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New Games: Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Magic the Gathering TCG: Commander 2019 Decks

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Commander series returns with four brand new ready-to-play decks for Magic’s most popular multiplayer format.

The Commander series is a great entry point for players interested in the format. Additionally, all cards included will be legal in Legacy and Vintage, piquing the interest of fans of Eternal formats as well.

Jurassic Park Danger!

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Hold onto your butts!” Jurassic Park: Danger! is a light strategy game, set amidst the chaos of Isla Nublar, that will take you on the adventure of your life!

One player controls the T-Rex, Dilophosaurus, and Velociraptor, prowling through the jungle to attack the humans. The other players control a team of human characters, working to get the park back online and escape to the helipad before it’s too late!

When a human character is eliminated by the dinosaurs, that human player immediately comes back into play with a brand-new human character. If the human players can get a certain number of human characters to safety, the humans win. But if the dinosaur player can eliminate three human characters, the dinosaurs win.

Wings of Glory: Tripods & Triplanes

 

 

 

 

 

 

March, 18th 1918: Martian tripods are invading Earth, so World War One comes to a halt as airplane pilots from all nations cooperate to stop them.

Wings of Glory: Tripods & Triplanes is a standalone game that adds tripods to the world-famous system Wings of Glory system.

Shikoku

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shikoku is the smallest of the four main islands of Japan and famous for its 88 Buddhist temples pilgrimage. It is said people have a year of misfortune and woes — at the age of 42 for men and 33 for women — so to be cured and avoid bad luck, pilgrims of those ages attend the temple 23 called Yakuōji and place of the Buddha of healing, Yakushi Nyorai. In every step, pilgrims leave a coin while singing the Yakushi mantra, which favors them with spiritual healing and prevents misfortune.

In Shikoku, players play the role of pilgrims who are going up the 33 steps while singing mantras until they reach the pagoda. However, the “Middle Path” seeks moderation, not the extremes: To be the first one, or the last, is not welcome! The winners will be those who are second or next to last on the steps when a player reaches the top.

Pokemon TCG: Hidden Fates Pin Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show your Pokémon pride with a collector’s pin featuring the Legendary Pokémon Mewtwo or the Mythical Pokémon Mew! You’ll also expand your Pokémon TCG roster with awesome foil promo cards featuring one of these amazing Psychic-type Pokémon. Plus, each collection includes three booster packs from the special Pokémon TCG: Hidden Fates expansion!

Legendary Marvel: Revelations Expansion

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and War Machine have finally emerged from the shadows. But the Avengers are tested as never before when dark Revelations force them to question everything they know. The Mandarin manipulates secrets to turn Avenger against Avenger and transforming schemes of deception and corruption make it hard to tell good and evil apart.

Scarlet Witch’s fragile sanity cracks, warping the world into the House of M. Soon the Heroes are haunted by dark memories of tragedy that even Quicksilver’s speed can’t escape. Daring to hope, the Avengers prepare their incredible powers for a desperate last stand.

Bahamas

 

 

 

 

 

 

The holdup was perfect… A sound plan! Millions in a bag, fleeing by plane, yes, really, a sound one. Everyone begins to relax, but suddenly the engine sputters! Then the plane begins to fall… Yes, the holdup was perfect and they had anticipated everything — everything but enough parachutes to go around…

Play your role amongst ten characters in Bahamas and steal, lie, threaten, do everything you can to get the biggest part of the loot and land safely!

Pokemon TCG: Detective Pikachu Mr. Mime Playmat

 

 

 

 

 

 

Action Pups! Compete to tell the secret life story of a dog.

Action Pups! contains a deck of 170 cards, each with unique picture of a dog on one side and the elements of a story on the back.

Each turn a judge draws a dog card and names the dog, while other players combine two cards from their hand to build an absurd story they pitch to the judge. Is that sassy retriever a tech mogul with a secret plan for world domination? Is that posh poodle a runaway model? Make a story, impress the judge, and may the best story win!

Legend of the Five Rings LCG: Justice for Satsume
A Games of Thrones LCG: The Blackwater

 

 

 

 

 

 

All eyes are on Otosan Uchi as a chaotic Imperial succession is hastily planned. While the Imperial City is the focal point for these dramatic events, strife is infesting Rokugan from all angles. The Emerald Empire is breaking down into chaos—who will you support?

Immerse yourself in the world of Westeros with the King’s Landing cycle forA Game of Thrones: The Card Game. Here, key characters and events can brush up against one another without the bounds of the linear time. Rather than moving through the books of the saga, this cycle highlights the capital city that draws people from across the world. As you take your place among its many inhabitants, your loyalties will be tested and you may find that the surest way to earn victory for your House is to turn to less moral means, with the continued exploration of the shadow keyword. But if your actions bring the rightful rulers to power, then surely the ends justify the means.

