Dec 072012
 

Just like in an Indiana Jones movie, just when you think you’re out of the tomb, the floor collapses and you fall into bed of snakes.

Such is the concept behind the new expansion pieces for Escape.  If you haven’t heard of this popular Queen Game, it’s a real-time adventurer where every player goes at the same time, attempting to collect as many the tomb’s hidden gems as they can before the clock runs out.  Hitting stores after being given out as Kickstarter incentives, The Pit and Doomed are the first expansion pieces for the game.  Both provide new tiles which represent additional deadly rooms in the temple.  The Pit traps players down a deep hole after they’ve rolled five curses.  Doomed provides two new curses and one new tile, all with exciting properties.

The only option is Zombicide.

A co-operative survival game, Zombicide is a catch-22 run amok as players must kill more zombies to earn skill points, but killing zombies only results in more zombies.  The other tricky thing is that there will inevitably be more undead than you have bullets, so you’re really going to want to earn up those skill points to buy more ammo and weapons.  This popular Kickstarter joins and outpaces many of the other zombie games out there.  So, lock and load, folks.

All is fair in love and war.  AEG‘s Love Letter is a reality dating show dropped into the Renascence.  A group of eligible bachelors compete for the hand of a stunning princess who’s locked herself in the castle’s highest tower.  The only way you can lay your flirtatious mojo on her is through alluring prose delivered via letter.  Of course, all the other prospective suitors had the same idea, so you will have to find ways of intercepting and destroying their letters.  But don’t focus all your attention on the other players as your letters can be turned to ash just as quickly.  Start working on those pick-up lines, gentlemen.

The Tome of Blood is at your disposal, Lord Khorne.

The most recent hardcover edition to the Black Crusade line of Warhammer 40K RPG books details every tool you’ll need to praise the Blood God!  That includes four new Heretic archetypes, plus all the weapons, armaments, and Daemon Engines to empower them.  As another added bonus of pain and suffering, players of any alignment can develop Legacy Weapons and fight in Mass Combats.  Along with all this carnage comes new settings like the pits of Kurse, Furia’s savage oceans, Berin and Aspodel, as well as the War Moons of Talax.  Pile up those skulls, cause Khorne needs a seat.

Wallenstein is nothing like Frankenstein.  Word to the wise.

It is however very much like a good game.  This second edition of the game receives a rules touch up as well as the addition of two expansions for the game.  As players compete for points by controlling the largest amount of land and real estate, two years pass (don’t worry, in game time only) wherein shortages of food, peasant revolts, and any number of other hardships will beset your kingdom.  An interesting randomizing element is used to decide when and where these obstacles hit, that being a tower which you roll tokens down, some of which catch, some of which drop to the bottom.  These tokens then decide what happens where.  Players also carefully stratagize about how to use the action cards given them in order to obtain the most property.

Competing with Marvel’s Legacy Deck-Building Game, the new DC Deck Building Game lets players control one of seven famous DC characters.  That means you can be Batman.  Or Wonder Woman.  Or Green Lantern.  Each hero controls a special ability unique to them, giving them advantages toward certain card types.  Those other types include superpowers, heroes, villains, equipment, and locations.  During the game, each player vies cards which will assist their deck against the powers of the villains you all are fighting.  For instance, you might want to be bulletproof if you’re going up against Deathstroke.  Or have super speed if you need to race a bomb out into the ocean.  Basically, you get to play the comics you love.  Yeah, I’m picking up a copy, too.

Jul 212012
 

The Justice League New 52 Batman action figure brought the darkest night a few months ago, but now it’s time for the brightest day as the Green Lantern figure from this series ships this Wednesday. Sculpted off of Hal Jordan‘s new costume, the figure presents all of Jim Lee’s detailed pencil work in one stunning figure. If you’re planning to collect the entire team, this is a must grab!

What do you get when you cross Serenity, Doctor Who, Astonishing X-Men, and Greg Pak? Actually, it’s an unfair question because the comic I’m talking about doesn’t come out until Wednesday, but if you’re up on your X-Men news, you’ll know the answer is X-Treme X-Men. This new ongoing series by Planet Hulk writer Greg Pak follows a trio of alternate reality versions of Wolverine, Emma Frost, and Nightcrawler. So, come join Captain Howlett, Emmeline Frost, and Kid Nightcrawler as they jump from dimension to dimension tracking down lost X-Men and trouble as they go. Oh, and for those collectors out there, we will be getting the limited Salvador Larroca variant cover, which you can admire to your right.

Finishing out the night we’ve got two new works from up-and-coming comic superstar Jeff Lemire. Lemire is garnering much deserved acclaim for his work on DC‘s Animal Man and Frankenstein series as well as his post-apocalyptic road story, Sweet Tooth, so when he’s got a new one-shot story for DC coming out this Wednesday, you should take notice. National Comics Kid Eternity is the launching point for a new stand-alone series set to re-introduce forgotten DC characters. This first issue, drawn by Cully Hamner (RED), introduces Kid Eternity, a medical examiner who has to solve a murder mystery in twenty-four hours. A great story in a one-and-done package, folks.

