vrijdag, maart 30, 2007

Stargate Online Trading Card Game (TCG)


Stargate Online Trading Card Game (TCG) Fact Sheet


Launching simultaneously in both digital and tabletop versions, the Stargate Trading Card Game is based on the popular science-fiction television series. The debut set, Stargate SG-1, features robust organized play support and a physical redemption program called "Through the Gate," where players collect a full set of a particular expansion of digital cards and will in turn redeem that digital set for a set of corresponding physical cards.

The Stargate TCG immerses players in the vibrant Stargate universe as they assemble their favorite SG characters into teams and send them on missions throughout the galaxy. Breakthrough gameplay allows characters to "learn" from their successes and enhance their abilities as the game progresses. With three unique ways to win and nearly 300 cards in the initial set, players have an endless supply of strategies available as they take on alternating roles of both heroes and villains of the Stargate television series.


Each 60-card starter deck includes four team character cards based on the main heroes of the show, such as scientists Samantha Carter and Daniel Jackson, AirForce officer Jack O'Neill, and the alien warrior Teal'c. Each 11-card booster pack contains additional characters, in-game obstacles, new adversaries, and gear for your squad.
* The premiere set, SG-1, features four different 60-card starter decks to choose from featuring: Jack O'Neill, Samantha Carter, Teal'c, and Daniel Jackson with foiled team character cards.
* 11-card booster packs contain additional characters, obstacles, adversaries and gear
* Beautifully detailed cards feature hundreds of high-quality images from Stargate SG-1
* Upcoming releases will add to the depth of SG-1 and incorporate Stargate Atlantis for endless strategic combinations
* Managing your collection of cards is quick and easy with the online deck builder and card management systems
* Shuffling, card handling and game rules are managed automatically, leaving players free to focus on gameplay
* Players can compete in online tournaments and leagues, with rewards of free cards and increased player rankings in worldwide standings.

Public beta testing started: march 21st 2007

Expected release: april 18th 2007

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donderdag, maart 29, 2007

Massive Assault Network 2 Demo


Wargaming.net, Inc. announces the refined Demo version release of its turn-based strategy game Massive Assault Network 2 ( MAN 2).

The Demo can be downloaded at:
The FilePlanet Mirror is:

MAN2 is an online strategy game featuring sci-fi conflicts on distant planets. The game is based on the legendary Massive Assault series from which it inherits original "Secret Allies" concept, streamlined turn-based gameplay, perfectly-balanced units, state-of-the art interface and endless replayability.The new Demo version is extremely refined and provides a quantity of new features and enhancements aiming to make the process of gaming more addictive. It introduces the new rating system, which is totally different from the previous one and tends to bring marvelous experience to each gamer. Besides, the Demo version is performance-optimized and simplifies the process of registration. In addition, the new Demo presents the Mentoring system that stimulates newbies to learn battle tactics from the strongest players of MAN 2 universe.

"The development team has been working around the clock to deliver something gamers have never experienced before," said Victor Kislyi, CEO and creative director, Wargaming.net, Inc. "Massive Assault Network 2 is truly the next generation of PC gaming in turn-based strategy genre, and I'm excited to present this highly anticipated masterpiece to the fans."

Other MAN2 Features:
* Revolutionary turn-based gameplay
* Fascinating 3D engine with slow-mo camera
* "Fancy Camera" to capture the most dramatic moments
* Simple system of opponent's selection (match-making)
* Innovative "online play mode" offers streamlined gaming experience: opponents will both stay in the game, watching each other actions in real-time.
* A.I. opponents for training (Emily and Kate) These nice female tutors are always ready for online battle with players on any of 21 planets thus offering all newbies effective training.
* 25 beautiful planets of extraterrestrial environment
* 42 units of incredible power
* State-of-the-art unit and terrain graphics revolutionary

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vrijdag, maart 23, 2007

Trolls-et-Legendes ( 7 + 8 april)



De affiche van Trolls-et-Legendes in Mons wordt steeds indrukwekkender.
Deze 2e editie van de Paasfantasyconventie (7+8 april) had al een leuke line-up qua RPG/wargame-activiteiten dankzij de presentatie van Asmodée zijn Helldorado en de Rackham Open. Uiteraard zullen ook andere gamepublishers, -winkels en -clubs hun opwachting maken en verwachten we een grote aanwezigheid op het gebied van Larpers, maar de conventie wordt nu nog wijder opengetrokken.

