Jan 302009
 

I recently stopped by Telltale Games site to take a gander at the new Wallace and Gromit trailer.  This game interests me for a bunch of reasons.

The first reason is that this game although not finished, is coming highly recommended by someon I trust – a good friend who works for TTG and has had some hands on time with this game.  I’ve known him for a long time and respect his opinion on games and gaming in general.  Heck, we both love Sins of a Solar Empire.

So the disclaimer is – this guy works for TTG.

He’s got some good things to say about it.  Unfortunately I can’t post a lot of it because I’m not going to get him in trouble. He does say that this game is going to be different from other TTG titles.  TTG is really going after the look and feel of an Aardman production.  To quote “We are really trying to make it feel like an Aardman Product from Acting to even the clay look and feel of the characters.”

Being a Wallace and Gromit fan myself, this is good news and the second reason I’m interested.

Reason number three – Telltale Games is also an outfit I personally like.  They’ve got a good habit of publishing interesting games.  Sam and Max and Strongbad to name a few.

The folks at TTG are “also pushing story farther than we have in the past and making sure that the production pipeline is in concert with that goal.”

Scratching your head?  To clarify “all the assets like environments and objects and puzzle design really advance the story motivation-wise.”  Ah.  Cool!

Want another reason?  I like Telltale’s stance on DRM.  To quote an employee and forum member:

we try to be real people about it. Telltale’s games don’t have any practical install limit — you can play the game at home, on your PC at work when nobody’s looking, on your laptop, your media center PC, etc, and nothing in the games will yell at you. To unlock the games all you have to do is login with your forum username and password and it will activate for you. (If that doesn’t work, you can look up your serial number and enter it manually. If that doesn’t work, against all odds, you can write in to support or submit a hardware-keyed number to the activation system, to give you a manual override code… but these things happen next to never, and are just safeguards in case people run in to trouble.)

Nicely done.  So let’s line up some key points and then I’ll let you get to the video.

  1. Wallace and Gromit rock.
  2. This game will be as much like the Wallace and Gromit we know as is possible and still be a game and not some lumps of clay.
  3. TTG is a company of cool people who put out good games with DRM that’s on (to me) the acceptable side.
  4. This video looks awesome.

[tags]wallace and gromit’s grand adventures, video games, video[/tags]

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

 Posted by on January 30, 2009
Jan 302009
 

As a kid, and later in college I spent a lot of time playing Blood Bowl (the board game).  I had leagues organized with weekly status reports sent out and a monetary system for purchasing new talent.  Hours were wasted in the common room staring at our board (I refereed) or being stared at by folks who’d never seen seven or eight people hunched over Styrofoam and plastic before.

Come to think of it, I’d probably have a PhD and a higher paying job if I spent more time in college doing college-y things.  Hmm.  Anyway, here’s Focus Home Interactive’s latest video release, and their press release following it.

This game interests me on several levels.  The first is that it can be played either in real time or as a turn based game.  Awesome!  Call me a die hard (or a blow hard) but I really, really like and miss the old turn based computerized RPGs.  Everything is either MMO or RTS today.  It’s refreshing to see something new feature this.  Yay.  Second, I’m hoping the real time option is less like an RTS game and more like a modern football or soccer video game.

Press Release:

Today is the big day for fans of “Blood Bowl” – the sometimes humorous, and often brutal, fantasy sport game based on American Football and the Warhammer world! Today, Focus Home Interactive and Cyanide Studio have released an explosive extended-length trailer, which wraps up our four-part series and gives you a look at the in-game elements of the title!

Watch the video and experience the game’s real-time and turn-based modes, and see how you can customize your teams – from choosing specific characters, to designing individual players before sending them out to do battle on the pitch. Along with actual in-game video, we’ve included some cinematics that showcase some of the famous gameplay concepts of “Blood Bowl” – including dirty plays, underhand tactics and all-out cheating.

An ultra-violent mix of Warhammer Fantasy and American football, Blood Bowl allows players to create the ultimate “fantasy” sports teams. Coaches can build bone-crushing teams of Orcs, Elves, Humans, Dwarfs and many more fantastic creatures – then throw them into the stadium for the ultimate blood sport! Blood Bowl is strategic, action-packed and violent, requiring coaches to use their best tactics, team design – and a dose of pure ruthless bloodlust always helps too!

Published by Focus Home Interactive and developed by Cyanide Studio, Blood Bowl is being developed for the PC and the Xbox 360™ as well as for the handheld systems Nintendo DS™ and Sony PSP™ and is set for release on Q2 2009.

[tags]blood bowl, video games, video[/tags]

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

 Posted by on January 30, 2009
Jan 302009
 

It was only yesterday that the holidays were upon us and suddenly it’s January.  Good thing this site is in beta and I don’t have a ton of folks hanging on my every word.  I don’t think I even have one folk hanging on any of my words.

Anyhoo, after the holidays and much personal stuff going on, I’m finally back and able to do a little with the site.  I hope you’ll come along with me and the Troll folks as we slowly get back into the business of blogging.

-Ben

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

 Posted by on January 30, 2009