SPECIAL NOTE: What could be more AMAZING than the fact that Amazing Stories, the 1985 Spielberg anthology television show, is making a return? I’ll tell you: they’re licensing the name from The Experimenter Publishing Company, owner of Amazing Stories (me)! This means (presuming the show gets green lit, which it apparently has) a new licensing revenue stream for the magazine, and one that looks to be enough for us to be able to start purchasing stories (at pro rates) on a regular basis. More information will be forth coming as it becomes available. (We’ll be doing happy dances!)
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Kevin J. Anderson; RPG Newsletter #26
Trans Teen Elected Home Coming Queen: Accusations of Voter Fraud Follow
Aslan Is Pro-Choice! (Well, Liam Neeson Voice Aslan and a Pro-Choice Ad and some people are upset)
The SW Trailer You’ve Been Waiting For (or maybe not)
Corgi Discovers That it is Batman (via K. Davidson)
Team Robot (via SF Signal)
Greg Benford Shills The MOTA Reader (1970’s best of fanzines collection)
Her Universe Launches Imprint (via SF Signal)
Facebook Will Inform You If The Gov. Is Spying On You (via Gary Farber)
Mammatus Clouds Over Saskatchewan (and I thought it was a story about Nick….)
George Mueller Dies (Apollo Rocket Scientist)
Beluga Whale Having Fun with Kids (and we’re the only intelligent creatures on the planet?) (via K. Davidson)
Thomas Jefferson’s Secret Lab Discovered (can you say The Declaration of Independence and Zombies?)
PRESS RELEASES & NEWSLETTERS
RPGnet Newsletter #26
October 20, 2015
First off, thanks very much to Shannon for keeping things going last week with a fantastic edition of the Newsletter. It’ll be a tough act to follow.
Next, it’s worth a few words to remark that we’ve now hit the half-year mark of the Newsletter. It’s been a lot of fun putting this together every week (well, ok, almost every week), and, even though he’s been bumming around the site for over a dozen years now, it has taught yr. humble editor quite a lot about all the great content produced by RPGnet.
The Newsletter crew loves feedback on their efforts, so please PM me (Iustum) with any critiques, comments, or suggetions. Also, we’re always looking for new features or content to add to the newsletter, so send in anything from developed proposals to wild-eyed dreams of things you’d like to see here.
Without further ado, let’s get back to your usual weekly newsletter.
Last Tuesday, Antonios S finished off his fantastic look at Essen Spiel in “The Day After: What’s Next?”. Many thanks to Antonios S for his great coverage of this gaming event!
Christopher Cecil also gave us Issue #102 of his Fuzzy Thinking comic: “Paladin Ranks.”
Finally, R. Donald James Gauvreau finished off his very interesting look at a fusion of Lovecraftian Mythos and Norse mythology in “Norse Mythos, Part Three.” Be sure to check out the first and second parts before diving in to this one!
RPGnet added four new reviews last week.
- Matthew McFarland’s review of “Fortune’s Fool” (Indie Fantasy RPG)
- silverfoxdmt73’s review of “Lone Wolf Adventure Game” (Fantasy RPG)
- Edward Kabara’s review of “Pathfinder Adventure Card Game – Skull & Shackles Adventure Deck 6: From Hell’s Heart” (Pathfinder ACG supplement)
- Shannon Appelcline’s review of “Catan: Seafarers” (Board/tactical game)
Threads You Might Have Missed
Teaching can be the best way to learn. “How to get into RPGs as a complete beginner?” over in TRO is a great demonstration of that concept, and a look at how helpful and friendly your fellow RPGnetters can be.
Yr. humble editor has rarely agreed with the premise of the thread as much as he does with this one: “I Hate When a Game Asks Me to Judge People’s Roleplaying.” This thread also features some great commentary on how and why to award XP and even some higher-level game design thinking about why XP as a mechanic exists in the first place.
The thread title here says it all: “What do you get when you cross Power Rangers, Cthulhu & the Breakfast Club?”
There are few things that can cause a hilarious disaster around a gaming table quite like “Playing yourself.” Check out the thread, share your stories, and maybe even learn how to make this concept into a successful game.
Have a good week, everyone, and please do send in your comments.
RPGnet Newsletter Staff:
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