Archive for May, 2011

OgreCave review: Summoner Wars reinforcements & Got It!

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Summoner Wars Reinforcement packsA pair of new reviews are up today. Troop movements for the Summoner Wars game continue, and Lee is back to provide military intelligence in his review of the wargame’s Cloaks and Jungle Elves Reinforcement Packs. Then Demian gives us a look at a simple-yet-engaging game of mathematic puzzling, Tom Jolly’s Got It!. Click through to find out if you should add these goodies to your collection.

By the way, stick with us here and on our OgreCave facebook page for reports from this weekend’s KublaCon 2011. And if you’re at the show, say hello to any ogres you might come across.

Origins shifts show dates in 2012

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

One of the biggest game conventions, the Origins Game Fair, has just announced that starting next year, the show will take place at a new time of the year – Memorial Day weekend. (Yes, for those of you paying attention, that’d be this weekend, next year.) According to the announcement (also copied below), the move has allowed the convention to cut hotel and exhibitor costs, but some fans fear this could disrupt the established pattern of regional shows. Some industry folks also speculate the new show dates are too early, moving Origins out of the summer vacation months, thereby making students less able to attend.

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WizKids to produce pre-painted Pathfinder miniatures

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Paizo Publishing and WizKids Games made the announcement today that WizKids will create a set of pre-painted miniatures for use with Paizo’s Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Beginner Box, due October 2011. Whether this experiment will lead to more pre-painted figures remains to be seen. Many gamers feel this partnership is just in time to pick up where Wizards of the Coast left off, after the Dungeons & Dragons publisher decided to discontinue its D&D Miniatures sets.
[UPDATE: New press release copied below, with FAQ]

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Mythender character creation previewed

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Attention all aspiring god-killers: Ryan Macklin (yes, of the Internet) has just posted a Mythender character creation preview that you can download, test, and provide feedback on – it’s an early draft, but should give you a sense of the game’s epic flavor. If you don’t know what Mythender is, your priorities are screwed up, buddy. Look, just go back and listen to our Gaming News Update interview podcast with Ryan from NeonCon 2010, and he’ll set you straight. Then you’ll want to stab Thor in the face too – and not just because the movie was predictable.

OgreCave review: Grungor’s Charge & Rukar’s Power

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Summoner Wars Reinforcement packsArmies have gathered for the Summoner Wars fantasy card wargame, and Lee is happy to give us his scouting report. The result is his review of the Grungor’s Charge & Rukar’s Power Reinforcement Packs for Summoner Wars. As any good expansion should, these two sets add new troop types and options for the game, but do players need to pick them up? Read more to find out what you’ve been missing.

Of course, if you haven’t tried the main game yet, you can go back and have a look at our Summoner Wars review. You just might discover your new addiction.

Futurama Monopoly game in the works

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Futurama crewBecause they just can’t be stopped: USAopoly is planning yet another version of Monopoly that might appeal to gamers (despite it being, you know… Monopoly). This time, fans of Fry, Leela, and the beer-swilling robot Bender will be treated to Monopoly: Futurama Collector’s Edition. This vision from the world of tomorrow, featuring locations from New New York like Mom’s Robot Factory and the Planetary Express building, will be available for preorder on October 17th. For those who can hardly wait, you can already get involved by voting on a special limited edition game token each day through May 11th (“All glory to the Hypnotoad!”), and get previews of other game components over the coming weeks. Do I need another Monopoly set? Probably not. Will I order a copy of Monopoly: Futurama? (*sigh*) Yes. Yes, I will.