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Post Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:12 pm 
 

August 24, 2010

Slumbering Tsar 4 should be released this week. The Eamonvale Incursion and Demonheart are both live and for sale (ships next week).The product page has been (significantly) updated, and well....there is a bit more news.

August 24, 2010 - Poulsbo WA

Frog God Games, the successor to Necromancer Games, is pleased to announce that effective immediately, Mythmere Games, headed by award-winning author Matt Finch, will be joining up with the Frog God Publishing team to produce even more of the true old-school gaming resources that Necromancer Games and Frog God Games have always been known for.

Matt explained one of the reasons for the agreement as ""There is a large and active community of gamers playing various out-of-print editions of fantasy role-playing games. This alliance is going to be a big leap forward in terms of providing new resources and adventures to those of us who prefer an older-school type of game. It doesn't matter if you're an old-school grognard, a brand-new player, or an experienced gamer trying out this whole 'old-school' thing the internet keeps talking about. You're going to like this".

As a result of this merger, Frog God Games will be publishing the Complete version of the old school, ENnie Award-winning Swords & Wizardryâ„¢ fantasy role-playing game, which will be released in November.


"This merger is very much in line with my philosophy on game design, I play an old school game at my table, and have always written and produced books of that genre", said Bill Webb, CEO of Frog God Games. Frog God Games and its predecessor, Necromancer Games both are known for producing d20 and Pathfinder adventures and sourcebooks with a distinctive "old school" feel. Necromancer, where Bill was partnered with Clark Peterson, produced over 50 books between 1999 and 2007, including Wilderlands of High Fantasyâ„¢ (under license to Judges Guild), Gary Gygax's Necropolisâ„¢ and Rappan Athuk, Dungeon of Gravesâ„¢.

Frog God Games is currently producing adventures to support the Pathfinderâ„¢ role-playing system. According to Bill, "This brings together the best of both worlds for me; our material is distinctly old school feel, regardless of the game system. By supporting both formats, I see an opportunity to provide high quality and exciting material to a larger audience. It's a win for the gaming community."

Frog God Games will now produce game supplements for both the Swords and Wizardryâ„¢ game and for the Pathfinder Gameâ„¢ (published by Paizo Publishing of Bellevue WA).Swords & Wizardry builds and supports free-form role-playing games.That is to say, games where "light" rules create a framework instead of trying to cover every detail, every rule, and every situation.  Over 30 books are currently in production for release in 2010 and 2011.

Matt explained , "There are a lot of gamers out there who are using out-of-print rules quite happily, or who have a vague feeling that they lost some of the game's spirit over the years and don't know how it happened. And then there's the thriving community of old-school gamers on the internet, who have been powering forward for years. I think this new development is going to take us to critical mass. With an old-school game like Swords & Wizardry breaking into the mainstream, with all the power of Frog God Games behind it, I believe that all these three gamer-communities are about to connect. This is when the thunder starts to roll.".

The Swords & Wizardry game "clones" the original rules of the fantasy role-playing game that started it all back in 1974, when it was published by Gary Gygax and DaveArneson.  Part of the reason for the merger was to expand distribution and enhance production quality by involvement of a larger company. Matt described this as, "a step that has been developing for years, as the old-school community has grown larger and larger, supported by more and more gamers, and, increasingly, even by publishers. And this is the point where it all reaches critical mass, I think. Frog God Games has the resources and the high profile to introduce this particular style of gaming back into the mainstream."

Most previously existing products created by Mythmere Games, including Knockspell Magazineâ„¢ will continue to be produced and distributed by Black Blade Publishing (http://black-blade-publishing.com/Store.aspx).

Distribution and publication of the Swords and Wizardry Core Rules will continue through Black Blade and other sources, and will be compatible with the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook to be released in November by Frog God Games along with a full supporting line of adventure modules and other resources for the game.

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Post Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:26 pm 
 

Great news! :)

Good luck with your joint venture.


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Post Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:00 pm 
 

Just been looking at the new products listed on your site. Looks good!  :D


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Post Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:03 pm 
 

I forgot to add shipping to the two for sale (lucky smarmy). Links will be live again later today!

Thansk for the support guys!

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Post Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:12 pm 
 

tsathogga wrote:I forgot to add shipping to the two for sale (lucky smarmy). Links will be live again later today!

Thansk for the support guys!


