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Paizo’s Starfinder Alexa Skill Finds a New Home at Wanderword

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Starfinder Alexa Skill

Wanderword has signed a licensing agreement with Paizo to take their award-winning science-fantasy Starfinder Alexa Skill to new heights. Wanderword will manage the development of the audio adventure, adding the power of their experienced team.

The skill was originally developed by Amazon’s internal team in collaboration with Paizo in December of 2019 and currently has over 900 4-star reviews in the U.S. Skill store alone. The Starfinder team secured two awards at this year’s Project Voice Awardspicking up both Voice Experience of the Year and Developer of the Year, cementing Starfinder’s position as a flagship entertainment title for the Amazon Alexa. Starfinder features over 13 hours of interactive gameplay and is a must for anyone who loves voice-first interactive audio gaming.

The skill guides a solo player through an interactive adventure filled with professional voice actors, exciting sound effects, music, and multiple different story paths based on their in-game decisions. The challenging combat leaves you with the same satisfied feeling that you would get from another video game, but this can be done from anywhere and doesn’t require the use of your hands—just your voice and imagination!

FEATURES

  • An interactive space audio adventure epic with over 13 hours of audio to set the scene.
  • One free tutorial style mission, “Scoundrels in the Spike,” and six premium full missions are playable at this time.
  • “Starfinder: Scoundrels in the Spike” was adapted for Alexa by James L. Sutter, former Starfinder Creative Director and award-winning author.
  • Featuring the voice talents of Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle), Laura Bailey (Critical Role, The Last of Us Part II), and more!
  • Available for purchase now on Amazon, as well as through your smartphone or Alexa device.

Just say, “Alexa, open Starfinder.”

You can also visit the Amazon Alexa Skill Page.

The Batman Miniature Game Is Getting an App for iOS and Android

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Knight Models has revealed an app is in development for the Batman Miniature Game. An app has been wanted by the community for some time and it looks like this app delivers everything you could want. The app will be available for free.

In development for iOS and Android, the app combines all of the character cards compatible with the third edition of Batman Miniature Game. Knight Models also announced they will update and improve character cards periodically through the app to improve balance in the game.

The Batman Miniature Game app will allow players to create lists as well as feature character cards, abilities, and weapons. Players will also be able to keep track of the wounds suffered and ammunition spent firing their weapons.

In the app you will be able to:

  • Recruit crews
  • Check character cards
  • Check/manage equipment
  • Customize objective decks
  • Fully interactive cards to read details/information
  • Access rules

With the app, there also comes a big change to the Batman Miniature Game. Releases will no longer include cards. There is now an Objective card pack. Cards will be available until they’re exhausted and then they will no longer be packed in with miniatures. Cards will still be uploaded digitally to their site so those that do like to print cards can continue to do so.

The Batman Miniature Game app is in development and will be tested by the community. No date for release has been given.

Build a 3D World for Dungeons & Dragons in Under a Minute with Cartographr

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Cartographr

Two NYU graduate students, Joanna Liu and Rivelle Levine, were doing their thesis research on tabletop gaming and realized a gap between the current gaming tools and players’ dream tools. They set their minds to make a dream map-creation tool that is one step closer to the future vision of a holographic tabletop. The result is Cartographr, a social media platform that provides a more affordable and more immersive experience for tabletop role-playing gamers. Powered by Augmented Reality technology and shareable user-generated content, the app makes collaborative virtual world creation seamless by using intuitive drag and drop gestures, on the devices players already own. Users can manipulate complex digital 3D environments in real space with a single finger. The Kickstarter is live​.

Cartographr is designed for both in-person and remote gameplay. When players are in-person, the tool uses Cloud Anchor AR technology,  allowing multiple players to see the same virtual objects, at the same physical location, at the same time. Game-stores of the future can use this technology to create their own dungeon for players to visit and explore in-person. When players are remote, the experience is very similar to Roll20, but in 3D. Everyone can load the map on their own table and see changes in real-time. All players can also access features such as fog of war, dynamic lighting, distance tracking, and music integration.

Other cool game mechanics include: a single button to change from tabletop-sized miniature view to life-size in-person view, the ability to turn on and off dynamic grids for terrain, and the ability to transition from third to first person view.

Traditional miniature artists are also excited about this tool because of its promise of scanning physical 3D minis into the app and a creator market that gives individual artists the chance to sell their 3D work in a groundbreaking, new way. 

The application will be available on both iPhone and Android for free when launched, plus an additional web-browser view. The Kickstarter campaign will give backers the opportunity to score some exclusive digital packages at a lower cost and also some cool merchandise, such as a “mimic” T-shirt that comes to life with AR. 

