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RICH REVIEWS: Stingray # 1

First Comics News - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 03:19

Title: Stingray # 1
Publisher: Cutthroat Comics
Writer: Josh Nealis
Artist: Cristiano Reina
Cover: Matt Horak
Price: $ 4.99 US
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Website: www.cutthroatcomics.com
Comments: A guy in a costume rips into some thieves totally destroying them. It gets gory. He does look good and is bad ass and over the top violent.
What does a squirrel have to do with anything in this story? It looks amazing in the art but why is it there?
The story jumps around way to much. It needs to stop and let you know what is going on. Who are the characters it is showing you and what are they up to and why.
The squirrel gets to fight an alien on an alien planet.
The story needs to be more focused. There is to much happening with no reason given for any of it. Who are the Ceti why are they doing what they do? Who is the violent guy? What is the violent guy with no name doing in another guys bedroom? Who is the other guy? How does he fit into the story?
The art does look amazing. The squirrel you will just love how it looks.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

WWE statement regarding WrestleMania 36

First Comics News - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 02:52

In coordination with local partners and government officials, WrestleMania and all related events in Tampa Bay will not take place. However, WrestleMania will still stream live on Sunday, April 5 at 7 pm ET on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view. Only essential personnel will be on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida to produce WrestleMania.

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Black Pudding 6 Print Edition Out Now!

Oubliette - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 01:02
The print edition of Black Pudding 6 is now available to order. They may be ordered using the Paypal button below (if all you want is a single copy then this gives discounted shipping as the packed weight is under 100grams). Please make sure you select the correct postage option for your location.

Black Pudding 6 BP5 UK £5.00 GBP BP5 Europe £5.75 GBP BP5 Rest of World £6.50 GBP

If you've not got copies of the previous issues in print then there is also the following special bundle with world-wide shipping included for £30. For a customer in the US this should save around £8.00 on the normal cost including delivery if the items were ordered via Squarehex. The bundle contains:
  • 1 copy of Black Pudding Issue 1
  • 1 copy of Black Pudding Issue 2
  • 1 copy of Black Pudding Issue 3
  • 1 copy of Black Pudding Issue 4
  • 1 copy of Black Pudding Issue 5
  • 1 copy of Black Pudding Issue 6
  • 1 copy of Fish in the Pot One Page Dungeon Zine
  • 1 copy of the B/X Monster Reference Index


Black Pludding 1-6 Special Bundle Worldwide Shipping £30.00 GBP

Copies may also be ordered from the Squarehex site using the following link:

https://squarehex.myshopify.com/products/black-pudding-issue-6


Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

NWA Suspends Crockett Cup & NWA Powerrr Live Events

First Comics News - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 00:59
STATEMENT FROM NWA ON CROCKETT CUP & NWA POWERRR LIVE EVENTS

The National Wrestling Alliance, given the uncertain course of this world health crisis, is suspending normal operations until June as far as any live performances. This includes the upcoming Atlanta, GA events; Crockett Cup PPV on April 19th at the Gateway Center Arena and our NWA Powerrr tapings at GPB Studios on April 20th and 21st. At this time, the Super Powerrr episode scheduled to air on Tuesday March 17th, which promoted these events, will not air in its current form in order to not create confusion in the marketplace. However, we will continue to produce content in the interim, and thank fans in advance for their continued support.

The health and safety of our wrestlers, in-house and NWA staff, and fans are of the utmost importance during the global pandemic of COVID-19. We look forward to seeing you all soon.

For those who have purchased tickets to The Crockett Cup at the Gateway Center, you’ll be receiving a refund from the point of purchase. For the NWA Powerrr at GPB on April 20thand 21st, if you’d like to keep your tickets for a future GPB event please email Maureen@nationalwrestlingalliance.com If you do not contact Maureen within 5 days, you’ll be issued a refund on your NWA Powerrr tickets.

If you pre-ordered on Fite.TV, you should be receiving a full refund asap.

Please stay safe!

David Lagana | VP National Wrestling Alliance

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

CCL #516 – Virtual Virus Meet-Up

First Comics News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 23:56

In the midst of a crappy week, and more crappy weeks to come Chris and Andy held a virtual meet-up with five other members of the CCL Slack community. COVID-19 was a major topic, but so was our favorite artists and what we are all reading these days and just how will the Coronavirus affect the entertainment industry. Our thanks to Gordon, Tim, Sam, Chris B and Jason!

