Sunday, July 9, 2017

Spiderman Homecoming

Hey there Spider-fans! Your favorite wall-crawler is back in a brand new adventure. This time our web-slinging hero is up against the nefarious Vulture, who's gun-running criminal empire threatens the entire eastern seaboard, not least of which contains Spidey's own neighborhood! So put on your webshooters and give a listen as Cory, JC, and Suzy discuss the web-headed antics of SPIDERMAN HOMECOMING! Excelsior!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Go Go Power Rangers

The Power Rangers: A show from the 90's where high school kids find magic belt buckles that enable them to turn into ninja warrior dinobot robo-pilots. Yes, it was a strange decade, the 90's, yet I still look back on it fondly. It was back when they still made low-budget live-action sci-fi shows, and not everything sci-fi or comedy on TV had to be done with bad animation. Instead stories could still be told through the medium of bad acting. Truly the halcyon days.


Power Rangers was a cross between Saved by the Bell and some Japanese Game Show that you accidentally stumble across after midnight while watching cable. Five very American hip kids with tight-rolled jeans, oversized cut-off sweatshirts and half-undone overalls would discuss some issue at school about bullies, and then a floating head would summon them to a giant spaceship and inform them that aliens were attacking, and then the kids would morph into a Japanese Action Monster Movie. You would then watch motorcycle helmet-wearing colorful ninjas fight guys in rubber suits somewhere in a California desert for the next twenty minutes. You wouldn't see the kids outside of their ninja fighting suits and helmets again until the credits were about to roll, and whenever they spoke the helmeted ninja would move his or her arms around really flamboyantly so the viewer could tell who was supposed to be speaking. It was fairly ridiculous yet pretty fun to watch back in the day.

So this year they released a Power Rangers reboot movie, and a couple of the folks who listen to the Vorpal Podcast asked us to review it so they could hear our take. Since it was only in theaters for about a week before it went to video (which ...should've been a warning I now realize), Suzy and I decided to just rent it and do a live podcast review it immediately after watching it. Its fair to say we both were ready to Morph into rock monsters and join Rita Repulsa by the time this movie finally finished.

I'm just going to go ahead and tell you, this movie did not have nearly enough Power Rangerin' in it. Plenty of teenager angst, but very little Mighty or Morphin at all. They also make it super clear this movie was heavily sponsored by Krispy Kreme. It was like Mac and Me, except without the cute little Coke-drinking alien who makes you want to keep watching.



Sunday, June 25, 2017

Transformers 5 - Written by No One

So just finished watching and recording a podcast review for TRANSFORMERS:THE LAST KNIGHT, and I am just going to say, this has to be the worst Michael Bay movie yet. I can't imagine how a giant-budget movie like this got green-lit, and I'm a guy that actually enjoyed Suicide Squad when I saw it in the theater.

Don't get me wrong, I don't automatically hate Michael Bay movies. I loved the first Transformers, and the second Turtles movie was pretty good too. But there is a storytelling and visual style that Michael Bay is known for, and that is usually ridiculously big explosions and effects (good) but silly or inconsistent plot writing and characters (not as good). Still, if you promise you'll show me Optimus Prime punching a giant bug-robot in the face, then I'll forgive a lot of plot holes and silliness. But this movie did not have enough robot fights or explosions to overcome the stupidity of the characters and plot and whatever the hell was supposed to be happening on screen. Not even close.

It turns out that forgiveness only goes so far. THE LAST KNIGHT far. If Michael Bay was for some reason secretly trying to actually torpedo the Transformers property, well then he couldn't have done a better job.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Wonder Woman - Vorpal Podcast

By Hera! Wonder Woman is finally here to save the DC Cinematic Universe! Cory, Suzy, and JC get pull out their bracers of deflection and review the Heroine from Paradise Isle. So grab your shield and unhook your lasso, because these superhero fanatics are about to drop some serious truth about Wonder Woman!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Chronomega Kickstarter Cancelled

We’ve been listening to a lot of feedback on our Chronomega Kickstarter campaign, and it’s clear now that the current course for the campaign we are following for Chronomega is simply not going to get this station into orbit. We had a lot of success with Ravingspire, and I know a lot of folks backed us on Chronomega because they supported Ravingspire, and I am so thankful for that! But even though that campaign went great, clearly we still aren’t experts at marketing our cool ideas. We are just three guys excited about creating unique games we enjoy playing, so we can sometimes miss the forest for the trees when it comes to presenting those ideas to others. 

Therefore it is with a heavy heart I announced that we’ve decided to cancel the campaign for Chronomega, so we can focus on going through the great suggestions we’ve gotten and prep the station for a re-launch. We’re going to demo it at more conventions, send it out and get it reviewed from trusted reviewers, look into playtesting solo functionality (a popular request!), and most importantly create more online assets to better show you and the world how it plays and why we think it’s so awesome. 

Also we’re determined to make our next project’s shipping EU Friendly, and we want to make sure that’s in place before we re-launch. We really do think Chronomega is a winner, and we know its time will come!

I want to thank everyone so much for your early support. And if you’d like to sign up for our newsletter here, we’ll let you know when we re-launch. We’ll also include a special bonus for you original Chrononauts who jet back aboard Chronomega when we return!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chronomega KS Update #2 - Hexagonal Game Box

As those of you who picked up Ravingspire know, we are proponents of a unique game box that personifies the game within. With Ravingspire we created a Wizard’s Tome-style box that we are really proud of, and feel it really exemplifies its deck-building Sword and Sorcery style.

We have been working on making something thematic to house Chronomega and I'm hoping people will like it as much as I do. Its a hexagonal box for Chronomega that mirrors the shape of the transparent tech cards that are utilized by the scientist-astronauts in the game.

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It’ll be approximately 11.5”x13.5”x3.5” (LxWxD) and will stack easily to fit in among the other games on the shelf, but it’s hex shape and shiny silver exterior will also make it stand out from its rectangular brethren. I think its cool, at any rate! :D

Friday, May 12, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 - Vorpal Podcast

In this episode a rag-tag group of ne'er do-wells come together to talk about the much-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2! How does it hold up to other Marvel movies? Is baby Groot as adorable as promised? Who the hell are the gold people? We know the answers to none of those questions, and more! But we wildly confabulate none the less, and have a great time doing it. So come on over and give a listen while Cory, Suzy, and JC cut Guardians of the Galaxy down to size!

BONUS: If you love rocketships, space, and sci-fi as much as we do, check out our brand new rocket-paced, rotating-space station boardgame: CHRONOMEGA, created by your podcast hosts at Vorpal Chainsword Games, on Kickstarter now!