Jan 082016
 

Watchmen DC Deck Building GameEveryone’s worried about Who Watches the Watchmen, but the real question should be:  Who Plays the Watchmen?  A new Crossover Pack for the popular DC Deck Building Game, Watchmen adds six new playable characters from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s landmark miniseries to any base version of the game.  In addition to these new characters, the expansion also adds a new mechanic that generate suspicion within the gameplay.Carcassonne Over Hill and Dale

Carcassonne:  Over Hill and Dale is a rustic new variant of the original Carcassonne tile laying game that includes new decisions to be made and tactics to be enacted.  As players lay tiles, connecting roads and landscaping gardens, they will also be able to plant and harvest crops to gain further points.  As with other games in the Carcassonne series, Over Hill and Dale is easy to teach to younger or new players, making it a perfect rollftg_boxfront_v1.inddintroductory game experience for families.

Empires continue to be build in the new expansion for Roll for the Galaxy.  Roll for the Galaxy:  Ambition explores sets of new factions that have been added to the game, accompanied by new strategies and game tiles.  New Leader and Entrepreneur dice are also added to the existing dice pile, offering possibilities to recruit workers and other factions that can assist in growing your empire.A Study in Emerald Neil Gaiman

There are few products that have Neil Gaiman‘s name plastered on them that are not worth a look.  A Study in Emerald is definitely in the “worth a look” category!  Based off the award winning short story by Gaiman, the A Study in Emerald board game throws players into the author’s fictional world, one that combines Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft.  The Old Ones have taken over the Earth, running it for centuries, but a dedicated few are inclined to resist and restore power to the people.  Players will control those “Restorationists” as they attempt to overturn the Old Ones’ rule with covert assassinations and attacks.  Whether you use dynamite or espionage, the Arena of the Planeswalkers Battle for Zendikargoal is to restore power to humankind.

Built out of the ruins of the popular Heroscape miniature battle game, Arena of the Planeswalkers takes the Magic the Gathering mythos and uses it to provide miniature characters based off of Magic cards that can be pitted against each other.  Battle for Zendikar is the first expansion for the base game, including entirely new Planewalkers, heroes, and squads, as well as a special battlefield scenario to play through.  Bringing that scenario to life is an additional gameboard expansion that can connect to the previous board.  Ob Nixilis and Kiora are the two featured Planeswalkers in this set.Eldritch Horror Under the Pyramids

Stop a fanatical cult from returning a Dark Pharaoh to power in 1920s Egypt in the new Eldritch Horror expansion, Under the Pyramids.  This expansion features an Egypt side board enabling invetigators to explore the nation’s bustling cities, barren deserts, and mysterious archaeological sites.  Eight intrepid new investigators join the struggle against the Ancient Ones, aided by invaluable Relics, powerful Glamour Spells, and legendary allies including the archaeologist Enoch Bowen and the illusionist Erich Lanterns the Harvest FestivalWeiss.

Both a tile laying and card collection game, Lanterns the Harvest Festival will be the next easy-to-learn, but endlessly playable game you and your friends get addicted to.  In the game, players will be competing as artisans who are attempting to plan a beautiful lantern display on the palace lake.  Each player will take turns laying down tiles with assorted arrangements of different colored lanterns, attempting to connect a portion of the tile with another, matching tile.  By doing so, players will also earn lantern cards that can be collected to win the game.  For a limited time, anyone who purchases the game at Pulp Fiction will also receive a promo tile packet!

Sep 142013
 

DC Villain’s Month: Week 3

-Lex Luthor:  Written by Charles Soule (Swamp Thing), this issue follows Luthor as he attempts to fight back against the Crime Syndicate.

-Ras al Ghul:  What happens when the world’s most threatening terrorist is forced to defend his citadel from the powers of Ultraman?

-Deathstroke:  Written by the creators of Assassin’s Creed and the upcoming Arkham City Origins, this issue gets personal as Slade has to defend his family while completing an assassination.

-Arcane:  Leading into the next storyline of Swamp Thing (the BEST book at DC right now!), this issue picks up with Anton Arcane, lost in limbo and fighting for a way out.

Batwoman v.3 HC – “World’s Finest”

-Tell DC you support J.H. Williams on Batwoman by picking up his last storyline as both writer and artist!

-Teaming up Wonder Woman and Kate Kane, this storyline is an absolute mythical battle across the world as these two heroes try to take down Medusa!

-J.H. Williams’ art for this storyline is beyond compare!  Some of the double page spreads deserve to be hung in a museum.

-Don’t worry about being lost if you haven’t read volumes one and two, but if you wish to catch up, the entire Batwoman story can be found on the shelves of Pulp Fiction.

Big Guy & Rusty the Boy Robot tpb

-Long out of print, but now reprinted in a beautiful updated edition!

-Frank Miller blends a love for fifties sci-fi films and giant robot fights (like Pacific Rim) into this unusual nineties comic gem.

-Geoff Darrow joins Miller, lending his ridiculously detailed pencils to the calamity and chaos of the series.  Seriously, if you’ve never read Hard Boiled or seen Darrow’s work on Shaolin Cowboy, you need to take a flip through this and have your eyes blown out of your head!

