Jan 172015
 

Miniature Battles Game MatsGetting tired of playing your X-Wing and Star Trek Attack Wing games on a boring, plain kitchen table?  Well, HCD Game Supplies has finally released two specialized playmats that are intended to be used with the previously mentioned, space-based miniature games.  These 3′ x 3′ game mats come in a Star Field (vast blackness with dots of stars) and Space Battles (planets) designs.Settlers of Catan Convertible game board

Another gaming accessory for an even popular game is also on shelves this weekend.  The Settlers of Catan Convertible Game Board is an official release from the makers of Settlers of Catan that will help to stop your Catan tiles from sliding all over the table or game pieces getting knocked over.  This hard plastic template piece houses the gaming tiles, while also providing enough space in between tiles to build roads.  This board will also Sons of Anarchy Grim Bastards Club Expansionsupport a six player game of Catan.

The board game adaptation of FX‘s popular motorcycle gang series, Sons of Anarchy, receives an expansion this weekend.  The Grim Bastards Club Expansion is an add-on pack that, when added to the base Sons of Anarchy:  Men of Mayhem, can expand the game for up to five players (or six if you already have the Calaveras Club Expansion).Kitsune of Foxes and Fools

Pulling from Japanese culture, Kitsune:  Of Foxes and Fools is a new hand management card game that puts players into the role of an ancient fox spirit.  These Kitsune punish the foolish, sinful mistakes of humans, earning their tails when they do.  Players will uses cards to reprimand humans, attempting to earn nine tails as a means of attaining victory.

Carcassonne Gold RushCarcassonne Around the World is a recent themed set of Carcassonne expansions that take the base tile-laying and meeple placement from the original game and drop them into different times and locals.  Gold Rush is the second release in this set, sending players back to late 1800s America.  Instead of castles and roads, players will be hunting for gold in mines and placing tents.  Of course, you can always choose to steal your opponent’s gold if your digging isn’t turning a profit.

Long awaited, the third deluxe expansion for the Fantasy Flight Star Wars LCG game is Star Wars Between the Shadowsout!

In Between the Shadows players received cards that highlight the Jedi and Scum & Villainy factions.  Included in the expansion are twenty-six entirely new objective sets.  Among the characters that players will be allowed to use are fan favorites like Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett, and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Apr 252014
 

Star Wars Heist #1Star Wars:  Heist #1 (of 4)

-Critically acclaimed writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, Revolver, Suicide Squad, Justice League of America) takes on the Star Wars universe!

-This four issue miniseries takes place during the continuity of the original Star Wars trilogy.

-Each issue will focus on a single character, including Luke, Leia, Chewbacca, and Han Solo, on an solo adventure.

-Issue one is about the galaxy’s coolest smuggler, Han Solo, as he bumbles his way through a secret mission.

Pretty Deadly v.1 tpbPretty Deadly v.1 tpb

-One of this year’s many hit series from Image Comics!

-A female powerhouse of a comic, Pretty Deadly is written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and drawn in the impressionistic style of Emma Rios.

-A fantasy western epic, Pretty Deadly a band of outlaws on the run from Death, himself.  Luckily, they have his daughter on their side.

-This $9.99 volume will catch any new reader up to the current issue of the series!

Amazing Spider-Man #1Amazing Spider-Man #1 ANMN

-The wait is over!  Peter Parker has finally returned!

-Doctor Octopus has mucked up Peter’s life for too long, but now that he’s no longer in control of Peter’s body, Parker is left to pick up the pieces and reorganize his life.

-Dan Slott, the legendary author of The Superior Spider-Man run, remains on the title, returning Spider-Man to his Amazing roots!

-For those interested in the Spider-Verse event that’s coming later this year, Amazing Spider-Man #1 is the road that leads to it!

Southern Bastards #1Southern Bastards #1

-In the vein of sweaty, grimy down South crime stories like Blood Simple, Walking Tall, and True Detectives, comes Jason Aaron’s newest Image Comics series!

-Aaron’s last series in this genre was the popular crime series, Scalped, so he’s got this thing down to a science.

-Make sure to grab a copy then bring it back for Aaron to sign when he’s at the store on May 14th!

-Follow Earl Tubb as he brutally attempts to clean-up Craw County for the better.

Aug 312013
 

Forever Evil #1 / Villain’s Month

-After the ending of Trinity War, America is in utter chaos thanks to certain outsider visitors.  And the villains are in charge!

-Geoff Johns and David Fincher do what they do best and construct the FIRST event miniseries since the start of the New 52.  Forever Evil is told from the bad guys’ perspective as the Justice League and most of the world’s other heroes are missing or dead!

-Kicking off the beginning of the miniseries (and commemorating the second anniversary of the New 52), every DC comic this month is villain-centric.  That means instead of Batman we get Joker, instead of Superman we get Zod, instead of the Justice League we get Darkseid.

-Each Villain’s Month issue comes in both special, collector 3D covers as well as standard 2D covers, and only with a dollar difference.

God is Dead #1

-From the writer of Avengers, New Avengers, Manhattan Projects, Infinity, and East of West (and if that’s not a distinguished list of titles, I don’t know what is)!

-Jonathan Hickman has worked for Marvel and Image, but Avatar Press, publisher of Crossed and Extinction Parade, is allowing him to truly cut loose as far as content is concerned.

-Humanity’s time in charge of Earth is over.  Now it’s the time of the Gods.

-Zeus, Odin, Horus, and all the various Gods of world religions have descended upon the Earth and it’s up to those who survive their arrival to fight back!

The Star Wars #1 (of 8

-Star Wars like you’ve never seen it before!

-Based on the original draft of George Lucas’ script (you know, back when he could write)!

