Major Twitter Update for GameMasters

Major Twitter Update:

After 3 YEARS of trying to get the correct name on Twitter for this site, I finally have the correct name back!

I am unsure of exactly what happened, perhaps it was an ex-employee that registered the name (gamemasters) on Twitter thus preventing me from really being able to brand myself and this website over there, or perhaps it was a random namesake.  Regardless, I finally have it secured!

Current followers won’t see too much of a change, but for new ones, please head over to:  https://twitter.com/gamemasters and give me a follow!

You’ll love the game news we bring you!

 

-GameMasters.com

Dungeon Masters Guild Opens as a Marketplace for D&D Creations

I remember back when Dungeons & Dragons came out with the Forgotten Realms gray boxed set.. I also remember submitting an original adventure to the publisher based on an area in the Forgotten Realms.

I was about 14 at the time and was rejected (this was back when TSR ran D&D).  My adventure was rejected that is.  Well, as a kid I was rejected too but that’s for a different post at a different time.

They cited that I was too young to enter into a contract and they had to reject the adventure based on that.  That was kind of them, but I’m sure there were other reasons (like maybe it wasn’t that good of an adventure, but they didn’t want to flat out state that)..

Anywho…

That didn’t stop me from creating my own adventure to run my friends through.  I was obsessed with D&D and role playing games and the thought of creating an entire world was cool.  The thought of being able to share that world with others was, well, the thought of it was out of this world!

I never did try to resubmit it, but I did polish it and perfect it.  In fact, it was a launch pad that branched off into a 9 year campaign.

Thanks to an email I received today, however, I may very well brush it off and update it and resubmit my adventure.  First off, Wizards of the Coast ROCKS, I think that they have done wonderous things with Dungeons & Dragons.  Second off, What I’m about to reveal will change the game, literally, for ever, again all thanks to Wizards of the Coast.

The email?  Oh, I’ll talk about that in a moment.  First, however, know that you too can create an original adventure based in the Forgotten Realms setting and make money off of it!

Ahhh, now it sounds like I’m making a sales pitch!  Not at all.

Now for the email:

It starts off:

Dungeons & Dragons is all about creativity. For more than 40 years, the folks who spent the bulk of their time creating amazing adventures, those noble Dungeon Masters, did not have a convenient outlet to share them with the gamers who weren’t sitting at their table. You either had to raise money to publish a physical book or zine on your own, or convince a publisher you had the chops. Now, the Dungeon Masters Guild puts the power to share that creativity firmly in the hands of the DM.

Oh this is sounding mega-wicked-cool!

It continues:

The Dungeon Masters Guild is a collaboration between Dungeons & Dragons and our friends at DriveThruRPG, and it is designed to support and reward you – whether you’re an experienced DM or just starting out. Today, you can upload your creations to the

DMs Guild website, as well as browse submissions from some of gaming’s most esteemed designers.

Are you starting to see the Oh-Crap-This-Is-Sweet element yet?

The email continues:

For the first time ever, you’ll be able to self-publish material set in the Forgotten Realms using monsters, spells, characters, and locations previously unavailable. Set your side trek in Neverwinter or Baldur’s Gate, have your characters go toe-to-toe with the Xanathar, the beholder crime lord of Waterdeep, or fall in with some traitorous drow in Menzoberranzan. With some exceptions noted on the DMs Guild website, the Forgotten Realms is at your fingertips.
You can set whatever price you like for your creation; you can give your new monster away for free or charge a few gold coins. If you do decide to ask for money, you’ll get half of the revenue while DriveThruRPG and Dungeons & Dragons will split the other. We care about our creators and that’s why they get the biggest cut!
Did you see it??  Did you???  YOU can make money off of your home brew Forgotten Realms creations!
The email also delves into a little bit of detail:
Creators can upload whatever kind of Forgotten Realms material they’d like to the Dungeon Masters Guild, but we’ll be featuring side treks, monsters, and backgrounds on the site. For now, the Guild is only accepting Forgotten Realms material that uses the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons rules. For everything else, we’ve updated the Open Gaming License so that publishers can continue releasing their own material. Read more about the updated OGL here.
Head to dungeonmastersguild.com to see what’s available to download right now.
Yeah, my mind is exploding with adventures now.  I’m seriously excited to try my hand at creating some new adventures and making some cash in the process!
To read up on more details about what all the “fine print” is check out this link:
Once you have set up an adventure and have it listed, let me know!  I’ll be among the first to buy it and recommend it to others!

