Mar 152013
 

Same great Zombie Dice flavor, but now with  more dinosaurs!

That’s Dino Hunt Dice, the most recent addition to Steve Jackson’s line of fun, family-friendly, easy-to-learn games.  Exactly like Zombie Dice, players roll three dice at a time in an attempt to nab as many dinosaurs as they can (unlike Zombie Dice, there are multiple types, like T-Rex, Triceratops, and more) without getting stomped three times by a giant dino foot.  If you get a leaf you’re able to reroll that die, but if three feet do appear you lose all the dinosaurs you’ve collected that round.  It’s that simple.  For two or more players, Dino Hunt Dice is a portable, easily learned dice game for the whole family.

The Force is growing stronger for the Star Wars Living Card Game with the release of the first Force Pack.  The Desolation of Hoth, like Fantasy Flight‘s other LCG expansions, contains sixty new cards for inclusion in the Star Wars LCG base game.  These cards expand the experience of the game, structuring a new adventure on the ice planet of Hoth.

If you’re tired of staring at your boring family during that holiday dinner, get Rory’s Story Cubes.  If you can’t get your brain to come up with any ideas for that novel you’ve been whittling away at, get Rory’s Story Cubes.  If your child keeps begging for a new bedtime story and you don’t have any on to tell, get Rory’s Story Cubes.  A simple solo or multi-player storytelling game, Rory’s Story Cubes are sets of nine dice, adorned with various pictures used to spur narrative forward in a group environment.  Each of the three existing sets is themed to focus on Actions, Voyages, and basic story elements.

The draft is on!

The Blood Bowl Team Manager Card Game is expanding its ranks by three in with the Sudden Death expansion set.  Each of these three new teams incorporate new abilities, like the Champions of Death who raise zombified players from underneath the field whenever the chips are down.  The Dark Sorcery Syndicate (magic, magic, magic!) and the Black Fangs (they want to suck away your victory) round out the options.  But some other Hail Mary additions have been included, too, like enchanted ball cards, contract payouts, and much, much more.  HIKE!

Always a yearly highlight for Magic the Gathering players, the newest Duel Deck has hit shelves.  Considering the pairing this time is Sorin vs. Tibalt, they are not likely to remain on shelves for much longer.  For those looking for money cards, the cost of the Duel Deck is recuperated by the Sorin, Lord of Innistrad card alone.  If you’re just looking to play with a buddy, these sets are the perfect starting point for new Magic players or anyone looking to have a quick throwdown.  Each deck, Sorin and Tibalt, are constructed to pose a threat to their opponent, leading to a fair match between players and reliable decks to learn the game off of.

Dec 292012
 

Anything Finn can do, Fionna can do better.  And in knee socks.

The highly successful Adventure Time comic series gains another tie-in miniseries this Wednesday!  Written by co-creator and storyboard artist from the television show, Natasha Allegri, Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake brings the girl power!  Spinning out of a stand-alone episode where the regular protagonists, Finn and Jake, where gender bent into women, this miniseries gives them the spotlight for six whole issues!  As the previous Adventure Time series have sold out as fast as the Ice Queen sliding down a snowy slope, if you want a copy be sure to put your name on the pull before Wednesday or be at the store early!

Vampires have been the new hotness for quite some time now, but they’ve never been Marvel NOW!  Uh, until now.

With this week’s Morbius, the Living Vampire #1, another of Spidey‘s villains gets an empathetic make over.  After breaking out of The Raft prison in Spider-Man #699.1, Michael Morbius is attempting to find his inner good guy and satisfy his natural hunger.  Written by Joe Keatinge, up-and-coming author of Hell Yeah and Glory for Image Comic, the first issue showcases his unique blend of stylistic indy paneling and catchy, quick dialog as well as moody horror.  As is often the case, C-list characters commonly make for the best reads at the big two comic companies (for evidence, see Swamp Thing and Hawkeye), given that the writers have a leeway to put the characters through their paces in ways that the A-list characters can’t be.  Trust me, it won’t suck.  Except, you know, in the ways that a vampire book should.

The other Marvel NOW! release for this next week is Johnathon Hickman’s Avengers companion book, New Avengers #1. Like FF to Fantastic Four, this series will share characters with the main title, as well as some plot elements, making them a shared story, of sorts.  And if you’ve read Hickman’s first issue of Avengers or any of his Manhattan Projects series, you know he’s capable of giant sci-fi craziness and incredible plot twists, both qualities which he will bring to characters of New Avengers.  Starring The Illuminati, the secretive, behind-the-scenes puppet masters of the Marvel Universe, the series will feature Black Panther, Iron Man, Reed Richards, Namor, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, and Beast desperately struggling to halt the collision of two universes.  And fans of the New Universe concept of yesteryear should take note, as it’s rumored to return in this book.