Fallout Wasteland Warfare: Vault-Tec & Nuka Notebooks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ultra-Pro Supplies: MTG Commander 2019 Playmats, Deck Protectors & Deck Boxes

New Games: Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Wooly Whammoth


 

 

 

 

 

To feed your prehistoric clan, your tribespeople must force Mammoths over the side of a cliff. Just be careful that you don’t sink into a tarpit, get stomped by a Mammoth — or run right off the cliff yourself in the process. This “Guts-style” game has you trying to outthink your opponents and maneuver them into harm’s way…until “WHAMM!”, one tribe emerges victorious.

Wooly Whammoth features identical eight-card hands, each card showing a number of spaces that must be moved — but it is the total number, adding all the cards played that hand, which determines just how far ALL the cave people will run. Some have modifiers to slow down or speed up your cave person alone – and quickly getting out of sync with the others is how you will survive and send them over the edge. Getting two spaces from the edge is how you will earn Mammoth Meat as the wooly beasts plunge to the valley below — and it take six Meat tokens to win. BUT to refill your hand, you must eat a Meat, in a lovely balancing act.

Your two-piece modular board becomes elongated after every successful hunt, changing the conditions and lengths individual players have to go to score a Mammoth.

Of course, the other way to win is to eliminate all four of your opponents’ tribespeople by forcing them into tar pits, crushing them under CHARGING mammoths, or sending them flying over the cliff. It’s a think, double-think, guts game of prehistoric survival!

The Sherlock Files: Elementary Entries


 

 

 

 

 

Are you a modern mastermind detective?

The Sherlock Files: Elementary Entries includes three confounding cases for you to solve. First, you need to discover the cause of a fatal heart attack aboard Flight TJ1309. Next, you dig up a cold case from 1923 involving the violent and unexpected death of a famous explorer and archaeologist. Last, unravel the story behind the mysterious body that put a damper on one family’s 4th of July party.

Decipher clues to determine which are relevant to the case and which are not. Share the clues you deem relevant with your detective partners. Which theories will you chase?

How will you fare compared to the world’s greatest detective? Work together to solve each case to find out!

Munchkin Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Dice Expansion


 

 

 

 

 

Nothing says Chaos like these random number generators (as long as you only need numbers from 1 to 6). These six attractive dice will add an extra dose of Chaos to any Munchkin game . . . and they come with four new Munchkin Warhammer 40,000cards!

D&D Icons of the Realms Miniatures: Walking Statue of Waterdeep, The Honorable Knight


 

 

 

 

 

WizKids, the industry leader in quality pre-painted plastic miniatures, presents its newest D&D Icons of the Realms premium figure, The Walking Statue of Waterdeep! The gorgeous detail on this miniature highlights the incredible power that is at the Blackstaff’s command, towering over the city of Waterdeep at 57′ 3″ tall (scaled down to about 11 inches). Bring one of the awesome protectors of the Crown of the North to your Waterdeep adventure with this premium figure!

This fantastic pre-painted premium figure will be the perfect piece to create an immersive roleplaying game experience. It’s the perfect addition to your Waterdeep adventure and beyond!

New Games: Friday, August 16th, 2019

Imaginarium

 

 

 

 

 

 

Through the mist, you can just about see the gigantic form of the factory. This is where the essence of dreams is shaped! We will enter the factory through the grand entrance. Here are the famous machines! You can repair, combine or dismantle them. They will produce the resources needed to repair more powerful machines. I am sure that you will quickly make the best use of your resources and the space available in your workshop to carry out the projects of the design office and gain Victory points!

Batman the Animated Series: Rogues Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

Defeat the Batman to rule the city! Gotham City’s coffers are ripe for the robbing, but one thing stands in the way of the city’s supervillains: the reviled Batman. It’s time someone finally took out that nuisance! Choose your favorite villain, then go on crime sprees, steal powerful upgrades, recruit nefarious accomplices, and race to complete your master plan and be the first to defeat the World’s Greatest Detective!

Batman: The Animated Series – Rogues Gallery is a press-your-luck game for three to five players. Each player takes on the role of a devious Gotham City villain attempting to be the first to take down Batman, but beating him requires a sound strategy and a dash of good luck. Gather your forces, lay your traps, and claim the ultimate bragging rights as the villain who finally defeated the Batman!

The Grimm Masquerade

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Beast has invited you to his castle for a Masquerade. When you enter, you are magically transformed into the identity of another character from The Grimm Forest! The Beast enjoys his antics!

Players will be outed if they are given 2 artifacts of their bane, but can win the magical masquerade if they are able to collect 3 artifacts of their favor.

