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Michael Barnes

Written by: Michael Barnes
# "Today is Christmas. There will be a magic show at eleven hundred hours."  That's one of my favorite lines in FULL METAL JACKET. In context, it's bizarre and almost completely alien.  Anyway, it's ...
December 17th, 2009
Written by: Michael Barnes
#OK, this just in from FFG. The new big box game is HORUS HERESY, obviously a 40K-themed board game and I _think_ it may actually be a ridiculously produced edition of the old game of the same name, it's ...
December 11th, 2009
Written by: Michael Barnes
# Pictured is Swiss artist HR Giger with what must be the coolest model train of all time. Note that Mr. Giger is not wearing engineer overalls or a hat, nor is he wearing a red hanky and going "woo woo!...
December 10th, 2009
Written by: Michael Barnes
Thought I'd write up another couple of iPhone games I've checked out...there's been some really good ones to come out over the last month and if you're looking for a good time for about a dollar, it's a ...
December 7th, 2009
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Sadly, this installment of Michael's Magical Mailbag over at does not include a Cease and Desist letter. I feel left out, marginalized, and disappointed. What do I have to do to get one? W...
December 3th, 2009
Written by: Michael Barnes
# A couple of months ago, editor-in-chief Bill Abner said "no Barnes, I want to do the CHAOS IN THE OLD WORLD    review".  This was back when I was a doubter and I thought the game was g...
November 19th, 2009
Written by: Michael Barnes
# In last week's discussion about AGE OF CONAN, I really got to thinking about how it could be possible that the reason that Nexus was so unsuccessful in translating a lot of the particulars about the lic...
November 12th, 2009
Written by: Michael Barnes
Like your grandmother, your dog, and some hillbilly living somewhere up in the remote Smoky Mountains I too have picked up a copy of CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2.  The game is widely tipped to be ...
November 10th, 2009
Written by: Michael Barnes
# Hey, remember AGE OF CONAN? I barely do. I played the game one time, and it just kind of died on the vine. No one is interested in it  anymore, it seems. It's kind of a shame, I liked it OK the one ti...
November 5th, 2009
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October 22th, 2009
Written by: Michael Barnes
# What is the difference between a good game and a great game? I think the answer, after years of sort of feeling around it, is emergent gameplay. It is the one characteristic that every great game that...
October 15th, 2009
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Fantasy Flight Games Announces Runewars FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fantasy Flight Games announced today that they will release Runewars, a new game of quests, battles, and empire-building by Corey Konieczka. ...
October 14th, 2009
Written by: Michael Barnes
One of the main games that I had been salaciously coveting since its release, although I was sure I would never be able to play it, was DEAD SPACE. In fact, the release of DEAD SPACE: EXTRACTION on the W...
October 12th, 2009
Written by: Michael Barnes
So yeah, obviously I have a 360 now. I've done a couple of video game reviews here and there but now that I'm actually part of this console generation (Wii doesnt' count, apparently) I figure...
October 6th, 2009
Written by: Michael Barnes
# It's no secret that I'm sick to death of board games being stuck in a thematic rut. I'm barely excited any more to play any game that has anything to do with controlling a fantasy hero that stabs monst...
October 1th, 2009
Written by: Michael Barnes
September 24th, 2009
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Last night at Swamp Castle, we had a very special Guest of Honor- none other than Zev Schlasinger of Z-Man games. He travelled all the way to Atlanta from his home in upstate New York to hear what Atlant...
September 18th, 2009
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Just got a press release from House Petersen...they're entering into a partnership with Q-Workshop to release some special ARKHAM HORROR dice. They look pretty cool, black with green print, and featuring...
September 17th, 2009
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