While Not Entirely, It is Mostly About the Games
The 2014 Gen Con will begin Wednesday night. I am busy making a list of things to do. Some of you may be wondering why an online indie music station is so pumped about a gaming con. The fact is that every single member of the news crew here is some type of gamer. Furthermore, some of the artists performing at Gen Con are regulars in our rotation here. In short, it is an excellent match.
I am not alone in feeling this way. Last year nearly 50 thousand people attended. There are so many vendors in the exhibit hall that it is impossible to absorb every booth. Over the next few days, I am going to share with you just a few things you can experience at the event. Today it happens to be a game. On other days, it will be either a different game, a writing seminar or an indie artist.
Hasbro Merges with Ubi Soft from the Examiner.
WotC watching Hearthstone from PC Games.
Star Wars beta Testing FFG from TGN.
Real Virtual Table Top platform article at Nerd Trek.
The Sundering Wizards of the Coast D&D year long event.
The Forgotten Realms, the most popular setting in the D&D universe, is about to be completely reshaped by a year-long event – The Sundering – kicking-off today by Wizards of the Coast. Fans have the opportunity to impact the fate of the world through multiple expressions of the contemporary fantasy entertainment franchise, including tabletop RPG adventures, in-store play experiences, digital offerings including the first D&D free-to-play mobile game, 6 novels, digital reporting tools, comics, accessories and more. When the Sundering is complete, the results of these stunning events will have reshaped the Forgotten Realms forever, providing the landscape for future D&D stories.
The first Sundering novel, The Companions, The Sundering, Part I by R.A. Salvatore releases today.
Dungeons & Dragons Launches The Sundering;
Invites Fans of Fantasy Entertainment to Make Their Stories Legend
August 6, 2013 – RENTON, WA –The most popular setting in the Dungeons & Dragons universe, The Forgotten Realms, is about to be completely reshaped by an epic event announced today by Wizards of the Coast. The Sundering is an extensive story spanning multiple expressions of the contemporary fantasy entertainment franchise that offers fans the opportunity to impact the fate of the world along the way.
Key milestones in the year-long Sundering storyline will take place in iconic locations like Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter and Icewind Dale, to name a few. The changes to the Forgotten Realms can be experienced through a series of novels, in-store play experiences, digital offerings, comics, accessories and tabletop RPG adventures. Through these expressions, Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) fans will be able to engage and impact the fate of the Forgotten Realms forever.
The Sundering kicks off today with the release of The Companions, The Sundering, Book I by New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore. His novel depicts the events of the Sundering as seen through the eyes of the world’s most well-known drow ranger, Drizzt Do’ Urden. Salvatore’s novel is part of collaboration with other New York Times bestselling authors who will each show the changes to the Realms from their heroes’ points of view.
“We are elated to begin this extremely exciting chapter in the history of D&D,” said Nathan Stewart, Dungeons & Dragons Brand Director at Wizards of the Coast. “Utilizing great digital entertainment, dramatic story-telling techniques and thrilling and immersive events, The Sundering ushers in a new era for the future of the franchise. We invite and encourage the legions of D&D adventurers to join us on this heroic adventure to change the canon of the Realms.”
When the Sundering is complete, the results of these stunning events will have reshaped the Forgotten Realms forever, providing the landscape for future D&D stories.
The Sundering includes:
– Play & Help Shape the Future
o Tabletop roleplaying gamers can experience The Sundering first-hand at weekly D&D Encounters in-store play events, where they will utilize a digital tool, the Sundering Adventurer’s Chronicle, to report the outcomes of their play experiences, connect with other players, and participate in activities designed to enhance their Sundering experience.
– Mobile Battles
o Arena of War, the first free-to-play D&D game on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Android devices, is a thrilling 3D battle roleplaying game set in the Forgotten Realms. With modern mechanics like massive in-game events and multiplayer competitions, players are enlisted to battle in a modern-day fight against good and evil to help set the balance of power before the Sundering is complete.
– Realms-Shattering Novels
o The most celebrated Forgotten Realms authors have collaborated on a series of six novels: R.A. Salvatore (The Companions), Paul Kemp (The Godborn), Erin Evans (The Adversary), Troy Denning (The Sentinel), Richard Lee Byers (The Reaver) and Ed Greenwood (The Herald). Each novel tells a self-contained story featuring both new and well-loved characters set against the background of the unfolding events that are reshaping the world, beginning with the New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore’s The Companions, The Sundering, Book I, releasing today – August 6th.
For more information on the Sundering, visit DungeonsandDragons.com/Sundering.
About Wizards of the Coast
Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), is the leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer. Wizards’ players and fans are members of a global community bound together by their love of both digital gaming and in-person play. The company brings to market a range of gaming experiences under powerful brand names such as MAGIC: THE GATHERING, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, and KAIJUDO. Wizards is also a publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times best-sellers. For more information about our world renowned brands, visit the Wizards of the Coast Web site at www.wizards.com.
Through Gamer Goggles News – 6-4-2013
The music in this week’s podcast is by Brother Love. You can find him at brotherloverocks.com. We must caution the listener not to go to brotherlove.com which currently re-directs you to Brother brand printing supplies but, in the past, it was a porn site and is definitely not safe for work.