 

2016 Video Game Master List (release dates)

Let’s start off the New Year of 2016 by showing you guys a list of all the major games coming out this year! I have scoured the web, cross referenced with my contacts, and in some cases confirmed with my list of publishers the release dates of the following games. Keep in mind that this list may change over the course of the year (hey, delays happen, and as Alpha testing moves to Beta testing things can pop up that force the publisher to change release dates), but for the most part this list should be fairly accurate. Keep in mind too that the further we look into 2016, the more “wiggle” room there may be for the dates listed.

Feel free to bookmark this post (and let your gamer friends know too) and check back so you can plan to make your purchase when the games are released! Also note that as I find more games and as games get solid and confirmed release dates, I’ll be updating this master list!

With that, let’s see what video games are coming out in 2016!

2016AC

January

4th
Shooting Stars (PC)

5th
Amplitude (PS4)
Hardware: Rivals (PS4)
Volume (PSVita)

6th
Lovely Planet (XB1)

12th
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India (XB1, PS4, PC) Read more »

Star Wars Force Awakens Who Is Rey Theory

Star Wars Spoilers Ahead!

There have been lots of theories spring up about who Rey is…

rey_bddd0f27[1]

One states she is the daughter of Luke Skywalker.

Another states that she is an abandoned daughter of Han and Leia.

And yet another states that she may be Obi-Wan Kenobi’s granddaughter.

but… I have another…

JJ Abrams is a HUGE fan of Howard Stern…..

I theorize that Rey and Kylo are not related in any way, and by the 3rd movie Rey redeems Kylo bringing him back to the name Ben and they get married.
Knowing that the galaxy is probably looking for Ben (because they don’t realize he’s turned good now), they change their last names to Stern and have a child.
They name this child Howard.
Howard Stern’s parents names are Ray and Ben Stern.

And Howard brings peace and balance to the Galaxy…

DRAGON+ APP Now on the Web!!! (Dungeons and Dragons)

Back in May I wrote a small blurb up about Dragon+, the App from Wizards of the Coast, that essentially put Dragon Magazine back on the map.

Well, they went and did it again and upsurged the Dragon+ App and made it available online and accessible on your computer!

toddjamesdnd

Getting it’s debut on the web, Issue #5 rolls out with a new cover designed by former graffiti artist, Todd James.  He will also be making a public appearance at the Twenty-Sided Store in Brooklyn on December 20th to sign posters of his Dragon+ cover and will also debut his new D&D T’s that will be sold via Mishka, a born in Brooklyn, raised in Hell, alternative t-shirt company.  You can see more info about them, this special event, and how to order Todd’s shirts at https://mishkanyc.com/

New stuff in issue 5 of Dragon+:

Celebrity Guest:

Interview with Rainn Wilson (we also posted a podcast interview with him here: Rainn Wilson Podcast Interview).

Digital Games Behind-the-Scenes:

10 killer things you need to know about Neverwinter MMO’s deadliest locations and details from the creative teams behind Sword Coast Legends and Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear.

Tabletop & Novels:

Jeremy Crawford gives advice on how to convert elements from previous editions of the game to 5th edition; Erin M. Evans gives a psychological breakdown of the demon lord Graz’zt from her latest novel, Ashes of the Tyrant; and Peter Lee talks about how being bad in the newest D&D board game, Tyrants of the Underdark, is a good thing!

Issue #5 of Dragon+ is not limited to just those three things, there is much much more!  Even more if you have not checked out issues 1 through 4!

To get Dragon+ is super easy!

To access issue #5, simply visit dragonmag.com (when you go there, it should automatically default to the latest issue, but you can select older ones) or download the free app in the iTunes App Store or Google Play.  Dragon+ also aggregates D&D content across Facebook, Tumblr, and the Dungeons & Dragons website, making it a one-stop-shop for all the latest D&D news.

 

Game on and may your die roll nat 20’s!

 

D&D: Rainn Wilson Interview

You guys know of Rainn Wilson, probably from The Office, but he also does voicing on Adventure Time, and also was the lead detective in Backstrom.

Did you know he was a fellow geek?

This week he joins the Dungeons & Dragons Podcast with hosts Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble and they talk about his old adventures with friends and what it was like to hit the different gaming cons in the 80’s.  He is also there to plug his new autobiography, The Bassoon King.

BASSOONKINGFINAL

The Dungeons & Dragons Podcast is a free bi-weekly show full of humor geared towards gamers and geeks.  Interviews are a plenty with guests including R.A. Salvatore, Erin M. Evans, Mike Drucker, and more!

