Oct 252014
 

Power Grid DeluxeSimilar to the Ticket to Ride 10th Anniversary edition that came out a couple months back, Power Grid Deluxe is a board game collector’s dream.  This edition of the highly popular game comes with an oversized game board that features all of the United States and Europe, wooden pieces, and updated resource refill cards.  This edition of the game will not be in print long, so grab it now if you want it.

Swear to these!Batman Arkham City Miniature Game

An entirely new Batman miniature game has just appeared out of the shadows and onto the Pulp Fiction shelves.  These 35mm miniatures are metal and unpainted, allowing players to customize their own versions of Batman, The Joker, Black Mask, and other characters.  As well, these Knight Models are, in large part, based off of the extremely popular Arkham Asylum, City, and Origins video game Timeline Americanaseries.  Become the night!

Asmodee‘s successful, educational card gaming series Timeline, where players attempt to accurately build a historical timeline of events, gains two additional versions this weekend.  First up, Timeline Americana includes cards featuring famous American popular historical events.  Second is Timeline American History, which narrows down the focus of the game to important dates that shaped American culture, including the Salem Witch Trials, Watergate, and the founding of Harvard.Pathfinder Monster Codex

A rather hefty bag of holding filled with new Pathfinder materials was dropped off at the store today and we thought we’d share with all of you what was in it.

Leading the way is the Pathfinder Monster Codex.  Contained within its glossy pages are detailed descriptions over over twenty creatures from the Pathfinder mythos, including information on their ecologies and habitats.  The Monster Codex is a perfect companion to the Bestiary volumes.  As well, the Pathfinder Player Companion:  Advanced Class Origins hardcover hit shelves.  This volume contains ten new classes as well as archetypes that can be integrated into your Pathfinder Map Pack Starship Corridorsgame.  Third up is the Pathfinder Campaign Setting:  Ships of the Inner Ships softcover volume, which details seven sailing barges that can be played in the Skull and Shackles Adventure Path or any other game scenario.

Now to the Pathfinder accessories!

First up, we have the Pathfinder Map Pack for the Starship Corridors, which includes eighteen different 5” x 8” tile sets for cosmic vehicles.  Second, we have the a new set of Pathfinder Pawns for the Mummy’s Mask Adventure Path.  This box set contains over one hundred full color, cardstock pawns for use within the Mummy’s Mask Adventure Path.Rukus the Goblin Army Game

Ruckus The Goblin Army Game is a goofy, light-hearted tactical card game featuring Munchkin-esque artwork and humor.

Ruckus begins with a drafting phase, where players via for specific soldiers in unique factions.  But draft carefully, as every player only has a limited amount of points to purchase soldiers with.  Each faction has special abilities that assist them in the next phase of the game, which is all out fighting.  The game is designed to be accessible to LotR LCG Nin-in-Eilph Adventure Packbeginners, but complicated enough for multiple replays.

The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game gains its newest Adventure Pack this weekend with The Nin-In-Eilph.  Watch you step carefully as you travel through the marshes of Nin-In-Eilph with this sixty card expansion.  Contained within is an entirely new hero card as well as a brand new scenario.Coup Reformation expansion

Coup, the third card game in the Resistance series, gains its first expansion this weekend.  Reformation includes additional cards that allow for faction and team play for up to four players.  One new mechanic sees players declare allegiance to either the Catholic or Protestant faiths, which allows them to target other members of the faith.

Falling card gameFalling slowly is the name of the game in the appropriately named card game, Falling.

Four to eight players, including a dealer, compete to see who among them hits the ground last after falling from an incredible height.  Going splat is inevitable, so the goal is to do so last, keeping your opponents in the air with the most dastardly methods possible.   Dixit Daydreams

Absent in the gaming world for a awhile, Dixit is back with another card expansion.  Daydreams includes eighty-four additional art cards that can be incorporated into any previous version of the party card game.  For those unfamiliar with Dixit, the game operates off of mechanics similar to Apples to Apples, with players laying down various illustrated cards to try and convey a word, sound, or gesture given by another Subdivision board gameplayer.

