight News – Gaming Edition: 14-SEP-2012

  • Glad you liked the items of power! We’re going to see some more of them on Intwischa later today–this time, Bryan gives us a smattering of items inspired by a divine magic source.

  • wow – Fitz did you even sleep the last day or so? What an amazing compilation. That just sucked up a good portion of my morning, there was so much great stuff to look through! Thanks for providing the write-up and image for our Cthulhu playing card project over at Kickstarter. We woke this morning to find that we were fully funded and then some – in less than 24 hours!

    We have some exciting stretch goals coming for the campaign – and of course there are other super-secretive projects in the works here at Albino Dragon; we just might have to give you an exclusive scoop soon on our next big launch.

    Thanks again, and great Friday post!
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    • Fitz

      @Derek Cromwell – You’re very welcome. Easy to toot the horn of projects with great art and ideas. :) And congrats on getting fully funded! As for sleep… Eh. It’s overrated. Caffeine is mandatory. Sleep is optional. :D Have a great weekend!!

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