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16  Products / News and Announcements / Crafty Games at Gen Con 2015 on: May 11, 2015, 05:20:33 PM
Hey everyone,

Gen Con released its event listing today and some of you have probably noticed the only Crafty Games events are a couple workshops we're running for Spycraft and the Mistborn Adventure Game.

This is by design. We're doing things a little differently this year and part of that is a new way for you to come play with us at the Best Four Days in Gaming.

Details will be coming much closer to the show but rest assured that you'll be able to get Crafty on your schedule, so it shouldn't create any conflicts with other events you want to attend.

We look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis, and showing off everything we have in development.

Stay Crafty!

Alex and Pat
17  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (Spoilers!) on: May 11, 2015, 10:45:57 AM
Quicksilver should have been Space, but the Scarlet Witch has Reality written all over her powers.

Of course, there is the possibility that the Mind Gem didn't grant them their powers, it just turned on some already existing Kree wackiness and they're actually Inhumans.

And the other gems may already be locked down for other purposes in the larger MCU arc.

The thing to remember at all times with movie adaptations - and especially with a series this large and interconnected, with so many moving parts and creatives coming in and out of the franchise - is that these decisions are (more often than not) made for practical reasons that have nothing to do with the actual movie or its storyline. And no, movies of this scale are not driven by their storylines. Not ever. I've worked on films this big - only at the fringes but I've been ground zero and seen how these things come together - and a certain number of decisions are made by momentum, or are taken out of your hands due to schedule conflicts, or contract issues, or as sacrifices to get the thing made in the first place.

Honestly, I think it's a minor miracle we're getting the MCU at all, let alone that it's good.

Enjoy your burrito.
18  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Mysterious Freelancer Revealed! Plus Spellbound Status Report! on: May 11, 2015, 10:39:33 AM
Are you guys going to release each portion of the rolled out PDF once that portion has been edited/gone through lay out? Or are you going to finish the entire thing, then release it all onver the roll out period?

We won't be releasing the first one until at least 2/3 of the series is 100% done. We've learned our lesson on that the hard way.
19  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (Spoilers!) on: May 11, 2015, 07:44:20 AM
The Flash proves you wrong.

Only because he's the only hero (regularly) on the show. It was literally my first thought during the AoU final fight sequence: "Wow, this will get really old, really fast - seeing all these other heroes doing their thing but... not quite, because we have this speedster in the mix."

My second thought was that it was really, really pretty, and also pretty awesome. Once. Smiley
20  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Mysterious Freelancer Revealed! Plus Spellbound Status Report! on: May 10, 2015, 11:33:51 AM
As of earlier this week a big chunk of Spellbound is out of editing and into layout. Not enough for us to set a launch date, unfortunately, but a big enough chunk that I can make out the finish line.

I have to split away for a bit to deal with a couple other (comparatively small) projects with hard and fast-approaching deadlines, but I'll be back on this as soon as I can. I wanted to make sure you all knew we'd made some real progress though, and that we should have good news on this front soon.

I'll repeat: we do not have a launch date yet. We'll get you one as soon as we can.
21  Products / Z-Corps / Re: Is it undead in here, or what? on: May 10, 2015, 10:57:34 AM
As Alex says, we're not quite ready to talk about the next steps for Z-Corps. It's a complex situation with lots of moving parts and very few in our control at the moment. All completely unexpected and in most cases a little disappointing, but there's still room for a kick-ass product out of it all... just not for a while.

I have a vision for what this one could become, and we tentatively have the people and resources to pull it off. It's still early days yet, however, and until my person takes the vision doc over and agrees to make it real, nothing's in stone.

More as we know, but it's unlikely you'll be hearing what will become of this before the next steps for Spycraft, Mistborn, and Fantasy Craft. Not impossible, but unlikely.
22  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (Spoilers!) on: May 10, 2015, 10:43:36 AM
So Whedon admitted he killed Quicksilver because he doesn't know how to build tension in the third act without killing a puppy?

To be fair, killing Quicksilver also saves future Avengers (and other) directors from always having to set up big battle sequences in slow motion. Wink

That would get really, really tiresome about the second time it happened.
23  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Boardgaming in 2015 on: May 10, 2015, 10:22:17 AM
hey pat what username do you use on the ascension app?

