Mar 042016
 

Mars Attacks OccupationMars Attacks Occupation #1 (of 5)

-Usually, we hear the story about the Martian invasion, but Mars Attacks Occupation is set after the Martians have already taken over.

-IDW has done these sorts of Mars Attacks crossover events to great acclaim before.

-Like before, John Layman, the creator of Chew and former writer of Detective Comics, will be writing all five issues of this miniseries.

-Unlike Tim Burton’s dark comedy, the human protagonist of this miniseries actually has a fighting chance of defeating her oppressors.

Haunted Mansion #1 (of 5)Haunted Mansion

-Marvel has found success with their younger readers line based around Disney theme parks and characters, including Figment and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

-Haunted Mansion will be written by Joshua Williamson (Ghosted, Illuminati, Birthright, Nailbiter)!

-When Danny gets locked into the Haunted Mansion, he desperately attempts to escape for fear of becoming the 1000th ghost in a house already populated by 999 specters!

-Wipe the memory of that terrible Eddie Murphy movie out of your memory (wait, you already have!) and replace it with this creepier, all ages tale.

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-Catch-up on Rick Remender’s (Black Science, Deadly Class, Low, Uncanny X-Force) latest Image series!

-Volume one contains the first five issues of this ongoing series, a perfect jumping-on point that will catch you up to the next issue.

-In the far future, cops aren’t cops, their guns-for-hire; addictions are TV-centric; and their is only one, non-industrialized location on the planet is The Garden Nation of Tokyo.

-All of this dystopia is brought to grungy life by artist supreme, Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus, The Wake, Joe the Barbarian, Batman).

Mockingbird #1Mockingbird

-You’ve loved her on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.now Bobbi Morse receives her own ongoing series.

-Chelsea Cain, who wrote the Mockingbird Shield one shot from last year, will be returning for this series.

-Each issue will find Mockingbird on a self-contained, solo mission, rather than one over-arching story.

-Covers will also feature artwork by up-and-coming artist Joëlle Jones (Ladykiller).

Jul 032015
 

Rumpelstiltskin card gameIf you’re looking to have a board game filled Fourth of July, here’s the new arrivals for this weekend!

First up, we have the Rumpelstiltskin card game.  From AEG, the makers of Love Letter, Rumpelstiltskin uses similar mechanics while having players take on the roles of Fey who have entered into a name-guessing game with the titular character.  For two players only, Rumpelstiltskin plays in ten minutes as players attempt to guess their Lord of the Rings The Wastes of Eriadoropponent’s secret name while also using magical abilities to make that goal more difficult.

The newest Adventure Pack for the Lord of the Rings LCG is out this weekend!  The Wastes of Eriador contains sixty cards for the Angmar Awakened expansion set. Martian Dice Ten Minute Takedown The cards provide an entirely new scenario for their heroes can adventure through.

Steve Jackson Games has already released a larger Mars Attacks Dice Game, but now they are following it up with the quick-to-play Mars Attacks:  Ten-Minute Takedown dice game.  In the game, players each control a martian fleet, flicking dice across the table to gain points.  Players flick the dice from their own saucer disk onto other players’ disks, gaining points depending on where they land and which side of the die is facing up.Doctor Who Ninth Doctor Sourcebook

New Who gets its due with the Ninth Doctor Sourcebook for the Chris Eccleston version of Doctor Who.  Like all of the Doctor Who RPG Sourcebooks, the Ninth Doctor volume contains detailed adventures built around each episode of the Ninth Doctor’s tenure.  As well, the volume provides stats and playable character information for Rose, Mickey, Jack Star Trek Attack Wing USS Pasteur expansionHarkness, and tons of other companions and villains.

The newest wave of Star Trek Attack Wing ship expansions is out this weekend.  Included in the new wave are the USS Pasteur that can reach Warp 13 and is commanded by Captain Beverly Crusher, the USS Dauntless which is camouflaged to resemble and Enterprise, and the Kreechta, a Ferengi O’Kora-class ship.Pandemic State of Emergency

Finally, Pandemic:  State of Emergency is the newest expansion for the popular cooperative game.  This expansion adds five new roles and seven new events to complicate the original base game.  In addition, there are also Hiterlands Challenge, where the disease spreads from animals to humans, an adjustable difficulty mechanic that uses quarantine zones to slow down the spread of the pandemic, emergency event cards that complicate the game, and the superbug challenge that adds a fifth disease that can not be cured.

