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News Bits (September 4): GoblinWorks out of funds, Chaosium hires, DriveThruRPG's Mature Content policy, new Mongoose Traveller edition

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Hello and welcome back to the Industry News, this week with some bad news for MMO fans, people coming and going at several rpg publishers, discussions about mature content in online shops

The biggest news this week comes from Paizo Publishing, but not directly from them but rather from GoblinWorks, the company that is developing the Pathfinder MMO. They seem to be out of funds as ICv2 reported, with most employees except three having been laid off already and CEO Ryan Dancey having resigned for “personal reasons”. Paizo CEO Lisa Stevens has taken over as acting CEO of Goblinworks and said, the company still had enough funds from Early Enrollment subscriptions to continue to support the game and keep the servers running, but not enough to actually finish development of the game. This is rather troubling news for fans wanting to play in Golarion, but it seems at least most of the Kickstarter rewards (the game was funded mostly through two KS's) are already done and have been made available to backers. We'll have to wait and see how this turns out - we'll keep you updated.

One designer leaves a company, another gets hired by another company: James Lowder has been hired by Chaosium as Consulting Editor for Fiction. His current focus is to help resolve any outstanding issues with writers’ organizations, and authors, editors and artists, followed by planning a new line of fiction.

Over the last weekend there was quite a commotion going on at DriveThruRPG, the cause being a game that quite a few people deemed very offensive. While the whole matter was settled quickly (and I will not discuss the product itself or mention it by name to not give it even more publicity than it already got - if you really want to know, Google is your friend), it forced DTRPG to think about their policy for adult and mature content on the site. The result is a new Mature Content policy for products: from now on any product in which racial violence, rape, torture, or a similar subject is a treated as a central feature will be subjected to careful scrutiny - but it is still available at the site. Users will have options to report products they think cross the boundaries and DTRPG will monitor the products as well. CEO Steve Wieck explained the new policy in more detail on his blog. Now while most people seem to think this is a good way to handle disturbing content, a few publishers are not happy with it: especially James Edward Raggi, IV has threatened to take all his products off DTRPG if even a single one of his products should be pulled. In his own words: "Without the ability to freely create, and freely reach people who might be interested in those creations, participation in this hobby and this industry is simply not worth doing." Not many people currently seem to share his opinion (for those wondering about my personal opinion on this whole matter - this is a news post and I'm trying to report from a neutral point of view). Thanks to user Againsto for pointing me to Raggi's G+ post.

Want to help a company iron out the flaws in their product? As has become customary for quite a few companies, Mongoose Publishing has released a beta version of their upcoming new edition of Traveller. The PDF is available on DriveThruRPG, but it's a product you have to pay for, which in turn will grant you an equal sum voucher for the final corebook. Thanks to user Sheep for bringing this to my attention.

A few weeks ago Pelgrane Press and RPGGeek ran the One Sheet GUMSHOE Contest 2015, that was organized by our very own Yohann Delalande. Yohann has now written an article about his experience running the contest that got published on Pelgrane's newsletter See Page XX! It's a great read, so go check it out!

An that's it for this week's coverage. As usual, if there's anything that I got wrong or stuff I might have overlooked, feel free to comment below.
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What's New? September 1, 2015: Pathfinder, Amazing Adventures, Low Life, Frog God, Chrome Flesh, and D&D PDFs

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As August flips over to September (how did that happen?), we're greeted with a new batch of Pathfinder related products. Sounds like most months!

New releases at your FLGS

The next round of Paizo Publishing's Pathfinder Roleplaying Game releases are arriving at stores this week: Pathfinder #97: In Hell's Bright Shadow, Occult Bestiary, and the Monster Codex Pawn Box. (Source: Leisure Games)

Rise of the Red God, an adventure for Amazing Adventures, follows the release of the core books into stores. (Source: Impressions)

Low Life: The Rise of the Lowly (ReDredged) is hitting store shelves. This offbeat Savage Worlds RPG from Mutha Oith Creations is now in a new edition. (Source: Alliance)

Frog God Games wants to make sure you have enough Pathfinder System Compatible Products this week, so they've released Cyclopean Deeps Vol 2 and Fields of Blood. Happy, cheery things I'm sure. (Souce: Leisure Games)

Catalyst Game Labs' Chrome Flesh for Shadowrun (5th Edition) has a street date of September 2. I don't see it listed on any of my sources, but Lars didn't dodge a horde of Street Samurai for nothing! (Source: Catalyst, Lars)

New PDF releases

D&D PDFs this Week: Dungeon Master Guide (AD&D 2e Revised) (2E), d20 Modern Core Book, Player Essentials: Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms (4E), and Dungeon (Issue 204 - Jul 2012) (4E). No Dragon? Hrm.

