TABLETOP RPGS GET CLASSY WITH THE ADVENTURER’S KIT

Designed by Mitch Barchi, the Adventurer’s Kit is what I imagine someone like Mark Twain or Winston Churchill would have played D&D with back in their day.

From the artist: 

The Adventurer’s Kit had been inspired by my lifelong passion for roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons or World of Dungeons. My goal was to create a portable kit that anyone could pickup and play a quick, or introductory, roleplaying session with little to no prep time. I created a simple overland map illustration for the lid using the Art Institute of Seattle’s lasercutter. I also included a standard set of polyhedral dice since they are used in many roleplaying systems. Many roleplaying systems also use miniatures, I wanted to include some basic minis for the players. The miniatures featured in these sets are vintage unpainted Heroscape monsters. Also provided is a Moleskine notebook with gridded paper if the player or game master want to map a dungeon or take notes. Each kit also includes a pamphlet for the excellent hack and slash World of Dungeons RPG system. These printouts and other adventure PDFs can be found on Dungeon-World.com for free. With the tools provided in these kits players and game masters alike can enjoy an adventure on the go.

Too bad it’s a one-off. This guy should think about pitching this to Wizards of the Coast for some sort of D&D Collector’s Edition Starter Set idea. I’d totally by the living shit out of something like that.

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Square Enix Announces ‘Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX’

A follow-up to Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is on its way as fans brace themselves for Kingdom Hearts 3. We’ve got all the info as well as the announcement trailer.

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D20 T-shirts from Super Orange

Seeing as how my life has been consumed by Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons as of late, these appeal to me on a pretty intense level. Pick one up from Super Orange's Etsy page starting at just $14.

Original Drakengard team returning for follow-up to cult classic
Exciting news: Drakengard 3 has been announced and the team behind the amazing original is returning. Famitsu’s announcement came out of left field, but I’ll happily embrace it.
The original Drakengard was a cult-hit on PS2. The game involved a soldier making a pact with a dragon and as a result they are both forever connected. They are soon hunted down by a crazy empire but receive help from numerous other memorable characters who have also made pacts with mythical beasts.
Drakengard stands out for not only a great story, but also great gameplay. The game placed the player in a wide open field and sent waves of soldiers after them. From the perspective of the main character, the game played a lot like Dynasty Warriors. However, if you became overwhelmed, you could call upon your dragon (or in the later missions when you get some of the other characters like the child who made a pact with a giant golem) and fly around the field reigning fire down on everyone. On top of that, there were a number of sky battles where you controlled the dragon in aerial dog fights.
The game deserves a wider audience. Here’s hoping that if Drakengard 3 does well, that an HD collection may be on its way. I’m also left wondering if the batshit insane endings (spoilers in the video) from Drakengard may be returning.
Drakengard 3 will be releasing for PS3.
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Original Drakengard team returning for follow-up to cult classic

Exciting news: Drakengard 3 has been announced and the team behind the amazing original is returning. Famitsu’s announcement came out of left field, but I’ll happily embrace it.

The original Drakengard was a cult-hit on PS2. The game involved a soldier making a pact with a dragon and as a result they are both forever connected. They are soon hunted down by a crazy empire but receive help from numerous other memorable characters who have also made pacts with mythical beasts.

Drakengard stands out for not only a great story, but also great gameplay. The game placed the player in a wide open field and sent waves of soldiers after them. From the perspective of the main character, the game played a lot like Dynasty Warriors. However, if you became overwhelmed, you could call upon your dragon (or in the later missions when you get some of the other characters like the child who made a pact with a giant golem) and fly around the field reigning fire down on everyone. On top of that, there were a number of sky battles where you controlled the dragon in aerial dog fights.

The game deserves a wider audience. Here’s hoping that if Drakengard 3 does well, that an HD collection may be on its way. I’m also left wondering if the batshit insane endings (spoilers in the video) from Drakengard may be returning.

Drakengard 3 will be releasing for PS3.

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Jay Z + Chrono Trigger = Chrono Jigga
The music of Jay Z and Chrono Trigger are together at last! Check out the song "Ignorant Scene" (A machup of Jay Z’s “Ignorant Shit” and “Wind Scene” from Chrono Trigger) by 2 Mello below.

If that’s not your cup of Earl Grey, here’s the Ghostbusters theme mashed up with “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC.

Jay Z + Chrono Trigger = Chrono Jigga

The music of Jay Z and Chrono Trigger are together at last! Check out the song "Ignorant Scene" (A machup of Jay Z’s “Ignorant Shit” and “Wind Scene” from Chrono Trigger) by 2 Mello below.

