Oct 042014
 

Red Dragon Inn Brother BastionWelcome, welcome, to ye ole Red Dragon Inn!  Come in, ye two new travelers, and have a Red Dragon Inn Ozrik the Adeptseat.

The Red Dragon Inn:  Allies expansions enlist two brand new characters this weekend, one the honored Brother Bastion, the other the mystical Ozrik the Adept.  Brother Bastion comes with special prayer cards that can be expended at specific times during the game for major benefits.  Ozrik the Adept favors hand management, as certain cards increase in power after other cards are discarded.  Both of these expansion can be incorporated any of the Red Dragon Inn base games.

Lord of the Rings The Road DarkensThe Lord of the Rings LCG series from Fantasy Flight gains another Saga Expansion, called The Road Darkens.  This expansion puts the player directly into the Fellowship of the Ring plot, allowing you to play through three original scenarios adapted from the novel.  The Road Darkens also includes additional hero characters that increase replay value of the game.Dark Eldar Codex HC

The Warhammer 40K hardcover library grows by one this weekend with the updated edition of the Dark Eldar Codex.  As is standard with this gorgeous line of hardcover volumes, the Dark Eldar Codex contains a detailed history of the faction, a glossy page showcase of paint schemes for the miniatures as well as an army list, and, of course, a list of rules for the army and their weapons.

Call of Cthulhu card game The Sleeper BelowThe eldar god, Cthulhu, has been awoken from his slumber and he is not happy.  Containing 165 cards to be incorporated into the base Call of Cthulhu LCG, The Sleeper Below, is the newest oversized expansion for the popular card game.  Focusing on the Cthulhu faction for the game, this expansion contains support and event cards for the faction.  As well, new society cards add other factions for the game.

From Iello, the makers of King of Tokyo, comes a quick play family horror game Night of the Grand Octopusthat melds together Lovecraftian mythos and Harry Potter.  Night of the Grand Octopus is a thinly veiled homage to Cthulhu and his cultist followers, tasking players to break into a famous school of the mystical arts to steal enchanting materials that will be used to wake the sleeping octopus god.  Ideal for three to five players, Night of the Grand Octopus is easy to learn and fast to play.

Student BodiesFinally a zombie game that doesn’t even feign at cooperative play!

Student Bodies pits up to five players against each other in life or death combat set in the hallowed halls of high school.  Nearly the entire graduating class has been turned into zombies, now scattered throughout the building, and you and all your friends have already been bitten.  Your only hope is making it to the science lab for the antidote, but to do so you’re going to have to screw over all of the other players.  Oh, and to win, you’re going to need to get out of the building and lock everyone else in.  Like I said, not cooperative.Warhammer Conquest 40K card game

Fantasy Flight and Games Workshop have teamed-up once again for a new addition to the popular line of LCG games, this time set in the Warhammer 40K universe.  Warhammer 40K Conquest is a two player, head-to-head card game that adapts the rules of the miniature game onto cards.  Each player controls armies represented by a card deck, which they then manage as either fighting forces or resource gatherers.  As this base game is the beginning of another LCG line, expect regular deck expansions to grow the game.

Jun 062014
 

Night of the Living Deadpool tpbNight of the Living Deadpool tpb

-Cullen Bunn, whom some of you might have met back in May, continues his Deadpool vs. run of miniseries!

-Having fought the Marvel Universe, all of literature, and every alternate version of himself, Deadpool now faces off against a horde of zombies!

-Waking up from a chimichanga coma, Deadpool finds that the entire city has been overrun with the undead.

-As a cool stylistic choice, the entire comic is illustrated in black and white, except for Deadpool who is in color.

Blood Queen #1Blood Queen #1

-Fans of Grimm Fairy Tales should pay attention to the new Dynamite series, Blood Queen.

-Troy Brownfield, former writer of both GFT and GFT Myths and Legends, helms this dark fantasy series.

-In order to save the life of a young princess, a sorceress of great power is called upon by the kingdom to undertake a journey of epic proportions!

-Jay Anacelto, also of GFT, lends his gorgeous painterly artwork to the covers of this series!

Angry Birds Comics #1Angry Bird Comics #1

-You knew it had to happen.  Wheeeeeee!

-Current author of Aquaman, Jeff Parker, crafts this anthology series for IDW.

