Oct 182014
 

Halloween Comic Fest 2014

Instead of rotting your children’s teeth (or your own) with candy on Halloween, how about giving them FREE comics?

Yes, just like Free Comic Book Day in May, the Halloween Comicfest is another occasion for readers to sample various comic series at the low, low price of FREE (have I mentioned FREE enough?). This year’s books include the likes of the Itty Bitty Hellboy, Spider-Man, Batman, Adventure Time, and many other spooky heroes and baddies.

A Halloween ComicFest Costume Contest will be held at 6:00pm on October 25th. Participants will be judged on a set of unannounced criteria by a “discerning” panel of judges. Winners will be decided by the highest point value and in other special categories. Prizes will include hardcover comic collections by Geoff Johns, Alan Moore, and others or deluxe edition Doctor Who collected volumes.

 Posted by at 6:44 pm
Oct 182014
 

Firefly Role Playing Game RPG Core BookTake its love, take its land, but you can’t take roleplaying from Firefly.

A revamped version of the previous Firefly RPG, this new hardcover core book utilizes an updated version of the Cortex Plus System.  Players are thrown out into the black, given the chance to play members of a Firefly crew crusin’ the verse and misbehaving.  Every episode of the series is detailed in this hardcover, acting as adventures groups can play through.  An entirely new “episode” is also presented as a fourteenth adventure.Cypher

Another AEG produced, Love Letter-like quick card game has hit the scene and it is Cypher.  At its core, Cypher is a drafting game, with players starting out with either three, two, or one card in hand.  Each turn, players draw, play, and trade a card, with everyone attempting to be the person holding the highest value card at the end of the game.  When the draw pile runs out (or a special endgame card is played) the game ends.

Lords of XiditLords of Xidit is the newest release from Asmodee Games and it sends the player to a fantastical realm of lizard riding knights and magically possessed townsfolk.  Each player controls the equivalent of a knight, wandering the countryside in hopes of curing the dark mysticism that has overrun it.  In order to do so, players race to sections of the board where they will collect squires and resources.  The catch is, it’s all about timing, as only certain resources will be given out depending on the order of when a player arrives.  Abyss

Set in a Bioshock-ish, Rapture-esque underwater city, Abyss, from Asmodee, is a game of influence and power struggle with a little card drafting thrown in.  Featuring four different styles of box art, Abyss requires players to compete for influence on the council of lords.  In order to do this, players must work through a three stage process, first gaining allies, then using them to influence lords, then using the lords to take over sections of the city.  Cards are drafted that allow Tammany Hallplayers to work through these steps, but, beware, once a card’s power is used that ability is closed off forever.

And speaking of corruption and political influence, there’s nearly no greater historical instance of political power plays than New York’s Tammany Hall!  In this backstabby game of underhanded favor buying, players fight to earn the votes of recent immigrants as means of acquiring the mayoral seat.  However, don’t expect to hold on to it for long, as everyone will be at the ready double cross you and take it.Through the Breach Fate Master's Almanac Wyrd RPG

Malifaux, the cult hit steampunky, horror, little bit of everything miniature game, is being converted into a roleplaying system this weekend.  Two core rulebooks, one for players and one for game masters, arrive this weekend.  First up is The Fate Almanac softcover, the essential guidebook for players, containing all the pertinent information about how to create and run a Fated character.  The accompanying rulebook is the Trains Rising SunFatemasters Almanac, the essential guide running a game set in the Malifaux universe.

AEG‘s third gaming release this weekend is an expansion/standalone addition to the Trains board game.  Trains Rising Sun can be incorporated into the original version or played on its own.  Included this edition are three entirely new game boards, one for head-to-head play and two for two to four players.  Legendary Guardians of the Galaxy

Time for everyone to do the whole standing up in a circle thing, because Guardians of the Galaxy is the newest expansion to the Legendary card game.  This expansion adds on character cards for everyone of the Guardians, including Star Lord, Gamorra, Rocket, Drax, and Groot as well as villain decks for the Kree Supreme Intelligence and Thanos!

Oct 172014
 

TMNT Ghostbusters #1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Ghostbusters #1 (of 4)

-Who you going to call?  Heroes in a half-shell!

-With the ongoing Ghostbusters series recently wrapping up, the writer, Erik Burnham, authors this epic crossover.

-Along with Burnham, Dan Schoening, the vibrant, fun artist of the previous Ghostbuster series, also joins in.

-How will the Ghostbusters and Turtles react to each other when the latter is transported into another dimension?  Will they be able to defeat the terrifying ghost that followed them?

D&D Legends of Baldur’s Gate #1Legends of Baldur's Gate Dungeons Dragons D&D

-IDW continues its tradition of publishing quality roleplaying game tie-in comics with this new Dungeons & Dragons series.

