Tyler Bruns

Apr 212017
 

Guess what folks?! Magic: the Gathering Prerelease is this weekend and we have our usual spread of events. If 1vs1 magic is your flavor, then we have you covered at Midnight Tonight, then again on Saturday at 7:00PM.

Prefer partnering up? Think two-minds are better than one? 20 health not enough for you? Well then come on up for our Two-Headed Giant events. The first one will be at noon on Saturday and the second one will be at 1:00PM on Sunday.

Each prerelease event this weekend is $25 a head and includes 6 packs of Amonkhet, a special date-stamped promo, one Amonkhet themed spindown life counter, and a convenient holding box for the tournament. We can’t wait to see you for the Trial of Knowledge!! (Prerelease)

One week left on pre-ordering Magic: the Gathering’s newest set, Amonkhet at our special preorder price!! Amonkhet is a top-down-designed MTG set, meaning that Wizards designed the set with the flavor of Ancient Egypt in mind and built mechanics from the ground up pertaining to that lore. Amonkhet contains 269 different cards, with 20 basic lands, 101 commons, 80 uncommons, 53 rares, and 15 mythic rares.

Keeping up with recent tradition, Wizards has also snuck special premium cards into random packs. Inside these random packs of Amonkhet are incredibly rare and unique Masterpiece Series cards called Invocations, which are all premium foil reprints of special, powerful cards of the past. Amonkhet’s invocations all contain new art and a special card frame inspired by ancient Egyptian steles.

Apr 122017
 

Comics list for April 12th:

ACTION COMICS #977
ALL NEW FATHOM #3
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #26
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN RENEW YOUR VOWS #6
BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #9
BLACK PANTHER CREW #1
BOOSTER GOLD FLINTSTONES SPECIAL #1
CAP AM STEVE ROGERS #15
CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON #21
CHARMED #2
CINDERELLA SERIAL KILLER PRINCESS #4
COPPERHEAD #12
DEADPOOL AND MERCS FOR MONEY #10
DEADPOOL VS PUNISHER #1 (OF 5)
DETECTIVE COMICS #954
DIRK GENTLYS HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY #5 (OF 5)
DISNEY PRINCESS #10
DOCTOR STRANGE SORCERERS SUPREME #7
DRIFTER #18
DUCK AVENGER #4
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS FROST GIANTS FURY #2
FLASH #20
GODSHAPER #1 CVR A GOONFACE
GOTHAM ACADEMY SECOND SEMESTER #8
GREEN VALLEY #7 (OF 9)
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #19
GWENPOOL #14
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #18
HARROW COUNTY #22
HELLBOY AND BPRD 1954 GHOST MOON #2
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #4
KINGPIN #3
MOSAIC #7
MY LITTLE PONY LEGENDS OF MAGIC #1
NANCY DREW HARDY BOYS #2
NEIL GAIMAN AMERICAN GODS SHADOWS #2
NEW SUPER MAN #10
OLD MAN LOGAN #21
PLANET OF APES GREEN LANTERN #3
RAT QUEENS #2
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #9
ROM #9
ROSE #1
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #12
SERENITY NO POWER IN THE VERSE #6 (OF 6)
SEVEN TO ETERNITY #5
SILVER SURFER #10
SPAWN #272
SPIDER-MAN 2099 #22
SPONGEBOB COMICS #67
STAR TREK BOLDLY GO #7
STAR WARS DOCTOR APHRA #6
SUICIDE SQUAD #15
SUPER POWERS #6 (OF 6)
SUPERGIRL #8
TALES FROM THE CRYPT #2
THANOS #5
TITANS #10
TORCHWOOD 2 #3
UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #19
UNSTOPPABLE WASP #4
WARHAMMER 40000 REVELATIONS #2 (OF 4)
WEAPON X #1
WICKED & DIVINE #28 CVR A MCKELVIE & WILSON
WONDER WOMAN #20
X-MEN BLUE #1

TPB & HC:

