1985 Games Debuts Special Edition Dice Collaboration with Penny Arcade

 1985 Games, creators of Dungeon Craft, VHS Dice, Dungeon Notes, and more, has crafted a special edition set of their popular Sharp Edge VHS Dice in collaboration with the team at Penny Arcade. The Special Edition Dice will be available to attendees of PAX East from March 23-26 in Boston, Massachusetts.

1985 Games’ line of Sharp Edge VHS Dice was inspired by mind-blowing 80s movie moments. Each artisan dice set is hand-poured, polished, and painted with high-contrast inking for easy legibility against eye-catching cores. They then travel back through time and onto the table safely packed in a classic mini-cassette case, complete with a retro-themed sleeve design. Unique variations make each set a one-of-a-kind treasure, and this collectible aspect is taken to a whole new level with the PAX East Special Edition VHS Dice.

PAX East is just one of the action-packed events put on by Penny Arcade throughout the world. This renowned show circuit brings together a wide variety of gamers, with over 500,000 community members on social media alone. Their Boston-based show will bring together 130,000 players, 750+ exhibitors, and 360 press outlets from the digital and analog genres for four days of non-stop gaming action.

After growing their revenue to $1.54M in 2021, 1985 Games added Sharp Edge VHS Dice to their line-up with support from their 15,000-strong backer community, raising over $100,000 on their initial campaign and quickly growing to make up 15% of their total revenue in 2022. High-impact collaborations with partners like Penny Arcade have helped to fuel their growth around the globe. Today, they are one of the first tabletop game companies to welcome the community as part-owners of the company in their current crowdfunding equity raise on StartEngine.

Join 1985 Games & Penny Arcade this weekend at PAX East to press play on this polyhedral party.

About 1985 Games
Located in Portland, Oregon, 1985 Games was started by a group of players looking for a better way to game in real-time, without having to break the action to draw every tree on the map. This will be their first Start Engine campaign, building on the successes of their existing lines of Dungeon Craft terrain, Dungeon Notes journals, the Deck of Stories adventure system, and Counterspell Miniatures. Led by CEO Lenny Gotter and Creative Director Jeremiah Crofton, 1985 Games seeks to continually create experience-enhancing accessories—developed by gamers, for gamers. You can find 1985 Games on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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XSEED Games Reveals AKIBA’S TRIP: Undead and Undressed Director’s Cut to have Limited Retail Release

A Special Limited Day 1 Physical Edition to Accompany the Titles Summer Release


XSEED Games today announced that their upcoming action-RPG, AKIBAS TRIP: Undead and Undressed Directors Cut will be available digitally on Nintendo Switch in North America and Europe for $29.99/29.99/24.99 when it releases this summer, with also a limited physical Day 1 Edition available for a MSRP of $39.99 on the XSEED Games Store and at participating retailers in North America. Additionally, Katis Route, the new content which follows Finnish exchange student and part-time maid Kati Rikknen, will be available to players of the original release as downloadable content on the PlayStation4 and Windows PC for $7.99/7.99/6.99 at launch.

Updated from its original release for a new generation, AKIBAS TRIP: Undead and Undressed Directors Cut places players in the role of Nanashi, an otaku mysteriously transformed into a vampire and thrust into a conspiracy of Synthisters plaguing the electronics mecca. Alongside a colorful cast of allies known as the Akiba Freedom Fighters, Nanashi must defend his fellow otaku from vampire predators, discovering that the best strategy to defeat them is to strip them of their bare essentials and expose them to the cleansing power of the sun! Featuring a fully voiced true ending route starring lovable maid Kati, original side quests introducing more offbeat otaku denizens of Akihabara, and an arsenal of new weapons and armor, AKIBAS TRIP: Undead and Undressed Directors Cut brings modern supernatural adventure for the Japanophile of discerning tastes.