Here’s the YouTube link if you want to see our smiling faces https://youtu.be/dmeiX4kgrbE

LINKS:
CCL Slack Channel – free and open to anyone
CCL Podcast on Libsyn
CCL Podcast on Castbox
CCL Podcast on Spotify
CCL Podcast on Google
CCL Podcast on iTunes
CCL and other great Comic Book Podcasts on iTunes
CCL Twitter
CCL Podcast RSS Feed
This podcast direct .mp3 link

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The Decaying Mile High Club - Using Castles & Crusades With Gary Gygax's S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks For A Post Apocalyptic High Fantasy Campaign

Swords & Stitchery - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 23:38
"An unraveled dream of new worlds turned nightmare; lost in the deep beyonds, the Warden is your home, your world, your end."Imagine your going about your daily life & the world you know erupts in nuclear fire. Your descendants awaken in a new universe inhabited by mutants & monsters! So its been another day where I've been out on the road but S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks by GaryNeedleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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WrestleMania 36 Update

First Comics News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 23:37

Amid the current situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), much speculation has centered around WrestleMania; WWE’s biggest event of the year.

Originally scheduled to take place April 5 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL, World Wrestling Entertainment sent out a the following statement today (credit: PW Insider):

“WWE statement regarding WrestleMania 36

In with local partners and government officials, WrestleMania and all related events in Tampa Bay will not take place. However, WrestleMania will still stream live on Sunday, April 5 at 7 pm ET on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view. Only essential personnel will be on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida to produce WrestleMania.”

 

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Viewing Figures Update: FINAL rating for Haunting of Villa Diodati

Blogtor Who - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 22:43

Doctor Who Series 12 inches closer to its final result as the official rating for The Haunting of Villa Diodati is released   We now have the final, official, viewing figures for The Haunting of Villa Diodati. The eighth episode of Series 12 has now been seen by an audience of 5.56m people. This is […]

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[Lost Craft] Crimzen at 4.7% alc./vol. in a 473ml Tall Boy Can

Furiously Eclectic People - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 22:18

Lost Craft Crimzen Premium Red Ale

Cloudy Amber, not much head,

Mild malt scent.

Spreads out and coats the tongue like it’s dancing with more bubbles than you'd expect leaving a slightly sour aftertaste.

Reminds me of sour cream glazed donuts.

Light weight, smooth, mild bubbles that dance across the tongue leaving sour notes.

Thanks to Mr.Noodles and Archergirl who taste tested this with me and Mr.Noodles for supplying us with the sample!

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EXCLUSIVE VARIANT COVERS AND MORE AT YOUR LOCAL COMIC SHOP WHEN EMPYRE LAUNCHES ON APRIL 15th!

First Comics News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 21:01

New York, NY— March 16, 2020 — The return of the Celestial Messiah to the Blue Area of the Moon sets off a new chapter in the Kree/Skrull War—only this time, it’s a Kree/Skrull Alliance aimed directly at Earth, and only the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and  more of Earth’s heroes stand in their way… When this unparalleled event begins on April 15th, participating comic shops will have an exclusive variant cover by Ed McGuinness and Empyre Launch Party Pins to help show off your allegiance!

The superstar creative team of writers Al Ewing and Dan Slott and artist Valerio Schiti have woven together a high-stakes sci-fi epic, rooted in Marvel lore while profoundly spearheading the future of the Marvel Universe. Be sure to check with your local comic book store for hours, availability, and pick up options for EMPYRE #1, on sale April 15th.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

ALL DIGITAL COMICS ARE FREE! A COVID-19 Update From Devil’s Due Comics

First Comics News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 20:58

All of Devil’s Due’s Digital Comics Are Free This WeekWash your hands. Stay at home. Binge on Devil’s Due Comics.
CHICAGO – March 16, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Devil’s Due Comics wants to do their part by helping you stay healthy and safe, and combat another side affect of all of this – CABIN FEVER! All digital comics offered through our webstore are free to download for the next week.