Bezier Games releases another version of Suburbia this weekend called, Subdivision.  Operating off of similar mechanics to the original game, players attempt to build the most contemporary, advanced subdivision, constructing buildings, roads, houses, and other structures while also trying to keep them up to code.  Subdivision complicates things, however, by keeping players located into a small, constrained section of the gaming board.Core Worlds Revolution

Core Worlds, the universe spanning deck building game, expands further this weekend with Core Worlds:  Revolution.  A one hundred card expansion for the game, Revolution gives players the ability to construct Advancements on conquered worlds along with new Hero Tactic abilities that are linked to specific hero cards and located in Among the Stars The Ambassadors expansiona separate Hero Deck.

Along with Core Worlds, the Among the Stars drafting game gains a 150 card expansion called Ambassadors.  Among these 150 cards are twenty brand new locations, objectives, an Alien race, conflicts (replacing the original set), and the ability to play with a fifth or sixth player.

Sentinels of the Multiverse, the highly popular cooperative superhero card game, takes itsSentinels Tactics The Flame of Freedom basic rule set and themes and rearranges them for Sentinel Tactics:  The Flame of Freedom.  This entirely new board game version of the Sentinels universe has players selecting teams of heroes to fight against each or a team of villains.  The gameplay takes place on a hex map, with players moving D&D Rise of Tiamattheir teams across the board and engaging other players with their own unique superpowers.  Not entirely cooperative like the card game, Sentinel Tactics still requires teamwork in order to conquer your foes.

Dungeons and Dragons Next continues to expand its catalog of hardcover editions with this weekend’s The Rise of Tiamat.  This adventure for characters levels eight to fifteen, sees Munchkin Panicplayers attempt to halt the return of the dragon lord Tiamat to the Forgotten Realms.

Finally tonight, the Munchkin series of games crosses over with the popular Castle Panic series.  Munchkin Panic is a Steve Jackson infused version of Castle Panic that incorporates some unique new rules and the artwork of John Kovalic.

Oct 052013
 

Coffin Hill #1

-Netflix‘s Hemlock Grove ain’t got nothing on Vertigo‘s Coffin Hill!

-Eve Coffin has always known the good life, thanks to being born into one of the wealthiest families in Massachusetts (a family who may have descended from the Salem Witches), but, after tampering with dark magics, her wealth isn’t going to be enough to save her.

-Caitlin Kittredge, author of the Black London series of novels, brings a knack for supernatural horror to Vertigo‘s 2013  revitalization.

-The morning after Eve and her hedonistic friends perform some black magic in the woods, she wakes up, naked and covered in blood, to find that the “dark things” have taken her friends!

Forever Evil Arkham War #1 (of 6)

-Villain’s Month may be over, but that doesn’t mean the bad guys are back into their prison cells.  In fact, quite the opposite.

-Spinning out of the first issue of Forever Evil, Arkham War #1 takes place in a Batman-less Gotham City after all of the inmates of Arkham Asylum have been released by the Crime Syndicate.

-Peter J. Tomasi (writer of Batman & Robin) weaves a bloody tale of psychopathic battle, as all of Batman‘s greatest foes fight for control of Gotham City.

-And if it’s only bad guys in Gotham some of them have to be more good than the others, right?

Shaolin Cowboy #1

-Never before has such violence and insanity been presented in such gorgeous detail as Shaolin Cowboy #1!

-Yes, the chainsaw wielding, talking donkey riding cowboy of lore has return from the sunset from whence he rode into years before!

-Geof Darrow, who both writes and draws here, is a legend in the business, rarely ever drawing full interiors for a comic, but as Shaolin Cowboy is his baby, he graces everyone with his extreme skill for grisly detail.  Modern artists like Frank Quietly (Jupiter’s Legacy) and Chris Burnham (Batman, Inc.) owe their entire careers to Darrow!

-Don’t worry about intricate plots or romance or long form mysteries here, Shaolin Cowboy is all about indiscriminate violence drawn in the most beautiful way possible.

Superman/Wonder Woman #1

-Any who thinks comics can’t be read by women and men is 100% wrong!  And Superman/Wonder Woman #1 is here to prove it!