Developed by Acquire, AKIBAS TRIP: Undead and Undressed Directors Cut will release this summer in North America and Europe digitally on the Nintendo Switch, and as DLC on the PS4 system and Windows PC. A limited physical Day 1 Edition containing a musical selections CD and a set of nine oversized art cards featuring original illustrations by various Japanese artists to commemorate the 10-year anniversary since the release of the original title with be available for pre-order in North America shortly. This title is rated M for Mature on console platforms by the ESRB, and is not rated for PC.

XSEED Games Reveals AKIBA’S TRIP: Undead and Undressed Director’s Cut for Nintendo Switch™; New DLC Story Route for PlayStation®4 and PC Versions

Fight Like a Nerd to Defend Akihabara in the Expanded Version of the Cult-Classic Action RPG


XSEED Games today announced AKIBAS TRIP: Undead and Undressed Directors Cut, an expanded version of the original AKIBAS TRIP: Undead and Undressed released in North America in 2014, is in development and will be releasing on Nintendo Switch in North America in 2023. The publisher also announced a new story route focused around lovable Finnish exchange student, otaku, and part-time maid Kati Rikknen, considered the true ending for the game, will be included in the Nintendo Switch release, along with all of the original games downloadable content. Katis Route will also be available for purchase separately as DLC on PlayStation4 and Windows PC for owners of the original release. Full retail plans and digital pricing will be disclosed at a later time.

Updated from its original release for a new generation, AKIBAS TRIP: Undead and Undressed Directors Cut places players in the role of Nanashi, an otaku mysteriously transformed into a vampire and thrust into a conspiracy of Synthisters plaguing the electronics mecca. Alongside a colorful cast of allies known as the Akiba Freedom Fighters, Nanashi must defend his fellow otaku from vampire predators, discovering that the best strategy to defeat them is to strip them of their bare essentials and expose them to the cleansing power of the sun! Featuring a fully-voiced true ending route starring lovable maid Kati, original side quests starring the offbeat otaku denizens of Akihabara, and an arsenal of new weapons and armor, AKIBAS TRIP: Undead and Undressed Directors Cut brings modern supernatural adventure for the Japanophile of discerning tastes.

Akihabaras seen it all, from Japans post-war reconstruction to the economic bubblegum crisis of the 80s. Always on the cutting edge of progress, with a little something to offer even the most unconventional of appetites, it was almost inevitable that this singular technocracy of indulgence would turn into the perfect hunting ground for Synthisters vampires who prey upon the life energy of the towns unsuspecting figurine-chasers, maid caf connoisseurs and cosplayers.

Akibas Trip: Undead and Undressed tells the story of one such unfortunate soul: a young man named Nanashi who was lured into a trap and transformed into one of the walking undead. However, he was spared the worst of his fate by the bloody kiss of a mysterious Synthister hunter named Shizuku. Together with the rest of his companions in an organization unofficially dubbed the Akiba Freedom Fighters, Nanashi and Shizuku must uncover the truth behind the Synthister plague and save Akiba from being overrun by violent, antisocial energy vampires.

And of course, the best way to fight vampires is to strip them down to their skivvies so they melt in the noonday sun

VIDEO: AKIBAS TRIP: Undead and Undressed Directors Cut – Announcement Trailer

National Games Round Up:UP’s Ram sets National Record even as nine Games’ records tumble

Uttar Pradesh’s Ram Baboo set a National Record in Race Walk even as nine National Games records were breached in athletics and swimming in the 36th National Games here on Tuesday.

Home swimmer Maana Patel and Assam sprinter Amlan Borgohain were the stars of the day, entering the record books twice each.

Maana Patel clocked a personal best time of 26.60 seconds in the 50m Freestyle heats in the morning. Later in the evening, she improved her own Games record while winning the 200m backstroke gold in 2:19.74.

Sadly for home fans, she was beaten in the 50m Freestyle final.

Amlan Borgohain (Assam) broke the 200m mark twice, first in the heats and then in the final. Four runners cracked the 21-second barrier in the final, but there was no denying him the men’s sprint double, having won the 100m dash earlier.

