Sunday, November 27, 2022

DISNEY SORCERERS ARENA THRILLS AND CHILLS EXPANSION

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There are three new characters to join in the battle within Disney's Sorcerer's Arena tabletop game from The Op Games. Available now is a THRILLS & CHILLS expansion pack that adds Jack Skellington, Mother Gothel and The Horned King to the gladiatorial arena that pits fan favorites from Disney and Pixar animated movies in combat against each other. These three scary characters can now join Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey, Aladin, Ariel, Dr. Facilier, Demona, Gaston, Maleficient and Sulley from the game's core set in this epic turn-based combat game recommended for ages 13+.

DISNEY'S SORCERER'S ARENA is designed for one on one gameplay or matches of two on two teams making it suited for 2 to 4 players. Matches last about a half hour. The core set is required to utilize expansion packs like "Thrills and Chills". Also available is a "Turning the Tide" themed expansion pack which includes Davey Jones, Moana and Stitch to go along with the Core set and "Thrills & Chills" expansion. Which characters are you most excited to team up in your quest to become the Master Summoner who dominates the Sorcerer's Arena?

The "Thrills & Chills" expansion pack for DISNEY'S SORCERER'S ARENA tabletop game adds three exciting options in Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mother Gothel from Tangled, and The Horned King from The Black Cauldron. Included are acrylic standee figures with bases, a card deck for each character (10 cards per deck), nine status effect tokens, three character turn order tokens, 3 Cauldron Born character tokens, and an ability card for Jack Skellington, Mother Gothel and The Horned King. The expansion pack adds two new mechanics and one status effect not seen in the Core Set. So, there are some fun bonuses to adding this expansion pack beyond just introducing new characters into your battles.

Here are some details about the new heroes and villains entering into Disney's Sorcerer's arena:

THE HORNED KING

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The Horned King is one of the most ruthless and merciless villains in a Disney movie whose sole goal is to become a "God between mortal men." He searches for the legendary Black Cauldron that has the power to raise the dead. Upon obtaining it, The Horned King creates an undead legion of soldiers called Cauldron Born. 

In Disney's Sorcerer's Arena, The Horned King introduces a new mechanic allowing him to control character tokens for Cauldron Born. These Cauldron Born character tokens are allies to the characters on their Summoner's team and don't have their own moves but rather are controlled by a primary character they are associated with such as The Horned King. His card deck and character skills allow this army of the dead to impact opposing characters within the arena.

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The Horned King also introduces constant abilities to the game. These are abilities that are always in effect when the character is in the Arena, including during your other character's turns and during rival Summoners' turns. The Horned King's constant ability is whenever he gains victory points if there are two or fewer Cauldron Born in the arena, another Cauldron Born token is placed in an unoccupied adjacent space.

He has a standard attack of 2 points and standard movement of 1 space per turn as well as a forced march skill which allows him to move one allied Cauldron Born up to 2 spaces each turn. Additionally, The Horned King can be upgraded to give him the ability that at the beginning of each rival's starting phase, that rival takes 1 point of damage for each Cauldron Born token they are adjacent to. The Horned King's action cards that allow him to control an army of Cauldron Born warriors around the game board like chess pawns make him a formidable foe. 

MOTHER GOTHEL

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Mother Gothel is a witch that utilizes the magical properties of Rapunzel's hair to keep herself perpetually young. She has a standard move rate of 2 spaces and standard attack of 2 points. She has a special skill that allows her to have the top card of a rival Summoner's deck revealed. That Summoner may then choose to either banish the revealed card or Mother Gothel gains a Stealthy advantage. 

She also can be upgraded to allow her to force a rival Summoner to reveal their entire hand of cards. Mother Gothel can then banish up to two revealed cards for the same character. Her action cards also provide some wicked magical and backstabbing attacks making her much more deadly than she may appear. Watch out for Mother Gothel because she has the ability to sneak up on other characters, banish their abilities and slit their throats. Don't underestimate her because she doesn't come off as monstrous or overly dangerous as she is a very evil threat.

JACK SKELLINGTON

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Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town. He serves as the patron spirit of Halloween much the same way Santa Claus and Easter Bunny represent their respective holidays. Yet he strives to expand his jurisdiction beyond just Halloween. He means well but can get himself into trouble because while Jack means well Skellington can be rather naive at times.

