Sep 042015
 

Faster Than Light #1Faster Than Lighter #1

-If Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar stoked your fancy, then Faster Than Light is up your star system.

-After having discovered lightspeed travel, a crew of astronauts sets out to explore the universe.  What they find may not be completely safe.

-Features an “augmented reality” technique that will make it appear as if the images are jumping off the page.

-Joins Image Comics already strong line of Sci-Fi titles, like Drifter, Descender, East of West, 8House, and Prophet.

Tyson Hesse’s Diesel #1 (of 4)Tyson Hesse Diesel

-Another colorful, expansive, quirky Boom Box! miniseries.

-The first original comic from webcomic creator, Tyson Hesse (Boxer Hockey).

-Diesel is an inspired blend of Studio Ghibli films, Avatar the Last Airbender, and Tank Girl!

-Diesel, a young girl living under her father’s shadow, escapes her dull life as a garbage collector once she discovers a powerful airship engine.

Head LopperHead Lopper #1

-In the tradition of Conan and Kull, the Head Lopper series will be about violence, pillaging, and the lamentations of the women.

-Drawn and written by Andrew MacLean, the artist of Apocalyptigirl!

-Issue one is an oversized eighty pages of Mignola-esque barbarian action and adventure.

-The notorious Head Lopper removes the craniums of orcs and other creatures, only to carry them with him and keep them as companions.

Star Wars Journey to The Force Awakens Shattered Empire #1 (of 4)Star Wars Journey to the Force Awakens

-Force Friday kicked off The Force Awakens marketing train, but, next Wednesday, Journey to The Force Awakens Shattered Empire continues it!

-An in-continuity, four part miniseries that links the original Star Wars trilogy to the new Star Wars trilogy.

-Continuing Marvel Comics pairing of veteran and respected comic writers and artists with Star Wars series, Greg Rucka (Punisher, Gotham Central, Wonder Woman) and Marco Checchetto (Punisher, Avengers World) are the creative team on all four issues of this miniseries.

-Find out what happened after the Rebellion crushed the Empire!  How does that time period connect to the events of The Force Awakens?

Aug 032013
 

Sidekick #1

-J. Michael Straczynski delivers his second Joe’s Comics imprint after the supernatural hit, Ten Grand!

-JMS focuses his story not around the traditional Superman allegory, but the oft forgotten boy sidekick.

-What happens when The Cowl, the world’s most prominent superhero, is assassinated?  Well, for one, Flyboy, The Cowl’s boy ward, begins to lose the public’s favor, eventually sending spiraling downward into insanity.

-Beginning in a golden age pastiche, Sidekick intends to dip deeper and deeper into the darkness of the superhero’s worst fears.

Pathfinder Goblins #1

-First they got mischievous in the roleplaying system.  Then they cackled from your desktop as a series of miniature figures.  Now, the goblins of Pathfinder are coming to the world of comics!

-This five issue miniseries is divided into two short stories per issue, each written and drawn by a duo of top creative talents!

-Authors of actual Paizo material have created stories for the series!

-Make sure to nab the ultra rare variant cover before the goblins, themselves, steal it out from under you!

Burn Down the Orphanage #1

-Sina Grace, creator of Li’l Depressed Boy, does a complete tonal 180 in his new series Burn the Orphanage, a cool, sleek revenge story.

-Rock lived in an orphanage his whole life…until it was destroyed.  Now, he’s out to find those who did it and beat the ever lovin’ hoohaw out of them!

-Part one of a three part trilogy of miniseries, Burn the Orphanage is the beginning of a long epic of fisticuffs.

-Oh, and the official description includes the phrase “topless stripper ninjas”.  So, yeah, there’s gonna be that.

Trillium #1

-From the writer of Justice League Dark, Animal Man, Sweet Tooth, Constantine, and The Underwater Welder, Jeff Lemire, comes an eight issue time travel love story to end all time traveling love stories!

-Trillium tells the tale of a scientist of the far flung future and an explore of the distant past, separated by thousands of years, but connected by love.  Or, at least, until their paradox affair begins to destroy the entire space time continuum.

-Lemire has won countless awards for his various independent series, each recognizing his talent both as a visual and narrative storyteller.  But, unlike his other projects,  Trillium has been burning in his subconscious for years.  Usually a sign something special is about to happen.

