Handmade Middle-earth chess board was an epic Christmas present

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In a world of 3D printers and countless free DIY tutorials, it has never been easier to make a gift for someone. If you’ve got the tools, and you’ve got something resembling the right materials, there are some truly incredible things you can do with very little prior knowledge thanks to the available resources. Like most things made by hand, however, the truly incredible projects are the result of countless hours spent practicing your craft. One perfect example of this is a chess set made by Kevin Myers. It’s a Lord of the Rings-themed Christmas present that his father is unlikely to ever forget.Kevin Myers spends much of his free time painting miniatures and playing several of the popular Games Workshop tabletop games. His collection of Blood Angels, Tau, Orcs, Tyranid, Skaven, and Necrons are just a fraction of the time spent learning how to paint the figures and mastering the gameplay elements of each race. His passion for painting models and playing the game to its fullest led him to custom creations, modifying characters so they stood out on tables or just creating models for play when Games Workshop hadn’t released one yet. As a result of this experience, Kevin was uniquely suited to craft this one of a kind chess set.Everything was done using off-the-shelf models from Games Workshop’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit games. The models were all assembled and painted to be as faithful to the original color sets as possible, and then placed on the side of the board in accordance with their alignment.

Isildur and Gandalf take their places as king and queen of one side with hobbits as pawns, while Sauron and Ashûrz take the king and queen positions on the opposing side with goblins as pawns. The board itself was made entirely from spare parts from Kevin’s collection of building materials, which was then painted and filled in to give the board some depth and color.As far as one of a kind Christmas presents go, this set is nothing short of impressive. It’s a perfectly unique creation, ideal for any serious Tolkien fan out there.

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Baki is coming back

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Keisuke Itagaki’s 1991 Baki oedipal fight manga “ended” in 1999 when it changed its name from Grappler Baki to New Grappler Baki, then in 2006 when it became Baki Hanma: Son of the Ogre. When it “ended” again in the summer of 2012, Itagaki didn’t really seem to be pretending it was gone for good. And, it fact, the return of the popular martial arts manga is now scheduled.

With various spin-offs and gaiden, the series never entirely went away, but the double 4/5 issue Shonen Champion’s 2014, on sale now, has formerly announced the return of the mainline Baki manga. More details will be announced along with an interview with Itagaki in issue No. 6, on sale January 9, 2014

article courtesy of scott green at www.crunchyroll.com

Batman: Arkham Announcement Coming

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Warner Bros. is teasing an imminent announcement regarding the Batman: Arkham franchise, set to be revealed on New Year’s Eve.What this could refer to is anyone’s guess. The likelihood is that it’s the narrative-focused DLC we were told was coming in early 2014. There’s always a slim chance that it could be the rumoured next-gen Arkham title could be about to get a reveal, but that seems unlikely, given that it’d be announced at a time when most people are preoccupied with seeing in the New Year.

more proof that playstation plus is the better service for your dollar.

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Sony has unveiled the lineup of games coming in January for American PlayStation Plus subscribers. This time around the list is strong, with a few AAA titles along with a remarkable PlayStation 4 game.Meanwhile, PlayStation 3 owners will be able to get their hands on an IGN Game of the Year Nominee, BioShock Infinite. The indie darling, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is also on the lineup, as is another tale of brotherly love, DMC: Devil May Cry.PlayStation Vita fans get some sweet deals too. Both Smart As… and Worms: Battle Islands will be available during the month for download. being a playstation plus member you dont lose in the the month of january.

courtesy of ign.com for the article

Wolf Among Us Ep. 1 Faith review

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After playing the first episode of the the “Wolf Among Us”, you immediately feel like the Big Bad Wolf. Every time you are presented with a list of options you automatically want to pick the A hole options. Without a character like Clementine as a bystander you don’t feel as obliged to be nice. Wolf Among Us is also a creation Tell Tale games which influenced me to give this game a try and I am not disappointed. Without giving too much away i can tell you that if you don’t have this game please go buy it right now. It’s now available on  PSN and iOS devices for 4.99 per eps or 19.99 for the entire season pass of 5 episodes.

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