Archive | February, 2008

Matt-M-McElroy

Wouldn’t Gangrel just eat the lawyer?

Posted on February 20, 2008 by

WWE vs. White Wolf/CCP If a copyright suit involving video-game zombies isn’t scary enough, now we have a trademark case involving a vampire named “Gangrel” to sink our teeth into. This basically comes down to World Wrestling Entertainment still using elements of the “Gangrel” character after their contract with White Wolf has expired. Too bad […]

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Matt-M-McElroy

DriveThruRPG and eBooks

Posted on February 20, 2008 by

There is a great interview with Steve Wieck on RPGnet about the history of White Wolf (from magazine to publisher), how DrivethruRPG got started and where it is headed. The history and future of DriveThruRPG. Steve mentions some interesting history of the pdf market, what the company has learned since it started and where it […]

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Matt-M-McElroy

Darker Projects: Gothik with Nox Arcana

Posted on February 20, 2008 by

From the dark imaginations of Mark Kalita, Paul Mannering and H.P. Lovecraft: an original horror audio drama set in a city where the sun never rises … where the supernatural explains what science cannot … where modern man and ancient myths collide … and monsters are very, very real. Rise of the Ancient Ones Featuring […]

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Flames

Every Sigh, The End Review

Posted on February 19, 2008 by

The subtitle of this 2007 Permuted Press offering is ‘A novel about zombies.’ This isn’t entirely true. Ross fills his days with selling bootleg horror movies, cheating on his two-timing girlfriend and hating life in general. He feels trapped in a vicious circle of uselessness.

Just as he begins to resign himself to the mid-twenties twilight he seems unable to escape, he starts to notice men in radiation suits, following him. Filming him.

Review by Leah Clarke

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Matt-M-McElroy

Interview with Martin & Aaron at Talisman Studios

Posted on February 19, 2008 by

Talisman Studios – the home of Gamescapes, Shaintar and Suzerain.

In this interview Martin Klimes and Aaron Acevedo tell us how the studio came together, give us a peek into their gaming habits and share some of the design ideas that they’ve used to create the Talisman Studios products.

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Matt-M-McElroy

The Return of Spirit Creek

Posted on February 18, 2008 by

After a long break Spirit Creek is back. They just had a show at G-Daddy’s BBC in Milwaukee, WI to release a new CD called “A Culture of Unaccountability” which you should be able to buy online at CDBaby any day now.

One of the new songs is featured on the Flames Rising MySpace Page.

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Flames

The Dreaming Void Fiction Review

Posted on February 18, 2008 by

I am an unabashed Peter F Hamilton fan. I was initially introduced to his work by my great friend (and co-writer on The Munchkin’s Guide to Powergaming) Steve Mortimer through his Mindstar series (a bio-modified psychic detective of sorts in a post-warming, post flood, post ‘socialist’ Britain) and then followed on through the brick-like Night’s Dawn series and on into Pandora’s Star. Most of his books I have liked I great deal (apart from Misspent Youth) to the point where I even negotiated, and held for a year, the RPG rights to Mindstar and Night’s Dawn – but nobody was interested in pursuing it.

Review by James ‘Grim’ Desborough

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Matt-M-McElroy

Green or Red Cthulhu?

Posted on February 16, 2008 by

Sideshow just posted links to a new Cthulhu Statue from the folks at SOTA Toys.

Deep in the waters of the South Pacific lies the sunken city of R’Leyth. Beneath the ocean’s surface dwells the fearsome Cthulhu, a creature of enormous size and great power from the world of H. P. Lovecraft’s fictional works. The legend of Cthulhu’s colossal size and gruesome visage evoke fear and reverence from those who cross its path, human and animal alike.

Should I get the Cthulhu Statue or the Sideshow Exclusive Edition?

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Matt-M-McElroy

Another visit to The City (a|state)

Posted on February 16, 2008 by

a|state introduced us the The City.

Welcome to The City. You will never forget The City. But The City will forget you.

Lostfinders Guide to Mire End took us on a tour into the sodden, degraded burgh of Mire End and introduced us to some of the more interesting personalities unfortunate enough to call the place home.

Now…Contested Ground Studios presents Avenues & Alleyways.

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Monica Valentinelli

Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures Review

Posted on February 16, 2008 by

Great for writers and game designers, I’ve never come across a more thorough and massive work detailing creatures so rare you may not recognize them. There are two, other books in the series entitled, The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells and The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft. If either of those two books are as down-to-earth and fact-filled as this one, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy either one to add substance to my fantasy stories.

