The biggest hurdle for gaming is just learning the rules for the games you want to play. And, let's face it, a lot of games are a bit tough on their first couple play-throughs. Dized is an app that teaches you the game while you play. Instead of trying to just read through the rulebook and hope you get what they mean, the app will explain things in a simple manner and show you what you're supposed to do. The app is up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
Dized's fully-voiced, interactive Tutorials are able to react to what's happening in your game, so you can learn as you go, turn by turn. Dized acts like the friend that already knows what to do, introducing a game's rules on a need-to-know basis while adapting to the actions of the people at the table.
If the need arises to refresh your memory, Dized's Rules have you covered. Dized Rules are like fast, searchable FAQs able to respond to all the questions you might have. Gone are the frustrating times where you find yourself endlessly flipping through the rulebook or scrolling through forums searching for a "quick answer." And if something isn't covered, the publisher of the game can be notified and respond in a blink. No game night will be complete without Dized. And with Dized, no game night will ever be the same.
It's also important for us to note that Dized will be able to offer content in multiple languages, starting with French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Finnish, and Dutch!
The Kickstarter is up and running now and is set to go for another 29 days.
When you get a new game, obviously you need to learn how to play it. However, not all rulebooks are created equally, and not everyone learns simply by reading the rules on a page. That's where Dized comes in. It teaches you the game in a simple, intuitive manner that takes all the guesswork out of things. It's like having someone there who already knows how to play. Their early access is now available. They've also announced a Kickstarter campaign to expand the range of games on the app.
From the announcement:
After a successful showing at Gen Con 2018, North America’s largest board game convention, Playmore Games’ Dized app has released in open early access on Apple’s App Store and Google Play. Players can download it for free on their smart devices. Used in conjunction with board games, Dized removes the most common barrier to playing games: learning the rules before playing. Through interactive tutorials, players are guided through their play sessions without any previous knowledge of the board game, much like how video games teach players today.
Dized’s interactive tutorials differ from videos. They adapt to the number of players, seating positions (if required by the game), turn flow, and more, ensuring players are constantly interacting with the board game, each other, and the app for a learning experience like no other. Gone are the days of waiting for the designated rules reader of a group to figure out the game before playing or constantly scrubbing through a tutorial video to find exactly what you need.
The open early access gives every user access to interactive tutorials for the award-winning games Blood Rage from CMON and Kingdomino from Blue Orange Games completely free, with Brain Games’ ICECOOL premiering on the app later this month as well. Dized’s first set of publisher tools arrive this month and promises to grow the app’s content even further by allowing companies to create living rules and FAQs for their games. Future interactive tutorials and living rules are planned with fan-favorite companies like CMON, Steve Jackson Games, IELLO, Horrible Games, and more already partnered.
As part of the app’s growth plan, Playmore Games will launch a Dized Kickstarter campaign in September of 2018 that will allow the team to further their external tool sets by providing the game industry with one for creating their own interactive tutorials. Currently, tutorials are made in house, which is a significant bottleneck when combined with the app’s overall development. The campaign also allows Dized to be introduced to a wider audience through Kickstarter’s passionate community of backers supporting projects they believe in.
From the campaign:
Board games are AWESOME - when you finally get to play them. What if you could skip the rulebook and just start the game? No need for videos beforehand, no studying - just play as soon as you open the box. Dized is the ultimate teaching app. With 3D animation, full voiceovers and immersive soundtracks, you won’t be studying - you’ll be playing. Get Dized. Start playing now.
The campaign is up on Indiegogo now. They're just making their way to half-funded with still a month left to go.
Speaking of bite-size morsels of joy, we've got our regular assortment of stories for you.
On the platter today we have: Kromlech New Release: Legionary Heavy Thunder Gun, Trapdoor Bringing Playbook Digital RPG Companion to Android, Mage Company launches new website for Dungeonland, Smart Device App Dized Being Soft-Launched October 2016, The Board Game Show Interviews The Donner Party Game Designer Greg Porter, New Lamia Available From Brother Vinni, Super Chibi Round 2 - Reboot Funded, Three New Mechs Available From Raging Heroes, Kromlech Weekend Promo: Orc Mech-Boss, and New Releases Available From Scotia Grendel.
