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Cynthia Celeste Miller
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« on: October 07, 2002, 07:07:14 AM »

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Eastchester, New York
October 7, 2002

Z-MAN GAMES TO PUBLISH FIRST RPG

Z-Man Games, Inc. announces today that it will publish its first roleplaying game, called Cartoon Action Hour. Originally designed and electronically published by Spectrum Game Studios, it will be expanded and released as a 192 page softcover book.

Cartoon Action Hour is a roleplaying game system that allows players to create characters in the many different worlds of 80's action cartoons, a fact that appealed to Zev Shlasinger, president of Z-Man Games. "I am a fan of the 80's style action cartoons - I even wrote an episode of the Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers - and with 'retro-toons' being hot these days, it seemed a good choice as the first RPG we publish."

While there are no recognizable licenses involved with the game as of yet, you can still create characters such as giant transforming robots, furry warriors, barbarians with magic swords, paramilitary forces, and so on. A GM develops a series for players to play in, and each game session is an episode in that series.

Cynthia Celeste Miller, president of Spectrum Game Studios says, "We achieved great success with Cartoon Action Hour as a PDF, but lacked the funds to produce a hardcopy of the game, so we decided to search for another company to do it. We found out that many companies do not accept outside submissions - that is until we discovered Z-Man Games. They've been extremely flexible and cooperative with our goals and ideals. We've really enjoyed working with them and look forward to a long, pleasant partnership."

Meanwhile, back at Z-Man Games, Shlasinger finishes by saying, "I think people are going to be surprised at how flexible this system is, while retaining the flavor of the various 80's style action cartoons."

Cartoon Action Hour is scheduled for release in February, according to Spectrum game designer, Eddy Webb. "It's really two books in one - the complete game system, which is massively expanded from its original electronic release, as well as a thorough series sourcebook for GMs and players to dive into called 'Warriors of the Cosmos'." In keeping the game to its roots, it will be supported with a quarterly PDF magazine called After These Messages. Other books in the works include Kids' Action Hour, a sourcebook with simplified character generation rules and ideas on how to play the humor-based cartoons of the 1980's.

Z-Man Games was founded in 1999 and has released such Origins Award-nominated products as the Shadowfist CCG and the B-movie card game line, which includes Grave Robbers from Outer Space. In 2002, they released the first of a new type of game, the playmark book game called, Warchon. For more information, please email zmangames@shadowfist.com

Zev Shlasinger, President
Z-Man Games, Inc.
http://www.zmangames.com
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Cynthia Celeste Miller
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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2002, 07:10:19 AM »

Congradulations, Cynthia, Eddy and everyone else!

I'll be sure to grab my copy come Feburary!
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Jared A. Sorensen
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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2002, 07:15:35 AM »

Nice! Lots of luck...Zev seems like a nice guy to work with -- and he wrote a AotGR episode? Whoa...

- J
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2002, 09:45:01 AM »

Congratulations. This is kick ass news. Zev's a nice guy and did a great job of keepin alive my favorite card game, Shadowfist. I'l happily part with my dinero to support two cool companies.
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Cynthia Celeste Miller
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2002, 09:53:30 AM »

Thanks for all the kind words, gang!  I'm glad the announcement has been so well-received.  :)
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Cynthia Celeste Miller
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2002, 11:35:17 AM »

Sweet. You know what would make the hardcopy of CAH even better? If you got some dashing, brilliant game designer to write the foreward to it. And you know what would be even better than that? If said game designer's computers DIDN'T F*** UP AT THE SAME G**D*** TIME!!!



*breathe*breathe*
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Jason L Blair
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Eddy Fate
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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2002, 11:48:05 AM »

Quote from: Jason L Blair
Sweet. You know what would make the hardcopy of CAH even better? If you got some dashing, brilliant game designer to write the foreward to it. And you know what would be even better than that? If said game designer's computers DIDN'T F*** UP AT THE SAME G**D*** TIME!!!


So Jason, can you do it for us instead?

(runs REALLY FAR AWAY...)
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Eddy Webb
Vice-President, Spectrum Game Studios
Co-Line Developer for http://www.zmangames.com/CAH/">Cartoon Action Hour
http://www.shadowfist.com/html/store_CAH.htm">Order CAH online!
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« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2002, 11:51:17 AM »

Cartoon Action Hour Foreward (First Draft).


Eddy is a poopy-head. Cindi's pretty cool.

Cartoons K!CK A5$!
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Jason L Blair
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Eddy Fate
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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2002, 11:56:32 AM »

Quote from: Jason L Blair
Cartoon Action Hour Foreward (First Draft).


Eddy is a poopy-head. Cindi's pretty cool.

Cartoons K!CK A5$!


I'm rubber and you're glue!  :-P

- Eddy, sliding RIGHT back to the second grade...
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Eddy Webb
Vice-President, Spectrum Game Studios
Co-Line Developer for http://www.zmangames.com/CAH/">Cartoon Action Hour
http://www.shadowfist.com/html/store_CAH.htm">Order CAH online!
Adam
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2002, 08:20:38 PM »

I didn't know you had ever left it, Eddy. ;-)
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Eddy Fate
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« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2002, 04:31:11 AM »

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I didn't know you had ever left it, Eddy. ;-)


Sure I did.  I hate to hit the phase of liking girls at SOME point.  :-P
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Eddy Webb
Vice-President, Spectrum Game Studios
Co-Line Developer for http://www.zmangames.com/CAH/">Cartoon Action Hour
http://www.shadowfist.com/html/store_CAH.htm">Order CAH online!
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« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2002, 01:49:48 PM »

Quote from: Eddy Fate

I hate to hit the phase of liking girls at SOME point.  :-P


That's okay, Eddy. One of these days you'll realize that little Suzy is far more than just an annoying little brat and a source of cooties.  Just let things come naturally and in due time ;)
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Eddy Fate
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« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2002, 07:38:15 AM »

Quote from: Eddy Fate
I hate to hit the phase of liking girls at SOME point.  :-P


Quote from: James_Stubbs
That's okay, Eddy. One of these days you'll realize that little Suzy is far more than just an annoying little brat and a source of cooties.  Just let things come naturally and in due time ;)


You know?  I hate typos.  I meant to say "I HAVE to hit...", and it changed the entire meaning of the sentance.

Now I'm going to hear it from my wife.  ;-)
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Eddy Webb
Vice-President, Spectrum Game Studios
Co-Line Developer for http://www.zmangames.com/CAH/">Cartoon Action Hour
http://www.shadowfist.com/html/store_CAH.htm">Order CAH online!
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