Rick has been in touch with Roger who is designing a space trader board game here locally. He has invited us to attend a demo/discussion session at At Ease Games (in Miramar in case you didn’t realize they had moved to a bigger store) tomorrow 7/12 at 6pm. He is still developing rules and would like feedback from players so he can progress towars getting the game published.
For those of you who couldn’t make it Free RPG Day at Pair A Dice went off pretty well. The store opening time was 10am but by 9:45 we had at least ten people waiting outside in line. Shawn, Gail and I volunteered to run the freebie/swag table to make sure everybody only took what they were allowed. Everyone got one item, store Royalty Rewards members were allowed a second item and anyone who purchased at least $10 from the store was allowed one additional item.
It was encouraging that most of the people in the first hour were already members. There was a nice assortment of booklets, many of them from Catalyst Game Labs. I personally picked up Cosmic Patrol which is a light RPG based on the new Cue System from Catalyst. The interesting thing about this system is that it doesn’t have a traditional Game Master, instead it has a Lead Narrator which passes to each player when a new scene begins. The setting is a 1930s-1940s pulp science fiction theme something along the lines of Flash Gordon or Commando Cody. Continue reading
Anyone interested in transhuman sci-fi roleplaying should check out Eclipse Phase (produced by Posthuman Studios, published by Catalyst Games). Below is some info about the game:
Biotechnology allows people to genefix, enhance, and clone their bodies, while others pursue body modifications to adapt to new environments or make themselves into something no longer quite human. People’s minds and memories can be digitized, uploaded, transferred over long distances, and downloaded into new bodies (biological or synthetic). Death has been defeated—for those who can afford it.
Eclipse Phase uses a variant d100/percentile system with some twists. The game is fast and simple, streamlined so players can dive into the world and action without being burdened down by complex rules.
One really interesting facet is that it was released under the Creative Commons Attribution- Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. What this means is that you can redistribute it with attribution as long as you don’t charge money for it and you attribute the original material to Posthuman Studio.
In an effort to drum up some players to maybe run a campaign you can get the quick-start rules and the core rule book here at FGS. If you are interested in playing then don’t read the adventure section of the quick-start rules as that would spoil your fun.
Please visit our forums to read the newly posted review of The Manhattan Project by Minion Games.
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Wyrd Miniatures is having their birthday sale from now until Monday December 10 at their webstore. They have some previous special releases (like the Egg Hauler, Nightmare Chompy and Teddy) as well as a couple of the new Ten Thunders dual-faction box sets early.
Note there are only 13 Nightmare Edition Lord Chompy Bits left over from failed transactions last year. Last chance for them. Only ONE per any order till they are out of stock. No exceptions.
Also Available Early
Slate published a nice article about the miniature gamers in the military. While they only mention Warhammer 40K by name that’s probably due the fact that it must be by far the most popular game among active duty military.
What kind of people stage make-believe wars with armloads of Space Marines? A lot of the time, it’s real Marines. Games Workshop’s U.S.-based outreach manager estimates that 20 to 25 percent of Games Workshop’s American customers are active members of the military. If you include veterans, she says, that number jumps to about 40 percent. “The bottom line is, there are nerds everywhere,” Carey explains. “I’ve been an infantryman for 20 years. I’m no stranger to fighting. But I’m a total nerd.”
Privateer Press’ new army buildergamer tracker mobile app War Room is now available for Android and iOS but seems to be getting mixed reviews at best. See our Facebook page for a discussion or our forum thread.