ALIENS LIFE AND DEATH TP
BATMAN LEGACY TP VOL 01
BATMAN TP VOL 02 I AM SUICIDE (REBIRTH)
SAVAGE TP
TMNT ONGOING TP VOL 16 CHASING PHANTOMS
ATOMIC ROBO TP VOL 11
BLACK PANTHER TP BOOK 03 NATION UNDER OUR FEET
CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS TP VOL 02
COMPLETE PHONOGRAM HC
DAMSELS TP VOL 01
FIX TP VOL 02

Apr 052017
 

Comics list for April 5th:

ADVENTURE TIME #63
ALL NEW WOLVERINE #19
AMERICA #2
AMORY WARS GOOD APOLLO #1 (OF 12)
ANIMAL NOIR #3 (OF 4)
AQUAMAN #20
AVENGERS #6
BALTIMORE THE RED KINGDOM #3
BLACK CLOUD #1 (MR)
BULLSEYE #3 (OF 5)
CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #15
CHAMPIONS #7
CHARMED #1
CYBORG #11
DARK SOULS TALES OF EMBER #1 (OF 2)
DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #25
DEATHSTROKE #16
DOCTOR WHO GHOST STORIES #1 (OF 4)
DONALD DUCK #19
EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #20
FALL AND RISE OF CAPTAIN ATOM #4 (OF 6)
GIANT DAYS #25
GREEN ARROW #20
GREEN LANTERNS #20
HARLEY QUINN #17
INJUSTICE GROUND ZERO #9
INVADER ZIM #18
IRON FIST #2
JAMES BOND #2
JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #25
JESSICA JONES #7
JUGHEAD #14
JUSTICE LEAGUE #18
NIGHTWING #18
NOVA #5
PAPER GIRLS #13
PATHFINDER WORLDSCAPE #6 (OF 6)
PENNY DREADFUL #1
PLANETOID PRAXIS #3 (OF 6)
PROVIDENCE #12 (OF 12)
ROYALS #1
SHADE THE CHANGING GIRL #7
SONS OF THE DEVIL #11
SPIDER-MAN #15
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #16
STAR WARS #30
STAR WARS ROGUE ONE ADAPTATION #1 (OF 6)
STARSTRUCK OLD PROLDIERS NEVER DIE #3 (OF 6)
SUN BAKERY #2
SUPERMAN #20
TRUE BELIEVERS GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1
TRUE BELIEVERS X-MEN #1
UNCANNY AVENGERS #22
WALKING DEAD #166
X-MEN GOLD #1

TPB & HC:

ELECTRIC SUBLIME TP
LUMBERJANES TP VOL 06
SUPERMAN TP VOL 02 TRIALS OF THE SUPER SON

Mar 292017
 

Comics list for March 29th:

