Friday Knight News – Gaming Edition: 8-JUN-2012

Given a choice, this issue of Friday Knight News might be called the “Promethean” edition given that Ridley Scott‘s Alien-derived-yet-new-universe in Prometheus hits theaters here in the States today. Though my daughters would prefer I somehow worked Madagascar into the mix (“I got to move it, move it…”)… But I decided we’d just stick with the “Gaming” edition and be boring. You’re less interested in the title anyway and hopefully more engaged by the web of great content created elsewhere. πŸ™‚ (By the way, I was going to use the acronym FKN, but it can be read a certain way that may not be appropriate to all our readers and chose to avoid it… for now. [insert evil grin])

This has been one heck of a week between work, the last week of soccer for a while, and some amazing hail, rain, wind, and lightning that has been bombarding us the last couple of nights. I’m hopeful I won’t be out moving bricks and digging temporary drainage ditches again this week, ’cause that wasn’t much fun. Not to mention the server issues that plagued GKR starting early Sunday morning my time. All of that is behind us thankfully and next week will be better… I hope. My plan is to get back into the regular cycle of reviews and other goodies starting this weekend. Hopefully the Fates will be kind!

The only content here was an update on the server issues, an article where the Gassy Gnoll is wondering aloud about whether certain classes are introverts or extroverts, and a great guest post from Chris Lewis Carter of Camp Myth. (For more about Camp Myth, check out this great article from Dennis N. Santana @ The Spirits of Eden!) (I think I’ve talked Chris into doing a monthly column about mythology and gaming, so hopefully we’ll hear more from him in the near future!)

Hopefully the rest of you are hanging in there and haven’t been hit by tornadoes, misfortune, or plain bad luck. It’s the weekend, so that has to count for something!!

On that note, Happy Friday and on to the news!!

D&D Next/5e

Food for Thought

Games and Gaming


  • Got maps? If not, check out AJ’s “A Region Charted” (ARC) project at Kickstarter – “ARC: Map Pack Volume I.” Ten different maps you can use in a variety of ways (hard copy or electronic), to inspire you as GM, to instill fear into your players, or even just to wallpaper a room in your home. The artwork looks terrific and I’ve already tossed my coins in the fountain. With about 30 days to go, I’m hoping they hit their $8500 goal! Can you help?
  • In the “holy cow there’s a lot of interest in Traveller” bucket this week, we have Marc “Traveller” Miller’s Traveller 5th Edition project at KS. With more than three weeks left to raise funds, they’re quickly approaching $100k – more than 4x what they were hoping for!! I only played Travellerbriefly in Tempe, AZ and definitely enjoy the amazing scope of that universe. Obviously I’m not alone. πŸ™‚

    Fractured Phylactery -

  • Are you looking for a high-level adventure for your Pathfinder group? Might I recommend the “Fractured Phylactery” KS project from Erik Bauer and the folks at Gaming Paper? Obviously the world needs a good battle between good and a crazy wizard lich, right? Just make sure you send high-level characters at it – I’d hate to see what the lich might do to a group of 1st level PCs… [shudder]
  • If you’re considering jumping into the Kickstarter or IndieGoGo game for a gaming project, you should probably look at the Geek Industrial Complex’ report on 150 projects for 2011-2012. Lots of data and obviously lots of money in crowdsourcing new RPGs!
  • Do you like bugs? If not, you might want to avoid “Last Stand” – a new project that features giant insects, big radioactive lizards, alien invaders, and destroyed cities. The art looks great and reminds me a bit of some of the Palladium artists I’ve seen in the past. Has anyone played with the Fortune System before? If you have a giant-sized can of Raid, toss some coins into this one!
  • As I’ve been enjoying DCC RPG a bit at a time, I was pleased to see that there’s a new Kickstarter from the folks at Brave Halfling for some DCC adventures! Erik Tenkar @ Tenkar’s Tavern points us to the “Appendix N Adventures” Kickstarter and I have to say I just put a few $$ in the jar for this one too! Check it out!
  • One of the more unusual gaming-related projects at Kickstarter recently is the “Table-Top RPG Boards” project from WILLWRIGHT Gaming. The idea is to have a portable briefcase-style map board that could contain all the pieces (minis, dice, maps, etc) for your game and set up very easily. Has anyone seen one of these boards in action beyond the video?
  • Another KS project I discovered this week was Dungeon World from Sage Kobold Productions. A game all about dungeon exploration, fighting monsters, and gathering loot? Sounds about perfect! What I like is that it’s available now via Creative Commons and the project is serving to get it out to more folks. Jeremy Friesen @ Take on Rules has a great article about why you should throw some $$ into this project if you’re not sold yet. πŸ™‚

Publisher News



That’s it for this week on the news front. If you want a bit more, check out:

There’s definitely plenty of news go go around!

One last note – congrats to David @ Beyond the Pale Gate on achieving 200 posts and 10,000 hits! Keep up the great work!! (I really like the “Magical Catastrophe Table” article from this week… Diabolical!)

I hope everybody has a great weekend!

As always, if you feel I missed something (and it would be impossible NOT to), drop me a quick note via the contact page or drop me an e-mail at news(at)gameknightreviews(dot)com and I’ll add it to the list for next week!

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2 comments to Friday Knight News – Gaming Edition: 8-JUN-2012

  • Thanx a lot Fitz for the tip on Brave Halfling’s Dungeon Crawl Classics Module Collection. I am now $200 lighter in the pocket and the world is going to be subjected to seeing my mug on a module and it’s all your fault! (jk!) But I couldn’t pass up the chance… Brave Halfling and Joe Goodman both do such great work I couldn’t let this one slide by!

    • Fitz

      @William C. Pfaff – No worries. If I contributed to every cool KS project I wouldn’t be able to eat some weeks! But that one looked really cool so I couldn’t pass it up either. πŸ™‚

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