Mar 062015
 

Rumble in the DungeonPlaying like a smaller scale Munchkin Quest, Rumble in the Dungeon is an inexpensive dungeon crawl game.  Players lay down tiles to represent the dungeon then navigate it’s paths and corridors attacking other players.  Steal treasure and protect your “mystery” characters and you’ll prevail.Witness board game

A murder mystery game, Black and Mortimer:  Witness provides players with sixty-four separate scenarios to play through.  Each player is given various clues and information about a case, then must confer with the other Tiny Epic Kingdomsplayers in order to solve the mystery.

Tiny Epic Kingdoms is a big game in a small package.  Each player takes control of a different faction or kingdom attempting to take control of various regions.  Factions and territories are represented by tiles and stat cards used to compare armies as players attempt to conquer the same lands.The Grasshopper and the Ant

Another in the Iello fables series of board games, The Grasshopper and the Ant is another excellent family game release.  Playable at adult and child levels, The Grasshopper and the Ant sees players alternate back-and-forth playing as the titular Viticultureroles, attempting to steal and horde resources throughout a series of rounds.

Back in print (though the first print run was extremely limited), Viticulture is the strategic game of winemaking.  Placed into the role of vineyard owners, players begin with a few tracks of land, three workers, and a tiny cellar and must grow their industry over a handful of seasons.  Also out this weekend is the new expansion for the game, Tuscany.  This expansion entirely alters the gameplay through a tiered system where new mechanics are revealed over playtime.Assassin's Creed Arena board game

Assassin’s Creed comes to the world of board gaming.  Assassin’s Creed:  Arena converts the gameplay of the popular video game franchise into board gaming mechanics.  Players will take control of one of four historical assassins in order to navigate the streets of Constantinople, using sneaking tactics and weaponry to murder those who deserve it, acquire treasures, and stock-up on gear and gadgets.

Apr 262014
 

Krosmaster ArenaKrosmaster:  Arena is where miniature gaming, CCGs, and MMORPGs meet!

Award nominated and based off of the hit DOFUS and WAKFU MMORPG universes, Arena is a head-to-head battle game facilitated by miniatures and cards.  Each unique anime-esque miniature possesses their own unique powers and abilities, so players can form a balanced team of fighting, magic, and other power sets.  After your team is assembled, you face off in the special board game arena against your opponent.  All figures also come with special redemption codes for the online game.Rogue Agent board game

Cyberpunk adventure is the name of the game in Rogue Agent.

A multi-scenario resource and risk management game, Rogue Agent drops players into a futuristic cyberpunk society, pitting them against secretive networks of criminals.  Players gather resources, upgrade abilities, and take down evil opponents.  Featuring custom dice, miniature figures, and multiple Hive Pillbug expansionscenarios of gameplay, Rogue Agent is a beautifully designed, lengthy gaming experience.
Hive continues to grow its menagerie of bugs with the newest Pillbug expansion.
The Pillbug can move a single space each turn, but also can swap out its movement in order to move an adjacent (unstacked) piece up to two spaces.  If a piece is moved by the Pillbug, Go game keeper boardit can not move on its next turn.
Finally back in stock, Pulp once again has wooden Go, Chinese Chess, and Shogi boards!  Each of these boards are reasonably priced versions of the classic design, ready for new or old players.
Hirelings The AscentThe equivalent of red shirts in the world of fantasy world, Hirelings:  The Ascent is a quick, easy to learn, two to six player game of reverse dungeon crawling.  Players take control of Hirelings who have accompanied fearless adventures on their journey into the dungeon of the local foul dragon.  Now that those adventurers have died, the Hirelings must escape the dungeon before the dragon can catch up with them.Voluspa board game
An updated version of KachinaVöluspá places players in the middle of the Norse legend of godly combat and deception.  A tile laying game, Völuspá requires players to place tiles that represent the various Norse gods, each with their own ability, in a race to control the tiles of opponents.  The dominance of each godly faction differs each time the game is played, Professor Pugnacious' Portfolio of Perils Pugilism and Perfidyhowever, resulting in a unique gaming experience with each outing.
In Professor Pugnacious’ Portfolio of Perils, Pugilism, and Perfidy, players take on the role of the professor’s many students, each vying for his respect.  A deck-building game that pits Steampunk students against creatures of Gothic horror, Professor Pugnacious Professor Pugnacious' Portfolio of Perils Pugilism and Perfidychanges up the deck building dynamic by allowing each player access to only a portion of the card pool throughout the game.
The long-awaited expansion to Belfort is out this weekend and is appropriately named Belfort:  The Expansion Expansion.  This mini add-on includes creates individual scoring paths for each player to expand previously constructed buildings as well as assistant characters that possess Disc Duelersspecial ability or the option to acquire a permit.  New guilds are also included.
From the creators of Pixel Tactics, Disc Duelers, a three to five player dexterity game of disc battle, and 7 Card Slugfest, a three to eight player card battle game where each player only receives seven action cards, are both back in stock as of this weekend.Star Wars Age of Rebellion Beginner Game
Like the Edge of the Empire RPG Beginner Box, the new companion Age of Rebellion Beginner Game from Fantasy Flight is the perfect introductory point for new players.  This Star Wars RPG system is set during the post-rebellion against the Empire timeline, dropping players into the combat of galactic war.  This box set includes pre-generated character sheets, adventure options, dice, tokens, maps, and rules booklets, all easily accessible for new players.
Apr 052014
 

UPDATE: Purchase a copy of Original Sin from this Wednesday (May 7th) through the signing on May 14th and get entered to win a prize signed by Jason Aaron, Cullen Bunn, or Dennis Hopeless! Three prizes, one for each author, will be awarded!

