485: A Veritable Hit!

485: A Veritable Hit!

Don’t laugh.

Back in the stone age, when I was in high school, we had a guy in our D&D group who did this all the time.  He’d roll a d20, get some mysterious number that no one ever saw, then smack said die away in disappointment while telling us he missed.

Then, you could see the gears turning in his head as he added up all the “modifiers” in his head.  He’d pause for a moment, and then say something like, “Wait, I dunno, maybe this DID hit…17?”  It usually did.

I’m not a big fan of munchkins when role playing (and lord, are they everywhere!).  But I’m even less of a fan of cheaters.  It’s a GAME, for crying out loud!


Ape Entertainment to Develop Comic Series for Fruit Ninja

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Ape Entertainment to Develop Comic Series for Fruit Ninja

SAN DIEGO, CA – July 12, 2012 – Ape Entertainment, developers of the massively popular Pocket God Comics and Cut the Rope: Comic, along with Halfbrick Studios, developers of Fruit Ninja, announced a new licensing agreement to create a series of original digital comic books and graphic novels based on the game that has been downloaded over 300 million times. The comic series will explore the yet untold backstory of the juicy Fruit Ninja universe and its new colorful characters.

“A key goal for Halfbrick is to bring our content to even more fans around the world,” says Halfbrick’s Chief Marketing Officer, Phil Larsen. “By expanding the Fruit Ninja universe with new stories, characters and adventures, Halfbrick and Ape Comics are free to explore an unlimited number of creative opportunities for comics and take the brand in even more exciting directions.”

Halfbrick has released Fruit Ninja for iPhone, Android, Facebook, Xbox 360 Kinect and countless other digital platforms. The starring characters Sensei, Gutsu and Truffles have been featured on a wide range of licensed products including T-shirts, Gummy Candy & Fruit Snacks and Toys and Games.

Ape Entertainment plans to release the full-color comic book series digitally through a standalone Fruit Ninja comics app on the App Store as well as print versions in the coming months.

“Fruit Ninja is a mobile masterwork and we’re very excited to turn every slice of juiciness into a comic series fans will love,” said David Hedgecock, CEO of Ape Entertainment.

The deal was brokered by HAP Consulting, Halfbrick’s worldwide licensing agent.

For more information, please visit www.apecomics.com or http://www.fruitninja.com.

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About Ape Entertainment
Founded in 2003, Ape Entertainment is the brainchild of lifelong comic book devotees David Hedgecock, and Brent E. Erwin. Ape Entertainment is the comic book home to innovative new titles such as LITTLE GREEN MEN, SCOUTS, and HERO WITHIN. Ape is also the North American publisher for licensed properties THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, KUNG FU PANDA, RICHIE RICH, CASPER, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE, POCKET GOD, and CUT THE ROPE. Visit Ape Entertainment online at www.apecomics.com.

About Halfbrick Studios

Founded in 2001, Halfbrick has been on the forefront of the Australian game development industry for more than a decade. After years of experience developing licensed titles for platforms such as Game Boy® Advance, Nintendo DS™ and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, the studio has begun expanding its portfolio with a range of original self-published games for downloadable platforms. In 2010, Halfbrick became one of the most well known independent developers in the world with the success of Fruit Ninja, Age of Zombies and Jetpack Joyride on mobile devices. The studio continues to create fun and unique games and looks to explore new opportunities and technologies in the world of casual games development.

About HAP Consulting
HAP Consulting is a New York based boutique firm specializing in trademark licensing, marketing and new business development. HAP Consulting is rooted in over 20 years of experience in global licensing and strategic marketing initiatives. Every client is provided individual brand development through licensing programs tailored to meet their specific needs. All licensing activity is completely aligned with the brand and meets outlined objectives. HAP’s clientele consists of a broad range of artists, designer brands and entertainment brands. www.hapllp.com

Nintendo Hosts Super Mario 3D Land Launch Event in Times Square

Nintendo hosted an event at Times Square Saturday morning to announce their latest Super Mario game, Super Mario 3D Land, to be released November 13th, 2011 for Nintendo 3DS. Super Mario fans gathered around the Mushroom Kingdom stage, met a full-size Mario, ate free Mushroom pizza, and had the chance to play the game. Needless to say, tourist onlookers were oblivious to what was going on, and thought this is what goes down New York every day. Check out the pics below.

Majesco Entertainment Wants to Hear the Crowd Roar With Hulk Hogan’s Main Event Available Only on Kinect for Xbox 360

Hulkamaniacs of all ages are guaranteed over-the-top fun in their living room ring

EDISON, N.J. – October 11, 2011 – Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL), an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, announced today the first full-body motion wrestling game, Hulk Hogan’s Main Event, is available now only on Kinect™ for Xbox 360®! Transform your living room into a wrestling ring and train with Hulk Hogan as he schools you on the best jaw-dropping moves and stunts to win over the crowd and defeat your opponent in spectacular style.

“Hulkamaniacs everywhere should get off the couch and rule the ring with Hulk Hogan’s Main Event, where I’m going to teach you all to perform for the crowd and compete in the ring as wrestling superstars,” said Hulk Hogan.

Wrestling icon, TNA’s IMPACT WRESTLING Superstar, and global sensation Hulk Hogan serves as your mentor and trainer helping build your wrestling personality while teaching you the art of showmanship. Entertain cheering fans with punishing combos and brutal stunts like the chair hit that will knock your opponent out of the ring. The crazier and wilder your motions, the more high-impact your wrestling performance will be!

“We are bringing the world of pro-wrestling to life with this dynamic and fun, full-body wrestling game,” said Jesse Sutton, CEO, Majesco Entertainment. “We can’t wait for Hulk fanatics to get their hands on this game and be schooled by arguably the most well-known wrestler in the world–the Hulkster!”

Additional Hulk Hogan’s Main Event features include:

Create your king of the ring by choosing from different body types, faces, hair styles, tattoos, gear and more.
Choose from nine thrilling venues including the Backyard, Uprising and Inferno stadium.
Xbox LIVE® Leaderboards showcase ‘Stunt of the Day’ and ‘All Time Best Stunts’ from players nationwide.
Multiple Gameplay Modes extend the challenge:

  • Campaign: Work your way from backyard matches to the big stage while keeping the crowd on their feet.
  • Head-to-Head: Take turns delivering punishing combos with help from a friend.
  • Quick Stunt: Practice any extreme stunt before primetime in the ring.
  • Hardcore: Fight tough-to-beat opponents under the extreme difficulty setting.
  • Tutorial: Learn basic moves and special stunts to win the match.
  • Replay Highlights: Relive your best stunts in slow motion to revel in your glory days.

Developed by Panic Button LLC and rated T for Teen, Hulk Hogan’s Main Event only on Kinect for Xbox 360 is now available for the suggested retail price of $49.99. To watch the launch trailer and find out more, please visit www.hulkhogansmainevent.com.