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

Mar 222017
 

Comics list for March 22th:

ACTION COMICS #976
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN RENEW YOUR VOWS #5
BATGIRL #9
BATMAN BEYOND #6
BATMAN TMNT ADVENTURES #5 (OF 6)
BEAUTY #13 CVR A HAUN & RAUCH
BIRTHRIGHT #23
BLACK HAMMER #7
BLACK PANTHER #12
BLACK ROAD #8
BLOODSHOT REBORN #0
BLUE BEETLE #7
CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #14
DEATHSTROKE #15
DEPT H #12
DESCENDER #20
DETECTIVE COMICS #953
DIRK GENTLY SALMON OF DOUBT #6
DOCTOR STRANGE PUNISHER MAGIC BULLETS #4 (OF 4)
DOCTOR WHO 12TH YEAR TWO #15
DOOM PATROL #5
ELEKTRA #2
EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #20
FLASH #19
FUTURE QUEST #11
GAMORA #4
GHOSTBUSTERS 101 #1
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #17
HEAVY METAL #285 CVR A BERTMER
HELENA CRASH #1 (OF 5)
HELLBLAZER #8
HULK #4
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #5
IRON FIST #1
JEM THE MISFITS #3
MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #17
MOTHER PANIC #5
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #52
NOVA #4
REBORN #5
ROCKET RACCOON #4
SPIDER-GWEN #18
SPREAD #20
STAR WARS DARTH MAUL #2 (OF 5)
SUICIDE SQUAD #14
TEEN TITANS #6
TMNT ONGOING #68
TRANSFORMERS VS GI JOE MOVIE ADAPTATION
ULTIMATES 2 #5
UNCANNY INHUMANS #20 IVX
UNDERWINTER #1 CVR A FAWKES
UNWORTHY THOR #5 (OF 5)
WONDER WOMAN #19
WWE #3

TPB & HC:

CIVIL WAR II FALLOUT TP
CYBORG TP VOL 01 THE IMITATION OF LIFE (REBIRTH)
DEADPOOL TOO SOON TP
FLINTSTONES TP VOL 01
WOLVERINE VS PUNISHER TP
X-FORCE EPIC COLLECTION TP UNDER GUN

Feb 232017
 

NEW COMICS! (IN STORE 3/1)

ADVENTURE TIME #62
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25 DEADPOOL TIL DEATH DO US MI
AMERICA #1
ANIMAL NOIR #1
AQUAMAN #18
AVENGERS #5
BALTIMORE THE RED KINGDOM #2
BATMAN #18
BIG TROUBLE LITTLE CHINA ESCAPE NEW YORK #6
BULLSEYE #2 (OF 5)
CALL OF DUTY ZOMBIES #3
CHAMPIONS #6
CINEMA PURGATORIO #8
CLONE CONSPIRACY OMEGA
COSMIC SCOUNDRELS #1 (OF 5)
CYBORG #10
DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #23
DEADPOOL #28
DEATH OF HAWKMAN #6 (OF 6)
DOCTOR STRANGE #18
EXTREMITY #1
FAITH (ONGOING) #9
FALL AND RISE OF CAPTAIN ATOM #3 (OF 6)
GIANT DAYS #24
GREEN ARROW #18
GREEN LANTERNS #18
HARLEY QUINN #15
HAWKEYE #4
IMAGE PLUS #11 (WALKING DEAD HERES NEGAN PT 11)
INJUSTICE GROUND ZERO #7
JAMES BOND #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE #16
MIDNIGHTER AND APOLLO #6 (OF 6)
MONSTERS UNLEASHED #4 (OF 5)
MOON KNIGHT #12
MY LITTLE PONY ANNUAL 2017 #1
NAILBITER #30
NIGHTWING #16
PAPER GIRLS #12
RAT QUEENS #1
ROYAL CITY #1
SAVAGE DRAGON #221
SHADE THE CHANGING GIRL #6
SILK #18
SPIDER-MAN 2099 #21
STAR WARS #29
SUPER POWERS #5 (OF 6)
SUPERMAN #18
TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #1.MU
UNSTOPPABLE WASP #3
WALKING DEAD #165
X-FILES (2016) #11

TPB & HC:

ANIMOSITY TP VOL 01
DEATH OF X TP
FAITH HC VOL 01 HOLLYWOOD & VINE
KARNAK TP FLAW IN ALL THINGS
SUICIDE SQUAD TP VOL 01 THE BLACK VAULT (REBIRTH)
TITANS TP VOL 01 THE RETURN OF WALLY WEST (REBIRTH
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 27 WHISPERER WAR

Feb 222017
 


NEW COMICS! (IN STORE 2/22)