PM me for it, if you will. I posted it earlier and immediately received password change requests on some of my game accounts.

The world, it's filled with jokers and thieves...
24  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Mysterious Freelancer Revealed! Plus Spellbound Status Report! on: May 01, 2015, 02:13:40 PM
Generally, the further back in the production channel something is the less reliable our dates are (even internally). Spellbound is currently in edits and still has layout after that, and I would argue that any release date given before layout is 100% complete is by definition shaky - even if everything goes according to plan.

This week alone I've had to deal with major unexpected house work with a few of half a dozen guys. Nothing I could have planned for but still something that impacts the schedule. Just how it goes.
25  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Mysterious Freelancer Revealed! Plus Spellbound Status Report! on: May 01, 2015, 02:08:41 PM
12 files.  150,000 words.  They did it.  They actually created a book that can be classified as a blunt, 2H weapon. 

Well it would if it was printed out. At the moment, it's just something that deals subdual and stress damage for every day you wait for it.  Grin

Or work on it. I'm hip deep right now. More soon.
26  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Boardgaming in 2015 on: May 01, 2015, 02:07:58 PM
I do not have enough local people I know who are interested in board games to make buying new ones worth it.  I have a small collection of games, including some Avalon Hill (Like the original Starship Troopers), but nothing new and no one to play them with really.  All my non-video game friends are online.

Do you have an iPad? If so, check out the Ascension app. It's awesome.

There are a ton of other good ones too, including Ticket to Ride, Star Realms, etc., but not as good as Ascension IMO.
27  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Boardgaming in 2015 on: April 30, 2015, 03:13:10 PM
As for what to check out, I recommend anything by our friend Antoine Bauza (yes, the same guy who originally wrote Little Wizards). Pretty much all of his games are awesome, but here are a few of my favorites...

  • Rampage (aka Terror in Meeple City): It was made as a licensed video game adaptation but had to change the name for silly legal reasons. It's phenomenal. One of the finest physical challenge board games I have ever seen. I've hand-sold maybe 50 copies of it now.
  • Tokaido: You're traveling along the famed East Sea Road of Japan's Edo Period, competing to be the most seasoned and enlightened traveler. I defy anyone to get through a game of this without their blood pressure normalizing. This one should be set up in therapists' offices everywhere.
  • Takenoko: Build gardens of stacking bamboo shoots to achieve various color-matching goals but look out! If you're not careful Mr. Panda will  come and nosh on your humble plot.
  • 7 Wonders: it's a little older but well worth your valuable time. It's a drafting kingdom builder where you're focused primarily on the great achievements of your civilization, all the while making sure to watch (and possibly foil) the kingdoms on either side of you.

I also like Ghost Stories, though I think it's the weakest (and most complex) of his games. I have Samurai Spirit but haven't had the chance to play it yet.
28  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Boardgaming in 2015 on: April 30, 2015, 02:55:00 PM
I like (and own) Legendary but the set-up is atrocious. You can also inadvertently create decks that flat-out can't counter one another. The only way I found that it plays smoothly is to go out of your way to custom build hero and villain decks specifically as balanced challenges for each individual game, which has the added benefit of ramping up the narrative value of the experience. I've done this and my base set + Dark City box has two "go sets" that are all I use now.

I hear the Aliens version of the game is much better, and a fitting tribute to the franchise. Haven't had the chance to play it yet.

Meanwhile, the DC deck-builder is awesome. It's exactly what you want out of a fight in tights game in this category - and the new villain base set we played at WonderCon was suh-weet!
29  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: April 29, 2015, 06:54:06 PM
Mass Effect isn't God of War in Space, it's ...frankly it's Buck Rogers, but with the trimmings updated and the hero a heroine.

Spectacle isn't the point. Gigantic body counts isn't the point. It's not propaganda either. It's about Hope and how, though hard won and fragile, Life is worth defending because it's worth living.

All of this. Exactly all of this.
30  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Ralph McQuarrie and James Bond on: April 29, 2015, 06:40:11 PM
I recall the Miami Vice stunt show from forever ago at Universal Studios LA. It was awesome covered in awesome, with some awesome sprinkles and a side of awesomesauce. Stunt shows rule.

He speaks true, ladies and gentlemen. A Bond show like that would be stratosphericly sweet.
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