Pick #97: four pilots from the makers of "The Gamers"?

Would you like to be part of not just one, nor two, nor three but FOUR new pilots of new series to be made by the makers of "The Gamers"? Then have a look at this kickstarter before the end of the month and decide whether you have some cash to spare.

If you can't remember The Gamers, you've been missing out - have a look at the third Gamer movie online here to see what I mean. Really!


Map South of Holmeston

Finally, the new color print files have been approved by the printer - proofs are ordered and on the way. Looks like five Dark Dungeon books will be available in full color soon!

If you were one of the buyers of a black & white version, you'll receive a free color pdf update.

Meanwhile have a look at the small map South of Holmeston - featured in Unpleasant Encounters. That's one of the books coming up, with 48 color pages with 25 miniature adventures in an old school vein.


French Foreign Legion employs Dwarves

Actually, just joking of course... but the resemblance of the ceremonial sapper uniform to that of a steretypical dwarf is striking in my humble opnion.

photo courtesy Wikipedia (sapper)


More Art in Progress

Here's a few samples of the interior of Unpleasant Encounters - a 48-page story sandbox with 25 mini-adventures. Thought I'd do something fun while waiting for more print proofs of the new color hardcovers of the Samaris companion and the Basic Game. Enjoy!


Art in progress...

Been drawing and paintshopping a cover for a new supplement today. Now I have to do the lay out of the inside :-)


Pick #96: Game Poems

Sometimes the world is just beautifully weird. Game Poems are almost Zen-like short games, often games akin to role play and story telling, which you can set up in no time and play in... like 15 minutes. Perhaps they are more for people who also like Fiasco than those who like D&D, but I guess they are worth checking out just for the mind-jarring effect the idea has. Be sure to try some links to get your head around them.

Marc Majger devoted a whole blog to them at Gizmet Game Poems, and made a book too. This blog is a fine place to start.

"[Game poems] generally address some specific mood or emotion, or focus on one particular notion, but not all of the games here strictly adhere to that definition. First and foremost, a game poem is just there to be taken in and experienced with a friend or group of friends for a few moments, and then those moments are over – and hopefully, something small and wonderful will happen in the process."

You can find more about game poems on the Norwegian Style BlogThe Story Games forum, or here at Board Game Geek. The idea of the roleplaying poem seems to be Norwegian in origin, I figure. Be sure to check out the crazy Children Monks: role playing poem by Bryan Hansel, too.

If you're in for a weird experience, or like things like theatre sports, this may certainly be for you.


Pick #95: PlaGMaDa archives

Have you ever wanted to get rid of your old gaming notes, scribbles, hand-drawn maps and doodles? Or are you instead intrigued by the scribblings and sheets of others? Do you want to see the real originals? The PlaGMaDa archives may be something for you then.

PlaGMaDa stands for the Play Generated Map & Document archive, and it takes any kind of paper and digital donations, as long as they pertain to paper & pen role playing games. So there's lots of old character sheets and hand-drawn modules that belong there.

You can surf through scans of the archive freely, and there are plans to have real life exhibitions in the future. PlaGMaDa even published a few shirts and books, including one by Ken St. Andre, game designer of Tunnels & Trolls. As I write this their shop is down, but it should be up in a week or maybe two if all is well. They also have a blog, and you can help fund them if you like the initiative.