Mar 152014
 

Coming up on Channel A is a new program for fans of anime and manga, ready-made for party gaming!

Recently run through the distributor system following a successful Kickstarter run, Channel A is another in a long line of Apples to Apples style party games.  In the case of Channel A, players are selecting multiple cards, each with a uniquely anime-esque words, and using them to pitch a new anime show to the rest of the group.  Votes are taken and points are assigned based on majority. 

If there’s a cult following bigger than fans of zombie stuff, it’s fans of Cthulhu stuff.

From the makers of Zombies!!!, the highly popular zombie outbreak survival game, comes Cthulhu!!!:  Hastur La Vista Baby!  Similar to Zombies!!!, players control hardened Elder God exterminators attempting to halt the return of an creature from beyond by sanctifying ritual sites.  However, the threat of insanity looms large over everyone thrust into the middle of this horrific setting.  Can you hold out?

Flash Point is jumping in the drink with its newest set of expansion boards, Dangerous Waters.

In this expansion are two double-sided game boards with representations of a submarine and a sunken ship, offering an entirely original environment for players to experience.  Any safety provided by the above-ground buildings of all the previous sets is now out-the-window, so to speak, raising the stakes in this popular cooperative game.

Newly arrived and quickly disappearing from the shelves is Magic the Gathering‘s most recent Duel Deck, Jace vs. Vraska.

Hotly anticipated, this duel deck retails for $19.99, but contains cards with values which far exceed the price.  As well, these duel deck sets are always perfect introductory products for new Magic players, giving them a fully built deck to play as well as one to give an opponent.

A supplement to the Chaos Space Marine’s Codex, the recently released Crimson Slaughter Codex provides information about unique artifacts and options for your existing Chaos Space Marines army.  As well, it provides a unique story that’s never before been told in the Warhammer 40K materials.

Legend of the Five Rings makes a major comeback this weekend with the launch of a freshly designed base set, the Ivory Edition, anchored by four new booster pack releases and a set of nine starter decks.  The classic nine clans are represented, including crab, scorpion, crane, and all the rest.

Somebody really needs to Asmadi Games to start play testing these games they’re releasing.

In the mean time, here’s another We Didn’t Playtest This edition, this time known as We Didn’t Playtest This Pasted-On Theme at All!  Adding another batch of original cards, this expansion also includes stick-on (paste not included) themes like zombie, pirate, elves, and more.  Not only do these themes make each card snazzier than before, they also change the endgame scenario.

While we’re on the topic of expansions, the popular education series, Timeline, gains another themed expansion this weekend.  Timeline: Music & Cinema plays just like the previous versions of the game with players attempting to lay cards from their hand in chronological order without seeing the dates.  In this specific expansion, all the cards relate to major moments or works in the music and film industries.

A loving homage to classic Dungeons & Dragons, Luke Crane’s Torchbearer RPG HC is all dungeon crawling all the time.

Building off of the Burning Wheel and Mouse Guard roleplaying systems, Torchbearer deals in deep, dank dungeons, heroic adventurers, and a hunt for glory.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Wall-Crawler has finally swing his way into the Legendary deck-building game, and he’s brought along friends.  Another mini-expansion for Marvel‘s successful DBG, Paint the Town Red (trust us, the contents are better than the title) includes cards for the Black Symbiote Spider-Man, Moon Knight, Black Cat, Scarlet Spider, and Spider-Woman as well as Mastermind cards for Carnage and Mysterio.

Jan 182014
 

My Little Pony Friends Forever #1

-BEST.  PONY.  COMIC.  EVER!

-Hot on the hooves of IDW‘s other two massively successful My Little Pony comic book series, comes a third jewel in their Equestrian crown, Friends Forever!

-We’ve seen ponies get the solo spotlight in the Micro Series comic, but Friends Forever is about team-ups!  Each issue will feature two ponies working together (or not) to conquer the issue’s conflict.