-Each issue features four unique short stories about the Angry Birds crew adventuring through various fantasy lands.

-A perfect starter comic for any young, prospective comic reader.

Empty Man #1 (of 6)Empty Man #1

-We began with Cullen Bunn tonight and now we end with his new BOOM! Studios miniseries.

-An unusual disease has swept the country causing people to devolve into a catatonic state and it is called the Empty Man disease.

-Two agents, one from the FBI and one from the CDC, have joined forces in an attempt to discover the source of the disease and, maybe, a cure.

-A dark, shadowy suspense series, Empty Man will satisfy for fans of Silence of the Lambs, 12 Monkeys, and The Following!

May 302014
 

Before Watchmen Minutemen Silk Spectre tpbBefore Watchmen Minutemen/Silk Spectre TPB

-One of the all time best comic books continues in the first collection of the Before Watchmen prequel miniseries.

-Darwyn Cooke, the creator of The New Frontier and adapter of the Parker novels, illustrates and writes the Minutemen series, telling the tale of the team that came before The Watchmen.

-Cooke also joins with Amanda Conner, cover artist and co-writer of Harley Quinn, for the Silk Spectre miniseries.

-The latter miniseries features Silk Spectre in a story that is reminiscent of Archie comics if written by someone taking acid.

Tiny Titans Return to the Treehouse #1 (of 6)Tiny Titans Return to the Treehouse

-DC‘s most popular young readers series is back for six issues!

-Art Baltazar and Franco deliver family friendly and funny comic strips about the young heroes of the DC Universe in the Tiny Titans series, a perfect comic book starting point for any young child.

-Fans of Calvin and Hobbs should check out the Tiny Titans comics if you already haven’t.

-Issue #1 sees the team discovering that their treehouse has gone missing.  Who took it and will they get it back?  Find out in the first startling issue!

Big Trouble in Little China #1Big Trouble in Little China #1

-Jack Burton is back, baby!

-Eric Powell, creator of The Goon, returns to the world of John Carpenter’s cult favorite action comedy.

-The Pork Chop Express is housing a stowaway and Jack Burton must fight off demons at his wedding!

-All your favorite characters from the original film are back for a completely new adventure!

Afterlife with Archie v.1 tpbAfterlife with Archie v.1 tpb

-A dark, adult Archie book like you’ve never read before.

-When Sabrina the Teenage Witch revives Jughead‘s dog, Hot Dog, from the dead, she accidentally unleashes an army of zombies on Riverdale.

-Moody, expressionistic artist extraordinaire, Francesco Francavilla illustrates the series, delivering a contemplative story that surpasses Archie expectations.

-Comic stores are receiving this first collection a week before bookstores, so come grab a copy early!

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.

Jan 112014
 

Inhumanity Spider-Man #1

-Continue to follow the antics of Inhumanity in this next important chapter!

-The Superior Spider-Man is brought into the fray of the newly sprouting Inhumans!

-Written by Christos Gage (Superior Spider-Man, Avengers Academy, The Flash), this issue will act as an important chapter in the Inhumanity saga, as well as another chapter in Otto’s reign as Spider-Man.

-Can Otto lean a lesson of humility. . . or is that inhumility?

Seekers of the Weird #1 (of 5)

-Disney and Marvel‘s first official, original comic book collaboration!

-Seekers of the Weird takes place in the designed, but never built Museum of the Weird amusement ride.  This ride was originally intended Disney World, but now acts as the backdrop for family friendly adventure!

-An original story, this miniseries follows a pair of wayward children in search of their father and lost in the Museum of the Weird.

-Brandon Seifert, writer of Doctor Who and Witch Doctor comics, brings his talent for wonder and adventure to this young readers series!

Black Dynamite #1

-All you gotta know is that Black Dynamite is the original, B.A., kung-fu master detective that keeps all the ladies happy and all the men cowering in fear!

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Night of the Living Deadpool #1 (of 4)

-Local author, Cullen Bunn, continues his unparalleled run on the Merc with the Mouth in this newest miniseries!

-Now that Deadpool has killed the entire Marvel Universe, all of literature, and every version of himself, who does he have left to kill?

-EVERYONE AGAIN!

-Highlighting the sheer horror of Deadpool fighting endless hordes of zombies, this artistically inventive series is presented entirely in black and white, except for Deadpool, himself, who is in color!