Thursday, January 3, 2013

Deluxe T&T Kickstarter Now Live

I confess that I only played Tunnels and Trolls a few times back in high school, and that was it. I wouldn't describe myself as a "fan" of the game, but not through any fault of the game itself so much as my own preoccupation with Dungeons and Dragons as our go-to fantasy game at the time. But it is undeniably one of the seminal publications in RPG history, one that has never gone out of print to my knowledge, and I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the Kickstarter for the Deluxe edition is now live, and has already hit about 15% of its goal. The deluxe version features gorgeous production values, a full-color map of Trollworld, and tons of extra material. Definitely worth a look-see and the fine folks at Flying Buffalo have such an impeccable track record that I'm probably going to be supporting this just on the face of it.

ICv2's Top Ten Hobby Games Business Events of 2012

Over at ICv2, they have a list of the top ten events, trends, etc. that impacted the gaming industry in 2012. Some of it is obvious, some of it is very insightful, and very little do I find myself disagreeing with. Bear in mind it covers all tabletop games, not just RPGs, and some of it is "inside baseball" industry-wise. Definitely do read all of their analysis, but the bullet-point list is:

  • Hobby Games Up a Lot (As Videogames Decline)
  • Kickstarter Becomes a Major Force in Hobby Games
  • Tabletop Becomes Huge Sales Driver
  • Licensing Drives Game Sales
  • Magic: The Gathering Is the Largest Game Brand
  • New D&D Edition Coming; Reprints in the Meantime
  • High-powered TCG Launches
  • 4Kids Assets Sold to Konami, Saban
  • Mayfair Goes Exclusive
  • Piracy Hits 3-D Objects