David Kenzer on The Firing Squad!

Gaming Ballistic logo 2017 Gaming BallisticGaming Ballistic, LLC had the opportunity to welcome David Kenzer, of Kenzer and Company, onto a periodic feature hosted on the blog: The Firing Squad. In the past I’ve interviewed various game designers, company owners, VTT producers, bloggers, and more, talking about the hobby, game design, and the community.

This interview went live on May 10, about two weeks before their latest Kickstarter, for Aces and Eights Reloaded, is set to end. They overachieved their $20,000 basic funding level on the first day, and are currently trending towards the very important stretch goal of providing Roll20 support for the new version of Aces and Eights.

Kenzer and Company 2017

Kenzer and Company has been around for over 25 years, and during the interview, we touched on their company history, some well known RPG-related products of theirs (Hackmaster, Aces and Eights, and the Knights of the Dinner Table comic series) as well as some non-RPG products, such as Fairy Meat, the Monty Python and the Holy Grail Collectable Card Game, and others.

We go into some depth on what makes both Hackmaster and Aces and Eights unique, talk about the current Kickstarter campaign, and dwell a bit on the western genre in various media, and how best to simulate it in games. You can also hear David assert and defend that with good design, “realism” and “speed and ease of play” are not mutually exclusive.

The interview is just over an hour and fifteen minutes long; it is available on video, MP3 audio-only, and (soon) will appear as a text transcript (check back this weekend!). Give a listen!

Gaming Ballistic was a blog, and is now an RPG company. Their first product, Dungeon Grappling, is available on the Gaming Ballistic store, DriveThruRPG, Warehouse 23, and CreateSpace.

Murders & Acquisitions: Downsized But Still Twitching

Murders & AcquisitionsMurders & Acquisitions News!

NerdBurger Games’ inaugural RPG, Murders & Acquisitions, has gotten downsized. 

M&A is a tabletop RPG of subterfuge, espionage, intrigue, theft, and murder in an absurd, tongue-in-cheek corporate world. The game has been available at DriveThruRPG.com since December of 2016. PDF for $15. Softcover for $30. Hardcover for $35. Buying the physical book gets you the PDF for free.

BUT, there’s an even more economical version of the game available now! Murders & Acquisitions: Downsized Edition is the complete core game, but without the 5 chapters/70 pages of optional plug-and-play rules that add fantastic elements to the game. If you like your corporate shenanigans straight-forward, M&A Downsized is right for you. Just $8 for a 100-page PDF. Continue reading

Archive: Historical People, Places, and Events for RPGs Kickstarter Now Live!

Kickstarter for Archive: Historical People, Places, and Events for RPGs

Archive is a collection of adventure sites, NPCs, and events ripped right out of history and perfect for your campaign. It’s a 265-page book with 80 subjects. All have everything you need to make them come alive at your table: sights, smells, history, local color, and even plot hooks and ideas to help you make them yours.

Need a villain? Throw your PCs against Ching Shih, the notorious pirate queen, presented with the tactics and schemes she used to wreak havoc across coastal China! Need a random encounter during travel? Recreate the 1861 encounter of the French corvette Alecton with a dying giant squid, and the social consequences that followed. Need an adventure site? Why not Fort Jefferson, complete with real historical secrets for your PCs to uncover? Archive is designed to help you easily find the perfect plot, site, or NPC for tonight’s game!

The Kickstarter runs until June 5th.

New for Chill 3rd Edition: Monsters!

Monsters Growling Door Games 2017Growling Door Games, Inc. announces the publication of a new sourcebook for Chill 3rd Edition, entitled Monsters. Written by Matthew McFarland and featuring art from Alessandro Alaia, Kiva Bay, Gennifer Bone, Stephanie Brown, and Jenna Fowler, Monsters delves into the strange and deadly creatures that lurk in the forgotten corners of the world. Monsters discusses the fearsome sasquatch, the vicious gremlins, and the mysterious “invited”, as well as a dozen other creatures with which to bedevil your Chill players.

 

Monsters is currently available in PDF, and will be available in softcover in August 2017.

 

Fae Noir Comic Kickstarter Now Live!

Fae Noir Green Fairy Games 2017Set in the world of the Fae Noir RPG, the comic is a classic post-WWI immigrant tale about a goblin and a troll… featuring the undead and the invasion of Long Island by the creatures of faery.

The Kickstarter is for the first of a six-issue, all-original story-arc. You can find it here:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1738025468/fae-noir-comic-issue-1/

And, to celebrate the Kickstarter, we’re offering the full Fae Noir tabletop RPG for only $1!

Creator Justin Bow was interviewed about the comic, the kickstarter and Fae Noir by Secret Identity Podcast.

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Liz Chaipraditkul on the Gauntlet!

