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.