Snow White RPG now available on Kickstarter!

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Now on Kickstarter!

Nowadays fairy tales are very much considered stories for children, with simplistic characters and morals that steer the reader (as well as the main heroines and heroes) toward the right-and-proper “happy ending”.

It hasn’t always been so—European “faerie tales” have historically been grounded in literal truths, considered legendary and as such potentially very real! They were designed to reveal the failings and foibles of the weak and gullible, the tribulations and triumphs of the downtrodden but hardworking, the fleeting nature of riches won without effort, and the value of dedication to a cause coupled with determination to achieve virtuous ends at all costs.

Snow White—classified by Aarne-Thompson as tale 709, “Other story of the supernatural,” and Grimms’ Fairy Tale number 53—draws on many of the themes associated with what we expect from such a story. There are plenty of magic items that do much more than expected: the mirror conceals much whilst revealing just enough, the apple (usually associated with health) is there to cause harm, an above ground coffin made of glass rather than a timber box below. The main players act in contradictory ways: the huntsman doesn’t kill, the queen and mother (in the original version) is out to do bloody murder, and the strangers hidden away in the woods are the heroes of the hour. And there are the faerie-like settings, the triumph over long-term adversity, the redemption of the heroine, and the punishment of the perpetrator of wickedness by the good all to consider within the tale.

Here at AAW Games we decided to use the Grimms’ version as our inspiration. Sure, we could’ve gone with the Albanian tale (where the heroine lives with her 40 dragons), the Armenian story where the moon took the place of the mirror, the Russian yarn where knights replace the dwarves, or the epic Indian poem where a parrot talks to the queen, but any of them might’ve been too much to believe in! And anyway, there is more than enough material in the German folklore to keep an adventure running for hours. So we took that final Grimms’ tale from 1854, with its faerie folklore and medieval motifs, and wove our own variation of the story into a glorious, adventurous romp.

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Pathfinder is designed to allow players to develop sophisticated and thoughtful characters at the same time as leaving plenty of room for “muscle-bound meatheads”, and Snow White draws on this to great effect. Being able to crash your way through every encounter thanks to waving your greataxe around won’t necessarily get PCs through this adventure, but then again, a good, honest fight is never far away. However, cunning and guile, foresight and preparation, as well as at least one keen investigator, all means that players can approach Snow White with the required toolkit to hand. What could be more fun than pitching yourself against the warped familiarity of the fantastic, the phantasmagorical, the magical, and the mystical?

Our story takes all the key components from the original tale and shapes them into an expansive, immersive adventure, one where the next thrilling encounter, the next thought-provoking challenge, and the next caught-you-unawares twist are always on hand. In order to win the day, and even potentially win the hand of Snow White herself, the PCs must be stout of heart, quick of brain and hand, and wear a charming smile. Its no simple task to protect the princess from harm as the players will find out; their own lives are in great peril once they begin to put themselves between the heroine and harm, and yet they must readily do this to ensure the wedding of the year goes ahead—just as Morsain has panned. Is the party up for this challenge, capable of fulfilling the task, or just so much fodder for the monsters of the woods around the city?

As a source of both fascination of what is “beautiful and good” as well as events viewed as “grim and forbidding”, fairy tales have fascinated both the old and young over the centuries. Whether a cautionary tale about avoiding wrong-doing, the triumph of right over wrong, the worth and value of perseverance and endeavor, or any other series of extraordinary events in an unreal world, there is good reason why they are known as “wonder tales.” From all of these ideas, “Snow White” is one of the very best examples, with its ebb and flow of who has the upper hand, the most cruel of villainess, the stoutest of defenders, and the wished-for happy ending, this tale offers intrigue, devious plot twists, cheer-out-loud moments, and a chance to immerse yourself in a faerie world of rich content. Here at AAW Games, we look to bring you all this and more as Aventyr experiences its very first folkloric fantasy!
For more information, check out Indie Talks episode 45 with Jonathan Nelson and Jen Page!

