Flying Frog Announces Fortune and Glory, Barnes Heckles

Ok, so this is hardly an impartial product announcement because I’m not a big Flying Frog Production fan. Last Night on Earth was accessible and fun for a couple of sessions but it was also shallow and I hate “cheesy” horror movie spoofs presented by folks who have no clue what horror movies are actually like. A Touch of Evil had a cool, Colonial horror theme and derivative gameplay, but it wasn’t terrible. Then they released some circus clowns versus aliens game, and I was done with them. I abhor their “hey, here’s my family and friends duded up in costumes we got at Party City” schtick, and the above cover should be a source of embarssment for all involved. It’s stuff like this that makes board games look silly and off-putting.

If you’re going to do this, at least do it right. And don’t put some guy that works at the comic shop that looks like a baby-faced nephew of Slayer’s Kerry King front-and-center as (I presume) “Dr. Zhukov”.

Anyway, following is their press release in case you’re interested. I’m not. But hey, any press is good press, right?

It is the late 1930′s and the world is in turmoil. Humanity is on the brink of war as imperialist nations in the Far East and Europe work aggressively to expand their domination. The Nazis have taken control of Germany and now spread darkness across the globe in their hunt for powerful occult artifacts that can give them the upper hand in the days to come. But the spirit of adventure and freedom won’t be stamped out so easily.

Heroicadventurers from around the world answer the call, racing against time to hunt down ancient artifacts, explore deadly temples, and fight back the powers of darkness from engulfing the world in flames. It is a race of good versus evil and only a cunning and agile explorer can claim the ultimateprize of… Fortune and Glory!

Fortune and Glory, The Cliffhanger Game is a fast-paced game of high adventure, vile villains, edge-of-your-seat danger, and cliffhanger pulp movie action. Players take on the role of a treasure hunter, traveling the globe in search of ancient artifacts and fending off danger and villains at every turn in a quest for the ultimate reward of fortune and glory!

Featuring a beautifully rendered adventure map of the world as the game board, eight pulp adventure heroes to choose from (such as Jake Zane the Flying Ace, Li Mei Chen the Night Club Singer and Martial Artist, or Dr. Zhukov Master of Science), an army of ruthless villains and thugs (including the Chicago Mob and the dreaded occult-hunting Nazis), ancient Mayan temples to explore with a zeppelin hovering overhead, a wealth of coins to horde as heroes collect fortune and glory throughout the game, and a unique mechanism of dangers to overcome and the classic cliffhanger moments of suspense that can result. Fortune and Glory is designed to create a pulp serial cinematic feel as the story and game unfolds.

So strap on your adventure boots and goggles, fire up the engines on the seaplane, and grab some extra ammo for your revolver…the Nazis already have a head start and in this race for fortune and glory, there’s no prize for second place!

3 Responses to “Flying Frog Announces Fortune and Glory, Barnes Heckles”

  1. Bill Abner March 18, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    I simply do not understand the draw of this company’s games. Seem like nice enough people but …just god awful.

  2. dranore March 19, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    There is an audience. I’m not part of that group. If they’re making enough money to make multiple games (which I assure you, is a reasonably large sum), I would expect them to improve the quality of what they’re doing. I get the impression that they do not. I guess if it ain’t broke… wait…

  3. Michael Barnes March 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    By all accounts, they’re lovely people and if they’re making bank doing what they do, more power to them. But lovely (or rich) people don’t necessarily have good taste. Or artistic ability. Or costuming sense.

    But they do have Photoshop and possibly Illustrator, we can assume that.

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