Paizo brings back Curse of the Crimson Throne Pathfinder path; Modiphius Frontiers is your new living campaign for Achtung! Cthulhu, Mutant Chronicles, Conan, and Infinity; Lone Shark Games fights against puzzle plagiarism; Disney pulls the plug on Disney Infinity!
The classic Pathfinder adventure Curse of the Crimson Throne returns updated and expanded
Curse of the Crimson Throne was a Pathfinder Adventure Path originally released in 2008. In it, the adventurers are tasked by the newly-crowned Queen of Korvosa of finding the source of a wave of monster and bandit attacks to the city.
The 480-page hardcover book collects the six adventures that make the Adventure Path, including a brand new mission, new illustrations, and updated rules for monsters, magic items and character options. The book is set to release in September, MSRP $60.
Modiphius Entertainment announces Modiphius Frontiers
Modiphius Frontiers is going to be a series of living campaigns for some of the company’s most prominent role-playing games.
A living campaign is part of an organized play effort to have groups of players around the world running the same scenarios and then submit the results of their games, which in turn shapes the storyline of upcoming scenarios. Modiphius plans the climax of those campaigns to happen at tables at major conventions and from there decide the shape of things to come.
Achtung! Cthulhu is going to be the first one to get such treatment later this year, followed by Mutant Chronicles, with both Conan and Infinity following in 2017. The first convention event is already scheduled for Dragonmeet in London in December.
Lone Shark Games asks for boycott of newspapers who plagiarize crossword puzzles
Mike Selinker of Lone Shark Games asked the game community to spread the word on social media and boycott the USA Today and content syndicate Universal Uclick due to more than 60 crossword puzzles plagiarized in the last months. Selinker suggested the hashtag “gridgate” and explained to Forbes that “[o]ur people are united in the belief that selling intellectual property to USA Today and Universal Uclick now will invite the same type of abuse of creators that we have seen so far”.
It all began in March when it came to light that crosswords editor Timothy Parker has been plagiarizing puzzles from The New York Times and other sources since at least August 2015. Parker is reported to have been placed in a leave of absence from Universal Uclick since April and is known to edit his own Wikipedia entry to eliminate any references to the case.
Disney is shutting down Disney Infinity
In a more that probably surprised everyone, Disney announced they’ll close the doors on the collectable miniatures/video game hybrid Disney Infinity and leave the self-published console game arena, only licensing from now on. The move is a surprise because Disney Infinity, which aggregates licenses from sundry Disney franchises and also Star Wars and Marvel, outsold Skylanders, the Activison franchise that created the category, last fall.
Apparently, Disney Infinity’s sales have stalled, as the company’s latest financial report includes a $147 million charge primarily for an inventory writedown of the game.
Skylanders, fortunately, is alive and well. So far.