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Kickstarter Board game – Sedition Wars: Battle for Alabaster

Hello Nurglings!

So everyone has heard about Kickstarter by now am I right? No? Well it’s basicly a site were individuals and at times even companies can look to fund their projects through private funding. Meaning, everyone visiting the site can give any amount of money to projects they like/find awesome!

In the entertainment buisness/media there is constantly new articles about new Kickstarter projects and how well they’re doing. I thought I would do my part and share some info on one that is less… digital.

The boardgame: Sedition Wars: Battle for Alabaster.
http://www.seditionwars.com/

So this is the fourth most funded game project on Kickstarter right now and the most funded board game.
They started asking for 20.000$ and ended up with… well… 951,254$!

That is insane! People have truly seen something in this game and were ready to support it to get their own copy of the game and hopefully support its future. It’s awesome to see things like this happening out there, and it’s becuase all of you gaming fans.

Below follows a quick summary of the game.

”Survival horror at its finest, game play is fast and bloody – creating urgency and claustrophobic terror, as the Vanguard fight for their very lives against an unrelenting nightmare.”
Battle for Alabaster is the first part in the Sedition Wars game experience. Future expansions will introduce exciting new factions, evocative settings and expand on the compelling storyline that guides the action. Once players have fought for control of Alabaster, they will want to continue the adventure in future episodes.”

Here are some vidoes about the game as well, explaining gameplay:

A message from Studioa McVey + story:

Well if you found this interesting go check out their website: http://www.seditionwars.com/


Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Cya soon!

Avacyn Restored pre-release – Helvault looks like this (Picture!)

Hello Nurglings!

One of my local hobby stores just shared this picture on Facebook.
Enjoy!

(Posted by; Spel i Focus on Facebook. http://www.Spelifocus.se )

Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Cya soon!

OMG #MTG – Innistrad Info = classic horror!

Before I went to bed, I thought I would look around for some rumors and new facts about Innistrad and wow! Does it sound awesome to be a horror fan, and a fan of black!

Let’s the following quotes shall we:

Quote:
Originally Posted by @dailymtg

New art for Kresh the Bloodbraided, & Su Quan, Lord of Wu! Crowd goes wild.
Quote:
Originally Posted by @dailymtg

Now onto Duel Decks: Ajani vs Nicol Bolas. New Ajani & Bolas art shown. New alternate art for Lightning Helix. #mtgsdcc

Not Innistrad related, but you’re welcome if you didn’t know.

Quote:
Originally Posted by @dailymtg

It finally looks like @maro254 gets to talk about Innistrad finally! Vampires, zombies, and werewolves oh my! #mtgsdcc

OMG! OMG OMG! I’m sorry, but I’m having such a nerd orgasm right now, and first I thought that a lot of this would be mono black, but … this set is going to be insane trust me. I will love every color in this set. I love zombie movies, I love horror stories, books and movies and we get a set that focuses around three of the main creatures of which I love? I love you wizards, I do.

Quote:
Originally Posted by @dailymtg

“There’s some graveyard & tribal mechanics” –@maro254 #mtgsdcc

Well… duh? *wink*

Quote:
Red Vampires! Blue zombies! #mtgsdcc

To my friend Johnny; I’m joining you and your red mono crusade Johnny! Red got vampires. Oh wait, Blue got Zombies as well? Oh so, I will have to get all the red cards for my vampires and all the blue cards for my new zombies. Check!

Quote:
“Werewolves are a very very key part of this set, they’re red & green.” #mtgsdcc

Okay so I need to get Green to get some awesome Werewolf stuff. Check.

Quote:
“YES she (Lillian) is in the set. Also, there are TWO planeswalkers in the set.” #mtgsdcc

Okay so I need to get black cause love black and Liliana.

Quote:
One more thing. Dark Ascension. Control the Night. February 2012.

Yes, that is the name of the set after Innistrad. And there is… ARTWORK OF SORIN! This block… I will be playing a lot of magic in the next few months. ❤


Quote:
“There ARE more than just vampires, werewolves, & zombies in horror. I gave you just a taste.” @maro254 #mtgsdcc

Oh btw… new artwork for Innistrad right here people!