The Beast loves to watch the characters try and oust each other. Each player will draw 2 artifacts, keeping one for themselves and giving 1 to any player at the ball. This reveals a lot of information on both players. Why did you keep that artifact? Oh excuse me Snow White, I see you have 2 mirrors does that oust you as the Evil Queen?

Turning in 2 Artifacts activates special actions as well, timing these well have great benefits!

Don’t worry if you are outed early, you take on the role of a Ghost, you get to guess what character you think will win the magical masquerade and if you are correct, you win along with them! You also take a turn handing out Artifacts to characters to try and sway the ball to your favor!

The first player to collect 3 Artifacts of Favor or to be the last player remaining will win. All other players will be given a token in their defeat. When someone has 3 tokens, that triggers the end of the masquerade and we see which player was the best!

Foodies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create the Best Combination of Dishes to Rule the Food Court

The Food Court. It’s a haven for hungry and thirsty patrons as they go about their lives. But, for some, the Food Court is life. Every restaurant wants to attract the most customers, tailoring their menu and hiring famous chefs to work in their kitchen. In the end, only one will be the most successful. You wanna grab a bite to eat?

In Foodies, players take on the role of managers in a Food Court. During the game, they will add new dishes to their menu, connecting the stars between different dishes. These recipes come from all over the world, granting different bonuses when added. What’s more, players can hire Chefs to work in their kitchens, including special, prestigious Chefs who are the best in the business. In the end, the player who gains the most Popularity will be declared the food master and win the game.

The Walking Dead: Something to Fear

 

 

 

 

 

 

Survive nine waves of brutal villains from The Walking Dead, including The Governor, Negan, and unending hordes of walkers.

Will you work to survive as a group, or throw your friends to the walkers to gain the most points for yourself.

Can you make it as far as Rick and the Survivors?

The Walking Dead: Something to Fear is a semi-cooperative survival card game for 2 – 5 players.

Alakazam!

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this fast-paced and magical game for two, players choose the best spell to take down their opponent using game cards with built-in spinners and tabs, casting damaging spells against their opponent, defending with counter-spells, and even summoning monsters to battle with a mighty cry: Alakazam! Gameplay is like a complex rock-paper-scissors, with defensive and offensive strategies, and even a set of MASTERIES for advanced rules when players become experienced with the game. Take down your opponent as quickly as possible—before their spells hit their mark!

These two fully contained game cards are travel-ready, spellbinding entertainment for aspiring wizards of all ages.

Pokemon TCG: Detective Pikachu Mr. Mime Playmat

 

New Games: Thursday, August 15th, 2019

The Captain is Dead: Dangerous Planet


 

 

 

 

 

After escaping the alien prison in Episode 2, the crew were assigned a new captain and a new mission: locate artifacts on a dangerous planet within the alien empire. The captain didn’t last 5 minutes. Now you have to find alien artifacts to unlock strange technology and escape before being overwhelmed by swarms of bugs.

  • Up to 7 players
  • 20 characters to play, each with their own strengths
  • A totally new Captain is Dead experience with a whole new way to play, new rules, and new game systems

New Games: Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

Bargain Quest: Core Game, Black Market, Solo Mode, Chaotic Goods & Bonus Packs


 

 

 

 

 

Bargain Quest is a game of adventure and capitalism for 2-6 players. You and your friends will take on the role of shopkeepers in an RPG town plagued by monsters. You must draft item cards to stock your shelves and arrange your displays to attract the wealthiest heroes to your shop. After that, the heroes will face off against monstrous threats. If they succeed, fantastic! If they get eaten alive, well, at least nobody will ask for a refund. Do you have what it takes to be the best shop in town?

It’s time to make these heroes an offer they can’t refuse! This expansion introduces the Black Market Upgrade to Bargain Quest, as well as a plethora of monsters, heroes, employees, and a variety of fabulous items to sell! The Black Market Expansion brings Bargain Quest to a whole new level of market mayhem! It’s a dangerous town, and you’ll have to use all of your cunning and wits if you mean to make a profit out here!

Pick up new rules and cards that allow Bargain Quest to be played solo!

Expand your options with this pack of 13 new Heroes and 9 new employees! This expansion features Guest Art from some amazing illustrators, including: Scott Kurtz, Yuko Ota, Brian Kesinger, Tyson Hesse, and many more!

Expand your game with three Bargain Quest Bonus Packs from your favorite webcomic series! Heroes from Tabletop Titans, 8-Bit Theater, and Penny Arcade’s Acquisitions Incorporated will be ready to shop at your store!

WizKids Miniatures: Jungle Shrine & Unpainted Miniatures Wave 9


 

 

 

 

 

The Jungle Shrine is the first offering from WizKids in the new 4D Settings line. These scenes offer more than just pre-painted miniatures for you. They offer exciting new play experiences and storytelling narratives.

