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I Think Boba Fett Could’ve Been Greater… And Here’s How.

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So,I’ve always felt that LucasFilm cheated fans with Boba Fett.  They created a mystique and desire for a badass bounty hunter through strategic appearances and marketing.  Then “Empire Strikes Back” came out and we were presented with a man who’s greatest accomplishments are hiding in the garbage, tattling on Han Solo, and needing the Empire in order to bring in his bounty. “Return of the Jedi” didn’t help much when the only things it added are that Fett likes to sit around Jabba’s Palace doing nothing and then get killed by a blind man when his backpack is hit too hard.

I always felt that a simple change would help to make Fett a far more interesting and badass so I finally decided to illustrate it.  Click on the pages to zoom in.

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HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS FULL REVEAL: Halloween!

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights event has been fully revealed! Finally, officially, we have the announcement of the John Carpenter’s Halloween house, in addition to the seven previously announced. In addition, we have four street experiences (scarezones), and the two returning shows!

Here’s the full release with all the info…


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Michael Myers is Coming Home…To Halloween Horror Nights At Universal Orlando Resort

For the first time ever, John Carpenter’s horror classic comes to life as a haunted house at Universal Orlando

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 28, 2014)Everyone is entitled to one good scare…and beginning September 19, Universal Orlando will give guests more than one reason to scream as it brings to life John Carpenter’s classic horror film “Halloween.”

Based on the classic 1978 slasher film, the all-new haunted house follows the story of Michael Myers, a deranged boy from Haddonfield, Il. It is Halloween night and no one is safe as the psychotic killer embarks on a murderous rampage. With his iconic mask to hide his identity, Michael sets out for new blood and will stop at nothing as he stalks his victims. Every scene tells the tale of a different kill and if you’re not careful, you could be next.

Halloween is one of the most successful horror franchises of all time and has grossed a collected $366 million worldwide. Since the original “Halloween” film, nine additional Halloween sequels have been created. This year, the franchise will commemorate its worldwide success with the release of a box set with all ten Michael Myers films in full blu-ray on Sept. 23, featuring never-before-seen and behind the scenes content.

“My experience watching this film growing up is as vivid now as it was years ago. The team and I are beyond thrilled to bring one of the most iconic horror films and characters to life at Halloween Horror Nights.” said Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment – Creative Development, Universal Orlando Resort. “Halloween, began what would become the slasher film genre and still represents the genre as its horrific crown jewel. Guests will come face to face with Michael Myers as we recreate the kills committed on the night He came home.”

“Halloween” completes this year’s lineup for Halloween Horror Nights 24, which will include some of the most recognizable and terrifying names in pop culture, as well as original content from the masterminds who bring the event to life. In addition to “Halloween,” Halloween Horror Nights will include experiences inspired by AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Robert Rodriguez’s chilling television series “From Dusk Till Dawn,” the cult sci-fi franchise “AVP: Alien vs. Predator,” Universal Picture’s upcoming film “Dracula: Untold,” Universal Picture’s “The Purge: Anarchy,” and SyFy’s “Face Off – In the Flesh.”

For a detailed listing of each experience featured at this year’s event and offers, see below. Read more

GenCon Journal 2014: Atlas Games

genconAfter I wrapped up my purchases at Paizo, I headed off into the vendor hall in search of another game to investigate.

I will admit that as intrepid reporters go, I am not that intrepid. I bypassed several booths due to the lines being long despite the or atmosphere being a bit to much for me. In particular I had wanted to stop by Fantasy Flight but their booth was almost a section unto itself and being a shy person by nature I elected to give it a wide berth.

I was interested in hearing more about the third edition of Once Upon a Time by Atlas Games. I had seen it being played on Table Top and was intrigued. You can find the episode of Table Top here.

