zondag, november 30, 2008

Venus - Moon - Jupiter


Tonight – 1st December, 2008 – there is a lovely Venus Moon Jupiter combination. It occurs in the cape of Sagittarius and will be visible low in the west just after sunset.


For those of you at northern latitudes have a look between 16:35 – 18:00 in the western sky.


For those of you in the south you will see it about 30 minutes after sunset depending on what that local time will be.


In the northern hemisphere the Moon and Venus both pass underneath Jupiter. Another way of looking at this is to say that Jupiter “is over the moon”. Thus Venus which is a bright evening star at the moment will be radiating Jupiter and the Moon as the moon-god “Sin” will also be bestowing a blessing on Jupiter.
Apart from looking beautiful in the sky the visual astrology meaning is a great blessing on the “Crown Prince”, the person who is second in command.

So firstly if you have a clear sky tomorrow night then do take the chance to have a look at this beautiful combination and secondly watch for signs of this in your world. Even in your own house hold, or work place it is a time of blessing and benefit to the one who is second in command! If you are in the southern hemisphere then Venus still blesses the crown prince but the Moon passing over the top of Jupiter will indicate that the blessing is reduced in some way.


The next time you can see all 3 bodies this close is november 18th 2058.
Here is a link for all the times of the conjunction
Source:
Bernadette Brady

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New Pulp Adventure releases


November pulp adventure releases from the Canadian Pulp Figures
PHP-14 Rugged Archeologists
PHP-15 Istanbul Constabulary
PWM-9 Gasmask Cultists 2 (w/hvy Machinegun)
PWM-17 Radon Zombies 2 (armed w/ray guns)
PWM-18 Radon Zombies 3 (3 ray guns, female commander & zombie spy in disguise)

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Confrontation - Dasyatis & Nefarius



Rackham has posted Dasyatis prime and Nefarius prime references profiles to their website (ZIP format).
Free download.

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dinsdag, november 25, 2008

Rackham announces Rush n' Crush



Be the first across the finish line. The only position that matters is number one!
In a universe set ablaze by a merciless war, any opportunity to relax is precious. The inhabitants of the planet Ava have invented a sport that matches the thrill of their everyday life: fast, dangerous, unpredictable and merciless. A motor sport in which the roar of engines replaces the clash of arms, where speed and guts are all that count: Rush n' Crush!
Aboard armoured racing cars, daring pilots race on twisted speedways laid with deadly traps. No rules. No second place. Only speed, skill and hunger for glory. No matter what it takes, live life in the fast lane!
Rackham Website

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DS Legacy of Ys: Books I & II

Legacy of Ys: Books I & II - A Legend Reborn
Discover How One of Gaming's Longest-Running Series Was Made Anew for Nintendo DS

As magical as the storied land of Ys is itself, the heritage of this original action RPG franchise spans over two decades and a number of different platforms. Definitive in design, story, and gameplay, the two introductory Books of Ys have long been etched in the memories of hardcore gamers. At a time when few other games attempted such grand scope and scale, Ys delivered on the promise of a sweeping narrative, fast-paced action, and a stunning musical score that to this day still rises to the top of all-time greatest lists.

In early 2008, Books I & II, completely remade for Nintendo DS™, were released in Japan. Separated into individual games, Ys I and Ys II for Nintendo DS introduced a number of new features and innovations to the series canon, including touch screen support and multiplayer for up to four. In bringing the titles to North America, Atlus worked closely with the developer to put both games on a single cartridge, rejoining the two first Books of Ys. Moreover, Atlus is endeavoring to add one more monumental enhancement to the release: an entirely new localization.

Sam Mullen, Project Lead: “Early on, it became clear to us that we had an opportunity to do something very special with this—only the second time in nearly two decades—that the series has come to North America.”

The only other version of Ys: Books I & II released in North America was for NEC’s TurboGrafx 16 (known as the PC-Engine in Japan and Europe). Brought to America in a very different era in gaming, the translation is elegant in its simplicity and directness. Still, with so many exciting new changes for the Nintendo DS version of the game, it became clear early in production that the North American release of this franchise revitalization needed an equal degree of attention.


Sam Mullen: “We understand how important this series is to some gamers, how for many it was their very first action RPG. We’re not taking this lightly, but we also see this as an opportunity to give the game a 21st-century localization, a new script to match the game’s remade features.”

Legacy of Ys: Books I & II is currently scheduled for a US release on February 3.

