Jul 082016
 

Smallworld Pocket EncyclopediaWe know everyone is working to flesh out their Pokedex on Pokemon Go, but this weekend Days of Wonder is dropping their own encyclopedia for Small World.  The Small World Pocket Encyclopedia is a must-buy for all of the Small World purists and collectors out there.  A smartly designed, pocket sized  hardcover volume, the Small World Pocket Encyclopedia contains not only a full set of easy-access rules for the game, but also an FAQ, designer notes, and, most importantly, sixty-three individual entries detailing every race and special power from the base game and all of the expansions.The Grizzled At Your Order

Only the truly rough, tough, and resilient survived during the Great War.  The same applies to The Grizzled.  A strategic cooperative card game set during World War I, The Grizzled receives its first expansion set this weekend.  At Your Orders! provides additional special missions for players to complete during gameplay, both in experienced and novice versions to satisfy new and old gamers alike.  Even more exciting, At Your Orders! also provides expanded rulesets for two player or solo play for the original base game.

Stellar ConflictLike an expanded, card game version of Galaga, Stellar Conflict is another card game set in the Among the Stars universe.  Taking place over two tense, speedy rounds, Stellar Conflict plays for ten minutes with two to four players.  In round one, players swiftly select ships from a variety of options, choosing them based off of their abilities and availability.  Once that round is complete, these ships are deployed against an invading fleet of alien cruisers that must be vanquished by the armada you have chosen.  Hopefully you haven’t chosen poorly.Mysterium Hidden Signs

You thought you’d solved the mystery and escaped the Mysterium.  You were wrong.  Mysterium:  Hidden Signs is the first expansion for the popular horror tinged game, Mysterium.  Expanding the options and gameplay, this set includes six suspects, six locations, and six objects to deepen the gameplay.  Forty-two new vision cards are also included in order to provide players with a range of new communication options.  Also, if you manage to grab the first printing of this expansion, you’ll receive three promo cards that can be used in the base game.

Rick and Morty Total RickallCryptozoic capitalizes on the extreme popularity of Adult Swim‘s Rick and Morty series with the first card game based on the show.  Featuring a quick learning curve, Rick and Morty:  Total Rickall plays well with two to five players over the course of twenty to thirty minutes.  Always ready to skewer pop culture, Rick and Morty:  Total Rickall is a play off of The Thing, with Rick and Morty attempting to cleanse their house of shapshifting parasites that have disguised themselves as friends and family.  Work your way through these opponents, but be careful not to eliminate the real versions!Kitty Paw

There is never enough cute cat games in the world.  Proving that fact, Kitty Paw is a new dexterity and reaction game out this weekend.  For audiences young and old, Kitty Paw is a one to four player game that can take anywhere from fifteen to thirty minutes to play.  In the game, players rush to draw and play various cat cards in order to match a designated pattern assigned at the beginning of the round.  Of course, that’s too simple.  Players also will be forced to use only one “cat paw” when drawing and playing X-Wing Star Wars Imperial Veteransthese cards as well as pulling from the same draw pile as all other players.

Be ready to get those Tie-Fighter sound effects stuck in your head, because Fantasy Flight has just released another Empire expansion for the X-Wing miniature game.  In Imperial Veterans, players receive two ships, the Crimson Tie and the Tie-Bomber.  The former is all about nimble movement and swift attacking, while the latter hits opponents with a painful barrage of explosives.  This expansion contains all of the materials for players to use either or both ships in their next X-Wing game.

Jul 082016
 

Monstress v.1 tpbMonstress v.1 tpb

-Praised as one of last year’s best new ongoing series, Monstress is now out in trade paperback!

-Blending elements of anime, Hayao Miyazaki films, and steampunk, Monstress is unlike any other Image comics you’ll read.

-Taking place in an alternate reality, Monstress follows a young girl who has survived a treacherous war as she leads a rebellion against the ruling class.

-Sana Takeda’s art is worth the $9.99 price tag alone, as all six issues of her gorgeously intricate painted artwork is included.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern CORPS Rebirth #1Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern CORPS

-You’ve read Green Lanterns, now dive into the rest of the Green Lantern CORPS!