Eregast is de Tolkienillustrator Alan Lee.
Er komen projecties van kortfilms & een berg anime.
Stripauteurs komen signeren. Enkele namen: Bosse, Brazao, Darasse, Dubois, Dupré, Fourquemin, Genêt, Hausman, Swolfs, Tasiaux, Verhaeghe,...
Romanschrijvers zullen hun werk presenteren. Fantasy-Horror-SF-auteurs uit België, Frankrijk en the Uk met ondermeer: Stan Nicholls, Veronique Bacci, Rose Beryl, Sire Cédric, Michel Rozenberg,...
In hun kielzog trekken kleine uitgevers en fanzines hun boekenstands op. Waaronder: Colexia, Faiseurs Editions, Beez, Noir Dessin, Eons, Nuit d'Avril, Iceberg, 5e Saison, Tremplin,...
Animaties worden verzorgd door Poudwavre, Fredini, El Triczines. Bovendien is er een verkleedwedstrijd en een feeënmarkt.
Op zaterdag zijn er concerten van Corvus Corax, Naheulbeuk, The moon & the nightspirit, Les légendes du temps. Op zondag beleef je liveconcerten van Urban Trad, Omnia, Faun en Soysoy.
Dan zijn er nog tentoonstellingen met werken van: Michel Borderie, Krystal Camprobi, Helganen, Jérôme Cervera, Martine Frassier, Valérie Frances, Laurence Peguy, Agnes Toth, Fabiola Irina Vargas.

Bezoekers zullen ogen te kort komen, zeker omdat iedereen wordt aangemoedigd om gekostumeerd rond te lopen (cosplay, larp, just for fun).
Jammer dat alles nu nog heel hard op de Franstalige (en zelfs de Franse) markt is gericht ipv een tweetalige Belgische conventie te willen zijn, want met een affiche als deze is er heel veel potentieel om ook de Vlaamse (en zelfs Nederlandse) fatasyfans te bekoren. We kijken de toekomst voor deze conventie hoopvol tegemoet.

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donderdag, maart 22, 2007

Hordes - Cyclops Brute


Skorne rely upon Cyclops Brutes to hold the flanks of formations or stand vigil over tyrants. These creatures' tenacious and vicious nature makes them singularly responsive to training. Armed with towering shields and massive pole arms, Brutes constitute a virtually insurmountable threat on the battlefield. Their unique vision focuses on evading blows, and they can extend this power to those they ward.


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AT-43 - First Hekat Golgoth encounter...


Sergeant, an unidentified object is heading towards us at high speed!


Give me details!


Its mass is equivalent to a type 1 frame, but it is a lot faster. If it maintains its speed, we can estimate that it will make contact with our rearguard in 75 seconds.


Call them. And get me a visual!


Sergeant, its speed has increased! I´ve got radio contact with the rearguard, sir: An unidentified golgoth has collided with our flank and sliced our TacArm unit! It is plowing through our ranks and homing on us.

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woensdag, maart 21, 2007

Japanimation Day


Op paasmaandag 9 april zal Aztek-TV aanwezig zijn op de manga market van Japanimation Day in het kader van het 25e Bifff (Tour & Taxis, Brussel).


We zullen er niet enkel de aanwezige cosplayers op foto zetten, maar brengen hele getalenteerde kunstenaars mee die hun doujinshi-kunsten zullen botvieren. Ore-Sama zal uiteraard van de partij zijn, maar we hopen eveneens jonge talenten zoals Rogue-Chan, Nayoh, Lisu-Chan, Mikie en [M]ortal [K]ombat te mogen verwelkomen zodat ze jullie met hun art kunnen overweldigen. Hun prachtige inzendingen voor de Aztek-TV tekenwedstrijd zijn nog steeds te bewonderen in de galerij.


