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VALIANT COMICS FEBRUARY 2018 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 20:08

    

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #6 (NEW ARC! “THE BOOK OF THE DEAD)
Written by JEFF LEMORE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A (Standard) by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B (Deadside) by RENATO GUEDES
Cover C (Battle Damaged) by JOHN BIVENS
Interlocking Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE
Bloodshot Icon Variant By JIM MAHFOOD

ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “THE BOOK OF THE DEAD” – PART ONE!

Into the Deadside! Years ago, Project Rising Spirit’s cutting-edge nanite technology transformed Ray Garrison into the walking weapon codenamed Bloodshot. Now, those very same microscopic machines have infected his infant daughter’s physiology and threaten to destroy her from the inside out. As the life of an innocent hangs in the balance, Bloodshot will be forced to make an unimaginable decision: to watch the child he loves die, or to confront death itself…and strike a bargain for her safety. Now, with the supernatural heroes known as Shadowman and Dr. Mirage to guide him, Bloodshot is about to undertake an unreal journey into the demon-haunted dimension known as the Deadside to save a life…or sacrifice his own…

Plus: Magic and the Bloodshot Squad lead an assault on Omen for the rescue attempt of a lifetime! A wrenching new chapter for Valiant’s powerful series starts here as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) leads Bloodshot to the precipice of loss, grief, and retribution – featuring fully painted interior art by sensational rising star Renato Guedes (X-O MANOWAR)!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 14th

   QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #3
Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover A (Standard) by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW
Extreme Ultra-Foil Chase Variant by GEOFF SHAW
Q&W Icon Variant by DAVE JOHNSON

Because you demanded it! The Goat returns!

If you add them all up, this would be Quantum and Woody’s 50th issue! What better time to answer the eternal question: “Whatever happened to the Goat, anyway?” At last, the whole saga of Dr. Derek Henderson’s transformation from brilliant physicist and beloved father into a barnyard animal of unimaginable power can finally be told…and all of his secrets revealed, beginning with the long-awaited birth of the Goat’s baby!

And the Eisner for “Best Goat Birth Scene” goes to…writer extraordinaire Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and special guest artist Francis Portela (FAITH)! Don’t miss the staggering spectacle as the entire Valiant Universe stands on the cusp of a milestone moment in the spectacular goatacular of 2018!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 21st

   NINJA-K #4
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP with ARIEL OLIVETTI
Cover A by CAFU
Cover B by ADAM POLLINA
Variant Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Ninjak Icon Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP

A DEADLY NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! From the Queen’s classified files… Enter: NINJA-G! 

At the height of 1970s Britain, MI-6’s covert “Ninja Programme” has just activated its first female agent: NINJA-G! As financial instability grips the nation and anarchy brews in the streets, can MI-6’s newest ninja recruit counter a steady tide of double agents, double crosses, and dueling nation states that will take her from the leather-padded corridors of London to the most severe corners of the Soviet Bloc? The life expectancy of a ninja agent is never long…but just how and why are NINJA-G’s missions still impacting Ninjak’s deadly manhunt in the modern day? And could her legacy hold the secret to decoding the murders of the Ninja Programme’s last surviving members – before Colin King is scratched off the list once and for all?

Learn the hidden history of Valiant’s cold warriors as renowned writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and special guest artist Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA) debrief with an essential and self-contained jumping-on point for the espionage-laden, super-spy thriller Entertainment Weekly calls “fresh and exciting”!

$3.99 | 40 pgs. | $3.99 US | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 14th

   X-O MANOWAR (2017) #12
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by RYAN BODENHEIM
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA
Cover B by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
Interlocking Variant by ARIEL OLIVETTI
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by BEN OLIVER

Behold the untamed fury of Earth’s last Visigoth!

Left for dead by a mercenary band of bounty hunters far more twisted and devious than any enemy he’s faced before, Aric of Dacia has managed to cling to life…and a thirst for revenge. Now, his campaign of retribution against those who have wronged him can begin in full force…and, when the dust settles, the alien world of Gorin will rue the day it ever brought the savage sword of X-O Manowar crashing down upon it…

From the minds of master storyteller Matt Kindt (ETERNITY, Dept. H) and astonishing artist Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), the sci-fi comics juggernaut of 2018 reaches a pounding crescendo as “VISIGOTH” launches Valiant’s iconic hero into an intergalactic battle of will and wanton ferocity!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 28th

   NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #2 (of 4)
Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOE BENNETT
Cover A by KEVIN WADA
Cover B by CAFU
Interlocking Variant by FRANCIS PORTELA
Variant Cover by JOE EISMA
Photo Cover Also Available

A blistering battle royale!

He betrayed his friends. He betrayed his country to save us all… In the wake of NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE’s stunning digital debut – coming this winter to digital devices everywhere – get the full story behind the head-to-head showdowns, hero-on-hero collisions, and epic consequences that await as Ninjak goes it alone against a gauntlet of the Valiant Universe’s biggest and most beloved icons! Watch the live-action, episodic series… Then follow the action directly onto the comics page with extra-added action, intrigue, and revelations behind Ninjak’s grueling firefight against Valiants’ most indelible heroes – with red-hot creators Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks) and Joe Bennett (Deathstroke) calling the shots!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 21st

   

ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS #1
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by CAFU
Cover A by KALMAN ANDRASOFSZKY
Cover B by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Variant Cover by RYAN BODENHEIM
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY

What secrets await inside the Vault of Spirits?

Deep beneath New York City’s seediest dive bar, Armstrong – the hard-hitting, harder-partying immortal veteran of history’s greatest escapades – is hosting an invitation-only affair for his most beloved friends and allies! Archer… Ivar, Timewalker… Faith… Quantum and Woody… And special guests from across the Valiant Universe… All have been offered a seat at the table for a personally guided tour of Armstrong’s most valuable and tightly guarded treasure… From the Great Flood to ancient Greece to the height of the Crusades, raise a glass as Armstrong recounts the true stories of his wine-soaked path down through the ages and the artifacts that reside within his own secret archive!

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG maestro Fred Van Lente returns with rising star CAFU (RAPTURE) to chronicle the first landmark solo adventure in the very (very, very) long life and times of Valiant’s very own disorderly immortal!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On Sale FEBRUARY 7th 

SECRET WEAPONS DELUXE EDITION HC
Written by ERIC HEISSERER
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN with PATRICIA MARTÍN
Cover by RAÚL ALLÉN

The year’s best-selling independent limited series – now in deluxe edition hardcover!

Eric Heisserer, the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of ARRIVAL and Valiant’s upcoming HARBINGER and BLOODSHOT feature films, joins the Harvey Award-nominated art team of Raúl Allén & Patricia Martín (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) for an all-new Valiant adventure…launching Livewire and an extraordinary new team of heroes into the fight of their lives!

The government has dispatched Amanda McKee – the technopath codenamed Livewire – to investigate the ruins of a secret facility formerly run by Toyo Harada, the most powerful telepath on Earth and her former mentor. In his quest for world betterment at any cost, Harada sought out and activated many potential psiots like himself. Those who survived, but whose powers he deemed to have no value to his cause, were hidden away at this installation. But Livewire, having studied Harada’s greatest strengths and learned his deepest weaknesses, senses opportunity where he once saw failure. A young girl who can talk to birds… A boy who can make inanimate objects gently glow… To others, these are expensive disappointments. But, to Livewire, they are secret weapons…in need of a leader. Now, as a mechanized killer called Rex-O seeks to draw them out, Livewire and her new team of cadets will be forced to put their powers into action…in ways they never could have imagined…

Collecting SECRET WEAPONS #1–4.

