My response to this week's WISH, "What do you think about system updates (Paranoia XP, Amber 2.0, DnD 3.0/3.5) and conversions (d20 Silver Age Sentinels, GURPS Traveller)?"
Thoughts on Fluid's new Dundjinni mapping/adventure creator program.
Living Gods is a supplement for Alderac's Stargate SG-1 Role-Playing Game, based on the television series of the same name. It details the System Lords, ruling class of the Gou'ald who pass themselves off as gods with names taken from human mythology.
One of the guys in my gaming group picked up a copy of Conan: The Role-Playing Game last week and I've got to say, it's one sweet book.
On Friday I downloaded the demo for Unreal Tournament 2004 and I've got to say -- this is one freaking cool game! The last version of Unreal that I played with any regularity was the original Unreal Tournament. I toyed around with 2003, but found it clunky and uninspiring. Yeah, it looked prettier than the original Unreal Tournament, but it didn't offer any jaw-dropping improvements. The 2004 edition does.
Draconomicion -- The Book of Dragons -- is a supplement for Dungeons & Dragons dedicated entirely to its signature reptilian scourges.
Dungeons & Dragons is a great game, but when it comes to combat (and it almost always does) things get confusing. Who's got what spells up? Who's invisible? Who's wounded? These and a hundred-odd other questions bounce around the table, slowing down combat, and annoying people. The folks at Alea think they've got the solution to this problem: small, rainbow-hewed magnetic discs that can be used to represent all sorts of battle field conditions.
Vanished Planet is a cooperative board game in which players struggle to prevent an ever-growing, inky-black entity from enveloping the galaxy.
At the start of the game the Earth has been consumed by the entity, and has apparently been transferred to another dimension. The creature has already begun expanding beyond the Sol system, and it is only a matter of time until it envelops all of Earth's allies as well. But all is not lost -- the Earth may be gone, but she hasn't been destroyed. Her scientists have discovered a way to communicate with those remaining in our galaxy, and have come up with a plan to defeat the entity and return Earth to normal space. Now all the allies have to do is complete Earth's missions before their own worlds are consumed by the entity.
A review of Wizards of the Coast's compendium of extraplaner monsters, the Fiend Folio.