9/05/2015

Mega Man movie announced



The Talking Board is reporting that Fox and Chernin Entertainment have entered into an agreement to start production on a Mega Man feature film. Details are sparse but TB reports the following:
One positive sign of things to come is  and  are overseeing for the company, while  produces. Together they have a pretty solid pedigree for sci-fi action movies, including the recent/upcoming Planet of the Apes films.  and  are overseeing for Fox.
Fingers crossed!

9/02/2015

Cannon Films are burned into my nucleotides

Cobra, Missing in Action, Masters of the Universe, Superman IV, and so on. The 80's were weird and so were the movies made during that decade.

Electric Boogaloo is a documentary about the strange cinematic artifact that was Cannon Films.



9/01/2015

Deadpool video game gets current gen remake on Xbox One and PS4

This rehash of the original will include all the DLC and such for a reported fifty bones. Not sure if this might be worthwhile or is just a cynical cash in with the movie looming on the horizon.

The cutscenes were fun, and can be viewed on youtube if that's your thing.

From Gamestop's tweet:

Just announced! is coming to & on Nov 17. Pre-order your copy today:


Mermaid Idol Summer Set announced!

[reposted from ICv2]



Bushiroad is celebrating the release of the first Clan-specific booster set for it’s popular Cardfight!!  Vanguard G collectible card game with the release of a small collection of PR cards featuring the bathing beauties of the Bermuda Triangle Clan.
The Mermaid Idols Summer Set will include a total of nine PR cards.  This will be the first time that these cards have been released in English.  Also included are three double-sided clear files, also featuring artwork from the Bermuda Triangle Clan.
This limited edition card set will be sold at World Championship 2015 Regional Qualifiers and other sponsored events, and will be available through distribution, with release scheduled for November 16. 

7/04/2015

'Attack On Titan' Board Game announced



Reposted from ICv2:

Cryptozoic Entertainment will release an Attack on Titan board game, designed by Antoine Bauza and Ludovic Maublanc, in the U.S. in 2016. Bauza and Maublanc have collaborated on Asmodee’s Rampage, but also have extensive individual design credits. Bauza is probably best known for Kennerspiel des Jahres winner 7 Wonders and Spiel des Jahres winner Hanabi. Maublanc’s Cash ‘n’ Guns (from Asmodee) was nominated for an Origins Award this year.
A new mechanic is introduced in the game, in which the Titan piece (played by one player) is a vertical element and the hero game pieces (played by the other players) climb it to try to take it down. The game will be produced via a collaboration between Cryptozoic and France-based Don’t Panic Games. Don’t Panic was formed in 2013 and is producing its first tabletop board game, Drakerys, which was funded last summer via Kickstarter ($180,318 from 758 backers). 
The game is being demoed at Anime Expo in Los Angeles and Japan Expo in Paris, both this weekend.

1/31/2015

Yu-Gi-Oh! Dice Masters Checklist!



Reposted from the Wizkids site:

    COMMON
    9. Baby Dragon: Juvenile Reptile
    10. Black Luster Soldier: Ultimate Soldier
    11. Blade Knight: Lone Wolf
    12. Blue-Eyes White Dragon: Terrifying Behemoth
    13. Breaker the Magical Warrior: Mana Break
    14. Buster Blader: Dragon Butcher
    15. Celtic Guardian: Lightning Fast
    16. Curse of Dragon: Bony Body
    17. Dark Magician: Master Spellcaster
    18. Dark Magician Girl: Arcane Companion
    19. Doomcaliber Knight: Skeletal Warrior
    20. Flame Swordsman: Master Swordsman
    21. Gaia the Fierce Knight: Charging Stallion
    22. Goblin Attack Force: Charge!
    23. Harpie Lady: Cyber Slash
    24. Harpie Lady Sisters: Triple Scratch Attack
    25. Injection Fairy Lily: Rocket Attack
    26. Jinzo: Cyber Energy Shock
    27. Kuriboh: Yugi’s Protector
    28. La Jinn the Mystical Genie of the Lamp: Loyal to his Master
    29. Lord of D.: Dragon Commander
    30. Man-Eater Bug: Insectoid
    31. Marshmallon: Fluffy Fairy
    32. Morphing Jar: Canopic Jar
    33. Mystical Elf: Mystical Healing
    34. Red-Eyes B. Dragon: Inferno Fire Blast
    35. Ring of Magnetism: Sidekick Attraction
    36. Saggi the Dark Clown: Sinister Jester
    37. Sangan: Clawed Fiend
    38. Summoned Skull: Intense Lightning
    39. Time Wizard: Turning Back Time
    40. Trap Hole: Deep