About Legacy of Ys: Books I & II
Stories tell of a land of yore, now shrouded by centuries of time forgotten, called Ys. Despite its great knowledge, endless wealth, and bountiful prosperity, a sudden and unexpected cataclysm devastated the realm. Soon, its memory had faded completely from the minds of man.
Centuries later, a young adventurer named Adol set sail to explore the world and leave his mark on history. During his travels, he learned of the tragic tale of Esteria, a once prosperous island now inexplicably engulfed by a crippling storm. Adol plotted a course for the besieged isle, curious to unravel the mystery...

Key Features
Two Legendary RPGs on One Cartridge! — Experience two all time classics that helped shape the action RPG genre… Now on a portable system!
Upgraded Ys Experience —Behold remastered 3D graphics, a remixed musical score, and new enemies and equipment to discover. Touch control and local wireless multiplayer for up to four people deepen the adventure, while difficulty levels and dual control schemes tailor the experience to the gamer.
The Definitive Story — Available to North American audiences for the first time, this ultimate translation delivers the most substantial version of the famous Ys story ever made!About Legacy of Ys: Books I & II Stories tell of a land of yore, now shrouded by centuries of time forgotten, called Ys. Despite its great knowledge, endless wealth, and bountiful prosperity, a sudden and unexpected cataclysm devastated the realm. Soon, its memory had faded completely from the minds of man.Centuries later, a young adventurer named Adol set sail to explore the world and leave his mark on history. During his travels, he learned of the tragic tale of Esteria, a once prosperous island now inexplicably engulfed by a crippling storm. Adol plotted a course for the besieged isle, curious to unravel the mystery...Key Features
Two Legendary RPGs on One Cartridge! — Experience two all time classics that helped shape the action RPG genre… Now on a portable system!
Upgraded Ys Experience —Behold remastered 3D graphics, a remixed musical score, and new enemies and equipment to discover. Touch control and local wireless multiplayer for up to four people deepen the adventure, while difficulty levels and dual control schemes tailor the experience to the gamer.
The Definitive Story — Available to North American audiences for the first time, this ultimate translation delivers the most substantial version of the famous Ys story ever made!

For more information on Legacy of Ys: Books I & II, please visit the official website.

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vrijdag, november 21, 2008

NDS From the Abyss

THE NINTENDO DS IS NOT JUST A CONSOLE FOR GIRLS, DADS, OR MOMS!

From the Abyss” is a hack ‘n slash RPG in the spirit of true video gaming for the Nintendo DS™! In this parallel universe players will be able to explore the vast world of Rubenhaut through a unique world creation engine exclusively created for the game. In “From the abyss”, the player will fight huge monsters with swords, spells and special abilities! A fast paced & action packed game for gamers!

The game also features an intuitive control scheme, lavish artwork, and an engaging 2 player co-op battle system.

Key Features:

• Explore your own unique Abyss!
Every time you start a new journey the game will randomly generate a custom world for a unique experience each time!
• Customize your character!
Distribute skill points that will define your character’s powers and destiny. Will you go the way of the sword or be a powerful spell caster?
• Capture your enemy’s soul!
Steal the enemy’s techniques and use them to turn the tide in battle!
• Co-op Mode!

Wirelessly connect with a friend and fight together to defeat the Demon Lord of the Abyss!

About the game

Genre: Hack ‘n slash
Platform: NDS
Publisher: Nobilis
Developer: Sonic Powered
Release date: Q1 2009
source: Nobilis press release

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donderdag, november 20, 2008

The Ruined Watchtower of Amon Sûl



The Ruined Watchtower of Amon Sûl on the hill of Weathertop, scene of the encounter between Strider and the Hobbits verses the evil Ringwraiths. This incredible terrain piece measures over 16 inches (400mm) in diameter and will make a great centre piece for your battlefield terrain table. Sculpted by Simon Egan using the original set drawings and photographs and is an true scale replica of the original film set.See more pictures of the Ruined Watchtower of Amon Sûl here

In response to popular demand, we’ve decided to do a limited re-release of our fantastic Weathertop terrain piece for The Lord of the Rings. This re-release will last until the end of the Christmas period, and so if you haven’t yet got your hands on this fantastically detailed model, order
here while our stocks last.