-Jim Zub, writer of the Pathfinder comic series, Skullkickers, and Wayward, helms this epic ongoing!

-Decades after the original Baldur’s Gate adventure, a new party of adventurers brave the infamous city!

-MINSC also joins the fray!

Deathstroke #1Deathstroke #1

-Originally launched at the start of the New 52, another ongoing Deathstroke series attempts to do what the previous series couldn’t!

-In it’s favor are the artistic and writing talents of Tony Daniel (Detective Comics, Superman/Wonder Woman), handling both duties on this title.

-Slade Wilson, the legendary assassin known as Deathstroke, has had his memories of a particular kill erased.  With only fragments, Deathstroke must retrace his steps and find out who took his memory.

-If you loved him or loved to hate him on Arrow, check out this new ongoing series.

Arkham Manor #1Arkham Manor

-Spins out of the events chronicled in Batman Eternal!

-With Arkham Asylum destroyed, Bruce Wayne is forced to provide his estate as a temporary holding facility for all of Gotham’s psychopaths.

-In order to solve a string of mysterious murders, Batman must go undercover in the new Arkham Manor.  Will he go insane trying to solve the case?

-Written by Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Hulk, Nova), who just delivered a great, creepy one-shot story in the pages of Batman #34.

Oct 152014
 

Shipping on October 22nd

COMICS

1 FOR $1 GHOST
13 COINS #1 (OF 6) (MR)
ALL NEW GHOST RIDER #8
ALL NEW GHOST RIDER #8 DEADPOOL 75TH ANNIV VAR
ALL NEW INVADERS #11
ALL NEW X-FACTOR #15 AXIS
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 2ND PTG
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8 EOSV
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8 OTTLEY VAR EOSV
AMAZING X-MEN #12
AQUAMAN #35
ARKHAM MANOR #1
ARKHAM MANOR #1 VAR ED
AVENGERS #37 TRO
AVENGERS AND X-MEN AXIS #1 (OF 9) OUM VAR
AVENGERS AND X-MEN AXIS #3 (OF 9)
AVENGERS AND X-MEN AXIS #3 (OF 9) BRADSHAW YOUNG GUNS VAR
AXIS HOBGOBLIN #1 (OF 3)
BATMAN 66 #16
BATMAN 66 MEETS GREEN HORNET #1 (OF 6)
BATMAN 66 MEETS GREEN HORNET #4 (OF 6)
BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE #15
BATMAN ETERNAL #29
BEE AND PUPPYCAT #5
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #5
BIONIC WOMAN SEASON FOUR #2
BOBS BURGERS #1 (OF 5) 2ND PTG
BODIES #4 (OF 8) (MR)
BORDERLANDS FALL OF FYRESTONE #3
BTVS SEASON 10 #8
CATWOMAN #35
CATWOMAN #35 MONSTERS VAR ED
COLDER BAD SEED #1
CROSSED SPECIAL 2014 TORTURE CVR (MR)
CYCLOPS #6
DARK TOWER DRAWING OF THREE PRISONER #2 (OF 5)
DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #10 (DEFY)
DEADPOOL #36 AXIS
DEADPOOL #36 DEADPOOL 75TH ANNIV VAR AXIS
DEATH OF WOLVERINE #3 (OF 4)
DEATH OF WOLVERINE LOGAN LEGACY #2 (OF 7)
DEATH OF WOLVERINE LOGAN LEGACY #2 (OF 7) CANADA VAR
DEATHSTROKE #1
DEATHSTROKE #1 MONSTERS VAR ED
DELINQUENTS #3 (OF 4) BOARD GAME CVR DOE
DREAM MERCHANT #5 (OF 6) (MR)
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS LEGENDS OF BALDURS GATE #1
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS LEGENDS OF BALDURS GATE #1 VAR
EARTH 2 WORLDS END #3
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #1 (OF 5)
FIVE GHOSTS #13
FLASH #35
FLASH #35 MONSTERS VAR ED
GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #103
GFT VS WONDERLAND #4 (OF 4)
GI JOE (2014) #2
GODZILLA CATACLYSM #3 (OF 5)
GONERS #1
HALO ESCALATION #11
HARLEY QUINN #11
HARLEY QUINN #11 MONSTERS VAR ED
HARLEY QUINN #11 VAR ED
HE MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #18
HUGH HOWEYS WOOL #4 (OF 6)
IMAGE FIRSTS SAGA CURR PTG #1 (MR)
INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE #4
INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US YEAR THREE #2
JUSTICE INC #3 (OF 6)
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #35
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #35 MONSTERS VAR ED
LAZARUS #12 (MR)
LEGENDARY STAR LORD #3 2ND PTG
MAXX MAXXIMIZED #12
MEMETIC #1 (OF 3)
MONOMYTH #3 (OF 3)
MULTIVERSITY THE JUST #1
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER #10
NEW 52 FUTURES END #25 (WEEKLY)
NEW WARRIORS #11
ORIGINAL SIN #8 (OF 8 AHN TEASER VAR
POP #3
PREDATOR FIRE AND STONE #1 (OF 4)
PREDATOR FIRE AND STONE #1 (OF 4) MALEEV VAR
RED LANTERNS #35 (GODHEAD)
REGULAR SHOW #16
REVIVAL #24 (MR)
SAMURAI JACK #13
SECRET AVENGERS #9
SECRET ORIGINS #6
SHE-HULK #9
SHELTERED #12 (MR)
SQUIDDER #2
SQUIDDER #4
STARLIGHT #6
STUMPTOWN V3 #2
SUPERMAN #35
SUPERMAN #35 COMBO PACK
SUPERMAN #35 MONSTERS VAR ED
SWAMP THING FUTURES END #1 STANDARD ED
TERMINATOR ENEMY OF MY ENEMY #6 (OF 6)
THANOS A GOD UP THERE LISTENING #3 (OF 4)
TMNT GHOSTBUSTERS #1 (OF 4)
TMNT GHOSTBUSTERS #1 (OF 4) VAR
TMNT GHOSTBUSTERS #1 (OF 4) SUBSCRIPTION VAR
TOMB RAIDER #9
TOWER CHRONICLES DREADSTALKER #3
TOWN CALLED DRAGON #2 (OF 5)
TRANSFORMERS PRIMACY #3
TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #34
VAMPIRELLA PRELUDE TO SHADOWS ONE SHOT
WALKING DEAD #133 (MR)
WICKED & DIVINE #5 (MR)
X-FILES SEASON 10 #17
X-FILES YEAR ZERO #4 (OF 5)
X-FORCE #11
ZERO #11

