Jun 102016

New Game Stuff, what?  Where have you been?  I know, I know.

Cultists and CthulhusIt’s hard to find good help if you’re a cultist nowadays.  Or, at least, that’s what Cultists & Cthulhus would have you believe.  Brimming with the nerdy, cynically tinged humor shared by Munchkin and Chez Geek, Cultists & Cthulhus has players controlling rival cult leaders.  Each player attempts to round up followers, enact rituals, and (with hope) summon their very own old one.  Any two to eight Lovecraft fans will have a great time when they pick up a copy of Cultists & Cthulhus.My Little Pony Marks in Time booster

Eventually, every popular nerd series delves into time travel.  It’s just an unwritten rule.  Well, My Little Pony ventures into that timey wimey realm with the newest expansion set for the MLP collectible card game, Marks in Time.  Since the set is themed around time travel and alternate realities, players will find updated, younger, or irregular versions of classic cards and ponies in the set.

Agricola RevisedWait, Agricola?  That’s been out forever.  But there you would be wrong.  For one, Agricola has been out of print for a good deal a time, so having any version back in print is a good thing.  Second, this version of the game is an updated and revised edition.  Agricola Revised now features wooden game pieces and a streamlined rulebook that allows the game to play quicker and easier for younger players.  Fans of Settlers of Catan, San Juan, and Puerto Rico, if you’ve never played Agricola, now is the time.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dice Masters TMNT

Long awaited by all heroes in a half-shell, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dicemasters set is finally out!  This oversized base set includes enough materials for two or four players, depending on how you divide the resources.  Featuring the artwork and character designs from various eras of TMNT, the game is playable by all ages.  As the game features the same popular mechanics of Quarriors and the other Dicemasters editions, TMNT Dicemasters can be combined with any of the previous sets.  So, if you want Star Wars Galactic Ambitions expansonyou can have Leonardo face off against Spider-Man and Harley Quinn!

Another in the line of beloved Star Wars The Card Game expansions, Galactic Ambitions is out this weekend.  Featuring five new objective sets for both the Sith and Rebel factions, Galactic Ambitions is a major addition to the base game.  Not only do the Sith and Rebel factions receive new objectives, but every other faction also gains one extra objective set.  Among those new cards, there is not only another version of Darth Vader, but also Star Wars Rebels‘ Kanan Jarrus!Eternal Masters Magic the Gathering

Finally, if you’re a Magic player and haven’t been living under a rock in the realm of Zendikar, you’ll have been salivating for the release of Eternal Masters.  Out this weekend, Eternal Masters is the follow-up to the two Modern Masters sets that raised such a fuss in the Magic world.  Reprinting cards from the very beginning of Magic the Gathering, but in never-before-seen foil versions, this set is seriously desired by any die hard Magic player.  Boxes are limited and the price point will rise swiftly as the set goes out of print, so grab what you can, while you can.

Jul 102015

Guardians of KnowhereSecret Wars July Week 2

-Undoubtedly the flagship title of this week, Brian Michael Bendis returns to the Guardians of the Galaxy with Guardians of Knowhere #1!  Having survived the universal collapse, the Guardians and the prisoners occupying Knowhere must duke it out in space!

-Al Ewing (Mighty Avengers, Loki Agent of Asgard) will be launching an alternate reality take on his previous series with Captain Britain and the Mighty Avengers #1 (of 2)!

-Rick Remender returns to the Captain America universe with Hail Hydra, where Cap’s son Nomad infiltrate a world ruled by the evil Nazi organization!

-Finally, Siege #1 by Kieron Gillen (Journey into Mystery, Young Avengers, Darth Vader) features characters who have been sentenced to guard The Wall that divides Battleworld from the deadlands!

Book of Death #1 (of 4)Book of Death

-The follow-up to last year’s successful The Valiant miniseries!

-The Eternal Warrior, an immortal defender of Earth, has been tasked to protect the adolescent Geomancer, a young girl who is connected to the Earth’s lifeforce.

-However, the Geomancer has foreseen the future and knows how each of the world’s heroes die.  Now, the combined forces of the Valiant Universe are after her and the Eternal Warrior to discover the secrets.

