Gamer’s Haven Podcast
31Aug/110

Gen Con 2011 – Make ’em Squirm Seminar

Beth had the chance to sit in on a seminar at Gen Con all about making players know fear, and evoking fear in your game.  It was a fascinating seminar.

This is another in a series of seminar recordings from Gen Con 2011.

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30Aug/110

Gen Con 2011 – Technology in Gaming Seminar

Ethan had the chance to sit in on a seminar about technology in gaming, featuring the guys from Obsidian Portal and several others.

This is another in a series of seminar recordings from Gen Con 2011.

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29Aug/110

Gen Con 2011 – Square Shooters

Ethan had the chance to talk with the publishers of Square Shooters, C.J. Calvert Designs & Heartland Consumer Products, LLC.  Square Shooters is a cool set of dice that is actually a complete deck of cards.

This is another in a series of short interviews from the floor of Gen Con 2011.

About Square Shooters

SQUARE SHOOTERS® is a complete deck of playing cards on dice!

  • Each die has 6 faces. Nine dice together have 54 faces – a complete deck of 52 playing cards plus 2 jokers.
  • Our patented design places the playing card faces on the dice in such a way that popular card hands from poker to rummy can be rolled.
  • For instance, every straight and royal flush card for every suit is on a different die; and
  • every rank card is on a different die!
  • You can use SQUARE SHOOTERS® to play almost any game you usually play with cards! Of course, you can make up your own new games!
  • Click here to learn how to play the Square Shooters® game we’ve invented, and other great family games!
  • Click here to learn how to play Texas Cut-Throat and other games of chance that you can play with your adult friends…
  • SQUARE SHOOTERS® is coming soon to a retailer near you!

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28Aug/110

Gen Con 2011 – Tasty Minstrel Games

Ethan had the chance to talk to Michael Mendes, head of Tasty Minstrel Games at Gen Con 2011.  Tasty Minstrel Games publishes a number of board games geared toward families and strategic gamers alike.

This is another installment in a series of short interviews from the floor of Gen Con 2011.

About Tasty Minstrel Games

Tasty Minstrel Games is, simply put, a game publisher. We concentrate on board games, card games, fun games, addicting games, family board games, and any non-video game that can be imagined. Our criterion for publishing a game is that it must be a fun, intuitive, and an addicting game. A game must be replayable and have good value compared to other entertainment such as video games and movies.

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27Aug/110

Gen Con 2011 – Gamers for Humanity

Ethan had the chance to talk to Gamers For Humanity, a charity organization at Gen Con 2011.  Gamers For Humanity does a lot of work with other charitable organizations and has several projects to help get board games and video games into homes after natural disasters.  They do great work and help support volunteer work around the globe.

This is another installment in a series of short interviews from the floor of Gen Con 2011.

About Gamers for Humanity

Gamers, you say?

Gamers. Players of games. Board games, card games, computer games, role-playing games, even fantasy football. If you have ever enjoyed a game of Trivial Pursuit, you are a gamer.?Life, anyone's life, is made far more enjoyable with games. And people who are able to regularly play games are very lucky people indeed.

Gamers For Humanity is a way for us to help other people who aren't so lucky. If you don't have a home of your own, if you're displaced from your city and job...well, games--fun and enjoyment--become a pretty low priority.

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26Aug/110

Gen Con 2011 – Pinnacle Entertainment Seminar

Ethan had the chance to sit in on the Pinnacle Entertainment seminar at Gen Con 2011.  Pinnacle Entertainment went over their plans for their various game lines, including Deadlands Reloaded and the long awaited Hell on Earth Reloaded.  Also in attendance at the seminar were the licensees of the Savage Worlds game system, including Reality Blurs, Savage Mojo, and many others, and they detailed what they have in store for their various product lines.

About Pinnacle Entertainment

Pinnacle began in 1994 with Fields of Honor (a historical miniatures game) and The Last Crusade (a collectible World War 2 card game designed by John R. Hopler).

Certainly what we're best known for is Deadlands, which has now been going strong since 1996. Deadlands has appeared as a roleplaying game, a miniatures game, a collectible card game, a collectible disk game, and a comic book. The roleplaying game can be found in its original "classic" edition, in the d20 system, and "Reloaded" for our current house system,Savage Worlds. It has also been translated into Steve Jackson Games' popular GURPs system.

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25Aug/110

Gen Con 2011 – Mercs Miniatures

Ethan had the chance to stop off at the Mercs Miniatures booth at Gen Con 2011, and talk with Keith Lowe about the new miniatures game.

This is another installment in a series of short interviews from the floor of Gen Con 2011.

About Mercs Miniatures

MERCS began over some pizza, a few sketches from college, and some big ideas.
3 years and many pizzas later, the MERCS figure line is a reality.

Someday we'll tell you the long version...

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24Aug/110

Gen Con 2011 – Fantasy Flight Games “In Flight” Report Seminar

Ethan had the chance to sit in on the Fantasy Flight Games seminar detailing their current plans and announcements for the third largest game company in the world.

This is another installment in a series of seminar recordings from Gen Con 2011.

About Fantasy Flight Games

Roseville, MN based Fantasy Flight Publishing was founded in 1995 by its CEO, Christian T. Petersen. Since the release of its first game product (Twilight Imperium) in 1997, the company has been doing business as Fantasy Flight Games ("FFG").  Since that time, FFG has grown to become one of the biggest names in the hobby games industry, being a marketplace leader in board games and maintaining strong businesses in the card game, roleplaying game, and miniature game categories.

FFG is known for its quality of game components (often enhanced with highly detailed plastic miniatures and beautiful artwork), innovative gameplay, professional dedication to customer service, and a cutting-edge online presence providing information and support for its many products.

FFG's best-known titles include games based on licenses such as Battlestar Galactica, World of Warcraft, and The Lord of the Rings, proprietary titles such as Arkham Horror and Descent: Journeys in the Dark, as well as re-releases of classic titles such as Cosmic EncounterFury of Dracula, and DungeonQuest.

In 2008, FFG formed an exclusive partnership with industry-leading, UK-Based Games Workshop ("GW"), to represent its acclaimed IPs (Warhammer and Warhammer 40K) in the hobby games market, publishing new versions of classic titles such as Talisman and Horus Heresy as well as brand new games such as Warhammer: Invasion and Chaos In the Old World.

FFG's business is a global one, with the majority of its revenues generated from international sales.

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23Aug/110

Gen Con 2011 – Lone Wolf Development

Ethan has had the chance to talk to the Lone Wolf Development guys before, but at Gen Con 2011, they were showcasing their new campaign management tool, Realmworks.  Lone Wolf Development, of course, is the creators of the award-winning Hero Lab.

This is another installment in a series of short interviews from the floor of Gen Con 2011.

About Lone Wolf Development

Lone Wolf Development specializes in creating innovative digital tools for the tabletop gaming industry, allowing players to streamline game preparation, eliminate errors, and spend more time playing the games they love. With an ever-growing suite of tools, including the award-winning Army Builder and Hero Lab products, Lone Wolf’s digital tools are the industry standard and are in regular use by tens of thousands of gamers, from miniatures games to role-playing games. Find out more about Lone Wolf Development by visiting our web site atwww.wolflair.com.

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22Aug/110

Gen Con 2011 – Culture and the Paranormal Seminar

Ethan had the chance to sit in on an interesting seminar about the paranormal and culture's ideas and interpretations thereof.

This is another installment in a series of seminar recordings from Gen Con 2011.

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