$24.99 US | 160 pgs. | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 7th
OVERSIZED HARDCOVER | ISBN: 978-1-68215-271-3


WAR MOTHER TPB
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA and TOMÁS GIORELLO with ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover by DAVID MACK

Out of the pages of 4001 A.D., the breakout hero of the 41st century charges onward in an high-powered tale of tomorrow from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and high-octane artists Stephen Segovia (NINJAK, Action Comics) and Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR)!

Two millennia from today, Earth is not the hospitable home we once knew. Ravaged by an endless onslaught of war, disaster, and time, the world is littered with desolate badlands, fortified kingdoms, and secretive enclaves where humanity still clings to life… Enclaves like The Grove – Earth’s last known repository of scientific knowledge and bioengineered prosperity. Now, under the leadership of the lone protector called WAR MOTHER and her sentient sniper rifle, the denizens of The Grove face a critical choice: remain where they are and die, or find a new land and flourish. Can War Mother lead her people out of isolation and reignite the fires of a dying planet? And even if she can locate the distant citadel she seeks, can she fight back the horrors and perverse monstrosities that lurk just beyond her doorstep?

In the footsteps of RAI and BOOK OF DEATH, raw power meets tribal warfare as Fred Van Lente & Stephen Segovia forge a modern myth of the near future through the fire-tempered frontier of 41st century Earth for Valiant’s next stunning science-fiction showdown!

Collecting WAR MOTHER #1–4 and 4001 A.D.: WAR MOTHER #1.

$9.99 | 128 pgs. | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 28th
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN:978-1-68215-237-9

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #6 (NEW ARC! “THE BOOK OF THE DEAD)
Written by JEFF LEMORE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A (Standard) by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B (Deadside) by RENATO GUEDES
Cover C (Battle Damaged) by JOHN BIVENS
Interlocking Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE
Bloodshot Icon Variant By JIM MAHFOOD
ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “THE BOOK OF THE DEAD” – PART ONE!

Into the Deadside! Years ago, Project Rising Spirit’s cutting-edge nanite technology transformed Ray Garrison into the walking weapon codenamed Bloodshot. Now, those very same microscopic machines have infected his infant daughter’s physiology and threaten to destroy her from the inside out. As the life of an innocent hangs in the balance, Bloodshot will be forced to make an unimaginable decision: to watch the child he loves die, or to confront death itself…and strike a bargain for her safety. Now, with the supernatural heroes known as Shadowman and Dr. Mirage to guide him, Bloodshot is about to undertake an unreal journey into the demon-haunted dimension known as the Deadside to save a life…or sacrifice his own…

Plus: Magic and the Bloodshot Squad lead an assault on Omen for the rescue attempt of a lifetime! A wrenching new chapter for Valiant’s powerful series starts here as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) leads Bloodshot to the precipice of loss, grief, and retribution – featuring fully painted interior art by sensational rising star Renato Guedes (X-O MANOWAR)!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 14th

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QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #3
Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover A (Standard) by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW
Extreme Ultra-Foil Chase Variant by GEOFF SHAW
Q&W Icon Variant by DAVE JOHNSON

Because you demanded it! The Goat returns!

If you add them all up, this would be Quantum and Woody’s 50th issue! What better time to answer the eternal question: “Whatever happened to the Goat, anyway?” At last, the whole saga of Dr. Derek Henderson’s transformation from brilliant physicist and beloved father into a barnyard animal of unimaginable power can finally be told…and all of his secrets revealed, beginning with the long-awaited birth of the Goat’s baby!

And the Eisner for “Best Goat Birth Scene” goes to…writer extraordinaire Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and special guest artist Francis Portela (FAITH)! Don’t miss the staggering spectacle as the entire Valiant Universe stands on the cusp of a milestone moment in the spectacular goatacular of 2018!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 21st

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NINJA-K #4
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP with ARIEL OLIVETTI
Cover A by CAFU
Cover B by ADAM POLLINA
Variant Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Ninjak Icon Variant by JUAN JOSÉ RYP

A DEADLY NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! From the Queen’s classified files… Enter: NINJA-G!

At the height of 1970s Britain, MI-6’s covert “Ninja Programme” has just activated its first female agent: NINJA-G! As financial instability grips the nation and anarchy brews in the streets, can MI-6’s newest ninja recruit counter a steady tide of double agents, double crosses, and dueling nation states that will take her from the leather-padded corridors of London to the most severe corners of the Soviet Bloc? The life expectancy of a ninja agent is never long…but just how and why are NINJA-G’s missions still impacting Ninjak’s deadly manhunt in the modern day? And could her legacy hold the secret to decoding the murders of the Ninja Programme’s last surviving members – before Colin King is scratched off the list once and for all?

Learn the hidden history of Valiant’s cold warriors as renowned writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and special guest artist Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA) debrief with an essential and self-contained jumping-on point for the espionage-laden, super-spy thriller Entertainment Weekly calls “fresh and exciting”!

$3.99 | 40 pgs. | $3.99 US | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 14th

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X-O MANOWAR (2017) #12
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by RYAN BODENHEIM
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA
Cover B by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
Interlocking Variant by ARIEL OLIVETTI
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by BEN OLIVER

Behold the untamed fury of Earth’s last Visigoth!

Left for dead by a mercenary band of bounty hunters far more twisted and devious than any enemy he’s faced before, Aric of Dacia has managed to cling to life…and a thirst for revenge. Now, his campaign of retribution against those who have wronged him can begin in full force…and, when the dust settles, the alien world of Gorin will rue the day it ever brought the savage sword of X-O Manowar crashing down upon it…

From the minds of master storyteller Matt Kindt (ETERNITY, Dept. H) and astonishing artist Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), the sci-fi comics juggernaut of 2018 reaches a pounding crescendo as “VISIGOTH” launches Valiant’s iconic hero into an intergalactic battle of will and wanton ferocity!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 28th

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NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #2 (of 4)
Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOE BENNETT
Cover A by KEVIN WADA
Cover B by CAFU
Interlocking Variant by FRANCIS PORTELA
Variant Cover by JOE EISMA
Photo Cover Also Available

A blistering battle royale!

He betrayed his friends. He betrayed his country to save us all… In the wake of NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE’s stunning digital debut – coming this winter to digital devices everywhere – get the full story behind the head-to-head showdowns, hero-on-hero collisions, and epic consequences that await as Ninjak goes it alone against a gauntlet of the Valiant Universe’s biggest and most beloved icons! Watch the live-action, episodic series… Then follow the action directly onto the comics page with extra-added action, intrigue, and revelations behind Ninjak’s grueling firefight against Valiants’ most indelible heroes – with red-hot creators Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks) and Joe Bennett (Deathstroke) calling the shots!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 21st

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ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS #1
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by CAFU
Cover A by KALMAN ANDRASOFSZKY
Cover B by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Variant Cover by RYAN BODENHEIM
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY

What secrets await inside the Vault of Spirits?

