Sunday, August 18, 2013

BattleSworn - a new fantasy skirmish game from Ganesha Games is available
BID FOR VICTORY! BattleSworn is a simple set of rules for fantasy skirmish actions. Using a handful of miniatures in any scale and six-sided dice, two players can bring a game to a conclusion in around one hour. Table size is irrelevant. Distances are determined by terrain and by the position of enemies: no inches, no centimeters, no measuring sticks. BattleSworn is not your typical "I go, you go" system. The ebb-and-flow of initiative is represented by a bidding mechanic. Players bid for initiative and reveal their bids at the same time. The lowest bidder acts first, with as many characters as the number of his bid. The highest bidder reacts with as many characters as the difference between bids. Combat uses the same mechanic. Combatants roll a number of dice equal to the amount bid. Lower bids are resolved before higher bids. This forces players to take decisions: do I attack fast, sacrificing accuracy and power for speed, or do I let my opponent go first to hit him later with a harder blow? Character profiles are not encumbered with detailed statistics. They are defined by 14 classes (Fighter, Shooter, Sniper, Tank, Brute, Leader, Rogue, Warmage, Sorcerer, Healer, Cavalry, Flyer, Arquebusier, Rabble), each with its special traits. This allows you to play with minimal preparation. This is not a game for detail-oriented players or power-players. BattleSworn includes two sample scenarios, a mini-bestiary, 28 sample forces, 15 spells, guidelines to adapt the rules to other genres, and many pages of play examples and FAQs. This is a stand-alone game. No other purchases are necessary. 44 trade-size full-color pages, including table of contents, cover, play sheet, and a one-page play summary. The download includes a separate PDF with printable cards for spells, and a spreadsheet to help you build your force. Not based on the Song of Blades engine or any other game by Ganesha Games.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Tales From The Floating Vagabond KickStarter goes live!

What the title said:
Check it out!

Space City Con (August 2 - 4, Houston, Texas)

Space City Con is an all-ages festival of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, literature, and art, in the spirit of Houston, Texas!  Envisioned as a "geek festival with free parking," our goal is to put on the best convention possible for current generations of fans, and instill a love of comics, Sci-fi and fantasy in the next generation.  It was founded in 2012, and with only 5 months to prepare, the event drew nearly 2000 unique individuals, most of whom attended all weekend.

We are the Gulf Coast’s newest fan culture convention, offering a robust mix of authors, artists, comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, gaming, costuming, fan group networking, literature, writing workshops and more, in a venue meant to be more approachable to families and children.  SCC is conveniently located at the Westchase Marriott conference hotel, August 2 - 4, 2013. The Westchase area has a great selection of restaurants and attractions, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or after-hours entertainment.

Just as Houston has a broad economic mix in aerospace, energy, manufacturing, transportation; it boasts the world’s largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions. Houston also has the first-ranked port in the United States and has always been home to an ever-growing international community, along with the famous NASA Johnson Space Center and Mission Control. In this same way, Space City Con will be a gathering of fans of all ages, with an exchange of pop culture passions. More than entertainment, a place to escape for a while, forge lasting friendships, and connect with talented creators across a spectrum of genres.

Space City Con embraces the Kids Need to Read foundation, since our founders consider these elements as fuel for creative thinking, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and most of all, expanding the boundaries of what is known, into dreams and a yearning for what is unknown, what is unseen…but can be painted by the incredible human heart, mind, and spirit. Space City Con wishes to pass on the torch from one generation to the next, echoing the cry for “Inspiring Imagination!”


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Reality Cheque to release Badass Zombie Killers at GenCon

GenCon 2013 will see the release of Reality Cheque's first card game, Badass Zombie Killers, a game of Zombie Attack Preparedness.
Stop by booth #373 to play a demo and pick one up for yourself.

Countdown to the Tales From The Floating Vagabond KickStarter

Hey everybody! In just two weeks (August 1st), the KickStarter for Tales From The Floating Vagabond, Second Edition, will launch!
In addition to a bigger, better, shinier core rulebook, there'll be tons of extra swag, and stretch goal books written by Matt Vancil (screenwriter of The Gamers 2: Dorkness Rising), and Ross Watson (writer for Deathwatch, Dark Heresy, and Star Wars: Edge of the Empire)!
Keep your eyes open, and don't miss it!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Skirmisher Releases 'Castle Builder Volume 4: Towers'

Skirmisher Publishing LLC is proud to announce the release of Castle Builder Volume 4: Towers, the fourth installment in a 10-part series designed to help Game Masters and players plan their ideal fortifications in a step-by-step format from the ground up. It is written and mapped by gaming author Richard T. Balsley available through DriveThruRPG and other online venues (18 pages, $1.99, SKPE1310).

This installment describes those iconic defenseworks that can be used for everything from observation to reinforcing walls to serving as classic homes for wizards. Contents include:

* An introduction to the idea of towers, why people build them, and how they are perceived;

* Various functions of such structures;

* How to consider the most suitable uses for towers in your game;

* Typical locations for towers;

* Floorplans and description for a sample three-level Wizard's abode, the Tower of Aloysius Wormsthram Severstrom; and,

* Floorplans and description for a sample military structure, the four-level Watchtower of the Kithairon Mountains.

This book has no specific setting and is designed to accommodate any technological era that one is likely to encounter in a fantasy campaign setting, from the Stone Age, through the Ancient and Medieval periods, to the Renaissance. It is also fully bookmarked and hotlinked and designed to be printer-friendly and easy-to-use. We very much hope you will enjoy it!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Skirmisher/Cover to Cover Make Comicpalooza Retail Agreement

HOUSTON, TEXAS -- Skirmisher Publishing LLC and Cover to Cover Comics and Games have finalized an agreement in which the latter company will manage all of Skirmisher's booth-based retail operations at Comicpalooza 2013. Cover to Cover is a retailer of games, art, and related products and has extensive experience with convention sales, especially at events in the Houston area.

Skirmisher will have a major presence in 2013 at Comicplaooza, which has quickly become one of the largest and most exciting conventions in the Southwest. This major pop culture convention will be held May 24-26 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Among other things, Skirmisher has signed on to be a sponsor of the convention, will be running numerous events at it, will be running a booth in its exhibit hall, and will be hosting the official Saturday night party.

"Having Cover to Cover Comics and Games manage this end of our operations will make it that much easier to concentrate on everything else we will be doing at the convention," said Skirmisher publisher Michael O. Varhola. “I have worked with its owner Robert Gruver don't know of anyone better qualified to handle this for us."

Skirmisher will have its full product line available at its Comicpalooza booth, which at this point will include a number of major publications it is planning to release at Comicpalooza 2013, including the print edition of its Swords of Kos: Hekaton fantasy fiction anthology and a special edition of the d-Infinity multi-platform game supplement.