Empire’s Reign for The Ninja Crusade 2nd Edition Now Ruling Kickstarter

NinjaCrusadeEmpiresReignThere are two sides to every story. In the Ninja Crusade 2nd Edition you played as warriors seeking to defeat the Izou Empire and bring an end to their tyrannical rule. In Empire’s Reign, you get to be the tyrants. Of course, “tyrant” is all a matter of perception.

This time, you’ll get to be part of the Izou Army. Instead of choosing a clan, pick from one of several Assignments including Engineer, Executioner, Silver Blade, Golden Lion and others. Get an inside look at the army and new insight into the Emperor’s mysterious resurrection. With Empire’s Reign you won’t just go behind enemy lines—you’ll be part of them.

In addition to funding this new sourcebook, Third Eye Games is raising funds for a second print run of The Ninja Crusade 2nd Edition. Our first batch of 500 has nearly sold out, and we’d like to make more of these beautifully illustrated hardcover books available. If we exceed our funding goal, we’ll develop additional sourcebooks to add to the growing The Ninja Crusade game line.

Good fortune favors the bold. Don’t miss your opportunity to support Third Eye Games in our quest to expand The Ninja Crusade. Visit Kickstarter to pledge your allegiance to the Empire today.

Contribute to the Metatopia Diversity Scholarship!

TL;DR – Help us raise money to bring EVEN MORE folks to Metatopia this year.

For the past two years, the Indie Game Developer Network has administered a Metatopia Sponsorship to expand the diversity in the indie tabletop game community. In essence, we bring new designers to Metatopia, securing a badge and a room for them and paying their travel costs to make it affordable to join the largest gathering of tabletop game designers in the country.

We think it’s crucial that people who don’t usually have access to this kind of environment get actual resources to make the trip, both because they deserve to have a chance to spread their wings and fly and because Metatopia is better off for their presence. In other words, the IGDN believes this is a crucial bridge between the community we have and the community we want.

Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson

In 2014, we sponsored Sarah Richardson, a designer who had never been to Metatopia before but had a number of exciting projects that we thought deserved more attention, including her game Bluebeard’s Bride.

In 2015, we sponsored a total of four designers: Alex Helm, Kimberley Lam, André La Roche, and Jay Sylvano. In fact, we raised over $1,000 on GoFundMe to help make last year’s program a reality!

Helm, Lam, la Roche, Sylvano

Helm, Lam, la Roche, Sylvano

The IGDN is already committed to bringing four new designers to Metatopia this year; we’re asking for your help to bring FOUR MORE designers, enough to create our first true Metatopia cohort. We’ll be providing additional mentorship resources, a group lunch every day of the convention, and a followup meeting to make sure these designers get all the resources they need to succeed.

Avonelle Wing and Vincent Salzillo over at Double Exposure (the folks who run Metatopia) have already committed to getting rooms and badges for these folks, so we’re looking for funds to pay for travel expenses to make this happen! We’re also continuing our partnerships, including with Games to Gather (with the support of Jay Sylvano and Tayler Stokes), Big Bad Con (with the support of Sean Nittner) and more!

Do you want a more diverse indie design community?
Do you want to see more women and people of color designing games?
Do you want to see new games like Bluebeard’s Bride or Dog Eat Dog or Steal Away Jordan that shatter expectations?
Do you want to make a literal difference on this issue that we talk about so often (yet often feel stuck trying to solve)?

This is how we can start to solve it. Let’s give the people who deserve to have a shot at Metatopia the resources they need to come to the convention. Let’s show these folks that we really do care about their attendance and contributions. Let’s make this happen!

Join us for the 2016 GenCon Social and Awards Show

The Indie Game Developer Network invites everyone to come by Loughmiller’s Pub and Eatery, 301 W Washington in Indianapolis, for our “Welcome to GenCon” social gathering and the announcement of the winners of the 2016 Indie Groundbreaker Awards.

Meet your favorite indie game designers, or some new faces you haven’t seen before. Enjoy drinks, including themed drinks created specially by Loughmiller’s.

There’s no charge just to come and hang out, but a $10 drink ticket gets you:

  • One drink
  • A PDF bundle of our members’ games
  • An entry into a raffle for physical copies of our award nominees

Announcing the 2016 Indie Groundbreaker Awards nominees

Indie Groundbreaker Awards logoThe Indie Game Developer Network (IGDN) is proud to be hosting the 1st Annual Indie Groundbreaker Awards at Gen Con 2016 in Indianapolis, IN!

Dozens of games were submitted to our judges, who had the arduous task of sorting through so many great games by so many different people. In the end, they were able to narrow down their selections in each category to 5 Finalists. It is important to note that while a game can be nominated in more than one category, it can ultimately only win one of the awards.

Without further ado, here are our 2016 nominations, in alphabetical order:

Most Innovative Game:

  • 183 Days
  • Autonomy
  • Fall of Magic
  • Hope Inhumanity
  • Ten Candles

Best Art:

  • Fall of Magic
  • Les Petites Choses Oubliées
  • Snow White
  • The Warren
  • Worlds in Peril

Best Rules:

  • 14 Days
  • Death of Legends
  • Hope Inhumanity
  • Urban Shadows
  • The Warren

Best Setting:

  • Downfall
  • Last Days of Anglekite
  • Playing Nature’s Year
  • Snow White
  • World Wide Wrestling

Game of the Year:

  • 183 Days
  • A Real Game
  • Autonomy
  • Downfall
  • Sign

The winners will be announced at the IGDN Social, which takes place the Wednesday of Gen Con (August 3rd) at Loughmillers Tavern, 7 PM.

Hope to see you all there and congrats to all of the nominees!