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April 27, 2007 - What if a GTS Fell in the Forest

And lo! GTS happened. With Mike, Allan, and our field reporter/kuo-toa, Steve Kani.


Steve got out to GTS ‘07 for a hot minute, and relates the bits he patrolled as a retail rep for Dr Comics & Mr Games. We discuss the show’s new demo area (which Lee Valentine mentioned in his report for us) (2:59); how well (or badly) exhibitors present their products to a retailer perspective (5:58). Then we grill Steve on what he managed to learn about various upcoming releases, including Mongoose Publishing’s prepainted Starship Troopers (9:18), Fantasy Flight’s Arkham Horror: The King in Yellow and freshly-announced Kingdom Hearts CCG (10:31); nifty terrain material packs from Gale Force 9; and back to FFG for Tannhäuser (14:54) and the Anima RPG, still lost in translation (16:07).


Then we head into a meaty interview from the show floor with Joshua Frost of Paizo Publishing to get the skinny on Paizo’s plans after Dragon and Dungeon get reclaimed by WotC (16:50). A brief discussion follows (27:48), and leads into talk of Troll Lord Games’ magazine, The Crusader. Continuing with Steve’s memories of the show, we make mention of HaloClix, the Star Wars CSG, and the latest Pirates set. Red Juggernaut’s Mansuba excites Mike for all the wrong reasons (33:21).


Then we hear from Luke Crane (of Burning Wheel) who was representing Indie Press Revolution and spreading the word about the Ashcan Front (34:30). We discuss how this could help indie RPGs get the care and upbringing they need to live on their own (45:17). Then Steve gives us a quick update on Margaret Weis Productions, including the company’s thoughts on the end of the Dragonlance license (49:31).


We discuss what we’ve heard about GTS ‘07’s attendance compared to previous years (52:13), and point out a sad sign that retailers and manufacturers may not be talking enough (54:30). Steve makes a few other trade show observations: a ridiculously inconvenient press room, registration woes, and in the end, a worthwhile trip (56:22). We send shout outs to Lee Valentine of Veritas Games for his outstanding trade show report, and to Mike Stackpole for pimping us gaming podcasters at the show (58:18).


Lastly, we recount what we’re currently playing. Steve’s latest games were Figaro, Who’s the Ass? and Mimic (1:00:08). Allan’s weekly D&D campaign got rather weird (intentionally) (1:03:45). We’re still all about ThunderRoad (1:07:14). That aside, Mike also played Universalis, InSpectres, and schooled some poor slobs at Carcassonne (1:07:46). We wrap up with a quick beverage report, and learn Steve had more fun at GTS than he was letting on.


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# 2007-05-12 by misuba |