Bicycle, the company known for their amazing playing cards, has a new game on Kickstarter called Super Truffle Pigs that looks delightful. It’s aimed at families and has some interesting gameplay. It will cost you $35 plus shipping to get your copy through the KS page but it seems well worth it.
The BostonFIG Fest 2018 is coming up on September 29th at the MIT Johnson Athletic Center in Cambridge, MA. Per their site:
BostonFIG celebrates independent game development in New England, across the United States, and around the globe. Our goal is to create an inclusive environment for everybody who enjoys and appreciates games in any shape or form. The organization seeks to support and showcase the efforts of independent game developers, as well as youth programs focused on game development and related fields.
We encourage attendees of our annual festival to participate and play games in different formats: video games, location-based games, tabletop games, and more! The games featured at the annual BostonFIG Fest are innovative and refreshing, demonstrating both the budding and the established talent of game makers of many different stripes. Our other initiatives such as BostonFIG Talks seek to expand the conversation around the exciting independent games industry and provide members of the community with additional ways to collaborate with each other.
BostonFIG is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit with the State of Massachusetts, dedicated to fostering the next generation of game developers. Through youth outreach, small-business initiatives, and our ongoing programming and events, BostonFIG strives to strengthen the independent game development industry.
Early Bird tickets can be had for as little as $7.50 USD. This looks to be a great event and if I wasn’t so strapped for cash I’d probably attend. Such is the life of a father of four 😉
From Trollish Delver:
SHATTER6 is a new system I cooked up early one morning after my cat woke me up by jumping on my back. I’ve been thinking recently about creating a new open system that encourages players to do really awesome things. SHATTER6 is now live on Drivethurpg as a PWYW PDF.
What is SHATTER6?
SHATTER6 is a totally open roleplaying system, free for anyone and everyone to use. The mechanics are lite and designed for collaborative roleplaying where the golden rule is the Rule of Cool.
How does it differ from other systems?
SHATTER6 isn’t about book-keeping and the minutiae of combat. Rather, the game is about telling mind-blowing stories and empowering players to do really awesome things. Enemies don’t have hit points, whether they perish or not is up to how much effort players put into their actions. There are no classes, so players are free to concoct wild characters with few restraints. NPCs are easy to create on the fly, meaning those who value less prep time will get to the table quicker. The shatterdice let players attempt the impossible to create memorable gaming moments that you will be able to talk about for years to come.
The tag system
In SHATTER6 the players are encouraged to build their own classes by mixing and matching tags, skills that provide broad bonuses to their actions. For example, mixing the charming, crafting and streetwise tags might give you a Forge Thief who specialises in crafting thieves tools and sweet talking their way into the houses of the rich and famous before stealing their stuff. Invent your own tags for truly infinite possibilities.
Flexible combat that puts awesomeness first
If you want to fire off three burning arrows into the eyes of the demonlord while backflipping out of danger, you’re free to do it with a roll. Using abilities, tags and shatterdice, SHATTER6 empowers players to dream up awesome actions and carry them out. This isn’t about how many hits an enemy can take – the greater the challenge, the greater the reward.
A system that begs to be hacked
As an open system, anyone is free to take SHATTER6 and do what they like with it. Create new settings or alter the rules and publish for others to play.