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Magfest 2017

Cosplay, Gaming and Music from Beatdown Boogie!

We’re back! That’s right El Moochadores, we (the intrepid Brothers Moo) have survived yet another swirling storm of disaster and chaos (aka: our lives) and are now (some how) wiser, better looking, and ready to blog. So, let us celebrate this triumphant return by getting back to some cool geek creativity.

Recently Distractotron visited MAGfest 2017 and they brought back a whole bunch of cool photos and video work. MAGfest (Music and Gaming) is a “four day-long event dedicated to the appreciation of video game music, gaming of all types, and the gaming community.” According to the website the event runs 24 hours a day (wtf SDCC? get it together!) and offers “consoles, arcades, tabletop, LAN, live video game cover bands, chiptunes, vendors, guest.” Cool, maybe Atomic Moo and the Murray Brothers Creative can attend a future MAGfest. We’re cool too, right?

Anyways, check out the videos (parts one and two) below along with a smattering of images taken from the Distractotron Facebook page.

Enjoy!

Bears vs Babies – A Card Game.

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A monster-building card game from the creators of Exploding Kittens


Okay El Moochadores, I feel like hell. I’ve caught yet another cold (seems to happen about once a year) and despite being a sweaty ball of snot and coughs, I’m going to try and write about a really great looking Kickstarter project. Unfortunately, because I’m sick, I don’t think I’ll be going to this years Comikaze (aka: Los Angeles Comic Con… please change the name back to Comikaze). Which sucks, because despite being in L.A. (yuck), it is actually one of my all time favorite comic book conventions. Anyways, my hot toddy is kicking in, so onto the post!

Stop the baby army!!! Okay, you’re just not gonna find another card game that has such a fantastic objective. Sorry, but Magic: The Gathering totally missed the boat when they made a card game about wizards and not monsters fighting babies.d39617ff289ac277015c3056c3014786_original Which is exactly the point of this game from the makers of Exploding Kittens. In Bears vs Babies the objective is to “build handsome, incredible monsters who go to war with horrible, awful babies.” Groovy. According to the Kickstarter, the game has competing players “build” monsters from cards drawn in the center of the table. The monster cards (bears) are used by the players to make these really cool mash ups, while the baby cards go in the middle of the table to form an army that must be stopped. It looks like the game also has a wonderful way to screw over your fellow players by provoking a baby army that might be stronger then your fellow players monsters, too soon. The core deck will begin with 80 + cards but check out the KS for more information and booster packs. The Kickstarter for the card game has already hit over 47,000 pledges with a wopping $1,700,000.00 in contributions, so the good news is, this game is totally getting made. However, there are 20 days left (as of this post) so get your butts over there and buy a first round edition of this big chunk of awesome!

Check out the KS promo video below!

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Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration Medley

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Tomb Raider Celebrates 20 Years with a Medley from Pianist Sonya Belousova!

If you’ve had a day like I’ve had, then you’re gonna want to get your “mellow” on and there’s nothing better for that than some good geeky tunes played out by a professional pianist and composer like Sonya Belousova. Belousova does all the playing while the video was directed by Tom Grey of Player Piano. So, sit back and get your ASMR on to some classy geekness set in some pretty far locals. Which actually makes me feel pretty bad for the poor SOB that had to lug a piano out to all those locations. Unless, random forest pianos is a thing that musicians know about and just never bring up. That might be a thing. Check out the full details below along with the video.

Cheers!


In celebration and honor of Rise of the Tomb Raider, the 20 Year Celebration Anniversary of the iconic Tomb Raider franchise, Crystal Dynamics has teamed up with Player Piano, the popular viral YouTube music series created by Sonya Belousova, one of the most accomplished young composers and recording artists, on an epic new Tomb Raider-inspired music video that just had its World Premiere Thursday at New York Comic Con.

The video, which featured Belousova’s incredible original arrangement and performance of the iconic Tomb Raider themes, premiered today at NYCC October 6 during Crystal Dynamics’ live stage session. The video and session was live streamed on the main Twitch channel and is now available on Belousova’s Player Piano YouTube channel

Titanic: Honor and Glory!

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Watch the Titanic Sink in Real Time!

Okay, this is really cool. Well, I guess I should say, “I think this is really cool”, because I’ve been fascinated with the sinking of the Titanic since they discovered it on the ocean floor in the mid 80’s. I totally remember watching Return to the Titanic (with Telly Savallas!)titanic2 and getting caught up in the story. Anyways, my own geeky wonder aside, there’s a group of people (Vintage Digital Revival) trying to make a game based on this historical event. Titanic: Honor and Glory recreates the RMS Titanic in almost every detail using Unreal Engine 4. When finished, players will join a mystery that takes place in the last five days of the Titanic’s voyage. Now that’s all really cool, but what really got my attention was a video that shows a real time sinking of the ship! The video runs over two and half hours, and it’s interesting, but I guess there’s also a little bit of a spooky vibe to the video. Check out more of the game details below along with the real time video and a promo video for the game!

