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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: So, I owe Skyfall an apology. on: August 18, 2015, 02:20:17 PM
I'm so happy when things like this happen - because they do happen, and it irritates me to no end when audiences attack stories because they contain human imperfection (yes, even among the most highly trained and specialized professions on the planet). They do happen, and discounting stories because it's somehow implausible that these things will happen is both short-sighted and needlessly reductive.

There's a place and time for elite porn fiction. Those places and times are specifically not everywhere and always, or - to put it bluntly - all that many places or times at all.
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Third Decade on: August 10, 2015, 10:14:53 PM
Whelp, the third decade has now officially started.  Got upgraded to Windows 10 recently.  It's great *thunk* 'cept when it decides to bug out and reset all my internet browser settings.  When I'm trying to post on this very thread.  Tongue

It's not all bad though.  I got a Cortana now.  Aren't you just the cutest digital assistant *pet pet*.  Unless my computer bugs out and resets her, too.  Tongue

How often is this happening? I haven't pulled the trigger quite yet but I'm close to doing so with my desktop (my secondary machine) so I can root around with the OS before unleashing it on my work rig. Any and all feedback and recommendations are welcome.
3  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: SpyCraft at GenCon on: August 10, 2015, 10:11:44 PM
So.. to summarize for those who have a terrible time with scheduling lingo, the timeline for production hasn't changed, just the marketing timeline?  (Product still on target for targeted release, just you moved the marketing portion back?)

More accurately, the release estimate hasn't changed, but when we run the Kickstarter has.

Marketing outside the Kickstarter also hasn't changed, because it's pegged to the actual release.
4  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: SpyCraft at GenCon on: August 07, 2015, 09:49:47 PM
Expect big news in the spring - after we're through the Mistborn board game Kickstarter and have that game well into production.

And to follow up before we get the inevitable barbs about this....

We had originally expected to Kickstart Spycraft Third Edition in the fall but Brandon announced not one but two new Alloy books over the summer - one releasing in October and another releasing in January (I believe - if I'm wrong, I'm pretty close).

With that kind of attention on the Mistborn brand just then, it would have been negligent business practice to stick with our original schedule. You do what you have to sometimes.

Now, a bit of bright news: none of this changes the production schedule for Spycraft Third Edition, which is still slated to drop next summer. The only difference is that now we're expecting to Kickstart closer to the actual release, which ultimately means the campaign will be slicker and backers will have an even better and more immediate package at hand.

So it all works out pretty well, on all fronts.
5  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: SpyCraft at GenCon on: August 07, 2015, 09:45:30 PM
Any news from Gen Con 2015 on Spycraft 3e for those of us unable to attend?  I would love to see some bullet points or a video or something! Grin

Expect big news in the spring - after we're through the Mistborn board game Kickstarter and have that game well into production. Also expect some material that came out of the Gen Con workshop to go into the game line!

Thanks to everyone who attended! It was a great event, and one I expect we'll repeat in some fashion. *

* I should also mention that it was NOT an event engineered to download information about the new edition. The workshop was actually a building exercise - a chance to work directly with us on some mechanical ideas for the game. We wound up explaining some of what's in the game as a result (most of that being stuff we've mentioned before), but that wasn't the actual point of the event. Please don't think we invited folks in for some special sneak preview of something - we didn't. That comes later. Smiley
6  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: [DEVELOPMENT] Let's talk a little about art... on: August 06, 2015, 07:37:09 PM
At this stage, we're only concerned with the business of spies. That specifically means we're not looking to illustrate any characters that would better fit in military, spec ops, blockbuster action, counter-terror, or farther reaching genres and subgenres.

What is "the business of spies" as you see it? Because all the genres ruled out are relatively easy to find in the average James Bond film, which I would imagine a fair number of people might expect the game's 3rd edition to be at least highly sympathetic to.

Specifically, espionage as we're portraying it in the core of Spycraft Third Edition is about intrigue, deception, brinksmanship, and covert operations. The reason the word "covert" is bolded there is that we've proven over the years that once you introduce any of the subgenres I mentioned, they overpower and ultimately drown out the primary espionage genre.

We'll get to those, and when we do lovers of those subgenres will appreciate that they don't have to worry about other stuff competing in the same space. For now, however, we have to focus - because focus is both key and vital to Spycraft Third Edition actually working as intended and promised.
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: July 22, 2015, 11:31:16 AM
It might be a slower variation on the theme from On Her Majesty's Secret Service, but I may be reaching.