Great Wargamer Destinations – Wargaming Recon #117

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Great Wargamer Destinations

Summer is a time to relax and go on vacation. Why not also gather some inspiration for wargaming to boot?

Jonathan shares a few of his favorite wargamer destinations. If we didn’t cover one of your’s, then please share it with us on Facebook, Twitter, or via e-mail at cwfgamecast@wargamingforums.com.

Scale Military Modeller International
The June 2014 issue is briefly, very briefly, reviewed. It is worth picking up if you can. The cost is 4.25 GBP. Visit Scale Military Modeller International for more information.

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4th Annual Wayne Foundation Charity RPG Bundle is here! Over $240 worth of product for $20

The  4th  Annual  Wayne  Foundation  Charity  RPG  Bundle  is here!

Buy it now – $240+ worth of RPGs, Original Art, Comics and Fiction for $20

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On  sale  June  22   through  June  29,  exclusively  through  DriveThruRPG,  this  bundle  offers  over  $225  worth  of  RPG   products,  fiction  and  artwork  for  just  $20!    You’ll  be  paying  just  under  9%  of  the  total  retail  value,  and  every  cent  of  profit  made  from  the  sale  of  this  bundle  goes  directly  to  The  Wayne  Foundation   –  a  501(c)(3)  charitable  organization.

The  Wayne  Foundation  is  committed  to  spreading  awareness  of  CSEC  (Commercial  Sexual   Exploitation  of  Children)  and  building  a  rehabilitation  facility  for  victims  DMST  (Domestic  Minor   Sexual  Trafficking). They’re  working  hard  to  get  child  sex  workers  the  help  they  deserve  to  live   normal  lives. What  do  you  get  for  your  $20?  You  get  all  of  these  products  listed  below  (in  no  particular  order),   and  more!  Visit tiny.cc/TWF-RPG  to  purchase  the  bundle!

• Melior  Via  –  Hope  Prep,  Accursed,  Universal  Space  Combat  Battle  Map

• Evil  Hat  Productions  –  Don’t  Read  This  Book

• Imperfekt  Games  –  Invulnerable  –  Super  Hero  RPG:  Vigilante  Edition

• Mount  Zion  Press  –  All  for  me  Grog

• Ennead  Games  –  Campign  Chunk,  Cult  Name,  Fantasy  Feats  IV

• Mithril  and  Mages  –  Three  different  Name  Spaces

• Rocks  Falls  Games  LLC  –  Dungeons  by  the  Level,  2  Studies  of  Decay,    2  Adventures  in   Awesfur

• Toxic  Bag  –  Battles  of  the  Zombie  Apocalypse,  Ghosts  in  the  Graveyard,  Horror  Soundpack,   Fantasy  Dragons

• Steve  Keller  –  Generala

• Wargaming  Recon  Podcasts  –  a  few  hand  picked  episodes

• Brent  P.  Newhall’s  Musaeum  –  Murderhobos,  Mystery  of  the  Shattered  World

• Crooked  Staff  Publishing  –  Megadungeon  Level  1  Map  Pack

• Critical  Hits  Studios  –  Criminals  Print  and  Play

• Zero  Point  Information  –  Aeternal  Legends

• Cumberland  Games  –  Risus:  A  Kringle  in  Time,  Sparks:  Dan  Smith  Stockpile,  HexPaper,   Points  in  Space  1:  Starport  Locations,  Uresia:  Grave  of  Heaven  and  Caravel

• Ashe  Rhder  –  Black  Briar,  Sounding  Fury,  Sunburn  (Original  Art)

• Dilly  Green  Bean  Games  –  Ka-­?Pookie  Theater

• Eric  Orchard  –  Marrowbones  Double  Issue

• Khairul  Hisham  –  Four  pieces  of  original  RPG  Artwork

• Troll  in  the  Corner  –  Various  and  sundry  RPGs,  expansions,  Print  and  Play  games  and   Fiction

• Soap  Box  Productions  –  Lost  on  the  Road,  Train  Ride  into  Darkness

• FableForge  –  Enter  the  Shadowside,  Greater  Thelema  Society,  SCaV3NG3R

• Studio187  –  Rogue  Chess  Decks  1  &  2

 

Indie Talks – OSAP Episode 4

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Welcome to our fourth full session of Actual Play Old School RPG!  Join our team of intrepid adventurers as they take on Orcs, unmade beds and thousands of doors using Palladium’s Fantasy RPG, 1st Edition.

