May 132016
 

World's Fair 1893Gather ’round, gather ’round!  Come win tickets to the spectacular World’s Fair of 1893!  Okay, you don’t need an actual ticket to purchase the game, but if you’re playing it you will want to go ticket happy.  A forty minute play experience for two to four players, World’s Fair 1893 has players collecting stacks cards from different regions of the game board.  Each region correlates with a different exhibition, so choose wisely and make sure you don’t pollute your hand.Abyss Kraken

When you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you.  That’s the conceit of the first expansion for Asmodee‘s Abyss, Kraken!  Intended to be added to the base game, this expansion contains a new rule book, over forty new cards and tokens, and adds black pearls to the game.  These black pearls come with a strategic decision:  do you corrupt yourself for greater power or stay pure to avoid possible destruction.  Beware, though, if you choose not take the Onitamablack pearls from the Kraken, your opponents may not be as cautious.

One of the Dice Tower Essential games, Onitama acts as a variant form of chess for head-to-head play.  In the game, players have a miniature playmat, featuring a 5×5 grid.  They also have five pawns that are moved by a variety of cards.  On each turn, players use a card to move a pawn, discard that card, then draw another one from a community discard pile.  Thus, players will be sharing movement cards.  The goal is to move your pawn onto the same space as an opponent in order to conquer that space and eliminate that pawn.The Little Prince Rising to the Stars

Even though the film’s release was delayed, Asmodee has produced a board game for The Little Prince, based off of the popular children’s book.  The Little Prince:  Rising to the Stars is a simple family gaming experience for two to six players that relies on various racing elements.  Players control planes that are charting a course to the planet of the Little Prince.  Using movement cards, players jockey for prime position on the gameboard in order to make it to the planet first, but also to collect Star Trek Five Year Missionstars and more movement cards.

You’ve beamed aboard, hopefully not wearing a red shirt, and now you and your crew mates have to solve the worst problems of the universe.  Star Trek:  Five-Year Mission is a cooperative experience for three to seven players set in either the original Star Trek or Next Generation time periods.  Each player receives a crew member role, with its own unique abilities, then must work together to solve various threats that arise.  Finding solutions gains the whole crew points, leading to victory, but if any crew member parishes, everyone loses.Krosmaster Quest

Building on the world of Krosmaster, Krosmaster Quest is a tactical adventure game that expands not only on the world, but the mechanics.  For two to six players, Krosmaster Quest uses a modular game board to expand the play space of the game, but still uses chibi-style figurines (including two exclusive figures only found here) in the gameplay.  Players travel around the world of the gameboard, vanquishing monsters, acquiring treasures, and allying with others to increase their power.  Even though Krosmaster Quest is a Histriostand-alone experience, figures and other components from previous Krosmaster games can be combined with it.

The show must go on in the Histrio board game!  For two to five players, Histrio is all about assembling the best cast for your play.  Each player represents a touring troupe of performers on the cusp of presenting a new play in front of the kings of various realms.  You will need to recruit actors for your play, but make sure to balance tragedy and comedy in order to provide the fullest experience.  Your casting will result in better financial return and the respect of the kingdom!Back to the Future board game

Building off of the popular films, IDW‘s Back to the Future board game does not have to reach 88mph to be fun!  Using elements of the Chrononauts game, Back to the Future requires players to competitively transport Doc Brown and Marty through three time periods in order to maintain the proper timeline.  Whoever repairs time the quickest, gets to joyride TIME Stories Under the Maskin the DeLorean whenever they wish!

The growing popularity of the fluctuating storytelling adventure game series, T.I.M.E. Stories, means more expansions.  Like the previous expansions for the game, Under the Mask, adds new cards and environments to progress the stories of the various adventurers participating in the game.  Under the Mask sends the participants far back in time the age of the pharaoh’s in order to uncover an ancient secret.

Nov 132015
 

Huck #1Huck #1

-Some think he’s a blowhard, some think he’s a genius, either way it can not be denied that Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Kingsmen, Jupiter’s Legacy, The Ultimates, Civil War) makes interesting comics!

-Millar is the master of subverting the formulas and tropes of comics, which is exactly what he’s back to do here.