ACTION COMICS #974
ALIENS VS PREDATOR LIFE AND DEATH #3
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #24 CC
AQUAMAN #17
AVENGERS #4.1
BACK TO THE FUTURE #17
BACKSTAGERS #7 (OF 8)
BATGIRL #8
BATMAN 66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN 77 #2 (OF 6)
BATMAN BEYOND #5
BATMAN TMNT ADVENTURES #1
BEAUTY #12
BELFRY (ONE-SHOT)
BLACK PANTHER #11
BLACK ROAD #7
BLUE BEETLE #6
CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #12
CHAMPIONS #1.MU
CLEAN ROOM #16
CLONE CONSPIRACY #5 (OF 5) CC
DARKNESS VISIBLE #1
DEADPOOL THE DUCK #4 (OF 5)
DEATHSTROKE #13
DESCENDER #19
DETECTIVE COMICS #951
DIRK GENTLY SALMON OF DOUBT #5
DOCTOR WHO 3RD #5 (OF 5)
DRIFTER #17 CVR A KLEIN
ELEKTRA #1
EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #19 IVX
FIX #8
FLASH #17
FUTURE QUEST #10
GHOST RIDER #4
GREAT LAKES AVENGERS #5
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #15
HELLBLAZER #7
HIGHLANDER AMERICAN DREAM #1
HULK #3
INFAMOUS IRON MAN #5
IVX #5 (OF 6)
JIM HENSON POWER OF DARK CRYSTAL #1 (OF 12)
JUGHEAD #13
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1
KAMANDI CHALLENGE #2 (OF 12)
MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #2
MONSTRESS #10
MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #16
MOSAIC #5
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #51
OCCUPY AVENGERS #4
OCTOBER FACTION DEADLY SEASON #5
OLD GUARD #1
OPTIMUS PRIME #4
OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #25
PATHFINDER WORLDSCAPE #5 (OF 6)
REVIVAL #47
RICK & MORTY #23
ROCKET RACCOON #3
SCARLET WITCH #15
SERENITY NO POWER IN THE VERSE #5 (OF 6)
SLAM #4
SPIDER-GWEN #17
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #14
SPIDER-WOMAN #16
STAR TREK GREEN LANTERN VOL 2 #3
SUICIDE SQUAD #12
SUN BAKERY #1
SUPERGIRL BEING SUPER #2 (OF 4)
TEEN TITANS #5
THANOS #4
THUNDERBOLTS #10
TMNT UNIVERSE #7
TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #3
UNCANNY AVENGERS #20
VISITOR HOW AND WHY HE STAYED #1 (OF 5)
WONDER WOMAN #17

TPB & HC:

AUTUMNLANDS TP VOL 02 WOODLAND CREATURES
BRITANNIA TP
DEADPOOL BACK IN BLACK TP
JAMES BOND HC VOL 02 EIDOLON
SNOTGIRL TP VOL 01 GREEN HAIR DONT CARE
WOLVERINE VS DEADPOOL TP
WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 01 THE LIES

Feb 142017
 

NEW COMICS! (IN STORE 2/15)

ALL NEW X-MEN #17 IVX
AQUAMAN #17
ARCHIE #17
BATMAN #17
BATMAN TMNT ADVENTURES #4 (OF 6)
BATWOMAN REBIRTH #1
BLACK PANTHER WORLD OF WAKANDA #4
CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON #19
CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS #11
CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE #5
CLONE CONSPIRACY #5 (OF 5)
DAREDEVIL #17
DEADPOOL #27
DEPT H #11
DOCTOR STRANGE #1.MU
DOCTOR STRANGE #17
DOCTOR WHO 10TH YEAR THREE #2
ETHER #4
EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #18 IVX
FOREVER WAR #1 (OF 6)
GAMORA #3
GENERATION ZERO #7
GHOST RIDER #3
GOD COUNTRY #2
GREEN ARROW #17
GREEN LANTERNS #17
GWENPOOL #12
HARLEY QUINN #14
HE MAN THUNDERCATS #5 (OF 6)
INJUSTICE GROUND ZERO #6
INVADER ZIM #17
INVINCIBLE #133
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #4
JAMES BOND HAMMERHEAD #5 (OF 6)
JUSTICE LEAGUE #15
KILL OR BE KILLED #6
KONG OF SKULL ISLAND #8
LUCIFER #15
MANIFEST DESTINY #26
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #12
MIGHTY THOR #16
MONSTERS UNLEASHED #3 (OF 5)
MOTHER PANIC #3
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER #37
NIGHTWING #15
ODYSSEY OF THE AMAZONS #2 (OF 6)
OLD MAN LOGAN #18
PATSY WALKER AKA HELLCAT #15
POSTAL #18
PUNISHER #9
RAVEN #6 (OF 6)
SAVAGE #4 (OF 4)
SEX CRIMINALS #16
SILK #17 CC
SPIDER-MAN #13
SPREAD #19
STAR TREK BOLDLY GO #5
STAR WARS POE DAMERON #11
STAR-LORD #3
SUPER SONS #1
SUPERMAN #17
TEEN TITANS GO #20
THEYRE NOT LIKE US #14
TMNT ONGOING #67
TRINITY #6
ULTIMATES 2 #4
UNCANNY INHUMANS #19 IVX
UNCANNY X-MEN #18 IVX
US AVENGERS #3
VENOM #4
WALKING DEAD #164
WILD STORM #1
WWE #2

TPB & HC:
ECLIPSE TP VOL 01
FUTURE QUEST TP VOL 01
SEVEN TO ETERNITY TP VOL 01
WOLVERINE PREHISTORY TP