Midweek Snippets

So, I have made it to Indianapolis for Gen Con.
And I’m sitting in my hotel room, sorting e-mails, replying to e-mails, and typing up these posts. I hope you all appreciate it. ūüėČ ūüėõ
Anyway, seeing as it is Wednesday (though it certainly doesn’t feel like it, at least to me), it’s time for some midweek snippets. I know I need to stock up on some bite-sized gaming stories before the hurricane of activity that’ll happen over the next several days.

On the platter today is: Sasquatch Game Studio announces Alternity science-fiction roleplaying game, Dized Board Game Companion App to be at Gen Con, Deadman Diaries a new gamebook from Cubus Games, Victory Point Games Previews Upcoming Kickstarter – Planet Rush by Reiner Knizia, Sharknado Board Game Coming To Kickstarter August 13th, Heavy Metal by Acheson Creations is Funded and with a new pledge level, Entries now being accepted for the 2016 Windhammer Prize, Tabletop Miniatures Solutions Running Undying Armies Indiegogo Campaign, War Co. Coming To Kickstarter August 15th, D13 and D15 debut from Impact! at Gen Con, Hitech Miniatures Releases NoeProspector Virgilius, TinMan 35% Off “Back In Business” Sale Happening Now, and New Marian Romans From Xyston Miniatures.

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Friday Snippets

It’s Friday. So tomorrow’s the weekend. It’s also the last weekend before Gen Con. I know some people that’ll be headed towards Indy as early as Monday morning. That means there’s lots to get done this weekend to prepare for the show. And if there’s lots to get done, that means we need all the energy we can get. That means fueling up on some bite-sized gaming stories.

On today’s platter we have: Acheson Creations Running Heavy Metal Pewter Minis and Accessories Kickstarter, Magic: The Gathering Puzzle Quest 1.5.8 Update Adds PvP, Kill the King Coming To Kickstarter This Fall, NonSenseMiniatures new Swat team and gangs, Superheavies & Flyers for 1p40k released, First Teaser posted for Cretacea: A game of gargantuan survival, Battle Valor Games Latest 15mm Fantasy New Releases Posted, 54mm NeoProspector Kadmon Available From Hitech Miniatures, Only Four Days Until the Start of the 2016 Windhammer Prize, Free Shipping In August From FG MiniZ, and Legion Armoury Weekend Promo From Kromlech.

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38 Titles Now Available From the Chronicles of Arborell

The Year of New Editions takes on many forms. Take, for example, the Chronicles of Arborell. They’ve recently released 38 updated and reformatted PDF titles. Not only that, but they’ve bundled together 25 of those into a special mega-pack, giving a special price of less than $1 per book.
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Chronicles of Arborell Releases 20 Solo Adventure Titles

We sometimes find ourselves without opponents/party-mates for our game nights. It happens. But what if you still want to get some gaming in? Well, Chronicles of Arborell has you covered. They’ve released the Well of Shadows gamebook… and another 19 other books, available in .pdf format.
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Midweek Snippets

Or is it Friday Snippets, because I have the day off tomorrow? (and hopefully you do, too) Either way, it’s some bite-sized stories before we have lots more bites tomorrow for Thanksgiving.
And yes, I really am as jazzed about the holiday as it seems.

Anyway, today’s bites include: Lead Adventure Miniatures Release Bruegelburg Knights, Bombshell November Releases Posted, YooAmeGames preview their new card game Madness Skull, New website/store for Imaginative Miniatures, New Statuesque Pulp Alley Pre-Orders, Aegis Studios Releases Character Compendium 1 Under the Hero Kids Compatibility License, Notification of Results for the 2015 Windhammer Prize, Dark Art Studios Launches Forums, Announcing the First Wave of Scenarios for Post Captain, New Windfall Bases Available From Kromlech, Echoes Revealed for Shattered Earth’s Humanist Rebellion, Watchful I Studio proudly announces that it will be opening its webstore, Games Workshop Black Friday Deals Coming Soon, and New Hammer’s Slammer Detachment Packs From Brigade Models.

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Sunday Snippets

Ah, Sunday. A great day to get stuff done. Or just lounge around and enjoy some (American) football games (though personally, Saturday is football day for me. Go K-State!).