 

Nov 222014
 

Hipster DiceLike mustaches, lattes, kale, and thick framed glasses before it, Hipster Dice is the new game that you need to be playing before everyone else figures out how cool it is.  We’d explain how it plays, but you probably wouldn’t understand the rules, they’re based off of a traditional German dice game from the early thirties.

Before the Gods, there were the Titans.  Cyclades:  Titans is the second expansion for Cyclades, Cyclades Titansthe game of mythological battle.  This expansion features an entirely new board containing six separate island nations for players to fight on.  As well, the expansion contains two separate play styles, including an up to five player competitive mode and a team version for up to six players.

My Little Pony Theme Deck Crystal CasteAnother My Little Pony CCG set is on the horizon and to herald its arrival, Enterplay released two new Theme Decks this weekend.  The Opening Ceremonies deck is built around the Cutie Mark Crusaders while the Special Delivery deck is built around Spike.  Both decks come with nearly sixty cards, ready to play as a pre-built deck, as well as a rule booklet and playmat with instructions.Planes

You know that scene in Home Alone where the entire family is sprinting to the airport terminal in a desperate effort to catch their plane?  Yeah, well, AEG has turned that into a game.  Planes, a sequel to the successful Trains, has players squabbling against each other to make it through an overcrowded terminal, check their luggage, and get through security before anyone else.  Oh, and you have to make sure your entire family makes it to the Mars Attacks The Dice Gameplane.

Ack ack ack ACK!  Or in terrestrial language, the new Mars Attacks Dice Game is out.

A tactical dice game of world domination, players take on the role of invading martians, rolling dice to determine which landmarks you destroy, how many humans you eviscerate, and whether you take any photos on this vacation.  Based off of the cult classic trading cards and the Tim Burton film, Steve Jackson‘s Mars Attacks Dice Claustrophobia Furor SanguinisGame is an easy, quick game for fans!

The dungeon crawl board game, Claustrophobia (which is set in the Hell Dorado universe), gains an expansion this weekend in Furor Sanguinis.  Including tiles, a miniature, tokens, dice, and another squamata board, Furor Sanguinis allows players to control Kartikeya in a three Dungeons Dragons Miniatures Tiamatplayer variant of the game.

Dungeons and Dragons Next‘s dragon miniature count increases by two this weekend with the release of the Tiamat and Bahamut premium miniatures.  These fully painted, epic sized figurines are usable within the roleplaying system and will shortly be made available for the Attack Wing battle game.Letters to Santa

Just in time for the holidays, AEG has released another, yule tide variation of Love Letter.  Letters to Santa overlays the popular mechanics of Love Letter by having players struggling to get a letter to Santa and avoid Krampus in the process.  This easy Shadowrun Beginner Box Setto learn, all ages card game even comes in Santa’s own, red sack.

Cyberpunk and the fantasy of D&D collide in the world of Shadowrun!

Until now, this long running roleplaying system has been resigned to core rulebooks and supplements, but, as of this weekend, the Shadowrun Beginner Box has just made it that much easier to get into the game.  This inexpensive box set includes all of the essential materials to teach new players how to run and play in a Shadowrun game.  Those materials include a condensed book about the world, a quick-start rulebook, a character booklet with pre-generated sheets, and dice, allowing for up to four players and one game master.

Feb 212014
 

Topps and Steve Jackson have combined forces to ward off the alien invaders of Mars Attacks!

This fifteen card booster pack combines with Munchkin Apocalypse, specifically, pitting brave survivors against Monster Bugs and Heat Ray Saucers!  But don’t worry, you’ll have Martian Ray Guns and Giant Spiky Feet to ward them off with.

Control how the world’s inhabitants evolve in Origin, from Matagot Games.

Expanding outward from Africa, players strategically lay tiles representing various technologies and resources across the globe.  Dependent on size, thickness, and color, these tiles will contribute different effects to the game and each player.  Set collection and area management combine within the rise of the human species!

Four new lieutenant miniature packs for the Descent board game arrive this weekend, including:

-Raythen

-Serena

-Ariad

-Queen Ariad

A diplomacy game revolving around five different aspects, Moral Conflict 1939 pits nations, i.e. players, against each other in a battle on various fronts.  Players have to balance their control in the theaters of war, economics, diplomacy, technology, and internal balancing or morally honest and corrupt acts.

