Archive | February, 2008

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The Harvesters (World of Darkness)

Posted on February 29, 2008 by

People Disappear All The Time. Will You Be One Of Them? In The Harvesters, the characters are pitted against a group of kidnappers that prey upon the forgotten people and sell them off to the highest bidder. They visit upon those lost souls any torment that pleases them, so long as they don’t compromise the […]

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Flash Fire Mini-Reviews (Books of Magic)

Posted on February 29, 2008 by

The Flash Fire Mini-Reviews are back with a mix of fiction, games and comics this week. Mages, Wizards, Witches and other spell-slinging heroes, villains and monsters make appearances in this collection of reviews.

We’re looking at a variety of magical styles, ranging from the dark and evil to the divinely inspired. I’m not talking about spellbooks here, but magic wielding characters or plots about magic in the world around them. We’ve got Harry Dresden, Willow and Redcloak alongside some Live-Action Mage and the Unwanted.

Anyway, let’s get on with those mini-reviews…

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Xenagia

Posted on February 29, 2008 by

Xenagia is a brand-new genre web site, specializing in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. Visit the Xenagia Book Index. This Xenagia book index currently contains 2577 books and 1069 authors. The Xenagia Forums feature discussions on Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror fiction, movies and more. You can also get updates on your favorite authors, including Neil […]

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13 Bullets Book Review

Posted on February 28, 2008 by

A Vampire Tale by David Wellington

After having read Monster Island, I was pleased to hear that Wellington was writing a vampire story. 13 Bullets is a modern action adventure with deadly vampires, great writing and a few clever plot twists.

The vampires in 13 Bullets are as inhuman as they get. Usually sometime after they’ve been turned they begin to lose all of their hair and mutate into their new, monstrous forms. They are incredibly strong, difficult to damage and often have an array of other powers at their disposal.

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A.V. Club interviews Summer Glau

Posted on February 28, 2008 by

Summer Glau, our favorite Reaver-Slayer from Firefly and Serenity, recently sat down for an interview with Tasha Robinson of the A.V. Club. A.V. Club interviews Summer Glau Read about her role on Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (don’t warry, there are no spoilers for the upcoming season finale) and some of her other shows, […]

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Welcome back to The City (a|state news)

Posted on February 27, 2008 by

I recently posted some great news about a long-awaited a|state supplement called Avenues & Alleyways. The folks at Contested Ground Studios expanded The City with new locations, villains and more. Now, the original a|state core book is available in eBook format at RPGNow.com. 252 pages of gothic horror and twisted beauty for $15.00. You can […]

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Contest Prizes Spotlight!

Posted on February 27, 2008 by

Have you entered the Flames Rising Favorite Horror Game Contest?

Well, if you’ve been following the recent Flash Fire Mini-Reviews, you’ve just seen a small glimpse of what we have to give away. So far, in Contest Edition and Contest Edition 2 we’ve highlighted new games, like Thousand Suns and supplements like All Tomorrow’s Zombies. With over 12 publishers sponsoring our contest, our prize pool is getting so huge we just had to blog about more of the great prizes that are perfect for any horror fan.

Here are just a few of the great prizes available in the Flames Rising Favorite Horror Game Contest.

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Matt-M-McElroy

Reviews Wanted!

Posted on February 26, 2008 by

The new Review Guidelines have been posted on the Flames Rising website. We are currently seeking a few good reviewers to help us expand our collection of horror and dark fantasy reviews. RPGs, fiction, movies, video games and more are all welcome on the site… What do you get out of it? Beyond helping out […]

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Matt-M-McElroy

Midnight Syndicate’s The Rage Soundtrack

Posted on February 26, 2008 by

For the past eleven years, Midnight Syndicate has been taking you on musical journeys into the darkest corners of your imagination with their soundtracks to imaginary films. Now, in 2008, they bring their music to the soundtrack of an actual horror film, Robert Kurtzman’s thriller, The Rage. The result is a CD containing menacing ambiance […]

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Gameplaywright

Posted on February 25, 2008 by

Created by Jeff Tidball (Lord of the Rings RPG) and Will Hindmarch (Vampire: the Requiem), Gameplaywright is a blog about writing, designing and playing games. Not aimed at professionals, and not a “how-to” for beginners…this blog lies somewhere in the middle. There are plenty of great topics from two very talented game designers that range […]

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Zombie Fluxx Game Review

Posted on February 25, 2008 by

The dead are rising from their graves, so what can you do? Maybe grab a baseball bat and play some Zombie Baseball! Or grab that shotgun and sacrifice yourself for the good of the others. Of course, you can always get in your car and leave your friends in the dust.

