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TLP_largebanner2With less than two days remaining on its fourth successfully-funded Kickstarter project, long-running publisher of high-quality tabletop games Pinnacle Entertainment Group and its president Shane Hensley today announced that The Last Parsec has achieved over 800% of its initial funding goal. Based on the award-winning Savage Worlds roleplaying system, The Last Parsec is a sci-fi tabletop roleplaying game of planetary exploration and adventure.

In The Last Parsec, characters cross the cosmos under the auspices of JumpCorp, an intergalactic megacorporation that contracts exploration, security, bounty hunting, transportation, and everything in between. Adventures take explorers from system to system and planet to planet, finding strange new civilizations, discovering terrifying creatures, and battling pirates, hostile aliens, rival corporations, and stranger things!

Currently sitting at over $65,000 and counting in funding, The Last Parsec has just two days to go on its Kickstarter campaign. Backers can choose from a variety of reward tiers, including the all-inclusive Jump Chief tier, which guarantees everything imaginable for the ultimate The Last Parsec tabletop roleplaying experience. The campaign’s next three stretch goals of $70K, $80K, and $90K will allow Pinnacle Entertainment Group to create and provide miniature-tier backers with bonus tabletop figurines of the Florian, Saurian, and Rakashan alien races, respectively.

For more information, visit The Last Parsec Kickstarter page.

Best-known for creating the tabletop roleplaying games Deadlandsand Savage Worlds, Shane Hensley was also the lead writer for City of Villains (the standalone expansion for popular MMORPG City of Heroes), and an executive producer for the recently released MMORPG Neverwinter. Shane Hensley currently serves as an independent business development consultant for both Cryptic Studios and Petroglyph Games, and spends most of his time as the founder and president of Pinnacle Entertainment Group, which is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary of publishing widely-acclaimed, best-selling tabletop games.

Stay in touch with Pinnacle Entertainment Group on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates on The Last Parsec:

About Pinnacle Entertainment Group

Pinnacle Entertainment Group was founded in 1994. It is best known for its Deadlands and Savage Worlds roleplaying game lines. They publish card, board, and roleplaying games, short fiction and novels, and have successfully licensed several of their creations to other game companies, publishers, comics, television, and movie studios.

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Pre-Purchase Dying Light 4-Pack on Steam & Invite Friends to Intense Co-Op Action

Pre-Purchase Dying Light 4-Pack on Steam & Invite Friends to Intense Co-Op Action

DYing LightAs of yesterday, Steam users can pre-purchase Techland’s upcoming open-world zombie action game Dying Light in a special 4-Pack bundle. At a price of three games, players receive four copies of Dying Light, one for them and three giftable extra copies for their friends. This promotion is a great way to delve into the world of Dying Light with a trusted team and get the most out of the game’s…

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VIZ Media’s Perfect Square Announces Special Voltron 30th Anniversary Commemorative Release

VIZ Media’s Perfect Square Announces Special Voltron 30th Anniversary Commemorative Release

Voltron-30thAnnvBook-3D-smVIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, takes readers on an exciting journey to explore the history and legacy of Voltron, the legendary giant robot anime series that marks the 30th Anniversary of its original North American broadcast premiere.

Voltron: From Days Of Long Ago, A 30th Anniversary Celebration examines the entire Voltronun…

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The GFT vs WL Mini-Series Closes on an Action-Packed Note

The GFT vs WL Mini-Series Closes on an Action-Packed Note

Grim Fairy Tales vs. Wonderland #4

Written by: Troy Brownfield
Illustrated by: Luca Claretti & Leonardo Paciarotti
Lettered by: Jim Campbell
Genre: Fantasy
Published by: Zenescope Entertainment
Availability: October 22

Synopsis: The Aces of Spades, a card soldier with the powers of a highborn, has returned to Wonderland to claim the realm in the name of The Horde and he is willing to go through…

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An Ancient Evil Awakens in Dark Shaman #1

