Mar 282014
 

The Field #1 (of 4)

-Fans of mysterious serialized storytelling, like The Twilight Zone and LOST, should take a look at this new Image miniseries.

-Ed Brisson, up-and-coming writer of Robocop Last Stand, Secret Avengers, and Sheltered, delivers another unique Image experience!

-A lone man wakes up in a field with amnesia and no hope of figure out who he is or how he got there, except for a random cell phone that warns him about encroaching danger.

-Simon Roy, artist extraordinaire on Brandon Graham’s Prophet, joins with Brisson, supplying his Heavy Metal-esque detail and freakish character designs.

Deadpool vs. Carnage #1 (of 4)

-Cullen Bunn, local writer, continues his runaway success of a run on Deadpool with this four issue miniseries!

-The follow-up to Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Deadpool Kills Deadpool, and Night of the Living Deadpool!

-As much as this miniseries is a match of viciousness, it is also a match of insanity.

-Solicits for the book promise ample disembodiment, collateral damage, and hijinks.

Aquaman and the Others #1

-Veteran DC writer and artist Dan Jurgens fleshes out the world of Aquaman that Geoff Johns established in the ongoing series!

-Gain more information on the history of The Others, the Justice League-esque team Aquaman hung out with before he became a famous superhero.

-Also learn more about the mysterious artifacts each of The Others wield against their foes, especially Aquaman‘s trident.

-If you’re still a person who laughs about there being an Aquaman comic series, get with the times and realize he’s one of DC‘s most bad@$$ characters!

Inhuman #1

-Nineties comic legend Joe Madureira (Battle Chasers, Avenging Spider-Man, Ultimates 3) returns to Marvel as interior artist on this ongoing series!

-Charles Soule handles writing duties, following up his hit runs on Swamp Thing, Thunderbolts, and She-Hulk!

-Mutants are so last year, it’s Inhumans all the way in 2014!

-After the events of Infinity, random humans are being transformed by the Terrigen Mist creating an entirely new body of superpowered beings!  How will the rest of the Marvel universe react?

Mar 152014
 

Coming up on Channel A is a new program for fans of anime and manga, ready-made for party gaming!

Recently run through the distributor system following a successful Kickstarter run, Channel A is another in a long line of Apples to Apples style party games.  In the case of Channel A, players are selecting multiple cards, each with a uniquely anime-esque words, and using them to pitch a new anime show to the rest of the group.  Votes are taken and points are assigned based on majority. 

If there’s a cult following bigger than fans of zombie stuff, it’s fans of Cthulhu stuff.

From the makers of Zombies!!!, the highly popular zombie outbreak survival game, comes Cthulhu!!!:  Hastur La Vista Baby!  Similar to Zombies!!!, players control hardened Elder God exterminators attempting to halt the return of an creature from beyond by sanctifying ritual sites.  However, the threat of insanity looms large over everyone thrust into the middle of this horrific setting.  Can you hold out?

Flash Point is jumping in the drink with its newest set of expansion boards, Dangerous Waters.

In this expansion are two double-sided game boards with representations of a submarine and a sunken ship, offering an entirely original environment for players to experience.  Any safety provided by the above-ground buildings of all the previous sets is now out-the-window, so to speak, raising the stakes in this popular cooperative game.

Newly arrived and quickly disappearing from the shelves is Magic the Gathering‘s most recent Duel Deck, Jace vs. Vraska.

Hotly anticipated, this duel deck retails for $19.99, but contains cards with values which far exceed the price.  As well, these duel deck sets are always perfect introductory products for new Magic players, giving them a fully built deck to play as well as one to give an opponent.

A supplement to the Chaos Space Marine’s Codex, the recently released Crimson Slaughter Codex provides information about unique artifacts and options for your existing Chaos Space Marines army.  As well, it provides a unique story that’s never before been told in the Warhammer 40K materials.

Legend of the Five Rings makes a major comeback this weekend with the launch of a freshly designed base set, the Ivory Edition, anchored by four new booster pack releases and a set of nine starter decks.  The classic nine clans are represented, including crab, scorpion, crane, and all the rest.

Somebody really needs to Asmadi Games to start play testing these games they’re releasing.

In the mean time, here’s another We Didn’t Playtest This edition, this time known as We Didn’t Playtest This Pasted-On Theme at All!  Adding another batch of original cards, this expansion also includes stick-on (paste not included) themes like zombie, pirate, elves, and more.  Not only do these themes make each card snazzier than before, they also change the endgame scenario.

While we’re on the topic of expansions, the popular education series, Timeline, gains another themed expansion this weekend.  Timeline: Music & Cinema plays just like the previous versions of the game with players attempting to lay cards from their hand in chronological order without seeing the dates.  In this specific expansion, all the cards relate to major moments or works in the music and film industries.

A loving homage to classic Dungeons & Dragons, Luke Crane’s Torchbearer RPG HC is all dungeon crawling all the time.

