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It’s a Thing – Now You Can Play Star Wars Holochess

Combining the elements of CCG, mobile gaming and augmented reality, check out Hologrid: Monster Battle – the ambitious project from Tippet Studio and Happy Giant:

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VFX Legend Phil Tippett & HappyGiant
Launch Kickstarter for AR Game

HoloGrid: Monster Battle is a hybrid board/CCG/digital gaming experience using Augmented Reality

 

May 4th, 2015, Berkeley, CA – Today, Phil Tippett & HappyGiant announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for HoloGrid: Monster Battle, a new hybrid board game, CCG, and digital augmented reality game, recently named “Best Technology of PAXEast 2016” byhttp://www.MMOGames.com

“No other tech on the gaming floor combined so many cool, new ideas at once quite like this game. It managed to put together AR, CCG gaming and mobile gaming into a mixture that engages with its personality and depth of play.”, said MMOGames.com “HoloGrid could have easily leaned on its AR tech to make it simply a neat toy, but it has built a very compelling game in the process. It has managed to toe that difficult line between being accessible while also offering a strong level of strategy. In addition, it has a strong base to build on for more variety of cards. If HoloGrid can secure the right attention and make its game affordable, then Happy Giant has possibly caught lightning in a bottle.

Phil Tippett

Phil Tippett is a 2-time Academy Award winning Visual Effects Supervisor and Director best known for his work on the original Star Wars films, Jurassic Park, Robocop, The Force Awakens, and many more. Tippett also created the “Holo Chess” scene in the original Star Wars, which he recreated for the Force Awakens.

“For years I’ve been making monsters for Directors to play with, and now for the first time, I’m making monsters for YOU to play with,” said Tippett. “We’re excited about the new fields of Augmented and Virtual Reality, and to be working with our friends at HappyGiant to create HoloGrid: Monster Battle.”

HoloGrid: Monster Battle’s gameplay is similar to Collectible Card Games (CCG’s) such as Magic: The Gathering or Hearthstone, but uses physical playing cards to trigger Augmented Reality creatures and a gameboard. Players will be able to play head-to-head, either locally or remotely, and offline, non digital play is possible as well through a physical board that will come with the product. A “Hybrid” Board Game, Collectible Card Game (CCG), and Digital Game in one, it delivers to players a new type of gaming experience.

Creatures battle on your tabletop with AR

HoloGrid: Monster Battle is being built for next gen AR & VR platforms, but will first release for mobile devices, giving players the feeling that the creatures of Phil Tippett are doing battle right in front of them.

“We’re excited to be launching this Kickstarter with Phil Tippett and his studio, and bringing to life a game so many of us have always wanted to play” said Mike Levine, President of HappyGiant. “This is our first step into a new world of AR gaming, and while we are launching it on mobile initially so everyone can play it, our long term vision is to bring it to emerging AR and VR platforms.”

Photogrammetry

Another exciting aspect of the project is the use of Photogrammetry to scan Tippett’s real life physical monsters into 3D digital assets for the game, giving them a level of detail and character unlike any other.

“We’d been doing experiments with Photogrammetry, but more on museum level artifacts,” said Levine. “At the same time we began exploring doing projects with Tippett, we had the idea, ‘What if we tried this on some creatures?’ The results blew us away. That’s really where this idea was born.” “And it’s the exact same technique we used on The Force Awakens,” added Tippett.

About Tippett Studio

Tippett Studio, founded in 1984 by animation pioneer Phil Tippett, is an Academy Award®-winning media production company specializing in CG animation and digital effects for feature films, television, commercials, VR and AR. The Berkeley, CA based company has created visual effects for blockbuster movies including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, Ted, The Twilight Saga, Cloverfield, Starship Troopers, Jurassic Park and Robocop. Tippett Studio’s commercial work has garnered four Clio awards. Tippett Studio is currently in production on a large format ride for a Chinese Theme Park.

www.tippett.com

About HappyGiant

Founded by veterans of LucasArts, ILM, Hasbro and Pileated Pictures, HappyGiant is an independent developer and publisher of video games and entertainment for PCs, mobile, tablets and emerging platforms.

 

Analysis of the Rogue One Teaser – SWR #218

This week, it’s Mark and Riley on the Rogue One Trailer, Daisy Ridley hints at Ep. 8 and more!

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Rogue Rebels Reactions with Vanessa Marshall – SWR #117

Thoughts on Rebels with the amazing Vanessa Marshall who joins us this week! Riley has thoughts on the Rogue One Trailer, and an in-depth review of the TFA Blu-ray!

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Behind the Scenes and Around the World with BB-8!

BB-8 + NASA = AWSOME! Check out this cool release:

Want a little more BB-8 in your life? We’ve got a special bonus clip and concept art showing the design process behind creating the world’s new favorite droid! This little celebrity has been very busy on screen as well as off! Take a look at a special visit he made to NASA’s JPL laboratories where he interacted with the best and brightest droids from this galaxy as well as celebrating the inaugural international flight of Japan’s ANA BB-8 Jet!

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Also, check out the Secrets of The Force Awakens – Building BB-8 Bonus Clip

-Riley

Giveaway: Win The Attack of the Clones 2XLP Vinyl Soundtrack!

We’re pleased to announce a giveaway of the 2xLP gatefold colored vinyl release of the original motion picture soundtrack to Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones available now at the  I Am Shark online store.

All you have to do is tweet @starwarsreport your favorite musical moment from Attack of the Clones with the hashtag #AOTCvinyl

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I Am Shark is thrilled to announce the upcoming 2xLP gatefold colored vinyl release of the original motion picture soundtrack to Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, out and shipping March 15th. Available for the first time ever as a stand alone vinyl release, the first pressing will be limited to 1000 copies and is available for pre-order now via the I Am Shark online store.

Originally released alongside the movie in 2002, the original motion picture soundtrack to Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones’ 13-track score from legendary composer John Williams has been remastered to maximize the recording’s dynamic range. Continuing with I Am Shark’s innovative variant character color coordination, which saw the vinyl release of the Episode I soundtrack come in 5 different variations, the upcoming vinyl release of the Episode II soundtrack premieres fan favorite Jango Fett’s own colored vinyl pressing (Silver / Transparent Royal Mix). Aside from beautifully colored vinyl and the eye catching imagery featured on the gatefold packaging, there are hints of a hidden surprise included in this album.