Whether you’re busy or lounging or busy just being busy, let’s take a moment to have some bite-sized gaming news stories.

Today’s batch includes: Voting Now Open for the 2015 Windhammer Prize, Kromlech New Release – Orc Mech-Boss in Kustom Mecha-Armour, Dark Cleo Productions Brings Unplugged Gaming To PLAY Expo, and BattleGateGames Offering Free Review Materials.

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Entries Now Being Accepted For The 2015 Windhammer Prize

Fluff. Many gamers love reading it. It’s what can turn just a game into a rich world looking to be explored. It gives a narrative reason for the various little mans to be beating up on one-another. When done well, it can be a great attractant to the game, drawing in new gamers from all over. The Windhammer Prize is here to give you a chance to show off your talents in writing game book fiction. Can your story win?
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Entry Guidelines now available for the 2015 Windhammer Prize

Arborell has posted up the guidelines for this year’s Windhammer Prize. If you’re a writer, get your keyboards or notepads ready to write out your bit of fiction. You have until September 7th to get your entries in (though you could submit as early as August 1st).

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2014 Windhammer Prize winners announced

Arborell has made their announcement for the winners for the 2014 Windhammer prize. The overall winner is: Paul Struth.

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From the announcement:

Arborell.com is pleased to announce that the 2014 Windhammer Prize for Short Gamebook Fiction has been won by Paul Struth for his outstanding post-war gothic horror entry, The Sacrifice. Merit awards have been won by Philip Armstrong for his trans-dimensional sci-fi adventure The Puttbuster Initiative: Spacetime Golfcrush and Chan Sing Goh for his detailed historical adventure, The Empire’s Edge. Commendation awards have also been awarded to Problem? (A Troll Adventure) by Andy Moonowl, Tales of a Captain: To Recruit a Daemon by Stefano Ronchi and The Tomb of Aziris by Sam Beaven. May Glory and Renown follow all who have found success here.
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Voting Now Open For The 2014 Windhammer Prize

Chronicles of Arborell has opened up voting for their 2014 Windhammer Prize for short gamebook fiction. Go read the entries and let your vote be cast!

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From them to you:

Arborell.com is pleased to announce the commencement of voting for the 2014 Windhammer Prize for Short Gamebook Fiction. Gathered for your consideration are ten entries this year, each an exploration of what can be achieved within the gamebook genre. If you like your horror creepy, or your sci-fi out of this world the 2014 Windhammer Prize has something for you. If you dig Trolls, have a hankering to find the Light or maybe you’d rather take up a new sport then these gamebooks will have what you’re looking for. All are free to download and all are available at the Windhammer Prize homepage.
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Entries now being accepted for the 2014 Windhammer Prize

Chronicles of Arborell is now taking entries for the 2014 Windhammer Prize for game book writing.

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From the announcement:

Entries now being accepted for the 2014 Windhammer Prize.

Arborell.com is pleased to announce the commencement of the 2014 Windhammer Prize for Short Gamebook Fiction. Entries are now being accepted with the initial submission phase running from the 1st of August to the 7th of September. All prospective entrants should note that there have been some changes to the entry guidelines. These changes include an increase in the maximum entry length to 25,000 words and clarification of how illustrations and graphics can be used.
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Chronicles of Arborell: Legends of the Deep Guild Now Available

Chronicles of Arborell has released their Legends of the Deep Guild pdfs over on their website for you to check out.

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From the release:

Legends of the Deep Guild Now Available.

The Chronicles of Arborell is proud to announce the release of five new micro-gamebook adventures for 2014. These five PDF adventures; Finding Dannam Tull, The Druhlstone, The Callas’Elanna, Grievous and Old Bones and Moonlight are available also in a single compilation PDF edition entitled Legends of the Deep Guild.

Based on legends recorded by the Deep Guild of Das Vallendor these micro-gamebooks chronicle some of the greatest missions of those who delve the deep ruins of Arborell.

All are free to download as PDF documents from the Chronicles of Arborell and all require only a pen and two dice to play.

Winners of the 2013 Windhammer Prize Posted

The Chronicles of Arborell have posted up the 2013 winners of the Windhammer prize.

