Archive for October, 2003

Blue torch special on Hasbro crap!

Wednesday, October 15th, 2003

Hasbro-branded games are buy one, get one free at Toys ‘R’ Us this week apparently. (Some other possibilities – hey, they still make Crossfire!)

More lawsuit fun: WotC sues Pokemon USA, uses the word “tortuous”

Monday, October 13th, 2003

Wizards alleges “patent infringement, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, tortuous interference with a business relationship, unjust enrichment and other claims“. Pokemon USA says, “We were sued the day after our distribution agreement with Wizards ended […] We are confident that we’ve acted both legally and fairly with respect to Wizards”. Mammon, I choose you!

Vault of Fiends all tidy, ready for close-up

Saturday, October 11th, 2003

In case you missed the mention of it on the Atlas Games dispatches, word is that Dungeoneer: Vault of the Fiends has moved past card approval stage and is rapidly approaching release. The follow-up release to Dungeoneer,one of last year’s best stand-alone card games, looks to repeat that success with some minor-but-significant improvements. The best of these features, pumpable monster cards, will make those threats you throw at your opponents far more satisfying to bring out. And the two Dungeoneer games, both stand-alones, can be combined for two great tastes that play great together. Expect Dungeoneer 2: Electric Boogaloo… er, Vault of the Fiends to reach stores in November.

Spellflag freebie up at Human Head

Friday, October 10th, 2003

Human Head Studios just sent word that the free PDF Matt Forbeck’s been feverishly working on is finally available. The free web enhancement for Redhurst: Academy of Magic presents rules for Spellflag, “the game of Wizards.” You can pick up your copy at the company’s download page, and see if it compares at all to Quiddich.

Vampyres spread through Cheapass

Friday, October 10th, 2003

has embraced the Halloween spirit by hiding the six Vampyre Button Men in various places around the company’s website. If you find ’em and email the links, your next order will have a complete set of Vampyre Button Men coming with your next order. The new Deadland: On Location would be a good one to create an order for.

Look at me, I bought some Initial D boosters

Thursday, October 9th, 2003

“Big Brakes”? That’s my rare? “Big Brakes.” Whatever. What I’m starting to really like about this game is its vaguely Engrish qualities: how the flavor text or title of a card seem just subtly wrong enough to be funny, while the card keeps a straight face, as it were. “This is the beginning of a beautiful battle.” All righty then.

I haven’t invested in a starter yet, so I can’t tell you if there have been any major gameplay changes from the demo set I picked up at Origins. It doesn’t look like there have been, though. The cars that go with the selection of starter decks I saw look like they’re balanced pretty well as far as cost vs. power… I dunno. I wouldn’t be reporting on this if news were a little thicker. Only other thing I can think of is the bit in the rumors section of this update from Chaosium about Metallica being approached to do a Cthulhu for President album. And the only funny thing about that is that some folks on the Internet are reportedly taking it seriously. As if they’d deal with the Great Old Ones after tangling with Napster…

Mhorann Games gets feet wet

Tuesday, October 7th, 2003

Mhorann Games, a new entry in the publishing field, is “testing the waters,” as it were. How? With an aquatic d20 adventure, of course. Terror in Paradise is a 46-page PDF that takes 3rd-4th level characters and strands them on an unchanrted tropical island filled with friendly-yet-duplicitous natives and a wealth of deadly beasts. The adventure can be purchased at RPGNow for $7, and free downloads of maps and a seaborne adventure primer are available on Mhorann’s download page. Hmmm… does the adventure’s title sound more like a Styx tune, or something from Phil Collins?

Green Ronin unburies Skull & Bones extras

Tuesday, October 7th, 2003

Having finally overcome the curse upon it’s release, Green Ronin‘s Skull & Bones has arrived in stores. To mark the occasion, GR has dug up a special, larger version of a period map that appears in the book, as well as the original Skull & Bones preview PDF. For those that need to feel like a pirate on a more regular basis, there’s also free desktops ripe for the plundering.

Thought it was a joke, didn’t you?

Saturday, October 4th, 2003

Well, yes, Battle Cattle has been stretching the same joke for quite a while now, but the Battle Cattle plush is no joke. Maybe you didn’t believe it when the preview art was posted, though. No problem. Now there’s pictures of the finished prototype Toy Vault has put together, and I’m sure Wingnut Games couldn’t be more proud. Let’s see here… that looks like a grenade instead of a cow bell, a cybernetic eye and leg, twin rockets mounted on either side of his hindquarters… definitely a farm animal that’s ready to roast some rump.

Free Board Game Just Keeps Changing!

Wednesday, October 1st, 2003

Invisible City has come through again with another game of the month. In Slipmax, players roll a die and race around a board, gaining and losing money based on where they end up. It all sounds very traditional, but there’s a twist: what happens to each player isn’t based on static squares on the board; instead, there are “register strips” which move during play, leading to a constantly shifting gaming environment. It’s not as confusing as it sounds, and in any case, you can clarify any confusion by taking a look yourself; after all, it’s free!

All Neopets, all the time

Wednesday, October 1st, 2003

It really is amusing, as GamingReport points out, when game companies “announce” things that are about to come out and that we’ve all known about forever. However, the unveiling of the official Neopets TCG web site coincides nicely with this mini-essay on the . That’s definitely worth a read. (Hmm… I wonder how many of‘s 63 million users are accounted for by kids who created an account when they first learned how to use the site, and now think they have to go through the process every time they want to play.) As far as the card game goes, the Flash demo indicates that it hews closer to the WotC Star Wars TCG design than to Magic or Pokemon. So there is a real game in there… more so than in HumAliens, that’s for damn sure.

Lord of the Rings TMG site launches

Wednesday, October 1st, 2003

The official site for the Lord of the Rings TMGis up and running, though there isn’t a whole lot there yet. Currently, visitors can have a look around, download the rules, read the FAQ, check out the forums, and other basic stuff. However, the site mentions two figure giveaway promotions and a free poster that Sabertooth has set up with a couple of industry magazines:

In issue #66 of Scrye, set to release towards the end of October, will have an exclusive figure deal for a Gandalf the Grey promo figure. In issue #67 there will be a visual collection tracking poster, which will feature pictures of the base set figures […] In issue #3 of Undefeated Magazine, which hits stands at the end of October as well, there will be another exclusive figure, this time a Gimli figure.

If miniatures combat on Middle Earth is your thing, be sure to grab those magazines for details.