May 2014Posted by Sir Keith Tue, May 27, 2014 11:46:37
Just as the UK gaming community is getting ready for ukexpo, comes the news that our good friends from Modiphius and especially Chris Birch are taking over the reigns. Here is the official release:
Modiphius' Chris Birch and Jonathan Rowlands take over the "UK's friendliest gaming event"
This year, as Dragonmeet gears up to celebrate its 15th birthday on Saturday 15th December at Kensington Town Hall, a new management team has been announced. Chris Birch, the founder of Modiphius Entertainment and long time music business entrepreneur Jonathan Rowlands have acquired the much loved convention from previous owners Cubicle 7 Entertainment.
"I love Dragonmeet," said Dominic McDowall, CEO of Cubicle 7, "but making great games is what Cubicle 7 is about. The success of our games, especially our Doctor Who and Lord of the Rings ranges, means that they need to be our focus and we can't give Dragonmeet the attention it deserves. It's been a difficult decision - we are all tremendously fond of the show - but it has made it a lot easier to be handing over to such a talented and experienced team. With Chris and Jonathan, Dragonmeet is in very safe hands, and I can't wait to see what they have planned!"
Together, Chris and Jonathan plan a revamp of the London based tabletop games convention promising 'more exhibitors, more games, more tournaments and more entertainment'. Expanding in to four new spaces in the Kensington Town Hall, and extending the opening hours till 11pm the team are specifically introducing more boardgames, tournaments, miniature wargames, cosplay and a programme of evening entertainment.
May 2014Posted by Sir Keith Fri, May 16, 2014 18:28:54Thirstyknights are proud to announce their first kickstarter.
A Card & Dice Game for 3-6 Players, Set in a Fantasy Inn Setting, Guess your outcome, roll the dice, watch your opponents!
You are a rookie bartender hired by the dwarven ex-adventure Gorak
Longbeard, who is the head bartender and owner of the Troll Head
Tavern. Gorak has decided to run a competition, a simple
competition which is the rookie bartender who serves the most beers
keeps their job for another day!
In the game, you each take a
turn being the dealer. Each player gets dealt 5 cards. There are three
different type of cards, White, Yellow and Red Cards. The white cards
are divided into Customer Cards (these cards show you how many dice you
will roll); Re-roll Cards (these allow you to re-roll a given amount of
the dice) and bonus cards (which give you bonus points); the Yellow
cards ( which help you) and Red cards (which you play on your opponents
to hinder them)
Each Player in turn plays yellow cards if they
have them, replenishing their hand, then they count (not out loud) how
many dice symbols are shown on their remaining cards and decide how many
beer glasses they are going to roll on the custom dice and place the
beer token on the number they are calling on there beermat, each player
in turn plays any red cards they have in their hand on any of their
opponents. After this the players reveal their hands and roll the custom
dice and score their hand, with adjustments from the cards (if any),
then receive the coins they have won that turn and after every player
has had a turn at being the dealer, the coins are added up and the
winner is the one with the most coins.
Please have a look and consider backing this game. You can try it out at UKExpo at the end of the month at Birmingham Hilton.
May 2014Posted by Sir Keith Mon, May 12, 2014 11:59:22
So – This is the third attempt to do this update – thanks to computer crashes :(
Here are the latest updates from the UK RPGs that have successfully kickstartered…
Whats O.L.D is N.E.W.
There is a quick update on this on my last posting so please have a look. At the moment more funding is trickling in so more goals are being hit. This really has turned out great value and I heartily recommend still checking this out. I will review as I get my hard copies and PDFs….
Another recent RPG that still seems to be hitting funding goals, the new sculpts for miniatures; special dice from Q Workshop and numerous setting PDFs. There is such a great range available and you can still get in on the awards if you pledge on the site. Well worth investigating.
The latest update for this great RPG was a real mixed bag. I will give you the actual message:
“The lead writer on Assault on the Mountains of Madness has had to drop out, though the project is over 45% written between the other writer's involved. Working with so many creator's it's inevitable that something like this happens, so we are just getting on and recruiting a replacement. As this book is due to ship with Shadows of Atlantis and the three cross-over books (Dust, Godlike and Interface 19.40) it's likely to slow down Wave 3. We've been trying to keep the Wave 3 shipment from being more than 4 months over due but it looks like that might push back a month depending how we get on.
