Sep 042015
 

Bravest Warriors Red Blue DeckLeave the holojohn behind and dive into the new gaming world of Encounters! Bravest Warriors.  A separate game from the previous Bravest Warriors Dice Game, this game is currently structured around two separate decks of cards and dice.  The Blue Deck contains the playable characters of Chris, Wallow, Plum, and Impossibear, while the Red Deck contains Danny, Beth, Catbug, and Jelly Kid.  Take control of these characters to fight off monsters, baddies, and threats of all sorts of varying degrees.Red Tide Penny Arcade

Inspired by the Penny Arcade web comics, Red Tide combines the intensity of global nuclear war and table tennis.  Yes, you read that right.  Featuring a thrilling combination of card play and dice rolling, Red Tide contains two full sixty card decks ready for head-to-head action.  Also included is The Card Game of Ozthe Escalation Index:  a special eight card deck that administrates each perilous volley.

In The Card Game of Oz, you, as an “author,” get to rewrite the epic stories in new and imaginative ways.  This game utilizes the innovative storyline game system which creates new, strategic, challenging, and fun adventures throughout the Land of Oz.  Your characters will visit the wondrous locations, meet interesting characters, and face a multitude of dangers, all straight out of the original Oz books.A Duel Betwixt Us

I say, sir or madame, have at me!  A Duel Betwixt Us is a two player card game designed to test your manly worth through the ancient and sacred art of violence.  Select a duelist, purchase offensive item cards (like fish, hammers, axes, or maces ), gather defensive cards, and begin settling the question of who the finder Chaos and Alchemyspecimen of man (or woman!) truly is!

Test your luck and alchemy skills in the dice and card based Chaos and Alchemy.  Players will conduct experiments by rolling dice against the luck of the Fortune Dice, which will decide if your experiments are a success or not.  If successful, players will draw or play cards that allow them to construct laboratories, heap misfortune upon opponents, and enact actions to counteract the mounting chaos generated by the game.Vici

Vici is a two player game of strategy and tactics.  Players take on the personas of military generals, leading their battle-hardened men on an ancient battlefield.  Under each general’s command is an army of varying strengths and abilities.  By mastering their legion’s power and judiciously maneurvering their soldiers down the field, the stronger general will Karnagannihilate their enemy’s camp.

Evil hordes of demons and monsters threaten the Earth from the sunken city in Karnag.  Players control druids who are battling against the rising armies of creatures by erecting energy shields and capturing creatures to obtain victory points.  But be careful, the energy it takes to perform these actions is finite, so players will need to create potions to refuel their power bars.  Gameplay is broken up into rounds, with six stages to each round.  12 Realms

A league of famous folktale and fantasy characters, such as Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and D’Artagnan, join forces in the new 12 Realms miniature board game!  Each player controls one of these characters (each represented by a detailed miniature) in order to defeat the Lords of Darkness.  A cooperative experience, players ban together to defeat the bad guys and traverse the various realms of the game to do so.  Each realm contains unique creatures and threats, so be prepared for whatever realm your group Legendary Encounters Predatordecides to attack.

Don’t forget to watch for the telltale shimmer of the Predator in the new Legendary Encounters base game.  Like the Alien Legendary deck building game, this Encounters expansion plays as a semi-cooperative experience where players control both predators and human strike teams as they work through the events of both Predator and Predator 2.  Using the mechanics of previous Legendary deck building games, this version will pit players against characters and creatures from the film universe.

Aug 112012
 

Hrrrmmmm.

When the gutters fill with the dirty, filthy dross of bad comic writing, you’ll look up and you’ll see Before Watchmen Rorschach. And you’ll say, “yes”.
That’s right, saving the best for (almost) last, the Rorschach miniseries begins this week. Written by gritty crime writer Brian Azzarello (Wonder Woman, 100 Bullets) and drawn by extreme realist Lee Bermejo (Joker), this is the beginning of four grimy, dark, well-written issues. And if you want to really get in the insane spirit of the ink blotted vigilante, pick up one of the Rorschach t-shirts, also coming in this Wednesday.