So cozy up with your preferred digital viewing device and happy social distancing!

COVID-19

Free Digital Comics!

Still want to order physical comics?No problem. As we said before, we want to do everything we can to keep our readers, creators, and community safe and healthy. Here are the measures our warehouse is taking to deliver your comics:

▪ Any inbound package is not touched for 36 hours by any of warehouse staff.
▪ There are comprehensive cleaning and sanitization protocols in place for all sections of our warehouse. Hand sanitizers have been placed throughout the warehouse and associates are to use them before packing any order.
▪ Any outbound package and pallet is left at our docking station for a postal service member (i.e. FedEx, USPS, other carrier) to pickup. Every warehouse associate stays at least 10 meters away from the postal member during pickup and any surface touched by the postal member is immediately sterilized. Should there be any signature required, immediate sanitization of hands, the pen used, and surface(s) touched is undergone.
▪ Any warehouse associate experiencing flu-like symptoms are asked to remain at home for a fourteen-day period.
▪ Any inbound package is not touched for 36 hours by any of warehouse staff.
▪ There are comprehensive cleaning and sanitization protocols in place for all sections of our warehouse. Hand sanitizers have been placed throughout the warehouse and associates are to use them before packing any order.
▪ Any outbound package and pallet is left at our docking station for a postal service member (i.e. FedEx, USPS, other carrier) to pickup. Every warehouse associate stays at least 10 meters away from the postal member during pickup and any surface touched by the postal member is immediately sterilized. Should there be any signature required, immediate sanitization of hands, the pen used, and surface(s) touched is undergone.
▪ Any warehouse associate experiencing flu-like symptoms are asked to remain at home for a fourteen-day period.

Again, Devil’s Due Comics is doing everything we can to prioritize the health and safety of everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. It goes without saying please wash your hands and please stay at home if you can. As sad as we are about the convention cancellations and not being able to head to comic shops every week, it is important we all do our part.

Thank you,
Devil’s Due Comics

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

INKWELL AWARDS POSTPONES 2020 AWARD CEREMONY AT THE GREAT PHILADELPHIA COMIC CON

First Comics News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 20:56

(New Bedford, MA/USA—March 16, 2020) The 12th annual 2020 Inkwell Awards, the only national celebration for the art of comic-book inking, will be postponed until September 4 along with its host show, the Great Philadelphia Comic Con!, in Oaks, PA. Voting results and the awards ceremony from the non-profit advocacy will all take place at that time, due to the host show postponement from the recent COVID-19 situation.

Bob Almond, the Inkwells’ founder/director and MC of the event, said, “We know comic-book fans and professionals alike look forward to the results each year, as do the show’s attendees, and we’re sorry to disappoint them. But because CEO and Promoter Christopher Wertz and Director of Artists Alley & Creator Relations Stan Kanopka originally, and Jason Thomsen currently, have been so helpful to us in becoming our new host show, we feel obligated to save everything for the con and the loyal fans who attend.”

Almond said that as the date gets closer and guests and presenters are secured, further announcements will be made on the Inkwell’s website and other media. “Everything is up in the air due to the current crisis, which is understandable.” he added. “We just want everyone to focus on staying safe and healthy until it dissipates. Then we can hopefully get back to normal and celebrate the vital work that ink artists contribute to the industry.”

The Inkwells have five categories: Favorite Inker, Most-Adaptable Inker, the “Props” award for under-recognized professionals, the S.P.A.M.I. (Small Press And Mainstream-Independent), and the “All-in-One” Award for the artist who inks his/her own pencil art. There are also two lifetime achievement awards, the Joe Sinnott Hall Of Fame and the Stacey Aragon Special Recognition Award, or SASRA. All winners will be announced at the Philly show in September.

The Inkwell Awards is the only official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and educate regarding the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize the best ink artists and their work. Established in 2008, the Inkwells are overseen by a volunteer committee of industry professionals and assisted by various professional ambassadors and contributors. They sponsor the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Kubert School and host the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame.