Amlan left the field in his wake, as he blazed from the start, sped around the curve and consolidated on the home straight to the beam in 20.55 seconds in the final.

Andhra Pradesh’s Jyoti Yarraji also attained the rare double of 100m and 100m hurdles but would consider herself unlucky. She became the first Indian female to clock a sub-13 seconds time (12.79 seconds) in the hurdles but lay claim to the National Games or National record due to a wind assistance above the permissible limit of 2m/s.

She had faced a similar situation in the Federation Cup in Thenhipalam, Kozhikode, earlier this year when she dipped home in 13.09 seconds but the wind reading was +2.1m/s. She, however, did one better and created the National record at 13.04 seconds in the Harry Schutling Games in the Dutch city of Vught.

At the Mahatma Mandir, Uttar Pradesh weightlifter Purnima Pandey overcame a stiff back to clinched the Women’s +87kg gold. Purnima, who finished sixth at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, did enough to take the top spot on the podium with total lifts of 215kg, with 95kg in Snatch and 120kg in Clean & Jerk.

Maharashtra claimed the Kho-kho golden double, the men beating Kerala  30-26 after leading 26-10 at half-time and the women’s team  dashing Odisha’s dream with a 18-16 win.

Manipur’s archers picked up two out of the four gold medals in the Indian Bow competition, with the Men’s team sharing the spoils with Okram Naobi Chanu. Okram won the single-arrow shoot-off against Gujarat’s Rathva Amita Ganpatbhai after they tied in the Women’s Individual 5-5. Manipur were denied a third gold by Kerala’s women.

Sanyunkta Kale (Maharashtra) topped the Women’s All-Around Rhythmic Gymnastics competition with 101.65 points ahead of her team-mate Richa Chordia (99.15) and Jammu and Kashmir’s Saneha Dewan (74.55). It was the only medal on offer in the Women’s Rhythmic Gymnastics.

At the Riverfront Sports Complex in Ahmedabad, Arjun Kadhe (Maharashtra) will meet Manish Suresh Kumar (Tamil Nadu) in the Men’s Tennis Singles final while Gujarat’s Zeel Desai will vie with Karnataka’s Sharmada Balu for the Women’s Dingles crown.

In Surat, top-seeded Sai Praneeth (Telangana) and Malvika Bansod (Maharashtra) took contrasting routes to the Men’s and Women’s Badminton Singles respectively. Sai Praneeth beat Sathish Kumar (Tamil Nadu) in straight games while Malvika Bansod lost the opening game to Delhi’s Aashi Rawat and needed to win an extended decider.

The results (final)



Men’s 10m Platform: 1. Siddharth Pardeshi (Services) 322.5 points; 2. Sourav Devnath (Services) 280.65; 3. Om Awasthi (Maharashtra) 244.45.



50m Freestyle: 1. Srihari Nataraj (Karnataka) 23.42 seconds; 2. Pavan Gupta (Tamil Nadu) 23.48; 3. Rudransh Manoj Mishra (Services) 23.62.

200m Backstroke: 1. Utkarsh Patil (Karnataka) 2:05.08 (New National Games record. Old: 2:05.66, PS Madhu, Thiruvananthapuram, 2015); 2. Advait Page (Madhya Pradesh) 2:05.86; 3. S Siva (Karnataka) 2:06.29.

400m Medley: 1. Advait Page (Madhya Pradesh) 4:28.91 (New National Games Record. Old; 4:37.75, M Arvind, Thiruvananthapuram, 2015); 2. Sajan Prakash (Kerala) 4:30.09; 3. Aryan Nehra (Gujarat) 4:31.03.


50m Freestyle: 1. Avantika Chawan (Maharashtra) 26.54 seconds (New National Games record. Old: 26.60, Maana Patel, Rajkot 2022); 2. Maana Patel (Gujarat) 26.69; 3. Nina Venkatesh (Karnataka) 27.21.