An Ancient Evil Awakens in Dark Shaman #1

Dark Shaman #1

Written by: Erica Heflin
Illustrated by: Sean Hill (A) & Omi Remalante Jr. (C)
Lettered by: Jim Campbell
Genre: Horror
Published by: Zenescope Entertainment
Availability: October 22

Synopsis: Sela Mathers visits a Native American reservation where she is drawn to a mysterious tapestry that tells the story of an ancient evil and the present day connection to a woman descended from…

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The Weaponographist Announced for Steam

The Weaponographist Announced for Steam

heroGangsterFollowing the successful launch of Concursion, indie initiative Puuba and British publishing house Mastertronic announce they are joining forces again to bring the crazed, rogue-lite combat of The Weaponographist to your PC.

The Weaponographist is a high-speed, dangerous dungeon-crawler starring Doug McGrave; famous demon hunting bad boy for hire.Highest level, bestest gear, ruggedly handsome,…

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Noire_keyartIdea Factory International is excited to announce today that Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart, the very first strategy RPG in the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, will be coming to North America and Europe in early 2015! The game will be available in both retail and digital formats exclusively on the PlayStation Vita handheld entertainment system.

Story

Unlike previous Hyperdimension Neptunia games, Hyperdevotion Noire is not set within the world of Gamindustri, but instead within a similar, but separate, world known as “Gamarket.”

The CPUs of each of the four nations are locked in heated battle against one another for dominion over this world. Just as Noire is one step away from complete domination, the CPUs are suddenly robbed of their powers by an unknown force. Now in order to save the world from destruction, the four CPUs must unite Gamarket and defeat the onslaught!

Key Features for Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart

  • A Moe Army Awaits! You ain’t never seen the CPUs like this! Lead them in their first-ever foray into strategy RPG gameplay, taking on enemies in a whole new way. You’ll fight off hordes of enemies in turn-based strategy, dodging laser beams and flaming pits, and using dangerous environments against your enemy.
  • Link up with the “Lily System” The more often characters are in battle together, the higher their bond becomes. Activating the “Lily Boost” grants special stats and abilities, while “Lily Points” can be used to activate ultra-special moves and even goddess transformations. Don’t be shy to build up those battle relationships and seal it all with a kiss!
  • Check your Status! All kinds of funky things can happen in the heat of battle and characters can be hit with status ailments that are both boon and burden. You can get pixelated, zombie-fied, or even turned into a block of tofu! Some status changes come with their own benefit and cost, so keep this in mind during a fight.
  • Item Customization! You’ll get tons of replay value with so many ways to boost your gear’s stats! The more enemies you defeat, the more items you can get to customize your gear in whatever way you see fit. Let the great experiment begin!
  • Livin’ the Noire Life! Life’s not all about grid-based battles. Sometimes Noire just wants to relax at home, and with the “SimNoire” mode you’ll be able to do just that! Customize the place by buying furniture and accessories with in-game points, and make Noire feel like the goddess she is. She’ll also get to go out with friends and build up her social level!

Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart
Console: PlayStation Vita
Release date: Early 2015
Release format: Physical & PSN
Publisher: Idea Factory International
Genre: Strategy RPG
Player(s): 1
Voiceover options: Original Japanese/English voiceover
Language format: English subtitles
ESRB/PEGI/USK/AGCB: TBA

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Movic Officially Licensed Attack on Titan 3DM/ODM Gear

Movic Officially Licensed Attack on Titan 3DM/ODM Gear

Attack on TitanI am a huge fan of the anime series Attack on Titan (or Shingeki no Kyojin as it is originally known in Japan). The series is one of the best written, presented and animated anime series that I have ever seen and last year, when the series debuted, I listed it as my second favorite anime of 2013 – right behind Studio Ghibli’s Kaze Tachinu– for those very reasons. Since the series ended I think I…

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DoubleDamageIndependent developer, Double Damage Games, recently announced Rebel Galaxy. In this inaugural title from the recently formed studio, the player commands a powerful star cruiser and explores a massive, randomly generated galaxy full of mystery and danger.

