Archive for May, 2009

Toys ‘R’ Us Buys F.A.O. Schwarz

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Toys ‘R’ Us just announced that it has acquired financially ailing toy store icon F.A.O. Schwarz. While it has only a couple of locations (at Fifth Avenue in New York City and at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas), F.A.O. Schwarz is 145 years old and its flagship Manhattan store draws in millions of visitors each year. This makes F.A.O. Schwarz an historical gem in the Toys ‘R’ Us crown.  During the fourth quarter of last year, cost cutting measures gave Toys ‘R’ Us an 11% rise in profits even as sales declined.

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OgreCave reviews – Level Up & A Touch of Evil x2

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

We’ve just posted a trio of new reviews to keep you entertained over the long weekend. First, Andy joins our reviewing crew with his look at Level Up #1, the first edition of the new Fourth Edition magazine by Goodman Games. Then Lee has a whole lot of evil that he’s been touching – wait, that’s not it – Lee has reviews of A Touch of Evil and its expansion set, A Touch of Evil: The Madness, both from Flying Frog Productions. We’ll have more scratched into the walls of the Cave soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

New Multiplayer MTG format starting September

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Wizards of the Coast has announced a new set of products called Planechase for Magic the Gathering which will focus on multiplayer gameplay. Planechase game packs will include 70 cards, a special die (yes dice in MTG), and a strategy insert with multiplayer rules. While MTG has long had multiplayer formats such as “five color magic”, “two headed giant”, and “emperor”, this release is noteworthy in that the Planechase products include “plane cards” specifically designed for playing just this format.  Planechase release events will be held September 4-6, 2009.

Free RPG Day still on track, despite website woes

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Earlier today, a reader asked us what we knew of Free RPG Day 2009 – whether it was cancelled, or being changed to another date, or something else – since the Free RPG Day website has been down for a while now. So I called Aldo Ghiozzi at Impressions, and he assured me it’s just a problem with the new server the site has been moved to, and a slow process at the ISP. Free RPG Day 2009 is still on, the date is still June 20th, and you’ll still be able to get free goodies. Unless I get them first.

Car Wars for real, baby

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

It took long enough for someone to make a Car Wars-style tv show, but finally, at long last, the Discovery Channel is giving Weaponizers a trial run. Sure enough, this show has vehicles battle it out with everything from blades and fireworks to big ol’ machine guns, in true autodueling fashion (minus the living drivers, of course). Watch it, let them know you want more, and maybe they’ll get bigger guns mounted on those RVs.

Random Encounter interview: Darren Watts of Hero Games

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

In case our recent GTS 2009 interviews weren’t enough, we’ve got another quick interview hot on their heels. This one’s in the form of our Random Encounter interviews, quick little engagements on a single subject. Whether you celebrate Cinco de Mayo or not today, OgreCave has brought you this Random Encounter with Darren Watts of Hero Games, regarding Hero’s new sourcebook Lucha Libre Hero. We even slipped in a question on Champions Online for you – you’re welcome.