Friday Round Up: Mini Round Up

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The Thing Book and Record: This retro book project is one of the coolest projects ever. Space Monkey X Audio Workshop has created a retro style book and audio recording based on The Thing. That’s based upon the old school book and records/tapes that used to be everywhere. These things were super popular for a long time. I think it’s pretty much due to the fact that it wasn’t super easy to get a copy of your favorite movie, VHS tapes were really expensive for awhile and even then it took forever for a movie to come out on VHS. Also, kids didn’t have their own TV or a portable way to watch their favorite movies so these books with an audio component helped fill the gap.

 
 



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Transformers: Victory Episode 27 Recap – “Fight!! Victory Leo”

The islands actually have names.

The islands actually have names.

Last episode, the Autobots were in bad shape. Their leader Star Saber was too injured to fight and so was his second in command, Blacker. To top it all off, God Ginrai, leader of the Autobots out in space came to help them and got critically injured. Permanently crippled, he decided to engage in a risky operation that would turn him into a new being that would be able to power up Star Saber. So basically, this kid’s show is nothing but fun and games. The episode had ended with God Ginrai dying as the operation took place. As we start this one, the procedure is ending and somehow their base is in Hawaii now. The base is on tank treads so I have NO idea how it moved to an island. Read on to see how the Autobots handle the death of God Ginrai.



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Star Wars Armada is Going to Destroy Me

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I got into the table top space war game X-Wing miniatures in a bad way. Right now I’ve got a pretty large fleet of fighters. I’ve gotten my tiny space ship buying obsession pretty well under control now, and while the new expansions announced by Fantasy Flight Games are pretty intriguing, they’re not really grabbing me, thankfully. However, the announcement of Star Wars Armada might be a real problem.

You see, Armada is basically X-Wing, but on a larger scale. Though it looks like there’s a lot more to do, command wise, to make sure your fleet is successful. From Fantasy Flight Games:

In Star Wars: Armada, you assume the role of fleet admiral, serving with either the Imperial Navy or Rebel Alliance. You assemble your fleet and engage the enemy. Using the game’s unique maneuver tool, you steer your capital ships across the battlefield, even while squadrons of starfighters buzz around them. Then, as these ships exchange fire, it’s your job to issue the tactical commands that will decide the course of battle and, perhaps, the fate of the galaxy.



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Voyager Torture: Cold Fire (Episode 26 Season 2)

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Welcome back, Star Trek fans and fans of self flagellation! I put myself to the test and fired up another episode of Star Trek: Voyager. This time around we get to follow up on a big lead from the end of the premier of Voyager, Caretaker.



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Chris Reviews Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie

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The short version (TLDR as the kids say) is that Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie is funny. Really funny. Last night, my fiancee and I saw the movie in a sold out movie theater in Seattle, surrounded by other fans. And while that’s the ideal way to see it, this is one I can see really taking off once it hits home video and people can rewatch for all the silly little one-liners and slapstick. That said, I went into this film with some trepidation. Before we saw the film, I’d read a few online reviews that claimed it was only “okay” and some saying it wasn’t completely professional. I strongly disagree. Read on for my spoiler-free review.



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Friday Round Up: Boy, What a Week

It’s been a huge week in terms of news and the biggest noteworthy item is pretty sad, but let’s hold the sadness for a little bit and get on with THE FRIDAY ROUND UP!

Movie Stuff

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Marvel Needs Diversity: This piece talks about why Marvel succeeds and why it won’t in the future if it wont’ diversify. I really agree with it. The point that if Marvel Studios had Spider-Man and X-Men is a really good one in that they wouldn’t have really had to try to reach out and make other superhero films. Sure we would have had Iron Man, but Thor? Ehhh maybe. Guardians of the Galaxy? Probably not.

The article makes a great point about the need to try new superheros in flicks instead of having only Iron Man/Cap/Thor sequels with the occasional Avengers flick forever. Personally, I’m dying for a female driven Marvel film. I know they could make Ms. Marvel work.

 
 



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Dark Dungeons: A Movie Review

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Back in 2008, site editor Vincent reviewed the infamous Chick Tract “Dark Dungeons.” Chick Tracts are comic strip propaganda by Jack Chick, an evangelical fundamentalist Christian. In early 2013, we reported that JR Ralls won part of the lottery and decided to roll his winnings into making a filmed version of Dark Dungeons. He acquired the rights from Chick and launched a successful Kickstarter to fund the film. JR teamed up with a film crew known for making gaming and RPG-themed short films, called Zombie Orpheus. I supported the Kickstarter and even got to see a test version of the film to offer my input along with other Seattle-based supporters. I didn’t comment on that version because it was incomplete but the DVD arrived this past Monday and I want to review the film for you now. In my opinion, the best idea they had was to play it completely straight and allow the absurdity of the written word to shine through.



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A Kickstarter Worth Supporting: The Scarecrow Project

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A portion of Scarecrow Video

Kickstarters are a dime a dozen, so when we decide to write about one, the goal is to inform our nerdy audience of a project that seems like it will benefit the world. This one fits the bill: The Scarecrow Project is well on its way to buying out the world’s largest video store and transforming it to non-profit status to become the largest single library of film and video. Read on for more details.



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Tracking Down One of the Most Rare Board Games Ever: Dark Tower

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The most gorgeous board game illustration of all time! Bob Pepper’s work is brilliant.

For those who don’t know, I’m a board game enthusiast. The holy grail of my hobby is the hard-to-find, out-of-print, ‘Dark Tower.’ It’s a fantasy adventure game with an monolithic computer tower calling the shots. Milton Bradley only published the game in 1981, when two designers successfully sued for intellectual property theft. 700K awarded, ‘Dark Tower’ never saw store shelves again.

I only played the game once, in 1982, when I snuck into a D&D session of my older brother, Mike Wodzianski. His friends brought the Tower over to our house for some pre-RPG antics. My mind was blown, and I’ve been thinking of the game for the past thirty two years.



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Anyone for a game of Starship Troopers?

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It’s an ugly planet, a Bug planet!

I love the discount media store Half Price Books. I’ve found a ton of amazing deals there. I recently found a copy of the Starship Troopers The Miniatures Game for 60 bucks, which I thought was pretty fair for being such a huge box of goodness. Even better was the fact that I had a 15% off coupon. And even better than that all the plastic figures attached to their plastic trees and none of the cardboard pieces were punched out. It was basically brand new. But wait! There’s more! It had an expansion pack in that goes for a good price online… and it includes a cyborg dog!



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