IGDN Welcomes New Board of Officers

2016 had its highs and lows, but now 2017 is here, and with it comes some changes to the Indie Game Developer Network. Following the elections in December 2016, the IGDN has elected a new leadership team for two-year terms, starting January 2017.

The IGDN accomplished a lot last year, such as introducing the Indie Groundbreaker Awards and expanding our presence at GenCon. We were also able to send SEVEN new designers to Metatopia with the IGDN Metatopia Diversity Scholarship. Our year is starting out with some fresh faces and new ideas, both in the membership list as well as on the Leadership Team. The Indie Game Developer Network has a new slate of board officers:
IGDN 2017 leadership Team

President – Michelle Lyons-McFarland
Treasurer – Brennan Taylor
Membership Coordinator – Ryan Schoon
Convention Coordinator – Matthew McFarland
Marketing Coordinator – Steve Radabaugh
Retail Coordinator – Jason Pitre
Resource Coordinator – Sarah Richardson

Michelle, Brennan, Ryan and Matthew were all elected into office by the IGDN membership, while Steve, Jason, and Sarah hold positions that are appointed by the President as according the the IGDN By-Laws. All positions are a two year commitment.

The IGDN extends special thanks to those who are stepping off of the board: Eloy Lasanta, Mark Diaz-Truman, Marissa Kelly, and Stentor Danielson. Thank you all so much for your work!

The new Leadership Team has already had its first meeting, and we’re looking forward to seeing what more we can accomplish this year!

The first adventure in the World of Uteria is now available!

We have heard the story before—of farmers’ crops ravaged and animals gone missing. The locals claim some supernatural force is at work. But could their superstitions be true this time?

The Goblins of Kaelnor Forest: A Pathfinder-compatible adventure set in the World of Uteria.

coverfinalprint-webThis first-level adventure takes the adventurers into the Kaelnor Forest. While the eastern side of the forest has long been the home of the forest elves, the western side is infested with goblins, boggarts, spiders, and more.

The adventure takes players through the forest, where they must investigate a rumor of mysterious creatures raiding local farms. They begin in South Hollow, a farming community south of Ferryport proper, and will travel deep into the dark, enchanted woods. Are there supernatural creatures in the woods taking the farmers’ stores? Will they survive the strange fey forest?

The adventure comes with 5 pre-made player characters, so players can jump right into the adventure.

Available at both the Sagaborn storefront and Drive-Thru RPG.

 

Evolution of Apex Available Now!

A severely mutating AMP has gone missing from her medical facility. The AMPs must track her down and make the ultimate decision: What is Apex’s fate?

 

eoaIn this exciting new AMP: Year One adventure by Bill Bodden, you’ll discover the mystery behind Apex’s disappearance and be faced with tough decisions about what to do when the truth is revealed. Evolution of Apex is an 18-page adventure for novice and veteran AMPs alike.

Available from DriveThruRPG and the 3EG Online Store, you can now get your hands on the next adventure set in the AMP: Year One universe.

Pick up Evolution of Apex today! If you like it, be sure to check out our other adventure, Attack of the Buzz, too!

 

​Edara: A Steampunk Renaissance to be part of the Indie Game Showcase at GenCon

​Edara: A Steampunk Renaissance to be part of the Indie Game Showcase at GenCon 2014! [Booth 1539]

The newly published tabletop role-playing game Edara, A Steampunk Renaissance, will have its first official appearance at Gen Con 2014. A new, Revised Edition Core Rulebook and the first episode of their modular adventure series, entitled “The Prince & the Free City” will go on sale at Gen Con as part of the Independent Game Designer Showcase.

