Game Design

Ostfront Releases Missile Threat (Modern Air Combat) Rules

Tabletop Gaming News - 31 January 2018 - 2:00pm
I’d sort of always wanted to be a fighter pilot. My eyes have never been good enough for that sort of thing, but it was one of those dreams I had in the back of my mind as a kid. Now, certainly the potential of being a Top Gun are exceedingly slim, but I can […]
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Motiga's Gigantic to shut down in July

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 31 January 2018 - 1:03pm

Citing sustainability issues, Motiga and Perfect World have announced that the online servers for Gigantic will be closing for good on July 31, 2018. ...

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DGS Games Releases The Trilian Bladerider For Freeblades

Tabletop Gaming News - 31 January 2018 - 1:00pm
In Freeblades, there’s more than one way to outfit your characters. Depending on how you want to create your warband, you might want certain weapon loadouts on certain characters. Thankfully, the folks at DGS take this into consideration when they have a new release. For example, the new Trilian Bladerider’s now available, and there’s multiple […]
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Blue Orange Previews 2018 Releases

Tabletop Gaming News - 31 January 2018 - 12:00pm
As the first month of the year comes to a close, it’s good to look forward to what the rest of the year will be like. How many of your resolutions have you managed to keep? Blue Orange is looking to make 2018 a great one, and they’ve resolved to have a bunch of game […]
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Capcom sees an overall fall in sales but increase in profits

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 31 January 2018 - 11:07am

For the 9-month period, Capcom reported a year-over-year decrease in sales but, thanks to a strong showing from its 'digital contents' video game department, an overall jump in profits. ...

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Midweek Snippets

Tabletop Gaming News - 31 January 2018 - 11:00am
Still working on getting better from this cold. It always seems to take me longer to get back to 100% than it does days that I’m actually feeling sick. It’s like, “Ok, these are the days I’m definitely sick” and then a week of, “I’m hoping this is the last day of this garbage.” I’m […]
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Voodoo Games Running Isles of Terror Board Game Kickstarter

Tabletop Gaming News - 31 January 2018 - 10:00am
When the Conquistadores made their way into the islands of the Caribbean and around South and Central America, there were plenty of dangers among the palm trees. The Natives certainly weren’t always interested in having their riches plundered. There were storms that could wipe out entire islands. Then, of course, there were the ancient gods. […]
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Level up your skills at the GDC 2018 Technical Artist Bootcamp!

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 31 January 2018 - 9:12am

The GDC 2018 Technical Artist Bootcamp is shaping up to be a fantastic day-long learning opportunity, with expert sessions that offer deep dives into different facets of art & tech in game production. ...

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Way of the Fighter Available For Pre-Order

Tabletop Gaming News - 31 January 2018 - 9:00am
I’ve got friends who have been showing off that they’ve been getting their Kickstarter editions of Way of the Fighter. They’re excited about the old-school fighting game feel right on their tabletop. Well, for those that weren’t part of the Kickstarter campaign, their wait is almost over, too. Soda Pop is celebrating Valentine’s Day with […]
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Fantasy Flight Announces Pre-order Bonus For Star Wars: Legion

Tabletop Gaming News - 31 January 2018 - 8:00am
We all know gamers want to be the first ones with the new toys when they’re released. Nobody likes to wait for their awesome figures. So pre-ordering is a good way to make sure you get yours first. Well, those that are pre-ordering Star Wars: Legion through Fantasy Flight’s website will get an extra bonus. […]
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Infinity Cargo Box Giveaway Happening Today

Tabletop Gaming News - 31 January 2018 - 7:00am
Corvus Belli is having the first of their giveaways for the year. This time, they’re teaming up with Bandua Wargames to give you a free Infinity Cargo Box. I mean, who doesn’t like getting things for free? Check out their page so you can enter your name into the drawing. From the announcement (note: all […]
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The Road To War | The AI of Total War (Part 1) - by Tommy Thompson

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 31 January 2018 - 6:14am
Real-time strategy games are some of the most taxing for AI systems to build responsive and dynamic opponents. In this first in a series I look at the AI innovations and features of The Creative Assembly's 'Total War' franchise.
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Meeple Like Us, January 2017 - by Michael Heron