Until next time, dream of horrors!

Cya Soon!

Yu Gi Oh Turnering – Linköping (4-6 Augusti)

Hello everyone!

I’m sorry about this post here, it will be in Swedish, and that’s because it’s about a tournament taking place here in Sweden, if you’re in Sweden right now, just leave a comment and I can give you some translated information.

So to my non Swedish readers – Cya Soon!

Så nu over till er andra! Det skall hållas en 3 dagars Yu Gi Oh turnering i Linköping! Som jag förstått så skall turneringen ha lite annorlunda uppbyggnad. Men låt oss hoppa direkt in i informationen!
Information finns även på Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=110482982359554

Tid den 4 augusti kl. 14:00 – den 6 augusti kl. 17:00
Plats Teknikringen 3, Linköping (~1km från Närcon)

DETTA EVENEMANG ÄR DROG OCH ALKOHOLFRITT! ALLA SOM ERTAPPAS MED ATT HA OVANNÄMNDA PRODUKTER I SIN ÄGO ELLER ERTAPPAS MED ATT VARA PÅVERKADE/BERUSADE MÅSTE LÄMNA OMRÅDET OMEDELBART!

Turneringen kommer hållas i 3 dagar i streck men det är helt och hållet upp till dig hur du vill spendera dem 72 timmarna 🙂
Alla deltagare kommer tilldelas marker som man sedan använder sig av för att satsa som i bl.a. poker eller det kanske mer kända Yugioh-turneringarna från mangan.

En anmälningsavgift kommer att finnas på 150kr för dem som endast deltar i turneringen och man kan även köpa sovplats ifall man har långt hem.
När du har anmält dig till turneringen så kommer du få ett meddelande med information om vart du ska betala in pengarna.
Pris går till första plats och KANSKE andra samt tredje plats beroende på hur många det är som deltar, jag gör allt i min makt för att det ska bli 1-3 pris däremot. Det som jag kan garantera däremot är att varje deltagare kommer få 1 japansk Generation Force-booster när dem hämtar sin första marker (att samla kort hör även det till!).

Under turneringens gång så utmanar du vem du vill, när du vill och vart du vill! Du får alltså spela mot samma kille hela tiden, vid midnatt i High Chaparral om du känner för det. Det enda du MÅSTE göra är att hämta ut dina marker samt lämna tillbaka dem klockan 17.00 på lördagen den 6 augusti.
När turneringen är över så kommer jag radera all personinformation om er (mejl sparar jag i fall det blir flera framtida evenemang om ni inte har något emot det).

Anmälan sker senast söndag den 24e juli till
Hastis91@hotmail.com

Anmälning sker via min mejl där du skriver:
*För- och Efternamn
*Personnummer (ÅÅMMDD-XXXX)
*Mobilnummer

PS. Det är dem första 100 deltagarna som anmäler sig får en plats.
Ambitiöst? Ja, men nån måste vara det, eller hur? 😀 Max 100 deltagare mina damer och herrar.

SPONSORER:
*Prisfyndet
*Seriebörsen

Ghost64 kommer och säljer kort den 5-6 augusti.

My return to The Spoils! Welcome to The Spoils!

Hello everyone, I’m glad to see you all back here now that I have an announcement to make. Well actually most of you already know that I’ve been talking about The Spoils lately and that I want to support this game and its growth. And like the honest man I am, this first post on The Spoils is about my very “return” to the game, even though I have been staying somewhat updated at the official forums and was just sitting down with the vast rule document and judge guidelines (you need to read up on those once in awhile), I feel ready to return.

I recently applied myself to volunteer as an article writer or “columnist” for the The Spoils website. The very first thing I was asked to write about, or hinted that I could write about, was my local meta game. At this time I think Bizze is better suited for that task, seeing as they have more constructed tournaments in his area. Where I live we’re crazy about limited formats, sealed and drafts is the way we love to go, it’s also a great way to get new players in to the mix. They sit down, see the cards, build a deck and get a small collection to start of their The Spoils careers.

