movies

If you’ve ever liked low-budget films, have you also every wondered how fun it would be to make them? There’s a carefree joy to them that’s infectious. Movie Empire, designed by Karsten Schulmann and featuring art by Allan Ohr, reminds me a lot of that, and it’s now on Kickstarter. If you’ve every actually wanted to try your hand at making B-movies, or if you just like classic movies tropes and worker placement games, this project will be worth the look.

“Movie Empire is a mix of worker placement and set collection for 1-4 players. And as Hollywood is a shark tank, you have 2 styles of play with the (completely optional!) black dossier variant, that adds a take that mechanic to the gameplay. Let the clubbing and stabbing commence!”

Mechanically speaking, it’s built on solid tried-and-true mechanisms and proudly lacks an auction mechanic, so that alone is attractive to particular tastes. However, it’s not just all that wrapped up in a fun theme – It’s got a solo mode and optional variants too! The illustrations are fun and spoofy, so there’s a lot here to like. Seeing that this game has already reached it’s funding goal, there’s more than enough people who agree with me! If you would like to learn more about Movie empire, check out it’s Kickstarter page for more information, rules, FAQs, community feedback, and updates.

A couple years ago saw the release of Pacific Rim, the dream movie for most fans of giant mecha style anime, and early next year will see the release of it’s sequel, Pacific Rim: Uprising.  So to help promote the movie and create new merchandise, Universal Pictures and Legendary have teamed up with several companies to create different products based on the movie.  Among licenses handed out to companies like Bandai to do action figures and models, River Horse Games was given the license to produce board games.  Not much is said about that games specifically, but the press releases says they will “develop a line of collectible board games and role playing games, which will aim to bring the Jaeger vs. Kaiju battleground to life.”  The collectible aspect has me intrigued, but also the fact that a board game line is being developed out of a movie I like makes me excited.  You can read the full press release here.

origins

Origins would like to announce the first annual ORIGINS FILM FESTIVAL™, which will be held at Origins in Columbus, Ohio from June 15 to June 19, 2016.  The festival will be showcasing independent feature and short films of any genre related to gaming, sci-fi or fantasy.

Awards given during the festival will include:

  • BEST FEATURE FILM
  • BEST SHORT FILM
  • BEST GAMING FILM 
  • BEST SCI-FI FILM 
  • BEST FANTASY FILM

Origins is taking submissions for the film festival until May 1, 2016.  Filmmakers will be granted a 5-day full-access badge to the Origins Game Fair, and winners of the above awards will also receive two full show passes each for next year’s Game Fair.

Please visit the Origins Game Fair Film Festival website for rules and terms on submissions.

You are in danger of flunking most-heinously tomorrow!

Travel across the circuits of history with up to four players, collecting personages of historical significance in order to pass tomorrow’s oral report. But beware! Every time you snatch someone, the phone booth breaks most non-triumphantly, and your adventure through time will take a most serious turn!

No way!

Yes.  Way!

Steve Jackson announces a new game based on the classic comedy Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.  In this game designed by Sam Mitschke and Randy Scheunemann, players will travel across the circuits of history, collect personages of historical significance, pass their history report, and determine the fate of society.

Each copy of the game will include:

  • 60 Cards
  • 36 Tokens
  • 6 Standees
  • Game Board
  • Rule Sheet

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Boardgame is now in production and the release date has yet to be announced.  To read the full press release, visit the SJG website here.