NOTE: This is finally finished. I’ve added post project updates to the WARMACHINE: Tactics and Tesladyne project write-ups, and have added write-ups for The Agents and Primeval Thule.
So I know I said I’d try to get this up on Monday last week, but unfortunately life has a tendency to get in the way. Not going into details, as it’s nothing major, just lots of little things. Anyway, I’m in Sydney for a training course at the moment and had a little while to work on this tonight.
Anyway, it’s time for the Kickstarter round-up that I promised when I did my update about Satellite Reign on Sunday the 28th of July. So, we’ll be talking about a few different projects here, some of which still have a significant amount of time remaining, others that are in their last ten days or so. I haven’t pledged to all of these yet. Some of them I may end up pledging for, others I may not. It all depends on funds and other commitments. However, with the exception of one (which has already finished), they’re all projects I feel deserve some attention and hopefully some significant support. We’ll get to the exception later though.
So, let’s get stuck into it. Welcome to The Grassy Gnoll’s second instalment of the Kickstarter Round-up!
I’m in the process for writing a full Kickstarter round-up, but felt that I needed to get this particular project some attention as soon as possible, since it’s got less than a day to go. Unfortunately I only found out about this project a few days ago, and had been rather busy and unable to get time to write anything up until today. I also felt that this project deserved a bit more attention than I’ll be able to give it in an article with multiple projects.
So, let’s talk about Satellite Reign…
Welcome to the neon wonderland of the future, where they really ARE watching you…
Evening ladies and gentlemen. This one is a very quick update, I don’t have time to write a lot since I’m about to duck out to see Second Sun play.
I just wanted to do a quick update on the state of the Realm Works Kickstarter project. They’re in the last 48 hours, and have nearly reached their third stretch goal (access to Richard Pett’s new campaign, The Blight, completely integrated into Realm Works). If anyone has been sitting on the fence about supporting this project, now is the time to jump in. Every little bit helps the team at Lone Wolf Development make improvements on the software and features, and you get some awesome content with the rewards as well.
As an added incentive, they’ve also announced a final stretch goal of a different kind. If the project hits 2000 backers – currently it is sitting at 1416 – every backer at the Timber Wolf level ($65) or higher will receive a free gift license for their flagship software, Hero Lab. For those of you like me, who already have Hero Lab licenses and pretty much every bit of content available for it, you’re able to gift it to someone else you think might find it useful. For those of you who don’t have it, the license comes with the core data packages for your choice of one of the systems it supports. Packages are availble for Pathfinder, World of Darkness (Vampire: The Requiem and Changeling: The Lost only), Savage Worlds, Shadowrun 4th Edition, D&D 3.5/d20, D&D 4th Edition and Call of Cthulhu. The license normally costs $30, so it’s a great way to get some extra bang for your buck.
You can find the Realm Works Kickstarter project here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/610004753/realm-works-streamlined-rpg-campaign-tools
Anyway, that’s it from me for now, I’ve got to run. The siren song of beautiful acoustic rock is calling me…
Welcome back ladies and gentlemen. As you may have guessed from the title of this blog entry, I am a bit of a fan of Mötley Crüe, particularly their album Dr Feelgood, which was released the year I was born. I’m also quite a fan of Nikki Sixx in particular, and really enjoy the work he’s been doing with his current side project, Sixx: A.M. Seriously, if you’re a fan of him at all check out their two albums, The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack and This Is Gonna Hurt.
Anyway, my love of Mötley Crüe aside, the name was actually chosen because it ties in nicely with my topic for today. I’m sure some of you have guessed it already, but for those who haven’t, it’s time for a Kickstarter round-up. I’m going to be having a quick look at what I think are the most promising gaming related projects on Kickstarter at the moment, and providing links to the project pages so you can check them out for yourself. This time around we’ve got three projects that are directly RPG related, a board game, and a project that’s a little different. So, let’s get started.
As you can probably gather from the title, this entry is somewhat piratical in nature. Its taken from the song Hoist the Colours, written by Hans Zimmer for Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End. Although it is my least favourite of the movies thus far – I haven’t seen On Stranger Tides yet – I absolutely love that song. So for those of you who may not know it, the full lyrics are below:
The king and his men
stole the queen from her bed
and bound her in her Bones.
The seas be ours
and by the powers
where we will we’ll roam.
Yo, ho, haul together,
hoist the colors high.
Heave ho, thieves and beggars,
never shall we die.
I know it’s a bit late, but merry Christmas to all! I hope everyone had an excellent time with friends and family, and had plenty of good food and drink. I did intend to have this and the next part of Cooking the Cosmos posted before Christmas, but unfortunately I ran out of time, what with preparations for the shutdown period at work, and needing to travel to visit my family. Still, on the plus side, since this is now a post-Christmas update, I can say thank you to everyone for the awesome loot I received. All of my gifts were thoughtful and much appreciated, but I’d like to give special thanks to the following people for presents that were extra special to me:
- Nell, who baked me delicious white chocolate and raspberry cookies. Nell runs the food blog I Need a Feed, which can be found at http://ineedafeed.wordpress.com/, and she’s an excellent cook.
- Elena, who gave me a set of green and black d10s that will be perfect for our weekly World of Darkness game. Elena also helps keep me fit by dragging my lazy rear up Mount Ainslie every Saturday, so a big thank you for that.
- My housemate, Graham, for a Netgear wireless adapter that can actually make use of the ac protocol capabilities on my new router, as well as a couple of custom t-shirts based on Gravity Falls and Ugly Americans.
- My Parental Units, for a new queen-sized bed and mattress, as well as helping me buy a new washing machine.
- My brother, for giving me some money to buy some Pathfinder source books that I’ve had my eye on for a while now.
My new World of Darkness dice. Thanks Elena!