-Robert Venditti, who took over for Geoff Johns during the New 52 era, is back to helm this title.

-Those looking for classic Green Lantern action will find it in the Hal Jordan series, as he, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, and Jon Stewart face off against Sinestro.

-Ethan Van Sciver and a slew of other great artists will be illustrating the issues of this ongoing series, switching off as the series progresses.

New Super-ManNew Super-Man #1

-Even though there’s a new Clark Kent/Superman on the block, there’s still room for one more!

-Kong Kenan is the Super-Man of China, both trying to deal with his new found powers and form his very own Justice League.

-Having finished out the New 52 era for the Superman series, Gene Luen Yang is now launching this new ongoing series.

-Yang is also well known for writing the stellar Avatar the Last Airbender graphic novels for Dark Horse!

Nightwing Rebirth #1Nightwing Rebirth #1

-Even though Grayson was one of DC‘s best ongoing series, everyone’s been dying for Dick Grayson to return to the Nightwing mantle!  Well, he’s back and he’s in blue and black!

-Tim Seeley (Revival, Grayson) sticks around to write the Nightwing series going forward!

-Transitioning back into the world of superheroes, Dick has to hone his skills by working with a new mentor named Raptor.

-As these two train, they attempt to strike back against an organization that has caused the Bat-Family immense distress:  The Court of Owls.

Jun 242016
 

S Petersen's Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors Call of CthulhuWhether you’re a fan of H.P. Lovecraft’s horror mythos or just a roleplayer who is looking for a chilling, supernatural setting to run your players through, the seventh edition of the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying system will supply everything you need.  In the Call of Cthulhu Keeper’s Rulebook, players will find all the rules they need to begin a game in the setting.  You will control detectives exploring the dangerous, cult-ridden, eerie realms that others dare not enter.  Complement your core rulebook with S. Petersen’s Field Guide to Lovecraftain Horrors, a dense volume of creatures, stats, and habitats that will flesh out your gaming experience in the most skin-crawling ways.Kill Doctor Lucky new print

Having been reprinted countless times, Kill Doctor Lucky is back in its newest version!  Over nearly twenty years, this reverse murder mystery board game has attracted first-time players with each reprinting and this time is no different.  For two to eight players, Kill Doctor Lucky is, essentially, reverse Clue.  Various guests attempt to isolate the roaming Doctor Lucky in a secluded room in order to off him and inherent his vast fortune.  Excellent for larger groups of friends with a Naruto Shippuden board gamedarkly tinged humorous streak.

Fans of Naruto now have a new way to experience the cult favorite anime series.  Naruto Shippuden The Board Game drops players into the world of the series, letting them use detailed miniatures to control characters from the show as they track down the Akatsuki organization as they lay waste to the countryside.  Travel the world and use your ninja skills to thwart the evildoers in each town.Star Trek Panic

You might have heard that there is a new Star Trek movie coming out.  Or that it’s the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved sci-fi series.  Capitalizing on those facts, Fireside Games has released Star Trek Panic, another version of the popular Castle Panic.  In this version of the game, players will control crew members of the USS Enterprise, including Kirk, Spock, and “Bones,” as the ship is assaulted by Romulans, Klingons, and other alien races.  Your challenge is to coordinate as a crew to keep your shields up and dispatch your enemies.

Dominion EmpiresCan you believe Dominion has made it to ten expansions?  With Dominion: Empires, the world of the popular deck building game expands far beyond its previous realms.  In this three hundred card expansion, players receive a range of new and exciting cards, including ones that players buy during one round, but pay for in the next, dual cards, and landmarks that exponentially increase your scoring power.  As well, VP tokens and Events from previous versions of the game gain additional materials.  Combine Empires with either base Dominion game or any of the other nine expansions to alter gameplay and enhance your experience!

Jun 242016
 

Con Man SpectrumCon Man’s Spectrum #1

-Aching for a Firefly reunion?  Con Man’s Spectrum may be the closest we get for awhile.

-Based off of the fan favorite webseries, this ongoing comic delves into the show-within-the-show.