-In line with the lighter tone Millar showcased in Chrononauts, Huck is about a smalltown resident with superhuman powers.  Instead of saving the world, Huck simply helps out his neighbors.  Or, at least, he does until the media gets wind of him.

-Millar’s story is brought to life by the exquisite painterly artwork of Rafael Albuquerque (Ei8ht, American Vampire, Animal Man).

Batman Europa #1 (of 4)Batman Europa

-Superstar comic artist, Jim Lee (Justice League, Batman, Superman Unchained), returns to the Dark Knight!

-A long gestating miniseries, Batman Europa features the combined talents of American writer Brian Azzarello and Italian writer Matteo Casali.

-Each of issue will feature a different artist, again crossing the pond by alternating between American and Italian talents.

-If that abundance of talent hasn’t hooked you yet, the premise will.  Batman, infected by a deadly virus, must team up with the Joker and travel to Europe to find the cure.

Ms Marvel #1All New All Different Marvel Part 1

-Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman return to The Mighty Thor, continuing to follow the story of Jane Foster as Thor!

-Also returning this week is Sam Humphries Star Lord series.  Wait, who?  Star Lord, man!

-If you haven’t been reading Ms. Marvel, one of Marvel‘s best ongoing series, then this new #1 is your chance to jump on!

-After outing her superhero identity to her mother and almost kissed her best friend, Kamala now also has to deal with being a full-time Avenger!

All New All Different Marvel Part 2Spider-Woman #1

-How do you stop evil when the weapon you use is dangerously addictive?  That’s the question that plagues the Black Knight.

-Many customers have been excited for the new Black Knight series, largely because he will be traveling to the Weirdworld Jason Aaron introduced in Secret Wars.

-Pulp’s own, Dennis Hopeless, relaunches his hit Spider-Woman series this week, but with one major difference.

-Reuniting with artist Javier Rodriguez, Hopeless is writing a considerably pregnant Spider-Woman.  Jessica is also not taking any guff from those who think she should take it easy.

Sep 112015
 

Agent Carter Shield 50th AnniversaryAgent Carter Shield 50th Anniversary #1

-If you loved the Agent Carter television miniseries, check out this one shot!

-Another issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of Shield‘s appearance in the Marvel Universe.

-The team behind Operation S.I.N. (the previous Agent Carter miniseries), Kathryn Immonen (Patsy Walker Hellcat,  Journey into Mystery) and Rich Ellis, return!

-Return to the forties, as Dum Dum Dugan attempts to recruit Peggy Carter to Shield.

Infinite Adventures of Jonas Quantum #1 Infinite Adventures of Jonas Quantum

-In the vein of Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon, Jonas Quantum is an old school science adventurer with a little superhero genre thrown in.

-Local artist Freddie Williams III (JSA All-Stars, Robin, Legendary Star-Lord, The Movement) provides interior illustrations for this series!

-Producer and writer of Arrow and veteran comic author, Marc Guggenheim, helms the series.

-Jonas Quantum can cure death, travel through time, and invent all day long.  However, he is not a team player.  And he’s going to need help when outrunning an galactic assassin hired to kill him.

Captain America White #1Captain America White #1 (of 5)

-Over six years in the making, the long awaited Captain America White is finally here!

-Written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Tim Sale, the team behind Batman The Long Halloween, Spider-Man Blue, Hulk Grey, Daredevil Yellow, and Catwoman: When in Rome.

-Like the previous Marvel “color” series mentioned above, Captain America White will see Loeb and Sale reinterpret early Captain America stories, modernizing them for contemporary readers.

-Issue one will also include the complete issue zero originally published in 2008!

Tokyo Ghost #1Tokyo Ghost

-Rick Remender, prolific author of Black Science, Low, Deadly Class, Captain America, Axis, and much more, launches a new ongoing series from Image Comics.

-Remender is joined by popular artist, Sean Murphy, who has recently brought you The Wake, Chrononauts, Punk Rock Jesus, and Joe the Barbarian!

-Set in the far future, two techno-organic detectives enforce the requests of gangsters in the cyberpunk future Los Angeles.

-Forced to venture into the last bastion of non-technology in the world, The Gardens of Tokyo, the protagonists have to lose all of their cybernetic enhancements.

