Friday Knight News – Gaming Edition: 28-SEP-2012

Have you noticed that September 2012 has almost slipped by completely? Soon October will be upon us and then we start the cascading series of holidays. Fall already started, which means Halloween can’t be too far behind. Ack! I’m never ready for Halloween, though giving candy to kids in cute costumes is kind of fun. Then like dominoes falling we get Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years’ 2013!

Well, that is unless the doomsayers are correct and the Mayan Calendar “end date” of December 21, 2012 holds up. Of course if that happens, all those last minute shoppers should feel momentarily smug knowing they didn’t waste that time frivolously. :) And since The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens the week before the end of the world, I think I’ll probably die fairly happy.

Somehow the last two paragraphs got a bit dark. Ugh!

Anyhoo, welcome to the last Friday news round-up for September! It’s been another crazy week around here, but in a good way:

But hold on your hats. Next week we’ll continue puttering along at GKR, but we’ll have some new voices sharing their thoughts on some fun topics too!

So on that note… Let’s dive into the week’s news!

Food for Thought

Games and Gaming

Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and Crowdfunding

  • Tracy Barnett must not sleep much. He just got School Daze done and out the door and now he’s started a new Kickstarter for One Shot – “A Roleplaying Game of Murder and Vengeance.” Check it out if you’re over 18 and exploring murder in a game world excites you!
  • Or if revenge isn’t your thing, maybe James Desborough’s Machinations of the Space Princess will be. Described as “a sexy, sleazy, swords & Sci-fi fantasy game and toolkit derived from Lamentations of the Flame Princess.” This is the latest IndieGoGo in a series of from the LotFP folks and definitely NSFW and not for youngsters either.
  • If you’d rather play some Savage Worlds, the folks at Savage Mojo have a new swords-n-sorcery setting for you… Dungeonlands sounds awesome, from Aaron Acevedo and the rest of the crew. The story is dark, ominous, and deep, and the art is beautiful. (Plus there are some great music tracks that gave me goosebumps.) Back this project folks, they know how to pull a story together that really gets your attention.
  • In case you thought Kickstarter was all sunshine and rainbows, you’d be wrong. We’ve known about projects who raised money only to fail in delivering on their promises or who didn’t budget wisely… But apparently Obsidian Entertainment’s Project Eternity project was asked to do something hinky (story from Rollin Bishop @ Geekosystem). Imagine if you were asked to ask other folks for money, use that money to build a product, then give that product to the publisher fully-formed only getting a small part of the profits. Would you do that? Put all that time, passion, and energy into something only to not really get to keep it in the end? It’s different than work-for-hire or contracted work… this is freely done. Ack.
  • Along with this bit of bad news, I’ll add some controversy. If you don’t know the main difference between IndieGoGo and Kickstarter, it boils down to who gets the money when the project ends its funding run. If a project fails to get fully funded at Kickstarter, you don’t lose your money. At IndieGoGo, it goes to the project founder regardless of success or failure if it’s set as “Flexible Funding” (check the IndieGoGo FAQ). Andrew @ Geek Native wonders if this is ethical. What do you think?
  • AfterEarth: The Fall is an interesting Kickstarter RPG that mixes post-apocalyptic bits with dark fantasy bits to come up with something unique. And Jeremy Penter, the designer, is asking backers to help develop the game. MazeController @ Flames Rising had a chance to interview Penter and gained some additional insights into the process.
  • And sometimes Kickstarters don’t come through in the time they think they will, as shown by Erik Tenkar @ Tenkar’s Tavern. I need to do this for my own list of Kickstarter projects I’ve supported…

Publisher News

Reviews

Site News

Tools

  • Want to create and run your own virtual starship? Artemis – the Spaceship Bridge Simulator – will let you do that across multiple Windows computers where each “station” on the bridge is a laptop or desktop in the network? Sounds cool, doesn’t it?

Ok… I hit critical mass, so here are a few articles that didn’t make it into the list above due to time constraints:

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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