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Batman V Superman A Review

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

This article contains my review of the movie.

I ramble. I am verbose. I go off on tangents with this review. Spoilers do exist. If you don’t want to know anything about the movie, turn back now. I will spoil the beginning, the middle, and the end.

If you can’t stand spoilers, go watch the movie, then return here to read my thoughts.

If you have seen the movie, then it won’t matter if I spoil things, read on.

Spoilers exist in this article, I can’t explain it any differently than that. You have been warned.

I almost bought into the hype.

Almost… Read more »

Loot Crate : Vs March 2016 Unboxing & Review

This month’s Loot Crate theme is Vs.  That’s ‘Versus’  if you are not into the whole brevity thing.  Up to this point it’s been ME vs. LOOT CRATE, but after this review, I think there will be no more battle.  I love the idea behind Loot Crate, but I’m just not convinced that the contents I get each month are worth it.

I’ve been wrestling with the idea of canning this subscription box and going on to something else, and after this review… We shall see…

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The Breakdown:

Monthly Sub is $13.37 plus $6.00 for shipping. Loot Crate states there will be $40.00 worth of goodies in each box.  I’m going to list the contents and their respective prices so we can add them up and see if this month’s Loot Crate was worth it.

My Video of Unboxing:

Fun video?  Yeah, I ran through the box fast.  I’m already feeling the disdain for this month’s box.  Let’s go ahead and jump into the review…

Up first..

Spock T-Shirt:

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Okay, this is a cool shirt.  I always loved the classic Mirror Mirror episode.  However, while this is a neat looking t-shirt, it’s not exactly my style, so it is doubtful that I will actually wear it.

Value: $18.00 (based on that I was able to find this EXACT same shirt design on Amazon for this price), okay, the shirt color was black over there and not oatmeal, but still.. close enough for me to get a value.

Batman V Superman Wallet:

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This wallet is made from the company Mighty Wallet.  You know the wallet, you can dunk it water, try to rip it, etc. and it will never die.  It holds cash, cards, all that jazz.  I just don’t need it because MY wallet features an embroidered saying on it, one made famous in the movie Pulp Fiction. (yes, that was supposed to sound like it was being said by an 8 year old trying to one up his friend)

Value: $15.00 because that’s what they sell for on DynoMighty’s website.

Vinyl Alien Vs. Predator Figure:

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From the 2004 movie comes a classic piece, the Alien.  This one features the grid cuts made when the Predator cast it’s net on it and caused it to bleed acid.  This figure is from Titans.  I like it well enough, and I’ll toss it among my various zombie vinyl figures.

Value: $10.00 (based on that Think Geek sells a similar style – given it’s not exact, but retail value is the same).

Harley Quinn Issue #1 Comic:

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Evidently this comic was made specifically for Loot Crate.  The story line is that Harley finds a genie bottle at the bottom of the sea.  I promise I’m not making that up.  I can’t even do the research to see if there will be any more issues beyond this one.  I would say NO, only because it does say “One Shot” on the cover.

Value: $4.00 (because comics should just not cost any more than that).

DareDevil Vs. The Punisher Beanie:

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Given, this is a neat hat.  It even fits my big fat melon head.  I like that it’s reversible too.  Problem is… we just hit spring and it’s just not cold enough outside for me to wear it.  Guess I’ll have to wait several months first…

Value: $20.00 (personally I think that’s a bit high, but that price is based on similar beanie hats found online).

Loot Pin, LC Magazine, Word Gush card, and LC Box:

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Okay, all at once..

Word Gush: We have a game that Look Crate advertises to present called Word Gush.  It’s a free game download for your favorite Apple or Android device. It’s a game that’s based on “What Am I?”.  You know, you have a card on your head and you ask questions and then try to guess what or who you are.

Value: Free (it’s a free app download).

Loot Crate Pin: Head over to LC’s site and this pin unlocks a complimentary movie rental courtesy of VUDU.  I’m not sure if you can pick any movie or if it has to be either Aliens or Predator.  At the time of this review Loot Crate has not opened up this month’s pin unlockable so I’m having to go off of information provided to me via the LC Magazine.

Value: $0.99 to $5.99

LC Magazine: Explains everything in the box.

Value: Free (do I really have to justify the free here?)

LC Box: it’s just a box that the loot came in.

Value: Free.

I know I did a lot of complaining with this review.  I’m just really not all that impressed with the items.  I know there are some comic geeks out there that will love some of these items, and I know there is an Alien fan that will go crazy for that vinyl figure, but to impress ME, I have to really like what is being presented, and I just don’t care for this month’s box.  However…  All of that aside, I still have to fairly ask..