It did not take me long to find the Atlas Games booth as all I had to do was follow the sound of the Exact Change dance. It is kind of difficult to explain but suffice it to say that it is a sight to behold. I was lucky enough to find that Jessica Banks, a friend of mine from the internet, was demonstrating the game. After a bit of catching up, she gave me a nice introduction to the game. Read more

GenCon Journal 2014: Paizo Publishing

genconThe first day of the Gen Con saw me waiting in line for my Press Badge. I had planned to get up early and get in line around 6:30 am but the staying up the night before to drink and play the DC Deck Building game and Elder Sign made getting up at 0 dark thirty a little difficulty for me.

So, I arrived at the press room around 7 am and was lucky enough to be about the 59th person in line. This ensured that I would receive one of the 100 early entry tickets for the vendor hall that day. The line for early entry was bit egregious as the Very Important Gamers and Trade Day participants had already began lining up as I was waiting for my press pass. I was very lucky that my neighbor in line new of another line for early entry into the vendor Hall. Ken Grazier, creator of Geek-Craft.com, had found a shorter line and was nice enough to come and get me out of the horribly long line and into one much closer to the Paizo booth. This was serendipitous as this was my first destination within the vendor hall.

Dustin, one of the host of the Under Discussion podcast, had pointed out that the Vendor hall experience early was going to be delightful. He was not wrong. I had the ability to move freely without being walked on or walking upon someone accidentally. I also didn’t feel like I would be stealing time away from another customer as all the vendors had enough staff to handle this small influx of people.

I hit the Paizo booth in order to find out what was new this year at Gen Con. Read more

Batman with Aron and Paulie: Gothlings!

 

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Batman with Aron and Paulie is BACK!!! Not only that, we brought guest host Jonathan with us, as well as returning guest host Wayne! This episode, we chat about the latest Batman news, including:

  • Aquaman casting in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • The new Batman ongoing, Gotham by Midnight
  • Batman: Assault on Arkham, the new animated movie
  • Batman video games
  • Our favorite Batman sidekicks
  • What if we were writing…Batman?

We also announce a new contest to win Batman: Assault on Arkham on DVD or Blu-Ray! To win, either leave us feedback on the show in the comments here, or give us a call at 972-763-5903 and leave us your thoughts. For more information, listen to the episode!

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Knights of Reignsborough: Season 3 Sandboxing, Part 2

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Continuing our sandboxing for Season 3 we explore more about our changed characters in this new world…

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GM’s note: Knights of Reignsborough: Reign of Ironclaw is a role playing game actual play podcast. It is not our intent to teach a system, rather to entertain. As such, much of the game mechanic discussion has been edited from the audio.

Knights of Reignsborough: Reign of Ironclaw is on a bi-weekly release schedule.  Our next episode is due the weekend of September 5th!

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Funnybooks Reviews: Hexed #1 from Boom! Studios

Something we’re trying out here at IoM, a little video.  Check it out and let us know what you think.  Let us know if you want more!

First up for the special treatment, our review of the first issue of HEXED from Boom! Studios.

GenCon Journal: Rob’s Thoughts – An Overview

genconThe best four days of gaming are over.

This is a sad thing that is followed by a time of recovery as one has ran nearly non-stop for for four days. Even following my own advice, I am still wrecked after cramming so much fun into four days.

This year, I did something a little differently. Instead of trying to sit down and write while I was at the convention, I focused on getting a more in-depth view. I also made sure that I didn’t burn myself out on seminars and such and enjoyed gaming with my friends from around the country. So, you will be seeing a string of posts from Gen Con over the next few weeks as I talk about the things that I learned while there.

What I want to do here is give an overview of my Gen Con experience. Read more

Funnybooks with Aron and Paulie: God Squad!

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Funnybooks get all religious this week with tons of new books involving heroes battling against the forces of hell! They also chat about the new rumors regarding an Inhumans movie, and Telltale Games line of episodic games. Most importantly, we discuss the difference between Thai Hot, and Aron Hot.

Inhuman #3
Hulk #5
Spider-Man 2099 #2
Inferno: Rings of Hell #1
Wonderland #26
Batman #34
Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #1
Superman/Wonder Woman #11
Devilers #2
Hexed #1

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