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Post Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:20 pm 
 

tsathogga wrote:test


That works  8)


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Post Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:27 pm 
 

Good to see you'll be making stuff again, Bill. How involved with the writing are you?


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Post Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:11 pm 
 

tsathogga wrote:Most previously existing products created by Mythmere Games, including Knockspell Magazineâ„¢ will continue to be produced and distributed by Black Blade Publishing (http://black-blade-publishing.com/Store.aspx).

Distribution and publication of the Swords and Wizardry Core Rules will continue through Black Blade and other sources, and will be compatible with the Swords & Wizardry Complete Rulebook to be released in November by Frog God Games along with a full supporting line of adventure modules and other resources for the game.


A quick correction:  going-forward, FGG and Brave Halfling Publishing will be the sole publishers for S&W.


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Post Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:00 am 
 

Looks like we are doing Knockspell as well; details soon



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Post Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:03 pm 
 

Wow, lots of releases planned!  Hope you guys can get some stuff out pre-October 1st so as to qualify for the Three Castles Award 2011 version!

And congrats on the new venture!

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Post Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:18 pm 
 

The cart for the Product Page is back online and working.  :)

All you Necromancer collectors better hurry up and order The Eamonvale Incursion and Demonheart as there are only 200 copies of the 1st Prints available.  Correction make that 198 of each available. ;)


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Post Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:22 pm 
 

smarmy1 wrote:The cart for the Product Page is back online and working.  :)

All you Necromancer collectors better hurry up and order The Eamonvale Incursion and Demonheart as there are only 200 copies of the 1st Prints available.  Correction make that 198 of each available. ;)


Make that 197 of each.

So one is K10 and the other K12. Is slumbering tsar K11?


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Post Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:28 pm 
 

Am I right in reading it that Swords & Sorcery is D&D 3.5Ed and Swords and Wizardry is (O)D&D, essentially?

I like the sound of the Saturday Night Specials and One Night Stands too..  :lol:


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Post Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 2:36 pm 
 

Looks like the OSR idiots are after FGG now.

http://necromancergames.yuku.com/topic/ ... phere.html

I love how they are not mentioned specifically but they assume that they are crap indy publishers castigated in the FGG statement.


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Post Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 2:47 pm 
 

JasonZavoda wrote:Looks like the OSR idiots are after FGG now.

http://necromancergames.yuku.com/topic/ ... phere.html

I love how they are not mentioned specifically but they assume that they are crap indy publishers castigated in the FGG statement.


Interesting... The new member here (Lord Metal_Demon) is cringing on the necro site, but is that at the blog entries from the first post there or what FGG say..??


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Post Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 2:58 pm 
 

JasonZavoda wrote:Looks like the OSR idiots are after FGG now.

http://necromancergames.yuku.com/topic/ ... phere.html

I love how they are not mentioned specifically but they assume that they are crap indy publishers castigated in the FGG statement.

http://odd74.proboards.com/index.cgi?ac ... hread=4645 was kinda heading that way, too...


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Post Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:04 pm 
 

Some folks missed their system shock roll is all. I think anyone who knows me knows that this is a good thing. I posted there asking for feedback.

If peeps want to be pissed off and not buy stuff I am ok w/ that too. If I can make stuf better for the gaming community I want to know. i do love that folks think I get rich on this...if only they were right,,,,



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Post Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:32 pm 
 

Funny to listen to the bloggers bitch about what is actually a really good thing.

I do sympathize with the hand-drawn map bias.

The computer maps don't just have less life and character....they are often just plain bad.

I think the distinction is probably the difference between a crap map of a village that someone made on a D&D mapping program and one made by an actual graphic artist.


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Post Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:41 pm 
 

And another thought...

Gary Gygax wrote that he was surprised when he saw his first print copy of The Canting Crew, published by Troll Lord Games.

On page 14 there is a map of "Ludnum," a hypothetical fantasy city.

Gygax had provided a hand-drawn map, which the Troll Lord guys went ahead and reproduced directly from his sketch.  Gygax had assumed that they would have a professional re-draw the map for publication.

I say...damn good choice.  It is a crude map, but it has its own grace and gamer-goodness style.  My only wish is that they had reproduced the full-sized map, rather than slug it down onto half a page.  

(Oh - and - attention game publishers - printing an RPG book on silly tan or parchment paper does not make it look cool.  It makes it look silly and it is much harder to read.  Just thought I'd add that in.)


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