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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Making a Godzilla Board Game

If kids are crafty, they'll make posters, paper plate costumes ... stuff like that.

My son makes board games.

He makes a new one every other day, it seems.  If we get a package in the mail, he wants the box to make his game.  There are dozens of cardboard board games, scribbled upon with markers, all over our house.  Sometimes he uses Hot Wheels, GeoTrax and other toys.

Of course, he also likes Godzilla.  He had an idea for a game and I was more than happy to help out:

Take a map of Japan, some posterboard, get some gashapon-type figures, some dice and a couple of Monopoly sets.

I got a map of Japan and divided it up:
We called it "Godzilla: Total Destruction!"  After I printed out the sections of the map and got them glued to poster board, my son came up with the better title "Godzilla: Japan S.O.S.!" Oh well.

The number in each space corresponds to the number of buildings there.  We used pieces from Monopoly City and U-Build Monopoly for this.

The basic premise is simple: King Ghidorah and Gigan attack Japan.  Mecha Godzilla is being constructed at a secret base and Godzilla is out at sea.  As the two alien kaiju move into Japan, the Earth Defense Forces and Godzilla move to stop them.

Two players: Aliens versus Earth forces.  Or three players: Earth versus Gigan and Ghidorah on a team OR the Aliens versus Godzilla and Earth forces on a team.  Or four players: Gigan on a team with Ghidorah versus Godzilla on a team with the Earth forces.  (If one player is playing a "team," they move one of their monsters and then the other each turn.)

Goal: for the Aliens, destroy all buildings in Japan; for the Earth forces, kill Ghidorah and Gigan (defeated in battle with another kaiju three times).

Roll a die for movement.  Even means the monster can fly and thus moves two spaces that turn; odd means they walk and they only move one.  Since Godzilla can't fly, he always moves one.  Mecha Godzilla can't start moving until the tenth turn.

Once an alien kaiju moves into a city, roll the four-sided die to see how many buildings it destroys.  The monsters can leave before all the buildings are destroyed, if the player wants.

When Godzilla moves into a city, he accidentally destroys one building (unless there's only one building left, in which case he destroys none).

In the Monopoly games, there are some nuclear power plant pieces, too.  You'll note the two "atomic" symbols on the board.  If a monster destroys the buildings there, they can keep the power plant piece and cash it in for extra dice rolls.  If Godzilla rolls through a space with a nuke plant, grab a die, pick a number and if you roll it, Godzilla goes into meltdown and gets sent back to his start space and has to wait five turns.

The five black squares are bases for the Earth Defense Force.  We used cheap army guys from a dollar store for them.  They can move one space at a time at the end of the Earth Forces' turn.

If they are in a city when an alien monster attacks, the alien can't destroy the buildings.  Using a twenty-sided die, the EDF player rolls and the alien player rolls.  If the alien rolls higher, the EDF group is destroyed but the monster can't attack the city until the next turn.  If the EDF player rolls the higher number, the monster is delayed.  The EDF cannot kill a monster, but they can stall them until either Godzilla or Mecha Godzilla arrive.  (The EDF does not attack Godzilla.)  At the end of the next turn of the EDF player, the destroyed army can be regenerated at one of the five bases on the board but 1) not if an army is in that space and 2) not if an alien monster is in that space.

When two opposing kaiju occupy the same space, it's battle time.  Each side rolls the twenty-sided die and it's best of three.  If two allied kaiju are in a space with an enemy kaiju, the side with two monsters gets to roll twice and total the rolls (it's still possible for the underdog to win).  It's still best of three in that case.  When a kaiju loses a fight with another kaiju, they have to either go back to their starting space or move four squares out to sea.  Once a kaiju loses three monster battles, they're dead.

I think that's everything.

Have fun!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Kingdom Come ... in a dream

It's no secret that I'm a superhero fan.  The Timmverse of DC animated shows is among the best continuities of fiction ever created.  And I love comic book-based movies, too.  Oddly enough, I've never been a comic book fan.

No, not "oddly."  I'm rather obsessive compulsive about certain things and I'm a completist.  I have to have it all.  Good thing I never got into Pokemon.  I found it nigh impossible to just jump into a comic universe when there's decades of issues and history to delve into first.

There have been exceptions, though.  Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns is one.  Alex Ross' Kingdom Come is another.

OK.  So I had a dream the other night.  My wife, my son and I went to the movies to see the new Superman movie.

But it wasn't Man of Steel.  And it didn't star Henry Cavil.

It was a pretty sweet movie.

No, I don't remember too much of it.  I remember Christopher Reeve flying around and punching other costumed folks.  I remember thinking how awesome it was to see him in the suit again.  Unfortunately, that's about it.

So striking the dream was that I felt I had to represent it visually.  There you go.

I'm not a Photoshop expert by any stretch, but I'm rather proud of that poster.

Here's what Kingdom Come Supes looks like, in case you wondered:

Here's the Man of Steel suit picture, courtesy of IdleHands:

Yes, I had to 'blue' the suit a bit.  I'm particularly happy with the KC symbol on his chest.  If you didn't know, the background of the 'S' is black because he's still mourning the death of SPOILER Lois Lane.

The Christopher Reeve pic comes from the junkyard scene in Superman III:

I did some half-assed aging on him ... enhanced wrinkles, added crow's feet, receded the hairlines, lightened and darkened the hair as needed, etc.  Love the mussed spitcurl so I kept that, despite the slicked back look Superman had for most of Kingdom Come.

It was a cool dream.  It's a shame it's not reality.  Hopefully, DC Animated will one day put out a two-part movie, much like they did for TDKR.

Friday, February 15, 2013

LEGO Kids Fest

Somehow, our home of Richmond, VA is one of seven cities in the US to get a visit by LEGO Kids Fest this year.  Basically, it's like a small LEGO convention with loads of activities for the kids, construction areas, showroom-type spaces, etc.  We spent nearly five hours there and left wiped.

Just to get an idea, here's the Big Brick Pile.  Possibly hundreds of thousands of bricks just piled up in an area for kids to play and build with.  Typically, all the kids just flopped into it as though it were made of leaves.

Some of the coolest things were the statues built entirely of LEGO.  Here you go:

 And check out the detail on Maul:

While I'm on Bilbo, check out Bag End, both the front and the interior:

Lightning McQueen here took more than 2,000 hours to build and weighs about one ton:

(Yes, that's my son.  Not some random kid I was following.  Promise.)

Again, check out the detail on Captain Jack Sparrow:

Huge fun.  If you're lucky enough to be near one, go.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's!

In honor of the day, I'm handing out sexy books.

Sexcalation, my semi-autobiographical erotic novel, deals with married life and what happens when they get involved with the hot, young neighbors.

It's just 99¢ when you use coupon code HD92L and buy the book HERE.

The Red Kick, my series of "comic book"-like, action packed, erotic tales, turned out really well.  Engrossing story, loads of superhero action and plenty of hotness.

Issue #1 is free HERE.  Issue #2 is free when you use code ZQ48X and get it HERE.