You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!

You can purchase The Bassoon King at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com

DD-Logo-Stacked

Hearthstone : YOU GET NOTHING! YOU LOSE! GOOD DAY

GameMasters sucks sometimes.

We have the losses to prove it!  Perhaps we will find mercy…

 

D&D 5.0 Out of the Abyss Review

The Underdark.  The Drow.  Dawnbringer. Orcus. Menzoberranzan. (and lots of spiders)

All of those invoke very powerful images and events from previous editions of this setting within The Forgotten Realms.

Out of the Abyss is the newest campaign for Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition.  Taking place among the Drow, it pits your band of adventurers against the entirety of the Underdark and forces them to clash against demonic monsters from the Abyss.

outofabysscover

The book is very well put together, the art work is beyond spectacular, and the adventure within… Wow.

It contains 17 chapers that can take you from a level 1 character to.. well.. just see if you can even survive the 1st chapter.. (but it should take you up to about level 15).

Most adventures are difficult to start because there is really no good “starting” point.  What I mean by that is, how did all of the members in the party meet and come to know each other?

The opening to this adventure is actually very simple in design as your character will awaken, after having been knocked out, in a Drow camp deep in the Underdark.  You quest is to get out.  Be warned, madness may be your only escape!

Out of the Abyss is just over 250 pages, is chock full of fantastic artwork, and contains many of the elements from older versions of the Underdark setting (obviously updated for 5th Edition).

It is part of the Rage of Demons campaign, and as such, you will face many (many) demons.

Oddly.. Drizzt is missing in here, but I have a theory..

After reading the Forward, written by Christopher Perkins, (Drizzt IS mentioned here), I started to piece some things together.  He references the R.A. Salvatore book Exile, in which Drizzt must escape the Underdark.  My theory is that the players (more or less) have taken on the role of Drizzt and this 17 chapter adventure IS just that.  No, it does not contain the exact same elements or situations, but it does entale an adventure of escape, very much like Exile was.  I will say that if you look closely on page 28, you may find a vague reference to Drizzt.

The Campaign:

The dark elf Gromph Baenre, Archmage of Menzoberranzan, has done something naughty.  He has cast a spell that has ripped open a portal to the demonic abyss (hence the name of this book).  From said portal, demons pour forth into the Underdark.  While you have found yourself captured in this strange land, you might as well try to close the portal and kill a few demons too, yes?

orcus

If you can manage that simple task, I’m sure the accolades of success will be great once you do manage to get yourself back to the surface.

I’m sure too.. that… there may be a few loose ends to deal with…

As with the Tyranny of Dragons and Elemental Evil sets, we have no choice but to recommend this Rage of Demons setting.  It’s just too damn cool.

Now.. if only I could manage a way to convince Wizards to recraft the Spelljammer setting…

Also, check out my video review of this book on youtube!

 

UPDATE:

After getting some friends together and running them through this, I felt compelled to add a little more information.

While the adventure and story itself of this campaign is very well put together and flows along just fine, I have quickly discovered that the players rather enjoy “going off the grid”.  That is.. They want to check out areas that are not exactly covered within this book.

I will admit that the Underdark is MASSIVE and there are MANY tangents the players can go off on. As such, I’m having to pull a lot of information from previous versions of the setting when my players do this. Underdark is such a cool setting and this one book really does not cover all of the elements that potentially could take place within. BUT.. a good DM will not let that stop the game.

As a straight run through, however, it’s great as it is.

List of Top 15 TV Shows I Watch (and why you should or shouldn’t watch too)

This is a list of 15 shows that I’ve been watching as of recent.  They are in no particular order.  I’ve also provided a small critique of each one, as a couple of them I have had to stop watching…

Orphan Black:

728965[1]

If you are not watching this one, you should be! I’m in love with the Clone Club and it’s just pure fun and entertainment to see Tatiana Maslany in the various roles.  The story telling here is top notch, and the score is perfect in each scene.  Helena quickly became a favorite simply because she just simply refuses to hold back.  I’m hungry for some scorpion now…

The Strain:

This show started out fun, however, in recent episodes, I feel that it is slowly going downhill. I admit that I have not read the book, so I really do not know how different the show is from the book. What bothers me about the show, however, is that all of these vampires are running around, but the general populace seem to know nothing about them. Even the main characters are running around hunting these vampires but in the background we can see people hailing for taxi cabs, we see people shopping, we see people in business suits walking (to work perhaps) casually. One would think the populace would be going through mass panic.

