I hope this doesn’t become Kickstarter’s final funding use

http://rhymeswithorange.com/comics/july-21-2014/

In other news, my wife finally noticed the Throne of Gamers sign that I posed on the guest bathroom door. Much mirth ensued.

New Flash Point Kickstarter just launched!

Happy, happy!  Joy, joy!  The new expansion is AN AIRPLANE!  I’ve been waiting for this and thought a jet would be totally doable after they went to a 12-sided die for the submarine and splitting the d6 into the front and back halves of the map.  Also included is a new role, a Fire Prevention Officer.  It’ll be interesting to see what they do.  The flip side of the board features a subway station, that should prove interesting.  As an exclusive for Kickstarter, a mini-map is included that adds another basement and attic level for last year’s Extreme Danger expansion.

I received the email  an hour ago and they’re already over 70% of their funding goal and I’m confident they’ll hit it by the end of the day.  The Kickstarter ends July 30 and they’re projecting a ship date (get it?  ship?  the Dangerous Waters expansion?) is estimated for November.  I don’t remember when last year’s expansion was promised for, but it did arrive in time for Christmas.

One VERY important note: the Kickstarter is limited to 3,000 copies, so order now!

The Throne of Games: Water is Coming….

Though I haven’t read the books and am leaning towards not reading them until the TV series is finished, we’re really enjoying the HBO production.  And John Kovalic is nigh unto infallible as far as I’m concerned.

http://www.dorktower.com/2014/06/25/milieu-of-loos-dork-tower-25-06-14/

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I’m low on toner on toner for my color laser, so I sucked it in to Photoshop and inverted it.  My wife hasn’t noticed yet that I’ve put it on our guest bathroom door.  I hope John doesn’t mind.

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Dynamite Comics Humble Bundle

Humble Bundle is doing a collection of comic books from Dynamite, the home of lots of good titles like Dresden, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, etc.  This bundle gives you 22 titles, some are singles and some are collections, of lots of good stuff for $15.  They’re available in PDF, ePub, Mobi: all at the same time.  Takes a little time to download them all, but I’m looking forward to it if I can squeze ‘em all in on my Nook HD+ for our trip to Phoenix and Vegas starting tomorrow.

The package is available for another five days.

And Happy Fourth of July!  Even if you’re not in the USA, you’re allowed to have a good one.  Just don’t start too many grass or forest fires, please.

https://www.humblebundle.com/books

John Kovalic’s Game Alignment Chart

Board games categorized along the full RPG alignment spectrum, from Lawful Good to Chaotic Evil.  I think I can agree with this.

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Click the picture to embiggen, or click on the link to go directly to the Dork Tower site (highly recommended).

http://www.dorktower.com/2014/05/28/gaming-alignment-dork-tower-28-05-14/

Ryan Macklin on GMs Listening and Celebrating

A very good post on RPG GMs applying some improv comedy skills to listen to the players and also to celebrate their achievements.  Excellent stuff that all GM should use.

http://ryanmacklin.com/2014/06/listening-celebrating/

(see, I can actually post things that aren’t Kickstarter!) ;-)

Backstory Cards, now live on Kickstarter!

These are pretty cool.  They’re used mainly when starting a campaign with new characters and are intended for the players sitting around the table to draw cards and, through narrative, create backstories that link the characters closer together as a group.  For example, someone might draw “You and PC worked to undermine or directly combat one of GROUP’S machinations.  What did that conflict cost you?  What did it cost GROUP?”

So we know that you and another player character worked together in the past, in this case the card (as seen on the Kickstarter project page) has an arrow pointing to the right, so it’s the person on your right that you fought GROUP with.  The arrow might also point above, indicating the person opposite you.  So it might not be the person that you’d like to do something with, and it might not be the character with the skill set that you want, but that’s what you need to work with.  As you create an impromptu story with the other PC, you’ve deepened both character’s backgrounds, added some lore to the game, and possibly added a skill to your character.  You’ve also deepened the story of GROUP, which might just be the group that you’re working with…

The cards work with ANY role-playing game because you’re just making background stories.  I first learned of this from Ryan Macklin’s blog (http://ryanmacklin.com/) who provided me with an early beta of the cards.  I immediately fell in love with them, unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity to get a group together and test them out.  The concept really appeals to me, I think any RPG is improved by having the characters more interconnected than ‘You meet in a tavern.’

The Kickstarter was created by Tim Rodriguez of Brooklyn Indie Games (http://brooklynindiegames.com/) and Ryan Macklin, it’s already reached its goal of $5,000 and will be open until Friday, July 18.  $15 will get you a printed set of the cards, lesser amounts will get you the PDF for print and play.  You can also download the beta if you’re a contributor.

 

Kickstarter page

Care to help a student working on a Masters thesis on Euro Games?

John Kovalic (of Dork Tower and Munchkins fame and more) was approached by a German university student who is looking for people to interview for her thesis, and specifically looking for people who play lots of Euro-style games.  Here’s an excellent chance to help someone out for a good cause.

http://www.dorktower.com/2014/05/13/be-part-of-a-master-thesis-on-gaming/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=be-part-of-a-master-thesis-on-gaming

A new eBook Humble Bundle!

Their fourth bundle went live last week, I’m late posting it because it came at the same time as I had my second cataract surgery and using a computer isn’t the easiest right now.

Anyway, many books in many formats, supporting both Kindle and ePub formats.  Titles currently include: Wizzywig: Portrait of a Serial Hacker by Ed Piskor, March: Book One by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, The Sword & Sorcery Anthology, From Hell by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell, Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind, The Alchemist by Paolo Bacigalupi, The Executioness by Tobias S. Buckell, Jam by Yahtzee Croshaw, andLovecraft’s Monsters: Anthology by Various including Neil Gaiman. Ellen Datlow, Editor.  The first three are available with any donation, the second four with donations above the current average (which is about $9.50 right now), the last two you get for a donation of $10 or more.  More books are planned to be included, they’ve just not been announced yet.

The bundle is available for another nine days, and the charities supported by this bundle are Doctors Without Borders and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, both worthy organizations IMO.

https://www.humblebundle.com/books

Civilization 6, or Alpha Centauri 2?

I’ve enjoyed Sid Meyer’s Civilization series for a while, I’ve spent a lot of hours on Civ V with friends and can fairly consistently kick its butt.  So I was quite pleased when it was announced that Civilization: Beyond Earth was in development.  You’re now on an alien planet and no longer have the historical referents of the planet that we know best to fall back upon.  It’ll be a totally different game play experience, and should be quite interesting because you’ll probably be totally hosed if you fall back on your usually-winning strategies from previous Civ games.

This is going to be interesting, I just hope they launch a Mac version when the PC version drops.

http://www.wired.com/2014/04/civilization-beyond-earth/

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