200m Backstroke: 1. Maana Patel (Gujarat) 2:19.74 (New National Games record; Old: 2:23.21, Maana Patel, Thiruvananthapuram, 2015); 2. Soubrity Mondal (West Bengal) 2:23.80; 3. Palak Joshi (Maharashtra) 2:25.09.

400m Medley: 1. Hashika Ramachandra (Karnataka) 5:09.03; 2. Richa Mishra (Madhya Pradesh) 5:11.26; 3. Kanya Nayyar (Madhya Pradesh) 5:11.33.

Archery (Indian Bow)


Individual: Goldi Mishra (Jharkhand) beat Azadveer Singh (Punjab) 6-2; Bronze medal play-off: Anuj (Rajasthan) beat Suresh Kumar Gurung (Services) 6-2.

Team: Manipur beat Services 6-0. Bronze medal play-off: Rajasthan beat Nagaland 5-4.


Individual: Okram Naobi Chanu (Manipur) beat Rathva Amita Ganpatbhai (Gujarat) 5-5 (1-0 in single arrow shoot-off); Bronze medal play-off: Laiphrakpam Rojina Devi (Manipur) beat Pooja Kumar (Bihar) 7-1.

Team: Kerala beat Manipur 5-3. Bronze medal play-off: Gujarat beat Jharkhand 5-3.



200m: 1. Amlan Borgohain (Assam) 20.55 seconds (New National Games record. Old: 21.06, Amlan Borgohain, Gandhinagar, 2022); 2. Abhin B Devadiga (Karnataka) 20.89; 3. Muhammed Ajmal (Services) 20.97.

800m: 1. Mohammed Afsal (Services) 1:46.30; 2. Krishan Kumar (Services) 1:47.19; 3. Ankesh Chaudhary (Services) 1:47.35.

3000m Steeplechase: 1. Shankar Lal Swami (Services) 8:43.05; 2. Balkishan (Services) 8:43.14; 3. Prince Raj Mishra (Sikkim) 8:47.15.

110m Hurdles: 1. Tejas Shirke (Maharashtra) 13.84m; 2. Surendhar Jayakumar (Tamil Nadu) 14.07; 3. Tarundeep Singh (Services) 14.19.

400m Hurdles: 1. T Santhosh Kumar (Services) 49.49 seconds (New National Games Record. Old: 50.38, Ranchi, 2011); 2. MP Jabir (Services) 50.57; 3. K Sathish (Tamil Nadu) 50.70.

Javelin Throw: 1. DP Manu (Services) 80.71m; 2. Rohit Yadav (Uttar Pradesh) 79.78; 3. Abhishek Drall (Delhi) 79.01.

35km Race Walk: 1. Ram Baboo (Uttar Pradesh) 2:36:34.00 (New National record. Old: 2:40:16.00, Juned Khan, Ranchi, 2022); 2, Juned Khan (Haryana) 2:40:51.00; 3. Chandan Singh (Services) 2:44:02.00.


200m: 1. Archana Suseendran (Tamil Nadu) 23.06 seconds (New National Games record. Old: 23.86, Shiny Wilson, Pune, 1994); 2. Hima Das (Assam) 23.61; 3. Srabani Nanda (Odisha) 23.64.

800m: 1. KM Chanda (Delhi) 2:01.58 (New National Games record. Old: 2:01.86, Tintu Luka, Thiruvananthapuram, 2015); 2. Twinkle Chaudhary (Punjab) 2:03.95; 3. Radha Chaudhary (Delhi) 2:04.32.

3000m Steeplechase: 1. Parul Chaudhary (Uttar Pradesh) 9:56.65; 2. Komal Jagdale (Maharashtra) 10:00.22; 3. Priti Lamba (Haryana) 10:02.94.

100m Hurdles: 1. Jyothi Yarraji (Andhra Pradesh) 12.79 seconds; 2. Agasara Nandini (Telangana) 13.38; 3. Sapna Kumari (Jharkhand) 13.42.