MTV’s Scream:

I’ve tried to stay with this one, and I will continue to record it, but… As of my writing this article it had 3 episodes left, the past two I ended up watching on fast forward. It started off cool, but there is only so much you can do to drag things out. I no longer even care who the guy (or gal) is behind the mask, I just don’t care. As mentioned, I will record the final three episodes, but as it is right now… I’m losing interest quickly.

Maron:

I can’t get enough of this show. Perhaps one of the reasons I like it so much is because it’s about a guy that has a very successful podcast that he does out of his home. That’s a character I can easily identify with. The humor is dry and effective. The entire show is telling a story. You can watch the episodes out of order and you won’t really miss anything but it’s best to watch in order because as the show progresses so do the characters.

Under The Dome:

Sorry Steven King… I tried to stick with it, I really did. I watched all of the 1st season and the first few episodes of season 2, but when it quickly turned away from the book (this book i did read), I started to lose interest. I tried to watch it just to see how they would resolve things, but so far, it’s just… it’s like the writer’s are making stuff up just to fill an hours worth of time without giving any actual thought to the end game. I stopped recording this one.

Fargo:

I really liked the first season, up to the final episode anyways. It was as if they had all this extra material for a second season and things were being set up for a second season but then they decided to end this story. The final episode of season 1 just happened too fast. Season Two starts up soon, however, it will take place several years prior to Season One. This is not going to be a prequel, but rather will be a different tale of similar Fargo story-telling. I am looking forward to this.

Humans:

Humans-Footer-Desktop-800x600

I dunno where AMC keeps getting these kick ass shows, but I love em!  This one is very Asimovian in nature.  Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep indeed!  This is one I’ve quickly become addicted to watching.  A small group of androids trying to figure out what they are (and possibly who).  I hang on every episode!

Wayward Pines:

Everyone has tried to compare this show to Twin Peaks.  Twin Peaks it is not, although the beginning of the show it does have that strange ethereal feel to it.  That’s the only similarity it shares.  I mean.. Apples and Oranges both grow on trees.. but that’s it.  Wayward Pines is based on  a set of novels by Blake Crouch.  For the most part it follows the books fairly closely and the endings in both are sortav similar… Sortav.  Speaking of Twin Peaks…

Twin Peaks:

This is the most important television show in history of television shows.  It was about 25 years ahead of it’s time.  It was among the first of shows to cater to a week by week progressive story line, and one in which so much happened from week to week that if you missed one episode, you were screwed.  All told, I’ve owned 2 VHS copies of the entire series, as well as 2 DVD copies, and a blu-ray copy.  For a long while it looked like we were all going to have to suffer not knowing how the hell Annie was, but recent news states that David Lynch is directing 18 (yes, eight-teen) new episodes (Season 3) set to be aired on Showtime sometime in 2017.  I just hope I don’t die between now and then.

Breaking Bad:

Yeah, I know, it is over.  But thankfully I have it all on blu-ray so it is never over!  Nothing stops this train!  Breaking Bad is perhaps among the BEST television shows in the history of television.  Do I really need to keep praising it?  Exactly.  Speaking of Breaking Bad

Better Call Saul:

Not exactly a prequel to Breaking Bad but kinda sorta it is.  The 1st season was great.  The only issue I had is that we did see Jimmy officially turn into Saul.  But I’m okay with a slow burn, it makes the joint fun last a little longer.  Over the 1st season we see important characters come into play from Breaking Bad, but that don’t matter because these are the versions of themselves before the Baby Blue came about.  Vince Gilligan has also stated that at some point Walter White WILL make an appearance.

The Walking Dead:

Zombies.  Need I say more?  Okay, I will.  For 5 seasons we have been captivated by this show.  It loosely follows the events portrayed in the comic book of the same name.  For those keeping up, the final episode of Season 5 matches up with Issue #77 of the comic book.

Fear The Walking Dead:

I’m still not head over heels with the title, but it’s another show from the guys that made The Walking Dead, so I’ll take it.  Yeah, I know it’s not on tv yet, but I am still looking forward to watching it.  Rumors are spreading like the zombie virus that it may very explain the origin of the zombie outbreak and may even show us Patient Zero.

Doctor Who:

Listen.. I’ve been watching this show since the late 70’s.  Yes, it took a break for a few years, and there are several early episodes I’ve not seen, but for the most part I have seen all of the recent episodes from Eccleston’s Doctor on.  This is science fiction at it’s best.  It’s a show that does not take itself too seriously, but can also pull a tear from your eye when you lose yourself in the tale.  I’ve even got my kids into the show and they have seen every episode from Tennant’s Doctor on.  We cannot wait for the new season to start up in a couple of months!