Kromlech New Release: Legionary Heavy Thunder Gun
Hi, we have a new release for Legion Armoury today.
Legionary Heavy Thunder Gun
Each gun has two alternative gun muzzles.
Trapdoor Bringing Playbook Digital RPG Companion to Android
Playbook Essentials simplifies your gaming table: it eliminates piles of books, folders fat with campaign notes, lost character sheets, and the paper shuffling required to get into the game and just play. Never again will you have to flip to the index of several books while the action grinds to a halt.
To get the game up and rolling, we created Playbook for Pathfinder, the integrated end-to-end RPG companion that is searchable, hyperlinked, and allows GMs to share maps, get initiative (or any) rolls zipped over to their tablet, plus a host of other features. It's the digital tablet of holding.
What it didn't have; however, was a version for Android. This Kickstarter will allow everyone—iOS and Android alike—to have access to the best gaming tools around. We hear you and we agree. Let's have Playbook for Android.
Mage Company launches new website for Dungeonland
12 Realms Dungeonland is a new standalone game. This is a dungeon crawling game where powerful magic has mutated the lands of the 12 Realms, invading on their tales and attempting to change them forever. Evil spreads everywhere, twisting and mixing the tales in sinister stories where the ending is never good. Horrific villains have back back to take revenge on the heroes of the tales, this time more dangerous than ever.
Smart Device App Dized Being Soft-Launched October 2016
Dized is soft-launched just before the Spiel expo in Essen this October. The interactive board game tutorial application will be free to download for Android and iOS operating systems and hosts its first tutorial for the game Race to the North Pole, with others to follow.
“While rulebooks and manuals have little by little disappeared from many other products around us, they have not with board games. Instructional videos are helping with the situation but we believe that play-along, interactive tutorials are the way of the future. We have removed the need for the time-consuming and sometimes tedious studying that has been necessary before a game can start”, says Anna Lapinsh, the product manager of Dized.
The Board Game Show Interviews The Donner Party Game Designer Greg Porter
Designer Greg Porter: “ It was just one of those “perfect storms of bad luck” things. They lost people before they even got to the mountains. Accidental deaths, disease, old age, fights, murder, that sort of thing. They lost vital supplies to Indians, took a short cut that wasn’t, and the delay let them get just far enough into the mountains to get buried by an early blizzard.”
New Lamia Available From Brother Vinni
Hello, dear sirs!
New model for our Nuclear Sandlot series: Raider Girl.
28 mm scale, resin casting produced by Brother Vinni.
As usual, this miniature is aviable in the webstore
Super Chibi Round 2 - Reboot Funded
The Super Chibi Round 2 - Reboot Kickstarter launched on Oct 4th and in a day was funded. Now it's time to start on the stretch goals. First up at $2000 is Me'Thule the Robotic Knight
Me'Thule is a crossover character of ours, he was originally designed to be part of our "Omega Saga" universe, and he still will be but we loved him so much we wanted a Chibi version as well.
So after we converted him into a chibi we thought long and hard of what Super Chibi world did we want to put him in. The first choice was Super Chibi S.E.E.D. since we will have cyborgs, mecha, and all that good stuff there. But to use that was the easy choice and we did not want it to be easy. So we put him in the world where he would be the most out of place and make a difference. You see Me'Thule is a robotic knight. He has the same core values as that of a knight of old and even follow a code of conduct that he himself, created. So with that values, why not drop him into the world of crime filled sector 7. So that's what we did.
Now Me'Thule will unlock at $2000 and be 30mm, cast in resin and will require assembly. Also, the pic you see above is not the final pose, our Sculptor Heriberto Valle Martinez will be given control to design a pose for him that will fit.
Three New Mechs Available From Raging Heroes
Are you ready for some scifi mechanic madness? Raging Heroes are finally releasing the TGG Mechas from their first Kickstarter, The Toughest Girls Of The Galaxy.
