May 152015
 

Planet Hulk Secret Wars BattleworldPlanet Hulk #1 (Secret Wars Battleworld)

-It’s all Secret Wars all night tonight!

-If you’ve read Secret Wars #2 you know that the Marvel Universe is a drastically different place right now.  Each of these miniseries will explore unique locations on the Battleworld map!

-Planet Hulk returns readers to the world of that epic storyline, written by the original writer, Greg Pak!

-In Battleworld The Hulk rules Greenland and is feared by all other regions.  The question is:  who will he smash?!

Spider-Verse #1 (Secret Wars Battleworld)Spider-Verse #1 Secret Wars Battleworld

-All your favorite Spider-Peeps are back!

-Even though Spider-Gwen is continuing throughout Secret Wars, you can get a second helping her as she stars in this Spider-Verse miniseries.

-Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham, and more team up to take down Battleworld’s Norman Osborn!

-Long time comic writer, Mike Costa (GI Joe Cobra, God is Dead, Avengers Millennium), helms this miniseries!

Secret Wars BattleworldSecret Wars Battleworld #1 (of 4)

-Akin to AvX Versus, this miniseries will feature two stories each issue written and illustrated by different creative teams.

-Issue one will feature stories crafted by independent superstars Joshua Williamson (Ghosted, Birthright) and Ed Brisson (Sheltered).

-This first story features The Punisher possessed by Doctor Strange on the run from alternate reality versions of Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, Hulk, and Wolverine!

-Following that will be a tale of complete insanity featuring every version of M.O.D.O.K. assembled under one roof!

A-Force #1 (Secret Wars Battleworld)A Force Secret Wars Battleworld

-If you don’t believe women read, write, or star in comic books, A-Force is here to prove you wrong!

-Co-written by the duo of G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel, X-Men) and Marguerite Bennett (Batman, Batgirl), A-Force is one of the most exciting series to launch out of Secret Wars!

-Taking place of The Avengers, A-Force consists of every female character from Marvel‘s history, including She-Hulk, Rogue, Ms. Marvel, The Invisible Woman, Captain Marvel, Spider-Woman, and more!

-These women will be defending the world against monsters and on the run from the Thor Corps that polices Battleworld!

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.

Apr 242015
 

Arkham Knight Batman figureArkham Knight Figures Series 1

-In anticipation of the Batman Arkham Knight video game this summer, DC Direct is releasing a series of figures based off of the game’s character designs.

-Out this week are Batman. . .

-Harley Quinn. . .

-And the Scarecrow!

Pisces #1Pisces

-Two great Image Comic talents combine in one ongoing series!

-Pisces sees Kurtis J. Wiebe of Rat Queens and Johnnie Christmas of Sheltered come together!

-Sci-Fi has been a major genre for Image lately and Pisces joins the illustrious ranks of Copperhead, Roche Limit, Prophet, Black Science, and Saga.

-Building off of the love for Interstellar, Pisces follows a NASA astronaut hired to participate in a top secret, covert mission.  His directive:  make first contact with alien life.

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-Another Image Comics volume one for only $9.99!

-The Latimer family are the world’s most renown monster hunters, but, when momma and pappa Latimer are killed, the two Latimer teens must fend for themselves against a horde of creatures out for revenge.

-Essentially a darker version of Johnny Quest, The Venture Brothers, and Scooby Doo.

-Writer Jacob Semahn wastes no time dropping the reader directly into the action, ending every issue on a compelling cliffhanger that moves the story forward!

Spider-Verse HCSpider-Verse HC

-One of this year’s most well written event comics is collected in a single, hardcover volume!

-An excellent jumping on point for new Spider-Man readers, Spider-Verse sees Peter Parker enlisted into an interdimensional war as the leader of an army of alternate reality Spider-People!

-See the origins of everyone’s favorite Spider-Gwen in this collected edition!

-In fact, see all the origins of all the Spider-Verse characters as this volume collects not only the main Amazing Spider-Man issues, but all the tie-in issues, including Spider-Woman, Edge of Spider-Verse, Superior Spider-Man, and more!

