July has come to an end, which means the latest installment of The Hunters Gathering is here. This will be our last major update before we get to Gen Con, so be sure to take it all in and get yourself up to speed with what we have going on and coming up soon. As always, we encourage you to connect with us directly via our Community Forums and with social media via any of our official accounts: Hunters Entertainment on Facebook, Outbreak: Undead on Facebook, ABCs of RPGs on Facebook, or Hunters Entertainment on Twitter.
With that out of the way we can get rolling right along to all the news.
Events & More
Gen Con 50 – We are just over two weeks away from the Gen Con 50th Anniversary event! As previously discussed in past updates we’ll have a booth in the Vendor’s Hall as well as an assortment of games and events ranging across Outbreak: Undead.. 2nd Edition to The ABCs of RPGs. We’ve expanded our offerings to accommodate sellouts on a number of events to give everyone a better chance to play a game with the team or our wonderful volunteers. A few of our events do still have some tickets left at this point, so feel free to check what we have and grab a slot to ensure your spot!
This is a great opportunity to connect with the team including Christopher De La Rosa, Ivan Van Norman, Caleb Cleveland, and Alex Huilman, experience all of your favorite Hunters Entertainment products, and have a grand old time! Also be sure to follow the official discussion about Gen Con 50 and Hunters Entertainment on our Community Forums which can be found here.
If that wasn’t enough regarding Gen Con, we have a few more surprises ready to go for the big event including some exclusives that will only be available at the convention. We’ll have the Rag & Bone Man on location with helpful gear to trade with participants of Pandemic Play as we previously announced. This will also be your first chance to get your hands on a physical copy of the Gamemaster’s Companion (previously only available in PDF), though this will also be available as a Print on Demand item from DTRPG for those who can’t attend the big event. We’re also ready to let you know that we will have some special new Pandemic Play “Loot” decks that will be available on a limited basis for Action Rangers looking to step up their game and run some bigger events, so be sure to stop by the booth and chat with us about how you can try to get these great new items.
AetherCon Online – As we announced last month we’ll be attending AetherCon, a unique convention that takes place online. We have kicked in to help fill out some of their prize bundles, meaning you can get some Hunters Books products just by participating in the convention! Additionally we are looking into having a vendor “booth” setup for the convention where some of the time will be live to chat at various times, and we should also have a few sessions in the mix too for those looking to play some games with us. Be sure to mark down the dates of November 10-12 now.
Hunters Convention Circuit – We are always looking for more avenues that we can connect with our community, and we are still reviewing some options at this time. If you don’t think our currently announced appearances will work out for you try not to despair, as we’re always cooking up new stuff that might pan out better for your schedule.
Announcements & Teasers
2nd Edition Kickstarter Campaign – The time has come for us to make this announcement, and we hope that it is as exciting for all of you as it is for us. After considerable work we are getting ready to move on to the funding phase of bringing the Outbreak: Undead.. 2nd Edition Core Rules to life and getting them in your hands! The Core Rules will consist of the Survivor’s Guide, Gamemaster’s Guide, and Stronghold Guide respectively. More content from the First Edition has been converted and the content released previously from the Starter Kit and Gamemaster’s Companion pocket books has been expanded upon. Feedback from Survivors the world over has likewise been accommodated. Every tool you could possibly need as a player, Gamemaster, or a group looking to establish a thriving post-apocalyptic community will be found within these pages.
To be clear this will not be another pocket edition, but the full blown whole of 2nd Edition. Our goal is that this coming September we will be launching our Kickstarter to get these books finalized and printed!
Rag & Bone Man Store Social Game – We’ve done a couple rounds of our Social Media game at this point, and believe us when we say the Rag & Bone Man is watching. As a community you will influence the store offerings for Pandemic Play based on your choices in our micro-scenarios online. With two rounds in the bucket already you’ve already been making an impact, and we’ll have some more coming up for you shortly. Be sure to follow Outbreak: Undead on Facebook and Hunters Entertainment on Twitter to participate!
Outbreak: Undead.. 2nd Edition Core Rules – We are working on some of the final touches in regards to editing at this time, and as discussed above this means we are approaching the point where we will need to get our funding going. This is exciting for us as it means we are not far off from you finally having the opportunity to check out everything we have been working on so diligently, start hearing your feedback, and seeing you have a chance to make use of this in actual play. Nothing is much more fulfilling than that!
Outbreak: Undead.. 2nd Edition Strain Series – One of the things that Survivors have consistently asked for with Outbreak: Undead.. is the inclusion of fleshed out Campaign Settings for the game system in order to take out some of the work related to world building for Gamemasters. Well we have taken that to heart and you won’t just be getting a single Campaign Setting in 2nd Edition, but rather you will have some options to select from to give you the outbreak you want. We currently have two Settings already in development and have some ideas for additional ones in the future. We’ll start rolling out more details about the Strain Series in the coming months.
Artist Search – We mentioned last month that a few top-tier artists are being courted to take on the art of Outbreak: Undead.. 2nd Edition. We are excited to announce that Anthony Jones will be bringing his talents to the product line! Anthony has been working in the entertainment industry since 2007, with studios including; Blizzard, Sony Santa Monica, Paramount Pictures, Hasbro Toys, and Western Costumes. We are very pleased to bring Anthony on board and will be sharing a few sneak peeks of his work soon.
Thanks for joining us once again, and we’ll catch you next time around!