    UNCOMMON
    41. Baby Dragon: Soft Scales
    42. Black Luster Soldier: Chaos Blade
    43. Blade Knight: Solo Act
    44. Breaker the Magical Warrior: Magus
    45. Buster Blader: Dragon Slayer
    46. Curse of Dragon: Dragon Flame
    47. Dark Magician Girl: Powerful Sorceress
    48. Doomcaliber Knight: Fiendish Fighter
    49. Flame Swordsman: Flaming Sword of Battle
    50. Gaia the Fierce Knight: Spiral Shaver
    51. Goblin Attack Force: Goblin Squad
    52. Harpie Lady Sisters: Triangle Ecstasy Spark
    53. Injection Fairy Lily: Forced Injection
    54. Jinzo: Mechanical Master
    55. Lord of D.: Dragon Protector
    56. Man-Eater Bug: Insatiable Appetite
    57. Marshmallon: Malleable Monster
    58. Millennium Puzzle: The Eternal Dungeon
    59. Millennium Rod: Scepter of Supremacy
    60. Morphing Jar: All-Seeing Eye
    61. Mystical Elf: Everlasting Support
    62. Obelisk the Tormentor: Fist of Fate
    63. Ring of Magnetism: Action Attraction
    64. Saggi the Dark Clown: Dark Light
    65. Sangan: Zealous Supporter
    66. Slifer the Sky Dragon: Growing Ever Stronger
    67. Summoned Skull: Lightning Storm
    68. Thousand Dragon: Inferno Flame Breath
    69. Trap Hole: Shallow
    70. The Winged Dragon of Ra: Solar Deity

    RARE
    71. Baby Dragon: Cute but Dangerous
    72. Black Luster Soldier: Fearsome Fighter
    73. Blade Knight: Last Man Standing
    74. Blue-Eyes White Dragon: Monstrous Dragon
    75. Breaker the Magical Warrior: Counterspell
    76. Buster Blader: Dragon Executioner
    77. Celtic Guardian: Silverblade Slash
    78. Curse of Dragon: Skeletal Structure
    79. Dark Magician: Dark Magic Attack
    80. Dark Magician Girl: Dark Burning Attack
    81. Doomcaliber Knight: Dark Cavalry
    82. Flame Swordsman: Salamandra Flamestrike
    83. Gaia the Fierce Knight: Dextrous Jouster
    84. Goblin Attack Force: Unruly Throng
    85. Harpie Lady: Flurry of Feathers
    86. Harpie Lady Sisters: Trio of Terror
    87. Injection Fairy Lily: Fairy Nurse
    88. Jinzo: Trap Destroyer
    89. Kuriboh: Explosive Body
    90. La Jinn the Mystical Genie of the Lamp: The Power of the Lamp
    91. Lord of D.: Dragonkin
    92. Man-Eater Bug: Gaping Maw
    93. Marshmallon: Bites Back
    94. Morphing Jar: Field Reset
    95. Mystical Elf: Protector
    96. Obelisk the Tormentor: Fist of Fury
    97. Red-Eyes B. Dragon: Claws of Steel
    98. Ring of Magnetism: Monster Attraction
    99. Saggi the Dark Clown: Dark Slayer
    100. Sangan: Sacrificial Fiend
    101. Slifer the Sky Dragon: Lightning Blast
    102. Summoned Skull: Lightning Strike
    103. Thousand Dragon: Noxious Nostril Gust
    104. Time Wizard: Time Magic
    105. Trap Hole: Wide
    106. The Winged Dragon of Ra: The Most Powerful Egyptian God

    SUPER-RARE

    107. Obelisk the Tormentor: Intimidator
    108. Slifer the Sky Dragon: Thunderforce Attack
    109. Thousand Dragon: Noxious Vapor Gust
    110. The Winged Dragon of Ra: Blaze Cannon

For fans of Survival Horror and J-Horror!