-Issue one is structured in an experimental layout, featuring a flip-book structure where one character’s story begins on one side and the other on the opposite, each meeting in the middle.

Jul 262013
 

Speed round tonight.  The descriptions all come from the noted websites.

Fluxx the Board Game

“The board game that’s all about change: changing rules, changing goals and now changing tiles. Occupy the right tile spaces to claim the current goal and reveal the next goal… getting you one step closer to victory!”

“It’s more strategic than the original card game and delivers everything you’d expect from a name like Fluxx: The Board Game.  The ever-shifting landscape is made of tiles that can be rotated or uprooted elsewhere on the table.  To win, players must position their pieces on spaces shown on the goal.  Victory requires accomplishing several goals but the exact number needed is subject to change!  Rules changes are tracked on a comprehensive new pegboard.  It’s a game about change where everything can change—from the rules to the gameboard to the color of your pieces!” – www.looneylabs.com

Bushido: Way of the Warrior

“In Bushido: Der Weg des Kriegers (the subtitle means “Way of the Warrior”) players take on the roles of Daimyo, feudal lords in medieval Japan, and compete to become the next shogun of the empire, who gets appointed by the emperor.”

“This game is all about resource management and conflict, but unlike other games in this category you won’t necessarily win, if you conquer the most areas. Your main goal is to earn enough honor, which can be achieved in different ways. There are two kinds of honor. ‘Daimyo-Honor’ is the victory condition and can be directly gained by holding provinces, and indirectly by transforming ‘Samurai-Honor’ at a set rate. ‘Samurai-Honor’ is gained by winning a defensive or offensive battle. It can be transformed into ‘Daimyo-Honor’ with a tea ceremony.” – Board Game Geek

Star Wars LCG: Edge of Darkness expansion

Edge of Darkness is the first deluxe expansion for Star Wars: The Card Game. Its twenty-two new objective sets add 132 total cards that allow players to battle for the fate of the galaxy as either of two new affiliations, the dark side’s Scum and Villainy or the light side’s Smugglers and Spies.”

“Both of these affiliations live at the outskirts of Imperial law, and Edge of Darkness draws heavily from the original Star Wars trilogy as it builds themes centered around the remote planet of Tatooine and the independent mining colony of Cloud City. Edge of Darkness allows you to expand your games of Star Wars with Jawas, Tuskens, bounties, captives, and sabotage. You’ll also find such notable heroes and villains as Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, Greedo, Bossk, and Jabba the Hutt, and you’ll be able explore unheralded new events within the expanded Star Wars universe.” – fantasyflightgames.com

D&D Magic Item Compendium

“The 3.5 Edition Premium Magic Item Compendium collects the most popular magic items in the D&D game and presents them in one easy-to-reference tome. This premium reprint also features an attractive new cover and includes errata.” – wizards.com

Jan 212012
 

Last night we had a special guest host in the form of Game Stuff Robot, but tonight we will be talking about his extended family. Who also, as it goes, have the ability to speak.

That’s right, if you think genocidal trash cans who want to conquer the universe are just the cutest thing around, then you’re going to love snuggling with the Red Dalek Plush. Not only is he/she/it(?) lovable as hell, but also quite vocal. With familiar phrases such as “EXTERMINATE!”, “YOU ARE AN ENEMY OF THE DALEKS, YOU MUST BE DESTROYED!”, and other exclamatory phrases such as that. Share your love with an plunger-handed alien today!

IDW really needs to contact an exterminator, because they are infested again. If you read the first series (Infestation) where a number of IDW‘s famous characters faced off against zombies, then you’ll be prepared for this go around where they battle Cthulhu and his minions. But who are the “they” this time around? Well, the Transformers and G.I. Joes return (this time from the famous Heart of Steel universe), but are joined by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Danger Girls, characters from the Dungeons & Dragons universe, and 30 Days of Night. Not sure about you, but I can’t even imagine the epicness of all these characters crossing over with one another!  You’ll just have to pick up Infestation II #1 to prove to your brain it’s real.

Speaking of epic awesomeness, the new hardcover collection of Geoff Johns and James Robinson’s oft forgot Hawkman run hits shelves Wednesday. Though the book doesn’t get mentioned in the same breath as JSA or Green Lantern or Justice League, it should be. Johns and Robinson both delve into Hawkman‘s backstory, streamlining it, and setting him against ancient evils and buried baddies. With artwork from Rags Morales (New 52′s Action Comics), Hawkman pops with violent, emotive visuals along with the Indiana Jones-esque story lines. If you’ve enjoyed what Johns has been doing on Justice League or Aquaman currently, then you should check the origin of his writing style in the Hawkman Omnibus.

