Jan 222016
 

One Night Werewolf VampireIf there’s something that goes together even better than peanut butter and chocolate, it’s vampires and werewolves.  Well, the smash hit One Night Werewolf has released a new, stand-alone version of the game entitled One Night Ultimate Werewolf:  Vampire.  Guess what it adds?  For three to ten players, Vampire assigns various roles to all the players, including the vampire, cupid, the assassin, and more, then asking players to deduce who the vampire is.  Adding everyone in there search are special powers that can be utilized to suss out the nefarious bloodsucker!Tanto Cuore Oktoberfest

Tonto Cuore is all about the Manga cheesecake.  Yes, the lady maids players are collecting in this deck building game are well endowed and scantily dressed, but, if you can look past that, the gameplay is superb.  Tonto Cuore Oktoberfest is the newest expansion/stand-alone version of the game, containing over two hundred cards themed with drinking, schnitzel, and barroom songs!  Combine the cards with the base game or play them alone, either way Oktoberfest is ready-to-play for two to four players!

Magic the Gathering Oath of the GatewatchLast weekend was the prerelease, so that means this weekend is the release of Oath of the Gatewatch, the newest set for Magic the Gathering.  Expanding on and working in conjunction with the Battle for Zendikar set, Oath of the Gatewatch, like all new Magic releases, launches with assorted buying options.  First up, the standard booster packs contains fifteen randomly assorted cards from the second.  Second, Intro Packs provide a completely build sixty card deck and new booster packs, making it the perfect entry point for new players.  Third, there are Fat Packs that contains nine booster packs, a full-art deck box, one hundred mana, a spin-down counter, and a booklet that lists all the cards in the set.  By the way, the Fat Packs are already out of print and also contain full art lands, two factors that will cause them to rapidly increase in price!

May 222015
 

Old Man Logan Secret Wars BattleworldSecret Wars Week 2

-Battleworld rages on in the second week of Secret Wars!

-Brian Bendis returns to the wasteland world of Old Man Logan, Peter David journeys into the 2099 universe, and Thanos fights against Richard Ryder in Infinity Gauntlet!

-Dennis Hopeless returns to the Magik ruled Inferno, Black Bolt takes center stage in Inhumans: Attilan Rising, and MODOK does what he does in the MODOK Assassin miniseries!

-Finally, Secret Wars Journal documents various locals in Battleworld while dinosaurs try to munch on soldiers in Garth Ennis’ Where Monsters Dwell.

Providence #1 (of 12)Providence

-Alan Moore is back for another Avatar miniseries!

-The sequel/prequel to Moore’s Courtyard and Neonomicon series, Providence dives into the history of this Lovecraftian universe!

-Painstakingly researched, Moore is incorporating real history and locations into this important tale.

-Jacen Burrows, artist on Crossed and Moore’s previous two Lovecraft miniseries, rejoins the writer to finish off their trilogy.

Sons of the DevilSons of the Devil #1

-Fans of crime fiction like True Detective and Se7en should take a look at Sons of the Devil.

-Brian Buccellato, one half of the former writing team on The Flash, launches this new series at Image!

-A young man discovers through tragedy that his family has ties to a cult, ties that may be resurfacing to strangle him.

-In order to uncover his dark past, the protagonist will have to venture into the country’s dark underbelly.

Fight Club 2 #1Fight Club 2

-Chuck Palahniuk is back to continue the story that made his career!

-Where has The Narrator ended up ten years after the end of the first Fight Club?  Not anywhere you’d expect.

-Once Tyler Durden begins creeping out of his unconscious again, things get crazy.

-Palahniuk has been working on this official sequel for years and now it’s finally hitting shelves!

Dec 202014
 

Hidden Agenda Hostile Intent ResistanceIndie Board Games has enlisted two new expansion for The Resistance.