All materials pertaining to the New Line theatrical productions: The Fellowship of The Ring; The Two Towers; and The Return of The King © MMVIII New Line Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Lord of The Rings, The Fellowship of The Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of The King and the names of the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Tolkien Enterprises under license to New Line Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Specific game rules & game strategy copyright © Games Workshop Limited 2008. All Rights Reserved. Games Workshop and the Games Workshop logo are either ®, TM and/or © Games Workshop Ltd 2000-2008, variably registered in the UK and other countries around the world. All Rights Reserved.
Source: ForgeWorld mailing

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woensdag, november 19, 2008

The Last Remnant available Tomorrow Worldwide

THE CREATORS OF THE FINAL FANTASY SERIES DELIVER AN ALL-NEW EPIC

"Square Enix reinvents the epic"360zine

London (19th November 2008) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announces its highly-anticipated original adventure, THE LAST REMNANT™, will be available across all PAL territories tomorrow, exclusively on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

From the makers of the FINAL FANTASY® series comes a brand new epic adventure on a scale never seen before. Players across the globe will be able to buy THE LAST REMNANT simultaneously across Japan, North America, Europe and PAL territories on Xbox 360.


Nobuyuki Ueda, Producer on THE LAST REMNANT, comments, "Our goal with THE LAST REMNANT was always to make a game that would be welcomed by a global audience. Our fans across Europe have been very supportive towards us, and we wanted to give them the opportunity to play the game at the same time as fans in Japan. We hope they'll enjoy playing THE LAST REMNANT as much as we have enjoyed making it."

THE LAST REMNANT is a completely original adventure title, benefiting from the finest creative talent to build a lush, real-time fantasy world. The game's battle system has been carefully crafted to deliver a brand-new experience for players, as they control forces in massive cinematic battles.

For more information about THE LAST REMNANT please visit the official website at http://www.lastremnant-game.com/

About THE LAST REMNANT

Story
In ancient times, mysterious artefacts referred to as Remnants were discovered all over the world. Offering incredible power, they soon came into the hands of the covetous few, and thus was the world's delicate equilibrium shattered. The people were divided into those who ruled and those who were ruled over. War was inevitable. Our story begins a thousand years later…
Rush lives with his sister Irina on the secluded Eulam Island, a place far removed from the ceaseless battle for control over the Remnants which rages on the mainland. However, his peaceful life is shattered one day when he witnesses his sister's abduction by a mysterious group of soldiers. He immediately sets off after them, ill-prepared for the evils of the outside world but determined to find his sister at any cost.

Features
• A cutting-edge new adventure from Square Enix and the creators of the FINAL FANTASY series
• Innovative new battle system that allows for large scale battles delivered with an unrivalled cinematic intensity
• Selective Encounter System allows you to engage the enemy your way, eliminating random battles
• Unreal® Engine 3 takes Square Enix's legendary production values to the next level
• Fully localised for PAL territories with French, German, Spanish and Italian subtitles and menu screens

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zaterdag, november 15, 2008

Major Content Update For Age of Conan Now Live



This new update introduces new land area, a new dungeon, new quests and hours of more adventure
This week Funcom updated the ‘Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures’ live servers with the largest gameplay content addition since launch. By visiting the vast, new outdoor area of Ymir’s Pass players will now be able to find new quests to solve, new characters to meet, new monsters to slay and a dramatic new storyline to unravel. The update also includes a new dungeon – The Amphitheater – that holds one of the most epic and memorable monster encounters ever created for the game.

"This is an important update that opens up a lot of new gameplay content for players who have already passed the level fifty mark," says Game Director Craig Morrison. "In the months ahead we will introduce even more new content, and coming up soon are two exciting new high-level dungeons intended for players who have reached the maximum level. At this stage adding more content and keeping people entertained is very important to us!"

This free update is available to all ‘Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures’ subscribers and the content will be downloaded automatically when launching the game. In the months following the launch of the game, Funcom has addressed several of the key concerns voiced by the players and have also added a series of new content and features. Recently the live servers received a major update to the player-versus-player part of the game, allowing players to become criminals based on their actions when battling other players. New armor, weapons and other content have also been added, and from a technical perspective the game has also seen major improvements in terms of stability and performance. Funcom remains determined to keep updating and improving the game, and will keep players posted on the updates that are planned in the months ahead.

‘Age of Conan’ launched in May this year and immediately topped sales charts around the world. It has received more than thirty magazine covers and more than fifteen major awards, including numerous "Best MMO of E3" awards and the "Best Online Game of Show" award at GC 2007. The game has received numerous glowing reviews, including a 9.4 score from US website GameZone. ‘Age of Conan’ is a key title in Microsoft's Games for Windows line-up, as well as a showcase title for nVidia thanks to its jaw-dropping graphics.

