Matt’s Guide to Surviving a Horror Movie

by Matt Quiett

You’re wandering through the woods, late at night, fog surrounding you. You have a bag on your shoulder, full of all the things you need to survive the terrible events you’re about to experience. “What’s in your horror movie survival bag” is a question I was asked recently by some folks at mancrates.com. I had to think about it. I’m not a doomsday prepper, but I do have a general idea of what I want in case of a zombie apocalypse, what nerd doesn’t? But plain old horror movies? Not just zombies? Well that changes everything, doesn’t it.

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Tau

by John Quiett

Genre: Card game/RPG
Publisher: Sparks Games
Designers: Chris Dijak, Cooper Livingston, Jason Sparks
Price: $15.00

Tau is the Greek letter for death and rebirth, according to the rules sheet in this game. Death is what this game is all about.  This is a game that wants to be a lot of things, a card game, a story generator and an RPG. Can it possibly be all those things?  Continue reading

Deadman Wonderland

by Johnny Mack

Written By: Jinsei Kataoka
Illustrated By: Kazuma Kondou
Publication Date: May 2007 – August 2013 (Original 13 Volume Run) (Febuary, 2014, Vol. 1 Release)
English Publisher: Formerly Tokyopop, now Viz Media
Japanese Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic: Shōnen
Magazine: Shōnen Ace
Genre: Action, biopunk, drama, horror, science fantasy, psychological, mystery
Anime Companion Series: Yes
Audience Level: Mature, Older Teens (16+)
Page Count: Average 216

With an intense, heart-grabbing, eye-catching, beautifully crafted yet grotesquely brutal story, Deadman Wonderland is everything you want a manga to be and more. Continue reading

Batman, Sorta Begins…. Again!

A “New” Look at Gotham

By: Johnny Mack

It’s been five weeks since the premier of the television series “Gotham,” which airs Monday nights on Fox. I have to admit that I have been (and still am) a wee-bit weary. Perhaps because there has been either so much anticipation or hype in the past surrounding a series based upon comic book characters that one loves; only for said show to fall into a shattering crescendo of disappointment. Or, because such a show not only lives up to the hype but, far exceeds the expectations of a leery audience of hardcore fans…only for the show to be cancelled ten episodes into the first season. Heck, in some cases the show doesn’t make it past the third episode! Some become a casualty before ever even airing, yes I speak of the “Wonder Woman,” series that never saw the light of day. With all of this being said, I decided to withhold my judgment or rather my opinion in review format about the show until I was at least three episodes in. Well, this past Monday marked the third episode anniversary of the show so without further ado, here is my take on the original “Dark City,” Gotham. Continue reading

Toy Story of Terror

by Jestin Kimmet

Release Date:   October 13, 2013
Directors: Angus MacLane
MPAA Rating:  G
Genre: Comedy, spoof
Cast:  Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Carl Weathers, Don Rickles
Running Time: 21 minutes

What is it:  Taking place after the events of the third movie the gang goes on a road trip when suddenly there owners car blows a tire, and they are forced to spend the night in a motel.  This is another glimps into the toys world written, directed, acted, and animated as if it was another movie in the set.  There is also a decent amount of time spent on fleshing out Jessie’s character.  If you have yet to watch the 3rd movie this show will spoil the ending rather badly. Continue reading

Mistborn Adventure Game

by John Quiett

Genre: RPG
Publisher: Crafty-Games
Designer: Alex Flagg
Price: $34.99

I am what you would call a casual fan of Brandon Sanderson. I learned about him when he was chosen to finish Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. If you listen to our podcasts you will know how much I love that series and I was very satisfied with how it ended, so Mr. Sanderson’s work on it. I have only read selections of his other work and find them interesting and compelling. I hope to read more soon. But how does an RPG (another category of things I am very interested in) based on a novel series I haven’t read hold up to scrutiny?  Continue reading

Upper Deck Releases Guardians of the Galaxy Legendary Expanion

 Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy are Coming to the Latest Expansion of Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game! 

Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Raccoon and more join the popular Upper Deck Legendary Series!

Carlsbad, CA (October 13, 2014) – Upper Deck’s Legendary™: A Marvel Deck Building Game has become the company’s top gaming property with two core sets (Legendary™ & Villains) and three expansion sets (Dark CityFantastic Four & Paint the Town Red) in the market. Now Upper Deck brings Marvel fans even more excitement with the fourth expansion in the series. With content dedicated exclusively to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy cast of characters, comic fans have enjoyed over the years and that Marvel movie fans have come to know and love as well. Legendary™ fans are going to be thrilled to add their favorite Guardians of the Galaxy characters to their decks as this expansion will include 100 all new playable cards featuring original artwork. Continue reading

The Hobbit

By: Jestin Kimmet

Release date: 1937
Author:  J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre: Fantasy
Page Count: 320

What is it: One could say, it’s an unexpected journey….  This is a typical quest story following thirteen dwarves a hobbit, and occasionally a wizard on a mission to defeat a dragon, reclaim their heritage, and acquire a tale to tell.   Continue reading

The Angry Chicken: A Hearthstone Podcast

by Jestin Kimmet

Hosts: Garrett Weinzierl, William “Dills” Gregory, Jocelyn Moffett
Category: Game/news/tactics
Run Time: Around one hour

What it is: The Angry Chicken is a podcast dedicated to bringing you the news, reviews, tips, and tactics of World of Warcraft’s digital card game Hearthstone. Continue reading