Reports from GenCon 2022 of harassment of PoC and LGBTQ+ attendees lead people to think that personal info had been leaked by organizers. The harassing messages were in the form of text messages and phone calls. GenCon stated that they only contact attendees by e-mail. This is an unfortunate situation after having the convention canceled two years in a row due to the pandemic.
SpiceDAO, the crypto fan group that purchased a copy of the Jodorowsky’s Dune production bible for a ridiculous amount of money, is no more. Spice Club is the new and much poorer iteration. They are looking for a buyer for the book and are making NFTs with Frank Miller. None of this makes any damn sense.
Dragons and Demons (Drakar och Demoner) is finally being released in English by Free League. This is just in time for the 40th anniversary of its first appearance in Sweden. It will be called Dragonbane and the project will be on Kickstarter. The announcement also hinted at an updated version of the rules. Now we know what happened to the rights with the IP sale that RiotMinds recently announced. Better late than never?
Privateer Press is bringing us a new version of Warmachine. Warmachine MkIV will also fold in the Hordes setting as well. It will feature and streamlining of the rules set and new miniatures. The miniatures will be 3D printed in-house, possibly SioCast, which may help the international market. If and when they set up foreign production. Are you excited for a miniatures game that only existed because Games Workshop was so incompetent? Or will is all forgiven for their distribution problems with MkIII? And last, but not least,
Wicked Ones is returning to Kickstarter for an off-set printed edition and new standalone expansion called Undead Awakening. The game uses the Forged in the Dark system and features excellent artwork. We hope to soon get an interview with Ben Nielson from Bandit Camp about the project and the origin of this popular game. And for once we will be in the same time zone, because Bandit Camp is also based in Japan! #gencon #wickedones #warmachine #dragonbane
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The Darkest Dungeon boardgame Wave 1, the English language core game, is printed and ready ship. Unfortunately for Mythic, the company that designed the boardgame, which is based on the PC game by Red Hook Studios, the costs of shipping have dramatically increased. They are now asking backers to contribute a small additional amount to help make up for the $875K difference after they have already added over a million themselves in cooperation with Red Hook. Of course the comments and criticism are flying. This is putting Mythic in a tight spot. These addition costs are unforeseen and as Kickstarter is NOT a preorder, it seems they are justified in asking for this additional funding. It is either that or just dump the whole thing in the China Sea so they can stop paying storage costs.
A surprise message from DriveThruRPG informed us that due to the closure of RiotOnline we are being sent complimentary codes for PDFs of all the materials we had on this digital platform. This situation comes hot on the heels of Astral announcing they are done. RiotMinds is selling their IP catalog to CMON games. This includes Trudvang Chronicles, LexOccultum, and the Ruin Masters brands. Who knows what CMON will do with them. They do have a studio dedicated to TTRPGs so let’s hope for the best.
Restoration Games is returning to their successful reboot of Dark Tower with a seconding printing of Return to Dark Tower. It will also include a new expansion called Covenant that will include new heroes and mechanics. They are already near $1 million on the second printing this time on Backerkit. If you missed it the first time around this gives you a chance to get the game and for those that pledge it offers the chance to get some of the premium upgrades offered in the first Kickstarter campaign.
Finally, Kadokawa the publisher of Call of Cthulhu in Japan has announced a new smartphone app tentatively named Cthulhu Myth TRPG Rulebook PLUS. It will offer for the first time a single place to access all the books produced over the past 40 years for Call of Cthulhu in Japan. It will immediately only be available to iOS on iPhones but that could change depending on popularity. The app allows users to mark pages and add notes. It is free and offers the books as in-app purchases.
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