He has a standard move rate of 2 spaces and attack worth 2 points of damage. He can help a friend with a skill that allows him to discard a card in his hand in exchange for being able to move a status effect on one character to another ally. Jack Skellington can also be upgraded so that on each of his turns an additional counter token can be added to a status effect.

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Jack's action cards have a focus on status effects, especially the new one added into the game through this expansion pack, afraid. Afraid makes a character use all of its movements each turn causing it to take 2 points of damage if coming to rest adjacent to a rival. Skellington also has cards that impact rivals becoming Immobilized, Flustered as well as Afraid. He also can prompt allies to be Strong! 

Of the three characters, Jack Skellington has the most health points with 10 needed to be eliminated to vanquish him yet his rivals get the least victory points for defeating him at 5. The Horned King will earn an opposing team 6 victory points by eliminating his eight health points. Mother Gothel is the easiest to take out at 7 health points with the same reward as The Horned King with 6 victory points. These points along with character abilities create strategic considerations when determining whom you want to summon to join your gladiatorial team.

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Which character from the "Chills & Thrills" expansion pack are you most geeked about utilizing in a game of Disney's Sorcerer's Arena?

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Friday, November 18, 2022

CONAN THE BARBARIAN RETURNS TO MOVIE THEATERS

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My ten year old Dungeon & Dragons playing self was enthralled with the 1982 sword and sorcery epic CONAN THE BARBARIAN starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Earl Jones. Wow has forty years passed by already?! Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the film, Fathom Events and Universal Pictures are bringing the original 1982 CONAN THE BARBARIAN back to movie theaters for a two-night engagement this December.

Following his parents’ savage murder, young Conan (Schwarzenegger) is captured by the cold-blooded Thulsa Doom (Jones) and spends the next fifteen years in agony, first chained to the Wheel of Pain and then enslaved as a Pit Fighter. Rather than allowing this brutal fate to conquer him, Conan builds an incomparable body and an indomitable spirit—both of which he needs when he suddenly finds himself a free man. Aided by his companions Subotai the Mongol (Gerry Lopez) and Valeria, Queen of Thieves (Sandahl Bergman), Conan sets out to solve the “riddle of steel,” seize ultimate power and, finally, take revenge on the warlord who killed his family.

CONAN THE BARBARIAN will be at select theaters on December 12 and 13, 2022. Visit fathomevents.com for more information.

LEGION OF SUPER HEROES ANIMATED MOVIE

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Warner Bros Animation is transporting DC Comics fans to the 31st Century in the upcoming LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES movie being released direct to home video on February 7, 2023. This all-new, feature-length DC Universe Movie will be available in 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital formats. In LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, Supergirl ventures to the 31st century to find answers to her present-day dilemmas, only to encounter new problems and an old enemy.

Meg Donnelly (American Housewife) and Harry Shum Jr. (Crazy Rich Asians) lead a star-studded cast as the voices of Supergirl/Kara and Brainiac 5, respectively. Darren Criss (Glee, The Assassination of Gianni Versace), Matt Bomer (Doom Patrol, White Collar) and Jensen Ackles (Supernatural, The Boys) reprise their roles in this ongoing Justice League continuity as Superman, The Flash and Batman, respectively.

The remainder of the robust Legion of Super-Heroes cast features Cynthia Hamidi (FBI) as Dawnstar, Gideon Adlon (Blockers) as Phantom Girl, Ely Henry (Players, Smallfoot) as Bouncing Boy, Robbie Daymond (Critical Role) as Timber Wolf & Brainiac 4, Yuri Lowenthal (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Spider-Man) as Mon-El, Eric Lopez (Young Justice) as Cosmic Boy & Chemical King, Darin De Paul (Mortal Kombat Legends franchise) as Brainiac & Solomon Grundy, Ben Diskin (Muppet Babies) as Arms Fall Off Boy & Brainiac 2, Victoria Grace (Pacific Rim: The Black) as Shadow Lass, Jennifer Hale (Mass Effect franchise) as Alura, Daisy Lightfoot (Avengers Assemble) as Triplicate Girl, and Zeno Robinson (Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons) as Invisible Kid & Brainiac 3.

In LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, welcome to the 31st century and the Legion Academy, where a new generation hones their powers. Devastated by tragedy, Supergirl struggles to adjust to her new life on Earth. Taking her cousin Superman’s advice, Supergirl leaves their space-time to attend the Academy. There, she quickly makes new friends, as well as a new enemy with old ties: Brainiac 5. But a nefarious plot lurks in the shadows – the mysterious group known as the Dark Circle seeks a powerful weapon held in the Academy’s vault. Find out if the budding heroes can rise to the challenge in this all-new DC Universe Movie!

In addition to the feature presentation, LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES also includes the following bonus content:

  • The Legion Behind The Legion (New Featurette) – It took a heroic effort from a legion of writers, artists, animators and filmmakers to bring Legion of Super-Heroes to life. In this featurette, filmmakers and stars give us a deep dive into the making of the movie, from the original story idea through character development and final animation. 
  •  Meet the Legionnaires (New Featurette) – There are dozens and dozens of Legion members, many of whom are featured in Legion of Super-Heroes. Who made the cut, and why? Lucky for us, the filmmakers are here to introduce us to each one - and give us some background on who they are, and why they’re important to the movie. 
  •  Brainiac Attack: The Intellect Behind the Super-Villain (New Featurette) – In Legion of Super-Heroes, Brainiac 5 proves himself to be the pinnacle of all Brainiac iterations, but how did he become that way? In this featurette, filmmakers explain what we should we know about the 4 Brainiacs who came before him, and how – and why – Brainiac 5 chose his own path. 
  •  Down to Earth: The Story of Supergirl (New Featurette) – Supergirl’s narrow escape from Krypton and her arrival on Earth is just the beginning of our story (literally). In this featurette, filmmakers explain why they chose to center Legion of Super-Heroes on Supergirl, what the backstory is between her and Superman at the start of the movie, and what exactly is going on between her and Brainiac 5.
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES is rated PG-13 for violence and language. The animated movie has a runtime of 83 minutes. Who is geeked to see LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES?!

CHRISTMAS SHOWS ON HBO MAX

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The holiday season is here and for those looking to stream Christmas shows HBO Max has a HOLIDAY WONDERLAND spotlight page showcasing a diverse selection of series and films available to view from the online service. New movies like the direct to HBO Max A Christmas Story Christmas, a sequel to the classic Christmas movie which follows Ralphie, now an adult, who returns to the house on Cleveland Street to give his family a magical Christmas and A Christmas Mystery, which follows a group of intrepid kids trying to solve the case of why Santa’s magical jingle bells disappeared, provide something new to view. While longtime family-friendly favorites such as Elf, Jack Frost, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation are also available on HBO Max.

HBO Max's HOLIDAY WONDERLAND spotlight page also offers curated collections that allow fans to cozy up with their favorite holiday episodes of series like Friends, Magnolia Table With Joanna Gaines, Full House, The Big Bang Theory and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. After the success of last year’s yule logs, HBO Max brings back this feature for viewers to enjoy.

Here are selections that can be found on HBO Max's HOLIDAY WONDERLAND spotlight page:

A Christmas Carol, 1938 

A Christmas Dream, 1946 

A Christmas Mystery, 2022 

 A Christmas Story, 1983 

A Christmas Story 2, 2012 

A Christmas Story Christmas, 2022 

A Dennis the Menace Christmas, 2007 

A Hollywood Christmas, 2022 

A Sesame Street Christmas Carol 

A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas, 2011 

Arthur Christmas, 2011

Black Nativity, 2013 

Carol for Another Christmas, 1964 

Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, 2022

Christmas in Connecticut, 1945 

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 2000 

Elf, 2003 

Elmo Saves Christmas, 2022

 Four Christmases, 2008 

 Fred Claus, 2007 

Happy Feet, 2006 

Happy Feet Two, 2011 

Holiday Harmony, 2022

 It Happened on 5th Avenue, 1947 

Jack Frost, 1998 

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, 1989 

Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas, 2022

 Prancer, 1989 

Santa Camp, Max Original Documentary 

Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays, 2012 

Sesame Street's The Nutcracker, 2022

Snow Day, 2000 

The Man Who Came to Dinner, 1942 

The Polar Express, 2004 

The Shop Around the Corner, 1940 

The Thin Man, 1934

 Unaccompanied Minors, 2006

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

TOM AND JERRY SNOWMANS LAND MOVIE

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Thanks Warners Bros Home Entertainment for sending my family a free DVD of the new original animated movie TOM AND JERRY: SNOWMAN'S LAND which is available now on DVD and Digital video formats. This holiday themed film is filled with 72 minutes of toe-tapping tunes and hilarious hijinks featuring the cat and mouse duo plus bonus content for the home video release that includes three classic Tom & Jerry television episodes (Snowbrawl / Ho Ho Horrors / The Plight Before Christmas).

In TOM AND JERRY: SNOWMAN'S LAND, it is time to chase down holiday spirit with Tom and Jerry. Magic is in the air as Jerry and his nephew Tuffy make a snow mouse that miraculously comes to life! To keep their new friend, Larry the Snow Mouse, from melting, Tuffy and Jerry must race him to the fabled Snowman's Village. In hot pursuit, Tom and devious Dr. Doublevay have their own plans for Larry's magic. A dashing Tom & Jerry adventure filled with songs, snow, thrills, laughs and holiday magic.


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Monday, November 14, 2022

FOURTEEN TIPS FOR PLANNING A FATHER SON TRIP TO THE SERENGETI

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Father Son trips are a tradition that has been around for centuries. It is a time when fathers and sons can bond and create memories that will last a lifetime. If you are looking to plan a truly memorable Father Son trip, the Serengeti would be an amazing destination to visit. Here are 14 tips on how to make a trip to the Serengeti an unforgettable experience!

1) Plan your trip during the dry season: The Serengeti is an amazing place to see wildlife; however, the best time to visit is during the dry season (July-September). This is when the animals are most active, and there is less chance of rain. In addition, the dry season is also the best time to see the Great Migration, making sure you’re there on the right time and planning carefully and making this a once in a lifetime activity for you and your dad, you will totally blow him away. 

2) Get the necessary vehicles: In order to fully experience the Serengeti, you will need to have a vehicle that can handle off-road driving. 4x4s are ideal; go here for the best vehicles required; however, many safari companies offer jeep rentals if you do not have one. In addition, make sure that your vehicles are rigged with the necessary supplies, such as:  
  • Tents- for overnight stays;
  • Water - for long days of driving; 
  • First Aid kit- in case of any emergencies; 
  • GPS- for navigation; 
  • Food - Sufficient for the number of days you plan to be in the Serengeti 
3) Getting the team together: Planning a trip to the Serengeti is not a one-person job. You will need to put together a team of people who are passionate about wildlife and adventure. In addition, it is important to have a team that you can trust and rely on. This way, you can focus on enjoying your trip and making memories with your son! We could arrange a few teams of fathers and sons to joy and make it very memorable. 

4) Choose your lodging carefully: There are many different types of lodges and campsites that you can choose from in the Serengeti. It is important to book one that is close to the action, so you don't have to travel far to see the animals. In addition, make sure to read reviews before booking so you know what to expect. 

5) Get a guide: A guide is an essential part of any trip to the Serengeti. They will not only help you find the best places to see wildlife, but they will also teach you about the animals and their habits. In addition, a good guide will be able to help you with any problems that you may have while in the park. 

6) Be prepared for long days: When visiting the Serengeti, it is important to be prepared for long days. Many of the best wildlife viewing opportunities happen at dawn and dusk, so you will need to be up early and stay out late. In addition, make sure to pack enough food and water for everyone in your group, as there are often no places to stop and buy supplies. 

7) Get the proper clothing: Proper clothing is one of the most important things to pack for your trip. The weather in the Serengeti can be very unpredictable, so it is important to be prepared for both hot and cold temperatures. Be sure to pack light, loose-fitting clothes for the hot days and warmer clothing for the cold nights. 

