Friday, February 27, 2015

Cubicle 7 is a wonderful company

Cubicle 7 is a wonderful company. The most evident reasons would be the extremely high quality game books they publish. Here is just one other less obvious reason:
As some of you may know we had a small, but significant issue with the printing of the spine of the Second Doctor Sourcebook. 
The tiny section of the Doctor Who logo, which builds up as you collect all the sourcebooks was missing. Our printer thought it was there in error, and removed it. Frustratingly we missed this tiny change, and so the books were printed without it. 
What we've done about it 
We have arranged for the books to be reprinted with that missing piece. The reprinted versions are now in our US warehouse, and en route to the UK. 
All subscribers will automatically be sent a new copy free of charge, and with our compliments. There is no need for subscribers to take any action to receive this replacement. US copies will begin shipping in the next few days, UK, European and "Rest of World" copies will begin shipping this month. 
If you have bought a copy of the Second Doctor Sourcebook outside of the subscription deal and feel that missing piece of logo will spoil your collection, then please drop us a line on info AT cubicle7.co.uk with a photo of your book, and we will replace it for you free of charge. It would be helpful to us if you could use the subject line "Second Doctor Sourcebook Spine".

Thank you for your patience in this matter, and we're very much looking forward to seeing some photos of your completed collections in the coming months!
And they did it, just as they said. Here are the images of my first copy with the replacement copy. Thank you Cubicle 7!






Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Power Rangers NOT FOR KIDS!


James Van Der Beek and katee Sackhoff star in this grim dark Power Rangers fan film. NSFW.

It will be a while yet before we see what Lionsgate and Saban Entertainment have in mind for their 2016 reboot of “Power Rangers,” but it’s a safe bet it won’t resemble this new fan film by “Torque” and “Detention” director Joseph Kahn. 
Produced by Adi Shankar (“The Grey,” “Dredd”), who was behind the Punisher and Venom fan films “Dirty Laundry” and “Truth in Journalism,” “Power/Rangers” is an incredibly dark and violent sequel of sorts to the long-running children’s franchise set in the aftermath of the war with the Machine Empire. (Be warned: The film contains blood and nudity.) 
“The thought that weaponizing youth and training them to kill could’ve turned out so ugly for so many of them,” James Van Der Beek’s traitorous Rocky tells his prisoner, Katee Sackhoff’s Kimberly, in the 14-minute short, which finds most of the Power Rangers murdered. 
Yes, it turns out “Power/Rangers” is the “super secret job” Sackhoff teased in August, sparking another round of speculation that she’ll play Carol Danvers in an upcoming Marvel Studios film. Kahn’s project also stars Russ Bain as Tommy/Green Ranger, Will Yun Lee (“The Wolverine,” “Bionic Woman”) as General Black and Gichi Gamba (“Torque”) as Zack/Black Ranger. 
“There were a couple of things [about ‘Power Rangers’] that were appealing to me,” Kahn explains to HitFix. “One, as opposed to like taking something like Barney and doing your dark version of Barney, there’s at least a mythology there. The original mythology is really expansive and kind of silly in how many different […] I mean, these guys turn into dinosaurs. How do you take that seriously? But there’s enough of like a groundwork of the original source material that they based off this repurposed Japanese show that has like norms of anime and kung fu and all that stuff that appeals to me because I’m an anime and kung fu guy anyways. I just took pieces that I liked and then streamlined it and made a bare-bones version and really expressed the versions that seemed like they naturally fit within the down-the-middle dark and gritty reboot.”
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Masters of the Universe logo?


This image appeared on Twitter over the weekend. It came from Devon Franklin, the Senior VP of Production at Columbia Pictures (a division of Sony).

Interesting.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

ThunderCats

Today I watched the pilot episode of the original ThunderCats series and found it to be rather well done, better than I remember or gave it credit for. For pilot episodes this one and the pilot for it's sibling, SilverHawks, were quite enjoyable, well written and aged quite well. Better than their contemporaries, say He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Blackstar, or Thundarr the Barbarian, most of which I have recently sampled.
ThunderCats by jerica128

My kiddos and I are currently enjoying the 2002 remake of the Masters of the Universe and enjoying it a great deal. This new version is clearly superior to the original. I was curious if the same could be observed in the original verses the 2011 version of ThunderCats. Well, I just watched the pilot and have to admit that the new version is a great deal superior. It was rather well crafted all around, actually. Very enjoyable and worthy of one's consumer vote.

ThunderCats + One Sweet Day + by dou-hong

Monday, February 9, 2015

swords


Conan RPG


Modiphius Games announced that they are releasing an RPG set in the Conan universe this year. It is the next of their games to use the 2d20 system. This is sure to be a beautiful product based on the names involved. One particularity stands out is Mark Schultz (Xenozoic Tales) and many other established Conan artists.

Watch for a Kickstarter soon.



Modiphius Entertainment announces the definitive sword & sorcery roleplaying game, planned for launch August 2015

KNOW, oh prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the Sons of Aryas, there was an Age undreamed of....

