Delta Green: Puppet Shows & Shadow Plays (video)

I’ve mentioned on here once or twice that we have begun recording most of our podcasts as Google Hangouts.  This gives us the ability to get video of the recordings as well as broadcast live as we play and lets anyone able to jump in and watch the Hangout interact with us as well.  We still pull the audio from these sessions as well for our podcast but for those of you so inclined you can now watch the video of us playing as well.  Check it out and let us know what you think. Below is the playlist for our latest Call of Cthulhu adventure, Puppet Shows & Shadow Plays. This adventure is in the original Delta Green sourcebook and we are using it as an introductory adventure into Delta Green proper.

It’s the summer of 1996 and a series of strange disappearances in Arizona have caught the attention of the FBI.  Listen (and watch) as the mystery unfolds.

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We return to the summer of 1996 where two FBI Special Agents along with a forensics expert are helping solve a series of strange disappearances in Arizona.  If only they knew they were in a Call of Cthulhu game they would have probably called in sick!  This is another podcast pulled from our YouTube channel so feel free to go watch the action there as well.

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Standard Action Season 3!

The release date for Standard Action Season 3 has been announced!  On November 18th the official public release of the KickStarter backed third season of Standard Action will finally be available!  No more sitting at home playing with kobold puppets and pretending Fernando and Edda are there with you.  Now you’ll be able to see the real thing once again with a whole new season unleashed upon the web.  Well, I guess you’ll still be able to play with your kobold puppets, but the point is you can now do it while you watch Season 3 of Standard Action!  Best of all if you are a backer you will be getting early access to all of the episodes.

You can go to standardaction.com for more information about this great web series.  You can also listen to our podcast with Rob and Joanna about the show and the KickStarter from last year.  Last but not least you can read the full contents of the press release below.

Press Release:

Standard Action has a release date for Season 3… and it’s November 18th, 2014!

Back in 2013, the award-winning fantasy-comedy webseries Standard Action blew their Season 3 Kickstarter out of the water. They tripled their funding goal, and promised to deliver six episodes to continue the story of Edda, Wendy, Martin and Fernando as they delved deeper into the plot threatening their homeland.

Earlier this year, they followed up their success by sweeping LAWebfest, picking up awards for Sound Design, Score, Cinematography and Direction. Then in July, they leaked that they will, in fact, be releasing an even BIGGER season, with more episodes than expected!

As promised during their fundraising campaign, those who supported the show during the Kickstarter will be getting access to Season 3 episodes before the rest of the world. For the rest of us, November 18th is the day!

Check out Standard Action’s first two seasons at www.standardaction.com.

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Flat Plastic Miniatures

This is a case where the name pretty much says it all.  Flat Plastic Miniatures (FPM) is a KickStarter to make, well, flat plastic miniatures for tabletop roleplaying games.  There is also a digital reward that allows you to get versions of the minis to use in the virtual tabletop of your choice though so maybe the name doesn’t quite say it all, but it’s close.  Twenty-five dollars (US) gets you any set of 62 miniatures of your choice along with a panel of bases to stand them up on the table.  You can of course double your order for $50 but things get interesting if you pledge $75.  At that point you get all five of the core sets of FPM along with the two sets of bases.  That is over 300 plastic miniatures and around 60 bases for the cost of three or four boxes of random miniatures from anywhere else, and that’s with shipping included (domestically at least, it will cost an additional $20 for international shipping).fpm_tabletop

The samples shown on the KickStarter page should be enough to give you an idea of the type of quality to expect from these minis.  They are printed on clear plastic with the character’s front on one side and a separate image showing the back of the mini on the reverse side, so facing is easy to distinguish in games where this makes a difference.  The variety in the core five sets is fairly impressive as well.  There are five sets: The Grove (elves and woodland creatures), Ancient Evils (Necromancers, zombies, eldritch horrors etc), Mankind (actual people), Wild Lands (goblins, orcs, barbarians etc), and The Underground (dwarves, drow, beholders and more).  As you can tell the basic sets are highly geared towards fantasy games which makes sense considering how dominate fantasy RPGs are within the genre.

fpm_evilThe KickStarter is already well past being funded with 30 days still to go as of the posting of this article and as more Stretch Goals are unlocked more interesting miniatures are made available including legendary creatures and additional add-on sets.  So far a pack of Super heroes and villains has been unlocked ($25 add-on) as well as a Monster Mansion pack that can be used with the board game of the same name which is currently on KickStarter with 15 days remaining.

I’m personally holding out hope for a set of modern man minis that can be used in Call of Cthulhu games and the like, but that will most likely be in a second phase of releases unless this KickStarter continues to roll along at a great pace.

There are also other rewards besides more miniatures that can be gotten including the right to submit your own miniatures which are added to one of the sets.  Have a specific monster you always wanted a mini for but could never find?  Here’s your chance!  FPM seems like one of those ideas that is so obvious that once you first see it it’s impossible to believe it hasn’t been done before.  Cost and storage alone make this a great idea for any tabletop RPG fan.  Check it out and let us know what you think!

That Which Sleeps

It seems like there is an explosion of great projects out on KickStarter these days which makes it hard to pick and choose which ones to spotlight  here on our KickStarting column.  That Which Sleeps however moves beyond ‘great idea’ into the territory of ‘I would personally feel bad if I didn’t mention it and you missed out’.

Anyone who reads many articles here on the Goblin Beat or listens to our podcasts (or watches our YouTube channel) knows I love Lovecraft.  That’s right, love Lovecraft, what?  That Which Sleeps (TWS from here on) is a computer game and by the title you would suppose that it is Lovecraftian, which it is, but not in the typical fear ridden “what am I doing in this strange house and what are those noises and where did all these tentacles come from” sort of way.  TWS is a game where you are an Old One that has been reawakened after millennia of being locked away in a deep sleep, and now you are ready to take your rightful place as ruler of a pitiful world filled with mortals.

From the gameplay shown within the videos this game reminds me a great deal of Civilization in that this is a turn based strategy game about world domination, where most of the action takes place on an overland map showing the entire world.  Instead of building cities, roads, trade agreements and raising armies however you spend your time fostering Agents to do your bidding, corrupting mortals to further your goals and fomenting rebellions with the help of your trusty cults.

Take a look at the KickStarter trailer below and head on over to the KickStarter page to get more information on this game if you are interested.  The campaign has already funded at over 400% of the original goals and has unlocked a number of stretch goals that should add more content and twists to the finished product.