For more information on the game and instructions on how to order your copy today, visit www.ageofconan.com.

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Cape Design Contest for Runes of Magic

Community contest about design ideas for the fantasy world

Leaves are falling and winter is coming. To avoid the characters in Runes of Magic catching a chill, Frogster is searching for a beautiful cape design in a community contest. Graphically talented fans are called on to create their personal cape for the upcoming fantasy online-roleplaying game on the basis of a template. They can submit their creative ideas until November 25th to event@runesofmagic.com.

The winning cape is going to be integrated into Runes of Magic by developer Runewaker. Players can then find it in the game to equip their characters. Further details about the contest and the template can be found here:http://www.runesofmagic.com/en/news,id85,design_contest_design_ingame_cape.html.

Runes of Magic is currently in closed beta. Interested players can still apply for access to the beta test on http://www.runesofmagic.com/. The ambitious MMORPG project is scheduled to go into open beta with further polishing and completely localized in the course of December.

Runes of Magic – a world full of wizardry and adventure
With an extensive range of features Runes of Magic prepares to redefine the standard of free-to-play MMO games. Right from the launch Runes of Magic will convey its absorbing story through more than 1.000 quests embedded in an atmospheric world. Players can choose between six main classes. Combined with a secondary class they dispose of 36 individual character classes over all. All characters possess unique skills with impressive combo attacks and can use mounts. A particularly attractive feature for guilds and players is the possibility to arrange their own virtual homes with individual furnishing. Thanks to an extensive crafting and reputation system, thrilling PVP as well as demanding dungeons and boss-monsters, no wishes remain unsatisfied. The Taiwanese developer Runewaker has developed Runes of Magic according to western MMO standards within a time frame of three years. The studio will provide new challenges for players every three to four months with free add-ons and updates. MMO fans can find more information, pictures and videos on the official website http://www.runesofmagic.com/.

Runes of Magic features
• Free2play, no monthly fees, free download
• Dual class system with switchable primary and secondary classes
• Enthralling background story
• Already over 600 quests and level comprehensive quest series on launch
• Instanced and persistent dungeons
• Individually developed skills and spells
• Armor sets with special bonuses
• Dynamic item system: Upgrades with hundreds of runes
• PvP system, to be activated with a PvP flag (Player vs. Player duels, arena combat, ranking system)
• Epic crafting system with the possibility to improve existing items
• Individual coloring of clothes and armor• Housing: personalization with individual furniture for players and guilds
• Special zones for guild houses
• Reputation system
• Scalable user interface based on the users preference (development of your own add-ons possible)
• In-game map and radar system to easily find dealers, resources and quests
• Auction house: auction and purchase items
• Teleporting possibilities via runes, different and unique mounts
• Controlling with mouse (Point & Click) and keyboard (WASD or arrow keys) possible

About Runewaker Entertainment Ltd.
Runewaker Entertainment was founded in August of 2004, with the headquarters located in Taichung, Taiwan. The founding members are all very experienced in the field and decided to come together to pursue their own dream. Currently Runewaker employs over 40 highly skilled programmers, designers and artists and is constantly expanding. Runewaker specializes in making massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG). The company has built their own engine from scratch that rivals some of the best that is available out on the market. Their first product, Radiant Arcana (Runes of Magic), is already completed and currently in Open Beta Phase in China. Runewaker is currently producing more content for Runes of Magic. Webpage: http://www.runewaker.com/

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Nieuwe Wyrd miniaturen





1. Flame Base and Accessories pack
2. Flesh Construct of the Resurrectionist
3. and a Sniper for the Mercenaries

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maandag, november 10, 2008

Inscriptions Painting Crusade Opus VI

The Painting Crusade VI will take place the 7 & 8 February in Brussels.
The guests this year are :
- David Waeselynck
- Mathieu Lalain
- Richard Poisson
- Patrick Corhay
The contest will be developed in 4 levels (2 more than last year...) :
- Doberman (master)
- German shepherd (just before master...)
- Chiwawa (beginners)
- Pupet (junior, -16 YO)
In those level we'll juge the diplay and the price will be given in a Open system.
And 3 more special categorie, awarded in a Podium system :
- Last year miniature
- Sculpture only (no painting !) Judge will take also care of the orginality and concept
- Bustes
To that we ad some special trophies :
- Best of Historics
- Best of Junior
- Golden Edmon (golden, silver and bronze) for the 3 best entries
- Best of show for the best display !
Inscriptions & info: Belgian Dogs of War

