Apr 052013
 

Tonight’s New Game Stuff will start in traditional card game territory but slowly descend into madness.

You’ve been warned.

For players of traditional card games like Spades and Hearts, Clubs makes an appearance at the store this weekend.  For those who’ve never played these classic card games or are looking for a simple game for the whole family to play, here’s brief, brief, short, limited, minimal, tiny rundown.  Clubs is all about getting rid of cards as fast as possible.  Like how you’d want to get rid of a bag of wet weasels dosed on speed.  This must be balanced with a trick taking (but only on clubs) in order to score points before the end of the game.  It’s simple as simple does.

As Wizards of the Coast continues to reprint its entire library of Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 hardcovers, they have made it to the tome of all wizardry might, the Spell Compendium.  Say you wish to melt off the face of your guild’s resident Baird.  SPELL COMPENDIUM!  Or maybe turn an owl-bear into a poodle.  SPELL COMPENDIUM!  Or maybe just warm up a pot of tea.  Probably use a fire pit for that last one, but otherwise SPELL COMPENDIUM!!  Ultimately, the point here is that the Spell Compendium has every important magic whatzamahoozit in all of D&D, now wrapped in an errata’d hardcover edition.

All seemed peaceful in the world of Vigil.  The villains were dispersed.  War had ended.  And crystals rained from the sky.  But it was only when it was too late that these seemingly ordained gifts turned out to be omens of danger.  Such is the state of Ascension‘s newest edition, Rise of Vigil.  Continuing to make it easy for new players to get into the popular deck building card game designed by Magic the Gathering players, Rise of Vigil is another standalone version of the game.  If you do have any of the previous editions, however, you can combine them with Rise of Vigil for up to six player combat.  This new edition includes nearly 260 cards, a fair portion of which are new heroes and constructs.

Now for the insanity.

First off, look at the picture to the right.  Apologies for the racier content, but that’s seriously the art for the game.  And, yes, the, um, “proportions” are bit unrealistic.

Oh, by the way, the game is called Kanzume Goddess.  Created by the Japanese, in the fashion of every awkward anime you’ve ever seen, Kanzume Goddess is a tin can containing all the most famous Greek and Norse gods.  As you might imagine, having that many gods stuck in a cramped space leads to some fisticuffs.  That’s where you come in.  Each player takes on a specific god in order to battle against their legendary opponents, building their decks by calling upon other warriors and disciples to aid in the fight.  So, do as the game suggests and “Release them from the can!”

Oct 262012
 

If you’re one of those aggressive Cthulhu Dice players who actually goes crazy when they lose sanity in the game, your buddies may not want to play the new Cthulhu Dice Metäl version with you as you could take their eye out by tossing across the room. ‘Cause, yeah, it’s solid metal. Same great game, just heavy and bad-umlaut A-ss enough to be called Metäl.

Gabe and Tycho have taken over Steve Jackson’s headquarters and are printing mass quantities of Penny Arcade Munchkin boosters. As with the previous Munchkin booster pack releases, this card pack contains fifteen set cards, all of which feature artwork from Mike Krahulik and an be incorporated into any version of Munchkin you own. So, next time you play Munchkin, bring the flamethrower to the table for some slayage!

Made popular by Will Wheaton and his Tabletop YouTube show, Tsuro has released a new version. Tsuro of the Sea is not only a saltier version of the first game, it’s gained daikaiju tiles, or sea monster tiles, which crawl around the board based on dice rolls and remove any ship, wake tile, or other sea monster tile that they hit. Otherwise, the game progresses as usual with players laying tiles down to attempt keep their ship from falling off the board. As the game can sustain 2-8 players and only lasts for up to 40 minutes, Tsuro of the Sea is a perfect family game that anyone can learn quickly and play just as fast.

