About this Newsletter
A lot of BRPG and BGE owners reading this might well never have returned to visit the Battlegrounds Games website or forums after their initial purchase. I strongly recommend that you do so from time to time, to keep up to date on the latest BRPG and BGE releases, submit feature requests and bug reports, and to generally help shape the evolution of BRPG and BGE with your feedback. Tell us what you like, what you don't, what you think could be improved, and what future products you would like to see made available.
For those of you who do not regularly visit the Battlegrounds Games site or forums, this newsletter will keep you posted on important news, developments, and product releases.
In This Issue
The last newsletter went out in March 2011. A lot has happened since then, so there is a lot of catching up to do.
Out with the Old, In with the New
BRPG v1.7d has become the new official release, replacing BRPG v1.6m. You can read more about this release and download it from here. I encourage everyone to update to this new version at their earliest convenience; upon finishing a current adventure might be a good time to do so.
I hope all the hard work that's gone into making BRPG v1.7d faster, more stable, and more feature-rich than the previous official release pays off in the form of more enjoyable game sessions for you and your fellow BRPGers.
Of course, there is still more in the works. BRPG v1.7e has been available in beta for a while. Aside from adding a few more handy features and bug fixes, it is a stepping-stone to a new networking feature that will more accurately monitor if anyone has been disconnected from the game session, both for the purpose of informing other users and for allowing the disconnected user to log back in more easily. BRPG v1.8 was just released, and is in beta status. This is a significant update, and I think users (GMs, especially) will love the new Gallery Browser.
Updated User Manual for BRPG Released
In April 2011, an updated User Manual for BRPG was released to cover all the changes and new features added to the program up through BRPG v1.7. The 169-page searchable PDF is chock-full of illustrative screenshots and includes a hyperlinked Table of Contents and a product catalog. It is probably the most thorough and comprehensive User Manual available for any virtual tabletop program. Note that this updated User Manual is included with BRPG v1.7d, so you may not need to download it separately if you have already updated your BRPG installation.
In subsequent months, as newer releases of BRPG became available, I released a couple of Addendums to the User Manual, in an effort to keep BRPG's documentation as up-to-date as possible. Download the latest Addendum from here (in the Documentation section). While you're there, you may also wish to get the Quick Reference Sheet for BRPG, which is a print-ready summary of all the hotkeys used in the program.
Battlegrounds Gaming Engine (aka BGE)
The newest virtual tabletop software from Battlegrounds Games, "Battlegrounds Gaming Engine", was released in June 2011. This product was initially announced long ago as "Battlegrounds: Wargame Edition", but was renamed due to a change in scope (it's now not just for wargaming, but also for general boardgaming, card games, and dice games). Since its release, it has received three updates, and now BGE v1.3, which was previously in beta status, has become the new official release.
BGE has been designed to be compatible with all the game conversions that have been released for BRPG.
The entire Battlegrounds Games website has been updated to reflect the availability of BGE (primarily to keep BRPG and BGE content separate). A BGE QuickStart Guide has been released to help users who are new to BGE get up and running as quickly as possible.
Call for Reviews and Testimonials
I would love to hear what you think of the software, the artpacks, and the game conversions that Battlegrounds Games has published. Please either post your comments on the Battlegrounds Games forums or email them to me. I would like to include user testimonials on the web site. In the case of reviews of specific digital game conversions or specific artpacks, please post your comments in the appropriate thread of the Product Releases subforum.
Rating Virtual Tabletop Software
You can rate the various virtual tabletop programs including Battlegrounds, of course right here (note that it can take 5 or 10 seconds before the ratings appear on the right side of the page).
Gamers interested in trying out virtual tabletops are likely to come across these ratings, which may (should?) influence their choice of VT. I hope you will take a moment to rate all of the VTs that you have had some experience with. Please abstain from rating the VTs that you have never tried.
Yes, I've mentioned all this before in the previous Newsletter, but so few people voted that I thought I'd bring it up again. And those of you who have already voted might want to update your rating.
New Artpacks for BRPG
A few new artpacks have been released for BRPG since Issue #2 of this Newsletter went out, and these are covered below.
The ever-growing collection of artpacks are a major strength of BRPG, and can save GMs a lot of preparation time while simultaneously providing them and their players with visually rich and professional-looking content.
The following list contains brief descriptions of each artpack. If one peaks your interest, click on its link to see preview images, contact sheets, and/or to get additional information about the product.
New Game Conversions for BGE
Every single digital game conversion that had previously been released for use in BRPG has been re-released for use with BGE. The following list contains brief descriptions of brand new game conversions released exclusively for BGE since the program's debut. If a particular game listed below peaks your interest, click on its link to see preview images and/or to get additional information about the game.
Note that 5 of the 7 new game conversions are absolutely free.
That's all for this issue. Thanks for reading, and happy gaming!