Each Mecha is posable with the ball-joint system, so you can tweak them as you want and make awesome dynamic poses. Also, each one comes with 1 pilot + 3 heads options, and of course one 50mm round base.
The 3 TGG Mechas are now available, one for each TGG faction: Jailbirds, Iron Empire and KST. It's time to upgrade your army to the next level of awesomeness.
Kromlech Weekend Promo: Orc Mech-Boss
another ORCtober weekend, another Orc weekend promo :)
Orc Mech-Boss in Kustom Mecha-Armour
Big, angry and smart :)
Chief creator of all Orc wargear !
20% discount is active till the end of Sunday.
New Releases Available From Scotia Grendel
As we promised in last newsletter, for this month we've prepared more Undead Orcs.
So let's take a look on them.
Generic Fantasy Range
For GFR range we have prepared two packs of Undead Orcs:
GFR0108 - Undead Orc Champions
GFR0109 - Undead Orcs warriors III
For Urban War we have prepared five packs:
13117 - Veteran Colonial Marine Mortar Team
13505 - Brood
13317 - Artemis Class Alpha Biomech
13113 - Veteran Marine Sniper
13123 - Veteran Marine HGR
For Accessories range we have prepared two packs:
ACR55 - Open Tank Hatch
ACR57 - Heavy Gatling Gun
During last month we also reorganise few codes in our offer. Few changes in code names and pack's content:
10073 - Straight sandbag sections (6)
10074 - Sandbag wall corner sections (6)
10083 - Sandbag Sections (31906)
10084 - Oil Drums and Jerry Cans (31907)
10085 - Crates (3) (31908)
10086 - Ammo Boxes (3) (31908)
10087 - Armoured Bridge (31909)
10088 - Gun Emplacement (31910)
10089 - Ruined Walls (31911)
10090 - Pill boxes (31913)
10091 - Sci-Fi Doors (F0008)
That's all for this month, more nice stuff coming soon!
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. ;) :P
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.
Sasquatch Game Studio announces Alternity science-fiction roleplaying game
To the stars! Sasquatch Game Studio announced today that it plans to release ALTERNITY (tm), a science-fiction roleplaying game that covers everything from galaxy-spanning empires to near-future orbital intrigue. The game system's flagship product, a 256-page hardbound book, will be available in 2017.
The game, which shares a name and heritage with a popular RPG from the 1990s, covers such action-packed scenes as starfighter dogfights, zero-G combat, and powered-armor troopers blasting aliens into their constituent atoms. The Alternity rules set is modular, so gamemasters can support the story arcs they create with the specific rules they need. A story of far-future space exploration, for example, will use a capital starship rules module, while a dystopian cyberpunk setting will use a virtual reality/hacking module instead.
"By mixing and matching the available modules, you can essentially invent your own future," said David Noonan, one of the designers. “We want Alternity to be a 'flexible foundation' for the stories that come alive at your gaming table."
Developed with guidance from Alternity's original designers. Richard Baker and Bill Slavicsek, Alternity will feature a publicly available playtest packet in early 2017. Based on feedback from those external playtesters, Sasquatch plans to release the game in the second half of the year.
Dized Board Game Companion App to be at Gen Con
We're introducing Dized - an interactive tutorial app for iOS and Android smart devices that allows you to start playing immediately—without even opening the rulebook. Learn by playing and have fun right away!
We invite you to try out Dized at Gen Con 2016 (booth #2906) and Spiel '16 (booth 2-D129). We would gladly tell you more about Dized and answer any questions you might have.
Geekbox Debuting at Gen Con
Geekbox will debut at Gen Con and will be available at the finest game shops at the end of August at the suggested price of 2,79$ - 2,49€.
Deadman Diaries a new gamebook from Cubus Games
Cubus Games launches "Deadman Diaries". An innovative gamebook thriller in the form of a personal diary.
“Deadman Diaries” is an introduction to Gamebook genre (an evolution of popularly known “Choose-your-own-adventure”), so the game has been designed to be quick and easy to read.
