Archive for February, 2004

Love still in the Cave

Friday, February 6th, 2004

There’s only a little over a week in our Ogres in Love contest, in which we’ll be giving away a copy of The Slayer’s Guide to Ogres, coming out this month from Mongoose Publishing. Come up with 100 words or less describing an Ogre’s Valentine’s Day, and you could well end up with a free copy of the book. Or at the very least, your name and entry up on the site. Have a look at the contest details, and get to writing.

OgreCave Preview: CyborGladiators

Friday, February 6th, 2004

Matthew’s brought us a pre-release look at CyborGladiators by Firefly Games. I got to test out the game at last October’s RPGnet Game Day: Oakland, and ended up losing a limb, then the combat to a really tough insectoid. The book’s at the printer right now, so see what you think with Matthew’s review, and watch for it in stores in a couple of weeks.

Sisterz are doing it for themzelvez

Friday, February 6th, 2004

It seems like every post I make these days is about some absurd new Hasbro initiative, but here goes: the G-rizzle has obtained some info on Star Sisterz, a collectible charm-bracelet-based game that combines the popular beaded trinkets with truth-or-dare-style questions on cards. It is actually a Wizards of the Coast-branded product, but it’ll be carried in Limited Too, so maybe the coolness levels of the two will cancel out in the minds of female 11-year-olds. Interestingly, this will hit around the same time as Duel Masters.
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Mongoose Year in Preview

Friday, February 6th, 2004

On the heels of Mongoose‘s Starship Troopers announcement, the company has outlined this year’s planned releases. Bruce Graw, formerly of Agents of Gaming, has joined the Mongoose staff, and will bring his Babylon 5 Wars experience to the company’s plans for miniatures games. Planned product highlights include: a new boardgames division; Schism, a “mature” RPG about a war in Heaven; Judge Dredd: Turf Wars, a miniatures combat game; Mighty Armies, a 15mm fantasy miniatures wargame that will package an entire army for $19.95; and hints toward another unannounced license, based on “an old and very popular RPG”. Click “Read more” for the full release, and start your drooling.
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Starship Troopers licensed by Mongoose

Friday, February 6th, 2004

Now that Conan: the RPG is out, Mongoose Publishing decided to get the impending license anticipation building again. The company’s newest license is Starship Troopers, the grim-and-gritty story of mankind versus aliens in a war to the death. Mongoose has plans for a licensed RPG in late 2004, based on the company’s Open Game system. In early 2005, Mongoose will follow the RPG release with a miniatures wargame, starting with a big boxed set of Mobile Infantry and Arachnids, and supported by additional minis, vehicles and armies throughout the year. Starship Troopers graphic novels will also be produced, arriving every so often in 2004. As long as Jake Busey doesn’t play the electo-fiddle again, I’m all for it.
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Companies gearing up for GTS ’04

Wednesday, February 4th, 2004

WizKids has announced their GTS premiere and giveaway, of course. But I’m hearing that AEG will have a surprise to give to retailers, too: the Spycraft CCG. I haven’t been able to confirm this yet, but that’s what I’m hearing. I’ve also heard that the next expansion set for the D&D Miniatures, titled Archfiends, will have exactly that: some of the big boys of evil, including Orcus and Demogorgon figures. I’m betting those’d be rares.

Playtest report: Cyberpunk the CCG

Wednesday, February 4th, 2004

There’s a lot of buzz lately about Cyberpunk the CCG. Around my area, much of that buzz is gamers asking “What’s it like?” or “Where can I get it?” It seems some local retailers have been reluctant to buy into another collectible game, at least until it’s a verified Runaway Hit (TM), so around here it’s making the game harder to find. This hasn’t slowed us down though, since Social Games President Peter Wacks hooked us up at Gen Con SoCal, and we’ve been playing around with the game ever since. Though we’re still working on the full review, let me see what I can tell you so far.
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Eberron cover and support details

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2004

The G.R. has details and a cover shot of the happening new campaign-setting-to-be, courtesy of their spies at Winter Fantasy. I still kind of think it has a dumb name, but the logotype is pretty appealing actually. I hope they don’t go with black and white art in the inset, though. Two other hardbacks will also hit in ’05, along with a mess of support the year after – five books are currently planned for ’06.

Z-Man plans Tomorrow Knights. Today still undecided

Monday, February 2nd, 2004

Speaking of comics, Z-Man Games has announced plans for a roleplaying game based on the Tomorrow Knights, a Marvel title from the early ’90s. Sounds like a cyberpunk-ish setting with mecha thrown in, which could be rather cool. Spectrum Games, known for Cartoon Action Hour, will develop the title for Z-Man, for a late 2004 release.
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Dracula’s Revenge comic creeps closer

Monday, February 2nd, 2004

This just in: the comic book based on Human Head Studios‘ upcoming board game, Dracula’s Revenge, now has an official press release (below). I mentioned the comic a couple weeks ago, but the release gives added details on the comic’s plotline, as well as author Matt Forbeck‘s inspiration for the story. The comic arrives in April, hopefully followed by the board game shortly thereafter.
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