IGDN 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. TheGauntlet is a podcast dedicated to discussing games the community is playing, as well as tips for players and GMs.
We 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 →
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: 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, 2017. It’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.
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.
TAG 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 →
Companions’ Tale is a map-making storytelling game about an epic hero—from the point of view of the hero’s companions. You can listen to an actual play on One Shot Podcast, and after years of playtests, the game is now on Kickstarter!
The game is for 3-4 players and takes approximately 2 ½ hours to play. It uses evocative world-building rules, a deck of inspirational themes and art, and a series of rotating roles for shared storytelling. Together, you’ll build the history and culture of the realm, fill in a rich and changing map, and reveal your companions’ tales. Whose version of the hero’s story will become canon, and whose will be a footnote to history?
The Kickstarter launched in February and was quickly funded. The project is open for pledges as it unlocks new Variants, taking your stories in new directions: Continue reading →
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:
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!
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.
This 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.
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?
In this exciting new AMP: Year Oneadventure 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.
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.
Edara: 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.
On 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
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