Celebrate Pulp Fiction’s 10th Anniversary Year with a Marvel writer trifecta! Jason, Cullen, and Dennis have been generous enough to coordinate their schedules for a signing at Pulp on May 14th! Each author has recently released an All New Marvel NOW series, so be sure to bring your issues to get signed. Also be sure to bring in any back issues or TPBs these guys have worked on previously. We’ve included a list of notable series by these authors below as a reminder:

Jason Aaron: Ghost Rider, Wolverine, Avengers vs. X-Men, Wolverine & the X-Men, Scalped, Thanos Rising, The Other Side, Thor God of Thunder, and Original Sin.

Cullen Bunn: Helheim, Sixth Gun, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Deadpool Killustrated, Deadpool Kills Deadpool, Night of the Living Deadpool, The Fearless Defenders, Deadpool vs. Carnage, Sinestro, and Magneto.

Dennis Hopeless: Gearhead, Lovestruck, X-Men: Season One, Legion of Monsters, The Answer, Avengers Arena, Cable and X-Force, and Avengers Undercover.

Mar 072014
 

Secret Avengers #1

-The best spy book currently being written is Ales Kot’s Zero from Image, which makes him the absolutely perfect author to take the reins on Marvel’s premier spy book, Secret Avengers.

-Features a team of Marvel movie characters, like Nick Fury, Agent Coulson, Hawkeye, and Black Widow, plus the newly added Spider-Woman!

-How will this team of secret agents stop defunct S.H.I.E.L.D. satellites from falling to the Earth?

-Kot excels at weird, weird storytelling alongside concise action and startling cliffhangers.  Expect to be surprised by the end of issue one.

Captain Marvel #1 (of 6)

-If you, like me, missed the boat on this cult favorite series, now’s your second chance.

-This series is still written by the woman that made Captain Marvel what she is today, Kelly Sue DeConnick!

-Carol Danvers heads off into space during the first arc, facing the implosion of galactic war!

-Support female characters and writers in comics by picking up issue one!

Stray Bullets: The Killers #1

-One of the most acclaimed crime serials in all of comics returns from Image Comics!

-David Lapham (whose name you HAVE heard), writer of Crossed, Young Liars, Age of Apocalypse, and tons more, returns to the series he created!

-Noir to the bone, Stray Bullets features single issue stories that link together over the course of many issues (think 100 Bullets).

-In issue one, a father and son commit a hit-and-run only to find out a stranger witnessed the crime.  To what twisted lengths will they go to avoid being caught?

Avengers Undercover #1

-Dennis Hopeless returns to the characters of Avengers Arena for, in television terms, a second season!

-Basically, 21 Jump Street in the Marvel Universe.

-Those who survived the arena want revenge against the man that put them there, Arcade, but he’s gone underground in the safety of a supervillain city.  Now these heroes have to pretend to be villains in order to catch him.  Will some slip a little too far?  And what happens when they catch up?

-With Planet Con coming up next weekend and the fact that Dennis will be attending, you should totally pick up the super rare variant cover for this issue and get it signed by him!

May 042013
 

There’s been whining about Avengers Arena out there, about how it’s just Hunger Games or Battle Royale, about how it’s all just a gimmick to kill characters, waah, waah, waah!  We’ll we’re here to tell those people to shut up.  Avengers Arena is easily one of the best books to come out of the Marvel NOW line of relaunch comics.  And that is for the same reason that all the above complaints mean nothing:  characters.  Dennis Hopeless excels at many aspects of the narrative process, but primary among them is his ability to write layered, rounded, fascinating characters.  With characters you care about it doesn’t matter what plot structure you apply (because let’s be honest, they’re all just repeats of Shakespeare), the story is always compelling.  So, place your bets, because sixteen teenage superheroes have entered into a deadly game of cat-and-laser-shooting-adolescent.  And only one will leave.

Shaw is on the run.  He’s been running for hundreds of years.  ’Cause he’s immortal.  And pissed off.  Now he’s in Chicago, surrounded by gangsters, police, and other mystical creatures who want him dead.  But that’s okay, because he’s got a closet full of Tommyguns and a pack full of smokes.  This is Chin Music.  Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and Tony Harris (Starman, Ex Machina) have combined their mighty horror powers to produce a moody ongoing series of sci-fi scares and supernatural action.  If you loved this week’s Ten Grand, you’ll dig Chin Music.

Thanks to this next trade paperback, I just jumped backwards in time and change the course of the day so that Free Comic Book Day occurred on May the 4th.  That’s right, time travel.  Comeback is a political thriller basted in a thick coding of time travel mayhem.  Two agents for a prestigious time traveling firm (who you hire to go back in time and stop you from dying) get stuck in the past, chased by the FBI, and their own bosses, who’ve come back to “wipe out the evidence”.  Think Criminal meets Back to the Future.

Finally, because it was FCBD (meaning it was a madhouse), we’ll end tonight on a simply mathematical picture of the Jake figure from the Adventure Time Pop Vinyl figures coming in this Wednesday (also including Finn and Marceline).