From WCW's Bill Goldberg to Transmetropolitan's Spider Jerusalem, Tim Bruckner has had a hand in making action figures that have run the entire spectrum of pop culture. Highly regarded for his work with DC Direct on their flagship action figure lines like Alex Ross' Kingdom Come and, the Jim Lee-based, Batman: Hush, Tim's scope of work also includes numerous statues and collectibles-- and now he's set out to bring fans statues based on his own incredibly cool designs! The recent launch of a new website and online store has made it possible for pieces of greatness (like the Prometheus statue below) to their way to your shelves where you can eye-hump them til your hearts content!
Read on for all the info on Tim Bruckner's latest endevour, plus some pics of the new collectibles being offered!
At last year's Gen Con, Star Trek: Fleet Captains from WizKids was one of the show's highlights. Featuring 24 sculpted ship figures, Fleet Captains let Trek fans conduct tabletop space battles between the Federation and Klingons using WizKid's popular HeroClix system.
Yet even though there is a large well of source material to pull from, fans of Star Trek: Fleet Captains have been unsure if the game would ever receive additional content. With a $100 price tag, it was no certainty that Fleet Captains would sell well enough to finance the release of another fleet, but those questions have now been answered. WizKids has announced the upcoming release of the Romulan Empire expansion.
What's a publisher to do when a once-popular title is replaced by a newer version, even though there is still some life left in the original? For Alderac Entertainment Group and their Thunderstone card game, the answer is simple: give the old version away. Starting today, Thunderstone is available as a free print-and-play downloadable card game.
Taking a tabletop game from store shelves to a free download could be as simple as uploading a few PDFs, but AEG chose to first make some upgrades to the set. The original Thunderstone has now been given a complete facelift. The card layout has been revised and new artwork added to help Thunderstone match the style of its successor, the newly released Thunderstone Advance.
"The original Thunderstone for us was a great success," AEG Senior Brand Manager Todd Rowland told me. "It was reprinted and sold out many times over (at least 6 from my recollection), and built a very large playerbase for the game. We thought it would be fun to give the player's a lot of added value to their new Thunderstone Advance game," Rowland explained.
Old card games don't die, they just fade away. Take Netrunner, for example. The other CCG from designer Richard Garfield (famous for creating Magic: The Gathering) hasn't been in print since 1999, yet still retains a strong player base. That loyalty will be rewarded later this year, as Fantasy Flight Games has announced plans to revive Netrunner with a Q3 2012 release.
Originally set in the world of R. Talsorian's Cyberpunk RPG, Netrunner features 2-player asymetric gameplay, where a Runner player faces off against a Corporation player. Thematically, gameplay is centered around hacking, with the Runner trying to prevent the Corp from executing secret world domination plans. However, in Fantasy Flight's upcoming reboot of the game, players will be greeted with an unexpected thematic twist.
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Fantasy Flight blew the doors off of Gen Con last year when they announced their acquisition of the Star Wars hobby gaming license, revealing plans for both a living card game and a space combat miniatures game. It's been a patient wait for fans, though, as the games went back behind the curtain and news on their development became scarce. That's all about to change now as the X-Wing Miniatures Game is ready for prime time.
X-Wing will launch this Summer (which is about as specific as most board game release date gets) at a retail price of $39.95. Included in the base set will be one X-Wing model and two TIE Fighter models, as well as all of the cards, counters, and custom 8-sided dice required to play the game.
Later this year, Dungeons & Dragons board game fans will get a blast from the past: the original Dungeon! game is coming back into print with an all-new version.
The 1975 Dungeon! has already been revised twice before with 1989's The New Dungeon! and 1995's The Classic Dungeon, each of which offered improvements to the original. It's not clear what will make the cut in this new edition, but according to the game's Amazon.com product listing, it " incorporates several revisions made to the game in later editions, giving players the most fun experience possible."
Dungeon! is a quick 30-minute smash-and-grab mission to fill your inventory with treasure and make it to the exit alive. Each player selects a different class, each with its own unique powers and abilities. The dungeon's winding hallways are littered with chambers containing monsters and loot, but each space is clearly marked on a level scale of 1-6. The higher the levels pose greater challenges, but offer more rewarding loot in return.
