Official Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate Hoodie Revealed

So this is pretty cool…

Black hoodie will release in October alongside the game

Birmingham, UK, July 14th 2015, – Merchoid today revealed the first official Assassin’s Creed Syndicate hoodie, dubbed the Black Rook Hoodie. The (real-life – not in-game!) hoodie is black with copper highlights, a stitched AC Syndicate logo and a hood shaped like the game’s male protagonist, Jacob. Officially licensed by Ubisoft, the hoodie is due for release at Merchoid on October 23rd, in line with the global release date for the latest instalment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise.

Merchoid’s official Assassin’s Creed Collection has previously included hoodies for both Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Fans are able to preorder the new Syndicate hoodie now for £39.99/$54.99/€59.99 (which includes free shipping worldwide).


Company Director Simon Ward says:

“The reaction to our previous Assassin’s Creed hoodies was incredible and we expect this latest one to be just as popular. With the game’s iconic stylish hoods, the Assassin’s Creed franchise works amazingly well as a hoodie, which is why fans love them so much.”

Earlier this month, Merchoid showed off their upcoming range of official Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate T-shirts, also set for release in October. The T-shirt collection features imagery from the game’s twin protagonists and the London based Industrial Revolution setting. Simon also adds that the new London based game has them excited:

“We can’t wait to play the final game. As a UK based company, we’re especially interested to find out the accuracy of the cockney rhyming slang!”.

The t-shirts are available to preorder now for £14.99/$22.99/€21,99 at Merchoid.


Jurassic World – A Roaring Review

Jurassic World – A Roaring Review

As the tag line states, “The Park Is Open“, however, I am still a little unsure why they are calling this one ‘World’ (but we will get to that much later in the review).

I recall back in 1991, being a guy the age of 18, I sat down to read Michael Crichton’s book, Jurassic Park.  A little over 2 years later I was parked on opening night in a crowded theater watching the movie version of said book.  It was beyond exciting, yes it was different than the book and I didn’t care.  I was blown away by the visual.

It took me back to being 8 years old and playing with tiny plastic dinosaurs (really, what 8 year old didn’t like the idea of dinosaurs roaming around?) and imagining what it would be like if they existed today.  I was captivated and loved every moment of Jurassic Park.

1997 rolled around and again I found myself planted in a movie theater on opening day to see The Lost World: Jurassic Park.  I can’t say I was totally blown away this time.  The story was okay, it just lacked the same feel as the first movie did.

In 2001, when Jurassic Park III came out, I waited a week before I went to go see it.  Nothing really stood out on this one either, I mean, it was a fun movie, but it did have some slow moments.

Okay, enough reminiscing about the past, let’s talk about Jurassic World!

Based on the previews, this movie looked exciting!  Based on that I knew I had to see this one as soon as I could.  June 13th was the day!

As of this writing, Jurassic World has already broken records at the box office, bringing in just over $500 million worldwide.

Put aside your scientific mind and ignore elements of “but dinosaurs are extinct half of these shown never existed together and the way they present their DNA explanations is just not realistic therefore this could never happen” and just sit back with your overpriced soda and popcorn and enjoy the movie for what it is; a fun thrill ride.

Spoilers ahead?  Possibly. But I’ll do my best to keep the secrets in the dark.

Jurassic World takes place about 20 years after the events that took place in Jurassic Park.  Only two from the original cast appear in this one; the T-Rex and Doctor Henry Wu (well.. and a statue of Hammond.. and a book that features Ian Molcolm – but those don’t count do they?).

The park has been in operation for about 10 years without incident. The events that took place in The Lost World and in Jurassic Park 3 still happened (but remember they took place on Isla Sorna – a secret test island and Jurassic Park and Jurassic World take place on Isla Nublar), however it appears that the dinos have been contained and bigger and better buildings have been built.  Not much was mentioned about Isla Sorna, but they do show in screen a brief mention about the Northern tip of Isla Nublar still being a wild zone – but nothing was ever spoken about it again, as in, it did nothing to the plot.

