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Much like Kickstarter for artists and designers Pledge Music has been created for Musicians to help bring their talents and vision to life.

It is set up much like Kickstarter, the musician sets different “Pledge” levels which have different incentives attached to them (The more you pledge the cooler the incentive.)

Already a lot of artists are foregoing the traditional marketing route and joining the grass roots/user funded marketing schemes including…

BEN FOLDS FIVE!

BFF is going to be releasing their first album in over 12 years and has set up a Pledge Music page to help promote and get the word out on the street.  The incentive pledge starts at $10 for a digital download of the album and goes up to $62 which you would get (Digital Download, Signed Vinyl Album, BFF Tour T-Shirt.)  At this point the project has already reached 188% of its goal and some of the incentives are sold out but the project is still available for fans to pledge.  Some proceeds will be donated to Music Education/Therapy programs.

So if you are a Ben Folds Five Fan and want to get in on the action go check out the project and make a pledge!You can even download their new track “Do it anyway” for free!

The Plush world of Alisa Ross and the Animal stylings of Donald Ross (aka Scribe) are about to collide.

If you are following any of Scribe’s and his wife Alisa’s updates on Facebook or Twitter you know they have been leaking teasers for their new combined web store.

Well the opening is just upon us.  Starting tomorrow at 5pm Central scribeswalk.com &  40threads.com will direct their visitors to their all new web site and have the first wave of products for sale!

If there is a couple in the designer toy scene that deserves your attention it’s Scribe and Alisa!

Don’t sleep because the stuff for sale will sell out quick.

Get your F5 fingers ready.

To help celebrate the year of the Dragon Andrew Bell (twitter)will be releasing his all new Chinese New Year Android 3 pack.

From the DYZ Plastic Blog:

“You may remember last year’s Chinese New Year edition God of Wealth, we’ve expanded on it this year to bring you a family full of Fortune (祿), Blessing (福)  and Longevity (壽)!  While this is primarily an edition for our partners in Asia, we’ve brought a few sets over to the US!”

Don’t sleep because these will be gone in a flash.

Here is the who what where and when info:

What: Chinese New Year Android 3 pack

Where: Andrew Bell’s Deadzebra Store

When: Wednesday, January 25 11am set (First Batch) & 11pm set (Second Batch).

Cost: $29/3 pack (limited to 1 per household)

Tetris is one of my favorite games of all time.  I own at least one version for the NES, SNES, Gameboy, Nintendo DS, Xbox (I have a couple records on Twin Galaxies site for versions on the Xbox), Xbox 360, Wii, iPhone I even own an old school full size Tetris game cabinet.  So when I heard there was a new version on the App store by EA games on sale for $.99 I jumped all over it. 

In this version there are 3 different types of game play;

One-Touch; This marathon game style displays multiple outlines of your current tetrimino and the different legal places you can play them.  You simply just tap where you want the piece to placed and it automatically moves to the spot you choose.  Since there are usually many options to place your tetrimino there is a “cycle” button you can press to view additional positions until you are satisfied.

Marathon; A traditional Tetris game play.  Utilizing the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch’s touch screen you tap the screen to rotate the piece and slide your finger back and forth to place your piece where you would like to.

Galaxy; This version tests your puzzle solving skills by places blocks on your screen and your goal is to clear the board in the shortest amount of time, using the least amount of tetriminos.  This style uses the cascading effect (Meaning any remaining blocks from your tetrimino after a line is cleared continues to fall until they reach another block or the bottom of the screen.  Not the usual 1 line drop.)  You are rated on a 1-5 stars depending on the number of tetriminos you use to clear the board.  As you progress through the levels they become more difficult and give you less time to choose a position.

Throughout the game you are awarded T-Coins!  So what can you do with said T-Coins???

-Unlock new worlds and challenges

-Use tetrimino powers;

   Best Piece (Turns your current tetrimino to a new piece more suited for your situation. Not necessarily the best piece to take advantage of the cascade effect though)

   Anvil Power (When you place your piece it digs down 2 more rows)

   Separating Power (Separates your current tetrimino into individual blocks taking advantage of the cascade effect)

The game also tracks your lifetime stats and gives you a ranking based on your experience points.

You can also join the T-Coin Club!!! As an in app purchase you can pay $2.99 (for 1 month) or $29.99 (for 1 year) to earn 15% more T-coins and lines

 So how did this new version stack up to its addictive predecessors???