The popular bluffing game adds its first two expansions in Hidden Agendas and Hostile Intent.  Hidden Agendas adds three entirely new modules of play to the game, including Assassin, Defector, and Trapper.  Hostile Intent also adds three separate modules, including Hunter, Reverser, and Inquisitor.Flashpoint Honor Duty

Among the many popular cooperative games on the market today, Flash Point is certainly the hottest (yes, I made that pun on purpose).  Flash Point:  Fire Rescue Honor and Duty, like the previous expansion, includes two new double-sided game boards.  Among these new scenarios are an airplane fire mission and a subway train disaster.  Keep in mind, a copy of the base game is Ninja Dicerequired.

Since the dawn of the art of ninjitsu, an ancient artform has passed from generation to generation.  It’s name?  Ninja Dice!  Okay, so maybe it’s not that ancient, but this push-your-luck dice game (similar to Zombie Dice and Martian Dice) has players taking on the role (or is that roll?) of a ninja.  By rolling dice, players establish a scenario they are attempting to sneak into, then roll another set of dice to determine how they will accomplish the goal.Dungeons Dragons Attack Wing Wave 2

Hot on the wings of the first series of Dungeons & Dragons Attack Wing miniatures, Wizards of the Coast has released a second series.  Out this weekend, Attack Wing Series Two includes the Black Shadow Dragon, Movanic Deva Angel, and Aarakocra Troop expansion Star Trek Attack Wing Borg Cubepacks.  Each of these miniature packs include cards and all other materials to incorporate the figure into the base game.

Resistance is futile.  If you’re a die hard Trekkie (which means you’re likely a die hard Star Trek Attack Wing player), then you’re going to have to get a copy of the oversized Borg Cube miniature that releases this weekend.  Like the Deep Space Nine model that came out a couple weeks back, this miniature is to scale with the other Attack Wing miniatures.Holiday Fluxx

Just in time to save those awkward post-diner moments at every family’s holiday party, Loony Labs has released another new version of their popular card game, Fluxx.  Holiday Fluxx, like the other versions of Fluxx, throws players into a scenario where win conditions and rules change every turn.  Cards for this version of the game are themed toward not only winter holidays, like Hanukkah and Christmas, but also Mice and Mystics Downwood TalesHalloween, Arbor Day, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve.

The adventures of the valiant mice knights of Mice and Mystics continues in the second expansion for the popular narrative board game, Downwood Tales.  Included in this hefty addition are a selection of new villains, characters, and story options to continue the adventures of the previous two games.  Among the new characters is a crafty gecko named Jakobe.Firefly RPG Things Don't Go Smooth

If you’re a captain in the verse, the obstacles that crop up between you and something shiny are numerous and varied.  The first supplemental sourcebook for the Firefly RPG, Things Don’t Go Smooth, focuses on these obstacles, detailing four additional types of villainous bosses as well as over fifty distinctions and assets, enemy boats, and two additional Star Wars Imperial Assault“episodes” to play through.  Keep flying.

Fantasy Flight had such a success with Descent: Journeys in the Dark that they decided to take the mechanics to a galaxy far, far away.  Star Wars Imperial Assault is the fourth major gaming release from Fantasy Flight that uses the Star Wars license.  In this epic board game, players take on the roles of either the Galactic Empire or the Rebel forces.  These two factions are distinguished by two separate game modes (Campaign and Skirmish) that each play differently for up to five players.  Fans of the classic Hero Quest system will find numerous similarities within Imperial Assault.

Nov 282014
 

Wolf Moon #1Wolf Moon #1 (of 6)

-Two Missouri comic creators join forces for this new horror miniseries from DC!

-St. Louis’ Cullen Bunn, writer of Sixth Gun, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Sinestro, and Helheim, authors the miniseries!

-Kansas City’s own Jeremy Haun lends his moody pencils to the comic’s interior pages!

-Bunn and Haun blend together a werewolf and revenge stories for a uniquely violent and vengeful tale.

Secret Six #1Secret Six #1

-Gail Simone returns to the series that helped to make her name in the industry!

