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Gamegrene News Feed... - For The Gamer Who's Sick Of The Typical
Gamegrene is not your typical gaming website. We're not here to be shiny and happy and blindly optimistic. We're in the trenches, my friends. This is war. Real, honest-to-God war-is-hell war, the kind with gunsmoke in your eyes and shells whistling through the air and mist on the battlefield and the stench of something rotten in Denmark, trench rot, gore, blood, pus and gangrene.
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60BWC Teaser Site Launches
A new game entitled "60 Blank White Cards", coded in Drupal and by the well-known Morbus Iff, has just launched its teaser site which alludes to "cash prizes", "prize-winning points", and offers up the requisite word puzzle for those ready to learn more.

Design Essentials: Storyworks
Storycrafters employ various methods to fashion tales. The mechanisms are called "devices", or "techniques", and comprise the inner workings of tales, giving each its own character. Stories can be spun without knowing the names of all the assorted gears and sprockets, but some basic familiarity with the widgets can enhance storycrafting skills. Passing down the knowledge from crafter to crafter is the very best of all.

Tekken Story Debate
A singular conflict in my love-hate relationship with GD:T&P, my topic-inspiration crutch, is over a passage on story in the design of Tekken, the first game of the well-known fighting game series. I say the passage is a dirty sucker-punch motivated by some unseen bitterness and deserves a fair shot for rebuttal.

Design Essentials: Of Story in Games
Stories are a core element of game design but the art of storycrafting for games is truly arcane. This article looks at some kinds of story, their basic composition and how the types may apply to both development, presentation and play.

Ziggurat Con - A Recap
SPC David Amberson, Ziggurat Con Chair, writes to tel us that Ziggurat Convention 2007 is finally over. "To everyone who helped us, we, the participants of Ziggurat Con thank you for all your help," he said. "Without you, there wouldn't have been a convention to support." Gamegrene is proud to have been the website that truly broke this story open. I personally hope that there won't have to be a Ziggurat Con 2008 - it would be nice for everyone to come home and just go to GenCon next year.

Dead Inside: A Review
Sometimes the independent role-playing industry releases some real gems, and Dead Inside is definitely one of them. It has enough storyline for any player who focuses on character development and the ease of play allows newcomers and veterans alike to enter into the game quickly, without spending hours scrutinizing on character archetypes and the crunchy mechanics.

Another Rant About Alignment
My perspective on the most steadfast rule of D&D that isn't used anywhere else.

PORTAL: A Spankin' New Roleplaying System
Welcome to PORTAL (Player Oriented Roleplaying: Timing, Action & Lucidity), a universal roleplaying system ready to be adapted to whatever your imagination can come up with. It's a system which strives to strike a balance between roleplaying and gaming.

A Plug for Pardus
Pardus, an indy space MMORPG with traders, fighters and pirates of various races and factions striving for wealth and fame in the universe, is expanding on June 10!

Running with the Demon
Shadowrun is a game filled with imagination set in the postmodernist dystopia of the bleak near-future. Shadowrun is also one of the biggies, a game created by one of the roleplaying giants that generated video games, action figures (well, all right, they were like giant mage knight figures) and a novel series. Because of this, why is it so underground?

The Pros of Cons
Rather than a discussion of people making a living at running scams, this article focuses on the beneficial point of conventions. Science Fiction, Gaming, and Comic conventions are discussed.

Design Essentials: Basic Elements of Gameplay
A discussion starter, from the unusual inspiration source, on the question: "What are elements of good gameplay?" Some example ideas are provided along with the application to different game forms.

Bronze Gods: A New Fantasy d20 Setting
The world is vibrant, the world is alive... You can taste salt on the wind, smell the black damp of the earth beneath your feet. The drums of the ancestors call out to the clans, their song carried to all the chiefdoms across the sea. These are the ancient islands of the Brothers, the islands of the Bronze Gods, and they are your home.

Science Fiction ruleset for HARP
A PDF of HARP SF Beta 0.1 is available for download from the ICE online store. Members of the ICE forum who have purchased the PDF get free updates as they are released.

Student arrested for making a Counter Strike map of his school
A Clements High School senior was arrested for being a terrorist threat after parents complained he’d created a computer game map of his school for use as a mod in an online game. One article says police found and seized "five swords" the boy had at his home, as well as a hammer.

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