Merchandise, Opinion, Podcasts

SEGA News Bits: Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers board game Kickstarter launches

Yesterday it was announced that Sonic the Hedgehog would in fact be seeing a new game in 2018 – the twist being that it was a board game. On this SEGA News Bits, George takes a closer look at the Kickstarter for Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers and points out the positive and negatives of the campaign and if the $100 price tag is worth it.

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Community, Fan Works, Site News

And your winner of RAGE 2018 is…

Above is the VOD from last week’s livestream of RAGE 2018, and what a stream it was! Per usual, we ran into technical difficulties, played some awful games, and had a blast going through each and everyone of your entries. While there can be only one winner, we want to give special accommodations to several games and above all, a big thank you to anyone who submitted or watched the stream! Without further ado, hit the jump to see the highlights, the winner of RAGE 2018, and of course, the pack containing every game for your own enjoyment.
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Merchandise

Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers Board Game Goes Live on Kickstarter

Sonic is no stranger to board games, but this latest outing looks to be the most ambitious yet. So much so, that the company behind the production, Shinobi 7, has just launched a Kickstarter to fund their new game. There’s quite a lot to take in from the Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers page, namely that the game features up to 5 playable characters, each with their own abilities and stats, and that the game features interchangeable tiles to vary up play, keeping it fresh each time.

The biggest thing to note, as with any Kickstarter, is what you’re actually buying. As of this writing, there’s only one tier for rewards, and that’s set at a somewhat pricey $100. Dropping that dough nets you a copy of the game, an exclusive Super Sonic character, and any “freebie” stretch goals that are unlocked. Speaking of which, stretch goals include more characters like Shadow and Blaze, though it’s worth noting that if they’re unlocked, you’ll have to pay more to actually obtain them.

The Battle Racers Kickstarter goes into more detail about how the game plays, so if that tickles your fancy, you can check it out. If funded, the game is expected to ship in October of this year.

Community, Fan Works, Site News

Sonic Amateur Games Expo 2018 Dates Announced!

Fresh off the RAGE 2018 livestream is the actually early for once announcement dates for Sonic Amateur Games Expo 2018! This year, we’re finally bringing SAGE back where it belongs: the tail end of summer! Keep an eye on SAGExpo Twitter for updates regarding the expo leading up, and if you plan on submitting, or streaming, and need a refresher, hit the jump for the SAGE rules below!

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Community, Fan Works

Reminder: RAGE 2018 Livestream Tonight!

We’ve got the entries in and are ready to play! Join us tonight at 7:00pm CST as we play through every single RAGE 2018 entry and stick around for a special announcement at the end!

And don’t forget, next week, the RAGE site will go live so you too can witness the whiteness, with the RAGE winner announced on February 7th!

Fan Works, Hacking

More Hacks, Mania Mods, Forces Mods and Procrastination in the Sonic Hacking Contest 2018

After the success of the Sonic Hacking Contest’s 15th anniversary last year the team is retaining changes made to the rules to strengthen quality control for the Sonic Hacking Contest 2018.

This year the contest will be accepting hacks and mods for Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces for trophy eligibilityLast year these entries were denied trophies due to the short time available for development of mods and tools for these titles. Now these entries will be able to match the same levels of acceptance of other ROM hacks and mods for games such as Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on Game Gear, Sonic GenerationsSonic Lost World and more.

The contest week is set for Monday through Sunday, 26th of November to the 2nd of December. To learn more about the rules and trophy guidelines you can check out the thread of the announcement on our forums here. Don’t forget to check out the contest’s new website which hosts entries from previous years by visiting sonichacking.org.

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RAGE (Really Amateur Games Expo) 2018 Returns January 28th!

RAGE (Really Amateur Game Expo) is, bar none, the greatest online convention in the history of the internet.

What is RAGE?

RAGE is a kind of, but not really, game jam, where creators can compete to produce the worst, goofiest fan game possible using whatever tools at their disposal. RAGE has always prided itself in having some of the worst games to ever exist, and we plan on continuing that tradition again this year. You can read more about RAGE on the wiki!

Are there like, rules or something?

You mean guidelines?

Yeah, Guidelines.

• Games need to stick to the theme, this is the most important requirement to note.
• Submissions need to be in by 11:59 pm CST on Friday, February 2nd.
• Send all RAGE submissions to [email protected]; submissions before January 28th will not be accepted.
• Games should really only be 5 – 10 minutes long. We’re not looking for an epic here.
• Feel free to use any engine/platform/program you like, just make sure it’ll run on modern day systems!
• If you don’t have something on hand, there’s trials of several commonly used programs, as well as free versions. Less experience might even help you here!
• Have fun with it! Sure you’re shooting for bad, but you’re wanting to make funny bad, like The Room or Birdemic of video games. (In other words, you’re aiming for humor, not just garbage.)

We’ll announce the theme of the game on January 28th. You have a short time to create and submit your game between there, so get ready to get crackin’! In the past, RAGE has been entirely for bragging rights (if you’re into that sort of thing) and making comical abominations. That’s all good and fun, but once again, we’re announcing a grand prize for RAGE’s first place winner:

A $50 Amazon Gift Card*!

We’ll be holding a livestream where we’ll play through every RAGE submission on the SAGExpo YouTube on Saturday, February 3rd at 7:00pm CST. Shortly thereafter, the RAGE site will go live so you too can witness the whiteness, with the RAGE winner announced on February 7th.

Brush up on your game making skills… or don’t! Either way, RAGE is back!

*Or your country’s equivalent of $50USD, should the winner be outside of the U.S.