Gen Con Report – Featured Products Part 1

July 4, 2011

I sent an inquiry to all the tabletop role-playing publishers attending Gen Con with booths. This inquiry was to find out what’s being premiered at Gen Con Indy 2011.  Here’s what I’ve gotten so far:

Atlas Games
Atlas Games is not premiering any tabletop role-playing products this year as the focus is on their new card game Cthulhu Gloom.

Chaosium, Inc.
2011 MARKS THE THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY of the release of the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game. To celebrate this important and rare occasion in our Adventure Gaming industry, Chaosium is proud to offer a special binding of the current edition (6th edition) of the Call of Cthulhu rulebook. This 320-page book features thick (3 mm) leatherette hard-covers with the front cover and spine stamped with luxurious gold foil. The interior pages are printed in black ink, on 90 gsm matte art paper. The binding is thread sewn, square backed. Each book is individually shrink-wrapped, with the barcode stickered onto the wrapping so as to not mar the book cover.

Chaosium will offer a one-time printing of this Collector’s Edition.

Call of Cthulhu is Chaosium’s classic roleplaying game of Lovecraftian horror in which ordinary people are confronted by the terrifying and alien forces of the Cthulhu Mythos. Call of Cthulhu uses Chaosium’s Basic Roleplaying System, easy to learn and quick to play. This bestseller has sold over 300,000 copies worldwide and has won dozens of game-industry awards. In 1996 Call of Cthulhu was elected to the Academy of Adventure Game Design Hall of Fame. In 2003 Call of Cthulhu was voted the #1 Gothic/Horror RPG of all time by the Gaming community. Call of Cthulhu is well-supported by an ever-growing line of high quality game supplements. This version is completely compatible with all of our previous supplements for Call of Cthulhu.

Mongoose Publishing
Designers & Dragons
Compiled over several years, this book is a history of the roleplaying game industry, and forms the most complete record of all the games, companies and talented individuals that have propelled roleplaying games to where they are today.

Rather than being a simple, linear history, this book takes a unique perspective on the roleplaying industry. Reflecting that it is the creation of thousands of talented individuals and scores of talented companies, this book instead devotes individual sections to describing the histories and products of almost 60 different companies that have published roleplaying games from 1974 to the present day. The companies are laid out in a chronology based on when each began publishing in the roleplaying field.

The Nexus Files
In May 2003, Jonny Nexus embarked on a journey that would take him from the ruins of post-WWIII Poland to the shores of long-gone realms, and from the faded grandeur of 1920s Venice to the twice-sunned deserts of alien worlds. During this journey he would view fabulous sights, witness epoch-shattering events, and meet beings of both might and majesty – many of whom he then proceeded to kill. He engaged millennia old vampires in hand-to-hand combat armed only with petrol bombs and a ready wit. He uncovered secrets of ages past; he forgot secrets of ages past. He robbed from those that had money, and kept it. Across a score of glittering worlds he entirely failed to write himself into either myth or legend.

But he did have fun.

And somewhere along the way he even found time to die.

Several times.

For thirty months, Jonny Nexus recorded the thoughts aroused by, and the lessons learned from, his twice-weekly roleplaying habit in a column he wrote for Mongoose Publishing’s Signs & Portents magazine. Part travelogue, part guide, part manual, and part manifesto, these are those columns.

Silver Crescent Publishing
We have a new adventure entitled The Claws of Pelazin that will be available for the first time at Gen Con Indy.  It is an adventure set in the Realms of Twilight Campaign Setting and uses the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rule set.  As far as the product line it belongs too, it is part of our adventure line designed for our Realms of Twilight setting.

Third Eye Games
Products new to Gen Con 2011 that weren’t available the previous year are API Demon Codex: Spectrals and Wu Xing: The Firebrands.

The newest product that will not be available until October for official print but will be at GenCon2011 is Part-Time Gods. Plenty of copies to go around if you want a hard copy.

White Wolf
White Wolf is previewing their upcoming Vampire: The Masquerade – 20th Anniversary Edition which will be featured at their Masquerade event in September.

Vampire: The Masquerade exploded into hobby games in 1991 and inspired a generation of fans which the game industry had never seen before or since. The cultural significance of Vampire influenced not just the gaming world but also modern vampire-related pop culture in every medium today. Vampire: The Masquerade – 20th Anniversary Edition brings the entire World of Darkness experience full circle and will serve as the perfect anniversary milestone to celebrate two decades of gaming after dark.

This book is for all of the White Wolf fans who have lived, loved, and taken the long road with us for the past two decades. For the diehards who never gave up, never stopped believing and kept the World of Darkness alive.  This is for all the saints, sinners, miscreants, punks, poets and outcasts who have been with us all this time.  This is Masquerade in all its glory, and our way of saying thank you and welcome home.

  • All thirteen original clans, clan variants and bloodlines, with their signature Disciplines
  • Rules for character creation and advancement from Neonate to Methuselah
  • All the Disciplines from level one through nine
  • Updated setting to the modern nights
  • New full color original art by Tim Bradstreet and other classic Masquerade artists

Stay tuned as I (hopefully) get responses from additional publishers to find out what else you will find at Gen Con Indy 2011!

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