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Thursday, August 31, 2006

While I was away...

Commands and Colours goodies

A couple of interesting bits of news have recently come my way regarding this, my current fave rave boardgame.

From one thread on the DoW message boards I was led to another, from where I ended up at Boardgame News and their Essen 2006 preview. A bit of scrolling and one more click, and there it was: DoW are to release a new game for or at Essen this year, and the story is that it is going to be Battlelore- the fantasy version of Commands and Colours.

What fantastic news!

A fantasy version of Richard Borg's modern classic is an obvious winner, all the more so to my mind after my recent games of C&C:A, which I expect the new game to resemble more than it does M44. M44 and C&C:A have been great successes for Richard Borg. I have a sneaking feeling that the fantasy version could move the Commands and Colours system beyond success in the Eurogames/wargames markets into the realms of an all-out smash hit. I certainly hope so. All the best to DoW and Richard Borg with this new release.

Meanwhile, Kevin Duke over at the BGG C&C:A forum has told us that the 5 new C&C:A scenarios GMT have been handing out at cons in recent weeks will soon be available as a free PDF. This comes on top of the recent confirmation that GMT are also soon to make generally available the 3 special scenarios originally handed out to subscribers to GMT's P500 list for C&C:A.

With the M44 carrying case and the first C&C:A expansion scheduled for release before the year is out it is certainly an exciting time for fans of Mr. Borg's masterpiece!

RPGpundit takes over Nutkinland

The RPGpundit's hopes that the Nutkinland might be "The Last Best Hope of the RPG Community Online" proved to be unfounded when the place died on its arse. Undaunted the pundit acceded to suggestions from more than one of his Proxy Army and stepped-up to take the place over.

Renamed TheRPGsite and running with the pundit as chief-of-staff for just about a week now, it has to be said that TheRPGsite already looks more interesting than Nutkinland. The post volume is up and the topics of discussion are certainly more interesting than those which were typical in the days of the Nutkins.

The pundit undoubtedly has a clearer vision of what he wants the site to be than did the staff of Nutkinland, and he isn't shy of telling us all about what that vision is- as regular readers of his blog can easily imagine! Already the site has pundit's managerial mission statement, pundit's theoretical mission statement, and a constitution.

It is hard to deny that the roleplaying ecommunity would benefit from a well-run site devoted to the hobby in general, as opposed to company or game-specific sites. And it would be churlish to wish TheRPGsite anything but success. But, well... what are we to make of this forum then?

I mean to say, the pundit is fond of hurling the epithet 'fascist' at the RPGnet mods. And I'm sure he is sincere in his statements that he won't follow their path. But when I see a self-appointed 'glorious leader' take over a message board and there set up a forum devoted entirely to himself; well, permit me to say that my knowledge of the role of the cult of personality in both Stalinist and fascist ideologies leaves me no choice but to maintain a measure of healthy scepticism.
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