7th Sea John Wick Presents 2017IGDN member Liz Chaipraditkul was recently on The Gauntlet Podcast, discussing her work as a developer on 7th Sea, how RPGs handle diversity, specifically Orientalism, and much more, including her game Witch: Fated Souls and her recently completed Kickstarter, The Monster. The Gauntlet is a podcast dedicated to discussing games the community is playing, as well as tips for players and GMs.

You can listen to Liz talk at the link below:

http://www.gauntlet-rpg.com/the-gauntlet-podcast/episode-93-7th-sea-with-liz-chaipraditkul

We Used To Be Friends is on Patreon!

We Used To Be Friends 2017 Firestorm InkWe Used To Be Friends is a cooperative teenage detective game that uses the Powered by the Apocalypse Engine. It’s heavily influenced by Veronica Mars, and other noir detective stories like Jessica Jones, Riverdale, and the Philip Marlowe books. Work together to create the mystery, and slowly uncover the clues to figure out who did it. This game is being released through Patreon, and pledging just $5 will get you the PDF version!

One of the exciting ways We Used To Be Friends works is with a focus on cooperative play. You’ll use move like Gumshoe to find clues in scenes, and then Put It All Together to associate those clues with suspects, or create a new suspect to the mystery. Work with three levels of mystery: episode one which will help solve what’s happening now, personal mystery which is something just your character wants to know, and the season long mystery that will change everything. Continue reading

The Battle to Save The One Land Begins! Playtest High Plains Samurai For Free

High Plains Samurai 2017 Broken Ruler Games

It begins. Not with a whisper, but with a bang. And as the war draws closer to drawing first blood, Chaos has risen from the ashes in a plot to stop you from saving the One Land from total destruction. Will you step forth to save your homeland or will you join the forces of anarchy and watch it burn?

High Plains Samurai 2017 Broken Ruler GamesHigh Plains Samurai: The Rehearsal Edition is now available on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow for a 10-week public playtest. Download 84 pages of wire-fu action in a fantasy land of endless possibilities, wild powers, bullets vs. swords, and so much more… for FREE. From ENnie Award winning publisher and game designer Todd Crapper, High Plains Samurai is the ultimate wire-fu action mash-up combining gunslingers, samurai, steampunk, barbarians, gangsters and superpowers in a post-apocalyptic world torn apart by a war of gods. Complete the various surveys as the game evolves to earn playtest points and achieve rewards when the playtest comes to a close on May 14, 2017It’s all right here on the HPS Rehearsal Edition page.

Plus, there’s a special incentive to help us fight Chaos. A couple of weeks ago, someone hacked our Twitter account and is masquerading as Chaos. (Pay attention to the rumours that it’s Chaos using their limited powers to creep through to our world… those are currently unconfirmed.) Despite our best effort, this hack continues today so we’ve added a new reward: challenge Chaos to a fight using our @BrokenRuler handle on Twitter and you’ll earn 1 playtest point. That’s enough right there to give you credit in the finished product (scheduled for release in 2018). Show this powerless fiend that we don’t sit back and let someone try to destroy everything we’ve worked so hard to create, show Chaos you are the heroes ready to thwart his plans to destroy the One Land.

Over the coming weeks, the Rehearsal Edition will continue to evolve and we’ll provide additional content, behind-the-scenes videos with the game’s creator, and answer your question on how HPS works. We’d also love to read your own experiences playing HPS – comment below or share them on social media with #SaveTheOneLand or
#HighPlainsSamurai. Show off your characters and let’s make this game something truly epic. Together.

GM’s Day Sale on DriveThruRPG!

GM's Day Sale 2017 DriveThruRPG

The GM. We call them by many names: Gamemaster; Dungeon Master; Dragonmaster; Loremaster; MC; Navigator; friend; enemy; frenemy. They keep the games moving, usually downwards along with our HP, oversee the rules, and generally plot our demise. They are, at once, cruise director, narrator, evil mastermind, and the nucleus of our gaming atom. On March 4th each year, we honor these special individuals with GM’s Day, and the IGDN is helping the festivities by offering some of our favorite games at a nice, tidy discount. But you don’t need to be a GM to enjoy the savings! Here are just a few of our offerings this year.

GM's Day Sale 2017TAG Sessions has numerous games for sale and Tobie Abad’s excellent A Single Moment is right at the top of that list. This innovative RPG is about the flashing moment of a samurai duel, and is for two players.

Eloy Lasanta and Third Eye Games’ entire catalog is participating in the sale! Sins of the Father is one of his newest creations. It’s a game about “spiritual debt”, magic, and evil and uses an especially cool playing card-based resolution mechanic. Give it a look, along with all the other favorites like the AMP series and Ninja Crusade.

Have a look at Todd Crapper’s many games, including ScreenPlay. In this unique story game, you star as writers creating a great work together, developing characters, and telling tales. Based on this ruleset is the Ironbound setting, a dark fantasy game where you tell the story of magick hunters in an original world. Continue reading