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Pathfinder Giants Revisited Sourcebook

Pathfinder fans should take note. A late May 2012 release is slated for Giants Revisited, game publisher Paizo’s newest supplement for the world class fantasy role playing game. Giants Revisited promises to be the definitive sourcebook for all things “giant.” Within the book’s 64 pages, Game Masters and players will find everything they need in order to understand these mythical creatures — everything from the unique habitats, social structures, and history of giant-kind. Ten races are fully explored, including storm giants, cloud giants, frost giants, stone giants, hill giants, rune giants, marsh giants, fire giants, the one-eyed cyclops, and the nomadic Taiga giants.

Giants Revisited will allow Game Masters to incorporate giants into Pathfinder campaigns with ease. Not only is the source material well organized and illustrated, GMs will find complete statistics for sample giant leaders and jarls. The book includes unique spells and magic items for both giant-kind and the industrious player characters looking to explore the secrets of the “big folk.”

The sourcebook is written for the Pathfinder RPG, but the information contained within can easily be utilized in other role playing games. Giants Revisited has been skillfully put together by the team of Jesse Benner, Ryan Costello, Brian R. James, Jason Nelson, Russ Taylor, and Ray Vallese. The book’s retail price is listed at $19.99, and gamers can place pre-orders at their favorite hobby and game stores to ensure they get a copy.

Is Nintendo Doomed?

Nintendo Is Doomed

I had an interesting discussion with some of my gaming buddies in light of the recent PS Vita portable game system release. After talking about the amazing capabilities of the Playstation’s newest handheld, the talk turned to Nintendo — specifically the 3DS. We had quite a debate, with me defending Nintendo and my friends dissing the company and the 3DS.

“Nintendo is doomed,” stated one friend.

“The 3DS has no games,” said another.

Seriously, have they been looking at recent sales figures, especially in Japan where the 3DS is kicking butt? The 3DS is now considered the fastest selling handheld in its first year, even surpassing the sales figure of the mighty Nintendo DS. True, the PS Vita is on fire right now, but Sony’s success doesn’t spell Nintendo’s doom. Haters have been saying Nintendo is toast for more than a decade, and what do you see now? The company is  still alive and kicking, and in fact they have dominated both the handheld and the console race (even if some self-proclaimed “hardcore gamers” like my buddies do not approve of the 3DS or the Wii, just because the majority of Nintendo games are not targeted to their tastes).

During my debate, I argued that Nintendo is staying true to itself by catering to a wider, casual gamer audience that my friends simply dismiss. We went back and forth, and I really couldn’t understand their reasoning. Why be a hater just because someone isn’t as hardcore as you? Why not accept the fact that not everybody enjoys first person shooters or complex RPG games? There’s room for all sorts of games and gamers, and one gaming style isn’t necessarily better than the other. The PS Vita rocks, and FPS games like MW3 rock, but this doesn’t mean that Nintendo or the 3DS suck. Far from it — Nintendo and its game systems offer something special to a unique fan base. I for one consider myself a “hardcore” gamer and I’m looking forward to new releases likes Max Payne 3, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy playing casual games like Mario Kart 7 or Pilot Wings Resort. As far as I’m concerned, I have the best of both worlds.

So how about it? What is your opinion in regards to Nintendo and its products?

Wizards of the Coast to Release Limited Edition Reprints of D&D Books

Premium Dungeons and Dragons Books

Without a doubt, role playing games of all genres owe a debt of gratitude to Dungeons and Dragons. The role playing hobby may not even exist today if it weren’t for Gary Gygax’s introduction of D&D way back in 1974. The game’s influence can be seen not only in every table top RPG game that’s come since, but in video RPG games as well, such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the Spike Video Game Awards 2011 game of the year. Sadly, Gary Gygax passed away in 2008, but he undeniably left his mark on the gaming world at large with his most famous creation.

To honor the work and memory of Gary Gygax, Wizards of the Coast is releasing limited edition reprints of three classic Dungeons and Dragons books: the Dungeon Master’s Guide, the Player’s Handbook, and the Monster Manual. The books are being dubbed the “Premium” versions and are being released on April 17, 2012 in limited quantities. The premium versions are faithful, hardcover reproductions of the original books with the same content and artwork. Only the book covers have been redesigned to commemorate the new release. Wizards of the Coast is planning to donate a portion of the profits for each book sold to the Gygax Memorial Fund. The fund has been established to honor the creator of Dungeons and Dragons with a memorial statute in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin — Gary Gygax’s hometown and the birthplace of D&D.