Due to declining visitor metrics to the park, Doctor Henry Wu has been tasked by InGen (Hammond’s scientific group) to engineer a “bigger, faster, louder, better” attraction (dinosaur) and creates the Indominus Rex (Latin for ‘fierce or untamable king’).

The story follows two boys, Gray (played by Ty Simpkins) and Zach (played by Nick Robinson) as they visit their aunt Clair (Bryce Dallas Howard) who run the park itself.

They check out various attractions, including a Sea World (ish) exhibit of a Mosasaurus jumping out of a massive water tank to chomp down upon a Great White Shark (had to be an easter egg paying homage to Spielberg’s Jaws) and splashing water upon everyone watching.  Question though… How did they get the DNA for THIS one???

We are introduced to Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) who is training Velociraptors.

Okay, that sounds a little hokey, I’ll admit, but in the confines of the movie it makes sense.  Owne explains that velociraptors are pack animals (much like a dog).  He imprints upon them when they are born and they see him as the Alpha (dog).  While they are still wild, they will, more or less, look to him for “commands”.

Hoskins (played by Vinccent D’Onofrio) is head of InGen and see only dollar signs and wants to weaponize the velociraptors that Owen has been training.  This is a small subplot that plays out during the course of the movie.

The Indominus Rex finds an escape and thus begins a chaotic journey through Isla Nublar to hunt her down.

I’m trying hard to leave out any spoilers (or reveal too many easter eggs), but I did mention up top about the name of Jurassic World.  I have to give this one away because it’s just bugging me…  I really expected this to show us dinosaurs somehow getting off the island and reaching the main lands.  Why else call it World ?  That never happened (unless some ptersaurs made it that they didn’t show on film).  The only thing I can think of is that the ones running the park (the characters within the movie) wanted to rebrand the park to detach themselves from what happened roughly 20 years prior..

Overall I have to say that this is a MUST see, especially if you have watched the original Jurassic Park movie.  If you haven’t, go rent it or buy it and watch it, then go watch Jurassic World.

Warcraft : NO No Fly Zone!

In a strange reversal, it seems that Blizzard is adding flying to Draenor after all!


In a previous post ( Warcraft : No Fly Zone ) we announced that Ion Hazzikostas stated that flying would not be a part of Draenor, nor would it be in any future expansions.

Yesterday, June 10th, on Blizzard’s website, Ion Hazzikostas gave us this reversal of that flying decision:

In an upcoming Public Test Realm build, we will be introducing a new meta-achievement called Draenor Pathfinder. You’ll earn this achievement in Patch 6.2 by mastering the outdoor environment of Draenor—exploring Draenor’s zones, collecting 100 treasures in Draenor, completing the Draenor Loremaster and Securing Draenor achievements, and raising the three new Tanaan Jungle reputations to Revered. Initially, this achievement will award a rylak mount: the Soaring Skyterror, one of the native beasts that roam Draenor’s skies. Players will remain ground-bound on Draenor until a small follow-up patch (6.2.x), when all players who have earned Draenor Pathfinder on at least one character will unlock the ability to fly in Draenor on all their level 90+ characters.

You can read the full story here at the Developer’s Watercooler.

The reasoning is that they still want players to fully explore everything in Draenor (well.. mostly fully explore) and by putting this achievement in place, they feel that that will accomplish that.

Get your mounts polished up and get your grinding done… because… check this out… you can start working on the achievement now!  All of your grinding is retroactive and will be added to the follow-up patch.

To see how far along you already are, check out WowHead’s nifty tool: WowHead Dreanor Flying Tool

To read more about the Draenor Pathfinder achievement, check out this post (also on WowHead): Draenor Pathfinder Achievement

Fly On!



Tourist! Year 1 – by artist T. Kyle Gentry

Tourist! Year 1 – by T. Kyle Gentry.