Was it worth it?

Spock Shirt: $18.00

BvS Wallet: $15.00

AvP Figure: $10.00

Harley Comic: $4.00

DD vs TP Beanie: $20.00

Word Gush: $0.00

LC Pin: $0.99 to $5.99

LC Mag: $0.00

LC Box: $0.00

Total: $57.99 to $62.99 (because of the variable VUDU rental value).

Yeah, I mean from a value standpoint this month’s Loot Crate box most certainly goes over LC’s $40.00 claim.  However, for me, I just don’t think I’m going to return to Loot Crate.  I think I’m going to try out a new subscription box service and see how things go from there.

Wizards of the Coast Wants to Pay YOU to Scan Their OLD D&D Books!

Through the years movie studios have remastered their movies by digitizing the master film and converting it into a high quality film for home use.  The process is difficult, and in some rare cases cleaning up the film just cannot be done because the master film is too far gone or has been lost forever.

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In a similar fashion, Wizards of the Coast is looking to create a master database of ALL Dungeons and Dragons books.  The problem is, back in the 1970’s and early to mid 1980’s there was really nothing in place to back up the original books.  Keep in mind too that Wizards of the Coast was not always the owner of the Dungeons and Dragons brand, so many of those original books from TSR simply are not present in Wizard’s library.

This is where you, the fans and players of D&D, come in.

DriveThruRPG and Wizards of the Coast are now asking YOU to help preserve the history of Dungeons and Dragons by asking you to scan in old book and convert them to PDF format.  Ge this, by doing so, you will get a $50.00 bounty per title!  This bounty can be cashed out via PayPal or spent on their site.

Wizards of the Coast is keeping an up to date spreadsheet (made publicly available on Google Docs), which details just over 600 titles they are looking for.

To do this, Wizards and DriveThruRPG are obviously wanting the highest quality scans possible.  There is also a fairly large FAQ that details all of the requirements (like what exactly is expected from the scans) and exactly how they will pay users.

You can read the DriveThruRPG FAQ HERE

You can check out the Wizards of the Coast Title Document HERE

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Loot Crate : Dead February 2016 Unboxing & Review

February 2016 Loot Crate Dead Unboxing and Review

Dead is the theme for February’s Loot Crate. It’s all about Deadpool and The Walking Dead.  You guys will note that my last Loot Crate review was back in October of 2014.  I got a bit dismayed with the program and killed my subscription, but I had heard that this month’s was going to be all about… well.. Deadpool and The Walking Dead (I think I already mentioned that – sorry).  Let’s see if my return was worth it.

My Video of Unboxing:

The Breakdown:

Monthly Sub is $13.37 plus $6.00 for shipping. Loot Crate states there will be $40.00 worth of goodies in each box.  I’m going to list the contents and their respective prices so we can add them up and see if this month’s Loot Crate was worth it.

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I really am excited for this one, I’m a big fan of both Deadpool and The Walking Dead, so I really hope Loot Crate does good here.

First up is..

Deadpool T-Shirt:

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Deadpool and Tacos sound like a plan to me!  Seriously, this is one hell of a cool t-shirt!  I really dig it and will certainly wear it on my next viewing of Deadpool!  Value: $16.00  (based on similar styles found at Hot Topix).

Deadpool Q Figure:

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This is an exclusive for Loot Crate, and features Deadpool flying forth from a large explosion.  Or maybe he just farted.. The figure is not massive, but it’s big enough, about 5″ tall (a-hem). My understanding is that Loot Crate also did a variant that is in white which is also fairly rare.  This one, however, is the common one and as such has a Value: $15.00 (based on QMX’s prices of similar figures in similar sized boxes).

The Walking Dead Figure:

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I normally don’t open these things.. but this one I had to.. I really wanted that charred zombie..  Let’s see what I got…

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I got big head Rick Grimes.  That’s cool, 1 in 3 chance I suppose.  But what ticks me off is.. what if I want that Zombie or Daryl?  How do I get them?  Ah well.. I included the quarter in the photo to show you the size of these, they are about 2″ tall. Value: $3.00 (based off of previous series big head figures found on McFarlane’s website).

Walking Dead Soap Ears on a Rope:

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While this is somewhat neat, it’s a bit dated…  Seeing as this “prop” comes from Season TWO and we are 1/2 way into Season FIVE…  Value $10.00 (this is a guestimate because I can’t find anything close to it anywhere, and I know that I wouldn’t pay more than $10.00 for it ’cause.. it’s.. soap.  on a rope. Funny for the novelty, I suppose).

The Box, The Pin, and The Book:

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The box is cool, but has zero value.

