Saturday, April 24, 2010
Dimensional Outbreak is Rifts Dimension Book 12 (both there are a lot of them, aren't there) focusing on the effects of the Minion War, the clash between the rival dimensions of Hades and Dyval. Contains more details on the Demon Fleet and Demon Magic (60+ new spells and rituals), a timeline for both Phase World and Center as well as maps of Center.
As is the case will all Palliadum books I have seen, Dimensional Outbreak is physically well put together. The cover is tightly bound and uses the standard Pallaidum Rifts dress. Inside, there's a very thorough 4 page TOC, alas no index though.
The last page gives some indication as to the direction Palladium plans to go with the Minion War, with ads for upcoming tie-ins to Heroes Unlimited. another Phase World sourcebook (listing the 2000 people who purchased a limited print to help Palladium during its financial woes a few years ago) and another WorldBook, this one returning to the New German Republic.
All in all, Dimensional Outbreak is a very sound release, but one most likely finding interest (and sales) among those who are already fans of Palladium's Megaverse
Friday, April 23, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The price is a bit off putting, $2500 per unit, and the cards for the unit are fairly expensive as well. Konami expects most stores to hit breakeven with the units in about a year. Some some stores are doing much better than that. Another plus in their favor is that there are currently only about 100 units in the US, located in about 80 stores, making them a heavy drawing point for Yu Gi Oh players from miles around. My concern is that the Yu Gi Oh fan base in southern Illinois is not strong enough to support one machine, let alone two. I'm going to carefully look at Yu Gi Oh sales and tournament attendance through the end of May before making a final decision.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Among the RPGs, QAGS and Castles & Crusades were the hits of the con, with both games filling up every slot. It helps a lot that demo reps for both games were here as their enthusiasm for the games carried over and drew in a lot of players. Steve Johnson had fourteen players for his Roller Girls vs. Zombies QAGS game last night.
Gary Smith is running a D&D Monster Arena variant right now with about a dozen players. Each one gets a thief, mage and fighter and sends them into the arena one at a time to fight the other player's characters. Kill another character, get a point. First player to reach 10 points wins. It didn't go off in slot 6, so Gary pushed it in slot 7 and filled the table.
Troll Lords Games, Ad Astra, The Game Room and Mecca Anime all pulled out of the dealer's area about an hour ago as theyhave anywhere from a 2 1/2 hour to 8 hour drive to get home and we really appeciated them taking the time out of their schedules to come down, set up and show games.
All in all, a successful Egypt Wars 1. Mark your calendars for Little Egypt Wars 2, this fall's game day, scheduled for Sept 25, 2010.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Steve Chenault from Troll Lord Games has run 3 Castles and Crusades events this weekend. All of them have gone off with 4+ players and the players have reported themselves very happy with the event. Star Wars SAGA, Pathfinder and QAGS are running in the RPG area as well.
The Settlers of Catan event filled early. Could have handled more but they were short one game and didn't have the 5-6 player expansion. Too bad as they got pretty cool prizes: a Catan polo shirt and the 2009 Catan Christmas decoration.
Magic legacy event started about 3 today, earlier than I expected but they got done with the Entered tournament after only about 4 hours.
A dozen players showed up for the Star Wars miniatures tournaments. The Dynamic Duos event kicked off at 9 a.m.. They are playing 150 points now and will finish up with a 100 point team event tonight.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
GG: TW has been out of print for several years, so I'm happy to see it getting re-release, especially in the much larger packaging, about the size of a Munchkin box, which should keep it from getting lost on the shelves. I'll have to see if I can find my copy so I can get some games in before the new edition hits the shelves this summer.
Friday, April 2, 2010
DC HeroClix: The Brave and The Bold, releasing April 14th, features 55 figures including famous team-up, “duo figures”, from the DC universe such as Batman & Catwoman, Green Lantern & Green Arrow, and The Flashes as well single figures like Power Girl, Metallo, Martian Manhunter, Nekron and the Black Hand.
The DC HeroClix: Blackest Night Starter Set will arrive in comic & game stores on May 12, 2010. The Starter Game includes everything you need to play - 7 HeroClix Figures (Green Lantern, Lex Luthor, The Flash, Mera, The Atom, Scarecrow and Wonder Woman), rulebook, map, dice and more.
In July, the HeroClix Watchmen Collectors Set hits the street and includes 25 highly detailed figures pulled straight from the movie including - Rorschach, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, The Comedian, Ozamandias, Walter Kovacs, Moloch and many others, all wrapped in beautiful, display quality, packaging. A 15” Dr. Manhattan will be released at the summer conventions and a variant version of the colossal figure will be released to retailers later this year.
The Marvel HeroClix: Web of the Spider-Man Set debuts in August with 60 figures consisting of the most famous Spider-Man allies and villains. The set will also include figural content from Marvel’s Dark Reign and Siege events.
DC HeroClix: Brightest Day Set will release in October as a tie in to the Brightest Day story line and as a follow up to the Blackest Night Starter.
Includes a two-sided map and 7 figures - Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Firestorm, Deadman, Osiris, Hawkgirl, and Captain Boomerang.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
In November, WizKids will wrap up the year with the DC HeroClix: 75th Anniversary Set that will contain content spanning the rich history of the DC Universe.