-Not only does the series follow the characters played by Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk, but it is also co-written by Tudyk, himself.

-Depicting episodes of the show-within-the-show, Spectrum, this series sees Fillion and Tudyk’s characters outrunning an alien race in an untested spaceship.

Hillbilly #1Hillbilly

-Eric Powell, the creator of The Goon and Big Man Plans, is back with a new ongoing series!

-This series will also see a crossover with one of Powell’s other popular characters, Buzzard!

-Following a mountainous fur trapper who lives among the Appalachian mountains, Hillbilly finds him battling and mingling with the fantasy creatures who reside in the forest.  Including a feral dog-boy!

-If you think The Goon is crazy, just see what sort of debauchery Powell can unleash writing and illustrating under his own imprint!

DC Superhero Girls v.1 tpbDC Superhero Girls v.1 tpb “Finals Crisis”

-The first in a series of all-ages graphic novels for female readers!

-DC has heard the outcry for action figures and content that appeals and connects with women.

-All of your favorite DC heroines, like Harley Quinn, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, and Poison Ivy, are just trying to make it through superhero high school when a mysterious villain gets in their way.

-Yancy Labat’s art style is cartoonish and colorful in the same vein as Bee and Puppycat, Lumberjanes, and Adventure Time!

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-We’ve been telling everyone to read this comic for months!  Now is the time to jump on!

-Slowly building a name for himself, Tom King received the Batman writing gig based off of the critical acclaim of this series.

-Combines qualities from The Stepford Wives, Desperate Housewives, David Lynch, and various horror films into one surreal, twisted package.

-After being rebooted, Vision has built himself an android family (a wife and two children) and moved to the suburbs of Washington, D.C.  With the neighborhood distrusting the “robots” who’ve moved in and The Avengers skeptical of Vision’s choices, an unfriendly foe comes knocking.  Things will never be the same.

Jun 172016
 

Civil War II Choosing SidesCivil War II Choosing Sides #1 (of 6)

-The Civil War II tie-in miniseries are heating up with this third release!

-Focusing on the split in ideologies that initiates the Civil War event, Choosing Sides will present two stories from each side of the argument.

-Artist Declan Shalvey (Moon Knight) will not only be providing artwork for portions of the miniseries, but also handling writing duties.

-Featuring an ensemble cast, Choosing Sides will focus on characters like Nick Fury, Black Widow, The Punisher, Moon Knight, and other “street level” or SHIELD related heroes.

James Bond v.1 HC “Vargr”James Bond 007 HC

-Dynamite‘s best ongoing series receives its first collection!

-Comic veteran Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Planetary, Moon Knight, Nextwave, Astonishing X-Men) is killing it on this series, capturing the perfect blend of Ian Fleming’s novel Bond and the coldness of the Daniel Craig films.

-After enacting grisly revenge for the death of another 00 agent, Bond is assigned to investigate a technology corporation who appears to have ties to a devastating street drug.

-Working off of Ellis’ minimalist scripts, artist Jason Masters delivers panel layouts and action sequences that are gorgeously paced and inventively illustrated.

Deadpool vs GambitDeadpool vs. Gambit #1 (of 5)

-Two of the most nineties Marvel superheroes out there join forces in this five issue miniseries.

-Comedic writing duo, Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (Thunderbolts, Thrilling Adventure Hour), return to Marvel to bring the funny to this miniseries.

-Deadpool vs. Gambit will unveil an previously unknown history between the characters!

-When the anti-heroes have to pull a heist together things go terribly wrong, leading to them eventually having to sling hamburgers in a dinner together. . .what?

Star Wars The Force Awakens #1 (of 5)Star Wars The Force Awakens Adaptation

-You’ve seen the film a hundred times.  Now read the Marvel comic adaptation!

-Broken up over five issues, this adaptation covers the events of the film plus maybe a few new scenes.

-A new voice on the Marvel scene, Chuck Wendig (Hyperion) handles writing duties here.

-With beautiful variant covers by Esad Ribic, Joe Quesada, and John Cassaday, the interiors will be equally great by veteran artist, Luke Ross.