We unbox the $200 “power armor” Fallout ’76 version so you don’t have to

Sam Machkovech

A surprise showed up at my doorstep last night: the Fallout ’76 “power armor” edition, arriving ahead of the game’s official launch at 12:01am tomorrow morning (Wednesday, November 14). The PC version’s $200 special edition has been sold out at many retailers for quite some time, as it was announced well before the game began receiving more public scrutiny. [Update: GameStop is still selling the console version of the set.]

But even though its sticker price includes a DLC-loaded version of the retail game, most of its cost is made up of Fallout series swag. Even if you’re wary about the game’s buggy beta period, is there still enough here to justify the insane cost for a series diehard?

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Here’s the first teaser for the final season of Game of Thrones

The survivors of the first eight seasons of <em>Game of Thrones</em> will face the Night King and his army of White Walkers and wights in the final season.

It has been a long wait for the final season of Game of Thrones, and sadly, the wait is not quite over yet. But HBO has thrown hungry fans a bone with a shiny new teaser trailer. There’s no new footage from the upcoming episodes, but we do get one full minute featuring some of our favorite moments from seasons past.

(Some spoilers from prior seasons below.)

Game of Thrones is the HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s best-selling Song of Ice and Fire series of novels—for those of you who’ve been living under a rock since the show debuted in 2011 and turned into a bona fide global phenomenon. It’s a ratings blockbuster for HBO that has won multiple Emmys and may be one of the most expensive TV series ever made, thanks to numerous film-quality battle scenes, CGI dragons, and a simply massive all-star cast of characters. Bonus: it’s got a killer theme song and opening title sequence.

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Monday’s nerdiest trailers: Pokemon, sporks, and sarcastic bots come to life

Three film and TV studios elected to dump their latest trailers online on Monday, as opposed to spreading the love out over the week. Alone, each trailer is each intriguing, but their combined nerd power lets us glimpse what’s to come from three world premieres.

The highlight of this year’s Veterans Day trailer explosion is Detective Pikachu, a live-action (and decidedly Western) take on the odd video game of the same name. That title means a few things. First, like the game, this fork of the Pokemon universe appears to exist outside the collect-’em-all series’ game and anime entries. That means there’s no sign of familiar human characters like Ash, Daisy, Brock, or Team Rocket.

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Legendary Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee has died

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Stan Lee—the Marvel Comics legend responsible for cultural icons from Spider-Man and Iron Man to X-Men and Black Panther—has died, according to multiple reports from places like TMZ and The Hollywood Reporter.

THR spoke with a source that said Lee died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. TMZ spoke to Lee’s daughter, J.C., who said an ambulance rushed to Lee’s Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning to take him to Cedars-Sinai. That outlet noted Lee had suffered several illnesses over the last year or so, including dealing with pneumonia. Lee was 95 years old.

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Attenborough’s calming narration comes to Netflix in 2019 doc Our Planet

Coming in 2019 to a Netflix near you.

Two of the main people behind the BBC’s modern wave of nature documentary series, including their iconic narrator, have signed on to make their next documentary project with Netflix.

The soothing, British-accented tones of narrator Sir David Attenborough, along with Blue Planet and Planet Earth creator, director, and executive producer Alastair Fothergill, are the headline names for a new project, dubbed Our Planet. Netflix says this eight-part “natural history” documentary series will debut exclusively on its service on April 5, 2019.

The series includes a partnership with the World Wildlife Federation, along with statements from Attenborough about the “beauty and fragility” of our planet and the claim that humanity is “the greatest threat to the health of our home,” but this all merely implies that Our Planet will heavily focus on conservation. The series’ released teaser trailer instead largely resembles recent BBC docuseries—meaning, dramatic, crystal-clear shots of wildlife in its natural habitat. We’ll always take more of those, and Netflix is advertising 4K-ready video content for this one.

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Wilson Fisk is back and better than ever in season 3 of Daredevil

Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) finds himself struggling with his darker nature amid a crisis of faith, as well as a renewed threat from Wilson Fisk.

Things have been a bit rocky in the Netflix/Marvel Defenders universe lately. But Daredevil is back in top form for a strong third season, largely due to the much-anticipated return of arch-villain Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio, Law & Order: Criminal Intent). Everything that happens this time around is one more step in a steady march toward an inevitable final face-off between Daredevil (Charlie Cox, Boardwalk) and Fisk.

(Some mild spoilers below, but major plot twists are not revealed.)

Season 3 opens where The Defenders left off: with Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil) caught in a massive explosion that leaves him near death—indeed, he’s been presumed dead by his friends all this time. He’s found by a random passerby and taken to the parish where he grew up, nursed back to health by the astringently affectionate Sister Maggie (Joanne Whalley, Wolf Hall, The Borgias). As always, he heals miraculously, yet we must plod through every step of the tedious comeback process, complete with philosophical soul-searching.

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Westworld’s Main Street shooting set at Paramount Ranch burns down

Horses are spooked as the Woolsey Fire moves through the property on Cornell Road near Paramount Ranch on November 9, 2018 in Agoura Hills, California.

The Woolsey Fire currently burning in Los Angeles County has destroyed much of the Western Town, a key feature of Paramount Ranch. The site was where the Main Street scenes in Westworld were filmed.

The news was first announced Friday by the National Park Service, which manages the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

The church featured in the HBO series was also built on the ranch, and appears to be still standing, according to a tweet from cast member Evan Rachel Wood, who plays the sentient android Dolores Abernathy.

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Review: Super-hot board game Terraforming Mars goes digital

Review: Super-hot board game Terraforming Mars goes digital

Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com.

Terraforming Mars is one of the most popular heavy strategy games of the last two years (read our 2016 review); it earned a nomination for the Kennerspiel des Jahres (expert’s “game of the year”), losing to the very good but much simpler Exit: The Game series. It’s currently ranked #4 on BoardGameGeek’s master ranking of all board games, a ranking that tends to skew towards complex games that eschew luck in favor of strategy and engine building.

Now, an adaptation from Asmodee Digital brings the game to Windows via Steam. (Android and iOS ports are coming soon.) The Windows port offers local play, online multiplayer, and a solo challenge mode that functions as a good learning tool in addition to providing a strong single-player experience.

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