2014 ENnie Awards Nominees

This year’s ENnie Awards Nominees have been announced and boy are there a lot of good RPG products out there!  Many of the nominees have been featured here on the Goblin Beat and some of them even used in podcasts.  Several of them are also sitting on the shelf waiting their turn to be used in a few gaming sessions.

I encourage you to check out all of the nominees and see what is out there that you might have missed but might love.  The one thing I found in the list that I Cover_tremulusreally want to get my hands on is tremulus, a game released this past year by Reality Blurs, the same folks that brought Cthulhu to Savage Worlds with Realms of Cthulhu, the hardcover copy of which is still one of my favorite source books.  tremulus follows in a similar vein being subtitled “a storytelling game of lovecraftian horror” and promising good horror roleplaying within an easy to learn system that requires only two six-sided dice to play.  Like I mentioned above I already have several other games awaiting their turn at the table but this one might end up being shunted to the front of the queue.

Speaking of games awaiting their turn at the gaming table Deadlands Noir from Pinnacle has several nods including Best Art and Best Cartography.  The hardcover of that book is also beautiful and I’m hoping to get to play in a game soon (maybe even talk someone else into running it!).  Pinnacle has other products on the list as well including a Judge’s Spotlight winner for Weird Wars Rome which we have used for a series of podcasts here on the site.

Fate Core and their extras have also been used for our podcasts and got several nods of their own including one for the Fate Dice line, which have been a great hit around our table, so it’s good to see them get recognized as well.

One product getting a lot of nominations which we have talked a lot about but haven’t actually done anything with yet is Numenera, the game system and world from Monte Cook.  Starting with a mega-KickStarter this game has really come on the scene in a big way over the past year and I’m sure it will continue to grow and hopefully we here at the Goblin Beat will get a chance to try it out at some point.

Overall this year’s list of ENnie nominees would be a great shopping list for any RPG lover and I encourage you to go through the list and let us know if there’s anything on there that deserves a shout-out that we failed to mention.

#107 Dead In Thay 02

In this episode pulled from our Google Hangout our adventurers reach the Bloodgate Nexus and fight to save the Sword Coast from the evil Red Wizard invasion.  Also there’s way too much talk about turning undead.  We hope you enjoy and don’t forget you can view the video of this session on YouTube.com/TheGoblinBeat to see all of our happy smiling faces and to watch the roll20.net board we use.

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#106 Dead In Thay 01

Listen in to the audio of our Google Hangout where we are playing through the current season of D&D Encounters.  In this episode the adventure gets started and things get crazy in a hurry!  We hope you enjoy and don’t forget you can view the video of this session on YouTube.com/TheGoblinBeat to see all of our happy smiling faces and to watch the roll20.net board we use.

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The Goblin Beat, Now on Youtube…Sortof

In our goblin overlords’ never ending quest for media domination they have now created a Youtube channel for us to use in entertaining you.  We are going to start live-broadcasting our playing sessions via Google Hangouts and the videos will then be available afterwards (sometimes with some amount of editing) to watch whenever you like.  We’ll also be pulling the audio out and using it for our podcasts so you’ll still be able to listen via your favorite podcast app.

The big news is that you can actually tune in while we are playing, ask us questions, give comments or just plain old heckle us.  We already follow a fairly regular recording schedule of Tuesdays at 8PM Eastern time so we will use that for our live broadcasts as well.  Our first video, which consists of us attempting to decide on what characters to play in our upcoming D&D Next adventure before my laptop dies, is up now and there will be many more to come.  Let us know what you think and visit our channel at http://www.youtube.com/TheGoblinBeat and watch our antics as well as listen to them.

 

 

#104 Fiasco: Camp Death

Listen in as we play our first game of Fiasco! using the Camp Death play set written by James Gabrielsen where we take on the roles of people involved in the reopening of a summer camp that has been defunct for the last twenty or so years because of some supposed murders that happened way back then.  Let us know what you think.  We had a great time playing so if you are interested in hearing some more we would be more than happy to do so at some point.

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#102 Fate Core World Creation

In our first ever Fate Core podcast Matt, Brandon 2 and Danny sit down and fill out the Game Creation Worksheet and come up with the world of Scorched Wynd, or is it Burning Wynd?  Okay we could use some help on the name but the game world comes out pretty awesome.  Listen in and please help us come up with a better name.

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#101 Arctigator Vs. Crocosharkasaurus

Clint Black ran a special Savage Worlds game at ConNooga for us this year.  Listen in as Matt, Danny and Brandon play along with three others in this adventure so amazing it must have been made for TV!

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#099 Consumption Pt. 1

Join us for a Call of Cthulhu adventure written by Brian M. Sammons and published in Island of Ignorance by Golden Goblin Press.  Three Great War vets are startled by a young woman collapsing in front of their car on and old road between Dunwich and Arkham, leading to a strange adventure that could only take place within the worlds of H.P. Lovecraft.  We hope you enjoy this first installment as much as we enjoyed playing it.

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Con Nooga This Weekend

We’ll be playing games all afternoon/evening this Saturday at Con Nooga in Chattanooga Tennessee including sitting in on Savage Saturday Night with Clint and Jodi Black.  Come by and play some Savage Worlds in the evening or look for us earlier in the day as we play Fiasco, Call of Cthulhu and Zombicide to record for upcoming podcasts.  If you’ll be there let us know on twitter @TheGoblinBeat and maybe you can sit in on a recording with us and be on an upcoming podcast.

Dragon Kings

Fans of Dark Sun rejoice! Timothy Brown, the co-creator of Dark Sun is running a KickStarter that he refers to as “my spiritual successor to Dark Sun.”  Dragon Kings is an ambitious and interesting undertaking that merges music, art, fiction and fantasy role-playing.  For those of you familiar with Dark Sun the world of Dragon Kings, Khitus, will seem very familiar.  Like Athas it is a world in decline, the best and most glorious days of the planet apparently behind it, and only the intervention of whip-smart heroes with nerves of steel can keep it from continuing to fall to waste.

If you go to the KickStarter page and look around you’ll quickly get an idea of how integrated the music and art are into the project.  We RPG lovers are very familiar at this point with the idea of art and fiction

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helping to shape the worlds in which we play but the addition of music as a core component of that experience has never been fully realized.  Mr. Brown is actually creating an album which tells the story of a hero within the world of Khitus, complete with gazetteer book that has the lyrics to each song, art depicting that part of the story, and interesting lore that helps flesh out the world around.

The initial ask for this KickStarter is $29,000, which has almost been met as of now, and probably will be within the next day at the current rate.  That leaves well over three weeks of time to meet stretch goals which will add goodies such as more songs, rules supplements for additional game systems, adventures and short stories.

The initial game systems supported are Savage Worlds and Pathfinder which should satisfy most gamers.  13th Age is the first additional system to unlock via Stretch Goals with Fate Core coming along behind.

For myself the combination of a Dark Sun like campaign world, which was the first D&D Box Set I ever bought back in 2nd edition, and the Savage Worlds rules make this an extremely tempting offering.  Check it out and let us know what you think, and if you like what you see go ahead and back it as well!