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 31 January 2018 - 6:10am
This is what's been going on in the world of Meeple Like Us in January of 2018.
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Game Idea a Day: Technoconway - by Greg Costikyan

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 31 January 2018 - 6:09am
A two-player game based on Conway's Game of Life, with emergent aspects of techno music.
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Cuphead, Cruelty, and Selling Unfairness to You. - by Jeff Vogel

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 31 January 2018 - 6:09am
A breakdown of the many different ways Cuphead uses randomness to create unpredictable exciting fights. This and other example show how randomness, unpredictability, and unfairness can make a game very tempting to a certain (large) class of gamer.
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Looking for inspiration? Here are some great ways for gamers to give back - by Lottie Wilson

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 31 January 2018 - 6:08am
Read about how you can get involved in charity work and still pursue your passion for gaming!
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Asmodee And Rebel Games Form Partnership

Tabletop Gaming News - 31 January 2018 - 6:00am
Asmodee has created another partnership with a gaming company, adding to their already impressive resume of those under their umbrella. In this case, it’s Rebel Games from Poland. From the announcement (sorry about the Google Translate, the original’s in Polish): The Asmodee Group today announced that talks on the takeover of Rebel Sp. z o. […]
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Acronym-a-licious!

Gnome Stew - 31 January 2018 - 1:21am

I wrote a tweet Monday night, playing off of a meme, and it went a little viral.

Is your child texting about Dungeons & Dragons?

LOL: Loads of Liches

FFS: Feather Fall Saves

LMAO: Longswords, Maces, Armor, Oozes

TTYS: Tell the Treant You're Sorry

STFU: Subterranean Tunnels, Frightening Underdark

IMO: In Mordenkainen's Opinion

— Tracy (@TheOtherTracy) January 30, 2018

It got me to thinking: every culture has its own acronyms, so why not cultures in the D&D settings? So, for your convenience and entertainment, here are the most popular acronyms in some of my favorite D&D settings.

Ravenloft

SUL: Strahd’s Unrequited Love

FTDP: Find the Damn Phylactery

VTAAA: Vecna Tries Again, Again, and Again

BIFL: Barovia is for Lovers

DKL: Death Knight, Lovely

Dark Sun

DMD: Despoilers Must Die

AHSK: All Hail the Sorcerer-Kings

TIYB: Thri-Keen In Your Brain

HCS: Holy Crap, Sand

NGHM: No Gods Here, Mate

Dragonlance

BTMB: By Tanis’ Mighty Beard!

ZIPYF:, Zifnab is Paladine, You Fools

SLHO: Soth Lived Here, Once

OSP: Otik’s Spiced Potatoes

BTC: Before the Calaclysm

Planescape

MCR: Modrons Coming! RUN!

ADWD: Angel Drinking With a Devil

LPB: Lady of Pain, Berk

PIC: Pike It, Cutter!

ADCBAPATWWYBB: Any Door Could Be a Portal and Then Where Would You Be, Blood?

Forgotten Realms

WDEHI: Why Doesn’t Elminster Handle It?

DFC: Disease from Chult

HRZD: Harpers Rule, Zhentarim Drool

RBRMBANE: Reality’s Been Rewritten, Must Be a New Edition

TLOMSPBIHDSSASOMPCSBSITPSSTWA: The Lord of Murder Shall Perish, But in His Doom Shall Spawn a Score of Mortal Progeny, Chaos Shall Be Sown in Their Passage, So Sayeth the Wise Alaundo

Spelljammer

GLG: Giffs Love Guns

TTMAB: To the Moons and Back

FCS: Freaking Crystal Spheres

SIS: Screw Illithids, Seriously

MGSHFR: Miniature Giant Space Hamster, Really??

Have any acronyms you think would come up in these settings? Drop them in the comments!

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Words on a Screen: Emily Post Pun

RPGNet - 31 January 2018 - 12:00am
The etiquette of PbP.
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Plastic French Cavalry Single Frames Now Available For Black Powder From Bolt Action

Tabletop Gaming News - 30 January 2018 - 3:00pm
Box sets are handy when you want to get an entire unit of figures at once. But what about when you just need a single figure? Maybe one got lost or busted or you want to customize your forces just a little bit. It can be annoying to have to get a whole box just […]
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