AND if you haven’t been reading any of the Before Watchmen books,

your are missing out on some of the best comics on the shelves right now. But you won’t have to miss out for much longer, because Pulp has restocked copies of both the first and second issues of each series.

Speaking of things that are black and white, the newest edition to the Batman Black & White line of statues comes out this week, too. If you’re not familiar, these statues are based off famous comic artist’s renditions of the caped crusader, struck in monochromatic tones, and placed on Bat-symbol bases. Using Darwyn Cooke’s version of the Dark Knight, this month’s statue brims with 50′s nostalgia.

Never let it be said that writers are done experimenting with the comics medium. The Red Diary is a graphic novel shipping this Wednesday with a unique twist. In fact, twist is exactly the right word for it, as readers are given the original story, as well as a variant story, simply by flipping the book. Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen have written two versions of the same story, about art forgery during WWII, and presented both of them here, each by way of a minimalist painterly art style. For those with heightened Indy taste buds, this is a graphic experience to sink your teeth into.

Jun 022012
 

Whether you love the idea or despise it with a passion, the first of the Before Watchmen prequel books launches this Wednesday.

I know there are haters out there, but in an attempt to counter the arguments against Before Watchmen, allow me to make a few points.

1. Alan Moore made his career off of working on other people’s characters: Swamp Thing, Superman, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen characters, and the Charlton characters (who the Watchmen were based off).

2. The line-up of creators assigned to these books is one of the most impressive creative bodies I’ve ever seen. Especially, with Minutemen, the first book, which is written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke. Cooke does not release that much material, but when he does we get exceptional works like DC New Frontier and the Parker series of graphic novels.

3. Comics are all about re-interpretation. If creators weren’t allowed to work on characters invented by different authors we would never have the great body of Spider-Man, X-Men, Batman, Green Lantern, and so forth, stories we do today. Personally, I’m thrilled to see other, talented writers and artist offer their interpretations of Alan Moore’s creations.

So, I recommend sampling each of the miniseries. I know I will be.

There’s been a ton of alien invasion stories propagating various media over the last couple years, but not too many where they aliens actually win. And there are NONE where the only only surviving resistance against them are two super powered individuals, one a villain and one a hero. This is the premise of Boom Studios! new ongoing series, Extermination. Written by novelist and wackadoo comic writer Simon Spurrier (X-Club, Gutsville), Extermination is going to be a back-to-the-wall action-adventure book with some smartly written dialog and conflict. Plus, the first
issue is only a $1.

Speaking of cheap first issues, popular (and accurate) comic rumors and news website, Bleeding Cool, is launching Bleeding Cool Magazine this week for only $1.49. Filled to the brim with the same scoops, articles, analysis, and factual reporting you’ve come to respect. Unlike most comic news websites, Rich Johnson has inside industry connections, which makes causes most of his scoops to be accurate. If you’ve been missing Wizard Magazine, Bleeding Cool Magazine is a superior replacement.

For all of the Kevin Mellon followers out there (and I know the store has a bunch), his next project releases this Wednesday. As usual with Kevin, it is a unique experience unlike any other book on the shelves. Creator Owned Heroes is a new comic experiment, offering two individual stories bridged by interviews, pictures, sketches, and other extras, all for $3.99. Before Kevin’s story, there is Trigger Girl 6 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Grey (All-Star Western, Jonah Hex) and Phil Noto about a genetically engineered, hottie assassin. Filling out the issue is American Muscle, a wasteland, post-apocalyptic actioneer reminiscent of Road Warrior and Mellon’s freshman book, Gearhead. Topping that flambe of awesome off is an interview with Neil Gaiman as well as cosplay photos of Trigger Girl 6. That’s like a pound of comic-y goodness, folks.