A different “wizard” company, Wizard Entertainment, made the brief announcement yesterday that it would discontinue the publication of InQuest Gamer magazine after the September issue. Thus, another successful casting of Dispel Magazine comes to pass. Seems to be a popular ritual this year.
Archive for August, 2007
After one last public letter, it seems Upper Deck is withdrawing its bid to buy Topps, sports/trading card company and owner of Wiz Kids. The Upper Deck letter states that Topps “has erected a series of hurdles designed to frustrate UD’s ability to move forward”. Now we’ll see if legal battles start up over this whole mess, or if everyone will calm down and focus on developing games and such.
They previewed Gleemax – like, the real one – and you can see a few screens over here. It looks like an improvement over what’s up now, but the UI still isn’t doing a fabulous job of making clear what the site is.
Catalyst Game Labs, the new custodians of Classic BattleTech, released the by-all-accounts very, very sweet Intro Box Set (copious preview material at that link). Also some Shadowrun stuff I’m having a harder time getting a fix on.
Weis Productions will be doing three Serenity supplements next year, allegedly.
Rackham’s original minis game Confrontation will be coming out in a pre-painted version in October, with rules basically the same as AT-43′s. Fantasy Flight will be taking over Rackham’s stateside distribution and organized-play management.
There were of course all kinds of story games released; breakout new games included Steal Away Jordan and Dirty Secrets. I’ll get links on those when I can. New games from Vincent Baker (of Dogs in the Vineyard fame) and Emily Care Boss (designer of Breaking the Ice) sold out their print runs (of unknown size) at the show.
What else you got? Post it here, ’cause our po’ asses couldn’t go.
According to this ICv2 story, Sunday marked the start of a Halo ActionClix promotion at Target stores. Target customers who preorder Halo 3 will receive an exclusive pair of figures, Master Chief and Elite, though it’s unclear if these will be uniquely marked/powered. The Halo ActionClix game launches a week before Halo 3, which might be enough time to lure in some fanatical videogamers that need some sort of Halo fix to tide them over… if they were made available ahead of the Xbox 360 title’s September 25th release, which it doesn’t seem they will. In related news, WizKids just posted the Halo ActionClix rules PDF for anyone that’s chomping at the bit.