Of course PDF's will keep coming - Eastern Front, North Africa and The Fate Keeper's Guide should be out soon, and will also ship together in Wave 2 as soon as they'll all ready to print. We'll then be releasing the rest of Wave 3 books in PDF as they're completed so we'll be keeping you busy digitally in the meantime. My goal was to ship Wave 3 in late June but being realistic it's looking like late July or August as we don't want to rush this important book in the line. The good news is Assault' is likely to be somewhat episodic so we'll be able to issue PDF episodes to backer's who chose it. Here's where we are with the remaining books:
- Fate Keeper's Guide - Final pages of layout, proofread. Then Release!
- Eastern Front - text edits, then layout next. Interior Art complete, cover being drawn.
- North Africa - text edits, then layout next, Art complete
- Terrors of the Secret War - rewrite on some section then edit and layout, Art complete
- Interface 19.40 - text complete, edit, layout. Art 50% complete
- Secrets of the Dust - text complete, final re-writes, edit, layout. Art being commissioned
- Power of the Gods - final playtesting of powers, edit, layout. Art being commissioned
- Shadows of Atlantis - writing. Art being commissioned. Will be released episodically in pdf before final pre-print PDF.
- Assault on the Mountains of Madness - writing. Art approx 30% complete. Will be released episodically in PDF before final pre-print PDF.”
I will keep reviewing and keep you updated…
The funding was confirmed after Easter and so the guys are now in full production mode. To give full detail:
“Our first plan is to place all the orders for the external elements that we require, so Artwork, Maps, Armour, Swords & Figures will have orders placed with the Artists and specialist suppliers for each element; we'll update you on these as they progress.
The main job for us over the next 2 months (sounds like a long time but it will go fast) is to prep all the material ready for the first edit and type-setting / layout test work.
By the end of June we will aim to send all the work to the type-setter / layout artist; by the end of August we plan to have a working draft for final proof reading and by September be ready to complete our negotiations with printers.
This will put us in a timely position to fulfill digital pledges in October and physical pledges in November.”
Another successful UK RPG, this is one that I am really looking forward to. So where are they? Well the update says…..
“Its 99.9% setting material now, but we want to make sure we give equal balance to all the cultures, Dan in particular needs his enthusiasm for adding new stuff reigning in on occasion!
Those of you who follow the FB page will have seen some of Ollie's fantastic new art I'm sure (like the one below), and we can report that Gary Chalk is on a roll with a whole stack of new pictures for us too :)
A lot more Patrons have also finally come through with their stuff as well, we're still chasing the last 4 or so 'Explorers' for their location ideas (so if your one of them please drop us a line), otherwise we'll be putting the space up for grabs amongst the rest of you lovely backers.
My new estimate is that we're a few weeks off getting all of our stuff finished and the patron content edited and formatted into the main book. I really don't know about the art after that but hopefully not too much longer.”
River of Heaven
A science fiction role-playing game set in the 28th Century, using a modified version of the OpenQuest D100 system
“work on River of Heaven has continued and I'm now halfway through the layout with a general feeling that I've broken the back of the work.”
Cthulhu Britannica: London
A deluxe boxed setting for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game, putting 1920s London at your tentacle-tips!
The deluxe boxed set Kickstarter has been a great success!
“Artwork for The London Boxed Set is coming in thick and fast!... The Investigator’s Book is about to go into layout and it’s looking absolutely beautiful. I’m so glad we went for the black and white look - it’s so much more atmospheric for this era”
Wow – so much going on that it is great to see the health of RPGs in the UK. Anything we can do to support we will so watch this space.
And remember to let me know what UKRoleplaying can do to support your RPG project!!
May 2014Posted by Sir Keith Fri, May 09, 2014 10:01:59
WOW - congratulations to Morrus from ENWorld and the successful funding of his kickstarter "What's O.L.D. is N.E.W."
This is a very crunchy system for fantasy dungeon campaigns (O.L.D.) or for advanced Sci-Fi adventures (N.E.W.) In addition I am very excited about his stretch goal of N.O.W. An RPG set in the 1980's, with talking cars, mercs and hi-tech helicopters. I will of course review all these once i have received them.....
Excitement is ramping up for UK Expo and I am lining up a list of several interviews. I will be speaking with the guys from Orin Rakatha, Shadows of Esteren, Modiphius, Cubicle 7 and Chronicle City.
In regards to UK Expo, Thirstyknight games will be launching the Every Rounds Counts kickstarter and testing Tinku - a fantasy army card game with amazing art.....