Indie Essentials 6: Forced Showdown!

Indie Essentials 6: Forced Showdown!

The latest instalment of Indie Essentials is out! This week is the Danish game “Forced Showdown” by BetaDwarf!


I originally got this game with my The Indie Box subscription, but I’ve followed BetaDwarf for a few years, due to my interest in the #dkgame scene. I really like the way BetaDwarf integrates their community in their games, like adding Twitch integration and releasing free DLC based on community goals.

This game plays with either keyboard & mouse, or a controller. My personal preference is playing this kind of game with a controller, especially since I got myself a wireless one for my pc!

Forced Showdown is a neat game, and it’s on sale in the Steam Holiday Sale right now, if you’re interested!

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What’s In The Box? It’s TheIndieBox, Dyscourse edition!

What’s In The Box? It’s TheIndieBox, Dyscourse edition!

A while back, I became aware of a subscription box service I never knew I needed. That subscription box is none other than TheIndieBox.
To put it shortly, it’s a company that gives new indie games an old school deluxe edition treatment. There is a limited quantity made of each month’s IndieBox, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. There are usually some still available for sale from previous months-  which is how I snagged a copy of the Steamworld Dig box, even though I didn’t subscribe to TheIndieBox when that came out.

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Thing a Week 3: Custom card box

Thing a Week 3: Custom card box

A while back,  I backed a project on Kickstarter called The GameMaster’s Apprentice. In short, this is a deck of 60 cards with print on both sides that helps create random events, npc’s and stuff like that. Seeing as I’m currently running a D&D 5e campaign for the first time, I felt like this would be a useful tool.

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Unfortunately, the cards did not come with a box to keep them organized.

This has been kind of a problem for me, since I just kind of left them on my desk, as I do with a lot of stuff.

I didn’t want to just salvage an old card box from some deck of cards, though.

I decided to make my own box for the cards, to make it my own.

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A few pieces of cardboard and half a roll of off-brand duct tape later, I was done.

I lined the inside of the box with the non-sticky side of the duct tape. It isn’t perfect – the cards don’t slide off that surface as smoothly as I’d like, but it’ll do. The biggest challenge was creating a mechanism for the box to close properly, to keep any cards from falling out. After cannibalizing a few ziploc bags and realizing that that didn’t work once you cut the bag open (which was a pity, because I could’ve made a neat closing mechanism that way), I decided on just going with more duct tape. Hey, it really DOES fix everything!

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The closing mechanism isn’t perfect (like the lining of the box), but so far it seems to work as intended!


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Hero Forge Miniatures

Hero Forge Miniatures

Last year, I backed a project on Kickstarter called “Customizable 3D Printed Tabletop Miniatures“. It ended up crowdsourcing a bit over three times the amount needed to make the project a reality. It would later be given the more catchy name “Hero Forge”.

The concept is simple: A character creator that lets you choose various and sundry races, poses, items and armor. You order the mini (or statue), and Shapeways 3D prints it. As an added bonus, Shapeways ships from the European Union which meant a speedy delivery that wasn’t held up in customs.

The concept might be simple, but I’m guessing all the legwork behind the project isn’t. On the 9th of December last year, Hero Forge went live. I had pledged an amount that would let me order and ship 3 custom miniatures without additional costs.

I first created my Cleric from a D&D campaign one of my buddies DM’ed over the course of  the last year. I then created the main character from Penny Arcade’s Automata series.

In the end, though, I decided on something else for my 3 minis: Creating important NPC’s for the D&D 5e campaign that I am DM’ing as of this year. Since my fellow Nerd Essentials members Ropo and Noobis are both in the campaign as players, I won’t tell you too much about the characters.

I’ll let you see them, though:

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Without spoiling too much of my D&D campaign, we have (in order): an Elven sorceress, a Dwarven fighter of some sort, and a gnome-sized scoundrel.

At $25 a pop, these miniatures are kind of pricy. I haven’t painted them yet (though I’ll probably show you progress on them in a future Thing a Week blogpost), but they feel pretty sturdy. As for their weight, they have the weight of a mini you might find in a board game – slightly lighter than a Warhammer 40k Ork (the reference mini I have on my desk).

The weapons are definitely the weakest parts of the minis, but that feels like it won’t be a concern. The pictures might not do complete justice to the quality of the miniatures – even clear as they are, I can tell the facial expression on the minis quite clearly.

I am very satisfied with the minis – quality, price and delivery time. I look forward to painting these, and presenting them at opportune times in my D&D campaign – not to mention having the possibility of creating NPC and player characters in the future!

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(Pictured: all three minis with better light, and a Warhammer 40k Ork kinda for scale)


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Kickstarter Spotlight: “Nineteen” by SpellBlast, a Dark Tower album

Kickstarter Spotlight: “Nineteen” by SpellBlast, a Dark Tower album

One of my all-time favorite authors is Stephen King. I think it’s fair to say that I grew up reading his books.

At some point as a teenager, I was given the first Dark Tower book: “The Gunslinger”. While initially annoyed at the rather small book, it lead me deeper into the Stephen King universe of books.

The Dark Tower may be one of my favorite series of books as well; the setting, the characters and pervasive sense of everything being connected really resonated with me.

All that said, I was just browsing Kickstarter earlier, and stumbled upon this Kickstarter: “Nineteen” by SpellBlast. I had not heard of SpellBlast before, but decided to check them out on Youtube. The band’s sound is right up my alley, and the idea of metal music based on The Dark Tower was just too tempting to let go.

Give the band a listen, especially if you’re a fan of The Dark Tower.

All I can say apart from that is, I hope they reach their Kickstarter – and check out that gorgeous artwork by Roberta Cavalleri!

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