Game of Thrones:

Sorry folks, I cannot comment on this one.  I’ve heard great things about it, but I’ve never seen it.  I don’t have HBO or whatever channel it airs on, and I can’t justify dropping cash on the dvd’s of it just yet.

 

I hope you check out at least a few of these shows.  Oh admit it, you have seen several of these already.  What are YOUR thoughts on the shows I like to watch?  Leave me a comment!

Archie vs Predator – Comic Review

I’ve seen some odd crossovers but this may very well be the strangest yet…  This is a very unique combination of worlds in the geek and horror universe!

A Little History First:

The year 1990 saw the release of Predator 2 in the movie theater.  Towards the end we were treated with a super cool scene in which the camera slowly pans over a small closet filled with different skull trophies that the Predators had taken.  One of the skulls was an Alien skull.  Yes, as in the same monster from the movie Alien (and it’s sequels).

BUT.. Did you know that this was not the 1st time these two creatures had a crossover?  In 1989 (November and December) we saw two issues of a Dark Horse Presents comic (issues #34 and #35) that each detailed out a separate storyline, issue #34 for Aliens and issue #35 for Predator.  In February, 1990, issue #36 came out and so began the 1st official crossover.  Aliens Vs Predator soon became a major deal (and I like to believe that it is because of these comics that we saw that Alien’s skull in Predator 2) in the geek world and it spread like wildfire.

Soon AvP comics were everywhere and the what if scenarios seemed to have no end.

Aliens vs Predator was successful, to put it mildly.  On it’s heals came many other crossovers; Superman and Batman vs Aliens and Predator, Aliens vs Predator vs The Terminator, no to mention the countless AvP spinoff comics.  There have even been popular fan man videos of Batman vs Predator (Batman: Dead End look it up) posted on Youtube.  To say that we hunger for this franchise would be an understatement.

Okay, enough history..  On to the review!

I was cruising through my local bookstore (sadly we do not have a comic shop where I live) and I chanced across issue 3 of Archie vs Predator from Dark Horse Comics.  What in the world is this?  Is this THE Archie that we all know and love?  Is this THE Predator that we all know of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1987 movie?  Yes, indeed!

How can this be?  I mean, this idea is absurd (in a good geek way)!  It makes no sense!  Archie comics have been around since the late 1930’s and a crossover like this just makes no sense (in a thrilling I’ve never thought about this before kind of way)!

I HAD to have it.  I thumbed through and found issues 1 and 2 and bought them all right there on the spot.  I really wanted to do a review of each one, but since this is a 4 issue series I decided to compact my review into 1 post.  I also decided to go a different route with this write up.  Normally I would detail out what happens in each comic, but I decided to gloss over the story itself (I mean.. that’s the whole point of this review is to get you interested in buying them to read) and detail our some of the finer points of the comics themselves.

The short version: GO BUY THESE NOW.

The long version:

I really don’t want to give out any spoilers, but I will give a little info about each issue.  You can also click on each cover to link directly to Dark Horse Comic’s page to read more about each issue (or you can hit up your local comic shop if you have one).

In each issue; Alex de Campi did the script with Fernando Ruiz doing the penciling,  Rich Koslowski did the inking with Jason Millet doing the colors and John Workman doing the lettering.

Issue 1

archie1

The cover says: Beach games… Party games… The most dangerous game!

Ruiz, Koslowski and Miller did the standard cover art with Eric Powell doing a variant cover art A and Fransesco Francavilla doing variant cover art B.

This issue was released in April of 2015, it runs just over 20 pages.  Spring Break is here and the gang is trying to figure out what to do.  Jughead busts open a bag of Tayto-Chips and the gang has won a free tropical vacation to Los Perdidos Resort.  Okay, I need to pause here.  Once on the island, as you can imagine, things go wrong for our gang.  As mentioned I really do not want to give away the storyline so I’ll stop right here, however…  Los Perdidos…  It means The Lost.  Now, what’s REALLY cool about these 4 issues are all of the Easter Eggs hidden within!

Examine the pages of each issue closely and see how many you can find!

Issue 2

archie3

The cover says: Back in Riverdale, safe and sound!

Don Parent with Jason Millet did the standard cover art for this issue.  Dustin Nguyen did variant cover A and Robert Hack with Stephen Downer did variant cover B.