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Matt-M-McElroy

Gen Con Trouble

Posted on February 15, 2008 by

GenCon was having some recent troubles with LucasFilm and it looks like those troubles are continuing: Gen Con Files for Chapter 11 Gen Con LLC announced today that it has filed for Chapter 11 protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the State of Washington. This action became necessary as a result of significant […]

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Matt-M-McElroy

Flash Fire Mini-Reviews! (Contest Edition)

Posted on February 15, 2008 by

Welcome to another collection of Mini-Reviews here on Flames Rising!

This week we are going to focus on some of the cool products published by some of the sponsors of the “Favorite Horror Game Contest” and the creative games they have released. Next week will be a few more of sponsors’ products. Including amazing art and funny cards.

So sit back and enjoy this collection of zombies, cannibals, strange creatures and nightmare cities…

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Flames

Flames Rising Favorite Horror Game Contest!

Posted on February 14, 2008 by

Flames RisingWe’re proud to announce the first Flames Rising Fan Appreciation contest. Some of you may remember that Flames Rising hasn’t always been a horror and dark fantasy webzine; it started out as a Live Action Role-Playing Site devoted to those dark and brooding vampire clans from White Wolf’s Mind’s Eye Theatre system. Through a love for gaming and other things that go bump in the night, Flames has evolved to its current incarnation, a horror webzine that shines the spotlight on up-and-coming authors, horror artists, game designers, and more!

To celebrate the new site launch, we want to show our appreciation to the fans who make Flames Rising possible by returning to our dice pool and pencils. Prizes include a variety of products from Abstract Nova, Apophis Consortium, Bob Goat Press, Cubicle 7 Entertainment, Eden Studios, Evil Hat Productions, Monolith Graphics, Neoplastic Press, Rogue Games, Snarling Badger Games, Talisman Studios and 12 to Midnight.

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Matt-M-McElroy

Howlings from White Wolf

Posted on February 14, 2008 by

The new eQuarterly from White Wolf Publishing was released yesterday. All kinds of sneak previews ranging from World of Darkness: Innocents to Exalted: Dreams of the First Age and other bits throughout this free download. There are a ton of interviews regarding new books and other developments. The fan submission section has art and fiction, […]

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Flames

Assassin’s Creed Video Game Review

Posted on February 13, 2008 by

We’re suckers, so we bought the collector’s edition. In this edition you get a nice tall box that you feel bad about throwing away, a six inch or so plastic figurine and… that’s it. *rattles the box, turns it upside down* yes… that’s all you get. No art book, no strategy guide or hint booklet. Just the plastic figurine. They didn’t exactly go all out. To make matters even more annoying they’ve plastered a ‘not for resale’ tag across the front of the game box so you can’t even trade in the game. After the wonderfulness of the Bioshock collector’s edition this was… a little aggravating. If you’re going to have a special edition and charge that much more for it you should really push the boat out a little and this just wasn’t the case with Assassin’s Creed.

Review by James ‘Grim’ Desborough

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Matt-M-McElroy

Haring & Rosenberg enlist with Talisman

Posted on February 12, 2008 by

There is a lot of creative energy coming out of Talisman Studios. With products ranging from Suzerain to Shaintar: Immortal Legends you can find amazing art, great writing and a lot of talent. It looks like these games are going to even more interesting from here on out: Talisman Studios Adds Industry Veterans Talisman Studios […]

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Matt-M-McElroy

Trouble in Middle Earth?

Posted on February 12, 2008 by

A lot of folk were starting to get excited about the developing news regarding Peter Jackson as “executive producer” of two Hobbit prequels. However, some breaking news may paint a bleak picture: Tolkien estate sues New Line Cinema The estate of “Lord of the Rings” creator J.R.R. Tolkien is suing the film studio that released […]

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Flames

Hellboy Blood & Iron DVD Review

Posted on February 12, 2008 by


Starring the voices of Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones and John Hurt

What do vampires, an ancient goddess and Hellboy have in common? In this animated feature film, Hellboy and all his friends take on myth in his signature, sardonic style. True to the mythos, there is a touch of good versus evil mixed in with some savvy backstory and character development.

Review by Monica Valentinelli

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Matt-M-McElroy

Del Toro & Gaiman…Strange

Posted on February 11, 2008 by

The animated Doctor Strange movie was a lot of fun and I’m hoping Marvel makes more of the same kind of feature. The live-action films based on Marvel characters have been pretty hit-or-miss over the last several years… However, according to IGN, Del Toro Eyes Doctor Strange Hellboy helmer wants Gaiman to script. The buzz […]

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Matt-M-McElroy

World Zombie Day

Posted on February 11, 2008 by

“The It’s Alive Show” presents World Zombie Day In 1968 a film was released in Pittsburgh that changed the face of horror history forever. It changed zombies from mindless undead slaves into flesh-hungry beasts that thirst for blood! Film history would never be the same. Now, 40 years later, some new blood is picking up […]

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