WotC won’t be in the exhibit hall at Gen Con.
2 mobile titles from Wizards
Origins game fair
- TGGN 5-28-2013 Heavy Gear Assault edition (indienation.fm)
- Tggn 5-21-2013 (indienation.fm)
- Tggn 2013.04.30 (indienation.fm)
TGGN 5-28-2013 Heavy Gear Assault Edition
Today’s podcast featured the music of Chris Ayer. You can find Chris and more about him at BandCamp and FaceBook. In this episode Matt interviews a few of the folks behind Heavy Gear Assault. Below are some of the question they answer.
- John what is your background?
- What is the premise of HGA? or a run down of the game and the KS
- Will there be faction representation for each of the major faction?
- From the video it seems like some of the game will take place in an open battlefield, how does that fit in with the arena part of Heavy Gear arena?
- What gears will we see available?
- Do you foresee more gears in the future?
- Does HGA stay true to the combat system of Heavy Gear?
- What about the crowd? In Arena the crowd is a very important game mechanic, does it have a place in Heavy Gear?
- What is UE4?
- Why is UE4 important?
Also of geeky note, Heavy Gear now has Linux support.
- Tggn 5-7-2013 (indienation.fm)
- Tggn 4-16-2013 (indienation.fm)
- Stompy Bot Productions cancels Heavy Gear Assault Kickstarter (polygon.com)
- Heavy Gear Assault’s Gear Bay Contains Yellow Gear (rockpapershotgun.com)
Through Gamer Goggles News – 5-21-2013
The music for this show is by The Mercury Project.
Stompy Bot Productions launched their Kickstarter campaign today. Dream
Pod 9 is excited to see the world of Heavy Gear brought to life with
incredible Unreal Engine 4 graphics. The team assembled for making this
come true includes former key members of the Heavy Gear II team and Mektek
Studios. The team is committed to bringing out the best game out in the
genre, and they need your help! Join us in making this project a reality,
and be a part of bringing Heavy Gear back into video games!
Check out the Kickstarter
PATHFINDER GOBLINS TAKE OVER WITH THEIR OWN COMIC BOOKS
Mischievous Maniacs to Star in New 5-Issue Series from Dynamite Entertainment
REDMOND, WA (May 20, 2013): Paizo Publishing, LLC, publisher of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game (RPG), and Dynamite Entertainment, announce today the much-adored and feared goblins of Pathfinder will get their own comic book series.
Each book of the 5-issue monthly series, Pathfinder: Goblins!, will feature two goblin-themed short stories by different creative teams. Issue #1 includes “The One-Eyed Goblin is King,” written by Adam Warren with art by Carlos Gomez, and “Prize Pupil,” written by Paizo Publisher Erik Mona an illustrated by Shane White.
“A goblin horde stormed the offices of Paizo, demanding we chronicle their adventures from a goblin point of view,” says Paizo Publisher Erik Mona, as he tends to a small nick from a dull dog-slicer. “With the threats of what they would do to our pets hanging over us, we had no choice but to transcribe the tales of the goblins.”
The goblins from Paizo’s Pathfinder RPG are pint-sized psychopaths, wreaking havoc across the land. Infamous for unpredictable attacks, catchy raiding songs, hatred of dogs, and fear of horses, goblins blend mischief and murderousness like no other monsters. Since they first appeared, Pathfinder goblins have starred in numerous adventures and game supplements, as well as miniatures, plush toys, and other merchandise.
Dynamite Entertainment also publishes the Pathfinder comic series featuring the iconic characters of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. The graphic novel, Dark Waters Rising, collects the first 6 issues in a hardbound book and was released last week. Issue #7 also hit stands last week.
Subscribers to Pathfinder comics through paizo.com receive a 20% discount off the cover price, 15% off back and special issues, a special subscriber tag for the paizo.com messageboards, and a limited-edition collectible paizo.com exclusive cover for each issue. Pathfinder comics are also available in local comic shops, and digital versions are available at comixology.com.
The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game builds on more than 10 years of system development and the largest open playtest in the history of tabletop gaming to create an unparalleled fantasy roleplaying experience. Players need only the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook to play, but Paizo Publishing produces a wide range of books and accessories to enhance your Pathfinder experience, from hardcover rules compendiums to complete campaigns to packets of beautiful full-color maps. For more information, visit paizo.com.
About Dynamite Entertainment
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, Green Hornet, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, Game of Thrones and more! In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!
DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles—including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s PROJECT SUPERPOWERS—have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. Several of their titles have also hit The New York Times Best-Sellers list: The Boys, Vampirella Archives, Robert Jordan’s New Spring and Wheel of Time graphic novels. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). The company has also been nominated for several industry awards, including the prestigious Eisner Award.
About Paizo Publishing
Paizo Publishing®, LLC is a leading publisher of fantasy roleplaying games, accessories, board games, and novels. Paizo’s Pathfinder® Roleplaying Game, the result of the largest open playtest in the history of tabletop gaming, is currently the best-selling tabletop roleplaying game in hobby stores. Pathfinder Adventure Path is the most popular and best-selling monthly product in the tabletop RPG industry. Paizo.com is the leading online hobby retail store, offering tens of thousands of products from a variety of publishers to customers all over the world. In the ten years since its founding, Paizo Publishing has received more than 50 major awards and has grown to become one of the most influential companies in the hobby games industry.