The Good:

Galaxy Mode; As a fan of puzzles and Tetris, Galaxy mode is challenging and a great addition to the game.  And with new challenges for additional T-coins popping up on your screen it adds to its replay value.

-The addition of the one touch.  The sometimes inconsistent finger sliding to guide your piece can be tough to maneuver especially during high speed levels.

 The Bad:

The One touch cycling button. Although the one touch is a nice addition, with limited time and pieces having many possible positions if you press the cycle button one too many times you have to go through the whole order of choices again which can waste a lot of time.

Sliding touch movements.  I can’t argue too much about this since when you play on a touch screen device you would expect something like this for game play.  But when playing some of the higher levels if you aren’t precise you can screw up pretty easily.

T-Coin club; Like many other App store games the developer adds this in app purchases which gives you the ability of earning 15% more T-Coins and Lines.  Thankfully joining the club is not crucial to enjoying the base of the game (I have not joined the club and I am currently at Level 7 with over 11,000 T-Coins in my bank to use to open new worlds or use tetrimino powers (which cost 100-150 coins per use.)

 The Verdict:

-If you like Tetris and you don’t mind paying for your apps this is a great pick up for $.99.  Just with the galaxy game play, there are currently 7 worlds each with 15 puzzles.  That in itself is worth 99 cents.  But this version has 2 more traditional Tetris styles which I think is just icing on the cake. Oh and did i say it only costs $0.99?!

An exclusive trailer just popped up this morning on the Apple trailer website for the new Avenger movie!

Can’t wait for the movie to come out.  It better live up to it’s expectations!

Check it out here!

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/marvel/avengers/

So you are headed to New york for NYCC and not sure what to buy or which panel to see?  We at N3rd Link put together a list of our top 3 Panels and exclusives you shouldn’t miss out on!

Panels:

  #1. Locke and Key Pilot Screening

   When: Friday, October 14 12:00-1:00p

    Location: MTV Theater 1A10

 

Description:Join Ted Adams (President of IDW Comics) for what could possibly be your last time to officially see the Locke and Key pilot!  With new rumors of MTV picking up the series a strong showing at NYCC could help improve the chances this series can become a reality!

  

 #2. Attack the Block

   When: Saturday, October 15; 12:00-1:00p

   Location: 1A22

Description:  From the producers of Shaun of the Dead, land into a world where a street gang must rise up to fight off an alien invasion.  Meet with writer/director Joe Cornish and star John Boyega for a first look at the Attack the Block DVD and Blu ray to be released October 25!

 #3. MTV Presents Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head

    When: Saturday, October 15; 7:30-8:30p

    Location: MTV Theater, 1A10

Description:  Be one of the first to get information for the upcoming premier of the 90’s hit MTV cartoon beavis and butthead that will be coming back to television on October 27!

 *Honorable Mention*

 The Venture Bros.

   When: Friday, October 14; 4:15-5:00p

   Location: IGN Theater

 

Description:  One of the best cartoons around today.  Doc hammer and Jackson Publick will be ready to answer fan submitted questions about their series!  Submit questions through adultswimpresents.com/nycc

Toys/Collectibles:

 #1. DC Universe Mez-Itz Mega Scale Batman -Black / Gray

By: Mezco Toyz

Booth#: 345

This 300% Batman Mez-Itz measures 20 inches from the tip of his ears to the soles of his batboots.
He features a real cloth black cape. With 5 points of articulation Mez-Itz Mega Scale Batman is securely packed in a sturdy full color box featuring glossy highlights. This is a non-numbered limited edition item.

# 2. MARVEL UNIVERSE COMPOUND HULK Special Edition Figure

By: HASBRO

Booth# 302

A 3 3/4″ MARVEL UNIVERSE combines into one red-and-green characters into one action figure!

 # 3. ThreeA Chose Life Zombie

By: ThreeA

Booth# 883

If you aren’t already on the Legionaire list then this 1:6 zombie will be available at the ThreeA booth Saturday by ticket giveaway. So get there early

 *Honorable mention*  

 kaNO’s Kazuhiro Koguma

By: myplasticheart

Booth# 879

In anticipation of his Dragon King release, kaNO is teaming up with MPH to bring his Koguma design to NYCC.  kaNO will be on hand during the Con to do signings as well.  Defintely something to check out!

*If you have other suggestions feel free to post some comments about what you’re looking forward to at NYCC!

HAVE FUN!