Please check out this Kickstarter, I really want to see it succeed! From the creators of The Grudge, the Clock Tower series, creature designer of Silent Hill, etc.


1/20/2015

WotC's upcoming Temple of Elemental Evil storyline for D&D 5e



WotC has announced the new storyline event for Temple of Elemental Evil. 

There's a board game, there's minis, the whole nine.
January 20, 2015 – Renton, WA – Today, Wizards of the Coast announced the newest Dungeons & Dragons storyline and accompanying product offerings for both digital and tabletop RPG players. Coming off of the biggest and most exciting year yet for Dungeons & Dragons, the Elemental Evil storyline starts in March and runs through mid-summer. During that time, heroes are needed in the Forgotten Realms to discover and defeat secret cults that threaten to annihilate the Sword Coast by harnessing the powers of the elements of fire, water, air, and earth. 
The product line-up includes the release of a new downloadable module—Neverwinter: Elemental Evil—for the highly acclaimed free-to-play Dungeons & Dragons MMORPG from Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment. Serving as an additional way for fans to experience the storyline, Neverwinter: Elemental Evil brings a new playable class—the Paladin—and increases the game’s level cap to 70. Neverwinter is set in the Forgotten Realms, and the new expansion launches in early 2015. Cryptic also recently announced Neverwinter on Xbox One will be available in early 2015 as well. 
Characters in the D&D tabletop roleplaying game can help prevent devastation to the lands and people of the Forgotten Realms in the Princes of the Apocalypse adventure by Wizards of the Coast and Sasquatch Game Studio. Princes of the Apocalypse is available on April 7, 2015 and includes an epic adventure for characters levels 1–15 as well as new elemental spells and the element-touched genasi as a new playable race. In addition, a free download will be available in mid-March that includes more new races plus the player content available in Princes of the Apocalypse, just in time for the start of the Elemental Evil season of the D&D Adventurers League. 
Other products tied into the Elemental Evil storyline include the Temple of Elemental Evil Adventure System Board Game and pre-painted collectible miniatures, both from WizKids Games. WizKids has also partnered with Perfect World Entertainment to bundle in-game items for Neverwinter with the Temple of Elemental Evil Adventure System Board Game and miniatures boosters. Rounding out the tabletop RPG game products is Gale Force Nine’s new Dungeon Master’s screen featuring Elemental Evil art, as well as unpainted, resin miniatures that tie into the adventure, all slated to release beginning in March.

If you're curious what the big deal is about the Temple of Elemental Evil you might wanna check out the retrospective from the Grognardia blog from 2009.  It's a storied megadungeon from the Gary Gygax, one of the creators of D&D, and it's roots run deep into the could-have-beens of early development on the game. Just by mentioning Hommlett in a game I recently ran caused talk of the Temple even though I had no intention of introducing it into the game.

The Gravy Age Podcast!

Friends of The Launchpad, Chris and Kris do an excellent podcast called The Gravy Age! And I don't know about you, but I find everything goes better with Gravy.



You find them on their website,  itunes, stitcher, or any other podcast aggregator, and they've got a facebook page too.

1/18/2015

Night of the Bloody Hooks Kickstarter launched!

(This is KS of two Launchpad stalwarts)



January 19th, 2015: Michael Todd and Isaac Beach have launched their month-long Kickstarter campaign for Night of the Bloody Hooks.