-Written by Robert Vendetti, the current writer of Green Lantern, X-O Manowar, and the former Demon Knights series.

Island #1Island #1

-If you picked up and enjoyed 8House Arclight, King City, or Multiple Warheads, this series is for you!

-In the vein of Heavy Metal, Island will be an anthology series printed in an oversized magazine format!

-While the primary story is written by Brandon Graham, the other stories will feature a rogues gallery of impressive independent artists.

-Some of the creators featured include Emma Rios (Pretty Deadly), Simon Roy (Prophet), and many more.

Adventure Time Fionna and Cake Card Wars #1 (of 6)Fionna Cake Card Wars

-Ice King‘s fan-fic favorites, Fionna and Cake, are back in this new miniseries!

-Jen Wang, who has previously written Marceline and the Scream Queens, helms this story, too!

-Desperate to find a worthy opponent for Cake in the popular card game, Card Wars, the duo head out on a journey across Ooo!

-SUPER MATHEMATICALLY IMPORTANT:  Each issue of this miniseries will contain an EXCLUSIVE Card Wars card to be incorporated into the popular Adventure Time card game!

Feb 062015

Rocket Raccoon v.1 HCRocket Raccoon v.1 HC

-Skottie Young (known for his baby variant covers) writes and illustrates the first arc collected in this hardcover volume.

-This first volume contains issues one through six of the highly popular ongoing series.

-In the first story, Rocket is being hunted down by all of his vengeful ex-girlfriends.  This raccoon gets around!

-Following that story, Rocket, Groot, and some other aliens share campfire stories.  Oh, and it’s Groot‘s turn, so the whole issue uses “I am Groot!” as the only lines of dialog.

Empty #1Empty #1

-The creator of Bomb Queen and Five Weapons, Jimmie Robinson, launches a new series from Image Comics.

-Anyone who reads Planetary, Copperhead, or any other post-apocalyptic or grungy Sci-Fi series should check this out.

-A young, female scavenger, named Tanoor, joins forces with a stranger who has the power to restore the dead world they live on.

-Like a road movie across an apocalyptic wasteland.

The Sculptor HCThe Sculptor GN

-Respected comic theorist, artist, and writer, Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics) is releasing his first work in years!

-The Sculptor follows the titular character as he is granted special abilities from Death to have anything he sculpts come to life.  The catch, he only has 200 days to live.

-Having recently published hits like Seconds, This One Summer, and other 2014 hits, :01 First Second publishing is on a role.

-Check out what is sure to be one of the most talked about graphic novels of 2015!

Darth Vader #1Star Wars Darth Vader #1

-Marvel‘s second Star Wars launch title!

-Star Wars #1 sold out nearly immediately, with variant and regular covers shooting up in price!  You better believe Darth Vader will do the same.

-Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers, The Wicked and the Divine, Journey into Mystery), one of the most literary comic authors working today, is working on one of the most iconic characters in history!

-Following the events of A New Hope, Darth Vader will see the Sith Lord gunning for the rebel forces that left him stranded in space after the destruction of the first Death Star.

Jan 052013

Star Wars is receiving some what of a resurgence lately, what with the stream of Fantasy Flight card, miniature, and role playing games featuring the characters of a galaxy far, far away.  Now, Dark Horse is getting in on the action with a fresh original universe Star Wars book title…wait for it…STAR WARS!!!!  Set during the first trilogy of films, this series will focus on individual stories featuring leading characters like Han, Leia, Luke, and Vader.  If you’re tired of the extended universe stories set 1000 years before A New Hope or a million years after, then this is the series for you.  Written by Brian Wood (Massive, Mara, Local, Ultimate Comics X-Men) and featuring covers by the incomparable Alex Ross, Star Wars #1 is a new hope for fans of the original universe.

No turtles, no turtles, no!  Foot, foot, foot, FOOT!

