Independence Day Representation Fan-Made Special (Gamerati News Update)

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Free shipping from everything Modiphius (only today), gender representation in board game box art, X-Wing Miniatures fan-made expansion, and State of Decay One Year Survival Edition special retail boxed set.

Modiphius gives free shipping in this Independence Day

Modiphius Entertainment, the publishers of Achtung! Cthulhu, Fragged Empire, Dust Adventures, Space 1889, Mutant Chronicles, the Thunderbirds board game and many more is offering free shipping up to a value of $46 in their entire range of RPGs, board games, books, novels, and card games for customers in the US, Canada, and EU. All you need to do is enter the code STRNGRTGTHR at checkout on Modiphius.net and shipping will be on them.

Remember: free shipping will be for a limited time only on the 4th July across both UK, European and North American time zones. The reason they’re doing this? Why, the anniversary of the death of August Derleth, of course, H.P. Lovecraft’s close friend and one of the most influential writers in the Cthulhu circle, who helped develop much of the mythos as we know it today. That’s also why Modiphius’ Terrors of the Secret War, a complete compendium of monstrous Lovecraftian horrors, is 40% off on DriveThruRPG also only today.

Source: Modiphius

Gender representation in board game art is not looking so good

Erin Ryan has posted on The Cardboard Republic the results of a little research on gender representation in board game cover art. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody that white men are overrepresented in gaming art while women and people of color are underrepresented, but Erin wanted get some hard data specifically on the gender divide and if things are getting better or worse.

The numbers cover the top 20 and top 100 games on Board Game Geek between 2009 and 2016 and it’s well worth a reading for the discussion on the sample data, the approach method and, of course, the results.

Erin found out that, although depiction of women is slowly increasing over the years, sheep are more represented on board game cover art. The article ends with the comments given by a couple of artists and companies regarding the subject matter and kind of a silver lining — the fact that we’re seeing some progress, which is what the dominant group in any discussion on representation will point out: progress is slow, but happens. Nevertheless, if you’re a member of the underrepresented or oppressed group, you know damn well who a snail pace benefits.

Source: The Cardboard Republic

Experience the battle of Hoth playing X-Wing Miniatures with this upcoming fan-made expansion

Two fans of Fantasy Flight Games Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures are preparing a set of rules for ground-based units to fit into the core rules of the game. With it, you’ll be able to fly a squad of X-Wings against AT-AT Walkers or defend the frontline with a platoon of infantry, turrets, and T-47 Snowspeeders. These are some of the many possibilites included in Ground Assault, the name of the fan expansion.

They’ll be releasing Ground Assault: Battle of Hoth as a free download package with paper print instructions this northern hemisphere summer. The designers behind it are very clear they aren’t associated with Fantasy Flight Games and that this is a free, fan-made thing. If you want to know when the expansion is out, follow the news link in the shownotes and subscribe to their mailing list.

Source: X-Wing Ground Assault

State of Decay is getting special edition PC retail release

Distributor Nordic Games announced on E3 that Undead Labs is working on State of Decay 2 for release on Xbox One and Windows PC in 2017. Meanwhile, the first game, State of Decay, is getting it’s first retail version. Specifically, it’s the Survival Edition, the 2015 graphic revamp of the game. Starting August 9, you’ll be able to buy the $20 clamshell case that includes the game on DVD, a poster, and the game’s soundtrack on CD.

State of Decay has it’s flaws, but I love it so much that I’m going to acquire this retail version because of the soundtrack alone. Meanwhile, the game is still available on Xbox live for Xbox 360 and Xbox One and on Steam for Windows PCs. And every time my spouse sees me playing State of Decay, she’ll still say: “you’re playing this game again?”.

Source: Nordic Games

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