Two new scenarios for Mindjammer RPG, Asmodee NA reveals its games for Asmoplay 2016, Gale Force 9 announces Star Trek: Ascendancy, and Fable Legends might get a second breath.
Two new adventures for Sarah Newton’s awesome Mindjammer RPG
Mindjammer is the novel and RPG by Sarah Newton, who ran a successful Kickstarter late last year that reached 1,000% while looking to update and expand her transhuman action sci-fi roleplaying game. The 80-page scenario The City People was the first goal, having being shipped to backers recently and is now available to the public from Modiphiüs and DriveThruRPG.
In The City People an event horizon probe has discovered a lost colony world beyond the Commonality Frontier like no one has ever seen before. The book includes: a mysterious and lethal alien world to explore; a deadly multi-session scenario of conflict, investigation, and mystery; tech specs, deckplans, and details of the Space Force instrumentality; and pre-generated characters, including the chance to play a sentient starship!
The second release, Dominion, takes place beyond the borders of the New Commonality of Humankind, in the Sentient Alliance, turbulent worlds where the embers of the Venu War still glow. The book is a 48-page quickstart with rules that enable you to play a Mindjammer game + four pre-generated characters; descriptions, maps, and plans of a strange alien world with an exotic lost colony civilization; and a complete action-packed adventure showcasing the Mindjammer setting and rules, playable in one or more sessions.
You can get Dominion as free PDF or print + PDF bundle for £5, and The City People PDF for £8 (or $12 at DriveThruRPG) or print + PDF for £15 at the Modiphiüs store.
Source: Mindjammer Press
We know which games are part of Asmoplay 2016, Asmodee NA’s Organized Play Program for retail stores
Asmoplay 2106 begins in the third quarter of the year, with 7 Wonders Duel; the one-on-one take on 7 Wonders released last November. The game for the fourth quarter is Colt Express, the historic train-robbing board game which won the Spiel des Jahres 2015. For Q1 2017, the game is Mysterium, a supernatural mystery game, where players take the role of journalists traveling to another dimension attempting to solve a murder. Then, the second quarter 2017 gets Takenoko, possibly the cutest game of 2014 and one of the top 10 most sold games of that year.
Every Asmoplay 2016 kit ships two copies of each game to each participating retailer with promotional material and information to run tournaments, casual game days or league play. The kits will also come with exclusive components such as metallic pieces, playmats, promo cards, exclusive dice bags, and a lot more. Look for more information at your FLGS. If they’re not part of the Organized Play Program, they have until the end of the month to sign up.
Get Ready for Star Trek: Ascendancy by Gale Force 9
Star Trek: Ascendancy is a giant 4X board game that pits the United Federation of Planets, the Klingon Empire, and the Romulan Star Empire. You strike out of your homeworlds to expand your civilization’s influence into the larger galaxy through peaceful exploration or aggressive conquest. The box comes with more than 200 plastic miniatures and 30 tokens representing Star Trek’s most notable planets and locations.
There are already two expansions planned, one for the Cardassian Union and the other for the Ferengi Alliance. The game is set to release during the North Hemisphere summer, MSRP $100. It’s available for pre-order at the official site.
Can we get enough Star Trek games? No, we can’t get enough Star Trek games.
Source: Gale Force 9
Fable Legends might not be as dead as fans thought
Fable Legends is the light-hearted MMORPG based on the Fable franchise, a series of open world action RPGs that started in 2004, generated half-a-dozen sequels and expansions, and spanned through hundreds of years of the nation of Albion.
Fable Legends began development in 2012 and was close to an open beta when Microsoft closed Lionhead, the British studio who was developing the game about a month ago. But now rumors have surfaced that hint at some employees being given the chance to finish the game as an independent studio. There’s very little detail right now; Microsoft issued a statement saying they won’t discuss the matter publicly.
I think it would be a shame to see such amount of work going to waste, but that’s something pretty common in the video game industry. So… if you’re a Fable fan, I wouldn’t hold my breath.