The book explains what is what in the box and has some neat info and articles, but, like the box has zero value.

The pin, however, is neat.  They have moved away from traditional stick pin and have gone to a collectible post pin design (and I know those things aren’t cheap to get made), and this one also allows you to go to Loot Crate’s website and get a digital code (although at the time of my writing this review they have not yet unlocked the code for this pin).  This one gets you a Carl Grimes character for The Walking Dead game found at the App Store.  Value: $10.00

Was It Worth It?

Deadpool Shirt: $16.00

Deadpool Figure: $15.00

Walking Dead Figure: $3.00

Walking Dead Soap: $10.00

Loot Crate Pin: $10.00

Total: $54.00

Yeah, technically they hit above their $40.00 claim.  I feel.. off.. about this Loot Crate month.  4 items?  I guess the two Deadpool items are higher in quality than previous months, but the tiny Walking Dead figure and the Season 2 ears of soap.. I’m disappointed in that.  I REALLY would have loved to have seen a The Walking Deadpool crossover exclusive Loot Crate item.  I think that would have really hit it out of the ballpark.  I mean, after all, Loot Crate did do a Joker – Loki crossover several months back..

Dunno, you see what was in it this month.  It’s now up to you to decide.

 

 

RPG Crate – Newest Subscription Box for Gamers!

A few days ago I was playing with some D20’s (I actually rolled 3 20’s in a roll – too bad I wasn’t actually playing a D&D game at the time) when I got a Facebook alert.  I tabbed over to see what was up and found that one of my Facebook friends, Chris, had sent me an invite to a new page he had created.

Now, I don’t go hitting like buttons all willy-nilly so I first set myself to check the page out.  A few moments later I was clicking the like button.  The page that I liked was for a small business that Chris was putting together called RPG Crate.

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As you can guess, based on the name, it’s a subscription box that caters to gamers.  At least, it will be.

RPG Crate is a little past it’s infancy stage, but they are not shipping just yet.  My next step was to hit Chris up for some info.  I needed to know more…

GM:  How far into the process are you?

Chris: RPGCrate is in pre-launch, collecting interested party emails, and getting the minstrels ready to take stage and sing a song of treasures!

GM: Do you have some big names lined up for inclusion into the crates/boxes?

Chris: I can’t let the kobold out of the bag just yet, but we’re working with some incredibly talented and popular content providers.  Some of the names will be well known, and some will be more INDIE style.  One thing is for sure, you don’t want to miss out.

GM: About what average size would the crates/boxes be?

Chris: I’m working with a custom box manufacturer now, so the final box isn’t finished yet but my goal is 12x10x4-ish, which will allow me to include full sized hardback books.

GM: Do you have an estimated time frame for the 1st shipment?

Chris: Launch early-mid summer 2016. Pre-orders will begin about 30 days prior to Alpha Launch.

GM: Do you have a rough subscription price plan set up?

Chris: This is an excellent question and I want the value as well as quality to be earth elemental solid.  It seems $35-$55 is a good starting price.  Best of all, I plan to have a couple options; something for the bargain hunter as well as the serious gamer…

GM: Will there be different crate type options?

Chris: Multiple tiers – not all classes fit a player, not all boxes fit a wallet, but RPGCrate fits everyone! 

GM: Will this include all forms of RPG games, from fantasy (like D&D), to Sci-Fi, to modern?

Chris: Alpha & Beta Box will be Fantasy RPG – more themes will be launched afterwards (probably quarterly themes).

GM: What are some example items that you are going to include? Dice, minis, etc?

Chris: In RPGCrate you can expect to see treasures like modules, books, dice, miniatures, maps, full rule systems, and all sorts of other accessories.

GM: About how many people do you have signed up so far, or is it at that point yet?

Chris: 1200+ people signed up to the mailing list in the first week! I’ve stopped quoting numbers – it’s growing too quickly to keep up.

As a RPG gamer I love, LOVE, this idea.  As you guys know I have subscribed to Loot Crate in the past, and I currently am getting Horror Block for review on my ZombieMall.com website.  What that means is that RPG Crate is most certainly going to be a natural fit for both ME and for content for this website.

You can find more info about RPG Crate here:

Their main website, currently taking emails that will in turn alert you to when it all starts to happen: RPGCrate.com

Their Facebook page, great for getting up to date news: RPGCrate Facebook

On Twitter? They are too! RPGCrate Twitter

Instagram also! RPGCrate Instagram
Tumblr too? Tumbler too! RPGCrate Tumblr

 

Check em out and break out your wallets, I for one am ready to throw some cash to this!

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