What is it and do you want something cool and free?

It’s going to be a hardcover book in which this famous artist has crafted his skill to present some of the wacky and downright bizarre nature of random tourists that dwell within the various Orlando area theme parks.

Sounds like one of those guys that does those caricatures, and what’s this thing about cool and free?

No! caricatures are generally a likeness of a specific person.  How better can I put this.. hmm…

OH! Okay, when an animation company makes a movie (think of any of the various Disney, Pixar, Warner Brothers, etc companies that have compelling animated characters), they draw on inspiration from real people.  THAT is what Kyle has done here.  He has captured and created characters, in the form of tourists, and plugged them into this soon to be printed book. As for the cool and the free… I’ll explain that in a moment…

Here, let him tell you exactly what Tourist! Year 1 is:


Yes, this is a Kickstarter campaign!  GameMasters LOVES Kickstarter, and we certainly LOVE this particular campaign.

A looong time ago, I ask Kyle to do some artwork for me for this very site, Bob the Dragon was born.  If you search around this website, you may very well run into him (Bob that is).  Kyle has also done some illustrations for a couple of my zombie websites too.  He and I go waay back.. to about the 10th grade..  all the way back to the late 80’s if my math is correct.

Basically it breaks down like this:

Go check out his Kickstarter Campaign for Tourst! Year 1 and help make it a success.  I mean c’mon, with a title like that, you know he is going to have ideas for Year 2 and Year 3 and so on!

Cool and Free:

Okay, here it is, here is my contribution…

The Cool:

Back in highschool, Kyle and I, had several adventures.  Want to know some of those details?  I’ll share a couple but only AFTER his Kickstarter Campaign of Tourist! Year 1 is a success.  I’ll add those adventures to the comments of this post.  Trust me.. not even a handfull of people know what I know…(don’t kill me Kyle!)

The Free:

I have a signed copy of Aliens & Outlaws (Kyle’s first book) that will be given away to one of people who have liked our GameMasters Facebook Page or to one of my GameMasters Google+ Page followers or to one of my GameMasters Twitter followers.  So you have 3 chances to get this book for free (well.. more if you go and help Kyle on his Kickstarter of Tourist! Year 1).  As with The Cool from above, this book will be given away AFTER his Kickstarter Campaign of Tourist! Year 1 is a success.

Check it out and pledge what you can!  I am!

Warcraft : No Fly Zone

EDIT: Blizzard has reversed their No Fly decision – we have added a new article HERE to reflect this, but are leaving this one in tact for readers to read.

It looks like all of those flying mounts in World of Warcraft may soon be grounded.


You will still be able to use them in the older areas, Burning Crusade, Cataclysm, and Lich King, but from Timeless Isle forward… They have had their wings clipped and it is quite likely a permanent clipping.

In a recent interview from Polygon, Warcraft’s lead designer, Ion Hazzikostas stated:

“The world feels larger, feels more dangerous,” he says. “There’s more room for exploration, for secrets, for discovery and overall immersion in the world. At this point, we feel that outdoor gameplay in World of Warcraft is ultimately better without flying. We’re not going to be reintroducing the ability to fly in Draenor, and that’s kind of where we’re at going forward.”

Do you see what he is getting at?  Yeah, no flying in future expansions either.

Bummer dude.

Yeah, he had more to say about the soon to be released patch 6.2, but this is what really caught my eye.  I love being able to fly, damnit.  I don’t want my wings clipped!  I DO enjoy being able to take flight and explore without running into something over-powered or a PVP situation.

I dunno…  I mean, I see his point from a development view, and he does provide a compelling argument that they may create an objective to rescue someone and pre-flight you would have to run up and fight your way through a crown to get to that someone, but with flight you can drop it, tag them, and fly off.  But you know what?  Sometimes I want to do that, sometimes I don’t want to spend 20 minutes fighting mindlessly just to complete a rescue quest.  It seems like a bad move to me.

What are your thoughts?

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