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Indie RPG Awards for games released in 2014

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This past weekend, winners of the 2014 Indie RPG Awards have been announced. These annual awards cover indie games released in the previous year, voted on by other designers. (For details, see the FAQ.)

The five categories awarded this year are actually shared by only three titles:

Indie Game of the Year AND Most Innovative Game
The Clay That Woke by Paul Czege

Best Indie RPG Supplement AND Best Support
Deep Carbon Observatory by Patrick Stuart, for Lamentations of the Flame Princess

Best Production
A Red & Pleasant Land by Zak S., again for LotFP

Still, it's worth checking out the games that scored second, third and fourth places. Among them are Chuubo's Marvelous Wish Granting Engine, Dream Askew, Tianxia: Blood, Silk & Jade, and Golden Sky Stories: Heart-Warming Role-Playing, just to name a few.

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http://www.indie-rpg-awards.com/2014/index.shtml


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1893 - Louisiana Gov. Huey Long mb

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September 1
1875 - Tarzan author Edgar Rice Burroughs mb
1922 - Actress Yvonne de Carlo (The Munsters)
1933 - Country music singer Conway Twitty mb

September 2
1869 - Hiram Maxim (Inventor of the automobile muffler and firearm silencer)
1937 - Former baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth mb
1952 - Tennis champion Jimmy Connors mb
1964 - Actor Keanu Reeves mb
1966 - Actress Selma Hayek mb

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1856 - Architect Louis Sullivan mb (The father of the skyscraper)

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1918 - Radio news commentator Paul Harvey mb
1970 - Actress Ione Skye (Say Anything, Covington Cross)

September 5
1942 - Actress Raquel Welch (One Million Years B.C.)


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Congratulations to Red Wine Pie on becoming the fourth member of the RPG Geek Reviewer Hall of Fame!

He got there by reviewing a lot of magazines, Cthulhu, and solo game books.

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News Bits (August 28): Doctor Who AITAS 2E, Dresden Lives cancelled, Frog God Games steps in, Far West complaints

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Hello and welcome back to the Industry News. This week has been rather quiet, with only a few announcements and noteworthy events. We have another upcoming edition of an established licensed game, the cancellation of a licensed LARP, a company stepping up for Kickstarter backers and another Kickstarter that might see some legal action. So let's dive right in, shall we?

We've had our 12th Doctor for quite some time now, so it seems Cubicle 7 Entertainment decided we need a new edition of the Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space to go with the next Doctor. The new edition will still be the same game and is backwards compatible with earlier supplements, but contains new monsters, characters and gadgets. A free PDF with all the new material is in the works for the owners of the earlier edition. Currently they're aiming for a winter 2015 release.

Evil Hat Productions announced a few days ago that Dresden Lives, the LARP version of The Dresden Files Roleplaying Game has been cancelled. In an admirably honest post on the company blog they announced that the company just had bitten off more than they can chew right now and would rather cancel this game than release a mediocre version. The reason why this game was cut is that the company hasn't released any LARP yet, so they'd rather stay in territory they know than expand into unkwown areas.

Usually a licensor never takes responsibility for a Kickstarter gone wrong and unfulfilled. Enter Frog God Games: quite some time ago Centre Stage Miniatures ran two Kickstarters for miniatures based on Tome of Horrors Complete and Tome of Horrors Complete II. CSM had acquired licenses for the monster images from Frog God, but never fulfilled the Kickstarters. Mind you, Frog God Games was in no way involved with those Kickstarters! Still, to alleviate the frustration of the backers, the company has now decided to give store credit for pdf purchases to match dollar-for-dollar the pledges of backers of both Kickstarters. Now that's what I call customer support.

The final news item for this week does not have a blog post or website to link to except our own Geek Forums. At least one backer of the now infamous Far West Adventure Game has had enough of all the excuses and delays and has filed a complaint with the Washington State's Attorney General. It will be interesting to see how this develops in light of last week's news about the Seattle court decision in another Kickstarter case.

And that's it for this week's coverage. As usual, if there's anything that I got wrong or stuff I might have overlooked, feel free to comment below.
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What's New? August 25, 2015; Cthulhu Britannica London, Focal Point, and D&D PDFs

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Yeah... so you know how I've been babbling about Gen Con for the past couple of months? Release the Kraken and all that? Well, there's always next week.

