Apr 292016
 

Dice City All That GlittersNo one turns down gold, even in the imaginary city of Rolldovia.  Dice City:  All That Glitters is the first expansion for the town building, dice rolling game from AEG.  In All That Glitters players gain the resource of gold, provided by twelve gold tokens.  As well, the expansion contains forty-eight additional cards that all players to use the gold to strike deals, spruce up pre-existing buildings, and have the option of constructing new types of buildings.

Another in the Lost Legacy series of card games, The Werewolf and the Undying Lost Legacy Fourth Chronicle The Werewolf and Undying HeartHeart is the newest stand-alone addition to the game.  Like the other sets, The Werewolf and the Undying Heart can be played independently of the other expansions.  Each deck in this set can also be played solo or combined with each other, depending on the player’s preference.  For two to six players and only lasting ten minutes a round, Lost Legacy is one of the easiest to learn, quickest to play card games on the market.

Munchkin Playmat Spyke Gets SuckeredSteve Jackson Games is nothing if not committed to bringing players every possible iteration on products related to Munchkin.  With that in mind, the Munchkin Playmat drops this weekend.  A valuable tool to help organize any game of Munchkin (and if you’ve played you know all of those cards can get unwieldy), the Munchkin Playmat designates spaces for class, headgear, race, unequipped items, and many other card types in the game.  These spots along with a level gauge help to keep players’ multitude of cards ordered and organized.Epic Card Game Tyrants

In the vein of White Wizard Games other popular deck-based card game, Star Realms, the Epic card game receives four booster pack expansions this weekend.  Epic Tyrants is made up of four booster pack expansions that contribute thirteen new cards to the game, each themed around a Tyrant character.  The four options are Draka’s Rage, Helion’s Deceit, Raxxa’s Doctor PanicRevenge, and Markus’ Command.

You’ve heard of the classic board game Operation.  Well, Doctor Panic is the next generation relative of that game, a blend of app-based, cooperative, and time trial.  Made for families of all-ages, Doctor Panic plays in only twelve minutes!  Yes, you and your other players have twelve minutes to complete a variety of medical procedures and clean-up activities.  Download the free Doctor Panic app and incorporate it into the game as well.Adroid Mainframe

Over the last few years, Fantasy Flight has grown a variety of games around their elaborate, cyberpunk universe of Android.  A spin-off of the popular Netrunner series, Android Mainframe is a completely different take on that universe and game mechanics intended for two to four players.  A placement game at it’s heart, Android Mainframe has players assuming the role of a Runner and using various character tiles, linking rods, and various cards to attempt to gain control of various evil corporations’ computer systems by “hacking in.”

Oct 162015
 

The GrizzledOne of history’s deadliest wars has just been turned into a two to five player cooperative card game.  And it is awesome!  The Grizzled is an inexpensive card game that drops players into the roles of tattered WWI soldiers in the mud and muck of the trenches.  All the players will need to work together to survive a barrage of mortars, gas, and enemy fire, but will also need to keep their own safety in mind.  Finding that balance between group unity and personal survival will keep you coming back for more.One Night Revolution

The first of two products set in the popular cyberpunk universe of The Resistance card game, One Night Revolution is a new spin on that popular deception game.  With the combined mechanics and game designers of  The Resistance and One Night Ultimate Werewolf, One Night Resistance has three to ten players attempting to discover the government spies hidden among their revolutionary forces.  Like One Night Coup RebellionUltimate Werewolf, this version plays in a swift fifteen minutes!

The second Resistance universe game out this weekend is Coup Rebellion G54.  Not an expansion for the original Coup, but instead a sequel to that game, Coup Rebellion builds on the original game’s deception rules by adding character options.  These twenty-five new characters are able to be selected at the beginning of each game, each adding a unique ability to the gameplay.  Epic card game

From the makers of Star Realms, the popular, cheap, expandable deck building game, Epic the Card Game is another spin on Magic the Gathering from former pro players.  Epic allows two to four players to play sealed, draft, or constructed out of the materials contained in one box.  Unlike Magic, players do not require mana to power their Legion of Super-Heroes DC Deck Building Gamecards, but instead the game operates off of a simple one or none power system.