-Issue #1 features the pairing of Applejack and Pinkie Pie!

All New Invaders #1

-The Invaders are back to show the Marvel Universe that classics never go out of style!

-Original Invaders members Namor, Captain America, Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier), and the original Human Torch reunite for the first time in continuity!

-James Robinson, fresh off of DC‘s Earth 2, brings his golden age sensibilities to this story!

-How will the team fair against a rogue Kree force looking to bring back an army of Norse Gods?

George Romero’s Empire of the Dead #1 (of 5)

-Legendary master of the undead, George Romero, brings his zombie universe to Marvel comics.

-This issue begins an epic saga of zombie ravaged New York, as Act One of a three act maxi-series.

-Romero is joined by veteran artist extraordinaire, Alex Maleev (Daredevil, Moon Knight, Scarlet), whose sketchy, gritty style is perfect for horrific stories like this.

-Romero expands his universe by bringing vampires into the fray.

Deadly Class #1

-Issue #1 is already  OUT OF PRINT!

-Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force, Fear Agent, Black Science) weaves together assassin stories and high school movies in this darkly humored action series.

-Set during the hedonistic 1980s, Deadly Class has a group of teenagers navigating high school while learning how to be the best assassins in the world.

-Kinda like if John Hughes had a love baby with Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill.

Nov 302013
 

Red Rover Charlie #1

-Homeward Bound during the apocalypse!

-Written by Garth Ennis, author of Preacher, The Boys, and Crossed!

-Published by Avatar, purveyors of violent, grisly, shocking works like God is Dead, Caligula, and Extinction Parade!

-Three canine pals, Rover, Red, and Charlie, have to make their way through an end of days New York in order to survive.

Terminator Salvation:  The Final Battle #1 (of 12)

-Since the release of The Terminator nearly twenty years ago, fans have been waiting to see the uprising of the machines and the conquest the humans within the Terminator universe.  Now you will.

-Written by television and comic legend, J. Michael Straczynski (Thor, Ten Grand, Supreme Power, Babylon 5)!

-Dark Horse, who’ve managed the Terminator license for many years, are behind this epic maxi-series, promising quality work.

-Bridging all of the Terminator films together by jumping between past and future, The Final Battle will organize the universe in preparation for the release of Terminator 5 in the summer of 2015.

Ghosted v.1 tpb

-Heist movies collide with haunted house movies in this dark, horror series.

-Another in the long line of inventive, unique Image Comic ongoing series.

-A special team of seven specialists is hired by an eccentric, wealthy millionaire to steal a ghost from an especially haunted mansion.  Will they make it out alive?

-Due to the impressive sales of the first five issues, Ghosted has been extended to ongoing status, meaning that this mission is only the first step for this rag-tag band of thieves.

Inhumanity #1

-Spinning out of the events of the Infinity!

-Written by Matt Fraction, author of Hawkeye, The Invincible Iron Man, Five Fists of Science, and Fear Itself!

-Described as Game of Thrones for the Marvel Universe, Inhumanity will see Black Bolt and the other disparate houses of the Inhuman nation struggle with the rise in their population, a stress that will lead to battle.

-How will the rest of the Marvel superhero community deal with this drastic alteration to their world?

Nov 292013
 

With Black Friday soaking up most to all of the attention of whoever stood at the computer today, New Game Stuff is going to be a swift, bullet point style rundown of this week’s

arrivals.  And by that I mean, here’s some names and pictures of awesome games.

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Playmats – They come in seven or four pack
assortments.

Dungeon Twist Card Game - A two-player card game variation of the original

Eldritch Horror - A fresh edition to the Arkham Horror Dungeon Twist board game.

cannon of cooperative board games, featuring more investigative monster fighting and puzzle solving.

Bang! Dice Game - The deceptive, Western shenanigans of the original Bang! card game are applied to this fast paced dice rolling travel game.

Flash Point Veteran and Rescue Dog - A mini expansion for the fire rescue

 cooperative game, Flash Point, that supplies two new characters to play.

