Oh, excuse me, let me just collect all this loot real quick…
Oh look, more bad guys. Okay, let me just kill them and then I’ll stop.
Wow, a legendary axe! I need to take this back to town, hold on.
Fine, fine, I’ll stop playing Diablo III: Reaper of Souls for a second. BUT ONLY FOR ONE SECOND!
Yes, I’ve been helplessly addicted to playing the latest expansion for Diablo III, which came out on PC and Mac earlier this week. I haven’t been able to play as often as I would prefer (all the damn time) but it still successfully stole a handful of hours away from me over the last few days. It’s quite amazing to see a game that received so much vitriol initially perform such a drastic 180 degree flip in the public’s mind. Personally, I’ve always felt Diablo III was a great game, but I love the changes made to the game and I’m happy that the rest of the gaming community has embraced it as well.
Before we jump into some news bits, I wanted to share some updates on the state of Mighty Meep. The website has been officially online for a little over two months and we’re still working out some growing pains. It took some time and a great deal of cross-posting of articles on other blogs and forums to get our name out there, but we’ve finally hit a point in the last week or so where site traffic continues to grow each day organically. The amount of incoming traffic from web search results is climbing at an increasing rate each week, which gives me hope that I might be doing something right. Maybe.
If you’re new to Mighty Meep, I want to welcome you and hope you enjoy your stay. Be sure to check out our forums and social profiles while you’re here!
News Bits from the Week
- Legend of the 5 Rings: Ivory Edition is the latest release in the long-running card game series and finally hit store shelves this week.
- Scott Morris, VP of Business Development at Arcane Wonders, posted his thoughts on last week’s GAMA Trade Show.
- Remember earlier in the month where we reported Adventure Time: Card War’s surprise booster box expansion? Well, it looks like Cryptozoic executives are still trying to convince everyone that the game won’t be following a collectible card game format, despite still releasing a booster box full of randomized cards. Good fucking grief. Here’s my favorite part of the article:
Hrya explained that while the booster is collectible, Cryptozoic is not treating this like traditional CCGs, but more like their trading card sets. “The set is just over 100 cards, so it’s not a giant set,” he said. “We have a rarity set up, where you have a box of packs (24 boosters in a box) and there are 24 rares, so if everything goes according to plan, you’re going to get a whole set in a box. It’s not a guarantee, there could be a hiccup, but you should. You’re not chasing cards. A set in a box, is the whole plan.”
I guess they were completely oblivious to the fact that Upper Deck has been releasing 100 card expansions for Legendary in a single box for only $20, along with just about every other publisher not releasing a collectible card game.
Dead Gentlemen Productions
- The guys at Dead Gentlemen posted a rather lengthy chat about the upcoming Demon Hunters RPG and many, many other things.
- A slew of new books, miniatures and scenery on are the way, Warhammer fans.
- The latest issue of White Dwarf shipped this week to satisfy your wargaming needs.
Fantasy Flight Games
- The upcoming Rebel Transport expansion for X-wing Miniatures will include some new missions, as detailed here.
- While we’re on the subject of X-wing, we received a nice preview of the Z-95 Headhunter from Wave 4.
- Read about the new Duty mechanic in the upcoming Star Wars: Age of Rebellion RPG.
Plaid Hat Games
- The Plaid Hat guys are looking for playtesters for a future Summoner Wars release, if you’re interested.
Kickstarter continues to be a paramount player in the independent gaming scene, with more and more creators seeking funding for their games. Each week, we will bring you a look at some tabletop-related Kickstarter projects that have especially caught our attention.
One of my favorite eras of American history is the Vaudeville period in Chicago around the early 1910’s. The Big Time looks to capture the feeling of being a theater owner during the golden age of Vaudeville in old Chicago, with players booking various acts and performers in hopes of securing a smash hit. The art is fantastic and the pieces seem high quality.
The only bummer about the campaign is that it seems to simply exist as a pre-order tool. No backer rewards or stretch goals are offered, and no apparent retail options are available either. The abuse of crowdfunding continues to roll along.
If you have a particular project you’d like for us to check out, send it along our way. And as always, check to see if your local game store is supporting any of these games, and if so, ask if you can pre-order a Kickstarter copy through them.