I was really surprised when I read on the German blog Rollenspiel Almanach that there’s already a PDF preview of Abney Park’s Airship Pirates RPG. When I first heard about the game, I thought the release was still far away, but it seems I was wrong.
The game will supposedly use a variant of the Victoriana 2nd Edition rules, probably the one already used in Dark Harvest: Legacy of Frankenstein. I already love the look of the book and setting seems to be pretty interesting as well. Abney Park’s Airship Pirates is a game I will check out when it’s out.
And yes, Abney Park is the steampunk band, you might already have heard about. Their band leader known as Captain Robert is actually the one who’s doing the layout for the game and as far as I know the whole band was involved in the design of the game.
It’s too bad I don’t really like their music, but the RPG definitely looks intriguing.
Yesterday Privateer Press finally announced an Iron Kingdoms Roleplaying Game. As already guessed by many fans and hinted at in an interview some time ago, it will share mechanical similarities with both the Warmachine and the Hordes miniature game.
Alas fans will have to wait another year before the game’s finally out, since the first book is planned to be released at Gen Con 2012. It will also be a class-based game that will allow to play Warcasters and Warlocks from the start, unlike the d20 Iron Kingdoms game.
Personally I hope that even while the IK RPG will have some mechanics in common with their miniature gaming lines it will not rely on miniatures itself. The Iron Kingdoms were one of my favorite 3rd party D&D settings back in the day and I really don’t want to experience the whole D&D 4E debacle all over again.
I realize it maybe a little premature to be so excited about it, Gen Con Indy is still over a month and a half away, but I feel like a kid the night before x-mas. Gen Con was a mythical place for me most of my life. I read about it, saw pictures, knew people who had been there, and I could not wait to make the pilgrimage that every RPG geek must do at least once in his or her life. So back in 2007when a friend put together a trip I jumped at the opportunity.
We all gathered together and travelled from sunny Puerto Rico to that mysterious land called Indiana. I loved going, it was fun, exciting and I spent far too much money! Since we went as a large group we spent most of our time together, I played little and had very little interaction with other convention goers. Amazingly for a gaming convention I only played a couple of encounters at the Wizards of the Coast room and some demos at booths, but that was it. My fellow travelers played some CCGs but that’s not my thing so I roamed the Exhibitors Hall and took a LOT of pictures.
When we left we all said “We are coming back!” And we meant it, but real life happens and putting together a trip where all of us can coordinate our schedules becomes harder and harder. Then I began writing for the blog, and last year when Michael said he was going I wanted to go to Gen Con and meet the Stargazer (i.e. Mr. Rock Star). Sadly work and other situations kept me from going, 2010 was not the year for me.