Zombie Fluxx is an expanded version of Fluxx, a card game about change. The game changes as you play it, starting with the basic rule of draw one card and play one card. This will,of course, change when new rules are played.

Review by Graveyard Greg

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Matt-M-McElroy

Dread News: Art Imitates Death

Posted on February 24, 2008 by

A new scenario for the Dread: The First Book of Pandemonium RPG has been released by the folks at Neoplastic Press: Art Imitates Death PDF The most disturbing piece of evidence you’ve ever seen is a painting. Originally, it was a lawyer. When the cops found him, he was stretched across the canvas. Not pretty. […]

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Mass Effect Video Game Review

Posted on February 23, 2008 by

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year you’ve probably heard of Mass Effect and, since I’m always late doing these reviews odds are you’ve already played it, or – lacking the luxury I have of spending more time playing games – are still playing it. A brief summation then at the start of this review is ‘buy it, it is good’. Above and beyond Bioware’s existing reputation for creating good computer game RPGs this shows they’re masters of it and, until they perfect freeform AI for running roleplaying games this is about as good as the genre gets.

Review by James ‘Grim’ Desborough

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Monica Valentinelli

Skelewags, an Everyday Work of Art – Literally

Posted on February 23, 2008 by

You may recall that we recently posted a call for suggestions to review horror webcomics. Well, I’m happy to report we’re digging deep into all things gory and illustrated to provide you with a list of the best places to visit on the web. One work of horror comedy art turned up in a place […]

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Matt-M-McElroy

Headshot Quartet (Four Zombie Novellas)

Posted on February 22, 2008 by

Join authors D.L. Snell, John Sunseri, Ryan C. Thomas, and David Dunwoody as they fire four more rounds into the growing horde of living dead.

The latest zombie collection from Permuted Press has just been released. This is the fourth volume in the Undead series. Make sure you check out Grim’s review of Flesh Feast for a peek at some of the cool stuff offered in this series.

Headshot Quartet mixes things up a bit. Fitting for volume four of the series, instead of an anthology of short stories, this book features four novellas. Four brutal, action-packed tales of zombie hordes across the world.

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Matt-M-McElroy

Magic: the Motion Picture?

Posted on February 22, 2008 by

One of my sources at Wizards of the Coast tells me that there is going to be a Magic: the Gathering movie. This is part of the press release from Hasbro: Hasbro Inc. (HAS) and Universal Pictures formed a six-year strategic partnership to produce at least four motion pictures based on brands such as Monopoly, […]

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Flash Fire Mini-Reviews! (Contest Edition 2)

Posted on February 22, 2008 by

Welcome to the second set of “Contest Edition” Mini-Reviews.

These are just some of the products offered by the sponsors of the Flames Rising Favorite Horror Game Contest. This week we sci-fi adventure mixed with medieval horror, zombies, pirates and more!

If you missed out on the first “Contest Edition” from last week, be sure to check out that mix of great games from other sponsors.

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Matt-M-McElroy

World of Darkness: Midnight Roads

Posted on February 21, 2008 by

The roads are lovely, dark and deep… Matt McFarland has put together some pretty impressive World of Darkness titles over the years. He even won an ENnie for the Awakening Demo. Now he brings us Midnight Roads, a story book for the World of Darkness. Hitchhikers, ghost towns, new Merits and a host of interesting […]

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The Nominations are in…34th Annual Saturn Awards

Posted on February 21, 2008 by

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films has announced the nominations for the 34th Annual Saturn Awards. “300” battles “Harry Potter” and “Sweeney Todd” at the 34th Annual Saturn Awards Leading the nominations this year is the groundbreaking film, “300” with 10 nominations. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” follows close […]

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House of Leaves Review

Posted on February 21, 2008 by

House of Leaves is a peculiar novel, not precisely one thing and not quite another. It isn’t quite a dark fantasy novel, it isn’t quite a horror novel, it isn’t quite a piece of kafkaesque surrealism and isn’t quite a cohesive work of fiction. It is at once pretentious and deep, confusing and captivating, disturbing and curious. The thrust of the story, which is really several stories, is the discovery of a peculiar manuscript by ‘Johnny Truant’ a no good tattoo artist and deadbeat who, thanks to the manuscript, seems to start a slow descent into madness. The manuscript came to him via Zampano, a crazy old man who died and from whom Johnny effectively stole it. The manuscript itself is an examination, investigation and critique into a strange film called The Navidson Record which records the peculiar happenings at the titular ‘House of Leaves’ a place owned by Navidson, his wife and their children and where the house takes on a sinister aspect as it shifts shape and time and seems to try and swallow them up, all of which is supposedly documented on a peculiar film that is doing the rounds.

Review by James ‘Grim’ Desborough

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