New releases at your FLGS

Cubicle 7 Entertainment is in stores with the successfully Kickstarted, Gen Con released Cthulhu Britannica: London for Call of Cthulhu (7th Edition). (Source: Alliance)

New PDF releases

D&D PDFs This Week: Oriental Adventures (3E), Beyond the Horizon (3E), Monstrous Manual (2E), Dungeon (Issue 203 - Jun 2012) (4E), and Dragon (Issue 412 - Jun 2012) (4E).

(Note: Due to time constraints, I only cover the D&D PDFs and anything that I receive as a tip. Let us know about new PDFs you've seen in the comments. If you would like to cover PDFs, please let us know!)

Other Products

Engine Publishing's new book, Focal Point: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions, is now available in print from the web site. This was also spotted at Gen Con. (Source: Martin Ralya)

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August 25th marks the birth of one half of The 'Geeks most famous mixed marriage (he plays RPGs, his wife IndigoPotter prefers board games).

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1883 - Gen. Jonathan Wainwright (Hero of Bataan)

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1895 - Roman Catholic Cardinal Richard Cushing, archbishop of Boston mb
1897 - Country music publisher Fred Rose mb

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1819 - Allan Pinkerton, founder of the private detective agency mb
1930 - Actor Sean Connery mb
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1743 - French scientist Antoine Lavoisier, the founder of modern chemistry mb
1873 - Lee de Forest, known as the father of radio mb
1964 - Richard Pett

August 27
1877 - English auto maker Charles Rolls mb
1908 - Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th president of the United States mb
1910 - Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa mb
1957 - Jeff Grubb

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1749 - German poet, novelist and dramatist Johann von Goethe mb
1916 - Jack Vance (I) mb

August 29
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1915 - Actress Ingrid Bergman mb
1958 - Pop singer Michael Jackson mb

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News Bits (August 21): Wayward Kickstarters, Gen Con growth, ebooks sales, Origins Awards updated

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Hello and welcome back to the Industry News, this week with some Kickstarter news, more info about Gen Con, an essay by Simon Rogers and a call for writers. Quite a few of these news bits are not rpg-centric but they're newsworthy nonetheless, so let's dive right in, shall we?

The biggest news this week comes from a Seattle court and is not exactly rpg-centric: said court has ordered Altius Management, the creator of the Asylum Playing Cards Kickstarter, and one of the two people who ran the Kickstarter to pay over $54,000 in restitution, penalties, and costs in a case brought by the Attorney General of Washington last year. As the defendants did not appear in court, the judgment was by default. Interestingly, around the same time the judgment was made, backers suddenly started to receive their stuff. The suit was filed under the state’s Consumer Protection Act on behalf of backers in the state of Washington who did not receive the products promised in the Kickstarter and may well set a precedent for other wayward Kickstarters. Just don't get too excited, as in this particular case the company had stopped communicating with backers altogether in 2013 so we'll have to wait and see how this applies to other KS projects that have been in the works (or editing, right, Bruce? ) for years.

We also got more Gen Con news this week: according to ICv2 Gen Con was bumping up against the limits of the available space in the Indianapolis Convention Center, basically all the available space in the convention center was being used this year. The convention hosted 412 exhibitors this year, which was a new record high, even though the prices for exhibit space already had increased by 25 % for 2015. The convention is already putting new policies in effect to deal with the growing numbers of exhibitors, but these are not to everyone's liking, as they might remove lower profile exhibitors from the con vention altogether.

Think you got what it takes to become a rpg writer/designer but at the same time not a fan of the Pathfinder RPG and Paizo's RPG Superstar contest (see the news article from two weeks ago for details about that)? Third Eye Games is currently looking for new writers to help grow their different game lines. See this blog post on their website for details about how to apply.

There have been quite a few discussions about the rise of ebooks and the decline of printed books. Simon Rogers of Pelgrane Press has a great article about this exact topic and how the situation is in the rpg business over at EN World. It's the first part of a two-part article (the second hasn't been published yet), but it's already highly interesting and will probably fuel lots of discussions.

In other rpg-related news the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design has made some changes to the Origins Awards for the 2016 awards, specifically streamlining the categories, reducing their number from nine to seven and re-introducing the Game of the Year Award.

And that's it for this week's coverage. As usual, if there's anything that I got wrong or stuff I might have overlooked, feel free to comment below.
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