Thursday, January 10, 2013

More Kickstarters. And I can't believe this first one

Couple more Kickstarters.  This first one has to be seen to be believed.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/917876657/republishing-the-world-of-synnibarr


That's right! Synnibarr is BACK!  If you don't know what Synnibarr is then maybe you are not as Old School as you thought you were. ;)
In case you don't then here is the review that is almost as famous as the game itself.
http://www.rpg.net/news+reviews/reviews/rev_4762.html

But I have to hand it to Raven c.s. McCracken. He keeps right going and his love for his magnum opus is apparent. Enough that he is currently $3,000 over the goal.  
Read the Kickstarter page. Everything you need to know about how this game will turn out is there.

In other news.

There is also a new Castles & Crusades book coming out, Castles & Crusades Codex Celtarum.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/676918054/castles-and-crusades-codex-celtarum


I have some mixed feelings about this one.

On one hand it looks fantastic. It reads like it will be a ton of fun and I know it will be a top notch book.  I also love Celtic myth and I have wanted to have an old schoolish style D&D Celtic game for years.

Which brings me to the other hand.  That was what I was going for in my game Éire.

Éire was going to be produced by Elf Lair Games, but Jason (rightfully so) does not want to make any product that might compete with Troll Lord.  I get that. I have things I could do myself that I don't because I don't want to step of the toes of other designers I am friends with or companies I have relationships with.

One of those companies is Cubicle 7.  While I have never worked for the company, I have worked with most of their employees on one game or another over the years.  They are also producing their own Celtic themed game.

I like both Troll Lords and C7 I know they will make great games and I look forward to them.  There is of course room for all these games in the market, including mine, but desire to get it out there is less.

My goal when putting out something isn't very market driven, it is "me" driven.  I put out the stuff I want to play. I think others will like it too, but that isn't what fuels my fires.  Codex Celtarum is very, very likely to scratch the D&D-as-a-Celt-Game itch I have.

I have known about this one for a while really.  Some of Éire made it into The Witch and Eldritch Witchery in fact.  So if I do choose to resurrect  Éire it might take a different form.  But who knows.

In any case I am looking forward to Codex Celtarum and plan on supporting Troll Lords in this.

5 comments:

Ken Harrison said...

Tim, thanks for the heads up on Codex Celtarum. My now inactive face-to-face gaming group was playing Castles & Crusades and this looks like it would have been perfect for us (half the group went off to college leaving the parental units in the group behind to pay the bills).

I am impressed with Troll Lord's other recent release, Amazing Adventures, and am hoping to have a chance to play it at some point in the near future.

Timothy Brannan said...

Amazing Adventures is awesome. I love it to be honest.

This new book will be great too.

Giles Kiser said...

The return of Synnibar...I'm torn on this. While it will be interesting to see if anything cohesive can be made out of that glorious mess, it would be sort of a shame if it's not still the crazy, jumbled mass of poor rules and odd ideas like the original. Still, thanks for the head's up on on that Kickstarter!

Tony Johnson said...

Seems the game's not the only thing that's a crazy, jumble mass.

McCracken just posted this on his Kickstarter page:

"I was out to sing at my fav place, as I do most sundays, and a man shot our door man, Greg, in the thigh and proceeded to enter the bar and shoot a woman. We have since learned from court documents that, while she claimed to not know the shooter, she in fact is the mother of his nine month old son!! A baby she abandoned to come down to our bar! As you shall read...it is a shame she survived...the shooter, James Anderson should be mourned! The woman's family publically appoligized to mr. Anderson's family! Some of us are gathering tonight at the twilight and are planning to sue her... The police have her child... This story is far from over... http://mynorthwest.com/874/2186962/A-Terrifying-Account-of-Sundays-Twilight-Exit-Shooting"

Mccracken's saying he wished the gal died and the guy who shot his ex-girl's a hero???? BTW-what about the bouncer - what did he deserve?

And in a response to someone asking him what this has to do with Synnibarr, he answered:

Nope...just a slice out of an adventure game developer's life...
Btw. The game mechanics model the situation perfectly...

[Wow......don't think I want to own a game that can model a murder in a bar perfectly...]

Tony Johnson said...

Wow - talk about a crazy, jumbled mass. Check out what McCracken posted on his Kickstarter page today:

"I was out to sing at my fav place, as I do most sundays, and a man shot our door man, Greg, in the thigh and proceeded to enter the bar and shoot a woman. We have since learned from court documents that, while she claimed to not know the shooter, she in fact is the mother of his nine month old son!! A baby she abandoned to come down to our bar! As you shall read...it is a shame she survived...the shooter, James Anderson should be mourned! The woman's family publically appoligized to mr. Anderson's family! Some of us are gathering tonight at the twilight and are planning to sue her... The police have her child... This story is far from over... http://mynorthwest.com/874/2186962/A-Terrifying-Account-of-Sundays-Twilight-Exit-Shooting"

McCracken's wishing the gal had died and saying the guy who shot her is some kind of hero and she deserved it? WTF? Why did the bouncer deserve to get shot?? Mccracken never says why that would be a good thing.

Some guy asked what any of this had to do with Kickstarter or Synnibarr. The dude wrote:

"Nope...just a slice out of an adventure game developer's life...
Btw. The game mechanics model the situation perfectly..."

Freaking weird - he's happy his game could model a bar murder perfectly? Not a game I want to play...ever...

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