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Warhammer: Age of Reckoning Collector’s Edition
March 26, 2008, 10:47 am
Filed under: Warhammer: Age of Reckoning

March has been a pretty bland month on the gaming front for me. I’ve been quietly plugging away at WoW and enjoying the comradery of my old guild members, yet I’m increasingly disenfrachised with the same grind that soured me on the game over a year ago. I’ve stopped following news about the titles “on the horizon” after a year plus of delayed releases, fluffy spin, and assorted other forms of corporate cockteasing.

When I got an e-mail informing me of the details of the Warhammer: Age of Reckoning Collector’s Edition, I was cynical. But I’m a sucker who’s easily amused. And Mythic is packing the collector’s edition with all the things one might expect from a Games Workshop product:

1) An exclusive greenskin miniature. A neat bonus for hobbyists who will soon be making the leap from the tabletop to the computer screen.

2) A graphic novel. Warhammer lore is rich, and the artistic style of the game is gorgeous. This is a great way to indoctrinate those new to the license into the colorfully dark world that awaits them. I’m also a huge comic book fan, so I’m sold on this perk.

3) In-game bonuses: A libram that’ll give you a temporary XP bonus, some additional quests, special titles, and 12 unique-to-the-collector’s edition, customized head options for your characters. Nothing particularly alluring here in my opinion–except for the extra customization options. I’m a sucker for character customization. A few extra vanity options are enough to make me happy. So much of the tabletop game is focused on painting and customizing figures, so this is another way Mythic can translate the spirit of the original game to the MMORPG.

All this comes at a hefty pricetag (a little under $80 American). Worth it? Hard to say. Did I preorder? Yup. Got my tax return back from the feds and figured I might as well treat myself to something frivolous. Besides, the latest Online Gamer’s Anthology look back at Dark Age of Camelot has gotten me amped up for what Mythic might have in store for us.

This said, I can’t say the collector’s edition seems worth the pricetag for your average gamer who’s interest might be peaked by WAR, but it does do everything a collector’s edition should do and throws some salvageable bones to devoted Waah!heads.

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Rest in Peace, Gary Gygax
March 4, 2008, 2:53 pm
Filed under: Dungeons & Dragons

I was deeply saddened when I came across the news that Gary Gygax, creator of Dungeons and Dragons–and the man who, along with Dave Arneson, invented the RPG as we know it today–passed away. There’s no real way to measure the impact this man had on my adolescence. For over thirty years, Gygax fueled the imaginations of countless numbers of gamers and fantasy enthusiasts while unknowingly laying the groundwork for most of the systems still present in modern-day MMORPGs. The gaming world has lost it’s most iconic figure. My sympathies go out to his family. Shitty day.