Issue #272 – Res Publica: 2230 AD

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Aug 1, 2015 – Issue #272

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Res Publica: 2230 AD

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Res Publica: 2230AD is an update to Reiner Knizia’s classic set in the future, where races migrate through Space searching for new areas in which to settle. Intensive trading brings together strong Races, encourages new settlements and promotes the development of civilization. Each turn is divided in three different phases: Trade, Display and Draw cards. Each player at his turn can make a trade offer and each player in turn responds in kind. Using the cards through trading and drawing players work to acquire five identical race cards in order to build a Space Station (which increases the number of cards you can draw each turn) or five identical technology cards in order to build a City (which gives Victory Points). See Res Publica 2230AD on Kickstarter now and reserve your copy for just $20.

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  • “It can be really useful to take a break from a design now and then. Banging your head against a brick wall will only get you so far, and sometimes taking a step back will help you realize there’s a door right next to where you were standing.” – Teale Fristoe
  • “Early in your design (hopefully before you start) know what you want the game to be. It helps when making decisions later about cuts.” – Peter Gousis

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Issue #271- GenCon is Here!

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Jul 30, 2015 – Issue #271

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I’m not able to attend GenCon this year due to a family matter, but I wish everyone the best! Check out today’s links for all the great coverage of the convention!

If you get the chance, take a look at our Patreon campaign. Our first milestone will be an exhaustive resource list of game reviewers including a detailed survey. We have much more planned to follow! – Roger

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Issue #270 – Patreon

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Jul 28, 2015 – Issue #270

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Issue #269 – Among the Stars Pre-Orders

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Among the Stars

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Pre-orders for Among the Stars: Revival (the latest expansion for ATS) and the Among The Stars: Miniatures Pack are now available via the Stronghold Games website. ATS: Revival can be played with the base game or as a standalone and includes two-player play as well as new locations, a new spaceships mechanic, and an optional advisors module. Pre-order now to get 30% off the normal retail price plus you will get your game before it goes into distribution. Also available for pre-order is the Code 777 30th Anniversary edition.

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“Budding game designers, be careful who you take advice from! They may not know what the hell they’re talking about either.” – Chris Darden

“You never ever should play test game using components that will differ from the final game’s components.” – Ignacy Trzewiczek

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Issue #268 – Latest Gaming News & Links

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Issue #267 – Police Precinct: UPLIFT!

 

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Police Precinct: UPLIFT!

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Police Precinct UPLIFT is a Kickstarter campaign designed for BOTH 1st Edition owners who want a 2nd Edition Upgrade kit, AND for new fans of the game who want the 2nd Edition. Funding currently at about $32,000 with 11 Days to go. So far 7 Stretch goals unlocked including new characters and even a whole new expansion for the game called Lying Politicians! See it on Kickstarter now!

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Issue #266 – TiBG Returns!

 

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Jul 18, 2015 – Issue #266

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“I think world-building is very important for some games, but I think it’s very easy for creators to lose track of the fact that nobody will care as much about their world as they do. The mechanics and decisions players make have to reinforce your fictional construct, or it’ll all get ignored.” – Joshua Buergel

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Fabled Lands: The Serpent King’s Domain Press Release

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SEATTLE, WA– Megara Entertainment is pleased to announce this July 2015 the launch of Fabled Lands: The Serpent King’s Domain on Kickstarter.

Fabled Lands is a series of fantasy gamebooks written by established gamebook authors Dave Morris and Jamie Thomson and published by Pan Macmillan in the mid 1990’s. Cover art was by Kevin Jenkins with Russ Nicholson providing maps and illustrations. Of a twelve-book series, the authors released six books between 1995 and 1996 at a time when publishers had begun focusing on other genres.

The gaming world was left short of one of its most innovative ideas. Fabled Lands is the first series in history to be non-linear: players proceed at will back and forth between books, and each book represents not a story but a region.  The story is up to the player to tell, and players can indeed start at “the end” of the existing books and walk back to “the beginning” with a meaningful experience.

Megara Entertainment has now teamed up with legendary authors Dave Morris and Jamie Thomson to bring to light The Serpent King’s Domain – the sought-after 7th Fabled Lands gamebook. Joining them again is author Paul Gresty, creator of Megara’s first successful Kickstarter gamebook 3 years ago, and original illustrators Russ Nicholson and Kevin Jenkins. After almost 20 years of waiting, the Fabled Lands saga will continue!

The goal is to raise Kickstarter funding for: the gamebook itself, illustrations and map by Russ Nicholson (The Warlock of Firetop Mountain), and cover art by Kevin Jenkins (Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor 2, World War Z).

