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RWBY: Combat Ready, the Board Game for RWBY Fans, Is Now Funded

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RWBY has transformed into a global phenomenon. The show, the brainchild of Monty Oum (RIP), is arguably Rooster Teeth’s most popular property, and like many popular properties these days, RWBY has its own board game Kickstarter campaign. That this Kickstarter campaign has already been fully funded with four unlocked stretch goals only attests to the show’s popularity.

The game, RWBY: Combat Ready, will place players in the shoes of the four main heroines: Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang. The board game will be co-op focused and require players to team up to complete missions and fight off bosses, sub-bosses, and their minions. RWBY fans are no-doubt wondering how the makers of RWBY: Combat Ready, Arcane Wonders (creators of board games such as Mage Wars Academy and and Sheriff of Nottingham) translated the show’s high-octane and decidedly anime fight scenes to flat, static cardboard. Arcane Wonders has went with a card-based mechanics that require players to strategize, cooperate, and when worse comes to worse, risk everything on all-or-nothing attacks. The game looks complicated, but a very enjoyable kind of complicated, especially for RWBY fans.

The RWBY: Combat Ready Kickstarter campaign started less than a week ago on September 27th, but over the weekend it achieved its $250,000 goal. Since then, the campaign has received enough money to unlock four stretch goals: three new in-game missions, an upgraded  rulebook with a  paperback cover and four pages on the making of the game, upgraded game cards with black core, and three more in-game missions. The Kickstarter campaign includes plenty more stretch goals, including plastic miniatures instead of cardboard player (and villain) pieces, extra boss and sub-boss add ons, card booster pack add ons, and new player character add ons. And did I mention that the last stretch goal, set at $550,000, includes a brand-new, never before seen character set to premiere in a later episode of RWBY? That’s right: Rooster Teeth is willing to give faithful RWBY fans an exclusive, extended sneak peak at this character but only if they spend a lot of money on the Kickstarter campaign and  buy the add on.

If you consider yourself a RWBY fan, you’re probably already sold on the concept of a RWBY board game. Pledge tiers start as low as $45 plus $8 shipping for the board game and reach as high as $10,000 plus shipping for two copies of the game (one of which is signed by the game’s developers), 5 x 7 art prints, a t-shirt, a commemorative coin, and three visits to Rooster Teeth Animation Studios (travel and accommodation not included). Although, fans who want a super-special reward should go for either the $500 tier, as it contains an animation cel from the RWBY show, or the $2,500 tier, which includes a personalized print by Rooster Teeth production artist Patrick Rodriguez.

I look forward to the eventual release of RWBY: Combat Ready.

All you have to do to get my attention is talk about video games, technology, anime, and/or Dungeons & Dragons - also people in spandex fighting rubber suited monsters.

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Google engineers successfully hacked the PS Portal to run emulated PSP games

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After about a month of work, a couple of Google employees have successfully hacked the PS Portal, PlayStation’s handheld streaming solution. Their project is not set for public release anytime soon, but the hack is purely software-based, eliminating the need for hardware exploitation.

Andy Nguyen, a cloud vulnerability researcher, and Calle Svensson, a security engineer, shared their latest project on Twitter. They successfully ran the PSP emulator PPSSPP on the PS Portal. They presented the 2005 PSP classic Grand Theft Auto: Liberty Stories.

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As a wireless streaming device, the idea of playing games on the PS Portal without a PS5 providing the power was considered impossible. It’s quite surprising how quickly Nguyen and Svensson have overcome this initial hurdle. It remains to be seen where their efforts will take them, but we will definitely keep an eye on their progress. Nguyen expressed that there is still a lot of work left to do.

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Lady Gaga reveals collaboration with Fortnite for upcoming festival and addresses typo

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Lady Gaga, also known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has teased an upcoming collaboration with Fortnite Festival set to be unveiled soon. More pertinent to our specific attention to detail, Gaga has also admitted to a mistake made around four years ago, indicating her keen awareness of the franchise’s significant value.

Gaga shared a mesmerizing picture of her character in Fortnite and also retweeted a post from 2019 where she asked her fans, “What’s fortnight?”. She finally got the chance to correctly spell the title of the game, allowing us to breathe a sigh of relief after waiting anxiously.

Lady Gaga will be teaming up with other top celebrities to maximize their presence on the Fortnite platform. Travis Scott once hosted a live concert in Battle Royale a couple of years ago, while the Weeknd just premiered the music video for the song “Popular” at the Fortnite Festival.

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Reflecting on Street Fighter 5’s tumultuous launch, Capcom looks back eight years later

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For those who may not recall, nearly eight years ago today, Street Fighter 5 was released in 2016 in a rather incomplete state. The content available was impressive initially, but the limited number of characters and lack of single-player game modes stood out. Capcom expresses regret for the entire situation, offering apologies years later for having “betrayed” players’ expectations.

On SF5’s eighth anniversary, the developers must be feeling nostalgic. They recently posted a Japanese-language tweet looking back on the mistakes made and the challenges that were eventually overcome. The number of playable characters has grown to 45, and the game has seen various enhancements, including the introduction of new abilities such as V Skills/Trigger II and V Shift. Even now, hundreds of thousands of players still choose to play this game instead of the newer Street Fighter 6.
Have you had the chance to try out Street Fighter 5 since it was first released? What do you recall about the game’s reception? Take a trip down memory lane in the comments section below.

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