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After a successful trip across the Atlantic, the Indie Megabooth is coming back to North America with a massive PAX Prime 2014 installation. But before I begin this news article, I’d like to congratulate Warp Zoned’s Nicole Kline and Anthony Amato, who will be sitting in with this iteration of the Indie Megabooth with their card game, Resistor.
But if you’re looking for some video games, there are plenty of great titles on display. All told, 78 games will be available within the confines of the Indie Megabooth… 58 featured games and 20 more as part of the Minibooth. Some of this year’s heavy hitters include a new game from Team Meat (A Voyeur For September), the next game from the Threes guys (Close Castles), the intriguing Oculus title Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, and N++ (a game which needs no introduction). Over in the Minibooth, you’ll three of our favorites from PAX East 2014: Max Gentlemen, Catlateral Damage, and Tetropolis.
The Zelda-themed board will include your favorite Hyrulian hotspots including the Temple of Time and Hyrule Castle. Elsewhere on the board, Community Chest cards have been renamed Treasure Chest cards, while Chance cards are now Empty Bottle cards. And yes, the Spirit Train is one of the Railroads (as is Epona, for some reason) and you better believe that dollars have become Rupees. The Triforce is the token that everyone will surely fight over, as the rest of the players will get to choose from the Bow, Hookshot, Boomerang, and Shield.
The board game will be available through retailers beginning on September 15, but GameStop will carry an exclusive Collector’s Edition that includes extra goodies. These exclusive items include an Ocarina of Time token, a Hyrule Map Lithograph, and six “Power Cards” (Goddess Harp, Wind Walker, Minish Cap, Spirit Flute, Phantom Hourglass, and Ocarina of Time) that can affect the game in some mysterious way.
Monopoly: The Legend of Zelda Edition will be priced at $39.99.
PAX East 2014 was a different type of show than in years past. Some big publishers, such as Nintendo, skipped the show completely, while others, like Microsoft, only brought a handful of unreleased games. This shift in the show floor allowed the indies to take center stage, and the majority of our PAX East 2014 PAXpocalypse List reflects this year’s status quo. But that’s not to say the big publishers skipped PAX East 2014 altogether. Towering displays from 2K, Bethesda, and Ubisoft dominated the exhibition hall map, and we definitely had some fun with a few games that will demand your time during this Summer and Fall.
So if we were cut off from the outside and trapped within the walls of PAX East 2014, which games would we return to over and over again? Well… (more…)
Over the years, the Indie Megabooth has become one of the busiest spots at PAX East and PAX Prime and the 2014 East show is no exception. Organizers behind the Indie Megabooth have announced that 76 games will be permanently installed in the booth with another 28 titles rotating in-and-out of a special “Minibooth” within the Indie Megabooth over the course of the convention’s three days. For the first time, tabletop games will get a chance to shine in the Indie Megabooth. Sponsored by Cards Against Humanity, this selection of tabletop games includes bluffing game These French Fries Are Terrible Hot Dogs, party game Funemployed, and six others.
Other highlights in this year’s Megabooth include Duet, a hypnotic mobile puzzler; Delver’s Drop, everyone’s favorite indie answer to the Zelda franchise; Hyper Light Drifter, everyone’s other favorite indie answer to the Zelda franchise; Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Answer, a sequel to the ultraviolent overhead shooter; and Secret Ponchos, an arena shooter that was one of our favorite games from PAX East 2013. Of course, with 104 total titles, this list of highlights is just scratching the surface of what’s available within the Indie Megabooth.
A complete list of titles that will be playable within the Indie Megabooth at PAX East 2014 can be found after the break. And more information about all of them is available at the organization’s official website. (more…)
Welcome to the world premiere of Warp Zoned’s “Continue Countdown.” In each 30-minute episode, the Warp Zoned staff will discuss nine news stories from the week that was.
Get your quarters ready because in this episode Editor-In-Chief John Scalzo, Senior Editor Nicole Kline, and Staff Writer Mike Ryan talk about Sony’s “Project Morpheus” headset, the movie adaptation of The Last of Us, DriveClub’s delay, our expectations for Alien: Isolation, Gone Home’s console port, the epicness quotient of Angry Birds Epic, South Park: The Stick of Truth and the future of the licensed game, used games at Walmart, and our suggestions for the Official Scrabble Dictionary.
Arguments over what counts as a legal Scrabble are a time-honored tradition in many households. While the rules officially forbid “slang,” those non-standard words are only removed from the board if they’re not found in the Official Dictionary after a challenge. But who among us hasn’t had the urge to throw down a well-known slang word like “ZEN”? Now, you might finally get a chance to without having to bluff your way through it.
Hasbro is updating the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary for the first time since 2005 and they are seeking suggestions from the Internet-at-large. After gathering all the suggestions, Hasbro will pit the 16 best choices against each other in the Scrabble Word Showdown bracket. The last word standing will make it into the dictionary (along with thousands of other words chosen by Hasbro). To make a suggestion, just visit the company’s official Facebook page from now until March 28 and nominate your favorite slang word for a promotion to the big time. The Scrabble Word Showdown begins on April 2.
One word can change everything. We’re updating the Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online Official Scrabble Players Dictionary for the first time in 9 years with the #ScrabbleWordShowdown!
And in case you were wondering… “KWYJIBO,” “CROMULENT,” and “EMBIGGEN” have all already been suggested.
Cryptozoic Entertainment has just announced their product preview for 2014, which included a board game based on the beloved Portal franchise. The best part is that the “custom playing pieces include test subjects, sentry turret, weighted companion cube, and delicious cake.” The tagline even says it comes with cake, and that it isn’t a lie. How exciting!
The final name is not yet determined, but the tentative name is “Portal: Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game.” Also, the good news is that it was “designed by the creators of Portal and Portal 2,” which means it should at least be close to the humor we know and love from the series.
The Portal board game has a tentative release date of Q3 2014. It will be for two to four players, and will cost $50.
While players await news of where the next installment in the Assassin’s Creed series will be set, Ubisoft has decided to escape the Animus and bring the franchise into the real world. The studio has entered a partnership with Cryptozoic Entertainment, the company behind board games based on The Walking Dead and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, to create Assassin’s Creed: Arena. It is described as “a strategic game of cat-and-mouse that pits 2-4 players against each other in a race for kills,” where players assassinate targets, or other players, to collect Victory Points. Set in Constantinople during the same time period as Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, players can chose various characters including Shahkulu (the Renegade), Odai Dunqas (the Guardian), Oksana Razin (the Vanguard), and Anacletos (the Gladiator).
While there are a lot of rules, Ubisoft believes that those less familiar with board games will still be able to pick it up pretty quickly, and that they’ll soon be assassinating and battling with other players in cardboard form.
Assassin’s Creed: Arena is set to be released in North America on February 26 for $50.