As with the previous Arrow and Justice Society of America expansion packs, the new Legion of Super-Heroes Crossover Pack for the DC Deck Building Game is a cheap set of additional cards for the game.  Included in the pack are six playable heroes not seen in previous expansions as well as new super-villain, hero, equipment, and other cards.Super Motherload

Based off of the online game written by comic author Kurtis J. Wiebe (Rat Queens), Super Motherload is the card/tile adaptation recently released by Roxley Games.  Super Motherload serves as a revolutionary game design, combining both deck building and tile laying.  Each player, taking on the role of a Mars colonist, will play cards from their own deck that will allow them to dig and attain materials on the planet’s surface.  Over the course of the game, however, players will purchase and add Survive Space Attacknew cards to their deck in order to dig for rarer resources.

Launching from Atlantis into the atmosphere, Survive:  Space Attack! adapts the basic rules of the original Survive: Escape from Atlantis! for an entirely new environment.  In the game, players will be taking on the role of astronauts who are desperate to escape their space station, as it is currently under attack by alien forces.  It will be up to each player to choose their own route and method of escape, but do so quickly, as the clock is ticking.Time Stories

Combining group storytelling, board gaming, and roleplaying, T.I.M.E. Stories is an original experience dropping this weekend from Asmodee Games.  T.I.M.E. Stories is set in a world where time agents exist to travel back to the past in order forestall temporal incursions.  Before each game, players will select a specific time agent to control, then they will be launched into the story scenario and attempt to play their way out.  In this initial release, the Asylum scenario sends players to a mental hospital in 1920s Paris.  Later expansions will add new scenarios to continue the gameplay.

Aug 032013
 

Sidekick #1

-J. Michael Straczynski delivers his second Joe’s Comics imprint after the supernatural hit, Ten Grand!

-JMS focuses his story not around the traditional Superman allegory, but the oft forgotten boy sidekick.

-What happens when The Cowl, the world’s most prominent superhero, is assassinated?  Well, for one, Flyboy, The Cowl’s boy ward, begins to lose the public’s favor, eventually sending spiraling downward into insanity.

-Beginning in a golden age pastiche, Sidekick intends to dip deeper and deeper into the darkness of the superhero’s worst fears.

Pathfinder Goblins #1

-First they got mischievous in the roleplaying system.  Then they cackled from your desktop as a series of miniature figures.  Now, the goblins of Pathfinder are coming to the world of comics!

-This five issue miniseries is divided into two short stories per issue, each written and drawn by a duo of top creative talents!

-Authors of actual Paizo material have created stories for the series!

-Make sure to nab the ultra rare variant cover before the goblins, themselves, steal it out from under you!

Burn Down the Orphanage #1

-Sina Grace, creator of Li’l Depressed Boy, does a complete tonal 180 in his new series Burn the Orphanage, a cool, sleek revenge story.

-Rock lived in an orphanage his whole life…until it was destroyed.  Now, he’s out to find those who did it and beat the ever lovin’ hoohaw out of them!

-Part one of a three part trilogy of miniseries, Burn the Orphanage is the beginning of a long epic of fisticuffs.

-Oh, and the official description includes the phrase “topless stripper ninjas”.  So, yeah, there’s gonna be that.

Trillium #1

-From the writer of Justice League Dark, Animal Man, Sweet Tooth, Constantine, and The Underwater Welder, Jeff Lemire, comes an eight issue time travel love story to end all time traveling love stories!

-Trillium tells the tale of a scientist of the far flung future and an explore of the distant past, separated by thousands of years, but connected by love.  Or, at least, until their paradox affair begins to destroy the entire space time continuum.

-Lemire has won countless awards for his various independent series, each recognizing his talent both as a visual and narrative storyteller.  But, unlike his other projects,  Trillium has been burning in his subconscious for years.  Usually a sign something special is about to happen.

-Issue one is structured in an experimental layout, featuring a flip-book structure where one character’s story begins on one side and the other on the opposite, each meeting in the middle.

Nov 242012
 

Say what you will about Arrow on The CW, that it’s Gossip Arrow or Smallville-lite, but the show’s improved as it has continued, often by subverting expectations (He’s arrested by episode four?!).  Now, bridging off the television show is the new Arrow #1 by Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg, the creators and head writers of the show, and classic Green Arrow artist Mike Grell.  Before Jeff Lemire revitalizes the current Green Arrow series with issue #17, Arrow #1 can be your go to book for classic fat-cat bashing and Robin Hood-daring Green Arrow adventure.  Plus, the acting’ll be better in your head than it is on the show.