“Since the announcement of our studio we’ve been hard at work building Rebel Galaxy, and we’re excited to finally unveil it,” said Travis Baldree, Co-Founder of Double Damage Games. “This has been a game we’ve wanted to make for a long time, and we look forward to sharing more details with players as development continues.”

Rebel Galaxyis an action-packed, swashbuckling space opera. You’ll battle pirates, explore anomalies, befriend aliens, scavenge battle wreckage, mine asteroids, and discover artifacts. Choose your path as a roguish do-gooder, crafty space-trader or power-hungry privateer – or maybe a little of each!  Buy larger and more powerful craft with your hard-earned credits, and outfit them with a variety of wicked weapons and defenses. Set in a galaxy of fantastic sights, and secrets to be found, Rebel Galaxy is above all a space epic of adventure, exploration, and combat.

Visit the website: Rebel-Galaxy.com

Follow us on Twitter: @RebelGalaxy

Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/RebelGalaxy

About Double Damage Games

Co-Founded in 2014 by Travis Baldree and Erich Schaefer, is an independent micro-studio headquartered in Seattle. Travis and Erich were both co-founders of Runic Games, as President and Chief Creative Officer, respectively. They departed in April of 2014 to found Double Damage. Rebel Galaxy is their first project. For more information, visit www.doubledamagegames.com.

Double Damage Games Announces Rebel Galaxy Independent developer, Double Damage Games, recently announced Rebel Galaxy. In this inaugural title from the recently formed studio, the player commands a powerful star cruiser and explores a massive, randomly generated galaxy full of mystery and danger.
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HoFScreenshot1043Hand of Fate, the Kickstarter-funded title from Defiant Development that seamlessly blends RPG, rogue-like and action-adventure elements with board and collectible card game features, will launch on Xbox One in January 2015 in addition to the previously announced PC and PlayStation 4 releases.

Gamers who download Hand of Fate on Steam Early Access will be able to play new content created by industry luminary David Goldfarb, of Battlefield and Payday fame, prior to the game’s official launch.  Goldfarb has designed original encounters, locations, items and a story which flesh out a hidden optional quest in Hand of Fate.

David Goldfarb’s side mission begins when players discover the corpse of a hunter — missing its shadow.  As the level progresses, more bodies without shadows pile up.  Players make their way to the Gorge of Beasts, where the bones of a great creature envelope the surrounding land in darkness.  From the gloom emerges a mythical monstrosity terrorizing the land, a creature that must be defeated.

“The feedback we have received from gamers playing on Steam Early Access has surpassed our wildest dreams,” said Morgan Jaffit, director, Defiant Development.  “We are working furiously to deliver the finished game for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC owners.”

The Early Access build of Hand of Fate is now available for PC, Mac and Linux on Steam at a discounted price of $25 USD.

Information about Hand of Fate can be found at DefiantDev.com/HandOfFate.

Defiant Development’s Hand of Fate Coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 Hand of Fate, the Kickstarter-funded title from Defiant Development that seamlessly blends RPG, rogue-like and action-adventure elements with board and collectible card game features, will launch on…
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Opening Cinematic at Golden Joystick Awards

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Opening Cinematic at Golden Joystick Awards

W3CD Projekt RED, the developer behind the critically acclaimed Witcher franchise of games, is gearing up to unveil the opening cinematic from the studio’s flagship open world RPG fantasy adventure–The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

On the 24th of October, 15:45 BST, tune in to the Golden Joystick Awards Ceremony and be among the first people on the planet to watch Geralt of Rivia following The Trail, in an…

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BOOM! Studios Announces Justin Jordan’s Deep State

BOOM! Studios Announces Justin Jordan’s Deep State

Deep State #1 Main Cover by Matt Taylor

Deep State #1 Main Cover by Matt Taylor

Everyone loves a good conspiracy theory. Whether you want to believe it or debunk it, stories of the faked moon landing, government-sanctioned assassinations, and brainwashing have been around for generations. This November, award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios asks: “What if those conspiracy theories were planted to cover up an even darker truth?”