If that’s not your cup of Earl Grey, here’s the Ghostbusters theme mashed up with “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC.

Picotto Knights - This Vita Game Needs To Come To The U.S. RIGHT NOW
Piccoto Knights is a beat-‘em-up action RPG for the Vita from Game Arts and NHN Hangame. You start off by making a custom character dude, then upgrading them with weapons and shizz. Since the game’s free-to-play, you can also spend real-world dollars on in-game items if you’re into that sort of thing.
The game’s set to release in Japan on September 20th, but no plans for a western release have been mentioned.
Check out the trailer for Picotto Knights below.

Siliconera reports:

GungHo and NHN haven’t announced if they will bring Picotto Knights to North America or Europe, but it looks like they’re planning to. GungHo filed a trademark for Picotto Knights in the US trademark database. Perhaps, an announcement will be made at Tokyo Game Show since the game will launch during the event?

We can only hope.
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Picotto Knights - This Vita Game Needs To Come To The U.S. RIGHT NOW

Piccoto Knights is a beat-‘em-up action RPG for the Vita from Game Arts and NHN Hangame. You start off by making a custom character dude, then upgrading them with weapons and shizz. Since the game’s free-to-play, you can also spend real-world dollars on in-game items if you’re into that sort of thing.

The game’s set to release in Japan on September 20th, but no plans for a western release have been mentioned.

Check out the trailer for Picotto Knights below.

Siliconera reports:

GungHo and NHN haven’t announced if they will bring Picotto Knights to North America or Europe, but it looks like they’re planning to. GungHo filed a trademark for Picotto Knights in the US trademark database. Perhaps, an announcement will be made at Tokyo Game Show since the game will launch during the event?

We can only hope.

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The Wire As A 16-Bit RPG

Following up their Breaking Bad RPG spoof, CollegeHumor takes on The Wire. The best part is when they use the warp whistle to skip past Season 2 since nothing important happens.

The ‘Persona 4:Golden’ Solid Gold Premium Edition Sure Comes With A Lot Of Stuff
If you like saving money, you can pre-order Persona 4 Golden and get a cool protective skin and matching Vita wallpaper. But if you’re the “go big or go home” type, then you’ll probably want to shell out the extra $30 for the Solid Gold Edition. Limited to 10,000, these kids come with a buttload of splendid and useless (but awesome) things. You get a Hori pouch to make your Vita even less put-in-your-pocket-able, a Hori face cover, two sheets of stickers, and the same skin and wallpaper that shmoes who pre-order the regular edition will get.
Is the extra $30 worth it to you guys?

The ‘Persona 4:Golden’ Solid Gold Premium Edition Sure Comes With A Lot Of Stuff

If you like saving money, you can pre-order Persona 4 Golden and get a cool protective skin and matching Vita wallpaper. But if you’re the “go big or go home” type, then you’ll probably want to shell out the extra $30 for the Solid Gold Edition. Limited to 10,000, these kids come with a buttload of splendid and useless (but awesome) things. You get a Hori pouch to make your Vita even less put-in-your-pocket-able, a Hori face cover, two sheets of stickers, and the same skin and wallpaper that shmoes who pre-order the regular edition will get.

Is the extra $30 worth it to you guys?

Ninostarter: Kickstarter for Ni no Kuni
Studio Ghibli and Level 5's upcoming PS3 game Ni no Kuni is getting a pretty awesome Wizard Edition (ie: limited edition) release. When it was announced in June, Namco Bandai said it would come with a spell book, plushy, and some DLC. Now thanks to the game’s own pseudo-Kickstarter - measured in pre-orders - it will also come with five art prints. If the new goal is met, it will come with a gold coin replica. Pre-order this frickin’ game.

Ninostarter: Kickstarter for Ni no Kuni

Studio Ghibli and Level 5's upcoming PS3 game Ni no Kuni is getting a pretty awesome Wizard Edition (ie: limited edition) release. When it was announced in June, Namco Bandai said it would come with a spell book, plushy, and some DLC. Now thanks to the game’s own pseudo-Kickstarter - measured in pre-orders - it will also come with five art prints. If the new goal is met, it will come with a gold coin replica. Pre-order this frickin’ game.