Fear and loathing in Netrunner Vegas is not the official name of the most recent Data Pack release, but it totally should have been.  Regardless of the lack of Johnny Depp as Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing does include sixty new cards to add to the base game and expand the ever-present hacker battle.

We’re taking the hobbits to Isengard, to Isengard, to Isengard!

The Lord of the Rings:  The Voice of Isengard is the third deluxe expansion for the Fantasy Flight LCG series!  It’s time to shift over to the dark side in this expansion, as players join with Saruman the White in three entirely new scenarios relying on two new hero cards.

The zombie pandemic spreads even further with Last Night on Earth:  Blood in the Forest!

This expansion can be added to the original base game or Timber Peak, continuing to explore Experience system as well as expanding the forest itself with new board pieces and zombie types.

Straight from the Land of Ooo into your own home, comes the original Adventure Time card game, Card Wars!

Coming out this week are two beginner deck sets, including Finn vs. Jake and BMO vs. Lady Rainicorn!  Each of these feature two forty card decks that can be combined or played as is!

Apr 132013
 

The mind can be a prison.

That’s the premise of Marvel NOW‘s X-Men Legacy series.  Written by the psychedelic pen of Si Spurrier (Gutsville, X-Club), X-Men Legacy follows in the footsteps of other C-List character-centric books like Immortal Iron Fist, Hawkeye, and Fearless Defenders by focusing on Charles Xavier’s son, Legion.  Formerly a schizophrenic super-villain, Legion has now found his inner peace by entrapping his numerous vile personalities in a brain prison.  Yes, brain prison.  This out-of-the-ordinary series is one of the most unusual, pleasing reads at Marvel right now, primarily because Spurrier is unafraid to venture into the weird realms of the X-Men universe.  The volume one trade paperback features the first six issues as well as a mound of mental distress.

Science = bad.

That’s the prime equation for Jonathan Hickman’s Manhattan Projects.  If you picked up the first collection of this psychotic series, you’re well aware of Hickman’s brilliance and the utter depravity of the scientists involved therein.  If you didn’t, the basic premise is that the Manhattan Project was a mere cover for what was actually occurring, i.e. time travel, alien encounters, robots, cybernetics, and vast A.I. computer systems.  From there Hickman throws in a slew of mentally unstable geniuses like Einstein, Oppenheimer, and Fenyman, each of which are hiding a dark secret, and you’ve got the madhouse pot boiler that is this series.  Now, volume two is being unleashed upon the unsuspecting public, this time with more alien disemboweling, evil FDR, and Russian cosmonaut dogs with machine guns.  Science = bad, Manhattan Projects = good.

Think bigger.

That’s Jonathan Hickman’s mandate for his recent relaunch of The Avengers.  Not has crazy as Manhattan Projects, Hickman’s Avengers has been all about expansion.  Spinning out of the Marvel NOW relaunch, this first volume of Avengers collects issues one through six, wherein Captain America puts out the call for new members in order to fight back a godly force on Mars.  All of this is building up to figuring out the original recipe for the universe.  This version of the Avengers moves far, far away from the Bendis era, with grand, epic adventures and huge comic book imagery!  Given that Jerome Opena (Uncanny X-Force) lends his fluid pencils to the affair, this is THE Avengers book to read if you loved the movie!

While the Avengers are fighting baddies on Mars, they are not, in fact, fighting the aliens from Mars Attacks!  However, nearly everyone else is!

IDW continues its annual tradition of crossover miniseries where some evil force ventures into the various property universes the company owns.  Previously, its been zombies and Cthulhu fighting the likes of GI Joe, Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Transformers (Infestion v.1-2; check’em out!), but this time around it’s the Mars Attacks! martians versus the IDW universe!  Mars Attacks IDW includes each of the one-shot volumes released, featuring KISS, Transformers, Ghostbusters, Zombies vs. Robots, and, the best of the bunch, Popeye!  Each issue is drawn and written in a style appropriate to the character so, for instance, the Popeye issue looks like a 40s era golden age book being invaded by twisted, murderous aliens.  And the only thing standing in their way is a can of spinach and one pissed off sailor!  If you never thought you’d see such insane crossovers, your mind will melt when you lay eyes on this trade paperback volume!