In March I announced that I wanted to start an irregular column with news from all over the RPG scene. For some reason I totally forgot about this. So without further ado, here’s issue 2 of “News of the World”.
Designers & Dragons is on Kickstarter
A couple of days ago Evil Hat started its Designers & Dragons Kickstarter and unsurprisingly the goal was reached on the same day. Designers & Dragons will be a four-volume history of the roleplaying industry starting with the history of TSR and ending with more recent developments. Each book has been written by Shannon Applecline and if the first book (which every backer gets immediately as a PDF) is an indication, the whole four books will be about 1600 pages in total! I already backed this and I am currently reading Issue #1 The ‘70s on my Kindle. If you are just barely interested about what happened and still happens behind the scenes of the RPG industry, you should check this out!
Fantasy Flight Games will release a XCOM boardgame
Ok, this is a bit off-topic but it’s still something I am totally excited about. FFG obviously secured the boardgame rights for Firaxis XCOM computer game and is releasing a board game based on the franchise in the future. In the game the players take on various roles within the XCOM organisation and cooperatively fight the alien invasion.
The boardgame requires you to use a free companion app for your smartphone or tablet, which might either be pretty great or a hassle. Let’s just hope they release it for all major operationg systems at the boardgame’s launch.
This past weekend, June 21st to be exact, I participated of Free RPG Day for the very first time. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time stores in Puerto Rico participate of the event. Despite my lifelong love for role-playing games, and my active participation with Puerto Rico Role Players promoting our love for our hobby, we hadn’t had stores participate in this initiative. Last year as a group we shared information about it with several stores, but back then there were no takers. This time around three FLGS participated, and I could not be happier.
I fact, the number of gaming stores had greatly increased in the island over the last few years. From one comic store than carried games, and a couple of local places that mostly concentrated in CCGs, these days there are at least 11 placed where you can get RPGs and in almost all you can play as well! That’s amazing growth in a niche hobby… True in most places RPG games are NOT the only thing being sold, usually there are board games, miniature games and CCG tournaments right along the RPGs. In many placer RPGs are not the main business, but they are present. And in my humble opinion, the hobby is growing locally.
You might be wondering… Did he miss a week? Yes I did! Sorry dear reader… Personal matters kept me away from the blog last week. Everything is almost back to normal now, so time for the next instalment on the Sci-Fi Fridays! series. Last week was, what I would would be the last Wanderers of the Outlands post for a while, but the campaign continues apace and I may soon be back to talking about it and sharing information and material created for it. This week, much like I did with the interview in Part 17 I’d like to review a tool I’ve been using for the campaign, Obsidian Portal!
I’ve known about Obsidian Portal for a while, I created my free account back in 2012 while searching for options to share information about my campaigns. I played around with it, and as nice as it was I ended up not creating my campaign in it. You may ask, why? My biggest reservation at the time was privacy. I don’t mind sharing campaign information, heck I do plenty of that here in the blog, but the day to day details of the game itself, a place where the players can communicate freely, unconcerned about typos or spelling, a private space to share ideas was paramount. The free version of Obsidian Portal did not offer that and I continued my search.