This issue was released in May of 2015 and has just over 20 pages.  Again, no spoilers but I will say that the death toll continues to rise!  Sabrina the Teenage Witch is in this issue and speaks some words of Cthulhu origin.  We learn that evidently Predators are known by some of the people in the Archie world and have been known for quite some time.  Listen, the artwork here is fantastic, the pages are bright and colorful and slick.  The adventure continues into…

Issue 3

archie2

The cover says: More victims!  More mutilations!  More Milkshakes!

Gisele with Maria Victoria Robado did the standard cover art for this issue.  Paul Pope with Shay Plummer did variant cover A and Kelly Jones with Michelle Madsen did variant cover B.

This issue was released in June of 2015 and has just over 20 pages.  Don’t let the cover fool you.  The Predator is not a friendly being and the death count continues to grow.  Speaking of covers.. for collectors there are a few different variant covers out there of each issue (as I have detailed out).  Some are a bit darker than the whimsical ones I am presenting to you here.

Issue 4

archie4

The cover says: Frenemies No More!

Andrew Pepoy with Jason Miller did the standard cover art for this issue.  Faith Erin Hicks with Cris Peter did variant cover A and Joe Quinones did variant cover B.

This issue came out Today, July 22nd (2015) and has just over 20 pages.  This issue is the final one in a 4 part series.  It is also chock full of action and mayhem!  Pay real close attention to panel 1 on page 4.  There are some throwbacks to earlier Archie comic crossovers (more Easter Eggs alluded to in my Issue 1 portion up above).

I really have nothing more to add.  This was a rip roaring fun and insane crossover, something I’m very pleased with running across.  I cannot recommend this 4 part series enough.  If for any other reason just to have it to collect.

Speaking of collecting…

Hard Cover Edition of Archie vs Predator

archie5

Due out in November of this year (2015) is a special Hard Cover edition…  If you head over to Dark Horse Comics now (you will actually be directed over to Things From Another World – a great place to buy comics online), you can pro-order it for only $15.99!  As soon as payday hits, I’m pre-ordering one for myself!

 

That’s it folks!  Bottom line is.. check this comic out!  It’s a quality comic done up right on quality paper, it has a solid story and is just plain old fashioned comic book fun!  Buy it!

Now.. if I can just figure out a way to convince Dark Horse Comics to entertain a pitch I have for my comic book…

 

Legions of Steel PC Game Review

The Past has hit the Present with an all new way to play the classic board game, Legions of Steel.

los1
For those wanting to get familiar with the old (okay it’s not old-old but it is from the early 1990’s) board game, check out my review from 2013 here:  Legions of Steel – Miniatures Game
Now.. what’s interesting about that post is.. you can take a look in the comments section and see where a loyal reader posted about a Kickstarter campaign to turn Legions of Steel into a iOS, Android, and PC title.  I threw a little cash that way but I guess the world was just not ready as the funding was not successful.
This is also a prime example of how wrong some people are as to how Kicksterter works.  Some assume that a product is complete and that a company only does a Kickstarter to simply get a little more cash and publicity out of the product.  Obviously, that didn’t happen.  I can’t say that does not ever happen, but it certainly didn’t in this instance.  I mean.. This attempt was done in October of 2013, and the game is just now coming out, almost two years later..!  Okay, I could probably write up an article about Kickstarter alone (and I probably will in the future) but for now, let’s talk some STEEL!
This game was released yesterday ( July, 16th, 2015) on the PC.  I heard about it last night, and instantly started doing research about it.  As mentioned before, I tried to help with the Kickstarter and after it didn’t go through, I was bummed.  Yes, I probably could have tried to keep up with the Legions of Steel news and watched it develop, but I didn’t.  Call me lazy, or busy, but for whatever reason it dropped off my radar.
Right now I’ve played about 5 hours of the game.
Holy crap is it fun!  I didn’t even bother to run the tutorial or the rules, I wanted to approach it with the rules I learned when playing the board game all those years ago.
Let me tell you, while it’s not identical to the board game, it’s really damn close!  I mean, it would be impossible to mimic every element of the board game, but to be honest, some of those rules were thick to understand to begin with.  This PC version takes the guesswork out of it and inject pure fun into your eyes.
The graphics are wicked cool, the music is haunting and exciting at the same time.
los3

