Game Design

Conventions Are My Favorite Laboratory, Part Two

Gnome Stew - 11 April 2018 - 5:00am
In my last article, I mentioned how, in recent years, I’ve been playing various Apocalypse World-derived games at my local convention, and how this gives me the opportunity to look at the differences in these systems and how that helps to enforce different genres and tones between them. I tackled the first half of the […]
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SHUX ’18 tickets are now on sale

Tabletop Gaming News - 10 April 2018 - 3:00pm
The convention season is packed with great shows. Just about every weekend, you can find someone getting together somewhere. Making sure to plan early and pick up tickets for shows is important. That’s why you should go and grab yours for SHUX 2018, put on by Shut Up & Sit Down. From the announcement: Oh […]
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Drinking Buddies Party Card Game Coming To Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 10 April 2018 - 2:00pm
Despite being a teetotaler, myself, I don’t mind if other people imbibe safely and responsibly. And as a gamer, I certainly know that gamers tend to like to get their booze on. Well, a new party drinking card game will be making its way to Kickstarter soon. It’s called Drinking Buddies. From the website: Drinking […]
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Gioconomicon Interviews Makers of Battlestar Galactica – Starship Battles

Tabletop Gaming News - 10 April 2018 - 1:00pm
There are several great sci-fi series out there. One of those that’s been around the longest is Battlestar Galactica. There’s been a few games based on the series over the year, but a new one’s coming in the form of Battlestar Galactica Starship Battles. Gioconomicon sat down with the games’ designers for a quick chat […]
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Late Backing Open for Into the Black: Boarding Party

Tabletop Gaming News - 10 April 2018 - 12:00pm
With all the Kickstarter campaigns going on, its easy for one to slip by you. Maybe you just missed it. Maybe you were short that month. Whatever the reason, the end of the Kickstarter doesn’t always mean you’ve missed out on all the goodies. Take, for example, I Will Never Grow Up’s Into the Black: […]
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Podcast Radio

Tabletop Gaming News - 10 April 2018 - 11:00am
Monday’s gone. That brings us to Tuesday. Mine’s starting off pretty good. I got new dice and a new shirt delivered in the mail. And, I mean, who doesn’t love dice? Nobody who I call my friend, anyway. Also, my Monday seemed to go by quickly. Here’s to hoping the rest of the week speeds […]
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Yndaros: The Darkest Star Adventure For Symbaroum Up On Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 10 April 2018 - 10:00am
Just looking at movie series, you know people are always excited about the next installment of a beloved property. In the case of tabletop RPGs, that’s no different. In this case, it’s the next part of the Throne of Thorns campaign for Symbaroum. It’s called Yndaros: The Darkest Star and it’s up on Kickstarter now. […]
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Renegade Game Studio Taking Pre-Orders For Junk Orbit

Tabletop Gaming News - 10 April 2018 - 9:00am
Humans are pretty bad about leaving a trail wherever we go. Even well-meaning people leave stuff behind. And that penchant for being a bit messy can follow us even out into space. But one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that’s where you find yourself in Junk Orbit. Your job is to collect this […]
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River Horse Launches Terminator Genisys: Rise of the Resistance Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 10 April 2018 - 8:00am
Dun-dun-dun, dun-dun Dun-dun-dun, dun-dun Skynet has taken over the world. The machines are marching through the streets, killing anyone they come across. A resistance movement has formed and the fight for humanity’s survival is on. That’s where you find yourself in Terminator Genisys: Rise of the Resistance, a new cooperative board game by River Horse […]
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Elite Dangerous RPG - Super Traders Sourcebook

New RPG Product Reviews - 10 April 2018 - 7:08am
Publisher: Modiphius
Rating: 5
A lot of interstellar travel is going to be about trade, and this book is filled with resources to help those groups who want at least part of their game to be about furthering that trade - presumably as small-scale independents, given that the game is centred around individual spacecraft. With spacecraft ownership proposed on the scale that we own cars, these are probably the van-men of space in the equivalent of a step-van or small truck. It's also something that can be modelled well for someone wanting a solo game.

First up, Advanced Trading. If you are a role-playing group, a lot of trade will be relegated to the Between Adventures phase. Let's face it, commerce - however necessary and valuable - isn't really the stuff of adventure. However the rules as laid out in the core rulebook make for quite a lot of work, especially for the GM. Unless your GM has unlimited prep time, you probably want him to be creating exciting adventures not writing out price lists. So a more flexible system for working out prices in a given system based on what they specialise in and a bit of die rolling for that random element is provided, with the intention that (provided you like it) it will repace the version in the core rules. Interestingly, this includes an element to model a place that is good for trade being over-exploited, ensuring that the characters move on and don't just run a single profitable route without exploring anywhere else. You can make things more complex, but that really defeats the purpose of using this system.