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The Slayer’s Best Friend WILLOW Features in New Solo Series from BOOM! Studios 

First Comics News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 20:51

Uncover the Hidden Secrets of the Sunnydale Witch in this Brand New Buffyverse Series in June 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 16, 2020) – BOOM! Studios, in collaboration with 20th Century Fox, is proud to announce BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: WILLOW, a special five-issue comic book miniseries, from award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass) and acclaimed artist Natacha Bustos (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur), that brings Willow face to face with the truth of her past…and plants the seeds for a future no one could’ve predicted.

After everything—and everyone—she lost to the Hellmouth, Willow is leaving Sunnydale on a world-spanning road trip in search of her true self. She stumbles on a community of people like her: lost witches looking for answers…but there’s a darkness at the heart of it, one that reminds Willow of something she’s felt before, something that she fears inside herself.

Now, truly alone for the first time in her life, Willow must rely only on her instincts—and her magic—to save herself from a threat Buffy never prepared her to face…or the rest of the world will pay the price.

Mariko Tamaki is the award winning co-creator of the graphic novels This One Summer, with Jillian Tamaki, and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me with Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. She also writes about heroes, villains and mutants for Marvel, DC Comics, and BOOM! Studios and curates the Abrams LGBTQ imprint Surely Books.

“As a nerdy queer I cannot think of a better job than writing a WILLOW adventure. Thrilled to be a part of the Buffy world.” said Tamaki.

Natacha Bustos is a comic book artist based out of Spain. She obtained her first published work at Vertigo with the story Going Nowhere, written by Brandon Montclare, in 2015. Bustos made her Marvel debut with Spider-Woman #10, before becoming the regular artist on Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, for which she won a Glyph Award for Best Female Character in 2016. In 2017, Bustos drew a story written by Ann Nocenti for Mine! Comic Anthology.  She’s also known for her cover work,, including Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur and World of Wakanda, and BOOM! Studios’ Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy, Go Go Power Rangers, Thrilling Adventure Hour, Jonesy, and Slam.

“One of the greatest things about making comics is being able to give life to the characters you love the most, and WILLOW from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of them. I’m excited to be working on this comic with such an amazing team.” said Bustos.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered on March 10th, 1997. The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated series, which ran for seven seasons from 1997-2003. Chosen to battle vampires, demons and other forces of darkness, Buffy is aided by a Watcher who guides and teaches her as she surrounds herself with a circle of friends called the Scooby Gang.

“Since we first started building our corner of the Buffyverse, we’ve been excited to give Willow her own miniseries—partly because she’s an absolute favorite of ours, but also because she is one of the most iconic queer characters in pop culture,” said Jeanine Schaefer, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Mariko and Natacha are the perfect team to dive into the dreams and struggles of the 21st-century witch who’s survived more than she ever thought she could, from breaking up with her girlfriend to battling literal demons from Hell. But as strong as Willow has been so far, what she finds over the course of this series will be the true test of who she is, both for herself and for the future of the entire Buffyverse. And I mean that quite literally.”

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: WILLOW, featuring main cover art by fan favorite artist Jen Bartel and variant art by Mirka Andolfo, is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Faithless by Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet; Abbott by Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe; Klaus by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; The Red Mother by Jeremy Haun and Danny Luckert; and the upcoming Alienated by Simon Spurrier and Chris Wildgoose and King of Nowhere by W. Maxwell Prince and Danny Luckert. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties including Joss Whedon’s Firefly from Greg Pak and Dan McDaid; Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Jordie Bellaire and David López; Angel from Bryan Edward Hill and Gleb Melnikov, and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott and Daniele Di Nicuolo.

Print copies of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: WILLOW #1 will be available for sale in June 2020 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.

For continuing news on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter. And follow Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Crazy 8 Press to Release ZLONK! ZOK! ZOWIE!

First Comics News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 20:50

The Subterranean Blue Grotto Guide to Batman ’66 – Season One

 

March 16, 2020 – Crazy 8 Press announced today it has agreed to release ZLONK! ZOK! ZOWIE! The Subterranean Blue Grotto Guide to Batman ’66 – Season One, Jim Beard’s celebration of the 1966 classic Batman television series. This new collection of essays creatively examines each episode of the ABC series which aired during the first half of 1966.

Edited by respected comic book writer and essayist Jim Beard, the 208-page Bat-tastic collection will be released by Crazy 8 in April, both as a trade paperback and eBook.

