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Fablesmith has now a new game in Kickstarter by the name of Hylaria. A storytelling game with different mechanics and quirky art work that sets it apart from the rest.

In the past, Fablesmith has brought us Ortus, an abstract game for two players with more strategy one can shake a stick at, and Oh No! Invasion a cooperative game in which the players will have to work together to fight of a series of aliens who want to conquer our planet.

This one is very different, though, so I had to get together with Joost Das and find out how he came up with the idea for a type of game he’s never published before.

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004bd6735bec3de51fbad695bb005b297d2aa8d0Running a game is not an exact science. Not even sure it is a science but sometimes it feels like it because you have to experiment a lot to get the desired results. And then you have to try again in a different group to get results and you might not get the results you wanted because… well, because people.

And yet we do learn to keep our games smooth so they are fun for everyone involved. Or we try.

In this episode we are going to give you our view and take on how to make that happen. We’ll tell you our techniques, some more controversial than others, and our approach.

Hopefully you’ll find it useful!

Also, please please please take a look at the Shadow of the Demon Lord Kickstarter that’s going on as this podcast comes out. It’s truly superb and, just in case you need any more reason, we talk about it in this episode too!

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fc4470d77c0181b9bec0f0681c193d43_large.pSleepers is a conspiracy horror game published by Death Spiral Games and written by Ben Counter, veteran of many Warhammer novels.

This game has been in development for a number of years and puts the players in the shoes of agents with super powers who have just woken up after a long slumber and a post cold-war disaster that’s changed how the world works.

At the time of this recording this game is being funded in Kickstarter and it’s well on its way to get the money it needs to be printed.

The setting sounds good, the mechanics sound good, the book looks good… Is it worth backing it?

I spoke with Ben Counter to ask him a bunch of questions about the game, the campaign and where the company is going with this book.

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pic2039470_t.jpgSpirits of the Rice Paddy is the latest design and offering by Philip DuBarry, who recently was successful with Skyway Robbery and has a number of games under his belt already.

However Spirits of the Rice Paddy certainly looks and sounds different.

This a farming themed game, but unlike other farming games, this one has an oriental game and a much more focused and thematic farm: Rice.

But this game also comes with some special moves, like being able to use different spirits to boost your abilities and giving you special actions to help you grow your rice.

And that is not all, a very interesting drafting system, a water delivery system and managing resources carefully if you want any of that water…

But don’t take it from me. Here’s an interview with designer so you can hear it from someone with authority.

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photo-1024x768.jpg?1417353018The Mistborn Dice Kickstarter project is the latest and most recent project by RPG publishers Crafty Games.

The creators of the Mistborn Adventure Game, based on the novels by author Brandon Sanderson, also released a series of customised dice at the time of releasing the game just over two years ago. Those dice flew off the shelf and I was lucky enough to get a couple of sets for posterity.

Now the Crafty team are on Kickstarter with their first project to fund a new production batch of dice to play with their rather excellent game.

But why are those dice important? What’s about them that makes it worth pledging and backing this project?

Well, no one better than the project creator, Alex Flagg to let us know all about it.

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There is a lot to be said for ethics in games journalism. The fact is that it’s a very grey area because most of the journalism that goes on is done by amateurs for the love of it. Whether it is for boardgames or roleplaying games, there are just a handful of professional websites that are businesses.

And those numbers are *tiny* compared with the number of bloggers and video-bloggers out there. People writing reviews, articles and giving opinions about games of all sorts.

But are we an ethical lot? Probably not, though we also probably try our best and we’re not unethical maliciously.

There’s just not an established code of ethics in our media and, let’s face it, we all do what we want to do.

So what’s the solution?

We discuss some options in this show.

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FriendComputer.jpgParanoia stormed on the tables of gamers all over the world in the 80 and has remained an iconic game that lots and lots of people were rather looking forward to see rebooted.

Hence it’s no surprise that when it came out in Kickstarter just a few days ago, it smashed its funding goal in less than a day and it’s still gathering a lot of money. And rightly so!

The authors chosen to bring this new edition of the game to life have all a tremendous record in game design and publishing, so that alone makes betting on this game a very safe procedure. No doubt the combination of James Wallis, Paul Dean and Grant Howitt should put anyone and everyone’s fears to rest.

In any event, and to make sure you have every single possible reason to back this project, I got together with two of the traitors designers to find out more about exiting new edition of the game.

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props.jpgA bit later than expected and planned, our tenth episode of the RPG room, where  Vickey Beaver, Jim Pinto and myself talk about games.

This episode was meant to come out on time for Halloween, but life in the shape of a Kickstarter and another crowd funding campaign in Spain have taken me away from everything I should actually be doing!

I apologies for the delay.

Anyway, how do you add atmosphere to your games? Music? Sounds? Light? Props? Combination of them all?

Nothing?

We tell you what we do in this podcast. How about what you do?

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bc3e1c1943729a6ad9e34576d75cbe8f_large.pRealms of Twilight is a fantasy campaign setting created by Daniel Marshal and BJ Hensley from Silver Crescent Publishing currently being funded in Kickstarter.

Now, Pathfinder setting campaigns are three a penny (or a dime, if you will) and it is actually rather hard to find something that’s different and adds something new, not just from the point of view of setting originality, but also to what they add to the rules and feel of the game.

Realms of Twilight tried to fund a while ago and, unfortunately, it didn’t hit its target and the authors decided to keep working on it, refine it and now they are back to have a second go.

After some trying, we managed to get together for an interview and find out what makes this setting so special. It transpires that it is quite a lot!

Warning, I messed up the times and I had to do the interview from my office, so the sound quality from our end is not as good as it normally is. My apologies for that.

Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy the show!

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sentinel_tactic.pngWhen Sentinels of the Multiverse came out, it rightly turned some faces. Because the game is rather terrific. Or I think so at least.

Not everyone liked it, like my colleague Michael, who found it too bland for his card games tastes. To each their own!

Now, after a few expansion, a few more hundred illustrations, more heroes, more villains and more games, Greater than Games has brought to us a new game. Same heroes, same villains, same super powers.

Different game.

This time is a really tactical game in which superheroes will band together to fight the villains who want to destroy your beloved city. In this game, the story develops as the rules evolve and the challenges become harder and harder as the game advances.

But is it any good? We sat around the table and had a go to see how this game plays for the first time.

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