ALIEN and Forbidden Lands RPGs Launched on the Foundry Virtual Tabletop

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Taking another step into the world of virtual tabletop roleplaying, Free League Publishing has released its multiple award-winning RPGs ALIEN and Forbidden Lands on the Foundry platform. The Foundry modules are available as stand-alone digital products or in print and virtual bundles.

For the official ALIEN RPG (Gold ENNIE winner for Best Game 2020), the Starter Set, the Core Rulebook, and the Destroyer of Worlds cinematic scenario pack are now all available as Foundry modules, via the Free League webshop.

Alien RPG Foundry

For retro-fantasy survival RPGForbidden Lands (winner of four ENNIE Awards 2019), the core rules as well as the Raven’s Purge and The Bitter Reach campaign modules are both available on Foundry. This is the first official release of Forbidden Lands modules on a virtual tabletop.

Forbidden Lands Foundry

All the released game modules on Foundry are fully integrated with the VTT platform with online maps and diagrams, player handouts ready to share, and more. The Foundry modules are offered at a low introductory price, to invite previous owners of the physical products to try the virtual modules as well. For newcomers, the print & virtual bundles offers both in a competitive package.

A Foundry base license is required to use the VTT modules.

More games from Free League will be launched on Foundry and other virtual tabletop platforms in a near future.

Asmodee Digital games are coming to SquareOne

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Asmodee has announced that it has licensed its Asmodee Digital games to SquareOne. SquareOne is a new gaming system that blends board games and video games into one device.

SquareOne launched on Kickstarter in November and went on to eventually raise $219,755 from 380 backers.

It’s currently available on Indiegogo where it has raised an additional $237,773 from 404 backers. Expected to ship in December 2021, you can get the SquareOne Asmodee Edition for $649.

Wardlings Comes to Roll20

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Wardlings Roll20

Renegade Game Studios has announced a new partnership with Roll20, beginning with today’s release of the Wardlings Campaign Guide for the Roll20 platform.

With a new Adventure Module featuring new custom maps, a charactermancer-compatible Compendium expansion, and a player token and handout pack, Roll20 now has everything a group needs to start playing Wardlings online.

Wardlings is a 5th Edition-compatible campaign setting, based on WizKids’ pre-painted miniatures line, where the youth are the only ones capable of perceiving and interacting with the magic of the world. It provides a great entry point in to roleplaying for ages 10 and up.

Roll20 is an online service that makes it easy to play your favorite roleplaying games remotely. It provides a shared virtual tabletop, a variety of communication tools, and access to a marketplace filled with content for your favorite system.

This is just the start of a new collaboration between Renegade Games and Roll20. In the coming months, there are plans to bring additional Renegade RPG lines to the platform.

Vaesen Launches on Fantasy Grounds and Steam

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Vaesen

Be aware, the land of Vaesen is not as we know it today, this is a land where the myths are real. A cold reach covered by vast forests, its few cities lonely beacons of industry and enlightenment where a new civilization dawning. But in the countryside, the old ways still hold sway. There, people know what lurks in the dark. They know to fear it…

The Vaesen RPG Core Rulebook has launched on Fantasy Grounds and Steam, fully integrated with the VTT platform, with online maps and diagrams, player handouts ready to share, online character sheets, customized virtual dice roller, and more.

Vaesen is written by praised game writer Nils Hintze, based on the work of the acclaimed illustrator & author Johan Egerkrans. The game offers a dark Gothic setting steeped in Nordic folklore. The game mechanics use an adapted version of the award-winning Year Zero Engine created by Free League Publishing.

Vaesen – A Wicked Secret & And Other Mysteries offers four strange mysteries: The Silver of the Sea, A Wicked Secret, The Night Sow and The Song of the Falling Star. The adventures are all playable on their own or as a part of a longer campaign for brave investigators that dare to stare into the darkness. Check it out on Fantasy Grounds and Steam.

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Vaesen

Wizama Announces a Deal with Ravensburger for SquareOne

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SquareOne

Wizama has announced today another licensing deal with leading German game publisher, Ravensburger for SquareOne. SquareOne is a gaming console that combines the best of traditional board games and video games into one system. With the license, Ravensburger family games will be transformed into a new interactive experience, combining the best of what physical and digital gaming has to offer. The SquareOne console which will include top Ravensburger games is available now for the next three weeks via Kickstarter.  

Specifically, two leading board game titles from Ravensburger, Labyrinth and Ramses will be featured on SquareOne. Labyrinth is a puzzle-solving game for children and adults where players move around the shifting paths of the Labyrinth in a race to collect various treasures. Ramses is a family board game where players try to find the hidden treasure under the moving pyramids in order to become the winner.

