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.

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.

Pirate Loot

Pirate Loot, A Card Game of Treasure and Treachery  is a KickStarter for a card game for the whole family.  The game accommodates 2-4 players with one of the stretch goals being to add support for up to 6 players.

The game is played in rounds where each player builds a pirate crew to help them gather loot.  Many of the crew have special abilities that let you draw more AzureCutlasscards, steal loot or force others to discard.  Each crew member also has a value and once one of the players draws the Set Sail each player gets one last turn and then the round ends and all players count up their points.  Whomever has the most points for that hand gets first pick of the loot and then the other players get to choose in descending order.  Play then continues with a new round until one player has enough loot to win, which is different depending on the number of players.

The designer of this game is Jason Bulmahn who is also the lead designer for Pathfinder, the massively successful offshoot of third edition Dungeons and Dragons.  The great art you’ll see on all of the cards and throughout the game has been created by Scott Kurtz of the PVP online comic and Dylan Meconis.

The KickStarter is already well past the base funding goal with one stretch goal down as well.  The first stretch goal was to add full art to the cards so that each unique card has its own full color art.  The next stretch goal will add unique cards to the deck for KickStarter backers only with further goals including the previously mentioned support for up to six players.

As with any KickStarter there are numerous support levels but the important thing to note is that the support level for a full copy of the game is only $20 US including shipping, with international shipping requiring an additional $10.  Considering the quality of the art, design and the fact that you can download and play the demo version of the game for free now this is a great deal.  Be sure to check it out soon as there are only ten days left in the campaign now!

 

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#109 Cthulhu Fluxx

We came back from DragonCon this year with a copy of Cthulhu Fluxx among other things.  Listen in as Chris, Danny and Brandon unleash the wrath of the great old ones and attempt to wrestle secrets from the Necronomicon in this game of insanity causing rules changes.

As always please like us on Facebook, follow us on twitter@TheGoblinBeat and send us questions or suggestions via email at podcast@goblinbeat.com and last but not least we would appreciate any good ratings and/or reviews on iTunes.  Thanks for listening!

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Stuff and Nonsense

Stuff and Nonsense is a new (to you at least…probably) game coming from Cheapass Games and the latest installment in our never-ending quest to keep our readers up to date on some of our favorite gaming related KickStarters out there.

Stuff and Nonsense is a card game where the players take on the role of members of the Original London Adventurer’s Club as they gather trinkets and evidence of their nonexistent adventures.  That’s right, the game is “an adventure game with no real adventuring.”  Each player sneaks around London gathering evidence of their fake adventures to bring back to the club and use as proof of their adventures.  There’s a catch though as this isn’t even an original idea.  You stole the idea from Professor Elemental (incidentally Professor Elemental is a ‘real’ person and you can learn all about him here at his website) who is on to you and trying to catch you redhanded!  adventurersclub

There is plenty more information on the game on the KickStarter site and you can even download a beta version of the rules for free to get an idea of how gameplay works.  There are also perks for backing the KickStarter now as opposed to simply buying the game when it comes out like a personalized postcard from Professor Elemental and six KickStarter only bonus cards for the game.  On top of that there are some interesting add-ons like a set of Meeple that to be used with the game, sets of Professor Elemental versions of the Cheapass card game Pairs, Unexploded Cow and the possibility of opening up others via Stretch Goals.  In particular the card game Give me the Brain looks like it would be a great game to play.

Let us know what you think about this KickStarter and if you own or have played any of these or other Cheapass games tell us what you think about them.

Achtung! Cthulhu: The Movie

That is not a typo above, Achtung! Cthulhu is making a movie!  Modiphius Entertainment, the folks that brought us the great Call of Cthulhu / Savage Worlds (along with Realms of Cthulhu of course) World War II setting are now going to make a movie based on that same setting!  They have already hired Dirk Vandereyken to pen the script and have tagged Raine McCormack to handle directing duties.  Both Dirk and Raine seem very excited to work on this project and I’m sure all of the Cthulhu lovers out there would love to see a great original movie that leverages the rich backdrop of the Mythos.

The movie is currently titled Achtung! Cthulhu – The Secret War and is set to begin shooting in Summer of 2015 with a possible KickStarter in the Spring to help fund the film if necessary.

