August 22

Blurb – Museum/Hall of Fame to Honor Gary Gygax

Epic Quest Publishing has begun a Kickstarter to make that happen! The DRAGONWARS of TRAYTH is a new campaign setting for the Pathfinder and OSRIC (1e)Role Playing Game. The fully detailed Campaign contains 25 modules, a Campaign Guide , and Players Guide for the World of Kadar campaign setting. There is a write up about it over at roleplayerschronicle.com!

Dragonwars of Trayth
Dragonwars of Trayth

I had the great pleasure of meeting Gary Gygax at a couple of Gen Cons and I can tell you he was a very humble and awesome person. I think that a museum to honor him and those like him is a awesome idea and I for one support it. So head on over and help fund this project and make this a reality, I have!

Later Nerds!

August 21

Blurb – 5000 Year Old Game Tokens.

A post at news.discovery.com reports that Ege University’s Haluk Sağlamtimur presented a remarkable find of 5,000-year-old gaming tokens found in a Bronze Age burial mound at Başur Höyük in Turkey. They take a variety of forms (“Some depict pigs, dogs and pyramids, others feature round and bullet shapes. We also found dice as well as three circular tokens made of white shell and topped with a black round stone”) and suggest a game based in some way on the number four.

5000 Year Old Game Tokens
5000 Year Old Game Tokens

“Dating from the First Dynasty of Ur, around 2550-2400 B.C., the boards were associated with the “Game of Twenty Squares,” a board game played around 3000 B.C. Beautiful tokens related to the game were found arranged in a row, with the colors alternating, in another Ur tomb. The set consisted of seven shell roundels inlaid with of five lapis lazuli dots and seven roundels of black shale inlaid with five dots of white shell.” 

You can read more just follow the link above!

Later Nerds!

 

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August 19

Blurb – Gen Con Attendance Record Destroyed!

Gen Con had a record breaking weekend and beat it by just under 7,000 unique attendees! I wonder is it just the fact we need to find a place to escape that is crazier then our own reality. My vote is yes!

Below is the report found on Gen Con’s website.

“Gen Con 2014, completed August 14-17 at the Indiana Convention Center, experienced another year of record attendance numbers and unprecedented growth. For the fourth consecutive year, Gen Con grew by more than 10%. This year, reaching more than 14% year-over-year growth with a weekend turnstile attendance of 184,699 and unique attendance of 56,614. This number surpasses 2013’s previous record of 49,530 unique attendees. Since 2009, Gen Con’s annual attendance has more than doubled.

“Gen Con 2014 is a testament to a more than decade-long relationship between Indianapolis and the game industry, which has culminated in the best attendee experience yet,” said Adrian Swartout, CEO and owner of Gen Con LLC. “Gen Con is a massive yearly adventure that would not be possible without the collaboration and support of our show sponsors, exhibitors, event organizers, volunteers, local business partners, the Indy community, and of course, our attendees.”

Another new record in 2014 also was set for donations to Gen Con’s Official Charity Partner. Gen Con raised more than $40,000 for Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana’s BackSacks program, which provides weekend food to children at-risk for hunger. This donation includes a $20,000 check provided by Mayfair Games’ Cones of Dunshire event, a charitable game played Saturday, August 16 on Georgia Street.

“Since their first show in Indy in 2003, Gen Con has evolved into more than just a great convention for gamers – it’s become a one-of-a-kind cultural event,” said Leonard Hoops, president & CEO of Visit Indy. “The entire Indy hospitality community is proud to host Gen Con and we congratulate their team on yet another record-breaking year.”

Due to Gen Con’s expansion throughout the Indiana Convention Center, the show also featured record numbers of exhibitors (370+) and events (14,000+).

Gen Con 2015 will return to Indianapolis July 30 – August 2, 2015.”

I hope to be there with the other 60,000 nerds next year!

Later Nerds!

 

 

August 19

Blurb – New Release Day!

Here is a list of releases that were scheduled to be in stores today. This is not an exhausted list (expecially books where hundreds are released) but what caught my eye. If I missed something you think I should have mention or if you have a suggestion on what else to list every Tuesday let me know in the comments! Without further ado your releases for the week!