Naast de manga market (vanaf 10u), de cosplaywedstrijd om 15u en de vele anime (de ganse namiddag), kan er vanaf 22u in de concertzaal ook genoten worden van: The Shabu-Shabu Sound System with [Very] Mash'ta vs The Aktivist (Live)Visuals by .joug Happening by Shimura Mitsiko + Nabemono Electro Bento Party by DJ Miyu


Inschrijven voor de cosplaywedstrijd kan nog tem 4 april via de website van het 25e Brusselse Festival van de Fantastische Film, of met de formulieren in de post hier onder met het volledige Bifff-programma. Vergeet op de dag zelf niet om je aanwezigheid voor 14u te bevestigen! Cosplays van films, series, Japanim, videogames, Jpop/rock, goth zijn allemaal toegelaten.
Let op voor de foto!

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vrijdag, maart 16, 2007

Resultaten Aztek-TV tekenwedstrijd


Jullie stemmen zijn geteld.

Waar de plaatsen 1 en 2 snel duidelijk waren, bezorgde de 3e plaats ons heel veel hoofdpijn. Maar liefst 4 tekeningen kregen precies evenveel punten.
De redactie besloot om na te kijken hoeveel personen een stem hadden uitgebracht voor elke tekening. De uiteindelijke laureaat kreeg 166 voorkeurstemmen achter zijn naam, net iets meer dan de anderen.

Miss Aztek-TV 2007 is geworden:
nr. 13 Battle Rituals door Lacus

De eredames zijn geworden:
nr. 20 Azteekse krijgster door Syllie
nr. 22 Jaguar warrior door Kocas

Proficiat! Zij krijgen hun geschenkpakketten van
Siemens Mobile en Dutch Filmworks spoedig thuisgestuurd.

Gelukkig zijn er enkel winnaars bij
Aztek-TV ! Alle andere kunstenaars worden voor hun prachtige werken beloond met ofwel een DVD van Dutch Filmworks, of een jaarabonnement op Aniway-magazine. We waren werkelijk verbaasd door de hoge kwaliteit van de ingezonden tekeningen en willen iedereen dan ook hartelijk bedanken en feliciteren. Dit heeft ons echt zin gegeven om nieuwe wedstrijden te organiseren... houd de wedstrijdpagina in het oog!

De prijzen die voorzien zijn voor de stemmers worden dit weekend door een onschuldige kinderhand verdeeld. 5 DVD's van
Dutch Filmworks en 5 VIP-tickets voor ChibiCon (inclusief het gehandtekende manga-album My 6th Sense van Ore-Sama) krijgen heel snel een nieuwe eigenaar.
Iedereen kan de werken uiteraard nog een keer bekijken in de Aztek-TV galerij... ons eigen virtuele Aztekenmuseum.

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donderdag, maart 15, 2007

Belgian Rackham Open 2007


Tijdens Trolls-et-Legendes, het grote paasfeest voor de fantasyliefhebber in Mons, zal Rackham ism de Belgische Conf-Federatie en de Belgian Dogs of War een volledige showcase geven van al haar producten. Toernooien, demonstraties, initiaties, een schilderwedstrijd en ontmoetingen met de bedenkers & miniaturenmakers staan op het programma.

Iedereen die gek is van Confrontation, Ragnarok, Hybrid, Cadwallon en AT-43, of er eens vrijblijvend meer over wil weten kan op 7 of 8 april best even afzakken naar de hoofdstad van Henegouwen.
(Bekijk ook de Aztek-TV video's over AT-43)

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woensdag, maart 14, 2007

The Glamorous Life Of Sachiko Hanai (Pinku Eigi op Bifff 2007)



The Glamorous Life Of Sachiko Hanai (2005)