Lemire’s newest graphic novel also drops this week. The Underwater Welder follows in the footsteps of Lemire’s other meditative graphic novel work (The Nobody, Lost Dogs) as it follows a professional diver and expecting father who is coming to terms with the burgeoning pressures of becoming a father. The further he drifts downward to the ocean floor the more he forgets his wife and future son…until something supernatural occurs. Written and drawn by Lemire in his recognizable concise, sketchy style, The Underwater Welder is receive buzz as one of the best pieces of comic art this year.

May 192012
 

If you’ve ever found yourself in a situation where you need to get a hold of a miniature version of Batman, you’re in luck!

Coming out this Wednesday, the Bat-Signal Kit is the next in a popular line of comic kits. As with the previous kit offerings, this one comes with a booklet detailing important Batman history, as well as the real showstopper a working miniature bat-signal. Just be sure to keep the batteries fresh or you’ll end up feeling pretty stupid when the Joker comes calling.

And since we’re talking about Batman and giant spotlights, I think I’ll shine a spotlight on another Batman item shipping this week. Absolute Dark Victory is an epic binding of the sequel to best Batman story ever told, The Long Halloween. If you’ve never had the pleasure of laying eyes on one of the DC Absolute editions, they’re very rare printings of famous series, much larger than normal trade paperbacks, housed in a sturdy slipcover, and loaded with, not only, the beautifully remastered main story, but a helping of extra content. And if you out there scratching you head as to why I’d mention a sequel instead of the original, the reason is we still have a copy of the Absolute Long Halloween. So treat yourself to the absolute best Absolute Batman editions ever.

Like the cult-hit LOST, it all begins with a plane trip gone bad. But a passenger airliner full of spontaneous amnesiacs is only the start of the twisty, turny road that is Matt Kindt’s Mind MGMT (pronounced Mind Management). Kindt is a resident of St. Louis and one of the best young, Indy talents in the industry. Any fan of Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Sweet Tooth, Frankenstein Agent of SHADE) will find a compatible love for Matt Kindt’s work. With his first ongoing series for Dark Horse, Kindt is setting out to craft a mind warping espionage series that’ll stand among the best. I think he’ll do it.

You know what’s better than Venom versus hell demons? Venom and Red Hulk versus hell demons. You know what’s better than Venom and Red Hulk versus hell demons? Venom, Red Hulk, and X-23 versus hell demons! You know what’s better than Venom, Red Hulk, and X-23 versus hell demons? VENOM, RED HULK, X-23, and GHOST RIDER versus HELL DEMONS!!!!

Hopefully my point is made. Pick up the new Venom: Circle of Four hardcover.

Oct 082011
 

Master of puppets
I’m pulling your strings
Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams

-Metallica

Never doubt the foresight of James Hetfield, because he completely called the premise of the new Malifaux-related game, Puppet Wars.  Spun out of the dark, patchwork themes present in Malifaux, Puppet Wars is a two to four player miniature based battle game.  Each player gathers their army of puppets around one central “puppet master” (see where the Metallica mention comes from?) who controls them in attempts to protect their master and destroy their enemy.  The base game set comes with all the materials for two players to dive into play immediately, but various booster packs allow players to add other puppet miniatures to their army and/or alter the game to support up to four players.  If you’re looking to get into a miniature game that doesn’t break the bank nor require a ton of purchases just to build a basic army, Puppet Wars will twist your mind but keep your dreams nice and cozy.

I think it’s written in the book of life somewhere that if you come across someone who carries a pair of swords that they’ve given names to, you need to run the opposite direction.  Such is the case with the new Tannhauser miniature pack for Mizu Kage.  Working for the Shogunate or Reich teams, Mizu is in the assassin department either way, as she is extremely talented at using her swords, Willow and Winding Stream, to, let’s say, diminish the competition.  Mizu‘s box o’ goodness comes complete with the mini, the character sheet, 12 game tokens, 10 equipment cards, a rulebook, and a dedicated scenario.  Or if slinky ninja assassins ain’t your speed, you can try hulking Itami.  Again playable with both Shogunate and Reich teams, Itami is chock full of mysterious magic, which is exactly what his special scenario focuses on.  He too comes with all the regular bells and whistles any Tannhauser miniature pack supplies.

The new Battle Pack for Warhammer Invasion has been dubbed The Inevitable City.  One might think that this title has something to do with the city setting for this first chapter in the Capital Cycle, but I’m going to suggest that it actually has to do with the inevitable butt kicking that players who purchase this pack will give their opponents.  Specifically, players who favor the Chaos faction, as half of the sixty cards held within it are associated with Ruinous Powers.