Deep beneath New York City’s seediest dive bar, Armstrong – the hard-hitting, harder-partying immortal veteran of history’s greatest escapades – is hosting an invitation-only affair for his most beloved friends and allies! Archer… Ivar, Timewalker… Faith… Quantum and Woody… And special guests from across the Valiant Universe… All have been offered a seat at the table for a personally guided tour of Armstrong’s most valuable and tightly guarded treasure… From the Great Flood to ancient Greece to the height of the Crusades, raise a glass as Armstrong recounts the true stories of his wine-soaked path down through the ages and the artifacts that reside within his own secret archive!

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG maestro Fred Van Lente returns with rising star CAFU (RAPTURE) to chronicle the first landmark solo adventure in the very (very, very) long life and times of Valiant’s very own disorderly immortal!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On Sale FEBRUARY 7th

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SECRET WEAPONS DELUXE EDITION HC
Written by ERIC HEISSERER
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN with PATRICIA MARTÍN
Cover by RAÚL ALLÉN

The year’s best-selling independent limited series – now in deluxe edition hardcover!

Eric Heisserer, the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of ARRIVAL and Valiant’s upcoming HARBINGER and BLOODSHOT feature films, joins the Harvey Award-nominated art team of Raúl Allén & Patricia Martín (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) for an all-new Valiant adventure…launching Livewire and an extraordinary new team of heroes into the fight of their lives!

The government has dispatched Amanda McKee – the technopath codenamed Livewire – to investigate the ruins of a secret facility formerly run by Toyo Harada, the most powerful telepath on Earth and her former mentor. In his quest for world betterment at any cost, Harada sought out and activated many potential psiots like himself. Those who survived, but whose powers he deemed to have no value to his cause, were hidden away at this installation. But Livewire, having studied Harada’s greatest strengths and learned his deepest weaknesses, senses opportunity where he once saw failure. A young girl who can talk to birds… A boy who can make inanimate objects gently glow… To others, these are expensive disappointments. But, to Livewire, they are secret weapons…in need of a leader. Now, as a mechanized killer called Rex-O seeks to draw them out, Livewire and her new team of cadets will be forced to put their powers into action…in ways they never could have imagined…

Collecting SECRET WEAPONS #1–4.

$24.99 US | 160 pgs. | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 7th
OVERSIZED HARDCOVER | ISBN: 978-1-68215-271-3

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WAR MOTHER TPB
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA and TOMÁS GIORELLO with ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover by DAVID MACK

Out of the pages of 4001 A.D., the breakout hero of the 41st century charges onward in an high-powered tale of tomorrow from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and high-octane artists Stephen Segovia (NINJAK, Action Comics) and Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR)!

Two millennia from today, Earth is not the hospitable home we once knew. Ravaged by an endless onslaught of war, disaster, and time, the world is littered with desolate badlands, fortified kingdoms, and secretive enclaves where humanity still clings to life… Enclaves like The Grove – Earth’s last known repository of scientific knowledge and bioengineered prosperity. Now, under the leadership of the lone protector called WAR MOTHER and her sentient sniper rifle, the denizens of The Grove face a critical choice: remain where they are and die, or find a new land and flourish. Can War Mother lead her people out of isolation and reignite the fires of a dying planet? And even if she can locate the distant citadel she seeks, can she fight back the horrors and perverse monstrosities that lurk just beyond her doorstep?

In the footsteps of RAI and BOOK OF DEATH, raw power meets tribal warfare as Fred Van Lente & Stephen Segovia forge a modern myth of the near future through the fire-tempered frontier of 41st century Earth for Valiant’s next stunning science-fiction showdown!

Collecting WAR MOTHER #1–4 and 4001 A.D.: WAR MOTHER #1.

$9.99 | 128 pgs. | T+ | On Sale FEBRUARY 28th
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN:978-1-68215-237-9

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HOLIDAY CHEER WITH ST. NICK ST. NIKOLAI

First Comics News - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 20:00

Combining the 49 pages of story from NIKOLAI issues 1 & 2, all under a brand new St. NIKOLAI  cover by artist Nathan Smith and (optionally) AUTOGRAPHED by Nikolai Volkoff, himself! Great keepsakes for the wrestling and Nikolai Volkoff collector and terrific Christmas gifts! Available ONLY through Sunday, December 3!

Giant 8.5″ x 11″ Magazine-sized format!

NIKOLAI is the authorized comic biography of Croatian wrestling legend, Nikolai Volkoff, 2005 WWE Hall of Famer, former WWF Tag Team Champion, and former partner of the Iron Sheik! Along with Bruno Sammartino, Nikolai was the first professional wrestler to sell out Madison Square Garden. Written by John Crowther (Antarctic Press’ Rochelle, Squared Circle Comics’ The Killer BeesHacksaw Jim Duggan), this story of Nikolai’s life is based on in-depth interviews and intimate conversations between the writer and the wrestler.

Learn the real story of Nikolai before he assumed the surname Volkoff for the sake of sports entertainment. Discover his true relationship with the Soviet Bloc and the sacrifices required of him to escape to stardom in the West. And get it all from his own recounting of his life story, via the visual medium of comics.

NIKOLAI is lushly illustrated by comics and animation legend, Dell Barras (storyboard artist on Transformers: The Movie and the Transformers & G.I. Joe cartoon series, as well as many other animated series, including many Marvel series, Captain Planet, & The Pirates of Darkwater!). Colors are provided by Andrew Pate. 52 Pages.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER

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Terdot Trojan likes social media

Malwarebytes - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 18:47

We usually advise people that have fallen victim to banker Trojans to change all their passwords, especially the ones that are related to their financial sites and apps. Besides the dangers of re-used passwords, there are other reasons why this is important. This advice is especially applicable to a Trojan making the rounds called Terdot.

Our friends at Bitdefender wrote a white paper about the Terdot Trojan that shows how this offspring of Zeus can not only monitor and modify your Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google Plus traffic, but also spy on webmail platforms like Microsoft’s live.com login page, Yahoo Mail, and Gmail.

Hasherezade already saw this coming at the start of this year when she warned us that Terdot spies and also modifies the displayed content by “WebInjects” and “WebFakes.”

The Terdot Trojan is both spread by email, using infected attachments, as well as by the Sundown exploit kit. It uses a complex method to download and activate the malware on the targeted system, most likely to throw security researchers off the scent. Once established, it uses its own security certificate to bypass TLS restrictions and set up a man-in-the-middle (MitM) proxy.

This Terdot variant only targets Windows systems that don’t run a Russian operating system. Its main targets are in the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, and Australia. The added functionality for social media might be used in different ways. Bogdan Botezatu, Senior e-Threat Analyst at Bitdefender, told ZDNet:

“Social media accounts can be also used as a propagation mechanism once the malware is instructed to post links to downloadable copies of the malware. Additionally, the malware can also steal account login information and cookies, so its operators can hijack the social network account and re-sell access to it, for instance,”

Malwarebytes detects the installers as Trojan.Terdot:

And blocks the download URLs:

Stay safe out there and get protected.

The post Terdot Trojan likes social media appeared first on Malwarebytes Labs.