-The entire series in one hefty volume!

Five Ghosts:  The Haunting of Fabian Gray v.1 tpb

-The underdog Image hit of the year!

-Join Fabian Gray, an Indiana Jones-esque adventurer, as he travels the globe looking for a way to revive his deceased sister!

-Fret not!  Gray is joined by his best friend, and widowed husband of his sister, as he battles thieves, tribesmen, and evil monks!

-Oh, and did we mention that Gray possesses the powers of five literary ghosts (Sherlock Holmes, Yojimbo,  Merlin, Dracula, and Robin Hood) thanks to his connection with the Dreamstone!

Mar 162013
 

I reckon with the first book under discussion being none other than Constantine #1, a rather fine rogue of a gentleman, if I do say, there’s a wee amount of deception bound to occur.

A’right, me fingers are crossed, no lying.

Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes, the present writers of the phenomenal Justice League Dark series, bring their lead character, John Constantine, into his own ongoing series.  Supported by the vivid pencils of Renato Guedes, Constantine sets out on a quest across the mystic underbelly of the DC Universe to hunt down an artifact capable of such destruction…you may actually be rooting against Constantine to get his deceitful hands on it.

Trust me, love, you don’t want to miss it.

Steve Niles returns to his long on hiatus fan-favorite title, Mystery Society, this Wednesday.  The Mystery Society Special 2013 is an oversized, one-off adventure featuring the cast of the previous Mystery Society miniseries, Anastasia and Nick Mystery.  This time venturing to the depths of the ocean, these resilient investigators of the paranormal run across a collector of ancient memorabilia who may not be carrying a full deck.  Crazy, is what I’m saying, he’s crazy for cocopuffs!  Classic, pulpy adventure in a modern day package, the Mystery Society Special 2013 should be in your collection on new comic day.

Speaking of pulpy, it doesn’t get much more so than this week’s Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Grey.  I mean, that title alone should tell you something.  Fabian Grey is a notable treasure hunter, much like a certain fedora wearing, whip carrying hero of the silver screen, who was long ago bonded with the ghosts of five literary heroes (including Sherlock Holmes, Merlin, Robin Hood, and more).  Now, he may call upon their abilities during his expeditions…as long as they’re willing to lend them to him.  Honestly, they cause more trouble than it’s worth.  But that means enjoyable reading for you, so pick up a copy of #1 because it’s better than a cockpit full of snakes.

Picking up where last year’s hugely popular and extremely well-adapted Avatar the Last Airbender:  The Promise miniseries left off, this year’s The Search begins this week.  This time, the story sets out to answer the long awaited question of: “What happened to Zuko’s mother?”  With Aang, Katara, Toph, and Sokka at his side, Zuko leaves on a journey to find his mom and the answers she carries.  The only caveat is that Azula, Zuko’s loony sister, is the key to finding their mother.  Yeah, things are not likely to go well.  For fans of the Avatar series who wished there was more, these comics are like lost episodes of the series, written just as well, drawn in the exact same style, and full of the same blend of serious drama and goofy comedy.

Mar 082013
 

Buckle in, folks, because after a week off because of snow trouble, New Game Stuff is back!  And tonight there is a long, long list of newness to discuss, so it’s just the facts.

FoxMind games delivers one of the most inventive train games in a long while with String Railway.  Using bendable pieces of plastic rope, players both build the board and connect train depots.  Two to five players take turns drawing depot tokens, placing them, and attempting to link them with the pieces of string at their disposal.  Easy to learn and very tactile, String Railway is perfect for families or friends.

A tile laying game of the most serene nature, Zen Garden will put your soul at ease.

Mayfair Games, makers of fine family games, adds some enticing dimensions to the standard tile laying scenario.  Up to four players compete against each other by constructing their zen gardens using tiles of trees, mountains, and streams.  Each player, however, has a special pattern they must try and complete by moving their tiles around the board with special lantern tokens.  The game also comes with various levels of play to increase the difficult the more you play.

The front says Gentlemen Thieves, but the back says Arsene Lupin.  And, no, that is not an indication that this game has anything to do with mullets.  Borrowing the world’s most famous thief, Lupin, Gentlemen Thieves has players taking on the role of a thief and joining forces with other thieves (as long as it serves them) to heist valuable items (represented by tokens) from famous locations across Paris.  Just remember to put on your black gloves.

In Ground Floor the building is already built, now you’ve just got to populate it, employee it, advertise your product, cut down on costs, challenge your rivals, and grow your business.  Then, maybe, you get to rest.  Detailed in its level of strategy, Ground Floor involves bartering, resource management, organization, and any number of other mechanics.  If you’re an Agricola or Puerto Rico fan, get in on the Ground Floor.

The game is a foot, Watson!

Lady Alice is a recently released Sherlock Holmes themed board game allowing players to take on the rolls of kids studying under the tutelage of Holmes himself.  During the game players make deductions about evidence, placing their guesses in a folder.  When the round is over, each guess is revealed to either be true or false, with every player marking down the results in order to solve the mystery.  If you picked up the recently released Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective, this game is a perfect companion piece.