How would you feel if there was no Return of the Jedi?  Or Last Crusade?  Or The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly?  I think I’d feel a little incomplete.  Which is exactly the way you should feel if you’ve picked up all the first two books in the Rogue Trader RPG trilogy from Games Workshop and haven’t yet picked up the third, and final, book, Fallen Suns.  Capping off the series, Fallen Suns includes all the contents you will need to finish off your party’s final adventures as they attempt to save the Koronus Expanse while defeating the Faceless Lord.  If you haven’t yet started the trilogy, what are you waiting for?!

If you’ve ever gotten drunk over a gaming session and suggested a combination of Starcraft and Pitch Car then laughed and laughed and laughed because it sounds crazy, you have been proven wrong.  That is because Z-Man Games has found a way to combine the two.  Maybe they too drink and design.  Anyway, Ascending Empires is the Frankenstein-ed game in question, set in a universe where the Earth has been destroyed and humanity has expanded far out into the stars hoping to find sanctuary.  It is from this starting point that players enter the game.  From each of the four corners of the board, players flick ships out among the various planet tokens scattered across the universe, hoping to land in their orbit so they may build colonies, develop technologies, mine, or enact other such actions.  As usual, players gain points by complete each of these actions (all of which are explained on a handy-dandy cheat card).  An inventive combination of play methods, Ascending Empires offers a unique gaming experience, to be sure.

And the hope that you flick a token into an opponent’s eye.

Oct 072011
 

We’ve known Dennis Hopeless for about seven years now.  In that time we’ve seen him push himself to become a better writer; a writer that understands character, understands plotting and story, understands how to pace a page.  In our opinion, he has succeeded at this.  And, apparently, we’re not the only one who feel this way as his first book from Marvel Comics, Legion of Monsters,  ships this week.

Some readers out there may be tempted to pass over this book because it doesn’t star characters like Spider-Man or Wolverine or even Daredevil, but I think that would be unwise.  Not just because Pulp wants to support a previous employee, but because miniseries like these, ones that star characters writers can play with and flesh out, are the best sort of reading.  They’re the kind of stories that surprise readers.  The kind of stories that offer more than the standard superhero fair.  Just like Grant Morrison with Animal Man, Matt Fraction with Iron Fist, and Rick Remender with Punisher, Dennis takes a group of C-list characters like Morbius, The Living Mummy, and Werewolf by Night and finds what’s compelling about them.  Making them the police of the underground Monster City certainly adds to the appeal.  Oh, and if you’ve ever read Nextwave, you might be happy to hear that Elsa Bloodstone becomes the next in a line of strong female characters Dennis has penned.

So, when you come into this store, or any store this Wednesday, spend your money on a book that will leave you entertained rather than apathetic.      

Coincidentally, this week also marks the arrival of Minimate‘s first forays into their Universal Monsters line of figures.  There’s the Dracula set, which contains ole Drac himself, Wilamina Harker, Renfeild, and, of course, Van Helsing (not the Hugh Jackman version), as well as the Frankenstein set, which includes the monster, the doctor, Elizabeth, and the bride.  My recommendation, pick these guys up, turn on the fog machine, snuggle into the couch with Legion of Monsters, and have a good time.

Not sure if you heard the news, but Dan Didio claims none of the Crisis events from DC’s past occurred in the current universe.  Ironically, next week DC releases an Absolute Identity Crisis edition.  I say you tell Dan Didio to screw himself and pick up a copy!  Okay, frankly, he’ll probably just be happy you paid for it, but you can still show him he sucks by reading an incredibly well written story!  For one, Identity Crisis is written by best selling novelist Brad Metzler, so you know the mystery is going to be strong.  Second, all of the characters, no matter how unimportant they may seem or how little they are on the page, receive moving characterizations.  Thirdly, there has been no better set of cliffhangers in a DC miniseries than in this one.  How did those tiny footprints get on that brain?  Does Batman remember?  Who killed Sue Dibney?  Why is Dan Didio such a schmuck?  Okay, I added that last one.

Maybe the weirdest product I’ve ever seen come through this store ships this Wednesday.  Say it with me:  Eight Foot Inflatable Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man.  That’s right, a human-sized, blow-up recreation of the giant marshmellow creature from the first Ghostbusters movie.  And you know what?  Everyone is going to want to own him.  Which is because it is amazing.

Also, don’t forget we still have a Ghostbuster Neon Sign, depicting the famous logo, in stock and ready for purchase.  Basically, if you own the both of them, you could put on a pretty good rendition of the Ghostbusters movies in your living room.  Sounds like reason enough to be.

Wait.  Did I say that was the weirdest?  Alright, this next one is the weirdest…

 

I want twelve!