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The Mutant Football League Kickstarter is a bit behind schedule, but to help rally the fans, Michael Mendheim has posted an episode of the mid ‘90s Mutant League cartoon series based on the original games.

A kid’s show about performance enhancing drugs? Ah, the '90s!

Also, check out the Kickstarter and spread the word to help it make a big comeback in the second half!

Check out the first Mutant Football League developer diary

Check out the first @MutantFootball League developer diary and another pre-alpha gameplay screen here!

Here’s one of the latest pre-alpha screens of the game running in-engine.

Mutant Football League is still a ways off before you’ll be able to bash your friends head in with a spiked mace, but series creator Michael Mendheim and a small team of developers have been hard at work (and very active on social media) ever since their Kickstarter came to a close.

Yesterday, the team released their first…

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Titan Comics' The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse Gets a Trailer

Titan Comics’ The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse Gets a Trailer #comics

THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE

WRITERS: Michael Mendheim, Mike Kennedy, Sean Jaffe
ARTIST: Simon Bisley
256PP
HARDCOVER
$24.99
ISBN: 9781782760658

Raised by the ancient Order of Solomon, Adam Cahill is one of a rare handful of highly trained warriors bound by bloodline to guard the Seven Holy Seals that contain the End of Days.

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Remember Mutant League Football and Hockey on the Genesis/Mega Drive?  They were arcade-style sports games that were somewhat like precursors to games like NFL Blitz, and they still have fan followings today.

Well, like many independent developers, the original creators have decided to turn to crowd funding to try to create a spiritual successor.  Unfortunately, with so many high profile Kickstarter campaigns going on right now, they seem to have gotten overshadowed.

It’s a shame because we really need more arcade-style sports games that are fun and accessible to average gamers, as opposed to the complex simulations that most sports games tend to lean towards these days.

Mutant Football League pre-alpha footage released

Holy Bones Jackson, take a look at this Mutant Football League pre-alpha footage!

By all intents and purposes, Mutant Football League’s Kickstarter campaign was a disappointment, having raised only around $141,000 of its $750,000 goal. But hey, lots of interesting retro Kickstarter campaigns with SEGA ties failed, and failed and failed again in the past few years.

Despite the Kickstarter’s failure, series creator Michael Mendheim and his team never quit working on the…

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Over the last six weeks we’ve been in talks with Run Games Development Studio. We’ve been playing their game, Football Heroes and looking under the hood of the technology behind it. Today we are announcing that we will be licensing their Football Heroes engine to help us build Mutant Football League. The reason were doing this is because: It will substantially reduce our development risk. Instead of building everything from scratch we can build on top of an existing game, which is already a fun game and has all core elements in place (Dynamic Camera, User Interface, smooth and intuitive controls, consistent frame rates, Online play, AI, Power-ups, RPG Elements (ratings and stats), Audio, Physics and Collisions, etc. etc. etc.). Using existing and proven technology helps us deliver the game to market faster. My original delivery dates were July 2015 because I was not sure if we could put this deal together in time (the date took into account that we would be building the game from scratch). But with a deal now worked out (better late than never) and using existing technology, we should be able to deliver the PC and mobile products in late 2014. Providing we can reach our funding goal.  This existing technology allows for rapid prototyping on our end. We can spend our time focusing on features like Enforcers instead of spending our time elsewhere. Michael A. Marzola, Creative Director and President of Run Games has a message for all of you: “Seeing as we’re huge fans of the original Mutant League Football, this opportunity swoons our fanboy hearts to no end! We are proud to provide the technology which will enable Michael and his team to create Mutant Football League. Now we just need help from the Kickstarter community to help make that dream become reality!"What we’re not doing:The Football Heroes engine only gets us about 50% of where we need to go, the game mechanics of Football Heroes is designed for casual fun, Mutant Football needs to play more realistically, but with the focus on fun! (I know this is a silly because we have Monsters, Mutants and death) but seriously, the AI in our game needs to be closer to Madden than Football Heroes. The Art Direction - MUTANT FOOTBALL LEAGUE WILL LOOK VERY DIFFERENT FROM FOOTBALL HEROES. Mutant Football will be a much grittier art style. Football Heroes has micro-transactions. I’ve already told you all that MFL will not be a pay to win game.Here’s a video that shows some gameplay from Football Heroes. Again, please do not think that this will be what Mutant Football League will be in terms of gameplay – this video you’re seeing is only a stepping stone of where we want to take the game (it’s our first step). Also please remember we are going to completely change the artistic style of the game. MFL will have a completely different look and feel. Mutant Football League is heavy metal.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QGT2UaLXy0A personal note to all of you.The first time I saw Football Heroes, I punched the wall. They were using the exact same view (a Tecmo Bowl style camera view) that I wanted to use for Mutant Football League and also had a sensibility that reminded me of the original MLF so a call to Run Games to introduce myself was in order. Michael A. Marzola (Creative Director, President) and Nathan Lazur (Technical Director, President) were super nice and fans of the original MLF, they received me warmly. After a great conversation about retro football games they provided the game to me to review. A lot of time was spent playing the game. Not only did I play it but I watched my 10 year old son and his friends play it. They laughed and giggled and had a great time. The game is very easy to play and delivers a lot of fun but it also has layers of depth because of the RPG system that the Run Games integrated into the game. I thought if we could somehow figure out a way to work with the Run Games guys, Mutant Football League would have a very good chance to become a reality. My belief is that all games should deliver 3 main things when they launch: Entertainment (fun gameplay that captures people’s attention and doesn’t bore them), Commercial Success (people want the game and buy it) and innovation (deliver a feature, style or idea that brings something new to the table). Football Heroes delivers all 3. To the people out there. Look, I know I’ve done a million things wrong with this campaign and I also realize at this point it will take a miracle to hit our funding goal but I’m going to continue to fight for this project. For the detractors out there who are skeptical about me and this project, good for you. There have been a lot of projects on Kickstarter that promise things that can’t possibly be delivered. You have every reason to be skeptical of another “creator trying to build his dream.” There is no reason for you to believe anything I say because your trust has not been earned yet. Over time, whether this project makes it or not, I hope to prove myself to all of you. We’re moving forward humbly, cautiously and sincerely with a quiet but sure confidence that we can deliver what we say we can. Later this week I’ll make our budget and development plan available to everyone, so you can judge for yourself if the amount of funding we are asking for is legit or a scam. Hopefully, this kind of transparency will help everyone understand where exactly the money is going and how it is getting spent.Thanks again to everyone who has supported us and for even those who haven’t. Best, Michael

Discussions with Decapitated Dan #107: Michael Mendheim

Horror comics have scared readers for years. Is there anyone brave enough to sit down with their creators? This is Discussions with Decapitated Dan.

Listen in this week as Dan is joined by writer Michael Mendheim to talk about The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Book 2: The Chosen and so much more.

You can find out more about Michael at http://fourhorsemen.heavymetal.com/

You can find out more about musical guest Dog Fashion Disc at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_Fashion_Disco

The show is sponsored by CuriousGoodsandComics.com

This show runs for about 37 minutes.

Discussions #107

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Discussions with Decapitated Dan #89: Fourhorseman Helldiver

Horror comics have scared readers for years. Is there anyone brave enough to sit down with their creators? This is Discussions with Decapitated Dan

Listen in this week as Dan is joined by writers Michael Mendheim and Mike Kennedy to talk about The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Book 1: Helldiver and so much more!

You can find out more about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse at http://fourhorsemen.heavymetal.com/

You can find out more about musical guest Volbeat at http://www.volbeat.dk/

The show is sponsored by CuriousGoodsandComics.com

Deep Discussions #89

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