Indie Groundbreakers Awards: 2017 Nominees

2017 IGDN Groundbreaker Award

The Indie Groundbreaker Awards are designed to shine a spotlight on excellence in the indie game design community. These awards recognize games (and game designers) who are creating new and exciting game designs that push the boundaries in innovation, in promoting diversity, and in expanding what it means to be “indie.”

The 2017 Indie Groundbreaker judges have spent the last few weeks poring over the submissions, and we’re thrilled to announce the nominees! Your 2017 judges were Kate Bullock, Elizabeth Chaipraditkul, Jason Pitre, and Darcy Ross, as our judging panel is made up of four judges, 2 from within the IGDN and 2 from the greater industry.

Our 2017 nominees are:

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TAG Sessions Talk

Tobie Abad, IGDN member and owner of TAG Sessions, gave a talk to students of FEU Institute of Technology in the Philippines. They were celebrating their Technofest 2017 this March, which is aimed at prospective game designers. Tobie shared the importance of exploring different types of games, whether tabletop or mobile, in becoming a professional game designer and offered the students some insight on the wide variety of experiences and tools one can utilize as a game designer.  He took the opportunity as well to introduce the students to Dungeons & Dragons, 7th Sea, and even Fiasco and offered them numerous options on how to locally get started on gaming.

Video of the talk can be viewed here:

A Gamex 2017 Visit

Various members of the IGDN made an appearance at the Hilton LAX for Strategicon‘s Gamex 2017 last Memorial Day Weekend.  Tobie Abad (A Single Moment) was one of the event’s Special Guests, and ran a number of games through-out the four day event.  Also present in the convention were Stephanie Bryant (Threadbare) and Dustin DePenning (Synthicide).  Continue reading

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