Travellers of the multiverse (Gamerati News Update)

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Hello! It’s the 21th of January, 2017. I’m Marcelo and I’m here to review the top 5 game news of the week on Gamerati News Update.

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Sarah Newton’s Mindjammer is now available for Traveller

The Ennie Award-winning transhuman science-fiction RPG setting returns in a brand new edition for use with the Traveller roleplaying game! It’s available as a 384-page hardcover for $43.99 or a PDF for $21.99. If you’re not sure about this new iteration of Mindjammer, you can check it out with Dominion, a free quickstart PDF that includes an action-packed adventure showcasing  the Mindjammer setting and rules. As with the core setting, it requires the Traveller core rulebook published by Mongoose.

Mindjammer is the RPG toolkit for the transhuman space opera novel of the same name and same author, Sarah Newton. It was originally published in 2009 by Cubicle 7 as a background setting for Starblazer Adventures. In 2014 Mindjammer was adapted to use FATE Core and published by Modiphius. With the 2017 Traveller version you’re pretty much running out of excuses not to run this excellent RPG to your friends.

Greater Than Games celebrates six years with Multiverse Month

A series of five promotional events at participating retailers will each focus on one of the company’s titles. Participating players enter for a change to win a game from Greater Than Games. There’ll also be a miniature painting competition for Sentinel Comics, with three winners chosen from each of four age tiers.

For this weekend, the game is New Bedford. Next weekend the game celebrated is Sentinels of the Multiverse. The following weekend is time for Traitor Mechanic. Then the weekend after that is Time Management. And the last weekend is Compounded.

You ca find participating stores at the official Multiverse Month website.

Privateer Press will change things up with direct-to-retailer starter kits for Warmachine and Hordes

The program is called Army Boxes, with a series of releases throughout the year, each featuring a different and complete 50-point faction from Warmachine or Hordes. The sets for January are the Cryx Army Box 2017 with an MSRP of $159.99 and the Circle Orboros Army Box 2017, with an MSRP of $139.99.

The idea is to offer an easily accessible purchase for a new player to get started with Warmachine and Hordes with a price point as low as possible. And, to keep that price low, Privateer intend the products to be directly placed in retail stores, circumventing normal distribution channels.

That sparked some negative press, so Brent Waldher, Director of Legal Affairs at Privateer, stated that this initial run had a very small number of products so they could test the market absorption of Army Boxes. To keep prices aggressively low, they placed the boxes directly into retailers’ hands, but it’s not meant to be a permanent system of distribution, only a initial run to get an idea of demand.

A new survey shows how some video games significantly confound overall genre expectations

Polygon reports that game consumer research Quantic Foundry has information on the gender breakdown of various genres, which shows the kinds of games favored by women and girls. Quantic Foundry’s findings show how certain titles are more appealing to female games than their competitors in the same genre.

The survey asked 270 thousand gamers to list up to nine games they play the most and ranked those games by genre. 18.5% of survey responders identified themselves as female, and most of them are in the mobile match-3 and social/farming games, but some specific games skew more or less towards women than the overall genre. For example, 36% of fantasy MMO players are women, but only 23% of World of Warcraft players are women. The games that attract considerably more women and girls than their genre are Star Wars: The Old Republic (29% of players identify themselves are women vs. 16% in sci-fi fantasy in general), Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (27% vs. 14%), and Dragon Age: Inquisition, which has 48% of the surveyed audience being female vs. 26% of its genre.

The survey results and methodology can be found at quanticfoundry.com.

A Werewolf: The Apocalypse video game is in the works

White Wolf Publishing announced the company has partnered with French independent video game distributor Focus Home Interactive to create a game inspired by the modern classic RPG Werewolf: The Apocalypse. The game will de developed by Cyanide, a French game studio best known for Styx: Master of Shadows and Blood Bowl. Cyanide is also developing a PS4 Call of Cthulhu game for Focus called Depths of Madness.

The Werewolf game has just been announced so there’s no more information than that. We’ll know more after this year’s Le What’s Next de Focus, a yearly press event by Focus Home Interactive to happen in Paris on the 1st and 2nd of February.

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