The reprint steamroller continues to roll from Dungeons & Dragons with the brand new hardcover edition of Dungeons of Dread.  This classic AD&D tome collects the original “S” series of adventure models, three of which were written by Gary Gygax himself.  For those out there who know the history, these are some of the most well known dungeons in D&D history, perfect for players learning the system by playing these reprint copies.  As usual all the original material is reprinted in its original format.

It’s going to be Easter soon and that means bunnies.  And bunnies mean violent murder of bunnies.

Wait, what?!!  Steve Jackson changes the meaning of Easter with the newest Munchkin booster pack, Easter Eggs.  Evil rabbits are running around all over the place and its your duty to smack’em down while wearing a Sundae Dress and Bunny Slippers.  But watch out for Peter Cottonmouth and Little Bunny ‘Thulhu.

There are four doors, but no exits.

That’s the premise of Room-25.  One to six players are locked in rooms, running from room to room, trying to find the one and only door which leads to rumored exit that is Room-25.  In gaming formats ranging from solo to group cooperative, players attempt to coordinate actions in order to find the mythic room and escape.  But beware, because some students may turn out to be undercover guards, ready to stop the players at the most inopportune moment.

Me matey, there be Pirate Dice off the coast of Pulp Fiction Isle!

By rolling and strategically placing customized D6′s, players sail the seven seas, doing battle with their rivals and searching for sunken and lost treasure.  Each die controls attacks and movement as players sail across the provided map.  Control the direction and speed of your ship carefully, though, as you don’t want to overshoot or undershoot that last hooray!

The recently released Archipelago pirate game receives a rare Solo Player Expansion this week.  Unlike any other expansion, this one allows players to convert the game into a one-player mode.  The pack contains 27 scenarios, each with a different time limit and win condition.  You are also allowed to choose whatever character you wish in order to play.

A game of ancient Egypt, Kemet has players competing over a succession of rounds, divided into categories of night and day.  Within the day phase, players enact their magical abilities in order to defeat your opponent, while at night your regroup and build up your mystical energies.  Wizards can even spend special Prayer Points to bring additional creatures into their armies.

Feb 022013
 

Andy Diggle and Jock, the superstar creative team behind Green Arrow Year One and The Losers (which is a thousand times better than the film, by the way), lend their talents to a new creator owned series from Image Comics this Wednesday.  Blending political thrillers, Clerks, and gritty noir storytelling, Snapshot is a four issue miniseries bound to thrill you more than once.  When an lifelong nerd employee of a comic store (this is sounding familiar…) finds a cellphone full of grisly images of someone’s murder, he has no other option than to run as fast and as far as he can.  But it’s never that easy is it?  If you’ve been enjoying the sketchy, moody artwork of Jock in the Batman back-up stories or in Scott Snyder’s previous Detective Comics run, The Black Mirror, then Snapshot is your cup of tea.

Sorcery receives a modern update in Top Cow‘s Son of Merlin miniseries.

Building off of the classic Arthurian figures of myth, Son of Merlin picks up when a respected professor of science finds out he’s actually the descendant of the famous wizard, Merlin.  And, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but science and magic don’t exactly see eye-to-eye.  However, before the good doctor can think through his new predicament, he’s being hounded by the immortal Morgan le Fay.  But there’s a whole secret underground society of ancient magic users that might just be willing to come to his aid.  Drawn in the gorgeous, expressive tradition of the famous Top Cow books to come before it like Fathom, Charismagic, and Witchblade, Son of Merlin will cast its spell over you.

I say, my dear Watson, the zombie is a foot!

Though not strictly a Sherlock Holmes versus zombies story, The New Deadwardians is about the closest to it you’ll ever get.  Written by cult favorite author and comic legend Dan Abnett, this post-Victorian England horror/mystery yarn takes places in an alternate reality where, after a zombie infection spread throughout the population, the majority of the remaining English citizens had to submit to becoming vampires in order to fight them off.  Now, it’s the vampires who’ve becoming the upper-class aristocracy while the zombie population are cordoned off on the outskirts of town.  Chief Inspector Suttle, a forever young himself, is tasked with solving a grisly crime, the first in nearly a decade, during a growing zombie uprising.  It’s all elementary from there.

Love is in air for the DC Universe this Wednesday.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day a week early, DC releases its most romantic anthology yet, the Young Romance DC New 52 Special.  Containing six unique stories of famous DC couples like Aquaman and Mera, Midnighter and Apollo, and Catwoman and Batman spending their special day together in the only way superpowered crime fighters can, as well as stories of Wonder Woman, Dick Grayson, and others coming to terms with the relationships they’ve entered into.  Each of the stories is written and drawn by a talented creator, like Andy Diggle, Gene Ha, Ann Nocenti, Kyle Higgins, Becky Cloonan, and Peter Milligan.  And for those old school romantics, the issue comes with usable Valentine’s Day cards.  Oh, amore!