With the Jungle Shrine set, you’ll have everything you need to set your adventure in a mystical jungle shrine. Will the runes on the standing stones open a door into the realm of faeries or trigger a magical trap? What happens when your players reassemble the broken statue? Where does the gateway lead? Who lives in the hut, tending to this sacred site? These are all questions you can pose to your players with the different set pieces included in this set. Since there’s no “right” answer to any of these questions, each piece has numerous ways it could be reused, providing a great value.

This set will also be one of the first to include LEDs, with a light-up fire and glowing rune stones!

Wave 9 of WizKids Unpainted Minaitures line includes the following and more!

  • Tortles Adventurers
  • Tabaxi Rogue
  • Bulette
  • Wyvern
  • Goblin Alchemist
  • Genie & Efreeti
  • Clockwork Dragon
  • Star-Spawn of Cthulhu
  • Shark
  • Kraken

New Games: Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

The Towers of Arkhanos

 

 

 

 

 

The Towers of Arkhanos is a dice drafting, tower building game for 2 to 4 players. Fast and fun family game that plays in about 20 to 30 minutes.

In The Towers of Arkhanos, players must jointly build arcane towers to channel the power of past civilizations. For this, your master and apprentices must use magic stones (dice) and apply abilities written in the book of magic, acquiring prestige and becoming the magician with incredible reputation in the kingdom.

The player will control one of the magic schools(different colors) from the realms of Drunagor and try and build the magic towers in order to gain more prestige points to be appointed the greatest wizard of the realm.

The match ends at the end of the 8th round (2-4 players) or the 9th round (3players). At that point, incomplete towers will also earn points. Thus, players who have meeples allocated on any of the towers (regardless of whether they are external or central) receive the following score:
1st place in arcane influence: 3 points of prestige;
2nd place in arcane influence: 2 points of prestige;
Draw in arcane influence: 1 point of prestige.

In addition, each meeple in the players magic book will also yield 1 prestige point. Add up the prestige points of each player and the one with the most prestige points is declared the winner.

Will you take the wizard’s robe and accept the challenge or be forgotten by the magic high council of the realm?

Fluxx: Marvel & Jumanji Editions

 

 

 

 

 

 

At long last, Fluxx fans can stand up and say “Make Mine Marvel!” Featuring familiar heroes and villains from your favorite Marvel comics, this Fluxx lets you assemble your dream team of Avengers, and much, much more. You might even notice some new super powers for your friendly neighborhood Fluxx! Includes a collectible coin and 7 bonus cards.

Jumanji Fluxx reminds you just how chaotic and dangerous the world of Jumanji can be! Watch out for all-new Danger cards that eliminate players! You might be able to jump back in, but if the deck runs out, elimination becomes permanent. If you want to survive you’ll have to carefully traverse the landscape, gathering the right gear and avoiding the many wild animals. Be prepared, or risk getting eliminated… remember, it’s not just a game! This game includes a collectible coin and seven bonus cards. 

New Games: Friday, August 9th, 2019

Patchwork Doodle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patchwork Doodle is a roll-and-write version of Patchwork, with each player having their own 9×9 grid to fill in over the course of the game. Each player sets up by drawing a unique polyomino card from the starting deck, then drawing that on their sheet.

In each round, players lay out a number of polyomino cards in a circle, then place the rabbit between two cards. On a turn, someone rolls the die, moves the rabbit forward, then removes the card indicated by the rabbit. Each player must draw the polyomino indicated on this card in their grid. Once a certain number of cards have been played, the round ends, players score points, then you lay out more cards for the next round.

Each player has four special actions available to them during the game: You can choose to draw the card before or after the chosen card, you can cut a polyomino into two pieces before adding one piece to your grid, you can fill in a 1×1 space in your grid, and you can do one of the above actions a second time. When you take one of these actions, you mark it off as each can be used only once (except for the one you use a second time, if you know what I mean).

You lose a point for each space that you don’t cover, so try to pack everything in as tightly as possible!

Deckscape: Behind the Curtain

 

 

 

 

 

 

Involve your group of friends in a spectacular and adventurous plot, full of… magic!

An anonymous envelope in your mail box contains free tickets for the sold-out last magic show of the great magician Lance Oldman; the show will take place tonight in New York. You cannot wait to go: a fun and carefree evening awaits you… but when you’re dealing with magic, you have to be ready for anything! You take your seat in the audience and just when you start to figure out how some magic tricks are performed, an unexpected twist changes the course of the show! Will you be able to unveil the magician’s secrets and amaze the audience by performing something unbelievable yourself?