The Castle of the Devil - A werewolf variation about passengers in a carriage, secretly divided into two opposing teams, attempting to knock each other off before getting to Devil’s Castle.

Quest:  A Time of Heroes - An adventure game of heroes and villains, wherein select players control the roles

adventures while others throw obstacles in their path as the evil antagonists of the game.

Black Spy - A noir version of hearts where players acquire spies to combat the nefarious black spies.

Parade - Similar to Guillotine, players place cards in an ordered, linear parade, attempting to
push out others out of the parade, all in the theme of Lewis Carroll’s famous novels.

Legend of the Five Rings RPG: Secrets of the Empire HC

Descent Lieutenant Miniature Assortment

Jun 222013
 

Batman/Superman #1

1. Hot on the heels of Superman Unchained, is another series celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Man of Steel, complete with a selection of variant covers featuring each of the titular characters as well as a Guillem March variant featuring both.

2. Greg Pak has jumped ship from Marvel to DC, leaving behind legendary runs on The Hulk (Planet Hulk, anyone?), in order to helm the a first series teaming of The Caped Crusader and Man of Tomorrow.

3.  Joining Pak on the book is Jae Lee, fresh off of a career defining run on Before Watchmen: Ozymandias, bringing a moody, shadowy portrayal of these characters unlike any you’ve seen before.

4. Taking place six  years before the present, Batman/Superman #1 relates the first time that Superman and Batman got teamed-up post-Darkseid in the New 52 universe.

Larfleeze #1

1. Feeling left out with all this Superman hoohaw going on, Larfleeze demanded DC give him his own ongoing series and they agreed to.  Mostly because he threatened to have Glomulus eat them.

2. To celebrate the release of the most recent addition to the Green Lantern universe, every purchase of issue #1 receives a free Orange Lantern Ring!

3. Once you have claimed all the Orange Lantern Rings for yourself, you can sit down and find out how Larfleeze, the most selfish creature in the galaxy, has become the only force standing between the most destructive being to ever live.

4. Keith Giffen and Scott Kolins bring their veteran experience in the comic industry to bear on this series, delivering classic action and sci-fi adventure.

Lazarus #1

1. Did you miss out on Criminal?  Or on Fatale?  Or Incognito?  If you answered “yes” to any of those, do not miss out on Image Comics soon-to-be-hit series, Lazarus!

2. From the writer/artist team of the aforementioned serieses (Greg Rucka and Michael Lark), Lazarus #1 takes these two past the crime, horror, and superhero genres they’ve tackled previously, straight into post-apocalyptic chaos.

3. Set in a future wasteland, Lazarus tells the violent tale of the last survivors of Earth, all of which have formed into distinct houses (like Game of Thrones), each of which steal from each other for survival.

4. Oh, and the main character gets shot down in issue one.  Where the hell do things go from there?

Before Watchmen Hardcovers (Round One)

1. The first wave of dual story Before Watchmen hardcovers hits shelves this Wednesday.  And if you missed out on this shockingly stellar addition to the original Watchmen, now’s your time to gather them all up.

2. Taking place before Alan Moore’s medium redefining miniseries, the two volumes shipping this week feature The Minutemen, Silk Spectre, and Ozymandias.

3. The Minutemen/Silk Spectre volume features stories by comics icon, Darwyn Cooke.  He both draws and writes The Minutemen story in his notably golden age style, producing the closest approximation to the original Watchmen, in terms of dense narrative and complexity, in the entire line.  His Silk Spectre story is drawn by Amanda Conner in a style that can only be described as Archie Comics on ecstasy.

4. The second volume this week is Ozymandias/Crimson Corsair.  Brimming with pulpy pulp, this hardcover details the globe-trotting origins of the most brilliant man on Earth in the style of classic Doc Savage and Shadow stories.  Not only that, but the entire interlinking Crimson Corsair story and the Dollar Bill one-shot.