Directed by: Mitsuru Meike
Sachiko Hanai works in a sexual role-play club, her speciality being the lusty private home tutor. One day, she inadvertently stumbles into a coffee shop where some suspicious-looking dealings are taking place between a North Korean and a Middle Eastern-looking man. Suddenly the North Korean draws a pistol and Sachiko is hit in the centre of her forehead. Remarkably, she gets up and wanders out into the street, not noticing the clerk put a strange metal canister into Sachiko’s bag. When she pushes the hole in her head, her mind is filled with strange visions. In an instant, Sachiko becomes able to understand foreign languages and to solve complex mathematic formulas. Meanwhile, the North Koreans are in search of the metal canister. It contains a replica of George Bush’s finger, which is capable of unleashing a devastating nuclear apocalypse. The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai, an outrageously eccentric Japanese “Pinku”, could rightly be called surreal softcore sexploitation cinema with a difference. Written by Takao Nakano, the director of the ExorSister film series and starring cult icon Kei Mizutani (Weather Woman), sex and politics have never been such close bed buddies. See Sachiko getting horny whenever names of philosophers such as Noan Chomsky is mentioned. Or watch the scene where she’s writhing around on a rooftop while a TV broadcasts footage of a war ridden Iraq is intermingled with a speech where the president literally gives Sachiko the finger and boasts how great his “Bush Technique” is. This is a curious and strange piece of cult sex-propaganda.
Mitsuru Meike (°1969) dropped out of college to get involved in the movies. His first Pinku, A Nurse’s Diary, was awarded with the prize of Pink Film Director Of The Year. So far, he has made 8 Pinku’s.
Country: Japan
Cast: Emi Kuroda, Takeshi Ito, Yukijiro Hotaru, Kyoko Hayami , Tetsuaki Matsue, Youta Kawase, Kanae Mizuhara
Screenplay: Takao Nakano
Producer: Nakahito Kinugawa, Kazuto Morita & Kyoichi Masuko
Executive producer: Daisuke Asakura
Editing: Naoki Kaneko
Music: Taro Kishioka
Photography: Hiroshi Ito
Running time: 90 min.

Screenings during the 25th Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Films:
- Thursday, 05 Apr 2007, 22:30 at Cinema Nova
- Monday, 09 Apr 2007, 22:30 at Cinema Nova

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zondag, maart 11, 2007

Programma-overzicht BIFFF 2007


Programma 25e Brussels Internationaal Festival van de Fantastische Film

TOUR & TAXIS
Iedere dag van 17u tem 03u gratis shuttledienst tussenT&T, Rogierplaats (Metro + Parking + Hotel Thon), Brouckère (metro + parking), Beurs (metro+ Hotel Marriott + parking), Noordstation

Donderdag 5 april
20u Openingsspektakel Blue Art /Patricio Lagos
20u30 SUNSHINE (regie Danny Boyle, zijn 1e SF-film)

Vrijdag 6 april
15u Festiv’ART 2007 vernissage
16u SPECIAL – Michael Rapaport, an ordinary psychotic superhero (regie H.Haberman).
18u NOS AMIS LES TERRIENS – Ils nous observent (regie Bernard Werber)
20u THE HOST (reg.Joon-Ho Bong)
22u PLANE DEAD – Fly the deadly skies (reg. Scott Thomas)
24u DOG BITE DOG (reg. P-S. Cheang)

Zaterdag 7 april
13u 20e Internationale Bodypainting contest (defilé om 16u)
14u LIKE MINDS (reg. Gregory J.Read)
16u EXIT (reg. Peter Lindemark)
18u LA SCONOSCIUTA (reg. Giuseppe Tormatore)
20u THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2 (remake door Martin Weisz)
22u GRUESOME (reg. J&J Crook)
24u The Night of the Beasts (4 films)
- PRIMEVAL (reg. M.Kattleman)
- MULBERRY STR. (reg. Jim Mickle)
- KAW (reg. Sheldon Wilson)
- VAMPIRE COP RICKY (reg. S-M.Lee)

Zondag 8 april
10u SciFi & Fantasy Market (tot 20u)
11u MUG TRAVEL
14u TRIPPING (reg. Yiwen Chen)
16u THE ENTRANCE (reg. Damon Vignale)
18u MARMORERA (reg. MarkusFisher)
20u THE MESSENGERS (reg. Danny & Oxide Pang)
22u THE INVISIBLE (reg. David S.Goyer)
24u SIMON SAYS (reg. William Dear)

Maandag 9 april
10u Manga Market ( tot 20u)
11u SHREK
13u Japanimation Day (meer uitleg over de films in de
Aztek-TV galerij/review)
- 13u Animated series PALE COCOON, GUN SWORD, JIGOKU SHOJO, REQUIEM
- 15u Cosplay contest (Schrijf je in voor 4/4 solo / groep en bevestig ter plaatse voor 14u je deelname!)
- 16u THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME (reg. Mamoru Hosoda)
- 18u MUSHISHI (reg. Katsushiro Otomo)
20u DRAGON TIGER GATE (reg. Wilson Yp)
22u AASHI & SSIPAK ( reg. Beom-Jin Jo)
24u APT (reg. Byung-Ki Ahn)