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zondag, november 09, 2008

Burn Zombie Burn (PS3)



The crypt keepers at Pinnacle Software and developer Doublesix have today lifted the lid on a brand new in-game trailer and screenshots which reveals all of the enemy zombie types players will encounter in the fiendishly addictive arcade shooter Burn Zombie Burn!, releasing on PlayStation® Network in early Q1 2009. The brand new trailer can be downloaded from the following link; http://www.burnzombieburn.com/downloads/zombietypesvideo.zip
Brand new screenshots and zombie renders can be downloaded from the following link;
http://www.burnzombieburn.com/downloads/zombietypes.zip
Each type of zombie has its own behavioural pattern, strengths and weaknesses, and it is up to players to discover the most effective tactics to deal with them on their way to racking up that high score and of course staying alive. So, on to our undead roll call!

• Normal – The every day, humdrum, wants-to-eat-your-brains zombie. They shamble slowly around until they get close and then they rush towards you
• Exploder – Big flashing lights make sure these walking bombs are clearly visible. Don’t get too close or they’ll try to take you with them
• Crazy – Identifiable by their beanie hats, these zombies will chase you clear across the map
• Dancers – Dancers hate it when you look at them and will try and dance around to attack you from the back
• Rushers – The jocks of the zombie world, they’ll charge you at speed but they’re not too bright and can’t turn very well• Riot – These zombies have taken precautions, with welder’s masks to protect their faces and dustbin lids to protect their bodies, they can only be shot from behind
• Noxious – These diseased zombies can cause damage if you get near them but worse still – they can infect other zombies with a plague that turns them green and makes them immune to fire and dance guns. Kill these quick!
• Super Zombie – He’s big, he’s strong, his brain’s in a jar and he has serious bowel problems! Pretty much immune to everything except explosives, the Super Zombie is hard to kill.

To keep up to date on all things Burn Zombie Burn! related head to http://www.burnzombieburn.com/

About Burn Zombie Burn!
Releasing on PlayStation®Network in early Q1 2009, Burn Zombie Burn! is an addictive and charismatic arcade shooter bearing the ‘just one more go’ hallmark that defines all of the great games in the genre. Set across six classic American horror movie inspired levels, you play as Bruce – an average every-day Joe who was looking forward to some ‘quality time’ with his girlfriend Daisy. In true B-movie style their Saturday night is ruined by an invasion of zombies.
The aim of the game couldn’t be simpler; shoot, burn and blow up as many brain munching zombies as possible using a variety of classic zombie killing weapons before they overwhelm you. Use fire to build up your multiplier and then destroy zombies en masse with explosives to increase that oh-so-important leaderboard high score. But beware! A burning zombie is a faster zombie – burn too many and they will burn you!
Burn Zombie Burn! is frantic, arcade gaming at its best, delivering humour and bloody zombie violence in copious amounts!
Source: Pinnacle Software press release

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dinsdag, november 04, 2008

Square Enix official online merchandise store

SQUARE ENIX ANNOUCES LAUNCH OF SQUARE ENIX OFFICIAL ONLINE MERCHANDISE STORE

London (4th November 2008) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, announces the grand opening of its first SQUARE ENIX OFFICIAL ONLINE MERCHANDISE STORE in Europe today.

The Shop located at www.square-enix-shop.com/eu is home to merchandise and character goods from high profile game series including FINAL FANTASY®, DRAGON QUEST® and KINGDOM HEARTS. Items from the store, including many shop exclusives, can be purchased for the first time in Europe directly from Square Enix.

The shop is user-friendly and convenient to use. Items are divided by Title and Category allowing you to browse the shop to find your desired goods as quickly and easily as possible.
When the shop launches, items will be available for purchase in the United Kingdom, France and Germany, with plans to roll-out the availability to other European countries in the near future.

John Yamamoto, president and chief executive officer of Square Enix Ltd. comments, “We are very proud to be able to offer our wonderful range of merchandise, beloved by fans worldwide and make them available for purchase in this easy and convenient way in Europe.

To visit the SQUARE ENIX OFFICIAL ONLINE MERCHANDISE STORE, please go to www.square-enix-shop.com/eu
Source: Suare Enix press release

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