That remastered version of the infamous Vanilla Ice “hit” “Go, Turtles” was brought to you by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan.  Yes, Turtles fans, it’s all Foot, all the time in this new miniseries, which spins out of the highly successful IDW TMNT relaunch of the last year.  And, as you might be able to tell from the title, the story focuses on revealing the untold origin of Turtles arch-rival.  Find out how Shredder joined the Foot Clan.  Find out who originally started the Foot Clan.  Find out secrets that will affect the ongoing story of the main TMNT series.  And see all of those secrets illustrated in beautiful, watercolored artwork by Mateus Santoluco.

The sad story of comics nowadays is that they are not written for kids anymore.  So, when a parent comes in asking for a Batman series that they’re son or daughter can read, there are not tons of options.  Luckily, this Wednesday we’re getting a Bat-boat load of young reader Batman comics.  Each of these digest volumes features Batman facing off against one of his classic foes, such as Clayface, Joker, Scarecrow, or Poison Ivy, in the style of the famous nineties Batman the Animated series (the best cartoon ever made!!!).  If dark, broody Batman isn’t your flavor, don’t worry, because there will be plenty of equally kid-friendly Superman volumes shipping as well.  If you’re wanting to get your kid started in comics, these are one of the best, cheapest ways to do it.

The Octopus is out of the bag, Peter Parker is dead.  Long live the Octopus.

If you read Amazing Spider-Man #700, you know that Peter left Doc Ock with some serious baggage to deal with, making Doc vow to become a Superior Spider-Man.  This Wednesday is your chance to see how that goes, as Superior Spider-Man #1 by Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman ships.  If you’ve seen any of the sample pages from the Marvel NOW! preview books, you’ll know that Doc Ock has a little trouble at first.  Oh, and with Peter Parker’s face, you know Doc’s going to make a house call to Mary Jane Watson.  Yeah, this isn’t going to be your daddy’s Spider-Man.

And be sure to get to the store early so that you can nab any and all of the rare variant covers for the book, as this one’s going to be worth some money down the line.

Apr 202012

Close, close in a gaming store not so far away…


Yes, hum the theme song in your head if you must. Fantasy Flight has released an exceptional limited run of specialty Star Wars backed card sleeves. So, play Magic with the man who shot first or catch’em all with Lord Vader or throw them on any other card game that needs some sci-fi spice. But whatever you do, pick them up before an X-Wing comes along and vaporizes them because there will not be any prequels here.

Of course, if space battles and laser swords aren’t your thing, maybe the other limited edition Lord of the Rings sleeves will be. Slip them over your favorite standard sized cards to give them a Samwise Gamgee to their Frodo Baggins. Or grasp the One Ring to rule all other swag-less individuals. Whatever you choose, wield them responsibly.

You want to kick your Warhammer Fantasy RPG game up to level 4? How about level 5? Then let Hero’s Call be Fantasy’s version of the Spinal Tap speaker! Chocked full of new hero and GM options for careers, action cards, talents, spells, and region options, this player’s resource is loaded with must-have ingredients for kicking your game up a couple levels.

Bringing Cthulhu to the deck-building party, Penny Arcade: Rumble in R’Lyeh is both a standalone game and an expansion for last year’s Penny Arcade: The Game, Gamers vs. Evil! So, players can enjoy Eldar God gaming goodness in the base 2-4 player version of the game or combine it with the previous game for excessive nerd overload. Rumble in R’Lyeh specifically adds Gold cards to the gameplay, which must be acquired through the use of Token and Power cards. Totally worth it when they have names like Gunhorse (a horse made of guns, duh!), Sad Zombie, and Gabe’s Gross Mouth.

Bridging books and board games, the Where the Wild Things Are board game from the Tales to Play series, lets families take control of Max’s journey to the land of the Wild Things. Each player controls a different Max miniature game piece on his trek through the becoming king of the Wild Things. Players draw cards and roll dice to decide their success or failure across the illustrated game board. Great gameplay and Wild Thing miniatures for the whole family.

Gamers have been waiting for this next exapnsion since somewhere around the dawn of man. Yes,  has finally arrived. Adding not only a fifth player ability to the game, but a new item dubbed decoration. Players may now trade their resources for this item in an effort to gain further points. Club someone if you have too, fight a t-rex, do whatever you have to for a copy of this valued expansion.