Dinsdag 10 april
14u Turkish delight
- 14u D@BBE (reg.Hasan Karacadag)
- 16u GOMEDA (reg. Tan Tolga Demirci)
- 18u SHATTERED SOUL (reg. Mustafa Altioklar)
20u JADE WARIOR (reg. Antti-jussi Annila)
22u RE-CYCLE (reg. Danny &OxidePang)
24u UNHOLY WOMEN (reg. Amemiya, Suzuki & Toyoshima)

Woensdag 11 april
13u30 ANANDABHADRAM (Bollywood special door Santhosh Sivan)
16u DEATH NOTE (reg. Shusuke Kaneko)
18u THE ABANDONED ( reg. Nacho Cerda)
20u FERRYMAN – Everybody pays (reg. Chris Graham)
22u IN THE NAME OF THE KING – A Dungeon Siege tale (reg. Uwe Boll)
24u END OF THE LINE (reg.Maurice Deveraux)

Donderdag 12 april
14u THE MACHINE – Love is the fuel (reg. Joaõ Falcão)
16u DEATH NOTE 2 – THE LAST NAME (reg. Shusuke Kaneko)
18u DEAD IN 3 DAYS (reg. A.Prochaska)
20u UNKNOWN (reg. Simon Brand)
22u LA HORA FRIA – The dark hour (reg. Elio Quiroga)
24u BROKEN (reg. Simon Boyes & Adam Mason)

Vrijdag 13 april
09u 3rd Belgian Film day
- 09u Colloquium: Tax shelter
- 13u 12 Belgische fantastische kortfilms
- 16u 12e Workshop met 3 kortfilms olv. Anders Ronnow Klarlund
18u THE KOVAK BOX ( reg. Daniel Monzon)
20u DAYWATCH ( vervolg op Nichtwatch door Timur Bekmambetov)
22u THE RETURN (reg. Asif Kasadia)
22u Bal des Vampires ( tot 07u)
24u POULTRYGEIST – NIGHT OF THE CHICKEN DEAD (Troma-film door Lloyd Kaufman)

Zaterdag 14 april
11u International Short Film Competition (18 kortfilms)
16u ESPECTRO (reg. Juan F.Orozco)
18u UGLY SWANS ( reg.K.Lopushansky)
20u HOT FUZZ (reg. Edgar Wright)
22u NIGHTMARE DETECTIVE (reg. S.Tsukamoto)
24u Masters of Horror II
- PELTS (reg. Dario Argento)
- RIGHT TO DIE (reg. Rob Schmidt)
- PRO-LIFE (reg. John Carpenter)
- FAMILY (reg. John Landis)
- THE SCREWFLY SOLUTION (reg. JoeDante)
- SOUNDS LIKE (reg. Brad Anderson)

Zondag 15 april
10u Sci-Fi Channel showcase (episodes uit Battlestar Galactica & Les Décalés du cosmos)
10u Star Wars 30th Anniversary Convention ( tot 20u)
14u Masters of Science Fiction
- THE DISCARDED (reg . Jonathan Frakes)
- JERRY WAS A MAN (reg. Michael Tolkin)
- THE AWAKENING (reg. Michael Petroni)
- A CLEAN ESCAPE (reg. Mark Rydell)
18u THE SWORDBEARER (reg. Philip Yankovsky)
20u RESTLESS (reg. Cho Dong-Oh)
22u SILK (reg. Chao-Pin Su)
24u THE UNSEEABLE (reg. W.Sasanatieng)

Maandag 16 april
18u 13e defile insolite met thema Antigone
20u BLACK SHEEP – In New Zealand and they’re pissed off (reg. Jonathan King)
22u THE UNGODLY (reg. Thomas Dunn)
24u SHADOW PUPPETS (reg. Michael Winnick)

Dinsdag 17 april
18u D-DAY (reg. Eun Kyung Kim)
20u Palmares & closing gala
20u30 DISTURBIA (reg. DJ.caruso)


