Kickstarter Fatigue and Risk

I like the idea of Kickstarter. I been a backer since 2012 and backed about 70 projects. I think it’s great that there is a community of like minded individuals out there that can come together to help someone create their dream. With that said, is anyone else out there getting Kickstarter fatigue? Kickstarter  is being used as a place to generate buzz and lock in pre-sales for established companies. I’m not sure I agree with the whole locking in pre-sales thing for every project you come up…

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2E with the Nephews, Part 1: William

Hello, All! This is the first installment of the story of how I got into leading my nephews through some 2nd Edition Dungeons & Dragons adventures. First, some backstory.   Earlier this year I got roped into playing the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons (5th edition, also called 5E). It took a fair amount of arm twisting but eventually I agreed. Those first few sessions took me back to my original days of 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons(or 2E) at the local comic…

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Demoed- Blood Rage

I had the opportunity to play a demo of Blood Rage at GenCon. Deveolped by Guillotine Games, Studio McVey, designer Eric M. Lang and artist Adrian Smith Distributed by CoolMini and funded through Kickstarter, (wow that’s a mouth full.) It brought in just under a million with just under 10,000 backers. I didn’t back it but a friend of mine did. Our group has recently taken on the philosophy of the “group buy.” In other words if we see a game that we think might…

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Podcast Episode #104 – Jon and Marty Talk RPGs

  In this episode Jon and Marty talk about RPGs and their own personal histories with Roleplaying, people they have gamed with and their general preferred play styles.   Sit back, have a listen and enjoy the conversation! As always, feel free to leave comments and suggestions.  Join Play The Game Podcast on Google+, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter. Play the Game Podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/playthegamepodcast Play the Game Podcast YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/PlayTheGamePodcast Play the Game Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/PlayTheGamePod Play the Game Podcast Google+: https://plus.google.com/117176568717780089423/videos   Here are the show notes:…

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The Amazing Sinbad (Glue)!

“Ladies and Gentlemen! Step right up and witness the one glue for bonding everything to everything else! Canvas! Cork! Glass! Leather! Metal! Rubber! Stone! Vinyl! Wood! You name it and this product will stick to it! And it will do it in 30 seconds flat! How strong is the bond you ask? Not only will it hold aloft a construction worker glued to a girder by his helmet, but he can be riding a motorcycle at the same time! That’s right! It will hold up…

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Alex’s Gateway

How to Introduce a Role-Playing Game: Starting a new group of people in an RPG can be a daunting task. I personally initiated a select group of my friends into D&D 5th Edition. Our group has been dabbling in 2E & 13 Age, but I am much more familiar with that system. Some of my advice will be 5e specific and may have to be altered for different RPGs. 1) appear to know the rules. The perception of knowledge is far more important than actually…

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Cat Tower from IDW now on Kickstarter!

CAT TOWER IS AVAILABLE ON KICKSTARTER!  BACK THE NEW STACKING GAME THAT REQUIRES FELINE-LIKE DEXTERITY San Diego, CA (August 18, 2015) –Today marks the launch of IDW Games and Pandasaurus’ official Kickstarter for Cat Tower. Cat Tower is a lethally cute, dexterity-based, paper-craft cat stacking game by Taiwanese designer, Aza Chen. The uproarious player interaction and unique, unwieldy cat components make Cat Tower an instant obsession for anyone who plays it. “Upon first look, we fell madly, deeply in love with Cat Tower,” said Molly Wardlaw of Pandasaurus Games. “We knew everyone that got ahold of it would feel the same. It was…

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Jon’s Gen Con 2015 Recap

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Gen Con 2015 Recap This year’s Gen Con was fantastic (and crowded) as usual! However, it’s been over a week since Gen Con ended, so forgive me if the details have faded a bit. You won’t get all the games played and meals eaten as much as in my Gen Con 2014 Recap. You know you’re at Gen Con when you got your badge! Wednesday: Eight of us arrived in Indy early afternoon. After sorting out rooms (the hotel pre-registration in January was a nightmare, BTW),…

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Castles of Mad King Ludwig

  In the tile-laying game Castles of Mad King Ludwig, players are tasked with building an amazing, extravagant castle for King Ludwig II of Bavaria…one room at a time. You see, the King loves castles, having built Neuschwanstein (the castle that inspired the Disney theme park castles) and others, but now he’s commissioned you to build the biggest, best castle ever — subject, of course, to his ever-changing whims. Each player acts as a building contractor who is adding rooms to the castle he’s building…

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