Thanks to a little timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly stuff, the third series of Doctor Who Character Builder Miniatures materializes in the store this Wednesday!  Yes, we know series two hasn’t arrived yet, but, you know, time travel.  Anyway, it really doesn’t matter as each set features different characters or key characters in unique costumes.  Set three includes the Doctor in his fancy green longcoat (circa season five), Amy with Silence marks on her face, an alternate universe Rory, River Song, an Ood, and many more (check them all out to the right).  Each figure is compatible with Lego’s, if you wish to build your own Doctor Who adventure set, or feel free to pick up one of Doctor Who Character Builder playsets currently at the store.

Aug 032012
 

Hold onto your fez!

It’s had to travel through all of time and space to get here, but the second edition of the Doctor Who roleplaying game from Cubicle Seven has arrived. As opposed to the previous 10th Doctor version, all the materials for this edition feature the 11th Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory, and the rest of the season 5-6 cast. And what are these timey-wimey materials, you ask? That’d be a player’s guide, GM’s guide, adventure book, character sheets, tokens, pre-generated characters from the show, and dice. With all that space junk you can assemble whatever time traveling adventuring your mind can imagine. Whether that’s fighting Weeping Angels, running from Daleks, or showing River Song around the cosmos, you can do so as The Doctor, Amy, Rory, or characters of your own design. Geronimo!!!

Fall in, soldiers!

D-Day Dice is enlisting you to action! A cooperative dice game, D-Day Dice has players building their troops over the course of action. Beginning with a limited number of men, everyone works together, rolling dice, to grow their infantry and resources for battle. Succeed or die trying.

Bummed by the fact that you already on the previous version of Descent now that Fantasy Flight has released a shiny new version? Well, don’t be. Alongside the Descent second edition game, there is also the Descent Conversion Kit. Providing all the necessary materials, this kit allows players to adapt their old game and characters to the new system. Inside the box are hero sheets for every character introduced in the previous game, its expansions, and DungeonQuest, along with fifty monster cards representing the creatures from these previous games. Now the only thing to be bummed about is when a hoard of orcs is storming toward you.

Now fans can experience Wonderland in a way no one has ever experienced before as the Zenoscope comic book from Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, and Raven Gregory comes to life in this exciting, strategy filled game. Experience a vibrant, twisted world, full of surprises!

The board game Wonderland features two separate realms: Earth and Wonderland. The realms are artfully depicted on the double-sided board and switching between them adds a unique twist and an added level of complexity to the game that few other board games offer. Players compete against each other, each player trying to complete specific goals while the other players try to foil their attempts at progressing.

Yarrr, me ratties.

Straight from Germany comes Sewer Pirats, a treasure hunting game where players take on the roles a crew of scallywags comprised of rodents and vermin. Based on how players organize their crew members on board their ships, treasure is collect efficiently or inefficiently. The player with the most booty at the end, wins!

Finally, in preparation for tomorrow night’s 2013 Game Day event (the M13 standard tournament) come the new batch of Event Decks. This time around, they color combos are green/white and red/blue coming with cards like Razorverge Thicket, Green Sun’s Zenith, Thragtusk, Sulfur Falls, and Darkslick Shores.

Dec 172011
 

Let’s see if our “beloved” distributor can accomplish a holiday miracle and actually ship us what we ordered this week. If they manage to do so, here’s some of the awesome items to drop next week.

Because it demands to be mentioned first, there is a plethora of Sonic Screwdriver merchandise coming in. And not just the normal 10th or 11th Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver, no. This time around you get them both…plus a whole lot more. Yes, folks, with the new Doctor Who Personalize Your Sonic Screwdriver kit you can build up to 80 different versions of the Sonic Screwdriver. That’s Matt Smith’s, David Tennant’s, and about every other Doctor you can think of. But wait because it comes in pieces it probably doesn’t make all the cool sound effects the other screwdrivers have, right? Wrong! And if that wasn’t enough, we’re also getting in the Master’s Laser Screwdriver (Pictured to the left) and a restock on River Song‘s Future Sonic Screwdriver. Pick these babies up while you can, because with gift giving in full swing they will go fast.