ADAM STRANGE FUTURE QUEST SPECIAL #1
ALIENS DEFIANCE #10
ALIENS VS PREDATOR LIFE AND DEATH #4
ALL NEW X-MEN #19
ARCHIE #18
BACK TO THE FUTURE BIFF TO THE FUTURE #3 (OF 6)
BACKSTAGERS #8 (OF 8)
BATGIRL ANNUAL #1
BEAUTY #13
BLACK WIDOW #12
BOOSTER GOLD FLINTSTONES SPECIAL #1
CINEMA PURGATORIO #9
CLEAN ROOM #17
COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS #5 (OF 6)
CONAN THE SLAYER #7
COSMIC SCOUNDRELS #2 (OF 5)
DARK KNIGHT III MASTER RACE #8 (OF 9)
DEADLY CLASS #27 CVR A CRAIG & BOYD
DEADPOOL AND MERCS FOR MONEY #9
DIVINITY III STALINVERSE #4
DOCTOR WHO 9TH #11
GENERATION ZERO #8
GHOST RIDER #5
GREEN LANTERN SPACE GHOST SPECIAL #1
HARD CASE CRIME PEEPLAND #4 (OF 5)
HARLEYS LITTLE BLACK BOOK #6
INFAMOUS IRON MAN #6
INHUMANS PRIME #1
INJUSTICE GROUND ZERO #8
JAMES BOND HAMMERHEAD #6 (OF 6)
JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #24
JUGHEAD THE HUNGER ONE SHOT
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #3
KAMANDI CHALLENGE #3 (OF 12)
LOBSTER JOHNSON PIRATES GHOST #1
MAN-THING #2 (OF 5)
MASK MOBILE ARMORED STRIKE KOMMAND #4
MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #3
MOONSHINE #6 CVR A RISSO
OCCUPY AVENGERS #5
OLD GUARD #2
OLD MAN LOGAN #20
OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #26
POSTAL #19
PREVIEWS #343 APRIL 2017
RICK & MORTY #24
ROM #8
SERENITY NO POWER IN THE VERSE #6 (OF 6)
SPACE RIDERS GALAXY OF BRUTALITY #1
SPIDER-WOMAN #17
STAR TREK BOLDLY GO #6
STAR-LORD #5
SUICIDE SQUAD BANANA SPLITS SPECIAL #1
THANOS #5
THUNDERBOLTS #11
TITANS ANNUAL #1
TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #4
TRANSFORMERS TILL ALL ARE ONE #8
VISITOR HOW AND WHY HE STAYED #2 (OF 5)
WALKING DEAD #165
WWE WRESTLEMANIA 2017 SPECIAL #1
X-FILES (2016) #12
X-MEN PRIME #1

TPB & HC:

AFAR TP
ALIENS DEFIANCE TP VOL 01
HELLBLAZER TP VOL 01 THE POISON TRUTH (REBIRTH)
HENCHGIRL TP
HILLBILLY TP VOL 01
SAGA TP VOL 07

Mar 282017
 

That time of the week, where I mention a game that isn’t exactly new or shiny, but is FUN and should be OWNED and PLAYED! This week: Conan, the Miniatures Game-

Conan

 

 

Conan:
Players:2-5
Time: ~1 Hour (scenario dependent)
Genre: Dungeon Crawl semi-cooperative Miniature Game

 

 

 

 

Conan is a scenario-based, semi-cooperative miniatures game, where one player plays the board, and all other players team up to play as Conan and his companions. This game went through years of game design, and it’s publishers even hired a Conan expert to make sure the theme and scenarios are in line with author Robert E. Howard’s novels and short stories. That aside, this game can and will be enjoyed by players who know nothing of Conan or his mythos.

For a miniatures game, this game is short, fast, and wonderfully designed. Rather than being campaign based like many other miniatures board games (see Descent and Imperial Assault), Conan is split up into scenarios where players choose their characters and play against the Game Master in standalone scenarios with a limited number of turns. Each scenario has different objectives and themes for gameplay diversity, and players may choose different characters depending on what they think is needed in each scenario.

each of their turns characters choose different stances based on what they are trying to accomplish.

Gameplay itself in Conan is incredibly simple, but also streamlined and intuitive. When players want to use an action such as moving or fighting, they simply place one of their “stamina” gems into that portion of their player board, and roll dice equal to the amount of gems used. Gems refresh each turn based on what stance a character chooses, so it’s possible that characters may use all their gems in one epic round and stagger around exhausted while they try and refresh themselves, or play more reserved and pace their actions strategically.

Normally my complaint in a dungeon crawl game revolves around me getting stuck managing the game after no one else volunteers for the job, but this game is different. The job of Game master in this game is incredibly fun and interesting, and this is due in large part to the game system the designers came up for you to run it. The Game Master uses eight slidable titles with groups of monsters associated with each tile and one “respawn” tile. The further down the row the tiles are, the higher their cost in gems. On a GM’s turn, they may activate any two of their tiles, and once activated, the tile slides to the end, costing more the next time it would be activated, but making everything else cost less.

Conan 2

That’s it for Conan. It’s a huge box, Conan is a little busted (as he should be thematically), and although I’ve played the starting scenario over ten times now, I’m STILL not bored with it! (Did I mention it has 74 Miniatures….) #GiveItATry