Archive for July, 2010

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Doctor Who: Cobwebs

July 31, 2010

Today Big Finish Productions released the much-awaited Doctor Who audio adventure Cobwebs, a a four part story by Jonathan Morris.  It’s noteworthy as it is the first time in 26 years that the 5th Doctor ensemble of Peter Davison (The Doctor), Janet Fielding (Tegan Jovanka), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Mark Strickson (Vislor Turlough) are all together for a Doctor Who adventure of any kind.  Here’s the trailer:

It’s the first of 3 audios featuring the 4 actors together.  As much as I like the Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories, there’s always been a sense of incompleteness when the crew was doing separate audio stories or companion chronicles.  I just listened to it, and it was like coming home again.  I was grinning the entire time.  Plus the story is a very good time travel one, complex without being mind-numbing.

You can order Doctor Who: Cobwebs online or purchase it for download on the Big Finish website.

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Papercraft Friday #97: LEGO Minifig

July 30, 2010

We have LEGO on the brain around here after last weekend’s fun at the Summer Tour, so I thought I’d see what I could find by way of LEGO papercraft.  I found what looks like a good model of the classic minifig, though there was no picture of a completed model.  There are no instructions either, for that matter.  I may just print this out myself and take my own completed photo.  If you beat me to it, send me a pic and I’ll add it to this post and credit you for it.  Download all 4 sheets of the model here.

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LEGO Night: 3841 Minotaurus

July 28, 2010

The first LEGO game we played of the ones we got after the LEGO Games 2010 Summer Tour event was LEGO 3841 Minotaurus.  The game is essentially played in a giant hedge maze.  Up to 4 players can play, and you start from a corner and try to work your way to the labyrinth to the secret temple.  Other players may be able to place blocks in your path, and the minotaur might get you along the way, depending on the roll of the LEGO dice.

The box comes with all the pieces and instructions to build the board before the game begins, and a separate rule booklet that includes gameplay variations to mix it up or make it your own style.  We had a lot of fun playing it, and I can tell it’s going to be a favorite around the house.  BTW, the box is big enough to hold the whole assembled board, so you don’t have to rebuild it each time you want to play if you don’t want to.  Shots of the build and final game after the jump.

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Game Impressions: Alan Wake

July 27, 2010

Introduction

It’s no surprise that I would gravitate towards a game whose first spoken words are “Stephen King.”  But that doesn’t mean I will automatically like it.  Alan Wake is a psychological thriller action adventure game developed by Remedy Entertainment (aka the folks behind the Max Payne series) and published by Microsoft Game Studios.  It follows the story of thriller novelist Alan Wake, whose vacation trip to Bright Falls in the Pacific Northwest is cut short by the disappearance of his wife and the strange, supernatural events surrounding it.  So was the story a sleeper, or did I have no trouble staying A. Wake?

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APPraisal: Guitar Hero

July 26, 2010

Appy Shreddin’ Monday!  I’m not sure what it is that draws me to music genre games.  I can’t tell you much about songs or artists for the last decade or two, and I have the manual dexterity of a rhino (animal and/or record exec).  But I keep playing them anyway.  Since APPraisal has already tackled Rock Band, it’s only fitting to give Guitar Hero a spin.

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LEGO Games 2010 Summer Tour

July 24, 2010

The LEGO Games 2010 Summer Tour is rolling across the country, and stopped in our town yesterday and today.  LEGO has a new set of LEGO-based board games out, which the tour is promoting.  We made our way downtown to join the fun.  Admission was free.

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Papercraft Friday #96: Morningstar

July 23, 2010

Sheila Mertens has created some paper models with a definitely medieval slant.  Amidst the swords, trebuchets, etc I spied this nifty morningstar.  That’s one I haven’t seen before!  I’ve always imagined that I’d kill myself with one of those before I managed to hurt anyone else.  But they just look so cool.  Head on over to Sheila’s Papermodels and make one yourself.

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