-Forget Luke Skywalker.  Welcome Annikin Starkiller.  Forget human Han Solo.  Get to know the giant, green alien version.

-Knowing that this miniseries is a huge deal, Dark Horse have assigned artist extraordinaire Mike Mayhew, who’s painted style transformers the classic George Hildebrandt posters into comic form

Batman Black & White #1

-A Batman anthology series in the color palette the character deserves!

-Contains five stories, each in black and white, by a slew of popular and acclaimed artists and writers.

-If you’ve been keeping up with The Wake or Daredevil, you’ll want to check out Sean Murphy and Chris Samnee, respectively, offering their take on the Caped Crusader.

-Neal Adams, writer of Batman Odyssey, also contributes a story as both writer and artist.

Jan 052013
 

Star Wars is receiving some what of a resurgence lately, what with the stream of Fantasy Flight card, miniature, and role playing games featuring the characters of a galaxy far, far away.  Now, Dark Horse is getting in on the action with a fresh original universe Star Wars book title…wait for it…STAR WARS!!!!  Set during the first trilogy of films, this series will focus on individual stories featuring leading characters like Han, Leia, Luke, and Vader.  If you’re tired of the extended universe stories set 1000 years before A New Hope or a million years after, then this is the series for you.  Written by Brian Wood (Massive, Mara, Local, Ultimate Comics X-Men) and featuring covers by the incomparable Alex Ross, Star Wars #1 is a new hope for fans of the original universe.

No turtles, no turtles, no!  Foot, foot, foot, FOOT!

That remastered version of the infamous Vanilla Ice “hit” “Go, Turtles” was brought to you by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret History of the Foot Clan.  Yes, Turtles fans, it’s all Foot, all the time in this new miniseries, which spins out of the highly successful IDW TMNT relaunch of the last year.  And, as you might be able to tell from the title, the story focuses on revealing the untold origin of Turtles arch-rival.  Find out how Shredder joined the Foot Clan.  Find out who originally started the Foot Clan.  Find out secrets that will affect the ongoing story of the main TMNT series.  And see all of those secrets illustrated in beautiful, watercolored artwork by Mateus Santoluco.

The sad story of comics nowadays is that they are not written for kids anymore.  So, when a parent comes in asking for a Batman series that they’re son or daughter can read, there are not tons of options.  Luckily, this Wednesday we’re getting a Bat-boat load of young reader Batman comics.  Each of these digest volumes features Batman facing off against one of his classic foes, such as Clayface, Joker, Scarecrow, or Poison Ivy, in the style of the famous nineties Batman the Animated series (the best cartoon ever made!!!).  If dark, broody Batman isn’t your flavor, don’t worry, because there will be plenty of equally kid-friendly Superman volumes shipping as well.  If you’re wanting to get your kid started in comics, these are one of the best, cheapest ways to do it.

The Octopus is out of the bag, Peter Parker is dead.  Long live the Octopus.

If you read Amazing Spider-Man #700, you know that Peter left Doc Ock with some serious baggage to deal with, making Doc vow to become a Superior Spider-Man.  This Wednesday is your chance to see how that goes, as Superior Spider-Man #1 by Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman ships.  If you’ve seen any of the sample pages from the Marvel NOW! preview books, you’ll know that Doc Ock has a little trouble at first.  Oh, and with Peter Parker’s face, you know Doc’s going to make a house call to Mary Jane Watson.  Yeah, this isn’t going to be your daddy’s Spider-Man.

And be sure to get to the store early so that you can nab any and all of the rare variant covers for the book, as this one’s going to be worth some money down the line.

Dec 212012
 

It’s not quite to midnight yet (as I start writing this), but I’m calling it in favor of us all outlasting the Mayan apocalypse.  If you didn’t get enough of the end-of-the-world conspiracy theory, then Tzolk’in:  The Mayan Calendar is here to supply you with more.  The oft talked about Mayan calendar plays into the mechanics of the game, as players carefully place their Mayan Meeples onto interlocking gears which rotate around the board, moving the pieces to different action zones.  To accomplish placement and conduct other key actions, players must spend corn, ultimately attempting to please the gods or constructing underground temples.  So, until the next apocalypse myth comes along, make mine Tzolk’in.

Is the force strong with you?

Or have you given into the dark side?

Either way, you’ve got a side to play in the new two-player Star Wars LCG card game from Fantasy Flight.  Set-up like many of their other popular LCGs (but with more X-Wings and stuff), Star Wars has players choosing sides in a head-to-head battle for galactic domination.  Players then balance objective decks (containing mission cards) and player decks (containing character and equipment cards) in order to complete their assigned tasks.  As with Magic the Gathering or most other CCG-style games, players place/play their cards into the center of the table in order to activate them.  Of course, the real question of the game will be, who shot first?

I’m going bet that many who read this have fantasized about manning a starship at one time in their life.  Be careful what you wish for, however.  Space Cadets fulfills that wish by assigning each player an important role on the bridge of a freshly minted starship.  This cooperative game for three to six players enlists a captain, helmsman, engineer, and weapons, shield, and sensor officers.  Each member of the crew has a specific  task to complete in order for the entire team to win, so make sure you staff your bridge wisely, or else it’ll be your final frontier.

Bad guys need friends, too.  Eclipse:  Rise of the Ancients is the first expansion for the epic space battle game, Eclipse, introduces tons of ancient adversaries which can assist all the baddies from the original game.  Along with these foes, the expansion also includes original rare technologies, developments, alliances, ancient homeworlds, and warp portals.  Three brand new player boards also offer four new alien races to choose from.  And with the game’s modular design, all or some of these additions can mixed in with the contents of the base game, completely at your discretion.