400m Hurdles: 1. Vithya Ramaraj (Tamil Nadu) 56.57 seconds (New National Games record. Old: 57.75, Udaya Lakshmi, Ludhiana, 2001); 2. R Arathi (Kerala) 58.57; 3. Sinchal Kaveramma (Karnataka) 58.74.

Javelin Throw: 1. Annu Rani (Uttar Pradesh) 54.56m; 2. Rashmi K Shetty (Andhra Pradesh) 53.97; 3. Shilpa Rani (Haryana) 51.93.

35km Race Walk: 1. Payal (Uttarakhand) 3;11:23.00; 2. Manju Rani (Punjab) 3:22:32.00; 3. Puja Pramanik (West Bengal) 3:33:56.00.


4x400m: 1. Haryana (Ayush Dabas, Deepanshi, Kiran Pahal, Angrej Singh) 3:19.29; 2. Karnataka 3:20.51; 3. Delhi 3:25.60.

Cycling (New Delhi)


Keirin: 1. David Beckham (Andaman & Nicobar); 2. Esow (Andaman and Nicobar); 3. Amarjit Singh (Punjab).

Omnium: 1. Dinesh Kumar (Services) 139 points; 2. Vishwajeet Singh (Punjab) 134; 3. Venkappa Kengalagutty (129).


Keirin: 1. Treysha Pal (West Bengal); 2. Deborah (Andaman and Nicobar); 3. Mayuri Lute (Maharashtra).



Sabre Team: Punjab beat Services 45-34. Bronze medals: Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.

Epee Team: Services beat Maharashtra) 44-30. Bronze medals: Chhattisgarh and Punjab.


Epee Team: Chandigarh beat Punjab 44-41. Bronze medals: Manipur and Haryana.

Foil Team: Manipur beat Kerala 45-41; Bronze medals: Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Gymnastics (Rhythmic)

Women’s All-Around: 1. Sanyunkta Kale (Maharashtra) 101.65 points; 2. Richa Chordia (Maharashtra) 99.15; 3. Saneha Dewan (Jammu and Kashmir) 74.55.


Men: Maharashtra beat Kerala 30-26 (Half-time 26-10). Bronze medals: West Bengal and Karnataka.

Women: Maharashtra beat Odisha 18-16 (18-8). Bronze medals: Karnataka and Delhi.



Over 109kg class: 1. Vipan Kumar (Services) Snatch 161kg, Clean and Jerk 195, Total 356kg; 2. Hitesh Kumar 150, 187, 337; 3. Shyopat Singh (Rajasthan) 148, 183, 331.


Over 87kg class: 1. Purnima Pandey (Uttar Pradesh) Snatch 95, Clean and Jerk 120, Total 215kg: 2. MT Ann Mariya (Kerala) 90, 121, 211; 3. Manpreet Kaur (Punjab) 87, 120, 207.


Men’s Doubles final: Prajwal Dev and Adil Kalyanpur (Karnataka) beat Dhruv Hirpara and Madhwin Kamat (Gujarat) 6-3, 6-4.

Women’s doubles: Rutuja Bhosale and Vaishnavi Adkar (Maharashtra) beat Sharmada Balu and Soha Sadiq (Karnataka) 6-4, 6-4.

Men’s Singles (Semifinals): Arjun Kadhe (Maharashtra) beat SSD Prajwal Dev (Karnataka) 7-5, 7-5; Manish Suresh Kumar (Tamil Nadu) beat G Manish (Karnataka) 6-7, 6-2, 6-2.

Women’s Singles (Semifinals): Sharmada Balu (Karnataka) beat Yubrani Banerjee (West Bengal) 6-0, 6-3. Zeel Desai (Gujarat) beat Rutuja Bhosale (Maharashtra) 6-0, latter retd.

Other results:    


Men’s singles (quarterfinals):  Sai Praneeth (Telangana) beat Sathish Kumar (Tamil Nadu ) 22-20, 21-13; M Raghu (Karnataka) beat Adheep Gupta (Gujarat) 21-14, 21-13; Aryamann Tandon (Gujarat) beat Ravi (Haryana) 21-15, 21-7; M Mithun (Karnataka) 19-21, 26-24, 21-17.

