June 5, 2023: Multi-Tribe Tribes
In its basic form, Tribes represents a single community of early humans or near-humans. They live together and know each other intimately. They are, after all, the only Real People in a world of disasters, horrifying sabertooths, and child-snatching hyenas! But what if the People are not the only people? What if there are . . . Others?
In a large enough group – for example, in a convention setting – multiple tribes can be created. The largest such meta-community that I have ever refereed was five tribes . . . slightly over 40 people. The game lasted about four hours, plus some setup. We decided that the tribes lived around a very large lake. Each tribe would be only a day's travel from at least one close neighbor, but would know their most distant neighbor only by rumor. They were all of the same species and shared a common language. The highly stylized countryside allowed . . . [more]Share this post!
June 4, 2023: Follow Us On Twitch!
Folks that watch our weekly #SJGamesLive stream may have noticed that we're now streaming exclusively to Twitch, with the recordings uploaded to our YouTube channel afterward for those that missed it. And if you didn't know, now you do! We're doing this in order to allow more people to find the stream on the platform, and it lets us use a few more of the fun tools that Twitch offers for streaming. Not to mention, it's a bit easier to keep track of live comments and actually interact with the audience!
While you don't need an account to watch our streams, we do recommend signing up so you can Follow us on Twitch, which will give you an alert when we go live. We have plans for live-plays, hobby streams, and much more in the works. Join us each Thursday at 2 p.m. Central time and chat along with the #SJGamesLive crew!Share this post!
June 3, 2023: A Summer Of Autoduel!
Many fans of Car Wars have also played and loved Twisted Metal, a game series for Playstation consoles first published in 1995 and most recently rebooted in 2012 – and now, the latest hit video game series to be adapted for the small screen! At the end of April, Peacock announced a Twisted Metal show, starring Anthony Mackie and set to release all 10 episodes for streaming on July 27. And the teaser looks awesome:
Between the new show, the release of Burning Roads from Three Ravens Publishing, and some Car Wars updates you'll hear about next week, this is looking to be a very exciting summer for car combat aficionados!
Burning Roads will the first novel in a planned 15-book series, "Dead Man's Run" . . . which will only be the opening salvo of a mega-series: Car Warriors: The Autoduel Chronicles. If you're curious about that project, we announced it last November, and Steve and I . . .
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June 2, 2023: Tribes, By David Brin And Steve Jackson, Returns On Kickstarter
Tribes, an underground classic somewhere between a board game and roleplaying game, is about Stone Age politics and survival. As cave men and women, players gather food, make tribal laws, and deal with natural disasters. Ultimately, all that matters is survival; to win, you need to have the most living children. Now, Tribes is coming back in a streamlined and upgraded Second Edition – the Kickstarter has already funded, and will run through Wednesday afternoon.
For Tribes, I had the pleasure of collaborating with science fiction author David Brin, who shares my interest in exactly what it is that makes us human. It was a very satisfying project; David is fun to correspond with and to work with, and could become a game designer any time he grows tired of writing bestselling novels. He also worked with Stefan Jones to create a roleplaying sourcebook for his Uplift novel sequence; GURPS . . .
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June 1, 2023: Munchkin Second Edition NOT!
A common request over the years, at least from our distributors, is "Can we have a second edition of Munchkin?"
This leads to a conversation that goes exactly like this:
Me: "What do we need to fix to create a second edition?"
Them: "Oh, there's nothing wrong. Just change something. We could sell a second edition like CRAZY."
Me: "Oh, I see. Well, I'll keep this in mind."
Me: (inside voice): . . . "when HELL freezes over."
Now, I like keeping the distributors happy . . . and I like things that sell like crazy. But I think that a second edition of Munchkin would be a terrible idea. Either all the changes would be cosmetic (in which case I'd be ripping you off) or some of them would be real and important (in which case, some or all of the old cards would become invalid and your investment goes down the drain). I'm not going there.
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