Dagelijks eveneens minstens 3 films in cinema Nova
Ondermeer: Lunacy, The glamourous life of Sashiko Hanai (22u30 op 5 en 9 april), Return of the killer tomatoes (gevolgd door een wortelconcert: Music for Rabbits op 6 april), Matango, Wicked flowers, Le dernier Homme, Roman, Retribution, ID, Howto get rid of others, 1-2-3 timeout, Maniac (13 april), I spit on your grave (13 april), Brand upon the brain, Sogo Ishii Panic in high School ( 13 april), Electric Dragon, Offscreen, The 4th dimension, the Butcher boy

Expo’s in Tour & Taxis (gratis entrée)
- Guy Lemaire
- Patrice Hubert
- Installation 13
- Dany – Sur les traces de Dracula Transylvania
- Olivier de Sagazan
- Brux’Hell / ApocalypticArt (Galery d’Enfer, Arkel Body Art Gallery, Musée d’Art Fantastique)

Music Room (start telkens om 22u)
5 april: Opening party with DJ LeSaint
6 april: Troisseur ft David B. (Front 242), Millenniums, Two important for backstage ft Buscemi & DJ Svn
7 april: The Neon Judgement 25th anniversary Live concert, Luc Van Acker ft. Revco, Foochow, Maxim Heiser, HosmOz, Distreality
8 april: Secret agent men, the 5 aces, DJ Gill Ewing & Mademoiselle Jean
10 april: DJ Guldentops, Sifaka, True City, Guy O
11 april: Brux Hell Rock ‘n Roll night
12 april: P@rtly live ft GoDeviLLe
13 april: Bal des Vampires
14 april: DJ Karel, playmoboy, Down Jones
15 april: Skao, Mumrah, Skarbone 14, DJ’s Flying platane
16 april: Siletn screeing, Kabaret int’l Fantastique
17 april: Closing party met DJ The Lounge Bastard

Ticketprijzen:
- Toegang tot de Tour & Taxis site ( expo, market, cosplay wedstrijd, bars, resto, meet & greet, Belgian Film Day…) is gratis
- In voorverkoop zijn filmtickets 0€50 goedkoper
- Openings/sluitingsfilm + spektakel: 12€
- Voorstelling van 20u/22u: 7€50
- Voorstelling van 12u/14u/16u/18u/24u: 5€
- Special Japanimation (series + films): 10€
- Défilé insolite: 7€
- Bodypainting contest: 2€
- Bal des Vampires: 15€ (12€50 in voorverkoop)
- Music room: 6€ (of 3€ voor filmtickethouders)
- Filmnight + ontbijt: 19€


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maandag, maart 05, 2007

In memoriam Yvan Delporte


Vandaag is de Belgische stripmaker Yvan Delporte overleden.

Hij is het beste bekend als rechterhand van Franquin en hoofdredacteur van Spirou/Robbedoes-magazine tussen 1956 en 1968. Maar deze creatieve duizendpoot verzon ook zelf grappen voor bekende reeksen als Bollie en Billie, De Smurfen en Guust Flater. Alhoewel een minder bekende naam is deze non-conformist verantwoordelijk voor verschillende grote (r)evoluties op stripgebied tijdens de jaren '60 en velen kregen van hem hun eerste kansen.

Een gigant van zijn generatie is heen gegaan.


Karikatuur van Yvan Delporte (c) door Franquin

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Ankama Games MMORPG: Wakfu!


In the continuity of the DOFUS phenomenon, Ankama Games presents the very first pictures and details of its next massively multiplayer video game on the website: www.wakfu.com.

Ankama Games became internationally renowned thanks to its main title DOFUS that now counts more than 3 million players worldwide. Within three years, this massively multiplayer video game won prize after prize in the United States and in France, and has been the inspiration for mangas (5 volumes) and artbooks (2 volumes).

After such a success, Ankama Games starts a new project: Wakfu. This game will be sitting right next to DOFUS on the Tactical MMORPG line.

The presentation website of this new game has been launched on Monday 26 February, 2007. New contents will regularly added to it, as the project progresses.