“Fabled Lands is probably the most absorbing and versatile gamebook series ever written. As a player, I’ve spent innumerable hours exploring the world of Harkuna first detailed in The War-Torn Kingdom. Now, having the chance to participate in the continuation of that series is tremendously exciting.” – Paul Gresty, co-author of The Serpent King’s Domain

“Fabled Lands is a special game world of words. No one else has quite matched its formula. Seeing that formula picked up again, and with a mind toward twenty years of growth in gaming, means an exciting new opportunity for gamers.” – Richard S. Hetley, Megara Entertainment LLC

“I am really looking forward to be once again creating a new map and new illustrations for book 7 in the Fabled Lands series.” – Russ Nicholson

“The release of The Serpent King’s Domain means that the Fabled Lands world expands with even more challenging quests, strange cultures, miraculous treasures and exotic dangers. We couldn’t hope for a better trailblazer for these new jungle adventures than Paul Gresty.” – Dave Morris

“The Fabled Lands are, for me, the best game books we ever wrote, a vast, sprawling sandbox world of adventure and exploration with a big streak of dry, wry humour. And all of it done with words. No computers, tablets or iPhones. Just words. It’s a wonderful thing to see it rise again with The Serpent King’s Domain. Hopefully this will be the beginning of the completion of the rest of the series.” – Jamie Thomson

About Megara Entertainment

Megara is specialized in printing full-colour collector’s hardback gamebooks (The Way of the Tiger, Fabled Lands, Arcana Agency: The Thief of Memories, Blood Sword, The Keep of the Lich-Lord), pen-and-paper roleplaying games (upcoming: The Orb RPG), and iOS electronic gamebooks (Arcana Agency: Prologue, Arcana Agency: The Thief of Memories, Fabled Lands, The Keep of the Lich-Lord). We are an international company of artists and game designers throughout the world. The USA branch is in Seattle, Washington. In Europe, we are Megara Entertainment SARL in Cannes, France.

For more information, please visit http://www.megara-entertainment.com

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About Russ Nicholson

Russ Nicholson is best known for his black and white fantasy art. He has contributed to many notable game related titles, such as The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, first of 16 gamebooks he illustrated for the Fighting Fantasy series by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. He has also illustrated many creatures in the UK first edition of the Fiend Folio Advanced Dungeons and Dragons book, illustrated the six original published “episodes” of The Fabled Lands by Dave Morris and Jamie Thomson, and numerous Games Workshop products including Warhammer Fantasy Battle, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, Warhammer 40,000 and their magazine White Dwarf.

About Jamie Thomson

Jamie Thomson was an assistant editor on White Dwarf magazine from 1981 to 1984 and wrote a regular column for Warlock (magazine). From 1984 to 1996 he was a prolific and best-selling author, usually publishing at least two titles per year. One of his most successful series was The Way of the Tiger, six linked adventures about a ninja hero, written with Mark Smith. The books have been published in Japan, France, USA, Italy and Sweden. Each title sold more than 60,000 copies in the UK alone. The software version from Gremlin Graphics went straight to number one. His contributions to the gamebook genre include four major creator-owned series: Duelmaster, Falcon, and The Way of the Tiger (all co-written with Mark Smith) and Fabled Lands (co-written with Dave Morris). He also co-wrote three books for the Fighting Fantasy series: Talisman of Death and Sword of the Samurai, again with Mark Smith, and The Keep of the Lich Lord with Dave Morris. He also co-wrote an adventure game, The Tower of Despair for Games Workshop. Currently he has three novels for children published: Corvus for Boxer Books and the Dark Lord series (Dark Lord: The Teenage Years and Dark Lord: A Friend in Need) for Orchard Books in the UK, for Walkers Children in the US, for Arena in Germany and for Alfaguara in Spain. Dark Lord: The Teenage Years won the prestigious children’s book award, the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012.

About Dave Morris

Dave Morris is co-creator of the Fabled Lands series, and also wrote for the Virtual Reality, Blood Sword, and Golden Dragon series, as well as penning a Fighting Fantasy gamebook (The Keep of the Lich Lord) and a number of TV and movie novelisations. He also designed, with Oliver Johnson, the role-playing game Dragon Warriors (1984–1986). The game, a cult hit for Random House in the 1980’s, was republished in 2009 by Magnum Opus press. Morris has frequently collaborated with other gamebook writers, notably Jamie Thomson (Fabled Lands and The Keep of the Lich Lord) and Oliver Johnson (Blood Sword, Dragon Warriors and Golden Dragon). He has worked with many illustrators including Russ Nicholson, Siku, Iain McCaig, Leo Hartas, and Martin McKenna. His original novels include Knightmare (a historical fantasy adventure series set in the early 13th century that ties in with the television series of that name), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the contemporary horror novel Lost Souls. Another horror novel, Florien, was published as an ebook in 2010. In 2008 his episodic comic strip Mirabilis began weekly publication in Random House’s subscription-based magazine The DFC. Working with artist Leo Hartas, Morris founded electronic publisher Mirus Entertainment and published Mirabilis for the iPad in December 2010. Morris also co-authored a book on the computer gaming industry, having worked as a game designer for Eidos and Microsoft, and is a former mentor in the American Film Institute’s Digital Content Lab. In April 2012, he published an interactive reworking of Frankenstein in which the reader is able to give advice to the first-person narrator of the story.

About Paul Gresty

Paul is an author and game designer specialising in interactive fiction and storytelling, having written the following gamebooks: The ORPHEUS Ruse for Choice of Games LLC (an interactive novel application in which the player must infiltrate the enemy as a psychic spy, leaping from body to body by touch, striving to find his own body before his mind disintegrates) and Arcana Agency: the Thief of Memories for Megara Entertainment LLC (a gamebook in which the player controls three private investigators as they race to unravel paranormal mysteries of the 1930’s).