Fantasy Flight’s acclaimed mini-d20 setting Grimm from last year is getting the standalone treatment next month (supposedly next month, at least), with its own system and a greatly expanded page count. Grimm was one of the better-realized entries in the ooohh-childhood-is-scary RPG boomlet we had a while back, so it’s good to see this; nonetheless, I have my fingers crossed that the system gets stripped down substantially. I can’t think of many settings better suited to role-playing’s insurgent development ethos of making rules for, and out of, storytelling… rather than just injecting numbers and dice into the middle of story, like cream filling in a Twinkie.
Archive for November, 2004
Sid Sackson’s is the Game of the Year (but, curiously, not Best Word Game) according to GAMES Magazine. Also notable is Memoir ’44 in the Historical Simulation category I didn’t know they had, and a tie for Best Abstract Strategy Game. Our men at Funagain have the whole, absurdly long list.
Yes, the only Magic expansion I ever bought more than five boosters from is getting its sequel, and it streets next week. Here is a preview of the chaos that results from an average card, and here’s that logo to look for again. Since the only Magic play I’m interested in is casual play, and since Pack Wars only goes so far, Magic is pretty feast-and-famine for me… with Unhinged, I get to feast again. ON HUMAN BLOOD – *ahem* sorry.
The next set for MLB SportsClix has been announced, and Wiz Kids appears to be retooling the game a bit (see the press release below). Maybe if it weren’t as slow as real baseball games, and a single package contained enough pieces to actually play, gamers would play it more. I guess we’ll find out.
The website doesn’t reveal much, but the idea’s intriguing: Necronomonopoly. Yep, it appears to be a twist on the family game of real estate hoarding, with the goal of grabbing land being overshadowed by the goal of staying sane. For $10, you can download the satirical horror boardgame and get a look at components the website doesn’t show… like the game board, or a sample card, or something. C’mon, give us a taste. [EDIT: Oops. The tastes are there, I just missed ’em.]
NCsoft is using the power of HeroClix to make its City of Heroes Collectors DVD Edition even more attractive to gamers. An exclusive Statesman HeroClix figure is part of the package, which also includes a fold-out Paragon City map, a novel excerpt, a unique in-game item, and trailers of the upcoming City of Villains expansion. All announced on the day The Incredibles comes out. Hey, a superheroes fan is a superheroes fan, I guess.
For those who haven’t lost faith in George Lucas and the Star Wars prequel movies yet, there’s news that broke just before the weekend while I was buried in a deadline. The Episode III teaser poster is available, to view or purchase, and it tries real hard to be ominous. I’ll reserve judgement until The Incredibles comes out this weekend, which will supposedly have the Episode III preview trailer attached. But after the lame execution on the “love story” plotline in Episode II, I’m not getting my hopes up. “Ooo, Anakin. When you slaughtered those sandpeople and whined about Obi Wan, you got me so hot…”