Space Base: Command Station Expansion

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following the events surrounding Shy Pluto, two new zones within known space have opened up. The Admiral has promoted two new Captains to the rank of Commodore to command these new Space Bases and work their sectors!

Command Station allows players to expand their games of Space Base to include two more players. Now six or seven Commodores can compete for the promotion to become the Admiral of the U.E.S. Fleet!

Designed to be large enough to hold Space Base Base, the Shy Pluto Expansion, and additional future expansions all in one convenient storage box!

Kanagawa: Yokai Expansion

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kanagawa: Yokai includes cards and scoring elements for three new elements — kites, parasols, and paper lanterns — and to use them, you replace any two elements in the Kanagawa base game with two new elements.

Some of the cards in this expansion include a yokaï symbol that is visible whether you place the card in your painting or in your studio. When you place such a card, you take a yokaï marker from the reserve or from another player, and if you collect all three such markers, you receive a reward. You hope that someone else will claim them later, though, because players with yokaï markers at the end of the game lose points.

Legend of the Five Rings LCG: World Championship Deck 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the Crane’s emphasis on beauty and grace, it can be easily forgotten that mighty samurai well-versed in the trials of battle and the intrigues of court make up their ranks. This is a lesson that won’t be soon forgotten with their recent victory at the 2018 Winter Court World Championship. Now, this power can be yours!

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the Winter Court 2018 World Championship Deck for Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game!

This pre-constructed Crane Clan deck is identical to the deck used by Shogun Erik Baalhuis during the 2018 Winter Court World Championships! Now the power of these 87 cards can be yours with each card boasting a new extended art layout, created through Fantasy Flight Games’s in-house manufacturing!

A Game of Thrones LCG: World Championship Deck 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

“My father had no use for grief. Vengeance was more to his taste.”
   –Nymeria Sand, A Feast for Crows

Players gathered from across the globe to participate in the 2018 November World Championship for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game. After a tense series of matchups, the title ultimately went to Lennart Paga of Germany, who led House Martell to victory with the help of House Stark using the Banner of the Wolf (Core Set, 203B) agenda. Now, the secrets of Paga’s cunning can be yours.

Pokemon TCG: Detective Pikachu On The Case Figure Collection

Detective Pikachu has a nose for clues, for a mystery, for things other detectives might miss! Get your own sculpted Detective Pikachu figure featuring the famous Pokemon in a classic sleuthing cap, standing atop an enormous magnifying glass! This collection also includes a roundup of promo cards featuring the famous detective and friends, in addition to a trio of special Detective Pikachu booster packs to crack open-see what other Pokemon you can find!
Contents:
  • 4 foil promo cards featuring Detective Pikachu plus Psyduck, Bulbasaur, and Snubbull!
  • 1 beautifully sculpted Detective Pikachu figure, standing on a magnifying glass!
  • 3 Pokemon TCG: Detective Pikachu 4-card booster packs
  • 2 additional Pokemon TCG booster packs
  • A Pokemon TCG Online code card

Ultra Pro Playmats: Dective Pikachu & Pikachu 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dungeons & Dragons RPG: Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide Faerun Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

GF9’s Official Dungeons & Dragons Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide Faerûn Map has a high-quality vinyl surface, ideal for tracking the progress of your adventures during the campaign. Showing the complete Sword Coast, this map features such famed locations as Waterdeep, Baldur’s Gate, and Neverwinter. Your players will never be found wanting for adventure again!

Dungeons & Dragon RPG: Of Ships and the Sea DM Screen (for use with Ghosts of Saltmarsh)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ocean is a vast and dangerous place, ripe with adventure both above and below the waves. This screen is the perfect accessory for running adventures on the high seas, such as those found in Ghosts of the Saltmarsh™. The evocative front displays a variety of scenarios your heroes may find themselves in, from a kraken attack to a meeting with a sahuagin baron. On the back you will find a variety of references to help you in the running of your sea escapades, such as random ships and seafaring hazards.

August 2019 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Copra #1
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October 2, 2019
Publisher: Image Comics
(W/A/CA) Michel Fiffe

SERIES PREMIERE
  
COPRA returns in the first issue of its all-new ONGOING SERIES! 

Acclaimed comics auteur MICHEL FIFFE picks up where his band of mercenary misfits left off, reintroducing the entire cast of his Suicide Squad-esque revenge machine in a brutal standoff against their own leader. Jump right into the thick of it with the world’s greatest action team in this extra-length debut milestone-36 pages for just $3.99!

In case you missed it, Michel Fiffe’s Copra, previously published by Bergen Street Comics, has found a new home over at Image Comics. This change kicked off with the first five volumes of the series being reprinted through Image. Now we’ve got this announcement of the series relaunching with singles at Image. I’ll note that this is a continuation of the story, not a reprint. Copra is a series that Josh (you know, the shorter one) has been telling me to read for years and this looks to be a great time to jump in.