Apr 242015
 

Just DessertsWe begin tonight’s New Game Stuff with dessert.  Just Desserts is the newest card game from Looney Labs, makers of Fluxx and Chrononauts.  Similar to Fluxx, players are drawing and playing cards in an effort to match a goal card in the center of the table.  The goal in this instance, however, is a hungry guest whom you have to feed a specific pairing of desserts.The Lord of the Rings The Treason of Saruman

Much like the film adaptations, the Lord of the Rings LCG Saga expansions keep on coming out.  The Treason of Saruman is the newest Saga expansion, featuring one hundred and sixty-five cards to be incorporated into the base game.  Set during the The Two Towers period of the novels, this expansion contains new heroes and player cards that walk the player Dark Seasthrough the events of Helm’s Deep, Rohan, and the battle with Saruman.

A fresh take on the pirate gaming genre, Dark Seas is a dice-based game where players accumulate a pirate fleet and empire by rolling dem bones.  By rolling sets of custom dice, each player constructs ports, acquires crewmen, sets sail, and hordes treasure, all in effort of becoming the most feared and respected pirate on the seven seas!Argent The Consortium

Ever wish you could pick the next headmaster of Hogwarts?  Well, Argent The Consortium may be legally distinct enough from Hogwarts, but, essentially, that is exactly what players are doing when they play this bartering game.  Coming with thirty-five distinct miniatures (icing on the cake!), Argent has players using spells, leverage, and other resources to get elected the next Warmachine Iron Kingdoms Unleashed core rulebookheadmaster of the Argent University of Magic!

Long awaited and hotly anticipated, the Iron Kingdoms Unleashed core rulebook hits shelves this weekend.  Following the successful launch of the Unleashed Adventure Kit a couple weeks back, the core rulebook introduces the essential rules, character creation mechanics, and other necessary traits to run a roleplaying game set in the vast, steampunk-inspired universe of Warmachine!Dominion Adventures

Other deck building games have been churning out expansions like mad over the last year, but the originator, Dominion, has stayed somewhat silent.  This weekend that changes as the ninth expansion for the popular deck building game arrives.  Dominion Adventures sees the return of a popular mechanic from the Seaside expansion, Duration Cards.  Along with these, Adventures also includes thirty Kingdom cards, twenty Event cards, and new Reserve cards that can be saved for later use.

Mar 202015
 

Miami Vice RemixMiami Vice Remix #1 (of 5)

-Feel it coming in the air tonight!

-Crockett and Tubbs are back, but unlike they’ve ever been before!

-Indy artist dandy, Jim Mahfood, takes on art duties for the five issue miniseries, providing a surreal, distorted look to the eighties, Florida landscape.

-Joining Mahfood on creative duties is Joe Casey (Sex, Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers, Godland).

Pastaways #1Pastaways

-Hot on the heels of Mark Millar’s Chrononauts, Dark Horse launches their own time travel ongoing!

-Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, The Valiant) is the writer on this series, bringing his talent for complicated, dense storytelling to the intricate subject of time.

-A band of time agents crash lands in 2015, tearing open a temporal rift and unleashing all the terrors of every era, past and future!

-Scott Kolins (The Flash) fleshes this madness out with his hyper detailed, kinetic style.

Jem and the HologramsJem and the Holograms #1

-Everything old is new again, as another eighties property is revived for a new era!

-Based off of the cult favorite cartoon, Jem and the Holograms is about four girls rocking out as the most intense band in the land.

-Jerrica Benton and her sister live their daily life as socialites, but rock their nights out as members of Jem and the Holograms!

-Ross Campbell, famous indy artist of Wet Moon, lends his talents for facial expressions and realistic body types to this fem-power series from IDW!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #1 (of 5)Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

-After Figment and Seekers of the Weird, Disney and Marvel have teamed-up once again for this miniseries event!

-Written by local author and Pulp Fiction’s own, Dennis Hopeless, this Western miniseries blends modern sensibilities with classic genre action!

-Teen angst in the 1800s is a very different thing, as Abigail Bulion, daughter of a wealthy and wicked mine owner, strikes back at her father by trying to rob him of everything he’s worth!

-Of course, it wouldn’t be a Disney/Marvel venture without some supernatural elements, so the mine isn’t without a few ghosts and goblins.