Finally, tonight, possibly the book I’m more excited about than any other this year, the first volume of the new ongoing Avatar the Last Airbender comic. Dark Horse is choosing an unusual, yet fitting, format for this book by releasing them as thick digest volumes over the next couple of months. This first volume is called The Promise (Part 1 of a trilogy) and it catalogs events that occur after the end of the series involving Aang, Katara, Sakka, and Zuko working to keep political unrest at a minimum for fear of starting another war. These stories will all bridge the gap between the old series and the new Legend of Korra sequel to premiere on Nickelodean this year. If you’re a fan of the show like me, then you’ll just be happy to feed your addiction for Avatar material, no matter the format.

Oct 082011
 

Master of puppets
I’m pulling your strings
Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams

-Metallica

Never doubt the foresight of James Hetfield, because he completely called the premise of the new Malifaux-related game, Puppet Wars.  Spun out of the dark, patchwork themes present in Malifaux, Puppet Wars is a two to four player miniature based battle game.  Each player gathers their army of puppets around one central “puppet master” (see where the Metallica mention comes from?) who controls them in attempts to protect their master and destroy their enemy.  The base game set comes with all the materials for two players to dive into play immediately, but various booster packs allow players to add other puppet miniatures to their army and/or alter the game to support up to four players.  If you’re looking to get into a miniature game that doesn’t break the bank nor require a ton of purchases just to build a basic army, Puppet Wars will twist your mind but keep your dreams nice and cozy.

I think it’s written in the book of life somewhere that if you come across someone who carries a pair of swords that they’ve given names to, you need to run the opposite direction.  Such is the case with the new Tannhauser miniature pack for Mizu Kage.  Working for the Shogunate or Reich teams, Mizu is in the assassin department either way, as she is extremely talented at using her swords, Willow and Winding Stream, to, let’s say, diminish the competition.  Mizu‘s box o’ goodness comes complete with the mini, the character sheet, 12 game tokens, 10 equipment cards, a rulebook, and a dedicated scenario.  Or if slinky ninja assassins ain’t your speed, you can try hulking Itami.  Again playable with both Shogunate and Reich teams, Itami is chock full of mysterious magic, which is exactly what his special scenario focuses on.  He too comes with all the regular bells and whistles any Tannhauser miniature pack supplies.

The new Battle Pack for Warhammer Invasion has been dubbed The Inevitable City.  One might think that this title has something to do with the city setting for this first chapter in the Capital Cycle, but I’m going to suggest that it actually has to do with the inevitable butt kicking that players who purchase this pack will give their opponents.  Specifically, players who favor the Chaos faction, as half of the sixty cards held within it are associated with Ruinous Powers.

How would you feel if there was no Return of the Jedi?  Or Last Crusade?  Or The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly?  I think I’d feel a little incomplete.  Which is exactly the way you should feel if you’ve picked up all the first two books in the Rogue Trader RPG trilogy from Games Workshop and haven’t yet picked up the third, and final, book, Fallen Suns.  Capping off the series, Fallen Suns includes all the contents you will need to finish off your party’s final adventures as they attempt to save the Koronus Expanse while defeating the Faceless Lord.  If you haven’t yet started the trilogy, what are you waiting for?!

If you’ve ever gotten drunk over a gaming session and suggested a combination of Starcraft and Pitch Car then laughed and laughed and laughed because it sounds crazy, you have been proven wrong.  That is because Z-Man Games has found a way to combine the two.  Maybe they too drink and design.  Anyway, Ascending Empires is the Frankenstein-ed game in question, set in a universe where the Earth has been destroyed and humanity has expanded far out into the stars hoping to find sanctuary.  It is from this starting point that players enter the game.  From each of the four corners of the board, players flick ships out among the various planet tokens scattered across the universe, hoping to land in their orbit so they may build colonies, develop technologies, mine, or enact other such actions.  As usual, players gain points by complete each of these actions (all of which are explained on a handy-dandy cheat card).  An inventive combination of play methods, Ascending Empires offers a unique gaming experience, to be sure.

And the hope that you flick a token into an opponent’s eye.