In this episode, we encounter more orcs than you can shake a pointed stick at.  We uncover a potential enemy in a human who appears to be scheming with those same orcs.  We also uncover a lot of beds, finding out just what orcs do in there.  Our GM was viciously attacked by an 8 lb. house cat.  Lastly, we meet our match in a human/orc mixed group who manage to kill one of our own, which caused us to get rich.

Our team

Scott: GM

Ben: Hamish Snozzle (3rd level Elf Wizard and food collector) and Heretofor Unamed (3rd level Assassin and lover of large, pointy things).

Dan: Mukkluk (3rd level Kobold Mind Mage, recently deceased).

Jenn: Echo (3rd level Human Warlock and potentially evil fireball slinger).

The oscar award winning moments

  • The party kill a significant percentage of the Orc population.
  • But leave the kitchen staff alone, in case They’re feeling peckish.
  • The party find out that human/orc relations are deteriorating except between several, special friends.
  • The Kobold finds yet another secret door.
  • The party discovers a graveyard in a sub-dungeon, after fighting off a band of walking dead.
  • The Kobold meets his maker.
  • They all get rich.
  • The party collects the largest bits of the Kobold in preparation for Episode 5.

Like what you hear? Support the podcast through Patreon! $2 a month from you allows me to create a lot more content, get more great guests and improve the quality of the show!

We would love to get your feedback about our show! Contact me with comments: ben@trollitc.com, follow me on twitter @trollitc, and also check us out on iTunes! Hell, you can even catch us on Stitcher.  While you’re at it, there’s the Indie Talks Facebook page and the Indie Talks Google+ page. MySpace…well, I won’t go there if you wont. Please do rate this podcast on iTunes, and leave feedback through any of these links!

GE43: Optimus Prime Dies

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Optimus Prime dies

OOPS! Looks like we forgot the spoiler alert. Well, it should be no surprise to any ’80s Kids out there that in 1986’s classic film Transformers: The Movie that Autobot leader, Optimus Prime, dies at the hands of the evil Megatron who leads the Decepticons.

This episode explains the importance of Prime’s death. Jonathan expands the discussion beyond Prime’s death as catalyst for the film. He touches on universal mythology, Star Wars, a bit of religion (not much…we promise), and our own mortality.

If you’ve never seen the film or if you don’t own it, we highly recommend you pick it up. Amazon has it at an affordable price.

Transformers: The Movie
Transformers: The Movie

The show winds down with Jonathan telling a story that ties Transformers: The Movie in with the rebirth of Geeks Explicitly! We hope that you like Geeks Explicitly and that you will continue to listen as we bring you new episodes.

 

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Attention RPG/Art/Fiction creators – we need you for the 4th annual Wayne Foundation Charity RPG bundle!

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Every year for the past three years I’ve run a charity event through DTRPG to raise money for The Wayne Foundation. I was wondering if you would be interested in contributing this year?

This year the bundle will launch on DriveThruRPG and affiliate sites on June 22nd (Sunday) and run through June 29th. The bundle will be priced at $20 in order to be as attractive as possible to potential buyers.

Last year we raised $1153.75 for the Wayne Foundation. This year I’d really like to raise even more.

I’m going to run the entire thing through One Bookshelf, which means if you have your product on DriveThruRPG, RPGNow, DriveThruFiction, or any of their other affiliates, it’s easy to participate.