You're not. It's very clearly the OHMSS theme, to which I say YESSSSSS!!!!   Grin
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: July 22, 2015, 06:07:54 AM
Called it! Watch the new SPECTRE trailer, love the trailer, promise it your first born.

Then watch it again and listen for a particular theme at 1:45...

There are no words in this whole damn universe to convey how happy those 8 seconds make me.  Grin
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Torg returns in 2016 as Torg: Eternity on: July 21, 2015, 07:04:40 PM
Nice Krensky: Awesome, congratulations.

Naughty Krensky: So this is why Spellbound is late!?  Wink

It's not, actually. It will be, as I have Torg deadlines in August, but the reason it slipped this month and last is pure Gen Con.

Does it still use a drama deck?

I can't comment. I'm actually not allowed to. But you'll dig what's planned, I think.

Be sure and let us (or me) know when there's a release date.

Oh you'll know. It'll be impossible to miss it.
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Torg returns in 2016 as Torg: Eternity on: July 21, 2015, 04:58:35 PM
OMG Grats!!

Thank you. Smiley
11  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: SpyCraft at GenCon on: July 21, 2015, 04:57:33 PM
(as an aside, what's with all the capital letters in the middle of words these days.... /oldpersonrant)

Can someone who is going - with Crafty's permission, of course - record/video the SpyCraft workshop and upload it? Pretty please with the ruins of The Shop on top?

I believe you're the one inserting the capitals, my friend. It's officially "Spycraft." Smiley

We have no issue with folks recording the workshops. You can only participate, however, with a ticket. (Gen Con's rules.)
12  Products / Mistborn Adventure Game / Re: Mistborn Allomancy Dice (Kickstarter) on: July 21, 2015, 02:40:46 PM
I still think Electrum, Aluminum, Duralumin is the neatest way we can go.
Good news! Looks like Aluminum dice will be at GenCon this year!

Hooray for symmetry!

It is truth. Smiley
13  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Mysterious Freelancer Revealed! Plus Spellbound Status Report! on: July 21, 2015, 02:39:45 PM
I'm pretty sure deadlines were named because they kill the people they're aimed at.  Good luck Crafties!  *said from behind a literal mountain of paperwork*  

It sure as hell feels that way sometimes...

Good luck with the papers, mang!
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: GenCon 2015 - Who's going? on: July 21, 2015, 01:38:10 PM
It's not exactly a State of the Company - we don't really do those much anymore - but here's what you can expect from Crafty Games at Gen Con 2015.

We're really looking forward to seeing some of you in a week! Safe travels.
15  Products / News and Announcements / Crafty Games at Gen Con 2015 on: July 21, 2015, 01:36:35 PM
We’re just over a week away from the Best Four Days in Gaming and Crafty Games has lined up a ton of new stuff for you. Here’s a quick rundown of everything you can expect from us at Gen Con 2015.

What’s New: Board & Card
The big news is that we’ve been hard at work with a whole new side of the company, and at this year’s show we’ll be debuting prototypes of our first four board and card games…

Final Empire: A Mistborn board game (design by Kevin Wilson)
Become the head of a Great House of Luthadel in this game of negotiation and betrayal, set in the world of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn novels. Contend with myriad problems plaguing the Final Empire — rampaging koloss, disease, social unrest, even the heroes of the novels — and with every step jockey for the Lord Ruler’s favor. At the end of the story will you rise to power and prestige, or fall in ruin and disgrace?

Nosh card game (design by Michal E. Cross)
Remember the first time you visited a fair or carnival as a kid? You couldn’t decide which tasty treat to enjoy first… Now you don’t have to! In this lighthearted family card game players bid Appetite on combinations of delicious snacks, aiming to taste things in just the right combinations to satisfy their sweet tooth. Fast, simple, and adorable, this one’s perfect for the kids in all of us.

Faster than You card game (design by Patrick Kapera)
Somewhere in the deepest darkest jungles of the world, pulp heroes race to escape an endless army of raging monsters. Take command of your heroes and outrun, outwit, and outright betray your friends in a desperate battle for survival. Featuring old school screw-your-neighbor game play and monster actions triggered by all the card play for an entire round, Faster than You is a quick, vicious, and fun way to leave your friends in the dust, or a ditch.