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Retailer Advisory: FOIL, FOIL, FOIL – Valiant’s QUANTUM AND WOODY! #1 Adds Five Sizzling New Slabs of EXTREME ULTRA-FOIL!

First Comics News - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 17:01

Dear retailers: Hey, you all love foil way too much!

Due to unprecedented demand in advance of the upcoming Final Order Cut-Off (FOC) date for QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1, Valiant is informing retailers that the first issue’s EXTREME ULTRA-FOIL shelf cover – the first in a new line of 12 covers EMBOSSED and ENHANCED with AUTHENTIC ‘90s COMICS FOIL – has preemptively sold-out at the distributor level.

(But, hey, don’t worry – we have more!)

Valiant is proud to announce that it is taking unprecedented steps to avoid allocation and will fulfill all standing and future orders for QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1’s EXTREME ULTRA-FOIL cover (OCT171905) through FOC with an array of alternate foils mined directly from the decade of Trapper Keepers and acid wash.

Buckle up, because comic book stores participating in Valiant’s EXTREME ULTRA-FOIL offering for QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 will receive a mixed assortment of copies manufactured with vintage materials reclaimed from the following five foil-tastic comics classics:
  • “Primordial Prism” foil (originally presented on WildC.A.T.s #2, 1992)
  • “Fantastic Fireworks” foil (originally presented on Adventures of Superman #505, 1993)
  • “Sensational Circuit Board” foil (originally presented on Uncanny X-Men #316, 1994)
  • “My God, It’s Full of Stars” foil (originally presented on The Warlock Chronicles #1, 1993)
  • “Psychedelic Silver” foil (originally presented on Silver Surfer #75, 1992)

Available at the standard cover price with no minimum order qualifications for retailers, relive the face-melting radditude of the era that gloriously birthed Quantum and Woody into comics history with the best foil covers* ever produced by a major comics publisher when Valiant’s EXTREME ULTRA-FOIL variant covers – featuring artwork by rising star Geoff Shaw (God Country) – come stomping into comic shops everywhere!

(*Best? Okay, maybe just “the most.”)

It all starts here on December 20th as rising star Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Night With Stephen Colbert) and eye-popping artist Kano (Daredevil) present QUANTUM AND WOODY (2017) #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of AN ALL-NEW and UNPREDICTABLE ONGOING SERIES starring the world’s worst superhero team!

Sometimes…you embrace your destiny. And sometimes…you and your trouble-making adopted brother find yourselves trapped in a scientific lab explosion that grants you $@&%ing awesome super-powers. As a result of their accident, Eric and Woody Henderson – aka Quantum and Woody – must “klang” their wristbands together every 24 hours or both dissipate into nothingness. Which makes superhero-ing pretty awkward when you’re not on speaking terms at the moment. See, Eric has been keeping a pretty big secret: He knows who Woody’s birth father really is…and where he’s been hiding all these years.

Join the fun and chuck the comic book industry’s sense of propriety straight into the woodchipper on December 20th as Daniel Kibblesmith and Kano deliver the superhero-action-family-drama-buddy-comedy throwdown of the year, only in QUANTUM AND WOODY (2017) #1 – featuring covers by Julian Totino Tedesco (Hawkeye), Geoff Shaw (Thanos), Nick Pitarra (The Manhattan Projects), Neal Adams (Green Lantern/Green Arrow), and Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS) with every gimmick known to man!

 

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1
Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by KANO
Cover A (Standard) by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO (OCT171904)
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW (OCT171905)
Extreme Ultra-Foil Chase Variant by GEOFF SHAW (OCT171906)
Q&W Icon Variant by NEAL ADAMS (OCT171907)
The Most Variant Cover of All Time! by CLAYTON HENRY, SPECIAL GUESTS, AND EVERY GIMMICK KNOWN TO MAN! (OCT171908)
$3.99 | 32 pgs.| T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 20th (FOC – 11/27/2017)

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #2
Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by KANO
Cover A (Standard) by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO (NOV172012)
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW (NOV172013)
Extreme Ultra-Foil Chase Variant by GEOFF SHAW (NOV172015)
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QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Cover A (Standard) by Julian Totino Tedesco


QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by Geoff Shaw


QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Kano


QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Kano


QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Kano


QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Kano


QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – Interior Art by Kano

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR SILICON VALLEY COMIC CON 2018, FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST STAN LEE!

First Comics News - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 16:59

(November 22, 2017) – Registration is now open for Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC) 2018. The first guests for the April event were announced today by SVCC, including special guest of honor Stan Lee. Other guests announced were Sean Astin, Matthew Lewis, and Jewel Staite.

“We are excited to launch SVCC 3.0 with such an amazing group of guests, including the legendary Stan Lee”, said Trip Hunter, Chairman of SVCC. “This is just the first of a long list of exciting announcements about guests and events that we will be adding to our lineup to make SVCC the best science, technology, and pop culture event for our fans – whether they’re a new attendee or an alumni.”

“Our theme for this year is “What does it mean to be human?”, continued Hunter. “This allows us to embrace not only the latest trends in sci-fi and pop culture, but the latest trends and technologies in science and tech, including AI, and robotics. It is a line that is getting more or more blurry, and we are excited to give leaders in their respective fields a platform on which to discuss such an important topic.”

SVCC will be held April 6 – 8, 2018, at the San Jose Convention Center. Tickets are now on sale and can be accessed at www.svcomiccon.com. A free special edition SVCC t-shirt will be available with the purchase of a 3-day pass ($99, t-shirt quantities are limited and will be provided first come, first served; pick-up onsite).

Additional artists and authors also announced today include; Andy Weir, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Martian and Artemis; Jim Shooter, former Editor in Chief of Marvel Comics and founder of VALIANT, DEFIANT, and Broadway Comics; Simon Bisely, best known for his work on ABC Warriors, Lobo and Sláine; and Glenn Fabry, winner of numerous “Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards” as Best Cover Artist.

Stan Lee is an American comic-book writer, editor, and publisher, who was formerly executive vice president and publisher of Marvel Comics. Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Thor, the X-Men, and many other fictional characters, introducing a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. In addition, he challenged the comics’ industry’s censorship organization, the Comics Code Authority, indirectly leading to it updating its policies. Lee subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.  In July 2017, Lee was named a Disney Legend, a hall of fame program that recognizes individuals who have made an extraordinary and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company.

Sean Astin is known for such iconic roles as Mikey Walsh in “The Goonies,” the title character of “Rudy,” Samwise Gamgee in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and Bob Newby in “Stranger Things 2.”

Matthew Lewis is best known for his role as “Neville Longbottom” in the Harry Potter films.  Most recently, he played the character of “Patrick” in the movie “Me Before You” (2016).

Jewel Staite starred as ‘Kaylee’ in the gone-too-soon Fox show “Firefly,” as well as the follow-up film “Serenity.” Prior to that, Jewel played the role of ‘Dr. Keller’ in the SyFy Channel hit series “Stargate:Atlantis”.

Silicon Valley Comic Con brings together America’s two greatest superheroes: Pop Culture and Technology. Presented by Steve Wozniak and featuring top celebrities, comics, independent artists, cosplay, video games, consumer electronics, music and apps, Silicon Valley Comic Con is where entertainment and our electronic worlds intersect. The event will be held April 6 – 8 at the San Jose Convention Center. For more information, please visit www.svcomiccon.com.