The Setting:
The Future.  Okay, we just took the Past, mashed it with the Present, and now we are flinging it into the Future!  Whhheeeeeeeeee!!!!!
The League of Aliens and the United Nations of Earth (U.N.E.) have teamed up to keep at bay a new threat to the galaxy, The Machines.
GamePlay:
Legions of Steel is a tun based game.  Each unit has it’s own set of skills and characteristics.  Different weapons can be used and sometimes you have to use the map as a weapon itself!
You can also choose to play singleplayer missions or go against another player in multiplayer mode.
In the board game’s set up, players took turns setting up snap together cardboard tiles that created the scenario you were to play in.  As best as I can tell so far, you do not do that here, all of the maps are premade.
los2

Platforms:
Right now Legions of Steel is available for the PC and iOS.  At the time of this writing there is no release date yet for Android but I will update with one when I find out!
The Cost:
You can purchase it for a measly $18.00 from Steam or from the iTunes store!  EIGHTEEN bucks!  That’s dirt cheap for this wicked cool game!  Hell, the board game itself was about $60.00!
The Game In Action:
Wanna check out the game play?  I recorded my first mission (thank goodness I won otherwise I’d look silly!) and have posted it onto YouTube.  I also added some speed to some of the turns (it actually took me about 18 minutes to play the 1st mission so I wanted to speed that up for my viewers).  Check it out!

Bottom line..  GO GET THIS GAME!

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).

acsyndicatehoodie1[1]

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!

nnfz

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.

nfz

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?

Dragon+ App Review (Dungeons and Dragons)

Wait.. how did this get by my radar??

For YEARS I read every issue of Dragon Magazine (and Dungeon Magazine) each month it (they) came out.  I was in grief when the mags were canned.

But this…  Holy Crap!  Dragon Magazine is back!  Sortav.

What is Dragon+ ?

unnamed[1]

It’s an app (you know those little program things that go on your phones and tablets? yeah, those), that lets you download digital issues (new ones, not the older issues from yesteryear – though that might be cool if they did convert them to pdf format to allow to be downloaded) of new issues of ‘Dragon Magazine‘.

The issues will be interactive as most digital magazines are now and the best part… Issue 1 is FREE

At the time of writing this article, I am not sure yet if future issues will also be free, but I have reached out to my contact with Wizards of the Coast and as soon as I hear I will update and let you guys know!

Okay, more details about Dragon+ :

Dragon+ is an official WoTC app for all things related to Dungeons & Dragons.

Within you will find game strategies, D&D storyline details, interviews, sweet history of past D&D lore, world info about the different realms found in D&D, comics, fan submissions, videos, and more!

It also links up to their Facebook page, which allows for up to the minute updates about what is going on in your favorite fantasy world (no, not THAT fantasy world… you pervert…).

Dragon+ is available for free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Want some screen shots?

These are from my very own Samsung Tablet (in other words the iTunes version may be a bit different, but I kindav doubt it):

Screenshot_2015-05-14-19-18-53

This is the cover, you can swipe to get to the next page (duh, like it says it right there at the bottom), or you can tap the screen to open a selective thumbnail menu so you can pick the article you want to check out.  The first one I jumped to was…

Screenshot_2015-05-14-19-21-03

Oddly enough, I was just talking to a friend yesterday about writing a massive article about the history of The Temple of Elemental Evil, so naturally this particular article jumped out at me…

 

Bottom line… If you play Dungeons & Dragons, or RPGs in general you will find this app chock full of good reads.  Grab it.  Enjoy it and Game On!

 

Samsung Galaxy Core Prime review

GameMasters reviews the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime :

Wherein GameMasters reviews the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime phone.
It runs a 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 Quad-core processor
Has an on board 8GM of memory, expandable up to 64GB (via microSD).
Runs 1 GB RAM (blah)
and more fun stuff shown in the video.

 

Rage of Demons

Wizards of the Coast has announced a new storyline for Dungeons and Dragons…  Get this… It’s going to bring the demon lords up from the Abyss and players will have to team up in the Underdark with Drizzt Do’Urden in an attempt to stop the…

RAGE OF DEMONS!

DnDROD_LogoMix_forWeb

Check out the Press Release:

RENTON, Wash. – May 6, 2015 – Today, Wizards of the Coast announced Rage of Demons, the new
storyline for Dungeons & Dragons fans coming in Fall 2015. The demon lords have been summoned from the Abyss and players must descend into the Underdark with the iconic hero Drizzt Do’Urden to stop the chaos before it threatens the surface. Rage of Demons is the story all D&D gamers will be excited to play this fall, whether they prefer consoles, PCs or rolling dice with friends.
Following on the critically-acclaimed Tyranny of Dragons and Elemental Evil stories, Rage of Demons will transport characters to the deadly and insane underworld. Rumors of powerful demon lords such as
Demogorgon, Orcus and Graz’zt terrorizing the denizens of the Underdark have begun to filter up to the
cities of the Sword Coast. The already dangerous caverns below the surface are thrown into ultimate
chaos, madness and discord. The renegade drow Drizzt Do’Urden is sent to investigate but it will be up to you to aid in his fight against the demons before he succumbs to his darker temptations.