Modiphius is proud to announce a licensing deal with Conan Properties to publish Robert E. Howard’s CONAN Adventures In An Age Undreamed Of. This is CONAN roleplaying as Robert E. Howard wrote it – savage pulp adventure battling ancient horrors in the Hyborian Age! We plan to bring the game right back to its roots, focusing on the original stories by Robert E. Howard.

Modiphius has scored a leading team of Hyborian Age scribes to chronicle these adventures including Timothy Brown (designer of the Dark Sun setting for Dungeons & Dragons), award-winning Robert E. Howard scholar and essayist Jeffrey Shanks (Conan Meets the Academy, REH: Two-Gun Raconteur, Critical Insights: Pulp Fiction, The Dark Man: The Journal of REH Studies, Zombies from the Pulps!), Jason Durall (Basic Roleplaying, Serenity, The Laundry), Chris Lites (Paizo, Savage Worlds, Omni, Slate), and many more to be announced.

Players and GM’s alike will feel the might of the 2d20 game system, the cinematic roleplaying rules devised by Jay Little (Star Wars: Edge of the Empire) for Mutant Chronicles, and sharpened up for intense sword and sorcery action. The 2d20 system lets players experience the true pulp adventure of the CONAN stories.

Howard expert Jeffrey Shanks will approve all content, ensuring it remains true to the spirit of the source material and brings the Hyborian Age to life. World-famous CONAN artist Sanjulian (Conan Ace Paperbacks, Vampirella, Eerie, Creepy) has been commissioned, as well as Carl Critchlow (Batman/Judge Dredd, Anderson: Psi Division). Joining them are other CONAN greats such as Mark Schultz (The Coming of Conan, Xenozoic Tales, Prince Valiant), Tim Truman (Dark Horse Conan, Grimjack, Jonah Hex), Phroilan Gardner (Age of Conan, World of Warcraft), Alex Horley (Blizzard, Heavy Metal, Magic: The Gathering) and many more.

Modiphius is working with other Conan Properties licensing partners including Monolith Board Games, creator of the hit CONAN boardgame which has surpassed $2 million on Kickstarter, and Funcom, creator of the long-running, free-to-play, MMO Age of Conan. Modiphius plans some select supplements including missions designed for the Monolith boardgame, as well as floorplan tile sets allowing you to use Conan miniatures in your roleplaying adventures!

Modiphius is already working on the roleplaying corebook for Robert E. Howard’s CONAN Adventures In An Age Undreamed Of to be released this Fall. A Kickstarter is planned for the summer to fund a larger range of roleplaying supplements, campaigns, and accessories to follow the core book.

Ho, Dog Brothers! (and Sisters) Don your mail, hone your blade, and pray to whatever fickle gods might listen. Harken to the sound of clanging steel, cries of battle, and death curses spat from bloody, frothing lips! Tread the jeweled thrones of the earth or die in towers of spider-haunted mystery. Crom cares not!




What Can You Expect? 

Our vision of CONAN will reveal itself through regular blog updates from our design and development team. Insight from CONAN scholar Jeff Shanks will highlight our Howard-centric approach to this edition of the roleplaying game.

A host of much-loved CONAN artists are already on board, with many more to be announced. The fruits of their labours will appear on this site including the planned cover art and the official logo for the new game.

Re-interpreted for an exotic sword and sorcery experience, our 2d20 system spotlights just how vile, dangerous, and costly magic is for those who wish to tread the path...

Walk through our unique approach to exploring CONAN's Hyborian Age with the announcements of planned releases.

Be ready for our Playtesting announcement, so you may contribute to the shaping of our vision this spring.

An official forum launches soon. Your voice, opinion, and hopes for future products will be heard.

Unveiling some of the epic storylines to come, our team of talented writers is eager to share their ideas with you. 



Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Lego Doctor Who

Doctor Who Legos are a go!
The LEGO Group have announced that they will be producing a LEGO Doctor Who set. The concept for a Doctor Who set came from the LEGO® IDEAS website where fans can submit ideas for a set and vote for their favourite idea to be produced. 
The Doctor Who concept from fan Andrew Clark received the 10,000 votes requisite for The LEGO Group to consider it for production.
A licensing agreement between BBC Worldwide and The LEGO Group will see the new set available in all of The LEGO Group’s key markets before the end of the year. 
Andrew’s winning design featured a range of Doctors, companions and monsters across the show’s history, but fans will have to wait until later this year to discover what will be produced.

Marcus Arthur, MD of BBC Worldwide UK said, “Both Doctor Who and LEGO enjoy a particularly close relationship with their fans and I can’t wait to see what LEGO produce.”
Emma Owen, UK spokesperson for LEGO Ideas commented: “We’re extremely excited to announce that a Doctor Who and a WALL-E set will be released as our next LEGO Ideas fan based sets, congratulations to the designers Andrew Clark and Angus MacLane! 
“After receiving over 10,000 votes from the online community and having gone through rigorous toy testing from our expert panel, these awesome sets are on track to be on shelves later this year. The final set designs, pricing and availability are being worked out as we speak, so watch this space for the final details!”
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