-Charles Soule (who writes the best book at DC right now, Swamp Thing) has been handed two of DC‘s most iconic heroes and allowed to play.  Things will get messy.

-The power couple of power couples, Kal-El and Diana have faced some rough conflicts before, but when Diana’s godly relatives decide to call upon Superman‘s arch foes for assistance, the two will be put through a ringer that’ll test their love.

-And with two near-immortal heroes at the center of the book, who can Soule possibly pit against them?  Three words:  Zod and Doomsday.

May 312013
 

‘Tis the season for Seasons: Enchanted Kingdom, the first Seasons expansion for…uh, Seasons.

Including sixty new power and enchantment cards as well as twenty-four special tokens to add to the base game.  And, if you were keen eyed, you notice on the game board for the base game comes pre-built to hold these new pieces.

‘Tis the season, indeed!

Like Saw blended with Silent Hill dosed with a pinch of Arkham Asylum, Sanitarium (which just came back in stock) is for the horror fans among you.  Players deal out a number of cards based on the amount of players and then use these cards to construct a mad house.  How they got there and what is lurking within its walls is unknown.  Collect an assigned amount of items to escape, but do so before the deck runs out and you’re trapped in the Sanitarium forever!

Adding to the extensive library of Ultimate collections, Pathfinder released Ultimate Campaign this week along with the Fey Revisited Campaign Setting booklet.  Within the pages of Ultimate Campaign are contain (as stated by Paizo, themselves):

-A detailed guide to generating character backstories, including a new system for random character generation and traits and drawbacks to meld your background with your statistics.
-Story feats that increase in power as you achieve key goals, making quests and crusades more than just flavor!
-A complete downtime rules system to flesh out those parts of a PC’s life that take place between adventures, such as running a business, gaining power and influence in a community, or starting a magical academy.
-New rules for retraining and switching classes; honor, reputation, and fame; young characters; investment; magic item creation; and other key adventuring topics.
-Rules for building up a kingdom, including construction and technological advancements, governing your people, and more.
-Mass combat rules to help you lead clashing armies and conduct epic battles in a fun and efficient manner—without losing sight of the PCs themselves.

As for Fey Revisited, it holds the secrets to:

-Dryads, guardians of the forest who ensnare mortals’ minds for their own goals of preservation.
-Leprechauns, folkloric pranksters rumored to hide great riches available to those who find their stash.
-Norns, the powerful beings said to pull at the threads of fate.
-Nymphs, stunningly beautiful fey who strike blind those who peer upon them.
-Redcaps, blasphemous and sadistic murderers known for dipping their woolly caps into the blood of their victims.
-Satyrs, creatures of whimsy and strength who use their musical pipes to haunt and bewilder.
-Other capricious creatures, such as a handful of types of pesky gremlins, terrifying nuckelavees, elusive rusalkas, and playful and quirky sprites.

Following on the steel, blood-stained heels of Games Workshop‘s other recent faction rereleases is the updated Eldar army.  Going on sale tomorrow, the revised and brand new Eldar Codex along with the Battleforce, Wraithguard, Hemlock Wraithfighter, Wraithknight, Farseer blister, and Eldar psychic power cards.  Featured below is the Hemlock Wraithfighter flyer!

Oct 152011
 

Are your windows boarded?  Do you have ammunition by the door?  Does your TV get cable?

Hopefully, the answer to all of these questions is “yes” as tomorrow heralds the return of The Walking Dead television series on AMC.  If you don’t have cable, though, and are going to be deprived of zombie-faction for the time it takes for the season two DVDs to come out, you might want to bide your time with the first in a trilogy of Walking Dead novels.  Rather concisely summing up the arch of the three book series, the first one is called Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.  If you’ve read far enough into the comic series, you’ll know that The Governor is a bad, bad, bad dude.  As stated, this series will follow his ascent to power as he back stabs, murders, and cheats his way to the top of the post-zombpocalypse heap.  Written by the creator of Walking Dead, himself, Robert Kirkman, this series is sure to live up to the shocking quality of the comic and show.   