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((Warning! Some material below may be NSFW!!! You have been warned.))

yuriAs a huge fan of both everything Japanese and the adult video industry, I have come to expect to see a lot from the Japanese AV (Adult Video) industry. I have seen almost grotesque scenes of bukkake (if you don’t know, don’t ask) to softcore scenes that wouldn’t even make it on late night Showtime or HBO and then you have the entirely “safe” gravure (modeling) genre. There is a huge and varied taste that the Japanese seem to have when it comes to their AVs and that usually means that no topic, however ridiculous, is off topic. That especially translates to three of my favorite fandoms in Japan – anime, video games and cosplay.

Over the years, I have seen hundreds and hundreds of AVs that feature (or rather parody) numerous anime and video games with AV Idols (actresses) dressed in some impressive cosplay outfits hoping to appeal to the fans of those series by bringing some potential fantasies to life. (Yeah, I know I am sounding like a huge perv right now, but if you know me in real life you know it is a part of who I am. Anyway…) I know some of you out there have wondered, “Hmm, I wonder if Cloud and Aerith ever got it on?” or “If another Street Fighter defeated Cammy, would they take advantage of her?” or some other weird fantasy. Well, maybe not those particular scenarios, but the fact that there are list out there naming fans favorite “video game vixens” or “anime heart breakers” shows that fans do sometimes fantasize about these characters.

Attack on Titan AV parody

Attack on Titan AV parody

That is where these AV programs come into play. Since it is highly unlikely any Regular Joe will be able to talk an incredibly hot cosplayer to appear in a sex video with them at any given time to relive that fantasy, these videos do the next best thing and present those and other scenarios to viewers for them to enjoy. And being that I am one of those fans, I have certainly enjoyed viewing and buying them over the past 18 years. Admittedly, it is a lot easier to buy them now as the internet has made international commerce a daily activity. Can you imagine, or do you remember, how hard it was to import items from Japan? How expensive it was? If you didn’t have a local hobby store with the right connections back in the day, it was expensive and nearly mind numbing. It was exhaustive! But I am getting off topic; I have been buying and viewing these AVs for a long time now. AVs based on Sailor Moon, Attack on Titan, Darkstalkers, Final Fantasy, Persona, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Evangelion… you name it, there was most likely an AV video based on it.

PAD Characters

Puzzle & Dragons

So you can imagine that I have come to expect almost anything to get an AV video treatment based on previous experiences. But what I saw yesterday really took me by surprise. I mean, I get taking characters from popular or cult video games… okay, there is a market for that – I get it. An NES game, a PS3 game, an Xbox game, a PC game, even an exciting mobile game… I’ve seen it all. Even with all that, never would I have expected the Japanese AV industry of making an AV video based on a puzzle game. Yep, you read that right – they have made an adult video based on a gem puzzle game. Now, given what game it looks like they took their “inspiration” from, I could see why they did it. Puzzle & Dragons (PAD) is one of the biggest mobile gaming successes out there. It’s a fun and addicting game that I enjoy playing on my free time. In Japan alone the game has been downloaded more than 30 million times since its release in 2012. At one point it had its developer GungHo Entertainment Online making as much money on PAD and its other games as Nintendo. That is quite an accomplishment.

So I can see why Studio 2.5 would want to make an AV based on PAD. Not only is the game hugely popular but there are certain monsters that you can collect that look rather, well, sexy. Succubus, Princess Valkyrie, Sakuya, Snow White… there are a ton of cards that feature some very beautiful characters. And fans have already posted some amazing (and risqué) images of them all over the internet. To be perfectly honest, there are some downright sexy pornographic images of the characters out there. Just looking at some of the omake (bonus) and fan art that is out there by various artist showcases the point I was trying to make up there – that fans have and will fantasize about these and other characters. And Studio 2.5 is just delivering the goods to a fan base that clearly wants to see what they do.

