Game Chef 2015 RPG Design Competition Launches June 13, BattleLore 2nd Edition Shambles Forward With the Undead, Steam Summer Sale Launches
Game Chef 2015 RPG Design Competition Launches June 13
Game Chef, the tabletop RPG competition challenging designers to make a game in only nine days using 2 – 3 of the announced ingredients, will launch on June 13. The contest has been running since 2002 and gives the participants a limited time to make a game with the theme and ingredients assigned. The ingredients and theme will be announced at June 13th at 12:01 a.m. New Zealand Standard Time and the contest is being run in seven languages, with the winners of each competition then going against each other in a final, global round. You can check out the full rules if you are interested in competing. The designs must be original and under 4,000 words. I can only imagine the length of the texts turn in without the word limit, and I really like the constraint in forcing you to be creative with the design of your game. Previous themes include “There is No Book”, “Last Chance” (a game that can only be played once), and “Journey”, to give you all an idea of what might come out. I have never competed in Game Chef before, but I may well do it this year. It sounds like a fun intellectual challenge.
BattleLore 2nd Edition Shambles Forward With the Undead
Fantasy Flight Games has announced an upcoming expansion for BatteLore Second Edition. The two army packs – Terrors of the Mists and Heralds of Dreadfall – will each contain an entire new army for use in BattleLore Second Edition and include units like Death Knights, an undead dragon called a Barrow Wyrm, Banshees, Wraiths, and Skeleton Archers. The two army packs can also be combined to make a single horde of the undead. The new expansions will be available in the third quarter of 2015 (so sometime in the next three months, basically). No price was announced, but previous army packs have had an MSRP of $39.95 and have had more than 30 figures, so that might provide a guide as to what to expect for the two new BattleLore Second Edition army packs. BattleLore, of course, is based on the Command and Colors system that powered the original BattleLore, as well as Memoir ’44 and Command & Colors: Ancients.
Steam Summer Sale 2015 Launches
The Steam Summer Sale (called the Monster Summer Sale) has officially started as of June 11. As for first day sales, I can vouch for XCOM: Enemy Unknown for $7.49 and Valkyria Chronicles for $4.99. I am also sorely tempted by the inclusion of the Homeworld Remastered Collection for $13.99 and Tales From the Borderlands for $12.49. Still, I am trying to abstain as best as possible this year, no matter how much I would love to build a ridiculously large backlog of games. In recent months, I have come to realize that I am better served playing the games I have and buying a new game (even at a higher price) when I am prepared to play it than I am by investing in additional games that I may not get to for months or years, even at amazing prices. Still, it’s hard to argue that there are bargains to be found. As usual, the sale includes Flash Deals that change every twelve hours, as well as a new mini game that, when played, unlocks new bonuses at the start of each day. I haven’t gotten to play the actual game yet, as all I have gotten is an error, but it certainly seems like an interesting system to keep people engaged with the sale. The sale runs through June 20, so there are many days of sales ahead, with new daily deals unlocking each day. Sales on Satellite Reign, Pillars of Eternity and Sunless Sea, although not currently available, are some of the games that I would have to think hard about caving in over if they are to go on flash or daily sale. Still, there’s already a good selection, and I’m sure my resolve will be worn down under time. Is there something you’re definitely grabbing or hoping to see on sale?