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From the announcement:

Notification of Results for the 2013 Windhammer Prize for Short Gamebook Fiction

Arborell.com is proud to announce that the winner of the 2013 Windhammer Prize for Short Gamebook Fiction is Philip Armstrong for his excellent paranormal adventure, ‘Normal Club. Merit awards have also been awarded to Ramsay Duff for his outstanding steampunk adventure, The Scarlet Thief, and to Paul Struth for his remarkable sci-fi adventure, Out of Time.
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Voting now open for 2013 Windhammer Prize

Chronicles of Arborell is now taking votes for who should win the 2013 Windhammer Prize.

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From the update:

Arborell.com is pleased to announce the start of the voting phase for the 2013 Windhammer Prize for Short Gamebook Fiction. Gathered for your consideration are fourteen entries, each a self-contained exploration of what
can be achieved within the gamebook genre. If you love sci-fi or fantasy, have a hankering for historical adventures, need to start a revolution, perhaps like to delve into the mysteries of photo-synthesis, or feel the itch to relive your days as a stone-cold assassin then there is something here for you.
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Entries now being accepted for the 2013 Windhammer Prize

Chronicles of Arborell is now taking entries for the 2013 Windhammer Prize.
Fire up those typewriters and see if you can be this year’s winning entry.

From the competition:

Arborell.com is pleased to announce the commencement of the 6th Annual Windhammer Prize for Short Gamebook Fiction. Entries are now being accepted and as per the competition schedule can be forwarded until the 7th of September.

All prospective participants should note that there have been changes to the competition rules and all authors should be aware of these changes prior to submission. Most important amongst these are the provision of a new set of commendation awards, a significant increase in the cash prize pool, changes to the competition timetable, voting rules and how the entry list is presented during the voting phase.
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The Chronicles of Arborell Release The Dark Water Omnibus

The Chronicles of Arborell has released their The Dark Water Omnibus (I love that word) over on their website.

From the announcement:

Release of The Dark Water Omnibus from the Chronicles of Arborell

Arborell.com is pleased to announce the release of The Dark Water Omnibus, a compilation edition of ten micro-gamebook adventures from the Chronicles of Arborell. This PDF edition includes four new adventures plus six micro-gamebooks previously available from the Chronicles as individual downloads.

These two-page solitaire adventures present stories and events taken from the long history of Arborell, each a fantasy adventure requiring only a pen, two six-sided dice and a printed copy of the adventure to play. All are free to download and designed to be used with a minimum of gaming materials. Each varies in length from 20 minutes to an hour to complete.
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Entry Guidelines now available for the 2013 Windhammer Prize

Chronicles of Arborell has the guidelines for their 2013 Windhammer Prize. Go and enter.

From the contest:

Arborell.com is pleased to announce that the competition guidelines and timetable for the 2013 Windhammer Prize for Short Gamebook Fiction are now available.

All prospective participants should note that there have been changes to the competition rules and all authors should be aware of these changes prior to submission. Most important amongst these are the provision of a new set of commendation awards, a significant increase in the cash prize pool, changes to the competition timetable, voting rules and how the entry list is presented during the voting phase.

This contest is proudly sponsored by arborell.com and continues in its sixth year as a means to promote the gamebook genre, and to provide exposure within a competitive environment for aspiring gamebook authors. In particular this prize values creative and original works of gamebook fiction. The challenge given to those who wish to participate is to develop a full gamebook experience whilst meeting stringent requirements regarding length and original content. This competition is open to all gamebook writers and requires no entry fee or other costs.

Windhammer Prize winner announced

Arborell has announced the winner of this year’s Windhammer Prize.

Arborell.com is proud to announce that the winner of the 2012 Windhammer Prize for Short Gamebook Fiction is Zachary Carango for his futuristic sci-fi adventure, Final Payment. Merit awards have also been awarded to Marty Runyon for his magical fantasy adventure, Academy of Magic – The First Term, and to Ashton Saylor for his exciting sci-fi adventure, Legacy of the Zendari. Well done to all participants and congratulations to this year’s winners.

This year’s competition has been particularly hard-fought. With 22 quality entries, more than 4000 visitors to the competition webpage over the voting period, and greater than 8500 downloads considered, it proved the most competitive of competitions in the history of the prize.

