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Review: Ultimate Chicken Horse

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Review: Ultimate Chicken Horse

There was a time when I thought to myself, “I want to have fun with my friends and not dedicate my life to ruining theirs.” And then I got Ultimate Chicken Horse. Developed by Clever Endeavor Games, Ultimate Chicken Horse is a game that’s best played with friends, future enemies, or both. Every game starts in a place of joy and excitement, and then rapidly devolves into threats of bodily harm and emotional abuse. Or, as Hasbro calls it, “a normal game of Monopoly”. Hit the jump to read on!

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Review: Star Wars Aftermath – Empire’s End

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Review: Star Wars Aftermath – Empire’s End

“The Rebellion was easy, Lando. Governing’s harder.”

The Empire takes its last stand on the planet of Jakku in the final book of Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy. And while this trilogy has been less “journey to The Force Awakens” and more “what happened right after Return of the Jedi,” we get a tiny glimpse of the start of the First Order in a tale of old favorites, new favorites that I hope we’ll see more of, the birth of the New Republic and the last gasp of a foe that’s dangerous even when it’s dying.

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Review – Dunkirk

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Review – Dunkirk

The Golden Globe nominations are in (which tend to be an early indicator of what may get nominated for the Oscars) so this week guest writer TheNoShitMovieCritic has a review of one of the nominees for Best Drama Picture: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.

I waited a long time to finally add this one to the shelf collection, but to be fair; pound for pound, it’s just not as good as anticipated (hyped beyond delivery).

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Review: Call Me By Your Name

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Review: Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name is a beautiful romantic-coming-of-age drama directed by Luca Guadagnino. Based on the novel of the same name by Andre Aciman, the movie chronicles the romantic relationship between Elio, a 17-year old living in Italy, and his father’s American assistant, Oliver. What starts as friendship ends up being a relationship that defines both characters as each learn about true love and their own place in the world. Read On

Review: Clockwork Boys (Clocktaur War Book 1)

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Review: Clockwork Boys (Clocktaur War Book 1)

Convicted criminal Slate knows she’s not the first choice to lead an expedition into enemy territory. Heck, she’s not even the second. No one else has managed to find any useful information on the rampaging Clockwork Boys though, so she and a smart-aleck assassin, a failed paladin, and a misogynistic scholar have been press-ganged into infiltrating a neighboring city to find something, anything, that will save the Dowager’s City from the invading army.

It’s an act of pure desperation on the Dowager’s part, but Slate is hopeful for her little band….she’s actually hoping they’ll all manage to kill each other and save everyone else the trouble.

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Review – Transformers Lost Light #11

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Review – Transformers Lost Light #11

At long last, this issue we get the answer to the question that’s bugged me for months: how the hell did Getaway convince Blaster and Perceptor to turn into filthy mutineers? I can buy it from some obscure, background-filler, appeared-47-issues-ago-so-I’ve-forgotten-their-name-SORRY, but Perceptor? Blaster??

And the reason is both slightly unsatisfying and completely believable. And I can’t get into it if I’m going to dance around the plot points, so fair warning: see below for a completely spoiler-filled discussion of Lost Light #11.

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Review: Troll Bridge

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Review: Troll Bridge

“I’m a troll,” he said. Then he paused, and added, more or less as an afterthought, “Fol rol de ol rol.”

Thanksgiving is over, so it’s officially time to start shopping for Christmas presents! (Unless you’re one of those highly organized people who got their Christmas shopping done before October, in which case I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT.)

If you’re shopping for someone on your list who’s a literary enthusiast and loves fantasy/sci-fi, then you can’t go wrong with something by Neil Gaiman. Dark Horse has been releasing a steady stream of individual Gaiman stories, each one a little jewel of a tale illustrated by a different artist (Pixelated Geek has already reviewed two of them.)

I randomly picked up a copy of one of these from last year, and I was delighted to discover it was illustrated by Colleen Doran, who’s art I’ve been on-again-off-again familiar with for about twenty-five years. The combination of Doran’s art and Gaiman’s story Troll Bridge does not disappoint.

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Review – Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

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Review – Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

This week guest columnist Luciana Rabelo has a look at Jim Carrey’s documentary Jim & Andy.

It’s difficult to know for sure if Jim Carrey truly speaks from the heart or if it is all part of a carefully put together script, but Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton certainly is an amazing surprise.

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Review: Hand of Fate 2

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Review: Hand of Fate 2

NOTE: This review is written based off of a review code provided by the developer.

From game developer Defiant Development, Hand of Fate 2 puts you at the mercy of the game of life and death. You sit at a table across from the man known as “the dealer” as he walks you through adventures and scenarios of his design. However, as you delve deeper and deeper into the game, you wrestle more control over your own fate while still at the mercy of the cards and the dealer. The dealer is preparing for something, what that something is, could mean something disastrous for you. Hit the jump to read on! Read On