Can you imagine what that production meeting went like?

Producer: So we need to make a new film. What can we make it about?
Writer #1: Well, we could make it about that new MMO game.
Producer: Nah, we’ve done that already.
Writer #2: What about that new horror anime…
Producer: Nah, we do those all the time.
Writer #1: What about that mobile game?
Producer: I’m listening…
Writer #2: Oh yeah, that puzzle gaming one?
Writer #1: Yeah, that one!
Producer: A puzzle game? Are you kidding…
Director: That sounds crazy. But I can make it work.
Producer: Well, okay then.

Yeah, I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for that meeting.

MAP CoverWhich leads me back to Magic & Puzzle: Valkyrie Angel (MAP), the AV that Studio 2.5 made for fans of PAD. Though I can understand why the studio did this, it just surprises me that they would make a video based on a mobile puzzle game. Maybe there has been one made before, I don’t know – I haven’t seen one, but it is still surprising nonetheless. I could see a game based on Valkyrie Crusade or Rage of Bahamut or even Ayakashi: Ghost Guild, but a puzzle game, even one as popular as PAD… yeah, wow; I never saw that coming. (No pun intended.)

MAP stars AV Idol Tomoda Ayaka and was released in Japan on September 25 of this year. Honestly speaking, considering what this video is and what it consist of, I have to say that it looks pretty good. Even compared to western pornographic films, even ones with production values like those of Pirates, MAP looks incredibly good. Take a look at a scene from the film below to see what I am talking about. Don’t worry; I made sure it was a “clean” sample as to not upset anyone on here.

Honestly speaking, it looks about as good as a recent version of the Power Rangers series with the graphics and practical monster special effects. I know most of you will never watch an AV film, but I am telling you, this is not that bad. As far as the acting and the story… well, that is where this film has a lot in common with its western counterparts. There is a lot to be desired when it comes to those two aspects of an AV film. But who am I kidding? People aren’t exactly watching porn, no matter what side of the Pacific you are on, for the story and acting. Sure, sometimes you get a good story or somewhat decent acting, though even more rare together, but no one will ever say that Maria Ozawa or Jessie Jane will ever win any kind of acting award. Still, for what it is, MAP is a decent parody/substitute for PAD that fans who want to watch it will appreciate. I am just surprised that out of everything you could make an AV film from, a mobile puzzle game is what Studio 2.5 went with.

And just in case you were still wondering what “bukkake” means:

Bukkake: a sexual fetish act that involves multiple men ejaculating on one female repeatedly.

Now you know. But you wish you hadn’t asked, huh?

A New Japanese Idol AV Based on… a Puzzle Game? ((Warning! Some material below may be NSFW!!! You have been warned.)) As a huge fan of both everything Japanese and the adult video industry, I have come to expect to see a lot from the…
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VIZ Media Unleashes Terrifying Resident Evil Manga Series

VIZ Media Unleashes Terrifying Resident Evil Manga Series

image010VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, gives gamers and action fans a special FREE sneak preview of its forthcoming Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire manga (graphic novel) series as part of the company’s participation in 2014 Halloween ComicFest.

The terrifying 5-volume apocalyptic action thriller was created by Naoki Serizawaand…

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Persona Q Premium Edition and Limited Standard Edition Final Retail Mockups

Persona Q Premium Edition and Limited Standard Edition Final Retail Mockups

CONii3DScvrWe’re getting closer to Persona Q’s launch date on November 25, and we can now share the finalized mock-ups for both the Premium Edition, and the Limited Standard Edition. Details on the contents of each version are below (and unchanged), but these are the final designs going in to production! Remember: both these versions have finite quantities, limited to pre-orders and the first print run.

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