Wednesday, August 24, 2011
From Archaia Entertainment
Archaia Entertainment, publisher of the Dark Crystal comic book, has announced plans to release a role-playing game based on the Jim Henson classic late in 2012. ICv2 caught up with Mark Smylie with the details at the recent Gen Con game fair.
“It will be fairly simple, all-ages appropriate, and available for younger players,” Smylie explained. The game will be designed by Luke Crane, who also created the Mouse Guard RPG for Archaia and the award-winning Burning Wheel.
The Dark Crystal RPG will use similar rules to those found in Mouse Guard. Players will be able to create gelfling characters and explore the world of the film.
Smylie indicated that the game will be released as a single hardcover book, and may later be presented in a boxed set as well. Archaia hopes to have the game finished in time for Gen Con.
A sequel to the Jim Henson and Frank Oz film is reportedly in the works (see “‘Dark Crystal’ Sequel Set”).
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
CALLING ALL BLUE BLAZE IRREGULARS…
Buckaroo Banzai Adventure Game Coming In Spring 2012 From Adamant Entertainment
Adamant Entertainment, in association with the Banzai Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Strategic Information, has entered into a license agreement by which Adamant will be producing the Buckaroo Banzai Adventure Game — a training manual for Blue Blaze Irregulars which uses the format of a tabletop role-playing game in order to prepare BBI recruits for the sorts of situations in which they may find themselves while aiding Buckaroo. The training manual will feature guidelines for taking on the roles of either your own Blue Blaze Irregular Strike Team, or the roles of Dr. Buckaroo Banzai and the Hong Kong Cavaliers themselves. Familiarize yourselves with global threats ranging from Red Lectroids from Planet 10 to Hanoi Xan and the World Crime League; Learn about the specialized equipment available from the Banzai Institute, such as the Oscillation Overthruster and the Jet Car; And begin to embrace the motto of the Blue Blaze Irregulars: “Helping him to help us.”
“Buckaroo’s on sabbatical in the lamasery in Kathmandu,” said Reno Nevada, the Banzai Institute’s director of merchandising, and tenor saxophone for the Hong Kong Cavaliers, “But he’s pleased as punch about the Adventure Game. We’ve discussed the need for a training manual for the Blue Blaze Irregulars, outside of Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and The Hagakure. So yeah, Thumbs Up from Buckaroo, and from us here at the Institute.”
“As a BBI since the release of Docudrama in 1984, I am thrilled to be working with the Banzai Institute,” said Gareth-Michael Skarka, director of Adamant Entertainment. “It’s been a dream project of mine, and I’m honored that Buckaroo has seen fit to give us his blessing.”
The Buckaroo Banzai Adventure Game will ship to game stores worldwide in Spring 2012, and will feature a cover by acclaimed illustrator Dave Dorman.
Friday, August 19, 2011
So Gen Con was an amazing trip this year as it always is. There were a TON of people Gen Con broke, no, CRUSHED their previous record. There were over 36,000 unique attendees at Gen Con this year! With over 9,000 registered events over the 4 days. The charity portion of the Con collected over $19,000 for School on Wheels, Gen Con’s charity of choice for 2012!
More info on what I played as I get time to talk about the stuff I did.
'Dark Age' Version 2
From CoolMiniorNot.com and Dark Age Games
A miniatures game based on the fantasy artwork of Brom, called Dark Age Apocalypse is being presented in a new edition by the combined team of Dark Age Games and CoolMiniorNot.com. ICv2 caught up with Kevin Clark of CoolMiniorNot.com for the details: “All of the original concepts, the whole setting, everything was his (Brom's) sort of world, his vision. And that’s what we spawned the game out of. Since then we’ve had other people come in and start adding to it, but that was sort of our beginnings.”
Brom has been a popular fantasy artist for some years. His style is characterized by dark, edgy themes and gothic fantasy imagery. A collectible card game based on his art was briefly published, and the backstory from that game became the foundation for the miniatures system.
The theme of the game is a post-apocalyptic alien world, in which humans and alien races compete to establish colonies. The current version will be the second edition of the game.
The new edition is being supported with a series of five starter boxes, designed to simplify entry into the game for new players. Clark explains: “We recreated our entry point for the product. It’s easier to get into now. Now you don’t have to pick individual things—we sort of bundled up a basic ‘this is where you should start’ idea.”
The starter sets will run between $40 and $60 retail, depending on faction. Individual models are also available, running from $8 to $30 in price. All models come unpainted and unassembled. Large models are molded in resin, while smaller models are metal.
Additional models will be produced throughout the rest of the year, and plans are in the works for additional expansion material to release in 2012.
Dark Age Games will be handling the product development and CoolMiniorNot.com will be handling the production and manufacturing of the game.