And if we’re talking about classic pulpy comic adventure there is no book that’s ever existed that sums the idea up better than Dynamite‘s Masks miniseries.  Starring a combination of the greatest pulp heroes to be created, that being The Shadow, The Spider, Zorro, The Green Hornet, and Kato, Masks pits this cadre of avengers versus a fascist police state, recently instituted by a corrupt criminal government.  And if that list of pulp heroes isn’t enough, over the course of the series many more characters will join in the fray.  Considering how the epic level of epicness that this series entails, Dynamite had to get an A-list artist to draw the thing.  How about Alex Ross.  Yup, the entirety of issue #1′s interiors are drawn by the legendary artist of Kingdom Come, Marvels, Justice, and about a million iconic covers, Alex Ross, who it also should be noted hasn’t drawn interiors for a comic in about four years.  And if that wasn’t enough, Jae Lee, Francesco Francavilla, and Alex Ross all lend their talents to the book’s various covers.

Get a brohoof ready, because IDW is dropping the sparkly magic this next Wednesday.  That’s right, the cultural phenomenon that is the redux of My Little Pony has now spread to the world of comics.  I know most of you will frown and complain, but, somewhere secretly inside you all is a Bronie waiting to get out.  Well, maybe that’s an overstatement, but they are out there and they are excited about this series.  Featuring four cover variants, one of which is drawn by Jill Thompson, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is written by popular female comic writer, Katie Cook and features all your favorite ponies.  So, overcome you bias and buy one of Twilight Sparkle.

The Fantastic Four has left the planet to whisk their children around the universe on a field trip of different cultures and races, but no worries, they’ll only be gone, to our perspective, for four minutes.  Sounds fine, right?  Did I mention who they’ve left to guard the keys to the castle?  Yeah, just Ant-Man, Medusa, She-Hulk, and a pink-haired celebutant in a Thing suit.  Okay, it may go badly.  With Matt Fraction writing a classic Marvel tale in the main Fantastic Four series, his crazy, post-modern sensibilities have to have somewhere to go and that is FF #1.  Joined by popular alt-artist Mike Allred (Madman, X-Force, Daredevil), this Marvel NOW! series is going to bring the unusual in a very, very good way.

Nov 032012
 

This week is Marvel‘s week.  Beezees.  Word up.

Marvel NOW! is in full effect, as two of the cornerstone titles hit shelves this Wednesday.

First up, Deadpool #1.  Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan, two thinking man’s comedians, are writing the book (their first comic endeavor ever…that rhymed) while the legend himself, Tony Moore (Walking Dead), lends his beautifully twisted pencils to the Merc with the Mouth.  The premise for the first arc of this series is so unbelievable, I hesitate to tell you about it.

Okay, you’ve convinced me.  All the country’s deceased presidents are coming back to undead life and there’s only one man who’s jerk enough to re-kill them.  I think you know who it is.

That Tony Stark needs to learn how to hold onto his inventions.  Iron Man #1 by Kieron Gillen and Greg Land re-introduce Tony Stark to a whole new range of readers with this Marvel NOW! starting point issue, where Tony gets his Extremis technology stolen and must develop an entirely new suit of armor to get it back.  Gillen has been killing on the Uncanny X-Men AvX tie-ins, bringing the pathos and the action while Greg Land is just a beautiful, painterly artist who will make Tony’s armor look so polished you’ll think you can eat off it.  Anyone who loves the Iron Man films but has never read one of his comics NEEDS to check this series out.

If you missed this year’s epic Marvel brawl to end it all, Avengers vs. X-Men, all hope is not lost.  Coming out this Wednesday is the complete epic all in one hefty volume.  That’s twelve issues for the main series, folks, plus six issues of AvX: Versus, the all fights all the time miniseries that accompanied the main series, and (if that wasn’t enough) three AvX: Infinite issues, which have never been in print before.  The entire volume is a treasure trove of the greatest writers and artists working in comics today, featuring names like Jonathon Hickman, Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Matt Fraction, Jeph Loeb, Kieron Gillen, Ed Brubaker, Andy Kubert, Oliver Coipel, John Romita, Jr., and many, many, many more.  And this thing’s so thick after you get done reading it, you can use it as a coffee table.

You’ve read the novel.  You’ve seen the Swedish movie.  You’ve seen the American movie.  But have you read the graphic novel?

No, obviously not, it’s not out until this Wednesday.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo makes its way to comic shelves this week with a Vertigo graphic novel adaptation by novelist Denise Mina and artists Leonard Manco and Andrea Mutti.  If you nabbed the free sample comic from a couple months back, you know that this version of the story plays with silence and ambiance in way the previous incarnations have not.  And, if you’ve lived under a rock for the last eight years or so, then you should check the book out anyway as it is one of the best mystery, suspense stories of the decade.