So, no, this is not an article I’m doing for The Spoils site, this is all for you my Nurgle fans. I don’t think a personal note about me coming back would be very interesting for them so instead, I welcome you all to the spoils!

Well thank you Nurgle, but what is this marvelous “The Spoils” that you talk about?

The spoils is one heck of a card game, it got humor, great game play, sweet community and lately some awesome tournament support. Arcane Tinmen is really doing their best to give something to their players, and I must say their doing a great job and deserve a huge player base. Just like many other card games, they have weekly tournaments known as Afternoon Saturday Spoils (ASS for short). Where you have to chance to get some sweet promos, meet up with people, try your new decks and just have a great time.

If you’re familiar with different competitive card games, you will probably recognize the style of the The Spoils quickly, it’s taken the best from several different systems and put it together to the best possible experience. If you ever played Magic The Gathering for example, you know that at times you will draw a lot of mana and flood your hand, or vice versa. In the spoils you instead use a resource system where any and every card in your hand can be used set facedown a recourse on the field. There is more to it of course, but for an example that will do for now.

As you know I’m currently located in Gothenburg Sweden (or now you know), and for all of you that are Swedish and hit this blog, if you’re interested in the spoils hit me with an email (contact information at the top of the blog) or just a comment to let me know that you are out there. The rescue missions for the game may have been a great success but it’s now time to help the game grow in my local area. Wish me the best of luck everyone!

By the way, if to write an article on The Spoils, where should I start? What should I write about? I’m really taking a long deep look for inspiration and I probably need to get in to the constructed game again to really feel what I can and want to write. Well until next time, stay safe, look up the spoils and have fun!

Cya soon!

DOTA 2 and what is known (Big news tomorrow?)

First of, let’s just say: nothing. Nothing is really known about DotA 2 at this point, the official website only gives us a few artworks and a small Q&A. Where we really want to look is around the net, discussions, rumors and information that was found out by sneaky DotA fans. There is a small hope of something being revealed tomorrow though, keep reading to find out!
Let us start shall we; well first of we have the artworks from the official site of course. After that we have a few points that come out in the Q&A:

– You will be able to reconnect to games, and join games that are missing players (from rage quitting and so on I’m guessing).
– People in different regions will have an easier time playing with each other.
– “Older” computer and LAN cafes will have an easy time using this game hardware-wise.
– There will be an AI that can take over for players that leaves.
– There will be bots, and with that the capability to practice.
– There will be a replay video feature.
– You will be able to be a spectator on games that are ongoing. There will be a delay on the game to avoid cheating.
– Several shoutcast features within the game.

(Source: http://www.dota2.com)

There are also some interesting comments from Gabe Newell (President of Valve) on how he wants the paying structure for games to look. Don’t see this as the paying structure of DotA 2, it’s just an interesting read to see IF they will use it. Let’s just say it pays off to be a nice player that helps out within the community, and being rude, angry and mean to other players won’t help your situation.

“An example is – and this is something as an industry we should be doing better – is charging customers based on how much fun they are to play with. Some people, when they join a server, a ton of people will run with them. Other people, when they join a server, will cause others to leave. We should have a way of capturing that. We should have a way of rewarding the people who are good for our community.

So, in practice, a really likable person in our community should get Dota 2 for free, because of past behaviour in Team Fortress 2. Now, a real jerk that annoys everyone, they can still play, but a game is full price and they have to pay an extra hundred dollars if they want voice.”

(Source: http://www.develop-online.net/features/1192/Gabe-Newell-on-Valve)

Something that’s out there and circulating right now, is this very interesting site: http://joindota.com. Right now there is actually a release date on their Facebook page stating the following release date: 21.06.2011, which is tomorrow depending on when you read this. There are a few rumors around about the site, guessing on what this site may include once it opens up with more information. TobiWanKenobi was one of the first people to mention this site, and with that I’m guessing this may be DotA 2s version of honcast. Though this feels like it will include a lot more then replays of games and so on.

There are currently test servers and a private beta testing for DotA 2, when an official beta if any will be out for this game is uncertain, but be sure to take a look at the progress of GamesCom 2011 that takes place between august 17th and 21st. Valve is attending and hopefully there should be some news on DotA 2 at that point. Which should be fitting as it’s announced that the game should be released within this year. If you want to stay updated with the latest developments of DotA 2 take a look at http://dota2talk.com/ where they will give you the latest news on where the game is going.