Ravensburger is another key milestone in the young history of licensing partnerships Wizama is currently negotiating for SquareOne. The company recently announced licenses with other leading game brands such as Urban Rivals and Cthulhu Wars. This is just the beginning for SquareOne and the potential the console is bringing to the market. Wizama plans to continue to add to their diversified game options come the official launch of SquareOne next year. 

Wizama’s SquareOne is available now and those that are interested are encouraged to support via Kickstarter. The SquareOne Kickstarter campaign will run for three weeks until its official launch in 2021.

The SquareOne Console Launches On Kickstarter With Urban Rivals and Cthulhu Wars Licenses

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Wizama has launched their Kickstarter campaign for SquareOne, the latest gaming console to blend board games and video games. To coincide with the launch, the company has also announced exciting licensing deals with Urban Rivals and Cthulhu Wars as both games will be featured on the system. SquareOne is available now for the next four weeks.  

Urban Rivals and Cthulhu Wars are hugely popular games with extremely strong followings within two very distinct sectors of gaming. Urban Rivals is a fan favorite, multiplayer, virtual trading card game. Now for the first time, Urban Rivals, the virtual card game will transform into a board game through the SquareOne system. Cthulhu Wars is a fast-moving RPG strategy board game about the end of the world that features monster figures. With SquareOne, Cthulhu Wars will now look, feel, and play more like a video game, offering a new and unique immersive experience. These are just a few examples of the diverse games SquareOne has to offer and the potential that the console is bringing to the market. 

In addition to this, the SquareOne console includes original creations with authors and studios such as Crystal Bay (Roberto Fraga), Broken Thread (Thomas Russier), and Element Fight (EODE Studio). Wizama also has its very own studio dedicated to developing new and exciting games in-house. The system even offers games on demand, where players have access to a large selection of all types of games available directly on the SquareOne console. Furthermore, SquareOne comes with 15 traditional board games and dice games fit for the whole family.

Wizama plans to cater to all ages whether that be sharing a game with your kids or competing with your best group of friends. The console will provide a range of games that are perfect for large gatherings. The SquareOne system is inspired by traditional board games while also infusing the perfect amount of the video game experience. SquareOne is the first of its kind and allows you to experience your favorite games like never before. 

Unlike other gaming consoles, it doesn’t require additional devices like a TV or computer to play and you don’t need game disks, smartphones, or additional applications to play either. Making it super convenient to play with your kids or friends around the same table. The product, which was first unveiled last year, also won multiple awards including, the CES Innovation Awards 2019 in “Gaming”.

The board’s surface is a large touchable screen with movable borders that increases the playing area depending on the game. The game board sits vertically, which allows for players to experience virtual gameplay while also enforcing the human connection of traditional board games. Watch each board game come alive with the built-in touch screen, and its connected objects including cards, dice, figurines and the world’s first connected dice track that enable players to both physically and digitally interact. 

Users can also accessorize the smartboard, with the overall border of the device being fully customizable. You also have the option to save games and resume your play whenever you please. To become completely immersed, the SquareOne board includes high-quality audio speakers for sound and music during playtime. Furthermore, you will be able to play together remotely with your favorite game partners wherever they are. 

​The ALIEN RPG Spawns on Virtual Tabletop Platforms. Game NOT Over Man!

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Alien The Roleplaying Game

“I can’t lie to you about your chances, but … you have my sympathies.”

Space is vast, dark, and not your friend. Now you and your crew can explore the ALIEN universe through virtual tabletop gaming. The award-winning official ALIEN RPG was launched today on two VTT platforms: Roll20 and Fantasy Grounds.

At Roll20, you can find a virtual tabletop version of the ALIEN RPG Starter Set, including all the rules you need to play and the full-length cinematic scenario Chariot of the Gods, written by scifi author Andrew E.C. Gaska. On the platform, you can also find the scenario Destroyer of Worlds, a sequel to Chariot of the Gods also written by Gaska and requiring only the Starter Set to play.

On Fantasy Grounds, you can find the ALIEN RPG core rulebook, a full conversion of the hardcover book of a massive 392 pages, as well as the Chariot of the Gods and Destroyer of Worlds scenarios. 

All modules are fully integrated with the VTT platforms, with online maps and diagrams, player handouts ready to share, online character sheets, customized virtual dice roller, and more.

The core rulebook for the official ALIEN roleplaying game was released in December 2019 in partnership with 20th Century Studios. The game immediately sold out its first print run and swiftly entered the Top-5 list of best-selling tabletop RPGs in the fall of 2019. It won the ENNIE Award for Best Game 2020 and the People’s Choice Award for Best RPG at the UK Game Expo. The game is currently being translated into seven languages.

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