Building off of the Burning Wheel and Mouse Guard roleplaying systems, Torchbearer deals in deep, dank dungeons, heroic adventurers, and a hunt for glory.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Wall-Crawler has finally swing his way into the Legendary deck-building game, and he’s brought along friends.  Another mini-expansion for Marvel‘s successful DBG, Paint the Town Red (trust us, the contents are better than the title) includes cards for the Black Symbiote Spider-Man, Moon Knight, Black Cat, Scarlet Spider, and Spider-Woman as well as Mastermind cards for Carnage and Mysterio.

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!

Nov 222013
 

Wasn’t happy with the ending to the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline?  Play it out yourself with the new Avengers and X-Men Vs. Heroclix starter sets.  These two individual sets, one X-Men, one Avengers, each contain the essentials for playing a head-to-head game of Heroclix, allowing you and your friend to pit Avenger against X-Man!

If zombie films have taught us anything, it’s that the undead never stop coming.  Steve Jackson takes this concept to heart with his extremely successful Zombie Dice game.  Releasing this weekend is the Zombie Dice Brain Case, a special dice container with a heavy-duty screw-on cap and a score pad to keep track of your brains.

Have at me, Spirit of the Century!

The famous FATE-centric RPG gained a dirigible’s worth of new product today, including a supplemental edition called Strange Tales of the Century, written and designed to appear like a classic pulp novel, but actually providing new material.  Three actual SotC novels were released, however, including Khan of Mars, King Khan, and Sally Slick and the Steel Syndicate.

Forget Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, and Slytherin.

Mage Wars is all about Druid vs. Necromancer!

This new two Mage expansion to the base game introduces forces of magic not originally included in the base game.

The Horn that Wakes becomes the most recently released Game of Thrones LCG Adventure Pack, including sixty cards that return to the Night’s Watch, Wildings, and North themes.

One of the hottest (pun intended) cooperative games on shelves right now, Flash Point:  Fire Rescue, is about to get a little hotter.  Excuse the lame burns (sorry!).

Anyway, Extreme Danger, the newest expansion for the game, adds two new levels, basement and attic, to extend the difficulty of the game, requiring that players climb further.  Also included in Extreme Danger are an entire set of unique miniatures which now are sculpted to represent each type of firefighter rather than having a single mold in different colors.

A new deception based card game, Coup (not coop), has players attempting to get their opponents to reveal their two secret identity cards, each laid out face down in front of them, throughout the game by using their own, hidden, special abilities.

After the release of Shadowrun fifth edition earlier this year, players have been clamoring for supplemental material.  No longer do you have to hack corporations to get it, either, because Shattered States, an introductory level adventure for beginner players, is on shelves this weekend.

Munchkin gets a double shot of new this weekend with two distinct booster pack expansions.  First up is Munchkin Gets Promoted, a collection of formerly impossible to find special edition promo cards from throughout Munchkin‘s history.  Second is a goblin-centric booster expansion for Munchkin Pathfinder, Gobsmacked.

Sixty beautifully illustrated cards, ready-made to expand the existing Dixit party-style games arrive in the form of Dixit Origins.

The train keeps a rollin’ all night long with Ticket to Ride‘s newest map expansion, Nederland!

Considering the country is littered with bridges (and accompanying tolls to use them), Nederland adds a distinct element to the game where players must pay tokens to access certain bridge pathways.  The second player to use one of these double bridges, then must pay back those tokens to the first player if they are to cross.

Finally, Mice and Mystics receives its first expansion in the form of Heart of Glorm.  This direct sequel to the original game adds new miniatures, cards, and especially chapters to continue the quest of the mice knights after they have defeated Vanestra.

Jul 202013
 

Rocketeer/The Spirit: Pulp Friction #1

-Pulp comic legends The Rocketeer and The Spirit meet for the first time!

-Mark Waid brings his talent for writing golden age stories (like Daredevil) to bear here!

-Will these two wise guys manage to solve a grisly Hollywood murder without killing each other?

-Paul Smith, legendary artist who’s touched nearly every famous comic character from Fantastic Four to The Spirit, will be lending his pencils to this epic miniseries!

Tomorrowland #1

-The famous dance music festival, Tomorrowland, becomes a comic this Wednesday!

-Paul Jenkins, writer of Batman The Dark Knight and creator of The Sentry, is teaming with the newly relaunched Titan Comics to lay down some sweet words on this comic!

-During the festival, our world clashes with another, formerly unseen alternate realm, causing the festivals organizers to fight them off.

-Bubbly, bright artwork and sly humor make turn this book into 2013′s Fanboys vs. Zombies.

Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #1

-A restart of the popular Spider-Man team-up book, The Avenging Spider-Man.

-Former series writer and show runner for the Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes cartoon, Chris Yost, continues creative duties for this series.

-See how Otto deals with various Avengers issue in and issue out, often with lots of hitting and yelling.

-More of that Superior taste you can’t get enough of!

Hunger #1

-Is it the beginning of the end for the Ultimate Universe?

-After the events of Age of Ultron, the regular universe (616) version of Galactus has found his way into the Ultimate universe.

-His first task is going to be taking out the Ultimate Gah Lak Tus, so expect some giant purple people fights!

-This five issue miniseries will lead into Brian Michael Bendis’ just announced Ultimate Cataclysm miniseries later this year, which pits the entire Ultimate Universe against Galactus and may destroy the universe.