We’ve got two new reviews to get you through the weekend. First, Joe’s had a pre-release sneak peak at Foul Locales: Beyond the Walls, a cool new d20 supplement coming out soon from Mystic Eye Games. From Joe’s description, MEG’s got another winner I’ll be waiting in line for when it reaches stores. Also, Demian gives us his thoughts on Armada X, the last release from ThreeSixty Publishing before it closed up shop earlier this month. What did he like or dislike about the game? Ain’t tellin’. You’ll have to read it to find out.
Archive for December, 2002
GamingReport has a few probable details about the upcoming “big figure” for MechWarrior, a dropship that’ll hold four full-size Mechs inside and have five combat dials of its own. MWRealms hasn’t picked up the story yet – maybe they don’t do rumors? – but they do have a story about eight-inch Mech figures headed to the toy market.
I don’t have a link for this, exactly, but I had a talk last night with a couple of fairly serious, if amateur, local Magic players last night and they told me something interesting. It is heavily rumored, but unconfirmed, that the next expansion after the current base set (which is Onslaught – the base set, that is) will consist of nothing but creatures. That’s right: all creatures, all the time. The third expansion in the Onslaught block would then have no creatures at all, to balance things out. I’m sure this doesn’t affect any of your lives really, and might not be true at all, but I post it in the hopes that it’ll entertain you for a few seconds. That’s about it. Whee!
No, Peter Jackson hasn’t resurrected the beast from the first Lord of the Rings movie. I’m talking about Cave Troll, the latest board game design from Tom Jolly, by way of Fantasy Flight Games. For the curious types out there, FFG has posted the Cave Troll rules, but the gist of it is this: each player controls a party of adventurers as they search the cave troll’s lair for loot and magical goodies. As players find these fabulous prizes, they score points. All the while, players must jockey for position against each other and avoid the cave troll and other nasty beasts. Though the concept is similar, the game mechanic is far different than Jolly’s excellent Drakon, making this a game I’m looking forward to test driving.
Battle Cattle Third Edition, with cover art by the same Colin Adams you see rockin’ it up in the corner every day here in the Cave, is now shipping to your game store, and orderable directly from Wingnut if you accidentally blew up your game store. Now that I’ve played a game of BC, I can tell you that it’s the game that, in some ways, the most recent edition of Car Wars should have been: fast, fun, and still somewhat real in terms of strategy and tactics. Check it out.
Upper Deck has just announced a multi-year deal with Nickelodeon. Yes, this means you’ll be seeing trading cards and CCGs based on the cartoon shows SpongeBob Squarepants, Jimmy Neutron, Fairly Odd Parents, and Rocket Power, all of which my daughter has watched (and therefore, so have I). Of these, I give the best chances to the SpongeBob Squarepants CCG, planned for release in March 2003, and any game connected to Fairly Odd Parents, which is just a freakshow to watch. Nothing quite compares to seeing SpongeBob watching “sponge porn” in an episode, though. Gaaaah!
Alien Menace will be bringing three of Mythrole Games’ downloadable games to print in March 2003. The Mythrole titles Witch Hunt, Shrimpin’, and my personal favorite, Night of the Ill-Tempered Squirrel will join the Alien Menace lineup. It’s great to see Tyler Sigman’s game designs from Mythrole reach stores in printed editions. A new generation of Ill-Tempered Squirrels is about to be born!