For those of you unfamiliar with Achtung! Chtulhu here is the setting description from the press release:

The Achtung! Cthulhu setting uses the writings of H.P. Lovecraft – arguably the most influential horror author ever – and the events unfolding just before and during World War II as source material to unveil the horrific secret history of what was actually going on behind the scenes. It presents a nightmarish alliance of science and the occult, frightening inhuman conspiracies from the depths of time and unbelievable war machines created just as much by the infernal ovens of the German factories as by dark incantations chanted by a select group of immoral, Cthulhu-worshiping Nazi researchers. It also features the heroes of the time, flawed but courageous human beings making a stand in the idle hope of postponing the inevitable demise of humankind foretold in antediluvian manuscripts tucked away in hidden corners of the world’s greatest museums.

Many of the characters, villains and creatures in the film are drawn from the pages and inspirational graphic art of the critically acclaimedAchtung! Cthulhu books and will also be making an appearance in Dark Tales, an anthology of short stories set in the same universe, whilst Modiphius has just launched a large range of collectible miniatures based on the universe. 

You can check out the full press release here and we will be sure to keep you up to date on any further news regarding the movie.

Ghostbusters Playing Cards

The folks from Albino Dragon are at it again with another great playing card KickStarter.  You might remember them from some of their other KickStarters like the great Cthulhu card set they did last year.  This time around they are doing a 30th anniversary (has it really been that long?) Ghostbusters set replacing face cards with drawings of characters from the movie.  These are high quality Bicycle Playing Cards and in my previous experience all of the images are sharp and well done.

We at the Goblin Beat love the Albino Dragon cards for use in our Savage Worlds games where you use a deck of cards for initiative in combat but these are great for anyone that uses playing cards and the quality is so high that you can use the decks for a long time with no worries about degradation.  Check out the video below and check out the KickStarter to get your own deck for only $15!

 

The Orton Estate

Although this Adventure Hook is probably more suited to a horror RPG like Call of Cthulhu it could work well within other systems like Savage Worlds (especially Realms of Cthulhu of course) or even Dungeons and Dragons with a few tweaks and the home could easily be fleshed out as a dungeon crawl.

Ian Theobald Orton was a famous adventurer and explorer who made his fortune finding and selling rare artifacts, artwork and curiosities.  At least that’s how the story goes in his official biography.  The truth however is much less prosaic.  Mr. Orton did indeed travel far and wide and dabbled in selling some of the more mundane things which he found in his travels, but his main purpose was the accumulation and use of long-lost forbidden knowledge.  A purpose to which he was uniquely suited and at which he greatly excelled.

Towards the end of his life he commissioned and built the Orton Estate on the outskirts of the city.  Rumors insist that Orton himself drew up the plans for the home and used different contractors for each stage of the construction so that no one person other than himself knew or fully understood the layout.  Many people even say that Ian Orton himself did much of the work even though he was upwards of sixty years old at the time.

Once the home was complete Mr. Orton spent the next few years arriving with trucks full of the art and curios he had obtained throughout his career as well as continuing to do some travel and acquiring more items which interested him until the time of his purported death over seventy-five years ago when ownership and upkeep of the estate passed to a Trust Mr. Orton had set up for the perpetual upkeep of the property for use by his family.

The Hook

Two weeks ago Natasha Hagelman, a seventeen year old local girl, disappeared and was last seen near the Orton Estate.  Authorities looking into the citizenkanedisappearance have come to the conclusion that the girl must have run away from home and have officially closed the investigation.  Natasha’s family however don’t believe this is true.  Her father is a long-time resident of the area and remembers several other disappearances around “the old Orton place” over the years and hires the players’ characters to investigate.

The Truth

Although investigations will show that the Orton Estate is currently owned by Ian’s great-grandson Henry Orton the only current resident is Ian himself.  Having prolonged his life and become immortal by turning himself into a Ghoul (a ghost or lich would work as well depending on your gaming system) he has continued his research.  Even now Ian has an insatiable thirst for forbidden knowledge which leads him to contact creatures from many realms.  These entities always require some type of payment for what they know and sometimes that payment comes in the form of humans.  When this occurs Ian abducts a passerby near his Estate and trades them for the information he seeks.  This has happened eight times in the seventy-five years since his “death” although only six were ever reported locally as the other two were from out-of-town, one a hitch-hiker and the other simply had the misfortune of being stranded near the estate on the wrong night.