I just updated my ongoing 28mm Predator review with three new offerings from Predastore: Crossbow-Predette, Austral-Hunter and 2Blades-Hunter. See the review here!
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I recently came across this fun little video promoting an upcoming zombie themed boardgame with mighty tasty looking miniatures, Z War One. From the description on the official site:
Z War One is a miniatures-based survival horror board game. It blends tactical sci-fi shooting with classic RPG elements in an interactive comic book format.
Players take control of one of the game’s 4 main protagonists for the duration of a 6 chapter issue, completing missions to gain experience points which they may then either save, or spend developing their character. The player with the highest number of experience points at the end of the last chapter is the issue winner. Gameplay swings between co-operative and competitive as players work together to overcome insurmountable odds only to betray their teammates at the final hour in a bid for personal glory.
The boxed game contains issue one, with each subsequent comic book acting as an expansion pack, continuing the story and introducing new monsters, heroes & environments.
Sounds delicious! Anyway, while the video doesn’t bring much new to the table, it’s a nice piece of low budget zombie film. It makes you wonder why game companies don’t use more live action films to promote their product, as for me this worked a treat. It made me not only check out their site, but make a blog post about it as well.
After seeing that, you might as well go see their official site. There’s apparently a Kickstarter on the way.
Just a quick heads-up to let you know that the 28mm Predator review has just been updated with the latest offerings from Predastore:
For detailed reviews, see the giant post here. And never mind the funky colour thing going on with the backgrounds, I’m yet again reconfiguring the photo lighting setup.
Do you still remember Dead State, the “X-COM meets zombie apocalypse” game that I talked about a long, long time ago? The game is actually coming along, and they have cleared their Kickstarter goal by a wide margin.
Now the Kickstarter time is running out, and they’re still looking to reach some stretch goals, so they’re asking for support. I pledged $15, as their project is looking mighty sweet. The $15 will also get me a copy of the game in due time.
You can find the Kickstarter project here.
I try to avoid hyping (apart from some zombie flicks) but I believe I speak for a whole lot of Alien franchise fanboys, when I say Prometheus by Ridley Scott is one of the most hotly anticipated movies coming out in 2012. Of course, the big question hanging over the movie is “Is it an Alien prequel?”
Ridley Scott has been both denying and admitting it - saying that Prometheus is a new story, set in a new world. The following from Wikipedia:
In February 2011, Scott maintained that the film was not an Alien prequel, but confirmed in December 2011, that the Space Jockey was still an aspect of the plot. [Actor Michael] Fassbender stated the film would feature elements of Alien, saying “Prometheus is absolutely connected to Alien… There’s a definite connecting vein.” In June 2011, [writer Damon] Lindelof stated that he concurred with Scott’s belief that the Alien creature had been “diluted” by the exposure it had received since Alien and did not want the film to be “burdened by all the tropes of that franchise with Facehuggers and Chestbursters”. Lindelof stated that the film takes place in the same universe as Alien, but is not a story about the events leading into that film, saying “a true prequel should essentially proceed [sic] the events of the original film, but be about something entirely different, feature different characters, have an entirely different theme, although it takes place in that same world.”
In July 2011, Scott stated “by the end of the third act you start to realize there’s a DNA of the very first Alien, but none of the subsequent [films]“ and called it “pretty organic to the process and to [Alien]“, but maintained a distinction between the two films, saying “we go back, we don’t go forward.” In a February 2012, interview, Lindelof described the film as a hybrid in tone between Alien and Blade Runner, pushing a philosophical idea alongside action.
To support the above, a new viral advertising video just recently popped up, showing one Peter Weyland from Weyland Industries delivering a speech in TED 2023.
What’s that got to do with Alien? The big bad corporation in Alien, Aliens and Alien³? It’s called Weyland-Yutani. I’ll let you compare the company logos:
To further underline the connection between the films, here are their respective trailers:
So, Alien meets Blade Runner? Count me in.
Some exciting and interesting news from the electronic gaming front.
First up is the piece of news that DoubleBear Productions is looking for some fresh blood to add to the development of Dead State. Remember this one? It’s the upcoming game that had me drooling over the keyboard and weeping tears of joy. Let’s hope they can get the game finished. Click here for the full story.
Next is something that might – just might – interest a fair few readers of this blog: an 11 minute gameplay footage video from the upcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines game. It looks really, really tasty, and it’s obvious (even without the commentator) that the crew are pretty big Aliens geeks. Might this be the game to finally get me to buy new gaming hardware?
And last but not least something for the smartphone folks. ZOMBIES, RUN! is a game designed to get you running, or if you already are, to add something to the often dreary daily/weekly/monthly jog. Their Kickstarter project has created roughly five times more money than they were asking for, so the game promises to be pretty excellent (despite the “brains” comment in the video bringing up alarm bells on the DotLOZDH test). I’m a sporadic jogger, and this might actually get me running a bit more. I’m sure a fair few gamers could do with more exercise, so this just might be the way to go. Be sure to check out the sales pitch video on the Kickstarter page, and support their project if you find it interesting.