This month, Mike and Roger examine some real-life weirdness, interview
Phil Masters, discuss the passage of
game time, and consider the future of the future of role-playing games.
North Korean ghost boats,
another news story
Bruce Schneier's comments;
the idea of Aleister Crowley being Barbara Bush's father
(it's come up quite a bit since the millennium, though we hadn't heard
of it before December);
The Small Folk,
the unofficial rules for small characters (and much more) in GURPS 3e,
the xkcd cartoon "DNA",
Sinbad the Sailor,
The Wars of Atlantis,
Tales of Gargentihr;
Phil Masters's Gloriana campaign log,
Pyramid 53 with a couple of advance-planning systems,
Bundle of Holding,
the Mindjammer kickstarter,
recent statements by Phil Reed of Steve Jackson Games
(and more here),
the RuneQuest II kickstarter,
the High Wycombe "Wednesday Night" group.
That Call of Cthulhu campaign with the very strict timeline is of
course Masks of Nyarlathotep.
Music by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com.
- Posted by Phil Masters at
02 January 2016
Thanks for the interview. By the way, a curious but probably atypical data point: I hadn't been around Heffers/Blackwells in Cambridge for a while, and then I discovered the other day that it not only has a fairly respectable board games section (Dixit, Catan, etc., but with expansions as well as core sets), but that even included a small shelf of RPGs, and not just D&D!
(Okay, the non-sword and sorcery material was mostly Cthulhu, but still.)
- Posted by Owen Smith at
02 January 2016
Dad's Army and Allo Allo also lasted longer as TV series than WWII, it's quite common.
The problem with SJ Games and Discworld/Mars Attacks appears to be that they are not yet prepared to admit that games shops are the past for RPG supplements, despite the fact it's the shops and distributors that won't pre-order enough copies. Munchkin is absolutely driven by shops, and for physical product the company seems unwilling to have two approaches.
Personally I use PDFs under duress, I have to really want the supplement to buy it. I find printed copy much easier to use and reference. I've been saddened to see how many people on the SJ Games forums state they'd be entirely happy for GURPS to go PDF only, because as far as I'm concerned that's the beginning of The End.
- Posted by Chris at
06 January 2016
I would like to see Transhuman Space 2nd edition and would pay in a kickstarter to see it happen.
I guess in 5 years time we may see print shops where you can print on demand books, 3d objects, etc. That may give life to the gaming pdf market. Imagine the print machine will scan the pdf and send money to the publisher as a licence fee as part of the printing cost.
- Posted by RogerBW at
06 January 2016
Lulu already offers something close to that for books, though I believe there's still a "setup cost" separate from the per-print rate, and I've heard very good things about doxdirect.com though I haven't used them myself.
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