Wakfu is currently being produced. Ankama Games relies on its unique know-how to design and produce a quality title that will meet all the requirements of a vast community of players. Wakfu will be distributed in Europe, Northern America, and Asia as well as in other parts of the world requiring its translation (from French) in English, German, Spanish, Korean and Chinese.

The story of Wakfu takes place a long time after that of DOFUS. An ogre named Ogrest gathered all the six Dofus and gained boundless powers. The ogre offered his beloved the dragon eggs. But she turned down the present though worthy of the gods themselves, and Ogrest started shedding tears of rage and pique. The tears of the ogre made the ocean level increase so much that parts of the World are now submerged to the inhabitants' great displeasure. Now gods and heroes of the World are starting a new adventure before reaching Ogrest and confront him in an ultimate fight!

Bright graphics and a fantasy universe are also part of this project even though the Ankama Games team will be adding many innovations to the tactical gameplay it's famous for!The very first trailer of Wakfu, half way between cartoon animation and game demo, can be viewed on the official website. It gives an idea of the interactive environment in which players will evolve. In Wakfu, the player will discover a vast world inhabited by all sorts of surprising creatures. Game servers will be able to host up to 25,000 players simultaneously.

The first closed beta-tests of Wakfu will start sometime during 2007. The recruiting campaign for the beta-testers will be launched within the next days.

Wakfu's Official website: www.wakfu.com

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Albertaceratops Nesmoi



CLEVELAND (USA)

A new dinosaur species was a plant-eater with yard-long horns over itseyebrows, suggesting an evolutionary middle step between older dinosaurs with evenlarger horns and the small-horned creatures that followed, experts said.


The dinosaur's horns, thick as a human arm, are like those of triceratops — which came 10 million years later. However, this animal belonged to a subfamily that usually had bony nubbins a few inches long above their eyes. Michael Ryan, curator of vertebrate paleontology for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, published the discovery in this month's Journal of Paleontology.

He dug up the fossil six years ago in southern Alberta, Canada, while a graduate student for the University of Calgary. "Unquestionably, it's an important find," said Peter Dodson, a University of Pennsylvania paleontologist. "It was sort of the grandfather or great-uncle of thereally diverse horned dinosaurs that came after it." Ryan named the new dinosaur Albertaceratops nesmoi, after the region and Cecil Nesmo, a rancher near Manyberries, Alberta, who has helped the fossil hunters.

The creature was about 20 feet (6,6m) long and lived 78 million years ago. The oldest known horned dinosaur in North America is called Zuniceratops. It lived12 million years before Ryan's find, and also had large horns. That makes the newly found creature an intermediate between older forms with largehorns and later small-horned relatives, said State of Utah paleontologist Jim Kirkland, who with Douglas Wolfe identified Zuniceratops in New Mexico in 1998. He predicted then that something like Ryan's find would turn up. "Lo and behold, evolutionary theory actually works," he said.

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vrijdag, maart 02, 2007

Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time collectable statue




Legend of Zelda Sheik Collectible Statue From First 4 Figures


Who is Sheik, the mysterious character who plays such an important role in Link’s quest in the Ocarina of Time? Part of the Sheikah race that populates Hyrule, Sheik comes with the distinctive Sheikah symbol of the eye and tear drop. With Sheik’s face concealed and voice muffled throughout Link’s short encounters with Sheik, very little is revealed about the true origins and nature of Sheik...

First 4 Figures is proud to present Sheik, the fourth collectible statue in First 4 Figures’ Legend of Zelda collectible statue series. With a replica harp, the pose captures the mystery surrounding Sheik and her role in Link’s song teacher. Accurately keeping scale with current and future statues in the series, Sheik stands at approximately 9 inches, including the base.

Cast in high quality poly-stone, the statue is hand finished and hand painted. Comes packed in a foam interior full colored box with a card of authenticity. Highly limited at only 2,500 pieces available worldwide.

Product information:
Dimensions: 9 inches tall
SRP: $109.99
Expected shipping date: Q3 2007
Edition size: 2,500 worldwide
Artist: Siamak Roshani
Base Concept Artist: James West

As this is the fourth in the series, those who have ordered Fierce Deity Link, Skull Kid or Ocarina of Time Link from the F4F store will be entitled to reserve the same edition number for Sheik.

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