Friday, May 18, 2012

Win Free Stuff

DriveThruRPG is kindly offering a 20% discount on some products for readers of DriveThru affiliates, such as The Savage Troll. Check out the products below. If you decide to purchase any, use the code DriveThruApril at checkout to receive your 20% discount.

Savage Worlds Fantasy Companion [Pinnacle Entertainment]
Realms of Cthulhu [Reality Blurs]  Review
Karma Roleplaying System Core [Bards and Sages] 
FantasyCraft [Crafty Games]
Fat Dragon's Dragonshire Deluxe [Fat Dragon Games] 
Paths of Power (Pathfinder System) [4 Winds Fantasy]
Ninja Burger RPG (2nd Edition) [aetherial FORGE] 
Splicers RPG [Palladium Books] 

As a bonus, anyone that comments on a post between now and June first will be eligible to win a $10 gift certificate to DriveThruRPG. The only criteria is that you be a follower of this blog (see friend connect in the side bar) and you have a DriveThruRPG account.

A Savage Thanks,
Keith and Derek

Kickstarter is new for Pinnacle, but not Savage Worlds

Pinnacle Entertainment Group used Kickstarter for its latest project: Deadlands: Noir.  A very active support base pushed the project well past it's $8,000 goal in a matter of hours.  Kickstarter fits well in with the close community feeling of Savage Worlds.  While this is a new direction for Pinnacle, it's certainly not new for others in the Savage Worlds family.

I am no longer a Kickstarter newbie.  I've supported 6 projects and enjoyed them all. I have, however, started to see some interesting differences in the various approaches. With Pinnacle entering the fray, I'm both excited and a bit quizical.

Note: This blog is only concerned with the gaming projects on Kickstarter with a special focus on Savage Worlds projects.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Felicia Day Wielding a Chainsaw

Felicia Day Wielding a Chainsaw

We're getting a fair number of hits for Felicia Day with a chainsaw thanks to our reviews of Geek and Sundry along with this odd post (I honestly don't know what I was thinking when I put that one up). So, for those looking for the actual Felicia Day with a chainsaw video, it's posted here in hopes the gods of Google will become distracted by this clever ploy.

Duck Note: This is from the G&S Channel Flog (Felicia's Blog).

The video also has stuff on cute animals with Felicia hitting glass-breaking pitch yelling "They're so CUTE!" Of course we, being savages, aren't into that sort of thing.
(but they are cute).

Duck Note 2: Since we are wayyy off track but having fun: Shout out to fellow Savage Blogger: Wine And Savages! (you'll see why in a second)  According to Felicia's Flog above, she is a big Lord Darcy fan! AND, before she plays with the chainsaw, #2 on her Fave Five is the Lizzie Bennet Diaries on youtube. So, to Sean B. at Wine and Savages, we're discovering more Jane Austen gamer fans all the time. Your idea for a Regency / Gothic Savage setting potential audience is getting bigger and bigger!  I now return you to your regular programming.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Tabletop Episode #2 Settlers of Catan - 5 Fun things I learned

 by Savage Duck
(returning to Savage Worlds and MapTool soon)

Geek and Sundry and Tabletop YouTube Channel

Host: Wil Wheaton - Dr. Isaac Parrish on Eureka
Neil Grayston - Douglas Fargo from Eureka
James Kyson - Ando from Heroes
Jane Espenson - writer/producer Buffy, Caprica, Game of Thrones

Game Blurb: The Settlers of Catan from Mayfair Games is an award-winning strategy game where players collect resources and use them to build roads, settlements, and cities on their way to victory. The board itself is variable, making each game a little different from the next. Each round of The Settlers of Catan is intended to keep three or four players ages 10 and above engaged for up to 90 minutes.

5 Fun things I learned:
  • Each player's dice roll can end up giving others new resources. Nice!
  • Roll a 7 and the robber comes out. "The robber is a d*ck," sayeth the Wheaton. There were ALOT of 7's rolled in this game which moves the robber around. If it sits on your property, you can't get any resources from it. Ouch. 20 minutes into the show a 7 was rolled 29% of the time instead of the 18% that statistics say should happen.
  • Goals: Build: Settlements, upgrade to Cities, build the longest road, build the largest army, and buy Development cards. Get 10 victory points and you win.
  • Coolest trivia discovery - in the Neil Grayston bonus interview: He just finished making a Syfy Movie called "End of the World" with Greg Grunburg (the telepathic cop Matt Parkman in Heroes) where they play two video store clerks trying to avert the end of the world with their disaster movie knowledge. Tongue in cheek fun coming soon.
  • Grayston credits his playing DnD in High school for prompting him to become a professional actor. His group loved drama and it was a natural fit.
Blog Bonus: I've seen Jane Espenson on several writers panels at Comic-con San Diego. Here's a writers panel at a Creation Entertainment convention Serenity 2009 in Burbank one with her and  Tim Minear.
Jane came out strong and appeared to really know what she was doing. Then Neil pulled a series of Eureka moves.....just watch and enjoy!

Stay Savage!