Sep 242011
 

Writing a website post in the middle of a gigantic Magic the Gathering Pre-Release event is kind of like juggling chainsaws while being barraged with sharks fired from cannons.  Okay, it’s not exactly like that, but close.

Either way, I have Magic on the brain.  And the only way to get rid of it is to tell you fine peoples about the new Magic accessories we received this week.  First off there are the new sleeves and deck boxes that coincide with the new Innistrad set.  These include a Liliana Vess deck box and sleeves as well as a regular Innistrad box and sleeves emblazoned with some shadowy wolves.  Along with that, though, there is a rainbow of leather mana deck boxes.  These babies are sweet as they are sturdier than most deck boxes while also having magnetically sealing lids.

As a recent comic stated brilliantly, when there’s a problem, throw dragons at it.  That’s not to say that there is a problem with the fourth edition of Talisman, but it’s always proper to toss dragons about.  And so Fantasy Flight has dubbed their newest expansion, The Dragon.  Inside its hefty packaging are all the pieces to add the Inner Region to your next Talisman experience.  These pieces include over 170 cards, 160 tokens, a rule book, and six plastic figures.  If you guessed that one of the figures is a dragon-related, you win a prize.

If I had a million dollars and was in the market for a spacey mansion, I do not think I would go much further than a tour on the Mansion of Madness.  Each to their own, though.  Especially because most would say that they love playing Mansion of Madness, the Arkham Horror offshoot.  And they’ll say that even louder if they get their hands on the new Season of the Witch and Silver Tablet expansions.  These are print on demand scenario expansions, so very, very, very (did I mention very?) limited expansions.  They both give players an original single-scenario and all the pieces to play it.  And they are a lot cheaper than a million dollars!

There are a bunch of sci-fi RPGs nowadays, but how many of them have gun-totting locust people?  One:  Ashen Stars.  Set in a rough and rowdy universe known as The Bleed, games put players in the role of a unit of freelance space cops settling disputes, chasing baddies, and blowing lots o’ stuff up.  There are seven different, detailed races to choose from, including the kch-thk which are the locusts I mentioned at the beginning.  This hardcover also contains all sorts of information on vehicles and NPC threats.

Do you have the next big game idea?  Okay, say you do, do you know how to design it and then get people to buy it?  There’s a good chance that’ll be a “no”.  For those creative people out there Open Design has just printed The Kobold Guide to Board Game Design.  This nifty pocket-sized edition has entries from some of the top creators today, including Steve Jackson, Richard Garfield, and James Ernest.  Broken into easy to navigate chapters on concepting, design, development, and presentation this should be on the desk of every self-respecting hopeful designer out there.

The Warhammer 40K RPG universe gets much bigger this week with the new Black Crusade hardcover.  It also gets much darker.  Much darker.  Inside players find the instructions on how to make either a Chaos Space Marine or a Disciple of Chaos gunning to bring down the Imperium.  As the book is about 400 pages long, rules for just about every possible situation, be it combat or conversational, are held within.  And instead of dropping you in headfirst, the book offers up a complete adventure for beginners.  Shipping along with Black Crusade this week is the related Game Master’s Kit.  If you’re running a game in the world, you’ll want to have the screen for quick reference of NPCs, base rules, and helpful advice.

Fiction log, stardate 9242011.  A new Star Trek board game has appeared on deck.  The crew has fallen into its trap of epic space battles spread across an, as to this point, undiscovered region of space.  They have selected their sides, being Federation or Klingon, and are currently deploying ships from twelve popular models as strategically as possible so as to defeat rival ships, complete scientific missions, and solve various other obstacles.  This game, Star Trek:  Fleet Captains, not only covers the original Star Trek universe, but Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager.  Personal note:  having loved the recent Star Trek Expeditions game from Wizkids and knowing that this is from the same company, has weakened my own resistance, eventually resulting in an out pouring of nerdom.

Sep 232011
 

If it’s Comic List Highlights and it’s Pulp Fiction, then it’s time for your New 52 Update.  In the New 52 Update we, the comicly nerdy, employees of Pulp Fiction tell you, the hungry for information, customers which DC Relaunch books ship this week with a one word description of each.  Last week of this, by the by.  DC decided to end with some wordy titles.  Fury of Firestorm, the Nuclear Man?  Really?

*All-Star Western – Howdy  *Aquaman – Seahorse

*Batman The Dark Knight – Gritty  *Blackhawks – Leather  *Flash – Speeding

*Fury of Firestorm, the Nuclear Man – Hothead

*Green Lantern New Guardians – Rayner  *I, Vampire – Non-sparkle

*Justice League Dark – Constantine  *Savage Hawkman – Mace

*Superman – Bachelor  *Teen Titans – GO!  *Voodoo – Hoodoo

Sure, sure, DC had its whole relaunch thing going on this month, but the real news is that Dennis Hopeless and Kevin Mellon’s long awaited Lovestruck graphic novel is finally shipping!  Some of you out there probably know that Dennis used to work at Pulp Fiction, back in the day, and Kevin has been a frequent customer since the paint was still drying.  Since that point, the two of them have refined their craft to a science and are steadily rising up the ranks at Marvel and Image, respectively.  If you want to be in on the ground floor of a book that will become a collector’s item in the future, in the same way that Five Fists of Science did, pay attention to Lovestruck.  What other book will you ever read that has a bunch of battling, punk cupids.  Oh, and the Ramones are literal gods in the book.

If debauchery and rock n’ roll isn’t your thing (or you don’t think your kids would cope well with all that insanity), then DC is there for you.  Launching a string of kid-friendly books in the vein of Tiny Titans (same artist, too), DC is covering all their bases this month.  This line of books is called DC Super-Pets and stars all the animal counterparts of DC‘s most popular heroes.  For instance, Powerful Pooches with Ace the Bathound and Krypto the Superdog.  Or Fastest Pet on Earth with Wonder Woman’s pet kangaroo.  If you’re trying to teach your child how to read, get them into comics, or to get something fun to read to them at bedtime, the DC Super-Pets books are a perfect option.

Ending with an oldie, but a greatie tonight.  Even though this collection has already been released a couple years ago in a hardcover edition, it’s such a milestone of comic writing and DC history that a softcover release of it (especially when the hardcover isn’t being printed anymore) is worth noting.  This hallowed book is known as the JLA by much respect writer Grant Morrison.  During Morrison’s JLA run, every one of the main seven characters (Aquaman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Martian Manhunter, and Superman) gets a defining moment and a clean, concise portrayal.  So, basically, what I’m saying here is that this is perfect starter book to learn about all the DC Big Guns.  Quite the fitting companion piece to all the relaunch books currently shipping.