Friday Knight News – Gaming Edition: 11-MAY-2012

Happy Friday everybody!

Next week is my 42nd birthday (too many candles or the fire department will show up), which means I will be as old as the ultimate answer to the ultimate question of “ target=”_blank”>Life, the Universe, and Everything” according to Douglas Adams. Yes, the answer is 42, though we still don’t know the question. But I shall do my best to hold up to the philosophy of Dirk Gently, holistic detective, throughout the year. That means if I’m ever lost, I shall find someone who looks like they know where they’re going and follow them. Even though I’ll probably not end up where I was originally headed, I will hopefully end up where I need to be…

Speaking of being lost, since last Friday (and the Avengers – w00t!), we’ve seen some intriguing posts on GKR. Robert wrote about trying to breathe new life into the traditional adventure plot where the PCs get weather-blasted into a small town hidden in the mountains or on the coast seeking shelter… Creighton focused on some thoughts around encounter and adventure design in a new campaign… I took a look at New Paths: The Expanded Spell-less Ranger from Open Design for PFRPG and Player Minion, a 4E character management app for iPad and iPhone from Goathead Software… And the Gassy Gnoll waxed philosophically about a few of his favorite undead creatures.

Apparently we ended up where we needed to be – but next week, who knows what might show up!

That said, today you’re probably more interested in… the news!!

Food for Thought

Games and Gaming

Kickstarter

Publisher News

  • Bedrock Games and RPGPundit have teamed up to work on – Arrows of Indra, designed for old-school heroic fantasy inspired by the Mahabharata and other Indian legends. Anything that combines assassins, demons, monkey-men, Nagas, Rakshasa, and more has my attention! I’ll definitely keep my ears to the ground for more on this as the project nears release…
  • Dark Harvest – The Legacy of Frankenstein – Resistance goes on sale in PDF form next Monday, May 14th from Cubicle 7! As a huge fan of the first Dark Harvest book, I can hardly wait to see what twisted adventures await in Promethea now! (The hard copy is slated to be available at the end of June, so keep an eye out for that as well.)
  • If you’ve ever wanted the chance to game with a celebrity author, Crafty Games is raffling off tickets for six lucky winners to have a chance to play a five-hour session with Brandon Sanderson at Gen Con 2012! If you’re lucky enough to get to Gen Con this year, I’m already jealous – but this sounds like loads of fun!
  • Do you ever have naming problems for the demi-humans in your campaign? You know – the stray elven merchant, dwarven barkeep, gnomish dealer in rare two-handed swords. What do you call them? Fret no longer! Raging Swan Press and Creighton Broadhurst are here to save the day with So What’s the Demi-Human Called, Anyway?! 500 first names and 250 family names and nicknames for dwarves, elves, halflings, gnomes. and half-orcs. Check it out at RPGnow (when it’s available) or get more details at the Raging Swan website!
  • Meanwhile, over at the Heroes Against Darkness website – Justin Halliday has released the Heroes Against Darkness RPG! A free, fast, flexible, fully-featured, and indie d20 RPG that has similarities with older editions of D&D, but is *not* D&D. I hope to check it out soon!
  • Also in the “free and cool” category is Josh Roby’s Vicious Crucible of Verdigris Valley! The peaceful Verdigris Valley is going to be invaded – will you stop the impending doom? Roby is using a “ransom model” for his games – releasing the first game for free and asking folks to kick in to the Kickstarter campaign to keep it going! Help Josh raise the $2k he needs to keep the ball rolling!
  • Also releasing new products this week are Rite Publishing with Faces of the Tarnished Souk: Po’Kesteros, the Lostling, LPJ Design’s Classes of NeoExodus: Machinesmith, and Fat Dragon Games’ E-Z Dungeons: Basic Set (for a brief time!)

Reviews

Tools

That’s it for this week on the news front. If you want a bit more, check out the Weekly Roundup at Roving Band of Misfits, the Weekly Assembly from Gamer Assembly, and Chris Hackler’s “What’s Up With D&D?” at ENWorld. 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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