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16  Products / News and Announcements / Fantasy Craft Digital Edition is 80% off today on: September 01, 2015, 10:39:00 AM
Been thinking of pulling the trigger on Fantasy Craft but just weren't sure? Now's the time.

For the next 23 hrs, you can get the Fantasy Craft digital edition from DriveThruRPG for only $6.00 (that's 80% OFF!).
17  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: September 01, 2015, 10:23:44 AM

As a huge fan of simultaneous play games, I approve of this. Alpha access requested. Smiley
18  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: August 31, 2015, 07:01:53 AM
Well, Nintendo usually releases on Friday, and since the main sales tracking runs monthly with new numbers coming on the second Thursday there's no reason to release on Tuesdays other than tradition. In fact, since NPD doesn't track digital sales anyway if you're doing a digital only release going after the "I just got paid" effect may be worth it, especially if there's no movie of concern to your demographic.

Fair points. I don't play many Nintendo games, so I hadn't noticed that trend. It's very true that the last decade has largely abolished traditional media cycles. Still surprising to see a AAA title hitting at the end of the week, though.

Kudos to Fraxis' brand manager and marketing execs for trying out something new!
19  Community / Off-Topic / Re: XCOM (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: August 30, 2015, 05:57:22 AM
Well, the silver lining for me is it won't conflict with Fallout 4 when it comes out.

Unless they delay that release, too. (glares menacingly at Bethesda)

This was exactly my reaction as well. This and boggling at a major video game release scheduled for a Friday. O_o
20  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.
21  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.
22  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.
23  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.
24  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
25  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.
26  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
27  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
28  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.
29  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Torg returns in 2016 as Torg: Eternity on: July 21, 2015, 04:58:35 PM
OMG Grats!!

Thank you. Smiley
30  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.)
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