Women’s singles (quarterfinals): Malvika Bansod (Maharashtra) beat Aashi Rawat (Delhi) 18-21, 21-17, 22-20; Aditi Bhatt (Uttarakhand) beat Ashmita Chaliha (Assam) 21-10, 21-11; Tanya Hemanth (Karnataka) beat Adita Rao (Gujarat)  21-15, 21-13; Aakarshi Kashyap (Chhattisgarh) beat Tasnim Mir (Gujarat) 21-17, 21-14.



Group A: Maharashtra beat Haryana 3-1 (Half-time: 0-1). West Bengal beat Gujarat 8-2 (5-0).

Group B: Karnataka beat Tamil Nadu 5-1 (2-1); Uttar Pradesh beat Jharkhand 4-1 (1-0).

Lawn Bowls


Single (Semifinals): Soumen Banerjee (West Bengal) beat Vikram Rajak (Delhi) 21-10; Sunil Bahadur (Jharkhand) and Mridul Borgohain (Assam) 21-19.


Pair (Semifinals): Assam beat Bihar 29-3; Jharkhand beat West Bengal 18-11.



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XSEED Games Confirms Time-Travel RPG Loop8: Summer of Gods Multiplatform Release for North America Spring 2023

Experience the Emotions of Ashihara’s Endless Summer in the First English-Voiced Trailer


XSEED Games today announced that the original time-travel RPG Loop8: Summer of Gods will be released in North America this coming spring on Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam.

A coming-of-age adventure, Loop8: Summer of Gods follows protagonist Nini and his classmates as they try to defeat the Kegai, demonic entities who have forced humanity to the brink of extinction. Raised on a failed space station known as “Hope,” Nini returns to Earth to spend his summer in Ashihara, one of humanity’s last remaining sanctuaries. Gifted with “Demon Sight,” Nini can use his special connection to the gods to reset the world, with each loop allowing him and his allies to relive the 8th month over and over until they get it right…or the Kegai overwhelm them entirely.

The trailer released today features a first look at the game’s English voices, which will be offered in addition to the original Japanese voices, giving players a sneak peek at the captivating characters in the quaint town of Ashihara circa 1983.

The team behind Loop8: Summer of Gods includes senior producer Yoichi Miyaji (Lunar series, Grandia series), game designer Yuri Shibamura (Gunparade March, Touken Ranbu), character designers Shingo Adachi (Sword Art Online) and En Morikura (Kizuna Ai), concept artist Kitsuneiro (Amatsu Kitsune), mascot character designer Ryudai Murayama (Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin), and composer Noriyuki Iwadare (Ace Attorney series).

Details on retail plans for Loop8: Summer of Gods will be made available later.


Choices That Can Change the World – Loop8’s emotion-driven AI system responds to every action and decision players make. Characters’ emotions and stories will vary greatly based on player choices, making each playthrough wholly unique.

A Beautiful Seaside Town Brimming with Mystery – A nostalgic and beautifully recreated snapshot of rural Japan circa 1983, Ashihara is home to a colorful cast of characters, each harboring their own secrets to uncover. Will players’ choices make them trusted allies…or mortal enemies?

Live an Ordinary Life, Fight Extraordinary Enemies – Build bonds with Ashihara’s residents while protecting the town from the ever-present threat of the Kegai, repeating the cycle to uncover how everyday actions impact battles in the Underworld, and vice versa.

Relive the Past to Alter the Future – Though the deadline for humanity’s extinction draws ever closer, Ashihara’s fate remains in your hands. Repeatedly return to the start of August, alter your actions, and see how they turn the tides of destiny across multiple endings.

Developed by SIEG Games together with Marvelous Inc. and published by XSEED Games, Loop8: Summer of Gods will release next spring. The game will be released on console platforms by publisher Marvelous Europe in Europe. The title has not yet been rated by the ESRB.

VIDEO: Loop8: Summer of Gods – Announcement Trailer