TPBs & HCs

BLAZE BROTHERS TP VOL 01
BOOK OF GENESIS ILLUS BY ROBERT CRUMB HC NEWER PTG
BRYAN LEE O MALLEY SECONDS GN
GOTHAM CITY SIRENS TP BOOK 01
HULK TP VOL 01 BANNER DOA
IRON PATRIOT TP UNBREAKABLE
JLA EARTH 2 TP NEW ED
MARVEL 100TH ANNIVERSARY TP
MAXX MAXXIMIZED HC VOL 01
MMW SGT FURY HC VOL 04
ORIGINAL SIN TP HULK VS IRON MAN
RED SONJA TP VOL 02 ART BLOOD & FIRE
SECRET AVENGERS TP VOL 01 LETS HAVE A PROBLEM
SERENITY HC VOL 02 BETTER DAYS & OTHER STORIES
SILVER SURFER TP VOL 01 NEW DAWN
SUICIDE SQUAD TP VOL 05 WALLED IN (N52)
ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE RECORDED ATTACKS GN

OTHER STUFF

BATMAN ARKHAM CITY BATMAN ARTFX+ STATUE
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES FLIGHT RING
MARVEL MINIMATES BEST OF SER 3 ASST
POP GHOSTBUSTERS SLIMER VINYL FIG
SHIELD GRUNGED STAMP HEATHER GREY T/S XL
STAR WARS LIGHTSPUN HEATHER T/S MED

 Posted by at 3:01 pm
Oct 112014
 

Kill Shakespeare board gameIDW, one of the more popular independent comic book publishers, is getting into the gaming business.  The company released the first two games from it’s new board game line this weekend.

First up is the Kill Shakespeare board game.  Based off of the acclaimed comic book series, Kill Shakespeare is created by the designers behind Yedo.  A semi-cooperative experience, players select specific characters from The Bard’s classic works, including Juliet, Othello, Hamlet, and more.  A resource management game at heart, players bid on resources in order to take back specific realms that have been conquered by Richard III and Lady MacBeth.  Simultaneously, players also must complete their own individual tasks in order to claim victory.

The not-from-IDW game of the week is Lewis and Clark:  The Expedition.  From a first time game designer, this Lewis and Clark the Expeditionhand management game has won and been nominated for a slew of awards over the last year.  The goal of the game is to cross the country and make it to the West coast.  In order to do this, players select members of their exploration party, each with their own abilities, and will collect Native American guides and fur trappers as they cross the country.  To activate resources, players will have to lay down dual-use Machi Korocards, choosing whether to sacrifice a card to use another or wait.  Those who choose poorly may not survive.

The second IDW board game this week is the hotly anticipated Machi Koro.  Both a dice rolling and card placement game, Machi Koro tasks players to build the biggest city in the country.  To do so, players will roll dice to gain buildings, gain income, and steal funds from other players.  Designed with poppy, simplistic artwork and appealing coloring, Machi Koro is a quick play experience for young and 0ld.  If you want to get a better idea of how it plays, check out the video below.