1600x1236Edara: A Steampunk Renaissance was successfully funded through Kickstarter in 2013. Backers were intrigued by its setting, which takes the Steampunk genre, usually set during pre-WWII Germany or Victorian England, and places it neatly inside of Tolkien’s fantasy universe fast forwarded to its cultural and artistic Renaissance. The outcome is a high fantasy world with a long and storied history (thanks to co-creator Carl Harrison’s dual degrees in Latin and Classical Cultures) leading up to a parallel of our own Italian Renaissance where access to Steam Power allows engineers and thinkers the ability to create the gadgets that our own inventors, such as Leonardo da Vinci, could only imagine on paper. The rich world is brought to life for the audience through the writing stylizations of lead writer Ryan Schoon, who has gone on to do work for such companies as Third Eye Games and Design Ministries, who recently funded their game Fragged Empire through an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign.

LowResPDF-OnePageCoverOn sale at Gen Con is the Revised 1st Edition of the game, which is a slightly modified version of the first printing with tweaks and additions suggested by Kickstarter Backers

Edara: A Steampunk Renaissance will also be hosting demo events in the IGDN Game Space at the Marriot Ballroom 7 and will be on sale as part of the Independent Game Designer Showcase being presented by the IGDN at Booth #1539

Playing to Lose: a gamer’s weight loss journey

pic3My name is Rob Trimarco. I am an ancient nerd on a quest to become healthier while having fun! In this blog, you’ll read about the techniques I’m using to reach my health goals.

I am a contributor to Weight Watcher’s online and I am using my experience as a nerd and gamer to detail my techniques for weight loss and becoming healthier. The more people I can share my experience with the more I believe I can help others be healthy.

 

Eloy’s VeeLog Begins

Eloy Lasanta, owner of Third Eye Games and veteran IGDN member, has just started his own blog (video blog) for fans of his games, his company or anyone who just wants a peek inside what it’s like to be in the RPG industry. The first episode is up now, so go check it out and be sure to subscribe to keep up with the series as it progresses.
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Growling Door Games Acquires License For Chill RPG

For Immediate Release: 6-13-2014

Growling Door Games Acquires License For Chill RPG

US Roleplaying Game Publisher Brings Back Classic Horror Game

 Cleveland, OH: Today, Growling Door Games, Inc. is proud to announce that they have entered into a licensing agreement with Martin Caron, the owner of the Chill RPG. The agreement gives Growling Door Games the English-language rights to publish the Chill RPG core book and supplementary materials for that game, setting the stage for a new release of a classic property that helped make horror gaming a staple of the RPG landscape.

 Matthew McFarland, President of Growling Door Games, said, “We’re thrilled to bring such a classic of horror gaming back to print. Chill has a great history of success in the market. There’s been a lot of enthusiasm for the game even during its long stint out of print, and we hope both those fans and new ones will enjoy our revival of Chill.”

Growling Door Games is planning on releasing the new core book for Chill, 3rd Edition in August 2015, with a Kickstarter in late summer 2014 to launch the project. The initial release of the core book will be as a full-sized hardcover, available in both print and PDF.

GrowlingDoorGames_Logo_finalAbout Growling Door Games, Inc.: Growling Door Games is a roleplaying game publisher based in Cleveland, OH. Founded in 2012, Growling Door has published two successful games, curse the darkness (which received an ENnie nomination in 2012) and A Tragedy in Five Acts (named “one of the best storytelling games” on io9). Growling Door Games is made up of Michelle Lyons-McFarland and Matthew McFarland, both of whom have over a decade of experience in the game publishing industry.

Obatron Productions Upcoming Projects

obatron_logo 300x165Obatron Productions is releasing its first issue of Savage Insider since taking over publication from founding company Mystical Throne Entertainment. The 48-page Savage Worlds-focused magazine releases quarterly, plus a bonus issue for Thanksgiving. The debut issue will be available at drivethrurpg at the end of June and will be in print at Gen Con in August.  


The company is also inviting interested parties to sign up for its newsletter, which offers many choices of notifications, including being included for calls for submissions for Obatron Productions projects and being made aware of new RPG and magazine releases and convention appearances.