Hot on the heels of Battleship comes the eagerly awaited:
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We don’t talk a great deal about Kickstarter here but plenty of other blogs and podcasts do. Rock Paper Shotgun has posted an interesting piece about the journalistic responsibilities of Kickstarter coverage and, although strictly about the video game business, it applies just as well to anything else. As a taster:
1) If we post about a Kickstarter project, we’re essentially implying our readers should donate to it. Everyone makes their own spending decision based on their own feelings and research of course – but it can still be the case that for many of our revered readership, the deal wasn’t even on the table until it appeared here.
The article makes some good points, and in case anyone’s interested #2 is one of the main reasons I don’t look into Kickstarter that much and don’t have an urge to talk about it. Read the rest of the article anyway and let it feed into your own reading of Kickstarter coverage anyway. And if anyone has any opinions, I’m also interested in the answer to RPS’s question:
Again, our decisions will be ultimately our own and, as with the Kickstarter stuff itself, mob rule won’t force our hand, but I am very interested in what those outside the gaming press feel are the essential factors and best practices in this brave new world of paying for a game before it exists.
Geek and Sundry has put up their first episode of Wil Wheaton’s “Table Top”. Here, they’re playing through a game of Small World from start to conclusion, with lots of explanation of what’s going on along the way.
The production values are excellent, and anything to grow board gaming has got to be good, but what do people think of the format of playing through an entire game? I have to admit that even though I know Small World well, I didn’t really get a feeling as to what was going on on the board.
It’s been a while, but Episode 10 has made it out of captivity. We have many many new voices this time around, including Martin Griffiths, Paul Arneil, John Bandettini and Jeff Clark, plus a second episode for Lloyd Boman. And I hang around to press record and stop when appropriate, of course.
It may take us a while to get the new format flowing please so bear with us. And unfortunately there’s a bit more background noise and a few more clunks and thumps than usual, especially in the reviews section, which should be easy to iron out once I get used to everyone’s speaking volumes.
You can download the episode here or listen to it below:
Full show notes are available on the episode’s page.
With 3D printers being the new rage, there have been questions raised about their ability to replicate the detail in miniatures that are professionally produced by companies such as Games Workshop and Fantasy Flight. Well, question no more! The racecar image(right) may not look like much, but since it’s only 285 µm long it seems that there’s more than enough scope for detail.
Speed is another boast of the printer, although unfortunately it’s not something you can buy off-the-shelf quite yet.
Time for that pocket Twilight Imperium perhaps?