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PCR #199  (Vol. 5, No. 3)  This edition is for the week of January 12--18, 2003.

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by Will Moriaty
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 by Mike Smith
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 by Andy Lalino
CMGs...."Big Fish"
 by John Lewis
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 by Matt Drinnenberg
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Creature's Corner

Hello Everyone:
I am writing this from a den located in the tallest tower in the castle where I can see the countryside in all directions. All around the castle, the troops have been gathering for days. Luckily, those of us who forever wander these hallowed halls are prepared to meet any challenges brought forth.

As I look to the west (no, not the Zeppelin song) I see all manner of misshapen things approaching. From the north, thousands of Orcs, Goblins, and others of their ilk prepare to advance. From the South come the armies of Chaos. Finally, from the mountains in the east, Dragons and related species prepare to sound the advance.

Am I dreaming or having nightmares? Far from it. Actually these could be scenes from any one of several CMGs. OOO! A new phrase for a tried-and-true idea. It looks like 2004 is shaping up to become the year of the CMGs, also known as Collectible Miniature Games. Though not a new concept (Historical Miniature Games, HMGs) have been around for years. Now, however, there are many choices and hundreds of armies one can choose to join in on all the fun. Here is a quick rundown on some of the more popular ones --

Wizkids offers a variety of CMGs, some of which I have mentioned before. Here is their list: Hero-Clix (DC, Marvel, and independent), Mage Knight (MK, MK2, and Dungeon), Crimson Skies, Creepy Freaks, Mech-Warrior, and the soon to be released Baseball mini's.

Sabertooth games have released a mini's game based on Lord Of The Rings.

Wizards Of The Coast started getting into the fray by releasing a Mini's game based on their very popular D&D game.

And of course we cannot leave out the mighty Games Workshop group of games as they have been around for many years with their Fantasy, 40K, and various other offerings.

So what are you waiting for? Whether you just like to collect cool figures or build massive armies with impressive stats, the new breed of miniature games offer something for almost any taste. Go check 'em out for yourself.

Big Fish
Finally, I went to see "Big Fish" earlier this week and I was very impressed. As usual Tim Burton delivered another amazing visual feast. Once again I have to give this one 4 Screams on the Creature Scale.

Hopefully, I will have my own computer back online soon. I hope you all have a Great Week! C-Ya!!!

The "Creature"  The Creature from Clearwater

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