RoD_KeyArt[1]
Dungeons & Dragons fans will have more options than ever to enjoy the Rage of Demons storyline. The
themes of treachery and discord in the Underdark are in Sword Coast Legends, the new CRPG
(computer role-playing game) coming this fall on PC from n-Space and Digital Extremes. The epic
campaign that drives Sword Coast Legends’ story forces players deep into the Underdark and continues
well after launch with legendary adventurer Drizzt Do’Urden.
For fans of Neverwinter, the popular Dungeons & Dragons-based MMORPG will bring a new expansion
tentatively titled Neverwinter: Underdark – in 2015. The update will see adventurers travel with Drizzt tothe drow city of Menzoberranzan during its demonic assault as well as experience a unique set of quests written by the creator of Drizzt, R.A. Salvatore. The expansion will initially be released on PC and will come out on the Xbox One at a later date.
Players of the tabletop roleplaying game can descend into the Underdark in Out of the Abyss, a new
adventure which provides details on the demon lords rampaging through the Underdark. Partners such as WizKids, GaleForce 9 and Smiteworks will all support Rage of Demons with new products to help bring your tabletop game to life. To really get in the mind of Drizzt, fans will have to check out Archmage, the new novel by R.A. Salvatore, scheduled for release in early September.
“Rage of Demons is a huge storyline involving all expressions of Dungeons & Dragons, and we’re excited
to bring players this story in concert with all of our partners,” said Nathan Stewart, Brand Director at
Wizards of the Coast. “I can’t wait to see everyone interact with one of the world’s most recognizable
fantasy characters: Drizzt Do’Urden. Descending into the depths won’t exactly be easy for him, and D&D
fans will get their mettle tested just like Drizzt when they come face-to-face with all the demon lords.”

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Info & Screen Shots!

A little heads up..

Activision is doing something new with this release of Call of Duty: Black Ops III.  It’s going to come out on a Friday!  Friday, November 6th to be exact (well, at 12:01 AM).

That means no more taking off work on Tuesday and Wednesday to play it, now you can take a 3 day weekend and play non-stop!

There will be everything you have come to love about the game as well as ZOMBIES in the initial release.  That’s right, you won’t have to download a separate patch (cough cough – CoD Advanced Warfare – cough cough) just to get those walking dead in your game!  This go around will also feature an XP Progression System when going up against the undead.

The campaign in Black Ops III will drop players into a world set in the future in which bio-tech and cybernetics have formed a new Black Ops soldier.  New weapons, new abilities, new systems, all of these add up to new ways to play multiplayer.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III will be available for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.  So far there is no confirmation that it will be available for the Playstation 3 or for the Xbox 360.

Now.. on to the screen shots!

Black Ops 3_No Fly Zone     Black Ops 3_Ramses Station_Armored Guard     Black Ops 3_Ramses Station_Hendricks

Black Ops 3_Ramses Station_Into The Fray     Black Ops 3_Ramses Station_Quad Tank     Black Ops 3_Ramses Station_Street Battle

Black Ops 3_Ramses Station_Under Siege     Black Ops 3_Specialist_Ruin     Black%20Ops%203_Key%20Art_Horiz[1]

 

ACTIVISION, CALL OF DUTY, CALL OF DUTY BLACK OPS, and stylized roman numeral III are trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners.

Powered by WordPress | Designed by: Themes Gallery | Thanks to Premium Free WordPress Themes, All Premium Themes and Find Free WordPress Themes All pictures displayed on this website are the property and copyright © of their respective owners, for details read our Terms & Conditions. Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering, and their logos are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast LLC in the United States and other countries. © 2009 Wizards. All Rights Reserved. GameMasters.com is not affiliated with, endorsed, sponsored, or specifically approved by Wizards of the Coast LLC. GameMasters.com may use the trademarks and other intellectual property of Wizards of the Coast LLC, which is permitted under Wizards' Fan Site Policy. For example, MAGIC: THE GATHERING® and DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS® is/are a trademark[s] of Wizards of the Coast. For more information about Wizards of the Coast or any of Wizards' trademarks or other intellectual property, please visit their website at (www.wizards.com).