New games for a new year

Back from an almost two month -long blogging hiatus. It has been a very busy period for me, and I’ve been forced to put gaming on the back burner for a while. The year’s end saw the culmination of Jim Raggi’s Insect Shrine playtest, the end of my own, long-running Pathfinder RPG campaign Second Darkness, and the cancellation of another D&D 3.5 game, Expedition to Castle Ravenloft, I was playing in.

In my personal life I’ve started a new job, this one in gaming retail, and so far I’m having a blast working with what I know and love. The store I’m working at mainly concentrates on console and miniatures games, but there are also some board games, and role-playing games, although the market for those in Finland, at least at the moment, is very small indeed. I heard a rumor that Fantasiapelit, the biggest gaming store chain in Finland, would rather quit role-playing games altogether, since most of their income is from selling manga comics to teenage girls, with Games Workshop products being a (not even close) second. Frankly, I’m not very surprised. They’ve been cutting down on RPG shelf space for a few years now, with manga books taking up more and more space every month. A pity. I wonder what’ll happen to them when the manga craze blows over. Oh well. There will be others to pick up their business.

My next RPG-related project is a super-hero campaign in the vein of classic Chris Claremont – John Byrne -era X-Men. The campaign is set in the late 60’s, with the player characters among the first super-heroes the world has known. More on this later, however, as I’ve got to start getting ready for work.