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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!)

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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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This Week in Geek History August 23- August 29

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August 23
1883 - Gen. Jonathan Wainwright (Hero of Bataan)

August 24
1880 - Joshua Lionel Cowen, inventor of the electric toy train mb
1895 - Roman Catholic Cardinal Richard Cushing, archbishop of Boston mb
1897 - Country music publisher Fred Rose mb

August 25
1819 - Allan Pinkerton, founder of the private detective agency mb
1930 - Actor Sean Connery mb
???? - LordDillon

August 26
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

August 28
1749 - German poet, novelist and dramatist Johann von Goethe mb
1916 - Jack Vance (I) mb

August 29
1811 - Henry Bergh, founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals mb
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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August 20 marks the birthday of RPGG's favorite GMO activist:

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What's New? August 18, 2015: 13th Age, Amazing Adventures, Castles & Crusades, Dragon Age, and D&D PDFs

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This week's list of FLGS releases is yet more Gen Con releases...

New releases at your FLGS

Troll Lord Games is bombarding stores with five new books this week which all debuted at Gen Con: Amazing Adventures Core Book, Amazing Adventures: Manual of Monsters, Amazing Adventures Companion, a new full-color printing of Castle Keeper's Guide, and Nine Worlds Saga Volume III: Crisis in Alfheimer. (Source: Impressions, Alliance)

The Strangling Sea - a seafaring adventure from Robin D. Laws for 13th Age - is sailing into stores courtesy of Pelgrane Press. (Source: Impressions)

The massive Dragon Age Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook from Green Ronin Publishing is now making store shelves strain. This tome combines all of the rules from the three boxed sets and updates the setting. (Source: Alliance)

New PDF releases

D&D PDFs this Week: Player's Handbook (AD&D 2e Revised) (2E), Out of the Vaults (3E), Machines and Mutants (3E), Dungeon (Issue 202 - May 2012) (4E), and Dragon (Issue 411 - May 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!)

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This week in Geek History August 16-22

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1845 - The French physicist Gabriel Lippman (Inventor of color photography)
1958 - Pop singer Madonna mb

August 17
1786 - Frontiersman Davy Crockett mb
1945 - Actor Robert DeNiro (Taxi Driver, Cape Fear)

August 18
1774 - American explorer Meriwether Lewis mb

August 19
1871 - Aviation pioneer Orville Wright mb
1883 - French fashion designer Coco Chanel mb
1921 - Star Trek creator Gene Rodenberry mb

August 20
1833 - Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States mb
1890 - Horror writer H.P. Lovecraft mb
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August 21
1872 - Illustrator Aubrey Beardsley mb
1904 - Jazz great William "Count" Basie mb
1936 - Basketball center Wilt Chamberlain mb

August 22
1862 - French composer Claude Debussy mb
1920 - Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury mb

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News Bits (August 14): new owners for Chaosium, Glorantha license, DTRPG/RPGNow hacked

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Hello and welcome back to the Industry News. After last week's slew of news, this is a rather slow week, most companies having made their major annoucements during or prior to Gen Con. But we still have a few noteworthy things to report, so let's dive right in, shall we?

Something of a leftover from last week, at Gen Con Chaosium announced the company has new owners. Moon Design Publications has joined the Chaosium ownership group and several key personal from that company have taken positions at Chaosium management, with Greg Stafford becoming Chairman of the company’s board of directors. Chaosium will become the licensed publisher for RuneQuest, HeroQuest and other Glorantha-related products. Stafford also announced Chaosium would get back into producing card and board games.

The change in Chaosium ownership also means the The Design Mechanism lost the license for future Glorantha products. It seems the license was up for renewal and Chaosium decided to not renew (which obviously makes sense from their point of view). Future Glorantha products from The Design Mechanism, indlucing the almost finished Adventures in Glorantha won't be released now. They still have a RuneQuest license though and are beginning work on a new RQ edition that will be released in 2016 that. Thank you to Bruce, Misha, Chad and EternalSwordsman for mentioning this.

The next news item is something really disturbing, as two days ago DriveThruRPG/RPGNow informed customers that the company website had been hacked (it seems it was acutally a man-in-the-middle attack, but these technical details are less important right now imho). Every customer who either stored their credit card data on their webserver or who made a purchase between July 6th, 2015 and the morning of August 6th, 2015 is in danger of having his credit card data compromised. The company informed customers via email a few days ago, but everyone who uses their service should at least check their credit card receipts very carefully over the next couple of weeks. See also this FAQ.

And that's it already for this week - most shockingly no D&D 5E news this time. As usual, if there's anything that I got wrong or stuff I might have overlooked (especially if I might have overlooked something - the post feels a bit thin this week), feel free to comment below.
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What's New? August 11, 2015: Shadowrun, Luther Arkwright, Iron Kingdoms, Primetime Adventures, and D&D PDFs

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It's a bit of a slow week with three Gen Con releases and a popular story game making their debuts on store shelves.

New releases at your FLGS

For Shadowrun (5th Edition), there's no business like Bloody Business. This is a campaign sourcebook from Catalyst Game Labs. (Source: Leisure Games)

Luther Arkwright: Roleplaying Across the Parallels is the newest RuneQuest (6th Edition) release from The Design Mechanism. This supplement is based on the graphic novels by Bryan Talbot and features contributions from our own Chad Bowser. (Source: Alliance)

Revealing some of the mysteries of Iron Kingdoms' Skorne, it's Iron Kingdoms Unleashed: Skorne Empire for Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy Roleplaying Game from Privateer Press. (Source: Leisure Games)

Primetime Adventures (Third Edition) from Dog-eared Designs is on store shelves... at least at Leisure Games. (Source: Leisure Games)

New PDF releases

D&D PDFs: Gamma World Game Master's Guide (3E), Cryptic Alliances & Unknown Enemies (3E), Player's Strategy Guide (4E), Dungeon #201 (4E), and Dragon (Issue 410 - Apr 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!)

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