If any information will be revealed tomorrow, be sure not to miss out! http://www.joindota.com

Yu Gi Oh Swedish Nationals – Day 1


(Map picture taken from: http://skateboard.about.com)(Big S in Sweden I know okay)

This post is to all the people out there that want to read up on some Yu Gi Oh tournament information around the world. This little post in itself won’t give you that much information but maaaybe you will be interested to see the decklist when I get my hands on them. For now, I have the top 8 decks at least! So here we go!

In no particular order (the darker names are people from my local area):
1. Twilight
2. Worms
3. GB
4. Blackwing
5. Tengu Plant
6. Tengu Plant
7. Tengu Plant
8. Tengu Plant

So this was day one of Swedish Nationals, tomorrow is day two. I will try to get my hands on the decklists as soon as possible and post them here. Stay tuned!

Resident Evil – Operation Raccoon City (Trailers + In Game videos)

For all of you out there that didn’t like the old style of Resident Evil, and love action games, welcome to the new Resident Evil! I must say I’m loving the look, I’m loving the style and after seeing a few in game videos I’m really looking forward to playing this game.

They’ve taken a step away from the horror, and single player seems to be a thing of the past. This time you’re seeing the story from a different kind of angle, from that of an Umbrella special unit. The time and place being Raccoon City during same time that Resident Evil 2 took place. For all of you out there that loved Hunk and his mini game from Resident Evil 2, keep your fingers crossed for a guest appearance from our favorite Umbrella operative.

It seems that the unit we’re following is after Leon Kennedy the hero from both Resident Evil 2 and 4. This probably means that we will also see Claire Redfield somewhere in the story, at least I hope so. There are SO many things that I want to see now that they’ve taken a step back to the first outbreak and Raccoon City, the places we can revisit, the original zombies walking around and filling up the streets trying to eat your brains out.

Er Story Trailer


From what we’ve seen in the game play videos, it seems to have changed quite a lot, we still have the 3d person look. But the way it plays has changed from the slower movement and stop to aim kind of game play to: action, and a lot of it. This time Umbrella faces the governments own special forces that tries to stop them from completing their mission (whatever that may be). So this means that there will be humans shooting back at you this time around, and at the same time, zombies are walking around the streets of the conflict. Awesome setting for an action game if you ask me!

This also gives a lot to ask for when it comes to multiplayer and co-op, we can finally be up to 4 people playing alongside each other to finish the missions; this is a step further from Resident Evil 5. Will there be multiplayer where you can either be on the governments’ side or Umbrellas? So that you can fight it out on the zombie filled streets of Raccoon city, now with objectives and deathmatch modes like seen in games like Gear of War? I hope this game will bring this and maybe even more, come on Capcom! Show us what you can do!

In Game Teasers



First Trailer Released


Battlefield 3 at E3 (EA conference)

So EA just finished their live show, to be honest I’m not a huge fan, I don’t like sports game, and because of that I feel a bit “meh” most of the time, going through so many different sports games.

Anyway.

A thing I want to mention before going into Battlefield 3 and how that will kick the ass out of MW3 (my opinion) let’s talk about some shit talk from EA. They start by saying that they will keep it simple, their show will be all about the games and game developers, unlike certain other companies that bring celebrities on to the stage. Being a hint towards Microsoft for bringing out ICE-T during the showing of Gears of War 3. And after a while… there they go bringing in American football all-stars on to the stage. When that happened… well let’s just say my jaw dropped.

BATTLEFIELD 3
This is the shit right here! The demo EA just showed for the game was stunning, looked great, and made you feel like this is an actual FPS trying to stimulate a somewhat more realistic warzone. It made me drool and long for this game so bad.

If Modern warfare 3 is the arcade game of war.
Battlefield 3 is the war simulator.