Apple and Warhammer
Check it out .
13th age – Forbes
Review of 13th age at Forbes.
Hasbro VS WB
Hasbro sues Warner Brothers over a new Dungeons and Dragons movie
The Xbox one revealed.
The music featured in this week’s show is the craft of Mr. Jeff Ronay. You can find out more about Jeff at jeffronay.com
Disney and EA enter a long term Star Wars contract
Space Hulk video game just like the Board Game – you’ll see the dice roll. Thanks to PCgames
Wizards of the Coast today announced two exciting new features coming to Magic 2014 – Duels of the Planeswalkers! Sealed Play and a new take on the popular Slivers creature type will both make their debut in the Duels of the Planeswalkers franchise with Magic 2014.
The addition of Sealed Play will allow players to open booster packs and build decks to play against the AI and other players. Each sealed pool is comprised of 84 cards, mimicking paper TCG booster packs. The PvE experience includes a six-deck ladder where players take on mono-colored Sealed decks each corresponding with a particular Planeswalker, and finally facing a ‘boss’ Sealed deck.
Another feature debuting in Magic 2014 is a new take on the popular Slivers creature type. A fan-favorite, new playable Slivers in Magic 2014 decks will include the following:
− Sliver Construct
− Predatory Sliver
− Groundshaker Sliver
− Megantic Sliver
− Blur Sliver
− Striking Sliver
− Thorncaster Sliver
− Battle Sliver
− Sentinel Sliver
− Bonescythe Sliver
In addition, Hive Stirrings, a sorcery that creates Sliver tokens, will also be included in Magic 2014.
You can find some new screenshots from the game here.
The Magic 2014 – Duels of the Planeswalkers video game will be available for PC, Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, iPad, and Android tablet for the first time when it launches this summer. The Magic 2014 product line-up also includes the Magic 2014 – Core Set for the paper trading card game (TCG) and Magic Online.
Please let me know if you have any questions or need anything else.
Warner Brothers and D&D from Deadline.com
TGGN 4-30-2013 Through Gamer Goggles News 2013.04.30
The music to open and close this week’s episode is Thomas Dolby.
Magic: The Gathering has been selected to be featured in a new fantasy exhibit debuting at Seattle’s EMP Museum this weekend. The Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic exhibit will display several key pieces from Magic’s archive of incredible world-building imagery alongside artifacts from other pop-culture and fantasy phenomenons including Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and more. The exhibit kicks off with an opening celebration tomorrow, Friday, April 26.
During the exhibit fans will get a first-hand look at some of Magic’s unique elements and rich illustrations, including original alpha and beta cards and key art from Magic’s top fantasy artists and designers. In addition, visitors who attend the opening night celebration on April 26th will have the opportunity to meet some of Magic R&D’s most creative minds, including Senior Designer Mark Rosewater and Senior Director of Magic R&D Aaron Forsythe.
Please let me know if you need anything else and, in the meantime, I’ve included some additional information about the exhibit below.
About the EMP’s Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic Exhibit:
Organized by EMP Museum, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic is the first exhibition of its kind to examine the proliferation of the fantasy genre in literature, film, television, and video games. From classic folklore to epic tales of good and evil, the exhibition content spans more than four centuries and includes an authentic 16th century suit of armor, rare costumes from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, and original hand-edited manuscript pages from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Contemporary works are also featured with artifacts from Xena: Warrior Princess, Game of Thrones, and the Harry Potter series.
For more information about the exhibit, please visit http://www.empmuseum.org/.
Just to share:
Today’s show features the music of The Griswolds. We opened with Mississippi and Heart of a Lion. We liked their down under sound so much we decided to also end the show with Red Tuxedo. Links for the band are at the end of the show notes.
Remember the days of youth when you wished you could fly a Veritech fighter? I do. Thanks to Ninja Division we have a Robotech Kickstarter. It only took them about six hours to meet the goal of 70,000
Quinton Hoover has passed away at 49.
The Examiner was the first to bring this to our attention.
Direct link to Quinton Hoover’s art on the Gatherer
Fantasy Flight Games releases another Battlestar Galactica expansion for the hit board game. Forbes has all the details on the expansion.
Pizza hut enlists professional video gamers. This article also comes to us from Forbes. David “Walshy” Walsh teams with Pizza Hut to promote a new Xbox Kinect app.
You can find out more about The Griswolds at:
- Tggn 4-16-2013 (indienation.fm)
- No need to get off the couch. Gamers can order Pizza Hut using Xbox Live (venturebeat.com)
- First Online Purchase Ever Was A Pizza Hut Pizza, In 1994 (huffingtonpost.com)
Magic the Gathering
World-famous StarCraft player and e-sports commentator Sean Plott – better known online as Day – is taking a break from shoutcasting for a weekend and will take part in the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour – Dragon’s Maze taking place May 17-19!