Great care has therefore been taken over the presentation and the graphic appearance with pulp style illustrations which stage the different endings, its own soundtrack with airs of free jazz composed by Quim Garreta and Alex Almirall, an
Using the form of a personal diary, something new in the gamebooks world, readers are immersed in the life of John Riggs, a bank worker who has to pay off a gambling debt that will lead him to different illegal, and often lethal, situations.
“Deadman Diaries” is available in English and Spanish for iOS and Android mobile devices.
The special launch price is $0.99 / €0.99 / £0.99 both on AppStore and GooglePlay.
Victory Point Games Previews Upcoming Kickstarter - Planet Rush by Reiner Knizia
Victory Point Games will be launching a new Kickstarter this coming September for Planet Rush, a fun, fast eurogame for three to five players from designer Reiner Knizia.
Set in an exciting sci-fi universe where the new space race is terraforming planets, players take control of one of five companies to try to build the majority of the new colony on the planet Aizink. The one who contributes the most wins with majority ownership of the planet!
Players will build monolithic marvels of technology, ranging from enormous biodomes that will jumpstart the planet's ecology to mythical alien structures containing limitless energy. Each player uses their hand of resource cards to bid what they will contribute to each construct.
Planet Rush will be the latest in VPG's Premier Line games, which also includes Dawn of the Zeds, Nemo's War, and their most recent Kickstarter, Darkest Night. The Premier Line represents VPG's out-of-house print model with higher quality components to match the great, unique gameplay that comes with their games.
Sharknado Board Game Coming To Kickstarter August 13th
In Sharknado™: The Board Game!, players work together against the game’s AI mechanic to win a chosen scenario, which can range from killing a certain number of sharks to destroying a Sharknado to simply staying alive as long as you can. The designers’ goal with the scenariobased approach is maximum replayability, and an underlying storytelling element in which players create their own Sharknado experience with each new game.
Heavy Metal by Acheson Creations is Funded and with a new pledge level
We are excited to announce that within 9 hours of its launch, our Heavy Metal Kickstarter featuring detailed pewter miniatures and accessories funded and we're now drawing near to unlocking our first Stretch Goal.
In an effort to meet the needs of potential supporters, we added a $30 pledge level as requested. We have also updated some images in the photo gallery and project description.
Heavy Metal runs until 6pm EST on August 16. We hope you consider backing this project.
Thanks for your continued support.
Entries now being accepted for the 2016 Windhammer Prize
Entries are now being accepted for the 2016 Windhammer Prize
Arborell.com is pleased to announce the commencement of the 2016 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 minor changes to the prize pool guidelines and these should be viewed prior to entry.
Now in its ninth 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 the development of 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
Tabletop Miniatures Solutions Running Undying Armies Indiegogo Campaign
featuring the complete Undying Dynasties army. As promised we have already sculpted a few models to showcase our skills. As the feedback was better than we had anticipated we have unlocked the Shabti model as well. This means that the Pharaoh, and Death Cult Hierarch and the Shabti are available for purchase, starting now. The limited edition model of the Pharaoh will only be available until the end of this campaign.
War Co. Coming To Kickstarter August 15th
First-time designer, Brandon Rollins and freelance artist, James Masino, are coming to Kickstarter in hopes to fund the printing of War Co. – Expandable Card Game. Long-time lovers of Magic: the Gathering and Android: Netrunner and neophyte gamers alike will enjoy the bleak-but-bright, scarcity-driven apocalypse of War Co.
War Co. is a completed game, launching with all artwork and a fully tested design. It was tested by the designer hundreds of times before being publicly available as a print-and-play game and Tabletop Simulator app for six months. Dozens of the game’s followers on Twitter and Instagram have helped refine the game during the weekly demos, and many more have blind play tested the game.
Copies of the game will be available starting at $25, with free shipping to backers in the USA. The campaign is EU-friendly, Canada-friendly, and Australia-friendly, meaning rewards will be shipped from within those respective regions and no extra customs fees will be incurred. The campaign will conclude after 30 days. Backers are expected to receive their rewards in January 2017.
D13 and D15 debut from Impact! at Gen Con
Impact! has new dice for this year! The D13 and D15 in Black and Purple will be making their debut at Gen Con for $2 each (they will be $2.75 in the store after Gen Con).