 

Joker: Killer Smile #1 (of 3)

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October 30, 2019
Publisher: DC Comics
(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Andrea Sorrentino

Everyone knows The Joker doesn’t have the most promising history with psychotherapists. In fact, no one’s even been able to diagnose him. But that doesn’t matter to the confident, world-beating Dr. Ben Arnell; he’s going to be the one to unravel this unknowable mind. There’s no way The Joker could ever get through the therapeutic walls Ben has built around himself. Right? There’s no way The Joker’s been entering his house at night…right? There’s no way The Joker has stood over his son’s bed, and put that book in his hands, the one with the, the, the…  
The Eisner-nominated creative team of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (GREEN ARROW, Gideon Falls) reunite for a psychological horror story where nothing is as it seems, your eyes can’t be trusted and Mr. Smiles is waiting behind the basement door. 
Wait, who’s Mr. Smiles?

One of the most exciting announcements out of San Diego Comic Con this year was the news that Jeff Lemire would be writing two new Black Label books for DC — one being a book about The Question and the other Joker: Killer Smile. Lemire joins Green Arrow and Gideon Falls cohort Andrea Sorrentino for Joker which in itself is worth the price of admission. I’m sure this has been said in this blog before but if you’re not reading Gideon Falls yet, go fix that!

 

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1
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October 2, 2019
Publisher: Boom! Studios
(W) Jeff Loveness (A) Lisandro Estherren (CA) Evan Cagle

MANKIND MADE IT TO SPACE. AND NOW SPACE HAS FOLLOWED THEM BACK.
* Herring is a disillusioned American spy stationed on the eastern side of the Berlin Wall, struggling with his role in a Cold War that seems to have no end. But when he’s sent on a mission behind enemy lines to infiltrate East German intelligence, he soon learns the Soviets have a secret weapon that could change the tides of the conflict: an alien monster that they don’t understand, and can’t control.
* The Soviets are about to learn that they’re not in charge of the monster it’s already in their minds and has twisted them to their will. Now now Herring must find a way to understand the impossible before it transforms him into a monster unlike any other.
* Writer Jeff Loveness (Judas) and Lisandro Estherren (Redneck) team up for a story in the spirit of Cold War classics, for fans of period piece science fiction as well as alien action such as Barrier.

Is there a genre for “X group of people from history actually have a secret, otherwordly weapon?” I don’t think it’s played out enough to have its own category but it’s a premise I’m a sucker for and part of what initially drew me into Mike Mignola’s Hellboy universe. So I’m mostly in on this because it sounds rad and I’m diggin’ the True Detective-esque cover.

 

X-Men #1
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October 16, 2019
Publisher: Marvel Comics
(W) Jonathon Hickman (A/CA) Leinil Francis Yu

DAWN OF X!
The X-Men find themselves in a whole new world of possibility… and things have never been better! Jonathan Hickman (HOUSE OF X, POWERS OF X, SECRET WARS) and superstar artist Leinil Yu (NEW AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA) reveal the saga of Cyclops and his hand-picked squad of mutant powerhouses!
Rated T+  

So far, Hickman’s take on X-Men (being his two intertwining mini-series, House of X and Powers of X) is all it’s been chalked up to be. I’m writing this the day before House of X #2 comes out and I can’t wait to read it. That’s saying a lot considering I rarely read books (aside from #1s) right when they come out AND I’ve never really read a proper X-Men book. At this point, I’m on board for whatever Hickman wants to try out here.

 

Batman’s Grave #1 (of 12)
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October 9, 2019
Publisher: DC Comics
(W) Warren Ellis (A) Kevin Nowland (A/CA) Bryan Hitch

The World’s Greatest Detective must try to inhabit the mind of a murder victim to solve a case-without filling the empty grave next to those of his parents. Can Batman imagine the life of a corpse with a half-eaten face without dying himself?
Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, one of the most legendary creative partnerships of the modern age, reunite in this maxiseries about life, death and the questions most are too afraid to ask.

Great timing on this one — last week saw the release of The Authority Omnibus and I’m enjoying Ellis and Hitch’s work on it (I’ve not read it before and decided to pick it up so I can work my way through Planetary and Ellis’s new Wildstorm run). It’ll be great to see the two working together on a new Batman book. Here’s hoping for a fight with the Midnighter.

New Games: Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Dead Man’s Cabal


 

 

 

 

 

You’ve conquered death and mastered all nine dimensions of space-time. Reality bends to your every whim and desire. You are the absolute best there ever has been, a necromancer at the top of their game. The only downside is that no one likes you on account of the creeping around with dead bodies and the lack of sunlight. But who needs friends when you can make them?

Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid


 

 

 

 

 

Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid gives each player the chance to take the role of a Power Ranger, the heroes of Angel Grove who defend the earth against the evil Rita Repulsa and her nefarious minions. Each Ranger comes with a unique combat deck representing their special skills and fighting style. From the Red Ranger’s leadership karate skills, to the Yellow Ranger’s Sabertooth ferocity, to the Blue Ranger’s tactical mind, each ranger brings a unique set of skills to the table. You need to use your powers well if you intend to save Angel Grove!

In each game, you need to protect four combat zones that are being targeted by the evil Rita Repulsa. Each round, enemy forces deploy onto these zones and cause chaos among the populace. Who knows what sort of strange monsters Rita has cooked up for the Rangers this time?

During play, Rangers must manage their actions and coordinate their defenses, moving to the locations under the most threat and doing battle with enemies. Finding time to rest and recover between engagements as they prepare to defeat the mastermind behind this plot.

During battle, each Ranger and each enemy in the location participate in the combat sequence. Enemy cards represent enemy actions and health. Rangers can attack these cards to disrupt their attacks. Each minion card the rangers defeat removes one minion figure from that location. Monsters are much deadlier foes with a variety of special attacks that you’ll need to deal with and defeat before you send them packing! A Ranger’s combat deck represents their health, with each card played and blow sustained slowly whittling away at their options. They’ll need to find time to rest or power-up at the Command Center if they want to stay fresh for the next fight!

As the Rangers defeat enemies and progress through the game, they’ll unlock Zord cards which provide them unique abilities and special actions they can perform. Eventually they’ll be able to unleash the full power of the mighty Megazord!

Each game reaches its climax with a confrontation with the enemy Master, a devastatingly powerful foe who must be thwarted if the Rangers wish to save the city! Do you have what it takes?

Also Available:

  • Shattered Grid Expansion
  • Ranger Dice Set
  • Megazord Deluxe Figure
  • Cyclopsis Deluxe Figure
  • Villain Pack #1

Deadly Doodles


 

 

 

 

 

In this quick-playing doodle game, 1–4 players simultaneously draw paths through a dangerous dungeon. Draw cards, draw a path through your dungeon, and rack up points! Collect loot and fight monsters . . . or run away screaming! Can you defeat the dragon for the big score?

Scuttle!


 

 

 

 

 

In this fast-playing card game, players scheme, battle and steal to be the first to collect 21 doubloons. Each turn either draw a card or play a card – cards can be played as either treasure or as an action. Do you want to draw 2 cards, or steal the treasure chest your opponent just played? Or would you rather wipe the board…knowing that your booty is protected!

Make use of monkeys, rodent-powered cannons, sneaky rats and loyal parrots to protect your treasure from the other pirates. The waters are treacherous, so take what you can, and give nothing back. But be warned – dead men tell no tales!

Passtally


 

 

 

 

 

The Japanese game that has everyone talking.  A snap to teach, but rich in strategy and depth: prepare to be hooked on Passtally.

In Passtally, players compete by strategically placing tiles in the hopes of creating the cleverest connecting routes between their pieces.  Tiles are stacked to alter existing routes and add victory (or chaos) to existing structures.  The higher the stack, the greater the points – just make sure the points belong to you!

Stack high, build routes.  Passtally.

Dead Man’s Cabal


 

 

 

 

 

Terror Below is a game of government experiments gone wild in the Nevada desert.

The faster you move, the more vibrations you make, attracting the attention of the vicious W.O.R.M.s underground. Navigate the difficult terrain to collect valuable W.O.R.M. Eggs and deliver them to Locations around town to claim bounties. If you’re feeling lucky, collect items and weapons to go hunt ‘em.

Dizzle


 

 

 

 

 

In Dizzle, players want to fill their scorecards with dice collected each round. Players take turns selecting dice from the center of the table, and the next die they collect must match the others. At the end of a round, mark all boxes on your scorecard filled with dice.

This might sound simple, but of course others will compete for the dice you need…

Oink Games: Mr. Face & Tricks and the Phantom


 

 

 

 

 

Numerous cards with different exclamations! You have to build the face that matches your card best. You can also just take a good, matching selfie, but you can always use the face parts in the box. The amount of face parts is limited, but the expressions you can make are uncountable. If everyone can find the matching card to your face, you win. Can you express emotions with “Mr. Face”, so that everyone will understand?

A mysterious case involving a MacGuffin…the investigators are ready to report their prime suspects and are poised to arrest the criminal.
However, behind the scenes the Phantom is pulling away. No one that has seen the Phantom has returned to tell the tale. Where could the disguised Phantom be lurking? You must be vigilant!
While being wary of the Phantom, speculate about and discover just who the criminal really is. This quick, mystery card game is packed full of reasoning and fun. Let the battle of wits begin!

