Archive for January, 2003
Apparently ,we haven’t had enough WizKids news after all: GamingReport brings in a few details on the under-10-pitched Creepy Freaks. Just two figures in a booster for $3.49, which is actually a decent price when you compare it to… Gregory Horror Show (the figures were good, okay?). Will kids take to a game that has no associated TV show, that doesn’t make collecting a part of its actual storyline, and that boils the conflict down to non-violent “freak-outs”? My bet is no, and although the preview figures we linked to previously look pretty good, they don’t look super-original. The game design itself might redeem this one, but we’ve seen what happens when you aim for kids and hit gamers. Ehh. I dunno.
Promo figures for Creepy Freaks and Indy HeroClix. Get your Dredd on. Do we have enough WizKids news for this week yet? Jeez.
ICv2 brings the pain – WotC’s new miniatures guy, also named Chris, answers precisely four questions about the upcoming pre-painted, randomly sorted D&D minis game. The most intriguing bit here is there will be some Chainmail figures in the first set, so that investment won’t be rendered worthless for the four or five of you who made it. Also, it’s alleged that the new game will support large battles as well as skirmishes. I don’t know that that indicates anything good for out-of-the-box gameplay, but I could be wrong.
Still nothing about the two new games, except that another person thinks they’re cool and they may reveal more details at the US Toy Fair (which is next month, right?). But there is something here about a game for the under-10 set called Creepy Freaks, which I hadn’t yet heard. Also, the same folks have of the sort-of-available-soon MechWarrior Dropship, in amongst other Fire For Effect stuff. [Update: GamingReport has some that one of the new WizKids games is actually Car Wars. I don’t buy it myself, but it would certainly be the right way to do Car Wars.]
Wayne Densley, author of the popular online gamebook series, The Chronicles of Arborell, reports that while his current interactive writing project, the epic Earth and Stone, proceeds slowly, he has managed to create another work to tide fans over in the meantime. This time it’s “Blood and Iron,” a piece of serialized fiction that will show up one episode per fortnight starting this week. It’s not interactive, but it should fill in some backstory that will add depth to the gamebooks. The current episode can be found here.
Ok, not all of you at once. It’s more like a contest kind of thing. WizKids has decided to conduct the Four Shards of the Amulet contest along with their new Mage Knight: Uprising expansion. Here’s the deal:
The goal of the contest is to be the first player or team of players to bring together four of the incredibly rare shards to form the complete Amulet. The pieces will be randomly inserted into Mage Knight: Uprising booster packs and distributed worldwide. The first team to submit a complete Amulet to the WizKids office in Bellevue, Wash., will win the grand prize.
Sound like the Four Horsemen contest to anyone else? Winners get to come to Washington and schmooze with the WizKids biggies and help design new Mage Knight figures. Check out the WizKids page for the full Skinny.
We’ve just learned that popular game author Robin Laws has been signed on as the writer for issues 65-69 of the Iron Man ongoing comic book. According to this interview with Marvel editor Tom Brevoort, current Iron Man writer Mike Grell is leaving after issue 64, leaving an unfinished storyline called “Manhunt” to resolve. Robin Laws will “pinch hit” for a few issues while Marvel continues looking for a permanent writer to take over.