And finally, the final event tonight is the two new Return to Ravnica Event Decks. This time around the decks are mono-colored red and green decks. Wrack and Rage, the red deck, contains a Mizzium Mortars, Stromkirk Noble, and a Dragonskull Summit to beef out the build. The second deck, Creep and Conquer, is the big baddie with a Thragtusk, four Vampire Knighthawks, a Woodland Cemetery, and more, totaling up to $40 worth of cards. As usual, these are competitive tournament decks, so grab a copy and come play in tonight’s Game Day event.
Oct 202012
 

I just want to quote the Image Comics description for the first book we’ll talk about tonight as a way of helping you understand what it’s like.

“Sexica and her Werewolf boyfriend Nikoli travel across a sci-fi, fantasy Russia smoking singing cigarettes.  Meanwhile the organ hunter Nura is sent out with a severed head and instructions to find its body.”

Yup.  That’s Brandon Graham for you, folks.  If you’ve read Prophet (the craziest, most brilliant comic out there!) or King City (the only comic with a cat telescope), then you’re well aware of Graham’s ingenious perspective on, well, everything.  Graham’s comics build fully realized, utterly unique worlds for you to explore visually (as he does the art himself) and conceptually.  For those reasons, I can promise you Multiple Warheads: Alphabet to Infinity will be one of the most interesting books you’ll ever read.

Jason Starr, renowned crime novelist and comic author, takes a crack at Wolverine‘s past this Wednesday, but not in a way you’ve ever seen before.  Wolverine MAX is a five issue miniseries that takes Logan back to Japan for an origin story of violent proportions.  If you’ve never read any of Marvel’s MAX line of books, they’re a no holds barred, adult version of famous Marvel characters.  So, in short, Wolverine like you’ve never seen him before.  Expect blood.  Expect guts.  Expect cursing.  Expect SNIKT-ing!

And if we’re talking blood and guts, we might as well mention the new Punisher War Zone miniseries hitting shelves this Wednesday.  Picking up where Greg Rucka’s recent Punisher ongoing series (both volumes, of which, are available now) left off at, Frank is on the run from the law in a way he’s never been before after taking the fall for shooting a cop.  Even though he didn’t do the deed, Frank is taking the blame to protect the woman who did (if you want to know more, you got to pick up the TPBs).  But Frank’s going to need his own form of protection as The Avengers decide to assist the NYPD in capturing him.  It’s Punisher vs. The Avengers, written by Greg Rucka, taking place in real Marvel continuity!

Followers of The Walking Dead television show on AMC have just been introduced to Phillip Blake aka The Governor with the beginning of season three, but there’s so much more to find out.  In conjunction with the hit television series, Robert Kirkman (the creator of the show and comic) began a trilogy of Walking Dead novels last year with The Rise of the Governor, which detailed Blake’s life during the initial zombie outbreak.  Now, its sequel, The Road to Woodbury, picks up where the last book left off at, following Blake as he climbs to power in the walled-off city of Woodbury.  Find out the origins of one of the most terrifying villains in comic history by picking up The Road to Woodbury this Wednesday!

May 122012
 

Tonight you’re all getting a two-fer, the chocolate and peanut butter, the Bert and Ernie, the Penn and Teller of Comic List Highlights. Because not only are you receiving highlights of comics, but games, too (mostly because we didn’t have time to write a post last night).

To start things off, lets recite the oath: In brightest day, in blackest night… Yup, the first hardcover collection of the New 52 Green Lantern comes out Wednesday. Easily one of the best ongoing series of the relaunch, Green Lantern has focused more on Sinestro than regular protagonist Hal Jordan, which has enlivened the book. And the reason for the shift in hero is due to Sinestro being allowed to wield the ring again, while Hal cools his jets on Earth. Until, that is, Sinestro comes a’knockin’. Geoff Johns has been writing some of the best Green Lantern stories ever since he got on the book around eight years ago, but this new volume offers a perfect jumping on point for anyone who’s wanted to read up on the character.

