Having spent most of my non-Magic nerd time playing Vs and Game of Thrones, I haven’t managed to write anything about these yet. A chunk of other time has been spent on reading graphic novels, some reviews may follow soon.
The pile of unplayed games is still piling up faster than the JSitP crew can get through them and some kickstarters are adding to that.
Red Markets is one I just found yesterday and got pretty excited about it. A huge number of games have come out over the past few years which add a zombie skin to them. The reason for doing so appear to be the success of the Walking Dead more than any gameplay reason.
Red Markets is about trying to rebuild after the zombie apocalypse.
In Red Markets, characters risk their lives trading between the massive quarantine zones containing a zombie outbreak and the remains of civilization. They are Takers: mercenary entrepreneurs unwilling to accept their abandonment. Bound together into competing crews, each seeks to profit from mankind’s near-extinction before it claims them. They must hustle, scheme, and scam as hard as they fight if they hope to survive the competing factions and undead hordes the GM throws at them.
Society rebuilding after a disaster has always appealed to me more than the
oh god what is this walker/shambler? especially in a universe of people ignorant of the zombie trope. Jericho was a great TV show for a reason.
There’s a facebook group for Red Markets here and an actual play podcast here.
Star Bastards: A Two-Fisted Sci-Fi Adventure Gamebook is a modern take on a choose your own adventure book. As well as the physical book you can get an e-book which has all the jump points linked etc. An interesting way to release a classic gaming tool. Can’t not back that.
Scoville: Labs Expansion arrived but I’ve not had a chance to play it yet. I was initially excited by this game, but the promise of being colour-blind friendly did not deliver.
101.1 arrived and seemed really cool. An attempt to play it failed due to the poor lighting on the location we tried to play it though. Again colour-blindness due to the colour of the lettering on each side not having enough contrast to see which side was which.
As well as these, there have been a bunch of cool Humble Bundles for comics and through similar sites which have scratched the nerd itch lately. One by Image was insane. For $15 I got a massive pile of books, some of which I owned in physical copy anyway, but when you were paying about 10c per comic in the volumes you can’t complain.