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Monday, 3 March 2008

HeroPress Goes To The Polls!

The readership of HeroPress has spoken, in the first offical HeroPress survey, and the majority have declared you are jonesing for the new Indiana Jones.

When asked what "geeky event" you were most looking forward to in 2008, 36 per cent went for the release of Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. This narrowly kept ahead of the 31 per cent of you eager for another appointment with the Doctor.

Doctor Who Season Four is due to take off on our screens later this month with a packed programme including the return of Donna (Catherine Tate), Martha (Freema Agyeman, currently in Torchwood) and maybe, even, Billie Piper... as well as the Ood and the Sontarans!

In third place, came the new Batman film, The Dark Knight, with 14 per cent of the vote, followed by the Iron Man movie with nine per cent.

Heroically bringing up the rear of "geek things you are looking forward in 2008" was the launch of Fourth Edition Dungeons & Dragons. Only eight per cent of HeroPress redaers expressed an interest in this, but to be honest hardcore D&Ders aren't the main readership of this site - there are many far better informed D&D related blogs and websites out there (several of which are listed to the right in my RSS feeds).
I must confess, that following Dane of War's sneaky peak at the latest preview material for 4e and several other news items I've read, I'm actually quite stoked about this game.

I doubt I would ever run or play this game (it is Dungeons & Dragons in name only these days - having more in common with World of Warcraft than old school tabletop gaming), but many, many of the rules changes I've heard about have really piqued my interest as possible innovative "house rules" for my own Castles and Crusades' game.

The pdf of the latest iteration of my Tekralh Castles & Crusades' background material can be downloaded here. (It's about 3.5MB, so far - 26 pages, illustrated and in full colour... and growing!)
The second official HeroPress poll looked at the continuation of the Star Wars phenomenom, namely George Lucas' plans to bring not one, but two, televised incarnations of the multi-billion dollar franchise to our screens - one animated and one live-action.

However, if our poll is anything to go by, the Lucasfilm publicity machine needs to be getting out there informing people and winning hearts and minds. The majority of respondents either didn't know about the planned TV versions of Star Wars (30 per cent) or didn't care (23 per cent).

An overwhelming majority of those who did know and care were more interested in the live-action series (30 per cent), over the Clone Wars animated series (nine per cent) or both (six per cent).

Clone Wars, unlike the popular earlier Clone Wars cartoons, directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, are three-dimensional computer animations resembling more stylised versions of the characters (as pictured above); similar in style to the latest CGI version of Captain Scarlet or cut scenes from a modern video game.

As I understand it, Clone Wars is to be released first as a 'film' in North American cinemas on August 14 and will then be show episodically on Cartoon Network.

The live-action series isn't due to debut until late 2009, with Boba Fett forming a pivotal part of the story... although there will be no Skywalkers we are told.

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