8) Do not forget your camera: The Serengeti is full of amazing animals and scenery, so be sure to bring your camera! A good zoom lens is essential for getting close-up shots of the wildlife. In addition, be sure to bring plenty of memory cards and batteries, as you will want to take lots of pictures. Binoculars are also a good idea so that you can see the animals from a distance. 

9) Be prepared for emergencies: Although the Serengeti is generally a safe place, it is always important to be prepared for emergencies. Be sure to bring a first aid kit and plenty of water. In addition, leaving your itinerary with someone at home is a good idea, so they know where you are and how to reach you if necessary. 

10) Vaccinations: Before travelling to the Serengeti, it is important to get the proper vaccinations. These will protect you from diseases such as malaria and yellow fever. Be sure to consult with your doctor before your trip, so you know which vaccinations are proper for you. 

11) Insurance: It is always a good idea to purchase travel insurance before going on any trip. This will protect you in case of any medical emergencies or other problems that may occur while you are away from home. 

12) Be aware of your surroundings: When visiting the Serengeti, it is important to be aware of your surroundings at all times. There are many dangerous animals that call this park home, so it is important to stay on trails and in vehicles when possible. In addition, be sure to listen to your guide and follow their instructions. 

13) Do not approach the animals: One of the most important rules when visiting the Serengeti is not to approach the animals. Although they may seem tame, they are wild animals and can be dangerous. Therefore, giving them space and observing them from a distance is important. If you do encounter an animal, be sure to stay calm and follow your guide's instructions. 

14) Respect the park: The Serengeti is a fragile ecosystem that is home to many different types of animals. Therefore, it is important to respect the park and its inhabitants. Be sure to stay on trails, dispose of trash properly, and do not disturb the wildlife. 

In conclusion, following these tips will help ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable trip to the Serengeti. Remember to be prepared, respect the park, and stay aware of your surroundings at all times. With a little bit of planning, you can have an unforgettable experience in one of the most amazing places on earth.

WHAT MAKES NEW RIVER GORGE SPECIAL

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Visiting West Virginia? Then you need to visit "The Gorge"! West Virginia's New River Gorge is a spectacular place. Here are five reasons that "The Gorge" is special:


"The Gorge" is the location of the country's newest National Park that preserves one of the continent's oldest rivers. New River Gorge National Park is full of hidden gems like scenic views to discover and ghost towns to explore. It is a rock climbing and whitewater rafting wonderland for adventure sports enthusiasts and has miles of trails for those with a wanderlust for hiking off the beaten path.


2. Diverse & Unique Habitat

The New River Gorge is home to a variety of flora and fauna not found very many other places on the planet. "The Gorge" has the most diverse salamander population in the world, many of which can be found within the national park boundary. Old growth hemlock groves, and many different types of hardwood trees can also be found in this region that has transformed from a mining industry hub of activity to a preserved wilderness. Migratory birds rest here while enroute north or south making it a heavenly spot for birdwatching. 

 
3. Adventures on the Gorge

New River Gorge is home to one of the nation's best adventure sports resorts. A stone's throw from the national park, its campus has a pool with a cliff-side view down into "The Gorge" and a canopy tour that showcases the area's unique topography. Accommodations at Adventures on the Gorge for people who partake in its adventure sports that range from mountain biking and paint ball battles to whitewater rafting and ziplining include resort cabins, rustic camping and RV parking. 



4. Gorgeous Landscapes

The New River Gorge features lush green forests during the summer, breathtaking colors during the fall, and often becomes blanketed with snow during the winter. The spring brings with it a wide variety of wildflowers, plus blooming rhododendrons that only add to the dramatic gorge landscape. Hikers can take to the cliffline or the bottom of the Gorge to explore waterfalls, rock outcrops, and stunning views no matter the season.

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5. An Awesome Bridge

You might be thinking, "A bridge, seriously?!". But seriously, it's really AWESOME! Towering at 876 feet, this bridge is an engineering marvel.  Every year the community celebrates its treasured landmark by throwing a huge party. On Bridge Day, BASE jumpers from around the world fly from the bridge top to the valley below. From Spring through Fall though those who are up for an adventure but don't want to jump off it can take a tour across the catwalk that spans the Gorge under the roadway.



There is a lot to be geeked about when it comes to visiting West Virginia's New River Gorge!