IMPORTANT DATES AND INFO ON BF3
They also announced a few other important things. To begin with: RELEASE DATE OCTOBER 25. This if I remember correctly a date not earlier revealed.
OPEN BETA in September. Online stats and community will be free! They mentioned to send a message to MW3, we do the same thing for our players, but free. Let’s see how they will react to this fact, will the new MW3 Elite online thingy also become free within time to fight against BF3?

Heroes of Newerth – Review

It’s time to do this once again! Last time I wrote a review on Heroes Of Newerth was during the beta of the game. Back then I had hardly played any DotA and I wasn’t a big fan of how it played and worked. I was soon to be blown away by a game much like it. For some of you that know of both these games, you will see that HoN is a clone of DotA, in game style and even down to several of the heroes. Even if they have been rebalanced and changed to fit the meta game within HoN.

QUCIK “ABOUT”
So, HoN is a multiplayer game where you and 4 others go up against 5 other players. Imagine tower defense, now imagine this in a RTS kind of looking game, where you see everything from above. Imagine three different roads to the enemy base. These roads need to be pushed down past enemy towers to eventually destroy the base. While you and the other players control a unique hero to help your team, taking different roles as support, tank, ganker, carry and so on. Killing enemy heroes and destroying their buildings will give you and your team gold and XP, this is used to advance your skills and buy items for your hero.

GRAPHICS
The graphics are great, they work well for this type of game and even if that means that the graphics aren’t great, it works. Each hero has a unique look and feel to them. Graphics isn’t really the important thing of the game, it works, it fits it, certain things look better and certain things look worse. Most people will look at this game and compare to DotA, and because of that, this game wins the graphic race. Not a big surprise seeing how old DotA and Warcraft 3 actually are.

CONTROLS
The controls are simple, you click where you want your hero to move, and you use Q, W, E and R to use your 4 different abilities. You don’t need much experience for the basics of the controls, try them out once and you should be set to play the game. The difference between a good and a great player in HoN, is how you control your hero. How you use your skills in the game, how you cooperate with the other players and communication with other players and so on. What you really need to set your mind into is the short keys, or hot keys. How to use your items quickly without the hassle of moving around with the mouse in important situations like team fights.

THE COMMUNITY
One thing that you should know before running in to this game is; the community isn’t nice. This game thrives on team work, the better you and your team works together the bigger chance you have of winning. This makes HoN (and any game like it) a horrible place for new players, while learning the basics, you will be facing a lot of “bullshit” from people in the game. There’s always a lot of hate pointed at players doing bad, and I hope that most new players can look past that. As soon as you get into it a bit more, there’s a great game to find behind the wall of “NOOB!”.

THOUGHTS
HoN isn’t DotA, but for any player out there that plays one or the other, they will be able to try the other game and understanding it quickly. As it is now, HoN gets a new hero every two weeks, mostly they also fix and change different items and setting within the game to balance it out. One important thing to notice is that this is NOT a game that requires you to spend money on it after the first 30$ like many other games like it. There are several cosmetic and sound options that can be bought, but these are also available with the in game money you earn for playing. All heroes and items are available at all times, so it never turns the balance if someone spent more money on the game then you did.

Heroes of Newerth is the kind of game that you may not be sure if you like at first, and when you sit back and look at the time you will realize that you spent 2-3 hours playing it. It’s an addicting game and it constantly changes thanks to the huge pool of heroes. There are currently 80 heroes in the game, and you only use 10 heroes each game, and a different mix every time. Yea… there will be a different feel every game.

CONCLUSION
HoN is a addicting game with a fun type of game play. The community is harsh towards new players that don’t know the game as well as them, but as soon as the noob barrier is passed the game will be a lot more rewarding. Team work games have always been major part of what I enjoy what in comes to online games, and HoN really puts that to test. Can you work together to defeat the enemy team? You will always feel great when a plan works just as you imagined it, or when you escape death with only a little health.

New players may find it slow and even at times hard if you haven’t played a game like it before. But the more you learn and the better you get, you will understand that every moment in the game is important if you want it to run in your favor.

Good
+ Constantly evolving with new heroes and updates
+ Addictive game play
+ Team Work

Bad
– The community
– Hard to get into for a completely new player
– Balance in the game can switch quickly to the worse with so many new heroes and updates