Ni no Kuni Limited Edition up for Pre-order

The game’s Western release is almost a year away, but I’ve already thrown down my $99.99 for this amazing limited edition of the game. Yup - $99.99. That’s a lot of money, even for a limited edition, but this time I think it’s worth it. The “wizard edition” of the RPG co-created by Studio Ghibli and Level-5 will include a hardcover version of the spell book used by the protagonist, as well as a plush version of his pal, Drippy.

If I remember correctly, the DS version of the game required players to use a similar physical spell book to progress through the game. It doesn’t seem like this has been worked into the PS3 version, but it’s still a very cool bonus. The real treat is Drippy, and there will also be two DLC characters included in the bundle.

Side Note: The pre-order page mentions that the Western release of the game will contain both English and Japanese voice over tracks - good news for people who prefer hearing bad voice acting that they can’t understand rather than bad voice acting that they can understand.

Get it exclusively through Namco Bandai.

(Source: destructoid.com)

Dragon Quest x Pepsi: Toy Slime Included with Each Bottle of Slime
Back in the day, Square Enix teamed up with Coke to make special edition Final Fantasy mini figures. A decade later they have turned their back on Coke and have gone to Pepsi. But who cares - these Dragon Quest mini figures are amazing! I absolutely need that Momon.

Dragon Quest x Pepsi: Toy Slime Included with Each Bottle of Slime

Back in the day, Square Enix teamed up with Coke to make special edition Final Fantasy mini figures. A decade later they have turned their back on Coke and have gone to Pepsi. But who cares - these Dragon Quest mini figures are amazing! I absolutely need that Momon.

The Last Story Gets a Limited Edition
Hironobu Sakaguchi’s newest game, The Last Story, is getting a pretty neat limited edition. All copies of the game’s first printing will include a soft-cover art book and display box. This almost makes up for the fact that North America didn’t get the sweet Xenoblade limited edition with the red Classic Controller Pro.

The Last Story Gets a Limited Edition

Hironobu Sakaguchi’s newest game, The Last Story, is getting a pretty neat limited edition. All copies of the game’s first printing will include a soft-cover art book and display box. This almost makes up for the fact that North America didn’t get the sweet Xenoblade limited edition with the red Classic Controller Pro.

Shin Megami Tensei IV 4 the IIIDS
See what I did there? Atlus have announced that they’ve begun working on the next numerical installment of their SMT series. The previous numbered MegaTen game was Nocture, one of the best RPGs games for the PS2. It was re-printed a few years ago by a company that insists on lowering my game collection’s value, so if you’ve never played Nocturne, do it now. It’s like Pokémon on bath salts.

Shin Megami Tensei IV 4 the IIIDS

See what I did there? Atlus have announced that they’ve begun working on the next numerical installment of their SMT series. The previous numbered MegaTen game was Nocture, one of the best RPGs games for the PS2. It was re-printed a few years ago by a company that insists on lowering my game collection’s value, so if you’ve never played Nocturne, do it now. It’s like Pokémon on bath salts.

Dragon Quest X Keyboard Looks Goo-ed
I’m not really planning on getting Dragon Quest X since I haven’t played IX yet, but I would like to trade in my Mini Medals for some of the game’s accessories. I’ll probably pick up the neat-o thumbdrive, and if I’m feeling awfully silly I might grab this ridiculous keyboard. It will cost about $50 but the stares from my coworkers will be priceless.

Dragon Quest X Keyboard Looks Goo-ed

I’m not really planning on getting Dragon Quest X since I haven’t played IX yet, but I would like to trade in my Mini Medals for some of the game’s accessories. I’ll probably pick up the neat-o thumbdrive, and if I’m feeling awfully silly I might grab this ridiculous keyboard. It will cost about $50 but the stares from my coworkers will be priceless.

Square-Enix Streaming Sountracks fo’ Free
Don’t want to pay a crazy amount of money for Square-Enix soundtracks? Get ‘em on iTunes for super cheap. Don’t want to pay anything? Check out music.square-enix.com, where the Final  Fantasy and Dragon Quest wizards are streaming select games’ OSTs for free. It’s full of bugs and not-so-full of selection, but if they keep adding games, this could get pretty cool.

Square-Enix Streaming Sountracks fo’ Free

Don’t want to pay a crazy amount of money for Square-Enix soundtracks? Get ‘em on iTunes for super cheap. Don’t want to pay anything? Check out music.square-enix.com, where the Final  Fantasy and Dragon Quest wizards are streaming select games’ OSTs for free. It’s full of bugs and not-so-full of selection, but if they keep adding games, this could get pretty cool.

(Source: andriasang.com)

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