Next comes New Spaceships. Everyone is always ready for a few more... and the ones presented include large bulk carriers - think 'container ship' rather than 'truck' - for those who want to take cargo-hauling seriously. There requite multiple-person crews, but come with 'hangers' for personal vessels, so characters won't have to abandon their pride and joy if they take service on one of these big boys (the price tag is likely too much for most characters to contemplate owning one). There are also smaller one- or two-man ships optimised to carry cargo at, of course, the expense of speed, manoeuvrability or weaponry.

This section is followed by another on Fighter Escorts - as the big cargo haulers are not able to fight well, they need to have escorts to defend them. The concept here is the small specialist fighting craft, carried aboard a larger vessel and loosed when the need arises. They are smaller than the regular personal vessels previously discussed in this game, basically a flying weapons platform - some are even controlled remotely rather than having a pilot aboard. They have limited life support even if designed to be piloted, and no Frame Shift drives.

Next up is It Takes All Sorts, a selection of backgrounds suitable for people who want to specialise in trade. People have all sorts of reasons for becoming independent traders, these provide some of them - often involving a desire (or a need) to escape the past. Additional Karma Capabilities round out this section.

The Eternal Foe comes next. This section talks a little about pirates before provided a selection of adversaries at spaceship, vehicle and individual scales... mostly pirates but also some other traders to provide a bit of competition!

Finally, this is all linked in to the Random Gemeration System (RGS). There's an explanation of how to use it to create a solo game - this dupliates notes in the Military and Espionage supplements, as you may not have them - of course if you do you can have a very varied solo game indeed! It then moves on to creating encounters suitable for a trading game, as useful for the GM wanting to create appropriate challenges as to the solo gamer, including pirate attacks, police boarding actions and general spaceway encounters. There's a selection of trade missions - all of which could be developed into full-blown adventures, with plenty of supporting notes. In places the other sourcebooks are mentioned, but alternatives are given for those who don't possess them.

There's a lot of good stuff here, particularly if you are on your own or want to run a game in which trading and commerce provides the background to the adventures you want to run. A lot would be useful whatever science-fiction game you run, even if it's not Elite Dangerous, but if you do it captures the very essence of the video game well.
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AntiMatter Games Holding DeepWars Painting Contest

Tabletop Gaming News - 10 April 2018 - 7:00am
The creatures of the sea are filled with all sorts of amazing colors and patterns. Even in the deep ocean depths, bio-luminescence makes sure that there’s still light and color to be found. Now, AntiMatter Games is looking to see how well you paint up their deep-sea creatures. They’re running a DeepWars Painting Contest. So […]
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21 Million Downloads in 2 Months - by Avraham Sibon

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 10 April 2018 - 6:42am
The game was released on December 12 for IOS and already, just 4 days later, it reached 350,000 downloads daily. On December 31st, the game had already surged to an unprecedented 500,000 downloads per day and continued in this way to today. Let's see why?
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Going Rogue-like: When to use Procedurally Generated Environments in Games - by Caleb Compton

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 10 April 2018 - 6:41am
Procedurally generated elements and environments in games can be used to greatly expand the amount of content in a game. However, they can also produce repetitive gameplay and boring worlds. In this article, I look at when to use this technique in games.
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Real Costs of GameDev for SmallPubs & IndieDevs - by Randy Angle

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 10 April 2018 - 6:41am
Regular game features are easier to estimate compared to features that use SDKs, APIs, libraries, and Distribution Compliance that are outside of your own control. Looks the problems plaguing GameDev costs for the IndieDevs & SmallPubs.
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Outpost: Amazon Now Available From IDW Games

Tabletop Gaming News - 10 April 2018 - 6:00am
Welcome to Outpost 2! Being accepted to work at this research facility here deep in the Amazon is an honor. Now… let’s get the hell out of here!! The natives have left. The night surveillance equipment is going crazy, and while science is certainly important, continuing breathing is more important. We’ve gotta make our way […]
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Building a multiplayer game entirely around economic systems

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 10 April 2018 - 2:01am

Game develoer John Krajewski pens a fascinating blog post about how the creation and growth of an economy as a tool for achieving your goals forms the backbone of multiplayer play in his game Eco. ...

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Self-promotion adventures of an INDIE DEV - by Pascal Bestebroer

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 10 April 2018 - 1:40am
Every year I set myself a business challenge, for this year (2018) the challenge is: cut out the dependance on other influencers (streamers/youtubers) and (game)press to talk about my game by becoming my own influencer.. of
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Collaborating on an indie sensation - Cuphead - by Pierre-Olivier Mace

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 10 April 2018 - 1:39am
This postmortem is about the contribution we, at iLLOGIKA studios, gave to the highly-anticipated indie title, Cuphead from Studio MDHR.
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Early Access without Steam? - by Martin Nerurkar

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 10 April 2018 - 1:38am
Looking at 6 months of early access sales on itch.io for Nowhere Prophet. All the numbers and graphs you could want.
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Superseeds: Supercity, Part One

RPGNet - 10 April 2018 - 12:00am
A world superpower comprised of superpowered citizens.
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