Night of the Bloody Hooks is a system agnostic collection of short adventure hooks and ideas suitable for modern horror tabletop rolplaying games. Each entry is short, usually no more than a paragraph, containing only the strange premise, the hook, designed to spark a gamemaster's imagination and inspire a suitably diabolical and horrific scenario for the game's players.

"Fear has always intrigued me by being one of the truly universal experiences," said Isaac Beach, one of Night of the Bloody Hooks' writers. "Studying the 'whats' and 'whys' of horror created a need to express the budding scenarios that before only had homes in my notebooks or on my tabletop."

The campaign's $500 goal will allow for the completion of the writing and layout of the project. At that point Night of the Bloody Hooks will be released as a pdf through the popular epublishing sites RPGNow and DriveThruRPG.

"Horror has been my go-to genre in film, video games, and tabletop games for years," said Michael Todd, one of the collection's writers. "I find it creeping along the edges of the games I run in other genres as well, so Night of the Bloody Hooks is a great outlet for all my unused ideas." Michael has been writing for pen and paper roleplaying games since 1992 and self-published the first two Bloody Hooks releases as Big Finger Games. The previous releases and their reviews can be found at RPGNow: http://www.rpgnow.com/browse/pub/603/Big-Finger-Games/subcategory/1604_4396/Horror.

The Kickstarter campaign for Night of the Bloody Hooks runs until February 17th, 2015 and can found here.

1/17/2015

HeroClix Justice League Trinity War Preview - SHAZAM!

Earth's Mightiest Mortal appears in the upcoming HeroClix set, Justice League Trinity War! Check out the preview here!



1/16/2015

Attack on Titan for Weiss Schwarz announced!



Singapore (January 16, 2015) – Bushiroad announces the addition of hit anime series “Attack on Titan” to its lineup of anime titles in its popular trading card game Weiss Schwarz during the Chaos Festival held at Akihabara UDX from December 28, 2014 to December 30, 2014.

“Attack on Titan” is slated for release in the English Edition and Japanese Edition Weiss Schwarz in the middle of 2015 and will be available as a trial deck as well as in a booster pack. The English Edition will also precede the Japanese Edition, making it the first title to be available in the English Edition Weiss Schwarz before its Japanese counterpart.

“Attack on Titan” started as a manga published by Kodansha in the Bessatsu Shounen Magazine in Japan, and received an anime adaptation in 2013 that brought it mainstream popularity and critical acclaim. Kodansha credited the series for its first revenue increase in 18 years. The first 10 volumes of the manga sold out after the airing of the anime in Japan. The series has also spawned numerous spinoff light novels, manga and short stories, video games, as well as two anime film adaptations and two live-action films. The first season of the anime concluded in September 2013, and a new season will air in 2016 in Japan. As of November 2014, more than 40 million copies of the Japanese manga are in print.

Attack on Titan synopsis from FUNimation: When the man-eating giants called Titans first appeared, humans retreated behind massive walls. After a hundred years of safety, a colossal-sized Titan smashes through the defenses, unleashing a flood of giants and carnage in the streets. Eren Jaeger watches helplessly as one of the creatures devours his mother.

He vows to kill every Titan walking the earth.

Eren and his surviving friends enlist to fight against the insatiable monsters. The future looks bleak, but there’s more to Eren than meets the eye: he may be humanity’s last hope against extinction.

About Weiss Schwarz Weiss Schwarz is a popular card gaming system in Japan, and features various licensed anime characters, including those from “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” and “Fate/Zero.” Bushiroad began offering organized play support and expanded English product offerings since June 2013.

1/13/2015

Iron Kingdoms Unleashed RPG on the horizon

[reposted from ICv2]
The Core Rules include iconic careers such as bone grinders, bloodweavers, monster hunters, and warlocks; and eight playable races: bog trog, farrow, gatorman, human, Nyss, pyg, Tharn, and trollkin. Players can control warbeasts, create talismans from their fallen foes, and fight to survive in the unforgiving wilderness and savage history of western Immoren.