Dead Man’s Cabal


 

 

 

 

 

Named after the Sagrada-Familia facades, Sagrada: The Great Facades is a series of expansions to be released in three parts: Passion, Life, and Glory. Each part of the expansion contains modules of content that players can add individually or together to their games of Sagrada.

Sagrada: Passion introduces inspiration cards, rare glass dice and cards, rare glass private objectives, and symmetry public objectives.

Dead Man’s Cabal


 

 

 

 

 

Agatha Heterodyne and all her friends – and enemies! – invade your gaming table in Munchkin Steampunk: Girl Genius, an expansion for Munchkin Steampunk based on the hit webcomic from Studio Foglio.

Designed by Steve Jackson and illustrated by Girl Genius creator Phil Foglio, this expansion includes new foes, new Treasures, and the fan-favorite Sparks . . . including new Spark tokens and rules for using them!

Numenera RPG: Explorer’s Keys – Ten Instant Adventures


 

 

 

 

 

Ten amazing, super-low-prep adventures you can start running minutes from now!

A trip to the moon—and the very, very ancient past. A stolen twin. The approach of a starwing seraph that spells doom for an entire city. An enormous underground ruin where humans and abhumans vie with one another, intelligent fungi—and a deadly predator. Ten complete adventures to challenge and intrigue your Numenera gaming group, full of all the mystery, awe, and danger you expect from your journeys through the Ninth World.

And best of all: they’re Instant Adventures, presented in MCG’s unique and innovative format that requires virtually no preparation. Simply pick up this book, choose an adventure, and be playing in ten minutes or less. There are even pregenerated characters included, so you can get started on an impromptu game in about the same time it takes to set up a board game.

You can easily insert these adventures into your ongoing campaign, string them together for weeks and weeks of gaming, or run them as one-shots when the mood for an RPG strikes, but nobody has prepped a game.

Dungeons & Dragons RPG: Adventures in Middle-Earth, Lonely Mountains Region Guide


 

 

 

 

 

Packed with new information on some of the best-known locales and characters described in The Hobbit, this invaluable guide for players and Loremasters alike describes the Dwarf-hold of Erebor, the city of Dale, the surrounding regions and the many different activities to undertake there.

Lonely Mountain Region Guide contains material previously released as Erebor The Lonely Mountain for The One Ring Roleplaying Game, fully converted to be compatible with Adventures in Middle-earth and the OGL rules.

Other New Releases:

It’s post GenCon so there will be mountains of new releases coming up. To keep this from being nightmarish, here is a list of some of the other new things today:

Ultra Pro Supplies:

  • Pokemon Ultra Ball Binder and Alcove Flip Box
  • Alcove Tower Flip Boxes (Suede Jet, Suede Sapphire, Suede Ruby)
  • Munchkin CCG Sleeves (Wizard and Logo)
  • Breaking Bad Deck Boxes (3 Designs)

WizKids Premium Painted Miniatures:

  • Tiefling Female Sorcerer
  • Tiefling Male Sorcerer
  • Elf Female Druid
  • Dragonborn Male Fighter
  • Aasimar Female Wizard

WizKids Pathfinder Battles:

  • Legendary Adventures Preview Pack

New Games: Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

No Escape: Core Set & Salvation Expansion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expedition is a cooperative adventure game for 1-6 players ages 10+. Expedition can be played with or without a GM, and is enjoyed by players of all experiences levels.

Powered by a free companion app with over 100 quests (and growing), there’s always something new to play. Adventures range from short family-friendly comedies to whole-night epics and multi-night campaigns. The app even has online multiplayer, so you can play with friends no matter where they are.

Expedition: The Roleplaying Card Game is a fast RPG that expedites character creation and combat, allowing adventurers to immediately jump into the action.

Expedition uses an open source, cross-platform app that is free on iOS, Android, and web browsers. The app comes with a variety of pre-built adventures and also provides tools for you to create and tell your own stories. The game makes use of a unique card-based system for combat. Each player has a deck of eight unique ability cards. Every turn, each player draws three cards, then chooses one to play. This must be done quickly, however, because the app times combat; if your party takes too long, you suffer additional damage! This simulates the hectic nature of battle and balances the time spent role-playing and performing combat.

The Deluxe Edition includes everything you need to play Expedition, plus The Horror and The Future expansions. It also features upgraded components: thicker cards, custom clips and a larger, future-proof box.

The Future expands the Expedition universe into space with a new Tech ability class, Synth enemies, and Skills for your adventurer to master both in and out of combat.