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Games Korner: Compounded Review

Compounded Review

Months after a rather successful Kickstarter campaign, Darrell Louder’s Compounded, published by Dice Hate Me Games, has shipped to eager backers worldwide.

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NYCC 2013: Big Announcements from Archie Comics

Archie @ NYCC

Although an enormous line of hundreds of eager fans snaked around the queue, very few people were admitted into this year’s Archie Comics panel at New York Comic Con.  Despite this being one of the most popular comics-related attractions year-after-year, the panel has hosted in a small 70-seat room and many folks were turned away, which is unfortunate as this was hands-down the greatest panel I attended the entire weekend – fast-paced and loaded with information.

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NYCC 2013: On the Floor with Pop Culture Shock Collectibles

 Pop Culture Shock Toys @ NYCC

Founded in 2008 by Jerry Macalusco, who had previously sculpted for the likes of Toy Biz, Mattel, Diamond, McFarlane, and more, Pop Culture Shock Collectibles has been bringing our favorite comic, game, and film characters to life in stunning, fully-realized works of art.  When passing by their booth at New York Comic Con, attendees couldn’t help but do a double-take at the incredible pieces they had on display.

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NYCC 2013: Square Enix Reveals Aliens: Colonial Marines, Star Trek & More

 Squar Enix/Play Arts Kai at NYCC 213

You can always count on Square Enix/Play Arts Kai to put on a stunning display and the figures they rolled out at this year’s New York Comic Con certainly didn’t disappoint. 

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NYCC 2013: Hands-On with Square Enix’s Thief

Thief preview

Eidos Montreal, the studio behind 2012’s amazing Deus Ex: Human Revolution, offered us some quality time with their upcoming title, Thief, a re-imagining of the classic franchise published by Square Enix; and what we were able to experience, even in this early build, was absolutely incredible.

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Shout! Factory Gives Amityville Horror the Treatment it Deserves

Amityville Horror Trilogy Blu-Ray

Just in time for the obligatory horror movie marathons that film lovers are sure to be running up through Halloween, Scream Factory (an imprint of Shout! Factory) have released a box set featuring the first three theatrical releases in the seemingly never-ending Amityville Horror franchise.

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John Carpenter’s Most Underrated Film Goes HD

Prince of Darkness Blu-Ray

Shout! Factory’s horror-focused imprint, Scream Factory, has given a long-overdue blu-ray treatment to John Carpenter’sPrince of Darkness.  Featuring a pristine transfer, excellent audio options, and a ton of bonus features that are actually worth watching, this collector’s edition disc is a fan’s dream (or nightmare?) come true.

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Downfall of Pomeii Gets a Reprint from Mayfair Games

Downfall of Pompeii Review

Originally released nearly a decade ago by German publisher Amigo, and seeing an initial domestic release in 2006, The Downfall of Pompeii has become a sought-after gem after having gone out of print some time ago. Now, Mayfair Games has brought this fantastic title back with several tweaks and a cheaper price point.

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GenCon 2013: William Attia’s Spyrium is Outstanding

Spyrium Review

Ystari Games, partnering with Asmodee, debuted Spyrium at GenCon 2013, offering demos and a small number of units for purchase.  The buzz surrounding this title has been based almost entirely on the fact that it was designed by William Attia, the mind that brought us what is still regarded as one of the world’s finest games, Caylus.  Luckily for us, Attia has delivered a new experience that’s completely worthy of the hype and an excellent reason not to judge a book by its cover.

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GenCon 2013: Rise of Augustus Review

Rise of Augustus Review

French publisher Hurrican, partnered with Asmodee, introduced Augustus to domestic audiences at GenCon 2013, now re-titled as Rise of Augustus (for some reason).  Nominated as the 2013 Spiel des Jahres “Game of the Year,” it got quite a bit of buzz – which is especially surprising considering what a light, luck-based game it appeared to be.  As it turns out though, Augustus is easily one of the most enjoyable filler titles on the market. 

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Movie Korner: From Up on Poppy Hill Blu-Ray Review

From Up on Poppy Hill Review

No other film studio, whether they produce animated or live-action movies, can come close to matching the cinematic experience that Studio Ghibli delivers or their bridled consistency – not only in unfailingly producing brilliant, heartfelt films time and time again, but still doing so using virtually one-hundred percent hand-drawn animation.  On September 3rd, domestic audiences will finally be able to own their recent masterpiece, From Up on Poppy Hill, on Blu-Ray and DVD courtesy of GKids and Cinedigm.

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GenCon 2013: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Review

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game review

Paizo’s latest release, a card-based RPG/Adventure Game based on Pathfinder lore,  was one of the most highly anticipated titles debuting at GenCon this year; their booth attracting droves of fans looking to grab a copy or try out a quick demo.  While I had my doubts regarding how effectively a deep, cooperative role-playing experience could be translated into a card game, I can attest that, after both group and solo sessions, this game is incredible.

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GenCon 2013: On the Floor with IELLO

IELLO

French game publisher Iello had a sensational presence at this year’s GenCon Indy, showing off several exciting new and soon-to-be-released products.  From ghosts & zombies to coal-powered theme parks to superheroes & fairy tales, the thematic elements of their upcoming catalogue run the gamut. 

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GenCon 2013: Three Little Pigs Will Hog Up Your Gaming Sessions

Three Little Pigs ReviewIf I had to pick the one game that most surprised me at GenCon Indy this year, it would be Iello’s Three Little Pigs.  I admittedly hadn’t given this title a second thought going into the conventional, writing it off as a simple kids’ game that would hold no appeal for me (being the elitist snob I am).  I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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New Warhammer 40k Title Coming to PC & Mobile Devices

40k

Based out of Kaliningrad, Russia, publisher HeroCraft has announced a license partnership with Games Workshop and revealed that their new title, Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf, is in full development.

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