 

DVD Releases:

Adventure Planet

Go for Sisters

The Sacrament

Only Lovers Left Alive

The Amazing Spiderman 2

Fading Gigolo

The Quit Ones

 

Video Games:

Counterspy (PS4, PS3, Vita)

Crimsonland (Vita)

The Golf Club (Xbox One)

Gravity Badgers (Vita)

Hotline Miami (PS4)

The Last Tinker (PS4)

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (PS4, PS3)

Tales of Xillia 2 (PS3)

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)

 

Books:

Players Hand Book (Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition)

Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition)

Pathfinder Adventure Path: Mummy’s Mask Part 5 – The Slave Trenches of (Paizo)

Pathfinder Adventure Path: Mummy’s Mask Part 6 – Pyramid of the Sky Pharaoh (Paizo)

Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Mummy’s Mask Poster Map Folio (Paizo)

Pathfinder Player Companion: People of the River (Paizo)

Percy Jackson Greek Gods (Rick Riordan)

Tales of Xillia 2: Pima Official Game Guide

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition Signature Series Strategy Guide (BradyGames)

Invincible: The Ultimate Collection Volume 9 (Kirkman, Ottley, Rathburn, and Rauch)

Monster Musume Vol. 4 (OKAYADO)

The Complete Elfquest Volume 1 (Wendy Pini and Richard Pini)

Bounty Hunter Code: From The Files of Boba Fett (Star Wars) (Wallace, Windham, and Fry)

Marvels: The Platinum Edition Slipcase (Busiek and Ross)

The Ring of Nibelung (The Ring of the Nibelung) ( Russel and Kindzierski)

The Scorched Earth (The Chaos Born) (Karpyshyn)

Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box (Mann)

Warriors of the Imperium (Space Marines) (Hoare and Cawkwell)

 

Later Nerds!

August 18

TV – Doctor Who’s Season 8 Episode Titles Released.

Here is the definite list of title, writer, and director for Doctor Who’s season 8!

Episode 1: Deep Breath.
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Ben Wheatley

Episode 2: Into The Dalek
Written by Phil Ford and Steven Moffat
Directed by Ben Wheatley
Introducing Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink.

Episode 3: Robot Of Sherwood
Written by Mark Gatiss
Directed by Paul Murphy

Episode 4: Listen
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Episode 5: Time Heist
Written by Stephen Thompson and Steven Moffat
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Episode 6: The Caretaker
Written by Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat
Directed by Paul Murphy

Episode 7: Kill The Moon
Written by Peter Harness
Directed by Paul Wilmshurst

Episode 8: Mummy On The Orient Express
Written by Jamie Mathieson
Directed by Paul Wilmshurst

Episode 9: Flatline
Written by Jamie Mathieson
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Episode 10: In The Forest Of The Night
Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Directed by Sheree Folkson

Episode 11/12 Dark Water/Death In Heaven
Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Rachel Talalay

Enjoy Nerds!

August 17

RPG – Paizo: Pathfinder Gen Con Reveals.

The below information was taken from Known Direction Podcast and I thank them for posting it!

Hell’s Rebels Adventure Path

Releasing after the Giant Slayer adventure path, Hell’s Rebels will cast the players as rebels in Cheliax city of Kintargo, who will attempt to overthrow the rule of House Thrune.
Will also have issue 100 of the Adventure Path line. This issue will be an extra 32 pages long (120 Pages), will be written by James Jacobs, and will also contain a special article on the dead god Aroden written by Erik Mona as well as summary and supporting NPC for every AP released so far.
PCs will be building up a resistance group called the Silver Crows in the city over the course of the campaign, and might use the organization rules from Ultimate Campaign.
While the AP will have plenty of combat, social RP will be a large focus. Expect a political focus.
Probably not a good AP for Chelish loyalist.

Occult Adventures

The Pathfinder RPG rules hard cover to be released at Gen Con 2015.
Will focus on occult themes, spiritualism, and pulpy flavor.
One of the phrases used was “Less Professor X, More Penny Dreadful.”
Will be the book that introduces Psychic Magic into the Pathfinder RPG!
Psychic Magic will work very similarly to existing Arcane and Divine Magic, with spells per day progressions and will not be based on the Psionic Handbooks from 3e/3.5e Dungeons & Dragons.
Will introduce 6 new classes to the Pathfinder RPG.
The Kineticist will be a raw manipulator of psychic forces (Telekinetic, Pyrokinetic, etc) and will not be a caster / magic user.
Spiritualist is another. Has a spirit that they communicate with and can manifest through the world. Ectoplasmic is an ability.
The Mystic was mentioned by name, but no details were given.
There will be a public playtest of these six classes “soon.”
The book will also have a monster section to help support the play.

Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Races Hard Cover

Because of the success of Inner Sea Gods, they decided that another Campaign Setting hard cover would be good.
The first 2/3 of the book will cover the various races and ethnicities in Golarion and how they fit in, not as general an over view as they got in the Advanced Race Guide.
The remaining third of the book will be lots of crunch for use with characters in Golarion.

When I can get my hands on a definitive list for Wizards of the Coast I will post it!

Enjoy Nerds!

August 17

Blurb – Gen Con Final Day!

The final day of Gen Con is a celebration of gaming families and from what I saw in the posted pictures there were quite a few. The activities looked like a blast!

Next year I hope to be there in person and blogging for where it is happening!

Later Nerds!

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