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Review: The Mandalorian Season One

In the headliner show for Disney+, The Mandalorian treats Star Wars fans to a spaghetti Western in a galaxy far, far away. Over the course of eight episodes you watch the titular hero make friends, chase quarry across the galaxy and encounter a heaping helping of scoundrels.

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Frosthaven: The Sequel to Gloomhaven – Everything You Need to Know!

Today at PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia, Isaac Childres, owner of Cephalofair Games and creator of Gloomhaven held a panel with Tom Vasel of the Dice Tower to reveal a bevy of details about the full-blown sequel to the #1 board game on BoardGameGeek. Enough with the preamble – lets forge ahead and dive in.

What is Frosthaven?

Frosthaven is the “big-box” sequel to Gloomhaven (a game we’ve discussed on this site so many times its hard to link just one podcast, so here is the article Tom Awesome wrote about our session) set to release on Kickstarter on March 2020, with a release “less than a year” from that, according to Childres – with the aim being early 2021. Childres states early on that a player wouldn’t have to play Gloomhaven to pick up this game and that the learning curve will be similar to starting the original game (which is widely regarded as being quite unforgiving). Continue reading “Frosthaven: The Sequel to Gloomhaven – Everything You Need to Know!”

Review: Joker

Rogue Hippo’s Review Score: 9

Let me start by saying that I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of this movie.  I’m on record somewhere on OiO stating that The Joker is best with no origin story; just a crazed, nameless villain to oppose Batman… perhaps even created entirely because of the existence of Batman.  After finally seeing Joker, I have to admit that I was wrong.

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Review: Spider-Man Far From Home

 

Tom Awesome’s Review Score: 9.5

Spider-Man Far From Home takes us on an adventure to Europe with the titular web-slinger to deal with an Avengers-level threat. Ironically, Peter Parker has been much further from home in his brief career – you know, like, SPACE. Naming conventions aside, I am an unabashed webhead and I’m always up for a new Spider-Man movie.

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Gloomhaven Gets Overrated

Some board games are fun. Some board games are long. And then there is Gloomhaven, the face-melting Euro-style game by Cephalofair Games. It’s a lot like Leonardo DiCaprio – it’s one of the biggest stars in the board gaming world, it’s got a lot of depth and it always brings quality.

I recently had a chance to sit in on a friend’s session, and came away with a healthy respect for the breadth and depth of the game. I expected it to be similar to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) with parties working together to complete quests while slowly increasing in power. Most of my preconceptions turned out to be off the mark.

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Review: Venom

Tom Awesome’s Review Score: 8.25

What do you get when you pair an alien parasite with a blackballed investigative reporter and strip away the title character’s traditional backstory and all other trappings of the Marvel universe? A surprisingly fun action film with a couple outstanding performances.

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Rogue Hippo’s Guide to MoviePass

I recently took the plunge and shelled out $115.35 for a 1-year subscription to MoviePass.  If you’re not familiar with MoviePass, a subscription will get you 1 free movie ticket every day.  As a guy who goes to a lot of movies, this seemed like a great deal; however I was skeptical that there might be a lot of restrictions or fine print.  Luckily, that has not been the case so far; and I’m here to break it down for those of you who might be considering MoviePass. Continue reading “Rogue Hippo’s Guide to MoviePass”

Top 5 Science Fiction Books

Science Fiction is my favorite genre.  I consume it in all it’s forms; from board games to crappy Sy-Fy Channel movies to the classic science fiction books that have fueled the imagination of millions.  So, in honor of the release of Blade Runner 2049, which is the sequel to the film Blade Runner, which is based on Phillip K. Dick’s fantastic novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, I bring you today’s Top 5 Friday list…

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Marvel’s Punisher Trailer

The Punisher has been one of my three favorite characters since I first got into comics in high school. After enduring an awful, and a couple pretty bad portrayals on the big screen, I am cautiously optimistic the new Netflix series will do Frank Castle justice. Check out the new trailer for the show below!

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