Usually, as I’m transferring from one zombie related book to another I’d attempt to create some sassy, stupid transition, but considering this next book I feel I only have to say two words to get people’s attention:  Claudio Sanchez.  Yes, a mention of the front man of famous cult band, Coheed and Cambria, has a way of sending rabid fan boys and girls rushing in every direction, but for those who you who are scratching your head, I’ll elaborate.  Set in post-zombie infestation New York, Key of Z, follows a man who has lost his entire family but found a mystical object that gives him an upper hand in the deadly city.  Not only will he have to contend with the undead denizens of the city, but also a violent battle for control between three rival safehouses operating out of Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, and Madison Square Garden.  Considering Sanchez’s surreal outlook on…well, everything, this should be a zombie book like no other.

There are comic books that we attempt to warn people are not for the faint of constitution.  A lot of the times we’re just overselling it so that people don’t wander into something that they’re going to regret purchasing.  Understand that in no way am I overselling the absolutely insane content found in Alan Moore‘s Neonomicon.  This.  Book.  Is.  Intense.  Dark, spooky, violent, filthy, and, as is commonly the case with Alan Moore, brilliant.  Building off of his previous series, The Courtyard, and connecting a number of H. P. Lovecraft‘s famous ideas, Moore tells the disturbing story of two FBI agents who investigate the wrong Cthulhuian cult and pay for it dearly.  Both the softcover and hardcover editions are dropping this weak for any out there brave enough to delve in.  The Great One is coming.

We’ve had zombies, Cthulhu monsters, and now vampires tonight.  You’d think we’re getting close to Halloween or something.  30 Days of Night, the popular series from Steve Niles about vampires who show up in an isolated Alaskan town over a thirty day eclipse is finally getting a much overdue ongoing series.  Yes, issue one drops this Wednesday, still written by Niles, but this time drawn by famous artist of such gritty titles as The Maxx and Arkham Asylum: Madness, Sam Keith.  If you take a look at the cover to the right, I think you’ll see why Keith is the perfect artist for the title as he can capture that haunting, moody creepiness a book like this requires.  But what about the plot?  Moving the story from Alaska to L.A., Niles will follow the mystery of a growing vampire uprising and a foreboding letter sent to a little girl.  Creep up your October and jump on board.

Jul 082011
 

Time to get committed too the asylum.

That’s Arkham Asylum, folks, action figure series two.

This time around DC Direct is pumping out the crazy pants with four new figures.  Set two includes a new buff Armored Batman, a tantalizing Poison Ivy, a ‘roided Bane, and a chop-you-into-tiny-bits Zsasz.  As with the first set, these figs are nicely sculpted and packed with a handy-dandy display base.

Jonathan Hickman, master of design and the well-crafted tale, delivers one more in his line of Image books this coming week; the others being reads like The Nightly News, Red Mass for Mars, and Pax Romana.  This new book is called The Red Wing and, as you can see by the cover to the right, involves helmets.  Now, the helmet itself may seem boring, but when you realize that it is drawn with the incredible hands of Nick Pitarra (a style reminiscent of Frank Quietly) and is worn by a squadron of time pilots, you thought of boring washes away.  Yes, The Red Wing centers on pilots from the future who have to fly planes through time.  More, please!

She may be dead right now, but that doesn’t stop Jean Grey from being part of a sweet-tastic statue!  Not only does this statue have a swigiddy diggidy base with some gnarly swirling smoke, but also Jean is rockin’ her X-Factor costume, which never, ever gets any play.  Add on top of that sundae of swasity sweetness (yes, I’m trying to use it as many times as I can) that this statue is sculpted by Bowen and you have a sexy sweet-numcious buy.  Yeah, got it in one more time!

And now, for all you greedy space horses (Is that what Larfleeze is? Who can tell?) our final product of the night.  Certainly the orangiest of all nights wares, the Orange Lantern Power Battery and Prop Ring won’t give you the power of the Orange Lanterns, but will get you the closest anything can in this reality.  How so?  Because it lights up, folks.  And the ring can be separated and worn.  Oh, and it’s big.  Yeah.  Space horses assemble.