Cheers!

Beginning in the city of Southampton, England, which is being reconstructed on an expansive scale and with as much accuracy as our ship, the player is on the run from the police. He’s accused of a terrible crime, but most importantly, he’s innocent. He must pursue the true culprit, requiring the player to find a way onto the Titanic just before it departs.

Playing through all five days of the voyage talking to passengers, gathering clues, and unraveling a grand mystery all while avoiding detection from authorities, the hero, Mr. Robert Morgan, has no idea that his whole world is about to change. When Titanic collides with an iceberg in the middle of the North Atlantic, the player must race the rising waters to complete the mystery, prove his innocence, and, most importantly…. survive.

Wicked Kingdom

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Illustrated Playing Cards by Wylie Beckert

Hey El Moochadores, I just came across another great looking Kickstarter for an illustrative playing card set. Wicked Kingdom by professional illustrator Wylie Beckert features hand painted fantasy art work with a narrative. Here are the Kickstarter details:

Printed by the USPCC on casino-quality Bee card stock, Wicked Kingdom3e904993cfc85ff7eeae001b534dc08c_original is an art-rich 54-card poker deck, featuring dual-identity face cards with a narrative twist and obsessively detailed, hand-painted artwork throughout. Hand-drawn pips, elegantly watermarked number cards, and unique not-quite-two-way backs add to the intensely illustrated flavor of the deck.

Wicked Kingdom is more than just another deck of pretty pictures (although it has those too, in spades). Each face card has a personality, a backstory… and a hidden agenda. With every card, the plot thickens… The artwork and backstories for each card are featured in the art book, alongside process write-ups, work-in-progress snapshots, and notes from the creation of the traditionally painted images.

This Kickstarter is already massively successful with over $80,000.00 in contributions, but there’s still time to contribute and get in on some of the special rewards just for the campaign. As of this post there are nine days left.

I’ve posted some sample images below along with the kickstarter promotional video from Beckert. Check it out and then hit the links above to learn more about the project, rewards, and to just see some amazing illustration work!

Enjoy!

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Warcraft: Durotan

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An Atomic Moo Book Review of the Official Movie Prequel

I play a lot of WoW. Probably too much, but the point is, I’m a fan and I think it’s pretty awesome they just released of a Warcaft movie. I also think it’s pretty awesome that I get to review the official Prequel novel: Durotan! Damn. I love being a geek blogger.

Anyways, Durotan (named for the principal character and released by Titan Books) takes place before the first Warcarft game. Not the MMORPG, but the very first Warcarft. Which, I really want to play again – having read this book. The world of Draenor is falling apart. Literally, not figuratively._86564582_warcraft In these last days of a dying world, Durotan has taken over as chief of the Frostwolf clan of orcs, and now it’s up to him to not only lead his tribe, but save them from annihilation. Adding to his problems is the corruption of the spirits, murderous other orcs, and a creepy green orc named Gul’dan. Here’s the official synopsis:

In the world of Draenor, the strong and fiercely independent Frostwolf Clan are faced with increasingly harsh winters and thinning herds. When Gul’dan, a mysterious outsider, arrives in Frostfire Ridge offering word of new hunting lands, Durotan, the Clan’s chieftain, must make an impossible decision: Abandon the territory, pride and traditions of his people, or lead them into the unknown.

Part of me really enjoyed this novel. I’ve played WoW since 2008 (just about when Wrath of the Lich King released), but I never got into the lore of the story. Reading about the orcs, the Draenor (the blue space goats), and Gul’dan’s origin was interesting. In a way, it also covered the birth of Shamanism in the game, as well as Warlocks, and why the orcs game to Azeroth. However, I don’t see anyone who isn’t a Warcraft fan enjoying this book. The story is very “noble savage” and I think does a bad job of mixing the role of an honorable warrior with the idea of a blood thirsty killer. It’s like reading Kilgon fan fiction, but with talking blue space goats. Okay, that actually does sound better, but I still don’t like the idea of “everyone’s a good guy.” I think this story would have been a better read if it had just backed off the nobility and honor shtick. Let ’em be bad guys! Other than that one criticism, I did enjoy this book, and it even got me to roll a Shaman (I named him Ood. He’s a Tauren. Since starting Atomic Moo, I tend to play a lot of cow characters) which I’m having fun with. So, whether you’ve seen the movie or not, Durotan is actually a good introduction to Warcarft and something I think WoW fans will enjoy.