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PARADISO #1 preview

First Comics News - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 16:58

PARADISO #1

The highly anticipated sci-fi, dystopian adventure PARADISO is out in stores this December on the 6th!

A cataclysmic event, now remembered only as ‘The Midnight’, led to the collapse of civilization. Now, centuries after, the remnant of a mega-city named Paradiso, is the only place on earth where humanity still thrives. When Jack Kryznan arrives at the outskirts with a mysterious device capable of bringing dead technology to life, his arrival sets off a power struggle that threatens to embroil the human settlers, bionic creatures known as Guardians and Paradiso herself. Jack and his companions will begin their journey of self-discovery through this living city even as the city itself strives to understand what it means to be alive.

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High School Ministry Weekly November 24th!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 16:51


This week…


Coffee House / Talent Show
November 24th @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm

Show us how talented you are by signing up and performing onstage at HSM. Any act is welcomed—use your imagination! Invite your friends as well!
Performers must come at  6:00pm to setup!

The following week…

Dr. Seuss Rap Battle

December 1st @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm
Pick a Dr. Seuss book to rap to and face off against your friend!  Then we will all see who is truly livin’ the thug life! We are starting a new series called ’Supernatural’.   It’s about exploring the idea that our reality is more than what we see in the natural world.


The week after that…

Ask Anything
December 8th @ 7:11pm – 10:00pm

We live in a world full of information. But do they really answer our deepest questions?  Ask anything you’d like about life and faith as we sit down and allow our conversation to go anywhere!  Text or write in questions and send them in!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

  Click here for this month’s calendar

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Kickstarter - Dungeon Alphabet 4th Printing (Goodman Games)

Tenkar's Tavern - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 16:09


I love the Dungeon Alphabet. Each printing adds more stuff and seems to come closer to perfection than the one before. There hasn't been a new printing in over 4 years.
Now its back with the Dungeon Alphabet 4th Printing Kickstsarter.

What's new? Well, the pricing is insane in a good way. Print plus PDF is only 12 bucks plus shipping. Seriously. Black Friday special and all that.

The book now stands at 80 pages. Third print was 64 pages. First was 48 pages.

It funded in less than 12 hours.

I'm quoted in the Kickstarter ;)

I stand by those words...
What Is The Dungeon Alphabet? The Dungeon Alphabet is a book of fantasy inspiration. It is filled with random tables that are themed to letters of the alphabet. For example, A is for Altar, B is for Books, and C is for Crypts. The target audience is dungeon masters and anyone who wants ideas for dungeon design. We have heard over the years that many players also enjoy looking through the book as well. Each page of The Dungeon Alphabet uses a letter of the alphabet to provide inspiration. In the first printing, so many years ago, there were 26 entries for the 26 letters. With each new printing, we have doubled-up on select letters to add even more material. This 4th printing is now up to 41 entries, including 2 completely new ones and others collected from our annual Gen Con Program Guides, to add a total of 7 letters that are new since the 3rd printing: C is also for Crypt
G is also for Guardians
H is also for Hazards
L is also for Levels
O is also for Omen
Q is also for Quests
U is also for Underwater
Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

#MooglyCAL2017: Afghan Block #24

Moogly - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 16:00

We’ve made it to the end of another yearly Moogly CAL! In the coming weeks, I’ll be joining and edging my squares, and I’ll share the finished blanket along with details for the 2018 CAL – that’s right, we’re keeping it going for next year! But first, let’s get to the last block for 2017, [...]

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197

Looking For Group - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 05:00

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Goodman Games - Black Friday Sale - 40% off Print & PDF at the Goodman Online Store - Starts Now

Tenkar's Tavern - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 04:50


Literally just got the email and its too good not to share right away!

Black Friday Tuesday!

Black Friday starts early! This year we’re really getting into the holiday spirit with an amazing offer!

We are giving you 40% off…on everything. Yes, EVERYTHING! Every item in our online store is 40% off if you use the coupon code blackfriday2017. This applies to both print and PDF items. The sale only lasts until Cyber Monday (that would be Monday, November 27th) so act fast!

The sale includes EVERYTHING in the online store – including great gift items like the ones shown below. Buy these for your favorite dungeon master, dungeon mistress, buddy, stranger, or even yourself! With this kind of bargain, it’s okay to be generous!

If you are looking for a few stocking stuffers, may we recommend things like:

  • The DCC Dice Sets!
  • The DCC Quick Start Rules!
  • The latest DCC Adventure Modules!
  • A Fifth Edition Fantasy Adventure!
  • Or some fabulous Goodman Games Apparel!

You get 40% off EVERYTHING IN OUR ONLINE STORE with the coupon code blackfriday2017!

Goodman Games Online Store link
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Hookin On Hump Day #155: A Yarny Link Party!

Moogly - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 02:00

Happy Thanksgiving week! With holiday crafting season upon us, designers are sharing their best gift patterns right now – and with your clicks, it’s created an amazing roundup of FREE crochet patterns you’ll need to add to your to-do list right away. Thank you all so much for being part of Hookin On Hump Day, [...]

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November Campaign Design XI - Merchants and Mercenaries

Greyhawk Grognard - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:00
Now that the local area where the PCs are starting has been filled in a little more, I'd like to pull back out and take a look at some of the more macro bits of detail. Specifically, I'd like to look at the merchant houses and mercenary companies that were either brought here or established themselves here during the time of the settlement.


Merchants

Several large mercantile concerns dominate Artania, importing finished goods from Hanar-across-the-sea, transporting raw materials from the interior to the ports, or moving goods within or between the colonies themselves. These are starting to enjoy great political power thanks to their economic position, and some are even rivaling the feudal lords in authority and prestige.

House Bourdaine. Based in Hanar, with a local headquarters in New Montrose, House Bourdaine is run by the Bourdaine family, which controls almost all of the sea traffic between New Valais and Hanar. Operating with a royal charter, and kicking back enormous sums to the crown to maintain its privileged status, House Bourdaine controls half of New Montrose, but its influence outside the city is small. Its symbol is a ship with a crown on the mainmast.

The Onjoi Company. Chartered by the Duke of New Valois, this company is an amalgam of several different families, and is chaired by the Comte d'Firstwater, who owns the rights to most of the river traffic on the Firstwater. They have expanded their operations to include trade across Lake Onjoi and up the Shining River, making them very powerful in New Valais. They are constantly pushing the weak Marquis d'Onjoi to expand into the interior. It operates by a ducal charter, and its symbol is a red hand and a silver scale.

House Greystark. Chartered by both the Duke of New Valois and the Earl of South Aedgaria, this house has found its niche in the expanding trade between Aedgaria and New Valois. It is headquartered in Dubton, and has an arrangement with House Bourdaine to only pass its trade through the port of New Montrose. This vexes the Earl, who wants very badly to see Port Westview expand its trade, but he is willing to accept lesser revenues for now. Their symbol is a fleece (a sheep being weighed).