Impact! will be at booth 1837 at Gen Con.
If you buy one of our 18 dice sets (D3, D4, D5, D6, D7, D8, D9, D10, D%10, D11, D12, D14, D16, D18, D20, D22, D24 and D30 in 8 possible colors) for the Gen Con show price of $25 ... we'll throw in one of each of the two new dice for free.
Hitech Miniatures Releases NoeProspector Virgilius
28mm scale miniature
This is high quality resin miniature, which comes unpainted and for smooth assemble model ;basic modelling skills required
37mm feet to the eyeline dimension.
Multipart (12 parts)
1) Body 2) left arm with gun 3) right arm 4) halberd 5) mechanical arm 6) mechanical arm7) 8) mechanical arm 9) gripper 10) tongs 11) burner 12) 40mm scenic base.
40mm Scenic base included
TinMan 35% Off "Back In Business" Sale Happening Now
TinMan is back. After several months, the website is operational again. To celebrate this, they are having a 35% off sale.
New Marian Romans From Xyston Miniatures
It was a long time since our last newsletter, but we finally get back on track. Please take our apologises for this delay. Now, let’s just crack on with the new releases.
Anyway, we should push on ahead and keep going until we hit Saturday. But to get there, we'll need to stock up on some bite-sized gaming stories. Good thing that's what we have for you right now.
In today's snippets there's: Dized to be previewed at the UK Games Expo, Happy Burger Clownbot Free Mini From The Ion Age for June, HiTech Miniatures Releases Royal Advisor Melchior, Final Day of the Big Bad Con Kickstarter, Microworld Games New 6mm Fantasy Releases, Cryptozoic Entertainment Launching a Retailer Demo Program Through Publishers Services Inc., and D-Day painting challenge Donations Being Taken Now.
Dized to be previewed at the UK Games Expo
Dized is a smart device application that will teach you how to play any board game. You will be able to download the app on your phone, and the app will show you how to play the game – as you go.
Happy Burger Clownbot Free Mini From The Ion Age for June
June is now here at The Ion Age and it is going to be an expansive month indeed! On the 3rd of June the early supporter offers on Callsign Taranis begin. This month we add the third free monthly miniature to the 'IMP' range for the Happy Burger Chain following up on the IMP19 Happyburger Bot and IMP23 Vending Bot we present to you now IMP34 Happy Burger Clownbot! It is June 2016's free 15mm miniature of the month all month. This miniature is automatically put into every order at the rate of one per order regardless of order value. It can also be bought in any amount on the monthly IMP page of the website for this month only too before being withdrawn on the first of next month. It will be one of the twelve in the 'Year Three Collection' this summer.
HiTech Miniatures Releases Royal Advisor Melchior
Promotion and "Melchior" miniature available.
For more info please visit our webstore. Welcome!
Final Day of the Big Bad Con Kickstarter
Big Bad Con is an RPG and LARP convention happening October 14-16 in the Bay Area. For the past five years we've put on amazing and welcoming events full of great games and great people.
With you're help we can do it bigger and badder than ever before.
Microworld Games New 6mm Fantasy Releases
Microworld Games is proud to release several new packs in our 6mm Fantasy Beastmen and Demon Ranges
Cryptozoic Entertainment Launching a Retailer Demo Program Through Publishers Services Inc.
Cryptozoic Entertainment, leading designer and manufacturer of games, trading cards, and collectible merchandise, is launching a retail product demo program via Publishers Services Inc. (PSI) today. This exclusive program is for brick-and-mortar locations only and allows retailers to purchase select Cryptozoic titles at 75% off MSRP. Each year, retailers can purchase one copy (per retail location) of each available title at the discounted price directly through PSI.
D-Day painting challenge Donations Being Taken Now
I'm a professional painter and have set the challenge of painting all of Warlord Games D-Day Royal Marine Commando figures (38 In total,) over the course of the 6th of June, along with a Sherman tank. The eventual goal is to raise funds for the Royal Marine Charity.