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.
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 →
Several IGDN members will be at Dreamation, a gaming convention held in Morristown, New Jersey, hosted by the Double Exposure team. The convention features tabletop RPGs, board games, and LARPs. This year Dreamation goes from Thursday, February 16th through Sunday, February 19th. Come play games with some of the designers, or just hang out with them during down time!
Check out the following games by IGDN companies:
Encoded Designs will be running:
Hydro Hacker Operatives: Red Water Blues is a game where you are a team of hydropunk Robin Hoods stealing water from rich corporations in order to keep your neighborhood alive.
Genesis of Legend will be running:
Circles of Power is a game about social justice wizards, powered by the apocalypse. It’s a game about the Wise, who wield the secret fire in service to their marginalized communities.
The Indie Game Developer Network (IGDN) is proud to announce the 2nd annual Indie Groundbreaker Awards, a celebration of indie tabletop games. Last year the Indie Groundbreaker judges judged over 50 entries, with the overall game of the year going to A Real Game.
The Indie Groundbreaker Awards ceremony will be held at the IGDN Gen Con Social on Wednesday August 16th, 2017. Indie games that were published in 2016 are eligible for the award and you can find full eligibility requirements and more information here.
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.
In collaboration with Double Exposure, the Indie Game Developer Network (IGDN) is offering a sponsorship for a game developer to attend Metatopia, The Game Design Festival. This sponsorship will cover a room, and convention registration, as well as up to $400 of travel expenses. This sponsorship is part of the IGDN’s larger mission of supporting a thriving game design community filled with a diverse and exciting set of voices.
The sponsorship will be awarded to a designer who hails from marginalized communities or whose work supports the discussion and exploration of issues that affect diverse groups. Designers who are interested in applying for the sponsorship must fill out an application form, found here, by October 6th, 2014: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xActYijnkdaOIUDfJNS-ZBhZK-yYhzXkvBb5Iz1Dzg0/viewform
It is not a requirement that an applicant’s work is published to be considered for the sponsorship, but they must be working on a game. The IGDN is committed to bringing new and undiscovered talent, especially from diverse communities, into the gaming industry, and the application committee will be looking at a variety of factors in addition to publishing credits. Current IGDN members cannot apply for the sponsorship, although we hope that sponsorship finalists will consider joining the IGDN after Metatopia.
Applications will go to a committee of IGDN members who will look over all the applications and discuss the applicants’ strengths. After they have looked at and discussed each application, they will nominate a winner. The nomination will go to the IGDN President and Treasurer for final approval. Once final approval is made, then the winner will be notified by October 12th, 2014 and arrangements will be made with Double Exposure for payment upon arrival at the convention.
Please publicize this effort, even if you are not interested in applying. We want a diverse set of applicants from all corners of the industry! We look forward to your applications!
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
The Summer 2014 issue of Savage Insider marks the debut of Volume 2, now published by Obatron Productions.
We’re passionate about Savage Worlds and want to share that with you. Originally envisioned as a 48-page issue, our new format garnered an overwhelming response, allowing us to increase the size by more than 50%. The theme is Rebirth and Reinvention, and it is threaded throughout all the pieces, which can be used across genres.
What’s in It for You
A Special Address from Clint Black on Behalf of Pinnacle Entertainment Group
Two Great Adventures + a Surveyed (between the three you get multiple maps and THREE pages of minis)
Two Features on Mechanics
Other Returning Favorites: Designer’s Diary, Game Prep, Character Gallery, Equipment Corral
Exclusive First Appearances
Two Discounts: A $5 coupon from Pinnacle Entertainment Group and 33% discount from StoryWeaver
Information on Recent Releases and Upcoming Releases, plus Convention Connection
Lower Percentage of Advertisements Than Most Popular Magazines
Live Links from Table of Contents and Text
We can’t wait to hear what you think of this issue. Buy it now and put it to use at your next game.
Savage Insider is focused on the Savage Worlds tabletop role-playing community. Issues frequently include contributions from SW licensees. It has it’s own page on Facebook and Google+, as well as a newsletter.
Savage Insider is published once seasonally, plus once in November as a Pay What You Want issue. Started in 2011 by Aaron T. Huss of Mystical Throne Entertainment, he and his then-assistant editor, Vickey A. Beaver, developed SI as a mainstay of Savage Worlds news and debuts. Today, Savage Insider is published by Obatron Productions under license from MTE and is led by Editor-in-Chief Vickey A. Beaver.