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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2015 on: February 27, 2015, 04:05:34 AM
Blomkamp Confirms His Alien Film Is A Direct Sequel To Aliens

Yes, this is going to be an official retcon of 3 and Resurrection.  I am sure there is no tears shed over that.

No tears but I have a very soft spot for A3 - so much so I honestly cannot pick a favorite among the first three films
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: February 27, 2015, 04:02:35 AM
Our deepest condolences, RusVal. It sounds like he was an amazing person.
3  Products / Mistborn Adventure Game / Re: Mistborn AG for e-reader? on: February 24, 2015, 07:41:02 AM
We made a real effort to release the Mistborn Adventure Game for alternative (non-PDF) formats. We designed the interior template to allow for it (to the best of our understanding of the process at the time). We spent a tons of time and more than a little money seriously investigating the process and even hired someone to run test outputs in the hope that we could use this game as a testbed for releasing all our titles in new formats.

Adobe's claims and our early tests with the novella we bundled with the digital edition led us to believe that we could make it work for the full game, and we even committed to it a ways before release.

Sadly, it was not to be and at present we're not sure when it will become possible with any future titles. The reality is that the tech just isn't there yet. Adobe's eBook outputs are woefully lacking, doing little more than leaving you with a (very, very sloppy) HTML-ish file that can only be tweaked by literally digging into tens of thousands of lines of code and making manual adjustments to strip out junk and build in necessary functionality.

It was possible with the novella because that file has no images, no tables, and no special formatting of any kind. The second you insert any of those you're hosed - and since they're all essential for RPGs that means eBook outputs are off the table for the time being.

Note: We really only tried with one release format. There are dozens and no clear market leader has emerged yet, which makes the process exponentially more difficult and costly - and ultimately futile.

We're hopeful that the tech will catch up with demand eventually, and that one eBook format will dominate, allowing us to concentrate our efforts and enter the space. Until that happens, however, we're sadly unable to enter that market.
4  Products / Mistborn Adventure Game / Re: Mistborn Allomancy Dice (Kickstarter) on: February 22, 2015, 08:47:40 PM
Apologies. It hasn't gone out yet. We expected it would go out Saturday but outside forces interceded.

5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Boardgaming in 2015 on: February 20, 2015, 11:34:57 AM
Anyone ever play Tannhauser?  I bought the entire line because I liked the Mini's.. and.. strangely enough.. it's a decent FPS-ish skirmish game.

Never had the pleasure.
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Boardgaming in 2015 on: February 20, 2015, 11:21:06 AM
So.. we're playing some Descent 2 this weekend to give our Dice some much needed vacationing.  And while we were planning who played what (Koala Overlord, muahahahahahah!), we wondered why doesn't Spycraft have a board game?  It seems like a great IP to put onto a Co-Op board like X-Com and Arkham.

(Obvious estimated answer:  "Jesus, Koala.  Crafty is trying to get Z-Corps, Mistborn, 10KB, Spy3 and VoS out the door.  And you're asking about a Board Game!?") LOL

We've asked the question too - and there will be an answer. First a little something else, though. Maybe a couple things. Smiley

I may hate Kickstarter, but if and when that happens, I will Kickstart the HELL out of that Kickstarter campaign.  (Board Games got us through alot of long boring nights when there wasn't much to do in a tin can or canvas mausoleum, so they hold a special place of interest for me.)

Well then, we look forward to your support - when the time comes.
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Boardgaming in 2015 on: February 20, 2015, 11:17:13 AM
So.. we're playing some Descent 2 this weekend to give our Dice some much needed vacationing.  And while we were planning who played what (Koala Overlord, muahahahahahah!), we wondered why doesn't Spycraft have a board game?  It seems like a great IP to put onto a Co-Op board like X-Com and Arkham.

(Obvious estimated answer:  "Jesus, Koala.  Crafty is trying to get Z-Corps, Mistborn, 10KB, Spy3 and VoS out the door.  And you're asking about a Board Game!?") LOL

We've asked the question too - and there will be an answer. First a little something else, though. Maybe a couple things. Smiley

EDIT: In addition to the things you mention, that is. Those things you list out are coming too, though some of them are (much) further off than others.
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Boardgaming in 2015 on: February 20, 2015, 11:15:48 AM
I had never heard of the Broken Token.

Phe-nominal products. Here are some pics of my Lords of Waterdeep and BSG sets with the inserts, um, inserted.
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Boardgaming in 2015 on: February 20, 2015, 11:14:27 AM
That's one of Kevin's first freelance projects. I'm really excited to see it on the market, and looking forward to getting a game in soon. Glad to hear you liked it.

I think you'll dig on it. It's a good mix of cooperative-competitive.

Cool. I'll try to get a game in sometime soon.

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I'm still convinced he designed Android specifically for me, BTW.

How do you know he didn't?  Wink
10  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Fantasy Craft Second Printing Q&A Thread on: February 20, 2015, 11:10:48 AM
Hey guys, let's keep it cool. Different strokes and all.

(For the record, you're both right, and both wrong. Fantasy Craft doesn't take a stance on whether magic and/or magic items exist and/or can be made or bought by player characters, but it is built to allow for any combination thereof.)
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Boardgaming in 2015 on: February 18, 2015, 06:12:05 PM
Also, not a board game per se, but my first purchase in that space this year was from The Broken Token.

I picked up their inserts for my complete BSG and Lords of Waterdeep sets. These inserts are gorgeous, yo! Well worth the price of admission if you like the idea of consolidating your board games and expansions into single boxes.
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Boardgaming in 2015 on: February 18, 2015, 06:10:04 PM
I played IDW's new X-Files game last weekend. Really liked it, even if CSM defeated us.

That's one of Kevin's first freelance projects. I'm really excited to see it on the market, and looking forward to getting a game in soon. Glad to hear you liked it.
13  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Kickstarter? on: February 18, 2015, 06:04:35 PM
Right.. so...



We need to get you guys one of these.  Gotcha. 

Life would be soooooo much easier.
14  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Kickstarter? on: February 18, 2015, 05:41:22 AM
POD makes no sense if you're planning to sell into stores, which means your print run must come from a single offset printer. That rules out regional printing, so the only option you have left is to set up separate fulfillment centers in each region and split ship, but that requires a) phenomenal sales forecasting (so you don't ship too much or too little to any given area), and b) regional fulfillment centers (which, as we've found out over literally years of trying to make it happen, is far, far easier said than done).

The quest continues and there's no end in sight.
15  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: [LABORATORY] The final Spellbound spells on: February 18, 2015, 05:37:40 AM
Any news from this book? When it is coming out?

Still in edits. No further news to report.
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