“There’s still so much to say about this legendary TV series, and this book sets out to prove it,” said Beard, who also wrote the opening essay examining the two-part pilot episode.

The worldwide Batman TV series phenomenon starred Adam West and Burt Ward as the Dynamic Duo, adapting the DC Comics series to the small screen, riding the Pop Art and Camp craze that were trends during the turbulent 1960s. The show spawned a feature film and a bonanza of merchandising the likes of which had never been seen before. Thanks to syndication, the show has rarely been off the air and in the last decade has spawned a fresh wave of merchandising.

Season one introduced viewers to Batman, Robin, Alfred, and Commissioner Gordon, as well as iconic villains including Julie Newmar as Catwoman, Frank Gorshin as The Riddler, Caesar Romero as The Joker, and Burgess Meredith as The Penguin. And, of course, the inaugural season thrilled fans with the Batcave, Wayne Manor, and one of the most heart-pounding elements of the entire franchise — the Batmobile.

“Crazy 8 Press is always on the look-out for kindred spirits, given most of our roots in comics,” said Crazy 8 co-founder Robert Greenberger, who has spent more than 30 years as a comic book editor and contributor for DC and Marvel Comics. “Previously, Crazy 8 released Rob Kelly’s anthology Hey Kids, Comics, a look back at the joys of comic collecting. It was high time we added to that portion of our inventory. Jim’s book project seemed a perfect fit. And as we still see today, Batman never goes out of style.”

The paperback ($14.99) and eBook ($4.99) contains essays from Crazy 8’s Greenberger and long-time comic book writer Paul Kupperberg, in addition to frequent Crazy 8 contributors Keith DeCandido, Will Murray, and Dayton Ward. Other ZLONK! ZOK! ZOWIE! contributors include long-time Batman writer Chuck Dixon, comics historian Peter Sanderson, ComicMix contributor Ed Catto, 13thDimension.com’s Dan Greenfield, the Batcave Podcast’s John S. Drew, Rich Handley, Alan J. Porter, Pat Evans, Steve Thompson, Mark B. Racop, Joe Crowe, and, Chris Franklin.

“I’ve never ceased in being amazed and delighted at fans’ appetite for a show that lasted barely over two years back in the 1960s,” Beard added. “It‘s a testament to not only the character’s overall appeal, but specifically the unique take on Batman offered up in the series.”

Beard previously explored the television series in Gotham City 14 Miles (Sequart), an anthology of essays covering the length and breadth of Batmania. He is a regular writer for Marvel.com, an essayist for pop culture collections, and made his Crazy 8 Press debut in 2019’s Thrilling Adventure Yarns with a short story co-written with his late wife Becky.

He is already at work on ZLONK! ZOK! ZOWIE! Volume two, exploring the complete second season, to be released by Crazy 8 Press in 2021.

ZLONK! ZOK! ZOWIE! The Subterranean Blue Grotto Guide to Batman ’66 – Season One will be available for purchase on Amazon’s and Barnes & Noble’s sites, as well as various comic book, and mass media conventions.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

A Small Announcement from Hermes Press Regarding Covid-19

First Comics News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 20:47

Hi all! While we at Hermes Press can (and do!) often work from home, some things require us to go into the office, such as packing orders off the website.

At this time we are going to be having a delay in shipping out books – we want our staff to be as safe as possible! So we would advise that if you are ordering in-stock items to skip Priority Mail and just use the regular, slower options and save yourself some money. We are temporarily lowering the “free shipping” option to $30 to qualify for free US/domestic orders so that people can get more books more easily.

We are still working on getting our new books to the printer on time, and will continue to have sales and specials as normal, but be aware that shipping times may be longer than usual.

Stay safe everyone!

-The Gang at Hermes Press

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In Search of the Brazen Head of Scrum Con

Zenopus Archives - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 20:45

Brazen Head illustration by John Sears of the 1000 Foot General
In seems incredible that Scrum Con 2020 was only two-and-half-weeks ago, in those halcyon pre-pandemic days.

In my Post-Op report I said I would write more about the game I ran, which was a session of In Search of the Brazen Head of Zenopus. The con program listing is shown above, with great Brazen Head art by John of the of the 1000 Foot General. It was scheduled to be at Table 14 in the Spring Room, but the game was actually ran in the upstairs Fenton room at the Civic Center; see the "dungeon map" of the site in this post.