You can get you’re own copy of Warcarft: Durotan at book stores everywhere, or order your copy online at Titanbooks.com. For the Horde!

Dedalo Playing Cards!

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New Kickstarter from Thirdway Industries Custom poker size playing cards!

Giovanni Meroni is back with a new deck of playing cards featuring stunning new designs! No joke, these cards are amazing. I got all ASMR, brain tingling, just looking at them.6a62d25cdbe0973c797a1ca5ea727589_original Anyways, check out The Dedalo Playing Cards Kickstarter, and take in an almost spiritual experience in graphic design.

Inspired by mythology, each 52 card deck comes in a custom foil box and there are three different sets to choose from: Alpha, Omega, and Apeiron! Seriously, you have to read the kickstarter page just for the “myth” behind these cards! As of this post, Dedalo has already hit the funding goals (way to go Giovanni), but you still have an opportunity to contribute, get a set, and some cool rewards. I’ve posted a few sample images below, but hit the link above for more information about Dedalo, the campaign, and some very inspiring design work!

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KOWLOON WALLED CITY!

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Kawasaki Warehouse: A Crazy Arcade in Japan!

Hey El Moochadores, Beat Down Boogie just posted this nifty video showing off the Kawasaki Warehouse. Inside of which is a really cool looking arcade based on Kowloon Walled City. Which, as we all remember from our history – I just learned just now, was a historic densely populated slum in china during the 20th century. The Kowloon Walled City is now gone (leveled by the Chinese government in the 1990’s), but if it looked even close to what the arcade looks like, it must’ve been one scary damn place!

Anyways, check out the video below and images can be found on the Beat Down Boogie Facebook page. Maybe someday we’ll get something cool like this in the states. I meant the arcade, not an overpopulated, crime infested slum.

Enjoy!

The Kawasaki Warehouse is a huge arcade in Kawasaki Japan (about 30-40 minutes from Tokyo by train). The coolest part of the arcade is a section modeled after Kowloon Walled City, a crowded urban nest in Hong Kong that was demolished in the 1990’s. Kowloon inspired the settings of many fictional video games, animes, and movies.
The Kowloon section of the arcade houses classic game cabinets such as Darius, Outrun, Street Fighter, and Gauntlet.

Recall

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An Overwatch Animated Short

Yesterday, Blizzard released a short animation for their upcoming, “team-based shooter”, Overwatch. The short, Recall, features Winston, one of the main player characters. Winston is… “a genetically engineered gorilla and brilliant scientist who longs for the days of heroism to return.” So, like a nice Gorilla Grodd.

From what I’ve seen, this game looks pretty cool. As many of you know I’m already a fan of WoW, and I sometimes play Hearthstone. For the most part, I think Blizzard does a great job with their games and hopefully this one turns out as well. Okay, they do an alright job with games. I’ve played WoW since 2008 and, eh, kind of going down hill. Wait, I’m a blogger, I can shout my opinion. here goes: Blizzard! Stop dumbing down your game! It’s okay to have a complex and engaging online experience… and be a Panda. My point is, you don’t have to make it so simple, every moron and half-wit can understand it. This isn’t Star Wars. You have a chance to make something great. Games should be hard. WoW really isn’t that hard any more… Whoa. Where am I. Sorry folks. Angry man-nerd just took over.

Anyways, check out the video below. Overwatch releases on multiple platforms on 05/24/2016.

Enjoy!

Beta Impressions: The Division

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An Atomic Moo Gaming Review of Ubisoft’s new Tom Clancy Game

An Original Article by Atomic Moo’s Chief Gamer: Numbers

When it comes to jingoistic military fiction, one of the masters is undoubtedly Tom Clancy. His novels have been translated into multiple languages, adapted into movies, and deployed around the world like the freedom-defending characters depicted in his works. Though he is no longer with us, his name lives on, attached to video games which have little, if anything, to do with his writing. Games such as Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s The Division.SeIWbDy
Recently, many brave Agents were dropped into virus-ravaged New York City, and your friends here at True Game Truths were among them. These are our stories of Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s The Division’s beta’s shenanigans. This article specifically deals with The Division’s beta test and in no way reflects the final retail product. At least, we certainly hope it doesn’t.

Once again, Ubisoft calls a pre-release stress test a “beta,” which is clearly not the right term at this point into the game’s development. While it did not include the entire full version’s content, it is infinitely more stable than a true beta would be. Consider it a demo.lK7Sycr
After launching the mandatory proprietary Uplay client, making a Uplay account, adding friends to said Uplay account, and allowing the game to update through the Uplay launcher (even if you own the game through Steam and have a populated Steam friends list), you can finally load up The Division. Players expecting a main menu will have to wait through a “beta gameplay tips” video.

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