NEWSLETTERS & PRESS RELEASES (see full text below)
RPGNet Newsletter #8; Ford Street Publishing has been busy; Harper Collins places new releases on sale; Heroes & Heartbreakers; Radio Archive News; John Rhys Davies & the SF Museum
SPECIAL NOTE: The proposed rules changes to Hugo Award nominations has been formally submitted. It is complicated and difficult to explain easily – but there’s still plenty of time before the WSFS Business Meeting to give it a good couple of once-overs. Amazing Stories urges all those who plan on attending the BM to go over it well before the meeting. This year’s Business Meeting is expected to be long and complicated itself, so all advance preparation will be appreciated. You can read the proposal here (scroll down to B.1.4 Short Title: E Pluribus Hugo (Out of the Many, a Hugo) and read the FAQ as well!)
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PRESS RELEASES & NEWSLETTERS
RPGnet Newsletter #8
June 16, 2015
Be sure to check out our own Shannon Appelcline’s “Interview with Greg Stafford, Chaosium”. The rebirth of Chaosium is some of the biggest news to hit RPG-land in a while, and Shannon’s interview gives a solid, concise overview of the most pertinent facts related to it.
Other – also fantastic – new columns from last week:
- Lloyd Brown’s most recent Business of Gaming Retail: “Monetizing RPGs”.
- Christopher Cecil’s newest Fuzzy Thinking: “Unearthed Arcana Unearthed”.
- The second part of R. Donald James Gauvreau’s look at the culture of an alien species in Idea Emporium: “The Agloanikoi, Part Two”.
Here are the reviews from last week:
- Edward Kabara’s review of “Shadowrun: Shadows in Focus: Sioux Nation” (Shadowrun sourcebook).
- Sir Corvus’s review of “How to Game Master Like a Fucking Boss” (GM advice).
- Martin Kallies’s review of “Primeval Thule Campaign Setting” (FRP setting)
- Ryan Isaacson’s review of “Neverwinter Campaign Setting” (D&D 4e setting)
- Antonios S’s review of “Kyklades / Cyclades” (Board/Tactical game)
- Antonios S’s review of “Kyklades: Titans / Cyclades: Titans” (Board/Tactical game).
- Shannon Appelcline’s review of “Dead Men Tell No Tales” (Board/Co-op game)
- Shannon Appelcline’s review of “12 Realms” (Board/Co-op game)
Threads You Might Have Missed
We had two great new threads in Other Games Open last week; rather than choose between them, I’ll just flag them both for you. First, if you’re a Magic: The Gathering player, check out “[MTG] Magic Origins is starting to be spoiled”. The game has changed a lot since yr. humble editor stopped playing, but if you’re interested in the ins-and-outs of the newest set, stop by here for some analysis.
By a similar token, if you’re a fan of one of the new-ish space dogfight simulator board/tactical games, take a look at “Refusing the flank in space combat- poor sportsmanship/metagaming?”. Beyond the issues specific to any particular rule set, this thread has some good thoughts on sportsmanship in board games in general.
Speaking of outer space, head over to Tangency Open and take a read of “[Whew] No Galactic Superpowers”. The thread is chock-full of great discussion on the nature of scientific discovery, SETI, the Drake Equation, and lots of related issues.
Ford Street has been busy . . .
We’re almost halfway through the year and Ford Street Publishing has been busy bringing you some of the best children’s and YA books of the year. Already we’ve released several new titles, with many more to come.
But of course Ford Street doesn’t just bring you books. We run literary festivals and host seminars, and don’t forget our partner Creative Net Speakers’ Agency where our extensive list of authors and illustrators is constantly growing.
Our latest addition to Creative Net, Michael Hyde, also launched his latest book Footy Dreaming at the Ford Street warehouse last month.
Paul Collins, Phil Cleary, Gemma-Dean Furlong and Michael Hyde.
We have already organised our next ‘An Evening With’ event, to be held on the 6th July and featuring Gary Crew and Judith Rossell.
Gary Crew’s talk will be: The Castaway in Literature: Nurturing the contemporary teenager’s curiosity into the anxieties of an extraordinary 19th century fascination. Gary will also cover issues arising from his latest YA novel, Voicing the Dead.
Judith Rossell will be talking about the inspiration behind her hugely successful novel Withering-by-Sea, her fascination with Victoriana and the experience of working on the words and the illustrations together.
Tucker Road Bentleigh Primary School has had the great pleasure of holding two Ford Street Literary Festivals and is looking forward to hosting many more in the future.
With so many activities on offer, the students are thoroughly engaged. Each student attends three different author/illustrator run workshops, a book launch, participates in a literary quiz and has the opportunity to meet all 11 highly acclaimed Australian authors/illustrators and have them sign their Ford Street created souvenir signature booklet. Each student receives a complimentary show bag containing a Ford Street book, book marks and other goodies.
After attending a Ford Street Literary Festival the students have become more aware and engaged with Australian literature and identify with many of the authors and illustrators on a more personal level. During the YABBA nomination process, the students chose more Ford Street Festival authors’ and illustrators’ books than any other titles. In fact The Burning Sea by Paul Collins and Sean McMullen obtained more votes than The Fifty-two Storey Treehouse!
To celebrate the first three books of The Warlock’s Child being released, Ford Street Publishing is running a competition for readers fifteen years and younger.
For full details and the list of PRIZES please see the competition page on our website.
Review From A Student
Footy Dreaming by Michael Hyde • Rating 9/10
The saying is ‘you can’t judge a book by its cover,’ however for this book you can, it has an amazing cover and story.
When it comes to football season all eyes are turned to the two stars of the town, Ben and Noah who share a dream of playing at the MCG. Noah is aboriginal and the book is not shy of sharing the reality of racism with the readers.
The book takes you on a journey with the boys who are trying to make it into the Bushrangers Squad. Footy fan or not, you will feel hope, disappointment, sadness and excitement within this story.
I would recommend this book to children aged 12+
Ashley, aged 11
Tucker Road Bentleigh Primary School, Victoria
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