House Ellenhame. Chartered by the Duke of Aedgaria, Ellenhame is contracted to expand trade into and out of Aedgaria's ports. It has been somewhat less than successful, due to a number of factors (some of which are not their fault, some of which are due to their own mis-management). They do very well collecting agricultural goods along the Long Road to ship through Port Westview, but find themselves at odds with House Greystark. Their symbol is a beehive.

House Grendine. Chartered by the Earl of North Aedgaria, this house is closely allied with the rulers of Norton, who form their chief supplier of precious metals and other products. Their leader holds the feudal rank of Viscount. It is unclear which party has the upper hand in the relationship, but the baroness Ursula is rarely taken advantage of by anyone. Their symbol is a scale atop a cloud.

The Lippegen Company. Chartered by the kings of Grott-Heimburg, this company has a stranglehold on most trade throughout Lippegen, and its managing director is said to be more powerful than the Herzog himself, and holds the royally bestowed title of Graf. The company is not ruled by any single family, but by a board of directors (located in Grot-Heimburg) which is made up of prominent families, including those of the kings, who have a 49% stake in the company by law. Their symbol is a heron wearing two crowns.

House Glott. Chartered by the Markgraf von Osttur, is incredibly poised to take a huge chunk of business away from the Lippegen Company, since they are based in Osttur and often manage to sneak prime opportunities out from under the nose of the local agents of the Company. Thusfar their activities have been little more than a nuisance, but a few more nuisances and the Company might decide to scratch the itch. Their symbol is a black tower.

In addition, there are other, smaller companies, with two or three based in each town. These I'm leaving for further expansion as needed to facilitate plots and adventures.

Mercenaries

Few of the feudal lords in any of the three colonies have anything close to an army suitable for their full defense and the security of their people and borders. Because of this, they have brought mercenary companies from Hanar-across-the-sea to do the bulk of their fighting. The chief enemies of the colonies at the moment are native orc tribes, various monsters, and renegade deserter goblin/ hobgoblin/ bugbear troops. Only occasionally have the colonies gone to war against one another, and even then such encounters were swift and mercifully over quickly. The feudal lords are much more likely to engage in petty cross-border skirmishes and banditry, but this is normal and to be expected, even within the boundaries of a particular colony.

Most of the mercenaries brought over to New Valais and Lippegen are goblinoid troops, consisting of goblin foot-soldiers, hobgoblin and norker sergeants and officers, bugbear officers, and human captains. These were used extensively in the full-scale wars in Hanar-across-the-sea, but are somewhat overkill in Artanis, where there is no large-scale war and no set-piece battles to fight. Hence, there is a much higher level of desertion, with entire companies simply dissolving into the wilderness. Troop strengths given below do not include sergeants and officers.

It should be remembered that the goblin troops worship various demons and devils, despite the official distaste for such. It is tolerated because the troops fulfill their function; fodder in war. They do so privately, and never ostentatiously. It is something more of a concern in Lippegen than it is in New Valais, due to the difference in official faiths. 

The Bitter Embers are a force that has been in the employ of Valais for generations. Consisting of 600 heavy footmen armed with glaive and axe, they are a powerful battering ram. They are currently led by General Renauld Jil (F 11), grandson of the original commander of the force. They are currently stationed in Duchais, Chamlin, and Anleans, broken into several companies that patrol endlessly. Their unit insignia is a red torch, and morale is low.

The Risen Fist is a relatively new unit that was raised specifically to be used in New Valais. It consists of 300 archers and 200 skirmishers armed with sling and short sword. They are led by General Prince August Wegman (R 10), a disgraced former scion of a cadet member of the royal Heimburg family. They are well-suited to the guerrilla warfare practiced by the orcs in the wilderness, and are currently on loan to the Marquis d'Onjoi, who has them ranging up and down the Shining River region rooting out the several orc tribes ensconced there. Their unit insignia is a mailed fist, and morale is high.

The Steel Owls are a long-standing unit imported from Valais. They number some 400 wolf-riding cavalry, and are spread throughout the colony as scouts and reinforcements for the other troops there. They are led by General Prospero Vouchand (MU 10), who has protested about the scattering of his forces, but pay-and-a-half has kept his protests muted. Their unit insignia is a grey owl, and morale is high in areas where they are engaged against orc raiders, and medium where they are guarding sheep but paid well for doing little.

The Black Skulls are an ancient unit, one of the most decorated in the history of Grott-Heimburg. A well-balanced force consisting of 800 medium spear, 300 archers, and 200 wolf-riding cavalry, they are very well disciplined and have a much higher ratio of hobgoblin non-commissioned officers than most. They are led by General Gräfin Maria Bettendorf (A 12), and form the core of the mercenary strength of Lippegen. They are based in Zweistadt, and are constantly engaged in action in the Rojanois Mountains and the thick forests to the north. The Gräfin is fully enmeshed in the politics of Lippegen, and has her sights set on a permanent role in the feudal structure, although her own lands are back in Hanar. Their unit insignia is a black skull, and morale is high.

The Holy Orphans are a new unit, raised specifically for service in Lippegen. They consist of 400 spearmen, all of fairly low quality. They are led by Oberst Herr Hans Reichman (P 8), who is attempting to sway his goblin troops to the Church, with next to no success. He is certain that if he can demonstrate the righteousness of his religion through personal victory in combat in front of his men, that will be the breakthrough he needs, and in that quest he constantly throws himself into the thick of battle, taking risks that in all honesty are reckless. His troops are based in Osttur, and morale is medium.

The Laughing Hounds are so named because of their barking-laugh battle cry. They consist of 200 wolf-riding cavalry. Their leader is Oberst Josef Winter (F 14). He is a dedicated warrior and hardened fighter, unhappy that he and his troops are in the rear, assigned to policing duties in the western portion of the colony. Unit insignia is a red dog, and morale is low.

As noted earlier, there are no goblinoid mercenary troops in Aedgaria. All their military force consists of local militia and troops maintained by the feudal lords. To date, this has been sufficient, but if either Lippegen or New Valais decided to mount a full-scale invasion, Aedgaria's future would be quite uncertain. What is certain, is that reinforcements from Hanar could never arrive in time to prevent a rout.
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B/X Dungeons & Dragaons & OSR D&D Rules Encypclopedia Campaign Commentary

Swords & Stitchery - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:54
So I'm looking through my Dungeons & Dragons rules cyclopedia again doing a cross comparison between monsters, PC classes, etc. for research purposes for my  Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea second edition/Adventurer,Conqueror, King hybrid campaign. There's an old thread on Dragon's foot about B/X Vs Rules Cyclopedia D&D  but the truth is that the Rules Cyclopedia isn't Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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How the EU intends to battle fake news

Malwarebytes - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:20

Last week the European Union issued a press release to announce their next steps against fake news.

These steps will be the launch of a public consultation and the setup of a high-level expert group representing academics, online platforms, news media, and civil society organizations.

The first results of the information gathered by the consultation are expected in April 2018. Despite other initiatives against fake news and online disinformation like the First Draft Coalition (that has the cooperation of Twitter and Youtube among others), or International Fact Checking Day (April 2), the amount of fake news being generated and disseminated is still on the rise, especially on social media.

One of the questions in the public consultation

The reason for action

A Eurobarometer survey published on November 17, 2016 showed that European citizens are worried about the independence of the media, and levels of trust in media are low. For example, 55 percent of Europeans stated that they lost their trust in the news presented on social media. Personally, I feel that number should even be higher—and it probably is after what has happened in the year that passed since the survey was published.