Keeping the superhero/comic base at a boil, but mixing in a smidge of gaming, next up is the second volume of Mutants and Masterminds DC Adventures: Heroes & Villains. As the first volume contained all characters ranging from A to K, this second edition picks up with L and runs it all the way to Z. That means you’re going to get classic characters like Lex Luthor, Superman, and Plastic Man, plus icon teams like the Justice League and the Secret Six. Offering gamers a shortcut into the DC Universe, these volumes contain all the stats, histories, and information you’ll need to BAM BIFF POW your way through the DCU.

Re-releasing in a new swanky graphic novel collection is BOOM Studio‘s 7 Psychopaths. A greater hook has never been created: what do you do when you want to kill Hitler and end WWII? Send in seven of the worst human beings ever to hunt down and murder the bastich. Of course, not everything always goes as planned. A grim, gritty spy series with artwork from exceptional Criminal and Incognito artist, Sean Phillips, 7 Psychopaths makes for a great, moody read.

As deck building games boldly go where no game has gone before they reach the Star Trek the Next Generation game. Using the base premise of deck building developed in games like Ascension, Dominion, and Resident Evil, Star Trek puts players into the role of a star ship captain, commanding their meager crew toward victory. Do you recruit further crewmen? Develop your ship’s equipment? Conquer worlds or make peace with them? These are the choices you will need to make in either the base version of the game or its Next Phase expansion. Both are stand alone and both go boldly yadda yadda blah blah.

Apr 142012
 

Kansas City is lucky enough to be home to many successful, talented, prominent comic writers and artists. Primary among them is Jason Aaron. As writer of Wolverine and the X-Men, Wolverine, Incredible Hulk, Scalped, and Avengers Versus X-Men, Jason is easily one of the top writers at Marvel Comics and, because of that, we’re happy to have him come sign at Pulp this Wednesday. Jason will be signing not only the newest copies of Incredible Hulk, Wolverine and the X-Men, and Avengers vs. X-Men, but also all of his previous work. He’ll be at the store from 3 to 7, so make sure to come pick your books up around that time. Also, due to mass demand for the AvX series and the need to have copies for Jason to sign, that issue will go on sale at 3 when Jason arrives. Come out and make him feel welcome.

Stieg Larsson’s worldwide bestseller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, has been made into two films already, but neither of them will compare to the new Vertigo comic adaptation launching this year. But before the actually series comes out, you all will get a chance to sample it with this Wednesday’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo special sample issue. And remember, the first volume of graphic novels will be out this November.

Following in line with Dynamite‘s other recent pulp hero reworkings, such as Lord of the Jungle and Warlord of Mars, the new Shadow series is sure to be a good read. A large factor in that assumption is that Garth Ennis, author of such gruesome, disturbing series as The Boys and Crossed, will be penning the series. Each of the issues covers will also be drawn by some of the industry’s greatest artists, including John Cassady, Alex Ross, and Jae Lee. The Shadow knows…that you will buy a copy.

One of the quickest comic series of recent memory to rise to legendary status has to be The Ultimates by Mark Millar. Millar’s modern take on classic characters like Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, and Hawkeye turned the book into a dynamic, drama-filled read offering versions of these characters like you’ve never read before. Many fans have read his first two volumes of that amazing series, but not as many realize he went on to write four other volumes of the book. Luckily, all four of these stories, featuring battles with vampires, Ghost Rider Vice Presidents, Australlian Hulks, and intense, city demolishing conflicts, are all collected in the new Ultimate Avengers by Mark Millar Omnibus. This oversized hardcover is the easiest way to catch up on these follow-up series, the last of which ties in with the Death of Spider-Man storyline of Ultimate Spider-Man. Grab a copy before Nick Fury redacts the entire thing.

Speaking of the Death of Spider-Man storyline, the trade paperback ships this Wednesday. Collecting the last issues of the series before the relaunch with Miles Morales, this volume details Peter’s final battle with the Green Goblin, resulting in his death. If you picked up the series and have been loving it, you owe it to yourself to pick up, not only, this volume, but the entire series.