And if that’s not enough timey wimey-ness for you, then you’ll just have to check out the Doctor Who Ongoing v.2 trade paperback (and don’t worry if you didn’t get the first volume because we still have a copy). This volume contains issues #5-8, which is cool because #6-8 has been the best storyline thus far. That trilogy of issues carries the Doctor, Amy, and Rory to a recreation world where travelers can emerse themselves in whatever fantasy world they choose. Be a cowboy, be a gladiator, go to Atlantis, whatever suits you! But, as is always the case with the Doctor, things go haywire and the fantasy worlds become real. Eventually there’s a talking dinosaur and about a thousand versions of the Doctor running around. Pick up the collection and find out how it gets to that point!

To bridge the gap between comics, here’s some statues.

Ooooooo!

Awwwwww!

Ooooooo!

Awwwwww!

I know I’ve had a bunch of people asking about a White Lantern Sinestro, so here’s a mini bust for all you Sinestro nuts out there.

Hazzah!

Hooray!

The newest edition to the Batman Black & White line of statues comes from Patrick Gleason’s (Batman & Robin) exaggerated take on the character. Basic pose, but exceptional design.

Before he was writing the Dark Angel Saga in Uncanny X-Force or Frankencastle in The Punisher, Rick Remender wrote an epic series by the name of Strange Girl. Set in a post-rapture Earth, the lengthy adventure follows a young, emo girl and her demon buddy as they embark on a road trip across the country hoping to trick their way into the great hereafter by way of an open gateway to heaven. Any fan of Preacher or Y the Last Man will fall madly in love with this book. Luckily, you won’t have to search out any other volumes after it, because this is the Strange Girl Omnibus so it’s got every single issue of the entire series.

Finally, a new miniseries from the creator of iZombie, Chris Roberson’s Memorial. A blend of fantasy and horror, Memorial is the story of a young girl named Em who, after losing her memory and attempting to rebuild her life, must to battle with primal forces of the universe. Oh, and she’s got a talking cat on her side. Roberson has proven he can handle the fantastical through his Vertigo work, so I’m sure he’ll be up for the challenge of a series this demanding. Those who love iZombie or Locke & Key while probably find a comfortable fit in Memorial.

Jul 012011
 

These posts are starting to be dominated by the Doctor!  Can’t say that’s a bad thing, though.

Something else that is most definitely not a bad thing is the new Doctor Who TPB, Ripper.  This collection contains the first four issues of the newest Doctor Who ongoing series, which introduced Matt Smith’s Doctor into the comics.  In these initial issues, the Doctor deals with uncovering the true identity of Jack the Ripper and helping Inspector Abilene catch the culprit.  Tony Lee, the author, has an excellent grasp on the voices of the Doctor, Rory, and Amy, so it feels like you’re reading an episode of the show.

I doubt anyone reading this likes comics (those things are for kids, right?), but we’ll push our luck and talk about a couple more new ones on here.  The first being a dark Japanese samurai graphic novel called The Last Ninja.  At base a revenge story, The Last Ninja follows Kenji, a wannabe ninja, from childhood to adulthood as he seeks vengeance on the corrupt government.  After the death of his grandfather, a trained ninja, Kenji seeks training and revenge against the government agents who killed his grandpa.

One more, if you please.  Mysterious Ways mixes the comic and video gaming worlds as Jason Rubin of Iron Saint and Crash Bandicoot fame teams with Top Cow to produce a dark mystery book about the hunt for a serial killer.  An ex-cop becomes tied to a series of murders which then leads him into being chased by the FBI.  Funny how that happens, right?  The mysterious part?  Magic.  Come on, what else?

Oh, okay, since you’re begging, one more.  Reprinted from the classic French serials is the first volume of comics master Jacques Tardi‘s The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec.  Some of the more worldly folks out there may have seen the Luc Besson film from last year based on this wild material.  I say wild, because not only do Adele’s adventures take place in an alternate reality 20th century Europe, but there’s a pterodactyl, too!  Basically, Adele is a writer he gets into crazy, sci-fi adventures dealing with mummies, mad scientists, and, as stated, dinosaurs.  The art is obviously terrific as Tardi is legendary in the industry.

Okay, enough comics.  How about some oddly deformed little superhero people?

Yes, tonight we end with two new sets of vinyl offerings from both Marvel and DC.  First up, is the first set of DC Mez-Itz.  These chunky little guys come two to a pack (paired in hero/villain combinations) and contain some of the greatest DC characters including Batman, Joker, Superman, and Green Lantern.  Look at the pictures to the left and marvel.

Speaking of a transition, Marvel also has some large headed vinyl dudes releasing this week.  They include the Pop Vinyl versions of Spider-Man, the Hulk, and two Thor Movie figures (Thor and Loki).  Feast your eyes on the two pictures below.  FEEEEEAAAASSSSST!