All you’ll have to do is add your product(s) to the official bundle, and set the price to $0.00. Complete instructions on how to do this are in this Google Doc.  For those familiar with DTRPG, the Bundle ID# is 4328 and the password is: natch2014

If you have something not in the One Bookshelf system that you’d like to add, contact me and we’ll figure it out.

Please do email me and let me know if you’re interested and if you have added anything to the bundle. I’m compiling a press release to go along with the bundle and would like to include your products, company and website in it! I’ll be distributing this to many sites, podcasts and forums.

This is not only a great way to help out a fantastic charity, but a great way to raise awareness of your products and get them into people’s hands! I’m working with OneBookshelf to promote this bundle, and will be actively promoting it on all forms of social media.

OneBookshelf takes 35% of the gross earned for their overhead. I may be taking between 0-2% for my overhead as well. I may not take anything, but the maximum I’ll use will be 2% of the gross to help cover late nights working on this and any expenses I incur along the way. If by some fantastic turn of events we manage to raise over $5000 or more, I will cap my expenses at $100.

Thanks!

Ben

 

Are Painted Minis Essential to Miniatures Wargaming? – Wargaming Recon #113

Are Painted Minis Essential to Miniatures Wargaming?

Inspired by Sam Mustafa’s column in Wargames, Soldiers, and Strategy issue 71 (Buy the PDF) Jonathan editorializes on the the necessity, or lack thereof, of painted miniatures. As a current non-painter Jonathan approaches the question of “What exactly is our hobby?”

Karwansaray Publishers sought responses from wargamers about Sam’s column. They hit up The Miniatures Page and the Wargames, Soldiers, and Strategy Facebook page.

In Jonathan’s editorial he discussed his 1/72 scale (20mm) Imperial Roman project for Hail Caesar. Photos of the project can be found on the Wargaming Recon Facebook page.

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Indie Talks Episode 45 – Jonathan Nelson and Jen Page

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In this episode I’m joined by Jonathan Nelson who’s got a wonderful Snow White adventure cooking on Kickstarter! Or at least he will, starting tomorrow! Jonathan is the creator of the Snow White RPG adventure for Pathfinder and D&D 3.5.  He can also be found at Adventure a Week and Nerd Trek. Jen Page (an Indie Talks Favored Guest!) joins as as well to talk about her role in the stretch goals of this soon-to-be-live Kickstarter.  Both Jonathan, Jen and I also talk at length about the act of being creative and what it takes to capture those creative moments in useful ways. Drop the the Snow White Facebook page for info before the Kickstarter kicks off.

Like what you hear? Support the podcast through Patreon! $2 a month from you allows me to create a lot more content, get more great guests and improve the quality of the show!

We would love to get your feedback about our show! Contact me with comments: ben@trollitc.com, follow me on twitter @trollitc, and also check us out on iTunes! Hell, you can even catch us on Stitcher.  While you’re at it, there’s the Indie Talks Facebook page and the Indie Talks Google+ page. MySpace…well, I won’t go there if you wont. Please do rate this podcast on iTunes, and leave feedback through any of these links!

Indie Talks Episode 44 – Nathan Paoletta

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There are two Nathan’s I’ve wanted on this podcast, and one has an agent that won’t return my call. Nathan Paoletta however was entirely gracious and is my guest on episode 44!

Nathan is a real creative guy with a passion for making small, self contained and entirely original games. He’s got a Patreon page that’s well worth checking out too!

Like what you hear? Support the podcast through Patreon! $2 a month from you allows me to create a lot more content, get more great guests and improve the quality of the show!

We would love to get your feedback about our show! Contact me with comments: ben@trollitc.com, follow me on twitter @trollitc, and also check us out on iTunes! Hell, you can even catch us on Stitcher.  While you’re at it, there’s the Indie Talks Facebook page and the Indie Talks Google+ page. MySpace…well, I won’t go there if you wont. Please do rate this podcast on iTunes, and leave feedback through any of these links!

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