D&D Next Release Details

After an exhaustive public playtest, the time is nearly upon us! The new edition of D&D,  simply titled Dungeons and Dragons, is hitting shelves this summer into fall. The folks over at Dread Gazebo put together a great little synopsis of what that’s going to look like and when it’ll arrive.  It’ll start with the Starter Set in July, followed by the Player’s Handbook in August (some of which will be available at GenCon), then the Monster Manual in September, and finally the Dungeon Master’s Guide in November.

The books look really slick and while I’ve personally moved on to running a variety of other RPGs for the past number of years since D&D 4e’s release, I’m excited to see what the final product looks like and perhaps get a game started.

Click the link to get more details and see the fancy new covers:

Everything To Know About Upcoming D&D 5e Releases

 

Another look at The Flash

Well here we have what they are calling a full image of The Flash however he is in a preparing to run pose. I really want to see him just standing so we can see what everything REALLY looks like. Well I guess we will take what we can get right?

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A Look at The Flash

Well here we are folks. Warner Bros have released the first image of The Flash. Now this isn’t a full body suit image. They deemed us only worthy of a little bit of head as a tease before the full reveal. So far looking good but a little hard to judge with just that image alone. Thoughts?

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HEROES is coming back

Were you a fan of the tv show HEROES. I was a pretty big fan. I think the series had a lot to offer and brought superheroes more into the mainstream but it got a bit bloated at the end of it’s run. Well suffice it to say it is coming back in 2015. Not only that but the creator himself is coming back for it as well.  How about that for some interesting developments.

Heroes Reborn back in 2015 via IGN

Square Enix and the product of languishing delivery: Part Deux

Well the drama continues over at Square Enix where many people have yet to receive their collectors edition of Lightning Returns. There have been complaints to the Better Business Bureau, calls to Square Enix and calls to Digital River. with lots of finger pointing. Well finally Square Enix have responded and sadly they somehow made things slightly worse. Here is a small quote:

Earlier today, Square Enix North America learned that a small number of our fans had not yet received their online order placed from February 7-8. To all those affected, we sincerely apologize. Like you, we understand the frustration of not getting an order on the day it was promised.

We have since identified and remedied the issue, and are working to ensure that all of the orders will be processed in an expedited fashion.

Now they have supposedly sent as compensation an email to “those affected” with a credit, free delivery and refund of original shipping charge. Now that is pretty fair all considering but note that dates of the affected customers. Feb 7-8? Really?

So we have people affected well before that date and also after. What about them? Many people reported not even receiving that famous email. I know I haven’t but I am just waiting for my game patiently while playing Ni No Kuni.

I think the big lesson that needs to be learned is communication and customer service. Both have been executed poorly and looking at their remedy, they are not putting much thought into their future actions either.

For those still waiting for their game all I can say is keep the faith, I am waiting  with you all and maybe by the time the next Final Fantasy comes out we may have it.

Square Enix Apology

Square Enix and the product of languishing delivery

Well Square Enix seems to have burned the biscuits of many fans who have ordered their fancy collectors edition of Lightning Returns from their site. Now when ordered you can select your delivery method from standard to expedited. Many clients have ordered as early as January and have in turn received confirmation of shipment however this is where things are hitting a snag. Now for those who have standard shipment you are pretty much in a wait and see mode but for those who actually have a tracking number some have seen there games stuck in one location for upwards to 5 days. Now is this a problem on the carrier side, Square Enix or their apparent store middlemen Digital River.

I for one ordered the collectors edition at the beginning of February and indeed got my confirmation that it was shipped. On their site it warns that the game may not make it for launch day which isn’t so bad. I can live with that without amping up my nerd rage but I can see why many are very angry at this point especially the ones who ordered well before I did.

From reading the forums Square is being completely unresponsive aside from their moderator asking to contact their customer support who will then send you to call Digital River because it’s not their problem (they only make the games…duhhh), then Digital River will A) tell you that your item rather then be there in days will take 4-6 weeks to arrive despite their previous shipping information they provided. That would mean a game you should be playing in mid February will be playable in your home at beginning to mid march.

I personally bought the collectors edition from them because it was the most robust edition. It had the watch, art book, game, dlc, etc compared to other retailers who just had extra dlc. With this experience however I like many others will simply have to look elsewhere.

I think in this instance though Square Enix needs to man up and just say hey, we f***ed up, sorry and we’ll do better. What happened to simple customer service. Oh and if you want to see drama unfold, feel free to hit up the North American Square Enix page.

RPG Hub Movie Review: The Lego Movie

I took my son to go see The Lego Movie and while the previews were entertaining I wasn’t expecting much from it. The preview had the typical laughs but would it really have enough to suck us in. Well I am here to say that The Lego Movie is simply amazing.

The Lego Movie follows Emmet as he goes about his everyday ordinary life but suddenly becomes the chosen one who will save the world. Along the way he pairs up with all sorts of people like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, a unikitty(yes a unikitty) and many more as they try to save all the lands that were divided by President Business. While all the characters seem like total opposites the story makes it all work that they can all coexist in the same universe.

All the characters are amazingly acted and there are plenty of laughs to be had. Some of the best laughs are from Will Arnett who plays Batman as well as some surprising cameos (and boy there are many). From Liam Neeson, Billy Dee Williams to Channing Tatum; it seems like everyone is in this movie and I don’t blame them. The movie is all the better for these surprising cameo’s. It’s not just for kids after all.

Toy Story reminded us of the pure joy of being a child and playing with your toys. The Lego Movie does the same in infusing the movie with so much heart and passion that we are equally reminded of how much we loved our Lego’s. You will pick up many nuances in the movie as parts are marked with their special Lego product code and even old Lego’s are referenced. In fact I have to give them a standing ovation on this. Maybe this is simply a side effect but while The Lego Movie obviously pushed the new Lego Movie sets, it makes it a marketing campaign for every other set out there. There is a heavy focus on a western setting in the movie and I couldn’t help but think maybe, just maybe they did this to push more Lone Ranger Lego’s which seem to me to be the less popular of the sets right now. It could have been simply coincidence though.

I cannot say how much I loved this movie. Lego is universal and this connects us all together in the enjoyment of this movie. There is more of a profound message to be found in the movie then the simple passion of the product but I refrain from spoiling things. If The Lego Movie is any indication I think we will be seeing more movies on the way in the future and even if there isn’t, it rekindled my passion for Lego and I will be sure to swipe some of my sons Lego blocks to build something.

As the movie often repeats…EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!