-Similar to the Suicide Squad, the Secret Six are a covert, underground team of lower rent supervillains who deal in the weird, mysterious corners of the DC Universe.

-Joining Simone is comic artist veteran Ken Lashley, who has previously lent his pencils to the New 52 Superman:  Doomed and Batman/Superman series.

-Catman returns to the DC Universe!

Cross One Hundred +100Crossed + 100 #1 (of 6)

-Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell) returns to Avatar for a new Crossed miniseries event!

-The legendary comic book writer enters into the twisted post-apocalyptic world created by Garth Ennis for the first time!

-Set one hundred years into the future of the Crossed outbreak, Crossed +100 follows a young girl who is researching the original disease (as it has long been wiped out) only discover a pack of Crossed still alive!

-No previous knowledge of the Crossed storyline is necessary to read this miniseries!

Angela Asgard’s Assassin #1Angela Asgard's Assassin

-Revealed as Thor‘s sister, Neil Gaiman’s Angela is on a mission to discover her origins!

-Raised in Heaven, the tenth realm, Angela has hated Asgard her entire life, but now it has become her home.  She travels across the tens realms at the behest of Odin, slaying he needs slayed.

-Kieron Gillen (Journey into Mystery, Wicked and Divine, Young Avengers) and Marguerite Bennett (Lois Lane, Earth 2 World’s End, Batman) team up for writing duties on the series!

-The art for the series is also a dual effort, featuring the combined talents of Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans!

Feb 232013
 

Hey, everyone, come on, grab your friends!  We’ll go to very distant lands!

Jake and Finn have stopped playing with BMO and are back for a second round of Adventure Time trade paperback mathematics!  Adventure Time volume two collects issues five through nine of the series that’s sweeter than Peppermint Butler.  Within these flippin’ sweet pages are stories of Finn and Jake turning into robots, traveling in Princess Bubblegum’s time machine, and laying some smack down on the Ice King.  Make your kids (or, hell, yourself) happy and pick it up!

Liches and zombies need not apply.

Scott Snyder just finished what is sure to become a classic Joker story in the main Batman series, but, before he made a name for himself, Snyder wrote one of the creepiest runs of Detective Comics ever.  Set during the period of time where Dick Grayson was Batman, this extended run has an entirely different tone from other Batman books as Grayson is all about the sarcasm and acrobatics, both brought to life by Jock’s expressive pencils.  Faced with a complicated murder mystery to solve, Grayson must team-up with Commissioner Gordon to crack the case.  Not only do Gordon and Grayson share sleuthing duties, but the story is also evenly split between them.  Gordon must deal with the arrival of his prodigal son, James, Jr., who may or may not be entirely sane.  Snyder is incredibly dept at pacing horror and suspense on the page, a talent uses handily during many of Gordon and James, Jr.’s scenes together.  Just remember to watch out for that water running under the bathroom door.

One thing you will certainly not find in Image Comics Five Weapons miniseries is a sorting hat.

That just makes it all the more important to choose wisely when you’re enrolling in The School of Five Weapons, because the weapon you choose will define the rest of your life.  Knives, staves, archery, exotics, and guns may be deadly, but they have nothing on the brain of Tyler, the most recent arrival to the premiere assassin school.  Join Jimmie Robinson (Bomb Queen), handling both art and writing duties, as he leads you through the halls of the deadliest high school in the country.  

Just don’t call it Harry Potter with guns.

Talking raccoons make every comic better.

Brian Michael Bendis got to sample the Guardians of the Galaxy in his recent run on Avengers Assemble, but now he launches deep into the stars with the beginning of another ongoing Guardians of the Galaxy series.  The first point one issue details the origins of Starlord, the boy from Earth who grows-up to lead the meanest bunch of space police in the universe.  With crisp, detailed artwork from Steve McNiven (Civil War), the addition of Iron Man, and the eminent Marvel Studios film adaptation the only reason to skip this book is if you’re off planet.