The archangel Avacyn has returned! A bright, fiery dawn banishes Innistrad’s shadows. Humanity takes up arms and drives back the creatures of the night. With flights of angels overhead, the righteous band together and wield holy light and miraculous magic to restore the balance of their world.
Magic: The Gathering fans, prepare for the third an final set of the Innistrad block: Avacyn Restored. In advance of the May 4th release date, Wizards of the Coast has begun providing sneak peeks at some of the new cards included in this set. Read on to take a look at "Harvester of Souls," a fearsome black creature you'll surely want to have stocked in your deck.
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For gaming geeks who grew up in the 80's, Milton Bradley's Gamemaster series often served as an induction into the hobby. These were games for people who felt Risk and Stratego were too simple, but didn't know what else to play until this more complex range of games came along.
Thirty years later, Axis & Allies has made a lasting impression as the most recognizable entry from that Gamemaster series of classics, and publisher Wizards of the Coast is aiming to win over a new generation of fans with Axis & Allies 1941.
Touted as "a simplified A&A experience that will introduce players to the A&A mechanics and play style," Axis & Allies 1941 will be designed for setup and play in less time than any prior Axis and Allies title. The whole experience is expected to wrap up in 1.5 to 2 hours, which is pretty brisk for an average war game. The gameplay uses the same core system as Axis & Allies 1942 2nd Edition, but any changes to provide a more streamlined experience have yet to be revealed.
Pirates. Ninja. Robots. Zombies. Aliens. Dinosaurs. Wizards. Gnomes and other Tricksters. No, this is not the recipe for a Reddit fantasy game, this is the roster for Smash Up, an upcoming card game from AEG.
It's not just the multi-genre theme that makes Smash Up a noteworthy release, though. If you look at the box cover above, you'll see the tagline "the shufflebuilding game of total awesomeness!" But what the heck is shufflebuilding anyway?
These days, it's easier to ask what gaming licenses Cryptozoic doesn't have under its belt. The publisher has just announced plans to create a deckbuilding card game around Capcom's stable of fighting games: Street Fighter, Rival Schools, Darkstalkers, and Final Fight.
In their press release, Cryptozoic described their upcoming Capcom deckbuilder as "easy to learn and quick to play." This is in line with their recent approach, which uses high-visibility licenses such as Capcom's to offer a taste of the hobby gaming scene to a new audience of gamers. A good example of this is Penny Arcade: Gamers vs. Evil [full review] which used the popular webcomic to provide a perfect introduction to deckbuilding card games.
Big news has not stopped rolling out of Las Vegas's Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Trade Show, but a definite theme is beginning to emerge: big name board games are getting a large helping of extra content in the form of expansions. The big announcement from Gary Games this week is that their hit deckbuilding card game, Ascension, will receive its fourth set of cards.
Titled Ascension: Immortal Heroes, this set is intended to be a direct expansion to Ascension: Storm of Souls, and is recommended to be played when combined with that standalone set. Immortal Heroes builds off of the new mechanics seen in Storm of Souls, but also a delivers a few new tricks of its own, such as new "soul gem" cards that represent some new form of weapon that players can wield during the game.
Big changes are coming to the Small World board game, but don't say you weren't warned. Publisher Days of wonder has been teasing fans all week long with pieces of art as seen above, but nobody was quite sure what to make of things. That all changed yesterday when Small World Realms was revealed during the annual Game Manufacturer's Association (GAMA) Trade Show.
Set for a June 2012 release, Small World Realms is chock full of expansion content that quite literally breaks the mold for future matches of the board game. Players are no longer confined to the standard maps as included in Small World and Small World Underground, but can now use a stock of 48 double-sided terrain tiles to create their very own world.
In 2003 Stephen Kreiger set the world record for the longest indoor paper airplane toss at 207 feet, 4 inches. He's held the record since then, but on Sunday (Feb. 26th) former University of California at Berkeley quarterback Joe Ayoob shattered that record by 19 feet, 6 inches! Read More...