European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said:

The freedom to receive and impart information and the pluralism of the media are enshrined in the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights. We live in an era where the flow of information and misinformation has become almost overwhelming. That is why we need to give our citizens the tools to identify fake news, improve trust online, and manage the information they receive.

It has become clear that fake news and online disinformation have become a deliberate method to taint the reputations of public persons and institutions, to influence the outcome of democratic processes, and to change the public opinion on important matters like health care, environmental changes, immigration, and terrorism.

The latest technologies and the number of people that are active on social media has increased not only the impact of fake news, but also the speed with which it’s being spread.

The countermeasures of the EU

The first step outlined by the EU is a public consultation. Citizens, social media platforms, news organizations (broadcasters, print media, news agencies, online media and fact-checkers), researchers, and public authorities are all invited to share their views in the public consultation until mid-February 2018.

The consultation is set up as a number of multiple choice questions and only addresses fake news and disinformation online when the content is not illegal, per se,  and thus not covered by existing legislative and self-regulatory actions.

The commission is inviting experts to apply for the high-level group on fake news to advise on scoping the phenomenon, defining the roles and responsibilities of relevant stakeholders, grasping the international dimension, taking stock of the positions at stake, and formulating recommendations. The commission aims at a balanced selection of the experts from each field, be it academia or civil society.

The results are expected to:

  • Determine the scope of the problem, i.e. how fake news is perceived by citizens and stakeholders, how they are aware of online disinformation, or how they trust different media.
  • Give a first assessment of measures already taken by platforms, news media companies, and civil society organizations to counter the spread of fake news online, as well as positions on the roles and responsibilities of the relevant stakeholders.
  • Advise on possible future actions to strengthen citizens’ access to reliable and verified information and prevent the spread of disinformation online.
What can we expect

As mentioned before, private initiatives have been undertaken in the battle against fake news and online disinformation, but with the authority to implement legislation, the EU can have a bigger impact, and create measures that other institutions can’t enforce. For example, it could:

  • Force social media to close fake accounts.
  • Claim back revenues of websites that utilize online disinformation (and maybe even clickbait) to attract visitors.
  • Set up organizations that look for and flag fake news.
  • Collaborate with existing fact checking organizations to establish a code of conduct for fact-checking.

So far, measures in use by online platforms and news media organizations to counter the spread of fake news only seem to capture a small fraction of the disinformation, plus it involves time-consuming human verification of content. Legislation in the field that makes verification mandatory may speed up the development of such methods. One may hope that Artificial Intelligence (AI) can do a more adequate job in the future.

To counter the speed involved in the propagation of fake news, we should act quickly and with accuracy in order to protect against it. On the other hand, we need to be aware of the danger that comes with employing any such methods and not let them fall into the realm of censorship.

Recent examples

If you have any doubts about how serious the problem of fake news has become, and how it leads to unrest and distrust, we invite you to read some of these articles.

Kenya’s election proves fake news is a serious threat to international security

Czech elections show how difficult it is to fix the fake news problem

Russia has launched a Fake News war on Europe. Now Germany is fighting back

Ukraine says it warned Facebook of Russia fake news in 2015

Spain Catalonia: did Russian ‘fake news’ stir things up?

If you are a EU citizen and want to make your voice heard, participate in the public consultation by clicking here to learn more and complete the questionnaire as either a citizen, legal entity, or journalist.

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Text messages and the Bitcoin Code: follow the money trail

Malwarebytes - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 16:00

I was a bit surprised to receive lots of messages similar to the one below this past week:

I mean, we’ve all done it—managed a bulk text spam campaign offering free Bitcoins in your spare time, while completely forgetting said business exists. Maybe I did it in my sleep? It’s all gone a bit Fight Club. And as we all know, the first Rule of Fight Club is “Don’t run a free Bitcoin bulk text spam campaign in your spare time, while completely forgetting said business exists.”

Or maybe not.

Either way, I decided to find out what was going on. Had someone taken a cheeky jab at a security researcher by placing my contact details into the pipeline somewhere, did I actually set up a bulk spam campaign with free Bitcoins at the end of it, or was there a more mundane explanation that didn’t require people to yell at me via capslock?

There’s only so much “dashing expectations on the shore” a guy can take. Or, to put it another way…

Expectations:

Shore:

No wonder everyone was so grumpy.

First up, the text. The only examples I had sent to me were written in Dutch:

“You have 1 Bitcoin in your account. Confirm here: [URL] Current market value: €6064.”

Bitcoin value is through the roof at the moment, so it’s no wonder someone might want to jump on the opportunity. I’d love to see how many people clicked from the text to the URL with the promise of riches already in the bank.

The short link in the text is a text(dot)id URL. The site is registered to an address in Jakarta, Indonesia, but it’s the email address that’s of interest (well, to me, anyway):

Unfortunately, lots of people thought this was me, instead of any of the other numerous Chris Boyds floating around the Internet, hence the confused and occasionally angry, “Where are my coins? Also drones deployed” messages. As it turns out, that email address—mrmessaging—is tied to a bulk mail service, and the Chris Boyd in question appears to own the default address listed for the registered URL. He’s an actual person and everything, and easily found with about 10 seconds of Googling. But he’s not me.

So that’s that short mystery put to bed. Also please stop asking me for Bitcoins.

No, really. I insist.

Choice insults aside, the URL redirects to another site located at

mama-system.com/Bitcoin-NL-CPA/[snip].

What do we have here? Something called The Bitcoin Code, which bears zero relation to paintings, Tom Hanks, or ancient prophecy.

Time to fire up Google Translate:

Join The Bitcoin Code The Bitcoin Code is exclusively intended for people who have responded to the outrageous returns Bitcoin offers and who have earned a fortune with it. The Bitcoin Code Members enjoy month-in-month outs of the most beautiful stays around the world, while they earn their money on their laptop every day with just a few minutes ‘work.’

Actually, this sounds way better than Tom Hanks.

 

Hi, I am a former software developer at a large company that I do not want to mention. I designed the Bitcoin Trading software that generated more than € 18,484,931.77, just in the last 6 months. This software makes more millionaires faster than the first investors in Uber, Facebook or AirB&B. If you want to earn a million with Bitcoin, watch the video above and learn how it works.

The short version is, you sign up via email then add in a mobile number and some other pieces of information. After that, you deposit “250 Euro” to get things moving and then it’s automated stock exchange programs and Bitcoin all the way down.

We can’t vouch for how effective said software may be, but we can definitely confirm it’s nothing to do with my good self, and generally speaking I’d be wary of signing up to random text messages with 250 euros of my hard earned money—and you should be, too.

As the disclaimer at the bottom of the splash page says:

Significant Risk Reporting: Trading in binary options can lead to major gains, but also entails the risk that part or all of the capital will be lost and this has to be recognized by budding investors. We advise you to read the terms and conditions and the indemnity before making any investment. Customers must inform themselves about the tax rules in the country of establishment. US residents should not be approached to trade commodity options, even when it comes to ‘predictive’ contracts, except when it concerns contracts registered with a CFTC-registered stock exchange or in case of a legal exception.