Mar 272015
 

D&D Princes of the Apocalypse Dungeons DragonsThe newest Dungeons and Dragons 5.0 adventure hardcover, Princes of the Apocalypse, is out today.  This volume includes a full adventure for characters levels one to fifteen as well as new spells and an entirely new, playable race, the element-touched genasi.Steam Torpedo

Players looking for a new two player experience (which is not always the easiest endeavor), should check out Steam Torpedo First Contact.  Following the first world war, players take control of submarines and battle with each other for oceanic dominance.  First, you will construct a submarine from select parts, resulting in hundreds of possibilities.  Second, you Realm of Heroespit these submarines against each other in a battle of underwater tactics.

In Realm of Heroes, players will balance a number of resources, including building castles and recruiting heroes that will become your army.  The trick is that the game board will alter as the game progresses, making it incredibly difficult to consistently field your army and plan your strategy.Dragons of Tarkir launch

Dragons of Tarkir, the third set in the Khans of Tarkir block and the final set of Magic before the company switches to the new two set release schedule, is out this weekend.  As is normal, this release means that not only are booster packs on sale, but also Fat Packs, Event Decks, Intro Decks, and the standard assortment of Clockwork Kingdomsleeves, deck boxes, and playmats.

Anyone who enjoys resource management games like Belfort, Clockwork Kingdom is a steampunk version of the same.  After the king of the Clockwork Kingdom has passed away, it’s a free for all for the throne and you will be playing one of the nominees!  In order to claim victory, you will need to make strategic decisions to claim workers, resources, build mechanisms, and encounter other opponents on the battlefield.Star Wars Armada

A parallel game to the highly popular Star Wars X-Wing miniature game, Star Wars Armada, is finally on shelves.  This hotly anticipated release is a to scale ship-to-ship battle game where players control capital class ships, like the Star Destroyer and the Corellian Corvette, as well as lower class ships, like Tie Fighters and X-Wings.  All the ships move on a template system, similar to but unique enough from X-Wing.

 

Jan 242015
 

Small World Royal BonusSmall World is really becoming a misnomer at this point.

Days of Wonder has released two more expansions for the popular Risk-like board game, including Small World:  Royal Bonus and Leaders of Small World.  The former expansion features three new races and powers, including the Behemoth race which are giant Hippos in ties and dresses.  And, yes, they are as awesome as they sound.  The Leaders of Small World expansion adds an entirely new ability to the game where players can opt into a leader token whenever they purchase their race/power combo.

Get ready to have that theme song stuck in your head, because IDW Games released The X-Files: Board Game this The X-Files Board Gameweekend.  Playing similarly to Letters from White Chapel and Last Night on Earth, two to four players control agents solving paranormal cases across America, while another player controls the Cigarette Smoking Man, who throws obstacles in the path of the agents at every turn.  With a possible reboot of the cult favorite series around the corner, now’s the time to sample this new board game.

Fate Reforged Fat Pack Intro DeckLike clockwork, the newest Magic the Gathering set, the first for 2015, is out this weekend.  The second set in the Khans of Tarkir block, Fate Reforged also features tri-color clans as a foundation mechanic for the set.  As usual, this release weekend sees the arrival of not only boxes of Fate Reforged boosters, but the standard Fat Pack and Intro Deck materials, as well.  A newer addition to the launch weekend releases is the Clash Pack, a halfway point between the Event Decks and the Duel Decks.Trieste_Slipcover_v2

Coup, The Resistance, and Avalon have skyrocketed in popularity recently, so every gaming company wants to get in on the deception card game, uh, game.  Victory Point Games is the first company throwing their hat in the ring with Trieste.  Trieste is a three player deception card game, where players select one of three roles (Thief, Merchant, or City Watch) to command.  Each role comes with their own deck of cards and specialty win conditions, as well.  All turns are played simultaneously, with each player not knowing what their opponents will play until it is played.

DiamonstersIDW is diving head first into their gaming division with not only the X-Files game mentioned earlier, but also the new Diamonsters card game.  A good family game, Diamonsters is a set collection game where players start out with the exact same hand, but attempt to collect sets of different cards.  The choices are either three monsters of one kind or five diamonds, but beware some of the monsters will devour your diamonds.  As well, the game is designed and illustrated by the artists behind Machi Koro.Machi Koro Harbor expansion

And speaking of Machi Koro and IDW. . .

Development continues in the quirky, colorful town of Machi Koro with the Harbor expansion.  The first expansion for Machi Koro, Harbor adds thirteen new cards, including seaports and airports.  As well, the win condition for the game is no longer four, but six landmarks.  Grab a copy and get up to five players building up the town.