Spycraft: Need to Know card game (design by Patrick Kapera and Daniel Solis)
Yours is one of the most perilous jobs in the whole of the Great Game. You’re an intelligence analyst during a worldwide espionage crisis, responsible for tracking operatives in nine cities across the world. Correctly assess the threat and you’ll keep the Agency’s trust. Fail in your duty and you’ll be burned for your trouble. Keep the truth close, watch for lies, and use your field agents well in this cunning contest of deduction and guile.

All these games are close to going to the printer and we’re in the very end stages of playtesting, so we’re inviting all of you to come check them out at our booth and the new Crafty Lab offsite location (see Where You Can Find Us at the end of this post).

We’ve got plenty coming for our existing lines too. The Mistborn Allomancy Dice were successfully funded this spring with support from thousands of Kickstarter backers (thank you!), and we have samples of those to show off at the booth and in our Lab. We’re just arranging freight for those and expect them to start shipping to backers and pre-order customers this fall. If you’d like to pre-order a set of your own, we can make that happen in either of our locations.

The next supplement for the Mistborn Adventure Game is Skaa: Tin & Ash, which is in edits and approvals right now. That should hit stores this winter, so it’s a little early for us to be taking orders for it. Sorry!

Last but definitely not least is Spycraft Third Edition, which recently hit a major milestone as the last of the writing for the core chapters (Skills, Combat, and Awesome Dice) was completed. Because the game’s being written right now — and final design decisions are being made as we go — we can’t run any events at this year’s show, but we do have something really special planned for everyone who attends our “Spycraft: Training Camp” workshop on Saturday at 3pm. If you’re a Spycraft fan you definitely won’t want to miss this interactive event (for more information, see Workshops later in this post).

What’s on Offer
We have some specials this Gen Con! Whether you like to adventure in the Final Empire, Coinworld, or the Realm, there’s a sale just for you…

  • Pre-order a Mistborn Allomancy Dice set for $14.95 and get free shipping (plus you’ll get your dice ahead of stores anywhere in the world)
  • Pick up the entire Fantasy Craft print library — the core rulebook, the Adventure Companion, and Time of High Adventure — for just $40 (that’s the lowest price we’ve ever offered, and less than the cover price for the rulebook alone)
  • Buy 2 or more other books at the same time and we’ll take $5 off each book you buy

And as an added bonus we’ll throw in a special Aluminum Mistborn die with any purchase. That’s right — a die unavailable anywhere else and not included in the Allomancy Dice Kickstarter as a thank you for your support at Gen Con 2015.

Where You Can Find Us
As usual we’re in the Studio 2 block in the dealer hall: Booth 2016, at the end closest to the hall entrance, across from Chimera Hobby and Z-Man Games. Come visit us and check out any of our new board & card games, or take advantage of any of the great specials listed above.

We also have an offsite location this year: The Crafty Games Lab, which you can find in Tavern on South just a block over from the Colts stadium…

Tavern on South
423 W. South St.
Indianapolis, IN  46225
(317) 602-3115

The Lab’s the best place to get into full runs of our board & card games, including Kevin Wilson’s Final Empire board game set in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn novel world — and best of all the Lab runs late every day of the show…

Crafty Lab Hours
Thursday: 11am to 7pm
Friday: 11am to 10pm
Saturday: 12pm to 10pm

We’re running two workshops for fans of our RPG lines and both of them are just a little more than they seem on the surface. We aren’t going to give anything more away about them just yet but if you’re a player or reader of either the Mistborn Adventure Game or Spycraft you’ll definitely want to sit in if you can.

Both events are highly interactive and require no previous knowledge of the games or settings (though it’ll be helpful). We’ll provide all materials — all you need to do is show up and be ready for a lively and constructive session of theory and design.

Mistborn: Scheming Across Scadrial
Game ID: WKS1576450
Day & Time: Friday, 3pm to 5pm
Location: Westin : Senate I

Spycraft: Training Camp
Game ID: WKS1576451
Day & Time: Saturday, 3pm to 5pm
Location: Crowne Plaza : Hay Market B

Ask Us Anything!
Have a question for us? Not a problem. Alex and Pat will be located at the following coordinates and times…

Alex Flagg @ the Crafty Games Booth
Thursday, from 9am (for VIGs) or 10am (for everyone else) to 1:30pm
Saturday, from 10am to 1pm

Patrick Kapera @ the Crafty Games Lab
Thursday, from 11am to 3pm
Saturday, from 10am to 1pm

We can’t wait to see you all at the show! Safe travels, and Stay Crafty.
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