This scenario is a sequel to the original Zenopus dungeon, set forty years later and using Holmes' characters from the Maze of Peril as pre-gens. 

IIRC, this was the fifth time that I have run this scenario. The four earlier occasions were: an initial playtest with my Local Group; a first con run at North Texas RPG Con in 2018 (with Chris Holmes playing!; pictures by players are here (Allan G.) and here (Noah G.)), and two sessions last year at Gary Con X; the first of which is written up here. I was supposed to run it again at Gary Con this year but the physical event has been canceled. I'd like to run it as part of Virtual Gary Con (badges and seats in available games are free to all!) but I have no experience with on-line games. I will play in at least one game at VGC in order to start gaining some experience in that milieu.

For Scrum Con, the game had a full table of players; with all of the pre-gens in play: Boinger, Zereth, Murray, Lady Hortensa, Sir Geoffrey, Brother Ambrose, Bardan, Olaf & Haldor (played together), Maximillian the Centaur and Sunna. I think this has happened only once before, in the first game I ran at Gary Con last year.


Olaf & Haldor character sheet and "table tent", photo by Ellen Levy
I'd like to share a full run-down of the game, but I'm still keeping the details secret to preserve certain surprises. So that will have to wait until some point in the future, perhaps after I publish it in some form.

I will say the Scrum Con group played their characters strategically. David H., playing Boinger, made an extremely innovative use of a found magic item, which made for a very memorable encounter. This group was also the first group to enter a certain part of the dungeon, so it was fun to get to playtest that area for the first time. Here is another photo of the game, different from the one I posted in my earlier post:


Running In Search of the Brazen Head of Zenopus, photo by Ellen Levy
The group included at least four folks who are members of the Holmes Basic Facebook Group, none of whom I had met in person before. Thanks to everyone who participated; it was great to meet and game with you!

If you would like to see more photos of the con, there are over 400 (!) here in a post on the blog Scrum in Miniature, written by our prime motivator, Joe.
Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

25% Off Coupon Code Now Available!

Two Hour Wargames - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 19:43
Here's a 25% off coupon code for the next few weeks.
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Vault Announces ENGINEWARD, a Zodiac-Inspired, Twelve-Issue Science-Fantasy Series by George Mann, Joe Eisma, Michael Garland, & Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

First Comics News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 17:30

Missoula, MT (3/16/2020): Vault Comics is thrilled to announce ENGINEWARD, a zodiac-inspired, twelve-issue science-fantasy comic series written by George Mann, drawn by Joe Eisma, colored by Michael Garland, lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou and designed by Tim Daniel.In ENGINEWARD, Earth is an ancient myth, long forgotten. Now, the god-like Celestials, who embody the surviving zodiac signs, rule with brutal efficiency. When Joss, an Engineward, discovers and reactivates the head of a fossilized Ghoulem, she learns all is not as intended. Her destiny—and the truth about her imperious rulers—lies somewhere far beyond the borders of her shantytown.

Every issue of ENGINEWARD will feature a special “Zodiac Cover” drawn by Joe Eisma and designed by Tim Daniel that portrays one of the twelve Celestials of ENGINEWARD, released according to the zodiac calendar and the sign they represent.

“I couldn’t be happier to be working with Joe and the team at Vault Comics on ENGINEWARD,” said George Mann. “This is a story that’s been brewing in my head for nearly a decade, and seeing Joe breathing life into these characters is something very special indeed. He’s bringing such a fantastic look to the series. I can’t wait for people to meet Joss, Ichabod, Kreek and Thrycia, and to delve deep into the mythology of the Celestials alongside us. It’s going to be a wild ride!”

“I’m so fired up about ENGINEWARD,” added Joe Eisma. “I have always wanted to work in this genre space since the beginning of my career, and I’m so excited about this book! George has crafted a thrilling and intricate story that I know will excite readers. Crafting this world with him has really energized my art, and I can’t wait for everyone to join us on this epic journey across our compelling world!”

ENGINEWARD #1 debuts with a Pulp & Paint B cover variant by Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel. It hits store shelves in June 2020.

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