Archive for December, 2002

Preview & Review: Beyond the Walls & Armada X

Friday, December 20th, 2002

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.

My Mechs, I likes ’em big

Thursday, December 19th, 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.

From the people-still-play-Magic department…

Thursday, December 19th, 2002

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!

yourname@tunnelsandtrolls.com

Thursday, December 19th, 2002

Rick Loomis of Flying Buffalo has gone and registered the domain name tunnelsandtrolls.com. As a special offer to T&T fans, Rick is offering to sell email accounts with yourname@tunnelsandtrolls.com. The cost is $25.00 for one year and $40.00 for two. If you are interested you can read about it at the Radiofreetrollworld Yahoo group or drop Rick an email.

12 Games of d20

Wednesday, December 18th, 2002

Our final look back at the year’s best Christmas gifts concludes with 12 Games of d20. The Cave Dwellers of OgreCave narrowed things down to just a few products, though many more deserved mentioning. If your buddys, spouse, or anyone else has no idea what to get you as that last-minute gift, we’ll straighten them out for ya, at no charge.

New Review: Santa’s Soldiers – Second Edition

Tuesday, December 17th, 2002

Demian has done us all a great service by reviewing the most festive of all violent roleplaying games, Santa’s Soldiers: Second Edition by Deep7. How does it compare to the original version? Do elves bleed green, red, or eggnog? Find out inside.

Cave Troll surfaces to defend lair

Monday, December 16th, 2002

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.

Cindy Lu Hoo, who was no more than 2nd level

Monday, December 16th, 2002

If you were really into some of the Thanksgiving downloads game companies offered up last month, prepare to wet yourself out of sheer joy. In the Christmas spirit, Dragonlance.com has a free adventure download for AD&D 2nd Edition based on The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Want to run a D&D session where the Grinch is a half-ice troll mage? You know you do.

12 Games of Key 20

Sunday, December 15th, 2002

This holiday season, Key 20 Publishing is playing host to the 12 Games of Christmas. No, it’s not a gift suggestion list, like ours; instead, Key 20 will present us with “new schools, mods, hooks, and promos for a variety of games […] 12 exclusive gaming tidbits for such games as Little Fears, Cartoon Action Hour, Dust Devils, and more!” As if that weren’t enough, brand-new games will also be offered by Jason L Blair (nominated for an Origins Award for Little Fears) and Jared Sorensen from Memento Mori Theatricks. Have a look at what they’ve got to offer before the spirit of Christmas fades and you miss your chance.

Privateer locks, loads, primes, and ships

Saturday, December 14th, 2002

An interesting next step in the Iron Kingdoms plan for world domination, Lock & Load: Iron Kingdoms Character Primer ships to retailers next week. Weird: Lock & Load is apparently the name of a line, but the cover art has it all big like a title, and the individual Character Primer title is all tiny. Typography has gone mad the world over, I tell you! Anyway. I like this idea as a way of recasting the player’s-handbook to an individual setting and a smaller book in general. We’ll see if Privateer maintains the high standards of previous IK material as they expand their line.

First glimpse of Dragonlance D20 available

Saturday, December 14th, 2002

It’s not out until July or August or something, but get a look at the cover art and all that stuff. Why are the words “CAMPAIGN SETTING” bigger than the title? Whatever.

Battle Cattle 3 ships in time for (insert cow-related holiday pun of choice)

Saturday, December 14th, 2002

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.

SpongeBob Squarepants CCG coming

Friday, December 13th, 2002

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 adopts Ill-Tempered Squirrels

Friday, December 13th, 2002

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!

OgreCave’s Christmas Gift Guide – part two

Thursday, December 12th, 2002

The second part of OgreCave’s Christmas Gift Guide is up for all to see. What would we suggest as the best gamer gift for $40 or less? You’ll have to read on to find out.