The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all it’s contents
H.P. Lovecraft, Call of Cthulhu (1926)
For me, October is all about horror. This is due mostly to everybody’s favorite pagan holiday most endearingly referred to as Halloween. It can be said that if we as gamers would have what could be called an unofficial mascot of horror and madness, our guy would be Cthulhu (ka-thu-lou). Born of from the imagination of one H.P. Lovecarft back in the 1920’s, he is a major part of and figure head of what is now an extensive Mythos filled with unseen and overwhelming horrors. You can see his influence both directly and indirectly in a lot of tabletop games, video games, and movies even still today. So why not get into the spirit, hit the jump, and look over some suggestions for immersing your self in the madness of the Mythos.
So you think you followed E3 pretty hardcore eh? I thought so too until I started perusing through the awards that were given out between the different media publications. I missed two games completely, than upon finding them, I was very impressed. In one case I was blown away. I’d like to point out these two games, as they may just give Wii owners that much needed Street Fighter 4 game. Also, for you DS owners out there, that game for you to explore your creativity and play something that might just be one of the best ideas to ever hit video gaming. Continue reading →
It’s all about the Grids in this daily today kids!
It is a known fact that the PNG Crew gets down with Cthulhu every Thursday night for our podcasts. Our close friendship with the elder thing causes us to squeal in girlish delight whenever we see his visage in any form. Fantasy Flight is preying on our weakness and announced a 6 pack of these adorable little mini’s hitting hobby and game shops near you in April.
Boardgame News has a heartwarming editorial up about a two player match between a father and daughter where it goes into what their strategies are. The interesting part about this isn’t necessarily the editorial, but the fact that they were playing a game that requires three players with only two. You can grab the alternate rules from BoardGameGeek.com here. It’s the beauty of the Grids we so love in general, that we’re not confined by the directions in the instructions and are free to tweak them to make the games more enjoyable for us! You could say that certain Pixels like Little Big Planet allow you ultimate freedom, but that’s still only to an extent. There simply isn’t the space, time, or money to allow complete freedom in a video game.
This one is for all of you HeroClix fans out there. TabletopGamingNews.com has a post up that points to a blog post over at SaveHeroClix.com that should give you hope. Topps basically shut down Wizkids back in November of ’08 and left all of their properties in limbo. The old brand manager took some of those employees, formed a new company called Pinata Games and has been trying to get Hero Clix from them ever since. It appears that not only has Mr. Jake Theis almost clinched a deal for Hero Clix from Topps, but may have nabbed the rights for some other Wizkids IP not yet named.
Last part of this loooong daily post is a thanks to all of the new people swarming the site along with the commenters. I hope you enjoy all the work we’ve been putting into the content and the constant refining of the site design by Jim Bradford and Logan Persons. Please be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed that you will find to the sidebar on the right if you’ve been picking up what we’re putting down.
So I was surfing the intwerbs when I came across what might be the most bad ass dice I’ve ever seen in my life. This isn’t just a full set of multiple sided dice, ohhh no. This is a set of glow in the dark Cthulhu themed dice! WTF? Where have these been all my life? I feel like I haven’t truly been rolling to my full potential. It turns out that the guys who make these, Q-workshop, have a whole slew of cool stuff over at their website, so I suggest you check them out. These guys seem to be all around, GenCon, Origins, etc., so there’s a good chance you already know about them, in which case, THANKS FOR LETTING ME BE THE LAST TO KNOW! Pfff. And I thought we were friends.
I'm currently in the process of giving PNG a new look. Expect a more personal one man blog type atmosphere with at least one article, review, or interview per week. All previous authors still have access and you may find a special guest post from them every once in awhile. Bro-Downs will only be recorded and posted on special occasions. While a shell of it's former self, PNG is going to stick around just for pure entertainment and diversionary value. Pop by every once in a while and as always, keep rolling those 20's.