I’m no Wall Street banker, but that sounds a bit dodgy. My coins—metal, digital, and chocolate—will be staying in my pocket for the time being (apart from the chocolate ones, which are at significant risk of melting, and also the digital ones which only exist in your computer. Not mine. I don’t own any, sorry). Should you receive one of these texts claiming you’re somehow in possession of a Bitcoin, do the block / report / delete dance as fast as your fingers will allow.

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Squarriors, Lord of Gore Return with New Solicitations Diamond Re-Solicits Coming Spring 2018

First Comics News - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 14:43

Originally solicited for 2017, the long awaited Squarriors: Summer #3 will return to comic shops this March, preceded by the murder mystery-thriller Lord of Gore #4 this February.

Squarriors is the tale of warring rodents in a post apocalyptic, post-human world, with a twist being that humanity’s demise occurred in the 1980s. It appears that the same event that wiped out humans has caused nearly all animals in the world to become sentient by 1996.

Lord of Gore is the story of a soon-to-be-fired screenwriter of America’s favorite slasher horror franchise ‘Lord of Gore’, Danny Graves. Decades ago scandal propelled the ‘Lord of Gore’ B-movie franchise to mainstream success. In 1989 the film’s costumed slasher actor murdered a young actress in ways worse than his on-screen character, creating a media frenzy. Now on the cusp of a modern reboot, a struggling screenwriter learns that the deranged star wasn’t the only guilty party that night, but before he can share the information, the film’s slasher seems to have stepped from the screen into real life to stop him. Horror fans and readers thirsting for blood – this is for you!

Both titles were originally solicited for 2017 releases, and postponed due to creative delays. Art has been completed for both issues and approved for release by Devil’s Due Entertainment.

From Squarriors: Summer #3.

From Squarriors: Summer #3.

From Lord of Gore #4.

From Lord of Gore #4.

Squarriors: Summer #3
March 2018 (Diamond code TBA)

(W) Ash Maczko (A/CA) Ashley Witter

Lord of Gore #4 Cover A
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(W) D.B. Stanley (A/CA) Daniel Leister

Lord of Gore #4 Cover B
January 2018 NOV171498

(W) D.B. Stanley (A) Daniel Leister (CA) Stuart Sayger

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RICH REVIEWS: X-O Manowar # 7

First Comics News - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 14:32

Title: X-O Manowar # 7
Publisher: Valiant Comics
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Clayton Crain
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover by: Lewis Larosa with Diego Rodriguez
Variant Covers by: Adam Pollina with Brian Reber, Clayton Crain, Juan Jose Ryp with Brian Reber, Ben Templesmith
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.valiantuniverse.com
Comments: Aric leads the three tribes against an overwhelming foe. It is all out war on these aliens invaders lead by Aric himself an alien on this planet.
The scenes of warfare of the alien ships battling Aric’s forces is something you will want to see in all its beauty. Aric using the power of Shanhara does battle a small fleet of invading ships. The outcome in his mind was never in doubt. He is a barbarian.
This barbarian could slaughter everyone on the planet if he wanted to. Instead, he does fight but to bring peace to this war-torn planet.
Yes, Aric is a warrior one skilled in battle and with his X-O armor almost unbeatable and he could take what he wants. Instead, he earns what he has.
Aric is just a man after all.

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RICH REVIEWS: Sink # 4

First Comics News - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 14:31

Title: Sink # 4
Publisher: Comix Tribe
Story by: John Lees
Art & Colours by: Alex Cormack
Letters by: Shawn Lee
Logo by: Tim Daniel
Price: free (digital)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Website: www.comixtribe.com
Comments: Martin Shaw has gone missing he was a student. Did the clowns in the blue van get him? So what can his student friends do about it?
The four students go clown hunting. Hardeep the leader, Jake, Craig, and Sarah make up the team of revenge seekers.
Mr. Dig is a vigilante wearing a fox mask and he is scary. He is one hard butt-kicking man.
The four students find themselves in way over their heads. Well, the Young Sinkhill Team grows up quick and they prove they have what it takes to survive in Sinkhill.
Sinkhill is not a place you would ever want to visit. For those who live there, it can be Hell or worse.
Always watch out for the blue van in Sinkhill. The clowns are always on the prowl and watching for you.

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“I Assist” Isn’t an Improved Guidance Cantrip that Anyone Can Cast

DM David - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:16

In episode 124 of the Down with D&D podcast, hosts Shawn Merwin and Chris Sniezak discussed a scene that reoccurs at my tables too. “In a lot of games that I’ve run, everyone is always assisting every check they possibly can,” Shawn explains. “Someone tries to do something, and someone will just pipe up, ‘I assist.’”

This pattern brings advantage to every check, trivializing the game’s challenges. Because no one needs to engage with the game world to gain an edge, routine assistance discourages ingenuity.

Chris Sniezak offers a potential remedy: “When someone says that they want to help, the first question that the dungeon master should ask is, ‘How do you help?’”

Ask players to describe how they assist, and then grant—or deny—advantage based on whether the assistance could help. The Dungeon Master’s Guide explains, “You decide whether a circumstance influences a roll in one direction or another, and you grant advantage or impose disadvantage as a result.” Rather than making “I assist” a real-world incantation that grants advantage, judge assistance as a circumstance that might merit advantage.

Photo by Mykola Swarnyk

If a character tries to climb from a frozen river onto the ice, a hand up will probably help. Encouragement shouted from the shore probably won’t.

Describing the assistance immerses players in the game world and helps the story come alive.

Specific actions to assist might expose a helper to danger. Offering a hand out of that river would mean crawling onto the cracking ice. Often, assistance means coming in range of a potential trap.

Unlike past Dungeons & Dragons rules, fifth edition lets characters assist without a required check. Nonetheless, the actions made to assist might require a check. Suppose a helper chooses not to risk the thin ice and opts to throw a rope instead. Casting a rope to a sinking character’s flailing hands might require a dexterity check.

In an ideal game, players describe their actions and DMs respond by calling for ability checks. This protocol extends to assisting. The player describes how they help, and then the DM grants advantage. Typically, I don’t insist on this order, so I happily ask players how they help. But during role-playing interaction, I stick to the protocol.

After a player acts in character to persuade a non-player character, I don’t let bystanders volunteer to assist the check. Only characters with speaking parts—the characters who contributed to a scene—get to assist. When two or more characters contribute to an interaction, I typically grant advantage without a player request. Sometimes I accept a reminder.

The D&D rules offer two alternatives to assistance.

Group checks come when everyone might need to make at a check. The rule assumes skilled characters assist the rest, so only half the group needs to succeed.

The second alternative is letting everyone make an attempt. After all, helping someone search a room amounts to two separate searches. Rolling two separate lockpicking attempts makes more sense than letting one character assist by encircling the rogue from behind to guide her hand like a creepy golf instructor.

Unless time, skill, or other circumstances limit an attempt to a couple of party members, separate roles usually offer better odds. But consider this: If everyone in the party enjoys time to make a check in safety, why even bother making the check? Do you just want to give everyone a chance to roll?

Sometimes I do that. Everyone likes to roll. I wonder how many players liked the old assistance rules better just because the helper gets to roll?

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