Some months after their first attempt, the guys at Intuit by Design are bringing Vincent the Vampire out for a second attempt with a more modest goal.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. Surprising, right? I’m sure that’s a common thing to most people’s childhoods. All in all there’s something about going out there, exploring the stars and wondering if there is something else beyond that and if we might discover it. And this game brought back that feeling a little bit.
Evil never sleeps. Except for when it does. And when it does its dreams seep into the world like nasty tendrils of hate. Okay, this evil isn’t really sleeping, but the analogy is apt for the titular character is imprisoned and rearing to break free from his bonds. It’s up the the players to stop this threat that is hellbent on bringing forth Armageddon. And unless you’re a Cthulhu cultist I don’t think you’d want that on your conscience.
Winter is coming. And it’s coming soon. By the end of the year, at least. According to the estimated release date of the Pathfinder adventure path Into the Wintery Gale by Justin Andrew Mason and published by AdventureAWeek. And it’s in the home stretch with less than a week to go before the preparation for the invasion of frost giants begins.
The phrase “Third time is the charm” doesn’t apply to Infamous Quests when it comes to Kickstarter, and that’s good. After two successful Kickstarters, one which gave us Quest for Infamy and another for an old-school hint book, IQ are bringing a brand new Kickstarter with which they are funding two different games: Order of the Thorne: The King’s Challenge and Quest for Infamy: Roehm to Ruin.
Pathfinder settings have seemed to find a good home over at Kickstarter as it appears that several have popped up recently. The newest member of the growing adventure path retinue is being published by the AdventureAWeek.com site. And they’re no strangers to crowdfunding as they successfully ran Kickstarters for their Rise of the Drow and Snow White campaigns. And Mike Myler recently ran another project for his Veranthea Codex setting. So it’s safe to say that they know what they’re doing.
Pathfinder is a popular campaign setting for roleplaying fans and it’s no surprise that there are a number of indie spinoff titles using the rules for the Dungeons & Dragons alternative. While most Kickstarters that I’ve seen are either add-on books to the core Golarion setting or set in another fantasy realm, Pure Steam is one of the few to take it and create a subgenre of its own.
What do you get when you take a fantasy setting and literally destroy the world during gameplay? Well, you get Robert J Schwalb’s Shadow of the Demon Lord. That’s what. And it’s not just the setting that’s unique. The game also uses an interesting and fast-paced system.
Starting on April 3 and running for approximately two weeks (April 17) is an upcoming game jam focusing on creative adventure ideas. It is being ran by Stacy Davidson (Warbird Games/Jack Houston and the Necronauts) and Cassie Benter (Moviepilot), both avid fans of the genre. All styles of game design, from text adventures to point-and-click to 3D and hybrids, are welcome. The only requirement is that there’s a story to tell or an adventure to be had. The rest is up to the creative minds of those entering the event.
When it comes to surreal horror, it’s pretty much hit-or-miss. Sometimes the story grips you by the…well, whatever, and it makes you want to get to the end to find out the truth behind the journey of the main character. Other times the tale falls flat halfway through and you give up. Tormentum: Dark Sorrow by OhNoo Studio is a game that works. And seems to do most things right. The IndieGogo campaign ran for about two months last year and they just released the game. I recently took the plunge down the dark rabbit hole and my thoughts about the experience are below. You can purchase the game from their Web site here: http://www.ohnoo.com/tormentum.html