It is no small thing to ask entrants to write original gamebooks for the Windhammer Prize. This year the quality of the entries submitted has been exceptional. I would like to thank all readers who voted this year for their commitment in evaluating such an extensive entry list. Special thanks must also go to those who provided feedback for authors. The amount of comment forwarded has also been the largest given in any competition year and all is greatly appreciated.

All entries have now been placed into the Windhammer Prize gamebook archive and can be accessed from that page along with all other gamebooks submitted since 2008.

Entries now accepted for the 2012 Windhammer Prize

Chronicles of Arborell is running their 2012 Windhammer Prize for gamebook fiction over on their website. Get those creative juices flowing and see what you can come up with.

Arborell.com is pleased to announce the commencement of the 2012 Windhammer Prize for Short Gamebook Fiction. The initial submission phase runs from the 1st of August to the 7th of September and entries are now being accepted. All prospective entrants should note that there have been significant changes to the entry guidelines. These changes include the entry length which has been adjusted to a 23,000 word count rather than the previous 40 page maximum. Also fan-fiction can no longer be accepted. This has been necessitated by the offer in this year’s competition of commercial publication of all winning entries as a part of the competition prize pool.

Now in its fifth year this contest is proudly sponsored by arborell.com and continues as a means to promote the gamebook genre, and to provide exposure within a competitive environment for aspiring gamebook authors. In particular this prize values creative and original works of gamebook fiction. The challenge given to those who wish to participate is to develop a full gamebook experience whilst meeting stringent requirements regarding length and original content. This competition is open to all gamebook writers and requires no entry fee or other costs.

All information regarding this year’s comp including full entry guidelines, competition schedule and prize details can be found at the Windhammer Prize webpage.

May Glory and Renown follow all who enter.

2012 Windhammer Prize Update

Windhammer has one month left before their short story contest is over with. Get your entries in.

There is now one month until the commencement of the submission period for the 2012 Windhammer Prize for Short Gamebook Fiction. If you are a prospective entrant in this year’s competition I would urge you to revisit the entry criteria for this year’s prize and confirm that the entry you will be submitting does meet the 2012 guidelines. Of particular importance is the content criteria and the length of entries forwarded regarding maximum word count.

Arborell reveals the Windhammer 2012 guidelines

Arborell lets you know how you can win money. Everyone loves money, right?
Plus, is it just me or does the word “guidelines” always read in your head as if it’s said by Barbarossa?
Maybe it’s just me.

Anyway, the skinny:

Arborell.com is pleased to announce the release of the schedule and guidelines for the 2012 Windhammer Prize for Short Gamebook Fiction. All prospective entrants should note that this year’s prize pool has been expanded to include publication of all winning entries as an idevice gamebook application. This offer of commercial publication is provided by Tin Man Games, creators of the exceptional Gamebook Adventures series, and will encompass development and publication of the First Prize and Merit Award winners’ entries into a 2012 compilation app for the iphone and ipad. Further information regarding this offer of publication can be found at the Windhammer Prize webpage.

Now in its fifth year this contest is proudly sponsored by arborell.com and continues as a means to promote the gamebook genre, and to provide exposure within a competitive environment for aspiring gamebook authors. In particular this prize values creative and original works of gamebook fiction. The challenge given to those who wish to participate is to develop a full gamebook experience whilst meeting stringent requirements regarding length and original content. This competition is open to all gamebook writers and requires no entry fee or other costs.

It should be noted that all other prizes including cash prizes, certification and hosting have been maintained for the 2012 competition year.

Concurrent with this important addition to the competition prize pool comes a number of important changes to the eligibility guidelines and all entrants should be aware of these changes prior to entry submission.

2011 Windhammer Prize – Notification of Results

Chronicles of Arborell announce 2011 Windhammer results:

From their announcement:

Arborell.com is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2011 Windhammer Prize for Short Gamebook Fiction is Andrew Wright for his excellent sea-faring adventure, Sea of Madness. Arborell.com can also announce that Ashton Saylor and Zachary Carango have placed second and third in the popular vote and are therefore worthy Merit Award winners with their entries, Peledgathol – The Last Fortress and Above the Waves respectively. This year has seen an amazing selection of entries, covering a wide range of fantasy and sci-fi settings and all have done very well. Considering the limitations provided by the competition guidelines the authors who have offered entries this year have shown once again, that great gamebook ideas can be made to fit into very small spaces.
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